October 2008 Archives

October 31

Anyyone have experience with ACT?

Anyone have personal experience with ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy) and/or Stephen Hayes 'Get Out Of Your Mind, And Into Your Life'? [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 11:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Utah after dark

My husband is going to be staying in Provo, Utah, next week for work (visiting from New Zealand). He's busy during the day. What are the highlights for dinner food and things-to-see-at-night? He has a rental car. [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered at 11:30 PM PST - 9 comments

How exactly does licensing photos work?

I've been sent an email from a company producing a calendar. They are interested in using some of my photos from flickr for their calendar - not as main images, but as smaller fill pictures. I've said I'm interested, but I've never done anything like this before and now I'm freaking out a little - am I handling this right? [more inside]
posted by warble at 10:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Help for young woman woodworker with Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD, NVLD).

How can we assist our adult daughter who has Nonverbal Learning Disorder in finding/creating some sort of outboard executive function so she can pursue her interest in designing and building furniture? [more inside]
posted by mumstheword at 9:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do Chinese streaming video sites shut down after a certain time?

Why do Chinese streaming video sites slow down after a certain time? [more inside]
posted by Flying Squirrel at 9:11 PM PST - 2 comments

How did the obscenity/pornography laws change in the last 20 years?

Adult magazines and pay cable channels can now show more. Did the laws change, did society change, or both? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 PM PST - 12 comments

How to turn nine empty months into an opportunity

In what worthwhile or cautionary ways have you spent a gap of downtime before grad school starts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Trying to remember the title/artist of a spooky werewolf song from the 1980's that played on the radio in Michigan.

Trying to remember the title/artist of a spooky werewolf song from the 1980's that played on the radio in Michigan. [more inside]
posted by mrbarrett.com at 8:51 PM PST - 8 comments

How to replace just the keyboard on a 13" MacBook?

Has anyone found 13" MacBook Keyboard only (not the whole upper assembly) replacement instructions? [more inside]
posted by herrtodd at 8:44 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I persistently mount an ext HDD in OS X?

How do I set up OS X (10.4) to mount an external hard drive at a specific folder on startup? [more inside]
posted by philomathoholic at 8:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me get a handle on my frames!

HTML/DOM/JavaScriptfilter: Help me get a handle on my frames! I'm by no means a javascript expert, though I can bash my way around in it when necessary - but I just can't figure out how to get a handle on the frames in my document via the DOM. [more inside]
posted by jferg at 8:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me understand how the internet is changing software architecture.

Where can I find information on how the internet is changing the way software is delivered? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 7:32 PM PST - 1 comment

What's hanging in Liz's office?

What's this print hanging in Liz's office on 30 rock? [more inside]
posted by apetpsychic at 7:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me pick songs!!

I am making a photo montage DVD for a friend. It is going to be pictures of their kids set to music...I need some help with songs! Nothing to overly mushy. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by muxnaw at 7:09 PM PST - 15 comments

How best to convince one's doctor to do a procedure now rather than wait a month?

Thursday I went to the ER with sudden sharp pains, which turned out to be a large ovarian cyst. The Dr said I might need emergency surgery to remove it. After getting some tests back he wants to "wait and see" about a month before approving their removal. I'm still in a lot of pain and want to try convince him to please just take them out... but not sure how I can talk him into it. [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 6:52 PM PST - 21 comments

So close!

I have a question on how to change the CSS and other formatting of a web page that I don't know the location of. Warning, we are talking more drupal! Screenshot inside... [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 6:38 PM PST - 5 comments


What is the song at the very beginning of the Obamerical? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 6:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Rails on Ubuntu

Rails on Ubuntu. I've followed this tutorial: http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rails/pages/RailsOnUbuntu Now how to do I access ror from my browser? Where do I put files for dev? Help please!!
posted by BoldStepDesign at 6:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Post apocalyptic kindergarteners

Help me find this video of five year olds living in a world without adults. [more inside]
posted by the latin mouse at 5:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get access to a journal article...

Can anyone help me out with getting a pdf copy of Robert Cox's 1981 article - "Social Forces, States, and World Orders"? [more inside]
posted by knapah at 5:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Colour, Resolution, and David Hume.

To what extent can we discern different colours? What of this power is merely relational (a light blue, a lighter blue)? Have studies been done to determine if our "resolution of discernment" (a particular distance in nanometers of which we can differentiate two visual wavelengths with unaided vision)? What's the difference between how we speak of colour, how we conjure it up in its particularity in our imagination, and how we differentiate it through experience? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 5:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Delicious Mongolian BBQ in LA

I'm stumped as to finding an amazing Mongolian Barbeque place in Los Angeles. I'm used to places like BD's out in the midwest but have yet to find anything similar- Help! [more inside]
posted by razzamatazm at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I stop whatever is chewing my basil plants?

My outdoor basil plants are being chewed away by something that leaves behind tiny black grains. Who is the culprit, and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by teem at 5:02 PM PST - 5 comments

OpenSource project name infringing a TradeMark

Should I rename my Open Source project because someone owning a trademark with the same name wants me to? [more inside]
posted by schwa at 4:33 PM PST - 30 comments

Wiring my scooter I fried my brain. Little help?

Wiring diagram, can you help me sort this out plz? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 2:34 PM PST - 18 comments

How to keep an active teen from climbing the walls while he recovers.

How can I keep my convalescing teenager busy after surgery? [more inside]
posted by Breav at 2:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Digital Pocket Camera with RAW?

I am looking for a pocket digital camera (point and shoot) that will store the files in RAW. [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 2:09 PM PST - 12 comments

relationship questions?

What are some good relationship-themed 'question of the day'-type questions that don't make too many assumptions about the audience's gender/status/sexual orientation/etc? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 1:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Before they were soldiers?

Moviefilter: I would like help compiling a list of movies set from the late 1930's - Dec. 7 1941, specifically that time between the rise of Nazi Germany and the start of U.S. involvement in WWII. Not movies made then, nor movies about the war. Rather, ones in the plot highlights the interaction of Americans with Nazi Germans (or the Axis powers in general), at a time before when the American or the German would have been preemptively arrested or imprisoned. [more inside]
posted by TDIpod at 1:14 PM PST - 18 comments

The How of When

Are dawn and dusk interchangeable in visual media? How does one differentiate a photograph taken in the early morning from one in the late afternoon? Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by CheeseburgerBrown at 1:09 PM PST - 22 comments

Feed my information addiction while I'm offline on November 4

I will not have internet access on election night, but really want to be able to follow along--has anyone seen a good cheat sheet? [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 1:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Identify This Essay...

Help me find an essay about a woman working in an affluent toy store during the holiday season and a life like baby doll is the hot ticket item but nobody wants to adopt the minority baby dolls or the "mutant" display doll. [more inside]
posted by thewalrusispaul at 1:00 PM PST - 3 comments

I have a lot of magazines and not a lot of space

What to do with about a billion old magazines? [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac at 12:47 PM PST - 21 comments

What content is good enough to pay for?

What kinds of content do companies pay for? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:01 PM PST - 10 comments

I used to be a hairy guy.

I just shaved my head. My old hair fills a shoebox. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalian at 12:01 PM PST - 25 comments

I Want To Ride My Bicycle, I Want To Ride My Bike...

Yes or no: is biking permitted in Inwood Hill Park in New York? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Run a laptop while it's closed?

Can I make my Dell laptop keep running when it is closed? [more inside]
posted by trip and a half at 11:50 AM PST - 12 comments

What are poll internals?

What does the term "internals" mean, as used when discussing political polls? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Philly bachelorette ideas needed!

Philly Philter: I am looking for a pre-dinner activity for a very low key bachelorette party. [more inside]
posted by als129 at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Emergency need to eat

Emergency should-I-Eat-This! Burger King Apple Fries showing discoloration. I know apples are supposed to turn brown, but these are looking yellow-ish, with somewhat transparent/brown-ish bruise-looking spots. Also, the plastic bag was completely inflated when I went to open it. I took a sample taste and it didn't taste too bad. Final note: I'm really hungry but not hungry enough to not care about food poisoning and I tend to be really bad about being able to judge food-rot. [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 11:03 AM PST - 33 comments

How Can I Change Driver's License Address without Proof of Address?

How can I change my address on my driver's license if I don't have the proof of address that the BMV requires? [more inside]
posted by Nedroid at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

I need pants

Help me find the best pair of pants to fit my needs! [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 10:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Algebra-filter: when will I get out of jail? (good time credit forumla)

Algebra-filter: help me create a formula to calculate "good time credits" for California jails: ([{actual days in jail/4} - any remainder] x 2) + actual days in jail = number of days sentenced to jail Solve for "actual" Show your work [more inside]
posted by unclezeb at 10:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Are there any good alternatives to Hulu for watching TV on a computer?

Are there any good alternatives to Hulu for watching TV on a computer? I'm having some bandwidth/connection problems, and I'd like to try an alternative if one exists. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 10:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Do any nation societies for Art & Technology exist in the US?

Are there any large (national) Art & Technology societies in the US? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella at 10:10 AM PST - 3 comments

Banff in May?

I'm thinking about taking my wife to Banff, Alberta for our tenth anniversary near the beginning of May. Help me with some ideas. [more inside]
posted by MagicEightBall at 10:09 AM PST - 17 comments

one semester? FAIL!

Is it humanly possible to take A+P II (3 credits, 4 with the lab), Introduction to Chem (4 credits), Microbiology (5 credits), and Nutrition (4 credits), for a possible total of 16 or 17 credits, all in one semester? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 10:09 AM PST - 18 comments

Can I protect myself from a potential Money Pit?

I'm buying my first home and there are potential special assessments looming. Am I truly protecting myself from future repair and legal fee costs by setting up an escrow account? I'm buying my first condo and am clueless. Help me make this protection ironclad or tell me to run away! [more inside]
posted by joemax at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Help put muffin tin back together again

My sister has a stone muffin pan like this (except it is 6 jumbo muffin cups) that broke into three pieces during a recent move. She said none of the cups were damaged, so any ideas on an oven-safe adhesive to put it back together? [more inside]
posted by sararah at 9:56 AM PST - 13 comments

reversible sayings

What are some good sayings or quotes along the lines of Bill Clinton and the Sphinx from Mystery Men? i.e. the power of our example not the example of our power, before you can learn what I teach i must first teach how to learn, etc....
posted by sorindome at 9:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Damsel in Distress costume (tied to train tracks)

Today is Halloween and i can't procrastinate anymore...I guess I have to go as the only thing I could come up with: A damsel in distress. I wanna look like the girls in the old westerns when they get tied to train tracks by the bad guy. Any suggestions on what to use as train tracks? I can run over to home depot, I just don't know what to look for that's lightweight (i'm a small girl) and looks like tracks. I can nail a few things together without problem. [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 9:44 AM PST - 14 comments

What makes therapy worth it?

New to Therapy: My 3rd and final free therapy session through my company's EAP program is this afternoon, is there some 3 session progress meter I should be looking for to help decide if i want to continue paying for this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Family-friendly pool near Boston / Metrowest?

Where’s a good place in the Boston or (preferably) Metrowest area to take my six year old son to shoot some pool? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:49 AM PST - 12 comments

dropload for my own server?

I was wondering if there is a script/tool that I can install on my own webserver (apache2 on linux) that will do the work or dropload or yousendit or one of those numerous websites. [more inside]
posted by carthik at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

I Want Quality to Kick Quantity's Ass

Help me extract more quality from the quantity of the Information Age, especially as regards my leisure time. [more inside]
posted by antisocialstudies at 8:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me figure out to go with my free plane ticket!

I have a free ticket to anywhere in the 48 states (no Hawaii or Alaska) that I need to book in the next week. I am one person and expect to go for 5-7 days. Please help me decide where to go and what time of year to go there. (The ticket can be booked for any date within the next year.) [more inside]
posted by D Wiz at 7:41 AM PST - 30 comments

Paris Shopping on the Cheap?

I'll be in Paris for a few days next month, and I'd like to check out some thrift stores. I'm not looking for anything fancy or designer, just maybe some cute skirts or sweaters. Most of the articles I've seen online talk about places where you can get couture for a fraction of the price, but that's not really my thing. Also, this might be silly, but I'm a size 8 US...would resale shops have things in my size? Any advice that can point me in the right direction is greatly appreciated!
posted by odayoday at 7:08 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I give money to a friend who is too proud to accept it?

A friend of mine is coming in from a couple hours away (each way) for the night (halloween party), and money is tight on her end. I would go pick her up myself, but have to work late into the afternoon and wouldn't have time to drive up and back twice between today and tomorrow. I want to give her the money for gas (I am in a much better position financially), since I know this is a big expense for her and she is saving me the trip, but she is very independent and does not want me reimbursing her. How can I get her to accept it without making damaging her ego or seeming like this is out of pity?
posted by pennstatephil at 6:55 AM PST - 21 comments

Growing up no one thinks they'll end up in Kalamazoo, do they?

I have the option of moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan. What does Kalamazoo and Michigan have going for them? [more inside]
posted by Any Moose In a Storm at 6:39 AM PST - 29 comments

They've never even actually caught a squirrel, but they'd llike to.

I need practical advice on switching my cats to a partially raw diet. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 6:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find my perfect DC bar!

Help me find my perfect bar in DC! [more inside]
posted by Loto at 5:47 AM PST - 30 comments

Is there a way to show just unread items after a search in Google Reader?

Is there a way to show just unread items after a search in Google Reader? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 4:47 AM PST - 0 comments

Why my design sucks? I can has better design skills please?

Three part question about "professional-looking" websites. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 4:15 AM PST - 32 comments

Online radio programs you love

This question has been (sortof) made before. Which *good* online radio station's programs do you listen to? (Not the radio stations themselves). Preferably music, it doesn't matter the style. [more inside]
posted by karvajavi at 4:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Why can't I listen to conference calls on Yahoo Finance? (using Mac Safari/Firefox)

Why can't I listen to conference calls on Yahoo Finance? (using Mac Safari/Firefox) [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 2:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Google hates me

Get "whitelisted" by gmail? Shared IP, shakey literacy, multiple users and [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me create a portfolio, quick!

I'm a writer, and I have a job interview on Tuesday afternoon. While I have my work lying around in folders on my PC (some video, some print, some flash, some radio), I haven't organized them in any meaningful, presentable way. How can I organize my work quickly into a decent portfolio that I can burn onto a CD as a leave-behind? Difficulty level - no Flash ability whatsoever, conversant with HTML.
posted by micketymoc at 1:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Replicant hair

My girlfriend wants to dress as Rachel from 'Blade runner' but she has no idea how to do her hair like her. I remember a link somewhere showing how to do it but now i can't find it. I've googled extensively and found nothing ... can anyone help ?
posted by grex at 1:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Collegiate Harold and Maude

What do women think of younger men (while in college)? [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 12:45 AM PST - 35 comments

Searching for certain Halloween filmstrip

When I was a kid in first grade (around 1972 or so), for Halloween we saw a filmstrip that had no words to it, only what I remember to be classical music. The film strip itself started out with scenes of dead trees, against the night sky -- then a bell tower rang out 12 times, and on the 12th time the music started, and ghosts rose out of the graves to dance around. By the end of the filmstrip, the sun starts to come up, and by daybreak all the ghosts go back into the graves. I believe that all the illustrations for it were done in watercolor, but they might've been some other type of painting -- I don't think they were drawing. Might anybody have any idea what that filmstrip was?
posted by eener at 12:28 AM PST - 9 comments

What the Coen Brothers are reading

Pitching an upper-division English course on Literature and Film. Would like to focus on the films of the Coen Brothers, but need suggestions of novels, short stories, plays, etc. to pair with their movies. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane at 12:02 AM PST - 16 comments

October 30

What can I expect from Clomid?

I am considering taking Clomid to help me get pregnant. What kind of side effects can I expect? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 at 11:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Why do people leave on the footwear in porno?

Why do people keep their shoes on in pornographic films? Does anybody really find this sexy? Or, am I missing something?
posted by anonymous at 10:38 PM PST - 26 comments

Cultural expectations in a restaurant?

When I go to a restaurant, am I expected to use their cultural mannerisms and customs or is it ok for me to do things however I want? Is there a limit to how lenient they are about letting me do things my way? [more inside]
posted by alitorbati at 9:41 PM PST - 18 comments

She's gone

We were daily buddies at work for two years - she has a boyfriend and I'm married - but we cracked each other up and "fought the man" together. There were rules, and if I pushed them she reminded me, sometimes harshly but still there was genuine mutual platonic affection. About a month after me getting laid off she won't talk to me anymore. It's really bothering me because I don't know why... advice?? [more inside]
posted by Barrows at 9:16 PM PST - 28 comments

either way, I'm an asshole.

Which is worse? To call or not to call? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 9:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Breaking up is hard to do... Why?

Relationship Psychology Filter: How to DTMF already, when you have major insecurities? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 8:59 PM PST - 23 comments

Obama and SNL

What evidence is there to suggest that Obama will (or will not) be on Saturday Night Live this weekend? [more inside]
posted by inconsequentialist at 8:22 PM PST - 17 comments

My sliced apples are rusting!

How do Subway/McDonald's keep apple slices from oxidizing? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 8:00 PM PST - 12 comments

when a kid is shunned

My son, 9, likes math, playing music, computers, video. He's not athletic; he likes Wii Fit better than real sports. He's starting to get shunned by other boys: he seems nice and normal to me but I guess he's a geek to them. What do I do, besides support him in every way I can?
posted by anonymous at 7:41 PM PST - 44 comments

How to discipline an employee?

I need to discipline an employee for extreme tardiness, but I don't know how. [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 7:22 PM PST - 33 comments

Harder, Better, Faster, Dead?

YANMD Filter: I was told recently that my eye drops (Cosopt) could limit my heart rate: is this true? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 6:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Ipod touch cannot connect through USB 2.0 port.

My new first generation Ipod touch can connect via a USB 1 hub to Itunes, but it gives errors when trying to restore or synchronize via any USB 2.0 port on my computer. I have windows XP and I tried everything suggested by apple support. his problem seems to be independednt of firmaware version. Should I take it in to the Apple store?
posted by spacefire at 6:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it really worth learning Dvorak given that friend/libraries/internet cafes all use QWERTY?

Is it really worth learning Dvorak given that friend/libraries/internet cafes all use QWERTY? [more inside]
posted by man down under at 6:34 PM PST - 22 comments

Mmmm donuts

Why is it that any portrayal of police officers in movies, or television always include a love for donuts? [more inside]
posted by lifeonholidae at 5:46 PM PST - 26 comments

Do you remember a writing website from a number of years ago?

Looking for a writing website I somewhat remember from a number of years ago... [more inside]
posted by terrortubby at 5:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Is ChaCha a scam?

Is ChaCha a scam? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 5:28 PM PST - 22 comments

I am looking to purchase color photo gels in the Boston area. Does anyone know of any stores that sell them?

I am looking to purchase color photo gels in the Boston area. Does anyone know of any stores that sell them?
posted by cheero at 5:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Pump him full of testosterone and he'll grow his own mustache! No, wait.

Need to attach a felt mustache to my kid's face for a school Halloween party. No time to buy anything fancy (a la spirit gum or the like); what should I use? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 4:57 PM PST - 17 comments

That green thing on my sleeve is a heart, not snot.

A universal symbol for a low-speed electric vehicle? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 4:46 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I listen to Peel Sessions tracks?

Where can I listen to BBC's Peel Sessions? There doesn't seem to be a way to stream them, or to buy them? Am I dense? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 4:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Is penny-wise pound-foolish with replacement filters?

With some products, the off-brand is as good as any other brand, sometimes even coming off the same production lines in the same factories. With other products, there is a quality difference between brands. How about for replacement HEPA filters for a Kenmore air cleaner? (And, as a bonus, should I believe the warning against washing and reusing the charcoal pre-filters?) [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 4:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Orangic Chemists in the House?

Anyone who knows Organic Chemistry? Can you help me with one reaction mechanism? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere at 4:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find an mp3 of children singing the Swedish Christmas carol, "Nu är det jul igen"?

Where can I buy/find the mp3 of the traditional Swedish Christmas carol, "Nu är det jul igen" with children singing it? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 3:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Good places to buy $US cash in Sydney CBD?

Good places to buy $US cash in Sydney CBD? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 3:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Are there any remote help companies that I could earn residual income for by signing people up for their service?

Are there any remote help companies that I could earn residual income for by signing people up for their service? (not just disguised as a BS affiliate program) [more inside]
posted by schindyguy at 3:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Chatting up the grocer

I have a crush on the night clerk at my local grocery store. How do I let him know I find him intriguing without coming off all stalkerish? [more inside]
posted by ruemonkey at 3:21 PM PST - 31 comments

I want to be a book when I grow up.

Can the hive mind help me by suggesting some good, but simple, literary costume ideas for halloween? [more inside]
posted by anoirmarie at 3:12 PM PST - 29 comments

trademark vs. my domain name

I think a company is trying to do an end-around to get my domain name, what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 3:08 PM PST - 8 comments

What magazines would a five-year old boy in the UK love to receive?

I want to give the five-year-old son of my good friends a magazine subscription as a gift. I'm giving their eight-year-old bookworm daughter a sub to Puffin Post, which I loved as a kid. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by acalthla at 3:06 PM PST - 23 comments

how is a free-for-all faster?

Does eliminating assigned seating reduce boarding times for airplanes? And if so, why? [more inside]
posted by vodkaboots at 2:40 PM PST - 14 comments

License to thrill? Personalized plates ideas, please.

Woohoo, I'm converting my Prius to a plug-in! Now I want a personalized license plate to go with it. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 2:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Me vote pretty some day.

How do I (quickly) educate myself on the props and candidate choices I will be faced with on my ballot next week? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Cheap dragon smoke wanted

My dragon has lost its fire. I have a dragon above my front door. I want to make it blow smoke out the nostrils. And I'm cheap. [more inside]
posted by disclaimer at 2:15 PM PST - 9 comments

I want six months off too

How do these TV reality contestants (i.e. Biggest Loser and others) get away from work for 5-6 months? Surely they are not all weathy enough to not be working people? Anybody know how folks do this?
posted by shaarog at 1:53 PM PST - 20 comments

If you could MSNBC me now

How do I perfect my Rachel Maddow Halloween costume? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau at 1:48 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I protect my backup drive?

How do I secure my backup hard drive that I copy my computer's content onto? [more inside]
posted by truth1ness at 1:47 PM PST - 5 comments

One order of Tabula Rasa, please.

Help me cover my trail in both Firefox and Explorer, please! [more inside]
posted by jildelicious at 1:44 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the best way to make a video go viral?

What's the best way to make a video go viral? One of my friends is trying to hype up interest his nonprofit organization with a funny video featuring one of the founders. What specific websites or other modes of communication should he utilize to get the video out there?
posted by easy_being_green at 1:32 PM PST - 14 comments

What would be a smart/witty/punny/classy costume that I can dance in?

Halloween costume filter: For once, I'd love to have a really great costume - something smart and witty and not overdone. But it needs to be something that I can dance in all night long. Help! [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 1:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Can't we all just get along?

Can I successfully cook brown and white rice together? The plan is to use a steamer with a 50/50 mix of the 2 varieties. If so, could you suggest a methodology? I prefer the brown, but I have a partial bag of white that I don't want to throw away.
posted by Exchequer at 12:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Edumacate me on gas prices, please?

Looking for educated guesses on what will happen to the price of gas at the pump for the US resident in 2009. [more inside]
posted by modernpoverty at 12:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Trail skills for girls.

What skills can I teach my daughters, aged 9 and 7, while hiking? Also, where should we take our big, culminating hike in the spring (in or around Phoenix)? [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 12:02 PM PST - 21 comments

How to manage music and spin the dial on the Sansa Connect?

Sansa Connect two-fer: (1) the little dial sometimes become immobile; (2) which program to use now that Yahoo Jukebox has bitten the dust? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 11:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Best Test Setup for Windows 7

What is the best/safest Windows 7 Test Setup? Virtualization? Partition an HD? [more inside]
posted by xxnopiratesxx at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Moving in with an S.O. - General advice

Moving in with your significant other: Please tell me your stories and general advice. Good, bad, things you wish you'd talked about ahead of time, things you'd do differently. How long had you been together? Do you wish you'd moved in sooner, or later, or not at all? What can one do to make things go smoothly? What changes should I expect? [more inside]
posted by soleiluna at 11:36 AM PST - 41 comments

Help me craft a business-sharing contract with my boss.

Please help me negotiate a business arrangement with my boss that has me doing some work as an employee and some work as an independent contractor. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 11:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Less Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, More Economist

How do I get published in policy and trade magazines? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 11:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Fantasy Book-Reincarnation?

I read a book in the late '80s that I really enjoyed and I've been unsuccessfully trying to remember the title (or author). It was a fantasy softcover book with a purple cover. The story was set in a small village in New Forest, England. The main characters were involved in a love triangle with the two main lovers dying and being reincarnated three different times in three different centuries before having their happily ever after. Any fantasy buffs out there that can help me? [more inside]
posted by carrieworm at 11:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Pet vet on the 'net yet?

For minor pet health questions: suggest websites that are comprehensive & user-friendly? I'd like to avoid unnecessary vet visits. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 11:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Influential ideas about time?

I am looking to learn about philosophies of time and their popular reception in the early 20th century, can anyone recommend any good books or other resources? [more inside]
posted by kaspen at 11:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Witty puns from across the globe!

Do puns exist in other languages? [more inside]
posted by milqman at 11:11 AM PST - 52 comments

Where do "health" supplement companies get their ingredients from?

Where do "health" supplement companies get their ingredients from? [more inside]
posted by wolfkult at 11:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Cat House?

Can anyone recommend a good pet boarding facility in New York City? When in I lived in California, I used a place that let healthy kitties run and around play during the day. I would like to find something similar in NYC (basically a place that doesn't keep the cats locked up in a cage 24 hours/day), but Google is failing me.
posted by Faithos at 10:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Work computer + need for MP3 download = frustration

Help me find a specific version of a U2 song for download! [more inside]
posted by moitz at 10:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Can you help me replace my lost earbud piece?

I lost part of my headphones. Must I replace my beloved earbuds, or can I just replace the lost part? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

How would one get a travel guide published?

My wife and I are looking at writing a US based (lower 48) travel guide and would like any tips possible regarding getting one published, and how to make it actually happen. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 10:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Regex crisis...

Regular Expressions / PHP preg_replace problem. Can this be made to work...? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 10:02 AM PST - 13 comments

CatFilter - is adult food OK for an older kitten?

Am I hurting my 7-month-old kitten by letting him eat adult cat food? [more inside]
posted by CrazyGabby at 9:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a quick and simple costume!

I'm looking for easy and funny Halloween costume ideas. Topical or newsy/political stuff is great, but I'm open to anything that doesn't require a lot of supplies. [more inside]
posted by allen8219 at 9:46 AM PST - 18 comments

Why won't IE7 play nice with my local images?

Internet Explorer 7 will not display some images when I create/view web sites on my PC. Any idea why? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 9:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Social Math Games?

Can you think of any parlor games (not commericial games; I don't want to buy anything), for a bunch of players (5-15, give or take) that rely on math/strategy/logic skills? Haggle is a perfect example. [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 9:29 AM PST - 14 comments

What type of phone should I buy next month and what carrier should I be on?

What type of phone should I buy next month and what carrier should I be on? I'm on a Verizon family plan right now with my parents and it expires around Thanksgiving. I have a free upgrade with Verizon, as well. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 9:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Why don't scars just go away?

Probably a dumb question, but if skin cells regenerate completely over time, why aren't scars... regenerated out?
posted by xmutex at 9:06 AM PST - 7 comments

I can name the tune but not the ad

I know I've heard the opening bars of Beck's "Gamma Ray" in a commercial or promo recently (Telus? The Gap?) but I can't place it and my Google-fu in in the ditch today. Help!
posted by wexford_arts at 8:59 AM PST - 0 comments

30" Apple Cinema Display with Xbox 360 and PS3 (all HDMI) problems.

30" Apple Cinema Display with Xbox 360 and PS3 (all HDMI) problems. I have bought probably $100 worth of cables and still it doesnt work. [more inside]
posted by spinko at 8:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for graphics for an art project

I am trying to find inspiration graphics for a piece I want to create. I know I have seen what I am looking for sometime in my life. The piece I am creating is for a mythical toy that is a disc shaped flying object. I want to make it in the guise of a 1930's or 1940's advertisement. A boys face in wonder A splashy graphical font across the top The disc "comin' at ya" with wind sweeps trailing back All in bold primary colors. I have scoured the web for some source material, but keep coming up empty handed. Any pointers would be appreciated. Henry
posted by silsurf at 8:53 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I find a list of schools that have told LSAC to waive my app fee?

Law School Application Filter: Is there a centralized place (on the LSAC site) where I can find out what law schools have given me application fee waivers? [more inside]
posted by fructose at 8:48 AM PST - 6 comments

How to transfer learning dialogue into an asynchronous online world?

Looking for specific techniques to put engaging interaction back into online learning at the university level. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 8:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Denied a raise; what is my next step?

I was denied a raise that I really deserved because the small company I work for "isn't doing so well right now." My request came after I was given a very positive review in which all parties agreed that have exceeded expectations. [more inside]
posted by RingerChopChop at 8:21 AM PST - 40 comments

The best political coverage available (via internet) on Election Night.

The best political coverage available (via internet) on Election Night. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 8:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Need help on line from one of the Planet of the Apes movie.

I need to know which Planet of the Apes movie the line, "Your parents died 2000 years ago! (laughing)".... [more inside]
posted by foodybat at 8:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me txt and call around Europe without breaking the bank.

Best Europe wide roaming prepaid sim card? [more inside]
posted by atmosphere at 8:11 AM PST - 4 comments

No canto por cantar, canto por no llorar/salud y suerte y que la vida les da mas

I've been digging on the cuban hip hop lately. I've seen the doc East of Havana. I listen to las Orishas, and I have the soundtrack/related album to East of Havana by El Cartel. I do like the artists featured there, but I enjoy las Orishas more because it feels a bit more infused with traditional Cuban music. Any recommendations of what else I can listen to? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 8:09 AM PST - 3 comments

While speculating is fun I'd like to know for sure

Mrs Mutant & I live in London. We see lots of planes flying overhead. We wonder where they are coming from and where they are going and how to find out. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 8:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Please advise me on the best answering machine/cordless phone combo for our home

Please advise me on the best answering machine/cordless phone combo for our home. The cost is not the top concern except inasmuch as I want to buy value for money. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I tell him?

Do I tell him how I feel even though the timing is bad? I mean, really bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 19 comments

How to fix a broken HP LCD backlight?

Woke up this morning, opened my HP laptop, and found out that the LCD screen was showing a very faint and dim image. I suspect the backlight is broken. It's out of warranty. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by nasreddin at 7:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Need a Czech mate

I don't know any Czech speakers but I'm pretty sure I'm making a hash of saying this guy's surname out loud. [more inside]
posted by Jody Tresidder at 7:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Does Obama / McCain slash fiction exist?

Does Obama / McCain slash fiction exist? If so, where can I find it and what are the major themes in the genre? [more inside]
posted by abirae at 6:31 AM PST - 10 comments

This little piggie went OWWWW all the way home

I think I broke my littlest toe. Everything I read online says that basically nothing can be done, so there's no point in going to the doctor, right? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 6:19 AM PST - 27 comments

Anyone remember a comedian doing a "badly dubbed" sketch about godzila trampling the city?

In the mid eighty's there was a comedian that did a piece on godzilla. Basically he acted like a badly dubbed godzilla film with mouth movements out of sync with voice saying "look out" "godzilla's going to trample the city again". Anyone know who he was or remember the sketch?
posted by mefiskiing at 6:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Good nagging software for Mac OS X?

Is there any Mac software that can naggingly "encourage" me to fall asleep earlier? [more inside]
posted by monkey85 at 6:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Print on Demand services with APIs?

Are there any print on demand services that offer APIs for large prints or small posters, instead of having to email requests manually, or manually fill in web forms again and again? [more inside]
posted by steiny at 6:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Does homeowner's insurance cover porch settling due to drought?

InsuranceFilter: Would homeowners insurance generally cover a large concrete porch that has pulled away from the house due to a summer drought? [more inside]
posted by schleppo at 6:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me not care.

How can I ignore my ego and feelings of self-importance? [more inside]
posted by PFL at 5:17 AM PST - 19 comments

Men's suits in Vancouver Canada?

What is the best place to buy ready-to-wear or slightly altered men's business suits in Vancouver BC? Bonus points if the place sells both ready to wear and provides custom tailoring services at reasonable prices.
posted by thewalrus at 5:11 AM PST - 2 comments

"Why you would want to put Reagan so close to your heart is beyond me!"

ShoppingFilter: In order to complete a Halloween costume, I need to acquire some Reagan-related political pins/buttons. However, my initial search has mostly taken me to places that no longer exist! Is there anywhere the Green would suggest I go to in the Washington DC metropolitan area to satiate my thirst for this kind of political paraphernalia? [more inside]
posted by Keter at 5:04 AM PST - 5 comments

Anyone know the title of this book?

Back when I was in Elementary school around 1969 our teacher read a book aloud to the class that I remember as being kind of fantasy and kind of spooky. The plot was something about a sister and brother who were latch-key kids. I think the sister wore the house key around her neck on a green ribbon. Anyway, somehow they were "kidnapped" by an old person and and ended up on an island where the people never got older. I believe a closet was involved too THe way the people stayed young had something to do with the kids not being abled to leave. If someone knows the name of this book it would be great. Thanks.
posted by pjlalala at 5:01 AM PST - 8 comments


I know about lolcats. I know about loldogs. What I want are some other different lolanimals. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 4:57 AM PST - 26 comments

Sgould I become a limited company? (UK)

I've been a sole trader for 10 years, but calculators such as this suggest I could save maybe £2000 a year on tax by becoming a limited company. Have others found it worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by hatmandu at 4:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Peppy Broadband in Paris

My girlfriend and I are moving into an apartment in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. We'd like to be able to stream video and download various things at high speed and we're trying to figure out which service to sign up for. [more inside]
posted by swhitt at 1:50 AM PST - 3 comments

October 29

I accidentally the whole conversation?

Does anyone know of a working mirror with all the "I accidentally the whole fleshlight" conversations? [more inside]
posted by hobbes at 11:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Lefthanded or just not getting it?

I have an awful lot of trouble with 'easy open' packaging. I also have trouble with zip lock bags, sealed OTC medicines and just about any other kinds of packaging. My hands work just fine. Is this common for very left handed people? Everything I open looks like a dog did it with teeth.
posted by Pennyblack at 9:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me decide what's appropriate for this job interview (clothing-wise)..

What should a California girl wear to a job interview in Boston in few (cold) weeks? [more inside]
posted by brynna at 9:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me deal with bigots

My bartender (and his wife) are voting yes on proposition 8 (the amendment to ban gay marriage). Help me figure out an appropriate response to this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 PM PST - 92 comments

Garnished wages can we still settle the debt?

My Mom’s wages are being garnished by a collection agency. Can we still settle the debt? How much do we offer and where do we get the money? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Where Do I Find Red Longjohns in NYC?

CostumeHelpFilter(NYC): I'm trying to pull my costume together at the last minute (namely: Artie, the Strongest Man in the World.) To do so, I need red longjohns / thermal underwear / tights -- and I need 'em someplace in NYC, so I can buy ASAP. Anybody know where such things could be purchased? (Online stores are not too helpful at this point.) Thanks!
posted by theoddball at 8:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Don't you die on me!

My beloved Thinkpad T60 has died in my arms. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 8:32 PM PST - 8 comments

This one is another hit song.

Identify This Song Filter: My friend made me a mix CD that included this wicked awesome song - it's a Bollywood/Reggaeton mashup and I love the hell out of it. I would like to find more songs like it, and it would certainly help if I perhaps knew something about the song. Like, anything. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 8:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Every vote counts (unless you forget to sign the envelope)

Mr. sfkiddo voted by mail and didn't sign the envelope. Help us make his vote count. [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo at 8:21 PM PST - 13 comments

N'oubliez pas ne rendre mon crayon

Translating the French dialog in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 8:20 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I avoid doing Halloween as a ghost?

Just moved- how can I intercept something sent via overnight mail to my old address without waiting for USPS to forward it to my new address? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 8:09 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I find the source of donations to Religious groups?

How do I find out who's paying the bill for The Call to use Qualcomm stadium? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 7:58 PM PST - 2 comments

(your headline here)

San Francisco Parking: I'm in town for a week or so and looking for a cheap way to park my car within the city. I can't get a temp permit since I'm not a resident. (more boring details inside) [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I date, now that I'm sober?

Now that I'm sober ... how the heck do I go about dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me find a cord

Can I buy a new cord for my camera's battery charger? [more inside]
posted by bradth27 at 6:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Does anybody know the band Paper Lantern?

Where I can buy music by and information about the band Paper Lantern? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 6:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Good Flash player for playing Quicktime (.mov) files?

Good off-the-shelf Flash player to play Quicktime (.mov) files? Or get one custom-built? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 6:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Where'd the i's and hyhens go?

PrepressFilter: Issues with film output of our PDFs We're having a problem with specific letters dropping out, specifically the "i" and and hyphens "-" [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:04 PM PST - 7 comments

My feet stink!

My feet stink, all of a sudden, and I can't figure out why! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Go big or go home?

The Dow Jones average on November 5th: Is it going up or down, help me decide. [more inside]
posted by clearly at 5:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Help me ID a white burgundy

Was given a bottle of 1991 Chassagne-MOntrachet 1st Cru "Les Vergers" mis en bouteille pour Jean Lecellier today I can find reference to "Les Vergers" of course but nothing of this maker Can anyone tell me anything about this particular wine?
posted by dougiedd at 5:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Simple good looking slideshow

Need software to make a good looking slideshow with effort and time approaching zero. [more inside]
posted by signal at 4:56 PM PST - 8 comments

The great debaters?

First-year debater looking for advice on rebuttals. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 4:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Banking Conspiracy Beach Reading

I'm looking for accessible, credible writing about global banking conspiracies that doesn't lapse into anti-semitism or tinfoil haberdashery. Does such a book exist?
posted by mecran01 at 4:18 PM PST - 13 comments

My oven is not a clown car

Oven management strategies for thanksgiving? I am hosting thanksgiving at my house this year, and need help planning the best strategy for making a large roast meal with insufficient oven space. [more inside]
posted by Joh at 4:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Help ringing ouch fire alarm

Help my friend -- fire alarm won't stop and she can't sleep -- apartment managers won't help. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 4:03 PM PST - 14 comments

What's a Good Camera for Living Out My Childish Jack London Fantasies?

I will be going dogsledding with Outward Bound this January. What sort of camera should I bring? [more inside]
posted by Commander Rachek at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

My head is too big.

I have a papier mache Carnival mask that's too narrow for my face. It curls back to sort of wrap around the temples, which instead digs into my head. How can I open it up a bit? Will steaming it work?
posted by backseatpilot at 3:20 PM PST - 1 comment

Dating w/o being a d-bag

How does one casually date? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 3:19 PM PST - 19 comments

The answer is not in Help > Aboot.

Is there a way to make ArcGIS spell -meter like a Canadian? For example, inserting scale text pops out -meter, but I'd like to see -metre and sometimes -mètre. I know that I can subsequently convert these to graphics and edit the text from there, but is there any way to skip this step entirely by changing language or spelling settings within the program? Altering my XP language/international settings didn't do anything. Thanks in advance!
posted by avocet at 3:12 PM PST - 3 comments


What are some classic, old sci-fi movies? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 3:08 PM PST - 40 comments

Childrens book from the 70's

Childrens book from the 70's filter: A book about a kid who makes a lubricant that makes cars frictionless. [more inside]
posted by Ponderance at 2:51 PM PST - 3 comments

SF Bars for Election Night

S.F./Bay Area bars with election coverage and/or election night parties? [more inside]
posted by UrineSoakedRube at 2:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Meet Little Ms. Clumpy

My cat's fur is suddenly getting matted. Why, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 2:46 PM PST - 14 comments

have my cake and eat it too..

if i start a local restaurant review blog, and attempt to make an income from it, via advertisements on my page or any other means, can i take tax deductions for the costs of my meals that i write about and any other associated costs?
posted by fumbducker at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Do all veterinary schools kill practice animals?

Do all veterinary schools sacrifice healthy animals for teaching? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 2:23 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I automatically (by typing) sort by "from" in Outlook 2007?

How can I automatically (by typing) sort by "from" in Outlook 2007? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 2:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Mystery Houseplant

Can anyone identify this splendid mystery houseplant? It was received as a gift, but without any accompanying little plastic tag, and I'd just like to know what it is so I can figure how how best to take care of it. [more inside]
posted by hydatius at 1:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Insanely loud MRI -- why?

Why are MRI's so freaking loud? [more inside]
posted by virga at 1:51 PM PST - 20 comments

Javascript if date within range

Javascript: If date is between date range, output this, else output this. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 1:50 PM PST - 6 comments

What video editing software is best for me?

What video editing software is best for me? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I do if I can't log in to my router all of a sudden?

My router password changed itself! I'm using the DD-WRT firmware on WRT54G v7 Linksys router, what can I do? [more inside]
posted by rintako at 1:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Not Getting Famous on YouTube

I have a song I composed / recorded / etc. I'd like to make simple video by cutting together fragments of public-domain films with this song. I have a MacBook. How to get to point B? iMovie is crashing on every import. [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 1:24 PM PST - 2 comments

I think my therapist is hot

I think I'm very attracted to my therapist. No, I'm not that kind of person, and that's why this is bothering me a lot. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Logistics of registering for British citizenship by descent

Registering for British citizenship by descent: do they return the documents? Also: cutting a check in foreign currency? [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 12:53 PM PST - 7 comments

How much will HDTV priced drop this season?

I still don't have HDTV and have been postponing this major expense as much as I can. Last week was in Costco and saw Westinghouse 32" LCD for just $399 and almost snapped. Does it make any sense to wait longer? Will prices sink after Christmas or will they stay flat?
posted by bargainhunter at 12:36 PM PST - 17 comments

MLA Citations of Emails, Online Records

What is the proper MLA citation format (parenthetical and works cited list) for these internet-related sources? [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip at 12:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Are there differences between car ice scrapers?

Are there differences between car ice scrapers? [more inside]
posted by wukkuan at 12:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Which camera should I buy?

Which camera to buy? Canon 40d or Canon 50d? [more inside]
posted by sliderjc at 11:55 AM PST - 10 comments

"How to let new baby know they are adopted?"

My son and his wife have just adopted a daughter. She is now 3 months old. They want her to know from the beginning that she is adopted. How to they incorporate that into their conversations with her so that it will just be part of her life and something that she always knew.
posted by pamspanda at 11:38 AM PST - 20 comments

Leave To The French

Why was that eye-blinking code in Diving Bell and the Butterfly chosen? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 11:36 AM PST - 23 comments

What to do, if anything, if I suspect management is messing with us?

Do I have any rights as an employee who sees other employees being treated unfairly? I live and work in Michigan at a bar/restaurant, but have worked in HR and payroll, and am astonished at the things I see and hear. [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 11:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Yes, they'll know I am Christian... how?

Christian-faith-filter: What do evangelicals think of Catholics? What sorts of things would be good to emphasize, or, conversely, to avoid mentioning, as a Catholic who wants to be taken seriously as a Christian by a group of evangelically-oriented Protestants? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 AM PST - 39 comments

Help me find nonreligious music for the winter

Help me find non-Christmas music for a winter craft fair [more inside]
posted by izatchu at 11:24 AM PST - 14 comments

therapists after hours

How do I find a therapist who will see me after work hours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 AM PST - 7 comments

What's the simplest way for me to grab a daily digest of my twitter output?

What's the simplest way for me to grab a daily digest of my twitter output? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 11:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Turn my Q into a Curve

I've got an aging Motorola Q on Verizon. Someone just gave me a Blackberry Curve that was on ATT. How can I use the Curve? [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 10:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Book recommendations for learning to play musical instruments

Which books do you recommend for learning to play musical instruments? [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 10:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Reluctant Trustifarian

My parents have offered to *give* me between $100K and $120K to go in on a house with them. I will accept this gift, but I need some help figuring out how to handle the strings that are certainly attached. Long story. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 44 comments

How to stop living in a landfill and get solvent?

I'm drowning in clutter and my bank account is empty. How do I change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:32 AM PST - 25 comments

Suggestions for Memphis, Nashville, and Little Rock -- what to do and where to stay..

My wife and I are taking a trip to Memphis, Nashville, and Little Rock next week.. Need help on what to do and where to stay.. [more inside]
posted by seinfeld at 10:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Public domain translations of Kant's third Critique

Is the second part of Kant's Critique of Judgment, in English translation, available online/in public domain? I can find James Creed Meredith's translation of the first part (Critique of Aesthetic Judgment), but cannot find any translations of the second part (Critique of Teleological Judgment). I'm not interested in the latest translations or paying for an ebook; this is just some fun reading for me, and if buying the book is the only option, I'll just borrow the Guyer translation from the library. And if there's some reason why the second half is not in the public domain while the first part is, I'd be interested in finding out why.
posted by philosophygeek at 10:11 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm floundering here

I was supposed to see a psychiatrist today. I waited six weeks to get this appointment, after waiting five long months for my insurance to kick in. When I arrived they told me that my appointment had accidentally been given to someone else, and the soonest they could reschedule was another month. I honestly don't know if I can wait that long. What are my options here, and how can I manage my life in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by nataliedanger at 10:10 AM PST - 24 comments

Writers retreat in SoCal/Mexico

Help me find a retreat to write near los angeles. [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 10:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Is my home's water pressure (90 psi) too high?

Is my home's water pressure (90 psi) too high? 90 year old house with mostly PVC piping. In prep for a replacement hot water heater I measured the water pressure by the washing machine. The pressure gauge showed 90 psi, which seems high. How much of an issue is this?
posted by smelvis at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments


In C or C++, how can I input a number, perform some computations on it, and then have it be the size of my array? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 9:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Al Qaeda's Web Presence

I am always seeing these stories about statements made by Al-Qaeda on various Al-Qaeda websites. What are the URLs for these websites? I want to looksee myself.
posted by zzazazz at 9:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Coats that go with blazers

What kinds of coat should I wear with a blazer? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 9:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Let's Make Work Easier

I have a very repetitive task that I think might be a good candidate for scripting, but I'm not sure what "scripting" even involves except getting a lot of things done automatically. So how do I get started getting this thing done? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 9:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Need home health care / home aide in NY

Help. Please. (Live-in?) Home Health Care in NY. Really long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 9:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Name of a hip-hop book?

What was the name of the book about international hip-hop I read ~4 years ago? [more inside]
posted by Bizurke at 9:03 AM PST - 3 comments

How to export Outlook email to a spreadsheet, including Date/Time fields?

How do I export email messages from Outlook into Excel (or CSV) while retaining the date/time stamp on each message? [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 at 8:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Can the new macbooks handle HD DVR'ing?

New Macbooks: how good are the integrated NVIDIA graphics? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 8:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Where does Patrick Bateman shop?

Where can I find a clear rain coat in NYC? [more inside]
posted by minimal at 8:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Arthouse Bathroom Sex

Trying to track down a British film (I think) that had an erotic scene in a public bathroom. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Strange game?

Please help a dating novice understand this guy's weird behaviour. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 AM PST - 53 comments

Do you know how to take screenshots of individual frames with Avidemux 2 for Windows? I can't find anything in the docs or the forum. Thanks.

Do you know how to take screenshots of individual frames of video files with Avidemux 2 for Windows? I can't find anything in the docs or the forum. Thanks.
posted by sushiwiththejury at 8:13 AM PST - 4 comments

I see you've used Microsoft Word before.

How do I get 'rock hard' Microsoft Office skills? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 8:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Examples of "Neighborhood Watch" type websites?

Can you point me to any examples of “neighborhood watch” type websites, such as the ever creepy ISawYourNanny.blogspot? Basically, any site where Joe Schmo can share what he saw someone do in a public space? It doesn't have to be about neighborhood crime, anything will do.
posted by loping at 7:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Help this caballero find his birthright...

DetectiveFilter - Help me track down a ridiculous song that has been passed down to me by my father. [more inside]
posted by namewithhe1d at 7:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Basic costs for simple web development?

I am writing a grant for a project that will include some relatively simple web development. Please help me with some rough estimates for labor and equipment costs. [more inside]
posted by googly at 7:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Golf Clubs: New Clones or Used Name-brand?

GolfFilter(Part2): In my previous golf question, I mentioned that I would be looking for clubs of my own soon. I've started looking, and I have some questions. The main question is: new clones or used name-brands? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 7:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I put this dirt?

does anyone know of a good way to preserve/store dirt? [more inside]
posted by alice ayres at 6:56 AM PST - 7 comments

There's one too many holes.

What the heck kind of outlet is this, and where can I find an adapter for it? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 6:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Recession Question

Are market indexes usually at their historical low before a "declared" recession (or when the indicators are there even if not officially declared), do those market indexes tend to continue rising or falling afterward, by how much and usually for how long?
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Vague music help: 19-something, a something to something

Vague music filter: I'm trying to find a song I can barely remember. I think it was dance/electronica. Probably early 90s. I think it was by an individual artist, not a group. A/the year featured heavily in the lyrics (ie; 19-something, a something to something) and I seem to remember the music video feeling like it was shot in the guy's basement. This was a hit (more or less) in Australia. There may have been a vocoder involved. Help?
posted by krisjohn at 6:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Single cupcake delivery in LA?

Help me deliver a single cupcake to my girlfriend's hotel room in Los Angeles by Friday evening. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 AM PST - 15 comments

What to do with my money?

New to 403(b)s... should I do an IRA instead? [more inside]
posted by atayah at 6:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you recommend good books about Los Angeles?

Can you recommend good books about Los Angeles? Non-fiction preferred but fiction as well. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 6:16 AM PST - 25 comments

Tech advances in commercial air industry?

What technological advances are we likely to see in the commercial airline industry over the next 25 years? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 5:55 AM PST - 21 comments

How to attend the Nov 4th Obama Rally?

What do I need to do to be able to go to the Obama rally in Grant Park on November 4th? [more inside]
posted by garlic at 5:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Recreate the British gentleman look pretty please

Where online can I find a decent quality top hat and monocle, barring Ebay? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 5:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Mysterious men with a mysterious machine...

A few years ago at a restaurant in a small Southern town, I witnessed a strange event involving a group of serious-looking elderly men, a bunch of coins, and a mysterious contraption… [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 5:15 AM PST - 9 comments

What is the value of humility?

What is the value or point of humility or being humble? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 4:28 AM PST - 36 comments

(Non-obvious) classical music to scare girls to...?

Can you suggest some dark, foreboding, scary classical music? Not the obvious stuff like The Hall of the Mountain King or Carmina Burana, but some pieces that might not be instantly recognisable. Can be any era - I'd love to find some stuff from the baroque era that fits the bill - but any period as long as it sends chills up and down the spine.
posted by skylar at 4:13 AM PST - 35 comments

Charged too much, how do I get my money back?

Charged too much for my supermarket sandwich, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 4:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Evert-fresh Bags in Phildelphia

Evert-Fresh bags in Philly? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 3:47 AM PST - 3 comments

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library

Please point me to resources that will help me learn about libraries, library software and IT as it applies to libraries (OPAC, etc.). [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 3:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Fastmail vs Gmail

I'm thinking of switching from Gmail to Fastmail, and would appreciate hearing from others if this is a good idea---and if so, why? and if not, why not? There was some debate on this on several sites a few years back when Gmail first launched, but I've not seen anything new on the comparison between these two services in a long while, and would appreciate some more up-to-date, informed opinions. [more inside]
posted by m4nju at 3:08 AM PST - 9 comments

I know there's some sort of Law of Why This Shit Works

MathFilter: When you take the average of a series of ratios expressed as fractions, you get the same result whether you add together all of the fractions, then divide them by the size of the series or divide the sum of all of the numerators by the sum or all of the denominators. What's this called, and what's the formal proof for this look like? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 12:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Practice to Build a Computer?

How should I prepare to eventually build a computer from parts? [more inside]
posted by crayolarabbit at 12:32 AM PST - 24 comments

Where to buy scripts?

Where is the best place to buy produced screenplays? 12-point courier, 8.5x11", brass-brad screenplays. Not buy to make, but buy to read and study? [more inside]
posted by wonderyak at 12:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Make new friends, but keep the old

I've recently moved across the US, away from a group of friends I was close with. How do I keep the group friendship alive? [more inside]
posted by nat at 12:05 AM PST - 13 comments

I saw a really cool ad for Fight Club featured on the awesome channel G4. What I am after is the soundtrack to that ad, does anyone know what it was? Or possibly where there are scores like it?

I saw a really cool ad for Fight Club featured on the awesome channel G4. What I am after is the soundtrack to that ad, does anyone know what it was? Or possibly where there are scores like it? It was basically a 30 second really intense drum beat. I know this is vague, but any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
posted by bostonhill at 12:00 AM PST - 6 comments

October 28

HR Office says "No Health Insurance for You!"

Can I really not get health insurance outside the standard enrollment period? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 11:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Mustache costume?

costume filter: Weak mustache costume? [more inside]
posted by dunderwood at 11:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Feathers everywhere, and poking me to boot!

So I had a regular sized (full) feather bed, I'm real tall, I thought to take the feathers out of the bed and put them into a king sized duvet and -- Viola! A king sized feather comforter! A good plan. So I bought the duvet, dumped the feathers in, and the thing is warm. But now, feathers large and small are poking through, and poking ME, there's feathers everywhere, I look like a chicken coop landed on me. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 11:04 PM PST - 9 comments

PowerPoint cutting off sound files

Why does PowerPoint keep cutting off my very short (~1 second) WAV files during my slide show? (Using Office 2007, PC running Vista). [more inside]
posted by rebel_rebel at 11:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Help find a "live" greenscreen program for my Nikon D3

Nikon D3 and greenscreen photography - what is the "live action" program for doing green screen shots? [more inside]
posted by samuel1613 at 10:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Robert Smith biography?

Has anyone written a good biography of Robert Smith?
posted by pompomtom at 10:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Who wrote this quote?

I can't figure out the exact quote and who wrote it. It goes something like this but I'm not completely sure - "The world either breaks the heart or turns it to stone" My suspicion is Rochefoucauld, once again shaky.
posted by bodywithoutorgans at 10:00 PM PST - 6 comments


What makes a scary film scary? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 9:53 PM PST - 30 comments

JealousyFilter. Am I Doomed?

I know how these relationship posts can drone on and on, so I'll cut to the meat of the situation. I'm dating a girl who is 27 and has a daughter who is almost two. I'll be 30 in December. She still lives with her ex (the father) because she can't afford to move out yet, and I've been very understanding of that. We've been dating for three months, the first of which was conflict free (as most new relationships are). [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 9:44 PM PST - 37 comments

Big Field of Greens

Due to an unfortunate mixup at the bulk food emporium, I find myself in possession of a metric buttload of spinach. Help me use it with your favorite spinach recipes. [more inside]
posted by *s at 8:54 PM PST - 32 comments

Get thee to a Prius!

Help us sell our two old junker-ish cars and buy a nice, new-ish, shiny cary. [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 8:41 PM PST - 8 comments

How to go from black to blonde?

Halloween hair filter: How to go from black to blonde? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 8:24 PM PST - 13 comments


Where can I find a freeware or shareware download for Mac OS X that will allow me to plug in numerical data (e.g., public library funding in a given year) for each U.S. State and get a map of the USA that displays color-coded states? Like the infamous red / blue states map, which also has county breakdowns. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 8:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Free tuition? Nah...

How do I best explain to my employer, a prestigious & expensive American Ivy League school, that I won't be taking advantage of the incomparable tuition discount and will instead finish my masters with a small-but-well-regarded British polytechnic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 PM PST - 7 comments

What kind of radio is this?

Can anyone identify this radio in the Drapers' kitchen at the end of the season two finale of Mad Men?
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu at 7:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Help Me Make My Paper Dress Last

What is the best way to attach newsprint to a dress to insure reasonable longevity? [more inside]
posted by thivaia at 7:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Honesty v. Mystery v. Good Faith v. Transparency

I'm really confused about how and when to bring up your level of interest in relationships. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 PM PST - 31 comments

Go Away, Corporate Big Bad Wolf!

Is a Neighbourhood Association (NOT a Home Owner's Association) a legal entity? Does it need to be one? What are its legal benefits? Sordid details inside [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 7:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Moving to a much colder climate - any advice??

My question dear MeFites is... do you have any advice for me to help make the transition from very hot to very cold temps. comfortably and cost-effectively? [more inside]
posted by katala at 7:36 PM PST - 18 comments

What is the name for my speaking...style?

There is a characteristic to my speech in which my lips are often pursed tightly together when I speak. It's not a lisp, nor is it a tongue thrust. My wife says it's because I have a long tongue, so the opposite of a lisp. Anyone know if this even has a name? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:25 PM PST - 2 comments

A Starbucks Gift Card Should Work, Right?

What was awesome to have when you lived in the jungle? [more inside]
posted by PhatLobley at 7:19 PM PST - 24 comments

What's that pig outdoors? Help me caption my story

I'd like to add captions to my YouTube videos and preferably not do it by hand. YouTube recommends this software but I have a Mac. Is there something free or cheap I can use? Any other tips? Thanks.
posted by jessamyn at 7:04 PM PST - 11 comments

What music should I be listening to, given my current obsessions?

What music should I be listening to, given my current obsessions? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 6:52 PM PST - 34 comments

Curret Canadian Great Credit Card Offers?

I'm living in BC and and have a money on a credit card that is at around 15%. Every once in a while I hear about some offer that they will transfer your debt and give you 0% or really low interest for a year or something. Any good offers out there right now??? Thank you!
posted by figTree at 6:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Guitar Hero World Tour Question

Can I use my Guitar Hero 3 for Wii controller guitars to play Guitar Hero World Tour?
posted by chuma at 5:58 PM PST - 5 comments

It won't make coffee, though

Turntable identification please! Found this bad ass turntable/radio thingamajigger at a thrift shop. It's a Braun but other than that I can find no info. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 5:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Got Jesus...?

Back in the dark ages of the internets, someone forwarded me (or sent me a link to) some pencil/line drawings of a stereotypical Jesus doing some rather non-stereotypical (but not NSFW) things: playing baseball with some kids, driving a semi, etc. Each one had some pretty funny captions or speech bubbles or something like that. Not sure why, but I need to see these again. Anybody point me to them...?
posted by TigerMoth at 5:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you help me find where my edgy target market shops for jewelry?

Help me find places in the Washington, DC Metro area to sell edgy men's jewelry, and discover where my target customer shops. [more inside]
posted by Redruin at 5:27 PM PST - 10 comments

diy relay coil

DIY relay coil [more inside]
posted by sailormouth at 5:22 PM PST - 8 comments

i can haz birfday present ideas?

What to get 19-yr old brother for birthday? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 5:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Can't see the blackboard, so the camera needs glasses.

What (pro)consumer-level webcam should I get that will let me read the marker board my coworkers are using to brainstorm? [more inside]
posted by whycurious at 5:11 PM PST - 1 comment

finding a storage unit in dc area

I'm moving to San Francisco for 7-8 months, and I need to find a storage unit for my things here in Washington, DC. I only need to put my things in once, and then take them out when I return. Any advice on finding the best unit for my needs? [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 4:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I easily create a small level place or terrace in my yard?

How do I easily grade / level / terrace a small portion of my yard? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 4:14 PM PST - 4 comments


My daughter loves the videos on "Here come the 123s" DVD, and I'd like to get her the "Here come the ABC's" DVD as well. I can easily find the ECD, but there are no descriptions on the tubes, on whether this is the equivalent of CD+DVD, or just a CD with some computer content. How and why is it different? (I could just order the two-disc set from Amazon.ca, but having to pay twice the US price just doesn't appeal to me.)
posted by Chuckles McLaughy du Haha, the depressed clown at 3:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Math and Odds and Blackjack

What are the chances, in blackjack, that I will start with 15, and the dealer will be showing a 10 (or face card worth 10)? [more inside]
posted by gummo at 2:50 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get Filemaker and HomeBase databases on the web?

How do I build a website to catalog historic documents, photographs, autographs, books and magazines out of FileMaker and AbeBooks.com HomeBase databases? [more inside]
posted by nessahead at 2:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Working off the grid.

What kinds of questions am I likely to be asked in an upcoming phone interview for a facilities management job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 1 comment

I eat badly and I need to stop.

Help me make better choices, food-wise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 38 comments

Can I move to Houston and get a sucessful job? Or any good paying job?

Is moving to Houston without a job lined up a terrible idea given the state of the economy? [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 2:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for new comics to read

I need some recommendations for daily comic strips to read [more inside]
posted by reenum at 2:18 PM PST - 38 comments

Identify a David Foster Wallace short story

Please help me identify/find this David Foster Wallace (very) short story. [more inside]
posted by hugo at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Presentation tips and advice

What are the best ways to encourage audience participation and reception of potentially boring presentations? I have two presentations late November / early December and want to keep people alert and do a memorable presentation. What tricks did the best / most memorable presentations you have seen use? [more inside]
posted by philsi at 1:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Dog with Hunter Syndrome- what can he eat?

Hello, gifted people. I have a library patron whose dog has been diagnosed with mucopolysaccharidosis, aka Hunter Syndrome. She is pursuing an experimental bone marrow treatment plan that has helped other dogs with this rare condition, but in the meantime her dog is limited to foods that have no triglycerides, polysaccharides, or mucopolysaccharides. Her question: are there any foods in the carbohydrate family that are NOT triglycerides, polysaccharides, or mucopolysaccharides? Or, to rephrase in maybe a simpler manner, are there any carbs that her dog can eat with this mucopolysaccharidosis disease? [more inside]
posted by agathafrye at 1:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Middle Name Activism

How would I do a google trends style analysis of the political use of Hussein as a middle name on Facebook?
posted by billtron at 1:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Dude's going to the clink for 5 days. What to expect?

What can someone expect when they go to jail for five days for a DUI? [more inside]
posted by nomad73 at 1:36 PM PST - 10 comments

What are specific dishes associated with religious holidays and/or rituals?

Can you help me make a list of specific dishes associated with religious holidays or rituals? (Example: challah bread on Shabbat; eel for Italians on Christmas Eve.) The more diverse the religions and dishes the better. Thanks!
posted by adrober at 1:26 PM PST - 31 comments

new glasses, weird reflections

I'm seeing annoying reflections of lights around the lenses of my new glasses. Are the frames causing this or something else? [more inside]
posted by Ultra Laser at 12:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Is a BS worth spending another year in school?

I'm working on a BA in chemistry, with a concentration in biochemistry. Compared to getting a BS, will it be harder for me to find a job when I graduate? If so, how much harder? [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 12:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Keep our rug from sliding

What's the best type of padding for an oriental rug on a heated floor? [more inside]
posted by Baethan at 12:08 PM PST - 1 comment

I need help finding a very specific combo of things in a place to live in Boston.

I'm shipping up to Boston and I need some help! [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 12:06 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me name my marketing consulting business!

Help me name my marketing consulting business! [more inside]
posted by mireille at 11:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Getting started producing electronic music?

How does an absolute beginner get started making electronic music? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 11:54 AM PST - 24 comments

Computer detecting nonexistent second monitor

I just started up my new Windows Vista laptop for the second time and it told me that it detected a second monitor. I don't have a second monitor and one has never been plugged in, the first time I started up the computer all I did was do the mandatory first-time-startup configuration, and it's never been connected to the Internet (I'm writing this from another computer). Should I just ignore the message, or might something be wrong I should look into? (I started up the computer again to check whether this would happen again, and it didn't, although the screen went black for a while after the desktop was fully loaded.)
posted by Cucurbit at 11:53 AM PST - 4 comments

getting rid of books

Best ways to get rid of books [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 11:41 AM PST - 25 comments

Pliny the Elder

Where can I find Pliny the Elder in the Mid-Atlantic? [more inside]
posted by grateful at 11:33 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I find a Dr. House?

How do I find a doctor that can figure out what is wrong with my family member? This seems like a Medical Incredible/House type case. [more inside]
posted by nougat at 11:18 AM PST - 21 comments

Documentary equivelants of informative history/science books?

Looking for good documentaries that are truly informative (i.e. a kind of textbook in movie format). What are the best documentaries you've seen that left you much more informed about basic history and human knowledge? [more inside]
posted by the other side at 11:10 AM PST - 28 comments

Where can I buy a Older-New Printer?

Where do the printers that dont sell go? In other words, where can I buy a band-new printer from say 2006? [more inside]
posted by cmherskovic at 10:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there a free (cheap) KML editor for the Mac?

Is there a free (cheap) KML editor, like NorthGates' KML Editor or KaMeLwriter, for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by brokekid at 10:45 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I learn more about a murder that occurred in my house?

How can I learn more about a murder that occurred in my house? [more inside]
posted by greenie2600 at 10:43 AM PST - 32 comments

Where can I find Mother's Animal Cookies?

I'm looking for Mother's Animal Cookies, with the notion of making my own and finding the best recipe. But it seems there are none in any local stores. Should I give in and buy some off eBay (yup, already checked), or does anyone know other online sources? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for pics, info, demo of old "Digital Jones" that was purchased by shopping.com in 2000

Does anyone know anything about the digital expert shopping engine "Digital Jones" that was purchased by Shopping.com / Dealtime.com in 2000? Pictures, Videos, Some old website? Checked Wayback machine and had no luck. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 10:39 AM PST - 1 comment

Where do the amateur classical/jazz musicians hang out online?

Where do the amateur classical/jazz musicians hang out online? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 10:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Need a computer chess clock - for up to a dozen players at once.

Looking for a Multitasking Timer: a bunch of timers on screen, clicking on one stops the others. Like a chess clock, but for 6 to 12 players. [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 10:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Traveling by train from Seattle to Vancouver, BC.

Traveling by train from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 10:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Part-time job tips

Help me track down a part time job that meets my picky needs. [more inside]
posted by NormandyJack at 10:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Recommedations for CBT therapists in Austin?

I have a friend who suffers from anxiety and panic disorder. She currently sees a therapist, but is interested in a more structured approach. Does anyone have a recommendation for a female therapist in Austin, TX who specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? I would also be interested in getting recommendations for brief inpatient programs.
posted by anonymous at 10:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Has my student debt condemned me to a life of mediocrity?

Due to a breakdown in negotiations, I have $30,000 more student debt than I thought, leaving me with $35k. I live very, very simply, and after college I wanted to go travel the world for a few years and not worry about a career or marriage or consumer debt. Am I totally, completely screwed into a life of mediocrity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:53 AM PST - 58 comments

Syncing podcasts to an iPod using two different computers

How can I sync podcasts to my iPod from my main PC and my laptop? [more inside]
posted by tapeguy at 9:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Anybody know what kind of plant this is?

Anybody know what kind of houseplant this is? (I inherited it when I bought my house). Thx!
posted by Misciel at 9:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Has your wind turbine worked well for you?

We are considering buying a Skystream wind turbine for a new home we're building in Northern New Hampshire (in the U.S.) Does anyone have any first-hand experience with this brand of turbine? Has it performed as well as expected and held up over time?
posted by soulbarn at 9:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Good destination in Peru for non-Spanish speaker

PERU: Puno vs. Cuzco: Which is a safer destination for a 27 year-old SWF (American)with very limited Spanish ability and very little money? Or somewhere else in Peru, maybe? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 9:24 AM PST - 11 comments

1. write book 2. ???? 3. Profit!

Whats the lowdown on selling ebooks? [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 9:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Wifi DPF

Please recommend a wireless picture frame that I can load with pictures remotely (through an online service like Picasa, by emailing the device, etc). This is for my grandparents, so the frame should require minimal to no interaction once set up, and I would like to avoid subscription fees for the WiFi service. Decent picture quality and viewing angle would be nice too.
posted by Krrrlson at 9:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Starting an indie game development business

I want to start a small business making/selling casual video games. I'm aware of the many smart and committed people who have tried this and failed, but I want to make a go of it anyway. How do I improve my chances of success? [more inside]
posted by [user was fined for this post] at 9:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Best plan of attack when you have only 3 days in Europe

Each year in the fall, my DH and I go to Ireland for his business meetings. These meetings last 3-4 days and then he takes 3 days of vacation and we go somewhere else in Europe. We have gone to Paris, the west coast of Ireland, Scotland and here is my question: When you have only 3 days, what would be the best plan of attack? [more inside]
posted by seekingsimplicity at 9:06 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I listen to DSS audio files on my Mac?

How can I listen to DSS audio files on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 8:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to feast, pre-marathon style?

NYC Restaurant Filter: Pre-marathon dinner feast for 1 runner and 12 family members? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 8:20 AM PST - 6 comments

What's a guy with 11 years work experience but no skills suited to do next?

I've been with my current job for over 10 years, but haven't developed any significant skills in this field that will help me in the future, and I'm starting to get freaked out....(Details inside)... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 8:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for price drop alerts.

Is there a website that will track a particular item and alert you when it's offered at discount? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 8:07 AM PST - 9 comments


What to do during a weekend in Chicago? What to do *this weekend* in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 7:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Ted Stevens International Airport?

"Ted Stevens International Airport". What happens now? How does the law work? Can they still keep the name?
posted by matteo at 7:44 AM PST - 23 comments

Give me a qualitative analysis of the GRE.

At the very last minute, I'm applying to grad school to get my PhD in English. Hooray! Except that I'm abysmal at math. How much will that hurt my chance at top PhD programs in English? Because I've got two weeks to A) teach myself basic algebra for the GRE, and B) stop psyching myself out to the point of panic attacks. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 7:31 AM PST - 42 comments

Stolen education

I recently found out that one of my professors takes practically all of his lecture material straight off the web. Should anything be done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM PST - 51 comments

Where is God?

Other than Rambam's "Mishnah Torah: Sefer Madah," what other famous book or work begins with the Tetragrammaton? In "hilchot yesode hatorah," the first four words of the chapter begin with the letters yud hay vav hay. Our teacher said there is some other famous book/chapter/text that uses words with the same four letters? Anyone know what it is? Thanks!
posted by andoatnp at 6:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Will an IKEA bedframe fit into a Prius?

Prius owners: have you successfully brought home a full size IKEA bed frame in your car? [more inside]
posted by puffin at 6:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Neither spam, nor snow...

NotSpamFilter: Why are letters sent from my Gmail and Google Apps email addresses getting intermittently marked as spam in Outlook? [more inside]
posted by rentalkarma at 6:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Cats are Gross

My kitten is snotty. Some sort of permanent virus he picked up in the shelter. I've talked to the vet about his health, but she had no tips for keeping my house mucus-free. Help? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 6:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Ive recently moved house and now my cat seems bored. What can i do to keep him entertained?

Around 4 weeks ago I moved house and took my cat with me. He seemed to take the move well he wasnt scared and settled in quite quickly. Ive installed a cat flap and for the past 2 weeks hes been using it if only to do business outside. I work 9 - 5 ish so the cat is on his own all day but when i come home the cat behaves very strangely. He will follow me round sometimes dashing back and forth trying to play sometimes just shadowing me and ocasionally meowing a bit. Im guessing hes bored and i have a feeling its because the area the new house is in only has 1 cat in the area. Im not sure. So im wondering what i could do to make him less bored. I was thinking maybee get another cat? or am i jumping the gun a bit is this normal behavour from a cat that has had to move? he does seem very happy
posted by toocan at 6:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Manic Depression?

Do I have "Manic Depression"? I know you are not my Dr., but since I'm not dying and my Doc usually changes the subject on me, I'd love to hear your general knowledge and experience before I go force the issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Pet name for a baby birdling.

What poultry pet name can I use for my baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:59 AM PST - 62 comments

What would be interesting to a high school class?

My wife, a high school teacher, has an extra period with her students tomorrow. She wants to show them something (documentary, TV episode) interesting and have a discussion afterward. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by FeldBum at 4:46 AM PST - 30 comments

Slippers that Make My Feet Happy?

I am looking for the best men's slippers in the world. Help please. [more inside]
posted by boots77 at 3:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Where should I go to med school?

Where can I get a quality medical education for cheap in Europe when dual French and Canadian nationalities? [more inside]
posted by snoogles at 2:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Where does the super fund goes to when one is dead?

(In australia) Where does the superannuation fund goes to if one dies? [more inside]
posted by red_rika at 2:22 AM PST - 1 comment

Looking for a cat-proof catflap with good insulation

Recommend a cat flap with a cat-proof lock. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 2:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a replacement fan for my VGA heatsink

Help me find a replacement fan for my VGA heatsink. The base of the fan is mounted onto the copper plate with 3 screws (in the shape of a 'Y') instead of the typical rectangular shape with 4 screws. This is an after-market heatsink for the 9800pro so I couldn't find any place that still sells it. The size of the fan is approx 2.12in which is about 53mm which is not typical either.
posted by parttimeninja at 12:16 AM PST - 8 comments

October 27

Laptop Repair in Lund or Malmö

Calling all Swedish mefites! Laptop repair for an American Dell in either Lund or Malmö, Sweden? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:32 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I use my host's SMTP to send mail when I have my address set to forward incoming mail?

How can I use my name@my-domain.com email address to send email, if the same address is set to forward incoming mail to another address? [more inside]
posted by churl at 11:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Obsessed with the Wasabi

Help me cure my Wasabi craving! [more inside]
posted by peewinkle at 10:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Can/should I ask a TA to write a grad school recommendation for me?

Can/should I ask a TA to write a grad school recommendation for me? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 10:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Your rug shouldn't crawl. Ever heard of maggots hatching out of a rug?

IKEA Rag Rug nastiness: Has this happened to anyone you know? (Somewhat gross explanation ahead) [more inside]
posted by lottie at 10:37 PM PST - 12 comments

What would you do with my money?

Looking for opinions here. My husband just retired, we have a government pension of $1,600/month. House paid for, ditto basic health insurance; we can live comfortably (high speed net access, Netflix, newspaper) if we're careful. We have $12,000 in savings, in cash. SO: save it all & add to it (last summer's plan) or spend some or all of it on useful items that may get scarcer and/or more expensive. What would you do?
posted by kestralwing at 10:28 PM PST - 21 comments

How should I go about painting my Halloween mask?

I'm trying finish up a mask I'm making for Halloween; it' s basically a giant papier-mache eyeball, and I'm looking for suggestions for suitable paints to use to make it look good. [more inside]
posted by millions at 9:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for long small gloves.

Where can I buy nice XS long gray gloves? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 9:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to buy a button maker in NYC?

Where can I buy a button maker (a machine like this one) in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by toftflin at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

YASSAR (Yet Another Sesame Street Artist Request)

Who was that 3 women, 2 guy band (screencap 1, 2) that performed the Alphabet song on last Friday's Sesame Street? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 8:25 PM PST - 5 comments

It's like I'm wearing scuba flippers...

Why do I get floppy feet after I run? They don't hurt, so I don't think they're shin splints...they just flop around when I try to walk. Help? [more inside]
posted by cheeken at 8:16 PM PST - 7 comments

How should I prepare my Mac before selling it?

What are all the things I should do to prepare an old iBook of mine before I sell it to another person (who I don't know and isn't related to me)? [more inside]
posted by micawber at 7:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Some Like it Hot

Where can I buy La Guacamaya hot sauce with lime juice in the Seattle area? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 7:41 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do in terms of job/education for this new economy?

I am in Canada (BC) and with the economy slowing and such, what is the best way to protect myself? I am in an entry level job now and growing "old" but I want to know the best course of action. White collar jobs? learn a trade? Get a degree? I am open to ideas... Thanks!
posted by brinks at 7:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Kill me with spice.

Hot food suggestions. This question got me thinking. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 7:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Name that U2 video.

Looking for a certain U2 video that I thought was pretty cool. [more inside]
posted by hwestiii at 7:29 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I help keep Pushing Daisies from being canceled?

How can I help keep Pushing Daisies from being canceled? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 7:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Ethics and Ethnicity

How to practice ethics and negotiate ethnicity as a gay man? [more inside]
posted by cscott at 7:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Ridiculously fast uploads?

Can veoh.com upload speeds exceed 300mbps? [more inside]
posted by qvinx at 7:06 PM PST - 12 comments

help me gain employment in the wonderful world of food service

What can I expect at interviews for simple restaurant/food service jobs? What things should I be saying to increase the chances I'll get hired? How should I dress? I have no foodservice experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 16 comments

St. Lucia Honeymoon - Weather Worries

Should we go to St. Lucia for our honeymoon next week, or hold out for better weather? [more inside]
posted by anomie at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Realllllly Bad Situation

My friend needs suggestions and advice for a bad situation he's in. [more inside]
posted by symbollocks at 6:35 PM PST - 20 comments

Staying in Savannah, GA

Fun suggestions and accommodation for Savannah GA- Filter and/or changing a flight-Filter. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 6:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Personal Web-Based Backup Interface

What would be a good web interface for a personal backup site? [more inside]
posted by perrce at 6:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Do I have something to worry about and if so, what can I do about it?

What to do about the woodstove and our new kittens? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 6:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Can You Think of Any Respected Losers

Help me identify famous people who were respected for putting up a good fight but still lost the (figurative) war. [more inside]
posted by metahawk at 6:09 PM PST - 36 comments

Obamarama (I just wanted an excuse to use that, honest)

What is there to do in Hampton Roads on election night? [more inside]
posted by srrh at 5:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Something is rotten in my state (not Denmark).

Last Wednesday I was assaulted by a foul smell in my front (guest) bathroom. I have been trying to pinpoint the cause for several days. I'm about to go out of town and need advice on what to do, especially since I'm extremely broke and have tried all the usual methods of attack. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 5:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Editor's block

free-lance writing filter: How to deal with an unresponsive editor, and how to approach new editors? details below. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

CMS + Blogspot = ?

What sort of CMS configuration would I use to integrate the current content of a Blogspot blog with a website of basic HTML articles and photo galleries? [more inside]
posted by stleric at 5:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Get Rich or Die Tryin'

Financial advice-filter. I'm a college student with no debt and negligible living expenses. Where should I be putting my income? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:16 PM PST - 8 comments

I wish I could ask him about this rather than the the internet...

I hooked up with an old friend who I had very long standing crush on, I'm pretty confident I'm being rejected, but his behavior during and after is still making my head spin and I would really like to understand his behavior more so that I can move on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:16 PM PST - 31 comments


Is it possible to gain 12 pounds of actual weight/fat in three days? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:15 PM PST - 22 comments

Where to stay in Ljubljana?

Hi All, I am due to go to Slovenia very soon, arriving in Ljubljana. I'm booked into a hostel but looking at online reviews the place is getting I'm quite scared. Any advice for places to stay whilst I'm there? I'm not generally scared of hostels, and have travelled through Asia, Sth America, Europe a bit. If anyone lives there or will also be there over the next week or so, speaks a bit of English and wants to have a meal/drink or two then I'm up for that as well. Thanks!
posted by Admira at 4:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I use Google Webmaster Tools if I don't own the site?

Google Webmaster Tools question. Can I use it if I don't own the site? [more inside]
posted by anticlock at 4:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Request for Suspenseful Anime

With very few exceptions I have never really liked anime. Recently I watched Death Note on hulu and got a huge kick out of it. I'd like to watch some more anime that isn't about people who are awesome at fighting fighting other people who are awesome at fighting and is generally suspenseful and tightly serialized. [more inside]
posted by I Foody at 3:32 PM PST - 48 comments

Numbering Documents in a PDF

I have several Word and PDF documents that I want to combine into a single PDF using Adobe Acrobat Professional 8. Is it possible to label each document with a different number? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 2:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Second perm in my life - how I do this thing?

I recently had my second perm ever in my life. I bought this liquid from the hair salon that the stylist assured me would not make my hair hard. It turned out to be a half-truth.. Tell me what's better! [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 2:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Part time-jobs / social groups / hobbies that are a great workout -- Help me find my Mr. Miyagi!

What are some physical jobs or hobbies that I can get involved in to be more healthy, but also something that will be regular enough to require me to keep going? [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 1:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Freemasons and early america?

Freemasons and the Founding Fathers of America/ links to early American history?! [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude at 1:46 PM PST - 8 comments

investing on losers

Investing/Day Trading -Why is it bad to pick stocks off the losers of the day assuming they will rebound? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 1:44 PM PST - 29 comments

Looking for US source for (whole) olive pit charcoal.

I'm looking for US (or international) source for (whole) olive pit charcoal (not an extruded product made out of pressed olive). Fruit stone charcoal (especially apricot pit) might also work. I am not looking for large quantities - maybe 1-3 kg at most. I know some Chinese sources, but right now, the shipping regulations are making it difficult to bring into the country. Ideally, these would be Chinese or Japanese olives, but Mediterranean olives could be Ok too. [more inside]
posted by PandaMcBoof at 12:41 PM PST - 5 comments

civil war gift for 10yr old

What would be a good gift for a ten year old civil war nut? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 12:37 PM PST - 23 comments

Feng Shui software?

Looking for Feng Shui software to lay out a new house (not yet built). Has anybody used a product they'd recommend?
posted by jackround at 12:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Help teenagers make a difference

I have about a hundred teenagers in a room for about two to four hours. What type of service project could we do on-site that would require little capital (less than $100), but could make a difference in someone's life here or somewhere around the world? We have lots of energy and time, but are lacking money and transportation.
posted by roaring beast at 12:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me find a song

I'm looking for a downloadable version of the Max Webster song Battle Scar. iTunes has nothing. I haven't heard this song in about 20 years, so any help will be appreciated.
posted by rockhopper at 12:17 PM PST - 2 comments

WTB: madeleines

What are some vivid examples of nostalgia in film and literature? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 12:10 PM PST - 32 comments

How to get a thumb drive to mount

Help me get a Memorex USB TravelDrive to work once again with my Dell Laptop! [more inside]
posted by jazon at 12:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Tao, thinking, and problem solving

What exists out there that discusses Tao not in the context of self-help or meditation but rather how its philosophies bear on practical aspects of art, scientific thinking, skills requiring concentration, etc? Case in point: it encourages an open mind and total awareness. I've read a good part of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance but it seems that's more about our relationship to technology. Related non-Tao items of interest are fine.
posted by crapmatic at 12:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Large Ice Cubes?

My favorite bars use large blocks of ice in their cocktails - much bigger than what can be obtained with a standard freezer tray. How can I make these myself? Is there such a thing as an extra large ice cube tray? [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 11:50 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me get my first passport.

I'm a 37-year-old American, about to get a passport for the first time for a trip in March, 2009 to Southern Sudan, with a little time in Uganda. Even though the trip is months away, I'd like to get my passport as soon as I possibly can, but I'm not sure what is the best way. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 11:44 AM PST - 23 comments

What's the best way to store cannabis?

What's the best way to store cannabis for extended periods? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 AM PST - 22 comments

What colors "go" in fashion?

Are there any websites that have easy to understand guidelines about matching colors in fashion? [more inside]
posted by peep at 11:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Best way to sharpen?

I have a bunch of dull knives, chisels, etc. I think I'm looking for a bench grinder. Used? New? How do I use it when I've got it? [more inside]
posted by echo target at 11:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Earliest sci fi story lines featuring corporate domination.

A friend is searching for early references in science fiction literature (a genre that I am not very well read in) where a corporation runs the world. I thought of Philip K. Dick's 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Are there earlier references?
posted by stephenfrancoeur at 11:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Editing 365 1-word video into one full-text video

[VideoEditingFilter] Easiest/quickest way to join MANY single-word videos into a whole, full-paragraphes one? [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 10:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Make writing more satisifying with sound effects!

Make writing more satisifying with sound effects! *Tahtikkatakkatahtakkatikkatitakkatahtitakkatitatakka-ka-CHUNG* [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 10:32 AM PST - 4 comments

I might be home for christmas...

Should I use a credit card to buy a plane ticket home? [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 10:30 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me not burn my house down.

Can I put a piece of furniture - sofa? bookcase? - in front of a 5 foot installed electric baseboard heater without burning my house down? The guy who did our renovations, who we like and trust a lot, insisted when he installed it that it would be perfectly safe to put a sofa right in front of the heater, which would prevent our kids from sticking their hands in it and possibly burning themselves. But now that I see how hot it gets, I'm afraid our house will go up in flames. That would not be good. What say you, electric-baseboard-heater-owning-Mefites?
posted by missuswayne at 10:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Who's been sleeping in my bed, and what business is it of yours?

Fundamentalist sister coming to visit; won't stay at our place because we are not married! [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 10:26 AM PST - 36 comments

Why the long Use By date on chicken?

I've read that raw chicken should be kept in the refrigerator for only 2 or 3 days before using. So why is the "Use By" date on the chicken sold at my local supermarket 6 days from now? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 10:25 AM PST - 6 comments

ISO old website

I remember a website from a few years ago that showed three different still photography scenes that morphed into one another, showing that scene over the course of 24 hours. These scenes had accompanying recordings of the surroundings. If I remember correctly, the scenes were a park, outside a bus station or some kind of intersection, and a quiet canal in Venice. I would like to find this site again. Any help?
posted by greta simone at 10:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I stay or should I go now?

I feel the need to move my computer data to the cloud, but I am... afraid. This has been troubling me for months now. I've bothered friends and family, but most of them have already switched and have no fear. But I'm an old computer dude and I've always stored my stuff within arms reach. I'm lured by Google features but, but... I guess it comes down to trust. This is emotional people! If I pay google monthly (for more space) does that imply any durability? Or am I way outta line and being too virtually materialistic?
posted by mouthnoize at 10:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Tightly wound ball of neuroses

I'm in a great relationship but afraid of messing things up. Help me stop being silly! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 11 comments

Changing from Wordpress.com to own domain; is it a good idea, and how to?

Dear Hive Mind, I'm thinking of switching my college's wordpress.com literary blog to its own domain using wordpress.org. But I don't know if this is the right thing to do. [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 9:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Time synchronization on a Windows network?

What's the correct way to set things on a Windows server (SBS 2003) and our client computers so the time is synchronized properly? [more inside]
posted by bcwinters at 9:53 AM PST - 12 comments

stop the madness

Like most people I know, I'm pretty sick of the presidential election - to the point where I'm going to try something interesting this year. On Election Day, I'm taking the day off. I'll go vote at the beginning of the day, but after that I plan on actively avoiding the whole thing, best I can, until Wednesday morning. How can I best pull this off? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome at 9:49 AM PST - 25 comments

The Han and Cinema

The Han and Cinema I am working on a paper on the Korean concept of Han and how Han is communicated directly or through the use of trope in film and television. Of particular interest are films and television from East Asia, those which feature East Asian actors, and those which are set in East Asia. The definition I am seeking to support or reject is the idea of Han as: The pain of victims that has festered in their hearts for a long time. My ideas thus far: The West Wing (2003) Episode 504 - entitled Han. The Good Earth (1937) In addition to the plot of the film of interest is the fact Anna May Wong was passed over for the role of O-Lan and the pain and woundedness and the sense of "Han" she experienced. M*A*S*H (1972-1983) set in Korea but not focused on Korea. The Korean people are merely a silent witness in the series, they have no voice. If you have any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it.
posted by the_binary_blues at 9:47 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I collect backdated unemployment benefits?

NY Unemployment Benefits Filter: I applied for unemployment benefits approximately three weeks after my company had to release me, due to downsizing. Essentially, I am trying to recover unemployment benefits I did not claim during those first three weeks. Am I out of luck? [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 9:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Pokémon Snap was about as far as I got with photography.

What are some absolute beginner DSLR tips and tricks my wife can pick up on quickly and start using today? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 9:13 AM PST - 26 comments

Rock My City

How do you make a town more local-music-friendly? What things can individuals, businesses, and cities do to encourage a better local music scene? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 9:13 AM PST - 20 comments

Video Libraries 101

Can you point me towards some articles about planning and methodology for developing small video libraries? [more inside]
posted by sswiller at 9:08 AM PST - 2 comments

Do lazy people change?

Do you know of anyone, yourself included, who has actually made significant positive in terms of optimism, discipline, and ambition? How did this happen? [more inside]
posted by mjewkes at 9:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Asset booking for cars

My organisation has entasked me with installing a computer-based car booking system. We have roughly 14 cars. We currently use a huge whiteboard to manage this. But we imagine it could be easier to manage if people used a computer to query a database via an asset booking GUI. At least one of the computers ought to be a touchscreen installed somewhere central with a super easy GUI for those who are not so computer-literate. Access control an advantage (registered users, etc). Ability to leave messages about what's wrong with the cars - and equally see what others have reported - a wonderful thing. Also a real boon could be the ability to tell the system, I want a car from then to then - what's available? [more inside]
posted by dance at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Emptying Buried Propane Tank

How does one go about removing propane from a disconnected, buried tank? [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso at 8:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me not flunk out.

I am struggling to get through University. Can you offer any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:45 AM PST - 17 comments

MBTA musical chairs - Why does my train home come to the wrong platform?

Why does the MBTA Worcester/Framingham CommuterRail trains switch from the inbound tracks to the outbound tracks between certain hours? [more inside]
posted by lizzicide at 8:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Cookie Question

Why does putting a couple pieces of bread in a sealed container of cookies keep the cookies soft while the bread goes hard? [more inside]
posted by shadowfelldown at 8:25 AM PST - 14 comments

We thank you for your patronage.

Do consumer loyalty programs make sense or is it generally better to pick hotels and flights based on price and convenience? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 8:24 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get Kubuntu running under Parallels on my Mac to see the internet?

How do I get Kubuntu running under Parallels on my Mac to see the internet? [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong at 8:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Laser therapy recommendations for Toronto?

Can anyone recommend a Toronto-based laser clinic for facial/skin treatments? It makes me a bit nervous to think of just picking one out of the yellow pages, and I can't even seem to find any customer reviews of laser clinics on the web.
posted by orange swan at 7:56 AM PST - 3 comments

breakfast in Paris?

My girlfriend and I are travelling from London to Paris with a very early 5.25 train. We will arrive in Paris around 8, and I'm sure we would appreciate going straight to a very nice cafe or similar from a nice, long breakfast. Can you recommend such a place? We like sweet and savoury things, but prefer baguette, croissants and jams type of place. We're looking for something a bit more upmarket than normal cafes, but nothing which would cost more than 15 euros per head... Thanks!
posted by hairgelburrito at 7:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Video card issues

I bought the ATI Sapphire HD 3870 a couple of months ago. I was especially stoked about the HDMI out feature that would allow me to play audio from my DVD receiver (Samsung HTQ80T/XAA). Well it does that but, the resolution is blurry. Changing the display quality on the pc doesn't help. My PC is connected to the HDMI IN on the receiver and the HDMI OUT on the receiver is connected to my monitor. DVD's look fine but the PC looks horrid. Not sure if it's the Home theater, or the card. Any Ideas as to what I can do about this? thanks.
posted by Student of Man at 7:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Exercise Plan?

I have three days a week and approx. 1 hour 15min. I am about 30 lbs over weight but eating healthy. I know I need to do cardio and I like weights. Anybody have a workout plan that they can suggest for 3 times a week? (I hope to go 4 eventually but this is the time I have). The only exercises I cannot do are military presses do to a rotator cuff issue. So with this limited time and stretching thrown in, what is your advice/opinon? Feel free to share with me your workout program. I am in okay shape but still in the walking stages of cardio. I am rather strong but am not looking to get more muscular....rather to get lean, if possible. I would hire a trainer but cannot afford it at this time.
posted by snap_dragon at 6:35 AM PST - 16 comments

How to arrange reflective stickers on a child bike seat?

Child seat on bicycle + reflective stickers: what's the best pattern? [more inside]
posted by Huw at 6:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Political ads - actors or the party faithful?

Political TV Ads. Do they use professional actors in the majority of TV ads, or are they "real" people that work for the candidates? Not that my decision would be swayed by TV ads, but most of the people in them seem to have absolutely no enthusiasm or belief in what they are saying (the "I'm not Joe the Plumber" ads being the prime example).
posted by 543DoublePlay at 5:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Song quest

I found a song back in the days of Napster which has no accurate metadata. But, I like it and need help figuring out who it is. There's some folks out there via Google who say its the Grateful Dead. I'm not so sure. Here are the lyrics: [more inside]
posted by Shanachie at 5:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me believe in myself

What did you do to get over your deep-seated belief that you'll fail at everything you do? In the past this has manifested itself in overtly self-destructive behaviors (e.g. substance abuse), and while those are currently under control I still engage in massive self-sabotage that I'm pretty sure is connected to my belief that I do not deserve success and will fail at anything I try to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Releasing alpha-dog on demand?

How can I tap into my alpha male tendencies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:48 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I deal with rejection?

Need help to resolve this situation with my maybe ex-best friend/boyfriend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:48 AM PST - 18 comments

Image capture via Mac OS X from a Canon 400D (Rebel XTi). Help.

Remote image capture via Mac OS X from a Canon 400D (Rebel XTi). Help. [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal at 3:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Help us appreciate the magic of Costco

What do you buy at BJ's/Costco etc.? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 3:20 AM PST - 60 comments

Help me use these minions wisely

Looking for useful marketing projects for volunteers [more inside]
posted by faineant at 3:06 AM PST - 2 comments

No longer lost in translation.

Is it possible to launch a preemptive strike against jet lag--by gradually waking up earlier to adjust your biological clock to a foreign time zone? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:13 AM PST - 15 comments

I quit cooking

What do I need to know about frozen diet foods in Australia? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 2:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Age gets in my eyes

How is it that as you grow older your perception of people's faces as being roughly in your age group grows with it? [more inside]
posted by =^^= at 2:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Not my type!

I'm trying to find a manual typewriter with a cursive font [more inside]
posted by alcopop at 1:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Awesome country, easy on the country

Please help me find awesome alt. country\indie folk\country-influenced pop bands. Examples within. [more inside]
posted by !Jim at 12:17 AM PST - 56 comments

October 26

Please help me feel better about what happened at the E.R.

I am trying to resolve some angry and anxious feelings I’m having about emergency medical care my husband received this weekend. Very long story inside. [more inside]
posted by jay dee bee at 11:57 PM PST - 28 comments

Virtual scissors and tape: Page assembly?

I want software to split, combine, tile, and imposition pages (produced by different apps) before sending the job to the printer. Can I do this without spending megabucks on Acrobat or learning to read and write PostScript by hand? [more inside]
posted by Myself at 11:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Shipping via USPS with Improper Zip Code

Oops bought something on ebay, but gave them the wrong zipcode, product shipped via US Postal Service First Class Mail [more inside]
posted by matimer at 11:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I recreate my financial history of the last three years?

how can I recreate my financial records for tax purposes? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank at 10:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Obama Rallies - Cameras allowed? Camera Bags?

Attending an Obama Rally this week and I want to take pictures, but the RSVP warns 'Please limit personal items.' [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 10:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for the website/portfolio of a female photographer.

Looking for the website/portfolio of a female photographer. [more inside]
posted by querty at 9:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Question about some short little animation files

Question about those animations included with *cough*downloaded*cough* files.... [more inside]
posted by omnipotentq at 9:28 PM PST - 14 comments

SWF seeks tall, dark, and aquatic

Where can I find a large stuffed shark in the city of Auckland? [more inside]
posted by troika at 9:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Stifling my individuality: condos and curtains

How can I insert a white lining onto my curtains, thereby appeasing my condo association? [more inside]
posted by December at 8:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me both a Good and Bad Father for Halloween

Dressing as a Preist (leaning more toward Irish Catholic one )for Halloween. Looking for ideas and wierd and funny things to say. So far i found this Things you dont want a Preist to say was hoping to query the hive mind for funnier things and ideas.
posted by Rolandkorn at 8:21 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I turn a 30+ minute walk, into 10?

Help me shorten my new 1.5hr commute, or, recommendations needed for short-hop bicycle-type things [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case at 8:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Learning tech skills for librarianship

Answers to my previous question about academic librarianship and other situations have made it clear that I need tech skills. How can I go about developing these skills? [more inside]
posted by waterandrock at 7:28 PM PST - 9 comments

How to read music when you can't

What's my brain missing that prevents me from being able to (ever) read music? [more inside]
posted by qsysopr at 7:14 PM PST - 31 comments

How do they get blimps from event to event?

How do they get blimps from event to event? [more inside]
posted by remthewanderer at 7:00 PM PST - 23 comments

Get off my damn knife!

Why do the slices stick to the side of my chef's knife when I'm slicing apples and such? Is there anything I can do to stop it? It doesn't seem to happen to the TV chefs.
posted by smackfu at 6:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Why does my 60 Gig HD show 12.5 Gig capacity?

Why does my Lenovo ThinkPad T60 running Windows XP 60 Gig HD show 12.5 Gig capacity? Screenshot of the weirdness: http://screencast.com/t/5wUUE5BORI
posted by zalary at 6:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Do I want to live in Manhattan?

New Yorkers - do I want to move to Greenwich Village? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 6:33 PM PST - 24 comments

How to find which bars in a given area will be having election night watch parties?

Is there a best site where one can look up which bars, locations, etc. in your area will be having election night watch parties? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 6:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Help an Anglophile out, mate!

US user desperately seeking workaround to view BBC/Channel 4 full program(me)s. Thank you.
posted by red cell at 5:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to buy Mauritian rum, beer and tea in Australia?

Question for Aussies or Mauritian ex-pats: Where can I buy some products from Mauritius in Australia? [more inside]
posted by chris88 at 5:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Proofreading Service

Does anyone know of a proofreading service that offers high end proofreading for professionals? [more inside]
posted by bucksox at 5:29 PM PST - 9 comments

A relationship when one partner has HSV2?

So, I've been in three long term relationships, and while I'm not quite a blushing virgin, now that I'm dating, I'm realizing that I'm quite possibly a bit more naïve than most. I've been on a few dates with a really wonderful man, and he's disclosed that he has herpes. Nothing has happened yet that would put me at risk, but I'm trying to figure out what this means. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Why walk your bike vertically?

KidsTheseDays Filter: I see 'em walking their bikes by holding them propped up vertically, by the handlebars, balanced on the back wheel. What's this all about? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 5:02 PM PST - 19 comments

If I'm working, I might as well be working TOWARD

What are some good, specific resources that can help me figure out what job I should have? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink at 4:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Footcare for a non-bendy person.

A dear friend of mine is morbidly obese. He has a variety of medical issues which are mostly being addressed. He has several related issues that are not - mostly hygiene related. Help me help him. (possible squick inside). [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 4:07 PM PST - 12 comments


GameReviewFilter: Any "Zero Punctuation"-like game reviewers out there? [more inside]
posted by curagea at 3:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Backing up a Hard Drive

Backup, restore a HD to external HD [more inside]
posted by robbyrobs at 3:44 PM PST - 6 comments

I need discipline! (no, not that kind of discipline)

Help me re-develop personal discipline without tearing myself to pieces. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:26 PM PST - 13 comments

how to deal with my girlfriend's anorexia

How do I deal with, what I believe is, my girlfriend's growing issues with anorexia [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Release The Hounds!

How can I best use the Internet to find out who's behind a given website? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 3:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Wood Futon Frame Plans

Looking for plans to build a futon frame out of wood. [more inside]
posted by gzimmer at 2:59 PM PST - 5 comments

When does my brother's drinking become my problem?

How do I help my mother deal with my sibling's alcohol use? [more inside]
posted by non sum qualis eram at 2:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Simple database software with boomer usability

Database software for "what does right-click mean"? [more inside]
posted by skwt at 2:25 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I deal with my roommate?

My roommate wants a friend to live at our place while he gets his life together... should I be cool with this? [more inside]
posted by FireStyle at 2:21 PM PST - 39 comments

Good inheritance lawyer in NYC?

My maternal great aunt's husband just died; this guy had been lying to my great aunt for years, claiming they were destitute and living off of her while squirreling away all his money. It looks like he's trying to leave everything to his son, and leave her cold; where can my mother find a good inheritance lawyer in New York City? Neither my mother nor her aunt is rich. [more inside]
posted by korpios at 1:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Need Video Card for...Video!?

What's the best video card to get for xvid/divx and h.264 decoding? [more inside]
posted by Oktober at 1:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Move this Aussie from down under to up yonder.

Immigration Law! Help me get my bagged Aussie into the U.S. and A. [more inside]
posted by metalheart at 1:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for a website with lots of (possibly Russian) movie posters for popular american movies.

Anyone remember a website that had lots of old movie posters which I think were possibly from Russia but of American or western films? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 1:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Wordpress themes for legal websites

Where can I find a free Wordpress theme to use on a lawyer's website? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 1:05 PM PST - 7 comments

SouthAmericaAndroidPhoneFilter: How can I get me a Google Android Phone

I want an Android google phone but live in South America where they aren't available yet, and when they do they will be overpriced. [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 12:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Best way to play Fable 2 local co-op?

Fable 2 local co-op question: Is it possible to play through the game once with a henchman tagging along, without the second player needing to play through their own game? [more inside]
posted by cacophony at 12:43 PM PST - 2 comments

The Business of iPhone Software Development

I have started developing and selling software for the iPhone. What websites should I read on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by alms at 12:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me decode the Linear B of teens

Help me decode the Linear B of teens [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 12:10 PM PST - 11 comments

What is the best way to experience the upcoming US election in the UK?

What is the best way to experience the upcoming US election in the UK?
posted by fernbritton at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

What great quotes should I use to describe plan, section and elevation drawings in architecture?

I'm writing a paper which deals with architectural representation. In doing so I'm providing very brief explanations of plans, sections & elevations intended to bring a non-design crowd up to speed on these conventions. I'm looking for informative and quasi-poetic quotes to describe, contextualize and problematize these drawing types. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign at 11:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Cleaning cleaner

How can I get CVS-brand liquid "high efficiency" detergent out of a nylon duffel bag? (asking for a friend)
posted by prefpara at 11:52 AM PST - 5 comments

To live or die in Chi-town

Asking for a friend: How might she go about finding gainful employment in Chicago? She's two years out of college, graphics design major, working for a printer in middle America, and wants the bright lights, big city. Marketing would be the dream job for her. Any advice? Recruiting agencies? Pounding the pavement? The Internet hasn't worked so well for her.
posted by cameradv at 11:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I drop out of college?

Should I drop out of college? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 26 comments


Should we buy CFL or LED bulbs? [more inside]
posted by drstein at 11:25 AM PST - 12 comments

ebay usernames with *** between to characters...fraud? snipes? what is this?

what's with ebay usernames like 7***j...I'm frequently being outbid by this type of username...is this an automated type of bidding account, like for bid sniping? is this fraud? anybody know? [more inside]
posted by othersomethings at 10:57 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the (german?) word I'm looking for?

Does this word exist? Definition: a concept that is either so large and/or complex that you cannot even wrap your mind around it, specifically in the sense that the idea/concept/whatever-are-discussing essentially can't "fit" in your brain. I believe it is a many-syllabled German word that is used in English similar to how English speakers use the terms "zeitgest" or "doppelganger". [more inside]
posted by acehigh at 10:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Capitalising on other peoples stupidity: On Ebay, how do i know which broken devices aren't really THAT broken after all?

Capitalising on other peoples stupidity: On Ebay, how do i know which broken devices aren't really THAT broken after all? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 10:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Which law school for family?

Law School Filter: OK, so my numbers put me as likely in at Chicago or Michigan (according to hourumd), which are my first choices. But which is best for my family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:50 AM PST - 9 comments


I think I have problem with escapism and lazyness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Stop Smoking Clock Online

Can i register somewhere online for how long I've been smoke–free? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 10:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Shirt / antiperspirant détente!

Quotidian-question-filter: I seek a high-quality antiperspirant that won't stain clothing. [more inside]
posted by Captain Rayford Steele, Tribulation Force at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

I need to break up with my boyfriend, but I need some advice on how.

How do I break up with my boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 9:47 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me learn to embrace leftovers.

Help me learn to embrace leftovers. [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 9:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Seeking Brio Toy Collector Site

Can anyone recommend a Brio Toy collector website that has complete set lists? (I'm basically looking for a site like This Old Toy but for Brio trains.
posted by anastasiav at 8:59 AM PST - 1 comment

I want to be less smart

How can I make people think I am less intelligent than they think I am? [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon at 8:39 AM PST - 58 comments

Maximizing a function over orthogonal matrices

Maximizing a function over orthogonal matrices, or: solving polynomial order 2 systems. Help me out or point me to a better forum / listhost. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 8:26 AM PST - 15 comments

How to become a better journalist ?

Can anyone recommend an "online journalism" or "digital journalism" course/training/seminar for existing journalists ? [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 at 8:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Moving girlfriend into share?

Manhattan rental share, what's a reasonable fee for an extra room mate? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:07 AM PST - 8 comments

WiFi makes router halt <2 minutes after boot

My Linksys WRT54G becomes unresponsive about 2 minutes after boot if the WiFi is on. This prevents Internet access even for wired clients. This does not happen if I quickly get into the router at boot and disable WiFi. Any ideas? Should I move to DD-WRT? [more inside]
posted by Xoder at 8:00 AM PST - 13 comments

240V to 120 conversion(s)

I need to convert a double 30 amp breaker that feeds a 240V dryer outlet into a subpanel for several 120 lines... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 7:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Cat expert needed! I petted a stray I feed, now he clings to me like a limpet. How do I get him to relax?

A neglected neighborhood cat has moved into my yard and is driving me crazy with his nonstop needy behavior since the day I petted him. What can I do to help him chill out? [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. at 7:23 AM PST - 16 comments

The alarm can't wake you up if you can't perceive it

What is a good alarm clock program that will display a message when the alarm goes off? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 7:08 AM PST - 1 comment

UAE taxation

Moving to the UAE from the UK, tax query (bonuses) [more inside]
posted by Mossy at 5:54 AM PST - 1 comment

The eyes have it.

How concerned about glaucoma should I be? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 4:30 AM PST - 4 comments

yes, I'm in denial

What would my mother be using KY Jelly for other than the obvious? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 3:03 AM PST - 43 comments

October 25

Cellular Seoul

s. korea filter: in seoul for two weeks and wondering about pay-as-you-go phones. existent? procurable? where? how? i sure could use one while i'm there...
posted by artof.mulata at 11:23 PM PST - 5 comments


Sony laptop won't boot! [more inside]
posted by harhailla.harhaluuossa at 10:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Who best helps the homeless?

How can I help Southern California's homeless? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 9:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Where Can I Buy Electric Christmas Tree Candles in Australia?

Where can I buy electric Christmas tree candles like (or similar to) these in Australia? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:52 PM PST - 1 comment

I'm not a Yankee, please help

Traveling to NYC during Thanksgiving... [more inside]
posted by bach at 8:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Hampshire College vs. St. John's College?

I am a senior right now, contemplating the college process. My top choices? Hampshire College and St. John's College. Essentially, I think both of them are great for me.... so which would you choose?
posted by zenja72 at 8:08 PM PST - 38 comments

More like WRONG arrow key, amirite?

My laptop's right-arrow key is remapping itself. Any tips for diagnosis or repair? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi at 7:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Seiko Credor Watches: where can I buy one?

Seiko Credor Watches: where can I buy one? [more inside]
posted by Ligament at 6:22 PM PST - 3 comments

A yummy slice of gluten-free casein-free joy-free pie?

My boyfriend has started a GFCF (gluten-free, casein-free) diet. This is following a recent diagnosis of Adult Aspergers. Please help us. [more inside]
posted by mjao at 5:29 PM PST - 22 comments

fish work flow

Can someone explain the processes of how fish gets from fishermen and producers in California (specifically the San Francisco bay area) to restaurants. Is there a central fish/wholesale market? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 4:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help, immediate need for non-internetphobic insurance company!

We're having great difficulty getting required insurance approval for the house we are trying to buy, all due to us having a web-based business. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 4:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Seeing all my ebay purchases?

How can I see my purchases on eBay back further then 60 days? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 3:57 PM PST - 7 comments

What do I need to buy to hook my new Macbook Pro up to my TV (using composite cables)?

What do I need to buy to hook my new Macbook Pro up to my TV (using composite cables)? [more inside]
posted by kosmonaut at 3:28 PM PST - 6 comments

I just can't go through another anthology...

Short Story Suggestions: I need a short story for a specific lesson. Criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by gursky at 2:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Where do I find a new MP3 player with all the features of my old iriver H320?

Where do I find a new MP3 player with all the features of my old iriver H320? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket at 2:15 PM PST - 13 comments

problem with cd-rw burning

why can i not burn a cd-rw on lenovo thinkpad t61? [more inside]
posted by raphael19 at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

oil lens spectacles

I remember reading about these spectacles that'd let you control their focal lengths by varying an oil film between two rectangles of glass that were held together by the frame ('oil inside the lens'). Links?
posted by Taksi Putra at 1:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Suggest kitchen cleaning products

Please suggest products that I should and should not use to clean different parts of the kitchen, such as a laminate counter top, stainless steel sink, or metal stove top. I am particularly interested in products that won't generate fumes that will send me out of the kitchen. [more inside]
posted by grouse at 1:53 PM PST - 21 comments

I'm not going to burn my house down, right?

I bought an Ikea Kassett cardboard box with drawers, and have rigged the bottom drawer for a power strip, top for my mobile gadgets power station-style. Is this a fire hazard? [more inside]
posted by GamblingBlues at 1:51 PM PST - 5 comments

save me from daylight savings!

HELP! When does Daylight Savings Time end in NYC this year?! [more inside]
posted by slograffiti at 1:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Virginia and Tennessee travle

We are traveling to the Crossville, TN area and are asking for suggestion of things to do and great places for a good meal. We will have four days to travel around the area and are willing to drive about 100 miles in any direction. Any suggestions? Also any suggestions for good stops along I-81 between Charlottesville, VA and the Tennessee border are welcomed. Thank-you.
posted by shadywood1 at 1:43 PM PST - 9 comments

A poster of a door?

I'm trying to find posters of architectural elements of rooms... [more inside]
posted by ThomThomThomThom at 1:31 PM PST - 2 comments


My sweetheart loves, and has read every book by, Anna Quindlen, Jumpha Lahiri, Pat Conroy, Joshua Henkin, and Anne Packer. I need to buy her books to read on our honeymoon. I'm at a loss. Save us from a sad and illiterate start on our new lives! Suggest authors or books to get her.
posted by Sockpuppet The First at 1:28 PM PST - 25 comments


If anyone can help me identify a piece of TV music from the early 80s, you all can. [more inside]
posted by evilcolonel at 1:24 PM PST - 2 comments

date restaurants in san francisco?

Last minute date filter: Need a good restaurant in San Francisco for a couple of twenty-somethings. [more inside]
posted by Sandor Clegane at 1:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for a better magnifier for crafts.

Are there stronger versions of clip-on craft magnifiers, such as this one? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl at 1:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Cross section cravings

Help me find cross section posters and books. [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 12:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Seeing spots...

I woke up this morning and noticed a darkish, donut-shaped spot almost in the middle of the field of view of my left eye. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 12:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Where to start with this good website idea?

Where do I start? I have an idea for a "rate my ____" website. It is not a photo-based one, more like the rate my teacher sites around. [more inside]
posted by nitor at 12:18 PM PST - 6 comments

south of the border cellphone

What US-based cell phone service will I be able to get in Matamoros, Mexico, across the border from Brownsville, Texas? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel at 11:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Remodeling this old spouse

Would like to end the ongoing clashes over housework and childcare with my husband. What has worked for your family? [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 at 11:40 AM PST - 30 comments

How can I get my (future-ex) wife to finalize our separation agreement?

Hopefully-not-too-ugly Divorcefilter: How can I get my (future-ex) wife to finalize our separation agreement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Is the performance of a team defense less predictable than the performance of other fantasy football positions?

For the purposes of fantasy football, is the performance of a defense/special teams harder to predict than the performance of, say, a wide receiver? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s at 10:58 AM PST - 5 comments

This has nothing to do with Halloween.

Where can I find a getup like these children are wearing? [more inside]
posted by softsantear at 10:04 AM PST - 11 comments

"Life" TV Show Theme Song

Help me, please, identify the music used during the closing credits of the tv show, "Life." [more inside]
posted by Thistledown at 10:03 AM PST - 1 comment

Please don't flirt with me!

How to maintain self-respect without trashing a friend? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 9:46 AM PST - 15 comments

How to publicy praise my doctor for future patients?

I live in Ontario. I'd like to write to some government body praising my oral surgeon, who is so amazing it should be on record somewhere for anyone researching him in the future. Should I do this, and who should I send the letter to? He's DDS, MD, FRCD(C), Dip. ABOMS.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 9:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Stains on Hardwood Floor

We rent an apartment and have some pet stains in our hardwood floor. I believe they are too deep to sand out and I think the floor will have to be partially replaced. The damage covers parts of an area about 32" x 36". I'd like to try and take care of it without involving my landlord. Is it possible to replace only part of a hardwood floor? Does anyone know a reputable flooring company in the Chicagoland area?
posted by youngergirl44 at 9:16 AM PST - 10 comments

This weekend's iron chef ingredient: pumpkin. Now please help me do it right!

Help me cook with pumpkin. More information than you require inside. [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 9:15 AM PST - 23 comments

Tennis training aids? Do they work?

What's everyone's experience with tennis training aids? Have any actually worked for you and helped improve your game? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 9:15 AM PST - 6 comments

polling data for states & parishes

Good sites for political polling data by state county or parish? [more inside]
posted by dog food sugar at 8:16 AM PST - 6 comments

How to create a database for personal statistics?

Currently I've created several Excel files & sheets to keep track of my timelog, fuel expenses and statistics... but this set up is very messy, and I would like to keep all this data in a database. I'm wondering which would be the best option to do that. [more inside]
posted by volpe at 8:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Website help?

Can anyone help me with my particular website dilemma? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 12 comments

Multi-person video chat?

Is there an affordable way to set up a videoconference among the five households in my family, which are scattered through the U.S. and Europe? I understand that Skype and IM services support one-to-one conferences, but I'm not sure about multipoint. Oovoo looks good, but I understand it's prone to abuse. What's my best option?
posted by futility closet at 7:27 AM PST - 9 comments

I want to own the room like Bill Clinton

I need to stop muttering, talking too fast and slouching if I'm going to progress in my job. Can anyone recommend a "personal impact coach" (what a terrible name) in the Washington DC metro area to turn me into a confident and assured manager? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo at 6:46 AM PST - 7 comments

My cat is exhibiting symptoms of being in heat despite being fixed.

My cat is exhibiting symptoms of being in heat despite being fixed. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 6:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Volvo vs. Saab convertible

Looking for a decent year-round convertible which can comfortably fit two adults and two children. [more inside]
posted by evilelf at 4:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Toronto Injury Claims Lawyer

Injury claims lawyer recommendation in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by juiceCake at 2:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Elegant weapons, for a more civilized age

Do lisp and dialects make sense for general purpose scientific computing? [more inside]
posted by ghost of a past number at 2:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Korea to US money transfer

What is the best way to transfer money from Korea to U.S.? My sister is in Korea teaching English. The last time she transferred money into her US account it costs her about $2k to send $2500. How does she get around this problem. Sorry I don't know any more details.
posted by docmccoy at 12:29 AM PST - 7 comments

October 24

Looking for a download: "Bad Little Baby Girl" by the Keane Brothers.

Looking for a download: "Bad Little Baby Girl" by the Keane Brothers. [more inside]
posted by DonSlice at 10:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Would 200 daily site visitors make me any money?

Is there any point in trying to monetize a fansite that gets 200 visitors a day? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 10:34 PM PST - 18 comments

Who did this musical rendition of the Charge of the Light Brigade?

Who did this musical rendition of the Charge of the Light Brigade? [more inside]
posted by BeaverTerror at 9:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Computer Science and Foreign Languages, what is the best mix?

I am trying to make a preliminary (or maybe final) decision on what foreign language I should study with respect to a computer science major after transferring to the University of Michigan. Any pointers??? [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 at 9:40 PM PST - 24 comments

Looking for Tools to Develop YouTube-style application

What application/platform should I use to create a YouTube type portal (focusing on user-generated content) that allows site users to search for content (videos as well as other file types) and upload their own content? [more inside]
posted by jurczyk at 9:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Any risks smoking pot and taking the pill?

Does smoking marijuana carry the same risks as smoking tobacco while taking birth control pills? [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 8:59 PM PST - 19 comments

How to make Gas company pay for water damage they caused?

The Gas Company installed a new meter this week and broke my sprinkler line. My house and garage are now slightly flooded and laminate flooring that was just installed 1 month ago is ruined. How to I make the Gas Co. pay for the repairs? [more inside]
posted by sirhensley at 8:57 PM PST - 12 comments

How'd you meet your wife/husband/partner?

This is sort of a personal question, so I don't know if anyone will really want to respond or not, but here goes. I'm at a point in my life where I'm seriously starting to cast about for a real relationship. But as I try and try to find somebody, I'm noticing that most of my ideas about how these things go down play out in my head like sixth-generation bootlegs of hokey '90s romantic comedies. I've never had a real relationship before. I think it would be easier for me to find one for myself if I knew what they looked like at the start. So my question to you is: How did you fall in love? [more inside]
posted by AAAA at 8:31 PM PST - 45 comments

Anosmic reversal--can you smell again?

Are you or your child anosmic? As in can't smell anything? Have you found a way to reverse your condition? [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson at 7:33 PM PST - 23 comments

I'd give the shirt off my back for this shirt

Help me make a special t-shirt [more inside]
posted by Advocate, I at 7:19 PM PST - 6 comments

WSXGA+ LED, where art thou?

LongshotFilter: Does anyone know if any 15.4" WSXGA+ panels with LED backlights are coming to market soon? [more inside]
posted by knave at 7:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Name these strange older PC games

PC-game-filter: I vaguely remember reading about these games years ago, help me remember what they were and bonus points for where to "obtain" them. 1) A game about B-movie like monsters --or maybe it was a make your own monster and set it loose on a city with a "movie mode" tacked on? 2) A game where you control a bizarre floating island that you build into a "battle ship", with jet engines, guns and even a battering ram. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 7:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Scanned mail while traveling

Is there a service to which I can have my mail sent to, and then either forwarded to us overseas, or, scanned and emailed to us. [more inside]
posted by steppe at 6:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Fire pit in screened-in porch?

Can I use a fire pit in a screened-in porch? [more inside]
posted by Sar HaPanim at 6:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a good chemo cap pattern

Experienced knitter seeks tried and true hat pattern to be made with wool and love. [more inside]
posted by geekchic at 6:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Historical Poll Data Repository?

Where can I find historical election poll data? [more inside]
posted by lore at 6:18 PM PST - 6 comments

I just (don't) want to be friends.

Is there ever a tactful way to let someone know you don't want to be friends? What to do in an instance of hurt feelings. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:57 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me help the cows...

Can I dilute my samples and keep them in the fridge for a couple of days without affecting my results? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 5:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Quantifying the Slashdot Effect

I'm trying to figure out if a server I'm working on can withstand being linked to by very high traffic websites. Can anyone tell me the basic traffic characteristics of, say, a front page link from: Drudge Report, Yahoo! Buzz, Huffington Post, Slashdot, Reddit, or Digg? I'm using ab (ApacheBench) and I'd like to have some idea of how many requests, and at what level of concurrency, I should be trying to make this server capable of pushing out. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by evariste at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

What to do with bad tasting honey

I bought 5kg of very cheap honey at a market. Unfortunately it tastes off - it has a strong smokey flavour which makes it unpleasent to eat. I'm wondering what useful stuff I could do with it instead of eating it? Also, is that smokey flavour likely to be harmful? (I'm In Australia where bushfires are common, so that might explain the smokey flavour).
posted by singingfish at 4:46 PM PST - 18 comments

I want to know how to select fruit and veggies at the store!

How can I learn to select produce at the store? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 4:33 PM PST - 13 comments

EU Passport Photograph in Boston/Providence area?

Does anyone know where I can get a passport photograph taken that meets EU regulations in the Providence/Boston area? [more inside]
posted by Ylajali at 4:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Favorite blog?

What's your favorite tech/GTD blog? I'm looking for a blog like Lifehacker, but with more of a focus on office/workspace and geeky stuff.
posted by BoldStepDesign at 3:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Who makes the pyrex squids at anyway?

Just who makes the pyrex squids at bodyartforms.com anyway? [more inside]
posted by Obscurum at 3:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Left ear: melody. Right ear: harmony. More, please!

Left ear: melody. Right ear: harmony. More, please! [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 3:11 PM PST - 31 comments

Botched Drupal Update... how to restore?

I deleted my entire drupal installation after a botched upgrade attempt. I have the /sites folder and the SQL database both backed up.... how do I restore my Drupal installation to how it was? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 3:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Sharing a folder.

I'd like some instructions on how to grant somebody, who is outside my local network, read and write access to a folder on a computer. Mac OS X 10.5.5 and not at all familiar with this process. Said computer is behind a router/switch.
posted by phaedon at 2:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Laws regarding hiring a freelance programmer from India.

I would like to hire a freelance programmer from India for a programming project. The programmer would remain in India and operate as an independent contractor rather than an employee. What legal hurdles must I overcome or can I just do it? [more inside]
posted by wdwcuwa at 2:36 PM PST - 9 comments

What can I wear on the 31st without shaving?

Costume Filter for the Bearded (again): How do I pull off Jesus on the cheap? If not the Big JC, then who (or what)? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

My wife is 12 weeks pregnant... and just got a job offer with a small company. Should she disclose her condition?

My wife is 12 weeks pregnant... and just got a job offer with a small company. Should she disclose her condition? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Can I get my friend back?

I found out why a friend cut off contact with me. More details below. Can this friendship be saved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 30 comments

Eyebrow dye error

I dyed my eyebrows--can you help me fix this mistake? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Can love without infatuation still be "real love"?

I read this question about how to tell the difference between love and infatuation. Most of the answers seem to say that love and infatuation feel the same in the beginning but love is what lasts in the long run. My question is, is it possible to fall in love with someone with out really experiencing true infatuation with them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:25 PM PST - 26 comments

Road trip stop recommendations

We're taking a road trip next week, and looking for any suggestions of places to check out or good places to eat along the way. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 2:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Gold basics

Help my buy my first pair of gold earrings. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 2:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Thighs like what!!

I want a booty and thighs like Serena. Help me get there. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 2:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Older versions of .avi on the Xbox 360

How do I play old .avi files on my Xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by GaGaLoc at 2:06 PM PST - 4 comments

hockey stick Filter

Can anyone personally recommend a one piece hockey stick that they had good luck with? [more inside]
posted by Amby72 at 1:56 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm a reverse snowbird!

Moving to New Hampshire from Arizona next week! We are driving across to OK, then up to Chicago and through Ontario from Detroit. From there I just don't know what route to take... [more inside]
posted by phytage at 1:56 PM PST - 6 comments

bunions are no funions

I've been thrilled to discover that a simple, donut shaped cushion is amazingly effective at preventing my excruciating foot pain. Yet for a small piece of foam with sticky stuff on one side, these bunion pads are awfully expensive: about 3 bucks at the cheapest, generic level. Can you suggest a cheap alternative? Something soft with a sticky side? I can easily cut out the donut shapes myself if I can find an inexpensive source of the basic material.
posted by serazin at 1:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I save, in mp3 form, the songs recommended to me by Pandora, on a Windows PC?

Is there anything approximating a Windows-based version of the OSX application PandoraJam, allowing me to record tracks suggested by the Pandora website? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 1:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Nominate some sites for Nov 4th

On November 4th, I intend to spend the evening watching election returns on TV and refreshing as many election-y tabs on the laptop as possible. What websites should I have loaded and ready to go? [more inside]
posted by rtha at 1:29 PM PST - 25 comments

Can a seller pay closing costs for a buyer with and HPAP loan?

Anyone gotten an HPAP loan in DC? I'm buying a condo and the seller is wiling to pay my closing costs. However, the big question is will HPAP let someone pay my closing cost for me? I can't find any documentation for this online. Any general words of wisdom about HPAP would be appreciated. Also, any info on the Bond program would be great. I am buying in a neighborhood that qualifies.
posted by i_love_squirrels at 1:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Are there are lot of credit-default swaps referenced to securities backed by credit-card receivables?

Banks are preparing for a rise in defaults on credit card debt. That debt is securitized, and although home-equity loans have overtaken credit-card debt since 2003 it still makes up a good percentage of asset-backed securities. Are those credit-card debt products tranched and insured and re-insured with credit-default swaps like the mortgage-backed securites are? If so, is there some reason to hope that credit-card defaults won't trigger another credit crisis or aggravate the one that stalled interbank and corporate-bond lending this month? [more inside]
posted by nicwolff at 1:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Advice on antidepressants

Antidepressant filter question #4529, I've searched the archive to no avail and I am wondering what antidepressant might be right for me. I know, I know, YANAD, but I am looking for anecdotal info. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 24 comments

DoctorFilter: Benign cause for scary lab result?

DoctorFilter: Based on this lab result, is there any way that there is NOT something bad wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:48 PM PST - 6 comments

can i get this in?

Will I be able to bring my camera in this bag, into heinz field with me on sunday, for the steelers giants game? [more inside]
posted by ecks at 12:32 PM PST - 3 comments

clipping on fox confessor?

Do you hear Neko Case's voice clipping when you play her "Fox Confessor..." on vinyl? Especially the inner songs on both sides?
posted by ArcAm at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

30 Year Swaps for the personal account?

Is there a way I can buy the 30 year swap for my personal account? [more inside]
posted by raz5 at 11:25 AM PST - 5 comments

It looks like either a king-sized beverage spill or small pools of dried blood, and neither are upholstery colors.

The rear seat belts on a 1997 Honda Accord bleed onto the upholstery. Is there any way to stop this? [more inside]
posted by fujiko at 11:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Ambient music name.

Identifying the name of an ambient song. [more inside]
posted by 517 at 11:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Please help me format Excel cell correctly - URGENT!

I need to enter the following information into excel, but excel wants to transform one of them into a date format. This is for a statistics class and being used to make a graph of some kind. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 11:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli, I simply must have your recipe, my dear. [more inside]
posted by dawson at 10:30 AM PST - 10 comments

They used to tell me I was building a dream/with peace and glory ahead.

Job and apartment search turning out to be a far more painfully drawn out process than anticipated. How do I keep my sanity and some sense of optimism? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 10:03 AM PST - 21 comments

OS X NetBook recommendations

Four years on and Apple still don't make the tiny MacBook I want, so I'm going to have a pop at making my own. What's the best NetBook for this? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 9:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Need Stock Flash...in a Flash!

I am looking to purchase editable stock Flash animation files to make holiday e-cards. I just want to add my name and another text message to an exisiting clever animation. Istockphoto just doesn't have what I am looking for. A google search was suprisingly not helpful. Any ideas?
posted by punkfloyd at 9:27 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I persuade OpenOffice to show when a space has been typed?

How do I persuade OpenOffice Writer to move the cursor when a space is typed at the end of a document? It's driving my neighbour mad and he's kindly sharing this madness with me. [more inside]
posted by Lionel d'Lion at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Easiest way to move files and programs?

What is the easiest, most foolproof way to move files and programs from an old PC computer (XP) to a new one (presumably Vista, sigh). [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 8:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Is there an emotion that specifically means "feeling morally superior?"

Is there an emotion that specifically means "feeling morally superior?" [more inside]
posted by PsychoKick at 8:19 AM PST - 34 comments

Tax exemption online?

How do I file an out of state sale that I made online. I know that I do not charge tax to out of state customers but is there a exemption form that I need to fill out or somewhere I can get more information on this process. I run a company in Connecticut and we have been making more and more out of state sales and I need to figure out how to go about the exemption process. Thank you for your help.
posted by CFMartin at 8:18 AM PST - 3 comments

I need a better chair

Doe anyone know a simple, small-office type of web based purchasing software? Just something to keep track of purchase requests, approvals, etc. Maybe with an employee login to request stuff and buyer/boss login to view pending requests to approve/deny.
posted by plexi at 8:13 AM PST - 1 comment

Wanted: Ideas for beginner's audio projects

Teaching audio recording & editing to beginners at Uni (for this certificate). Looking for ideas for mock projects to get them going in the practical session. [more inside]
posted by yoHighness at 7:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Avoiding sugar/honey residue in tea cups

Whenever I drink tea, I'm always left with a sticky sugar/honey residue in the bottom of the cup. Is there any way to avoid this?
posted by Mr. President Dr. Steve Elvis America at 7:35 AM PST - 14 comments

How would you win the Krypton Factor?

How would you win the Krypton Factor? It's coming back, and I've got an audition. [more inside]
posted by adrianhon at 7:34 AM PST - 9 comments

I just admitted to my therapist that I've been cutting. What happens now?

OK. I just admitted to my therapist that I have been cutting and having some dark thoughts. He was about to go into a session when he answered my page. He's calling me back later and we have an appt scheduled for Monday. I'm not in any immediate danger FYI but I'm very worried and anxious what actions might be taken. He said he thought a conversation between him and my psychiatrist was in order, and I agreed to that. I've read the questions about "I told my therapist I want to kill myself, will I get committed" and there is some useful info there. But I want even further specific information about what comes next. What am I in for? What should I expect? Will this change the therapy dynamic? He knows I'm a past cutter but I have always assured him it is in the past. Now I've admitted to six weeks of lies by ommission. What happens now? I've never told anyone about this, and I'm a little freaked.
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 17 comments

It's nice to be wanted, just not all at once

It's MBA hiring season. I have been selected to attend second round interviews with three different companies in three different cities on three consecutive days. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 5 comments

How to study for the GMATS 101

Thinking of taking the gmats in a few months - how should I study? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 7:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Do nets on tall buildings catch falling bodies?

Is it true that there are wire nets on the Empire State Building (or any other tall building) that will catch a heavy object (like a human body) if it falls (or jumps)? [more inside]
posted by junipero at 7:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Thin, Boobtacular Girls in Cleveland

Is there anywhere to buy 32DD bras in Cleveland? [more inside]
posted by mismatched at 7:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Gold Keyboard?

SynthFilter: Help me find more information about this keyboard I saw in a pawn shop! [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 7:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Short, solemn, and written in bass clef, please.

Here's an obscure one: suggest some (brief, advanced beginner to early intermediate) musical interludes for a Tenebrae service. For double bass (or easily transposed cello, I suppose). [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 7:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Financial engineering for autodidacts.

So suppose I wanted to teach myself quantitative finance, computational finance, whatever you want to call it. How would I go about doing so? What books should I get? I imagine there are some standard textbooks that most students use available on amazon, what are they? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 7:05 AM PST - 9 comments

How can one explain software licensing regulations and requirements?

What can I use in explaining to my boss how software licensing regulations work? My boss seems to think that we can just borrow software from another department and use it for a project that we need to deploy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Ski Drive

We're looking to drive to St Anton from the UK, will more than likely take the ferry across from Dover to Calais. Any tips on how we should approach it, best stopover points etc?
posted by lloyder at 7:02 AM PST - 2 comments

I'd like to avoid a collision!

Driving etiquette Filter: On a two-lane limited access road, when would the left lane be considered thru-traffic lane versus the passing lane? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 6:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Hong Kong Phooey.

Whilst in Malaysia a few years ago, I picked up some very high-quality, very cheap Ralph Lauren 'Oxford' dress shirts. I realise they were probably fake, but I don't care - they were comfortable, and cheap enough to not care about destroying them. My mum's in Hong Kong at the moment, and I've asked her to get me some more. Does anyone know where she'll find them and, so she doesn't get ripped off, how much she should expect to pay?
posted by Zé Pequeno at 5:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me be a good meeting chair!

Please give me tips on being a good team meeting chair. We have a rotating chair and it's my turn for the next 10 weeks in a team of 6 ICT business strategy staff. Meetings are usually around an hour and cover actions from last meeting, matters arising from meetings, several agenda items and any other business. Also looking for some ideas which have the capacity to really engage minds in these meetings which we all usually find quite dull.
posted by razzman at 5:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Finding original printing information for books.

How can I get bibliographic information on the original printing/first editions of books? [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 4:40 AM PST - 6 comments

OpenOffice Impress newbie question

OpenOffice Impress (PowerPoint alternative) - an emergency time-sensitive basic NEWB question... [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 3:40 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the easiest way to use my Mac to mod an xbox and install XBMC?

What's the easiest way to use my Mac to mod an xbox and install XBMC? I don't have access to any of the old games, and don't really want to have to buy a USB to memory card convertor for this. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 3:17 AM PST - 9 comments

October 23

Seoul Searching

Seoul Filter: Help me plan my weekend around Lotte World and Building 63 in Seoul. Hello, my girlfriend and I will be travelling to Seoul from our countryside campus (Soonchunghyang University). Since we’ve just finished our midterms, and since we are both new to Korea, we’ll be spending this, hopefully unraining, weekend in Seoul to explore a bit. [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 11:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Convert VOB w/ subtitles

How can I convert VOB files to AVI or some other format, but with embedded subtitles? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 10:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Fredonia Harmonia

Looking for interesting musicians and music groups in and around Fredonia NY for video project. [more inside]
posted by blapst at 9:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Got them low down dirty Kernel panic blues

Mac OS X kernel panic shortly after boot on G4 iMac. How do I troubleshoot this? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Never thought I'd be asking about boots.

Help me help my wife. She has a crush. More like an obsession. With a pair of boots. [more inside]
posted by purephase at 8:50 PM PST - 25 comments

... but I know what I like, and I like it shipped to me over the Internets

Starting to collect (somewhat cheap) art. Can anyone recommend online galleries capable of doing sales so I can see what else is out there? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:40 PM PST - 9 comments

These United States...t-shirt?

I'm looking for a t-shirt that I saw a guy on the street wearing today. It's gray with a lighter gray screen of an outline of the united states, and the state of new york in silver. [more inside]
posted by prior at 8:38 PM PST - 2 comments

My phone is broke

Where can I buy a new Blackberry trackball (exactly like this one in New York?
posted by boots at 8:27 PM PST - 1 comment

bang for the buck

Where are the cheapest places to live/travel in Latin America right now?
posted by cookie googleman at 8:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Why will flash video stop after only 2 seconds?

Youtube (or other flash video) will freeze up after exactly 2 seconds of play, in any browser. [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 8:09 PM PST - 9 comments

I want to learn more about shooting video

How do I go to film school without going to "film school" [more inside]
posted by Scientifik at 7:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Best way to re-learn statistics?

Best way to re-learn statistics? Enough that I wouldn't be lost in an advanced, fairly data-intensive psychology class. I took the course at Ga. Tech some years ago, but my old textbook is sooo boring and awful. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Mom N' Pot Business

Please direct me towards some respectable, wholesome looking websites about medical marijuana usage, especially if they're intended for older folks and/or the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 7:11 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the best scholarships website?

Are there any good websites for external scholarships? I recently joined fastweb, and except for getting spammy emails and emails about weird scholarships I couldn't possibly qualify for, I didn't find anything for me. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 6:37 PM PST - 3 comments

What you don't know may KILL you.

How is paying attention to detail an extremely important skill in the military? I know "why", not doing so can get you or somone else killed, but I don't know "what" people are referring to. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 6:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Generic clothes in/near downtown LA?

CostumeFilter: I'm making my own henchman costume this Halloween, and I'll be driving past downtown LA tomorrow morning. Are there any specific stores I should check out if I'm looking for cheap generic clothes? I'm looking for solid color plain long-sleeve shirts, sweatpants, things of that nature. Bonus points if I can find gloves and cheap generic boots. [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 6:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Honey I shrunk the jeans!

How can I stretch my jeans that shrunk after I washed them? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 6:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Credit Crunch

My friend has been scammed, and I'm hoping the hive mind can help her find a solution for the best course of action to take. [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 6:02 PM PST - 17 comments

swapping controller cards, voiding warranty?

Can I temporarily swap out the controller board on my seagate hard drive without voiding the warranty? [more inside]
posted by grandsham at 5:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Any recommendations for a good blender?

I'm looking for a blender. I've seen this post and this one. [more inside]
posted by SeizeTheDay at 5:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Group vacation destination for foodies?

Small group vacation destination - all adults. Reasonable (less than 8 hours) driving distance from Western PA. Interested in relaxing and fantastic food. More details inside... [more inside]
posted by librarianamy at 5:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me identify this sitcom office chair

Can you identify this desk chair or something very similar? [more inside]
posted by gregchttm at 5:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Bring On The Big Dogs?

Should I put myself in the midst of big egos again? About 10 years ago I made the decision to exclude persons with big egos from both my personal and professional lives. I have been fairly successful at doing this and the result is a happier, calmer life. My reasons for choosing this strategy were a sense that, it was all about them, that they were generally incapable of listening, that a true equal partnership was impossible, that they would always take credit and/or throw me to the wolves in order to advance their career. Recently I've come into contact with some egotists and had the feeling that I could have richer fuller life if I let them into my life on a limited basis. Is this a good decision? How can I interact with this type of person without getting hurt or taken advantage of? How can I work effectively with egotists, is partnership possible?
posted by Xurando at 5:05 PM PST - 27 comments

Stats test to compare 2 groups

I’m trying to statistically compare the body dimensions (height, weight, waist circumference, etc) of two groups of 200 people. I need help determining the correct statistical tests to use. [more inside]
posted by hithere at 4:40 PM PST - 14 comments

A certain type of office chair

I'm looking for a rather specific kind of office chair--one that can recline & has a footrest, has a fabric covering, has a headrest, and can stand up to heavy home-office use. Anyone know of such a chair? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 4:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Can this computer be saved?

How do I force Windows to boot into safe mode without access to the screen and limited functionality of the keyboard? [more inside]
posted by lemonwheel at 3:15 PM PST - 6 comments

I see a lot of posts about work. A lot of them are not positive.

Why is work not fun? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 2:42 PM PST - 60 comments

What makes those West Wing photos so special?

The opening credits of the very fine show "The West Wing" include black and white still photos of cast members. There's something about them that makes you just go ... oooh! but I can't work out what it is. Does anyone out there know? Is it the contrast? The depth of field? The (over?) exposure? Have they been edited in some way to give them that quality? ... and bonus question - how could I do the same to my photos?...
posted by monster max at 2:39 PM PST - 12 comments

What gifts should I give my cousins?

Giftfilter: I need Christmas gift ideas for three cousins. The eldest is an almost fourteen year old boy, the middle one is a ten year old girl and the youngest is a nearly nine year old boy. [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 2:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Best tiling window manager for Linux?

Best tiling window manager for Linux? [more inside]
posted by swift at 2:19 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the best wedding planner certification?

I am interested in adding to my experience as an event producer with wedding planning and have noticed there are many certification programs out there. Is there one in particular that stands out among the rest?
posted by harleyq at 2:19 PM PST - 1 comment

Getting to the game....

We're going to a Seahawks game and I'm wondering what the best transportation option is? [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 2:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Blocking Popups (Clicking on Text) in Firefox?

I'm using Firefox 3. I'm getting popup ads when I click on text (non ads), like at Salon.com. For example, while reading: http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2008/10/23/campaign_myths/ If I click on the text, there'll be a popup ad. I have popups turned off in Firefox, but that isn't working for this particular case. Any help?
posted by fe2dell at 2:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Help with sinus ear pressure

I have ear sinus pressure, muffled hearing, and general discomfort in one of my ears. Help me find some relief until my doctor's appointment. [more inside]
posted by rbf1138 at 1:51 PM PST - 32 comments

Dead display on Dell laptop. Tell me its not terminal.

Dell Vostro 1400. Screen has died. I need it to not be dead, all details inside. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 1:43 PM PST - 13 comments

What are your ideas for the ultimate internet-enabled home?

I'm putting together a tech wishlist to build the ultimate internet-enabled home (or at least to drool over building it). I'd like your recommendations on the best consumer electronics devices to carry out home-bound computer-related tasks outside the computer (in the same way the Philips VOIP841 phone makes Skype calling simple without a computer). Suggested areas: internet radios, real live news tickers, world thermometers, internet TV boxes, but I'm also interested in whatever other fields you can suggest. Your ideas/experiences welcome, wireless or wired.
posted by scrm at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Find and delete hidden files on Mac

Help me find and delete hidden files on my Mac! [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 1:12 PM PST - 9 comments

More forbidden experiments

Point me to the great forbidden experiments of our (or any) time! [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 1:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Need advice on somewhere to go on the Thanksgiving weekend in the greater New York area

Need advice on somewhere to go on the Thanksgiving weekend in the greater New York area. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Like Breathless Mahoney, only not, you know, terrible.

If I want to be a lady lounge singer, in a restaurant/nightclub, draping myself across a piano in sequins and a smoky spotlight, what are the classic vamp songs I should learn, first?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:18 PM PST - 51 comments

I miss you, RAM, come back!

Oh little RAM, where are you? 512MB module doesn't want to play along new 2GB module. [more inside]
posted by Iosephus at 12:14 PM PST - 11 comments

What should I expect to encounter from Mandriva?

Need some advice from Mandriva and Ubuntu users. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 12:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me write right in NYC.

I'm not a very good writer, but I would like to change that. Can anyone recommend a writing course in NYC? A course in fiction or non-fiction creative writing or a general composition course would fit the bill. I'm definitely a beginner. Thanks!
posted by defreckled at 12:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Good painters imitate nature, bad ones screw it up...

Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew(screw) it up. (Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet. ) I suck at painting with a brush or pad. What is the best way to paint (Maybe with a sprayer) a large room? [more inside]
posted by emjay at 12:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Do open source projects need or want Business Analysts?

This Cnet article got me thinking. I work as a Business Analyst, and as part of my job I do a lot of QA, requirements gathering and refining, user documentation, and other things. Is this a skill set that would be useful to any open source projects? When I've looked in the past, it's seemed like mainly people were looking for coders and testers. It seems like a great way to do some volunteer work and learn new technology and methodologies (different SDLC models, for instance), but I don't know if middle men like me have a place in the open source world.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 11:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Short story involving children seeing an alternate world in the holes of stones

Short Story Filter. I remember a short story that I read in a sci-fi story anthology back in the mid 90's that I haven't been able to find since. There are a group of three boys, one of them substantially younger, who play out in a big field. One of the older boys tells the younger boy, as a joke, that if you look through the hole in the middle of a stone, you can see into another world of some kind. Mysterious circumstances then occur. [more inside]
posted by lockle at 11:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Job search during depression

What kind of jobs might a person without much job experience actually be able to get straight out of college, given the current financial crisis and general economic BLARGH? [more inside]
posted by raygan at 11:35 AM PST - 17 comments

What Kind of Electric Motors Should I Get?

Where should I look to find good, low voltage electric motors for projects? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 11:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Eek! Meeting the family for the first time...at Christmas

My boyfriend of six months has asked me to come home with him for Christmas to meet his (large) family. I'm looking forward to it, along with the standard first-time-meeting-the-parents jitters, but I'm not sure how Christmas plays into all this. [more inside]
posted by purplecurlygirl at 11:25 AM PST - 40 comments

How to get a transcript of House Oversight Committe hearing?

Where can I get a transcript of today's House Oversight Committee hearings? [more inside]
posted by de void at 11:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Quickie Spanish and French translation

Spanish and French help please -- quick translation for the following: "Alternatively, please email us at email@email.com." [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:16 AM PST - 17 comments

where to take night GIS classes in NYC?

where can i take GIS night classes in new york city? [more inside]
posted by nanhey at 11:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Diet tips for increasing lean body mass

Recipe/diet suggestions for increasing muscular bodymass. [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 10:55 AM PST - 14 comments

I need to know who made this prank phone call!

Who made this recorded prank phone call? It's SO funny! [more inside]
posted by lukeklein at 10:52 AM PST - 6 comments

(Yes, someone in Hollywood actually wants to eat donuts.)

Recommend a pick-your-own apple orchard in Southern California, not too far afield from L.A., please. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 10:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Sewing Machine upgrade worth it?

"Gift" of a sewing machine upgrade - do I want it? [more inside]
posted by GardenGal at 10:28 AM PST - 16 comments

teaching tolerance to a troubled teen!

How can someone help a teenage boy who has been showing some hateful, homophobic behavior recently? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 10:26 AM PST - 30 comments

How best to work with a rheumatologist to resolve severe neck/upper back pain that's lasted for over two months?

My fiancée has been experiencing severe upper back and neck pain for about the last two months. Our GP is finally going to refer her to a rheumatologist. How can we work best with the rheumatologist to diagnose and resolve this pain as quickly as possible? Way more details inside. [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for lost infographic on companies' market share in subprime market

Looking for an infographic I once saw that showed the market share of the major players in the subprime market and the money they'd lost. [more inside]
posted by Askr at 10:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Helio Heat or no Helio Heat?

I'm looking at getting a new phone and a new service provider. After careful searching, almost all companies require a stringent credit check. I have horrible credit. Prepaid is not an option as any decent prepaid phone is ridiculously expensive and the service is generally sub par. I narrowed it down to something from Virgin Mobile or Helio. I have heard some bad about both companies, but since neither require a credit check, these are my choices. I'd rather not go with Virgin Mobile as almost all of their phones feel like cheap plastic and some even feel like a cheap ceramic. This leaves Helio. [more inside]
posted by 29 at 10:04 AM PST - 17 comments

Classic Mac game?

Classic Mac game? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Where/what is Seve's tumor?

My Google-fu is failing me. I'm looking for the details of the type of Seve Ballesteros' tumor and its location within the brain. [more inside]
posted by toastedbeagle at 9:22 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I turn apple (pies) into kiwis?

How do I get New Zealand dollars within the United States? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 9:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Escaping the ideological echo-chamber

Help me find some thoughtful conservative writers or bloggers to follow. [more inside]
posted by hansfriedrich at 9:13 AM PST - 34 comments

Which netbook should I get?

What's the perfect netbook for me? I've searched all over the internet but I'd like some input from the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by bshort at 9:08 AM PST - 27 comments

Mint? Wesabe? Yodlee? Is any better than the others?

In looking at online personal finance sites (i.e. Wesabe, Mint, Yodlee, Quicken Online etc), is there any appreciable difference between them? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 9:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Stuck with overseas cell contract

I moved to Germany and then moved back to the USA after three weeks. While I was there, I signed up for a two year T-Mobile iPhone contract, because at the time I thought I was staying in Germany. Now I am stuck with an expensive 2 year contract that I can't use. [more inside]
posted by Witherwings at 8:44 AM PST - 11 comments

How do we prevent our driveway from being destroyed by large trucks?

How can we protect our (crushed stone) driveway at the end of a narrow street from damage from trucks using it as a turnaround? [more inside]
posted by JMOZ at 8:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me remember this cartoon please!

Can someone help me remember this 80's cartoon that took place at a high school? (More details within as that's not very specific) [more inside]
posted by arniec at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Singing in the Car

How can I set up a mobile singing booth in a friend's car? [more inside]
posted by sonicbloom at 8:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Computadoras baratas

VERY CHEAP laptops with less easily busticated power ports? [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:32 AM PST - 9 comments

I wantz to bez a nurze. But I can has $$ from Prezident Catz?

I have some student loan questions [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

What can I turn an Xbox 360 (with a dead DVD drive) into?

What can I do with an Xbox 360 that has a dead dvd drive? [more inside]
posted by HC Foo at 6:57 AM PST - 13 comments

How to use algebra to solve web design grid issue?

I have a super-complicated algebraic equation I (somehow) developed as the solution to developing appropriate grid-based web design that has me completely stumped... [more inside]
posted by fauxtoes at 6:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Is there such a thing as a good massage chair?

Looking for an affordable and decent massage chair (or attachment). [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 6:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Mold in Bathroom

How do I get my landlord to deal with the mold in my bathroom without compromising my living situation? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 6:22 AM PST - 15 comments

Time Sheet Software

I'm looking for a good web based time sheet system for a non-profit (about 30 staff members). I've found a number of software packages that are in the range of $3,000 - $4,000, looking for something with a lower cost. Needs to have timesheet approval and a detailed history of timesheet. I'm able to host it myself if needed.
posted by mac-way at 6:15 AM PST - 7 comments

bar code or just go to a bar?

How could I write a macro to format my data like I need it? [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 6:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find non-partisan analysis of the presidential polls?

Where can I find non-partisan analysis of the presidential polls? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 5:53 AM PST - 18 comments

Non-stick strategies for hard-anodized cookware?

Just bought a set of Calphalon hard-anodized cookware and I'm having a terrible time getting food not to stick to the pan when cooking. The problem is particularly bad when cooking eggs- strategies for getting food to not stick to these pans?
posted by mhaw at 5:45 AM PST - 14 comments

It's definitely NOT "Drinking your milkshake."

Searching for a business term I cannot remember... [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 5:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Sex Pistols signing?

Is this really Sex Pistols' drummer, Paul Cook's autograph? [more inside]
posted by MrMustard at 1:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I move out of boyfriend's, and into best friend's?

How bad a faux pas would it be to move out of a (multi-person) shared house with a new but lovely boyfriend, and into my best friend's house instead? [more inside]
posted by Elysum at 12:08 AM PST - 28 comments

October 22

Stop locking me out!

How can I keep PointSec from switching my screen saver preference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Berkeley Taco Trucks

Where are the taco trucks in Berkeley? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 10:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Going up with the down market

Short-the-market-filter:I have been adding to my QID position for 14 months. I've only "lost" (made less) when I got comfortable writing calls every month on half my position (Did not like getting relieved of shares at 59 at October expiration). Bought back at 65 and 75. Anyway, Am I crazy to think that the VIX (or maybe VXN?) is the best indication that it's "safe" to stay in QID? I mean, the VIX is hovering miles above where it's never been before.
posted by Rafaelloello at 10:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Chrome hates MeFi comments

Why doesn't Google Chrome work properly with anchors, and how do I make it do so? [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 9:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Wordpress for local TV site?

Wordpress as CMS for a local TV/news site? [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 9:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Citi Never Sleeps Commercial Narrator

Who narrates the Citi "Never Sleeps" commercials? [more inside]
posted by evanm at 9:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Where do artists find the cool wood and stone that they use for projects

Where can I find locations to buy wood or stone from foreign countries, things not naturally available in the US [more inside]
posted by Mesach at 9:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Seeking software for searching network drives on Mac OS X

In Mac OS 10.5.4, I have a shared disk (on a Time Capsule) with a lot of files, and I would like to be able to search for files on it quickly. Spotlight will not do the job because it won't index network shares. Can anyone recommend third-party software (like Copernic on the PC) that will index a network share? [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 9:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Apple Remote controlling Bose Sounddock?

How would I get my Apple remote that came with my white MacBook to control my Bose Sounddock? [more inside]
posted by alitorbati at 9:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Googlefilter: What is the name of this search engine game?

What is the name of this search engine game? [more inside]
posted by abirae at 8:18 PM PST - 9 comments

9 ladies dancing, 10 lords a-leapin', 11 pipers piping...

I'm putting together a large care package box for my boyfriend, located at an FPO AP address. My plan is to fill it a ton of random stuff to keep him surprised and delighted, from funny shirts to little plastic toys to letters and pictures to CDs. It's been ages since I sent anything that required a customs form, and I definitely want this package to survive all scrutiny - how specific do I need to get when I'm listing the box contents, especially if I'm sending such a variety of items? [more inside]
posted by Bakuun at 8:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Do I *really* have to wear a powdered wig, your honor?

(Law)BookListFilter: I would like recommendations for books accessible to a relatively well-informed (but not legally educated) American reader interested in learning about how legal systems function around the globe. Note that I am not interested in reading about "international law," but rather about different types of legal traditions & procedures, and how law is integrated into and affects its particular society. [more inside]
posted by Keter at 7:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Windows Easy Transfer Hangs

Windows Easy Transfer Hangs [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 7:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Alternative energy - when, where, how, why?

What would it take of an alternative energy to make a serious impact in current global energy consumption? What cost/benefits would it need to demonstrate over and above existing sources? Who would need to seriously start using it? Anybody have some good sources of information or discussion on this topic?
posted by zaebiz at 7:31 PM PST - 19 comments

What do you do in an advanced degree?

Those of you doing [post]graduate degrees...what exactly are you doing? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 7:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Being My Own Boss...Kind of...

In a tumultuous work environment, how can I work to be my own best boss, and position myself to be promoted down the line with no one "batting" for me? [more inside]
posted by Ham_On_Rye at 6:34 PM PST - 4 comments

2+1 costume help!

CostumeFilter#437: Need costume ideas for a couple with an infant! [more inside]
posted by Big_B at 6:15 PM PST - 32 comments

Tequila as cold remedy?

My girlfriend has a cold. Multiple people today have told her to take a shot of tequila before bed as a remedy. [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou at 5:59 PM PST - 24 comments

Is it possible to walk 1,000,000 miles in one's lifetime?

Is it hypothetically possible for a human to walk one million miles over the course of their lifetime? [more inside]
posted by 40 Watt at 5:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Fire Fairy needs to pee!

CostumeFilter: Where can I find a long-sleeved bodysuit (aka leotard with snaps)...in red or orange? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 5:27 PM PST - 9 comments

In search of the perfect little black purse

I can't believe it's so tough to find a simple black purse. I'm sick of my current bag – a thrift shop find which I've used for years – and having become acquainted with its shortcomings as well as its attributes during that time, I'm ready to invest in a new one, if y'all will help me find it! [more inside]
posted by snowleopard at 5:19 PM PST - 17 comments

First time canvassing -- what do I need to know?

I seem to have been volunteered to canvass for a political candidate. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by oostevo at 5:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Exotic stocks

How can I buy stocks at "exotic" stock markets like Kuwait? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 4:49 PM PST - 2 comments

web filemanager needed

I need web access to a directory of files, so a web based file manager or ftp client. But unix file permissions need to be followed, so file ownership needs to be retained and obeyed (login, password, move/copy/delete). Additionally, most of the files are jpgs and I'd like for there to be a thumbnail icons view as well as filenames. Anything? [more inside]
posted by dirtylittlemonkey at 4:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Kid-Friendly Spaces in MA/CT/RI

My husband, my 2 year old, and I are visiting eastern Connecticut and are trying to plan a somewhat central location for a group of friends to meet up that won't be a huge drive for any of us. We have people wanting to meet up from Lawrence, MA; West Hartford, CT; Danbury, CT; and Providence, RI. I am going to be in Norwich, CT. [more inside]
posted by cajo at 4:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Phrased-based audio or video generators for the lulz?

Are there any other phrase-based message or video generators along the lines of the late Sprint valentine greeting from the late Isaac Hayes or a more general purpose video generator like the one that inserts a name for president? [more inside]
posted by turbodog at 4:20 PM PST - 4 comments

A radio edit of "Shut Me Up"?

Where can I find a radio/broadcast friendly version of Mindless Self-Indulgence's "Shut Me Up"? [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:20 PM PST - 3 comments

What are the ethical arguments for child suport?

There are plenty of great legal and practical arguments for child support payments out there, but what about an ethical argument? [more inside]
posted by christopherious at 4:19 PM PST - 28 comments

kiwi-filter: What's this ad from the 80's?

Help me identify this Australia baiting NZ advert from the 80's [more inside]
posted by dasfreak at 4:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it necessary to wear a suit to a Private Girls School job interview?

Is it *completely necessary* to wear a suit to a Private Girls School job interview? [more inside]
posted by man down under at 3:59 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I make myself do stuff?

I can't make myself do anything. I've never been able to. I want to accomplish so much, I have goals, but for some reason, I just can't make myself do all the things I know I'm capable of. How can I turn this around? Is there a name for it? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:53 PM PST - 36 comments

Good vehicle for everyday use and occassional trailer towing?

I would like to buy an "around town" truck or SUV that can also occasionally tow a small travel trailer for camping. Is there an economically- and environmentally responsible vehicle that can do both? [more inside]
posted by phoeniciansailor at 3:37 PM PST - 13 comments

What laptop bag should I get?

What bag should I get to fit my (new) Macbook Pro + charger, Bose QC3s, big graphing calculator, Asus AspireOne + charger, and a binder or two? [more inside]
posted by speek at 3:24 PM PST - 7 comments

High-Detail GDSII to EPS/PDF?

FileFormatFilter: Asking for a (not terribly computer-proficient) labmate in need. He uses flexible photomasks, printed on some kind of transparency. He has a company that will do this. He also has a layout, currently in CIF and GDSII format, with a very fine grid of dots. The company only accepts EPS or PDF. How can I accomplish this while A> maintaining a reasonable file size and B> maintaining the detail? [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark at 3:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Where should I put my savings?

Should my savings be in a tax-free ISA or in a normal savings account with higher balance and higher interest? (I'm terrible at accounting maths.) [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 3:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a good folders comparison tool for Mac?

I need a good and fast tool to compare two folders side by side, with the ability of exclude .SVN and other useless files. I've found some ones like Compare Folders and DeltaWalker but I haven't tried these yet. Do you recommend them?
posted by Leech at 3:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Mojave's just another word for BSOD

VistaFilter: Since installing Service Pack 1, I have had multiple crashes, many of which generate the message "Host process for Windows services has stopped working," cause a BlueScreen error, and reboot. When I attempted to uninstall SP1, Stage 1 got to 98% and then I got the message "Service Pack did not uninstall. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer." This stayed up for about 30 minutes; after it rebooted itself, things appear to be OK (for now, anyway). HP Pavilion desktop dual-core system (model a6120n), 2GB memory, Vista Home Premium. [more inside]
posted by catlet at 2:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Vista-filter: So I've got a Lenovo T61p that came with a Vista Home Basic 32... I have Lenovo's "Vista Business 64 recovery CDs" coming to me via UPS this week (don't ask why, it's complicated...) So my questions are:

Vista-filter: So I've got a Lenovo T61p that came with a Vista Home Basic 32... I have Lenovo's "Vista Business 64 recovery CDs" coming to me via UPS this week (don't ask why, it's complicated...) So my questions are: [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 2:47 PM PST - 1 comment

Can I have both a visible tattoo and a teaching job ?

I want to have a tattoo but I also want to be a teacher, can I do both ? [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 2:46 PM PST - 26 comments

How to concatenate rows in excel?

I have a bunch of rows in Excel. What's an easy way to string them all together into one row, in the order in which the rows appear (i.e. later rows' cells come later in my one-long-row)? I do not want to put all the cells into one cell, I want to keep all the cells separate, just in one row. Thanks!
posted by shivohum at 2:38 PM PST - 10 comments

To duct tape or not to duct tape...

I have this tent. The rainfly according to the box is polyester and the plastic window for the solar panel is PVC and the seams where the two materials join are 'taped'. (They are also stitched, whatever.) This seal between the two materials is leaking. Given the type of materials how do I patch this leak? (I have sprayed all interior seams with Silicone tent spray as instructed).
posted by who else at 2:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me decipher California's ballot propositions!

As a new California voter, I'm somewhat baffled by the various propositions on the ballot. Can you help me sort them out? [more inside]
posted by foodmapper at 2:29 PM PST - 26 comments

UB Funkeys

I would like to buy Funkeys for two kids. Do I need two starter packs, or one starter pack?
posted by bright77blue at 2:24 PM PST - 2 comments

What's wrong with my iphone?

My jailbroken/unlocked iphone spontaneously dropped service, help? [more inside]
posted by bettershredder at 2:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Paget prints for sale

Anybody know of a place online (or in the Boston area) where I can buy prints of Sidney Paget's Sherlock Holmes illustrations? Don't really care if they're new or vintage but would ideally like to be able to get the whole series from a given story (all the illustrations for "The Red Headed League," for instance). [more inside]
posted by otio at 2:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Average used iPod price tracker?

Is there a website that tracks the average selling price of used items? I'm particularly interested in used iPod prices, but something more general would be nice too. The price they actually go for would be more helpful than the original asking price. All I've been able to find are paid services for eBay sellers, but they seem like overkill for my needs.
posted by teg at 1:43 PM PST - 9 comments

seoul food

I am a food tourist, and I'll soon be in Seoul to bring my adoptive daughter home from Korea. I will have 1-3 days to kill and try not to be too nervous before I meet her, so I need immersive, fun, food-related things to take my mind off the upcoming excitement and give my nervous energy something to focus on. [more inside]
posted by luriete at 1:38 PM PST - 9 comments

ISO: Working Panic button, lock, and unlock keys.

Longshot car remote programming assistance? 05 Dodge Durango... [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 1:15 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I convince AT&T to sell me an iphone?

How can I convince AT&T to change my equipment upgrade date? [more inside]
posted by amandarose at 1:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Help my friends and me become fabulous '50s starlets for Halloween.

My friends and I are planning to attend a Halloween party as starlets from Hollywood's Golden Age - Veronica Lake, Ava Gardner, Susan Hayward and Audrey Hepburn. Can anyone recommend a place in the New York metro area where we can rent or buy fabulous '50s-style dresses at a reasonable price?
posted by zembla3 at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Will my infused oil spoil?

Will an infused oil I make today, still be edible come Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 1:03 PM PST - 13 comments

I am attempting to pull off a very cool present, but I kind of have no idea what I am doing.

I want to get passes for my husband to go to Comic-Con next year for THIS year's Christmas. The pass price is very favorable right now ($75.00), and I can wait to get plane tickets if I need to, but I'm completely clueless about the hotel. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:53 PM PST - 5 comments

can a landlord demand more security deposit after you've moved in

nychousingfilter: I signed a lease, moved into my new apartment on the 1st and now my landlord is demanding an extra security deposit. Can they do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Advice on avoiding customs charges when shipping personal property to myself (US->UK)?

I'd like to have my brother ship an item I bought in the US to me (I'm in the UK.) I'd also like not to have to hand over my first born child to UK Customs. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by -1 at 12:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Your U.S. election is for our entertainment and L.A. is the capital of entertainment

So this turned in to a trip to L.A. instead, but the premise is the same: A friend and I are coming over on holiday for two weeks (from this Sunday the 26th until Thursday the 6th of November) to catch the festivities surrounding the election of Obama for president. [more inside]
posted by bering at 12:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find some good mythology books to read to my kids

I'm looking for some good mythology books to read to my kids. I grew up reading greek mythology, and I would like some suggestions of good greek (and non-greek) mythology books that break the stories up into sections. I have a few books on my shelf, but I would consider them a bit higher level then what I am looking for. [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews at 11:52 AM PST - 30 comments

Is there a therapist who can get past my mom's suspicions?

Recommendations for a cognitive behavioral therapist in the Houston area for my mother? He/she is going to have to deal with a lot, especially because she is irrational and suspicious. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Need a psychiatrist in NoVa

A friend of mine in the Northern Virginia area is in need of a psychiatrist for issues of depression, rage, and maybe some kind of bipolar issue. My friend is in treatment, but is looking for recommendations for psychiatrists. My friend's depression is debilitating enough that it's very hard for my friend to actually seek out recommendations among the local friends and community, so I figured I'd hit up the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 11:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Can anyone help me find a long lost news article on bullfrogs?

Did the State of Oregon, the Federal Government, or any local agencies ever stock bullfrogs in ponds and lakes around Oregon? I swear I read a news article online in the last year that said such a thing happened (by ODFW? until the 1990's)?, but I cannot for the life of me find any reference to it or to get to the bottom of bullfrog stocking question. [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 11:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Turn my scrawl into something good

Help! I urgently need ideas for a birthday card cover-up. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 11:23 AM PST - 23 comments

Come on little brain, you can move!

Ok, so I am a creative worker. My job is to picks thoughts out of my head. I write, I teach, I prove theorems, I design software. I mean, all these things are the same... it's the harvesting of ideas. So, what do you do when it's dry season? [more inside]
posted by gmarceau at 11:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Like mother, like son?

Plenty of little boys want to grow up to be just like Dad. But to what extent (and how) are boys' interests/activities/identities influenced by their mothers? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 11:04 AM PST - 24 comments

Off-season Greece: Crete and Athens?

I'm considering a December trip to Greece: probably Athens and Crete. Any tips on the off-season in particular? How many days to spend in each place? Any other places I should be looking at? [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot at 10:54 AM PST - 11 comments

I want a laptop, not a craptop.

Laptop Battel! Help me decide which manufacturer deserves my hard-earned money. I've narrowed it down to Dell vs. Toshiba vs. Lenovo. Also, RAM: 2gb or 3? [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 10:32 AM PST - 26 comments

Best PhD-level Library programs in the United States?

Asking for an advisee of mine who wants to pursue a career as an academic librarian. Where are the best PhD-level Library programs in the United States?
posted by media_itoku at 10:30 AM PST - 9 comments

New system, Old HD?

New computer, how do I keep the old programs? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 10:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Macedonian mystery!

Macedonia is all about a page I made and I'd love to know why. Translation request inside! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 9:57 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I shift my bike, and where can I ride it?

I am the owner of a LeMond bike. It has been sitting in my living room for the better part of the last year. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco at 9:42 AM PST - 20 comments

What was the most memorable Halloween treat you ever received when going door to door as a kid?

What was the most memorable Halloween treat you ever received when going door to door as a kid? Looking for creative or unique things to give out during Halloween. [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 9:35 AM PST - 59 comments

I want to watch the Knicks from the UK.

I want to watch the Knicks this season and beyond. The problem is that I live in the UK for most of the year so I'm looking for a way of getting to see more than just highlights. [more inside]
posted by i_cola at 9:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Do you know any nifty places to shop in Tokyo? Bonus points for places that sell fabric!

I'm looking for interesting places to shop in Tokyo. I'm specifically interested in any 'only in Japan' shopping experiences, but I'd also really love suggestions for great fabric stores. Suggestions for Nagoya, Hiroshima and Shizuoka are also welcome. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 9:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Help diagnose/cure my yogic back pain.

Sharp back (coccyx) pain when doing yoga or working out but no other time. [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 9:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Help us have fun at Lake Tahoe!

What should a gaggle of people of varying ages do in Lake Tahoe this summer? [more inside]
posted by oreonax at 9:21 AM PST - 10 comments

What's new about paper airplanes?

What interesting things have happened to paper airplanes in the last 20 years? [more inside]
posted by ericc at 9:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Automatef fax association?

I need a hosted fax solution that will let the user add an identification # to their fax as they send it (preferably by typing it as part of the fax phone number), so that it can automatically be attached to their CRM record. What are my options? Is this even possible?
posted by SNACKeR at 8:48 AM PST - 2 comments

What are your favorite smallish New Zealand towns?

What are your favorite smallish New Zealand towns? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:37 AM PST - 14 comments

What song was that?

Can anyone tell me what songs were on the soundtrack of House last night? [more inside]
posted by carmelita at 8:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I find resources for learning real world professional GUI design?

Where can I find books, tutorials, code samples, etc for learning real world professional GUI design? [more inside]
posted by clueless22 at 8:24 AM PST - 5 comments

What should I do with my old books

What is the best thing to do with a box or two of old books? They're mostly paperback and mostly genre fiction (SciFi, Horror, Fantasy). The less work for me the better with the provision that I'd like the books to be read again if possible. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 7:54 AM PST - 34 comments

Betting the House

Any Investment Bankers out there? I have a question about Credit Default Swaps. [more inside]
posted by UncleJoe at 7:39 AM PST - 8 comments

I know you now, I won't know you later.

I make amazing first impressions! Then everything goes downhill. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 AM PST - 14 comments

only connect

Two Macbook Pros, same model, same room, one gets a lot of bars and a strong connection via airport; the other gets just a couple of bars and a low connection. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 7:37 AM PST - 9 comments

When will John Reiss start rocking?

I'm going to see the Night Marchers in Bristol this evening and my tickets say it starts at 7.30. I've been to two other shows in Bristol (at different venues) and they both said they'd start at 7.30 but the bands didn't start playing until around 9. Is this a standard thing for small rock shows? I don't want to show up at 7.30 and have to wait around for an hour and a half.
posted by Andy Harwood at 6:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Acquiring iPhones as new residents of France.

Best options for a expatriate living in Paris who wants an iPhone? Lack of French language experience making it difficult. (French residents/speakers take a look please!) [more inside]
posted by swhitt at 5:32 AM PST - 9 comments

What's going on with my foot?

I've started getting pain on the top of my right foot after running. I've had it x-rayed but the doctor seems a bit stumped. [more inside]
posted by rsk at 4:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Help Me Not Be SAD

I'm heading into my first Northern European winter, and all of my Berlin friends are regaling me with stories of months spent in a state of unrelenting malaise while developing alcohol problems and watching people throw themselves on to the Bahn tracks. I had problems with depression even when I lived in California, so I'm trying to develop a strategy for a suicide-free season. My primary question: will the sunbeds at my local pool constitute "light therapy"? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 4:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Can someone recommend the best software to use for a homemade Digital Photo Frame?

I have just built my first WiFi Photo Frame, by converting an old laptop and adding a picture frame to it. I now want to find the best software to use with it to display photos, videos and newsfeeds. I am stuck with Windows XP (memory issues on lappie) and my specs are 1.6Ghz Processor, 256 MB Ram and intergrated graphics. [more inside]
posted by prupert at 3:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Poems for dogs

I am looking for poems, anectotes and short stories online which celebrate dogs and their friendship. This is to cheer my boyfriend, whose family's pet who is very ill. [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 3:40 AM PST - 13 comments

When did we get to start voting for voters instead of voting for legislators who voted for voters?

I'm looking for a listing, preferably something with citations of the actual state laws, of when each state changed it's laws to allow for the direct election of electors in the electoral college.
posted by phrontist at 3:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Standing In Line

How do lines work where you live? I recently came across an article in the Encyclopedia Britannica [quote inside] about the novel introduction of the concept of "standing in line" by McDonalds in 1970s Hong Kong. Do other cultures today deal with lines differently? Where are lines accepted/rejected? Is the alternative a free-for-all, or are there other ordering schemes?
posted by Jeff Howard at 12:41 AM PST - 78 comments

October 21

How do I access my network storage from my new computer?

How can I access my WD MyBook World Network Storage Drive from my new (Ubuntu 8.04) computer now that my old (WinXP) box is dead dead dead? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 11:48 PM PST - 18 comments

Song Id

What song is this? (Audio clip singing embedded) [more inside]
posted by benji at 11:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Stress-related acne problem

Dermatology question. Whenever I get stressed, I get zits breaking out on my face and on my head. Is this normal? I'm a 33 year old male, so it's not teenager acne. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I find the version of "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll where, when listened to backwards, you can hear certain phrases by way of a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Where can I find the version of "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll where, when listened to backwards, you can hear certain phrases by way of a self-fulfilling prophecy? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 9:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I forward relevant domain names for SEO purposes?

SEO filter: What's this about getting descriptive domain names for forwarding? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 9:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Career filter: Where do mid-career corporate newswriters go?

I currently work as a “Writer” for a large Colossal News Network. While I enjoy writing enough, the extreme schedules, incessant acute deadlines, and sensational content (“watch this surveillance tape of someone getting beat up!”) are getting to me. I’m not sure how I can parlay my strengths/ experience into a more fulfilling career. (i.e. out of television) Generally speaking, what kind of options do I have that would fit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Don't Say Goodbye To A Goodbye Girl

I would like to know who sang a song called "Don't Say Goodbye To A Goodbye Girl"? [more inside]
posted by vansly at 9:23 PM PST - 3 comments

How to get an InfoMania background music to work in my car?

What is the background music during the main Conor Knighton segments on InfoMania?
posted by eschatfische at 9:19 PM PST - 0 comments


A MySQL question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 PM PST - 11 comments

My fever didn't reach 103, so I'm not hot-blooded.

Fatigue and low-grade fever for three weeks but no other symptoms. Why is my doctor so freaked out, and what is he testing for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 PM PST - 19 comments

Let 'er rip! (But not too hard.)

I've decided to keep my cooch reasonably trimmed after a recent bikini wax, but I don't want to shave and I don't want to pay $30 every month. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 PM PST - 26 comments

Hang my bullets, please.

Hanging bullets in iWork's Pages 08? [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc at 7:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Why does the Geek Squad guy have a flash drive that he hooks into our computer when he comes to visit us?o

Why does the Geek Squad guy have a flash drive that he hooks into our computer when he comes to visit us? [more inside]
posted by texas_blissful at 7:33 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I set up my own 'lifestream' site that I control?

I'd like to set up a 'lifestream' on my website, logging all my online activities automatically and in real-time, similar to Friendfeed but that doesn't require me to be part of someone's idea of the perfect social network. Is this possible and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Am I the only one who wants a desktop OS in my pocket?

I am looking for a pocketable (ie. 7 inch or less) UMPC that runs XP that can do audio and video out (can be via a docking station) for around $300. Does one exist yet or should I keep waiting? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 7:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Where do I apply for backup sociology programs?

I found my dream school, but everyone is telling me to apply to secondary choices. I need to find sociology PhD programs that value public sociology and have solid social psychology/organizational theory focuses. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 7:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Can we expense our daycare costs?

Our daycare costs for this year will be over $10,000 for one child, and I'm wondering if my wife's company can pay for the some of the costs as a business expense. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Pleading traffic tickets online in New York?

How can I plead my New York State traffic ticket online if the system does not recognize me? And: is this a smart idea in my circumstances? Yes, I realize that this is not legal advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 PM PST - 3 comments

What to expect: filing for separation in North Carolina?

Here we go again. It looks like we're getting separated. In North Carolina. Short-term marriage, no joint property, no kids. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Fun uses for old Macintosh?

I inherited a fully-functional Apple Macintosh Plus computer complete with external SCSI hard drive. What are some cool things I can do with it? [more inside]
posted by karizma at 6:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Mixing Xanax and alcohol

How long after taking .25 Mg or .5 Mg of Xanax should I wait before drinking any alcohol? I've taken Xanax frequently over the years to treat anxiety, fear of flying, etc. and never had any problems. [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 6:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Not looking to be sued, just wanted to express an opinion...

Do most newspapers allow anonymous letters to the editor? [more inside]
posted by melangell at 6:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Get on up...and tell me where the bass is at.

I'm in need of some seriously funky bass. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 6:22 PM PST - 28 comments

How can I link to the first post of each category in a dynamically created category list in wordpress?

In a Wordpress-powered site, how can I create a list of categories that link to the first post in that category rather than the category archive? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 6:18 PM PST - 4 comments

How to search for anything when all else has failed?

How to search for anything (or find the answer to anything) on the internet when all else has failed? [more inside]
posted by schindyguy at 6:08 PM PST - 21 comments

Kids' science book with aluminum cover

When I was a kid I had a wonderful science book that had an aluminum cover and lots of "experiments" inside. Does anyone know this book? Many thanks in advance. [more inside]
posted by markcholden at 5:56 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I get a good deal on a replacement for my wife's busted Pantech C3b AT&T cell phone?

How can I get a good deal on a replacement for my wife's busted Pantech C3b AT&T cell phone? [more inside]
posted by braveterry at 5:45 PM PST - 5 comments

MS Keyboard diagram

Is anyone out there able to supply a schematic or detailed photos of the insides of a Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Pro keyboard? MS Part No X09-57778 - it's a black wireless "natural"/ergonomic keyboard. [more inside]
posted by snap, crackle and pop at 5:21 PM PST - 0 comments

Help me find my next favorite graphic novel.

Help me find my next favorite graphic novel. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 5:04 PM PST - 40 comments

Help me find an old rabbit-related PC game!

The details are sketchy, but I remember playing a fantastic platformer in which the player controlled a rabbit. Before you say it, I'm pretty damned confident it wasn't from the Jazz Jackrabbit series, nor was it Toxic Bunny. [more inside]
posted by jhighmore at 4:58 PM PST - 9 comments

tuning down the world a little

grayscale on my laptop monitor? is it possible? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 4:48 PM PST - 9 comments

What DC programs are best for Journalism and volunteering?

DC Masters in Journalism/volunteer work with students: Am I missing anything? [more inside]
posted by ginagina at 4:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Halloween costume ideas for a blonde and a redhead (both girls)?

I'm looking for a good costume idea for my friend and I. She's a redhead who has been lots of famous redheads in the past (lucy, carrot top, Annie, pippi longstockings, pebble, etc) and I'm a blonde. I'm looking for us to dress up as cartoon characters, relevent pop culture references, historical figures etc. that were blonde and redhead. No suggestion is too obscure! Please let me know what you think! (we've already nixed Lucy and Ethel) [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 4:33 PM PST - 34 comments

Music recommendations

Another "specific music recommendations" thread. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 4:21 PM PST - 6 comments

New Dremel-based career?

Help make my new cordless Dremel my new career! Can you think of any ways to use a Dremel tool to provide paid services to people? (I promise I don't work for Dremel or whatever company makes the thing) [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 4:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Tell me I'll die, so I can throw it away.

I bought a Value Pack of chicken thighs at Safeway, like the frugal shopper I am... and then promptly left them on the kitchen counter for 3 hours, like the absent-minded bumbler I am. Scenario: cold chicken, fairly cold kitchen (maybe 65, as the heat hadn't been on all day), sealed package, November 2nd expiration date. I am assuming I just screwed up and wasted $9 worth of chickeny goodness. Am I right?
posted by allen8219 at 4:03 PM PST - 24 comments

Which professional resume writing certification is best?

Prior to staying home with the kids, my wife was a recruiter. Over the last few years she has made a decent sideline helping people craft their resumes. Now that the kids are a little older, she is considering focusing more on resume writing and career coaching. [more inside]
posted by jbradley at 3:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Love Your Fate

Anyone know Sanskrit? Are you familiar with the phrase "Love Your Fate" (and this is the Western version of "You Art Thou")? I have a translation, now I need validation. [more inside]
posted by panoptican at 3:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Cornbread Consternation

So how do I adjust this cornbread recipe so I can use a bigger pan? What factors should I consider (fat content, type of starch, etc) in making this kind of adjustment in the future? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie at 3:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Better than automatic watering...

Automatic watering tanks/reservoirs? (not necessarily for plants) [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 3:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Which language uses up more trees, everything else being equal?

Slightly-random-but-interesting-filter: I've noticed that French books tend to be longer than English books, and German books tend to be longer than both. If given a normally written (so no really fancy words, just sort of... average) English book of 100 pages, which language of translation (using same font and size, as well as same sized pages) would make it the longest? the shortest? Bonus points for approximate page numbers! (thanks!)
posted by Planet F at 3:01 PM PST - 21 comments


Any bank recommendations in Prague? [more inside]
posted by DLWM at 2:48 PM PST - 2 comments

2 kids, one bedroom

how can i fit a 3-year old and an infant in one bedroom without them waking each other up during the night?
posted by RockyChrysler at 2:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Party like a Barack star!

Food that I can easily get into my election-night hotel party. Bonus-round: great games/amusements/cocktails for the party? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Free software to write on PDFs with my tablet?

PDF editing software for Mac to use with my Wacom tablet? [more inside]
posted by jk252b at 1:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Seeking original, unique, oddball novels and stories

What are your favorite unconventional novels and short stories? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 1:51 PM PST - 74 comments

What Halloween costume uses crutches?

Need Halloween costume suggestions that incorporate my crutches. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie at 1:43 PM PST - 26 comments

What is this pc game?

What is this old computer game that was a top-down open space shooter? Note: I am fairly confident it is not Escape Velocity. [more inside]
posted by stresstwig at 1:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Safely substituting a power brick

Low-power device, how closely do I need to match the power supply ratings? [more inside]
posted by gkhewitt at 1:32 PM PST - 6 comments

I need eggs.

Where can I buy white, plastic, hollow (but non-fillable) eggs? [more inside]
posted by blithely at 1:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Am I being irrational in wanting a break-up?

Am I being delusional in thinking we should be apart? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 1:25 PM PST - 23 comments

New Career or Family or Both?

Ladies in your early to mid 30s: How do you choose what to focus on next - family or career? A lot more inside. [more inside]
posted by delladlux at 1:10 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I install a game on the Motorola RAZR2

Did you ever install an application on your RAZR2 V8? If you did (or know how to), could you please tell me how? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 1:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Stagedive Hi-five

I need help finding a photograph of two awesome guys... [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 12:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Are multiple DashboardClients bad?

I'm on a 15" MacBook Pro (Intel) and I have 3 instances of DashboardClient showing up in my Activity Monitor; is this a bad thing? Is it sucking up resources? Running 10.5.5. Previously here, but no help.
posted by pantsonsteven at 12:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Novels set in the 1970s?

What are some good novels set in the US of the mid-late seventies? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Splenda, what are you doing to me?!

Is Splenda bad for you? [more inside]
posted by jwfree at 12:33 PM PST - 19 comments

I'm looking for the most comfortable, hassle-free approach to wearing contact lenses.

I'm looking for the most comfortable, hassle-free approach to wearing contact lenses. [more inside]
posted by medpt at 12:29 PM PST - 22 comments

Charter Flights from Dallas de Las Vegas

Need to find charter flights from Dallas to Las Vegas. [more inside]
posted by edmz at 12:24 PM PST - 5 comments

vi / vim editor: Can I paste text inside a colon command?

vi / vim editor: Can I paste text inside a colon command? [more inside]
posted by alb at 12:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Oaxacan Romance

Looking for books explaining local customs re: romance/relationships in Southern Mexico (Oaxaca). Preferably reasonably modern. [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 12:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Date around OR have higher standards?

DatingFilter: Is it better to "date around" and get experience OR is it better to have higher standards and wait for the right situations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:13 PM PST - 45 comments

Please help us find a mini freezer

Mini freezer shopping help. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 12:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Rugged travel/storage case for hard drive

Rugged travel/storage case for hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez at 12:03 PM PST - 3 comments

help me find a piece of classical music

I am looking for a piece of classical music that was featured as a teaching tool on a computer program about 15 or 20 years ago. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 11:59 AM PST - 3 comments

I need a sexy plus sized costume!

Hallowe'en filter: Yes, another "help me come up with a costume" idea, only with added restrictions and existing costume pieces to help form it! I have a super lame idea for one but I'd like to kick it up to 11 if possible. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 11:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Kindly take this job and shove it, and no hard feelings, ok?

How can I tactfully tell my employer and coworkers that I'm leaving the organization? My timing sucks and leaves everyone I work with in a bit of a bind... [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 11:54 AM PST - 20 comments

Decent-paying part time jobs in DC

Part-time Job Resources in DC [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 11:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Current Events Forum?

Can anyone recommend a good current events discussion forum? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I get a good absinthe cocktail in New York?

Help a beer drinker expand his horizons a little bit. What's a good place to get an absinthe cocktail in Manhattan (or anywhere else in New York)? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find French or French-Canadian indie music.

MusicFilter: I'm looking for more French-language music I can enjoy while keeping up my (very poor) French. I like April March, Les Sans Culottes and Bonjour Brumaire. Who else can I listen to? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 10:45 AM PST - 31 comments

Pack me a lunch for the urban jungle.

What foods can I take with me to an all-day seminar? I have no access to a microwave or refrigerator. They have to comfortably fit in a backpack. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 10:21 AM PST - 28 comments

US Bank accounts with foreign funds?

Where can I set up an account with a US based bank that will allow me to transfer my Euros and keep them in Euros? [more inside]
posted by taschenrechner at 10:01 AM PST - 1 comment

Funk or soul record store in a movie?

What movie did I see that featured a small record store in an African American community within a big city's downtown area? [more inside]
posted by davebush at 10:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Parents and Mac switch, regarding Excel

My parents just bought a MacBook to replace their ailing old PC laptops. They do their business management in Excel 2003 on those machines, but want to switch to 2008. This process is apparently an exercise in frustration. [more inside]
posted by wumpus at 9:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Load me up!

If I'm going to carry a bag, I might as well put stuff in it. Help me fill the thing with useful stuff... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 9:36 AM PST - 33 comments

UnrequitedLoveFilter: How do I stop the negative self-talk?

UnrequitedLoveFilter: How do I stop the "If only I had done..." negative self-talk? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 9:23 AM PST - 22 comments

Does anyone make a comfortable headband for women?

Does anyone make a comfortable headband for women? [more inside]
posted by lemonade at 9:04 AM PST - 12 comments

What sports/activities have given up technology in order to be more fun/ require more skill?

What sports/activities have given up technology in order to be more fun/ require more skill? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla at 9:04 AM PST - 32 comments

Please don't ferberize me! Help my six-month fall asleep on his own....(baby filter)

Please don't ferberize me! Help my six-month fall asleep on his own....(baby filter) [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 8:48 AM PST - 30 comments

What to do with 20 hrs. a week (in Boston)?

What would you do with 20 hours a week in Boston? I'm starting a part-time job next week which is enough to cover my living expenses, so I'm looking for suggestions on what I can do with the rest of my time: hobbies to take up, part time jobs, volunteer opportunities, etc. [more inside]
posted by losvedir at 8:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking to bake a rose or lavender flavored chocolate cake.

Looking for recipes and/or tips for baking with rose or lavender. In particular, I'm interested in making a chocolate cake with rose flavoring. Or lavender as a backup. [more inside]
posted by Sprout the Vulgarian at 8:27 AM PST - 10 comments

It's a way homer. You only get it on the way home.

Suggest good Halloween costumes that illustrate a funny play on words! [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 8:14 AM PST - 44 comments

What can I make with overripe apples?

What can I make with overripe apples? [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 8:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me Find Temp to Perm sleeping surface?

I need a temporary/permanent sleeping situation to replace the maddening/depressing mattress carousel that I've had for the past 4 years. What have you done when you've had sleeping issues and know that you'll be moving around alot? And is it possible for your body to start become much more aware of mattress irregularities, and would some exercises change that? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 8:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Bean Day readings?

Recommend secondary readings for my book club. [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 7:44 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me sway her vote!

What is the best website you've seen that provides a clear, simple, and (relatively) neutral explanation of each presidential candidate's positions on the issues? [more inside]
posted by elquien at 7:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Old technology + new technology = nothing?

A question about the RCA Lyra and the use of a Compact Flash storage card. [more inside]
posted by wg at 7:21 AM PST - 2 comments

How to Seal the Deal

What is the best way to have a baby seal as a pet? The only domesticated seal I have come across was this one from Russia. I am not sure how else to spend a lot of time with one without owning a large unpolluted lake with other seals, or becoming a marine biologist. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by johannahdeschanel at 7:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Can my client ask me to send pictures of employees for her review?

How can you hire people based on looks? Isn't that illegal? [more inside]
posted by urbanette at 7:05 AM PST - 31 comments

(R) not ®

Whenever I type (R) in MS excel, it automatically makes the registered trademark sign ®. How do I turn this off? [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 7:03 AM PST - 4 comments

day to day workings of a commercial dungeon

Kink day-by-day? Where can I read about the workings of a commercial dungeon? I'm very familiar with recreational kink (where no money is exchanged) -- what I want to learn about are the practical daily workings of a high-end dungeon where men are paying for sessions with female mistresses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Should we get a co-executor for the estate?

My father and mother recently named me as executor of their modest estates. However, as I have no experience with this, they believe it may be helpful for me to have a co-executor, and my father has set up a meeting with a lawyer in Boston. (My parents live in Virginia, and I live in New York). Can anyone offer insight into what questions I should ask the prospective co-executor, or what the possible pros and cons are for having a "professional" co-executor?
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Sea of lies

Please help me become a better person. Tales of shame, guilt and lies follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Do I have to pay for something I didn't agree to?

Can a car rental agency charge me for a rental I didn't agree to pay for? [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle at 6:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Creative pudding recipes please!!

My home made banana pudding has received rave reviews from a tough crowd. As a cook's reputation is only as good as the last meal served, I'm now looking for other pudding recipes. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 6:39 AM PST - 10 comments


Do those 5-minute snoozes your alarm clock gives you make you more tired once you're actually up? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 6:24 AM PST - 18 comments

I remember the album cover, but what's the title and who's the artist?

Years ago I had one of those "greatest album covers" books, and there was one (a jazz LP, I believe) that featured a gorgeous black and white photo of a woman floating in a lake or river, wearing a white dress, with only her face above water (the photo was taken benearth the surface, so her face wasn't visible). There was no writing of any kind on the cover. Anyway, I've been trying to find out which album that is for years now (the book is long gone), to no avail. Does this ring any bells with anyone?
posted by The Card Cheat at 6:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Our big old dog is becoming incontinent -- How can we all be happy together?

My 11 year old male shepherd-mix is in congestive heart failure, but doing very well on medicine. He has a good outlook for many months of high quality living. The diuretic medicine causes him to pee in the house occasionally -- because I can't get him out the door fast enough. We live in a condo and he has to go out on leash. We can't leave the house for more than a couple hours or he will need to pee. I welcome any tips on managing incontinence for large male dogs. [more inside]
posted by valannc at 6:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a song from a mixtape

I am looking for other rap tracks that use the beat that comes after about 1.40 into this youtube video of a Dilated peoples mixtape. It supposed it is made by The Alchemist I think.
posted by ilike at 5:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Books on Boston before 1776 or Russia in 1941-5?

HistoryBookFilter - a two-for-Tuesday question. Looking for book recommendations for two historical topics - pre-revolutionary New England, and the Great Patriotic War. [more inside]
posted by GhostintheMachine at 5:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Song Name in Trailer for House of Sand

Can anyone tell me the name of the song that starts playing 1 minute and two seconds into the movie trailer for The House of Sand (Casa na Areia). The trailer link is here. The song sounds jewish, but I can't remember what it's called.
posted by leybman at 1:51 AM PST - 6 comments

"Coming down is the hardest thing."

"Stand-by-for-action-filter: I'd really like to make a Commando Cody Halloween costume (or Rocketeer, or any reasonable generic facsimile in between). [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 1:14 AM PST - 1 comment

"This is a picture of daddy getting thrown out of a plasmatics show"

I am going to a friend's baby shower this saturday and he's an old punk. I was going to get him a misfits onsie, but my dickweed friend stole my idea. So- I am looking for something better that I can get in the East Bay or shipped to me before saturday. Any ideas?
posted by Large Marge at 1:07 AM PST - 18 comments

Consumer Advocacy in Canada?

My dad wants to volunteer for a consumer advocacy group in Canada. Anyone know of any good & legitimate ones I could refer him to?
posted by RockCorpse at 1:02 AM PST - 1 comment

October 20

Web app alternative to OmniGraffle/Visio?

Is there a web app that lets you diagram like you would in OmniGraffle or Visio?
posted by Hypocrites at 11:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Filler up!

What kind of filler should I use in the home-made microwaveable heat packs I'm making for holiday presents this year? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 11:34 PM PST - 17 comments

ADHD vs ...me

How can I tell whether I have adult ADHD or I'm just lazy and disorganized? (Do you think ADHD is real?) [more inside]
posted by Alligator at 11:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find a list of iambic words?

Where can I find a collection of some sort, preferable a list, of iambic words?
posted by meta.mark at 10:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Was there actually such a division in 1970's police departments?

Is the Police Women's Bureau from "Life On Mars" real? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 10:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Dirty drover hat solutions?

Help me clean up my drover hat. [more inside]
posted by fairytale of los angeles at 9:57 PM PST - 2 comments

How would Obama explain that two 10-hour TA jobs is more work than a 20-hour TA job?

How can I explain to the university staff that giving me two 10-hour TAs is a lot more work than a single 20-hour TA? [more inside]
posted by tasty at 9:47 PM PST - 18 comments

How should I drive a 03 Tacoma in the snow?

Driving in snowy conditions and getting tire chains on a 2003 Toyota Tacoma (5 speed manual, basic model), possible or not? Also, should I get snow tires as well as tire chains? [more inside]
posted by sir_rubixalot at 9:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Make me Sarah Palin

Help me perfect my Sarah Palin costume. [more inside]
posted by inconsequentialist at 9:14 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking for good film depictions of the classic Victorian haunted house.

Looking for good film depictions of the classic Victorian haunted house. [more inside]
posted by greenie2600 at 9:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Place to discuss scholarly publications online?

Is there a good place to discuss scholarly publications online? [more inside]
posted by ivarley at 8:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find this tune!

I'm trying to find an African song sung in English that I saw on a Marley documentary. [more inside]
posted by osloheart at 8:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Do air purifiers that function like bongs exist?

I prefer products that don't require replacement parts (e.g. gadgets with rechargeable batteries, bagless vacuum cleaners, etc.). I'm currently in the market for an air filter, but they all require replacement filters, and I can't find one that operates on the same principle as a bong. Do such magical appliances exist? Is there a good reason why they shouldn't?
posted by marclar at 8:15 PM PST - 9 comments

What are some good bulk vegan recipes?

I hate to cook. What are some delicious recipes you like that are simple to make, easily made in bulk and still taste good left over? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 8:04 PM PST - 29 comments

Hey hey hey! Mac geeks in the hooooouuuuusssseeeee!!!!

Help me pimp my Powerbook please. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 7:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Why Is Obesity Help Often Excluded By Health Insurers?

Why do medical insurers treat obesity different than other vices? Not a GYOB (I've got one); I literally don't understand the facts of the situation. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 7:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me help you- err, her.

Girlfriend is incredibly stressed out right now, what can I do for her? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 7:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Can I enjoy a vacation in Belize if I have motion sickness?

I am in the middle of planning a trip to Belize for this February. From what I've read, the roads are bumpy, and you have to take little boats to the snorkeling spots. I get motion sick. Am I going to be miserable in Belize? [more inside]
posted by chowflap at 7:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Minimizing total cost of living

How can I determine the best places to live if I want to save as much money as possible? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 7:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Color me strange

So I'd like to make my hair temporarily white (or maybe gray, bright white would be odd, but whatever) for Halloween. I need tips, including whether or not it's a good idea. My hair is naturally dirty blond, and quite long. I don't mind if it's white for a few weeks, but I would like it to eventually wash out. What kind of color should I buy, or should I just go with a wig? Any tips are welcome.
posted by wierdo at 6:56 PM PST - 11 comments

I want my film listed on IMDb.

I want my film listed on IMDb. I've tried and failed. The title gets lost in a dead letter office while I'm supposed to come up with "relevant information" without being told what information that could be. [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 6:53 PM PST - 5 comments

How many part-time classes should I start with while still working full-time?

GoingBackToSchoolFilter: I'm going to be returning to university part time, while continuing to work full time. Should I start slow, just one course my first semester, or should I do two? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 6:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Suddenly I can't view any videos.

Suddenly I can't view any videos. I have a Dell Dimension 4100, running XP, with the latest IE. This includes YouTube and all other videos such as on MLB.com. This is new, since a few days ago. [more inside]
posted by JimN2TAW at 6:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Venus versus Virus

How did the manga for Venus versus Virus end? (spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by Steven C. Den Beste at 6:31 PM PST - 0 comments

Giant Roomba robot hacking?

Giant Roomba - I'm looking for any information concerning hacking the Roomba's brain into something... bigger. [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 6:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Google calendar on desktop?

I would like to overlay my Google Calendar on my desktop wallpaper in Vista. I'd like it to be translucent so that I can still see my wallpaper, but visible enough that it is easy to read. Is there a (preferably free) program that will let me do this? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 5:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Can it really be harder to employ a yokel from Kentucky than a yokel from Bangalore?

How does one go about finding an Inshoring firm to off-load a large project? [more inside]
posted by milqman at 5:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Scaredy cat

We just moved and one of our cats is still in a state of frozen panic. His brother has adjusted to his new digs just fine, but the scared one is tense, shakey, and bolts under the bed whenever he can. Any advice on how to calm him down and get him used to the new place? [more inside]
posted by muscat at 5:14 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I keep my hands busy?

I want a new hobby. I like to use my hands. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:08 PM PST - 30 comments

Alternative to Wayfinder Navigator.

Is there any alternative to Wayfinder Navigator for the forthcoming Sony Ericsson C905? [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 4:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me stop these automatic wp posts.

Why is it, when i get a comment on my WP self hosted blog, do I get an automatic post showing the text of the email notification I get when I get a comment? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 4:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Lie by omission, does it break trust?

I really have no logical basis for being so sad/mad at my boyfriend yet I am still upset. I don't want to be upset. I would call it a lie of omission, but I just wish that I never knew. Situation enclosed. [more inside]
posted by ibakecake at 4:31 PM PST - 34 comments

Do pick-up techniques work ?

Has any member of the hivemind had any success using the many techniques and/or attitudes featured on shows like "The Pick up Artist" or books like Neil Strauss' "the Game" and "Rules of the Game"? [more inside]
posted by Oneirokritikos at 4:19 PM PST - 35 comments

Laptop RIP?

I think I killed my laptop with SpeedFan and a spill. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur at 4:06 PM PST - 4 comments

To which day does the moment of the new year belong?

Does the new year begin at midnight December 31, or midnight January 1st? (Assuming that 12-31 24:00 is the same instant as 01-01 00:00) [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 3:56 PM PST - 30 comments

My cat's a nightmare (washing, pooping, moving socks, flicking letterboxes...). Any suggestions?

I've got a problematic cat. She's a stray. I've had her for 8 years now, and we estimate she was about 4 months old when she decided to join me. There are 4 main problems: the persistent washing (till she bleeds); the crapping on the floor; the moving of socks and other small items around the house; and the general neediness. The vet is out of ideas. I have this naive hope that there will be a solution (ah, your cat has "Needywashingcrappersock syndrome, ms handee"). But I'm running out of patience (and cash). So it is time to Ask Metafilter. Anyone got any ideas? [more inside]
posted by handee at 3:40 PM PST - 35 comments

Can I make an Excel chart from only one column?

How can I create a chart in Excel 2007 showing the number of times a certain value occurs in a column? [more inside]
posted by niles at 3:06 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the name of this novel involving WB Yeats?

What's the novel I read that featured an old flame of WB Yeats? [more inside]
posted by moonlet at 2:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Failed to file a 1099-C . . Now what?

I just noticed that my student loan lender posted $230 of reportable income (in 2007) to my account - something about a 1099-C form. I didn't report this on my 2007 taxes - should I be worried? Is there a way to correct it? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper at 2:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Decent Pet Food

How does one go about picking out a nutritionally good pet food? [more inside]
posted by rtimmel at 2:43 PM PST - 43 comments

Looking for NY Herald archives

Looking for NY Herald archives from 4/21/12. Is there an online site where I can search/view them? [more inside]
posted by cherie72 at 2:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Pros and Cons of Medela and Ameda Pumps

Have you used both the Ameda Purely Yours and the Medela Pump in Style Advanced? Which do you prefer and why? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 2:30 PM PST - 6 comments

I see a black wall, and I want it painted white

Can I seal the inside surface of an exterior brick wall in my house without trapping moisture in the brick or in the insulation? [more inside]
posted by malp at 2:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Nice clothes + backpack = disaster?

I'd like to dress less casually than I currently do. There's one problem, though: my laptop bag. I absolutely hate those suitcase style laptop bags so I use a backpack. I'm afraid of looking like a complete dork wearing nice semi-formal clothes and a fairly sporty-looking backpack. Are my concerns unfounded? Have you solved this problem yourself? If so, how? I'm a male in my early twenties, if that matters.
posted by A Kingdom for a Donkey at 2:22 PM PST - 34 comments

Should I sell my home?

Should I sell my home or not? (in Alberta, Canada) [more inside]
posted by burhan at 2:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Vote Early and Often

What's the scoop on early voting in New York? [more inside]
posted by andromache at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a short story.

Help me find the story about an upset kid who changed the outcome of an election. [more inside]
posted by Steph1en at 1:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Boo! Ewww!

What should we be for Halloween? Looking for suggestions for a gory couple’s Halloween costume. [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 1:44 PM PST - 10 comments

How do you share a couple of season tickets with a group of people?

Help me devise the best way for four people to split and manage a couple of NBA (Hornets) season tickets. [more inside]
posted by ajr at 1:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I still be with this girl and keep my self-respect?

Relationship filter: Can I keep my self-respect and still be with her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:42 PM PST - 56 comments

Phantom "green" smells.

Am I overly sensitive to a "green" chemical? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 1:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Scary Websites for the Halloween Season?

Please recommend some spooky, scary websites for late-night, Halloween Season reading. [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 1:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Pregnancy Related Carpal Tunnel relief?

I have been diagnosed with pregnancy-related carpal syndrome in both wrists. I also have recurring tendonitis in my left wrist (i'm left handed for what it's worth). I had some custom splints made at the doctors but they aren't helping. The midwife and obgyn both refuse to treat it because of the pregnancy. I'm not even allowed to take anti-inflammatories (i'm 8 months pregnant). But i'm in pain and my wrists are swollen. I have been taking vitamin b in addition to prenatals but it isnt helping. Any suggestions to keep the pain at bearable levels? I'm really miserable here. Thanks.
posted by ramix at 1:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Anyway of deleting containing folder with a right click on Vista?

I have re-organised my Vista PC to use searches instead of the usual folder hierachy in Explorer to navigate the file system. What I am looking for is a way to right click on a file and delete the containing folder, does anyone know of a registry hack or software which will let me do this?
posted by dazzle at 12:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Erratic network behavior

My net connection has dropped like clockwork around midnight over the past few days. What's up? [more inside]
posted by Gyan at 12:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Tired of shirkin' when shirtin'

What do I need to know before buying a white dress shirt? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 12:22 PM PST - 25 comments

There's gotta be a fun social solution to working out, right?

I need to get fitter, but I am notoriously bad at sticking to an exercise regimen. Help me think of fun, social things I could look into to get fit and meet people! [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 12:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Dallas: Help me help someone

North Dallas and/or McKinney area: Food Delivery Suggestions. Not looking for senior or meals on wheels. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 12:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Show me good blog designs.

Form plus function, please. Recommend some blogs that you like for their successful combination of design plus usability. [more inside]
posted by pineapple at 12:08 PM PST - 8 comments

How to synch Outlook files?

What's the easiest way to synch two Windows machines on a daily basis? [more inside]
posted by different at 12:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Help finding a farming resources newsletter

Help me find a PDF farming newsletter I came across a week or two ago. [more inside]
posted by NormandyJack at 11:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me keep my vote.

I got my Absentee Ballot in the mail. It says to use the special writing implement. There isn't one. Help me get this un-fucked. [more inside]
posted by mr_book at 11:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking for a car company in Providence, RI that will rent out cars/vans to under-26-year-olds for four days for $150.

Looking for a car company in Providence, RI that will rent out cars/vans to under-26-year-olds for four days for $150. [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 11:16 AM PST - 9 comments

This one doesn't go to 11. Yet.

Carver amplifier identification help please! I found this Carver amp in the garbage. Need help identifying it and figuring out what it'll take to fix. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 11:01 AM PST - 8 comments

If only people were all fruit. Then you'd be able to fondle for freshness.

Is there a single question you can ask that tells you immediately (if not totally conclusively) whether someone is a good person? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 10:59 AM PST - 79 comments

quick trip to paris this weekend.... should i take a plane or train? and where should i stay?

i'm throwing together a trip to paris for the weekend to visit a friend. i live in garmisch, germany. should i fly or take an overnight train out of munich? and where should i stay in paris? i checked the hostels online but they seem to either be booked or badly located. i'm very interested in budget hotels, willing to pay up to 60 euros a night for 4 or so nights. any suggestions?
posted by badish at 10:47 AM PST - 4 comments

there are air bubbles rising to the top inside my knee. wait, what?

there are air bubbles rising to the top inside my knee. wait, what? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 10:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Is it worth it?

Is it worth it? Mazda Protege vs. Toyota Camry! [more inside]
posted by bob bisquick at 10:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Tips on dealing with dirty and careless people at the office ?

How do I get my 'professional' co-workers to stop leaving food in the refrigerator for months? And how, in general, prevent them from being so careless? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 10:13 AM PST - 49 comments

Help me write excellent online dating emails.

I'm not a bad writer, but I'm really, really bad at writing online dating emails. Please give me some tips on how to write an excellent online dating email. [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B at 10:11 AM PST - 43 comments

recommend me a strip club in washington dc.

StripClubFilter: Recommendations for the Washington D.C. area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

How to party like it's 1899?

Steampunk Party On a Budget? Music, Decor, and Give-Aways. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 9:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Help with German-to-English medical translation

What does "wegdrückbar" (in a medical context) mean in English? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat at 9:51 AM PST - 4 comments

What's the best way to use both IIS and Apache? Are there any major flaws in how I am hoping to solve this?

I do not know if what I am imagining about how to solve my web server problem is realistic or not. Is there a better solution than the ones I have thought of? This concerns addings IIS to my machine that is currently running Apache only... [more inside]
posted by omair at 9:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Absentee Ballot Counting

What's the policy for opening absentee ballots? Are all ballots opened, or are they only opened when they are expected to be statistically significant? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

ID Canuck TV Theme

Does anyone know the theme music for the Canadian Fashion TV show ? (you know , with Jeannie Becker). It was used thru the 90's, I'm sure it was taken from an exisitng tune. They didnt reply to my email about it.
posted by canoehead at 9:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Glasses for Halloween

HalloweenCostumeFilter: Girl, glass, freckles, CHEAP! [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 9:12 AM PST - 29 comments

Not Rushing Madly Enough

Piano-Playing-filter: I am having trouble playing a double rhythm against a triple rhythm. [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 9:11 AM PST - 12 comments

What should be taken into account when developing a website for an Arabic audience?

Arabic web design and website usability: what should be taken into account? [more inside]
posted by tcp at 9:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Cabo's Best

Help me make the most of our trip to Cabo in December. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 8:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Save my plants!

Can someone help me identify this fungus/bug that's attacking my office's plants? [more inside]
posted by dozo at 8:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Quality goods made by real people

Talented people making high quality goods (belts, wooden objects, pens, misc leather items , clothes, manuscript books, etc) at reasonable prices. [more inside]
posted by dance at 8:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Help us love Aruba!

Looking for Aruba advice... First time Aruba-goer - long time hater... [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

I have modern furniture. Now what?

Help me find some modern accessories to go with my modern furniture. [more inside]
posted by burnmp3s at 7:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Saving "Podiatrist Convention" for the anniversary party.

(NameMy___Filter) Help me name our wedding! [more inside]
posted by explosion at 7:33 AM PST - 23 comments

Fix my brain, oh ye gods of the green.

I take 100mg daily of Zoloft (Sertraline). It seems to manage my anxiety/panic disorder fairly well but I'm still depressed as shit. For those unlucky folks who happen to suffer the double edged sword of anxiety and depression in tandem: what drugs or methods have helped you the most? [more inside]
posted by ryaninoakland at 7:21 AM PST - 19 comments

Is my debt going to ruin my parents' credit?

How will a line of credit that my parents cosigned affect my ability to enter into a debt repayment plan through credit counseling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Flying the Freak Flag

BDSMFilter: Is a minimal amount of bondagewear acceptable in public? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 42 comments

GP says it's thrush - is it?

The doctor says I have thrush. Five pessaries or so later, it hasn't gone away. What;s going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

How do credit checks/histories work in the UK?

UK Credit Reports / Histories: I've seen loads of posts referring to the USA system of credit scores, credit histories, etc. but never seen anyone refer to an equivalent UK system. Presumably we have one, but how does it work? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 7:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Style at home in Hong Kong?

I'll be arriving in HK tomorrow for a few days and will be in Shenzhen for one. Any recommendations on places to shop for home decor?
posted by phoenixc at 6:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Why didn't I know that Al Qaeda's websites have been down?

I just learned that the Al Qaeda websites have been down since September 10; they deny cyber attack, but it sure looks like it. My question: where has this been reported? I'm obviously missing some important source in my daily news fix if I'm just learning about this. (link below) [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 6:06 AM PST - 6 comments

What mp3?

I think I need a new MP3 player. What do I get? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 5:03 AM PST - 29 comments

Avoiding Online Employer Scams

What are some reliable ways to check the authenticity of companies that advertise for jobs on craigslist and other such websites?
posted by mannequito at 2:55 AM PST - 9 comments

What would you give Lord Byron?

Special gift for a special gentleman? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 1:25 AM PST - 24 comments

You must be THIS nerdy to enter.

How much does a spaceship weigh? [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 12:15 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I move from PHP to JSP/Spring without a J2EE background?

Anyone have experience moving from PHP to Spring/JSP? What approach made the change easiest for you? [more inside]
posted by secret.osha at 12:05 AM PST - 1 comment

October 19

Were you a social-climbing, Mercedes-driving, industry hack in the 1990s?

When I lived in LA a few years ago, I heard about a short-lived craze among status-seekers in the entertainment industry. [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy at 11:18 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I use either/or logic inside an OSX Automator action?

How do I use either/or logic inside an OSX Automator action? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 11:03 PM PST - 4 comments

The Morning Banana Diet?

Banana Diet: Ive recently read about the craze going through Japan called the "Morning Banana Diet" (link). I dont know if its worth the paper its printed on but apparently its cleaned Japan out of all its imported bananas! Does anyone know of any dietians opinions or medical analysis as to the benefits of this diet?
posted by OzMoges at 10:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Is Citysearch effective?

Should I pay to advertise on Citysearch? [more inside]
posted by vito90 at 9:53 PM PST - 4 comments

How to pop popcorn safely

What's the safest way to make popcorn -- air popper or microwave popper? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 9:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Help Me Scare My Students!

Help! I need to find a collection of short, scary stories for my junior high school students! [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain at 8:58 PM PST - 19 comments

wisdom tooth question

wisdom teeth removal questions - laughing gas only? is two separate removals a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by illegiblemess at 8:49 PM PST - 35 comments

Denied boarding on overbooked flight - now wish to be pampered by airline. Advice?

I got bumped from a US Air flight (involuntarily) after the gate agent made an error and let *all* the bump volunteers board. How can I get US Air to go above and beyond their default offer? [more inside]
posted by zippy at 8:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Murphy strikes! SSH proxying is broken just as firewall goes up

In a classic demonstration of Murphy's Law, the SSH service on my VPS server is not proxying requests on the same day that a network firewall was installed. Please help! [more inside]
posted by your mildly obsessive average geek at 8:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me help my friend into politics

Late last year, I convinced a friend to run for public office in my hometown. He did! How can I help make sure he has a bright political future? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 8:07 PM PST - 6 comments

natural solutions for ADD and depression

I've been undergoing some depressive stuff in my past three years. I've perhaps followed the typical male pattern of trying to gut it out. Over time I've come to the conclusion I need to seek out some assistance. While researching SSRI's I ran across a product that promised relief from ADD symptoms, as well as help with benzo dependence. Loads of testimonials from happy customers, you know the drill. [more inside]
posted by D-ten at 7:48 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to use my iPhone 3G's headphone jack to power an LED.

How can I use the iPhone 3G's headphone jack to power an LED? [more inside]
posted by buzzbash at 7:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Tips for launching & running an eBay store?

I know a local dirt track racer who mainly races sprint cars, and is very, very popular. The racing team is looking to seel merchandise-- t-shirts, hats, posters, beanie-baby-type stuffies, and the lile, and they'd really like to do so in an eBay store. [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck at 7:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Bath once was hot but now is not.

Why is my bath not hot anymore? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 6:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Help bring out my inner concrete craftsmen.

Concrete-filter: I'd like to explore making some things with concrete - pots, birdbaths and such as. Classes don't interest me, but I want to know how you do it. And do it well. [more inside]
posted by TomSophieIvy at 6:54 PM PST - 9 comments

An easy to use presentation remote for Windows.

Is there a good remote control to scan through images in a windows image slideshow? [more inside]
posted by clearly at 6:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Can anyone name what kind of stone I am looking for for drink coasters?

I am looking for drink coasters that are made of a certain polished stone. The stone is cut that it looks like a cross-section - and it is of a circular nature. It can have a red or blue color, possibly more. Can anyone name what kind of stone this is? And even better, where in NYC I can buy them?
posted by helios410 at 5:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Examples of double-meanings in movies, shows, cartoons?

Looking for scenes with dialogue in G-rated movies, shows or cartoons that have hidden references for adults. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 5:39 PM PST - 43 comments

A good mass e-mail broadcast service

What is a reputable mass email service? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 5:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Is it better to buy a house or rent a place, considering the current economy?

Is it better to buy a house or rent a place, considering the current economy? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 4:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Did Payback run away?

I'm looking for the best one man revenge against the world films ever. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 4:40 PM PST - 50 comments

Can a website generate $1.7billion per year via advertising?

Maximum online ad revenue? -newspapers can not sell an infinite amount of ads in their print newspaper because of a realistic maximum page count and circulation. are websites beholden to any such caveats? [more inside]
posted by Paleoindian at 4:30 PM PST - 13 comments


SD mini card lodged in SD card reader on Toshiba Satellite. Hope me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only help. [more inside]
posted by turgid dahlia at 3:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Parking in DC

Where can my friend leave her car in DC for the next few days? [more inside]
posted by ootsocsid at 2:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Recommend an Austin dentist

Please recommend a dentist in the Austin area for a general check-up. Also, how urgent is a toothache? Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by suncoursing at 2:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Other than the iPhone, is there an AT&T phone for me?

Can anyone recommend a "smartphone" for me, or should I just give in and get the iPhone? I'm using GrandCentral and AT&T. [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 2:40 PM PST - 25 comments

Please help me find unconventional wedding rings!

Cool, interesting, unusual wedding ring ideas? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 2:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Good books for the Non-Ham to read to small children

This post reminded me of something I needed to ask. -> What are some good books to read to kids, for those of us who are not very good at (or comfortable with) being characters or using different voices? Surely there are some librarians on Ask Mefi that have experience with storytime? [more inside]
posted by nomnomnom at 1:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Audio-Video-Computing wish list

I'm moving and starting over just about from scratch. I'd like people's input on what I should do about setting up nifty integrated audio/visual/computing stuff in my new place. [more inside]
posted by Echidna882003 at 1:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Making hostel reservations is what this question is about.

I'm going to Europe in December/January. How do I make hostel reservations? I'll be traveling with one friend for about a week, and then by myself for another week and a half. My ideal hostel is warm, safe, and my stuff won't get stolen. We're not too afraid of roughing it, but we're going in the winter. So how (much) should we plan? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 1:54 PM PST - 16 comments

There's thought behind it, sure, but also twenty hours of knitting.

What are the most memorable, awesome or useful handmade gifts you've received or given? I'm in search of some inspiration, as well as cautionary tales. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 1:52 PM PST - 38 comments

Looking for a picture that would be worth 1,000 words

I'm trying to find a psychological/sociological study on men and women's views of the ideal female body type. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh at 1:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I use my studio monitors as live sound monitors or speakers also?

Can I use my studio monitors as live sound monitors or speakers also? [more inside]
posted by bingwah at 1:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Student Design Journals?

Do you know of any design journals that it would be feasible to submit student work to? I'm looking for either journals specifically targeted to students or journals that are not super high-end. [more inside]
posted by Maia at 1:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a great cart!

Kids are growing up. When I take the empty stroller to the supermarket I'm getting the "why is crazy lady shopping with empty stroller" looks. I'm looking for city-friendly, grocery-friendly shopping/laundry cart that has a little more pizazz than the old foldable standby (like this one). What's the coolest shopping cart for non-SUV moms who still walk to the store? Bonus points for extra cargo storage (for things like tissues, wallet, keys) and cup holders!
posted by moof at 1:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Please Identify a Font

Could you please identify this font? I've already tried the online font identification doohickeys. Thanks!
posted by sciurus at 12:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Mac Mini Magically Misplaced Music

Mac Mini Sound Stops Working When I Push The Top of the Case [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 12:32 PM PST - 7 comments

IE JavaScript woes

I'm trying to come up with a generalized comic viewer using just JavaScript. I have a solution that works in nearly all browsers, but fails miserably in Internet Explorer (several versions). I don't have easy access to a Windows machine, and wonder if anyone could help me figure out what I'm doing wrong (specifically for IE). [more inside]
posted by jpburns at 12:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Best way to get between Disneyland Paris and the Airport (CDG)

We are planning our second trip to Disneyland Paris in a couple of weeks and are trying to figure out the best way to get between the airport (CDG) and Disneyland. [more inside]
posted by Goofyy at 11:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Highly absorbent; highly nutritious?

Could I eat cat litter? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 11:23 AM PST - 13 comments

My blog subscribes to your podcast, and gives my readers links to your shows.

I want my blog to aggregate links to video podcasts on a specific topic. I have the subscription information. Can anyone recommend a (free) WordPress plugin that will allow my blog to subscribe to a video podcast and provide my readers with the links to see the videos? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 11:20 AM PST - 1 comment

Movies that take place on Halloween

What movies take place on Halloween night? I'm especially looking for films where a key scene, climax, or entire film takes place on Halloween. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 11:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Yakisoba Questions

Please tell me how to make delicious yakisoba. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 11:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Open-Source money management software?

Anyone have a good open-source alternative to Quicken? [more inside]
posted by ®@ at 10:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Invited to Sukkot

Just found out we have been invited to attend a Jewish friend's home for Sukkot today. [more inside]
posted by mamaraks at 10:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Help keep me and MrLyzzyBee warm AND solvent this winter

Gas Central Heating. Is it cheaper/ more economical to run the central heating on for a) a long time at a lower heat temperature or b) a shorter time at a higher heat temperature? I can't seem to get this out of Googling as all the words are so common. Note: I know it's good to have a thermostat. We will look into that - our current thermostat just turns the heating off whatever we set it to. So I just need an answer to the a) or b) bit above at the moment. Thank you! Help keep me and MrLyzzyBee both warm and solvent this winter!
posted by LyzzyBee at 10:23 AM PST - 13 comments

How to "stay in touch"?

How do you keep in touch with friends and relatives over long distances? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 10:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Name this guitar pedal

Searching for the name of an old guitar distortion/overdrive pedal. Attributes: * orange * old * distortion or overdrive * had a feature that allowed holding for "sustain" * used by my old hippy guitar teacher in 1992 * I was told it was difficult to find in 1992 I liked this pedal because I could hold my foot on the pedal and it would feedback. You would press once to turn it on, hold to get sustain, press to turn off. Not sure if it was custom or what. I was too young at the time to note the brand.
posted by metajc at 10:08 AM PST - 4 comments

No, I mean, we can totally put these oily rags in the dryer. It'll be fine.

Is there any way I can get relatively current Washington, DC police/fire/EMT dispatch information onlineor on my desktop? [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 10:06 AM PST - 3 comments

WeddingFilter: Recommend a B&B within 3-hour drive of NYC

Help us find the perfect B&B! Agent86 and I are tying the knot and we'd like to celebrate by spending the weekend at a nice B&B not too far from NYC. [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 9:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Food for the bereaved?

What is the etiquette on bringing food for the bereaved? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 9:30 AM PST - 14 comments

What it means to be X, written by X

I'm looking for examples of writings on national cultural identity by nationals of the country in question in any language. [more inside]
posted by lucia__is__dada at 9:09 AM PST - 10 comments

Credit Crunch filter - Help me understand Electronic Traded Funds

I want to diversify my asset portfolio to include Noble/Precious metals commodities (primarily Palladium). I've heard an effective method is via ETCs. Can someone explain to me what a Exchange Traded Commodity actualy is. [more inside]
posted by complience at 9:01 AM PST - 7 comments

And I spent $40 buying a new expansion. Sucks.

How can I fix my broken computer game? I'm playing the Sims 2, and it hangs during the character creation process. The website's forum advice was essentially that my graphics card was causing the problem and to return my laptop if I could, but I'm surprised. My four year old Toshiba laptop never had this trouble, for all it started giving me dreaded 'Low memory' messages near the end. [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 8:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Will I cross the line in the blogging world?

Where do you draw the line with information on a blog? [more inside]
posted by bash at 8:46 AM PST - 18 comments

nag box blocker?

We're looking for a house and thus spending some time on various estate agent and FSBO sites. I like to open each house's page in a new tab for easy comparison, but just about every FSBO site throws up a "Don't steal from us" nag box on right-click. It's obnoxious. Is there an extension or Greasemonkey script that can keep this from happening? [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds at 8:41 AM PST - 8 comments

What the hell is Seligman talking about?

How do I reframe my memories of severe childhood abuse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 AM PST - 24 comments

How can I stop my crazy ex-boyfriend from torturing me?

I have broken up with my boyfriend and he is threatening all kinds of revenge against me, from contacting my employer with lies and half-truths about me to posting scans of my private diary on the internet with my name on them. What can I do to protect myself? This is in the UK. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 25 comments

My friend follows a strict diet; me, not so much....

We have a dear friend who follows an unusually restrictive diet. So many socializing opportunities seem to revolve around eating, such as going to a restaurant or having a cookout, that it gets a little awkward because she can't get her special food. She seems determined to keep up this diet, so we need to find other ways to get together with the focus less on eating and more on... something else. Getting together to go to a movie worked well, since she just skipped the popcorn and had bottled water, but what else can we do as a group of 3 or 4 women that won't focus so much on food and eating?
posted by mmf at 8:26 AM PST - 15 comments

How does a non-pro stipulate photo use for a buyer?

I have a blog on which I occasionally publish my photos. Someone from a small nonprofit publisher just emailed me and asked to use one of my photos on the cover of a book. They are offering $250. I've never done anything like this, so I am hoping that any MeFites with experience selling/licensing their art can help me. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL at 6:18 AM PST - 25 comments

Pagan Roots of Christianity

Seeking out the pagan origins of Christian holidays [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 5:04 AM PST - 19 comments

What is your favorite instrumental music?

Can you name some modern instrumental bands/albums that are interesting, lively, and unpretentious with a bit of a dark edge? [more inside]
posted by bigtex at 3:01 AM PST - 40 comments

Real-life tech-tree

"In order to feasibly produce, say, transparent adhesive tape, integrated circuits or sugar-free soft drinks, you need such-and-such materials and such-and-such equipment, which in turn depend on other things, all the way down to ores and fuel and such. So if you want to build your very own set of night vision goggles from scratch, here's everything you need access to in order to get started" Has anyone compiled, for the public to see, anything resembling a real-life 'tech-tree', akin to what's found in computer games such as Civilization? [more inside]
posted by Anything at 2:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Name this author/adventurer/fearmonger

Looking for an adventurer and author who was noted for confronting specific fears and paying people to ensure he had no option but to follow through. [more inside]
posted by kaydo at 2:02 AM PST - 2 comments

What realiable durable goods wouuld you recommend?

This week a lot of things I own have worn out or have broke, and many of my other belongings will probably "expire" in the next year or so. No big deal, but what I'd like to do is purchase high quality durable goods that will last 5+ years. I'm also concerned of possible hyperinflation so I don't mind spending. What realiable durable goods would you buy? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 1:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Why are my ADHD meds making me feel so very, very sleepy?

I just started taking Concerta this week on a trial basis and I'm experiencing a rather odd side-effect ... sleepiness. Just what kind of mutant am I? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 at 1:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy things from the Persian-speaking world in Vancouver BC?

Vancouver Persianfilter: Where can I find Farsi language books, Iranian style clothing, preserved foodstuffs/snacks and authentic Afghan or Iranian (or any Central Asian style) style carpets and household accessories in Vancouver BC?
posted by thewalrus at 12:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Why can you never have enough memory?

Why is there no such thing as too much memory? [more inside]
posted by abcde at 12:25 AM PST - 18 comments

October 18

Movin back in

Floor scrubber, or WHAT [more inside]
posted by raildr at 10:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Credit Card...REVOKED!

How will my credit be affected now that Wachovia has revoked my student credit card? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 10:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Reputable source for online Matcha purcases?

Who should I buy Matcha online from? [more inside]
posted by cm at 10:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Rock the Helping-People-Vote

I'm going to be a first-time volunteer poll worker on Election Day -- any tips, advice, or relevant anecdotes for me? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 10:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me avoid weekly tech support calls.

I have two G4 PowerBooks that I've wiped, packed with RAM and installed Leopard on. Now how do I make them as parent-friendly as possible? [more inside]
posted by killjoy at 9:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Laparoscopy Surgery

What to expect from a laparoscopy? [more inside]
posted by octomato at 8:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Billy Birdflu & Sally Sepulcher

I'm writing a story in which death and illness is a major theme, and I'd like to name my characters accordingly. [more inside]
posted by jschu at 8:10 PM PST - 20 comments

How to make a google map of literary locations and the calendar of events at each place?

Beautiful hive mind, Please tell me the best way of making a map/calendar duo that I can embed into my blog. [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 8:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Robot boulanger: Want to bake fresh whole grain bread

Wanted: tips for whole grain bread making and bread machines [more inside]
posted by Listener at 8:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Cuttin' Vegies.

Is there a site out there that has simple, easy to read diagrams on hot to cut different vegetables properly?
posted by AzzaMcKazza at 6:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Electronics geeks urgently needed in Aisle 4

I am packing my entire house and moving to the UK, and I'm hoping to bring my TV, stereo, and a few smaller appliances with me. Please help me figure out my US to UK transformer and voltage requirements! [more inside]
posted by Kevin A at 6:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Lowering the tone

I'm looking for a software DTMF generator (no, not that kind of DTMF) with certain capabilities... [more inside]
posted by Chairboy at 4:51 PM PST - 9 comments

ssh sessions when port 22 is locked down?

I sometimes visit a network where port 22 is locked down. I'd like to be able to initiate ssh sessions from this site. Is there any tunneling or other magic I can invoke to reach this goal, or any other solution short of badgering the admins? [more inside]
posted by namespan at 4:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Name that sample?

What (presumably Christmas-themed) movie is this sample from?
posted by Mwongozi at 3:55 PM PST - 8 comments

First time traveling for an job interview

I am soon traveling for an job interview for the first time, and in general this is the first time i have traveled for "business", any tips? primarily looking for tips about traveling for an interview but if you have a good lesser known tip about interviews, let me have it. [more inside]
posted by humanawho at 3:47 PM PST - 12 comments

A baby grand piano's too big—do zygote pianos exist?

I need a music composition aide—what's the smallest and/or cheapest piano keyboard I can buy? [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 3:36 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I write a software spec?

Is there a standard to preparing a software specification for an outsourced UI designer and programmer? [more inside]
posted by thegmann at 3:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Memorable cartoon?

I'm having trouble deciding which of my zillion photos should I frame. So I've decided to frame a nice cartoon/comic that will make me and most people laugh. Do you have a memorable cartoon you would like to see framed?
posted by leigh1 at 2:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Did Zoloft work for you?

Anyone have positive experiences with Zoloft? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:15 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me interpret a girl's signals when she was drunk. I'm not even sure if they were signals.

I am an idiot and I fail miserably at this dating/relationship stuff. Help me make sense of a girl's behavior when she was drunk... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:15 PM PST - 46 comments

Any good pill dispensers for elderly?

Are there any good products that help an elderly woman remember when to take her pills and which pills to take?
posted by bucksox at 1:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Resources for programming highly formatted documents?

Is there a solution for producing highly formatted documents programmatically, that is an alternative to ReportLab? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex at 1:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Recommend me some kiddie SF

What are some great YA science fiction novels (other than Ender's Game)? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:45 PM PST - 59 comments

Drive-side AutoRun Disabling

Is there a way (on the USB drive side) to keep Windows from prompting the user to decide what to do with the files on a newly connected USB drive. [more inside]
posted by SAC at 1:24 PM PST - 11 comments

SMS Alert Help

I need a group SMS service similar to this or this, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 1:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Safe Places to live/stay for the coming New World Order.

Safe Places to live/stay for the coming New World Order. [more inside]
posted by Nillocsoc at 10:44 AM PST - 43 comments

Identify these maps

What are the countries, provinces or states shown in this image? [more inside]
posted by bru at 10:43 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I keep my dancing skills fresh over an extended absence?

I have been learning to swing dance for almost a year now, and I have enjoyed it very much. However, I will soon be traveling for an extended period of time (over six months), and will not be able to continue with my classes or lessons during that time. What can I do to keep my skills from atrophying while I am away? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 10:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I Has Camera and PC Play Nice Together?

Photo Software N00b Filter: Why do the pics I upload from my digital camera to my computer give me a hard time, sometimes? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 9:38 AM PST - 3 comments

What do I need to know about the hammered dulcimer?

I'm very curious about learning to play a hammered dulcimer. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 9:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Where am I and What do I do Here?

Looking for suggestions to help keep all my travel materials organized while traveling so that I do, in fact, see/do/smell/hear all of the great things about a particular place. [more inside]
posted by webhund at 9:04 AM PST - 8 comments

please help me convince my mother she is wrong

My mom has asked me to help her add an email address to her contact list. She insists that part of the address is underlined; something like johndoe@msn.com. She asked the recipient and he confirms that this is correct. Is this actually possible? If it is possible, how can it be done? I've tried copy & pasting but that hasn't worked. (Using Safari on Mac OS X Leopard, with Yahoo! email)
posted by you zombitch at 9:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Is it legal to host poker in Illinois?

Is it illegal to host poker games in Illinois if the house does not collect any profit? [more inside]
posted by thebwit at 9:02 AM PST - 5 comments

ODF reader for iPhone?

Is there an ODF reader for the iPhone? [more inside]
posted by perrce at 8:17 AM PST - 5 comments

What are innovative ideas for healthcare to save money, increase efficiency and improve outcomes?

What are innovative ideas for healthcare to save money, increase efficiency and improve outcomes? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 8:06 AM PST - 15 comments

How to get google not to treat any characters as special?

Is there a way to persuade google (or any other search engine) that none of the characters in your search string is any sort of metacharacter? [more inside]
posted by jfuller at 7:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Help syncing Ipod to new computer

I'm currently running my Ipod classic on a windows xp desktop and (due to space problems) using my Ipod as a external hard drive. I.E, adding music to Itunes, manually adding it to my Ipod and then deleting it from Itunes. However, I'm going to buy a new (vista) laptop and wondered how can I retrieve all the music off my Ipod and sync it with my new laptop. Also, any idea how I can move all the Photos from my Ipod (which I have saved as full resolution pictures) to my laptop?? Any help or advice greatfully recieved.
posted by maxmix at 7:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Those little white jobbies aren't cutting it anymore

What are the best iPhone-compatible, in-ear headphones one can buy for around $50? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 7:29 AM PST - 6 comments

What to do about a malicious prank

I am receiving unsolicited magazine subscriptions along with billing statements. I have called the magazine offices to cancel the subscriptions. I am being told they have the subscription request card from me with my signature. I have requested copies of these cards from the magazine companies to see if I can discern who is responsible. Sending them to me was ok but now they have added my wife to the game and I am no longer amused. If by chance I am able to identify the culprit, would anyone know if there is a legal recourse I could pursue to encourage them to stop?
posted by Shalerman at 7:23 AM PST - 6 comments

What can an NPO do with its money?

What happens to a non-profit's cash on hand if they dissolve? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 AM PST - 9 comments

How to convincingly jump between dimensions?

ShortStoryFilter: I'm writing a short story that involves travel between parallel universes, or dimensions, or whatever. You know, kind of like that TV show, Sliders. Unfortunately, my knowledge of science (and physics, in particular) is somewhat lacking. I'd like the superficial pseudo-science I employ to make this happen be at least mildly right minded. Help? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 6:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I fill my prescription under the radar?

How can I be sure that the prescription I'm about to fill won't appear in a for-profit prescription database? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me fix my text!

Is there a free program like Textsoap for Windows Vista? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 2:24 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I play videos and charge admission?

Can I get some kind of license to be a motion picture theatrical exhibitor, which would allow me to dust off my VHS copy of "E.T." and show it to kids downtown for 25c each? ((For free??)) [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 2:01 AM PST - 15 comments

What should I get for some people I barely know that let someone they barely know sleep in their house?

What's a good gift for my host? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 1:16 AM PST - 9 comments

My iPhone and Macbook are out of sync!

Why is my iCal out of sync by one hour between my Macbook and my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by mjao at 12:19 AM PST - 2 comments

October 17

I think I'm failing a husband test

I've been tasked with obtaining a "lactic acid mask" in the context of a dermatological product for my wife. Please point me to a recommendation, or a reasonable place where obsessive people talk about such things so that I can leech their wisdom?
posted by Shutter at 11:48 PM PST - 7 comments

An easy way to rip DVDs in per-chapter MP3s?

Is there an easy way to rip a video DVD to MP3, so that each chapter on the disc is a separate MP3 file? [more inside]
posted by indyz at 10:52 PM PST - 5 comments

24 hour cafe in burnaby

I'm currently staying at a friend's place in burnaby. It's at corner Boundary and Hastings. I'm trying to find a 24h cafe place nearby (or mcdonald's or something similar) with internet access to waste time in. Hopefully it'll be free cause I have my laptop! Thanks!
posted by PowerCat at 10:36 PM PST - 6 comments

How do i get a job in Africa with a Multinational company

Current MBA student , looking to work with a multinational company in Africa. Looking for an entry position in business development, marketing and sales and consultation. Fluent in French and English. I will appreciate any links, contacts or advice Thanks Dino
posted by Dino Nino at 10:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Tape Creep

Is the vinyl tape on my flashlight exhibiting anomalous rheology? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 9:48 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I soundproof a room in my apartment?

How can I soundproof a room in my apartment? [more inside]
posted by frijole at 9:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Complaining to Apple, is it even possible?

My Macbook has fried three hard drives in the two years. This seems unreasonable. Help me complain effectively! [more inside]
posted by aint broke at 9:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Name That Loan Company

Help name my friend's finance business! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 PM PST - 13 comments

How should I terminate this cable?

In need of some networking advice, how to terminate a cable on the switch side. As always more information after the jump. [more inside]
posted by hxc at 8:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Nosefilter: what might be causing this (bad) smell?

Nosefilter: what might be causing the weird (bad) smell coming from my significant other's nose? I know you're not my doctor, but this funky mucus-y smell eminates from his nose every year starting around this time and gradually fades away in the spring/summer. Has anyone else encountered this? Any recommendations for home remedies or what specialist would be best suited to provide diagnosis (ENT)? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 8:25 PM PST - 17 comments

How to turn a podcast into a ringtone?

How can I make an iPhone ringtone from a portion of a podcast? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 8:00 PM PST - 5 comments

I owe $30,000

[StudentLoanRepaymentFilter] Should I transfer my Direct Loans to some private loan consolidation company? [more inside]
posted by All.star at 7:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Australian ABN owner seeks correct place on her tax forms to note her sole trader earnings

Where on my Australian tax return do my earnings as a freelance web designer go, and is there any other paperwork I need to fill out because I had an ABN this year? [more inside]
posted by springbound at 7:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help us help our dog adjust to her new food. It's been over a month.

My dog isn't adjusting to her new food, and it's been over a month. We know she has a sensitive stomach, but we had hoped that she'd be adjusted by now. Aside from food vigilance, what else can we do to help her? [more inside]
posted by woot at 7:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I fix a credit report typo?

Should I fix a minor typo on my credit report? [more inside]
posted by Jemstar at 7:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Found an iTouch!

What can I do with a thrown away iTouch? [more inside]
posted by Justinian at 6:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Bridging the Experience Gap

I think my new friend broke my hooha. How do I recover from my most disastrous sexual experience? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:37 PM PST - 19 comments

US income tax history and theory for dummies?

With all the bickering over taxes in the election campaign, I'm trying to get a broader picture of US income tax history, theories behind past policies, and analysis of how they worked (in idiot friendly language). [more inside]
posted by p3t3 at 6:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Tiny wide shoes?

Do cute 5.5 wide shoes exist? [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann at 6:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for meal ideas for Murphy's Law pregnancy: Gestational-diabetic-menu-filter?

Can you wonderful ladies (and awesome supporters of same) who have experienced gestational diabetes, even though you already ate pretty well, post as many meals as you remember eating/liking/working for you? [more inside]
posted by Sweetdefenestration at 5:50 PM PST - 10 comments

skype voicemail

Does anyone out there know if you can you use Skype to check the voicemail on your landline? Not sure if you can input more numbers once the call has connected...
posted by dearleader at 5:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Will an Axim X5 play nice with Outlook 2007?

I've got a first-gen Dell Axim X5 PDA. I use Outlook 2000 with it. Will I hose this all up if I upgrade to Outlook 2007?
posted by TheManChild2000 at 5:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Waiting for Migration Assistant

I started migration assistant before I knew how long it would take. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 5:28 PM PST - 5 comments

They were laughing at what?

Is there a video of people laughing at Biden's story about his wife during the US Vice Presidential Debate? [more inside]
posted by ejoey at 5:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Sky Whales movie?

Can you help me remember this barely remembered cartoon from my childhood? A community of alien looking people live on a floating island and go out in flying boats to catch flying whales. Every so often one of them would turn blue and die, and they would throw him down a well. The well was actually a hole passing through the island and as the body fell it would turn into a new sky whale. Any ideas?
posted by Artw at 4:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me once again block the din of humanity

My second pair of Shure SE210 in-ear headphones have just broken in the same way for the second time. Can anyone recommend some in-ear headphones that don't suck? [more inside]
posted by DecemberBoy at 4:13 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I ensure that I get paid my share of royalties as an Illustrator for a book

How do I ensure that I get paid my share of royalties as an Illustrator for a book? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands at 3:27 PM PST - 3 comments

Sofa/Bed Harmony?

How can I convert my full bed into a sofa temporarily? [more inside]
posted by mayfly wake at 3:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Calling my mom would be cheaper.

I'm not getting a much out of my cognitive-behavioral therapy. Do my therapists suck, or are my expectations just too high? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:30 PM PST - 16 comments

Rules for converting country names to adjectival form

America -> American. China -> Chinese. Iraq -> Iraqi. Are there any rules about converting a country name to its citizen/adjective form? [more inside]
posted by rq at 2:04 PM PST - 32 comments

Entertain me in Sao Paulo

I'll be in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the weekend of November 6-7 on business, and I'd like to find something entertaining to do. Any suggestions? I'll probably be staying near the centre of the city, if it makes any difference.
posted by ChrisR at 2:01 PM PST - 7 comments

New computer build--No signal input on monitor?

I just cobbled together a computer for the first time, and while it powers up OK (fans and drives awhirring) I get nothing on the screen. No signal input. What did I mess up? Did I kill my CPU? [more inside]
posted by saguaro at 1:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Permanent Road Trip

Advice on taking a permanent road trip. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:40 PM PST - 52 comments

GMail Account Locked

GMail apparently has had an outage. Supposedly it has been fixed, but I still cannot log into my account. I am going insane. Please help. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Fees to transfer a vehicle?

How do I go about trading cars? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy at 12:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Grandmother will trade Pot Roast for Political Roast

My grandmother wants to watch Obama and McCain in the Smith dinner again (and again!) She has dialup internet, and is about as net savvy as one would expect. Can the hivemind help? [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I embed php into blogger?

Is there a way to embed php into a blogger template? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 12:16 PM PST - 7 comments

How much is an Andreas Gursky?

How much is an Andreas Gursky? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 12:13 PM PST - 10 comments

WTB Wheels, Not Enough $$$ On Hand

Are individuals selling used cars frequently willing to work with a purchaser with regard to a payment plan or are they really expecting the full asking price all at once? [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter at 12:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Flattening Layers In PDF - How?

Do 3rd party PDF print drivers flatten layers? When printing a PDF from within Photoshop or Illustrator, do 3rd party PDF engines (PDFCreator or CutePDF or other) automatically flatten all the layers? If not, is there a setting in either 3rd party driver to do so?
posted by kartguy at 11:57 AM PST - 5 comments


I want to create a complete backup of my gmail account. Is there an easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by googly at 11:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Stumped by VBA-ising an array formula in Excel

How to do a VBA version of the following array formula in Excel? The following array formula (entered with ctrl,shift,enter) will produce the string 'Bank statement'!H842, which is the name of a cell I would like to be able to manipulate via VBA: {="'Bank statement'!H"&MATCH(C1&D$39,'Bank statement'!A:A&'Bank statement'!C:C,0)} [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu at 11:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Name for Nutritional Gal

Name my friend's food business! [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 11:11 AM PST - 25 comments

How to deal with not wanting to work.

I've had this unbearable pastoral fantasy for a few years now where all I want to do all day is make pretty things in the comfort of my own home, at my own pace, and have plenty of time and natural space to roam around in rather than work. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:11 AM PST - 19 comments

identify this street symbol

Can you identify this symbol (http://h4xr.org/9rb2)? It's a diamond centered between two vertical lines with a dot in the middle. I've seen it on sidewalks and streets and presume it's used by electricians or other street/maintenance workers. What does it mean?
posted by deep_sea_diving_suit at 10:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Novels about women and their crazy moms?

Novels about women and their crazy moms? [more inside]
posted by It ain't over yet at 10:53 AM PST - 33 comments

You have cancer. Oh wait, it's just mono.

They sad I probably had cancer. Turned out it was mono. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by djpyk at 10:42 AM PST - 32 comments

When did you need to get off my lawn?

What is the origin of the phrase "[you] damn kids get off my lawn!" [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 10:30 AM PST - 22 comments

help fix my broken washing machine

So my washing machine doesn't spin during the spin cycle anymore, but all other cycles and functions work fine. What does that mean? [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Make my Vista Arrow Keys Work.

How do I set up my arrow keys to cycle forward/backward in firefox? [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 10:07 AM PST - 8 comments

I don't think I'm being selfish here.

Where the hell did all the nice people go? This is not chatfilter. This is a serious question about why there's so much negativity, how to cope with it and how I can find other nice people. [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 10:00 AM PST - 51 comments

How to get my new boss to let me come in at 9:30.

NewBossFilter: How to do go about asking my new boss if its ok for me to keep coming in around 9:30am? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 9:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Best thing since sliced bacon?

Thermomix, useful or just another overpriced kitchen gadget? [more inside]
posted by racingjs at 9:42 AM PST - 17 comments

Any good applepicking or similar experience still available near Boston for this Sat the 18th?

Any good applepicking or similar experience still available near Boston for this Sat the 18th? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 9:31 AM PST - 11 comments

I want to put words in the mouths of politicians

I would like to start working as a speech or letter writer for a political/government office. What advice do you have for me on how to best go about this? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 9:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Chocolate Salty Balls of Truffle

So my wife is going as Chef to the Rock Star themed potluck I previously asked about. Now we have to come up with a recipe for Chocolate Salty Balls. Anyone have a recipe for a sort of insanely good trufflely chocolate ball that we can lightly coat in some good salt? What would be a good salt to use? [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones at 9:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Is it worth it to keep paying the bills?

Is it worth it to keep paying my American bills while permanently overseas? Much more after the jump. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 9:05 AM PST - 20 comments

Taxi lost & found

Help, I left some important paperwork in the back of a NYC cab last night! [more inside]
posted by ceribus peribus at 8:47 AM PST - 6 comments

How to determine SVN Url from ViewVC Url

I know the URL of the ViewVC interface to a subversion repository, how do I go about checking out the files (i.e how do I get an svn url)
posted by zeoslap at 8:44 AM PST - 2 comments

crooked teeth in a crooked town

Can you recommend an orthodontist in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 8:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Pet ashes to ashes, dust to dust

Our dog died yesterday... should we keep his ashes? If yes, what should we do with them? [more inside]
posted by kitkatcathy at 8:24 AM PST - 28 comments

How to get rid of the phisher?

Someone went phishing, and hooked my daughter. What can she do now? [more inside]
posted by iconomy at 8:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Movie fantasies?

Looking for movie scenes that represent idealized places or dreams or fantasies... [more inside]
posted by missjenny at 7:58 AM PST - 32 comments

UTIs, sex and alcohol

Questions about drinking and sexing before a UTI is completely treated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 8 comments

How to involve a hotel in a toy ransom?

Co-workers have been out of the office this week staying at a hotel on the other side of the country and I've kidnapped their toy for ransom. How to proceed using this third party? [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 7:50 AM PST - 11 comments

How to do a reroof over an existing roof?

Reroofing: Should 15# felt used when doing a roofover on an existing asphalt/mineral 3-tab roof? The existing roof is is fair condition, so a tearoff isn't absolutely required. [more inside]
posted by toucano at 7:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Spanish Translation On Beef Cuts

Spanish Translation Filter: We are living in Southern Spain, please could somebody provide me with a few names of good meat for example, fillet steak, rib-eye, sirloin, tender meat for putting in a casserole etc. Thanks in advance... [more inside]
posted by spinko at 6:40 AM PST - 7 comments

The Boss and The Sick Boy

So this past May, Bruce Springsteen walks into a bar...and joins Mike Ness onstage. They crank out a couple of tunes, but apparently there's no decent audio/video of the event (that I can find, anyway). Curious if anyone out there has come across a recording of this event? Their version of "Ball and Chain" would be of most interest to me.
posted by brandman at 6:28 AM PST - 3 comments

What's a fun lunch in LA?

Los Angeles Adventure Lunch? Coed coworkers seeking adventurous and / or interesting and / or secret neighborhood and /or back alley fun lunch today, Friday, October 17th, 2008. Starting in Burbank. [more inside]
posted by snowjoe at 6:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me foil Keyspan

Keyspan, now National Grid (in Brooklyn), I think is completely ripping me off. Is there someone independent I can call to audit my bill and meter? I just got a bill for $240 for one month for a 1BR apartment! For the summertime! [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 6:10 AM PST - 23 comments

Pickup Soccer in Philly?

Is there a (pickup?) game of soccer in Philly I can play in between Wednesday 22nd October and Tuesday 28th? [more inside]
posted by tomw at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Small business make less than $250,000 /year - true?

Factcheck: Obama claims 99% or so of small businesses make less than $250,000 a year. Is this true?
posted by stbalbach at 5:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Patio furniture in NYC

Looking for good, inexpensive patio furniture in NYC [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan at 5:43 AM PST - 1 comment

give us firewire or give us death!

why are people freaking out and bemoaning the "removal of firewire" on the new macbooks and macbooks pros? they both still have a firewire 800 port. but nobody is specifically saying "they removed firewire 400!!". it's all "well now i'm never buying one of those since they totally killed firewire." and buying a firewire 400 to 800 cable or converter is under $20. am i missing something?
posted by dithmer at 4:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Plants on my Balcony

What should I plant on my balcony? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 4:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I cross the following borders on foot (both ways)?

Can I cross the following borders on foot (both ways)? Romania / Hungary, Hungary / Slovakia, Slovakia / Poland [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 3:32 AM PST - 4 comments

How to setup AS2 workflow?

Is there an ActionScript 2 SDK or workflow I can leverage? Or can AS2 only be developed thru the Adobe GUI Tools? [more inside]
posted by Pasa la bola chetu at 3:30 AM PST - 1 comment

What is this Powerbook's problem?

What is this Powerbook's problem? Rare kernel panics followed by disk catalog errors on startup, but I've ruled out the HD and OS. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 3:23 AM PST - 6 comments

What software should I install on my parents new PC?

My parents have asked me to set up their new Windows laptop. What software should I install on it? [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 3:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Majors Decision

I'm a 3rd years college students and I'm really confuse as of what I want to do in life. In my first two years I thought I wanted to become a computer engineer, since I was always like working with computer. The problems was I fail Calculus 2 times and Chemistry 2 times. Therefore I think I'm not cut out for the programs. The reason I fail, is just because I don't understand the subject and it bored me most of the time. Anyhow after failing Calculus, I thought math is just not the thing for me, so I decided to go for Nursing, since the math requirement is not so much. During my summer break, I took BIO 156 (Introduction to Biology) and I failed the class. I'm currently taking the class again and I'm not doing so well either. The subject just doesn't interest me, and it's very hard to understand. I also attend the help session, but still I'm not doing so well. My question is what major should I be going for? I think science and math is just not my strong area, so I'm trying to figure out a major that doesn't require much science and math. I'm really confuse right now, I hope someone can help.
posted by huyhoangbach at 2:30 AM PST - 18 comments

What DOESN'T cause cancer?

What is guaranteed NOT to cause cancer? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 1:57 AM PST - 35 comments

Finding a reasonably priced Swiss watch in Geneva. Mission Impossible?

I'm going to be in Geneva, Switzerland on business in a couple of weeks, and am interested in picking up a watch there. Any recommendations of where to look for something not crazy expensive? [more inside]
posted by barc0001 at 1:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Loves me this tie

Looking for a similar tie to this, if not a matching tie. [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 12:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find an old cartoon about two sharks

I'm looking for a multi-panel cartoon about two sharks. So far the only thing I've found via Google is frustration. Here's what I remember: the female shark is angry and the male shark keeps asking: "Is it something I did?" "Is it something I said?" etc... She always says "No" until he asks something complicated like "Is it something I said but that I should've said with more respect for your feelings?" to which she says: "Maybe." I kiss the Mefite who can find it!
posted by Ljubljana at 12:55 AM PST - 8 comments

October 16

You Lucky Dog

Help! Where can I find a copy of the Disney Channel original movie You Lucky Dog (wiki/imdb)? I've looked everywhere and can't find anything. [more inside]
posted by comwiz at 10:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Help update me on modern compies

I haven't bought a computer in 6 years (pre-multi-core). Help update me on what are "acceptable" specs for a computer or laptop. [more inside]
posted by TimeTravelSpeed at 10:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Oh, the shame.

We need a drink in Princeton, NJ. It's an emergency, I promise you. If not a bar, a place we can buy booze to go. [more inside]
posted by killerinsideme at 10:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Brecht for dummy

I'd like to get into some Brecht, where to begin? [more inside]
posted by minkll at 9:32 PM PST - 5 comments

The semen of vegetables? What?

Why did Rufus Wainwright say that broccoli is "the semen of vegetables"? [more inside]
posted by clavicle at 9:30 PM PST - 30 comments

educational mp3s - speeches/radioshows/lectures

looking for social science lectures and/or radioshow interviews [more inside]
posted by figTree at 8:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Rugged mixed drinks?

Alcoholics (of course you aren't): Need drink ideas that fit the theme "rugged". Fewer ingredients is better, and if you've got several suggestions that all require the same base liquor, that's wonderful.
posted by Picklegnome at 8:06 PM PST - 52 comments

What is it like to be a Policy Analyst?

What is it like to be a Policy Analyst? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 7:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Can stellar MA grades outweigh poor undergrad marks on PhD scholarship applications?

Am I deluded to think I can land a crucial PhD scholarship with abysmal undergraduate grades? [more inside]
posted by damn yankee at 7:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Questions for Grad Programs I'm Interested In

I will be applying to graduate school soon and I cannot visit all of the campuses that I am applying to. I have been contacting these schools so that they can put me in touch with current graduate students who I can ask about their campuses, and I wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything important in my list of questions below. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 7:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Other songs like Song of the Volga Boatmen?

What songs are similar to this recording of The Song of the Volga Boatmen? (Slow, non-English solo bass vocals, powerful and gloomy)
posted by Izner Myletze at 7:14 PM PST - 6 comments

How Can I Best Defend Being My Brother's Keeper?

Where can I find the best arguments and mentoring for espousing a Democratic Party idealism and platform? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 6:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Challenge: help me id this 70s kung-fu movie that I vaguely recall

Challenge: help me id this 70s kung-fu movie that I vaguely recall [more inside]
posted by tcobretti at 6:35 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I combine my interests into a coherent academic plan?

Seeking a field that blends radical left-wing politics and sustainability with technology without diluting any of them. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 6:05 PM PST - 14 comments

What questions would you expect to be asked if you were interviewing to be an astronaut?

What questions would you expect to be asked if you were interviewing to be an astronaut? [more inside]
posted by worstkidever at 5:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Where do I protest this new iGoogle?

Ok, WTF. I go to my home page (iGoogle) and suddenly everything has changed. I hate it, it literally hurts my eyes, I can't find anything. I am not kidding. How do I fix it or where can I protest? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 5:48 PM PST - 24 comments

Racquetball: Yes? No? Yes? No?

Am I done with racquetball? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 5:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Find me a grant to give away art.

GrantFilter: Help my artist friend get a grant to pay for materials so he can donate art to hospitals and other public-benefit places. [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel at 5:03 PM PST - 1 comment

It's not a six foot by six foot political banner

Question about yard signs (not of a political scope). The house across from mine went into foreclosure a while back. A few days ago a for sale sign went up. Now it is a billboard. [more inside]
posted by jeribus at 4:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Austin to Port A

The best route to drive from Austin to Port Aransas, Texas? [more inside]
posted by rleamon at 4:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy boxes in the Netherlands?

I'm having great difficulty finding a supplier of boxes and packing materials in the Netherlands that doesn't require buying in bulk [more inside]
posted by MentokTheMindToker at 4:50 PM PST - 1 comment

How to study French in a group

I'm in a French class with a bunch of college (mainly) freshmen, and I've talked a bunch of them into meeting for a study session on Monday afternoon. How can we best study together? I always studied alone when I was an undergrad. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 4:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Look! No hands!

Would it be feasible to have a small electrode permanently implanted in my brain? [more inside]
posted by waxboy at 4:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Why do professionals in music and art like to use Macbooks?

Why do professionals in music and art like to use Macbooks? [more inside]
posted by rintako at 4:20 PM PST - 48 comments

Logo mojo

Logo redesign: Help me come up with a good logo for this site. [more inside]
posted by curagea at 4:03 PM PST - 11 comments

big clunky squarish car from 60's or 70's

I'm trying to find a picture of a car our family had in the late-ish '60's, early '70's. It was dark green, and had a black vinyl roof, and big triangular tail lights. I *thought* it was a Dodge something, but I can't find anything that looks like it when googling, so I could be mistaken. Chrysler maybe? It was definitely US made. I don't remember if it was a 2 or 4 door. Hope me?
posted by yoga at 4:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Service station forgot to put cap on, now what?

I got my oil changed Tuesday. When I picked up my car I noticed a bit of an oil smell, but chocked it up to them spilling a little. Yesterday I didn't drive the car. Today I had a lot of driving. In the morning there was still the oil smell, and by this evening it turned to a burning chemical smell. I opened my hood to see oil all over and no oil cap on. I need advice on the following: [more inside]
posted by a22lamia at 3:59 PM PST - 17 comments

O, to find a cost-effective syruping solution

Indeed, my wee beastlings love the maple syrup on their pancakes, but that stuff's expensive and I don't have the facilities to be making my own. What's a daddy to do for a cheap alternative? We shall not, of course, speak of high-fructose plonk.
posted by knockatize at 3:47 PM PST - 34 comments

Driving me insane

Dull computer question: I just reinstalled Windows XP Professional onto my laptop computer. Two devices in the Device Manager display the dreaded yellow question mark. They do not appear to be on the driver support disc that came with the computer. These two items are: "Network Controller" and "PCI Device". Does anyone know where I could find suitable drivers?
posted by idiomatika at 3:34 PM PST - 15 comments

What are some good international fashion sites and blogs?

What are some good international fashion sites and blogs? [more inside]
posted by thomascrown at 2:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Compensation for female soldiers serving in combat roles

Are female officers and soldiers materially affected because they are not allowed to serve in certain combat roles? Concrete data appreciated. [more inside]
posted by muddgirl at 2:42 PM PST - 14 comments

People that actually wanted to have a baseball team's worth of kids?

Parents of many children: Help me find parents that chose to have many children for purely secular reasons. [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 2:40 PM PST - 21 comments


Windows XP PC crashes and burns when four identical sticks of RAM are installed but Memtest86 shows no errors. [more inside]
posted by shinybeast at 2:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Medical tourism

Has anyone done medical tourism to Mexico? Specifically dental? [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 2:28 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to drive from North America to South America

I'd like to drive from Texas to Tierra Del Fuego. How do I pull this off? [more inside]
posted by Scientifik at 2:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do I have POP access to my yahoo.com e-mail?

Why do I appear to have POP access to my yahoo.com e-mail address via GMail? [more inside]
posted by bdk3clash at 2:17 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you learn to choose others when you’ve always let others choose you?

How do you learn to choose others when you’ve always let others choose you? [more inside]
posted by elke at 2:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Why is does this rock look so unusual?

Why does this rock have so many stress lines and pits on it? [more inside]
posted by Java_Man at 2:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me get caffeine back into my life...

I can't unscrew my stove top Italian espresso maker! [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Turgidity in Pornography

In gay porn anal scenes, roughly what percentage of the time is the "bottom" flaccid versus fully erect?
posted by Greg Nog at 1:44 PM PST - 15 comments

what to do about a vicodin overdose

Took 21 500mg(i believe) Vicodin in a 24 hour period. this was on monday. threw up 3 times on tuesday. oh but wait there's more... [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 1:41 PM PST - 44 comments

Where can we go, what can we do? London!!

What can I do this Saturday during the day and evening in London? Any ideas welcome, but looking for fun, lighthearted activities, or tips on cool places to stroll, eat, drink and chat. [more inside]
posted by lukeo05 at 1:41 PM PST - 4 comments

"Why do publishers add 'A Novel' to the titles of novels?": A Question.

Why do publishers slap on "A Novel" to the titles and/or covers of, well, novels? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl at 1:41 PM PST - 23 comments

Reincarnation for Kiddos

Books from Childhood Filter: What was the name of the book about reincarnation that I had as a kid? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 1:36 PM PST - 2 comments

Creating an ebook out of images of individual pages

I scanned a book. I want to take the images of individual pages and turn them into a pdf ebook. How? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Louisiana Filter:When was the registration of birth certificates required?

In what year were official birth certificates required to be registered for people born in Louisiana? [more inside]
posted by verevi at 1:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Shoulder Brace for a woman

I broke my shoulder and collarbone in an accident. I've had the surgery, now I need a good brace to just give me some additional support for my shoulder when I'm doing my crazy activities. Only problem, none of the ones I want seem to be designed for...ummm... a woman. [more inside]
posted by CAnneDC at 1:09 PM PST - 3 comments

How to survive a strangling?

Someone sneaks up behind you and wraps a rope or belt around your neck to choke you. What is the best way to survive? [Yes, I watch too many violent movies] [more inside]
posted by hihowareyou at 1:09 PM PST - 27 comments

Planning suggestions for taking an 8th grade science class through a pretend town meeting?

Have you got any logistical or planning suggestions for leading an 8th grade earth science class through a pretend town meeting on an environmental topic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 PM PST - 6 comments

books by jorges

Jorges Luis Borges - just read everything and nothing and I quite liked it. Recommend some of his poetry and short stories? Im looking to pick up a couple books so multiple suggestions would be great. [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 12:37 PM PST - 17 comments

I'm not paranoid, just curious.

Advanced facial recognition in Reno casinos? [more inside]
posted by qvtqht at 12:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to stay in Ft. Lauderdale

Best hotel or resort in Ft. Lauderdale? [more inside]
posted by Lylo at 12:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Contract-less 3G or EVDO internet?

Contract-less cellular wireless (3G or EVDO) for laptops -- does it exist? [more inside]
posted by neustile at 12:07 PM PST - 6 comments

If I broke my car on the job, do I have to foot the bill?

I broke my car driving to a location, for work. I just got the bill and it's nearly $900 to fix it. What sort of recourse can I take as far as company reimbursement is concerned? If so, how do I approach this discussion? [more inside]