October 2009 Archives

October 31

Online pro audio sales forum?

Where do pro broadcast audio professionals buy and sell their gear? I'm looking for a specific portable recorder (Sound Devices 788t) and would like to know if there's a board or online community for people in the industry to buy and sell gear.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 11:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Ow! Another sharp rock!

How can I keep my kneepads on my knees while sprinting, sliding, crawling, and kneeling? Or, recommend some kneepads that would work better. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 9:19 PM PST - 13 comments

My personality needs a review! It's getting out of control! Help please!

I'm scared of what my personality is coming to be. I recently broke up with my wife that I love but had no passion (kissing) with (2.5 yrs). I feel like I've controlled her a lot, do not want her to express a lot of her own self because I am very meticulous and strategic about my words, how I talk, how I present myself, etc. I think that's the same thing that happened with my ex girlfriend of two years. They love me for who I am, I'm a fun loving guy, good looking, good personality, morals, understanding, extremely caring, etc, but I'm wayyy too much of a presence and seemingly controlling to my loved ones. [more inside]
posted by Vandal at 9:18 PM PST - 46 comments

Where can I hear the music of Hi-Posi?

Does anyone know where I can find the music of shibuya-kei artist Hi-Posi? [more inside]
posted by whiskeyspider at 8:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Need recs for IT training in Seattle.

In the Seattle/Snohomish area. Which schools provide good training in beginning SQL, or database design, or IT project management? [more inside]
posted by valannc at 8:35 PM PST - 3 comments

How do you play card game: Bomb City

A couple sitting next to me on a plane were playing a fast two person card game that looked fun. I asked what it was called and they told me it was "Bomb City". Possibly I heard the name wrong. I figured I could easily look it up online and get the rules. No such luck. Does anyone know the rules for "Bomb City"? It was a two person game ( possibly more - I dont' know ), played with a deck of standard playing cards including jokers. I think each person started with three piles of two cards in front of them with the top one frace up. Each game seemed to take 5 or 10 minutes. Thanks in advance. - Dave
posted by metadave at 8:06 PM PST - 10 comments

What might one see hiking in the woods at night that looks like glowing eyes?

What might one see hiking in the woods at night that looks like glowing eyes? [more inside]
posted by weston at 6:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Negima reference site

I need the best fan/reference site about Mahou Sensei Negima. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Cruise control is caps lock for.. wait a minute..

Is using cruise control all the time bad for my car in any way? [more inside]
posted by srrh at 5:09 PM PST - 27 comments

Tab it up

My wife used to love Tab energy drink both for the burst of energy and for the flavor. We can't find it any more. She needs an energy drink tonight to rev up for Halloween festivities. Are there any commonly found (we live in the midwest) energy drinks that taste similar to the Tab energy drink?
posted by arniec at 4:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me make my balbo behave

Please help me tame my balbo. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 4:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Old Port for the Family

Visiting Old Port section of Portland, ME and looking for a nice restaurant for a family with kids aged 10 & 12. Would like something nicer than a chain with burgers (though it's great if they are on the menu) and pizza, but not as high end Caiola's (pate and goat cheese won't go over well with the kids). We are hoping for a nice sit down, local beer and ambiance would be great. We are staying at the Portland Regency Hotel and would prefer something within walking distance. Oh we are definitely going to Bintliff's for breakfast on Sunday.
posted by revan at 4:00 PM PST - 11 comments

What is the game where you put a card on your forehead?

What is the card game where everyone puts a card on their forehead? [more inside]
posted by Wink Ricketts at 3:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Stupid mousey thing no work!

Trackpad suddenly stopped working - any solutions? [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

I don't think it should be hurting this long

Is it normal to have recurring headaches while wearing contacts? Yes, YANMD. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 3:00 PM PST - 15 comments

That last talk.

How to go about the final talk, the post-mortem, if you will. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:44 PM PST - 28 comments

Is there an online DSM-I?

Where can i find a list and description of the disorders in the original Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-I)? [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 2:39 PM PST - 6 comments

Source of these quotes about photographic composition?

Help me find the source of these quotes about photographic composition. [more inside]
posted by jgwong at 2:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Why Hutter why?

We've just watch Nosferatu and have a question (spoliers inside) [more inside]
posted by rus at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments

What did I do to my camera?

What have I done to my camera (Canon Rebel Xti)? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 1:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Eugene, Oregon: Tips?

I'm anticipating an upcoming move to Eugene, Oregon. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Tab A into Slot B

What can I expect with a parotidectomy? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 1:37 PM PST - 11 comments

How to deal with "I can't be in a relationship right now"?

How to deal with "I can't be in a relationship right now"? [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters at 1:34 PM PST - 33 comments

Looking for a service like Yahoo briefcase circa 2000

I want to upload a few files on one computer, and be able to download them from wherever. I don't need Amazon s3 or Jungle Disk or other big backup service. I want it to be free. I don't need or want to share the files with anyone, but it's not super-sensitive information either. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 12:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Netgear Wireless-G Router WGR614 & AIM

How do I get my new Netgear Wireless-G Router WGR614 to play nice with AIM? [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Baking with Truvia?

Has anyone had experience baking with Truvia, which is a granulated sweetener that looks and tastes like cane sugar but is made from stevia? I like it in iced tea and on plain yogurt and fruit, but I would like to use it in muffins and maybe cookies and don't know how it would work.
posted by Jenna Brown at 12:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Don't give me that jargon.

Do I need a rotary phase converter or a variable frequency drive for my three phase bandsaw? [more inside]
posted by mearls at 11:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Get me outta here!

Escape from New York! (By car during the New York Marathon.) [more inside]
posted by The Straightener at 11:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify a poem in a specific introduction to a specific copy of Kate Chopin's The Awakening.

Help me identify a poem in a specific introduction to a specific copy of Kate Chopin's The Awakening. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 10:46 AM PST - 3 comments

"I've never regretted taking the train set"

Apart from the Dennis Bergkamp cheese-packer one, what were the other Reebok "other career" adverts that ran on UK television in the late 90s, and where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by galaksit at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Better living through chemistry

I need to get up at 3:00 am. Can ambien help? [more inside]
posted by prunes at 10:23 AM PST - 21 comments

Auto-broker, good or bad idea?

Does buying used through an auto-broker make sense for me? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 10:13 AM PST - 3 comments

The Cabal? Am I seeing Metafilter: The Movie?

What movies will I be seeing at the horror movie marathon tonight, based on the hints from the theater? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Seen lots of old stuff, want some modern culture

How can I find good live music in Switzerland (or maybe Vienna or Prague or somewhere else) during the next few days? Or other interesting evening events? [more inside]
posted by little e at 9:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me repair this Windows installation, with minimal tools.

Trying to fix a friend's Windows laptop, which is behaving strangely. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 9:29 AM PST - 14 comments

On-Screen Keyboard for Windows 7

How can I get my on-screen keyboard to work in 64-bit Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 at 9:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Help with starting a NYC apartment search

Two young professional creative types looking for an apt in Brooklyn or Manhattan. We'd like a little help getting our search started. [more inside]
posted by FireStyle at 8:17 AM PST - 11 comments

How useful is a Chinese studies M.A.?

I'm thinking about getting an M.A. in Chinese studies. How useful a job qualification would it be if I didn't go on to get a Ph.D.? [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh at 6:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Music reviews? What are your faves?

Examples of really great music reviews? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j at 6:36 AM PST - 15 comments

music suggestions needed

I desperately need music suggestions for a slide show featuring the Pacific Northwest. It can be anything-- vocals, instrumental etc. Please help.
posted by lanita333 at 6:13 AM PST - 18 comments

I've told you a million times!

What are your benchmarks for estimating/comprehending quantities? I'm terrible with magnitudes; if someone tells me that they weigh 85kg, or that they come from a city of 2 million people, this doesn't create a mental picture for me at all; they might as well be speaking another language. After a lifetime of being resigned to this, I've decided I'm going to familiarise myself with a list of benchmark quantities: my height, the height of my tallest friend, population of my city, etc. Help me compile a list of quantities I should be familiar with, and tips for learning to come to grips with quantities! [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem at 5:57 AM PST - 27 comments

Please help me use a 120V scanner in Australia

Can I safely use this step down voltage converter with this scanner? [more inside]
posted by quosimosaur at 4:50 AM PST - 12 comments

Opening credits costume

For Halloween, I want to dress up as the opening credits sequence to some TV show. But which show? [more inside]
posted by painquale at 4:49 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I get US-address-only items delivered to Australia?

Can anyone please recommend a reputable mail-forwarding service for someone living in Australia who wants to buy from US-only stores? [more inside]
posted by katala at 4:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Dreammachine boutique, New York, early 90s?

Did you use a dreammachine in New York, SOHO, early 90's? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 3:52 AM PST - 2 comments

I need a SILENT wall clock

I need a good, classy SILENT clock. [more inside]
posted by Bazoo at 3:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Why does this trick with my arm work?

Why does this trick work? Turn your palm face up. To turn your palm face down you must twist your wrist, right? But if you do six simple moves you can turn your palm face down without twisting your wrist. The trick appears at the beginning of this talk by Lennart Green but can also be done backwards.
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:15 AM PST - 24 comments

KLOS L.A., the hazy '80s past

Calling Los Angeles Radio, circa 1980s. KLOS, Sunday night 'round 11 p.m. through 5 a.m., call-in talk radio. All topics. They talked about everything. Stoner heaven (a friend says, I swear). Who was the host? Thanks, dude. Rock on.
posted by ambient2 at 1:07 AM PST - 1 comment

What are your lesser-known or weird ways of looking for new music?

What are your lesser-known or weird ways of looking for new music? [more inside]
posted by querty at 12:05 AM PST - 37 comments

Did this doctor cross the line?

Was this doctor a creep for suggesting a gynecological examination, or am I overreacting? [more inside]
posted by heytch at 12:03 AM PST - 24 comments

October 30

Move this, word!

Is there a website that allows you to create moveable font type vids? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 10:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me strengthen my trapezius....

Weightlifting/strength training filter: what exercises do you recommend to strengthen/build up the trapezius muscle? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 9:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Mild sickness, when must you rest and when is it okay to maintain normal activity?

Recovering from lingering sinus infection, when can I work out again? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:33 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I remove the fat from chicken broth?

How do I remove the fat from chicken broth? [more inside]
posted by esprit de l'escalier at 8:19 PM PST - 18 comments

RAM all over the place

RAM configurations for the new iMacs - permutations galore! [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 8:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Water Heater/Oil Burner Question

How can I determine how much hot water my upstairs neighbors are using? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 8:09 PM PST - 31 comments

Looking for a good women's doctor in Detroit (east side)

I'm new to Detroit - can anyone recommend some good internists or ob/gyns on the east side or maybe ferndale/royal oak areas? Indian village, eastpointe, grosse pointe, st. clair shores, roseville would be most ideal. I have a HAP HMO, not that I expect you to know what your doctor accepts, but just in case anyone answering happens to have it. [more inside]
posted by lolo341 at 7:45 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me identify these figurines.

Please help me identify these odd little figurines and "bunny house" teapot I bought for my bunny-mad niece. http://i38.tinypic.com/2vlpt2x.jpg I found them in St. Jacobs, Ontario, but even the owner of the antique store didn't know what they are called. I would like to buy more (from where? Ebay?"?) but I certainly can't until I know what they are called. The first two pics are of the figurines,the second two pics are of the back and front of the teapot. The teapot is hollow inside and certainly looks as if it was meant to be lit from within by a candle. All the items appear to be made out of plaster. Any help with identification would be much appreciated.
posted by uans at 6:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Registry info from a crusty old drive?

Can I get old registry data off a 2nd hard-drive? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 at 6:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Search for winter booties.

Have you seen this shoe? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 6:21 PM PST - 13 comments

naughty fun in broad daylight for a couple, possible?

Give us some ideas to have naughty fun in the day time. I don't know what I mean by naughty. really, I don't know. something risque. something fun. something we didn't do before but possible to do in the broad daylight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Maryland DMV

Marylanders, I need your help. I haven't had a driver's license since 2004 and now I need one in a shorter time than nine months from now. [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 5:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Does shorting the competition count as insider trading?

I work for Acme Widgets, a competitor of WorldWide Doodads. I know that tomorrow we will be releasing an amazing widget that is going to completely outshine WorldWide's product lineup. Obviously, I can't do anything with Acme's stock - that would be insider trading. But what about shorting WorldWide's stock? Is that allowed?
posted by anonymous at 5:15 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I restore my itunes library, songs, movies and playlists

How do I restore my itunes library, songs, movies and playlists from a cloned backup after doing a clean install of Snow Leopard. [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong at 5:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Name/Location of the "Mac vs PC" jingle?

From the "hard to google" category: What's the name of/ where can I obtain a copy of the jingle that plays in the background of the Apple "Mac vs PC" ads? (oddly enough, it's for my halloween costume...)
posted by potch at 4:16 PM PST - 10 comments

What are the areas around Olathe, KS like?

Posting on behalf of my parents: they're moving to the Kansas City area and are looking for some information about what some of the areas around there are like. [more inside]
posted by The Pusher Robot at 3:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Pick my lock, please

Help me tear-apart, clean and reset my combination lock. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 3:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Just Questions? Just Answers?

I just bumped into a website justanswers.com while researching the world of medical second opinion. I have questions about the business and the human psyhcology behind it..... [more inside]
posted by london302 at 3:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Bela Lugosi's Pretty Hard to Find

Where can I find the Bauhaus recording of Bela Lugosi's Dead from The Hunger? [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 2:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Who needs help, but just for a little while?

What are good volunteer opportunities for someone who moves from city to city several times a year? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 2:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Should I get out of this S Corp?

Should I get out of this family owned S-Corporation? [more inside]
posted by Swede78 at 2:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Is there good sites that provide ranking of computer processors performance?

Is there good sites that provide ranking of computer processors performance? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands at 1:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Where Was I ?

Name that town or city [more inside]
posted by Quillcards at 1:34 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I be concerned about regarding a wigwam on my property?

What concerns should I have about someone I've met who wants to setup a wigwam on my property for the winter? [more inside]
posted by indigo4963 at 1:33 PM PST - 44 comments


Is there an enumeration of complete chess games? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:31 PM PST - 10 comments

In 1988, invented the Oscillation Overthruster while an intern for Team Banzai.

What happens if somebody lies in an obituary? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 1:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Baseball Bat lawsuit WTF?

Is there a rest of the story to the recent award of US$850K to a person hit by a baseball from the bat's manufacturer? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 1:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Chappelle's sexual reference

A few years back, I was watching The Chappelle Show and Chappelle, during one of his monologues, made a reference to a sexual act, using a word that I was not familiar with. I assumed the word came from hip-hop subculture. He followed up by saying something to the effect of, "I love using nasty words that white people/FCC don't know yet. They have no idea how dirty I'm being when I say _______ ." Does anyone remember what that word was and what it means? Sorry I can't recall the season or the episode or more context.
posted by i'm being pummeled very heavily at 12:55 PM PST - 7 comments


Bamboo. I am in Merida, MX., with access to lots of long, tough bamboo, 1-3" thick. I would like to try working w/ thinner, and more flexible STRIPS of it, to weave or build furniture. Using the full, round pieces does not interest me; too heavy, bulky, rigid and looks bad. But when I ask about cutting or stripping it, i just get blank stares. Cut in 1/2, ok, but thinner, lighter, no. I have bamboo baskets from other parts of Mexico, so it is done here. Any ideas on getting more mileage from this cheap, abundant material?
posted by ebesan at 12:50 PM PST - 6 comments

picky picky pictures

Trying to find a specific format of photo album or "brag book." [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 12:47 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get all residential addresses in a single town?

How can I get lists of all residential mailing addresses for a single town in the USA? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 12:44 PM PST - 10 comments

At what tempo should I play the Maple Leaf Rag?

Suggested tempos for Joplin's piano rags? [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 12:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Best option for regular US to EUR currency exchange?

I'm an American who's just bought a lovely home in the EU. Yay! Now I have to make regular mortgage payments while still living and working in the US. How do I transfer money over to our EU bank account on a regular basis as cheaply as possible?... [more inside]
posted by finitejest at 12:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Socially Awkward

Does anyone know of some good reads on conversation and social skills? I'm not suggesting that you can learn these subjects entirely by a book, but what I'm looking for is some methods to make communication a little bit easier when meeting someone or groups of people. [more inside]
posted by Garden at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

iTunes + new hard drive = headache

MrR moved my music drive (to a larger hard drive yay!) and iTunes is not handling this gracefully at all. (He hates iTunes, will not use it, and therefore did not follow any of the procedures detailed in the answers to this question.) The directory trees are all the same, the only change is the drive letter. How do I get iTunes to look in the right place without losing all the metadata (ratings, play dates/frequency)? (PC; iTunes does not organise my library; the old drive is already removed from my computer and wiped. Changing each file path individually is functionally not acceptable (30K files!), nor is changing the drive letter.)
posted by jlkr at 11:58 AM PST - 23 comments

Help my procrastinating husband see...

Can anyone recommend an optometrist in Columbus, Ohio? [more inside]
posted by thejanna at 11:54 AM PST - 4 comments

is there a "sound opinions" -like podcast for classical music?

is there a "sound opinions" -like podcast for classical music? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 11:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I overreacting, or was my instructor's film choice really inappropriate?

Was it inappropriate for my instructor to have us view and write about this film for our midterm? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 11:45 AM PST - 87 comments

Going to 11 not necessary.

How best to stay on beat, then find out how I sound to an audience. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 11:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Right ski roof rack?

I want to buy a ski roof rack for my late(st) model Honda Civic. Any suggestions? I'm concerned about any impact on the fit (seals) and finish (paint) on my car. How justified is this paranoia? Also I will likely eventually want to carry bikes or other cargo.
posted by Wood at 11:25 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I break up with someone I love?

How do I break up with someone whom I love and am happy with day-to-day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 AM PST - 28 comments

Will antianxiety meds take away a temper?

Will antianxiety meds take away a temper? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find Kaya (coconut milk spread from Malaysia) in Seattle, WA or the US.

Where can I find this delicious Malaysian Coconut Milk Spread called "Kaya King" in Seattle, WA or anywhere else in the United States/Canada? [more inside]
posted by dcruzin at 11:09 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I quickly name and tag TV episodes ripped from DVD?

Is there an ripping/converting application that will automate naming and labeling of TV episodes copied from DVD? [more inside]
posted by sun-el at 10:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me protect my new bamboo floors.

Help me protect my new bamboo floors [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 10:29 AM PST - 13 comments

To discover the meaning of life...consult Merriam-Webster.

As an atheist, what sort of activities or practices (that don't involve New Age wankery) can I get into to increase my spiritual welfare?
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 9:51 AM PST - 67 comments

What makes this lyric particularly "English"?

Folk-music-filter: Is there something particularly "English" about the 1-2-3-4 construction I'm hearing in the song Roots by the group Show of Hands? [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 9:48 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I change default scan settings?

How can I reduce the file size of a scanned document in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 9:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find Scatman's naked lady

Looking for a painting/image from Kubrick's "The Shining". [more inside]
posted by loquax at 9:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Two Masters Better than A Doctorate?

If all goes well, in Spring 2011 I will have finally completed my Masters in Mental Health Counseling. But I want to apply my degree to higher education. [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 9:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Recommendations for a good personal trainer in RDU?!

Recommendations for a personal trainer in the Raleigh/Durham area? [more inside]
posted by luckyme793 at 9:20 AM PST - 2 comments

If it's BS, call it BS

What is the purpose of couples therapy...from a therapists perspective (specifics inside)? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 9:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Programs to work with Census data?

How do I create a cross-tab from Census data (SF3)? [more inside]
posted by qldaddy at 8:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Menu planning and grocery shopping

I need help buying groceries. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 8:47 AM PST - 34 comments

If it doesn't hurt, you're not doing it right...

The old adage 'No Pain, No Gain' appears intuitive when it comes to developing physical prowess. I only started to see gains in the gym after pushing myself to the point where I'd wake up thinking I'd be crippled for the rest of my life. Is the same true for cognitive improvements too? [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 8:15 AM PST - 18 comments

Can I still stick with my very active weekday activities while keeping a half marathon training schedule?

I play group sports and do strength training almost every weekday, should I still keep this up when I start my half marathon training? [more inside]
posted by spacesbetween at 8:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Why did Halloween not happen on Halloween?

Why did we go trick-or-treating the night before (or the night after) Halloween one year when I was a kid? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:06 AM PST - 27 comments

Not-so-Fantastic Plastic

Can you help my household kick the plastic habit? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 7:19 AM PST - 35 comments

Best practices for photo metadata?

Best practices for recording photo metadata? What I'd like to be able to do inside, plus many questions about what's possible today or likely to be possible in the future. [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 7:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Why would you mount a big, thin disc on the roof of your limo?

Did I see the ground-based version of a "black helicopter?" [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 7:07 AM PST - 11 comments


How can I reduce the allergens in my home? Extended explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 7:07 AM PST - 18 comments

roll of the dice

Have you ever posted a job listing to dice.com? Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by ducksauce at 6:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Best way to eliminate personal data on Macbook Pro?

After problems with my old laptop Apple sent me a free replacement, whats the best way to migrate my data, eliminate personal info but leave potential problems intact? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 6:44 AM PST - 8 comments

A dark, rich cup of coffee creme, please!

What makes European coffee different from American coffee? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:40 AM PST - 32 comments

Examples of image zooming/enhancement cliché from movies/tv.

I'm looking for examples of the film and tv cliché where images from surveillance video or photos are magnified and enhanced (usually to a ridiculous degree). [more inside]
posted by dunk at 6:30 AM PST - 39 comments

PhD Ethics?

What are some ethics considerations around a PhD dissertation? And should I do anything about a former colleague who I think violated them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Website to sort and display different mountain heights?

Is there a website that would show the world sorted by elevation? I recently enjoyed reading Plague Year, a post-apocalyptic thriller. The main conceit of this science-fiction novel is that a nanotechnology plague that kills any warm blooded animal (including humans), but the disease self-destructs at altitudes above 10,000 feet. How much territory would this be across the whole planet? [more inside]
posted by seasparrow at 5:56 AM PST - 7 comments

"It was not there to protect me from you. It was there to protect you from me"

Where does the phrase "It was not there to protect me from you. It was there to protect you from me" come from? [more inside]
posted by seanyboy at 5:31 AM PST - 9 comments

A song where the main refrain is "That's my girl (hey!)"

A lo-fi song with the main lyric "That's My Girl (Hey!)"? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime at 5:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Desktop power supply let out the magic smoke. Doomed?

My desktop power supply has emitted some blue sparks, and not at all in the nice Mario Kart sort of way. It's pretty clear there's an internal short- is it likely that this fried any of my other components, and are there any defensive measures I should take when replacing it? [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark at 5:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Should we make our future educational organic farm a non-profit?

Should we make our future educational organic farm a non-profit? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by bengarland at 5:11 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I kill a cough that lingers for a month?

Why do I always have a cough that lingers for about a month after I've had a cold, and how can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 4:50 AM PST - 25 comments

How do I create a RSS feed for my Amazon Web Store?

I'm trying to figure out how to create a XML / RSS feed of my Amazon web store products so I can update to Google Merchant. There doesn't seem to be many functions / plug-ins offered by AWS and their help isn't very helpful. I've done a fair amount of searching and have come up empty handed. Would anyone have an idea how I might go about creating this feed?
posted by Aegean at 4:44 AM PST - 0 comments

Taking on the juggernaut that is Ebay?

Taking on the juggernaut that is Ebay? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 4:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Sega Genesis game music?

What is the music from the first 30s of this video from? I guess it is a Sega Genesis game, but which?
posted by rom1 at 3:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Strange malady - please help me identify this

Please help me identify this illness I have. WebMD and other medical web sites don't quite address the symptoms that I have. Please help. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 at 3:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Looking for a collection of urban street photographs...

Looking for online collections of photographs in which numerous images of a street scene are merged together to form single pictures. [more inside]
posted by mattn at 1:49 AM PST - 9 comments

October 29

Am I Slow?

How fast can I learn ten-key? I started about 3 days ago and have worked 2-4 hours a day on the free testing sites. I have never worked in a business environment and am the hunt-and-peck kind of "typist". I am getting faster and am up to about 4500 KPH. Is this reasonable progress? Is there a tried and true good way to get me there faster or is slogging through a bazillion of the tests the only way to gain speed? I am usually accurate but can get thrown off by a distraction. How soon can I expect to get to 10,000 KPM? How fast does the speed-demon go? Can anyone get that fast with practice, or just a special few? Are there any keyboarding "bad habits" that I need to beware of?
posted by bebrave! at 11:49 PM PST - 14 comments

How Do I Write to Comrade Fidel?

I would like to write a letter to Fidel Castro. How do I get a letter to him, or find his address? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish at 11:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Can anyone suggest interesting careers for a physicist hoping to make a good impact on society?

Can anyone suggest interesting careers for a physicist hoping to make a good impact on society? [more inside]
posted by qmechanic at 10:30 PM PST - 11 comments

What's a good way to collect rent online?

Would anyone have recommendations for a rent payment website? [more inside]
posted by getupandgo at 9:52 PM PST - 7 comments

reject reject reject reject rejecting

I am trying to write a philosophy paper, and I am discovering that everyone is "rejecting" each other's principles this way and that! What are some scholarly ways to say "reject", "criticise", "affirm" (as in "affirmation of life"), "similarly", and other rudimentary philosophical words? Oh, how I've used the thesaurus already. [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 8:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Cheapest and fastest way to turn a piece of music on paper into MIDI

What's the fastest and cheapest way to create a midi recording of a 1 or 2 page written melody? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 8:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Did I really just flood my car?

How easy is it to flood a car? I think I might have. Does it sound likely and what do I do next? [more inside]
posted by grablife365 at 8:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Are these salamanders doomed?

I found three salamanders under a trash can sitting on the cement walk next to my house. Is there anything I can do to increase their chances of survival through the winter? [more inside]
posted by alms at 8:46 PM PST - 6 comments

How build a gaming pc that doesn't use much power when doing office work?

I want to build a pc with a powerful display adaptor for gaming, but that doesn't waste energy when I'm just doing office work. Any suggestions on how to do this? (multiple adaptors? software?)
posted by Pres at 8:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Make FF 3.5 like 3.0

With Firefox 3 you could drag a tab from one FF window to the another with the tab bar closed. Is there any way to get 3.5 to do that? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 8:24 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I calculate side force on my car?

Physics question - involving cars, air, momentum, force, etc... Basically - how can I calculate the side force from a crosswind on my car at any given speed? [more inside]
posted by krisak at 8:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Help me fix my statue...

My cement statue fell apart after 50 plus years of standing around enigmatically. How can I put it back together? [more inside]
posted by diode at 8:17 PM PST - 7 comments

A veritable cornucopia of winter squash

I overdid it a bit at the local farmer's market, I'd like some ideas on what to do with all the winter squash I bought. [more inside]
posted by squeak at 8:16 PM PST - 28 comments

I'm staring at the phone, waiting for your text...

In need of human distractions. Help me stop taking it out (mentally) on my boyfriend and other friends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Using spirit gum to attach a prosthetic near my real hair

Tell me about using spirit gum near my actual hair. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 8:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Avoiding the the airport XXX-ray so I can fly solo.

I'm going out of town soon. I will be packing some naughty items, that I would be embarrased if they show up on a baggage X-ray. How do I gain access to a lead apron? [more inside]
posted by Eleutherios at 7:53 PM PST - 31 comments

My old nemesis, we meet again.

How can I enjoy a frat party when I'm too old and lame to actually want to go? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 7:49 PM PST - 27 comments

Where can I shop for a vintage headboard?

I'm want to recreate this headboard recently featured on Apartment Therapy. Does anyone know where I can look for a vintage mantle aside from craigslist & ebay? [more inside]
posted by thisiswater at 7:45 PM PST - 9 comments

How many elephants can dance in a room before the floor collapses?

Who do I hire to advise and/or reassure me on structural issues in my old house? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow at 7:43 PM PST - 4 comments

I am not an Automator-aton

How can Automator help me save a bunch of files? [more inside]
posted by Scientifik at 7:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Who can I pay to type up my notes?

TypeMyNotesPleaseFilter: I periodically find myself in need of this service, which obviously must exist, yet I cannot find. I have a bunch of handwritten notes, not written with any kind of fancy smartpen, but rather, just pencil on paper. I would like to be able to scan said notes myself and send them to some kind of service wherein I can pay someone to type them up and send me back a decently formatted copy with a turnaround time of 12-24 hours. Who do I ask to do this? [more inside]
posted by zachlipton at 7:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Creating a Map Based on Distances Between Cities

Mapping question: I have a list of (imaginary) cities. I also know each city's as-the-crow-flies distance from every other city on the list. Based on this data alone, I would like to create a (hypothetical) map that shows all of these cities in their proper locations. I recognize that that the map's "rotation" would be arbitrary based on where & how you start plotting, but it seems that you should be able to plot out the relationships between cities properly. Is there software that can help me do this? [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 7:03 PM PST - 24 comments

Hard drive back from the dead. Should I trust it?

A week ago as part of a Snow Leopard install, I wanted to wipe and resize my boot camp partition. Disk Utility wasn't able to fix the file system, and recommended a reinstall from backup. A restore from backup later, and Disk Utility was still showing problems. Shortly after that, the disk stopped showing up in Disk Utility at all. Fast forward a week, I'm running off of a firewire spare, and the disk reappears again. I repartition the hard drive, double-check with Disk Utility and a SMART utility, and the thing seems to test clean and empty. So what do I do from here? The other bit of data is that I started a restore, and at 5%, it seemed like it wanted an extra hour to do it. [more inside]
posted by KirkJobSluder at 6:42 PM PST - 7 comments

How to find a small company, in another country, for a 1-year work term?

I'm currently a third-year Engineering Science student at the University of Toronto, majoring in computer engineering. As part of my program, I'm supposed to do a 12-16 month work term. While there are a variety of large tech companies that recruit directly from this program, I'm interested in working at a smaller, preferably U.S.-based technology firm. How should I go about finding a suitable place? [more inside]
posted by james.nvc at 6:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Someone else's gmail

I'm getting someone else's gmail along with my own. What to do? [more inside]
posted by obloquy at 6:24 PM PST - 43 comments

cubicle farm noise

There is a laud/noisy colleague in the cubicle farm office. Any suggestions how to deal with the situation? [more inside]
posted by neworder7 at 6:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Leather in vegetarian restaurants

Is it rude to wear leather to a vegetarian restaurant? [more inside]
posted by Hoopo at 6:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Nighttime noises

Help us quiet our suddenly screechy-at-bedtime 19mo daughter! Difficulty: shares room with brother. [more inside]
posted by larsks at 5:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Sites for finding lost person?

My family has lost touch with my oldest brother. He is retired and reclusive by nature but we would still like to know where he is living. The last thing we know is that he sold his home in California some time in 2009 and then seems to have disappeared. He may have moved out of the country as I can imagine he wasn't very happy with the Obama election and he had mentioned in the past his desire to move away from the U.S. either to Ireland or Buenos Aires. Can anyone suggest a few good "finder" sites, hopefully free or nominally priced?
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 5:41 PM PST - 8 comments

MusicIDfilter: This song is driving me crazy. I must know what it is!

What is the song used in this YouTube video? I know it's kind of a stretch, but I can't get it out of my head! Recommendations of similar music are good too.
posted by DolorousEdd at 5:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Let's play name that government requested form!

Workfilter: Does anyone know what a Proposed EPA Mechanism document is? [more inside]
posted by firemonkey at 4:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me become a good LSAT tutor.

I recently applied for a position as a pro-bono LSAT tutor, unfortunately I wrote my LSAT three years ago and I have no tutoring experience. Help? [more inside]
posted by paradoxflow at 3:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Quien Es Mas Macha?

While on my nice, safe treadmill at the pleasant, well-lit gym, I like to watch dramatic, character-driven documentaries like Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, and Carrier. Any suggestions for other nonfiction TV shows like that, with women in the starring roles? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Recommend a sequence of novels leading from action trash to literary treasure

I am looking for recommendations for a sequence of novels that might lead an adult fan of very trashy action to the real gold. [more inside]
posted by hifimofo at 3:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Dog Training

Dog(Pug)TrainingFilter: So....We have this pug which will turn 1 in November. Hes a sweet little guy however he has some very bad habits. CHewing on any and everything, darts out of the door at any chance and then plays a game having us chase him, barks all the time outside, and pees anywhere he likes. Heres my question....Is $850 in your opinion average, above average,under,etc...to pay someone to train him. The women that would train him takes him for Two weeks and then returns him home. I do know she is good because my brother took his dog to her 7 years ago and his dog behaves great. Just an FYI...we would try a class but to be honest the wife and i just dont have enough time between our jobs and having two kids.
posted by flipmiester99 at 2:47 PM PST - 18 comments

Gift Ideas for my Super Girlfriend

My girlfriend wants superpowers. What should I get her for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by moonroof at 2:45 PM PST - 42 comments

The economics of classical entertainment

Did ancient greeks pay for their tickets to the theatre? The Romans for their seats at the Circus? [more inside]
posted by kandinski at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a particular website

My PC crashed with all my bookmarks (bad me), and I can't remember a certain websites address nor can I find it on google. It was similar to this but showed apps that were designed to keep you more productive. People could comment below, and I found it very useful. I remember it had a brown logo at the top. I am sure some of my fellow metafites probably visit it. Shot in the dark.
posted by Senator at 2:40 PM PST - 7 comments

What to do with this national network of volunteer fundraisers?

People want to help us raise money. How do we help them help us? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 2:24 PM PST - 1 comment


What is some good tropical music? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 1:35 PM PST - 22 comments

Subscriptions that aren't to magazines?

What are some wonderful things I can buy subscriptions to, other than magazines and newspapers? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 1:27 PM PST - 36 comments

Or did I nightmare this?

Did I dream this? I am trying to find an article I thought I saw on MetaFilter, but perhaps I read it elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 12:30 PM PST - 5 comments

R Kelly is trapped in my trunk!

I cannot unlock the trunk on my car! [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Not a Happy Camper

Who are the best/your favorite not-well-known artists on BandCamp.com? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 12:15 PM PST - 6 comments

eeeew, that tile is tacky...

There is a tacky (as in sticky) film on top of my newly installed tile floor. Help me make it go away! (the tacky film, not the tile floor, mind you) [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 12:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Arsenal Streaming Audio Options

What's the best way for me, in the U.S., using 3G, not wi-fi, to stream audio of Arsenal games to my iPhone?
posted by boombot at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Florida coast rental homes?

looking for an upscale vacation-home in Florida for a long weekend next march (or week if required) - gulf coast - directly on the beach, somewhat isolated/ somewhat near a "town" - with multiple bedrooms (4 to 7?) - know of anything -or good agencies? where to start? (not looking for the Panama City "party scene" -- something more "adult" less-college.)
posted by mrmarley at 11:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Can I cross the state border for the H1N1 vaccine?

H1N1: I have a health condition that makes me a priority patient for the H1N1 vaccine. My county is currently only offering the vaccine to children and pregnant women. However, I live right on the border between two states, and the adjacent county in the next state is offering it to all high risk groups. Can I get it there? Is there a residency requirement? Will they ask me for identification?
posted by HotToddy at 11:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Best Software (Free or Cost) to Catalog Divx Movies on a Mac

I am looking to catalog my DVD library (mostly of DivX movies). I own an IMac. Is Delicious Monster the way to go? I want to be able to simply enter the title of the movie and have it come up with the real box art and keep it in A-Z or numerical order. No more no less. I emailed customer service and they never responded so I am consulting the Metafilter Oracle on this one. If there is anything cheaper or free, I am open to that, as well. Until then....a loonnnnnnng Excel spreadsheet. Thanks for your time and have a good Halloween weekend, folks.
posted by snap_dragon at 11:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me make a Christmas tablecloth

I have been taken over by an urge to embroider a Xmas tablecloth. Trouble is, I know nothing about embroidery or cross-stitching and I need a little (a lot of) help getting started, if you would be so kind. [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 11:29 AM PST - 23 comments

Me Vs. Roaches, FIGHT!

Should I bomb my kitchen to kill roaches? Before I take that step, what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time at 10:57 AM PST - 21 comments

Where's Waldo?

How does A-GPS work? It's not working for me and I'm wondering if it's my phone or my provider (Rogers in Vancouver) [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 10:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Need a few lines of English translated to Hmong

I need a few lines of English translated to Hmong. [more inside]
posted by 4midori at 10:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Saving a large photoshop file

Photoshop CS3 for the graphically impaired. I'm struggling to create a banner print file. Two-by-eight foot banner. 200-300 dpi (ppi?). [more inside]
posted by cairnish at 10:32 AM PST - 14 comments

With the Girl Beatles?

I am looking for an album I found in a junk shop many years ago. The album was recorded by an all-girl quartet from Liverpool who cut an entire album of Beatles songs. They had a name that evoked the Fab Four (my recollection seems to be "She-Beatles" or "Beat-Elles", but nothing under either name comes up on Google) and the cover was an homage to With the Beatles. The liner notes on the back detailed the similarities between the Beatles and the all-girl band portraying them, but ended with a sentence like "...and they would like to be judged on their own merits". The album came out around '64 and was contemporary with the Beatles. Unfortunately, my Google fu is failing me. Can anyone out there help me ID this album/band?
posted by pxe2000 at 10:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Video Sharing Websites?

Can anyone recommend a video sharing web service for private viewing? In other words not you tube. [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry at 10:17 AM PST - 8 comments

computer/video games incorporating astrology?

Video/computer games that incorporate astrology? [more inside]
posted by voltairemodern at 10:06 AM PST - 24 comments

No more wires please.

Apple AirPort Express wireless music question. [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 9:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Fall hiking locations

Where can I go hiking within 1000km of Toronto? [more inside]
posted by MagicEightBall at 8:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Any pitfalls to getting new Windows 7 multimedia machines that will be running Adobe Master Suite CS4?

There's not a lot of info on either Adobe or MS's web sites about compatibility problems between Adobe CS4 Suite apps (particularly Premier, Flash, Photoshop and Illustrator CS4 versions). They suggest it's okay but don't come right out and say compatible (at least not where I have read). Any horror stories before I let our IT people order new Win 7 machines?
posted by aught at 8:46 AM PST - 6 comments

At least for once, I have good backups...

iMac drives failing - first external, then internal. Seems to be hardware in both cases. Questions about troubleshooting or replacement inside. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee at 8:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Broad shoulders and broad blazers.

I've got these wide shoulders. I've got this blazer. Can they live together? [more inside]
posted by cheap paper at 8:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for the perfect laptop for traveling

Looking for the perfect laptop for traveling. Priorities are durability, lightness, and battery life, in that order. Performance is not too important, but it must run Windows 7 like a champ. Willing to consider netbooks. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 8:31 AM PST - 19 comments

Is 64-bit Win7/BootCamp worth some effort?

Is 64-bit Win7 possible/worth the hassle on a somewhat elderly Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by Zonker at 8:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Definition: Experience you must experience?

What is the word for an experience that you have to live through in order to fully understand or appreciate, such as having a child or parenting? My Google-Fu is failing me. Thanks!
posted by mcarthey at 8:20 AM PST - 32 comments

Lost Combination for Rather Expensive Luggage Lock

I have inadvertently spun the dial and reset the combination for this lock while it was open and the shank spun out. Now I can't get it to close without the unknown new combination. Any suggestions? I've tried listening for tell-tale "clicks" to no avail; that's about where my lock breaking skills currently end.
posted by whitewall at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Zombie cowboy wants naaaaaaames.

What are some good names for a zombie cowboy? [more inside]
posted by hilaritas at 7:53 AM PST - 47 comments

Sweet November Rain: Help with a Slash Costume

Sympathy for the Devil: Help me complete my Halloween costume - Slash from Guns & Roses! Local (DC) availability is key... [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 7:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Avoidance therapy

I frequently want to avoid the girlfriend, even though I always have a great time with her. This has happened with every girlfriend I've ever had. Is this an issue for you? How do you deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 AM PST - 23 comments

Currently Playing: with rss feeds...

I've been thinking about updating a site I built that keeps a log of songs different radio stations are playing. To help me update it, please tell me what your favourite major or national level radio station is. Bonus marks if you know they release their "recently played" list as an rss feed. [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 7:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me reverse-engineer Google Wave

Google Wave question: does anyone know the technical details of how blip editing works? [more inside]
posted by ook at 7:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Spinning Software

I'd like to work on an open-source project, but I have zero (seriously, zero) coding or other technical skills. I do, however, do public relations for a living and I'd like to think I'm pretty good at it. Do these kinds of projects need PR/communications strategy help, and, if so, how can I get started? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 6:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Bicycles & physics

bicyclefilter: Are there any sites or books that break down the science of a bicycle? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 6:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Good flu websites for bad flu times?

What online resources would you recommend – and NOT recommend – for the H1N1-worried? [more inside]
posted by bicyclefish at 6:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Names for Black Dogs? Let's give them a leg-up in the adoption process.

I need great, imaginative, appealing names for black dogs! A friend operates a rescue organization for dogs and cats, and mentioned how hard it is to find homes for black dogs (see Black Dog Syndrome)... and since I was already helping her come up with names, I thought I'd come up with a special list of Black Dog names that are perhaps evocative of personality types, and that might inspire interest so that potential adopters will maybe find their curiosity/sense of whimsy piqued and stop to at least read a description on the website, instead of just passing by any photo of a black dog. Some specific considerations inside... [more inside]
posted by taz at 6:36 AM PST - 66 comments

Give me your insights into help advance science

Science! How can I use my excessive tech / management / leadership background to enable science (while still getting paid a living wage)? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide at 6:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Need cable tv in Toronto (Bell and Rogers need not apply).

Torontofilter: Can anyone recommend a good cable tv provider that is not Bell or Rogers? [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea at 6:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Help The Empress Splurge!

NYC Filter: I'm getting a financial windfall in a couple weeks, and have decided to treat myself: salon, massage, and then taking myself out somewhere. but...I've been broke so long I don't know where to go. Help? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:48 AM PST - 21 comments

Stuck myself with a needle I just used on my dog. Should I freak out?

Stuck myself with a needle I just used on my dog. Should I freak out? [more inside]
posted by anonymousme at 5:40 AM PST - 15 comments

Juggling a part-time degree with full-time work

Please share your experiences of doing a part-time degree and working 9-5 at the same time. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:00 AM PST - 29 comments

Bought a piece of land, about the build a house. Have some questions.

Bought a piece of land, about the design a house. Have some questions regarding materials. [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 4:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Sound Compression

Is there an audio plugin that will emulate the mono sound compression used by AM radio stations?
posted by Yakuman at 4:31 AM PST - 8 comments

"I am Batman"

Halloween costume: "Casual Batman". Help me come up with bat-gadget ideas! [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 3:38 AM PST - 18 comments


my dog bled on my blanket (i think mine's called a com-fort-or). can i still sleep in my bed? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 3:15 AM PST - 11 comments

MS in Finance Ranking List?

MS in Finance: Is there a list of top ranking schools for a MS in Finance? [more inside]
posted by telsa at 2:52 AM PST - 4 comments

I need to find the contents of a Catholic Missal!

For a school project I chose to redesign a Catholic Missalettes. Only problem, can't find any to redesign! [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 2:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Fall, Winter, Early Spring Hiking Boots for Women

Metabootfilter: I'd like your suggestions for mid-rise ladies' hiking boots for use in a cold climate. Not really expensive, but good quality. Difficulty level: Ordering by size online without my wife trying them on... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 2:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Are Windows 7 Professional 32 and 64 bit serials the same?

Are Windows 7 32bit and 64 bit serials the same? [more inside]
posted by n3rt at 2:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Hungry baby at night

Why is my baby still waking up hungry twice a night? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 2:09 AM PST - 26 comments

¿Es Spanish Cat language school in Australia bueno?

Have you taken classes at the Spanish Cat, a Spanish language school in Australia. If you have would you recommend them? [more inside]
posted by ponystyle at 1:47 AM PST - 1 comment

Where did that continent go?

Is there any technical reason why Antarctica often gets left off world maps?
posted by WhackyparseThis at 1:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Plan My Drive from ATL to Vermont

A few weeks ago, you guys helped to reassure me that I could drive from Atlanta to Vermont in December. Now, I'm asking you to offer some suggestions for that drive. The plan is to drive for three days, stopping after about 6 hours of driving each day, and arriving in Vermont on the third day. I'm looking for suggested routes and cities-towns-villages to stop in that would have some combination of a) cool place to spend the night, b) a nifty place to get a bite to eat, and/or c) something cool to see/do. Thanks for any suggestions!
posted by tmharris65 at 1:32 AM PST - 9 comments

October 28

How do we fit all this stuff in a Hyundai?

What's the best way to carry cargo on extended road trip with a mid-size SUV? [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 11:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Please help me remember the name of this 90s indie filmmaker

Please help me remember the name of a 1990s indie film director. [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall at 10:40 PM PST - 6 comments

What job is this? Can I make a living with this?

I hate coding. I like conceiving of what the code could do . Work please? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta at 10:31 PM PST - 14 comments

I broke my Wordpress permalinks. HELP!

I'm getting 'double' links in my Wordpress theme after I changed the way it handles Permalinks. And now I can't change it. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 10:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Bring Me Your Purple Unicorns

Bring me the worst of GeoCities. No, really. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 9:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I use a rice cooker as a slow cooker?

Slow cooker/rice cooker question. I have a standard Cuisinart rice cooker and I've heard it said that you can cook other things in it as well, so my question is, can I use it as a slow cooker, in other words, will any slow cooker recipes turn out just as well in a rice cooker? If so, please share them with me! [more inside]
posted by Jubey at 9:27 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I write my grad school CV?

How do I write a CV for my grad school applications? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 9:26 PM PST - 5 comments

How to deal with his friendship with a former lover?

(RelationshipFilter) My now boyfriend used to sleep with a good friend of his, while he was dating me. How do I deal with my feelings about him hanging out with her? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 PM PST - 50 comments

Honey, should we use a condiment?

Looking for a humorous t-shirt design. A couple is sitting at a table. A talk bubble says, "Honey, should we use a condiment?" Beneath that: "Safe snacks" [more inside]
posted by caveat at 9:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Weird me out in London

Fun/weird London activities. Sock 'em to me. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 8:37 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me find an intelligent soccer forum

What comes the closest to being "the Metafilter of football/soccer"? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 8:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Is a bachelor of general studies useful

I am a nontraditional student who has gone back to school and completed an AA degree.I work all kinds of messed up hours and I have found that pursuing a bachelors of General studies (over the internet) at the university of Missouri will work for me.I can have the tests sent to a local library or school for finals etc. I was wondering what the Meta filter community thinks about a bgs. Has it helped or hindered them.
posted by Upon Further Review at 8:15 PM PST - 6 comments

The dreaded hook-up

Got lucky last night and made out with a hot girl. Awesome! Hot girl then confessed that she has herpes. Erg... HSV-1/-2 questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 PM PST - 32 comments

Is a BS a BS? Or just BS?

Is a BS degree a BS degree, or are there "lesser" degrees - I don't even know how to ask this. I'll try, though. [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 7:20 PM PST - 14 comments

How to ask for this letter of recommendation?

Help me ask a former professor for a letter of recommendation. Complicating details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by notswedish at 7:12 PM PST - 10 comments


Save Our Planet Filter: My girlfriend is doing a "green energy" engineering project and needs inspiration. This is a project for an electrical engineering class in college so give us your coolest ideas for green energy projects. [more inside]
posted by thekiltedwonder at 6:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Halloween help in Annandale, Virginia

Something to do on Halloween in Northern Virginia for a two-year-old? [more inside]
posted by orsonet at 6:35 PM PST - 9 comments

My Glasses Are Not Held Together With Tape, Honest.

I've just returned to college as a mature student and I'm doing really, really well (marks in the low to high 90s, for the most part). I'm proud of myself but I have no idea how to interact with my classmates who aren't doing as well without sounding like a complete jerk. I don't have experience with this! I could use some advice or etiquette. There have been some... incidents. [more inside]
posted by VioletU at 6:35 PM PST - 55 comments

Please help me alleviate my sore throat pain

What do you do to help your sore throat feel better? [more inside]
posted by katemcd at 6:28 PM PST - 49 comments

Happy medium or nurturing the beast?

I can't seem to find sweatshop-free or second-hand clothes in the style that I like. How about this alternative? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 6:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Where is Russell Lee?

Does anyone know where I can find the aerial photographs of Russell Lee? [more inside]
posted by seagull.apollo at 6:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Name that historical novel

NameThatNovelFilter: Early twentieth century (first couple of decades) historical novel by a Russian emigre to France, set around the time of the Napoleonic Wars. IIRC, it's part of a trilogy. Near the beginning of the novel, our hero is recruited by William Pitt the Younger (whose interest in said hero seems not entirely professional). What is this? I'm drawing a complete blank, and GoogleFu has failed me.
posted by thomas j wise at 6:12 PM PST - 10 comments

The First Few Days of Adderall XR

AdderallFilter: I've just started a new prescription, and I'm wondering about some of the effects and what I should be feeling. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 6:05 PM PST - 15 comments

If you like it then you should have put an egg on it

What foods are commonly (or rather, uncommonly, i.e. not necessarily breakfast foods) served with a fried or poached egg? [more inside]
posted by CharlesV42 at 5:48 PM PST - 56 comments

Places to study in Vancouver

Vancouverites: Where's the best place in the city to go and study? With good Wi-Fi, of course. [more inside]
posted by csjc at 5:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Archivists: where can I find samples of 19th-century script?

As a part of my academic research, I'm digging into the Edison Papers, and finding (mostly handwritten) archival materials from the late 19th century. I'm embarrassed to admit I can barely read the cursive handwriting of Edison and his colleagues. Does anyone know where I might find samples of 19th-century script to help me learn how to read this archival material? [more inside]
posted by Monsters at 5:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Will quitting the pill make me skinny again?

Is it OK to stop taking birth control pills without weaning off of them? What will stopping the pill do to my weight? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Where can I try out fancy office chairs in California's Bay Area (SF, Alameda, Solano, Contra Costa, Napa, Marin, or Sonoma Counties)?

California - Bay Area: where can I try out crazy good office chairs? All the advice posts/asks say to test a chair out before buying and I want to try the Think, Leap, Freedom, Aeron, or your other suggestions before my office buys a new chair for me ... but where (from SF to Oakland to Sonoma to Napa) can I go to get test these chairs out? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb at 4:57 PM PST - 6 comments

What to do with a broken computer

What should I do with this pretty nice, but (fatally?) flawed desktop computer? [more inside]
posted by prior at 4:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I upgrade to After Effects CS4?

I am running After Effects version 7.0.1 on my Intel iMac 2.8GHz with 4GB of RAM running Snow Leopard (10.6). It is slow. Slow to render, slow to play, slow everything. Most likely because it's using Rosetta to translate. I'm considering updating to After Effects CS4 but I have several questions. Is After Effects CS4 64-bit? Given my machine, will I be able to utilize OpenGL? My iMac is version 7,1. Will I see a noticeable speed bump? Will I become an effects guru? Thanks.
posted by captainscared at 4:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Women who runs with the Wolf Lecture

What have you heard about werewolves? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 4:34 PM PST - 59 comments

Funny-looking rocket

Anyone know why the Ares rocket is that shape?
posted by Idcoytco at 4:28 PM PST - 7 comments

What would happen to my lawn if I just didn't rake the leaves?

What would happen to my lawn if I just didn't rake the leaves? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 4:15 PM PST - 26 comments

Iphone Question

I am getting ready to purchase an iphone. Just wanted to know if I can access auction sites that require me to log in with a password. Also I would like to know will I be able to bid on items. Please help, as I don't want to make a wrong decision. Thanks
posted by Noodles at 3:53 PM PST - 9 comments

If love is a battlefield, have I become a conscious objector?

Heterosexual male in his early 30s after a long-term relationship finds himself not really interested in the opposite sex. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 15 comments

How to salvage a disaster in progress interview?

I screwed up an interview, how do I improve next time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Snickerdoodle Emergency!

Quick! Help me continue my snickerdoodle baking extravaganza now that I'm out of cream of tartar! [more inside]
posted by padraigin at 3:29 PM PST - 8 comments

I am looking for excellent, quick reads...

What are some of your favorite novels under (or around) 150 pages? [more inside]
posted by ieatwords at 3:16 PM PST - 59 comments

What do commercial actors get paid?

What do actors in nationally televised commercials typically get paid? Do they get paid each time it airs or a flat fee up front? [more inside]
posted by arm426 at 2:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Seeking guided relaxation / meditation cd's / podcasts.

Seeking guided relaxation / meditation cd's / podcasts. [more inside]
posted by mola at 2:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Appropriate paper for academic job search?

What type of paper should I use to send materials (CV, cover letter, teaching philosophy) for an academic job search? Is linen too much? Should it be anything other than pure white?
posted by one at 2:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Are mortgage scams back?

Is this a mortgage scam? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Where would I find a black fedora and black sunglasses for a Blues Brothers costume by Saturday morning?

Where would I find a black fedora and black sunglasses for a Blues Brothers costume by Saturday morning? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 2:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Typepad blog question

I have a Typepad blog. I would like to make all my posts that are more than a certain period old - say, a week, but that might change - inaccessible except to people who have registered with me by providing their name and email address. Can I do this using Typepad? [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 2:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a cheap computer please.

What is the best online deal for a laptop in the range of $300 to $500? This seems to change month-to-month, so I have not relied on earlier posts. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 2:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Can swine flu jump?

I have a meeting shortly with someone who will have just come from her sister's bedside; the sister has the swine flu. I am pregnant and wondering if I am being overly cautious to want to cancel. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by pipti at 2:04 PM PST - 17 comments

When did people stop being ok with soup just being itself?

When, why and where did people start putting crackers in their soup? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Yes, I've got a lulu. Why?

Where can I find reasonably detailed reference images of smart everyday women's clothes from the 1940s, 50s and early 60s? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 1:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Back when it was OK to read fantasy novels in English class....

Okay, fantasy novel ID two-fer. Book One: people live in villages that are suspended on the side of an enormous cliff and a girl is born who has wings. Book Two: set in a world made up of bits of earth suspended in a void, cape-fighters, a spider-god.... [more inside]
posted by otolith at 1:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Does bf qualify for military benefits?

Does my boyfriend qualify for veterans benefits? [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 at 12:44 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I ace this interview?

How do I ace this finance interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments


I'd like to learn to dance well, or at least inconspicuously. I'm white, slightly goofy, male and mid-20's. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:09 PM PST - 25 comments

Why do large file downloads stall (with no error message or any feedback)?

Why do large file downloads stall (with no error message or any feedback)? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Website based oin IP address

How do I show different webages to my website visitors based on country of origin? [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 11:37 AM PST - 3 comments

How to not be a 5 hump chump?

Questions about male sexual stamina and use of viagra. NSFW more than likely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Tell me about the treatment of abuse in adults.

What are some of the effects of long term child abuse? What methods are used to help adults recovers from the effects of said child abuse? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:08 AM PST - 22 comments

What is a triangular graph with axes perpendicular to the sides called?

What is the graph or plot called which: - is an equilateral triangle - has three axes - each axes is perpendicular to a side of the triangle? [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish at 10:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Thesis topics related to the Internet

Looking for a thesis topic related to the internet and society...please help give me some direction! [more inside]
posted by metametababe at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Is a ticket equal to a "crime"?

Is an underage drinking ticket a crime, for application purposes? I am afraid I might have answered it wrong and now I have an interview. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 AM PST - 20 comments

How do I fix me?

I feel like my life is over and I'm only 35. I feel completely stagnant and stuck, relationshipwise and jobwise. Do I need to change things or do I need to learn how to deal? Help me figure out how to be a happier person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:33 AM PST - 35 comments

Help me find the original Rothko.

Why are there so many versions of Rothko's "Violet, Green, and Red" and which is correct? [more inside]
posted by Knowyournuts at 10:22 AM PST - 11 comments

What tools are there for synchronizing photos to audio by time in a slideshow?

What tools are there for synchronizing photos to audio by time in a slideshow? [more inside]
posted by friedapplepie at 9:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Patches and tarps and caulk, oh my?

How can I implement a temporary fix for a leaking roof? [more inside]
posted by notashroom at 9:58 AM PST - 12 comments

complex real estate cost benefit analysis needed

Complex cost/benefit real estate question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account at 9:51 AM PST - 4 comments

First Name First?

How do people in places where last names are ordered before first names like to see names displayed in their software applications? [more inside]
posted by Wolfie at 9:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Please suggest books, movies or shows like Bel Canto

I loved the plot of Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Any recommendations for similar books, shows, or movies? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 9:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Busted by the pen nazi

I got a traffic citation last night, and I think the cop was a dick. I want to report him, but I want to do it the right way. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 9:42 AM PST - 105 comments

How to get an RSS feed from a website that doesn't have an RSS Feed.

Setting up an RSS feed for a job board that does not have an RSS feed subscription. Is there a way to do this? [more inside]
posted by gm2007 at 9:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Your honor, the speed limit was too low!

Are there any legal grounds for challenging a speed limit as being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by relucent at 9:27 AM PST - 38 comments

Electric Tricycle?!?

Does anyone out there have any recommendations for stable and easy winter commuting involving ~15 minutes transportation (with a bike or a car) on a busy road and a big hill? Electric tricycle? Do you think it would be less likely to slide-out than a bike? Recumbent bike? Looking for others in a similar situation. [more inside]
posted by Eringatang at 9:16 AM PST - 21 comments

Know any good blogs by high school or college age females?

Know any good blogs by high school or college age females? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 9:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Backing up a messed up older Mac?

Best method/software for efficient, non-annoying backup for a slightly older Mac (G4 running 10.3.9)? [more inside]
posted by southvie at 8:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Destroy or Merely Throw Out?

Committing the great library sin...which of these is a better way to get rid of some books? [more inside]
posted by aswego at 8:49 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I write a one-page research plan for a postdoc application in the humanities?

What should be included in a "one-page research plan" for a postdoc application (in the humanities)? What should the format be? I can find a lot of advice and samples for the sciences, but not for a humanities position. Advice and links would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
posted by Original 1928 Flavor at 8:48 AM PST - 1 comment

Where can I find better music metadata?

Need more metadata for my music. I'm looking for track-by-track recording date/performers/composer/etc. mainly for jazz albums. Is there a source out there? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 8:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Self portrait?

A prospective employer is sending me a Rembrandt Portrait Profile for me to fill out. Does anyone in the hive have any experience with this tool? What will it really tell them about me?
posted by bluejayway at 8:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Tips on comparing contracts

How do you compare contracts? (or perhaps "How do lawyers compare contracts?") [more inside]
posted by devnull at 8:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Applying to Law School - timeline?

What can I do now to help prepare myself for writing the LSATs and applying to law school in 1-2 years? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 8:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Cites please!

What do I say to well-meaning people trying to dissuade me from the flu shot? [more inside]
posted by Go Banana at 8:08 AM PST - 58 comments

Help us find a good World Series bet...

World series bet: Philadelphia/New York office 'rivalry'…ideas? [more inside]
posted by Towelie at 7:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Follow the yellow brick road!

I need to find the most affordable flight from south Georgia to California. I seem to have too many variables though. How do I find the best flight from multiple possible departure airports to multiple possible arrival airports? Throw flexible dates in there as well just for fun. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane at 7:54 AM PST - 7 comments

What are some essential horror films for a movie marathon?

I am putting together a list of horror films for a Halloween Movie Marathon with my friends/family. What are the absolute essentials I need on this list? [more inside]
posted by Taft at 7:41 AM PST - 58 comments

Garage door sticking in cold weather

So for the past couple of years when the weather starts cooling I've noticed that our garage door can sometimes become "stuck" when trying to open. This only occurs if the outside temperature is cold (below 40F). [more inside]
posted by covert7 at 7:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Beta Blockers for Anxiety?

Looking for information and anecdotes about your experience and knowledge of beta blockers for anxiety. [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 7:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me out-Billy Beane my fantasy baseball league!

How do I appropriately valuate players in my competitive fantasy baseball league? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 7:06 AM PST - 11 comments

What are some global warming tipping points?

What are some smaller-scale global warming tipping points that would radically alter everyday life? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Relocation relocation relocation of an interior design article

Interior/exterior design memory loss: a few months ago I was casually flipping through one of the many interior design magazines on the shelf at Borders and saw an article about an amazing place that I'd love to find more details about. Unfortunately I was distracted and don't remember many details... [more inside]
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady at 5:49 AM PST - 0 comments

Can I phone-verify and employee's doctor appointment?

Can I, as a supervisor, call an employee's doctor to verify that said employee was actually seen on a certain date? [more inside]
posted by Shohn at 5:36 AM PST - 47 comments

Boy, you're gonna carry that weight.

Where can I find affordable travel cases for my musical equipment? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 5:24 AM PST - 4 comments

So how do I choose which blue for the header? Should it even be blue? What goes with blue?

Give me a crash course in colour! I need to start making some flat template designs for a website but don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 5:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me choose a knife, machete and training manuals for self defense.

Help me choose a knife, machete and training manuals for self defense. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 3:31 AM PST - 58 comments

What items get better with use?

Which products or goods improve with age and use? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 1:36 AM PST - 36 comments

Help me get my stuff back!

I used Infogami.com for some of my personal research. Now it's shut down and I want my research back, but I can't get to it. [more inside]
posted by gakiko at 12:07 AM PST - 5 comments

October 27

Is this a Masonic artifact?

Is this piece of finished cloth related to Masonic membership in any way? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 11:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Resources for study of Christian mysticism?

I'm looking for citable print and online references about Christian mysticism. [more inside]
posted by pahool at 11:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Milton Keynes Calling

So, I just got my dream job. It's in Milton Keynes. What now? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 11:24 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I deal with paranoia without addictive medication?

What are some suggestions concerning dealing with feelings of near constant paranoia? [more inside]
posted by iabide79 at 11:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Generative music toys

I'm looking for a generative music toy for my three year old autistic son. [more inside]
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh at 11:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Vegetarian cookbook recommendations sought!

Give me your favourite vegetarian cookbook that has illustrations of simple but delicious meals, and offers the nutritional information for each meal. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 10:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Swiss Army Knife of Language

What are the pros and cons of learning more than one language? How can one adapt to a multi-language world? [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 10:19 PM PST - 25 comments

Setting Up Filemaker Databases on an External Hosting Site

Filemaker Filter. I need help publishing a database to a leased server- preferably in the way that my boss can access it on his iPhone. [more inside]
posted by lifeofthunder at 9:59 PM PST - 1 comment

Dear Diary, I can't tell if Johnny likes me anymore..

Dating filter: How do you broach the “What are we doing?” question without striking fear into the hearts of all involved? Also, what do you do afterward? [more inside]
posted by fiasco at 9:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Which ancient HP LaserJet printer should I buy: 4, 5, or 6?

Which ancient HP LaserJet printer should I buy: 4, 5, or 6? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 9:21 PM PST - 20 comments

"Sop you up with a biscuit."

What words for food are also words for affection? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 8:47 PM PST - 65 comments

Where to buy pearl necklace online?

I would like to buy a pearl necklace as a special gift for a young (14 year old) woman and would like to know good places to shop online. I'm hoping to find a single 18" strand of either uniform or graduated pink-white pearls for not much more than $100. (I also welcome opinions on uniform vs. graduated.)
posted by espertus at 8:18 PM PST - 26 comments

Ballin’ on a budget:

Taking care of some things so money’s tight. What are some kickass, cool, mellow things I can do for free or dirt cheap! Preferably in Brooklyn, NY? [more inside]
posted by Hydrofiend at 8:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me get my Prozac without breaking the bank!

I don't currently have health insurance. I need back on the antidepressant I was on in college. What are my best options? [more inside]
posted by larkspur at 7:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I retake the GREs?

I'm applying to grad school for a Masters in Library Science, and I'm unsure if I should re-take the GREs. I did very well on the Verbal and Quantitative sections - both scores were above the averages of accepted students for the MLS programs I'm looking at. But I only got a 4 on the writing section (putting me in the 41st percentile). The average for admitted students is around a 5. Will my admittedly poor showing on the writing section hurt me enough that I should take the GREs again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 PM PST - 17 comments

Why are browser-based videos so slow on my computer?

Why are browser-based videos so slow on my computer? [more inside]
posted by dephlogisticated at 7:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Make me deathly pale!

DeathFilter: How can I make my arms, chest, and neck look paler without getting white stuff everywhere? [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 7:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Can anyone identify these songs by their melodies?

Can anyone identify one of these songs I have stuck in my head? (Links below) - Please help! [more inside]
posted by cdenman at 6:34 PM PST - 6 comments

It's just a jump to the left. And then a step to the right.

I need visual examples of vintage influences (1920s-1950s) in current popular culture to prove retro design is still hip with the cool kids. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 6:00 PM PST - 36 comments

Trying to get old files from older HDD

I'm trying to get my old files off of an old Hard-disk. Old PC is XP newer PC is Vista. I removed the Hardisk from the OLD computer. I bought a USB to SATA/IDE cable. When I plug in the Hard-disk via USB, I hear the confirmation tone that you hear everytime you plug in a USB. I see a "ST340082 0AS SCSI Disk Device" in the "Safely remove hardware" icon in the tray. but I do not see the Drive. I can't really afford an External Hard drive. But I will eventually if I have to. Cna anyone help me please.
posted by Student of Man at 5:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Am I gunshy after "Balloon Boy" or are there legitimate reasons to question whether Jessica Watson is really sailing around the globe?

Am I just gun-shy after the "Balloon Boy" hoax or are there legitimate reasons to question whether Jessica Watson is really sailing around the world? What evidence can you find to support the theory that this is another hoax and what evidence can you find that refutes that theory? [more inside]
posted by kellygreen at 5:56 PM PST - 22 comments

Looking for Amazon.com discount websites

Amazon.com discount search? JungleCrazy, a site that shows Amazon items with at least a 70% discount, has gone offline. Are there any other sites that let me search by discounts?
posted by Sufi at 5:46 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get my parents to stop worrying about my relationship?

Generation/culture gap + relatively young relationship, please advise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:41 PM PST - 11 comments

I need help with finding a Master's program. Priority: money, honey!

I need help with finding a Master's program. Priority: money, honey! [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 5:39 PM PST - 19 comments

Momma always told me food tastes better when someone else makes it...

Help me get my head straight about cooking! It's not that I don't like it, per se... [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 5:25 PM PST - 31 comments

Sites that sell wine shipped by wineries

Is there another site that sells wine that is shipped by wineries aside from wine.woot.com? [more inside]
posted by aburd at 5:16 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm really not loving it.

Did you quit fast food? How? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 5:14 PM PST - 78 comments


I'm looking for the name of a writer who writes about perfumes in a really beautiful way. [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger at 4:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Theft, damage and loss home and contents insurance

What Australian home and contents insurers should I look into? [more inside]
posted by simplesharps at 4:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Why does my laptop think I'm pushing ctrl?

My Inspiron 1545 thinks I'm pressing ctrl and I don't know why. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty at 4:50 PM PST - 5 comments

How can we make our low-income year a little easier?

My girlfriend and I are making very little money this year. What are some services/discounts/aid we can qualify for? This is in Berkeley, CA, USA, and we live together. [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 4:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Where can I go to type for a day in DC?

Diner, coffee shop or other not-too-crowded space I can go to write for a day in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 4:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Work during two months

I have a friend attending school in China (studying traditional Tibetan medicine) who needs something to do in mid-December to mid-February when the campus shuts down. He can't work in China, but he would like to earn money somewhere, somehow. But how? and where? [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 3:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for the right hedge for privacy.

Botany Filter: Looking for a a 6-8 ft tall hedge to give my yard some privacy. Examples of what I like and don't like inside. [more inside]
posted by TheDude at 2:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Dear Mystery Site: Where can I fly for $300?

I am looking for a Website I once used that allowed you to enter in a departure city and a date and then gave you all possible worldwide flight destinations sorted by cost. What was that site?
posted by tinamonster at 2:41 PM PST - 10 comments

First Born Unicorn

I really like the Californication theme song, what artists should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by tumples at 2:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Hive knowledge about malware and strategy of redirecting user profiles to other partitions

Hive knowledge about malware and strategy of redirecting user profiles to other partitions [more inside]
posted by atm at 2:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Which HTML/CSS/JS IDE do I want?

Which HTML/CSS/JS IDE do I want? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 1:31 PM PST - 16 comments

I am neither pregnant with an alien baby nor dead, I swear!

Is it possible to gently (but effectively) cut a mentally ill person out of my life when the usual detachment methods aren't working? (Warning: long, distressing explanation) [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 1:31 PM PST - 34 comments

How can I get my dog to stop gulping his water?

My new dog's gulping water so quickly that he's making himself sick. How can I get him stop? [more inside]
posted by MeghanC at 1:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find the blackberry delicousness, please.

Help me get Seattle-quality blackberries in the NYC area. [more inside]
posted by lorrer at 1:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Should I pay off one debt with another?

StudentLoanFilter: Should I use my student loan money to pay off my last credit card? long-ish explanation of my situation inside. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 12:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Help clear my float!

CSS question: How can I get my floated sidebar to stop overlapping my footer? I'm using clear:both! [more inside]
posted by mthomps00 at 12:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Give me an AskMe career shakedown!

CareerFilter! Help me to "diagnose" why I'm so tired of my career and which directions will lead to more satisfaction in future! Patient history, current symptoms and potential therapies under the fold (neatly organised but very long!!!). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Was I let-go legally?

I was 'let go' from my job last week, but I'm not sure it was entirely legal. YANML, but please lend me your ear... (warning, long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 33 comments

Why does my Wacom pointer freak out and go jumpy?

Wacom tablet (Graphire2) on Win2K machine. Sometimes the pointer goes nuts and becomes jumpy and unusable until I unplug and replug the tablet. Drivers appear to be up to date. Any thoughts on why this happens? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Romantic Melbourne things to do?

Aussie Hive Mind: What are some some incredibly romantic things to do from say 10am to 3pm in Melbourne in late November, early December? [more inside]
posted by burhan at 12:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Outlook Web Access calendar subscription

How to access two outlook exchange calendars from completely different domains side-by-side [more inside]
posted by lake59 at 12:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Good chicklit?

Need recommendations of quality chick lit books. [more inside]
posted by mikoroshi at 12:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Turkish Coffee: Where's the Foam?

I tried to make Turkish coffee, but it doesn't foam up like it's supposed to. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by k. at 12:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Will these muscles ever open up?

I'm 54 years old, fairly new (2+ years) into a yoga practice. I'm unable to open up enough to successfully do many of the poses; my muscles are not only tight but also actually shorter (from what a trusted massage therapist told me) shorter than the same muscles on other people, presumably because I've carried stress by tightening up all these years. I do believe in this practice, and the possibilities of actually opening up these muscles over time -- is this just delusional? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 12:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Do I have food allergies possibly?

Food allergies. Is this a possibility? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 12:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Skip the Black Friday Madness?

I am in need of a new desktop computer. I am wondering if I should wait until Black Friday and brave the crowds or take advantage of some of the Windows 7 deals this week. I live in the Twin Cities, MN metro area if that makes a difference.
posted by dyno04 at 11:51 AM PST - 15 comments


So, I'm trying the Depo Provera hormone shot birth control for the first time. It's been about 2 weeks since my first shot, and I'm experiencing some weird effects which may or may not be related to the hormones now coursing through my veins. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Long-Distance Friendship for Introverts

Introvert Filter: please help me revive a friendship! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:49 AM PST - 18 comments

Can employers tell people when employees are sick?

My employer just asked us to contact HR if any of our employees are diagnosed with H1N1 flu. Is this allowable under HIPAA? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 11:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me get up the mountain!

What sort of training should I do over the winter in preparation for some intense day hiking? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 11:39 AM PST - 22 comments

What is the name of this numbering system?

Does this Dewey decimal-like numbering system seen in requirements documents, site maps and any numbered system where you don't have to rewrite the numbers every time an update is made and looks like have a name? [more inside]
posted by joelf at 11:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Mindhack me into a smooth interviewer (in four hours).

I'm an unemployed third-year law student, have my last interview in four hours. Any tricks on appearing intelligent, charismatic, and, most importantly, not desperate? Have had four interviews with different employers so far, have not heard anything back. This is my last shot at employment before I go back to desperately combing job listings. Interview is with a judge in a district I've never lived in, who is of the opposite political persuasion as I am. This will be my first of this type of interview so give me your all-purpose i'm-the-right-person-for-this-job tricks.
posted by anthropomorphic at 11:10 AM PST - 25 comments

Houton Help for Hapless Habitant

Going to Houston for a three week training course. Evenings and weekends off. Help this pasty Canadian be able to rave about it upon my return... [more inside]
posted by bumpkin at 11:09 AM PST - 16 comments

I can't tell them apart

What exactly is the difference between "vengeance" and "revenge"?
posted by Chrysostom at 11:02 AM PST - 25 comments

A new career for a burned out pastor?

Career brainstorming filter: Help me help my minister friend think creatively about a midlife second career. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias at 10:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Americans: Was your town a [rumored] Cold War missile target?

Americans: Was your town a [rumored] Cold War missile target? [more inside]
posted by jeb at 10:55 AM PST - 245 comments

Best gadget and toys from Tokyo?

I would be visiting Tokyo in three week's time. Can you tell me about any must-buy weird, cool or geeky gadgets that I could get during my time there, and where to get it ? Bonus point if it's easy to figure out even if it's in japanese, or if it has english interface, and not too expensive.
posted by joewandy at 10:17 AM PST - 19 comments

test out of nursing school?

I'm a nursing school student and I'm interested in testing out of as much school as I can. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Lease AFTER moving in?

New York City apartment question: Is it normal for my broker to tell me I will receive hard copies of my lease a "couple of weeks" after moving in? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Dating, marriage and the whole "league" thing.

Is this girl "out of my league"? I met an attractive (in every sense) girl recently, and we have a lot in common - except earning potential (and maybe to some extent family/social background). [more inside]
posted by KMH at 9:30 AM PST - 80 comments

Where to buy server hardware in Dallas?

I need to buy a custom 1U server in or around Dallas. Tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by edmz at 9:17 AM PST - 20 comments

Chocolate is my ... weakness?

A friend and I are looking for a certain word... it would be related to loving something so much it makes you go weak. Both of us believe there's a word for this but we can't quite put our finger on it. It could possibly be used in this context: "Chocolate is my _____." [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 8:57 AM PST - 67 comments

Where have all the control arms gone...?

Where did all the xB control arms go? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 8:42 AM PST - 2 comments

How to leave a small team for another job.

What's the best way to inform your employer that you're looking / have found new employment? [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 8:37 AM PST - 21 comments

Online tool for planning and visualizing project pipelines?

Is there a web-based app that lets you plan project pipelines, and set up pipeline templates and associated tasks for common project types? [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 8:26 AM PST - 2 comments

About Which Group Should I Write My Research Paper?

I have to write this big research paper for my cultural anthro class, and I'm looking for recommendations for cool/ interesting groups to study. I've got to write ten pages on them, so I don't want to get bored! It's got to be a fairly specific group, but one that is not too obscure - I need to be able to find material. Thanks!
posted by howgenerica at 8:19 AM PST - 31 comments

"How to get an orgasm to work in my pants?"

I'm a mid-20s male, I'm having orgasm problems and I desperately need to do something about it. Any advice would be gratefully received! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me get my libido in check with reality.

Help me get my libido in check with reality. Very long story inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM PST - 17 comments

1 in 500? I don't like those odds.

CT scans on children for hearing problems. Worried about radiation risks. Wait? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 7:44 AM PST - 13 comments

Do grapevines & fruit trees mix?

Is it ok for a grapevine to grow thru my apricot, apple & nectarine trees? [more inside]
posted by armlock at 7:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Words to money

(Pro)sefilter: want to sell prose. Looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by schmichael at 7:23 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the REAL name of the Japanese pranks show people are calling "Panic Face King"?

There is a video making the rounds that is supposedly from an extreme Japanese pranks show called "Panic Face King." I have been unable to find any additional information on this show, which leads me to believe this is not the real name (or not the correct translation). [more inside]
posted by phonepimpster at 7:19 AM PST - 7 comments

I wanna shred you up!

Looking for recommendations of modern indie rock artists that aren't afraid to shred & solo - on the electric guitar, not a Casiotone. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 7:14 AM PST - 41 comments

Can I email a file to my webserver?

I want someone to be able to put files on a webserver. I don't want to give them ftp access. I'd like to tell them: Attach your file to an email and send it to this address. Is there a way they can email an attachment so that it puts the attachment in a specified folder on the server? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:07 AM PST - 9 comments

I don't want to smell like an ashtray!

How can I mask or block the smell of my neighbor's smoke in my closet? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 6:51 AM PST - 22 comments

How to have a coherent group email conversation?

Recomendations needed for a good way to keep group email communications clear and unmuddled, you know emails zooming back and forth, people messing up addresses, cross talking etc. If you were about to embark on a email conversation with five people with much back and forth, one fraught with high emotions and perhaps family type dynamics, how would you make this work? Would you set agreed upon ground rules and/or would you use a tech solution. Is there a excellent ( hopefully free) software solution to this problem?
posted by flummox at 6:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Need help with a concept video. What are my options?

Lately I've had a few business ideas that I think need concept videos, which would involve moderate CG and production, to properly explain. What are my options, in the price range of nothing (film/graphics students?) to around $1000?
posted by ben5757 at 6:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Part-Time Jobbery

I'm changing jobs here in a few weeks, but the new one occasionally takes up much less of my time. Thus I need an extremely flexible second job to fill the time! What's out there? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 6:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Recent college graduate seeking unemployment benefits in RI

Unemployment benefits in RI [more inside]
posted by coolnik at 5:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Name that campaign - innovation + social media

Name that campaign! Need help finding an inspiring name for an internal/staff campaign that encompasses innovation + social media use... [more inside]
posted by latch24 at 5:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Joysticks + Javascript

How do I get to access my joystick via javascript, independent of platform? [more inside]
posted by yegga at 5:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Figure out the movie, then figure out the song?

How can I figure out what song was in the obscure movie I watched last night? [more inside]
posted by Breav at 5:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Stay Away from the Banana Plant

My cat is slowly killing my indoor banana tree by scratching the hell out of it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 5:13 AM PST - 13 comments

They think it's all over....it is now (for my current boots)

What is the best 5-a-side football outdoor footwear? I play twice a week on modern outdoor five-a-side pitches (the ones with the little black rubber balls). My Nikes have finally given up the ghost and are being held together with gaffer tape at the moment. I thought Adidas Samba but my mate says they'd be wrecked in two matches. Any ideas? Ta.
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 3:23 AM PST - 7 comments

What audio format for remastered Beatles listening on iPod only??

What audio format would you rip the recently remastered Beatles albums in for optimum iPod listening? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 at 1:11 AM PST - 16 comments

fees plees?

what other fees will i be paying for shopping internationally? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 12:06 AM PST - 9 comments

October 26

backpack be gone ...

Help me find the get rid of my backpack! [more inside]
posted by ouchitburns at 10:16 PM PST - 30 comments

Copyright question

Copyright question: if I'm doing a report for school can I copy and paste someone elses graph into my report if I cite them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Do I try to fly home just for a funeral?

Should I try to overcome a series of practical obstacles so I can fly to the funeral of a longtime friend? Or just send regrets? [more inside]
posted by vickyverky at 9:58 PM PST - 37 comments

Is there a way to calculate the relative cost of buying an older used car vs a later-model one?

Is there a way to calculate the relative cost of buying an older used car vs a later-model one? Taking into account depreciation, maintenance costs, etc. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 9:45 PM PST - 8 comments

1980s book with hidden treasure if you solved the mystery inside?

I'm struggling to remember the title of a book I read in the 1980s, which had a real-world twist: hidden within the narrative was the location of a spot in the USA where some sort of treasure or reward money was located. [more inside]
posted by squid patrol at 9:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Well at least my Halloween costume looks good...

How do I remove sticky residue from Elmer's Multipurpose Spray Adhesive from my wooden desk? [more inside]
posted by lucy.jakobs at 8:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Halloween Costumes for a Couple

Please post some cool ideas for Halloween costumes for a couple! [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 8:23 PM PST - 32 comments


Can't believe I'm blowing a question on this: what lovecraftian two syllable unicode font mangling word, starting with a Z, was posted on this site a little while back? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 7:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Stork Enemas?

Are storks traditionally known for giving themselves enemas? In Don Quixote there is a line about learning certain lessons from different animals - one of which is the enema from the stork. [more inside]
posted by Yiggs at 7:46 PM PST - 11 comments

I need plastic surgery on my nipple!

Need to find a plastic surgeon in Portland, OR to do some simple but delicate work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a Therapist for a Friend in Richmond, VA

TherapyFilter: Asking for a friend of a friend—can anyone recommend a competent therapist accessible to someone living in Richmond, Virginia... especially someone especially good at handling issues of anxiety and panic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 PM PST - 1 comment

What should I do in Boston this weekend?

What non-Halloween things should I do this weekend in Boston? [more inside]
posted by LouMac at 7:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Somebody hurt my cat, how do I find out who did it?

Teenager next door had a party that spilled over into the field behind my house. My cat shows up severely injured. How do I get to the bottom of this? [more inside]
posted by Zebtron at 7:29 PM PST - 40 comments

Inventory in Quickbooks...different question this time.

How to simplify inventory management of jewelry materials and products in QB 2009 Premier Retail? [more inside]
posted by daniboi1977 at 7:19 PM PST - 2 comments

How should we pay our web ad rep?

How should we pay our web ad rep? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 7:08 PM PST - 2 comments

This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of..

How is a contract's governing state determined? Is it where it's drafted? Or is it something else? "This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of.." I am drafting a contract in PA but the recipient is in another state. Should the governing state by mine or the recipient.
posted by xdeliriumx at 6:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Where's Cissylvania?

Where's Cissylvania? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 6:38 PM PST - 15 comments

He's not refusing to be a man. What to do, what to do.

difficult gift shopping filter: Help me find books, toys, comics, music, etc that provide a broad, varying, and largely non-traditional view of masculinity for my little brother, who is absolutely nothing like me or anyone else in our family. More details than necessary inside! [more inside]
posted by ellehumour at 6:32 PM PST - 36 comments

I know the names don't match, but it's really me! I swear!

Someone purchased an airline ticket for me, but booked it under my nickname instead of my legal name. I don't have any photo ID with my nickname on it. Will I be able to fly? [more inside]
posted by arianell at 6:22 PM PST - 24 comments

Sexy Library!

Costume-filter: I would like to dress as a library for Halloween. How can I accomplish this in an inexpensive, recognizable, maneuverable/non-bulky way (aside from sticking random books to my bum?) [more inside]
posted by chara at 6:15 PM PST - 8 comments

No lease, moving howto?

I live in an apartment with no lease and pay rent to my (dishonest) roommate. How do I minimize my financial losses when I move out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 PM PST - 20 comments

To answer, you would have had to have been able to have answered this question...

GrammarFilter: A friend and I have been discussing this construction: "would have had to go" vs. "would have had to have gone." It seems they are both correct and are almost always interchangeable, so it would seem the former, simpler version is preferable. Thoughts, explanations, examples otherwise? Are they both correct? [more inside]
posted by Badasscommy at 5:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I buy an ingot of bismuth in NYC?

Where could I buy an ingot of pure (or at least 99% pure) bismuth in New York City? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline at 5:28 PM PST - 7 comments

My back thanks you in advance

Will prescription-strength ibuprofen have expired since it was prescribed in March 2008? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 5:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Ring Bling

Buying antique diamond engagement ring, appraisal or just go with it? [more inside]
posted by outsider at 4:27 PM PST - 15 comments

do i need a medic alert bracelet?

When is a medic alert bracelet necessary? how useful are they actually? [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 4:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Are there different flu vaccines for Chinese people and roundeyes?

Asking for my sister-in-law: is the swine flu vaccine formulation given to people in China (Shanghai) the same as the US version? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot at 4:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Covering for TV stand doors?

I'm in the process of getting an entertainment unit built. Instead of glass, I'm thinking of putting something over the doors that would be dark (to hide the LEDs), allows my remotes to work, and still allows decent airflow. Any suggestions what would work here? Speaker fabric? Screen door mesh? Something else?
posted by Tilon at 4:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Utilising the Twitter API

Where to start: extracting images from a Twitter search and presenting them on a webpage? [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 3:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Changing the world, one kiss at a time...

Cosmetic manufacturing in China. I've noted that certain regions of China specialize in different types of consumer goods manufacturing. Which city or region is ground zero for cosmetics manufacturing in China? [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 3:35 PM PST - 2 comments


What delicious lentil dish can I make tonight? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 3:21 PM PST - 40 comments

When should I revisit my porcini patch?

How quickly do porcini grow? [more inside]
posted by quasistoic at 3:20 PM PST - 6 comments

a tex message to right!

Yankees fan in Philadelphia. Sports bar in Center City where I won't be lynched? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 2:59 PM PST - 22 comments

The is nanny to the mother and the son.

I'm a nanny for a woman who's been unemployed for 2.5 months and is now depressed. The means she is a) home ALL THE TIME, and b) driving me absolutely crazy. What, if anything, can I say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:52 PM PST - 24 comments

What happens when you report an illegal rooming house in Toronto?

What is the likely result of reporting an illegal rooming house in Toronto? e.g. How often do they end up getting cleaned up, repaired, and properly licensed vs. shut down (whether by the inspectors or by an owner who doesn't want to bother fixing it up)?
posted by anonymous at 2:52 PM PST - 5 comments

I need a nerd

Can anyone recommend a tech-startup-friendly accountant in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by hayvac at 2:46 PM PST - 1 comment

Wedding of the Living Dead

Help me make a zombie wedding cake. [more inside]
posted by elvissa at 2:40 PM PST - 15 comments

How to simultaneously exchange information?

How to simultaneously exchange information? [more inside]
posted by deadweightloss at 2:27 PM PST - 40 comments

Is Wordpress right for us?

I'm constructing two websites that display the progress of social science research currently underway. I need a system that allows ease of use for all involved student researchers. Is Wordpress the way to go? [more inside]
posted by mahoganyslide at 2:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Resources on herbivore men?

What are the best online or print resources in English language about lifestyle and individuality of soshoku-danshi (grass-eating/herbivore men)? Not looking for news articles, thanks!
posted by parmanparman at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Student representative needs to change a policy this year!

Change the University program's final project limitations! Help! Video production course info and TL;DR details inside. [more inside]
posted by Khazk at 2:07 PM PST - 4 comments

How much to charge for conference presentations?

A friend and I have been asked to present sessions at a conference, and we're not sure exactly how much to charge. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

Deflated by inflation

[Economics101Filter] How is it that the cost of living can go up, but salaries stay the same? Economics n00b questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:05 PM PST - 28 comments

How to make this contest drawing fair?

What's a fair way to chose winners for this ad-hoc giveaway? details inside... [more inside]
posted by smelvis at 2:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I make a costume out of a wedding dress?

How can I turn a wedding dress into a Halloween costume without destroying the thing? [more inside]
posted by libertypie at 1:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me get these quotes right.

Editors, I need your help with quotation marks! Which is correct? a) I sent him an article about "The X Factor". b) I sent him an article about "The X Factor." [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 1:30 PM PST - 40 comments

Help me find useful yoga and/or pilates DVDs.

Can you tell me about your experiences with pilates or yoga in regards to lower back pain? DVD or CD recommendations especially helpful. [more inside]
posted by rosethorn at 1:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Background mysteries within "Away We Go"

IdentificationFilter: I watched "Away We Go" this weekend and need help identifying this song and also finding an online retailer for this lamp (or something close). Ready . . . set . . . go! [more inside]
posted by siclik at 1:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Who would you see at The Fest 8? (Punk/Ska music festival)

I'm going to be in Gainesville, Fl, this weekend for The Fest 8 and I'm wondering which bands I should see. With 200+ bands, there has to hidden gems here. [more inside]
posted by DumbPoet at 1:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Cleaning a cat-peed leather jacket?

Cleaning a cat-peed leather jacket? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 1:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Wag more bark less baffles me.

Where did the "Wag More, Bark Less" bumper sticker meme start? My own sightings of them have gone from extremely rare to many cars seen in every single trip I take. Is it a dog owner/pet store promotional item? Is it a political thing? Something on Oprah I missed?
posted by mathowie at 1:02 PM PST - 32 comments

Relative-in-jail filter

I need to know if I am doing the right things to help a relative get out of jail in another state. [more inside]
posted by soelo at 1:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Name This Russian Novel

Trying to remember the title of a tragicomic Russian novel I had just begun reading 5 years ago, before it somehow disappeared. From what I remember, the main character was an older woman who refused to adapt to the post-communist societal changes in Russia. It followed her story as she faced the changing landscape, and persecution in the face of her commitment to the old ideals.
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 12:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Recipe for Pork Tenderloin

Does the hive mind have any recipes for a pre-seasoned pork tenderloin? Any good complimentary foods?
posted by cheechman85 at 12:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Backpack vacuum cleaner?

Backpack vacuum cleaners - any experience or tips? I'm considering a backpack vacuum cleaner (ProTeam), but I'm unsure how comparable these are to consumer vacuums. It doesn't appear there are any carpet attachments with beaters (that are driven by a motor). Any have any experience with these? Or insights on which kind?
posted by sgarst at 12:12 PM PST - 6 comments

No, they really aren't fried twice.

I come from California. Can you help me find good canned refried beans in Toronto? Specifics inside... [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 12:11 PM PST - 17 comments

I'm writing a terrible novel and it would be a huge loss if it disappeared

Help me come up with some sort of automated way of sending a file to myself in gmail. [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 11:31 AM PST - 17 comments

ipod touch updating error

Unknown error 0xE8000001 from ipod touch; won't connect. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments


What's this creaking sound my car is making and how long should I wait to get it fixed? [more inside]
posted by pised at 11:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Kitchen storage dilemma

[KitchenStorageFilter]: OK, this is pretty mundane, but we'd like to toss our old kitchen storage/Tupperware-wannabee containers and would appreciate some recommendations so we can replace them with something good. [more inside]
posted by mosk at 11:09 AM PST - 36 comments

Can one survive 10 seconds on the moon without a spacesuit helmet?

What would happen if spacesuit helmet was removed for 10 seconds on the moon? [more inside]
posted by swiffa at 11:08 AM PST - 24 comments

How can I create vCards from email sigs?

How can I auto-magically create a vCard from an email signature? I'm growing tired of the repeated copy-and-paste operations required to make new entries in my Apple Address Book when I have a nicely formatted signature file right in front of me. Is there a script or other handy tool that will do this work for me, guessing which bit of info is the name, phone number, etc. and placing them into a new vCard for me?
posted by mfitz at 11:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a Plumber in Berkeley

Looking for a plumber in the East Bay (California). [more inside]
posted by lore at 11:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Sounds Good, What About Better?

[Hi-Fi / Home Theater filter] Can you help me position the speakers correctly ? [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly at 10:54 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I stop being so sensitive?

I'd like to be less sensitive to rejection, as well as situations that aren't actually rejection but that I take as such. I've had social anxiety for as long as I can remember (I'm nineteen), and I have only come out of my shell in the last few months. Because of this, I'm incredibly sensitive to what others may think of me, since I've never really had friends and don't want people to dislike me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 23 comments

How to avoid making a bad situation even worse

How do I navigate this situation without tears or fist-fights? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Good couples counselor in San Francisco?

Can anyone recommend a good couples counselor in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 at 10:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Halloween Costume Filter: Hobbes plush in Toronto?

Where can I get a Hobbes or Hobbes-lookalike plus toy in Toronto this week? I just made the last minute decision to go as Calvin & Hobbes for Halloween, where can I find an appropriate stuffed tiger on short notice? Bonus points for help with other costume elements, thanks!
posted by JPDD at 10:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Solo Traveling for older women in/around Korea?

My mom is nearing 60 and is thinking about going back to her home country to travel alone. I'm all for it but it also worries the heck out of me! I wonder if there are any "older" korean women travel groups that she might be able to hook up with...and what the pros/cons are. Are there any places out there that she should particularly stay away from? I could just be overprotective here... but would love to hear any input about solo/group traveling in / around korea and whether there are any travel groups for older women. :) TIA!!!
posted by Jujee at 10:19 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I talk like a 17th century tavern wench plague victim?

I need help with slang for a 17th century tavern wench plague victim! [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 9:57 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me write a script in OSX

How do I create a file-handling script in OSX? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 9:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Antivirus with on/off switches

I am looking for some recommendations on antivirus/antimalware software for Windows. Specifically I am looking for an antivirus program that will allow me to selectively turn on/off components as needed. [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek at 9:48 AM PST - 7 comments

A church may be missing its altar

I have a big slab of marble, and I'm trying to figure out what to do with it. [more inside]
posted by tizzie at 9:46 AM PST - 22 comments

How to return every Nth value in a column in Excel?

I am trying to pull values from one sheet into another master sheet for daily trending. The OFFSET function works for a single cell, but I can't figure out how to copy that formula to the rest of the column. [more inside]
posted by malcommc at 9:45 AM PST - 13 comments

What do you do with leftover roast chicken?

Roasting a chicken? I'm sold! Now what? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 9:37 AM PST - 30 comments

Political extremism in literature

Novels where political extremism is an underlying theme. [more inside]
posted by thesailor at 9:34 AM PST - 32 comments

Forgot to file tax returns. Now what?

Forgot to file tax returns. Now what? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 9:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Eris, "Bob," the FSM... and who else?

I know Eris, "Bob," and the Flying Spaghetti Monster... but what faux-religions came before? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 9:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a canvas printer, if its a good idea!

I'm looking for a good (but lower end of the market) inkjet or giclee printer to print my artwork onto between A2 and A0 size canvas. Has anyone any experience of buying their own large printer as opposed to getting it done at a professional printers. And what is the difference between inkjet and giclee? [more inside]
posted by jcwilliams at 9:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Rent 5 years past due.

I got the court judgment, and even an outstanding warrant, but still have not received on an outstanding debt. How can I collect my money? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 9:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I buy a Tonium Pacemaker?

Should I buy a Pacemaker if I am not a DJ and don't have all that much dance music? [more inside]
posted by jonnyploy at 8:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me locate some pictures and their artist.

[ArtFilter]: Help me locate some pictures and their artist. [more inside]
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs at 8:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Yugo Cabriolet

Name the 80s/90s skate movie that contains the line, Cabriolet is Yugoslavian for "fast car" [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 8:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Need help selecting a HDTV

I'm looking in to buying an HDTV for around $1000 and would like your input. more info inside. [more inside]
posted by WizKid at 8:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Linux fun composer for 8 year old?

Does anyone know any simple Ubuntu music software for me to have fun composing with my eight year old son? [more inside]
posted by Sch01ar at 8:14 AM PST - 4 comments

What if the world was a glorious donut?

If I'm sitting on the terraformed surface of a Culture orbital, what does the horizon look like? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle at 8:09 AM PST - 12 comments

What kind of iPhone usage burns battery?

iPhone battery life: I'm flying across the Pacific tomorrow with a 2 year old and a 5 year old. They are iPhone fiends (god help them), but I need to know if there is a huge difference in battery consumption between the education apps they usually play ("Find the sheep"..."Baaaa") and videos. I suspect that videos will use up battery life longer than these really simple apps, but I'm not sure. Anyone know?
posted by zachawry at 8:08 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I find out the chain of corporate ownership starting from a company name or product name?

How can I find out the chain of corporate ownership starting from a company name or product name? [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard at 8:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Refi-filter: Lowering my monthly payments, but paying more in the long run. Is it worth it?

I'm eight years into a 30 year mortgage, having paid off about 10% of the total amount of the original loan. Does it make sense to refinance now if I can get a rate that is about 5/8 of a point lower than my current rate? This would shave about $250 off of my monthly payments. But then I'll still be paying for this loan for eight additional years after the original one would have been paid off, right? How do I calculate how much additional $$ I'll owe overall, and how do I decide whether paying more later is worth saving money now?
posted by ericbop at 7:45 AM PST - 16 comments

What does a non-fashiony woman wear to a tech interview?

What does a non-girly woman wear to a technical interview? Details on impending fashion crisis inside. [more inside]
posted by duckus at 7:45 AM PST - 36 comments

How does someone get an original birth certificate after they've been adopted?

How does someone get an original birth certificate after they've been adopted? [more inside]
posted by Hesychia at 7:41 AM PST - 11 comments


I will be living in Montana for 6 weeks this winter. I've only ever lived in New England, with a couple of brief stints in other places. Please tell me what to expect. [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner at 7:24 AM PST - 16 comments

crazy little thing called the love that dare not speak its name

I need some academically credible synonyms for same-sex erotic activity that are less ambiguous than "gay sex" and less clinical-sounding than "homosexual contact." [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 7:16 AM PST - 17 comments

Intimidation through obscure references!

I need a badass battle cry. [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 7:07 AM PST - 64 comments

How do I automagically display trending of complex data?

I need some suggestions for data analysis and displaying trending information. At the moment I'm doing this with a huge amount of Excel pivote tables. The goal is to highlight increasing trends and top hitters in some sort of (semi)automated way. The catch is that the data is pretty deep. For example, say I have a metric for "server rebooted for unknown reason"(which, by the way, is one of 50 things measured)...I'd like to also see the break down by server type and then by, say, location and then to see it by week. [more inside]
posted by Spumante at 6:41 AM PST - 6 comments

What are the best, almost scientific, alternative health food/supplement recommendations?

[Alt-health filter]: what are your top 10, most important, almost scientific (ie. generally accepted) foods and/or supplements that I should focus on to improve my health? Speaking from a general well-being, alternative health-type of point of view? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 6:38 AM PST - 29 comments

How does noise affect the autistic mind?

I understand that noise can become overwhelming rapidly to those in the autism spectrum or with ADD/ADHD syndromes due to increased sensitivities of all the sense perceptions, but I have also heard of research that suggests a certain measure of white noise and some kinds of music can help both ADD and autism spectrum young people focus their brains. [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest at 6:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Critical Thinker

What are some tools and techniques I can use to become a better critical thinker? I asked my friend the other day what he got out of his tier-1 education and he said it taught him how to 'think through problems'. What exactly did his professors teach him about critical thinking? If I memorize the logical fallacies or make a pro's and con's list will I be a better thinker? Is 'going with your gut' an approved tactic in this pursuit? What things do you do to think through a problem and come up with rock solid plans, decisions, and recommendations?
posted by jasondigitized at 6:11 AM PST - 16 comments

What's with all the Raclette?

I'm looking for a decent Raclette grill around the 60 dollar mark. Can anyone make a recommendation? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 6:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Living with floaters?

Any advice for getting rid of or living with floaters in my eyes? [more inside]
posted by kms at 5:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Need food ideas

I've decided to stay and work in my on-campus studio five days a week. I live off-campus. What low-price food can I bring/prepare each week (lunch & dinner) that doesn't necessarily need to be refrigerated? (though I do have access to a microwave) [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 5:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Best analysises on Blade Runner?

Best analysises on Blade Runner? [more inside]
posted by wolfr at 5:41 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the optimal National Express bus stop near Clerkenwell, London

What is the best national express bus stop to go to in order to end up near Clerkenwell, London?
posted by srboisvert at 5:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Do the benefits of a cortisone injection outweigh the risks?

I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis a year ago. I am on Enbrel and it has helped a great deal with the pain I experienced in my arms and joints but I am still having really bad pain upon walking or standing in my low back, sacral joint areas...I swim and do a variety of stretches but it is not allowing me the recovery I long for. I use to walk a few miles everyday, hike on the weekends and I haven't been able to do that in a couple of years. I miss it! I have been reading up on Epidural Cortisone injections and I am curious about personal results people have had. I am interested in the good as well as the bad stories, so I can decide, after meeting with my Doctors, if I want to go through with it. In other words if the benefits outweigh the risks.
posted by gypseefire at 5:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for movies that take place in a day (or a few days)

I'm looking for more movies that take place in a very short time-span..like a few days or even a single day. [more inside]
posted by kampken at 4:30 AM PST - 61 comments

what the fudge...

FilmFilter: Question regarding The Dark Knight, Public Enemies, and Collateral. [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 3:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Focus, brain.

I've written 10 of 20 pages of dense literary research in short spurts here and there. How do I spend all day tomorrow finishing up the rest? As a lifelong procrastinator I'm fixated by the fact that my paper isn't due for another 7 weeks, but I'd rather complete the bulk of the work tomorrow. How should I prepare to do challenging intellectual work for long stretches of time? [more inside]
posted by Viola at 3:35 AM PST - 20 comments

An impossible Apple

What's the best Apple laptop for £500? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 2:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it safer to do a 5 mile commute on city streets on a bicycle or a motorcycle?

Is it safer to do a 5 mile commute on busy city streets on a bicycle or a motorcycle? [more inside]
posted by realpseudonym at 1:45 AM PST - 16 comments

I got HP printer ink in my eye, am I okay?

I got HP printer ink in my eye, am I okay? [more inside]
posted by stlboi at 12:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Can someone recommend a reliable, reasonably priced vendor for snap frames in Vancouver or Canada?

Can someone recommend a reliable, reasonably priced vendor for snap frames in Vancouver or Canada? [more inside]
posted by branparsons at 12:34 AM PST - 0 comments

October 25

Where was Mr. Show filmed (besides Los Angeles, obviously.)

Does anyone know what studio/ stage the majority of Mr. Show was filmed in? I think the first season, or at least the first episode, was filmed in a different location than the rest of the series. Curious as to where that was as well.
posted by joechip at 11:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Not all random numbers are created equal

How do I get a controlled distribution of random numbers to fairly determine a start position. [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold at 11:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Is there a UK teasmade that will work in the U.S.?

Is there a UK teasmade that will work in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by 1001 questions at 10:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Yes, I'm aware of the existence of 'he's just not that into you,' but I'd like it confirmed by the source.

How do you phrase "are you into me?" in a non-terrifying way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:35 PM PST - 23 comments

Books about conspiracy.

[Englishmajors-filter]: Looking for works of literature that deal with conspiracy, real or imagined. [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 9:25 PM PST - 36 comments

Monday/Tuesday Bay Area Stuff to Do

What else can I visit in the last 2 days of my Bay-area visit? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 9:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Drug addiction in the 50's-70's

Was there a measured increase in drug addiction due to the hippie movement? What were the drug addiction rates like in the 1950's compared to the 60's and 70's. Are there any resources that have historical data on addiction rates and the particular substances popular at the time? [more inside]
posted by TheJoven at 9:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Where can I buy a toy gun that can be made to look like Bruce Willis' in the 5th Element movie?

Help me complete my 5th Element movie bruce willis costume please! I'm looking for a toy gun that looks sort of like his in the movie. Would like to keep it under $15, just looking for something close. I don't mind painting it or doing some slight modification.
posted by I like to eat meat at 8:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Please go away.

How can we get the sexist guy to stop attending our feminist book group? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:45 PM PST - 38 comments

How should I stay warm this winter?

Which is more efficient/economical to run: a baseboard heater or an oil-filled radiator-type space heater? [more inside]
posted by apricot at 8:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to buy lingon berries?

Where can I buy preserved lingon berries? [more inside]
posted by robtf3 at 8:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Math Symbol Mystery

I've never seen this mathematical symbol used this way before. Can anyone tell me what it means? [more inside]
posted by mazniak at 8:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Will the NTI mouth guard keep my teeth in place?

Will my NTI mouth guard help my teeth stay in place? (Similar to a retainer) [more inside]
posted by jModug at 8:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Best Hair Product for Men

Men with short hair: what hair product do you use to style your hair on a daily basis, if any? [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 at 8:02 PM PST - 36 comments

Learning to make better decisions in relationships filter:

Help me get over a broken heart uber-style. I'm taking my recent relationship experience to the max and looking at why I do what I do. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me pick the better cruise

Please help me choose between two cruises in the eastern Mediterranean (Croatia and Greece). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 PM PST - 5 comments

how to pack shoes for shipment

how do i pack my shoes for cross-country shipment? [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 7:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Find me a good cheap soprano sax!

Is the soprano sax a good instrument for a 10 year old, and how am I going to find a reasonable quality instrument for her under $400 dollars? [more inside]
posted by singingfish at 7:39 PM PST - 19 comments

Getting a duvet into a duvet cover without losing one's mind

Duvet/comforter users! I know there are plenty of you out there, and I would like to join your happy (and warm) ranks, but I have one question: is there ANY way to get a duvet/comforter INTO a duvet/comforter cover that does not result in (a) an asymmetrical lumpy bunchy MESS, and (b) GIBBERING INSANITY?? [more inside]
posted by Kat Allison at 7:37 PM PST - 25 comments

Recipe on a tombstone

My Googling skills are apparently insufficient. I remember once upon a time seeing on the web a picture of a woman's tombstone that said something like "I told you you could have my (coffee cake?) recipe over my dead body" and underneath followed the recipe. Does anyone know where on the net it is? Thanks!
posted by Daddy-O at 7:31 PM PST - 6 comments

beep beep beep

Where can I find an alarm clock like the one I've had and loved for years? (General Electric Clock Radio 7-4837C) Required features are inside. [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 7:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Songs similar to Spring Awakening's "Touch Me?"

I love the song "Touch Me" from Spring Awakening. Are there more like it? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 7:24 PM PST - 6 comments

skin cancer, no health insurance

My friend appears to have Basal Cell Carcinoma on his ear. He has no health insurance and has so far been denied any low-income health care options. This thing needs to be removed from his ear. We are in Portland, OR. Does anyone please know of any options/services/programs that can help with this sort of thing? [more inside]
posted by ainsley at 7:23 PM PST - 6 comments

What was the searchable public records site for California?

There used to be a website for California where you could enter anyone's name and get a public record on them- all their driving and criminal history was available, free, online. I can't find it anymore. Help?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 7:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Researching flight without sepcific destination?

I would like to take a flight to Europe in January. I don't care where in Europe I go, and can fly out of pretty much anywhere in the south (I would prefer Atlanta, though). Is there a site out there that doesn't require me to pick a specific starting and ending destination?
posted by 2legit2quit at 7:01 PM PST - 3 comments

What is a creative way to successfully accommodate homeless populations?

This post inspired this question: What can be done on a community-scale to successfully accommodate our island's homeless population? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

When solo road-trips get old...

I have a week vacation for Thanksgiving. Usually I take off for a road-trip, but last year - British Columbia - I found for the first time the thrill of the open road being overtaken by a sense of loneliness and (somewhat) isolation. I'm single and have travelled a lot on my own, but now I kinda don't wanna, but I would like to have an experience with my week off. And it's been a pretty tough year (right?) and I could use a break. How do single people navigate this? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 6:35 PM PST - 10 comments

security for wheel covers?

Wheel covers keep getting stolen. Any way to secure them? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 6:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Modern TV Needed

Help me find a new LCD television for my modern guest bedroom. [more inside]
posted by shew at 6:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I get the H1N1 vaccination?

Is it really worth getting the H1N1 flu shot? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 5:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Do I start working the graveyard shift?

How do I get better sleep on Cipralex/Lexapro? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 14 comments

How to keep dry hands clean

How can I keep my hands clean without water or alcohol? [more inside]
posted by queseyo at 5:25 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to give off a vibe of 'anime' without being a particular character.

[AnimeCostumeFilter] What are some elements that could make up a 'generic anime costume'? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 5:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Mythbusters vs. Common Sense part 2371213

Why aren't cars dimpled like golf balls if it increases fuel efficiency? [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 5:10 PM PST - 28 comments

when the clock strikes half past 6, babe

How can I make a Mac Tonight head? [more inside]
posted by troika at 4:49 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get comfortable in this tub?

The bathtub in our new apartment has really straight sides making it impossible to recline. How do I make it more comfortable ? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 4:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Kid's Lincoln costume in Austin, TX.

Where can I buy a little boy's size M or L Abraham Lincoln costume in Austin, TX for less than $35? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Can anyone identify the manufacturer of these ceiling light fixtures?

Can anyone identify the manufacturer of these ceiling light fixtures? [more inside]
posted by anonymice at 4:22 PM PST - 3 comments

How to install tile on oily surface?

Need help with talavera tile installation on oil impregnated plywood. [more inside]
posted by leafwoman at 4:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommendations for a lightweight cruiser bicycle?

I need recommendations for a relatively lightweight cruiser-type bicycle. I have an Electra Townie, and I like everything about it except the weight (about 35 lbs.) Is there a lighter alternative out there? I'm ideally looking for something that has raised handlebars, a comfortable saddle and easy-to-change gears (good for a bike novice.) I'm not looking for a single-speed.
posted by zembla3 at 3:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Can an extrovert and introvert prosper together?

My girlfriend is extremely outgoing while I enjoy quite evenings at home. How do we keep both sides happy and satisfied? [more inside]
posted by Sentus at 3:35 PM PST - 22 comments

Adding ADDITIONAL audio to an avi file

How do I add an additional audio track to a .avi movie file in OSX? I downloaded a full length movie, it had stereo channel audio, but one of the audio tracks was still missing, possibly the center channel that was lost from a surround sound mix when it was bounced to standard 2 channel audio. I now have the missing audio file and need to add it to the other two. [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 3:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Finding an unwilling adult

Is there any way to find my friend's bipolar/schizophrenic sister? [more inside]
posted by medea42 at 2:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me listen to lastfm in itunes

I just bought a airport express to listen to my tunes on my stereo in the living room. Since the AP-Express will only play music through itunes anyone point me in a direction to do the following: I would like to create a station in lastfm and have it stream through itunes. Anyone aware of a freeware solution. Imac 10.5.8
posted by citybuddha at 2:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Playlists won't stay random after transfer to iPod

Playlists set to random in iTunes won't stay random on my iPod. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by friarjohn at 2:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Since the CalDMV screwed up my smog check date?

California DMV Filter -- "Smog Check Needed" is NOT printed on my registration renewel form, although it should be. Should I get an emission check anyway? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 2:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Simple background source on Iran election protests 2009

Can anyone recommend a good, general overview source on the June 09 election, protests, and aftermath in Iran? I need something to link to as a backgrounder. [more inside]
posted by leticia at 2:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Weather software for the Mac?

Is there any weather software for the Mac that is comparable to GRLevel3 on Windows? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 2:06 PM PST - 1 comment

How much flight information is on a credit card statement

I am buying a plane ticket with my credit card and someone else has access to my credit card statements. How much information about my flight will that person be able to get? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 1:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Sharif wore a cape, and other soch bio's.

Are there books on the history of sociology (or social psycology) told through the sociologists? [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation at 1:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Poles from Lviv/Lwow - emigration or forced resettlement?

At the end of World War II, would a Polish-ethnicity girl/young woman and her family from Lwów/Lviv have been given the option of moving west of the Curzon line to post-war Poland, or would they have been forcibly resettled? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 1:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it true that the first thing women check out on a guy are his glutes?

Is it true that the first thing women check out on a guy are his glutes? [more inside]
posted by pu9iad at 11:51 AM PST - 93 comments

Hoots mon, I'm awa tae hunt the meatless haggis.

I'm planning a haggis-centric party and will make semi-traditional haggis from this recipe. I also need to make a vegetarian version, so what would be a tasty veggie substitute for the meat (preferably using the same recipe)? The meats to replace are "chopped cooked liver and chopped cooked heart (Or stew beef, or filet mignon)" and ground lamb. I'm in California, in case that makes a difference about ingredient availability. Full recipe below, in case Geocities has closed. [more inside]
posted by anadem at 11:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Gestalt Prayer Poster

Help me find a poster with the Gestalt Prayer (in its entirety) on it! [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 11:07 AM PST - 1 comment

Need. Internet. Back.

Why can't I connect to the internet anymore? Is customer service giving me a plausible explanation? [more inside]
posted by Beardman at 10:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Would you pay to post?

I'm starting a web forum. Should I charge users? [more inside]
posted by bryon at 10:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Pedestrian's shoes; pedestrians' rights

This is a two-part question. First, what are the ideal shoes for long-distance walking on paved or gravel roads? Second, what rights do I have as a suburban/urban pedestrian in California in terms of not being hassled by "authorities"? [more inside]
posted by quarantine at 10:48 AM PST - 19 comments

What are fishtank plant sculptures made of (and are they toxic)?

My wife bought this fishtank plant sculpture. One of the 'rocks' got chipped, leaving a big white spot (looks like plaster). Is it still safe to use? [more inside]
posted by johnstein at 10:29 AM PST - 2 comments

His depression is making me depressed

My boyfriend is depressed, again, and I'm starting to get concerned that I don't have the patience to get through it with him this time. I want to help him, but I'm not sure how many times I can keep doing this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 AM PST - 26 comments

Where can I get affordable online access to academic journals?

Where can I get affordable online access to many academic journals? Generally only large university libraries have paid the expensive subscriptions for electronic access to academic journals. Sometimes these libraries let users access the journals online. But I am not affiliated with any university. Are there any libraries I can join by paying a fee, that would give me online access to many online journals? I need journals in biological and physical sciences.
posted by algal at 9:16 AM PST - 22 comments

Use a freestanding grill in an outdoor kitchen island?

Use a freestanding grill in an outdoor kitchen island? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt at 9:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Long Tail Theory

Where can I learn more about the theory behind The Long Tail? I've read the book but want something more than just examples. [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 9:07 AM PST - 8 comments

List Bookmarks to Geocities Domain

Quick! Geocities closes shop tomorrow! Is there an efficient way to search my favorites/bookmarks for geocities pages that might be in there? So I can steal the content before it goes bye bye? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan at 8:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Help, need to get out of my "slump"!

Worried about my emotional well-being, and my future. Need some good Metafilter advice.... I am a 34 y/o female who is gainfully employed and generally self-sufficient (own my own home, car, take care of the house, etc.) but I am extremely lonely and feel more and more isolated everyday. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 AM PST - 31 comments

US citizen working in Egypt

I just received a job offer, for a senior architect position in a very known contracting firm in Cairo. FYI, I have 8 years of experience as an architect and an M.Arch degree. However, I was shocked to see the figures associated, they are so low, and there are a lot of other concerns about rent fees and work hours, etc.. I will list some of the things below, please advise, if you have worked in Egypt, or familiar with the work law there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 11 comments

How much more black could it get? None.

Tried developing my first bw film last night and it didn't turn out at all - what did I do wrong? [more inside]
posted by Gortuk at 7:51 AM PST - 21 comments

My son has the swine flu. Should I give him tamiflu?

My son has the swine flu. Now what? Should I give him Tamiflu? He is 5 years old, and I also have a 3 year old and a 1 year old, should they also get Tamiflu? Should my wife and I also take it? [more inside]
posted by tedunni at 7:42 AM PST - 27 comments

Train watching in Philadelphia

It's a lovely Fall day. Where's a good place to take some young 'uns train watching in Philadelphia? The priority is on lots of trains, up close. I don't mind paying to get on a platform. Proximity to West Philly a bonus. Thank you!
posted by carter at 7:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Will Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit utilize 8GB of RAM?

Just for confirmation, will Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit utilize 8GB of RAM? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi at 7:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Can you recommend a good computer repair place in Hong Kong?

Recommended computer repair service in Hong Kong? [more inside]
posted by lmm at 6:57 AM PST - 0 comments

Brie or Camembert?

What's the difference between Brie and Camembert, apart from wheel size? [more inside]
posted by Wolof at 6:31 AM PST - 13 comments

I can haz media centre?

I'd like to build the world's cheapest media center PC. Budget is teensy. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 6:14 AM PST - 8 comments

To mac or not to mac

Which mac should I get? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 5:21 AM PST - 23 comments

Please suggest a software to password protect and hide data on Windows 7.

How do I password protect a folder or partition in windows 7 and also not have its contents included in Windows index or Everything. [more inside]
posted by libbrichus at 1:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Maybe a doctor designed the label...

Help me read the cursive script on the label of this hand-me-down yarn? [more inside]
posted by Syllables at 12:28 AM PST - 6 comments

October 24

What is this music?

What is this music?
posted by Anything at 10:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a camcorder with composite input

Do you know of any camcorders or portable video recorders with composite (analog) input? [more inside]
posted by jstech at 10:18 PM PST - 2 comments

God's knocks?

Help me find a quote I have forgotten. [more inside]
posted by Acacia at 10:00 PM PST - 1 comment

Selling raw data for fun and profit

Anybody has experience selling raw data? [more inside]
posted by raghuram at 9:41 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the name of this game?

A quickie - what's the name of the game where a bunch of people sit in a circle and the first person whispers a secret into the ear of the person on one side, they whisper it to the next, and it goes around the circle, only to end up being an entirely different secret? [more inside]
posted by zinfandel at 9:28 PM PST - 36 comments

Can I take this expired cough syrup? Just for tonight?

Terrible cough, too late to leave the house in search of remedies -- can I take this expired (expired April 2009) prescription Tussionex cough syrup or is there a better solution in my house? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 9:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Divorce, even if nothing is bad?

I (male) have been married for a number of years (~10). Nothing is necessarily bad about our marriage, but I've felt that we've been lacking passion since before we were married. It just never seemed to matter enough to be worth a divorce.. except that it does matter in the end. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 PM PST - 34 comments

Mass text on the iPhone

I often have to text a lot of people (as in, 50) simultaneously. The iPhone I'm going to get (don't even try to dissuade me ;-) will make this a very sad experience for me. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 8:44 PM PST - 18 comments

I need scratch proof progressive lenses

Looking for seriously scratch-proof progressive lenses for frames I already have. [more inside]
posted by sugarbx19 at 7:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Clear a hard-drive, copy another onto it, then clear that other drive

Looking for step by step instructions on how to clear a hard drive and then copy one drive (that boots Windows 7) to that drive I just cleared, then clear the old boot drive. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla at 7:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Dark Corners: huh?

Plateofbeaning Dark Corners the movie? Oddities, trivia and overanalysis for your amusement. Spoilers inside, I'm sure. [more inside]
posted by Iosephus at 6:35 PM PST - 0 comments

Am I considered a stoner if I eat hemp seed?

If I consume dietary hemp seed, will the THC show up on a drug test? [more inside]
posted by torquemaniac at 6:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Badass small dog meets one bigger and badder

Our dog got in a fight and was bitten. It's just a flesh wound, but how should we care for it? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 at 5:52 PM PST - 10 comments

The longest shot ever.

OK, something that been bugging me for a long time: Can someone identify a foreign film/tv show from the 80's given some memories of production details? [more inside]
posted by pjern at 4:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Why are you digging?

Why is Stir of Echoes trending on Google? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs at 4:30 PM PST - 2 comments

How to get famous in 30 days?

How could one acquire some degree of fame in 30 days? [more inside]
posted by GIMG at 4:25 PM PST - 42 comments

Need recommendations for kitchen appliances

Need a full new suite of kitchen appliances, would like some recommendations. Got some prices on some Electrolux models today that looked great, but some quick research on the web doesn't leave me so confident. Is this a case of the squeaky wheel complaining online and they're actually a solid product? Or should I be worried. I'm looking for all stainless steel appliances: fridge with ice-maker, slide-in stove, dishwasher, and range-hood microwave. Specifically I'm looking for a large fridge and electric stove I'm in Canada if that makes a difference.
posted by gfroese at 4:19 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm a 26 year old guy. Is the car I want a car I SHOULD be getting?

I need to get a car, but I don't do much driving... so I don't want to spend a lot. That means I'm looking at the new Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 class of cars (all 2010). Of the group, the Mazda 3 is my favorite by far. Thing is, I don't really know much about cars + I'm a 26 year old guy = is the Mazda 3 a chicks car? [more inside]
posted by creative at 3:54 PM PST - 70 comments

Not sure what you want?

Have you ever felt that you are lost and not sure about your life, purposes, what you want for yourself and how you want to live your life? [more inside]
posted by stillhopeful at 3:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Mac to PC help from far away

I bought a used iMac G5 and I'm getting ready to send it to my mom as a gift. She hasn't used a mac since like 1995.What is a good program to install on here so that I can help her remotely? I'm on a PC. Free would be the best. I don't have a lot of money for this project. [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 3:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Here Comes Another Song

"Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles, "Here Comes Your Man" by the Pixies, "Here Comes My Baby" by Cat Stevens. Besides the name, these songs have some similar musical qualities. Any other songs fit (even if the name doesn't)? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 2:57 PM PST - 33 comments

Rosie Perez clip from White Men Can't Jump

Can anyone find me a clip of Rosie Perez saying "Mount Suvius" in White Men Can't Jump? Thanks!
posted by mpls2 at 2:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Timecode Filter

Does any one know of a free or inexpensive software that will use the computers sound card to generate LTC timecode. I would like to be able to use a PC as a master clock to feed time of day time code to various decks. [more inside]
posted by jmsta at 2:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Hardcopy of IPCCs "2007 Synthesis Report?"

Can I buy a hardcopy of the IPCC's "Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report?" [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 2:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Searching for Sara/Sarah!

Please help me ID a song from the 80's! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 2:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Concrete mulch.

Is using a concrete slab with holes for plantings the best weed prevention in my backyard garden? [more inside]
posted by boby at 1:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Best English-language books on improving one's social and conversational skills

What are the best English-language books in existence on improving one's social and conversational skills? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone at 1:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Bluetooth receiver for home Hi-Fi?

How do I stream music from an iPod Touch to a conventional Hi-Fi wirelessly? Bluetooth A2DP would seem to be perfect - but I need a gadget wired in to the hi-fi that will receive the signal and play it. What gadget (from the UK)? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 12:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Was this a date?

Was it a date? Last night I went out for a few drinks with a guy I've been interested in, but was it just friends hanging out? [more inside]
posted by hannahlambda at 12:47 PM PST - 27 comments

The Spinner of War

How difficult would it be to modify/simplify this Java spinner so I can better model war for my Intro to International Relations class? [more inside]
posted by brozek at 12:30 PM PST - 9 comments

The puzzling Palmaris Longus

The Palmaris Longus is a notorious muscle of the hand since some people don't have it at all. Wait, what!? [more inside]
posted by jgwong at 12:10 PM PST - 29 comments

[relationshipfilter] Suggestions on working within an open relationship (not including, get out of it)?

Offer me suggestions on my open relationship. I believe in it - but still feel a little weird about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:59 AM PST - 36 comments

How does my alt-weekly get to my cafe?

How do free alt-weeklies and zines get access to their distribution points? Is it as simple as asking or do they pay rent/barter some ad space in return for a place to put their magazine?
posted by the christopher hundreds at 11:08 AM PST - 6 comments

How do we compare and choose between two (almost) identical beds?

My wife and I are looking to buy a new (queen size) bed, and trying to decide between two beds from two different stores. Both are actually quite similar in terms of look/style and price. [more inside]
posted by avoision at 11:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Mp3 players with good sound quality?

mp3playerfilter: what's the mp3 player that gives the best quality sound? [more inside]
posted by litleozy at 10:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Say now shibboleth

Do I have a stammer? How do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

How to avoid police charges?

After being apprehended but before being charged by the police, how do you maximize your chances of being let off with a warning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 21 comments

How to make the music stop skipping?

Calling all network experts...How can I make the music on my PC stop skipping? [more inside]
posted by st starseed at 10:44 AM PST - 10 comments

For Dog's Sake - Help Me Start A Business!

What do I need to know about starting a dogwalking/sitting service? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Honestly, mountain and dog, it's nothing personal.

Where can I find some good alternative icons for GIMP and Inkscape? I already found these, which are nice, but I'm still not entirely satisfied. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 10:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Affordable parking in Washington, D.C.

Parking my car at the Renaissance Hotel on Mt. Vernon Square during a conference in Washington DC in November will cost $25 a day. Is there something else I should do with my car for the 4 days I will be in town?
posted by billtron at 9:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for information about kayaking near Gardiner, NY.

Looking for information about kayaking near Gardiner, NY. [more inside]
posted by staveitoff123 at 9:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Print is dead; help me replace it

What's the best platform for a local community news and events site? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

What halloween crafts / art activities do the 5-7 year olds in your life enjoy doing?

What Halloween crafts / art activities do the 5-8 year olds in your life enjoy doing? [more inside]
posted by nothingsconstant at 8:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for fellow marketeers

Intelligent marketing discussions online? [more inside]
posted by OctopusRex at 8:46 AM PST - 1 comment

Hackintosh netbooks

I am thinking of hackintoshing a netbook and would like some guidance from those with some experience in this area. I have several questions: [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank at 8:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Do you remember this series?

What was the name of the British stop-motion/claymation series that was on Comedy Central about ten years ago, featuring vulgar, working-class type characters?
posted by moorooka at 6:23 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm tired of not knowing what this song is! Ba-dum-dum.

Please help me identify a song I heard about 10-12 years ago. Not much to go on inside. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 5:45 AM PST - 7 comments

How to calm oneself after a severe emotional shock

What are some good centring/calming exercises for a massage therapist? I've had a huge shock and need to get myself together before Tuesday. [more inside]
posted by flutable at 5:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Phonefilter: help me choose a new smartphone that's not a iPhone for email and roaming?

Phonefilter: Help me choose a new smartphone with QWERTY keyboard. Primarily for email, some browsing, calendars. Constraints: in the UK, contract may be a problem, need to use overseas a lot, I rarely use the phone part, don't want an iPhone. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 5:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Vegetarian seeks tasty food in Western Europe

What tasty foods should an adventurous vegetarian eat in the UK and Western Europe? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 4:57 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I get Dolly Parton's cleavage?

How can I get cheap, comfortable, semi-realistic giant fake breasts for Halloween? Yes, I'm going as Dolly Parton. I'm also a girl with some already not-insignificant boobs going on. (And yeah, we may well be overthinking this giant plate of beans.) [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 3:35 AM PST - 15 comments


Should I eat it? Hard boiled eggs left in water over night. [more inside]
posted by molecicco at 3:27 AM PST - 27 comments

What's it called, you know those umm...

What is a place called when it is a one or two person self-contained 'retreat' set up for writers/artists to get away from it all to write their masterpiece/compile their exhibition pieces etc? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 2:16 AM PST - 10 comments

I just accidentally broke my friend's ridiculously fragile brand new laptop. Please help me fix it.

My good friend just purchased a $3k Apple laptop, which she received today. I spent four hours this afternoon installing software and setting it up for her. Once we were all done, and ready to go out and celebrate good times, new laptops, and Friday nights, we high fived, and I shut the laptop gently...with the tiny, clear, flexible, plastic charger cap unknowingly inside. Now the screen is completely cracked, fractalled, damaged, and very sadly colorful. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 2:14 AM PST - 29 comments

October 23

I'm trying to win a bet

Is Windows 7 an upgraded version of Vista (like Snow Leopard presumably is of Leopard) or completely re-built from the bottom up?
posted by metacort at 11:30 PM PST - 19 comments

Please help me find when the moon disappears, so I can watch it.

Back about a decade ago, I happened to be watching in early evening as the moon went from thin sliver to complete disappearance. It was one of those unexpected and somewhat wondrous moments of my life (due to many circumstances of the time, and the unplanned coolness of it). I'd like to see it again. Is there some schedule for me to tell when this is going to happen again visible from my area? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 10:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Bay Area Dermatologist Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend a good (for acne) dermatologist in the Bay Area (SanJose/SantaCruz) [more inside]
posted by noahdubya at 10:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Can't I have my cake...?

Would it even be possible to pursue a friendship, or a good idea, for that matter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 PM PST - 31 comments

books? why do you need books?

Library of the future? [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 9:02 PM PST - 25 comments

Eco-friendly waste paper? Well, more neighbor-friendly ...

I'm working on reproducing an old childhood amusement with less messy waste or just dealing with ignoring the debris .... eggs to throw at each other. [more inside]
posted by tilde at 8:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Under-maintained car is under-maintained. What now?

How should I keep my under-maintained 1999 Mazda Protégé running safely for just a few more months? [more inside]
posted by fermata at 8:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Calling the heart line

Acoustic modem + cell phone. Can it be done? More inside... [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 8:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Teach em how to fish and they'll give us better cities, or something

Calling all planners, public admin. types, adult education gurus and other smarty pants: I need to develop a training program or at least a strategy for developing a training program for further planning on the local level, put the hard parts. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 7:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Used clothes in Detroit

What are your favorite used clothing/thrift stores in the Detroit metro area and/or Ann Arbor?
posted by lolo341 at 6:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Are there any NYC photographers who will do family portraits for a reasonable price?

I don't know why photographers' websites are all so terrible, but I am having difficulty looking for a good photographer in New York City who will display a general idea of rates. I want to get some family portraits done (6 adults, one baby), and I want something better than Sears, but something less than $1,000. [more inside]
posted by eggplantia5 at 6:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Thick + Thick = Thin?

What happened to my Shampoo? I mixed two different Shampoo brands about 70/30 and liked the resultant mixture. The next time I mixed them 50/50 and overnight the mixture lost all it's "thickness" (viscosity, I guess) and still works fine, but is as thin as milk if not thinner. [more inside]
posted by Rafaelloello at 6:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it legal to sell used books and mazines retrieved from a bookstore dumpster?

Is it legal to sell books, magazines and other items found in a bookstore dumpster on eBay? [more inside]
posted by meggie78 at 6:29 PM PST - 16 comments

What is this buffalo burger joint?

I'm trying to figure out the name of a restaurant (burger joint) that is probably within 100 miles of some edge of Yellowstone National Park. What I remember: it served buffalo burgers, and had an alliterative name with a woman's name and some sort of negative adjective. That adjective may have been "horrible," i'm more certain that it started with the letter "h." I seem to remember some piece of lore about the owner or maybe the owner's son being a chainsmoker. Google fails me. Help!
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 5:55 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I introduce sexual role-playing to my wife?

How do I introduce sexual role-playing to my wife? She doesn't seem to get it and/or is very threatened by it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:33 PM PST - 38 comments

According to tradition, which side of the bed should a man sleep on?

In heterosexual relationships, is there a side of the bed that men normally sleep on? Is there any kind of tradition behind it? Like, if you're standing at the foot of the bed looking at the pillows, are men supposed to sleep on the left or right side? My dad always slept on the left side. And myself, with my last girlfriend, I also slept on the left side. Am I unconsciously re-enacting some kind of old tradition as to what side I'm supposed to sleep on? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 4:27 PM PST - 127 comments

How do I feel more confident among more accomplished people?

How do I keep myself from feeling inadequate in certain professional settings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 14 comments

How to reliably rent an AWD vehicle when flying to the Tahoe area?

I'll be regularly flying in to ski near N. Lake Tahoe this winter. Which airport should I fly into and which rental agency should I use to be most assured of getting an AWD vehicle? [more inside]
posted by brain at 3:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Importers / Wholesalers advertising on Google?

Any have experience dealing with online wholesale importers as an end consumer (i.e., not a retailer, just a guy who wants some buckles) ? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 3:18 PM PST - 1 comment

If it was private, why was it in our account?

What is good shared email account etiquette? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:17 PM PST - 35 comments

Where can I find more goofy, archaic terms?

Where can I find more goofy, archaic terms? I'm writing a comic book where one of the characters is an upper-class fellow from the 1800s, and I want to put some outdated slang in his mouth, along the lines of the phrases Mr. Burns sometimes spouts on the Simpsons: flimshaw, goldbrickers, slug-a-beds, aeromail, autogyro, petroleum distillate... [more inside]
posted by gern at 2:53 PM PST - 17 comments

cognitive biases

Cognitive Biases - better list than Wikipedia? I have encountered a few more than mentioned at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases Are there many more or these biases? Please point me in the right direction. THX BB
posted by bright77blue at 2:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Annexation of Texas Video Clip

What are some documentaries/movies/video clips that are about the Annexation of Texas? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 2:49 PM PST - 1 comment

Cosmetology for dead people.

Are you a mortuary makeup artist or know someone that is? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 2:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Photo workshop recommendations.

Any recommendations for great multi-day photo workshops for advanced amateurs (preferably in the western US)? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 2:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Curiously Stronger

Where can I get the best (strongest) mints in the world? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 2:16 PM PST - 11 comments

The twenty most important numbers

In a talk (at TED) by Brian Greene on string theory he says that there are "there appear to be about 20 numbers that really describe our universe..." He lists a few in his talk, but what are the rest of of those numbers? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 2:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Moving In Wintertime

My wife and I are moving from NYC to Denver in the middle of January. We'll likely be shipping some stuff and then driving. I've never moved during the winter, so I'm looking for advice from people who have moved through snow or know of any issues getting to Denver around January. Best routes? [more inside]
posted by scrutiny at 2:10 PM PST - 6 comments

This made so much sense last night while falling asleep

How is "I should mind" used to mean "I don't really mind"? This and other grammar/language questions inside. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Will I kill the poor, defenseless plants?

Is late October late to plant some shrubs in the PNW? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 2:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How Do I Get My Website/Blog Out There?

How can I expand my blog/website's reach. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 2:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I attempt a long bike ride even though I'm sick?

I had plans to ride my bike from Chicago to Milwaukee tomorrow with my husband and two friends (about 100 miles). Now I've come down with a pretty bad cold. Should I cancel or try to power through? Have you ever done a lot of physical activity while recovering from a cold, and how did you fare? [more inside]
posted by misskaz at 1:45 PM PST - 20 comments

Amo Amas Awhat?

Is there a Medieval Linguist in the house? I need a very short conversation between Cistercian nuns in Saxony translated into Medieval Latin. Any help so I don't sound like a complete idiot warmly welcomed. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 1:23 PM PST - 7 comments

What is delicious in a cold tortilla wrap?

What is delicious in a cold tortilla wrap? Other than chicken. [more inside]
posted by Lorc at 1:19 PM PST - 28 comments

Infant: H1N1 flu vaccine now or wait for preservative-free version

Is it worth delaying H1N1 swine flu vaccination for an 8-month-old infant to get the preservative-free version? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC at 1:15 PM PST - 52 comments

WIN XP Directory Tree Software help?

Need software which enables saving my Windows XP file directory tree and shows subfolders as a .gif, .jpg or .bmp. Google found some software which saves it as a text file, but I want the visuals of the actual folders in the tree structure.
posted by dorgla at 1:13 PM PST - 1 comment

I used to have a dearth of iPhones. Now I have a glut of iPhones.

Last week I lost my iPhone. Yesterday my new iPhone was delivered. Today we discovered my original iPhone lying face-down in my front yard. Now what? [more inside]
posted by harperpitt at 1:11 PM PST - 15 comments

How to help a depressed loved one

What can be done about someone having a MAJOR depressive episode? A loved one has been having a HORRIBLE time spending days on my couch with her head covered. The doctor doubled her medicine last week but wondering what can be done for until that possibly kicks in? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 1:06 PM PST - 28 comments

Non-smoking Apartments in St. Louis

Can you recommend a non-smoking apartment in St. Louis or St. Louis County? The closer to Clayton, the better. [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 12:42 PM PST - 2 comments

What's the best way to keep a viewers attention for a long manifesto from a design perspective?

What's the best way to keep a viewers attention for a long manifesto from a design perspective? What elements/techniques within the document could be used? [more inside]
posted by brokekid at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments


I have a substantial amount of anime that I'd like to watch, but a less-than-perfect system for doing it. Pretty much all of it is in .mkv files (h.264 video and AAC audio) with subtitles, and I'd like to transcode them to a format that's playable on either my iPhone or my PS3 with subtitles intact. I've tried both handbrake and VLC, and I either get 1) no subtitles in handbrake or 2) encoder errors in VLC. So, hive mind, what am I doing wrong here?
posted by Oktober at 12:29 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking for metal brackets / architectural frames / sign holders by the end of the day Monday, in NYC

I'm looking for some metal brackets / architectural frames / sign holders by the end of the day Monday, in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 12:26 PM PST - 5 comments

How should I install Windows 7?

How should I install Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 12:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Explaining anxiety to an adviser

Serious anxiety issues have caused be to break off contact with my adviser. How do I explain the situation to him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 18 comments

What do you charge for a freelance scriptwriting gig?

I've been asked to write a series of scripts for online videos and I have no idea what to charge. Do you know the going rate for this type of service? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:03 PM PST - 4 comments

What are my rights with my insurance company?

What are my rights with my insurance company? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 12:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Hard drive reads a lit-tle too regularly.

My hard drive reads data like clockwork. Really! What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants at 11:41 AM PST - 25 comments

CPSIA - Help me get around this legislation so I can be in business again.

CPSIA - Help me get around this legislation so I can be in business again. [more inside]
posted by jaynedanger at 11:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Online Resouces For Online/Mobile Content Distribution

Is there a good single online resource to keep up-to-date in trends for online/mobile content distribution? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 11:31 AM PST - 0 comments

Would a second Bachelor's Degree be worth anything to a graphic designer?

After getting laid off recently, I decided to enroll in a BFA program for graphic design, even though I am a grown up with a BA from a liberal arts university. Should I actually earn the degree or just use the classes to build a portfolio? [more inside]
posted by AtomicBee at 11:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Knife Sharpening

Any recommendations for a good knife sharpening place in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend at 11:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Why does my VB.NET app thinks it has to startup from the Class Library?

I have my VB.NET app (which includes a Class Library and several Forms) set to startup from the Windows Forms Application. Why am I getting the error message: "A project with an Output Type of Class Library cannot be started directly?" I'm trying to tell it not to start from the Class Library! Please help. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 11:03 AM PST - 6 comments

What's good website to request for items to borrow/buy locally from other people? Besides Craigslist.

What's good website to request for items to borrow/buy locally from other people? Besides Craigslist. [more inside]
posted by jeff1010 at 10:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Franco-Russian psychedelia?

Is there a name for this late 60s through early 70s aesthetic that was very common in (sort for for) children books and films? And if so, any recommendations beyond what is listed... [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 10:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Regarding Henry.

I am concerned about the welfare of my ailing neighbour's cat. [Slightly long.] [more inside]
posted by Wendy BD at 10:24 AM PST - 49 comments

Beyond peeled grapes and cold spaghetti

Next Thursday, I'm going to be forced to throw a Halloween party for about 15-20 second graders. Most, but not all, will be boys. We have a small house, and I have no freaking idea of what to do besides pump them full of sugar and hope that they don't break anything. I'd like to have some alternate plans. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 10:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me find an Artie, The Strongest Man In The World Shirt for Halloween!

I want to be Artie the Strongest Man in the World from the Adventures of Pete and Pete 90s Nickelodeon show....BUT I can't find a shirt that is anything close HELP! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 10:09 AM PST - 13 comments

how to print XKCD with image title?

How can I print an xkcd image with the alternate text and title? Or, even better, save it as a PDF. [more inside]
posted by mercredi at 10:06 AM PST - 4 comments

What can I do to most help cancer patients and those who love and care for them?

I've just started volunteering at a local hospital on the cancer ward. We've had some training and I do have some personal experience (family member) with cancer treatment, but I want to be as helpful as I can -- If you have spent time on a cancer ward, as a patient, family member or friend -- or as hospital staff, how can I, as a friendly stranger, be most helpful to someone like you? [more inside]
posted by nnk at 10:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Why are my PDFs becoming heavyweights?

Why do minor changes to a PDF in Photoshop CS3 radically increase the file size (from 200k to 6.5MB)? [more inside]
posted by steeb2er at 9:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Paralysis by Analysis

Has anyone gone through a period in their life where they've just become too overanalytical and serious? I started therapy a little over a year and a half ago and it has been great. I've gained a lot of additional understanding of myself which has been helpful but at the same time I think it's actually detrimental in other ways. [more inside]
posted by Garden at 9:48 AM PST - 12 comments


SoftDrinkFilter: Recently, Barr's have re-introduced the old style branding on their cans of Irn Bru (like so). But something has been bothering me since forever: what is the guy in the middle supposed to be? [more inside]
posted by littleredspiders at 8:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Quoting Proust

Looking for a Marcel Proust quote in the original French. [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 7:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Google forms auto-notification when updated

Looking for a way to have Google forms/spreadsheet send an e-mail notification when a form has been filled out. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 7:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Laptop Stolen. Options?

My younger brother was forced to check his laptop on an American Airlines flight out of Dallas/Fort Worth. You can probably see what's coming, but... [more inside]
posted by bokane at 7:28 AM PST - 18 comments

Fictional M to fictional F?

Looking for fictional female characters originally written as men. [more inside]
posted by sively at 7:27 AM PST - 43 comments

How can I filter out the bad and still hear the good?

How can I develop a thicker skin in my role as a public performer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 18 comments

How to get cats to use the litterbox?

How can i re-litter train my cats? [more inside]
posted by djduckie at 6:51 AM PST - 9 comments

There must be 50 ways to leave your employer... right?

Should I get out of this uncomfortable job? Complication: nepotism. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me be an IT wizard.

I will need to change careers, but I have a bit of time to plan this out. What should my next computer- or education-related job be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Cats are not getting along anymore! Help!

Our two cats have taken a step backwards and are having difficulty living together. Need some help (re)socializing them. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Best 27" iMac Arm?

What are the best options for a desk mounted VESA compatible articulating arm for the new 27" iMac? [more inside]
posted by fairmettle at 5:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Online self-managed coginitive-behavioral therapy solution?

I found an article where researchers experimented with online self-managed coginitive-behavioral therapy (http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/566048). Does such a system exist online?
posted by Josh Coe at 5:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Too gross to eat?

Can I still eat this steak even though ants have already partaken? [more inside]
posted by shelayna at 4:59 AM PST - 30 comments

How do I get over this self-inflicted anxiety?

I've got med students' disease. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by different at 4:59 AM PST - 12 comments

Funky science displays for kids?

I have just started as a school science technician at an inner city school. Over the holiday I would like to spruce up the 5 science classrooms with displays covering the various disciplines. Does anyone know of any online resources, posters to download/print etc? [more inside]
posted by Saddo at 4:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Playing Those Mind Games Forever?

Possible Jungian Reasons for *Getting into Someone's Head*? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 2:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Hi, I'm an incompetent moron!

I have a new job where I'm going to get yelled at a lot. What are your tips for becoming comfortable with getting yelled at a lot, or your tips for defusing such a situation? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 1:49 AM PST - 33 comments

How can I most effectively use an MP3 player to study math for the GRE?

How can I use an MP3 player to study math for the GRE? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 12:07 AM PST - 3 comments

October 22

HalloweenCostumeFilter: Bruce Wayne

I'm thinking of being Bruce Wayne (not Batman) for Halloween. Any tips on pulling this off, or nice touches you can think of?
posted by Jacen Solo at 11:06 PM PST - 34 comments

Brains: racked

yeahIknowHalloween-filter: You have a hot pink party dress. You have a ridiculously poufy crinoline petticoat. You undoubtedly have a better imagination than I. So what would you be for Halloween? [more inside]
posted by Juicy Avenger at 10:33 PM PST - 17 comments

RT @mathowie Anybody seen sites that scan cats?

Are there good examples of Twitter (or status updates on Facebook) being used to answer questions AskMe-style? Or even better, to collaboratively solve a problem, like when the Scooby Gang here sussed out Kaycee Nicole? [more inside]
posted by anildash at 10:13 PM PST - 19 comments

What are the most efficient foods for the body to process?

What are the most efficient foods for the body to process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Amazon S3 for log backups?

I'm looking for a step by step recipe for log rotation from a web server to Amazon S3. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:04 PM PST - 7 comments

radio rookies, redux!

Three days, four to six kids, let's learn how to write a radio story. Go! [more inside]
posted by puckish at 9:44 PM PST - 6 comments

What practical things can you do to help loved ones caught in a cycle of poverty

As a follow-up to this question I asked last week... What *practical* things have you done as a loved one of friends or family that were struggling financially or were stuck in a cycle of poverty. Have you loaned money? Paid bills? Helped them write a budget? Let them move in? Bought them groceries? Filled up their gas tank? There must be other things I'm not thinking about. What advice would you give to a parent whose adult child was floundering?
posted by jeffreyclong at 9:43 PM PST - 15 comments

I hated my job, but now that I got let go, I feel even worse.

How to deal with unemployment + feeling like crap? Just got let go last week from crap job I hated, but now feeling more miserable than ever. [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat at 9:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me understand America.

Americans: if you had to represent the USA with only three things, what would they be? [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong at 9:35 PM PST - 101 comments

Is he friendly? Interested? Teasing?

Angsty-crush filter: Should I do something like make a move on this guy? If not, how can I get this out of my mind and get back to my own life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 PM PST - 25 comments

Never thought about this

Men and women sharing a room. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:30 PM PST - 31 comments

Get 27

Is Get 27 available in the United States...and/or online? [more inside]
posted by gimonca at 9:24 PM PST - 1 comment

Memory upgrade for Intel Xeon Mac Pro?

Memory upgrade for Intel Xeon Mac Pro? [more inside]
posted by austinlee at 9:12 PM PST - 7 comments

1983 Honda Emmisions Help

Failed the air system inspection for Arizona emissions. What does that mean? [more inside]
posted by nestor_makhno at 8:53 PM PST - 6 comments

We need to argue for a local server

Our office is losing hours of productivity a week due to networking decisions from head office. We'd like to price out a server to replace the dodgy technology that's been foisted on us. Not surprisingly, HQ gets kind of defensive if we use that language. Please help me cost out a server, and make it seem like it was their idea all along. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 8:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Chinese food ingredients in DC?

Does anyone know of anywhere in Bethesda or the DC Metro area in general where one could get Chinese food ingredients? I'm specifically looking for wonton wrappers. [more inside]
posted by inara at 8:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Cheapify my cellie

cell plan change suggestions? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 7:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me understand homogenous coordinates

Help me understand homogenous coordinates! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock at 7:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Kid's book about traveling to a bunch of fried chicken places to win a contest?

Yet another story identification: I read a fiction book not aimed at adults sometime pre-2000 about a kid who, for some unremembered reason, needs to travel around the country to eat a (fried chicken?) meal at a lot of a certain fast food franchise to win a contest. [more inside]
posted by adamwolf at 7:31 PM PST - 2 comments

BookSuggestionFilter: I need to learn R (and about statistics) in a hurry.

BookSuggestionFilter: I need to learn about R (and statistical modeling) in a hurry. [more inside]
posted by kenliu at 7:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Career Change to sailor: *Insert cliche navigational pun here*

Career Filter: My goal is to spend a few years (maybe more) living at sea as professional crew on a ship/yacht/tall ship. How do I get there quickly but responsibly? What training? What is the job market like? What jobs to look for? Help!? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 7:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Me Waste Time with Japanese Cartoons, Please!

I'm trying to find the name of an anime series I read about on Ain't It Cool News earlier this year. Help! [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 7:04 PM PST - 2 comments

What did the Nazis call the French Resistance?

What did the Nazis call the French Resistance? I know they called the individual resisters "terrorists," but what word did they use to describe the resistance as a whole? (Insurgency, resistance, uprising, rebellion, etc.) This is research for a screenplay - I'm not looking for a discussion about modern parallels, or of what the morally correct word is in various situations. Also, if someone could give me the word in German that would be great! Please no guessing.
posted by bagadonuts at 6:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Why isn't my frozen food frozen?

FridgeFilter: I recently overstuffed my freezer and blocked the cold airflow, which partially defrosted some of the food in the far corner, away from the air. I have since restored the freezer temperature, but after several days, the thawed food isn't re-freezing. Why? [more inside]
posted by werty at 6:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Refunds from UK merchant

I mailed $20 cash to a British merchant to pay for an item ordered via email. The merchant refused to accept cash insisting payment only via Paypal. I refuse to use Paypal because of two previous bad experiences. The British merchant said they would return my cash but hasn't and no longer replies to my emails. What recourse do I have to get my money back and or file a complaint against the merchant? I'm in the USA.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 6:14 PM PST - 30 comments

Friendship, fun, more? How do I find out?

You're a late 30's, attractive female who is separated and looking to explore your horizons. How would you like to be approached by a younger couple? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Rekindling a flame that has burnt out.

Is this settling? Where are those heartpangs I should be feeling? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 5:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Non-fiction books that resemble notebooks

I am looking for a certain type of non-fiction book. These books are very often instructional with the words handwritten (or typed with a font that imitates handwriting) and the illustrations hand-drawn giving the book the appearance of a photocopied notebook. [more inside]
posted by wannalol at 5:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Bumpy donuts needed.

Looking for Bay Area donut shops that can provide donuts with modified shapes. [more inside]
posted by user92371 at 5:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Relocate the cat again or leave him in place?

We are moving house on the 24th of November, and going overseas for a week from the 7th of December. Should the cat stay in the new house (with a twice-daily visit from a pet sitter), or should he go to a cattery for the week we're away? [more inside]
posted by impluvium at 5:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for Decisonmaking Style Selection tool

I am looking for a leadership tool I used to use back in the late nineties, but can't find anymore. It was a flowchart intended to help a person determine which decisionmaking style to use in a particular set of circumstances. Essentially it takes the D1-D5 framework (where D1 is highly directive and D5 is highly collaborative), and sets up a flowchart process that helps the person determine which to use. So for example it would ask “Will other people be affected by the decision” (yes argues for collaboration) and “Will other people's acceptance of the decision be required for implementation” (yes argues for collaboration). [more inside]
posted by Susan PG at 5:01 PM PST - 1 comment

How to get 91 octane gas in an 87/89/93 area?

How can I get 91 octane gas in an area that seems to sell only 87/89/93? What sort of damage might I have caused to a new vehicle by filling it with 87 for a little while? [more inside]
posted by ish__ at 5:00 PM PST - 21 comments

The early songbird eats the file structure!

Songbird has completely destroyed my media file structures. Is there anything I can do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 4:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Help our Ford Escort loosen up a little

What can be done to make the manual transmission shifter easier to work again? We have a 2000 Ford Escort which seems to be working fine, with the exception of a few blips. One 'blip' is the amount of force currently required to shift the manual transmission between gears. [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 4:28 PM PST - 8 comments

I am La Femme Picky-ta

Serious movies with a female spy or secret agent as the main character, preferably about her working solo to solve a case/perform a mission --that somehow involves her own past? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 4:20 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I calculate how many square kilometers country's populations take up?

I want to compare the area of some countries against the area of their people (assuming 1 person takes up 2 square feet). Help me work out the math! [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 3:45 PM PST - 10 comments

The Day The Music Died...Hopefully.

Every five minutes my computer makes a pretty sound. Why? [more inside]
posted by iconomy at 3:29 PM PST - 23 comments

can a block of salt really clean the air?

Will my new Himalayan salt block lamp really clean the air? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves at 3:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Do I have the Betamax of camping stoves?

Are the blue Camping Gaz cartridges still commonly available in the US? [more inside]
posted by zombiedance at 3:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Perhaps a chair coated with glue?

With NaNoWriMo looming ever nearer, I would like to hear your best tips, tricks, habits, and techniques for staying chained to the keyboard. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk at 3:09 PM PST - 26 comments

"Just add RSS"-type instablog needed

Recommend a free blog provider that can use an RSS feed as a source for content, but also has a decent comment system. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 2:47 PM PST - 7 comments

How to suggest courses to kids using survey feedback

Is there an online or free software solution for this idea my colleague at school has had? We want to survey kids in our school about their interests and ambitions and use their responses to suggest which courses they should elect for their next year. [more inside]
posted by man down under at 2:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Business in Georgia?

I'd like to find out what the climate is like in Georgia -- the country, not the state -- for an American business looking to expand overseas. But when I Google for it, I keep getting results for the state! [more inside]
posted by wandering steve at 2:23 PM PST - 21 comments

Firefox and ASP.Net 1.1 and Ajax and Validators, oh my!

How can I get Ajax and client side validators working with my ASP.Net 1.1 application in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 2:20 PM PST - 1 comment

Which character actor does this portrait remind you of?

Identity check. Which character actor does this portrait remind you of? The man I have in my head but whose name I can't remember tends to play asshole lawyers or accountants. Oh and it's not Richard Jenkins.
posted by feelinglistless at 2:14 PM PST - 32 comments

What is this documentary called?

I'm trying to track down a documentary I saw online years ago. Details are sketchy, but I remember either 8x8 or 16x16 pixel art animation - enlarged. I think they talked about Edison electrocuting an elephant, and many design and art related topics. Two people were narrating and I believe they worked for some kind of design firm. What is the name of, and for bonus points where can I find a copy of that film online?
posted by jeffmilner at 2:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Yet another HalloweenCostumeFilter. Sorry.

Halloweencostumefilter: I've been racking my brain to come up with a good Halloween costume to wear to work, but I can't seem to come up with anything. Limitations: (pants, physical job, not overly sexy) [more inside]
posted by mollymayhem at 1:54 PM PST - 22 comments

Kitchen remodel help needed

I am doing a kitchen remodel and need to pick out cabinet hardware. I have looked at pulls from Ikea that cost $10/pair and look identical to ones from higher-end manufacturers that sell for $20-$40 each. That is a huge difference in price. I am wondering, could anyone tell me if it is worth the difference? What is the reason for the huge price difference? Do the ones from Ikea look terrble after a few years? I am spending a lot of money on this kitchen remodel and don't want to skimp on this if it makes a difference -- but I also don't want to throw away hundreds of dollars on hardware if the pulls from Ikea will be just as good.
posted by modernist1 at 1:52 PM PST - 8 comments

What fenders are compatible with my sweet creamsicle ride?

I got a Trek 2.1 WSD this past summer. I love love love it and I want to keep riding during the wet wintery months in Seattle. I need help finding fenders that are compatible with a carbon fork, stays and seatpost. I am a bicycle novice so any advice is appreciated.
posted by little miss s at 1:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I easily control the order in which things load on a page of mine?

I need some help fixing a web page. Images load in the wrong order, and users are finding it confusing. [more inside]
posted by fake at 1:35 PM PST - 6 comments

I can no longer add html to gmail signature?

As of a few days ago, I can't tweak gmail signature anymore? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 1:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How much is reasonable (if anything) to pay to a lender for a mortgage application fee?

How much is reasonable (if anything) to pay to a lender for a mortgage application fee? [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 1:32 PM PST - 15 comments

What is this cereal I enjoyed so much as a child in the UK?

What was this cereal I enjoyed so much as a child in the UK? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness at 1:22 PM PST - 6 comments

ground wire

what is a ground wire? Plain English please. I have a microwave that needs an extension. So I got the 3-pronged male/female units. But my wire is only 2. What wire should I get, and why? What difference does it make? What is a ground, and why do some things require it? Where should a ground go?
posted by ebesan at 1:22 PM PST - 27 comments

thanksgiving short term apartment rental chicago

Halp! Chicago Short Term Apartment Rental for Thanksgiving Weekend? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 1:08 PM PST - 8 comments

31 stylesheet limit... class != className... double margins... get me out of here!

So, I am sadly tasked with debugging sites on IE every once in a while. Is there anything that even approaches the awesomeness of FireBug/Web Inspector for this task? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 12:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Did you know there were giant beavers?

Good books about prehistoric life which are NOT about dinosaurs? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me relax, hivemind!

I am in Chapel Hill, NC and want to rent a house/cabin somewhere this weekend? Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 12:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Is Albuquerque like I am imagining it?

I'm looking to move out of California with my wife, with the goal of buying a home for the future filthy light thief family. Mrs. flt's parents have been looking at Albuquerque, New Mexico based on statistics (housing prices, employment, etc) and their brief visit to the city. How is Albuquerque for young families and adults in search of a lively city? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Most cost-effective way of transfering money from UK to US

Need to transfer modest amounts of money from UK to a US bank account every 2-3 months. What would be the most cost-effective way to do so? [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 12:30 PM PST - 10 comments

What game was it I used to play with the Romanian kids?

What game was it I used to play with the Romanian kids? [more inside]
posted by low affect at 12:28 PM PST - 0 comments

Evaluate the meaning of a string in Excel.

How do I store a string in one cell in Excel and interpret it as a (or for a) function in another cell? More info inside. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 12:24 PM PST - 10 comments

what are the rules regarding hiring foreign contract workers who work at home?

What are the legal/tax issues involved in an US-based company hiring European individuals to do contract work at home (things like translating documents; the person hired would never need to leave their home country). From the standpoint of the US-based business, it is simply a matter of sending a 1099 like any other contract work? Is there anything else to consider?
posted by helios at 12:08 PM PST - 12 comments

What makes a good [dance style] song?

I'm starting to be able to identify what social dances fit different songs, but I don't know how to describe the features of the songs that make them appropriate for different dances. Can you help me name the features of songs that make them work well for the different social dances? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 11:56 AM PST - 14 comments

Suggestions for a home mill to make medium/large quantities of peanut butters?

Looking for a hardy mill/grinder/machine for regular home-made peanut butter making. [more inside]
posted by refactored at 11:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Where's the former Mrs. Johnson now?

Whatever happened to Meriam al Khalifa? [more inside]
posted by December at 11:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Help us find this suit!

Men's Suit Filter: Please help us remember the brand of a suit we saw at K&G! [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 11:15 AM PST - 4 comments

This is why I can't have nice things!

Did I get scammed on eBay? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 11:04 AM PST - 25 comments

Come on over and have all this fun

Tips for entertaining: I'd like to have more friends over to my apartment, but it's boring in here! [more inside]
posted by neca at 11:04 AM PST - 39 comments

Book indexing software

What are good dedicated indexing applications for creating indexes for print books? [more inside]
posted by mc2000 at 11:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Where is the german version of the montreal plateau!

Berlin-Leipzig-Amsterdam filter. Visiting all three for a conference on a record shopping (minimal, electro, german techno) and cool neighborhood finding adventure. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Smegoid at 10:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Money + Art = Profit?

Best way for a hobbyist photographer to sell prints? In NYC. [more inside]
posted by kathrineg at 10:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Is Amazon WebPay truly a free money transfer solution?

Is Amazon WebPay truly a free money transfer solution, or are there hidden costs I'm not seeing? [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo at 10:00 AM PST - 9 comments

ISO 9241-9

Asking for a friend: I need access to ISO 9241-9 for a Comp Eng project, but since I am a poor student, don't have $150 to spend on it. [more inside]
posted by shoebox at 9:59 AM PST - 4 comments

And we're accepting applications for a Babyface Nelson

We're in NYC. How do we dress as Bonnie and Clyde for Halloween for under $40/pp? [more inside]
posted by andromache at 9:52 AM PST - 8 comments

More William Gibson please

Book like William Gibson's Pattern Recognition and Spook Country. Near-future, near-science fiction, non-fantasy, non-artsy-fartsy, delving into technological culture. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:38 AM PST - 38 comments

Science for 5th Graders

Help me influence the future of science - or- I have no idea how to finish my student teaching lesson. [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 9:23 AM PST - 10 comments

Tell me about this sentence construction

Tell me everything you know about this sentence construction: "Are you finished your lunch?" [more inside]
posted by peep at 9:23 AM PST - 93 comments

Which job should I pick?

Which job should I pick? I'm in the happy position of being able to choose between two jobs. I'll get two offers by the end of the week, and I need help deciding. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 28 comments

joint costume

I need some joint (and punnish) costume ideas that are relevant and funny. Two people 30ish. Things like "bangers and M*A*S*H", so fresh and so clean.... Idea + implementation is ideal. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Insight into genital herpes type 1?

Herpes filter: Just found out that I have Type 1 Herpes, genitally. What the heck? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Given the rate of a fish upstream, what is the speed of that fish in still water. Eh?

InterviewPrepFilter: I need to brush up on my numerical reasoning. I'm looking for ways to master things like word/story problems (probability, work-rate, distance), and some math review. I have good logic skills, but basic math can be confusing for me, esp. under pressure. Tutoring is not really an option and anything that is cram-friendly is also good. Any books, resources, tips, general guidance from math-y people ?
posted by sidd.darko at 8:46 AM PST - 4 comments

I used to be a PC, now becoming a Mac.

Switching from PC to a Mac. For those who have done it: What do you wish you had known then that you know now? I know this type question has been asked before, but it looks like it's been a while. So, give me your advice warnings, horror stories, revelations, etc.
posted by te1contar at 8:30 AM PST - 41 comments

Need Ideas for Tween Fortune Teller

My co-worker is hosting a Halloween-birthday party for her tween daughter and friends. Her daughter has decided she'd like to tell fortunes at her party and we're trying to come up with some cool, funny tween-friendly fortunes. Any ideas would be welcome.
posted by moonlitpines at 8:11 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I wake up faster?

How can I get going faster in the morning? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 8:06 AM PST - 34 comments

Where Can I Find Logan's Run-Style "Life Clocks" in New York City?

New York City/Logan's Run filter: Where in NYC can I obtain some cheapo blinking red jewels that resemble the "life clocks" from the movie Logan's Run (which hopefully can be affixed to the palm with some sort of adhesive)? Close-up pic here. Willing to cannibalize some other sort of trinket if it contains such a jewel. Thanks!
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 8:01 AM PST - 6 comments

Inexpensive radio with digital tuner

I'm looking for an inexpensive radio with a digital tuner and decent sound quality. Please recommend models. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Brooklyn, Brooklyn, take me in

Brooklynfilter: Does anyone have any experience with the Holiday Inns that have cropped up in Park Slope (Union St. and Butler St.) over the past few years? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 7:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me make myself do my work

I am in graduate school after taking a few years off, and in those few years it seems I have lost the ability to pay attention to anything. Please help me focus. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 7:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Windows 7 for Less (in Canada)

Is there anything like Win741 for students in Canada? [more inside]
posted by smitt at 7:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Keep me feets dry and warm!

I've read this, and this but I'm looking for something more casual and maybe a low top shoe that I can wear to/from and at work or school. [more inside]
posted by handabear at 7:05 AM PST - 7 comments

The DC area's classic cocktail scene?

Classic cocktails in Northern Virginia/DC? Tonight? [more inside]
posted by malthas at 6:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me trick a chinese website into thinking I live there instead Missouri

How can I get this website to think that I'm living in China ? [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 6:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Fix my broken sleep

I'm on what might be called a revolving sleep schedule, where I go to sleep and wake up about one hour later every day. This means every other week or so I sleep during the daytime. This seems to be my body's natural sleep rhythm. Right now I'm going to sleep at 7-8 AM and waking up at 3-4 PM. But on Sunday morning I need to GET UP at 7 AM, and be fully awake and refreshed for the entire day. In short, I need to completely reverse my sleep schedule in under three days. I've never been able to this, so I need fresh advice on how I might accomplish it. [more inside]
posted by fucker at 5:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Conditional Formula Selection in Excel

How can I create an Excel worksheet which uses something like VLOOKUP (or anything which works in a similarish way) not to pull values, but formulas? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread at 4:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Does taking breaks for ergonomics hurt flow?

Doesn't taking breaks for ergonomic reasons hurt "flow"? [more inside]
posted by defben at 4:16 AM PST - 13 comments

And... uh... what's your name again?

What kinds of generic questions are good to use in social situations (groups, parties, etc) when there are awkward silences? [more inside]
posted by forza at 3:49 AM PST - 22 comments

The alternate 'Testament of Doctor Mabuse' - Fritz Lang's German and French versions

Having recently learned that Fritz Lang filmed an entirely different, French language, version of The Testament of Doctor Mabuse alongside the 'original' German version, I set out to find it. The only way to get hold of it seems to be via the Criterion DVD, but this is a Region 1 (NTSC) release only. Where else can I get a copy of the alternate Mabuse? Preferably as either a download or as a Region 2 (PAL) release [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 1:55 AM PST - 6 comments

October 21

Sprung oven door

Our oven door springs are sprung. It's an old O'Keefe and Merritt stove - the kind with lots of space on top; we love it. But the oven door can't stay shut. Help! [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 11:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Are there any authors like Cormac McCarthy?

Which author comes closest to Cormac McCarthy? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 11:11 PM PST - 19 comments

Where in the World is Bogoridi?

Can someone help track me down a higher-resolution image of this Bulgarian photograph? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 10:20 PM PST - 1 comment

porco eccittato just does not sound tasty delicous

So, we have been invited to a party which celebrates 100 years of Italian Futurism... [more inside]
posted by Wavelet at 10:10 PM PST - 8 comments

All you need is love?

Love is a wonderful thing, how far should one go? [more inside]
posted by sanrio at 9:39 PM PST - 45 comments

What do I do about a bad employment reference?

What do I do about a bad work related reference? Its not as easy as just ignoring it as its a huge part of my employment history. [more inside]
posted by Snuffman at 9:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Working/Going to School with Fibro: What works?

I have fibromyalgia. Help me figure out how to be a better student/employee. What accommodations/techniques work for you? I have doctors, so more looking for 'this worked for me/my mom/my friend' than anything medical. [more inside]
posted by eleanna at 9:26 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the most well-written textbooks?

What are the most well-written (i.e., enjoyable to read) textbooks and/or books written for an academic audience? I'm not looking for the "best" textbook on any given subject, but textbooks on any topic that are compelling to read because of the wit and lucidity of the writing style. [more inside]
posted by crLLC at 9:19 PM PST - 32 comments

Coping with personality shift in newly adopted cats

I recently adopted a 1 year old female cat, and within days her personality has changed drastically (some of which was expected, but not to this degree). What follows is an ethical dilemma. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Here's Looking at YouTube

My sweetie gave me a Flip (UltraHD) for my birthday. I've never had a video recorder before... besides the obvious recording of fambly events and such, what sorts of cool, interesting, and potentially artsy things can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by deCadmus at 9:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for metal legs for monitor stand.

Can I make or buy a version of these metal desk legs? [more inside]
posted by Atarah at 8:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Real Estate development in a nutshell

I think I really, really want to get into developing real estate. Can anyone give me an overview description of what the work / process is is like? [more inside]
posted by drea at 8:38 PM PST - 6 comments

What should we do for Halloween in Boston?

What should we do for Halloween in Boston? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 7:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Headlights won't turn on, any ideas?

Headlights won't turn on, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters at 7:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Can I recreate Pixar (tm) in my basement?

When it comes to editing and producing video, is it the CPU or the GPU the makes all the difference? I've read many different things and I work with video all the time and it seems that CPU power is what makes the difference when doing final processing and transcoding. Only GPU stuff is the GUI during editing. Rest after... [more inside]
posted by tropikal at 7:31 PM PST - 12 comments

The Monopolizer

Remember those classes in college/university where one person would monopolize the entire lesson? I am that person, please help me stop! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 PM PST - 53 comments

Alice's Lament

I'd like to start resuming a friendship, but the other person is mistaken about why I backed off. Should I tell him why? It's...complicated. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Suggest books that push the envelope of "self-help"?

Can you suggest books that push the envelope of "self-help"? I record books for a library-owned radio station for the blind and visually impaired. One of our genres is Self-Help. We have no shortage of the usual sort of self-help book - I've been asked to come up with something a little wider-ranging or quirky. [more inside]
posted by tomboko at 7:23 PM PST - 16 comments

How To Become A Real Estate Agent

What's required to become a real estate agent? [more inside]
posted by VC Drake at 7:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Options for teeth discouloured by childhood antibiotic usage

What tooth whitening options will a dentist recommend for someone with discolourations from childhood antibiotic usage? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 7:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Tastes like chicken

Where can I find more info about the horrible processed chicken product I just ate? [more inside]
posted by subpixel at 7:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Why am I suddenly having these dreams?

Why have I suddenly started to dream about other women? [more inside]
posted by kleenkat at 6:31 PM PST - 23 comments

My camera and me: one of us sucks, but which?

Photography-satisficing-filter: I would like to take family snapshots approximately as nice as this. Can it be done with my higher-end point-and-shoot (currently taking shots like this)? And if not, what's the minimum I'd need to spend on equipment to get there? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 6:15 PM PST - 27 comments

Is the musical album dead?

Is it worth my time to record an album in the digital age? [more inside]
posted by analogue at 5:53 PM PST - 23 comments

Transparent Velveeta?

Is Velveeta cheese transparent before artificial coloring is added? Or is this just an Urban Legend?
posted by cleverevans at 5:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Find A New Career That I'll Enjoy.

I am 37, female, married and have a BA in Psychology and an MA in English/Creative Writing. Was a public school librarian for years and burned out. I need a career and don't know where to go from here. I've spent too long hating going to work, and I want a job I'll love going to every day. [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 5:43 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I get my bank to refund my overdrafts?

How do I get my bank to refund my overdrafts? [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy at 5:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find this bracelet

Help me find a replacement for this bracelet! It is broken and I used to wear it daily. The catch: I have no idea where it came from as I found it on the street 4 years ago. [more inside]
posted by kthxbi at 5:22 PM PST - 12 comments

What version are we on now?

How do software authors determine the version numbers of the releases? I am writing software for a specific electronic device. I am not using version control on it yet. (Yeah, shame! Truth is, I am intimidated.) [more inside]
posted by Drasher at 5:04 PM PST - 22 comments

Can I buy groceries in the USA and bring them back to Canada?

I live in Vancouver, Canada and I am going to the U.S. for the day this weekend. I want to know if it's in fact true, that you can bring groceries back into Canada without paying duty or customs fees? [more inside]
posted by ninefour at 4:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Embracing the dis!Did Neil Young ever perform "Sweet Home Alabama"?

In this 1995 interview, Neil Young mentions that he played the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, Sweet Home Alabama, live a couple of times. When and where did Neil Young perform Sweet Home Alabama live? [more inside]
posted by mumblelard at 4:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Tummy: good for resting heads upon. Not good for looking attractive in winter.

Leggings & tights: Help me find varieties that won't cut into the flesh around my midsection! [more inside]
posted by opossumnus at 4:11 PM PST - 22 comments

Using Base & numbering

Auto-generated numbers using Open Office base. Can it pick up where I left off? [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 4:10 PM PST - 3 comments

The meaning of "In the gooey"

What does the phrase "in the gooey" mean? [more inside]
posted by ergibson at 3:59 PM PST - 28 comments

Invoices and consumer rights

IANALFilter: What legal rights does having an invoice grant a buyer? [more inside]
posted by Neale at 3:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Call the mail police!

I have discovered that someone I don't like very much made a mistake: he sent a large quantity of individually personalized mail at bulk mail rates via USPS. I believe this is a no-no, but ultimately I would guess it is a pretty minor no-no. What are the consequences of this? Are there civil or criminal penalties when this is discovered?
posted by Mr. Justice at 3:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Am I too busy for a relationship or is there a solution?

Have you been in a long-distance or otherwise limited romantic relationship that actually worked? Does this solution to my need for space make sense? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:02 PM PST - 29 comments

Reinstall Windows dealing with NTFS permissions

I'm a few weeks away from rebuilding my PC with Windows 7 and need help understanding how to deal with NTFS permissions. [more inside]
posted by chrisch at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

help me play well with others

Looking for a universally compatible word processing program that can I download for free off the internet. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 2:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Getting new Win 7 Laptop this weekend for Home Theatre PC setup. Advice?

Best setup for a Win 7 laptop as HTPC? [more inside]
posted by jcmilton at 2:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Lasers are cool. Literally.

Where can I find level-headed, researched, sound information on "cold lasers" or "low-level lasers" as medical treatments? [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 2:16 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I know whether I'm depressed, or if it's birth control?

I've started hormonal birth control (Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo) for the first time, and am currently on my third day. I've heard/read of the accompanying depression and mood swings. When can I expect side effects, so that I can assess myself and decide whether or not to continue with the pill? What sort of red flags should I look out for, in case I don't realize I'm being depressive, mood-swingy, or sans sex drive? [more inside]
posted by Xere at 2:16 PM PST - 21 comments

Someday, I'll get a job where I'm not responsible for the coffee....

I have to make coffee for 25 people tomorrow morning here at my brand new job, using their big industrial coffee machine. I don't drink coffee. All we have at home is a French Press. HELP! [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 2:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Freelance magazine design costing

Freelance magazine layout costing in the UK: A publication company is looking to outsource the layout for a journal, 64 pages, full colour, using existing layout, not from new. It is possible but not probable that I will have existing layouts to work from electronically. I has been told this publication is produced monthly, takes the existing designer a week and a half, and am being offered a flat fee for doing the job for each issue. How much would one expect to be paid for that sort of job, if of average/medium weight experience?
posted by spyke23 at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

How to assign Workshop Training Sessions?

Organizing a Training Workshop: How do I easily/quickly assign Workshop attendees to their First Choice/Second Choice from a group of 5 topics? There's gotta be a better way than popsicle sticks! [more inside]
posted by Mrs_Eep at 2:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Tell him about unwarranted jealousy?

Do you tell your boyfriend about (unjustified) feelings of jealousy, or just get over them on your own? [more inside]
posted by BusyBusyBusy at 1:48 PM PST - 35 comments

Visiting the Mouse House

We're visiting Mickey Mouse down in Orland December 15-21. We've been spending weeks now working out our reservations and special events tickets, but we still have some extra time left over. Any mouse-ear-types that can give us a tip on something really special to do that might not be mentioned on an official website? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 1:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Should I call my CC company to work something out if I recently became unemployed?

I recently (the 12th) was laid off, is it worthwhile calling credit card companies to suspend payments or work out a lower interest rates until I'm employed again? I have a large amount of debt from an ill-fated freelance photography "gig" and general overspending. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:28 PM PST - 6 comments

How useful and difficult is the ACTC certification material?

My boss may be offering me an ACTC certification. I don't know whether computers are a hobby or a career for me, and I have limited free time. Should I talk to him seriously about sponsoring (paying the fees) me for the exam? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Just for a minute, how do you think I feel about what's been going on?

Looking for rap songs with repeating sped up vocal samples from almost an entire verse or multiple verses of a song. That don't involve Kanye West. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 1:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me unlock my knees, please.

Help me unlock my knees, please. [more inside]
posted by sarajane at 1:19 PM PST - 4 comments

How to speed up a file transfer between two external hard drives?

Why is it that when I transfer files from an external hard drive to my laptop's hard drive via USB 2.0, the speeds are so much faster than transferring files from one external hard drive to another (5 mins vs. a few hours for 1.5 GB)? I think it might have to do with the fact that the external drives use different file systems (NTFS vs. FAT32). Is there any software that could speed things up?
posted by matkline at 1:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Legit corp?

What are the signs of a legitimate corporation? What do legitimate corporations do that fake ones don't? [more inside]
posted by lockestockbarrel at 12:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find this possibly Young Adult novel.

BookFilter: I'm looking for a novel that I read several times in the early '90s; despite having read and enjoyed it several times, I've forgotten the title and author! [more inside]
posted by Skoloxia at 12:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Print-on-demand presents?

Is there such a thing as an online vendor from whom I can purchase print-on-demand gift certificates as a wedding gift that I can put in today's mail? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 12:27 PM PST - 8 comments

work anxiety fixes?

Battling anxiety at work - with a helpful boss! What are some strategies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Extroversion or flirting?

How do you tell the difference between someone who's an extrovert and someone who's romantically interested in you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:27 PM PST - 23 comments

Need software that does project management, email marketing and advanced analytics

I am looking for an email management program (like campaign monitor) that also includes email analytics (like google analytics) and project management tools (like basecamp). I am in a small marketing department at a non-profit that relies heavily on email (100K+/month messages sent). My google-fu has failed me so far, I can't find anything that has all three components. Does anyone know of a one stop shop that does this? Also open to a using several programs as long as we can get them to work with each other.
posted by Incy at 12:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Cheapest way to make my walls black?

What is the cheapest way to cover my apartment walls in black? I have a huge apartment, with a lot of surface space which I want to make black for an upcoming 'ween party. The material has to be purchased in New York.
posted by pakoothefakoo at 12:05 PM PST - 17 comments

How to get our weather balloon floating again? How to get it taking pictures?

How to repair a weather balloon, in the context of aerial photography? How to do aerial photography at all? [more inside]
posted by Tufa at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Art Gallery Web Sites?

Do you know of any art galleries with really great web sites? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 11:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Motorola S9 Headphones - Hard Case?

I need a hard case for my Motorola S9-HD Wrap Around Headphones. They came with a cloth pouch, but I need something solid to protect the headphones from being crushed while in my bag. [more inside]
posted by intrigued at 11:51 AM PST - 4 comments

New Years Eve, London, 1899?

How can I find out what sort of New Year's Eve events and festivities were held on December 31, 1899? I'm specifically interested in London, but other places would help too. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 11:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Doing "enough to get by" vs. "hard work"

When is it actually worth it to attempt to do any better than average? [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 11:32 AM PST - 19 comments

Does anyone know this children's book about racing telephone conversations?

I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read as a kid in the early '80s. I believe it was published in the mid-to-late '70s. It was about some children watching telephone wires and thinking they could actually see the conversations as they were transmitted from home to home. It culminated with the kids trying to race their own conversation between two homes. I think it's called something like "The Spaghetti Telephone Race" but google offers zero in the way of help with that. Does anyone know what book I'm talking about?
posted by mprove at 11:29 AM PST - 1 comment

How expensive are chickens to raise?

What can I expect (mostly financially) from raising hens as pets? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 11:22 AM PST - 66 comments

No-ad internet

Is there such a thing as a no-ad internet domain? I love the days of personalized websites with no ads but I'm having a hard time digging them up these days. Any suggestions???
posted by scewinleg at 11:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Contractor in Madison, WI

Looking for a contractor in Madison, WI to get an estimate on a kitchen remodel. [more inside]
posted by echo target at 10:56 AM PST - 5 comments

What would Jesus wear on Halloween?

My teenaged son want to dress up as Jesus. He has the hair, but he wants a robe like Jesus wore. However, he doesn't want a crappy polyester costume-shop robe. Also both of us refuse to sew anything. So -- what would be a good Jesus-robe (or just any plausible Jesuswear. This would be daywear, not Jesus eveningwear) that we could buy, in a nice natural fabric? and we're in New York City so if you have specific suggestions for stores that would be even better.
posted by DMelanogaster at 10:47 AM PST - 20 comments

Am I losing it?

I'm suddenly having a problem with writing and speaking, specifically with being articulate. This has happened (temporarily) before as well. What do I do to get over this? [more inside]
posted by anniecat at 10:38 AM PST - 22 comments

What's wrong with my truck?

I have a 2001 Dodge Ram that I use when I need to haul things. It runs great, except in the morning after it rains. The truck will not want to rev beyond 1800-2000rpm. If I idle it or drive for for about 10 minutes the problems go away. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 10:37 AM PST - 9 comments

The right rights.

Went to a family run estate sale. The deceased was a student of some very famous Chicago photographers. The work was never really shown on a large scale. Some amazing stuff. I bought all of his negatives and prints. Thousands of images. They were sold by the direct relatives of the photographer to me. The big question, who owns the rights to the images?
posted by Bighappyfunhouse at 10:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Friendship after Marriage

I keep noting a familiar pattern among my friends who "settle down" - either in marriage or a long-term relationship. They inevitably seem to cut themselves off from their friends and refuse to leave the house, even on weekends. Job situations remain a stable variable from their earlier, more social lives - the only thing that changes is the seriousness of the relationship. Kids being a time commitment (and source of exhaustion) I understand - but many if not most of the couples I'm describing do not have children. Is this "normal"? Or is it dysfunctional? What causes it, do you think?
posted by macross city flaneur at 10:25 AM PST - 83 comments

Boston vet that specializes in large breeds

Please recommend to me a veterinarian in the Boston area that specializes in large dog breeds. [more inside]
posted by shannonigans at 10:18 AM PST - 3 comments

A Program to Help Me?

I started a new internship, and I'm wondering if there is some way to automate copying the non-profit information from this website. [more inside]
posted by moonroof at 10:13 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I rent my empty room out?

Trying to rent a room in a home in New Orleans. What's my problem, and what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Night_owl at 10:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Jesus was ______ by two thieves while being crucified.

HelpMeThinkOfThisWordFilter: Jesus was ______ by two thieves while being crucified. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:06 AM PST - 27 comments

Something a little deeper than "brutal, dude."?

Where can I find intelligent writing about (current) heavy metal, preferably online? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 9:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me make a video visual for a kids halloween party

Help me find a Halloween "video mash-up" for a kids party [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 9:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I pull ODB2 codes without a scanner?

Can I get ODB2 (ODBII) diagnostic codes out of my 2005 VW GTI without buying a code scanner? [more inside]
posted by maniabug at 9:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me stop helping my coworkers

I'm a PM on a rather small-ish team and am currently in the position of being the most senior on the team in terms of knowing how our process works, but not the most senior person in terms of title (i.e. I am not the boss, but have one full-time PC and a temp PM that often turn to me with questions, including my boss who seems to either not want to learn our process or just doesn't seem to "get it"). [more inside]
posted by Ham_On_Rye at 9:37 AM PST - 3 comments

A different type of dirty house.....

I left the house last Wednesday afternoon for a week. My roommate was hospitalized for H1N1 on Friday. I am returning to our home tonight. What precautions should I take to sanitize the place/protect myself ? [more inside]
posted by wannabehippie at 9:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help a n00b!

I will be flying to Poland on Friday from San Francisco (SFO) on United with a transfer to LOT at JFK. Do I check in at the domestic or international terminal? [more inside]
posted by The Light Fantastic at 9:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Does anyone know of a good florist in Washington, DC that will deliver on Sunday?

Does anyone know of a good florist in Washington, DC that will deliver on Sunday? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

It's not all Ben Franklyn and ENRON is it?

Tell me all you know about electricity markets. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Vincent Van Meow

How can I turn my furry kids into purring Picassos? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 8:52 AM PST - 25 comments

Nervous and cardiovascular systems detail for high school A&P?

Hello! I am leading an Anatomy & Physiology study group for homeschooled teens. The aim is to work at the advanced high school level, but I'm using a college textbook (Thibodeau & Patton), as the illustrations and charts are more useful, and it might come in handy for them for later reference. But I'm not sure how deep to delve. [more inside]
posted by houseofdanie at 8:26 AM PST - 3 comments

What is the meaning of the opening scene in "A Serious Man"?

What is the meaning of the opening scene in "A Serious Man"? (possible spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by schrodycat at 7:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Who were the highest ranking Jewish officers in the World War II militaries?

Who were the highest ranking Jewish officers in the World War II militaries? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 7:36 AM PST - 26 comments

Coffee beans: where and what to buy?

UKCoffeeFilter: I know nothing about coffee. My boyfriend is an aficionado. Help me buy him some beans for Christmas that will make him think I'm awesome. [more inside]
posted by Coobeastie at 7:25 AM PST - 23 comments

Where could one be a modern hermit?

Everyone has their if-I-win-the-lottery/if-my-company-gets-bought dreams. Mine involves settling down in a small house somewhere to a comfortable life of solitude with all the modern conveniences. But my daydreaming brain has an unfortunate practical streak, insisting on knowing exactly where I could do that, and would it be safe, how could I get food, yadda yadda. [more inside]
posted by Billegible at 7:14 AM PST - 38 comments

Cert Study Guides Needed

I'm an old school IT tech who needs some certs on his resume to get past the HR drones. I'm looking at CompTIA and Microsoft certs as a start. What I need are some good sources for study. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm not looking for a boot camp, just some good up to date study guides. Thank you. Peace
posted by Darktan at 7:06 AM PST - 11 comments

A replacement for TP?

Can you recommend a good replacement for the "Today's Papers" feature on Slate.com? I liked that it surveyed a bunch of news/newspaper sites, and then they were conveniently summarized in one article. [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 6:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Berlin car sticker duplication?

Berlin-Filter: mandatory car emissions sticker stuck in post... [more inside]
posted by runincircles at 6:56 AM PST - 7 comments

More about doctors and privacy

What exactly can a doctor's office tell anyone who happens to pick up your phone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:57 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I learn to read technical documents?

When I read technical documents or books, my mind fuzzes over and I get easily distracted. It's hard for me to get a deep understanding of technical subjects. This is starting to become an issue professionally. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 AM PST - 10 comments

The Rain in Spain... Please Entertain (my bf)

Madrid this Friday and Saturday: Any way to get my boyfriend to a sports game? [more inside]
posted by samthemander at 2:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Anyone have a bubble I can borrow?

Allergy Help Needed: I am having a skin test done on Friday and have had to stop all antihistamines until then. What can I do for allergy relief between now and my test? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 2:28 AM PST - 21 comments

To be a musician, or to be depressed?

Can ECT affect musical ability? [more inside]
posted by emilyw at 1:43 AM PST - 6 comments

October 20

I need a 102, 103 class in photography. Suggestions?

Where do I go for my 102 on photography? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 11:35 PM PST - 15 comments

What did I do wrong?

I'm finding in harder and harder to just let it this go without saying anything to these to 'friends' I have..I'll call them John and Betty. I have known John since high school and I met Betty a little bit later on in life. I basically brought the two of them together and since then, Betty turned into a passive aggressive horror show. I don't know what I did to make her react to me in this manner. What do you think I did wrong and what would you have done in this situation? I'm sorry this is so long. [more inside]
posted by iabide79 at 10:49 PM PST - 29 comments

DSLR n00b

New to the DSLR world, and I need the hive mind's help with a couple questions. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 9:00 PM PST - 19 comments

To key or not to key

What is the probability that the worst will happen? My girlfriend lost her keys. What are the odds that someone will find all the right places to use these keys? [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 at 8:33 PM PST - 16 comments

What to be for halloween?

Where in NYC can I buy or get the materials to create a simple (easy to wear and not too expensive) Halloween costume? I also need to think of a simple historical or pop-culture figure to be. Thank you, hive-mind! [more inside]
posted by ac at 8:25 PM PST - 11 comments

The Gathering Storm: Midnight Release?

Where can I find a midnight release of the new Wheel of Time book, The Gathering Storm in Boston, MA? [more inside]
posted by sepsis at 8:07 PM PST - 5 comments

No, they toilets don't spin opposite of the northern hemisphere.

I was just recently in Buenos Aires. The Time Out Guide had the maps in the back oriented with north facing down. Why? I would think southern hemisphere maps would still face north up due to magnetic north and wayfinding with a compass. Was this just a case of Time Out being wrong/different/thinking logically that the south pole would be the desired direction of orientation in the southern hemisphere? And yes, we were perpetually lost until we flipped the guide upside down and west/east left/right were as they should be.
posted by Keith Talent at 7:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Tree maintenance?

The trees at my house lost a dozen or so large branches in the earliest snow on record in central PA. Do all of the branches falling signify a problem with the trees? Do I need to do anything to help the trees recover? [more inside]
posted by cjemmott at 7:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me help myself take vitamins?

I want to take vitamins/multivitamins, but I have a very difficult time swallowing large and/or uncoated pills. [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat at 6:15 PM PST - 42 comments

Slim, but fat at the same time?

Slim, but fat at the same time? I have a slim appearance, but I realize I am lacking the body mass that it matters the most, bone and muscle. I have very thin arms and somewhat weak upper-body. I am 35, male, 5'10" , 152lbs. As an adult, I know it is not possible to gain bone mass. How can I improve my physique so I can maintain decent fitness level when I get older? [more inside]
posted by neworder7 at 6:03 PM PST - 10 comments

What should go in a contract with a roommate?

A friend and I are looking to rent an apartment together. We're both a bit cautious and want to draft an informal contract laying everything out. What would you make sure to specify in such a document? How do we split utilities we disagree on? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 5:42 PM PST - 19 comments

English Language Un-Filtered.

What does English sound like if you don't speak it? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 5:32 PM PST - 47 comments

How can I best see Airforce 1 at Logan Airport this Friday?

How can I best see Airforce 1 at Logan Airport this Friday? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 5:23 PM PST - 10 comments

I'd like to give my year notice, please.

My employer is impressed enough with my work that they want to promote me into a position which would ordinarily make for a great career move. I, however, am planning on leaving in a little over a year to earn a degree in a completely different field, and thus have no interest in the job (for reasons explained after the jump.) How do I diplomatically tell them no without jeopardizing my current position, and how much, if any, of my future plans do I mention to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 16 comments

The dude who said too much.

Told my doctor I smoked pot, now I just got a disconcerting letter from my insurance company. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:19 PM PST - 41 comments

Is it possible to fully recover from a severe, long-lasting depression?

Is it possible to fully recover from a severe, long-lasting depression? "I get the sense that you think that one day she will no longer be depressed. If that is the case, I am sorry to tell you that she will always be a depressed person. She may be less depressed at points and more depressed at others, but if her depression is this severe and long lasting, it's here to stay." Say it ain't so. [more inside]
posted by moira at 5:03 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me find more games akin to the 'Monster Hunter' series!

Help me find more games that 'feel' like the 'Monster Hunter' series! [more inside]
posted by Miyomei at 4:43 PM PST - 2 comments

installing older firefoxes

I need to put an older version (2.x) of Firefox onto my computer. I am using the latest Kubuntu version (Karmic, still in beta for a few more days). How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 3:54 PM PST - 9 comments


Looking for an environmental news aggregator, similar to what sites like realclearpolitics and memeorandum provide with political news. [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear at 3:47 PM PST - 4 comments

A three-digit password is not "too long."

The Blurst.com registration page tells me my (12-character) password is too long, while a string of 100 A's is OK. FFF is a fine password, but 777 is too long. What gives? (Somewhat long but delightfully pattern-y description follows) [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 3:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Life after suicide attempt

My brother attempted suicide. Now he's in the hospital. [more inside]
posted by Abbril at 3:39 PM PST - 22 comments

Switching BACK from a Mac to a PC: I know, I'm not cool. Help me anyway?

About 5 years ago, I switched from PC to Mac. Now I'm most likely switching back. I have a couple of specific questions (about iTunes and viruses) and a few general questions. [more inside]
posted by scody at 3:38 PM PST - 35 comments

Small business failure.

What happens to the owners when a small business fails? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 3:36 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find emotionally resonant music with electronic elements!

Help me find electronic-themed, yet emotionally resonant songs like "Heartbeats" by The Knife & "Teardrop" by Massive Attack. [more inside]
posted by noboru_wataya at 3:21 PM PST - 49 comments

Oh sensuous coffee

Caffeine never, never wakes me up. What do normal people experience? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 3:16 PM PST - 30 comments

What TV character to be for Halloween?

HalloweenCosutmeFilter: I'm tall blonde girl...help me come up with a TV-themed Halloween costume idea! [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 3:00 PM PST - 24 comments

I hate my job, and I don't know what to switch to... how screwed am I?

I need a new job, and I need one by the end of the year, because I'm very close to walking out of the one I have now. Help me, hive mind, as I'm at my wits end. What the hell can I do that's in Philadelphia, doesn't require a car, isn't sales, and pays around $30k? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 2:48 PM PST - 22 comments

Interviewing for a position providing ESL support to university students--help!

In a few days I'll be interviewing for a job providing academic support to university-level ESL students. Help me prepare! [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 2:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Bad timing for a new relationship?

Has anyone ever pulled out a "goodbye- hope to see you in a couple of years"? and actually reunite after that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM PST - 11 comments

My lips have more than the usual number of cracks.

I can't get rid of these cracks in the corners of my mouth. I'm about to do as my grandfather threatened and rip my lips off. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM PST - 24 comments

Sex Selection in Cloning

Is it possible to choose the sex of a cloned mammal or do you have to create a clone of the same sex at the animal being copied?
posted by zzazazz at 2:28 PM PST - 3 comments

What do I need to know about preschool in San Francisco?

Tell me about the need for pre-school in San Francisco, please. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 2:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Tell me your favorite dark joke

As a follow-up to my last question - what's your favorite dark, cynical, gallows-humour style joke? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 2:17 PM PST - 78 comments

Contemplating getting my own server

How would the new Mac Mini server compare to a cheap shared hosting account? [more inside]
posted by sindark at 1:59 PM PST - 28 comments

Good meals for surgery patients?

What are some good meals for folks recovering at home from surgery? I want to bring some food to my friend, but he is too polite to say, "I want this, but none of that," etc. If you have had surgery, what were you able to eat? What did you absolutely not want? This is for a person who normally likes everything. The surgery isn't related to the mouth or GI tract. Thanks!
posted by Knowyournuts at 1:53 PM PST - 18 comments

How to spend a couple days in Dallas with my wife?

We decided to make the 3 hour drive to Dallas to spend a couple days for my wife's b-day. I've never been there so I could use some help finding a place to stay and some stuff to do. [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 1:44 PM PST - 14 comments

You got married at what age?

I’m in the process of divorcing, and starting to date seriously again. The catch: I’m absurdly young to be in this situation. How and when to break the news to dates? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me with an Excel AVERAGEIFS problem

Excel help with AVERAGEIFS: I need to generate an average figure per row, but the cells to be averaged need to meet two criteria. [more inside]
posted by blahblahblah at 1:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Veni Vidi Vicious

How do I become an effective leader? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 1:27 PM PST - 16 comments

What's your name again?

Needed: Memory hacks. I have trouble remembering names. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by ASM at 1:09 PM PST - 22 comments

Who owns the button patent?

Does anyone own a patent for the button? As in, the button you press to turn on your tv, or to dial your phone, or to nuke the planet from orbit. not the button on your shirt. [more inside]
posted by shmegegge at 1:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Small scale projects in developing countries

I want to go to school and learn about building small-scale (family or neighborhood level) projects in developing countries. Concentrating solar, passive cooling, irrigation, windmills, wave power, and that type of thing. There was a group at MIT making charcoal out of corncobs. I want to do that! But where do I start? What are some good programs? [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 1:08 PM PST - 8 comments

where to get a trailer hitch installed

need to get a hitch installed, where to do it? cost? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 1:01 PM PST - 10 comments

What's the real story behind this "dragnet" of Tasmania?

Was there some sort of giant 19th century human dragnet across Tasmania? What was the deal with it, exactly? [more inside]
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 1:00 PM PST - 7 comments

DVD Backup Frustration-Mac!

Mac Filter: Backup and Burning DVDs HELP! [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 1:00 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I ameliorate my reaction to vaccines?

How do I ameliorate my reaction to vaccines? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 12:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Tea anyone?

Where can I buy calamus root tea in Kansas City? [more inside]
posted by melangell at 12:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Natural child birth in LA?

Birthing Centers and Midwives in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 12:38 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I make a map from GPS data?

How do I turn my GPS track logs into a nice-looking trail map? Do I need a GIS package? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 12:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Sort within Firefox Tag folders?

Can I sort Firefox bookmarks within tag folders? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 12:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Great unheralded music from the 70's

What are the 'best' bands/artists no one has heard of....from the 70's? [more inside]
posted by repoman at 12:21 PM PST - 87 comments

I'll never sleep through the night ever again! Please help me!

Please help me fall asleep when I want to fall asleep. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 12:19 PM PST - 41 comments

Is there any way to estimate what a car & car insurance would cost me if I moved to San Francisco?

What are ways to estimate what a car and car insurance would cost me if I moved to San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 12:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Learning C++ or Matlab from scratch

Is it possible to learn C++ or matlab for financial engineering without a strong background in math or previous experience in computer science or engineering? Any advice would be appreciated.
posted by jsmith78 at 12:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Stories of local and national shennanigans

I want to read investigative reports exposing corruption or scandal on a local or national level. Please provide me with links. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 12:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Pick the Perfect Mac Laptop

Which Mac laptop should I buy? Needs and specs inside. [more inside]
posted by misha at 11:52 AM PST - 19 comments

Spousal credit repair?

What is the best way to help my spouse improve her credit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:51 AM PST - 4 comments

What kind of hat is this?

What kind of hat is this guy wearing, and where can I find one to purchase? [more inside]
posted by malpractice at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Diamond vs. CZ

Can you tell the difference between a diamond and a cubic zirconia? [more inside]
posted by comatose at 11:39 AM PST - 26 comments

Most comforting things in the world

What are the best ways to comfort someone with a bad cold/flu? [more inside]
posted by mthomps00 at 11:25 AM PST - 21 comments

What's the winter version of the work flat?

Can you help a gal transition from summer flats to a more winter-appropriate work shoe? [more inside]
posted by sciapod at 11:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Someday we'll find it, the USB connection...

Help me build a laptop puppet [more inside]
posted by Doctor Suarez at 11:21 AM PST - 2 comments

Where to go on vacation with an infant?

Where to go on vacation with 14 month old? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 11:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a technology book I read in the 80's.

Looking for a computer book I read in the 80's.... [more inside]
posted by rtodd at 11:17 AM PST - 2 comments

What would be the vows someone would take entering the artist's life?

If the three vows of the Franciscans and Dominicans are "chastity, poverty and obedience," what might be the vows that the artist takes? (I mean artist, of course, to cover writers and so on.) I ask this question because for people in a religious order, it is useful to remember what they are sacrificing; to keep it in mind as a given. [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt at 11:14 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I be a good softball/baseball umpire?

In softball/baseball, what areas of responsibility do the different umpire positions have? What tips or tricks should I know when I'm umpiring on the field? [more inside]
posted by CancerMan at 11:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Handling Drippy Food with a Non-Straight-Lined Torso?

I'm by nature a person who likes to keep myself looking neat. I'm having a logistical problem with that. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 10:40 AM PST - 27 comments

What's best cheap sled?

I want to go sledding with my two year-old this winter -- what's the best cheap 2 person winter sled, either makeshift (garbage lid) or sled-proper (sled)?
posted by LittlePumpkin at 10:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Is she being honest/Should I give up?

Is she being honest/should I give up (online dating related)? [more inside]
posted by plungerjoke at 10:25 AM PST - 31 comments

How to tell when a furnace is on its last leg?

I have a 20-year-old furnace. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 10:19 AM PST - 15 comments

Vintage Internet news stories and articles?

I enjoy vintage articles about the early days of the Web. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by starman at 10:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone know of a cheap(sub $50) MP3 player that has a wall charger.

I need to setup an mp3 player for our phone system to play recordings on hold, but i need it to have a wall charger since it will be on all the time, and there is no USB connection nearby. Does anyone know of a cheap(sub $50) player that has that functionality. It would be really nice if it had a screen and not like an ipod shuffle.
posted by Mesach at 10:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Beef. Noodle.

Can you help me figure out what this delicious beef noodle thing I ate years ago was? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 10:04 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I force Excel 2007 to save as a single html file?

How can I force Excel 2007 to save as a single html file? [more inside]
posted by thisisnotbruce at 9:49 AM PST - 3 comments


Looking for a cover of "Thank God I'm A Country Boy," in Hebrew. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Rochester NY Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner?

I'm looking for a good restaurant near Rochester NY where we can go for Thanksgiving dinner. I can't see us cooking for hours when there's only going to be four of us this year. My wife is going to want to eat a traditional turkey dinner, although I wouldn't mind eating a steak if I can get one.
posted by 14580 at 9:42 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm way too sleep derived to think of a clever headline.

Restaurantfilter: Downtown Chicago, dinner recommendations for a couple of grad students with a foodie bent in town for a conference. [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

A research question

I need to do some empirical research of a kind I know next to nothing about. Please help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Laptop audio feedback.

Gremlins have taken over my laptop and now I get extremely loud audio feedback. [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 9:11 AM PST - 5 comments

MS SQL please speed up so i dont cry

MS SQL Pros, I need your help! What's causing MS SQL 2005 to import records so slowly? It's a persistent problem across all databases that just developed yesterday. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by antonymous at 9:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Preteen girl needs unpadded bras, but nobody's selling!

Is there such a thing as an inexpensive, everyday unpadded bra for preteen girls? If so, who sells it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 23 comments

Cuckoo for Cuckoo Clock Repair!

Need help finding a reputable cuckoo clock repair shop near White Plains, NY. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 9:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Smudgy Stainless

Stainless steel everywhere. What's the best way to clean it to be free of fingerprints and smudges? [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy at 8:37 AM PST - 19 comments

oh, and it needs to not look like crap.

What's the best online print shop these days? Caveat: must have cheap options for small runs. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 8:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Did the seat belt fail?

Automobile accident: Did the seat belt fail? What should we do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 10 comments

No phone reception: how to get texts?

How can I send and receive SMSs in a mobile phone blackspot? [more inside]
posted by fightorflight at 7:45 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I help my girlfriend who's coming out of depression, without going out of my mind? (sorry, long)

How can I help my girlfriend who's coming out of depression, without going out of my mind? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:27 AM PST - 17 comments

He bought my freezer, and now it's broken.

I sold a used 24 cf chest freezer on Craigslist, and a few days later the buyer calls and wants his money back because it stopped working. What's the right thing to do? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 7:25 AM PST - 50 comments

Non-chain restaurants for happy hour in Broomfield, CO??

Non-chain restaurants for happy hour in Broomfield, CO?? [more inside]
posted by angab at 7:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Vista won't connect to internet

I'm having trouble connecting to the internet with Vista Home. I connect using a repeater and line of sight to a business next door to my office (with their permission). My laptop is a HP G60. The same laptop has a partition with ubuntu on it and it connects without a problem. A older laptop with XP on it connects also. Trying to connect with Vista Home is intermittent. Any of you hive members have any suggestions.
posted by malhaley at 7:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Ditch the Cell

Just finally got my Google Voice account! I have been using Skype for a long time, and now with google voice I am finally ready to get rid of the cell phone all together. BUT, can anyone recommend a good piece of hardware, (The iPod Touch comes to mind) that I can use "like" a cell phone, with minimal tweaking, where wifi is available. A netbook would work, but a little big, can you hook up a mic to any Palm or anything? Thanks everyone.
posted by Benzle at 7:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Annoying sensual quirks filter: Why does he rub me the wrong way?

I'm female, just started seeing a guy, we're both in our thirties. We've made out a couple of times but are still fairly new to eachother physically. So far it's really nice, except for one thing: whenever, wherever he touches me, he does it in a repetitive circle. It never stops. And it makes me want to leap out of my skin and run screaming. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 AM PST - 38 comments

Sing Me To Sleep

What kinds of earphones/earbuds can I wear to bed? [more inside]
posted by xingcat at 6:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Your Most Stunning Photographs of Disease, Please.

I'm compiling a set of 30-40 photographs related to any and all aspects of disease for a high school visual literacy project. The students are high school juniors who are struggling with literacy and writing. I'd love your suggestions for compelling, diverse, and striking images and sites that have collections of same. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 6:28 AM PST - 3 comments

My brower keeps timing out when submitting forms!

My laptop browser(s) won't allow me to submit forms any more. [more inside]
posted by ask me please at 6:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Liability for fire in the kitchen

Less than a year ago, my SO left a pan on the stove and the rental house burned. Now, the owner's insurance company wants her to pay. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I omit educational experience from my resume?

Can I leave out some educational background from my resume? I went to a university, then transferred and got a degree from another university. Will it harm me if I only list the university I got a degree from? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Wrist watch with voice memo capability!

Can anyone recommend a good wrist watch with voice memo recording capability? I had a great watch the I bought at the Sharper Image (maybe Brookstone?) years back, but it has disappeared into my junk drawer and I'm looking for a similar replacement :)
posted by WhereAmI at 6:12 AM PST - 6 comments

PC strategies/role-playing games for a teenager?

Could anyone please help me come up with a list of PC games? [more inside]
posted by noztran at 5:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Best way to plan a timely day trip from Rochester to Toronto?

TorontoFilter: I have a ticket to go to this event on Friday, at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. I live in Rochester, NY. What are my options for getting there on time? [more inside]
posted by agentmunroe at 5:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Where is a good place to get breakfast near St. Paul's Cathedral in London?

Where is a good place to get breakfast near St. Paul's Cathedral in London? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 5:47 AM PST - 9 comments

These boots were made for walkin' in LA?

What is appropriate fashion in fall and winter when in a warm or desert climate? [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 5:17 AM PST - 8 comments

What exactly do passengers killed in plane crashes die of?

What exactly do passengers killed in plane crashes die of? And has anyone recorded it in a comprehensive way? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 3:45 AM PST - 11 comments

What are some great joke books?

What are some great joke books, written with attention to the craft of how a joke or story is told? [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem at 3:03 AM PST - 5 comments

How to set Excel2003 to automaticall include file name and path on printed spreadsheets

How can I set up Excel 2003 to automatically include the file name and path on every spreadsheet when printed? [more inside]
posted by Wroksie at 2:21 AM PST - 7 comments

I don't know how to deal with this

There is a half-dead mouse in my room. Instruct me on what to do as if I were a little child. [more inside]
posted by granted at 12:45 AM PST - 38 comments

October 19

Tweezers that Grip?

Is there a tool that's shaped and sized like a tweezers, but functions like a clothes pin....i.e. the jaws grip tightly unless released? I don't need particularly good quality, so I'm hoping there's something cheap that does this in hobby or hardware stores.
posted by jimmyjimjim at 10:31 PM PST - 16 comments

If I had a hammer...

Where can I buy a hammered-silver, round mirror for a Christmas gift? [more inside]
posted by Pomo at 9:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get a handle on this mass of writing!

WriterFilter: I need help organizing this large, sprawling, and motley set of Word files into the first draft of a novel. [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy at 8:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Anger: Why Now? and What to do about it?

Why am I seething now that my ex business partner is willing to reconcile our differences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Boltbus Refund Question

Is it possible to get a refund from Bolt Bus? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 7:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Short term work to discover long term goals?

I'm a new grad, only going to be in my current city for a few months, and I suddenly find myself unemployed. Oh, and I don't know what my career goals are, but I'm impatient to get started on them. How can I use my short term job hunt and work to build some long term goals? [more inside]
posted by shanevsevil at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Novels about early Christians but not about Jesus?

Non-religious novels about early Christians that aren't about Jesus. [more inside]
posted by empath at 6:10 PM PST - 24 comments

Do the Frenchs really make a better red?

I find that French red wine has a very distinctive body and aftertaste. Is this truly specific to French wine, or have I not found some equivalents elsewhere in the world? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 5:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Gin and tonic - with a twist - in San Francisco

I'm going to Wootstock in San Francisco on Tuesday night, and will be craving a gin and tonic afterward - specifically Junipero, because of this thread. So, at the risk of turning MeFi into a gin palace: can anyone recommend a nice bar near the Swedish American Hall that serves a mean Junipero and tonic? [more inside]
posted by The Shiny Thing at 5:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I keep taking Adderall?

I was recently diagnosed with adult ADHD (inattentive type) and put on Adderall. I have very, very mixed feelings about this -- hopeful, because it seems to really be helping me in multiple areas of my life, but also anxious that it is a crutch that I can't use forever. Does anyone have any insight or anecdotes to help me either (1) feel better about being on Adderall, or (2) come up with an alternative plan to manage my issues? [more inside]
posted by dumbledore69 at 5:00 PM PST - 23 comments

"He took too much LSD in the '60s".

"He took too much LSD in the '60s". No, really. Any number of Americans approaching old age are doing so with long-term illegal drug habits. If you've seen the Osbournes on TV, Ozzy seems the picture of the sort of cognitive impairment you can expect someone to have after years of illegal drug use. Is this typical of such a person? Can someone be rendered mentally incompetent by means of a history of long-term illegal drug use? Would someone with obvious cognative impairment like Ozzy still be considered legally competant?
posted by bunky at 4:42 PM PST - 38 comments

Is my computer at risk?

I bought Photoshop CS4 (Windows) on eBay (I know, dumb, dumb, dumb, and more dumb). Packaging, product numbers, and dvds looked real, and it worked for exactly 30 days. Adobe says that serial number is invalid. Have read stories on Internet about trojans in MAC Photoshop CS4 software. I've run spyware and virus scans and turn up nothing. Is there any way I can be sure that this counterfeit software hasn't left a rootkit or something else nasty on my computer. Thanks!
posted by cyrreb at 4:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Biography series for kids?

When I was a kid, I remember a series of biographies in the library, either in the kids or YA section. They were short biographies of American figures, and I'm sure I read all the ones with female subjects. Can anyone help identify this series? I'd love to have some of these books for my niece when she's old enough. [more inside]
posted by whitearrow at 4:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Missing video: 3rd person live vide

A year or two back there was an online video (Boingboing tv?) showing an interview with a young artist (British?) who had mounted a camera behind and above his back, which fed the live video to goggles he wore. He'd also dressed in a getup that would make him look like a game character, spiky hair and such. "Live 3rd person perspective" in other words. Half an hour of googling and I can't find the darn video or any info relating to the artist. I think part of the video was shot in Japan, where he staggered around and posed in front of people, á la WoW taunting.
posted by monocultured at 3:58 PM PST - 2 comments

What hilarious book should my book club read?

BookClubfilter: I'm tasked with picking the next book. I have some ideas, but could use the Hive's help. [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 3:56 PM PST - 41 comments

Trapped Cat, No Key

Another trapped cat problem: How Long Can They Really Live Without Food or Water? [more inside]
posted by Maias at 3:39 PM PST - 26 comments

Phase 1: Use Internet; Phase 2: ?; Phase 3: Hook-up.

Recommendations and advice sought for hooking up online in the UK. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:06 PM PST - 13 comments

How much should I charge to be an expert GIS witness?

I'm going to be an expert witness in a hearing regarding GIS data. What hourly rate should I charge? [more inside]
posted by mollweide at 3:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Taking high schoolers to Broadway?

How can I bring my low-income high school students to an off-Broadway show? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 2:52 PM PST - 14 comments

BMW Is a No Go

BMW 530I will not start. [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 2:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Recommend me a book about the Dreamtime!

I'd like to read a book about the Dreamtime of the Australians. I was kind of thinking about reading Chatwin, but these comments have made a little wary; I don't particularly want to read about another outsider's spiritual journey, and I don't want a New Agey attempt-at-universal-religion haphazardly mixed in with basic anthropological records. Can you recommend a solid book about Dreamtime?
posted by Greg Nog at 2:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Spandex is not a right

Knee surgeries, spinal injuries and systemic arthritis. No heath insurance. This has stopped me from moving around very much. Now I'm Rubenesque. There's been a ton of advice on exercise, but none of it seems to be aimed towards the movement impaired. Yoga has been helpful for regaining some mobility, but isn't helping with weight loss. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:25 PM PST - 20 comments

Will kitty be lonely when I'm on vacation?

What do I do with my cat for a week while on vacation? [more inside]
posted by phrakture at 2:24 PM PST - 31 comments

Nothing of value was taken.... or was it?

Why would someone break into a bunch of cars but ignore valuables only to rifle through paperwork? [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 2:23 PM PST - 28 comments

Find a poem I read years ago?

poemfilter: looking for a poem I read 15 years ago in an anthology borrowed from a friend. Thought it was Atwood, but haven't found it. [more inside]
posted by chuke at 2:19 PM PST - 3 comments

If Ibsen sauce is good for the goose...

Molière's Don Juan, Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Dewars, Shaw's Leonard Charteris. I am clearly missing some greats, but who are theatre's other great philandering characters, male or female? (Theatre only, please, no films or television.)
posted by mykescipark at 2:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Give Me Anime-Induced Nightmares Again

Help me identify a anime from my childhood about a superhero alien with boob death lasers. [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 2:10 PM PST - 2 comments

How to search multiple (specified) sites in one query?

I want to issue a single search engine query that limits itself to a list of say ten to twenty specified domains. How? Google, for example, allows a single site:blah.com query term that restricts to blah.com, but what if I need to to search for say, for the term widget, at all of the sites in the list blah.com, blag.org, blahblah.edu, etc? I could issue multiple queries, but I want a single homogenized list of results... Best marks will go to the query that can be used in an OpenSearch descriptor, or to a way of setting an OpenSearch descriptor to search several sites.
posted by blue_wardrobe at 1:41 PM PST - 6 comments

How to export AutoArchive e-mail exported & transferred from MS Outlook

Help me get my AutoArchived e-mail out of MS Outlook and the info from off Exchange server before work shuts it down tonight, please. I'm dumbfounded. [more inside]
posted by willie11 at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

I went to sleep with a flat stomach and woke up with a muffin top

I am a 35 year old female who has all of a sudden developed a potbelly. What to do? I have no experience with dieting and little with exercise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Falling in love, with caveats.

Falling in love pretty quickly. First time for a lot of things. Some issues are coming up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Who will educate the educators [Writing Class Ideas]?

I have 2 hours to lecture to a bunch of 18 year-olds how to write well. The bulk of their work-load will be somewhere along the lines of position papers, research papers and summaries of conferences. How do I keep them glued to their chairs? More info in explanation. [more inside]
posted by eytanb at 1:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Shopping in Chicago

Cool shopping experiences in a cluster, in the Chicago area? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:47 PM PST - 13 comments

click tab paste click tab paste...automate this please?

Simple problem: record a macro and play it back in firefox. Hard part: recording a macro and playing it back in firefox. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 12:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Have any data visualization recs?

I need cool data visualizations to project. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 12:34 PM PST - 11 comments

What is a firewall rule group?

What is a "firewall rule group"? When recently trying to install an MP3 player on my laptop, I was met with an error message that read "Operation Create Wireless Firewall Rule Group has failed," followed by Microsoft error code 0X80070057. I've searched around but haven't found much info on "rule groups." What is a firewall rule group, and is my wireless router somehow interrupting my hardware installation? Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 12:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Yuk, that smell is awful! How did you make such a stink?

So there are dozens of posts on AskMeFi raising the question of how to mask or remove a bad smell. But I have the opposite dilemma: I wasnt to create a bad smell. Not something so abhorrent that people wretch, but a clearly noticeable odour that perhaps evokes decay or sickness or death. And before you start calling the police, it's for a Halloween show. Thoughts on how to disperse said smell (using a plug-in mister? Using a fan?) gladly accepted.
posted by skylar at 12:26 PM PST - 28 comments

Reno in Dec?

what to do in/around Reno, in early Dec.? [more inside]
posted by youchirren at 12:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Boyfriend cannot orgasm during sex.

After 3 years boyfriend tells me he thinks he may have a sexual dysfunction. [more inside]
posted by lwclec072 at 12:16 PM PST - 43 comments

Watch/Pen Audio Recording Device

Looking for a discreet audio recording device (not one of the typical voice memo recording sticks you get at radio shack, this must be discreet). I am a public speaker at my company and I typically speak at multiple meetings per day, with no time to take notes for follow-up questions. I need a stand-alone audio recorder that is discreet (wrist watch, pen, etc.) and that can handle at least 8 hours of recording on 1 charge / 1 set of batteries. [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly at 12:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Please help me avoid big slabs of meat and iceberg lettuce.

What is the best place fora foodie to eat in STL? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 11:49 AM PST - 16 comments

I really hate dusting. Like, A LOT.

Does anyone in the Denver Metro area (or even better: Aurora) have a recommendation for a house cleaner for bi-weekly cleanings? [more inside]
posted by Kimberly at 11:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Fondant Question

I recently started working with fondant and have made 2 practice cakes now in preparation for making my son's groom's cake for his wedding at the end of this month. I pretty much have the whole rolling it out and draping it over the cake part down, but I can't get it to look smooth & glossy like it does in the pictures and videos I have studied. [more inside]
posted by PrettyGeekAtx at 11:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can you get yesterday's NYTimes?

How can I get a Sunday New York Times on Monday (in NY)? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 11:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Mac and MMO's don't mix.

I'm a gamer. I bought a mac. After going through a lot of hassles with Boot Camp, I've decided to switch back. I'll get around $1700 for returning the mac... My question is, would it be better to buy a laptop around this price or sell my desktop as well to up my budget? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 14 comments

PERL before swine

PERL filter: I'm a PERL ignoramus and trying to run a script from Baseball Hacks to download a bunch of zipped files from retrosheet.org. I'm getting an error that says: URL must be absolute. I can't figure out how to make the url absolute, as each file's location is different and supplied by variable values. Any hints would be super appreciated. (Script is after the jump). [more inside]
posted by bluejayway at 11:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find Dr. Brown's Cel-Rey in Vancouver?

Where can I get Dr. Brown's Cel-Rey soda in Vancouver? I've looked everywhere!
posted by csjc at 11:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Installing Radiant Heat Flooring

Chicago home improvement filter: We'd like to get an estimate for installing radiant-heat flooring in our condo (6-flat built at the turn of the last century. We own a duplex down, with the primary living area being on the ground floor) or possibly replacing the HVAC with baseboard heating. Anything, really, because the conversion from whatever-it-was to the gas furnace HVAC it now is was badly done and the place is freezing all the time. Any business or contractors you recommend? Suggestions for going about this the right way? Dire warnings? [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick at 11:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Understanding cricket

Trying to understand issues around cricket as compared to baseball -- player drafting, financing, culture/conduct, etc. -- hoping an enthusiast can help me. [more inside]
posted by jfwlucy at 10:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Jump ship or stick it out?

I hate my job, and as long as I'm still in the job it's hard for me to look for a new one. But should I stick it out or just take my chances? I know similar questions have been asked, but the details differ enough that I hope the hive mind will not mind my asking and be able to offer some perspective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Is she simply not attracted to me?

I've been with my current girlfriend for about 6 months. We are sexually active and have intercourse about 5 times per week (sometimes more frequently). However, throughout our relationship, my girlfriend has only touched my penis twice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 26 comments

There's this song in my head. What is it?

Songfilter: help me find out what this early 90s era pop song that is stuck in my head is [more inside]
posted by MattMangels at 10:35 AM PST - 7 comments

What does a correlation of 0.4 mean?

What does a correlation of 0.4 mean? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 10:32 AM PST - 18 comments

I will not eat them in a bowl / I will not eat them with a roll.

Cats are weird. Help me figure out if this shift in eating habits is a problem. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat at 10:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Need sites for new leather jacket

So its about time to get a new leather jacket. I'm male and looking for either a "car coat" or "walking coat" style and I need it in ~2XLT. I can't find anything good at Burlington, Zappos, or Wilsons. Anyone have a good idea where else to hunt something like this up online? I don't necessarily need to purchase it online, but at least hunt for a jacket whose look I like.
posted by Ikazuchi at 10:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there a regional airport that would make it easier for me to get to Red Bank, New Jersey

Is there a regional airport that would make it easier for me to get to Red Bank, New Jersey as compared to going into the dreaded Newark Airport (EWR)? [more inside]
posted by Dave. at 10:16 AM PST - 16 comments

New dishwasher?

Should I replace my dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 10:04 AM PST - 3 comments

One-volume book about WWI

Suggestions for a very good one-volume book about World War I. [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 9:34 AM PST - 19 comments

Leaving my office better than I found it

How can I minimize pain for the person taking over my job? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw at 9:20 AM PST - 14 comments

H1N1 vaccinations in the SF Bay Area

Do you know where my wife and I can get H1N1 vaccinations in the SF Bay Area BEFORE October 31st? Preferably in the East Bay. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 9:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Nashville or Franklin on a Sunday Afternoon

Visiting a friend who lives in Franklin, TN this weekend, but will have Sunday afternoon free. What should I do there or in Nashville on my own? [more inside]
posted by radicarian at 9:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Places to drink in Munich that are NOT the typical beer hall?

Hi, I'm going to be in the Munich area over the holidays and I want to find a place to hang out and drink. I've lived there already and I'm over the typical Bavarian biergarten/hall scene. Ideally, I'm looking for somewhere cozy and student oriented, good music playing (indie, downtempo, alternative hip-hop etc) and good, natural lighting for people watching. 100 super bonus points if their beer of choice is Augustiner!!! Thank you!!!!!
posted by badish at 9:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Finding my way around a new town

We're moving in about a week to the Kansas City area and I'm trying to find all the necessary amenities around our new place. What websites do you use to find things around the Kansas City area? [more inside]
posted by tdreyer at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Viruses and surgical masks

Do the surgical masks that I see everyone wearing protect against viruses? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 8:40 AM PST - 18 comments

So now, my kid is a shoplifter. Grumpy neighbor relations ensue.

My kid spent the night with his friend. The next day, thinking he's still at the friend's house, I get a phone call from the local grocery store. Seems my kid was shoplifting. Now, both of the mom's involved are angry with each other. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 48 comments

Why am I having the longest period ever?

This is going to be gross: I'm a 25 year old female. Until now I have had extremely regular periods which last 6 days with a 12-18 hour gap on day 5 (no idea why). I am not on any kind of birth control and have not been on any kind of birth control for over a year. This month's period began on the standard day, except now I'm going on my 14th straight day of bleeding. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Know any good VBA tutorials?

Can you reccommend VBA tutorials, particularly for MS Excel 2007? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek at 8:11 AM PST - 1 comment

Butcher knife" or "Butcher's knife?

[EnglishFilter]: "Butcher knife" or "Butcher's knife?" [more inside]
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs at 8:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Whose game is this?

Who owns the games on Steam?(or any digital download service) [more inside]
posted by MrMulan at 6:54 AM PST - 7 comments

"He said I had a furry face. That can't be a good thing, can it?"

Please help me find more comedies to fill the spectacular void that Green Wing has left in my TV viewing. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 5:57 AM PST - 17 comments

I'll have eight hours to write a screenplay from start to finish. Help!

Screenwriters - advice for coming up wirth effective short film scripts QUICKLY! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 5:23 AM PST - 11 comments

Who can hire me a car to drive from the UK to the Netherlands?

I need to hire a car to drive from Bristol, UK and to drop off in Haarlem Netherlands. Avis says no, europecar says no, hertz are difficult to get hold of. Suggestions? Recommendations?
posted by gonzo_ID at 3:10 AM PST - 12 comments

What on earth happened to The Simpsons?

What happened to The Simpsons? [more inside]
posted by schmichael at 2:58 AM PST - 54 comments

The roadwarrior's lament.

Roadwarriors: What's the consensus on the necessity of a laptop surge protector when traveling? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:41 AM PST - 13 comments

edit detection

I'm interested in detecting edits in a given video stream. Is there any literature out there on edit detection? [more inside]
posted by yegga at 1:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for old Harry Potter fanfic.

Looking for an old, very adult-themed Harry Potter fanfic story (please, don't laugh) I read years ago online. [may be NSFW] [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 12:16 AM PST - 6 comments


Help me survive my last year of high school as a student prone to frequent anxiety attacks and major senioritis. [more inside]
posted by Yasuo at 12:03 AM PST - 10 comments

October 18

Basement water source mystery

How is water getting into my basement? [more inside]
posted by miyabo at 11:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Best friend's girlfriend hates me

My best friend's new girlfriend hates me for no reason. [more inside]
posted by cheesecake at 10:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Geographical differences of opinion

I'm married and we want to live in different geographical areas. Is this fixable in a way where everyone will feel satisfied? [more inside]
posted by imabanana at 10:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Why can't I access my self-hosted site anymore?

Switched ISPs and now not able to access my own websites which I host myself by TLD. [more inside]
posted by KI6ILS at 10:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Engineering Question

Any engineers or physicists who can help with a vector mechanics problem? [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 10:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Book Filter: Name This Book Please.

I want to give a book to a young friend but I can't remember the title and the librarian could not find it either. Book teaches about Gandhi in a cool way. [more inside]
posted by CollegeNelson at 9:43 PM PST - 2 comments

What has America received as gifts from other nations?

What publicly owned items/monuments/etc in the US were gifts from other nations? [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 9:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Trouble calculating regular averages in Excel

In Excel, how do I calculate the average of every 300 data points in a large data set? [more inside]
posted by Midnight Rambler at 8:40 PM PST - 10 comments

All about sewing machine cabinets

So I've been coveting a sewing machine cabinet for a couple of reasons. They're expensive, but I find affordable used ones at a local thrift store and on craigslist pretty regularly. However, I don't know what I'm doing! [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 8:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Whence nosemeat?

I don't think this is, strictly speaking, supposed to happen: meat often comes out of my head when I'm sick. Why? What does it portend? [Warning: so gross.] [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 7:31 PM PST - 20 comments

I'm going as the sky. What is a good complimentary costume for my friend?

YetAnotherHalloweenCostumeFilter: I'm going as the sky. What is a good complimentary costume for my friend? (Yes I checked the archives.) [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 7:08 PM PST - 43 comments

How do I stop having hatecrushes?

How do I stop having hatecrushes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 PM PST - 31 comments

Looking for one-year programmes in Europe to study political science, public policy, and/or law

I'm thinking of applying to spend a year at university in Europe studying political science, public policy, or law. Help me find a programme! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Why are postseason baseball games so long?

Why are postseason baseball games so long? (Data inside.) [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 6:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Why do movie credits list every last person who had anything to do with the production?

Why do movie credits list every last person who had anything to do with the production? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:21 PM PST - 39 comments

Keeping my laundry hair-free?

Do you have tricks or tips for keeping hair off your clean laundry? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 6:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Scanner Pro v. DocScanner iphone apps?

iPhonefilter: What's a good iPhone app for document scanning? [more inside]
posted by applemeat at 5:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Help Me Become Well-Read About Lebanon

I'm interested in Lebanon, (relatively) modern Lebanese history, Lebanese literature, and the Lebanese diaspora. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 5:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Book about Catholicism?

Can you recommend a book about Catholicism? No, other than the Bible. [more inside]
posted by teragram at 5:45 PM PST - 31 comments

What do I do with my Archos 604?

What do I do with my Archos 604? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 4:07 PM PST - 5 comments

I have a multi-day Scrabble tournament soon and a brand-new cold. Help!

I have a multi-day Scrabble tournament soon and a brand-new cold. Help! [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 4:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Machine learning filter: How can I make a smart flash card program?

Machine learning filter: How can I make a smart flash card program? [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 3:39 PM PST - 7 comments

New slices from guides

Photoshop CS3 for Mac: Is there a way to create new slices from guides, without destroying existing slices?
posted by four panels at 3:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Coke and Pepsi are the same thing! Wake up people!

How do you disarm a conspiracy theorist that continually jumps into any barely relevant conversation? [more inside]
posted by Talez at 3:24 PM PST - 22 comments

Should I consider dating a woman?

Is the idea of experimenting with a same sex relationship even smart when you aren't sure it is something you would consider in a long term way? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:16 PM PST - 24 comments

Live bass guitar looping - how DID he do it?

A little while back I heard a bass guitar player with some kind of amazing live looping set-up - what on earth was it? I keep wondering what he was doing. All I could see was that he was grabbing (sampling) things he was playing, as he was playing them (ie while he was continuing to play), using foot pedals of some sort, and then incorporating those loops into the rest of the track. Amazing. But how?
posted by monster max at 3:01 PM PST - 20 comments


Please point me toward the very best classical organ music! [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 3:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Books on 17th c. Anglo-Dutch maritime wars?

Looking for good books/resources about the 17th century Anglo-Dutch maritime wars. For a project I'm doing, I'd like to get more historical detail about what the Dutch call the English Wars and what the English call the Dutch wars. While I am interested in the specific facts, I'm more interested in getting a sense of time and place, both for those who were at sea and for those at home in the two countries. Do you know any fascinating books (non-fiction or historical fiction) that reference these events?
posted by judith at 2:40 PM PST - 10 comments

My dog's really, really itchy, and my vet hasn't been much help.

My dog's really, really itchy, and my vet hasn't been much help. She's got bumps, sores, and the occasional scab on her underside. Allergy treatments haven't been much help (barring prednisone which isn't really a long-term solution) nor have special skin-treatment foods. And she doesn't have parasites, either. I'm kind of at a loss. [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 2:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Name this plant/suggest similar ones

What kind of tree/plant is this? [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus at 2:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Electro remixes of indie/pop music?

Can you recommend good electro remixes of indie / pop music? [more inside]
posted by mikeweeney at 1:54 PM PST - 20 comments


What is the initial verbal meme that triggers the Pontypool outbreak in the movie Pontypool?
posted by benzenedream at 1:47 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I learn to study at night?

How can I train myself to study better at night? I'm in grad school and I need to use those evening hours for work - I just can't seem to concentrate in the evenings, regardless of if I was working during the day! I'm not a night person - but I need to be. [more inside]
posted by piper4 at 1:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded".

Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded". [more inside]
posted by Roach at 1:27 PM PST - 24 comments

Brick City?

Has anyone from Newark (or who follows Newark politics) seen Brick City? If so, what do you think? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence at 1:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Need a solution to keep my sisters feet warm in ski boots.

Need a solution to keep my sister's feet warm in ski boots. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 1:15 PM PST - 18 comments

My Teenage Daughter Said I'm Untrustworthy. WTF?

How do I cope with my angry teenage daughter? After an somewhat nonsensical rant about how hard her life is (I wanted to chat with her about applying to colleges and how the process was going), she dropped the bomb that she doesn't trust me and therefore doesn't have to talk to me. [more inside]
posted by dzaz at 1:01 PM PST - 42 comments

Where can I find a printable copy of Nike's "If You Let Me Play Sports" ad from the 1990s?

Where can I find a printable (preferably A4) copy of the 1990's Nike Ad "If You Let Me Play Sports"? [more inside]
posted by pick_the_flowers at 12:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Text Message Problems

I have a Touch Pro (Fuze) on WinMo 6.5. From my understanding, my text messages are being handled by pocket outlook. Can I use something besides outlook? [more inside]
posted by Zeker at 12:48 PM PST - 1 comment

Trying to Find a Prayer Similar to the Prayer for Daily Neglect

Trying to find a Catholic night time prayer, very similar to the Prayer For Daily Neglect, that was included in a small booklet of Catholic prayers recently distributed via pew pockets, July or August in the Lubbock dioceses. It was also a three-part prayer, and was also for neglects, but worded differently than the "official" prayer. Basically, it contained to the effect of a "provide the good I saw but did not do", a "complete the good that I did incompletely", and another part. Any clues? Google came up empty for me.
posted by CodeBaloo at 11:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Therapy in LA

Asking on behalf of a friend: She (age 26) is looking for a sliding-scale therapist in LA. She lives in the Culver City area and works downtown. Complication: she works 9-5, and her job is not flexible, so evening or weekend hours are a must. She would prefer someone who specializes in body image (she is an emotional eater and overweight) and/or in working with queer/gay individuals. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Batch transfer of ~1TB from 8 drives over LAN

Are there any better tools for transferring about a terabyte of files over a local network than just dragging and dropping in Windows? Specifically, is there a tool that can pick up and double-check files once they've been copied over? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 11:03 AM PST - 16 comments

NSF GRFP Proposal

Where can I find examples of science/engineering research proposals for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 11:02 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I Live Trace the images in a PDF in Illus CS3?

How do I Live Trace the images in a PDF in Illustrator CS3? [more inside]
posted by cobra_high_tigers at 10:47 AM PST - 10 comments

I don't know what to do with my family.

It's Sunday morning. My wife is surfing the Net. My 14-year-old stepson is playing World of Warcraft. My 5-year-old mildly autistic daughter is watching Cinderella. This works, sort of. But it doesn't feel like being a family. [more inside]
posted by musofire at 10:36 AM PST - 56 comments

What's wrong with the car stereo in my 2003 Nissan Sentra?

What's wrong with the car stereo in my 2003 Nissan Sentra? [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Faced with a scholarly book.

How can I stop my glistening wit from faltering when I become so obviously intimidated by certain people? Details inside, and don't worry, I won't mention my wit again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 AM PST - 7 comments

never lose those straws again?

toolfilter: if you own a can of wd-40 "smart straw" spray, are you able to remove the "smart straw top" and place it onto a different spray can and does it work there? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 10:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Trade honda for diesel Benz?

Thinking about trading my 97 Accord for 1980 diesel benz. [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 9:57 AM PST - 14 comments

No soup for you!

I have a question about childrens' flu vaccines and insurance. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 9:48 AM PST - 3 comments

How do movies fake party conversation noise?

I recall reading in a thread about a trick used in movies to simulate the background noise of a crowd engaged in a number of separate conversations - like a party - by having a small number of people repeat a few syllables out of sync with each other. What were the details of this?
posted by srboisvert at 9:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me back in the church...

Help me reconcile my liberal beliefs with a church family again... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 39 comments

Leather-free fashion in Paris?

Where can I find leather-free clothing in Paris? Specifically, I'm looking for boots and shoes, but bonus points for jackets, belts and the like. [more inside]
posted by nicoleincanada at 9:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Where do the fun geek business owners live? (Middle age edition)

You're an entrepreneur who likes technology. You love the internet, you love to talk business, and you hang out with other people who are like you. Maybe your area even has an "official" group of tech business owners of many ages who get together to joke about clients, share advice, and try out new toys. Where do you live? [more inside]
posted by PatoPata at 9:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Besides crepes

Besides crepes, what do you make with a crepe maker? I bought a Cuchina Pro 12" crepe maker. At less than $40, it's a great value, makes wonderful crepes. I'm wondering what else I can make with it, in the same way that, say, Rice Cooker cookbooks suggest non-rice dishes. [more inside]
posted by portabella at 8:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Is Johnson & Wales worth it?

I'm thinking of going to culinary school for baking and pastry. Right now Johnson & Wales in RI is the front runner. My question: is JWU worth it, or should I be looking elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by firei at 8:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Any good books on web penetration testing?

Any good books on web penetration testing? [more inside]
posted by jacobian at 8:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Apparently you CAN level up beyond the PhD bonus round

How does one apply for a postdoctoral position/fellowship/job? [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 7:47 AM PST - 12 comments

NYC not for tourists

If you only had one year left before moving out of New York City, what would you make sure to see and do before leaving? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 7:33 AM PST - 18 comments

Radical critiques of cyberspace?

If Karl Marx & Emma Goldman were arguing about the internet on Metafilter, what might they be saying? [more inside]
posted by jammy at 7:02 AM PST - 11 comments

If you were a circus director spending lots of time and effort on a n00b, what would you appreciate?

What can I get as a thank-you gift for my circus directors? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I seek a personal injury lawyer after being rear ended?

Should I hire a personal injury attorney after being rear ended? [more inside]
posted by zzztimbo at 6:42 AM PST - 22 comments

A Concise Breakdown of American Literature

I'm looking for a list of American Literary Time Periods along with the essential works for each time period (all genres)? Define the time period, if possible, with a list of qualities which embody the literary essence of that time period, both in content and style. Extra credit for other source to accompany your answers. Thanks all.
posted by boots77 at 5:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Honey, sometimes I have a hard time...Ooooh shiny!

Relationship filter: He's an Austrian in Austria, I'm an American in America, and I have ADHD/Inattentive type. He's not familiar with this concept. What books can I suggest to him? [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 5:30 AM PST - 7 comments

1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics on TV in the USA

Were the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics broadcast on tape delay in the United States? How can I figure out the TV schedule? Anecdotes of events you remember watching would help. [more inside]
posted by alicat at 5:26 AM PST - 7 comments

How to learn from the world?

Taking A Year Off. (yes, I realize it sounds like this.) [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua at 2:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Online resources for learning BSL?

I'd like your recommendations for an online resource to learn the basics of British Sign Language. [more inside]
posted by Dali Atomicus at 1:42 AM PST - 0 comments

Which ebook reader?

Whats the best eBook reader I could get for Christmas? And dont say kindle [more inside]
posted by Iax at 1:31 AM PST - 25 comments

Need to apply my previous skills to a new occupation - resources? ideas?

I just complete a two year technical degree, now I find that I am un-happy with my future job and that the economic outlook for work is terrible. I want to find something that will use my skills and education as leverage for an assortment of different careers. Are there website(s) that can compute this for me? could you suggest for me some occupations given a brief description (inside)... [more inside]
posted by audio at 12:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Still trying to figure out what color her parachute is...

I need help helping my wife figure out what to do with her life. I am a very lucky person who has known for a long time that I wanted to be an engineer. I love math and science, and truthfully I can think of lots of jobs that would probably satisfy me. However, I recognize that I am in the minority in this position, and my wife, sadly, falls into the other group. She has been feeling particularly down about finding her purpose for quite a while now, and I need to figure out how to help her. Read on for the details! [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja at 12:20 AM PST - 15 comments

I don't want to look like W.C. Fields...

Living with rosacea... tips please. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 12:10 AM PST - 27 comments

October 17

Group assignment advice

I've to hand in a group assignment tomorrow and the input from one of the members is crap- terrible writing, no references, no clue, nice guy. I want to remain friends but want to dramatically edit his work. How can I break it to him that his work needed treatment? I'm terrible at this sort of thing. btw, this thread doesn't really answer my question as we're handing in tomorrow. Also- he's old buddies with the other group member who I don't know very well.
posted by mattoxic at 11:58 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me help my toe.

I injured my big toe and want/need to wear closed toed shoes but the top of the toe is still too sensitive. Can you help me come up with some sort of "toe protector" to ...well, protect my toe. (Gory details kept to a minimum, but some info is necessary to explain.) [more inside]
posted by Ochre,Hugh at 10:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Are there any hard drive enclosures for 3.5" form HDs that can be powered off a USB port alone?

Are there any hard drive enclosures for 3.5" form HDs that can be powered off a USB port alone? (ie, without additional AC plug) [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 10:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Learning to THRIVE alone after divorce.

After divorce, how can I learn to be a confident, whole individual without being in a relationship? I'm struggling with insecurity, I feel like there is a part of me missing, and I've gotten myself so worked up about it that I'm in a state of "analysis paralysis." Please help me break through that paralysis! [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted at 9:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Can anyone help ID this song?

Can anyone help ID this song? [more inside]
posted by pcward at 9:32 PM PST - 1 comment

Mystery comic/zine image.

Can anyone identify this image? [more inside]
posted by bdave at 9:07 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the statistical technique for combining several test results into one?

I'm a statistics n00b trying to learn how to combine the results of several tests into one. [more inside]
posted by gsteff at 8:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Tell me what internal hard drive to buy for my MacPro.

Tell me what internal hard drive to buy for my Mac Pro. [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 8:17 PM PST - 24 comments

Body and beats, for whom does he stain his sheets?

Celebrity Sexual Preference-filter: Does Gordon Gano, singer of the Violent Femmes, like boys, girls, or both?
posted by Jon_Evil at 8:17 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to click it and forget it for a while

I'm looking for games that progress in real time, similar to Farmville on Facebook. [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists at 7:19 PM PST - 18 comments

what is "backend of a site seal" called on scriptlance?

how do the online BBB seals and safety seal work on the back end? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 7:15 PM PST - 7 comments

BDSM costume ideas, please!

Looking for an original costume idea for Halloween at a BDSM club. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Privacy implications of 23andme

What are the privacy implications of ordering the 23andme DNA test? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 7:04 PM PST - 2 comments

Half-naked lady hippo t-shirt

Where can I find a t-shirt of a half-naked lady atop a hippo? [more inside]
posted by sunshineunderground at 6:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Mystery illness??

Never-sick person + sickness = hell. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:30 PM PST - 45 comments

How do you open a childproof zipper?

How do you open a childproof zipper on an Ikea children's mattress cover? [more inside]
posted by TurkeyMustard at 6:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Paul Daniels baffles me

Years ago on his Magic Show (80s, UK TV) I watched Paul Daniels pour apparently hundreds of different drinks from a single magic kettle. It freaked me out a little at the time and even now I'd love to know - how does that trick work?
posted by Fiery Jack at 5:59 PM PST - 8 comments

No I not mad and/or hysterical

Professional with social phobia [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:12 PM PST - 12 comments

it's either hauntingly beautiful or beautifully haunting. I don't know which.

In the newest podcast(direct download link) from vintagehorror.com, there is some really beautiful string music playing behind the narrator as he reads Poe's "manuscript found in a bottle" What is it? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 5:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me understand American football

Help me better understand the fine game of American Football. [more inside]
posted by dcrocha at 4:06 PM PST - 33 comments

Spanish in Washington Heights?

New-York-Filter: How big is the Spanish speaking community around Columbia University Medical Center? How many of their patients are Spanish speakers? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 4:00 PM PST - 18 comments

How do Studio Stands Work?

How do FOBA studio stands lift up? [more inside]
posted by kepano at 3:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Paving and astroturfing is too expensive

The greens at Casa de Codswallop are crap. Can someone give me some yard advice? [more inside]
posted by codswallop at 3:48 PM PST - 8 comments

What the knot?

What is special about a square surgical knot? It seems like the regular kind of knot I use to tie my shoes, just using a very specific hand technique. Is there any advantage to this knot tying technique?
posted by Brennus at 3:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Awesome shoes that don't make my knee hurt! Please!?!

Best shoes for a P.E. teacher with a bad knee. [more inside]
posted by roxiesmom at 2:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Quest for Quinces (in LA)

Are there places in LA where I am likely to find quinces now that they're in season? [more inside]
posted by Hairy Lobster at 2:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Imaginary superhero/supervillain costume

I have a week to come up with a superhero(ine)/supervillain costume. This should not be an existing character. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 2:39 PM PST - 13 comments

ipod nano without itunes?

iPod Nano without iTunes?? What does that mean and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 2:29 PM PST - 19 comments

Why shouldn't I put small plants in bigger containers?

I've read that it's a bad idea to plant small plants into larger pots (the idea being that they will grow into the large pot). Instead, you're supposed to keep the plant in the smallest appropriate container and move up as it grows. Why? What will happen if I just start a plant in a container that's bigger than it needs?
posted by tumbleweedjack at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me identify these ceramic wall tiles...

Help me identify these ceramic wall tiles... [more inside]
posted by momentofmagnus at 1:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Up, up, down down, left right left right ...

What Xbox 360 games should I get for me and my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by ben242 at 1:05 PM PST - 27 comments

Church of what else?

Looking for obscure rivalries, ala Emacs and Vi. [more inside]
posted by movicont at 12:44 PM PST - 74 comments

How many pugs and pug owners are there both in the U.S. and worldwide?

How many pugs and pug owners are there both in the U.S. and worldwide? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 12:24 PM PST - 1 comment

Sex with an ex?

I'd like to hear stories or comments from others who have slept with their exes. [more inside]
posted by bananaskin at 12:15 PM PST - 28 comments

Help my boy teeth without BPA exposure.

My wife is going mad looking for BPA-free teething toys for our 5-month old. Can you point me to web sites (or other resources) that might help us find such toys? [more inside]
posted by ajr at 11:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Are there more fantastical World War I novels?

I just finished reading Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and really enjoyed it. I'd love to read other World War I novels with fantasy/science-fiction/steampunk twists. Are there any? [more inside]
posted by Caduceus at 11:08 AM PST - 17 comments

CopyWriterFilter 5000: How do copywriters come up with names for products and product lines?

CopyWriterFilter 5000: How do copywriters come up with names for products and product lines? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 10:49 AM PST - 9 comments

The healthy way to deal with those little petty disappointments in a relationship?

The healthy way to deal with those little petty disappointments in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:03 AM PST - 18 comments

How much does hydrochlorothiazide affect blood sugar?

YANMD. One of the side effects of hydrochlorothiazide is high blood sugar. How much of an increase would be typical? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Are Miller Indices used for anything, or are they just a convenient notation?

I am taking an intro to materials science class, and in which we have learned about Miller indices, which are a way of denoting directions and planes in a unit cell. So far we have done nothing with this other than draw directions and planes. I was wondering, is this just a notational convention or is there some reason why they are the way they are, as in does it make some more advanced math easier or something?
posted by selenized at 9:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Does math have big scary teeth or something?

Why do people hate math and science so much? [more inside]
posted by chicago2penn at 9:30 AM PST - 130 comments

Dallas Autism/Asperger evaluation?

Dallas Autism/Asperger diagnosis? Where in the North Dallas/Plano area could an adult get an Asperger Syndrome evaluation? [more inside]
posted by ellighi at 9:15 AM PST - 1 comment

Where can I find photos of NYCHA housing developments?

I'm looking for photos of NYCHA public housing - particularly, the interior of apartments and communal areas. Where can I find photos like this online? [more inside]
posted by Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo at 8:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Easy Sun Protection for the Lazy

My dad was recently diagnosed with malignant melanoma, and apparently that means I'm at increased risk. I guess I need to start thinking about sun protection. Problem: I am very, very lazy. [more inside]
posted by craichead at 8:31 AM PST - 40 comments

Short passages of particularly strong or weak nonfiction prose?

In search of short passages of especially strong or weak nonfiction prose! [more inside]
posted by cymru_j at 8:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Modern VL-Tone?

What's the modern equivalent of a Casio VL-Tone? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 7:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Non-obvious devil costume

Yet another Halloween costume question: I'd like to go as His Infernal Majesty, the Prince of Darkness. But not the obvious horns-and-tail-and-pitchfork version... [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate at 6:46 AM PST - 37 comments

need publisher, imagination will travel

I've recently begun work on a children's book. It is inspired by my granddaughter. I was wondering if anyone had any information on how to get a children's book published? Suggested Publishers? Also, any other information pertaining to this process, would be appreciated. ***I realize that children's books are a dime a dozen...but mine just might be spectacular ;)***
posted by gypseefire at 4:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Need a new jacket lining that is hopefuly not stripey pink. In London.

My leather jacket needs a new lining. Im in London. Where should I go and what should I expect to pay?
posted by ElmerFishpaw at 4:03 AM PST - 3 comments

wordpress - the two types of hosting options - pros and cons?

wordpress pros and cons of self-hosting versus using wordpress hosting? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 3:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Are short culinary schools worth it?

Is a short-course culinary school worth it? Does it offer any cred toward haute cuisine sous-chef and chef positions, or is it for suckers who'll work at Applebees forever? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 3:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me make my excuses for not attending a party at the last minute

How can I gracefully pull out of attending a party at the last moment? [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 2:01 AM PST - 12 comments

help me remember that 90's computer game

Looking for 90's video games I played as a kid. [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 1:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Phasing that leaves you happy?

Modern Minimalist Orchestral Music Filter: Could you help me find music similar in mood and sound to a particular piece by Yoko Kanno? "Twinkle" on the Macross Frontier O.S.T.1 is beautiful and I want more! [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 12:44 AM PST - 12 comments

A frankfurter by any other name

Is a hot dog a sandwich? [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 12:36 AM PST - 58 comments

How to fix my crushing jet lag?

JetLagFilter: Traveled from Beijing to New York 3 days ago, and I'm pretty sure my jet lag symptoms are getting worse, not better. How do I stop messing myself up and start improving things? [more inside]
posted by alight at 12:31 AM PST - 14 comments

October 16

WTF was that?!

My fiancee and I were just now woken up by the sound of a large explosion right in our bedroom. Almost like a gunshot but not quite that loud. And I think I saw a flash of light. Both seemed to come from near the ceiling by the door. I turned on one of the lights but there's no residue I can see from anything. Nothing seems to be broken in terms of lights or circuits. Was it some kind of giant static discharge? [more inside]
posted by kmz at 11:36 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I prepare a new book?

I was once shown how to prepare a brand new book before reading it– it had something to do with opening the book at various places and smoothing down the pages. Supposedly it would make the binding last longer. Does this actually work, and if so, could anyone describe the process clearly? Any other advice on good book care and repair for this new librarian would be greatly appreciated.
posted by carterk at 10:10 PM PST - 11 comments

What do I do now (with regard to law school applications)?

What do I do now (with regard to law school applications)? So, I retook the LSAT in hopes of improving on my original score (166). I scored exactly the same. Now I'm not sure what to do-should retake it a third time? Just submit my applications early (end of this month) and hope for the best? [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 at 8:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Chicken Soup with Rice song

Anyone remember a non-Carole King version of the song "Chicken Soup with Rice"? [more inside]
posted by camcgee at 8:18 PM PST - 2 comments

How I can I find an old-style scientific vector plotter font?

When I was growing up, the graphs in all the science books from the middle of the 20th century had a particular vector-plotted look to them. Did they use a common font (or common plotting system), and how can I duplicate that appearance now? [more inside]
posted by dfan at 8:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Sunday lunch/brunch in Van Nuys?

What are your restaurant recommendations for Sunday lunch in Van Nuys or surrounding areas? [more inside]
posted by infinitywaltz at 7:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Bzzzzzz Burp

What do I do with bee pollen?? [more inside]
posted by Unred at 7:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me give my temporary visitor a good place to stay.

Help me house a box turtle temporarily! [more inside]
posted by corey flood at 6:48 PM PST - 16 comments

San Francisco Nights

It's 6:30 P.M. on a Friday/Saturday. You're in San Francisco. All of your friends are doing something else. There's no Sharks game on. The Symphony and the Opera are sold out. The library is closed. You've read the newspapers front to back. You have to start heading home by 10:30 P.M. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by clorox at 6:39 PM PST - 21 comments

Money can buy me love?

Okay, whats the deal. When did The Beatles become fair game? [more inside]
posted by rtimmel at 6:34 PM PST - 37 comments

Preventing mold from house plants

Is there an easy way to keep mold spores from potted plants at bay? [more inside]
posted by Coventry at 6:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Reverse Ebay?

Used Car Buying Time! Is there a website that allows a user to enter the model car they want to buy with the amount they want to pay that dealers can look at and make an offer?
posted by meeshell at 6:21 PM PST - 3 comments

The Ethics of Horror

Where I can find resources inquiring into the ethics of horror films? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 5:40 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I become less absent minded?

How can I become less absent minded? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 5:34 PM PST - 23 comments

British or American sitcom suggestions?

I'm seeking to expand my repertoire of sitcom shows. Please suggest some series that have a similar type of humour as the shows I've outlined below. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 5:02 PM PST - 45 comments

Stress Detector

Is there a device that can automatically observe your stress levels in real-time? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 4:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Share your confidence game stories

Have you been conned? Would you share your story? [more inside]
posted by Wink Ricketts at 4:03 PM PST - 91 comments

I've been grating a le~mon~, all the live long day~

Fresh Lemon Zest - so yummy yet so annoying to grate. There must be an easier solution! [more inside]
posted by wiretap at 3:48 PM PST - 29 comments

Believe it or not, George isn't at home!

I always hate my voicemail / answering machine message. I feel really lame whenever I say any of the little scripts I have heard or thought up. NEW VOICEMAIL MESSAGE SCRIPTS please! All ideas welcome, from simple to funny to irreverant. (Or even pre-recorded messages I could download, good songs, anything!)
posted by nomnomnom at 3:19 PM PST - 52 comments

Compression socks recommendation

What brand compression socks should I buy? [more inside]
posted by corpse at 3:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Consulting Career Planning

Wanting to start doing independent consulting work in two years. Advice for now? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find this artist

For a friend: Who is the artist who painted this picture, and how can I get a copy?
posted by aheckler at 1:34 PM PST - 2 comments

AnxietyFilter: had a risky sex encounter 8 months ago, just tested HIV-negative, and still going a little crazy. Help?

AnxietyFilter: had a risky sex encounter 8 months ago, just tested HIV-negative, and still going a little crazy. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:32 PM PST - 27 comments

When should I tell my ex I am seeing someone now?

When should I tell my ex I am seeing someone now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:31 PM PST - 23 comments

What are some good iPhone games for a six year old

What are some good iPhone games for a six year old? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 1:23 PM PST - 13 comments

My dog is getting meaner with age

I'm afraid my old dog's mind is going before his body -- he's peeing on the floor, growls and snaps at us when we try to put him outside, and other odd behaviors. How should my wife and I handle this? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 1:23 PM PST - 20 comments

Don't tug on that. Recovery from shoulder surgery Qs.

I'm in the second week of recovery from SLAP/Bankart surgery on my shoulder and might be fretting too much about it, but I'm a surgery n00b and have no idea what recovery is supposed to be like. Then, too, I decided surgery is not much fun and would like to figure out how to avoid having any more of it. I would like advice on both. [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 1:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Surf/skate book recommendations?

Are there any great books about surfing or skateboarding?
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 1:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Bob, would you and Living Praise Choir lead us in 'To God Be the Glory?'

Help me identify the source of this Guided By Voices sample. [more inside]
posted by Rangeboy at 1:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Seeking documentary about every country.

Is there a documentary that contains basic info (+ maybe some cultural info) for every country in the world? [more inside]
posted by nnevvinn at 1:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Wildflowers near Los Angeles?

Wildflowers day trips from Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 12:59 PM PST - 9 comments

How to make my PHP-generated URLs prettier?

I'd like to make more easily understood URL paths for my PHP-generated pages. [more inside]
posted by fellorwaspushed at 12:55 PM PST - 10 comments

FatCow or NearlyFreeSpeech?

Which I should choose to host my personal website: FatCow or NearlyFreeSpeech? [more inside]
posted by kitfreeman at 12:44 PM PST - 15 comments

How do you deal with sexism in your workplace?

How do you deal with sexism in your workplace? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 12:37 PM PST - 31 comments

CSI: Kmt?

Did my mother really see a demonstration of ancient Egyptian mummification on a modern human cadaver on PBS in the late 90s? [more inside]
posted by Meg_Murry at 12:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Help a cellphone novice buy a cellphone

Hoping the hive mind can help me with a cellphone solution. I know nothing about cellphones and in years past have relied on the internet and a landline for my phone needs. I've used a combination of Google Voice (GrandCentral formerly), Vonage, and a cheap pay-as-you-go cellphone. I am now in a nomadic situation (US) where I do not have a reliable landline nor internet for the foreseeable future. It's time to get a real cellphone. [more inside]
posted by cardamom at 12:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Tiersen-esque recommendations, please

Love Yann Tiersen's earlier instrumental music. Recently discovered Sweden's "Detektivbyran," which gives me much of what I used to get from Tiersen before he moved on, without being derivative. Tried last.fm and pandora to no avail - looking for other artists mining similar territory. Bonus points for inclusion of accordion. Does not necessarily have to be done on acoustic instruments. Don't want huge sweeping orchestral statements...prefer smaller ensembles who get the point across with fewer instruments or tracks.
posted by dorgla at 11:51 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I "show them around" in the rain?

How can I show a couple relatives the neighborhoods from Brooklyn Heights to Prospect Park this weekend – it’s going to be cold and rainy!
posted by SirNovember at 11:47 AM PST - 1 comment

Will Kaiser health insurance pay for a knee brace? Subsidize it?

Will Kaiser health insurance pay for a knee brace? Subsidize it? [more inside]
posted by jstef at 11:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Yellow lemon cake of heaven

Please help me identify this snack cake! [more inside]
posted by blithecatpie at 11:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Name This Aesthetic

Is there a name or term for the aesthetic these blogs contain? [more inside]
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 11:04 AM PST - 22 comments

I've Got Your Number

I love numbers! Especially numbers that track things. What services could I offer that involve fairly simple numbers? (Note: no significant statistics background; NOT advanced math.) [more inside]
posted by kristi at 11:00 AM PST - 7 comments

How much would it cost the average person to get a health care policy that's as good as Medicaid?

How much would it cost the average person to get a health care policy that's as good as Medicaid? [more inside]
posted by aquafortis at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Receive me.

I'm looking for a home audio receiver + speakers to serve a few different purposes. Can you help me find a good one? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 10:38 AM PST - 3 comments

VPN from home NAS system.

I am trying to set up my router so that I can get at my files on my 3 NAS boxes. These NAS boxes are 1) D-Link DNS323, Infrant ReadyNAS NV+, and a Buffalo TeraStation HD-H2.0TGL/R5. The router is connected to the internet via a home service cable modem so it won't have a static IP and one step is to find the IP address before accessing. I have a router (DLink DGL-4100) which says it can make a IPSec VPN or FTP using a Virtual Server (I think). There would be no other PCs on the network since I would be taking my laptop with me when I access the network. The manuals for the routers talk about FTP serving but if I get a VPN set in my router then I should be able to just browse for whatever I want that way...right? The instructions say it can be done, but how? Please give me step by step instructions the best you can for setting up the router, the NAS boxes and my XP laptop (with suggested software, if necessary) since I have looked all over the internet and can't find anything I can understand. Of course the access should be encrypted and password protected. THANKS GUYS. [more inside]
posted by CodeMonkey at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Cat Drama. The cat's the sane one.

What is the best way to get my mom a kitten? Obviously, it's not quite that simple. Warning, overly long description of a ridiculous problem ahead. [more inside]
posted by cgg at 10:22 AM PST - 22 comments

how much for freelance work ?

How much should I charge for camera and editing work ? [more inside]
posted by dawdle at 9:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Sell a finite number of identical items on the internet

What is the best way to sell (and accept payment for) a finite number of identical items (50) on the internet? I expect the items to sell out reasonably fast, and so I'll need to be able to take orders as they are received, and stop accepting payment when the 50 are sold. [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold at 9:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I get a Chumby?

Why do you like Chumby? I'm not trying to be cheeky here. I really want to know. Of those of you who love your Chumby, what is it that you love the most? Why did you get one? Where do you use it? What are your favorite widgets? [more inside]
posted by velvetsmog at 9:42 AM PST - 12 comments

My mother loves to talk when I really don't want to listen right now!

How can I drown out my mother's constant advice giving banter? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 9:40 AM PST - 23 comments

Whats a good way to keep track of members that visit our establishment?

Help me come up with an easy way to track members at the entrance to our "private club" [more inside]
posted by JakeTimberlake at 9:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there an app for that?

I'm looking for a good New York City iPhone app for tourists. [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 9:25 AM PST - 15 comments

I would like to subscribe to your newsletter, and give you my card!

Help me network like a professional. What are common mistakes that soon-to-be graduates make at network events? What is proper etiquette for name exchanges, gracefully making one's way into a group conversation, and how one does one make an impression without coming off too strong? Particulars after the break. [more inside]
posted by cgomez at 9:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Why are my headlights blinking off while driving?

The headlights on my 2004 Dodge Durango randomly blink out for a few seconds while I'm driving. As you can imagine, this is a bit unnerving, not to mention dangerous, on a dark road at night. It is not consistent. It may happen a few times one night, then not again for a week. I do not have the automatic headlight feature. It does not seem to be connected to using the brakes, or turn signals, or anything like that. It's not even connected to moving as it has happened while the truck is not in motion. The 2nd generation Durango's do not have a headlight relay, which was my first thought on a part to check. The lights are apparently digitally controlled. I took it into the dealer and of course, the damn lights wouldn't act up there and the on board computer is not reporting any error codes, so the dealer didn't do anything but overcharge me for an oil change and tire rotation. I'm worried the lights will go out for good at a very inopportune time, like on one of our two trips in the next month. Has anybody had this problem, or have a guess as to where I should be looking for the cause?
posted by COD at 9:20 AM PST - 8 comments

Worth buying a netbook if no home wireless network?

Clueless noob here who's never owned any mobile eq, not even a cell phone. Have 2 aging PCs @ home, not networked. Just been offered an excellent deal on a netbook, and envision sitting anywhere in my house using it instead of sharing desktops w my kids. I live in a major metropolitan area; with a netbook, will I likely get internet wherever I go? Or do I have to (1) set up a home wireless network and (2) use the netbook only @ coffee shops?
posted by Nicky Diva at 9:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Drafty Winter Workshop

What's the best way to go about heating a 500sf workshop w/ 16ft ceilings in NYC this winter? Problem: only 120w electricity available. [more inside]
posted by thegreatfleecircus at 9:05 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I change to company Y for domain registration and hosting when I can't contact unreliable original company X?

How can I change to company Y for domain registration and hosting when I can't contact unreliable original company X to do the change? In the UK. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 9:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Printed Picks Please

I need a reliable guitar pick printer. [more inside]
posted by signal at 8:58 AM PST - 4 comments

So, Mr. De Vere, I understand you write