October 2012 Archives

October 31

Wet dog smell, bad. Dewy oriental rose, good.

Can you recommend a ladies' raincoat that won't make me sweat? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 11:58 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me find a jerb

What companies in the SF Bay Area (Preferably close to SF/Oakland) do work that requires electrical hardware design, and firmware programming? Then also produce a product that has a serious positive impact on society? [more inside]
posted by cman at 11:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Flamenco Recommendations

In need of some exquisite flamenco music - give me your recs.
posted by heyjude at 10:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Are there any free online self-paced courses that will actually help me find work?

Are there any free online self-paced courses that will actually help me find work? I want to hear about all possibilities. I was thinking of brushing up on my coding skillz, but I read varying reports on whether one can get a programming job without a CS degree. Opinions on this are welcome. Extra snowflake stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by fullerenedream at 9:56 PM PST - 8 comments

You can wear long skirts, which are very pretty. Same kind of length that men wear.

For those better at recognizing voices than me: who is the woman talking about clothing in the Jon Kennedy song, 'Style'? [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 9:28 PM PST - 2 comments

Which of these CS courses should I take?

Which introductory computer science course should I take? (I am a very special snowflake.) [more inside]
posted by lemonadeheretic at 9:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Dia de los Muertos for Beginners

I'd like suggestions for assembling an altar in memory of my father for Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Is a homemade gift a good way to show a guy I'm interested?

I like a guy. I don't know how he feels about me. Would it be weird to make him a gift? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 PM PST - 35 comments

Driving from NYC to NJ this Friday. Crazy?

Driving from NYC (Chelsea) to Piscataway, NJ, this Friday afternoon with a return on Sunday. Is this realistic? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me fix my feet!!

What is the best thing for my feet when I walk all day? And had foot issues before? [more inside]
posted by Quincy at 9:01 PM PST - 18 comments

cheesy like david hasselhoff

Are there any cheeses which are worthwhile to make myself? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 7:40 PM PST - 25 comments

How bad is the smoking in Paris?

So, SuperAwesomeGirl and I want to got France for a short vaca. I HATE cigarette smoke and she is incapacitatingly allergic to it - like - walk through a cloud of cig smoke and cough so bad she can't walk for a few minutes. Will we hate our time in Paris? [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper at 7:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Flying the Friendly Skies?

Is it "safe" to fly American Airlines again? [more inside]
posted by Oktober at 6:41 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I stop being so negative and gossipy?

I know that almost everyone has issues with negativity, gossip and drama but I believe it's becoming a dangerous habit - and sometimes scary tool - for me and I'd like to stop or at least better control my own behavior and contributions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 23 comments

What happens to prisoners after the end of the war on weed?

What happens to people locked up for weed in a post legalization state? Amendment 64 in Colorado and Initiative 502 in Washington state both seem to have a decent possibility of passing, and would make the posession and consumption of marijuana legal for adults. What would happent to people jailed in either state for possession or distribution of marijuana if either of these pass? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find downloadable resources for election night betting!

I'm looking for a site that offers downloadable spreadsheets or forms for all House seats and all states, that could be used for election night parties. I know about applications like this one from CNN, but I'm specifically looking for forms that can be filled in and then printed, ideally in table form, so a group of people can easily make and compare predictions as the results come in. These things must exist somewhere, so please point me towards them!
posted by Susan PG at 5:32 PM PST - 1 comment

What a crock.

My partner and I are both working 9 to 5 for our first time together, and are hoping to embrace the slow cooker as a way to have a hot meal on the table not long after getting home with minimal post-quitting-time effort a couple of times a week. Looking for some advice and suggestions! [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 5:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Disease model of Addiction?

Do I have to believe in the disease model of addiction to be successful in my recovery? I go to this counselor and he says in order for me to be happy I need to buy into NA and make friends there to live a happy healthy and normal life. I dont like NA and dont believe in the principles. Why cant I just say I was on drugs and now I am off without having to talk about it all the time? Is this the only way to happiness? He said I am fighting my disease and will never be happy if I dont try it. I have been sober for 5 months and I have real bad days and some good days. I am always overanalyzing things. I started CBT and that has seemed to make me more anxious at the moment. He also says that in my case CBT wont work unless I stop fighting my disease. I dont see how that makes sense.
posted by Truts83 at 5:10 PM PST - 21 comments

Toilet training dramas. Daughter hates potty.

Daughter SCREAMS when I try to put her on the potty to pooh. She knows she is about to pooh, and I know it too, but when I try to put her on the potty she completely freaks out. Not sure what to do. Details within. [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 5:06 PM PST - 40 comments

Proprietary R&D makes terrible resume-filler.

How does a scientist doing R&D work in industry maintain a Linked-in profile or have a great resume, when the work in question is company-confidential or proprietary? [more inside]
posted by aimedwander at 4:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for Horror/Apocalypse book reviews.

Websites for Horror/Apocalypse book reviews? [more inside]
posted by Circumstands at 4:48 PM PST - 2 comments

How is life in Abuja?

My friend is moving to Abuja, Nigeria! What should she know? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia at 4:48 PM PST - 5 comments

What are things to get a college grad

What are presents/things I don't know I want? [more inside]
posted by raeka at 4:42 PM PST - 20 comments

should i get counselling

I am failing in most aspects of my life - should I get counselling? [more inside]
posted by cyml at 4:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Food safety during power outage

Can I eat this? Sandy power outage edition. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 4:12 PM PST - 15 comments

What do you call an overly protective facebook creeper?

What is the name for the phenomenon of creepy guys being overly protective of women they barely know on the internet, in particular on facebook? [more inside]
posted by albrecht at 3:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Streaming video from my PC, not the cloud.

Help me set up video streaming from my Windows computer to my TV with a minimum of fuss, expense and wires. [more inside]
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 3:19 PM PST - 11 comments

My brain is resistant to learning circuit analysis. Get it? Resistant? Like a resistor? Ahhh hahaha! Help.

I'm struggling in Electric Circuits 1 - particularly with analyzing series-parallel circuits, thevenizing and superposition. Before I look for a tutor, can anyone suggest some resources to learn it myself? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 3:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Let the rhythm pump!

What's some good, preferably obscure, music for an urban foot chase video? [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei at 3:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me finish unlocking my iphone, please!

I live in London and will soon be travelling to Melbourne, Australia. I have an iPhone 4 and a contract with Three UK; this week I paid Three fifteen quid to unlock my phone so that I can use a local sim when I'm abroad. Three sent me a text telling me my unlock request has been processed, and to finish the unlocking process I need to insert a non-Three sim card and connect the device to iTunes. I don't have another sim card and am not sure where I can get one before I catch my plane on Saturday. Help? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 2:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Trying to find the best option to get more Photoshop savvy

What sort of course should I be looking at to hone my Photoshop skills? [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to buy shade-grown organic coffee?

Coffee drinkers! Can you help me source shade-grown organic coffee (I'm not interested in certification, but rather in those principles) from a US roaster that will roast and ship to me within 24 hours? Your personal recommendations only, please. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 2:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Articles into Kindles

Any experience with selling an article, as opposed to a book, for Kindle on Amazon? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 2:22 PM PST - 4 comments

tired of roast chicken

tired of roast chicken! Give me recipes and meal ideas are: elegant ( you would serve it at a fancy dinner party), winter seaonal foods, intensely flavorful, beautiful, whole food ingredient based (ie probably no tins of condensed soup), have that wow factor that impresses guests, and bonus (but not super important) are 'paleo'.
posted by skjønn at 2:16 PM PST - 24 comments

Miami Beach for Thanksgiving Weekend

I'm going to be in Miami Beach with my mom for Thanksgiving weekend. Any suggestions for your favorite places to go in the Miami Beach area? My mom really wants to take a day trip to the Everglades, and I'd love to find some fun twentysomething things to do. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 1:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Advice about a traffic violation, mandatory court appearance.

How much will this traffic violation cost me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 18 comments

What could be causing regular neck/shoulder/bicep pain and spasms?

I started having regular pain through my right shoulder down to my right elbow a few months ago. Today, I keep having muscle spasms in the same bicep. Too broke for a doc visit...anyone else experienced this? [more inside]
posted by guyarcher at 1:20 PM PST - 15 comments

I Wasn't Sent by the Agency, Sir: Hiring an Independent House Cleaner?

Help me hire an independent house cleaner. [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 1:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Let me entertain you and quiz you on random trivia!

I'm in charge of hosting a trivia & talent show night for a fundraiser. Need your advice and a few recommendations... [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 1:08 PM PST - 4 comments

My preschooler is super-smart and super-wild and I'm out of my depth

My 3-year-old is super-bright and super-high-energy. I am super-lost. (Sorry, this got super-duper long.) [more inside]
posted by Sockish American at 12:05 PM PST - 71 comments

Spouse with chronic illness - support for me.

I'm trying to find some kind of online support, such as a forum, for people whose SOs have chronic health problems. When googling for this, all I find are forums for people who are caretakers of their ill SOs. My husband can take care of himself for the most part, but his illness has a significant impact on our marriage. I'm trying to find others in similar situations. Any ideas? Many thanks in advance.
posted by michellenoel at 11:39 AM PST - 15 comments

windows phone

Windows phones: Does anyone know when the Samsung Ativ S come out? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 11:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Are there any good any online lectures on Ulysses?

Are there any good any online lectures on Ulysses? [more inside]
posted by DZack at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Crossing over with art

House of Leaves and Haunted are works in two different mediums (book and album) by two different artists that deliberately accompany each other. What other examples of this are there? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 11:01 AM PST - 30 comments

Stepping down to ez-mode.

I need a new career. Special snowflake factors: I like my current career, I've been very successful -- but I've been diagnosed with severe bipolar disorder and can't take the stress anymore. Details very slightly obfuscated. [more inside]
posted by sock puppet du jour at 10:25 AM PST - 21 comments

Charming small-town stop between Atlanta and Kansas City?

Where should we stop for the night between Atlanta and Kansas City? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 10:25 AM PST - 8 comments

About to be on the poor man's canned bean diet... need work!

Help me figure out why I'm not getting any bites on jobs-- I get callbacks. I get interviews. But when it comes down to obtaining the job and subsequent paycheck itself, I'm failing. [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 10:24 AM PST - 14 comments

I had a $500 MoneyPak stolen via hacker. I have some information. Can I catch em'?

A hacker redeemed my MoneyPak after viewing the scanned copy on my computer. They cashed it immediately via internet. Can I pursue a claim to obtain details and press charges? [more inside]
posted by aca.int at 10:19 AM PST - 7 comments

If I were looking for print comics, Bone or Fables could fit the bill

I need more story-based webcomics (or at least, comics available online)! Ever since I stumbled across Gunnerkrigg Court recently, I've been on a long-form webcomic kick. However, I've now made it through all the archives, and it's going to be cold and rainy here for a while yet - so what else should I be reading? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt at 10:19 AM PST - 33 comments

But I swear I am a first time homebuyer... he just isn't!

First Time Homebuyer (Canada) Plan-filter. Can he NOT be considered my common-law spouse? [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 10:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Why trust other people?

I have just ended a long term relationship due to a breach of trust. This has, however, added to my increasing lack of trust in other people -- which was little to begin with. Why should and how do I learn to trust people again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:15 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for experiences with pessaries

Do you have a pessary for urinary stress incontinence? What's it like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 AM PST - 1 comment

Leaving the office?

Did you leave the office job for a year or more of trying to make it on your own? How did it go? Would you do it again? What would you go back in time and tell yourself? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 10:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Everything is Amazing and The Bestest

What are other modern fiction titles with superlatives? I'm thinking of "Everything is Illuminated" and "Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever". [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph at 9:57 AM PST - 24 comments

Use person vacating the post as a ref for my app for same?

I am applying for a job, and of course references are requested. One of my best potential references, who I have worked with fairly extensively, is also the person vacating the position I am applying for, and for all I know could be interviewing me. Is it weird to use him as a reference? [more inside]
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 9:33 AM PST - 9 comments

who will design me a t-shirt?

I want to buy a shirt with a slogan on it, but no shirt with that slogan exists. Thus, I wish to cause its existence. Because my skills of an artist are meager, I don't want to do this myself on cafepress/spreadshirt/etc. Thus, I wish to ask YOU, metafilter, these questions: (a) where can I go or whom can I ask for my t-shirt-slogan-designing needs? (b) how much is this sort of thing likely to cost? (If too much, I'll just pass.)
posted by kenko at 9:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Broken Laptop Screen

I recently broke the screen on my laptop and I need to get it fixed. What are some good computer repair places in Baltimore?
posted by josher71 at 8:59 AM PST - 2 comments

And I was really looking forward to this trip, too!

I'm supposed to be at a B&B in Philadelphia tomorrow evening, and right now I'm in Brooklyn. I don't have a car, rail isn't running, busses leave from parts of the city that are extremely difficult to access and I'm not even sure I could get a ticket. Suggestions? Am I not thinking of something? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities at 8:35 AM PST - 16 comments

How will they fix New York?

How long will it take NYC to fully recover from Hurricane Sandy? [more inside]
posted by ben242 at 8:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Facebook to Blog

Getting Facebook page posts into a blog? [more inside]
posted by moosedogtoo at 8:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Blogs that chase trending social media topics?

Some blogs/sites are specifically set up to grab trending topics from social media and post about them. Examples would be MSN Now and Newswhip. Do you know of others?
posted by GaelFC at 8:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Enterprise backup for a small office full of non-savvy people.

Kinda-managed backup for a small office. Help me make a choice between several options? Challenge: broke ass non-profit. [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 7:56 AM PST - 10 comments

I want cellular voice & data - but only on the days I ask for it.

Cell phone plans filter: I want a cell phone-sized Android device to mostly use on WiFi, and the Nexus 4 may be the right one. But I might use occasional cell voice & data - help me get that voice & data as cheaply as possible. [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 7:51 AM PST - 17 comments


Potential freelance client wants to hire me; their lawyers say they can only work with incorporated vendors, not sole proprietors. For a variety of reasons (see inside) I'd rather not go through forming an LLC if I can avoid it. ISTR there are umbrella organizations freelancers can sign on with to handle this sort of situation, but am failing to google them up now that I need one. Potential difficulty factor: rural Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by ook at 7:46 AM PST - 13 comments

One eyed black scottishmen that love explosives are funny right?

How would you describe the style of humor displayed in team fortress 2? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 7:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Using a cellphone for an office LAN

In the aftermath of Sandy, my office in Stamford, CT, is still out of elecrical grid power and out of internet. Now, the building has diesel power and is letting workers back in today, so I'm trying to brainstorm a way to get them online. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 7:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Vocal in 8 Lust Songs

About 3:26 into this Michael Nyman piece (8 Lust Songs, NSFW is you speak Italian) the vocalist starts doing something strange and (to me) unpleasant. Can someone with more knowledge either singing or the composer explain what she is doing and what it is supposed to evoke.
posted by Fiery Jack at 7:17 AM PST - 1 comment

mentally paralyzed, but I need to write and present a talk in two weeks: help?

I have major writer's block compounded by panic, anxiety, plummeting self-worth and a whole host of problems, but I have to deliver this talk in two weeks. Snowflakey details within. Please help. [more inside]
posted by starcrust at 7:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Eternally unhappy parents with a stagnant and unhealthy marriage--I am in the middle. How to deal?

Please help me deal with my parents ever-strained and unhappy marriage, my fathers refusal to seek marriage counseling, my mother's emotional affair, and my grandparents horrible influence. This has been happening forever--now that I'm 20, my parents are divulging more and more. It's too hard to deal with. Any suggestions welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 AM PST - 24 comments

Free instructional videos on sex?

Best free videos on how to have sex? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 AM PST - 12 comments

What should I charge as an online marketing freelancer?

What should I charge as an online marketing freelancer? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by phoenix_fire at 5:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Threaded forum software

Anybody knows the software for this THREADED FORUM? [more inside]
posted by musayyeb at 4:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Is there a design term which describes the aesthetic, "things which show the details of their construction".

Is there a design term which describes the aesthetic, "things which show the details of their construction". Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 4:47 AM PST - 10 comments

yet another clothes question

Where am I NOT looking for great women's clothes which aren't too expensive? I'm a UK size 18 (US size 16, I think), and shop in all the usual UK high street places that go up to that size. I'm looking for clothes which are a little quirkier and more interesting than what you can find there. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 4:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Sleepy Koala asking "what the hell is wrong with me?"

(asking for sister) Why am I so tired? I feel like my brain is cotton wool, I wake up tired, all I want to do is sleep, and my short term memory is terrible. [more inside]
posted by saturn~jupiter at 3:27 AM PST - 43 comments

October 30

Feminism or bust

Boyfriend is not a feminist. I am. We don't see things eye to eye and we have long disagreements about it. Is this healthy? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 10:50 PM PST - 88 comments

Looking to ship a couch across the Juan de Fuca strait without it costing an arm and a leg. How?

I've apparently been gifted with a couch and a chair from relatives in Victoria and I need to figure out the best way to get them to the Fraser Valley. Are there any movers that will move such a small number of items for a not-crazy price? [more inside]
posted by barc0001 at 10:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Does anyone know a quicker or more automatic way to get articles downloaded on Mendeley desktop?

My boss (neuroscience professor) wants me to import all of her authored online journal articles (in PDF form) into Mendeley desktop. So far, I’ve been using PubMed to click on each article of hers, then accessing the PDFs through the specific journals (behind the paywall), and then downloading the papers one by one. Does anyone know a quicker or more automatic way to get articles downloaded on Mendeley desktop? Perhaps through an API? Also, does anyone know a way to quickly / automatically import citations that are used within an online journal article?
posted by kirsti at 9:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Given the Hurrican, should I drive from Toronto to New York?

Is it totally crazy to drive to NY tomorrow, Wed, Oct 31st? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 9:01 PM PST - 23 comments

No shenannygans

We want to run a background check on a potential nanny. The online services I've found are all setting off my sketch alarms. Are any of them any good?
posted by rouftop at 8:41 PM PST - 7 comments

How to control (choose) when I cry and when I remain stoic.

I want to be able to control when I become emotional and when I hold it together. Ever since meeting my first Russian orphans in 1999, my heart has grown progressively more tender and I "come to tears" very easily. In the Russian culture, a man crying is extremely rare and frankly not at all understood by the typical Russian young person. Once, during a tearful conversation with a precious girl I met in '99 and consider as a daughter, she actually asked my interpreter, "Is there something wrong with him? Maybe a neurological or psychiatric illness of some sort?" Can someone suggest how I can develop mastery over my emotional expression? A book? A therapist? Hypnosis? [more inside]
posted by papaheller at 8:35 PM PST - 9 comments

I need music that says, "Make a move on me already!"

Songs that say--"hey, come and get it already!" [more inside]
posted by araisingirl at 8:33 PM PST - 44 comments

A list of political domain names for blocking?

Do you know of a master list of active political domain names being used in the current American election? I need it so I can block all ads pointing to those sites. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 8:14 PM PST - 2 comments

BC Makes me crazy, and I'm going to have to take it anyway (PCOS). If you're crazy on some, can you be OK on others?

Just Diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)... BC makes me crazy, but am going to have to take it... eep! Anyone else crazy on some BC but not others? Tell me there's hope! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 at 7:49 PM PST - 28 comments

Why does BART not allow bikes in the first car?

Why does BART not allow bikes in the first car? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 7:25 PM PST - 5 comments

How to latch a swinging door?

What do you call a deadbolt with two levers? [more inside]
posted by contraption at 7:24 PM PST - 14 comments

uh... I... uh.... I.... Ilikeyoutoo.

I'm a terrible communicator in relationships. If we're talking about feelings, I freeze up and can't say the simplest of things. How can I get past this? [more inside]
posted by sockypuppeteer at 7:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me decide what business to get into

Help me decide what business to get into? I have some ideas to choose from. [more inside]
posted by signsofrain at 6:24 PM PST - 6 comments

What do I do with this machine?

My boyfriend just got me a juicer from Walmart (GE model I believe) since he occasionally does juice fasts and also uses them as meal replacements. I've never really used one before. [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat at 6:04 PM PST - 7 comments

The Old "Foot in the Door" Conundrum

Plenty of education, but no experience--how do I break into health information management or roles as a trainer in a healthcare setting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Pale red head seeks halloween costume ideas...

I'm tall, thin, pale, and short dark red hair. I have a great wardrobe and a floor-length black hooded cape. What can I be for Halloween? V1.36(million) with some limitations... [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 5:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Stories of dumper regret? Get him back? (Not interested in manipulation)

indecisive ex -- how do I handle this and do they ever come back (for the right reasons)? [more inside]
posted by minerving at 5:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Bus Maps MTA

MTA Bus Maps: Looking for cached images or scans of hard copy NYC MTA bus maps. MTA website is not loading maps on it's temporary website. Would prefer recent 2012 maps. Have found some on mappery.com am unsure of accuracy.
posted by edbles at 5:26 PM PST - 3 comments

My first windows 8 confuzzling

I just installed Windows 8. While most of the computer is preforming acceptably, there are a couple significant issues. The most prominent is that of connection speeds. Regular desktop programs are fine, but Windows 8 apps are really really slow! [more inside]
posted by Folk at 5:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Perhaps this Santa is too Secret

Secret Santa gift for a girl that I don't know too well. I can't provide too much information, but she's 21, college educated, has a fairly bubbly personality, and likes the Ravens. What are some good generic gifts for someone in this age range with this extremely vague set of descriptors? I'm trying to avoid gift cards. Price range is $20 to $30 dollars. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 5:00 PM PST - 25 comments

clinically significant ambiguity

How successful is "too successful" for a person to have untreated adult ADHD? On the CDC website one criteria is "IV. There must be clear evidence of clinically significant impairment in social, school, or work functioning." What counts as a "clinically significant impairment"? [more inside]
posted by cupcake1337 at 4:22 PM PST - 15 comments

What costume can I base around white super-high-heel boots?

I'm looking for Halloween costume ideas (for a man) based around an awesome pair of white, patent leather, lace-up, knee-high boots with about a seven-inch heel. Thought of this but Emma Frost is already not a super-well-known character, so I feel like it'll fall flat. But that's the vibe: cross-dressy / gender-bent or straight-boy-drag, rather than full drag.
posted by sixswitch at 4:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Best Hybrid like a Scion XB?

The next car I buy will be a hybrid but I can't find a good one. Want something like my Scion XB. [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 4:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Songless in Seattle

I'm considering taking singing lessons to increase overall confidence, voice volume and projection, and get some musical fix. Recommendations for a private singing teacher in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by E3 at 4:10 PM PST - 1 comment

How do i get back in school?

I'm trying to petition to get back into my college. [more inside]
posted by defmute at 4:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Password Protect Flash Drive

Is there a free downloadable mac program to password protect my entire usb flash drive? I've already tried TrueCrypt and using a .dmg with Disk Utility.
posted by CarlyH at 4:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you identify this spider?

Can you identify this spider? It has been camped outside my front door for two weeks. [more inside]
posted by cribcage at 3:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Basque Country or south of France?

Basque Country of south of France for post-Christmas vacation? [more inside]
posted by kookaburra at 3:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Headphone pitch phenomenon

If you take off a pair of headphones and lay them down somewhere, the music sounds like it's in a different pitch than when they're on your head. Why?
posted by facetious at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Baby sleep redux

Yay, it's a baby sleep question! About the best little three month-old this side of anywhere! (Basically, my wife and I are mightily confused about where our boy is now and where we need to start planning to get him.) (Picture of pulkes inside, of course. If it's good enough for a cat question it's good enough for us.) [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 3:05 PM PST - 33 comments

Where can I buy wedding bands *in person* in the Austin area?

Where can I buy wedding bands *in person* in the Austin area? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang at 2:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Entrepreneural Advice - What business to start?

Advice Wanted: I'm a MBA graduate with 10 years of business experience and $50,000 in cash and am looking to start my own business. What would you do in my situation? Advice? [more inside]
posted by Paalen at 2:38 PM PST - 24 comments

Driving Oregon Route 5 in December

I want to drive [in a Scion Xb] from San Francisco to Eugene OR this winter, around December 20. Are the passes going to be dangerous, or closed, or unpredictable? If open, will I need chains or other special equipment? How much time should I budget? If the passes along route 5 are unpredictable or worse, is there an alternate coastal route that will be guaranteed to be passable? I will be traveling with a small [15 pound] well-behaved dog. Are there particular hotels along route 5 or any alternate route that you might recommend?
posted by SamFrancisco at 2:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Help us find the Whoa oh song!

Help me find this song! My wife and I have been trying to find a song we keep hearing in commercials and in Football stadiums, but can't figure out what it is. The main part of the song is a chorus singing "Whoa oh, whoa oh ohhh oh, woah oh ohhh oh, woah oh". [more inside]
posted by SeeTheTurtle at 2:21 PM PST - 13 comments

I feel trapped from being too different?

Pretty sure I don't want to get married or have kids. Problem is, almost all my friends are doing so and it's just getting to the point where I am the only one who isn't doing either of those (not a bad thing).Help me not go crazy if I hear one more person say the words 'I'm engaged" or "I'm pregnant". [more inside]
posted by Autumn89 at 1:59 PM PST - 55 comments

Can someone recommend a startup-friendly tax/business attorney in LA?

I'm transferring my consulting business from out of state to west LA and I need to find an attorney to help with: - Forming the company - Helping me put together contracts for my clients - Coming up with a tax strategy Does anyone have a recommendation?
posted by mistermc at 1:58 PM PST - 2 comments

What kind of matress do I want?

Please help me figure out what mattress I might want. I really know nothing about mattresses except I think I prefer a minimal set-up. Oh, and I'm on a budget. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:52 PM PST - 12 comments

It smells so nice, what is it?

Help me identify this houseplant, please. [more inside]
posted by fancyoats at 1:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Laser printer won't share itself

Are some laser printers wholly resistant to sharing? [more inside]
posted by dance at 1:24 PM PST - 3 comments

I need some interview help. Badly. Thanks.

Crazy stressful job opportunity filter. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Tren? Ou et le billet? Wait, What?

Where can I book a train from Paris Nord to Beaune, returning from Beaune to CDG a few days later? [more inside]
posted by OompaLoompa at 1:14 PM PST - 10 comments

judging a flop

What percentage (either of a movie's production budget or of the final receipts) of a movie's box office receipts are expected to be produced in the opening weekend?
posted by goethean at 1:09 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this on my shower walls and how do I clean it?

How do I clean the weird textured surface of my apartment shower? [more inside]
posted by hrj at 1:07 PM PST - 10 comments

There will be whiskers

Recommend me flattering facial hair for Movember [more inside]
posted by arcticseal at 12:26 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for a newer digital camera in the $300-$600 range with decent native zoom (12x) and stitch assist.

I'm looking for a newer digital camera in the $300-$600 range with decent native zoom (12x) and stitch assist. [more inside]
posted by critzer at 12:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Good metal fab shops, either online or in SF Bay Area?

Can you recommend a good metal fabrication shop for custom parts, either online or in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me define and write a scope for my job!

Help me plan a Tier I HelpDesk implementation/startup/Scope [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 11:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Music like The Seeger Sessions

Music filter: More music like Springsteen's The Seeger Sessions [more inside]
posted by Thug at 11:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Box my life, please.

I'm looking to produce a very limited-edition chipboard CD box set of about 100 numbered copies. I don't need Megalodon's minimum of 500. Does anyone else produce these boxes? How about obtaining blanks?
posted by mykescipark at 11:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Make-up tips for a makeup-phobic manager?

I have dark hazel (green/brown) eyes that look green up close, generic brownish from a distance. I also have lips. What do I do with them? [more inside]
posted by kythuen at 11:23 AM PST - 29 comments

Female-friendly porn, please

Please help us find some positive and empowering sexy movies, stories, and/or assorted other porn-ish materials. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Wisdom tooth words of warning?

I'm 34, and currently have all my wisdom teeth, but one broke over the summer and got an infection a while back. I'm on heavy duty antibiotics now to minimize that and the extraction is scheduled for Friday morning. My regular dentist will be doing the procedure, and it sounds as though I'll just be getting a local anaesthetic. He said I wouldn't even need someone to drive me to the appointment, though I probably will, just to be on the safe side. What else should I know before going into this?
posted by peppermind at 11:20 AM PST - 32 comments

Similar to Eurythmics' Julia?

Can anyone recommend songs similar to (and possibly less "mainstreamy"* than) Eurythmics' Julia? [more inside]
posted by univac at 11:20 AM PST - 6 comments

How should I get my graphic novel out to the world?

I'm working on a graphic novel. Should I submit it to publishers, or just run it as a webcomic? And if I were to submit it, I have a bunch of secondary questions. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 11:20 AM PST - 9 comments

You don't need permission to dress up as a copyrighted character, but do you need permission to write about it?

My novel involves a costume party with some guests dressed as recognizable characters from films, TV, etc. I'm clearly not trying to claim them as my own and it's just all Halloween costumes, but am I asking to get sued? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Best way to wash dishes by hand?

What's the best method for washing dishes by hand? Tips, tricks and product suggestions for the dishwashing process using a double sink (and no dishwasher in sight). [more inside]
posted by thesocietyfor at 10:37 AM PST - 16 comments

Wait, I'll take the blue pill!

Within the last year, I've come to consider myself a feminist. I haven't felt this impassioned by anything in a long time. But my new perspective doesn't mesh well with coworkers and friends, and I'm constantly aware of things that never used to bother me. How can I cope with the frustration? [more inside]
posted by ista at 10:15 AM PST - 30 comments

Why do women work so much?

I know several women who have multiple jobs. I know their first full time job pays pretty well. I pretty sure they make just as much as me or more. I feel like I am very comfortable in my finances. But yet several of them have a second job, some even have a 3rd job. [more inside]
posted by udon at 10:11 AM PST - 65 comments

New Kid to Over the Block

Can anyone explain what the term "Over the Block" pricing means, specifically as relates to wholesale cheese prices?
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 9:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Best practices for editing RTL languages for the Web?

What tools do you use to edit Persian for the Web, preferably, but not necessarily, on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 9:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Medical Miracles in TV or Film?

Can you share examples of unrealistic health care "miracles" in media? [more inside]
posted by meta x zen at 9:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Does anyone remember "U Film"?

Does anyone remember U-Film? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 9:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Seeking the best stories, across all genres, about coming to terms with the world in the early adult years.

What are the best stories that feature young adults coming of age/coming to terms with life's imperfect realities? By "young adults" I mean "adults who are young," probably roughly 19-30, not "young people who are becoming adults." This maturing process can be central to the work or peripheral. One example: "The Great Gatsby." Short stories, novels, nonfiction, film, television and any other genre are all welcome.
posted by croutonsupafreak at 9:09 AM PST - 29 comments

And Step Two Three Four

I've recently seen people doing synchronized movement (dance?) on the UC Berkeley campus. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Don't send me passive aggressive emails during a hurricane please. It is the last straw.

Requesting assistance with how to explain in interviews why I am leaving, how/who to ask for references, and maybe just a gauge on whether it really is toxic or not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM PST - 10 comments

How can we both tie each other up?

I'm submissive. He's submissive. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 AM PST - 11 comments

What do Australian expats do about their super?

I'm an Australian living in the EU (I'm a resident for tax purposes). How on earth do I contribute to my super back in Australia? Google is no help [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 8:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Snowy accident mystery film

I would like to find the name of a film I saw a decade ago. To my recollection, it came out in 1992-1993 and had a male lead whose name I recognized at the time. A couple are driving in a snowstorm and go off the road. The wife disappears and the man makes his way to town (in Colorado, I believe). He tells the sheriff and others that he doesn't know what happened to his wife, but she shows up and it is revealed that he tried to have her killed for financial gain.
posted by Radiophonic Oddity at 8:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Charlie, Bones, Caffrey... Who's next?

I've come to realize I really like smart procedural-type tv shows where the two main characters are an FBI agent and their talented sidekick. I've burned thought Numb3rs, Bones and am half way though White Collar. What's next? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 7:50 AM PST - 35 comments

iTunes Replacment for Android/PC

Looking for recommendations for an iTunes replacement to sync podcasts with an Android phone. [more inside]
posted by dforemsky at 7:44 AM PST - 6 comments

What are the one liners or thoughts that you use to prevent you from eating that pastry or piece of candy?

What are the one liners or thoughts that you use to prevent you from eating that pastry or piece of candy? [more inside]
posted by sybarite09 at 7:41 AM PST - 52 comments

How do I relearn high school/early college math?

Former liberal arts nerd planning a return to university for Computer Science. How can I best catch up and prepare after years away from math and science curriculum? [more inside]
posted by f_panda at 7:17 AM PST - 10 comments

hot paintings

What would happen in an art gallery fire? [more inside]
posted by Hoenikker at 7:10 AM PST - 17 comments

Am I able to walk across any of the East River bridges today?

Am I able to walk across any of the East River bridges today? [more inside]
posted by cuban link flooded jesus at 7:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Loose oil cap fix?

[Carfilter] The oil cap on my car vibrates itself loose, causing oil to spill out onto the engine and thus wreathe my hood in some lovely smoke. Oil cap has been replaced once already to try and fix this, to no avail. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 7:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me with my iPhone 4 Calendar....missing info.

iPhone 4 calender questions - deleted information [more inside]
posted by dbirchum at 6:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find out more about photographic route atlases

I'd like to know more about a type of photographic route guide used in the early 20th century, definitely in the US if not elsewhere. They're a series of photographs of junctions with an arrow drawn over them. Librarians, map lovers, can you help me? [more inside]
posted by carbide at 6:33 AM PST - 3 comments

How else can I make tuna salad?

As somebody who is trying to change what he eats to better choices I still love some tuna salad, but really get skeezed out by the Mayonaise now. I've been looking for some alternative binder for my tuna when I want to make a sandwich. What else can I use to make tuna salad?
posted by warthurton at 6:23 AM PST - 37 comments

I just moved from Movable Type to a category-based Wordpress site and am now having redirect issues. Help me push my users to the right place!

I just moved from Movable Type to a category-based Wordpress site and am now having redirect issues. Help me push my users to the right place! [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 4:26 AM PST - 2 comments

Giant CSV Files Needed

Where can I find publicly-available scientific data to use in an Excel project? [more inside]
posted by anaximander at 4:13 AM PST - 18 comments

All Hands Heave Out And Trice Up

Navy rack (bed, not ribbons) kit I saw a few years ago. Now I can't seem to find it. Also looking for other tips and tricks in regards to ship life. Help? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 3:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Riddle me this.

I need riddles and puzzles for a bright bunch of high school students. Like the ones below that they taught me... [more inside]
posted by robotot at 2:18 AM PST - 17 comments

Which Business Model should I pursue?

Quick and Dirty Business assessment feedback for women who want to lose weight: I'm trying to get some real market feedback (a focus group of sorts) on which program a potential client would invest in, which they would gain more value from and whether my prices are on target. (Details on the business model inside) [more inside]
posted by soooo at 12:16 AM PST - 22 comments

Hiking in Shasta area

What are your favorite hikes in Shasta Trinity National Forest? [more inside]
posted by ethel at 12:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Excel Help

Excelfilter: How do I find and replace (e.g. replace 17 for 18) a set of numbers in the format: 17-01-06 without it being recognised as a date? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 12:00 AM PST - 4 comments

October 29

How do I review my manager without repercussions.

How honest can I afford to be in my upward manager review when he will know instantly that it's me? I have real issues to address but fear repercussions. And yes, it's supposedly anonymous. [more inside]
posted by Toto_tot at 8:50 PM PST - 26 comments

Teaching After JET

I'm completing my last year on the JET Programme and am interested in learning about teaching jobs and alternative licensing programs open to about-to-be-finished-with-JET seekers of teaching positions. [more inside]
posted by merenight at 8:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Brooklyn flooding/storm surge question

flooding / storm surge question: Flood waters in fiance's Brooklyn/Greenpoint location are about 2' away by depth, half a block by walking. Is water likely to rise more? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 8:14 PM PST - 10 comments

2 broke streaming

Where can I (legally) watch 2 Broke Girls online, for free? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 7:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Driving right on the left side of the road

Canadian wishing to drive in Scotland and the Hebrides - never drove on the left side before - how to prepare? [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner at 7:42 PM PST - 29 comments

Looking for animated GIF Pac-Man sprites!

Looking for animated GIFs of sprites from Pac-Man! Hoping for all four ghosts (looking sideways is okay), a blue "oh no" ghost, Pac-Man, and big Pac-Man from the cutscene. Failing that, anyone able to point me toward an easy way to put together animated GIFs in Mac OS?
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Competitors who compensate their staff differently?

I am looking for examples of companies in the same industry that have very different compensation structures. Can the hivemind help? [more inside]
posted by helloworlditsme at 7:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Music for Drum/Bass Accompaniment?

With what music software can I easily play along with drum/bass loops on piano? [more inside]
posted by mcav at 7:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Not afraid of a little rain

Stuck in DC, suggestions for fun things to do Tuesday and Wednesday? [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast at 6:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Corporate Fitness Challenge?

Corporate wellness challenge tips, tricks, websites? Smallish company (150 employees, scattered across country, many in one area, however) Looking to do a combo weight loss challenge (and healthy challenge for those not looking to lose weight). Mostly virtual, thoughts on administration, non-weight loss competition, tips, tricks, websites?
posted by sandmanwv at 6:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Tips for working with recruiters?

I am looking for a job and am starting to work with some external recruiting firms. Do you have any suggestions/advice/wisdom for me? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 5:56 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get from the rental car office to the airport at OMG o'clock?

How can my partner drop off a rental car and get to the airport terminal when his flight boards almost before the rental office (and their shuttle to the airport) opens? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 5:41 PM PST - 5 comments


Kindle fire -- I'd like to listen to stitcher for a half hour until I fall asleep. I'd like the app to stop and the kindle turn off.
posted by notned at 5:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Identify this children's book

Asking for a friend: "I read a book when I was very young, a fantasy story for kids, that featured a character called Airy Bear, who would inflate himself and thus leap and bounce about. I cannot remember the name of this book and I really, *REALLY* want to know what it is. Help? The internet (or at least my search-term-crafting-fu) is failing me."
posted by kilo hertz at 5:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Nature documentaries for young children

What are some of the best nature and science documentaries for young children? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 5:09 PM PST - 17 comments

What's some of the best, most illuminating, and most entertaining writing about conservation bio on the net?

What are some of the best technical blogs out there in conservation biology, biogeography, evolutionary biology, and ecology? [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 5:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me clone this T-shirt.

This is my favourite T-Shirt of all time. I live in terror of it wearing out. Where can I find another one? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 4:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Books to help a recent divorcee avoid common mistakes?

I'm almost done with my divorce and in the process of starting a new life. Are there any books out there that might help me steer clear of making the more common corny-recent-divorcee' mistakes? Stuff related to love, the kids, housecleaning, finance, alcohol, furnishings, loneliness, stress, etc. 41 yo male living in the US, three preteen daughters on 50/50 time, comfortable financially, stressful job, amicable split from STBX, big D because I ended up being an employee and not a husband/man.
posted by TheManChild2000 at 4:43 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I prevent my history of money from hurting my marriage?

My history with money, coupled with recent life challenges, is affecting my marriage. I am stressed and angry; my partner is (probably) depressed and overwhelmed. How can we grow together, not apart? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Stompity Stomp Stomp Boots

I love my boyfriend's motorcycle boots and I want my own stompy boots. These Dr. Martens were incredibly comfortable, but the multitude of buckles really aren't my style; I prefer much sleeker lines. What I really want are these Jimmy Choo boots--even my boyfriend thinks they're the best fit for my style and needs, except for the price--but they're out of my budget for now. Internet suggestions are great, but I need to be able to try them on in person for free--so it's best if Zappos, Nordstrom, Macy's, etc carry these shoes. (I'm located in Seattle.) [more inside]
posted by ethidda at 4:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Costume ideas for the creatively challenged

It's been over a decade since I had to dress up for Halloween and I am not very creative. Is there anything I can reasonably do using this flowy green 1930's style dress? [more inside]
posted by missix at 4:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Your ADHD stories and strategies

You have ADHD. You've made serious improvements and your life is better now. Tell me your story - not just the tools, but where you came from and where you are now. I need to believe this is possible. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Health Insurance suggestions for a Los Angeles freelancer?

Health insurance for a 40 year old male freelancer in Los Angeles. Help me Obi-Wan-Ask-Metafilter, you're my only hope. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 3:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Early morning Chicago breakfast suggestions?

I'm looking for somewhere exciting to eat breakfast VERY early on a Sunday in Chicago. The more ethnic the better. [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

What can I do to help my aging alcoholic father?

Is there anything I can do to help my alcoholic father? He is retired, getting older, and the issue is getting progressively worse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Someone, save my life tonight. Or at least inform me of a date.

Surely some mefite is an Elton John enthusiast who can tell me when he played a show at (probably) Exhibition Stadium in Toronto in the early nineties, or else set me right on this. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:47 PM PST - 7 comments

The Flattest Sound

Help me decide between several studio monitors for home studio use. [more inside]
posted by Tiresias at 2:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me out with my fantasy basketball auction draft!

I'm participating in my first fantasy basketball league (I've done FFB) and another first for me is the auction draft. Help me not look like a fool. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 2:35 PM PST - 3 comments

PC repair in Seattle to breath life into my desktop box

Recommendations for desktop diagnosis/repair in (North) Seattle? My newly-(self)built box will not POST. [more inside]
posted by skyscraper at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find a doctor for my mom in Grand Rapids, MI.

Help me find an excellent primary care doctor for my mom in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by sweltering at 2:18 PM PST - 3 comments

What should my parents do in Dallas, Texas?

What can I put together for a Christmas present to help my parents make their farewells to the Dallas/Fort Worth area? [more inside]
posted by linettasky at 2:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Why is there patriotism only when you can see it?

Why are you supposed to take the flag down at night? [more inside]
posted by mwachs at 2:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Stop my ass from ghostwriting!

Is there a case that can hold both my Apple Bluetooth Keyboard and not allow buttons to be pressed? I carry this around with me and use it habitually in tandem with my laptop and magic trackpad because they save me considerable finger, neck, and wrist pain. However, because of how I store the keyboard in my Timbuk2 Command size medium messenger bag (in the red sleeve flush against my laptop), the buttons get pressed, and the battery degrades when it isn't in use (by me). Does anybody have suggestions for how to get past this?
posted by oceanjesse at 2:10 PM PST - 5 comments


Why did "Fire with Fire" go straight to video? [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 2:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Me Become The Cat Lady from the Uncanny Valley

Halloween CostumeFilter: My idea this year is to dress up as a literal incarnation of a Cat Lady: e.g., regular human clothing in conjunction with as hyper-realistic a cat head/mask as I can come up with. Difficulty: must be finished by this coming Wednesday morning so I can wear it to work! [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 1:34 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I find a financial planner in the Chicago Western Suburbs?

Is there a best way to go about finding and hiring a financial planner? I'm in the Western suburbs of Chicago and am not sure where to start the process or what are the key things to look for. [more inside]
posted by Slack-a-gogo at 1:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Not uninvited, just never invited.

Baby Shower Etiquette: My bestie is throwing me a baby shower at her Aunt's house. It is a tiny event of only 8 people- all adults (Our Moms, mother in laws, my sister in law & bestie's Aunt). I didn't really expect anyone to throw me a shower, so I am super grateful the she and her Aunt would take this on! My Mother in law sent me an email last night asking if my 8 y/o niece was invited... [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 1:23 PM PST - 23 comments

My child one month too young for public school, what to do?

With the changing of the California kindergarten enrollment age cutoff, my daughter will be a month too young for enrollment in public schools in 2013. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by akomom at 1:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Reading to a classroom

Book suggestions for reading to my child's grade three class. [more inside]
posted by njk at 12:58 PM PST - 18 comments

to drive (or not) in Europe

I am relocating to the UK. I do not have a driver's license. Should I get one? [more inside]
posted by par court at 12:57 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I make myself a good mother?

I'm a crappy parent and my daughter doesn't like me--now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by andariel at 12:52 PM PST - 50 comments

LIVE coverage election night 2012 - on the internet?

LIVE coverage election night 2012 - on the internet? [more inside]
posted by keith0718 at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the best tech-y resources & resource locations for an Android Nexus 7?

I recently decided to pick up a Nexus 7. However, I'm entirely new to the whole Android ecosystem. What are the best resources for finding the best which Android has to offer? (If you can point me directly to the 'Android best-of', that works too) [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave at 12:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Advice on choosing a grad program

My friend is interested in graduate programs on humanitarian work and development related issues. What schools have good programs in these areas? She is interested open to studying anywhere, but currently resident in the US/East Coast. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

How high's the water mama?

[sandyfilter] Can someone explain storm surge and sea levels? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 11:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Make me the cool gift giver!

Christmas gift shopping for ladies in the office, need help with ideas and online shops! [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 11:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Why can't I drive?!

Having real difficulty learning to drive. Give up altogether, start again in an automatic, or can you think of anything that would help me to improve? [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple at 11:32 AM PST - 32 comments

Broken hearted for my friend.

I'm having a rough time dealing with the recent suicide of a dear friend; looking for some resources. [more inside]
posted by socky mcsockerton at 11:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Please help me rid my hotmail account of spam.

Any suggestions for helping me get rid of annoying spam emails that show up constantly in my hotmail account? [more inside]
posted by fatedblue at 11:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Reactive Music Apps

Are there any reactive music apps for Android? [more inside]
posted by daboo at 11:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Sandy got me all wet

Sandy's dropped almost 3 inches here already. Our roof (over 22 yrs old, original, already had quotes to replace it in the past 2 weeks) decided to leak. So I'm looking for general knowledge/hints/tips on fixing things after a roof leak. [more inside]
posted by k5.user at 10:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Good resources for nutrition information

I feel awful. Please share your resources for reasonable, safe and sane information about nutrition. [more inside]
posted by vignettist at 10:52 AM PST - 18 comments

Emergency Kindle rations needed, stat!

Need sub $15 Kindle book recommendation to weather the Big Storm. [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 10:52 AM PST - 12 comments

ISO humorous comebacks to midlife crisis jokes.

What are some witty comebacks I can use when being accused of having a midlife crisis? [more inside]
posted by Beti at 10:24 AM PST - 43 comments

I'm trying to sell a consultation without sounding sketchy

You have your own business (or like me, help manage one). You have an initial consult fee which is lower than your hourly rate but still a high number ($250). When you receive cold calls, how do you broach the number without clients freaking out. We do not to any free consultations. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl at 9:43 AM PST - 20 comments

in search of lost time book

What was this book I read? Published in last 10 years, it had something like an explanation in layman's terms of the physics of time & why time is perceived by our consciousness as a flow. Can't recall much more than that I'm afraid.
posted by canoehead at 9:34 AM PST - 9 comments

More info on amputation please?

Practical advice on lower leg amputation? IKYANMD [more inside]
posted by Jayed at 9:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Baron Samedi and Maman Brigitte. Yea or Nay?

My friend says my Halloween idea might be racist. This took me completely by surprise. I was skeptical, but after stewing over it I'm now looking for a second opinion. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 8:49 AM PST - 72 comments

Bad Handwriting problems

How do I deal with my bad handwriting, especially when it comes to thank you notes? [more inside]
posted by nickhb at 8:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Is your voice like handwriting? Can you improve the quality and pleasantness of your default voice (pitch, intonation, etc) like you can with penmanship so that the changes you focus on become the default? Or will you always be in some way "singing" your words?

Is your voice like handwriting? Can you improve the quality and pleasantness of your natural voice (pitch, intonation, etc) like you can with penmanship so that the changes you focus on become the default? Or will you always be in some way "singing" your words? [more inside]
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

No self control

I love the idea of AirParrot to get my Mac's screen on my TV through AppleTV. But I want more. I want to have my keyboard and mouse too. Problem: Bluetooth limits and my iMac is upstairs while the TV is downstairs. [more inside]
posted by Gungho at 7:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Gift ideas?

My dad is turning 60 - any great gift ideas? [more inside]
posted by cccp47 at 7:12 AM PST - 10 comments

How to deal with a furtive, trespassing neighbor?

My neighbor encroaches on our property and leaves garbage. The police haven't been particularly helpful. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM PST - 25 comments

I think I'm coddling my inner child.

Please recommend resources for turning off distractions, looking inside of myself and taking better care of myself. Vague flurry inside. [more inside]
posted by mibo at 7:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Walt Disney Playlist?

Our family spent a week in September at Walt Disney World (Florida), staying at Pop Century, visiting three of the parks. How can I find the soundtrack to the holiday? [more inside]
posted by kreestar at 4:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Gift in LA

Friends (couple and their gorgeous 2-year-old) are moving from the UK to LA (via NYC for a month or two). Do you have any fabulous gift ideas? I don't want to get them a physical thing to lug around so maybe a pre-paid something, or an experience - something I could buy online and give them a printout tomorrow would be perfect. Thanks!
posted by Carravanquelo at 4:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Arabic Podcasts Recommendations

Can you recommend podcasts in arabic ? [more inside]
posted by motdiem2 at 4:12 AM PST - 1 comment

Is phenibut a safe, effective, treatment for social anxiety?

Is phenibut a safe, effective, treatment for social anxiety?
posted by denverco at 2:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Almost willing to give the emails in my spam folder a shot...

Currently seeking a safe, reliable courier through which I can order medication online on the cheap and with little hassle. [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 2:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Look for good but durable earbuds.

These earbuds are basically the best headphones I've ever used. However, their cord is way too thin, and I've broken at least half a dozen pairs of these over the last few years, usually by having the wire tear straight off of the plug. I've never broken any other kind of headphones this consistently. These are my back-up pair, and are tough and sound okay, but I'd really like ones as durable as the Skullcandies and as crisp and rich as the Thinksounds. The 30-50 dollar price range is preferable. Any suggestions?
posted by cthuljew at 2:01 AM PST - 18 comments

What happened to neopolitan?

Why is neopolitan ice cream no longer popular in the US? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 at 12:30 AM PST - 34 comments

October 28

Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids.

Looking for fun day plans for home-schooled kids. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 10:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Living with post-recession stress disorder

I've landed in a dead-end job, but it's hard for me to overcome my anxiety about retraining or changing the direction of my career. How should I perform an objective, reasonable risk-reward analysis in the face of imperfect options and information? [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 9:51 PM PST - 16 comments

I have a DSi XL question.

Can you play a 3ds game (the 3-D kind of game) on a DSi XL? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 9:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Onion-free, garlic-free, tomato-free tasty soups, please

Freezable, tasty soups or stews without onion, garlic or stewed tomatoes. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by sillymama at 9:07 PM PST - 21 comments

industrial design for a mechanical engineer?

Advice for a mechanical engineering student who might want to pursue a career in industrial design? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 8:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Homemade pantry basics as gifts

Another food gift question: ideas for homemade pantry staples [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 8:28 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me help my soon to be hoarder husband!

My husband of 30 years has been increasingly getting to be a total slob. He lays papers, clothes, anything on every horizontal surface! Our house is not small, he has one of our kids' old bedrooms as his office, and it is packed. Yet still he comes home everyday and lays all his 'stuff' on the kitchen table, his clothes on the only chair in our bedroom...I am so frustrated! When he's gone I often go through his 'stuff', tossing what I don't think is needed...but if he finds out he flips! I have set aside time to go through things with him, but he always finds an excuse not to follow through. He is good about doing other household chores, putting dishes and laundry away... I have gotten rid of extra tables and other things he could clutter up, but it absolutely does not help. I need your help before I go bonky. Thanks!
posted by msleann at 8:12 PM PST - 30 comments

Where can I get that Haagen Dazs Moon Ice Cream Cake?

Does anyone know if the Haagen Dazs Moon Ice Cream Cakes will be coming to America this Holiday Season PLEASE and where they can be found or do I have to fly to the UK to eat this thing?
posted by J0 at 8:07 PM PST - 1 comment

You're over the line!

Why does the city ignore the possibility to write lots of easy parking tickets? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 7:29 PM PST - 18 comments

Convert this quick cut-shot filled video to an actual recipe

I absolutely love this recipe by Gordon Ramsay but need to know the actual proportions to use, a good side-dish, an alternative to brill and a wine recommendation (both to use for cooking and to pair with the dish)
posted by Lucubrator at 7:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to get the latest news on Startups

How to find start up companies in a region? [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 6:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Even my lightning gets too fast

I rent an apartment. I like to cook. My kitchen is more-or-less (see below) unventilated. So I have grease everywhere. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by novalis_dt at 6:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Sci-fi books that are jam packed with ideas?

What are some good science fiction (ish) books that are crammed with lots of interesting little ideas? [more inside]
posted by jacobm at 6:25 PM PST - 40 comments

"I really want to go out on a date with you. How about the third of Never?"

Since I've hit my mid-late 20s, a pattern has developed: A woman and I express mutual interest; I ask for her number or she gives it to me on her own; a first date is arranged; at the last minute, she cancels it. I know this isn't unheard of, but it's happening so often and so consistently that it's making me paranoid and demoralized, and I'm not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:01 PM PST - 25 comments

Where can we take a winter vacation in the Pacific Northwest?

My girlfriend and I live in Portland, Oregon. We'd like to take a week-long vacation over Christmas, and are looking for somewhere to visit in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, BC, or western Montana. We're looking for someplace romantic-ish where we can be active and adventurous, but also curl up together to read. The rub? We'd prefer it weren't too crowded. We're willing to spend up to $150/night, though we'd prefer to pay $120 or less. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 5:08 PM PST - 21 comments

I need a new wardrobe - Help!

Style filter: Help me build a new wardrobe that is low-key, humble, and comfy, but polished and not disheveled. [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 4:43 PM PST - 15 comments

what do you call 2 girls in prom dresses and pumpkin-heads?

halloween question: we're 2 ladies wearing these ridiculous orange sparkly pouffy prom dresses, and we're thinking of putting pumpkins on our heads. what clever thing could we be? how could we make our costumes super awesome? we're thinking "pump-queens" or something. can you be more creative than that? something clever or punny would be fantastic! thank you!
posted by andreapandrea at 4:34 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I get my city to improve traffic signal timings?

I live in San Diego, and I hate the traffic lights along a particular road that I always drive on (Genesee Avenue). I'm regularly astonished at how soul-crushingly stupid they can be, and I'm constantly yelling at them from my car like an idiot. What can I do about this? My dream would be to talk to the traffic engineers in my city, really pick their brains and offer my observations. How does one go about making this happen? [more inside]
posted by wuMeFi at 4:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Does a director on the level of Paul Thomas Anderson make much money at all?

Does a director on the level of Paul Thomas Anderson make much money at all? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage at 4:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Divisive things are hard to Google.

I'm working on a project where I've got 2 union talent already booked and one Fi Core talent on deck. I have questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:09 PM PST - 0 comments

How do I deal with my short-tempered husband?

How do I deal with my short-tempered husband? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:09 PM PST - 23 comments

Stormy Tuesday?

What if there's a natural disaster on election day? Are there state and/or federal contingencies?
posted by j_curiouser at 3:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Appearance fee for me?

How much should the appearance fee be? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 2:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Keeping it grimey?

[MusicRecommendationFilter]I really enjoy the soundtracks to Ill Manors and Adulthood. Looking for similar dark British hip-hop. [more inside]
posted by kuanes at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

british art illustration icon

Anybody have any examples of iconically British artwork and illustrators? [more inside]
posted by jumelle at 2:28 PM PST - 33 comments

Dating advice for shy people?

Dating advice for introverted/shy women (or men!)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Is he flirting? Trying to get my attention?

Is he flirting? Trying to get my attention? [more inside]
posted by femmefatale123 at 1:57 PM PST - 47 comments

what (ugh) electronic piano should I buy?

thinking of buying a piano: getting a real one is logistically impossible, but I hate most electronic pianos. recommendations? [more inside]
posted by idlethink at 1:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Need mask suggestions *not* for halloween

Just lost the eye mask I purchased from an airport Brookstone years ago. My last purchase was due to necessity. This time, I would like to do my best to make an informed choice. Also, to get me through the next few nights, what piece of clothing will be the best substitute? [more inside]
posted by chiefthe at 1:26 PM PST - 22 comments

Career Advice for the Semi-Arts-Inclined?

Artsy/music-y/indecisive-y person seeking career advice. Help me help myself. [more inside]
posted by socky mcsockerson at 12:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Photo booth in or near Boston?

Old school photo booth in or near Boston? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 12:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Help - halloween costume makeup for Poe's Lenore?

For Halloween, I'm dressing up as Edgar Allen Poe's Lenore. I have a really nice black dress and accessories (necklace, veil, etc.) somewhat Victorian/semi-formal style, but decent makeup continues to elude me. You wouldn't think finding a decent makeup tutorial would be so hard, and yet after days of googling, I've found practically nothing that looks good/appropriate. [more inside]
posted by snarlsbarkley at 12:23 PM PST - 10 comments

What should I do about this ethical issue at work?

Due to major recent changes in my field, I am now being listed as supervisor of most of the people I work with (including my actual supervisors), and this is due to my credentials. This is not information that is solely internal (since I am not actually everyone's supervisor) but actually is information sent to the third party funding sources, which I think raises a major ethical issue. Should I be allowing this to happen? What should I do about it?
posted by queenba at 12:03 PM PST - 21 comments

Is there an application for OS X that can remote-control an Apple TV?

Is there an application for OS X that can remote-control an Apple TV? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 11:51 AM PST - 5 comments

(RSSfilter) I I Am Am Seeing Seeing Double Double

The blog title is doubled in the RSS Feed How do I get rid of the duplicate ? The blog is going to be a photo only blog, no titles - Is that a contributing factor ? Is it a bad WP install to blame ? The WP title ? Where/how can I edit the blog title in the RSS feed ? This thing is driving me nuts !
posted by Webbster at 11:39 AM PST - 4 comments

states borrowing money from who?

My state, like many, has referendum on our ballot requesting permission to borrow money. Where does the money come from? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek at 11:38 AM PST - 10 comments

Mystery classical music

What is this piece of music (MP3)? My daughter's music teacher (it's an initiation class for 5-year olds) gave us the sheet music before leaving on vacation and I'd like to find a correct recording. [more inside]
posted by elgilito at 11:09 AM PST - 11 comments

What the heck is this plant bubble thingy?

What the heck is this plant bubble thingy? It's sitting in a vase at a restaurant in Bloomington, Indiana next to some little purple flowers (probably a different plant). It's pale green and purple with little hairs on it. It's about the size of a racquetball. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I talk to my boyfriend about my food problems?

What are the ethics of disclosing an eating disorder to your partner if you're not prepared to tackle the problem? [more inside]
posted by terretu at 10:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Fork in the road

Feeling ambivalent and confused in my relationship. Please advise! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM PST - 10 comments

How Do I Block IWon on Safari??!

How do I block IWon while using Safari? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool at 10:09 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the model of this old stove?

Can someone tell me the model and year on this old stove? Is it worth anything? picture [more inside]
posted by racecar at 10:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Clash of teh humble Cute Utes

Dear Car Shopper, what would You choose? RAV4 or Outback, new base models. [more inside]
posted by methinks at 9:38 AM PST - 22 comments

Should my money go to Wikipedia?

I'd like to donate some money to a charity. Is there a worthier techno-cause than Wikipedia?
posted by zscore at 9:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Birds and windows don't mix

Calling fellow MeFi birders! What is this little fellow that hit my window? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 9:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I seal my new fence posts even if they are wet?

I didn't seal my new fence posts and now the forecast is for rain all week. Can I seal them in the spring? [more inside]
posted by cda at 9:07 AM PST - 8 comments

How to get over insecurity about boyfriend's divorce?

What can I do to stop insecurity from boyfriend's from seeing into our relationship? The divorce isn't final, and it's placing a strain on our relationship. I'm afraid that my anger/confusion/fear may sabotage the relationship. [more inside]
posted by lastcall17 at 9:03 AM PST - 14 comments

What is this behavioral economics experiment I am thinking of?

What is this behavioral economics experiment I am thinking of? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Two Far East Tokens For Translation

Readers of far eastern languages: what do these tokens say, and what country did they come from? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown at 8:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Can this marrow be saved?

I have a crock pot full of grass fed beef marrow bones and vegetables that have been cooking on low for the past 30 hours or so. I'm about to strain the broth from the solids. The solids will include the bones themselves, chunks of marrow, and bits of assorted vegetables. Any things to do with the solids besides toss them out? Is there still any nutritional value in them or has it all been leached out into the broth? As for the broth, I'll refrigerate it and skim off any fat that solidifies on top. Uses for the fat?
posted by ms_rasclark at 6:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Breastfeeding positions when you have a busted/bruised tailbone?

Breastfeeding positions when you have a busted/bruised tailbone? [more inside]
posted by romakimmy at 4:34 AM PST - 15 comments

What charities should I donate to?

What charities should I donate to? Advocacy for your favourite cause welcome. [more inside]
posted by DRMacIver at 3:31 AM PST - 26 comments

Beach reading for 2012

Beach reading. 2012 edition. Difficulty - Must be available for purchase for Kindle in Australia. [more inside]
posted by arha at 1:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Is further education in at my age worth while?

Vaguely dead-end job is tempting me to return to and complete my BA (casually abandoned nearly a decade a go) so that I can pursue the University of Oregon's 'Applied Information Management' program and possibly advance within present company. Is this a good idea? Many a detail inside... (now that I'm typing them: there a many many details. proceed at will] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:20 AM PST - 4 comments


There's a strange poster that's been posted all over my neighborhood in Vancouver. I can't figure out whether it's viral marketing, obscure religious propaganda or somebody's strange idée fixe. Can you help me figure out what it means? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 12:11 AM PST - 6 comments

October 27

Best electoral bang for my buck?

What's the most effective way to donate to Obama this late in the game? [more inside]
posted by turducken at 10:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Can future schools find out about my past education?

Can future schools find out about my past education? [more inside]
posted by telsa at 9:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Spilled water on my MacBook Pro and it's still making noise. What's happening?

Spilled water all over MacBook Pro. I turned it off to dry it out, but it's making horrible crackling sounds. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by serialcomma at 8:25 PM PST - 27 comments

Wherein We See Whether Mods Read Past Headlines...

Leggy Girl Needs Mary Jane Hookup in London... no, not that kind. [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 8:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Conference trip - business or pleasure?

I'm a Canadian software developer. I'm going to a conference in the US next month, and I'm not sure what to say when they ask if the trip is for business or pleasure. [more inside]
posted by problemspace at 7:32 PM PST - 22 comments

I want to write electronic music but I don't know what I'm doing.

I am trying to get into electronic music production but I don't know what I'm doing. What is the best way to get started? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 7:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Best carpet for a high traffic

Can you recommend carpet for a high traffic sunroom in a home with dogs and young children? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 6:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Poly to mono?

Polyamorous, yet want to focus on one person right now. How to tell the others? Is this even normal or should I start re-evaluating my orientation? [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet at 6:44 PM PST - 12 comments

L.A. landscaper needed

Looking for a top-notch Los Angeles landscaper. [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra at 6:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Cash and Carry

I'm looking for women's wallet with a separate pull-out sleeve to carry credit cards and cash. Prefer to spend less than $50. [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 5:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you safely evaporate radioactive water?

When radioactive water is evaporated, where does the radioactivity end up? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 5:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Long term memory loss, not sure what to do and need help

For a while now, maybe several months or so (this only proves further how terrible my memory is) I have been experiencing long term memory loss. I have great trouble remembering my childhood, places I've been to, anything at all that i learned in school a year or two ago. I always forget what I say to people even a few weeks ago. They will talk about something I said or something I did and I won't remember. When I go to bed, the hours just before become unknown to me. When I try to remember what happened in the last hours of the night it is all foggy and fragmented. This is not something I normally experience, especially all the things I've done with family and friends, I can barely remember anything and it makes me very sad. [more inside]
posted by johnx at 5:36 PM PST - 32 comments

Tattooed Eyelids

What's the name of the book where the main character is a swordsman who has sword tattoos on his eyelids? [more inside]
posted by zinon at 5:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Help my iguana survive Frankenstorm

How do I keep my iguana alive during an electric blackout? All of her lighting and heating elements demand electricity. I don't have a generator or the funds to purchase one. I'm most concerned about her getting too cold. Under 80*F for extended periods is the danger zone.
posted by pupus at 4:24 PM PST - 29 comments

Spending 10 days in Tokyo

What are some good things to do in Tokyo next week? I'll be staying in Shinjuku, and would appreciate a bit of guidance as far as stuff to do. [more inside]
posted by sp160n at 4:10 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do with a dying 08 Macbook Pro?

I have a early 2008 Macbook Pro that has just now come down with the dying logic board problem. I bought it outside the 4-year period (so no free replacement) and have a new MBP anyways, so how can I get rid of it such that maximize my return value? [more inside]
posted by RyanAdams at 4:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Is maintaining one's boundaries beyond the bounds of etiquette?

How does the etiquette concept that "The only thing ruder than rudeness is pointing out said rudeness" not imply letting oneself get walked all over? Help me understand this, if you would? [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story at 3:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Why are property taxes so much higher in Westchester County NY than in Fairfield County CT?

Why are property taxes in Westchester County, NY so much higher than in Fairfield County, CT? [more inside]
posted by xo at 3:37 PM PST - 10 comments

What goodies should we bring back to US from Hong Kong and Seoul?

My husband and I are traveling to Hong Kong and Seoul very soon. What are some things we should buy and bring back for ourselves and as gifts for family/friends/colleagues? [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Do I miss my boyfriend or not?

So my boyfriend went away for a week for work. I thought I'd miss him like crazy, but I kinda don't? Is this normal?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:12 PM PST - 25 comments

Simple mass-tagging interface for photos

Suggestions for a photo management software that will allow me to quickly scroll through photos and tag them with keywords. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 2:07 PM PST - 12 comments

What are the odds that two randomly selected people share the same bank PIN?

Statisticsfilter: Given available information about the distribution of self-selected 4-digit passwords (specifically banking PINs), is it possible to calculate the probability of two randomly selected individuals having the same PIN? If so, what're the odds? [more inside]
posted by myrrh at 1:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Recommend me blogs or other websites devoted to family history and stories

I'm looking for examples of good blogs or other websites devoted to family history and stories. What sites do you guys like? [more inside]
posted by christopherious at 12:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Help keep us on the road this winter!

Winter tire filter: Looking for new winter tires for a 4-door Pontiac Sunfire. [more inside]
posted by asnider at 12:47 PM PST - 9 comments

I get weird stabbing-like pains in my chest sometimes, that last for no more than a second. What's going on?

I get weird stabbing-like pains in my chest sometimes, that last for no more than a second. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by suburbs at 12:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Best homemade soups!

Please share with me your tried and true, passed down through the ages, made-with-love, illness curing soup recipes! [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 11:59 AM PST - 34 comments

Sending an e-mail countdown

I'm looking for an online service that will let me easily send e-mails to a single person (a friend) of the form "99 days until x", "98 days until x", etc. [more inside]
posted by LSK at 10:37 AM PST - 3 comments

where to find cheap, funny theatre in NYC?

I recently saw "The Best of Everything" at HERE, and it was wonderful. What other Manhattan or near-Brooklyn venues can I check for cheap, well-done theatre that is funny and yet not without substance? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 10:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Myths, legends, and a secret grandmother up a tower with long silver hair

Trying to identify a book my nanna had on her shelf and that I loved when I was a kid, but has been given away since. I thought the volume was called 'Myths and Legends', though one story I recall in particular strikes me as probably more of a fairy story. It might have been one of a set with a number of volumes. [more inside]
posted by springbound at 9:16 AM PST - 6 comments


Programable thermostats - regular or internet style? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 9:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Functioning with bad jet-lag?

Help me survive a flight overseas... [more inside]
posted by LN at 8:55 AM PST - 33 comments

Best way to manage huge amounts of data I get via email?

Please help me find an effective workflow to manage the metric ton of digital work-related information I get via email every day. I wish the solution was as simple as Evernote but, of course, it's not. [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments

I want to love sex again!

Help me regain my sexual confidence, after some bad experiences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 AM PST - 27 comments

Audio: Budget receiver with ability to connect to an iPod, or a CD Player/iPod dock combo I can connect speakers. Suggestions?

Audio: Budget receiver with ability to connect to an iPod, or a CD Player/iPod dock combo I can connect speakers. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 8:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Royal Crown Pomade DFW, Tx

PomadeFilter: Anyone know where i can find Royal Crown Pomade in the DFW area? Ive looked everywhere and i cant seem to find it. Also, is anyone has any pomade recommendations throw them my way. I currently use Murrays, Dax, & Tres Flores. But like i said im really looking for some Royal Crown.
posted by flipmiester99 at 7:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find this NFL quote

Looking for (NFL player) Takeo Spikes quote from 9 years ago... [more inside]
posted by glenngulia at 7:41 AM PST - 1 comment

Am I being legally surveilled?

My boss owns the apartment in which I reside. Above the front door is a large and ominous security camera replete with a bank of infrared lights. My comings and goings are recorded and accessible by not only the boss (who was unaware of its existence), but 2 other employees who have no right to watch what I do. Or do they? Can someone answer me: is this scenario legal?
posted by eedele at 6:08 AM PST - 26 comments

Grad school endgame

Switching fields... not sure I'll get in this year to grad school... don't want to bore recommenders... but want to go. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:59 AM PST - 5 comments

is my old boss giving me a bad deal?

I was terminated three months ago and have recently been offered to take over my old division as a new company. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:59 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me name my cat?

Help me name my cat? Three year old female burmilla. Sweet, smoochy, playful personality.
posted by Year of meteors at 5:00 AM PST - 68 comments

What changed?

What changed about Florida's GOTV laws this year? A story at Slate called The Fraud That Failed says that a new law restricted the time within which "churches [could] turn out the early vote." [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 4:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Explain 3rd Party Twitter Authorisers for me

Confirm/Deny for me that lots of 'log on with Twitter' instances involve handing over a lot of rights to your twitter account which aren't relevant ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 3:28 AM PST - 8 comments

October 26

image packing algorithm for photoshop

I have 200 scanned images of matchboxes. The matchboxes have different dimensions. I want to arrange the images automatically, with as few gaps as possible, into a large image to be printed as a poster. I think what I need is a "packing algorithm" but I don't know how to proceed. Is there a way I can do this automagically in Photoshop or with an existing freeware program? I don't need any special effects, just to simply arrange the images with the most efficient use of space.
posted by Infernarl at 11:52 PM PST - 6 comments

They aren't pretty, but I need 'em!

A week or 2 ago, I came across a photo gallery on imgur.com of photos of Brazilian military police using APCs and bulldozers to tear down favela housing in preparation for the World Cup and Olympics. I think I found it via a link from mefi, or possibly reddit. I have searched both sites for it, and done some googling, but I just can not find it. Hope me?
posted by broadway bill at 11:03 PM PST - 2 comments

What should I expect if I'm scheduled to fly into the heart of the Frankenstorm?

I'm scheduled to fly (home) from San Francisco to Washington, DC (Dulles) on Monday night. How screwed am I, what should I expect, and what plans should I be making right now? [more inside]
posted by schmod at 10:54 PM PST - 20 comments

Quiet beaches in SD

I'm giving someone a ride to San Diego (downtown) tomorrow and have the entire day free. What is the quietest, least busy, most isolated beach nearby? The ideal would be go a few hours without seeing anyone else but I know that's not possible on a sunny weekend day.
posted by acidic at 10:33 PM PST - 5 comments

In Excel, getting the MEDIAN of a set based on a text pattern match

In Excel, I have two columns. Column A has many rows of names (e.g., Mary, Maryjane, Maryanne, Anne, Jane) and in Column B I have their ages (e.g., 4, 20, 40, 10). I would like to find the MEDIAN age of all the "mary's"; i.e., both "mary" and "maryanne", etc. Is this possible? I have been getting errors on variations of {=MEDIAN(IF(A1:A4="*mary*",B1:B4))} constructions... I do not want to use VBA. thank you!
posted by noway at 10:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Maybe if I rub some vanilla under my nose...

I'm moving into a new place! Hooray! But it harbors the scent of the last tenant. Boo. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle at 10:04 PM PST - 30 comments


how to stop search engines from returning images from deleted pages on my website? [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 9:52 PM PST - 1 comment

Overly attentive girlfriend.

How do I ask my girlfriend to dial it back a notch without making her feel rejected? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 PM PST - 21 comments

The trick is to get an appropriate treat.

What small, easily-transportable treats can I make for reverse-trick-or-treat this year? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 9:10 PM PST - 9 comments

The past isn't dead. It's not even past

"The past isn't dead. It's not even past." Source? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 8:56 PM PST - 4 comments

What determines the frequency of arc currents when arcs occur inside a microwave oven?

What determines the frequency of the arc current when an arc occurs inside a microwave oven? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup at 7:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Sketchy on the Details

My sibling is getting really into sketching/pencil drawing. My other sibling and I want to get her some good art supplies for Christmas; a nice leather refillable sketchbook, a pencil set, and some paper. The problem is that neither of us knows the first thing about art and drawing paper. What's the best kind of paper to use for pencil/charcoal drawings, and where is a good place to order some online?
posted by Scattercat at 7:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Marriage penalty for deductions?

Question about 2011 US federal tax deductions and married filing status: Trying to fix a problem with my tax return; please help! [more inside]
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 5:48 PM PST - 11 comments

What's locking up my Laptop?

How do I find out which application on my old laptop is eating up all the CPU when I connect to a WiFi hotspot? I've tried turning on Performance monitoring but of course it freezes up with everything else. [more inside]
posted by storybored at 5:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Big Fish Games ... which ones are worth the time?

Which Big Fish games are worth playing? And within that group, which are fun to play on a laptop with only the touchpad? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 5:00 PM PST - 13 comments

What do I do about my mom, and my 6 year old sister who may possibly have a mental problem? Long, snowflakey details inside.

What do I do about my mom, and my 6 year old sister who may possibly have a mental problem? Long, snowflakey details inside. My first question on Metafilter, please bear with me, I really need your help. [more inside]
posted by thegunner100 at 4:44 PM PST - 32 comments

Old hat with medicore mystery

Vintage hat question. Because I don't know about hats, let alone vintage hats. [more inside]
posted by Coatlicue at 4:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Cultural Center

Where's the scene? [more inside]
posted by skwint at 4:36 PM PST - 26 comments

6 weeks in paradise

We have 6 weeks left in Oahu. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by spunweb at 4:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Is it zombie-Thyme?

What is the mystery plant growing in what used to be my (indoor, potted) thyme? (Pics inside) [more inside]
posted by Rallon at 4:08 PM PST - 10 comments

need some wire

I need to conduct a bit of heat. I only have aluminum wire on hand. [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 4:07 PM PST - 9 comments

buyer behaviors

I'm looking for any data that supports that conversion rates for trial offers are higher when there is a nominal cost for the product or service versus a FREE offer.
posted by pmaxwell at 3:13 PM PST - 0 comments

"Man, I need to find a johnny on the spot right now!" "What?"

Is "Johnny-on-the-spot" a common nickname for a portable toilet throughout the US, or it it just a regionalism? [more inside]
posted by zsazsa at 2:55 PM PST - 65 comments

Ready, Aim, Fire

Let's say you have a miniature ironsides cannon, about the size of a medium terrier and quite heavy, capable of firing. Let's say it looked something like the second cannon from the top here. Let's say you were setting this cannon off to celebrate the Fourth of July or something and just wanted a big boom. What would you load the cannon with, and how would you load it? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 2:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Never been at sea...help.

I've never been on a cruise, but will be going on one next year...would appreciate any cruise "hacks" I should take into account as a first timer. The cruise is on the Mediterranean and will be 9 days.
posted by teg4rvn at 2:43 PM PST - 30 comments

Harassed at work?

How to sort out my feelings and figure out next steps after a disturbing incident? [more inside]
posted by altopower at 2:08 PM PST - 62 comments

Why is our toilet drain pipe so incredibly loud?

Plumbing filter: Why is there an incredibly loud noise on the first floor when the second floor toilet is flushed, and can this be fixed? [more inside]
posted by Mallenroh at 1:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Mixed Up Files of Newbery Acceptance Speeches

1968 Mixed Up Files Newbery Acceptance Speech online? [more inside]
posted by Luminiferous Ether at 1:04 PM PST - 4 comments

The Magical Subway Do-Si-Do

Apologies in advance for a very niche question . . . I commute to and from work on the BDFM trains in New York City. I've noticed that between the Rockefeller Center stop (47-50th St) and the Bryant Park stop (42nd St) going southbound, the express trains (BD) switch sides with the local trains (FM). In other words, looking in the direction the trains travel heading south, at 50th st, the BD trains are on your right and the FM trains are on your left, whereas at 42nd st they are reversed. I've also seen both trains leave the station at the same time heading south and somehow switch sides between the two stations. My question is, how? I could see a switch in between the stations, but again, I've seen both trains leave at the same time and arrive at the same time, so that would seem to rule a switch out. Does one go above the other one? It's such a short distance between the stations I find that hard to believe, but that's the only explanation I've come up with. Am I missing something? Is there a switch and I just missed it? Is there a place online to see maps of the actual subway tracks underground?
posted by slide at 1:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I dim these lights?

How can I dim these lights? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 at 1:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Old School Cake Secrets?

Last night I grated hard boiled eggs into a shortcake cake as per a super old family recipe. Why? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat at 12:50 PM PST - 11 comments

If exercise is so good, why do so many ex-sports people have skeletal ailments?

If exercise is so good, why do so many ex-sports people have skeletal ailments? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 12:25 PM PST - 19 comments

What song is this?

Heard this chorus to a song, but cannot for the life of me find what it's from. The lyrics in question are, "inside/into each other". If I was to try to replicate the melody it would be like, "iiiiinsiiide each ooother", or, "iiiintoooo each oooother." And it repeats a few times. If I was to write the lyrics for the whole song down, this phrase would be standing alone, and take its own line. Either the song is unknown, or I have the lyrics wrong, because what shows up on Google isn't the song. The song itself was sung by a female, and at a calm pace throughout with a melody of, or just a chorus melody of: Dooooo-doo, do dooooo-do. Thanks! This has been really bugging me.
posted by SollosQ at 12:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Are USB adaptors interchangeable?

Can I use an iPhone or Kindle adaptor for my iAudio 9 mp3 player? [more inside]
posted by blurker at 12:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me think of improv scenarios for an audition I am running.

Please help me think of improv scenarios for an audition I am running. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 11:59 AM PST - 11 comments

My Googling is useless.

Can you help me find this green hoodie? Image here. [more inside]
posted by gursky at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Possibly a Prickly Peruvian

What kind of cactus did I just adopt? A Replanting Challenge [more inside]
posted by General Tonic at 11:36 AM PST - 2 comments

"Well," thought Gurgeh, "I will have sex with her. I am, after all... THE PLAYER OF GAMES."

I like Eurogames (think Settlers, Arkham Horror, etc.). I sometimes have a tough time getting along with the other players, and now I'm nervous about joining board-gaming groups. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 11:20 AM PST - 29 comments

Neurobiology for the kinda-sorta initiated

Looking for the best neurobiology guides for non-scientists. [more inside]
posted by space_cookie at 11:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Why is George Jean Nathan the only person in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five whose death does not merit a "So it goes"?

Why is George Jean Nathan the only person in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five whose death does not merit a "So it goes"? [more inside]
posted by straight at 10:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Application to maintain personal Medical Records - OFFLINE

Offline Personal Medical Records (desktop version of patientslikeme.com) [more inside]
posted by zaxour at 10:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Continuing forward from a disappointing, chaotic college experience

These were four miserable years, and they were supposed to be the best? I guess the best years still lie ahead of me? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction at 10:08 AM PST - 52 comments

Completely average, completely delicious chocolate frosting?

Frost my cupcakes! Please suggest your best recipe for an excellent middle-of-the-road chocolate frosting-- not too dark, not too heavy, not too fragile, not too sugary. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 9:51 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me prevent a macaron mess!

I went all the way to France and came back with a box of Alsa Macaron Mix. Problem: I don't speak French. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 9:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Uncommon boundaries in relationships

Uncommon boundaries in relationships [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 AM PST - 56 comments

What should I do about this guy?

What should I do about this guy? I'll preface this by saying I have pretty much no prior experience, so I'm not sure about what's considered "normal" in terms of communication (FYI this is a little long)... [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 at 9:06 AM PST - 28 comments

______ Apparel

I need a clever play on words to spoof American Apparel, and I need it today. Help! [more inside]
posted by hamandcheese at 8:57 AM PST - 33 comments

Examples of non math uses for Excel

For a project, I'm trying to collect uses of Excel that do not include any formulas or other use of math. What are some common documents that people use the format of Excel to create in an office setting? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 8:50 AM PST - 68 comments

In Defense of Meat

What short stories, novels, or articles present a pro-factory farming perspective? [more inside]
posted by munyeca at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I help a friend not make a huge mistake and give away all her inheritance to a cult?

Best friend brainwashed to join a cult overseas. She’s coming back for two weeks. How can I help her not make a huge mistake and give away all her inheritance? [more inside]
posted by chrillsicka at 8:50 AM PST - 14 comments

ptsd or just a memory?

PTSD flashback or just a vivid memory? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi at 8:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Dealing with a US collections agency when not in the US?

Had a US collections agency pop up on my credit report saying that I owe them an amount less than $100. This question has been asked before, but one twist in my situation: I am currently living and working outside of the United States. [more inside]
posted by C^3 at 8:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Survival Skills for Required Courses that Suck

What did you do to get through required courses that you hated, but in which you needed to do well? Help me make mine more bearable. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:15 AM PST - 24 comments

I look older than my age. How can I look my age?

I look way older than my age. How can I fix this? It's really starting to take a toll on me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 51 comments

Paid off the NY speeding ticket. Got additional fees. What do?

Paid off the NY speeding ticket. Got additional fees. What do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Who's got two thumbs and separates the heavens from the earth? This sky!

Piggybacking off this question, my original Halloween costume idea fell through BUT I just obtained some cloud pajamas and I'm trying to think of a way to build a costume around them. I'm a grown-ass man. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by psoas at 6:55 AM PST - 31 comments

Help me quick freeze my pierogi

Every year, the slow part of my pierogi making process is freezing them. Help me freeze them faster. [more inside]
posted by garlic at 6:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Name a celebrity that actually is an Alien from Omicron Persei

Hi! We're preparing an Hallowen party and we would like to make a series of posters stating that *celebrityname* actually is an Alien! Ziggy Stardust, Michael Jackson, Amélie Nothomb come to my mind..any other suggestion :) ?
posted by elpapacito at 6:26 AM PST - 43 comments

Looking for drawn cats!

What's your favorite drawn cat? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 6:23 AM PST - 35 comments

Went overboard on a personal training commitment, help me be firm in renegotiating!

Help me be firm in renegotiating my personal training contract at the gym! [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 6:23 AM PST - 13 comments

What are some unique examples of projects or organizations that are helping grow and improve your local art or music scene?

What are some unique examples of projects or organizations that are helping grow and improve your local art or music scene? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 5:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I Get My Juice Huff On in NYC?

Where is 'Fumehead Nirvana in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 4:01 AM PST - 12 comments

October 25

Newly Single, New Neighborhood In PDX. Best Places?

New Neighborhood in Portland OR! New to me, anyway. I could use some help! I now live downtown. What bars, pubs, etc, are great for a casual first date? I'm in my late 30s if that helps. [more inside]
posted by Mr Ected at 10:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Sources for U.S. Music History Presentation

Sources discussing American musical history in relatively simple, chronological terms? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 9:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Turns out they were novellas.

I'm ready to try and publish, but it turns out all my work is an unsaleable length. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by thesmallmachine at 9:40 PM PST - 13 comments

What are something to talk about to strike a conversation with many girls as possible in college for a guy whose never been in a relationship?

What are something to talk about to strike a conversation with many girls as possible in college for a guy whose never been in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 at 9:37 PM PST - 39 comments

Please help me find the title of this book for a friend.

Please help me find the title of this book for a friend. It's about a woman and her husband who are involved in a plane crash. Everyone aboard was killed, except for the couple. The wife is an art dealer. [more inside]
posted by erasorhed at 8:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Is being paid for billable hours only a normal thing?

How common is it for a full-time employee to be paid only for billable hours? [more inside]
posted by girih knot at 8:30 PM PST - 32 comments

Will carbonnade a la flamande be good in the crockpot?

Can I adapt this recipe for Carbonnade a la Flamande for the crockpot / slow cooker? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 8:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Who is the rude one?

What is appropriate in terns of modifying a home cooked meal? [more inside]
posted by bq at 8:26 PM PST - 63 comments

Can a drink recipe be patented or copyrighted?

I accidentally (and deliciously) created and then named a drink that's catching on at a university and I was wondering if I could copyright or patent its recipe and name. Thank you.
posted by holdenjordahl at 8:12 PM PST - 15 comments

"Hall of the Mountain King", female singer, banjo accompaniment, who is it?

I think it's a cover of "Hall of the Mountain King" by Rainbow, sung by a female singer with banjo accompaniment. Unfortunately, I don't know who it was. [more inside]
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 8:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Chinese music

Chinese pop music question. What is the background music in this video? It doesn't identify in Shazam or SoundHound. I looked through 50 pages of the YouTube comments and it's all a lot of arguing about HAARP and ice crystals, so I guess I'll need some help from Chinese MeFites. Thanks.
posted by crapmatic at 8:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Square peg. Triangular hole. Doesn't work, but has to.

Asked for a friend: navigating a dreadful work situation. My friend is brilliant, extremely (as in four standard deviations above the norm) intelligent, socially not bad, with anger issues. She's in a clannish and overwhelmingly male-dominated tech organization, and she's been gradually demeaned and demoted from a technology manager (to which role she's well suited) to a super-tech. It is annoying her and messing with her confidence. [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 7:57 PM PST - 21 comments

Wabbit Twacks

I need an Elmer Fudd hat for a halloween costume. Where can I find something like this in New York? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 7:19 PM PST - 5 comments

One of those nights when I miss Lester Black?

I was in Ernie Tubbs Record Shop in Nashville a couple weeks ago and they were playing a song whose only lyric I can remember is something like "one of those nights when I miss Lester Black." The lyric was repeated often as part of the refrain. It was a country song, it sounded sort of old and had a melancholic feel to it. That is, unfortunately, all I can remember. I can't get that lyric out of my head and I really want to know what song it is. Google hasn't been any help. Please satiate my curiosity, it is driving me nuts!
posted by Falconetti at 7:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Should I be concerned about fiancees trivial, frivolous 'white' lies?

My fiancee is lying fairly often about trivial, frivolous things. Should I be concerned, or am I just hopelessly insecure? (special snowflake inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 PM PST - 37 comments

You got facebook on my firefox

Where did these facebook buttons come from on my firefox? they just appeared this afternoon and I haven't added any add-ons in a long time. I'm running firefox 17.0 according to the about page.
posted by Might quack at 6:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Cat peed on my suit. What now?

How to remove cat urine from a dry-clean only suit? [more inside]
posted by neksys at 6:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Best probiotic pills?

Best probiotic pills? [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite at 6:14 PM PST - 9 comments

How to root, upgrade to jelly bean, and carrier unlock my galaxy nexus SC-04D locked to docomo?

How to root, upgrade to jelly bean, and carrier unlock my galaxy nexus SC-04D locked to docomo? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 6:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Romney's best cheerleaders?

What's the most persuasive recent endorsement of Mitt Romney you've read? [more inside]
posted by mahorn at 5:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Should a design company work for competing political candidates?

Is it ethical for a graphic design company to do advertising work for opposing political candidates at the same time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:39 PM PST - 22 comments

What shoes for a treadmill?

What kind of shoes should I get for walking -- and hopefully eventually running -- on a treadmill? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 4:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Clothing for the Shorter, Wider Male

Where should a really short guy, especially a short fat one, look for clothes? [more inside]
posted by fermata at 4:32 PM PST - 7 comments

OSX hacks, tweaks and cleaners.

Lay on me your OS X hacks, tweaks and cleaners. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 4:14 PM PST - 29 comments


C-fly's? [more inside]
posted by longhaultrucker at 4:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Eh? Aye? I?

How does a Scotsman (or woman) pronounce the town Ae, Scotland?
posted by furtive at 3:23 PM PST - 4 comments

This year, I'm thankful for conflict avoidance.

My mother and I are not talking. I am thinking about skipping Thanksgiving. How do I do this without causing even more turmoil? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:48 PM PST - 32 comments

Ex-libris-publica depreciation of rare/valuable books

I saved some interesting books from being thrown out by my public library. Apparently they were discarding part of their local historical collection. I grabbed a bunch that looked cool/interesting and it turns out one or two of them have sold online for decent sums. I'm not interested in selling any of them (they are cool!) but I am curious as to how their ex-libris-publica condition affects their worth. [more inside]
posted by saguaro at 2:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Trees: Latin translation and etymology

Trying to find a list of tree names with common, latin, latin translation and etymology. The first two are easy to find, but it's the last two I really care about. [more inside]
posted by gwint at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

From iPod to iPhone: why not?

How do you move songs from an iPod to an iPhone? Google is a bit scant on this and when I try to open the iPod as a drive on my PC it doesn't show the files. My Apple Zealot friend says it's like moving music from a cassette to a LP but I say digital is digital and this is another reason why Steve Jobs is a jerk. [more inside]
posted by Ber at 1:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Is our friendship over? How can I fix things?

Got into a bad argument with a friend. Is the friendship over? How can it be saved? [more inside]
posted by impactsmoothie at 1:47 PM PST - 37 comments

I need a new dusting tool.

What's better: Swiffer dusters or ostrich feather dusters?
posted by jcatus at 1:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Present ideas for globetrotting newlyweds

I need wedding present suggestions for a couple who are going traveling for 7 month immediately afterwards... [more inside]
posted by jp021272 at 1:29 PM PST - 15 comments

How High the Arthritis?

My sober, drug addict husband was prescribed a cream for his painful arthritis. We always have a sobriety plan in place when he has to take strong pain medicines for legit reasons. Do we have to do the same thing for this cream? Also, what is in this medicine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Getting over my mommy issues

My relationship with my mother has deteriorated since the birth of my son, and the subsequent birth of my nephew. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 1:15 PM PST - 30 comments

Where's the Gift of Fear for the workplace?

What did you first notice about your supervisor, coworkers, subordinates, or office environment when you were about to take a job that turned out to be a negative experience? [more inside]
posted by ziggly at 12:59 PM PST - 69 comments

Ho! Ho! Ho! - Aw, Hell NO!

Skipping Christmas, International Travel Edition: Where should we go?? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 12:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Web Server Wording

"Serving-out" a web-based GUI: more natural wording? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 12:25 PM PST - 10 comments

We need an audit to apply for funds. But we have no funds to pay an auditor

How can I get my nonprofit an independent audit pro bono? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 12:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Writer seeks not-office Toronto cafe place

Help me find a great writing spot in Toronto, with some very specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by lizifer at 11:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Help My Sell My Beautiful Desk in NYC

Asking for a friend- [Furniture lovers/buyers/sellers in NYC filter:] How can I sell and get a great price for my midcentury modern desk? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments

New Facebook messages is the straw that broke the camel's back

My old friends from high school and I have been using a Facebook message thread to stay in touch over the past few years since we graduated. However, the new interface is really driving us crazy. Help us find an alternative? [more inside]
posted by Strass at 10:41 AM PST - 18 comments

...marked "beware of the leopard."

(US election filter) Is it unlawful for me to post some homemade additional "vote here" signs to make my polling place easier to find? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger at 10:13 AM PST - 19 comments

It's hard to make a stove decision.

We love baking! We love pressure canning! What kind of stove is right for us? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 10:04 AM PST - 12 comments

I once ate a salad as big as a man.

Can I eat as much salad as I like (assuming the salad doesn't have per se bad stuff in it)? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:59 AM PST - 44 comments

Found boyfriend's masturbatory material, working on internal damage control

How common is it to masturbate to people from your past if you are in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by Issas at 9:58 AM PST - 25 comments

NYC Marathon- Sitting Room for Spectators

I'm planning to attend the NYC Marathon as a spectator. I'm hoping to find a spot somewhere between the mile 20 & 21 posts (in the Bronx) where I can have a chair and a baby stroller. Will there be room? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Make my daughter POTUS someday

What does a 9-year-old need to do now to become President of the United States? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse at 9:55 AM PST - 53 comments

Synthetic People Having a Real Conversation?

I've created a promotional video for my website, which is currently listed as a Metafilter project called Conversus. The purpose of the video is to show how I can (with Google Translate) translate any conversation from most languages to most languages. I want to do this as part of the interview services I offer. In this video, I explain how this works by creating people using synthetic voice software, I give them names and I interview them. Since they are not real, am I being unethical if in a Twitter post, I say, "Rodney, Svetlana, Ying, Niles, Maria, Bridget, Nanette & Hassan talk about being interviewed."? I've been a journalist for a long time and ethics is kind of hard wired in, so I'm just checking a broader opinion base.
posted by CollectiveMind at 9:49 AM PST - 2 comments

The Fallacy of "Brainstorming"

There was a study (or maybe it was just an article) that drew a lot of attention some time ago for challenging long-held tenets in the corporate world about brainstorming (e.g. "no idea's too dumb to offer", etc etc). Can anyone point me to it? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 9:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Upcycle an old HP laptop for my kid?

Hey all - I have an old HP laptop from 2005, still working, but quite old now. I was tempted to recycle it, but I have a chance to give it a new life. I also have a kid on the way, so I was thinking about wiping it and making it the kid's computer in 2-3 years when he's likely to be interested in it. Thoughts, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cyclotronboy at 9:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Polk's Hobby Memory

Polk's Hobby Store Irwin and Nat started Polk's Hobby as retailers in New York City in 1935 on Seventh Avenue, but quickly moved to a 5 story building. Each floor represented a different category of the hobby field and was a show case for the industry. As a child in the 1970's in New York City I vividly remember going to Polk's Hobby Store. It was five stories of pure hobby fun with each floor dedicated to a topic, trains, planes, cars, boats, figurines. The cars floor was at the top and had a large, bring your own slot car track with a banked figure eight. The place was magical. Now, with that said, I was young and the memories are sparse. There is a little bit on Polk's on the net as they are still around as a remote control hobby manufacturer. The only photo on I could find was in reference to a scene from the Godfather that was shot at Polk's. Anyone remember the greatest Hobby store in the land?
posted by silsurf at 8:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Services using Google Auth codes?

Gmail, DropBox, and Dreamhost are all set up to use the Google Authenticator app for two-factor authentication. What other common services or programs can I set up like this? [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 8:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Are supportive shoes necessary?

Do I need to be wearing a supportive insole in my ballet flats? Are flat shoes destructive for your feet? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 8:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Which movie is this scene from?

Help me remember which comedy movie has this scene with a clerk who pretends to be deaf, then answers a ringing phone. [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger at 8:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Soothing a clotted leg?

I have a very sore leg from inflammation in surface veins. Went to the doctor last week, and they weren't alarmed but didn't have much to suggest for palliation, either. Do you have any experience soothing superficial thrombophlebitis? [more inside]
posted by theatro at 7:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Doc, it hurts when I do this...

You know the joke about the man who shows his hyper-extended arm to his doctor, says "doc, it hurts when i do this," and the doc says, "well then don't do that!"? I am now that joke. Help me not be. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity at 7:33 AM PST - 14 comments


PrivacyParanoiaFilter: My employer offers a discount on my health insurance if my spouse and I take a Health Risk Assessment (HRA). I get the idea, but are there any downsides privacy-wise that they're not telling you? [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco at 6:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Please help me get this flea problem solved

How would you handle this? I need to get my roommate to: 1) accept there are fleas in the house and that his dog has a really bad case of them; 2) accept that if there are fleas, that it's a problem that we need to try to fix; 3) treat his own room. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 AM PST - 29 comments

Where should we go for a short break from Ottawa?

I have some vacation time to use up, and I'd love to get away for a few days in November. Budget is a big concern, and there are a number of other snowflakes, too. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 6:06 AM PST - 22 comments

Can I make the GoogleVoice connect invisible to a caller?

I've just set up a Google Voice number. When someone calls the number, the person hears something like, "Please wait while Google Voice connects you." Is there a way for the connection to be transparent to the caller, i.e. for them not to know that they're calling a Google Voice number? It seems like there should be but I'm not having any luck figuring it out...
posted by Wisco72 at 5:55 AM PST - 7 comments

What are some funny 2012 Halloween costume ideas?

I would like to request an update for this previous AskMe thread on this year's timely funny halloween costume, gender neutral version. [more inside]
posted by tangaroo at 5:53 AM PST - 19 comments

Hi! My name is teragram, and have I got a deal for you!

How can I use LinkedIn to get a job in a new city? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 4:01 AM PST - 7 comments

What to read after Empire Falls?

Help me choose what to read next! Am currently reading Richard Russo's Empire Falls and need suggestion on where I should head next. [more inside]
posted by kwes at 2:28 AM PST - 20 comments

get it right

Any MeFites with experience adjusting to an imported right hand drive vehicle? [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 2:02 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I rebrand my neighbourhood?

What can I use as inspiration for cheap, creative ways to help change perceptions of my "bad" neighbourhood? [more inside]
posted by creeky at 1:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Bring the spice!

Summer is coming and I'll have a lot of time on my hands. What are some of the tastiest spicy foods you've ever had? I'm thinking Indian, but Cajun, Mexican and so forth are all possibilities. I'm after interesting, involved recipes that can be spicy, but are above all TASTY. What should I make? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 1:40 AM PST - 25 comments

What is an awesome thing/idea/gimmick your local cafe/diner/coffee shop does for regulars/locals?

What is an awesome thing/idea/gimmick your local cafe/diner/coffee shop does for regulars/locals? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 12:55 AM PST - 41 comments

Can't send attachments from iOS apps

I have an iPhone and iPad, both on iOS 6. Email works fine, but if I try and send a file from within any app, it looks like it works - but it doesn't. This is the case for the two different mail accounts I have set up (one Gmail, one Exchange) and it's driving me round the twist. [more inside]
posted by reynir at 12:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Anyone have success (or failure) with a Wartabater?

Has anyone used the Wartabater to remove warts with success? [more inside]
posted by alcahofa at 12:00 AM PST - 10 comments

October 24

Boost your brain through games

Do "brain training" games work? [more inside]
posted by raintree at 10:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Generally cranky - help fix?

I've feel angry and frustrated for no reason and I don't know what to do about it. I'm worried that I'm taking it out on my husband. Help? [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 9:34 PM PST - 27 comments

Looking for a film with people frozen in a car

I saw this film on television in the 70s when I was young; it was broadcast sometime before 1979. Some people are stranded after a snow storm. At one point they discover a car in the snow, and when they look inside the car they see the people in it were frozen to death. I think someone cried out, "Oh, no, it's the professor!" (or something like that). At another point in the film they come across a cabin in the woods and try to open a can of something they find, but they have no can opener. The film was in color, so please don't suggest something in black & white. It may have been made for TV or it may have been an actual film; I remember there being a lot of commercials for it because we had just had the great "Blizzard of 1978" in Boston. Any help finding this film would be great! One person suggested to me it might be "The Untamed" directed by Archainbaud, but it is not that. PLEASE HELP!
posted by cmp4Meta at 8:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Can't I be the "dad"?

My SO wants kids and would make a great dad. The trick is, I don't want to be "the mom." [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 PM PST - 61 comments

Complete phone cloning

Hypothetically, what are the practical results of completely cloning a GSM phone-- not just the SIM card, but also the radio fingerprint and any other method used to differentiate two mobile devices? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian at 8:27 PM PST - 5 comments

It's certainly not "myself"

Which version of this sentence is grammatically correct and why? A: "Try not to be as bad as J. and I in the Masters semis last year." B: "Try not to be as bad as J. and me in the Masters semis last year." Make up you mind now. Arguments for each inside. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 8:10 PM PST - 31 comments

Nothing on my bookshelf was written by a woman. Help!

I looked at my bookshelf recently. Nearly every writer on there is dead and male. I should rectify this. Which books by women, living or dead, might I like? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 8:08 PM PST - 52 comments

Harry Dean Stanton fighting Robert De Niro?

For some reason I have it in mind that one time Harry Dean Stanton got into a fistfight with Robert De Niro in public. Maybe at a restaurant. Is this a thing that happened? Anyone have the story? Have I fabricated hearing a great would-be story?
posted by xmutex at 7:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Yes I'm ask metafiltering nineties techno. Don't judge.

In the mid-ninties, there was this techno song with a vocal instructing the listeners to raise up their hands, "raise them up." His voice was calm and could've been sampled from a movie (it was not like the more cliched sample of a dj or singer revving up the crowd, it felt almost religious). What was the name of this song? [more inside]
posted by history is a weapon at 7:18 PM PST - 10 comments

The House of Possums

Please identify this tree (3 photo imgur album) growing in my backyard in Sydney, Australia. [more inside]
posted by vidur at 7:10 PM PST - 21 comments

What was this cookbook?!

I'm trying to identify a cookbook I once had. Difficulty: I remember almost nothing about it. [more inside]
posted by jlibera at 7:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Feeling better about myself...

Posting for a friend: Feeling unproductive and down, recommend an activity for me to pick up. Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit at 6:50 PM PST - 24 comments

I see your feline friend, and I raise you one kitty companion...

I need to name my kitten after a term in (contract) bridge or something card-related. I feel like I've exhausted most options... [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy at 6:37 PM PST - 44 comments

Please share your "dark and stormy" recipe with me!

Please share your "dark and stormy" recipe with me! [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 6:18 PM PST - 19 comments

or, is this part something besides a subtitle?

Is there a name for that Victorian(?) thing where a work, usually a novel, has a second, alternate title? [more inside]
posted by brennen at 5:52 PM PST - 10 comments

Where should I stay in Colombia?

I'd like to use AirBNB to stay in Colombia on vacation. Medellin vs Bogota? Favorite neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 5:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Why is my family being so cold to my SO?

Deeply in love with someone who I'm pretty sure is a keeper. His family is warm & welcoming to me. My family hasn't lifted a finger to make him feel welcome. I'm humiliated. Help. [more inside]
posted by deliciae at 5:00 PM PST - 27 comments

How often do you talk about personal things?

How often do you talk about personal topics with friends, co-workers, etc...? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme at 4:49 PM PST - 27 comments

What's the skinny?

What is it like to work as a Buyer or generally within Purchasing/Procurement? [more inside]
posted by rossenterprises76 at 4:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Segregation in the oven

Help needed on my first tenderloin. My apples touched my pork! Now what? [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 4:29 PM PST - 7 comments


Quick question: I have never played Bioshock. Just now I'm buying into the MacHeist 4 bundle, which contains Bioshock 2. Is it a bad idea to start part 2 without playing part 1 first? No spoilers please :^)
posted by Silky Slim at 3:30 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I find banks with the lowest non-customer ATM fees?

Is there a way to find a list of what banks in a given area (for example, search by ZIP code or address) charge non-customers to use their ATMs? [more inside]
posted by tckma at 3:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Am I on the fast track to esophageal cancer?

I have had acid reflux for about a year which is mostly controlled via Zantac but still flares up occasionally. It's basically okay, but I've now realized that it's something I'll have to live with. How worried should I be about getting esophageal damage or cancer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:07 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I keep this friendship, and should I even try?

What to do about a close friend who seems to have become an alcoholic--and cemented his new status of "repeatedly gets so drunk he black-outs" in my mind by telling me details of his sexual fantasies involving myself and his wife (my former best friend)? Bonus features: super long background story! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:07 PM PST - 34 comments

How can 15 people cook together in San Francisco?

How can I cook Thanksgiving dinner with 15 other people when none of us have a big enough apartment? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink at 2:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Close these credit cards?

Credit cards - which to keep open, which to close? [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

January Baja Whale Watching?

Looking for information about budget whale watching vacations in Baja in early January. [more inside]
posted by straw at 2:21 PM PST - 1 comment

What remedies exist for a cat beflea'd?

What remedies exist for a cat beflea'd? [more inside]
posted by sarastro at 2:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Moving to the Steel City!

I'm moving to Pittsburgh, but I'll be working in Vandergrift. Can you help me with Pittsburgh neighborhoods and its environs? [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue at 2:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Please help me to see if I'm overreacting or not...

My boyfriend and I met with a female friend of his last night, and he started behaving very uncharacteristically distant with me while we were with her. Am I making a mountain out of a molehill or was something more going on? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine at 2:00 PM PST - 25 comments

Is my kid's talent predictive of artistic talent? If so what should I do about it?

My daughter is almost seven and is a bright kid in most ways, and I think she might be exceptionally gifted in drawing. She is enrolled in a school which is great in some ways, but art is not an area of its focus (I have my own reasons for this prioritization, although maybe it's time to rethink them.) I want to do right by her and nurture her talent, if it is exceptional. Help me figure out if she's unusual, and what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 1:51 PM PST - 34 comments

How to tell parents you're not ever coming home?

How does one tell dysfunctional parents that you're not planning on ever coming home after being away for a work contract (i.e. a supposedly temporary absence is going to turn permanent)? [more inside]
posted by glache at 1:22 PM PST - 20 comments

No elbow macaroni please...

Seeking your ideas for free or inexpensive crafts for adults that can be completed within 2-3 hours with very little instruction required. Striving for a fun process and a pleasing end product. No worthless, ugly or junky, please. [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 1:13 PM PST - 34 comments

Essence of Foul

pharmacology question: what does it mean that I reacted so very badly to a single dose of Lunesta (eszopiclone, 3 mg)? [more inside]
posted by Corvid at 1:11 PM PST - 4 comments

It's so hard to say goodbye.

Please help me plan a retirement party for my friend's uterus. [more inside]
posted by mcbeth at 12:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Local DJ submits his vote to a vote!

What are the ramifications of putting one's voting franchise up for a vote? [more inside]
posted by Archelaus at 12:45 PM PST - 15 comments

It's Like Kickstarter Meets Charity Blackmail

Is there a website that lets ordinary non-millionaires do charity blackmail stunts, a la Donald Trump? For example, suppose I'd like to set up a page where individuals can pledge $X to charity if Donald Trump goes 24 hours without talking. The website would take credit card numbers in advance; if the Donald keeps his mouth shut, the cards would be billed and the money passed on to charity. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 12:39 PM PST - 1 comment

Bang Bang

What sub-culture is depicted in the Sonos speaker commercial with the nicely dressed women and men dancing in their living room? [more inside]
posted by thylacine at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I stay open to a relationship without going nutsy thinking about guys? Late bloomer here!

How can I allow myself to be open to a relationship and not go nutsy thinking about guys, and/or how do I cultivate relationships with men without constantly screening them for evidence that they may "like" me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:25 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I deal with a big mistake in my last job?

I burned a bridge. Will I ever work in this (academic) town again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Summer in Japan. How can I make this happen?

Traveling to Japan this summer with my sister. Help me make this the best trip ever and not lose my mind. [more inside]
posted by Marinara at 12:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Money Honey If Ya Wanna Get Along With Me

Is it illegal for my employer to withhold wages from me? "Delays" in "processing" pay changes have gone on for weeks. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 12:18 PM PST - 13 comments

fall date ideas for when the sun is down?

Casual weather-appropriate evening date ideas for two nerdy 20-somethings? [more inside]
posted by sarahnicolesays at 12:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Ladies need male or androgynous costumes to look hot in

Gender bending costume ideas for a formal-ish occasion for two ladies: one on the tallish and thinnish side, one on the shortish and curvyish. [more inside]
posted by jetsetlag at 12:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Smile Bright Store: worth it?

Does anyone have any experience, positive or negative, with the Smile Bright Store and their teeth-whitening products? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 12:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Guidelines needed for troubled youth moving in with heart of gold grandmother

Quick version: My elderly neighbor "Ruth" needs help creating a contract with her grandson. He is 25 and has had a history of drug abuse. He has been through rehab. She has agreed to let him move in with her so he can get his life back on track. Another neighbor and I are close to "Ruth". Against our recommendations she has decided she must do this. We have convinced her that she needs to create a contract of house rules, expectations and timeline for him to agree to and sign. We are concerned for her health and safety. [more inside]
posted by cat_link at 11:56 AM PST - 21 comments

Making myself my own job...

I've sent so many resumes out by this time that the word resume has lost all meaning, and cover letter makes me sigh. Aggressive job hunting since July has turned up bupkiss. I need money. I really do. Social services gives me enough to not starve and that's about it. Not being able to do much other than go to my job experience job and to the grocery store is sucking the life out of me. So I sat down and tried to come up with a way that I could make money and still look at myself in the mirror. I want to do a Mixed-Media Art Workshop aimed at the art-curious, beginners, just liked art class in high school, and people looking to kill an hour without it being a dating set up. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 11:56 AM PST - 6 comments

A memorable teacher

I'm looking for the name and author of a story I read in the early 1960s about a family of migrant workers in the US or Canada. They live in their truck. The young daughter is the central character. [more inside]
posted by mareli at 11:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a humble black dress.

Simple, casual, short-sleeved black dress. Do you have one? Where'd you get it? [more inside]
posted by missrachael at 11:53 AM PST - 13 comments

"I wouldn't miss it" won't work either...

Introvert needs help with social niceties at a funeral. [more inside]
posted by miaou at 11:53 AM PST - 16 comments

finally flattening

Recommend an HDTV, late 2012 edition. [more inside]
posted by Zed at 11:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a YA Halloween book?

Asking for a friend: trying to remember a YA Halloween-themed book from her childhood. [more inside]
posted by papercake at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Why do they not use the chinstrap properly?

What is the deal with the chin strap resting in front, rather than going under the chin, in a lot of ceremonial hats? Like the typical British Bearskin hat. Having the strap sitting in front like that seems totally useless and impractical. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 11:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Paintball sans bruises?

Paintball for a bachelor party — is this a horrible idea? [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 10:58 AM PST - 24 comments

Social anxiety?

What is wrong with me? I have trouble talking to people like they are judging me. Then I get nervous and then I beat my self up over it. I see a CBT therapist and he says I just have mild social anxiety. Its like this feeling sometimes I cannot control. Somedays it is better than others. I have been practicing CBT for about three months. I tell myself that I know I am not looking stupid, but I still feel like I am when talking to people. Some days it is not bad at all and on others it is horrible. I am sick of fighting this. My therapist tells me to just let it go, but the feeling is so unnatural I cannot.
posted by Truts83 at 10:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Primer on Islam

Looking for a good primer on Islam, emphasis on the distinctions and history between Sunni and Shia branches [more inside]
posted by Patbon at 10:34 AM PST - 3 comments

clueless supervisor

As a supervisor, what can I do to help my assistant feel more needed or is it a lost cause? Lots of snowflakiness inside. [more inside]
posted by singinginmychains at 10:21 AM PST - 27 comments

Can I grow herbs in an indoor wall-mounted planter?

Can I grow herbs that hang on the wall indoors and make them look nice too? [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Spend the Dough to Make it Go?

1. The truck's broke. 2. It would cost about half it's meager value to fix. 3. I'm ready for a new vehicle. So, do I........? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Prying my stuff out of Facebook

I'm in the process of emptying out my Facebook account. I appreciate any tips on this, but there's a couple of things I'd like to know in particular. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 9:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Pinterest and Copyright Law

Help deciphering Pinterest and copyright law, please! The short story is that I'm a food blogger. A picture from my blog was pinned to Pinterest, then someone else used the "embed" feature on Pinterest to put it on their site. I say this is not okay, she says this is totally kosher. What say you? [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian at 9:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Blocked from PayPal

How can I open a new PayPal account when mine was blocked because someone else tried to hack into it? [more inside]
posted by wisekaren at 9:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I disclose my mental health issues to a prospective (and former) employer?

Last year I quit my job due to depression and anxiety. I now have an interview with my former employer for the same job. Should I disclose my mental health issues during the interview as an explanation for my progressively lazy work attitude and subsequent quitting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 AM PST - 15 comments

I know he WANTS to behave...

Help me solve the behavioural issues that have cropped up in my five and a half year old. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 8:18 AM PST - 24 comments

The simple weight loss spreadsheet that eludes me...

This simple weight loss/calorie defect spreadsheet from years ago eludes me...hivemind, help! [more inside]
posted by poolsidemuse at 8:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Why did she tell me she was raped?

The girl I've been dating for two months told me she was raped five years ago. What could be her motivation for telling me now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:50 AM PST - 47 comments

We're no strangers to love / You know the rules and so do I

How to properly pursue a budding romance when hoping for some kind of fairly serious relationship. Difficulty level: I am young and foolish and what is this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 6 comments

MP3 streaming in the sky?

It's about 6 AM. I'm leaving my house at about 7 AM. I'm getting on an airplane at about 9 AM. While on that airplane, I'd like to listen on my iPhone 4 to an .mp3 file that will be posted onto the internets at about 7:30 AM. [more inside]
posted by clorox at 6:07 AM PST - 9 comments

Gaming on a microPC

Will this computer run Armed Assault 2 so I can play Day-Z? [more inside]
posted by OldReliable at 6:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Windows boots from the wrong drive's bootloader, but is it worth fixing?

I bought a new laptop that has 2 hard drive bays. It came with a hard drive with Windows 7 preinstalled. I bought an SSD, installed Windows and Linux fresh onto it, wiped the old hard drive and used it as a data disk, but something is slightly out-of-whack in the boot sequence (and a partition is marked "System" when it really isn't). Is it worth fixing? [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 5:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Technical writing for a physicist?

I might be hired as a technical writer soon. I'm not sure this would be the right job for me. I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by Fillus at 5:42 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I remove "jucheck.exe"?

How do I get rid of the virus (?) jucheck.exe which keeps popping up on my computer, telling me to update Java (which I know is already up to date)? [more inside]
posted by thetarium at 5:37 AM PST - 9 comments

The birth certificate says the presidential candidate is 28 years old?

Peta Lindsay (born 1984) is an American anti-war activist and presidential nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, despite being ineligible to become president due to her age. How can she appear on my Washington State ballot as a candidate for U.S. President if she isn't at least 35 years old?
posted by three blind mice at 4:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Canadian area code/rate centre VoIP DIDs

VoIP: How much should I really be paying for Canadian DIDs in major metro areas? Currently paying $2/mo for US numbers and $5/mo for Canadian. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 3:57 AM PST - 1 comment

My Places on My iPhone (aka Google vs. Apple)

What is the best way to see and use Google's "My Places" on an iPhone 4S that still has iOS 5? [more inside]
posted by hellogoodbye at 3:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Winter Damp Solutions?

Damp Mouldy London Flats: Cheap simple solutions? We moved in to a new flat in May and now that the could winter is coming the flat seems to be getting rather damp and there are some mould (mold) issues. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 2:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Game of Thrones - made on film or video?

Hi, does anyone know whether 'Game of Thrones' is filmed on actual celluloid film or just on some digital videoformat? Thanks
posted by soymilk at 2:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Solving life's problems - how do you do it?

Where do you turn for advice in solving life dilemmas? I know about therapy (been there, done that) and asking the hive mind (and you guys are great btw!) I love my family dearly but I feel like I know what they are going to say before I even ask. So tell me: -- where else can I turn for new, fresh advice on big life issues (career, jobs, relocating, relationships etc)? -- how can I really shake up my way of thinking and challenge my own perceptions? -- how can I help myself solve my own problems with needing to ask other people? hope that makes sense!
posted by EatMyHat at 1:31 AM PST - 17 comments

Filipino != Asian in California?

Does anyone know the origin of why, in California schools, the state has a a separate ethnic classification of "Filipino" yet major ethnicities like Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans are lumped into an "Asian" subgroup? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 12:35 AM PST - 19 comments

October 23

What could top Bodean's?

Christmas-work-meal-filter – where should eight gents go for a Christmas work meal in central London? [more inside]
posted by Albondiga at 11:09 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I deal with this money related situation with an ex-roommate?

How to deal a money issue with roommate who has just moved out- never contributed to household cleaning/supplies and did not clean after moving out their things. [more inside]
posted by penpenne at 10:23 PM PST - 19 comments

Unless guys are all dunderheads, I should be able to ask them out, right? Or not?

I've read about 50,000,000 assorted peices of dating advice and there's one rule that I've followed religiously: Girls (who want LTRs) Should Never Ask Out Guys. This advice has some seemingly-reasonable justifications backing it up. You can respond to the justifications or skip the whole thing and just tell me whether or not it's legit. I would especially like to hear from men about this. Have you ever willingly entered a happy, functional, long-lasting relationship with a girl who asked YOU out? [more inside]
posted by windykites at 10:09 PM PST - 109 comments

Portable face masks for sub-1-micron materials?

Face masks: the smallest/lightest option that's effective against sub-1-micron materials? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 9:58 PM PST - 6 comments

More femme, please

How can I build confidence to incorporate more femme elements into my gender presentation as a young straight(ish) man? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 9:52 PM PST - 17 comments

110 Shades of Grey

Is it a good idea to buy a grey-market SLR lens? [more inside]
posted by any portmanteau in a storm at 9:46 PM PST - 9 comments

should I tell someone who is going to get penalized

If you know someone is going to be penalized for something they rightly deserve, but you are friends/business partners with them, should you let them know? [more inside]
posted by cyml at 9:40 PM PST - 14 comments

overthinking shelves

I have too many shelves and no hanging space in a small room. How do I maximize the space I have and keep work clothes and dresses organized and wrinkle-free? [more inside]
posted by sums at 9:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Explaining science to non-scientists

Scientists of Metafilter: How do you answer the question, "What practical purpose does your research serve?" [more inside]
posted by vortex genie 2 at 8:46 PM PST - 28 comments

Hiring a remote research assistant: is this even a real thing?

How do I find and hire a remote research assistant for a one-off task (in Goshen, IN)? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 8:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Whose etchings are we going over to look at?

Your place or mine? My place or his? [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 8:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Inter-office conflict

Please help me manage/cope with this grad school inter-office conflict. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:32 PM PST - 12 comments

What does John Berger say?

From the essay"Portrait of a Masked Man" by John Berger.( American Essays2009) I literally understand English,but I can't get what he actually says. Could you explain them intelligibly? Well,is there anyone who has read this book and could help me to read some of them? [more inside]
posted by mizukko at 7:20 PM PST - 9 comments

I want to be RuPaul, except opposite.

If I were to become a professional drag king how would I do it? [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe at 7:20 PM PST - 1 comment

How hard is it to build a toy control panel?

I want to build a control panel for my sons - how much do I need to know about electronics? [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel at 7:04 PM PST - 12 comments

My cell phone is a very expensive paperweight.

Should I get a new phone? And if yes... which one? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 6:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Iphone 5 playlists

How to get playlists on the iPhone 5? [more inside]
posted by Cuspidx at 6:43 PM PST - 1 comment

make the most of my pregnant and unemployment in nyc!

i am five months pregnant, in NYC and just got fired from my job... now what? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 6:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Why won't my SDS-PAGE stacking gel polymerize?

LongShotFilter: My SDS-PAGE stacking gel will refuses to polymerize. Copious amounts of fresh APS and TEMED are being used. I've spent a week on this and desperate measures are needed so the rest of my lab work can progress. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 6:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Things to do in Melbourne and Perth.

I will soon be visiting Melbourne and Perth. Please tell me about your favourite hangouts and gin joints! [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 6:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Bowled a Googley

Help me prepare for "Geo for Good Down Under" at Google HQ Australia. Details on my spatial tech knowledge inside. [more inside]
posted by micklaw at 5:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Books that are like a movie...

Asking for a friend: "I'm looking for the equivalent of American Beauty the movie in a book. Any suggestions?" [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 5:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Does King Tut Wear No Clothes?

How good a banjo player is Steve Martin? [more inside]
posted by Optamystic at 5:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Good Skype Phone

Recommendations for a standalone Skype phone? [more inside]
posted by tabubilgirl at 4:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Chicken salad, on rye, untoasted...and a cup of tea.

Lately, I've been fantasizing about pulling a George Costanza---realizing that if every instinct I've had have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right. In my case, I want to just abandon my "ethics," stop thinking I'm special, and going out there, and trying to make some serious money. Has anyone just pulled a George Costanza and taken the 'opposite' approach to life? For example, have you walked into a job interview and just said exactly what's on their mind, like George does when he meets Steinbrenner, or confessed that you're unemployed, balding and living with your parents when an attractive person hits on you? If people don't have personal experience of doing these things, I'd love to read accounts of others doing them. Thanks!
posted by shushufindi at 4:49 PM PST - 23 comments

Help a road warrior stop feeling exhausted

As a business traveler, how do I stop feeling tired all the time? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 at 4:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Tokyo flea market this weekend

Tokyo flea market this Sunday? Google-fu dekimasendeshita! [more inside]
posted by sconbie at 4:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to get fun tops that actually fit?

Where can I find appropriately swanky evening wear (specifically tops) for a no-longer twentysomething with an active social schedule? [more inside]
posted by Go Banana at 4:12 PM PST - 13 comments

What freelancers' groups sell health insurance to members in Portland, Oregon?

I need to buy health insurance in Portland, Oregon and I'm wondering if there are any professional guilds or Freelancer's Union-type groups that sell health insurance. [more inside]
posted by jeb at 4:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Does the foam padding in most vintage furniture contain flame retardants?

How long have furniture manufacturers been dousing foam padding with chemical flame retardants? My husband and I would like to start a family in the near future and we're trying to eliminate and replace our PBDE-saturated furniture in order to create a safer environment for baby. All the new organic/ natural latex padded furniture we've found is way out of our price range, so I'm wondering if vintage finds (sans lead paint) might be another safe alternative?
posted by lmpatte2 at 3:42 PM PST - 9 comments

I just got charged for some other jerk to send mail.

This morning I collected mail from my PO Box, and was told there was another item with postage due. I paid the $1.50 and then was given three copies of form 3547, 'address forwarding service' for mail I never sent. How can I get this refunded and stop whoever sent it 'in my name'? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 3:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Why have case endings and gender endured in language?

Case endings and gender in language: why? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 3:03 PM PST - 30 comments

return policies

how common or uncommon is it for shops/companies to prohibit individuals from making returns? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 2:58 PM PST - 21 comments

Happily he's the second time come to them

Historically, what were stereotypical views of the elderly? [more inside]
posted by Talkie Toaster at 2:56 PM PST - 5 comments

How are your (previously cataracted) lens replacements?

How are your (previously cataracted) lens replacements? What kind did you get? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 2:47 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm not left handed, but am I this not left handed?

Is it possible that switching my mouse to my left hand is messing me up enough to cause physical symptoms? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 2:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Dr. Whooooo, hey! And other songs for a Dr. Who themed birthday party

Help me compose the perfect playlist for a five year old's Dr. Who themed birthday party! [more inside]
posted by Wavelet at 1:41 PM PST - 28 comments

Take the money and drive?

I've been asked to speak at a student group at my old college, which is about 100 miles away. They've offered to pay for my gas; should I accept, or would it be more charitable to decline?
posted by adverb at 1:36 PM PST - 14 comments

is this how it's supposed to work?

Am I wrong about how primary care vs. specialists works or is my doctor's offfice badly managed? [more inside]
posted by Jahaza at 1:25 PM PST - 23 comments

UK Medical School - Teach Me Everything!

Tell me everything you know about applying and going to medical school in the UK! Also, about possibly going back to the US after medical school. [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 12:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Taking son camping for the first time. It will also be my first time.

Please help me take a first-time Cub Scout on a group camping trip with family in tow. [more inside]
posted by Tanizaki at 12:10 PM PST - 26 comments

I'm not overqualified, I'm unemployed and looking for part-time work.

I'm having a difficult time finding part-time work. I think it's because I'm overqualified. Um, help? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 12:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me find the hoodie from Prometheus

I have finally seen Prometheus and am now involved in a difficult emotional relationship with that movie. I feel that this relationship would be a lot easier if I could have something like the hoodie this idiot wears. My twitchy, obsessive googling has not borne much useful fruit as to anywhere that I could currently purchase such an item to be worn. DIFFICULTY LEVEL: MEN'S XXL SIZE.
posted by whitneyarner at 11:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Secret Society - Late 19th Century to Present Day

What is "The Organization" [more inside]
posted by mousepad at 11:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Elderly / Power of Attorney Abuse

What can I do to protect my elderly mom from my abusive and greedy sister? [more inside]
posted by iNurtureTheOdd at 11:35 AM PST - 25 comments

White background standard?

Does everyone expect white backgrounds on websites, even an artist's personal page? [more inside]
posted by scose at 11:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Make Food Now Dot Com

Does such a recipe website exist? [more inside]
posted by tigrefacile at 11:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Road trip from California to Chicago in late December. Are we crazy?

Is planning a late-December road trip from California to Chicago madness? Mr. Quince, our sweet pup, Lincoln, and I would like to take a road trip from Northern California to Chicago and back. We've done it several times taking I-80, but always during non-winter seasons. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by quince at 11:20 AM PST - 13 comments

What's this weird bathroom cabinet-like thing for?

My friend's apartment had a small fixture in the bathroom that I've never seen before. Help me identify it. [more inside]
posted by Fuego at 11:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me not have really lame mime makeup

How do I get vivid red and black makeup over thick white makeup? [more inside]
posted by artifarce at 10:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Exericse/therapy spots near Shinjuku, Tokyo?

Living in Shinjuku, Japan. I have been rather stressed lately due to a variety of factors. Please help me find both exercise locations (cheap gyms, jogging routes) and inexpensive (but decent) counseling/therapy around the Shinjuku, Japan area. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 at 10:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a coin dealer in Toronto

A relative reently died and left me a bunch of gold coins. Some "real" coins (minted by governments) and a bunch of Franklin Mint specimens. I can find lots of plaecs that tell me the price if I can want to buy them, but nowhere to find out what they are worth to sell. Can someone recommend a reputable dealer in the Toronto area where I can take tham?
posted by Pablo MacWilliams at 10:34 AM PST - 4 comments


Please help me understand radio mouth noise. [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 10:18 AM PST - 17 comments

Frequent flyer miles . . . you need lots of money, too?

Are big-time charges now routine when redeeming frequent flyer miles for overseas flights? [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 10:12 AM PST - 15 comments

WordPress redirect from "post" to "page"?

WordPressFilter: My WordPress blog uses Atahualpa. I have "posts" which I would like to appear in the menu bar where "pages" appear. Is there a "right way" to do this? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 10:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Windows 7 text setting gone suddenly tiny

After restarting Windows 7 (SP 1) today, my chosen Small text setting (100% at 100 dpi on a 1920 x 1200 resolution) had been replaced by Medium (125%). Text everywhere looked huge. I switched back to Small, but now a lot of my system text (like title bar text and context menu text ) is extremely small, much smaller than before, and some other text, like the listing of subject headings in my Thunderbird email client and the tab text in Firefox, is also incredibly small. How to get back to my original Small appearance? [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 9:53 AM PST - 4 comments

a membership in the jelly-of-the-month club won't do

Please help me find levenger-esque (or other) options for executive/board gifts using gift vouchers. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 9:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Please explain cat weirdness

This is my cat Turtle. What is she doing? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 9:44 AM PST - 22 comments

The feline herpes virus also attacks owners' sanity

For months my one-eyed kitty has been battling flare-ups of the herpes virus in her remaining eye. We’ve been the vet countless times. She appears to have other issues including anxiety and possibly allergies. I’ve spent a small fortune, spent hours worrying, and most of all don’t want to be responsible for my cat going blind. Anyone else have experience with this? [more inside]
posted by indognito at 9:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Adding pins to an image

Looking for software or a website for this specific function: I have an image, a map from several hundred years ago. I'd like to put pins on it, marking addresses of people. Ideally, I'd be able to label these pins with names, and then be able to search through those later on. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 9:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Drowning not waving

I am so overwhelmed and struggling right now that it feels like I have no options and I'm intractably stuck. I know logically that I do have options but I can't sort out what I could do from what I shouldn't, what might work from Just Don't Go There, and getting objective, realistic advice is difficult. [more inside]
posted by noxetlux at 9:17 AM PST - 16 comments

what are good halloween costumes for black vinyl catsuits?

i have a black vinyl catsuit (from when i was the baroness a few halloweens ago) that i'd like to use in this year's costume, except that i don't know what this year's costume is going to be yet, and i'm trying not to be lazy and just do the baroness again. please hope me, ask metafilter! [more inside]
posted by lia at 8:47 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I calculate the energy usage of radiant heating?

How do I work out the energy usage of built in radiant heating? [more inside]
posted by madajb at 8:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find some good halloween background images for a photo booth?

Where can I find some good halloween background images for a photo booth? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 8:42 AM PST - 4 comments

Writings on gentrification

What are the best articles and books on the complications of urban gentrification? What about the relationship of artists and bohemians to this process? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 7:33 AM PST - 12 comments

How to establish emotional boundaries but still help depressed friend?

How to establish emotional boundaries but still help depressed friend? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor at 7:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Good government services

International Mefites! What are some government-provided services that you use that you are shocked Americans don't have? (Besides healthcare) [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 7:08 AM PST - 70 comments

I'm new to China and I have a tax/deductions question...

I'm new to China and I have been told by my employer that I can only deduct laundry and restaurant bills from my income tax. that sucks since I was planning to purchase a lot of photography/computer gear that's relevant to my job. is there really no way for me to get a tax deduction on these items?
posted by krautland at 7:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Can you help me find a unique foot rest for under my desk?

Help me find something comfortable, functional and maybe fun or unique to rest my feet on under my desk. [more inside]
posted by geeky at 6:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Incorporating a Red Union Suit into Fancy Dress!

Costume ideas revolving around a red union suit? [more inside]
posted by _superconductor at 4:40 AM PST - 31 comments

How many times can someone rip off your art work?

Asking for a friend. How long can a piece of art work be used for, if initially only being commissioned as a one off? [more inside]
posted by djstig at 3:49 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I tip my contractor/carpenter?

I just had a significant amount of work ($80K) done on my house due to storm damage. My insurance is paying for all of the repairs, which were significant and required that I move out of the house for six months. I got very lucky and have an amazing contractor, who hired an equally amazing carpenter who turns out to be a perfectionist and has done impeccable work. Should I tip them or buy them something to say thank you? [more inside]
posted by waving at 3:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Paperwork Galore

JapanVisaFilter - My visa period is almost up, and my contract is extended but not for a whole year. What's up? [more inside]
posted by 23 at 2:33 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I stop getting sick on tour?

How do I stop getting sick on tour? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 1:18 AM PST - 25 comments

How to find, or get over, The One?

Think I saw The One, over three years ago, while in another relationship. How do I find him again, or get over it? [more inside]
posted by 6 of 1 at 1:01 AM PST - 47 comments

Should I teach guitar lessons "under the table" or create a legitimate business?

Should I teach guitar lessons "under the table" or create a legitimate business? [more inside]
posted by Eradicator! at 1:00 AM PST - 8 comments

October 22

What's the meaning of this seemingly nebulous phrase?

What does it mean to "know Linux"? [more inside]
posted by bookman117 at 11:15 PM PST - 10 comments

How Do I Decline A Gift Offer In Exchange For Working With Someone?

Someone has asked to send me gifts in order to work with them, and I want limited contact with this person. How do I respond? [more inside]
posted by christiehawk at 9:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Tablets for tots

I'd like to repurpose an old Nook Color tablet for some preschoolers. What are my best options? Rooting and installing educational apps? Which apps would you recommend? Staying w/ the stock OS and loading it up w/ kids books? Other options I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 9:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Paging amateur Miss Manners..

Miss Manners filter: What to do when I feel like my friend/roommate is trying to drive a small wedge in my relationship. I can't decide what the "I'm afraid that won't be possible" is for this situation. Small wall o' text inside. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish at 8:59 PM PST - 22 comments

Ceiling Cat has nothing on Ceiling Bugs!

With the first real rain of the season. it is now time for BUGS TO DROP OUT OF MY CEILING! What are they? (pix inside) [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 8:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Safety precautions for removing a stuck ground pin?

Safety precautions for removing a stuck ground pin? [more inside]
posted by equalpants at 8:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Origin of this gif? [nsfw]

Origin of this gif? [nsfw] [more inside]
posted by Thisisbuffalo at 8:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Trees Don't Molt, Do They?

Is there a verb in the English language that describes the process of leaves changing color, withering and falling? [more inside]
posted by shew at 8:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Recurring motifs

What's the word for the re-deployment of a story element (character, object, motif, action) that was introduced earlier in the narrative? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 8:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I use the "courses" section on LinkedIn?

Should professionals use the new(ish) "courses" section on LinkedIn? [more inside]
posted by snailparade at 7:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Poop is not a food group.

Nearing end of rope: dog edition with complicating factors of dog eating poop (his own and the wild rabbits who poop in our yard), dog pooping in the house, dog eating said house poop, and I'm 8 months pregnant with a boisterous 2.5 year old toddler. [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 7:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Cookie Monster Watches TV?

In the Sesame Street sketch Conservation with my Father, what is playing on the TV? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 7:02 PM PST - 6 comments

sci fi story - man dies in a car crash, nobody can see him

Name that sci-fi book/story! This week's edition: man dies in a car crash, nobody can see him, sailors and baddies abound in this ghost-world. [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 at 6:53 PM PST - 7 comments

What should I do about the colleague I slept with?

I had sex with a female colleague and her husband. Now I think she regrets it. I'll be seeing her at work tomorrow. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 33 comments

Should I ask my coworkers why I wasn't invited to hang out with them?

Today there was a picture of eight of my coworkers hanging out together on our day off on Instagram, and from the instant I saw it I was filled with anxiety about it: why wasn't I invited? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 6:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Are twice daily twice a week workouts for me?

Fitness experts, especially those with scientific background, I'm looking for impartial advice about a scheduling glitch in my classes. I'm a 44 year old woman with a BMI right around 24. I've never been athletic, but my functionality and appearance are important to me and I enjoy exercise in general. I do a boot camp style class in the evening twice a week, and an intermediate non-apparatus Pilates class twice a week. Starting in November, Pilates is scheduled for noon on the same days as Boot Camp in the evenings. How much will I loose/gain by doing two a days like this? I'm thinking of doing it and doing a light cardio/weights hour on Fridays. What can you tell me that my self-interested as business people instructors won't about this plan of action?
posted by rainbaby at 5:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Empty Tomato Can Smells Fishy

I opened a store bought can of tomatoes and poured it into a pot of chili. Now that the chili's simmering, the empty can smells like fish and I noticed a dent at the bottom near the seam. [more inside]
posted by hoppytoad at 5:38 PM PST - 22 comments

America's Next Top Monster

Have paleontologists found any circumstantial evidence for extinct predators that, perhaps due to lack of a complete skeleton, are merely conjecture at this point? [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 5:28 PM PST - 8 comments

In Congress assembled ...

How can I find a specific politician's voting record online, going back 50 years or so? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 5:28 PM PST - 2 comments

I always hit my stride-but I'd sure like to do it sooner!

Can I hit my running strider earlier? And how? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 5:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Missing. Please Help.

My sister's husband has probably had a psychotic break in Southern California and has gone missing. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by cereselle at 5:11 PM PST - 26 comments

MtF but not all that femme. So now what?

I'm a tomboyish, low-maintenance, fashion-averse woman "stuck in a man's body" as the godawful cliché goes. I'd love to transition, but how the sweet tap-dancing monkey fuck do I make this work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:10 PM PST - 31 comments

putting the trois in ménage à trois

Where to find thirds? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:08 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I become more healthy and fit?

I've never eaten too healthy in my life. I feel like it's taking a toll on my body and my mood at a relatively young age. More details inside. (long and some things about my past) [more inside]
posted by Autumn89 at 4:49 PM PST - 28 comments

Looking for a particular satin pillowcase

Where can I reliably find nice satin pillowcases where the satin grain goes up and down, not side to side? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated at 4:25 PM PST - 4 comments

I want the inside on how the commercial air industry works!

How is the market for a commercial air route determined? [more inside]
posted by signondiego at 4:23 PM PST - 5 comments

story-oriented video editing resources

I'm looking for some really good how-to guides on making videos, especially on documentary style and story-oriented pieces. [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu at 4:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Ain't no Cherokee princesses here!

Recommendations for geneaology help, please (involving Hungary and Germany) [more inside]
posted by easily confused at 3:50 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm Dating Jerry Seinfeld's Bitter, Bitter Twin

Stressed, incredibly sarcastic and refuses to cuddle: Is this guy dateable? [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 3:47 PM PST - 35 comments

Seeking future shock.

Where can I find summaries of historical developments, technological breakthroughs, political and social changes etc. in a similar style as the Afterword in Charles Stross's anthology Toast (free download here)? I am interested in stuff that has happened in the last 30 or 40 years.
posted by fullerenedream at 3:30 PM PST - 0 comments

"Companion themes" for Tumblr and WordPress?

Is there (a) such a thing as "companion themes" for WordPress and Tumblr and, if so, (2) where do I find them...? Yeah, so, my new personal project is about writing, not design (which is where all the time goes that I think I should be spending writing...) I want to collate images from Tumblr blogs onto my own Tumblr blog, then write about (some of?) the images and post it on a WordPress blog that's parked at my personal URL. Since I can't go all designery and both platforms are theme-based, I'm wondering if anyone's seen what I'll call "companion themes," for lack of a better term: themes that are adapted for the specific features of each platform, but that share at least a common aesthetic, if not full UI.
posted by OneMonkeysUncle at 3:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Knee replacement surgery for a parent. What to expect?

Parent is getting knee replacement surgery. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Will Write for Food (and Rent, and Utilities).

I'm pretty sure I'm about to lose my job. How do I identify and pursue freelance writing opportunities in short order? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:15 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I best make a splash with a Twitter and Facebook announcement?

How to best make a splash with a Twitter and Facebook announcement? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Holiday time in New England

Looking for a terrific holiday experience in New England. Quaint lodging with bonfires, snowshoeing, etc, the weekend after Christmas? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 3:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Recommend me a mascara upgrade from Max Factor Masterpiece Max.

Recommend me a mascara upgrade from Max Factor Masterpiece Max. [more inside]
posted by bimbam at 3:00 PM PST - 17 comments

Help a shy girl recruit a wingwoman

How to make a best friend in university [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess at 2:55 PM PST - 19 comments

My, what big racks you have...now let me use them

I have 2 audio cassette racks that are now cassette-less. Looking for something to do with them around / in the house. Could I use them to grow plants? Any ideas welcome, unique, strange, crazy, stupid, they're all good. [more inside]
posted by ditto75 at 2:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Publishing my first novel - what should I be doing?

I just got an offer to publish my first novel. I know very little about the publishing industry and the business aspect of being an author. Help! [more inside]
posted by inire at 2:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Funniest debate live tweeters?

Who are the funniest people to follow on Twitter during the presidential debate? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 1:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Can someone tell me how I can confirm my location (in the UK) of where I was a couple/few weeks ago please. At the time I was using an HTC Hero phone on the O2 network.

Can someone tell me how I can confirm my location (in the UK) of where I was a couple/few weeks ago please. At the time I was using an HTC Hero phone on the O2 network. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 1:50 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I fix my credit report if I don't know what's wrong?

I was turned down for a new credit card. The issuer said I can clean up my credit report and re-apply, but I don't know exactly what the problem is. [more inside]
posted by Boxenmacher at 1:50 PM PST - 8 comments

I wanna eat these leftovers! Just not right now.

If I freeze this soup, will it be edible once defrosted and warmed up? Difficulty level: squid. [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can at 1:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Take a loan from my 401(k) to pay off my student loans?

Take a loan from my 401(k) to pay off my student loans? [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 12:46 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I hang curtains from the ceiling?

Have you ever hung curtains from the ceiling? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 12:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Help Me Download this Album England Doesn't Want Me To Have

I would like to buy and download a specific album (with no scheduled or rumored or hinted at American release date) from any reputable English purveyor of music. Yet my lack of a UK mailing address and/or UK payment method seems to block me from doing so. Is there any legal way I can purchase this music digitally and download it to my American desktop? [more inside]
posted by julen at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments

No more bursting bottles!

I like to keep a case of bottled water in my car, for emergencies and inconveniences. During the winter months, the bottles tend to freeze (and thaw). What is the most burst-proof brand of bottled water, or what sort of shape/style of bottle should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by mskyle at 12:28 PM PST - 25 comments

Closed casket, closed records?

failover in adoption records opening requests: what happens if a party is deceased? [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 12:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me help a customer find the right product

Joe goes to webpage. He answers a few A-or-B questions. After Joe answers the last question, the page shows him which product he should buy. a) What do I call this decision-making tool? b) Where do I learn how to make it?
posted by itesser at 12:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Need reliable US address package forwarding (to Canada) recommendation.

I'm trying to find a decent, reputable company that offers a US address and package forwarding / reshipping to Canada. Seems like there are a LOT of options (myUS, shipito, viaddress, BongoUS) but not a lot of information on which ones are good, and lots of sketchy 4 star reviews.
posted by theNonsuch at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

How To Use this Big Change/Trip in My Life To Practise Social Skills/Build More Intimate Relationships?

I'm a 20 year old girl who has had little experience with real romantic relationships. I also have trouble with friendships---though I am super extroverted and can mix and mingle in parties with ease, creating sustainable friendships is very difficult for me. I'll be going on exchange in France for 5-6 months in January. I'd like to practise and build intimate friendships and romantic relationships (short-term, but meaningful!) when I'm there, and try to get a handle on WHY I usually have trouble. How can I do this? More deets inside. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen at 12:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Weird Midieval-horror from my childhood

Time for another round of "name that obscure, weird movie I saw as a kid"! [more inside]
posted by naju at 12:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Our neural pathways have become accustomed to your sensory input patterns.

What does a "robot voice" sound like in languages other than English? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 12:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Shallowest water in the ocean

Where can I stand on the ocean floor, with my head above water? [more inside]
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 12:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Stupid Bike Questions

I've started my bike a little more seriously, and I have a few questions for the more experienced cyclists of the green. [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle at 12:00 PM PST - 25 comments

To learn from the people around you, you need to know what to ask.

How can we help event attendees show their expertise? [more inside]
posted by cranberry_nut at 11:34 AM PST - 7 comments

What do you use when Garageband isn't doing the job?

I make music. I use almost exclusively electronic instruments. I'm on OS X. I need to graduate from Garageband, but to what? [more inside]
posted by Sokka shot first at 11:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Should I cast a provisional vote even though my registration is inactive?

I am registered to vote in Illinois, but when I went to check my polling place online it said my registration is inactive. I called to inquire and was told that because I had changed addresses without updating it that my registration is inactive and I was also past the time when I could update it. Should I/ Can I show up at my local polling place and cast a provisional ballot? [more inside]
posted by blackjack514 at 11:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Subscription Services for Daily/Weekly Presents by Mail

What are some fun things I could have delivered by mail that will satisfy my urge to have a package waiting for me when I get home? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 10:50 AM PST - 36 comments

How can I help deal with my girlfriend's depression?

How can I help deal with my girlfriend's depression? [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea* at 10:33 AM PST - 19 comments

Word processor with good type handling for book layout?

Is there a word processor with better type handling than Microsoft Word for a CreateSpace book? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Water damage issues.

Water damage due to an defective appliance. Unit is a townhouse, property management company won't file claim, saying it's my responsibility. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 10:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Which mortgage should I pay extra to each month?

I am not wonderful at math. I am trying to figure out which mortgage I should pay an extra principal payment to each month. Will you help me? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue at 10:18 AM PST - 11 comments

College Costs

How much of the budget for the average American college or university is allocated to salaries & benefits? [more inside]
posted by chara at 10:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Dealing with insecurity in the BDSM/poly life

BDSMfilter: Newbie male bottom + experienced poly top = insecurity vortex! Help! [more inside]
posted by RockPuppet at 10:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I go back?

How do I let go of my relationship without feeling tremendously guilty for not trying again? [more inside]
posted by sockermom at 9:55 AM PST - 31 comments

wherefore art thou MAMP

OSX comes with Apache and MySQL pre-installed. Why does MAMP exist? Is there any reason to prefer it to the native installations?
posted by ook at 9:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you help me find a cap that would keep me comfortable at night?

Bald man seeks a sleeping cap. Can you help me find a cap that would keep me comfortable at night? [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 9:46 AM PST - 14 comments

If this doesn't work, can I trade her in for a kid who sleeps through the night? *sigh*

Please help me keep our 4.5 year old insomniac daughter from crawling into her parents bed in the middle of the night before I lose what's left of my mind from sleep fatigue. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 9:45 AM PST - 54 comments

Building website for math students, first-time programmer, need some guidance.

Building website for math students, first-time programmer, need guidance. [more inside]
posted by brighteyes7 at 9:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Taking the black

I want to be a night's watchman (from Game of Thrones) for halloween. It's not too hard of a costume, considering I just get all black stuff and wear it, and try to find some black fur looking stuff too. However, in the tv show everyone's outfits are pretty faded and covered in snow. How can I replicate that? Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by DynamiteToast at 9:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Best Temp Black Hair Dye?

Best temporary black hair dye for Hallowe'en? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

What's life like in a swing state?

Ohioans: with the election approaching, what is it like to be living in Ohio right now? [more inside]
posted by lobbyist at 9:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Do I need to be medicated or am I just a lazyass?

Should I maybe get evaluated for ADD or ADHD? [more inside]
posted by hegemone at 9:20 AM PST - 14 comments

A moving company to get from Chicago to Boston.

Asking for a friend: What's a good moving company to go from Chicago to Boston with the contents of one bedroom apartment? (Clothes, kitchen stuff plus dining table, bedroom furniture, living room stuff like a big couch and some chairs, a bookcase etc. Might also include the moving of a Honda Civic.)
posted by CrazyLemonade at 9:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Best practices for applying powder foundation from a compact?

Most efficient way to get makeup from the compact to my face? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 9:01 AM PST - 5 comments

What covers our needs without going overboard?

We own a house. Two of the floors are rented out. What is the best home insurance for us? General home insurance questions to follow. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 8:56 AM PST - 6 comments

With your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!

Clueless guy needs help finding makeup and ingredients for Captain Planet Halloween costume! [more inside]
posted by Hurst at 8:35 AM PST - 6 comments

What is this effect for the guitar?

What is this new guitar effects device or pedal that has become popular in the past few years? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 8:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Purging all of the things

Have you ever done a large purge of your possessions? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 8:17 AM PST - 78 comments

International Toll-Free Telephone

What is the best (least expensive) way to setup a toll-free international business line in Canada? [more inside]
posted by rabbitfufu at 7:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Help with web monitoring of my nonprofit's name and logo?

Help me set up a Google Alerts, Analytics or other search to spot sketchy use of my nonprofit’s name and logo! [more inside]
posted by paindemie at 7:39 AM PST - 1 comment

How to help an aimless high school graduate

My Little Brother is directionless after dropping out of college. He spends every day sleeping until 2, waking to smoke up, and then watching TV. I'm worried that weeks of complacency will lead to months of inactivity and eventually years of a pattern of self-defeating behavior. But I don't know what else I can tell him. [more inside]
posted by ChipT at 7:07 AM PST - 25 comments

How to get over being insulted (if I was?)

I'm wondering if I'm being too sensitive regarding a perceived slight from one of my friends at a party? I have a mild case of social anxiety which may be exacerbating this. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 24 comments

What to do when to depressed and anxious to get therapy for depression and anxiety?

What to do when too anxious and depressed to get therapy for one's anxiety and depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 AM PST - 25 comments

Hotels and fun stuff in San Francisco

My girlfriend and I are visiting San Francisco in early December. Neither of us have ever been there. Please help us find a reasonably priced (less than $150/night preferably) hotel in the city. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 6:44 AM PST - 22 comments

Gadgets, and gizmos, and gear, oh my!

I spend a lot of time cruising the web during my slow days at work. One of the things I love are websites with cool "gear" for guys. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman at 6:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help me identify where I might purchase this teapot for serving chai.

Tea detectives: I need your help. On a recent trip to India I was served chai in this magnificent tea pot (or chai pot) or perhaps it has some unknown name . . . I should have looked for identifying manufacturer marks while there, but alas too late. My google-fu has failed me so far, please help me identify a source where I might purchase said item. (Image inside). [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 4:39 AM PST - 5 comments

FB to Twitter, yay. Twiiter to FB, boo.

My Facebook posts appear on my twitter feed, but my tweets dont appear on my Facebook feed (which is what I really need)... [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 3:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I get a physical exam?

Where can you go to get a very thorough physical exam? [more inside]
posted by denverco at 1:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Help! I have to interact with my ex while I'm still hurt and angry.

One week after our (non-mutual) breakup, I have to work with my ex at an event. How should I carry myself? [more inside]
posted by feastorfamine at 1:11 AM PST - 39 comments

October 21

Holding burnout at bay

Considering asking my doctor for modafinil; concerns and questions. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 11:58 PM PST - 18 comments

Menschy Seattle Therapist, please

Recommendations for a good (please note my definition of good) therapist in Seattle [more inside]
posted by ArgyleSockPuppet at 11:28 PM PST - 7 comments

retirement home for old robots

How do I sell "old" computers for their parts, without fuss and fairly. 2004 iMac & 2002 HP laptop. Both have minor operating issues. I don't know a lot about computers, so I don't want to get into specifics with eBay sellers. Prefer walk-in to computer shop and get a fair price. In Chicago if that helps. Thanks!
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 10:51 PM PST - 14 comments

hostess gift in a hurry

What's an appropriate hostess gift in this situation? [more inside]
posted by homodachi at 10:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Recommended anti-histamines for year-round allergy sufferer?

Allergy filter: I have year-round allergies. Loratadine works wonders for me, but I develop an immunity in about a month or so. Which other non-drowsy antihistamines would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Hawk V at 9:47 PM PST - 19 comments

Hello Austin, Where are my people?

Hello Austin, Where are my people? I recently moved to Austin, TX from Fargo, ND (of all places). I've quickly discovered that this place is flooded with awesomeness, to a point of being mildly overwhelming. Thus, I am asking for help with finding things and people with similar tastes. I am, a maker crafts person type, I mostly sew and knit but I have a background in sculpture and some interest in learning electronics. I am also a cyclist, who loves chill coffee houses and a sense of community. I'm looking for: 1. a place to consign/wholesale goods I make, mainly plush toy monsters, before the holiday season. also craft fairs 2. a couch, or a place to find a couch (secondhand); thrift stores dont seem to have much in the way of furniture. 3. a good, non-chain, hardware/surplus store. 4. a good fabric store 5. a job 6. fellow makers
posted by misformiche at 9:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Magical pillow for ear pain?

Is there a pillow out there that won't hurt my ears and won't puff up in my face? [more inside]
posted by moira at 9:34 PM PST - 19 comments

The Conical Asian Hat. Filipino.

Anybody know where one can purchase a "Conical Asian Hat" in San Francisco or East Bay? We are particularly interested in getting a Filipino-style one because they are very attractive. [more inside]
posted by eagle-bear at 9:22 PM PST - 5 comments

What kind of fungus is this?

Fungusfilter. My parents cut down a tree several years ago and had the stump ground up. About 2 years ago, this red fungus started growing up through the grass. It starts off as a beige foam and then solidifies and turns into a rubbery red color. It grows around the grass before solidifying. I thought it might be reishi but that just doesn't seem right. Here is an image. Thanks all.
posted by crios at 8:58 PM PST - 7 comments

The great American stroopwafel may not be great enough

What are the best (and most authentic) brands of stroopwafels, and where can I obtain them? [more inside]
posted by 168 at 8:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Books for the Future

What books would be essential for a post apocalyptic library? I've just seen a film where someone walks through a post-apocalyptic landscape delivering a precious book to a haven where they plan to collect the knowledge necessary for rebuilding. Now not to get spoilery or anything but it did seem to me the book in question wouldn't do anyone much good. [more inside]
posted by glasseyes at 8:34 PM PST - 25 comments

I might have ADHD but I can't take the medicines typically used to treat it.

I think I might have ADHD, but I also have a heart condition. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:26 PM PST - 10 comments

What happens next?

I recently met a guy at a party, and figured that we hit it off. But I have no previous experience in this area, and I'm unsure about a couple of things... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Can prediabetes cause weight gain?

Can prediabetes cause weight gain? [more inside]
posted by davisnot at 8:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Adding context menu entries in Win 7

In Win7, how do you associate an app with a file type without making it the default "open" tool for that app? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I continue to push for a relationship between my husband and his son?

Should I continue to try to have a relationship with my husband's son from his ex-wife? [more inside]
posted by getyourlife at 7:08 PM PST - 28 comments

Books about cities?

Can you name me some books that are somehow about the city where they take place? [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 6:42 PM PST - 75 comments

What happens if I turn on sharing in iPhoto 11?

If I allow iPhoto to share photos with my Facebook and Flickr accounts, will I regret it? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 6:40 PM PST - 4 comments

I'm afraid I just made the biggest mistake of my life (Breakup filter)

My boyfriend of five years couldn't commit fast enough, but things were improving. Was I an idiot to break up with him? Is it wrong to hope fervently that we'll be together again in a few months? [more inside]
posted by civicDuty at 6:28 PM PST - 55 comments

Please suggest a great buyer's agent in Tampa

Can you suggest a great buyer's agent in Tampa? Mr. Doodley and I are looking to move to the Central/North Tampa area (roughly from South Seminole Heights up to North Lowry Park/Manor Hills neighborhoods). [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley at 5:51 PM PST - 0 comments

Best/cheapest internet cellphone solutions!

Need some solutions for temporary cell phone re-routing. Thinking Google Voice might be the solution somehow but looking for brainstorms. [more inside]
posted by amanda at 5:45 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I make this job change?

I work in high finance but dream of doing something creative. I don't know how to do this. Do you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:26 PM PST - 20 comments

Fostering collaboration online

Have you ever collaborated on a project with someone you met on Mefi or elsewhere online? How did that happen? Was there something about how the online environment that made it easy to reach out or be approached? I'm interested in learning what kinds of dynamics or aspects of online communities foster collaboration. [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 5:00 PM PST - 7 comments

a hop, skip, and a jump away

So...I am currently in my last year of law school (woo!) and I want to plan a wonderful winter holiday as a last hurrah before I enter the work force and having substantially less time off. Guidance and sage wisdom needed! [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered at 4:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there any flaws in my plan to get a phone from Craiglist and Switch to Straight Talk and Google Voice?

What is the recommended way to buy a phone on Craigslist, switch to Straight Talk, and port numbers to Google Voice? [more inside]
posted by cycleback at 4:53 PM PST - 2 comments

At this rate I'll be a doctor at 65...

I'm an adult working a full time job and I have my BA already. I'd like to start working toward medical school by taking an evening class next semester in NYC. I do not want to stop working and enroll in a post-bac pre-med program. Help me figure out my options. [more inside]
posted by telegraph at 4:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Where do I find reasonably-priced patio stone?

What's the best way to install a patio on the cheap? I've been checking out big box stores, but I feel like I'm doing it wrong. I'm in Southwest Louisiana. [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika at 4:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting to/from SFO airport?

What are some inexpensive, yet reliable modes of transportation, to/from SFO airport and the South Bay? [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron at 4:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Making AppleTV work with an old TV

I have a Sony flatscreen TV: KLV-26HG2 LCD WEGA Color TV. It is a couple of years old. I would like to use Apple TV with it, but the Sony lacks the HDMI port that I need. Is there some sort of device that I could plug into the Sony that would have the HDMI port on the other end, so that I could then plug that into the Apple TV?
posted by Mr. Justice at 4:02 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you get over all the reasons not to make things?

Hope this isn't triggering or anything, but I've got a ton of immediately convincing reasons to never open my mouth or pick up my guitar. Is anyone's up for contributing to my list of less-than-persuasive counterarguments? [more inside]
posted by nelljie at 3:51 PM PST - 37 comments

Cleaning boots that may or may not be nubuck

I bought these leather nubuck/suede boots (in brown) last year and wore them throughout the fall and winter. Due to my ineffective attempt at waterproofing them and lackluster cleaning, they have some lighter spots and dark stains. Some of this is just wear on the leather, I know, but is there a way to get the rest of that off? [more inside]
posted by lockstitch at 3:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I host fair use vids w/o getting hit by copyright nonsense constantly?

Where can I host videos for my Shakespeare play comparison website that won't a) cost me tons due to hosting and b) be YouTube knee-jerky on copyright violation? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 3:24 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I improve myself when it's difficult to find better people to be around and when being around better people doesn't really seem to help?

How can I improve myself when it's difficult to find better people to be around and when being around better people doesn't really seem to help? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 2:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Motorcycle message boards?

What are the best motorcycle forums? Too many hits from a Google search, so I'd love some specific recommendations. Looking for active members, friendly to relative newby questions. General is good, but some specifics about me: In the Northeast US, recreational rider (not racing), grown-up, older "standard" bike, very interested in riding safely with proper gear. Thanks!
posted by The Dutchman at 2:05 PM PST - 14 comments

How to achieve my ambitions?

I feel stuck in an unfulfilling job which I am not progressing in. Leading to unhappiness and questioning my overall state of mind. What should I do? Warning: a lot of detail inside. [more inside]
posted by happiness01 at 2:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Best Camcorder for me?

Best Camcorder for under $300? [more inside]
posted by JamesBlakeAV at 1:56 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm thinking about ditching work today. Aaand I've only been there for a week...

I do NOT want to come in to work today. My shift begins in 3 hours and I'm seriously considering just not showing up. One week working there and I already want to quit - HELP! [more inside]
posted by HiphopAnonymous at 1:34 PM PST - 39 comments

John Lennon, Freud, James Joyce and mid-career Gloria Steinem

Who else had/has signature glasses frames? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 1:24 PM PST - 40 comments

My sister is separating and likely divorcing her husband after 15 months of marriage, and my family strongly disagrees with her decision. Do we tell her this?

My sister is separating and likely divorcing her husband after 15 months of marriage, and my family strongly disagrees with her decision. Do we tell her this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:14 PM PST - 69 comments


Just finished taking the SANS training course SEC401 in prep for the GSEC exam. Can I take the CISSP using the GSEC training course as prep? [more inside]
posted by nineRED at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments

What do you mean you don't have any formal logic t-shirts?

Recommendations for Baltimore-area screen printing or online that delivers within a week? [more inside]
posted by mayurasana at 11:58 AM PST - 1 comment

How to adopt a Boston Terrier, without waiting months?

What's the best way to adopt a Boston Terrier (without waiting months and months)? [more inside]
posted by amoeba at 11:57 AM PST - 13 comments

This cat video better be worth the hassle...

Can you fix my streaming/download issues? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta at 11:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Simple saving

I want a super-simple iPhone app that will let me keep track of my discretionary spending. [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 10:54 AM PST - 3 comments

An old, slow cyclist is baffled by today's MTB technology

I haven't ridden offroad for more than 20 years. Please help this large, slow, stately cyclist get his mountain bike on. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 10:39 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I leave now and not later?

I have a very promising general management internship opportunity lined up in the summer. I am currently employed in a secure full-time position however I would like to leave my current job and take a short-term contract position in order to boost my salary and leave a toxic environment ? Would this make sense? If so, how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 10:21 AM PST - 3 comments

First hand accounts of revenge?

I'm looking for first hand accounts of revenge and vigilante justice. [more inside]
posted by kellybird at 9:10 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me dye a sweatshirt without damaging the decal?

I bought a heavy light grey cotton sweatshirt with a plastic-y large round decal on the front. I want to dye the sweatshirt black but not mess up the decal. Any advice on how to do it? Complication: the sweatshirt is used and older. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Scooter 101

I am buying a 50cc motor scooter. I have never owned or ridden a scooter. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 8:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Christmas in Bavaria

Can you help us with cool things to do in Germany (specifically Munich - Nuremberg - Rothenburg - Frankfurt) in early December? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by pallas14 at 8:39 AM PST - 9 comments

How would a prepaid sim work with my iPhone?

What should I know about using a prepaid sim in my iPhone when overseas? [more inside]
posted by nerdfish at 8:36 AM PST - 3 comments

What should I do for my first haircut in a decade or two?

For the past ten years, I've been giving myself buzz cuts. Now that I want a real haircut, what should I ask for when I go to the barber?
posted by adgl at 8:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Tips for urban cycling as aerobic/cardio workout?

Tips for urban cycling as aerobic/cardio workout? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 7:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Seeking your advice on donate-by-SMS services

What are your experiences with using a service to receive donations via SMS/text message at your charity? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 7:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Asus Laptop Left Click Button

Hi! I can't use the left click button on my Asus A53E laptop anymore. Do you smart computer folk have any suggestions to help me get back on track? I can use an external mouse just fine, and I can use the right click button on the laptop just fine. It's the left click button on the laptop that's the problem, and I can't get it to respond in any way. I have restored my settings to last week, and it still won't work. Thank you very kindly for any suggestions.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 7:19 AM PST - 17 comments

My present is destroying my future.

Parent is the one with the terminal illness, but I (child of parent) feel that my own life is in danger. Career life, social / love life and general happiness of life are all at stake. Would like suggestions / advice how to proceed further. Warning: blizzard ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Exercise classes for fat people

I'm fat. I want to take an exercise class that meets 2-3 times a week to help with weight loss and have fun doing something active. What class should I take? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 AM PST - 31 comments

Workplace self-help book recommendation?

Has anyone read a good self-help book about dealing with stressful jobs/workplaces? [more inside]
posted by srs airbag at 6:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Do I need to put my nationality on my CV?

I'm going to be on the hunt for tech jobs in London soon and I'm putting together my CV. I read here that people with foreign sounding names (me!) should put 'British Citizen' somewhere near the top. Is this actually still an issue? It feels awkward to stick it in there next to my contact details.
posted by jobby at 3:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a well priced beach stay in Bali

Quality accomodation in Bali? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 2:32 AM PST - 1 comment

A girl named Claire (or a variant of) from an 80's band

30 years ago, next week, my daughter was born. I need a soundtrack for an early life slideshow I have made. [more inside]
posted by unliteral at 12:45 AM PST - 5 comments

And I always thought the customers were the problem...

Help me cope with retail hell. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country at 12:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Feeling lost in my life. What do I do? *Que the snowflake*

Feeling lost in my life. What do I do? *Que the snowflake* [more inside]
posted by Takeyourtime at 12:02 AM PST - 17 comments

October 20

Numbers and figures make me panic

Any methods for instantaneous number recognition in foreign languages? [more inside]
posted by thesailor at 11:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Retailer Makeover Needed

A friend owns a children's boutique in NYC. She recently confessed that business has been tanking. She overbuys, she doesn't do any sort of inventory management, she has no online presence (apart from a neglected Facebook page). What advice would you give her?
posted by lgandme0717 at 10:24 PM PST - 18 comments

'Boss Hog' from Rolling Stone

Is there any way I can read the "Boss Hog" article from Jeff Tietz/Rolling Stone Magazine? [more inside]
posted by patientpatient at 10:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Dayton International to Cincinnati?

What's the cheapest way to get from Dayton International Airport to downtown Cincinnati? [more inside]
posted by null14 at 8:23 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get my friend to stop "joking" about things that aren't funny?

I have a friend who makes a point of expressing how much he likes really poisonous people from my past until I lay out for him the precise reason I (often) find even the mention of said person upsetting. These people are his acquaintances at best. He does this for every/any person he knows I find really upsetting. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by skermunkil at 7:07 PM PST - 58 comments

What to see and do in Indian Rocks Beach, FL over Christmas?

What is there to see and do in Indian Rocks Beach, FL over Christmas? [more inside]
posted by defcom1 at 6:39 PM PST - 4 comments

House hunting tips

House hunting tips please. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 6:15 PM PST - 25 comments

Visualize 6 Pages in 1 Slide?

How do I visualize the content of six pages on one PowerPoint slide? Graphical palpability preferred. [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 6:11 PM PST - 11 comments

What to do in these two great UK cities on two great holidays?

Halloween (Edinburgh) and Bonfire Night (London) in the UK for the first time! I would like your suggestions. [more inside]
posted by gohabsgo at 5:07 PM PST - 11 comments

thomas aquinas

Ad pulchritudinem tria requiruntur [more inside]
posted by raphael19 at 3:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me not dress like a slob anymore

Dressing as an adult... for men. I've spent a bunch of time randomly googling and browsing through clothing regailer sites and blogs, but haven't come across quite what i'm looking for. As a man who doesn't like to shop, I would love to find a web-site that has photos of people wearing clothing that I like... along with links to where I can purchase those clothes. Seems simple, right? Well, not so fast. [more inside]
posted by jimmereeno at 3:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Donations, anyone?

Charities in Southern California that accept appliances (a dryer) that ARE NOT the Salvation Army? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 3:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Clothing culture shock: getting a woman from the lab to Capitol Hill

Business clothing for female scientist working in Washington DC. [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa at 2:43 PM PST - 15 comments

A scifi book about kids who traveled to an alternative universe?

I'm looking for a sci-fi book about young people who traveled to an alternative universe on multiple occasions. There was something about a power station and the story may also have mentioned a triangular symbol. It turns out that their switching between universes was limited for some reason. [more inside]
posted by who squared at 2:39 PM PST - 13 comments

No you CANNOT poop behind the refrigerator

My 8 year old cat (The Dude) fairly recently decided that pooping in his very expensive litter robot is just not for him. Instead he poops just outside of the robot, and this morning he decided to go in around the same location but much more frustratingly located: behind the refrigerator. I've tried various solutions, and there is a lot more to the story... [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow at 2:20 PM PST - 7 comments

What type of electrical outlet is this?

What kind of locking electrical outlets are in the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC? [more inside]
posted by ayc200 at 1:56 PM PST - 7 comments

The greengrocer snaps!

What is it like to realize you live in a totalitarian system? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall at 1:53 PM PST - 23 comments

necessary documentaton for international flights and auto travel.

Last minute check list for US citizen with departing flight from Canada to Iceland to UK to Ireland, no return ticket and a car retuning with a different driver. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc at 1:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Seeking a fresh new 'do!

What kind of haircut or style might breathe new life into my boring old curly hair? Pics inside! [more inside]
posted by sundaydriver at 12:42 PM PST - 25 comments

Is it normal for psychiatrists to require urine tests while taking Adderall?

Is it standard operating procedure for psychiatrists to give urine tests while using Adderall to treat ADHD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:35 PM PST - 29 comments

How can I deal with lingering feelings of blame and attachment following the end of a long-term relationship?

I was with my boyfriend for 3.5 years and we lived together for much of that time. We had built a home and a family (albeit a two-person family), but two months ago he left me. On paper, I'm doing really well. But I still struggle with blame and attachment. Can you offer advice that will help me let go? (Lot's more detail inside. Hope it's not too much). [more inside]
posted by pantheON at 12:34 PM PST - 22 comments

By any other name?

Book Filter: I'd like to reread a book that I read sometime in the 80s. I was sure that it was called 'Corner Store' and was in a Reader's Digest Condensed volume, but Wikipedia, Google, and Amazon seem to disagree. [more inside]
posted by CdnMathTeacher at 12:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Weird giant fig-things

What the heck is this mysterious fruit/vegetable? Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 12:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Buying doubanjiang (豆瓣酱) in or near northern VA?

Where can I find doubanjiang (豆瓣酱) for purchase in or near northern VA? [more inside]
posted by capricorn at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Pet Urine Soaked Carpets — Cosmetic or Sanitary?

Urine (pet) saturated carpets in our new apartment. Merely cosmetic? Or is this an un-sanitary living condition? [more inside]
posted by mmdei at 11:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Live acoustic party music

Looking for a list of old-timey popular standard songs to play (guitar/banjo/mandolin/harmonica, etc) with friends in the living room while we drink beer and let the kids jump around. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 11:12 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me find stiff vegetarian oil painting brushes.

I've recently got hooked on oil painting and in trying to be more vegetarian about it I'm looking for recommendations for synthetic brushes which replicate the stiffness of hog bristle brushes. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by merocet at 11:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Can a second accident affect a yet-to-be-settled case?

YANML, but please help me weigh the benefits of filing a police report about a car-bike accident when a settlement is still in process from a previous accident. [more inside]
posted by nonmerci at 10:11 AM PST - 10 comments

"Congratulations on getting married a SECOND time!" ... sigh.

Divorcee getting married for the second time and a full wedding's to be planned, mixed feelings on the wedding part. Tell me the personal side of your 2nd (+) wedding experiences. [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 9:36 AM PST - 31 comments

Awkward + shy + no date

Help a shy girl socialize at a wedding where she knows nobody [more inside]
posted by manicure12 at 9:34 AM PST - 22 comments

Looking for a Big Ten friendly sports bar near Laguna Beach

Where can I watch the Mich/Mich State game somehwere near Laguna Beach CA? Looks like it's only on the Big Ten Network (For some reason I thought there was major network coverage). Any ideas of a sports bar so comprehensive as to carry the Big Ten network?
posted by dzot at 9:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find an opaque white v-neck t-shirt?

I've been trying to find a suitable white women's v-neck for about three months now with no luck. [more inside]
posted by baby beluga at 9:03 AM PST - 21 comments

Where to find a good online vendor for hard-to-find DVDs?

Any recommendations for an online vendor for out-of-print/never-released films on DVD, specifically classic musicals. I'm looking for copies of The Big Broadcast, The Big Broadcast of 1936 and The Big Broadcast of 1937. I've seen a few vendors online, but have no idea of their reliability or the quality of their product.
posted by the sobsister at 8:59 AM PST - 1 comment

What is this puppy's name?

Name my scrappy survivor terrier puppy? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 8:44 AM PST - 41 comments

Sun, sand, bland?

How can I entertain myself at an island resort? [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 8:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Confusing landlord situation

From a friend: I received a letter stating that my landlord has not paid the outstanding expenses due for the apartment and that I am now required by law to stop paying him for rent and send my rent directly to this debt collector. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink at 8:15 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find a LINE (in) on a cheap laptop

I need a cheap laptop that runs Windows 7 (or 8) and would be good for audio recording. Basically, it needs to run skype and have mini-jack inputs for headphones and a mic. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 6:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Blow The Lid Off

Why does President Obama's mug have a lid on it during his appearance on The Daily Show from last night? [more inside]
posted by chrchr at 12:09 AM PST - 29 comments

October 19

Parking lot scrape - what's the procedure?

Parking lot scrape - what's the procedure? [more inside]
posted by resiny at 10:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Metal with "clean" vocals?

Recommendations for a metal-noob? difficulty: "melodic" vocals [more inside]
posted by randomnity at 7:51 PM PST - 50 comments

Does anyone make mass-produced but unusual hooded sweatshirts?

Are there any companies making unusual mass-produced hoodies for screenprinting? [more inside]
posted by Subspace at 7:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Work experience now or later?

Future healthcare-administration graduate: Should I try to get administrative experience while I'm in school or stick with patient-care jobs for now? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 6:51 PM PST - 6 comments


Current Droid Charge user. Contemplating a move to my first-ever iPhone. Mistake? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 6:47 PM PST - 20 comments

Liberal magazines for my Mother Jones-loving Mom?

Last year, I got my mom (a dedicated Northeastern liberal) subscriptions to several liberal magazines for Christmas. She loves Mother Jones hugely, and is OK on American Prospect and The Nation. This year, I want to renew the magazines she likes and send her more as well. The Atlantic is definitely in the mix, but are there others that I'm missing? Liberal books are good as well. [more inside]
posted by rednikki at 5:58 PM PST - 42 comments

Did I imagine this scene from My So-Called Life?

So, I absolutely loved My So-Called Life as a teenager. I recently bought the DVD and just watched the pilot episode again, but a scene I vividly remember is missing. [more inside]
posted by badmoonrising at 5:50 PM PST - 15 comments

Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"?

Can you help me create a list of example of "Immersion Cinema"? [more inside]
posted by codybaldwin at 5:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Have you had parathyroid disease or severe vitamin d deficiency?

I'm having a couple more tests this week to determine if my medium-term pain and feelings of crapiness are down to severe Vitamin D deficiency or parathyroid disease. If you have been diagnosed with either, could you share your initial symptoms, how you were diagnosed, and how your treatment went? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 5:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Tshirts and tops when short and curvy - how?

Tshirts and tops when short and curvy - how? [more inside]
posted by Ashlyth at 5:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me make an impact.

Help me put together an engaging and enlightening workshop about gender and sexuality! [more inside]
posted by whalebreath at 4:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for article about journalism and political savvy

Looking for article about journalism being too concerned with political "savvy" [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 4:49 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I stop being prideful?

How to be less...prideful and more open to outside suggestions? I guess? [more inside]
posted by jumelle at 4:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Percentage Calculation

I know the price of something now and what the price was 2 years ago - how do I calculate that as an annual percentage increase? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 4:15 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I help my friend find a boyfriend?

DatingFilter: What dating advice do I give to my friend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Asparagus from seeds

As a novice gardening is it crazy for me to try to grow asparagus from seeds? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 4:02 PM PST - 11 comments

I feel a calling to learn more about my religious faith and lead a more spiritual life. How can I do this in a meaningful way when my partner does not share this interest?

I feel a calling to learn more about my religious faith and lead a more spiritual life. How can I do this in a meaningful way when my partner does not share this interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:00 PM PST - 16 comments

i'm not my own grandpa, but i would like to know more about him.

how hard is it to get a birth certificate from the philippines (possibly malaysia) when you don't know all the information? [more inside]
posted by koroshiya at 3:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I study bonobos in the United States?

What U.S. research labs conduct bonobo research, preferably at nearby research facilities? I'm looking into summer internships and graduate schools. [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie at 2:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Seeking awesome notepad

I'm looking for a notepad to use with a fountain pen with binding and paper similar to moleskine large (5x8) pads, but at 8x11 size. Moleskine does sell 8x11 pads but they have a less smooth paper that does not work well with fountain pens. Clairefontaine is pretty good but it has thicker, smoother paper. [more inside]
posted by rainy at 2:22 PM PST - 14 comments

What should we name our hedgehog?

What should we name our hedgehog? My boyfriend and I just got a pet hedgehog and are having trouble deciding on a name. He's a boy, and we're thinking about a New Orleans-y name since we just moved here. Please help. [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 2:07 PM PST - 94 comments

Sorry I took your job.

I recently joined a company as a specialist in my field. My role is part of a new specialist team internal to the organization. My team has been tasked with creating new products as well as improved versions of old products that have been poorly received. And now the generalist I am "replacing" is acting out towards me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Publicly discussed promotion might not happen. What next?

Can I stay on at a job when promised promotion is being withdrawn? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:55 PM PST - 20 comments

A game and a book

Can you recommend an excellent board game (preferably involving some skill and thinking, and not an e-game) and an excellent illustrated book with a girls' sports theme (preferably soccer but not necessarily) as gifts for a 4 year-old girl? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Am I outsmarting my smartphone?

Do Jelly Bean push notifications work with apps shut off? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 1:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Help plan my road trip in south PA!

Road Trip (sort of) with my boyfriend this Monday from Pottstown, PA, to Hanover, PA, to Chambersburg, PA, then back to Pottstown. Any Mefites know of things to do/places to go along the way to make it fun? [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty at 1:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Cost of living in Groningen

A friend of mine in Asia is wondering about becoming an exchange student at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. She is wondering whether the cost of living as estimated by the University folks is correct. One link here. More specific questions below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 12:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Insurance double-dipping?

Our storage unit was broken into, and about $5000 worth of stuff was stolen. We purchased an insurance policy with the unit (it was mandatory), and we also have renters insurance (with our auto insurance company). Can I file with both of them? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 12:40 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you keep track of your marketing as a freelancer?

How do you track your marketing efforts to potential clients as a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by bradbane at 12:34 PM PST - 2 comments

Wrap damage...

Car Wrap Filter: Do car wraps damage the paint underneath the wrap? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 12:29 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I bank sperm for later use?

How do I bank my sperm for potential future parenting desires? [more inside]
posted by Borborygmus at 12:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there such a thing as a pocket MBA?

Please help me acquire a working simulacrum of an MBA. I'm currently undergoing a career transition into a field where many if not most of the folks have MBAs, and MBA-related knowledge- specifically related to investing, public and private equity, and enterprise funding- is part of the air the profession breathes. Getting an MBA isn't really an option for me for a number of reasons, and I'm wondering if it's possible to assemble a syllabus for myself- through online and print resources- that will be a quick and dirty way to acquire some of the knowledge and rhetoric of the field- a kind of pocket MBA, if you will. [more inside]
posted by Corrective_Lenses at 11:58 AM PST - 13 comments

How to convey enthusiasm on the job hunt?

I just moved to a big city after graduating college in August. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do, and I'm not the most ambitious or confident person, to say the least. I have a somewhat untreated case of ADD, but I don't take my meds anymore; I'm finding coffee and exercise are much better. Anyways, I have gotten two different pieces of negative feedback on my phone behavior with people who had the potential to give me a job; they both basically said I sounded unenthusiastic. What is a good way to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by bluelights at 11:47 AM PST - 29 comments

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Can you get in trouble for publicly fantasizing about the death of a (still-living) former President of the United States? Asking for a friend.
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 11:34 AM PST - 31 comments

Thanksgiving II: The Recluckening

I need to make the best turkey you've ever tasted this Thanksgiving. My pride is at stake here, people. Help me! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:16 AM PST - 46 comments

Hosting a guest with limited English?

We're hosting a grad student from Thailand tonight who speaks very little english and has some trouble following conversation. What do we do to be good hosts? [more inside]
posted by elvissa at 11:06 AM PST - 15 comments

How do you recognize a gifted chemist?

How would a graduate chemistry student distinguish themselves as more gifted than their classmates? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen at 11:01 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I make my clean clothes look clean?

How do I get rid of residue on my clean clothes when I'm using a shared washer in an apartment building? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 10:55 AM PST - 17 comments

What legal recourse is there for a seller who backs out of a completed auction?

What legal recourse is there for a seller who backs out of a completed auction on Flippa.com? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Can employer restrict my use of portfolio samples?

I'm a graphic designer, employed full-time with a marketing agency. Yesterday my boss said I have to take down examples of work I've done while at the agency. In trying to determine if I can legally show these samples, searching the web is providing conflicting info. Things worth mentioning (a) My portfolio specifies that the work was done on behalf of my employer (b) I never signed anything restricting the use of these images and (c) The images are of works that have appeared in public (stores, events, etc). Is there something "official" I can refer to that shows where the rights to these images lie, especially as they apply to a personal portfolio?
posted by AONeal79 at 10:36 AM PST - 19 comments

how to care less?

How can I avoid the destructive path I've usually taken after breakups? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 AM PST - 18 comments

Re-upgrading a home computer for Revit

A little over a year ago, I posted this question about upgrading my home computer to be able to run Revit. I successfully monkeyed with my box to be able to run Revit 2012, but now my firm has upgraded me to Revit 2013, for which my video card no longer works properly. The major complication now is that I got the only video card I could find that worked with Revit and fit my motherboard, so this time it won't be as simple as just switching out the card. What's my best course of action to remedy the current situation? Technical stuff, specs and further questions after the jump. [more inside]
posted by LionIndex at 10:18 AM PST - 6 comments

No true scottsman?

Is it fair and accurate of me to believe that my liberalism is not tainted by the massive harm caused by communist dictators and other historical "leftist" movements that have caused great harm? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 10:07 AM PST - 31 comments

little independent agents

Besides gametes, are there any other animal cells or cell groups that live and function outside of the originating animal? [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 10:06 AM PST - 16 comments

Please give me a job. And a Master's degree.

Be my career counselor: Help me tailor my resume toward a job in higher education administration or research, and a couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by constellations at 9:40 AM PST - 5 comments

How to turn grandma's handwriting into gift.

Can you help me think of a great xmas gift for my mom that incorporates my deceased grandmother's handwriting? [more inside]
posted by orangemacky at 9:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Lyme disease: just how screwed am I?

LymeDiseaseFilter: Have you or someone you're close to had Lyme, had it treated, and more-or-less lived to tell the tale? I'm seeking anecdata to help me calibrate exactly how freaked out I should be about this diagnosis. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 29 comments

iPad email issues

iPad email connexion problems. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 9:08 AM PST - 3 comments

What are non-clinical, location-independent jobs that advance (or could advance) the cause of reproductive health?

What are non-clinical, location-independent jobs that advance (or could advance) the cause of reproductive health? How do you get the skills for those jobs? Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs at 9:06 AM PST - 2 comments


What does kasasa mean? I heard a lot of it this morning in radio commercial, but did not understood what it means. [more inside]
posted by onkyo at 8:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Thanks for nothing, Disney.

We are about to have a baby. The name we are favoring turns out to be the same as the next Disney princess. What should a good feminist mom do? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 8:41 AM PST - 62 comments

A 3 year old's strange phobias

Over the summer, my 3.5 year old developed a bunch of odd aversions/phobias. And now, over the last three weeks or so, he seems generally anxious when we go out. I'm wondering if it's just a phase related to his age, and I should keep him mostly at home till it passes? Or is this the start of a more serious anxiety condition? Or a sign that our city life is too much for him? [more inside]
posted by misoramen at 8:40 AM PST - 27 comments

Too Soon?

Searching for photo from Comic Con (I think!) - please help! [more inside]
posted by orsonet at 8:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Lucy just wants to have fun!

What do puppies do for fun? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 8:29 AM PST - 24 comments

6 monitors 10 pc, how to hook it up

So this involves a whole bunch of computers (Linux, Windows (server), Windows (7) and Macs and 6 monitors a keyboard and a mouse. I am trying to find a way to dynamically assign a computer to one or more monitors, and change it around whenever needed. (So no monitor should be hardwired to a single machine) I am thinking of a super duper KVM switch but I havent been able to find one yet.
posted by digividal at 8:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Drug-dealer Problems

A man in my neighborhood is selling drugs, and from what I can tell its something hard. I want to report this anonymously to the police. I'm afraid of retribution if he or any of his associates find out about this. I'm confident I've identified him on Facebook. What materials should I include with my report? How likely is it to be followed up on?
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 20 comments

OMG how come you don't complete tasks in exactly the same manner I would?

I am an inexperienced manager with one experienced employee and one inexperienced employee working under me. We are in a technical field; I do some of the technical work, but it is very time-consuming, so they are meant to be extra 'hands' and free me to do planning and analysis of the team's work. What are reasonable expectations to have of them and how can I ensure they meet these reasonable expectations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Making reasonable font

I would like to create a font using someone's handwriting and am looking for a good software with which to do this. I'm not an expert in this, so it would have to have a small learning curve, unless it is really worth it for me to spend time learning so I can get reasonable results. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 7:17 AM PST - 6 comments

What are good iPad games for newbies?

What are the best "gateway games" on the iPad for a complete newbie? [more inside]
posted by rahulrg at 4:31 AM PST - 43 comments

What was this song?

Name this song: female singer, sounds kinda new, on an indie radio station. Lyrics say something about "the worst" or "what's worse?" and "people say I'm _____ because I have no plans to settle down." [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot at 3:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Unhealthy conspiracy theories

A friend of mine has become so wrapped up in conspiracy theories that it's ruining his life. Help! [more inside]
posted by gorcha at 2:23 AM PST - 36 comments

October 18

Tonight's gonna be a good night

Help me compile an all-star, best ever, awarding winning wedding playlist. [more inside]
posted by murfed13 at 11:40 PM PST - 24 comments

Do I need to see a doc for plantar fasciitis treatment?

I know I have plantar fasciitis. I'm stretching and working to decrease my inflammation. Do I need to see a doc? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 10:59 PM PST - 26 comments

You got your carbide in my fuel oil! No, you got your fuel oil on my carbide!

In 1980 Mark Knopfler watched the object of his desire turn and walk away in a roar of dust and diesel. Was that a reference? If so, to what? [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 10:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Why were airplanes flying the wrong way over LA today?

Why were airplanes flying the wrong way over LA today? [more inside]
posted by univac at 9:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Funny Autodesk Maya t-shirt needed

Autodesk Maya users who wear t-shirts: I need your help finding a Maya in-joke t-shirt. [more inside]
posted by angiep at 9:38 PM PST - 7 comments

That's some synchronicity there

Slightly NSFW lyrics question below. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 9:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Confused by the singular "they"...

GrammarFilter: "Would [my friend] rather have their significant other think they find them ugly, or think they find them stupid?" Is this ambiguously worded? Help me settle a dispute. [more inside]
posted by Yma at 8:15 PM PST - 26 comments

I want to have this video forever!

How can I save the LA Times' time-lapse video of space shuttle Endeavour's journey across LA for posterity (on my own computer)? It's really beautiful, but I'm afraid they'll take it off the LA Times website at some point. I'd like to save it for personal viewing later. I don't know much about these sorts of things (flask, etc.). I have an older Mac and no video capture card. Is this even possible? (Nevermind whether it's legal). Thanks all! Answer in the hypothetical if you prefer. ;-) Awesome shuttle video
posted by bluesky78987 at 8:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me ID this TAL background song!

Help me ID a particular song that appeared in this episode of This American Life. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 7:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Where should we go for a weekend out of New York?

Where within a short (less than 3-hour) drive from New York City should we go this weekend? [more inside]
posted by kevin-o at 7:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Dating with ADHD

How to handle disclosing ADHD when dating? How would most people react? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 PM PST - 25 comments

Help ID women's boots

Please help Mrs. exogenous identify these short leather boots decorated with an embroidered tree. [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 7:02 PM PST - 8 comments

A Font with a View

[font/typography filter] Can you ID the font from the titles on the TV show "The View" as in this image? It's that simple.
posted by Sunburnt at 6:57 PM PST - 1 comment

Dr. House, you're wanted in podiatry.

I'm having a foot flexibility problem that I can't figure out. YANMD, unless you are, hey doc! It's the end of a long string of problems that I got over, but this last thing is hanging on, and i'm not sure how it is related to past problems (achilles tendonitis and some arch issues in that foot). [more inside]
posted by shimmer at 6:49 PM PST - 2 comments

How does one go about selling a collection of old stamps?

How does one go about selling a collection of old stamps? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 6:30 PM PST - 5 comments

A Blu-ray player that can make friends with my iMac

Help me find a (cheap!) Blu-ray player. I have an iMac, and want to stream video from my computer to the player to the TV... [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 6:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Move my new Wordpress site from subdirectory to root?

Blog/website tech support needed! How can I move my newly designed Wordpress site from a subdirectory to the root, while somehow archiving the old indexhibit site which currently dwells on the root? I only have a couple of days in which to do this! [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong at 5:55 PM PST - 11 comments

RSVP not required...

My coworker is having a birthday party and invited everyone except me I think. I don't "GET" this, but I would rather sort of have an explanation in my mind.... Is this just a thing about work friendships? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 5:44 PM PST - 24 comments

How can I help after a death in the family?

The mother of the family I work for just passed away after a long illness. What can I do to help? [more inside]
posted by nonasuch at 5:22 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I argue more civilly?

How can I argue more civilly? [more inside]
posted by pandorasbox at 4:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Not stirring additional sugar into wort

Have brewed a 5 gal batch of beer which due to old yeast did not begin to ferment til better yeast was added, resulting in 72 hrs of bad things floating to the surface. Now fermenting nicely, don't want to discard the batch, but don't want to stir it when I add the sugar water at the end to carbonate in the bottle. My question, do I need to stir it in or will it achieve the same level of sugar dissolved by itself, and how long should I give it before bottling ?
posted by fkeese at 4:46 PM PST - 16 comments

[academic filter] know nothing, must give comment on it, on the fly. how to be OK with this?

I suffer from extreme performance anxiety but have been yanked in at the last minute to talk on something I know almost nothing about. Not performing is not an option. Need help. [more inside]
posted by starcrust at 4:40 PM PST - 23 comments

What happens to all this STUFF?

What happens to surplus goods? [more inside]
posted by Yellow at 4:23 PM PST - 12 comments

undocumented narratives

Looking for first-person narratives from undocumented immigrants to the United States. [more inside]
posted by threeants at 4:05 PM PST - 3 comments

A nice thesis theme to my website

Where To Find a Thesis Wordpress Theme Designer? [more inside]
posted by Sentus at 4:04 PM PST - 2 comments

But I thought you asked *me* to the dance!

Is it standard practice to offer someone a job and then post that opening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I buy Mo Yan's book online (in chinese, not translated)?

Where can I buy Mo Yan's books "Red Sorghum" and "The Garlic Ballads" in traditional Chinese? (not the English translation)? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 3:42 PM PST - 3 comments

What are the must-hit events for a San Francisco Halloween?

Please help us experience an American-style Halloween in the San Francisco Bay Area (ages 20s-30s). For us I think this means finding the most highly recommend of: 1). A big event crammed with people in their best arty / sexy outfits (like SEAF Seduction, or Decompression if it were reinvented as a Halloween event), 2) An amazing haunted house, 3) Maybe a corn maze or similar? What are your strongest recommendations? [more inside]
posted by anonymisc at 3:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Only thing that's on my mind

Who is going to run this town tonight? [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb at 3:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Smartphone for Travling/Living Abroad

Smartphone filter: I will probably be moving to South Korea for a year when I graduate in May. I want to get a nice, new smartphone now. What is the best option for a phone to use overseas? [more inside]
posted by raeka at 3:04 PM PST - 9 comments

What is going on?

What is this strange smell sensation that happens to me every Fall around this time? [more inside]
posted by benbenson at 3:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me understand Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease - what should I be asking my consultant as a newly diagnosed patient? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Couples therapy in NYC?

Couples' counceler or therapist in NYC? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 2 comments

How to look like something you can't see?

How do I dress as a black hole for Halloween? [more inside]
posted by pompelmo at 2:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me buy a MacBook Pro.

Help a lifelong PC user who Knows Computers and considers himself a Savvy Consumer buy himself a non-retina MacBook Pro. Technical and budgeting questions inside. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 2:42 PM PST - 23 comments

What do I look like?

Looking for Classical art of the human form of the Ancient Greek primordial deity of darkness Erebos/Erebus/Erberus. [more inside]
posted by Erberus at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Furminator for people?

Is there any particular type of hairbrush (or other trickery) that will help me shed my hair in a controlled manner? Like a furminator, for people? [more inside]
posted by twoporedomain at 2:09 PM PST - 8 comments

What should we explore around the SF Bay area on short notice?

A few months ago, I booked an incredible deal on a flight to spend 4 days next week in or around San Francisco. Life got busy, and I still haven't made any actual plans for what we're going to do, or where we're going to stay. We've been to SF a few times before, and want to rent a car and explore the area surrounding the city this time around -- particularly to the North. Any budget-friendly suggestions? [more inside]
posted by schmod at 1:51 PM PST - 23 comments

It's one of those things that you're always vaguely aware of, but never quite grok...

Explain broadcast television in Canada and the US to me like I'm five. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 1:29 PM PST - 27 comments

Who's paying for this?

What percentage of my monthly ISP bill pays for the internet infrastructure? What percent of the internet is paid for by home users and business users as consumers, versus business users who are serving content, like Facebook or NetFlix Streaming? I would love a pie chart, but whatever you got is appreciated...
posted by mzurer at 1:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Sales as a bridge to other careers?

Is a job in sales a good way to jump from academia to the corporate world? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony at 1:27 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the Google Search of other countries?

What are the best non-English or non-U.S. search engines? Google is the leader in the U.S., but Russian users prefer Yandex from what I understand, and Baidu is the top choice in China. What other search engines prevail in other countries or locales? [more inside]
posted by Nameless at 1:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Best available, will call

Suggest examples of websites that do a great job of selling event tickets? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 1:10 PM PST - 8 comments

SuperPAC Hell

Why is Safari on an iPad running iOS 5.1 ignoring my PAC file for https URLs? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin at 1:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Should we move back to Boston after a month?

My fiancee and I moved to Chicago from Boston, a couple of months ago, and the both of us are just longing to go back to Boston. We can afford to move back, and she has job prospects out there. Should we go or wait it out? [more inside]
posted by summerteeth at 12:55 PM PST - 24 comments

How to turn Google Forms results back into the forms that were submitted?

Using Google Forms, is there any easy to to turn a form response (displayed as a line on a spreadsheet) back into the form that was submitted so it can be printed or saved as a PDF? [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear at 12:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Books or articles on the history of the EU?

Looking for a great book/article/essay on the history of the European Union and the current economic crisis there. [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor at 12:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Upstate Punchlines

I'm looking for a New Yorker cartoon that references Utica, NY. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo at 12:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Be my oasis in the desert!

Looking for first-person accounts of, or other non-fiction writing about, the experience of seeing an oasis mirage in the desert. [more inside]
posted by Mender at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

How to manage the relationship with Mom

How do you enforce boundaries with a needy parent? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 11:47 AM PST - 19 comments

I have material needs

What stores in the Seattle region are like TAP Plastics but for other materials? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 11:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Help with focus when reading dull, dry, and lengthy scientific papers or texts please. Yet another attention deficit question.

How do I maintain my focus and make sure my comprehension is maximized when reading (required) heavy or something I don't find terribly interesting? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 11:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Looking for fun party games like Telephone Pictionary

Looking for fun party games (other than Telephone Pictionary) that can be played with 20-25 people and involve little (or no) supplies, explanation, organization, or complex thinking. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 11:10 AM PST - 24 comments

Sick of the cite of this thing.

How do I cite a legal case in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing at 11:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Hangups with Hang-ups

What's the proper way to accommodate a chair rail (dado rail) when hanging items on the wall? [more inside]
posted by blue t-shirt at 10:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Cultural Outreach in the Greater LA Area?

Tips for finding out about diplomatic cultural outreach events in greater L.A. area? [more inside]
posted by bswinburn at 10:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Do my bidding, PICASA!

How can I get Picasa to organize the way I want? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 10:46 AM PST - 5 comments

how to rig a stuck piano key

How can I jerry-rig my stuck piano key so it it returns fully? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 10:31 AM PST - 3 comments

I am trying to track everything I listen to over several years through iTunes. Help.

I would like to access my entire iTunes library (stored at home) at work in such a way that when I listen to a track, its play count in iTunes goes up. Am I missing something easy or is this harder to do than it should be? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 10:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Toddler YAK costume?

Costumefilter, Toddler Edition : My friend's 2 y.o. has his heart set on being a yak for Halloween. Help? [more inside]
posted by synapse at 10:18 AM PST - 20 comments

No wonder these programs are off the radar...

I'm looking for blogs on trade school/skilled trades, career and community college related subjects, ideally Canadian friendly (but anything helps!). [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 9:52 AM PST - 1 comment

Looking for the best software and tools for academics working with digital files

I'm giving a workshop to a group of humanities scholars (historians, philosophers, etc) on how to work with digitized sources that they have collected from various archives. What killer software/apps should I highlight? [more inside]
posted by arco at 9:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me work with green high density foam

I am at the "what have I gotten myself into THIS year?" portion of the costume making season and am struggling with my material choice - 1 inch thick green high density foam. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 9:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Help Kief-er get his smoke on

I'm a moderate pot smoker to help with my insomnia and back pains. My local medical marijuana dispensary is selling stellar kief at great prices (less costly than pot, even.) I love to 'snowcap' my bowl of herb with kief, but lately I'm thinking maybe I should skip the herb and just burn the trichomes. My current glass pot pipe isn't going to do the trick - what's the best pipe these days for kief? Anyone switched from herb to just kief? Experiences? Drawbacks?
posted by porn in the woods at 9:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find this watch and maybe I'll engrave it with your name.

Where can I purchase a Steinhart Ocean Vintage Military watch? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 8:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Cubital Tunnel of Hate!!!

Ulnar nerve anterior transposition surgery experiences. Have one? Please share! [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 8:33 AM PST - 3 comments

I might need a larger desk, too...

I just acquired a Wacom Bamboo Create. Do you have any advice/tutorials/program reccomendations for me? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Did people overseas get to see Sinéad rip up the Pope?

In 1992, when Sinéad O'Connor ripped up a picture of the pope on American TV, did TV news in the UK and Ireland show the clip? [more inside]
posted by Morpeth at 8:10 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm addicted to spacing out.

I'm shocked and embarrassed to admit how quickly my life has begun to fall apart after discontinuing ADHD treatment. Is anyone aware of a physician in the greater Columbus or Cleveland metropolitan areas that A) is not opposed to specifically prescribing Adderall for ADHD - please, no "you don't need medication!" pep talks or alternate treatment recommendations, B) is sufficiently reasonably priced that an uninsured person could afford treatment, and C) is accepting new patients without long waiting periods? Your help is sincerely appreciated.
posted by biggity at 7:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Please recommend quality humour concerning Halloween.

What are some of the best Halloween sketches/standup/longform jokes that you know? [more inside]
posted by h00py at 7:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Awkward RPG Sessions - Should This Girl Gamer Find Another Group?

I joined a gaming group about 6 months ago - and, well, things are awkward. I am wondering if I should keep going or if I should just chalk this up to experience (no pun intended)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 61 comments

10 pounds of carrots? SOLD!

Looking into buying 10 pounds each of the following--carrots, potatoes, onions--and if I do so, how do we store them to minimize spoilage? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 6:03 AM PST - 15 comments

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice

I plan on being Miss Argentina, the blue-skinned, slit-wrist Afterlife Receptionist from Beetlejuice for Halloween. What free typeface should I use to print the sash? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 5:55 AM PST - 6 comments

What is your job like, really?

Between the hours of 9-to-5, or whenever you work...what are you doing, specifically? [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere at 5:36 AM PST - 140 comments

Help Me Make a Dietarily-Constrained Feast Great!

So, I need to do some vegan cooking, but there are extra limitations. Help me come up with some ideas for a fun Thanksgiving [more inside]
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:26 AM PST - 24 comments

Looking for something snazzier than “print this thread and show him”

Metafilter, today I held my first positive pregnancy test. Help me tell my husband in a memorable way. [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass at 4:33 AM PST - 36 comments

How to say no to Cultural Education?

Help me make arguments against cultural education programs in Korean schools. [more inside]
posted by nile_red at 4:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Job interview in a few days. Help me speak banking?

What sites or articles can I read to cram for a job interview at a large consumer bank? [more inside]
posted by pink_gorilla at 3:39 AM PST - 3 comments

Excel colour schemes are making me go blind

How do I permanently change the colour scheme in Excel (2010) so that I don't keep on going blind due to other people's spreadsheets? [more inside]
posted by Katemonkey at 1:51 AM PST - 16 comments

tv transpo

How heavy/bulky/awkward is a 32" flatscreen TV, freshly purchased in the box? [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 1:30 AM PST - 13 comments

October 17

Plastic roast twine?

What's up with the plastic strings on my roast? [more inside]
posted by Sternmeyer at 11:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Mysterious Skull Logo

What is this logo, and what does it say? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 10:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find recipes that are interesting to eat with your eyes closed.

I want to treat my girlfriend to an unusual dinner. [more inside]
posted by Mayhembob at 10:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Investing the $$$ I have?

Help me invest my money in ways that might be less obvious than the normal CDs or stock market. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 9:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me get my Pfeiffer on?

What short stories and essays and what methods could I use in mentoring incarcerated youth who would like to improve their writing? [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 8:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Why is Ozzy = Ossie with Black Sabbath?

Why is Ozzy Osbournes name spelled as Ossie Osbourne on Black Sabbath's debut album? [more inside]
posted by Kilovolt at 8:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Meddling mother

How do i stop a caring but meddling mother interfering with my relationships in life? [more inside]
posted by billbobagginz at 8:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Is this a termite?

Do we have termites? Here is a picture. We are in the bay area of California, and these appeared for the first time tonight after it got dark. They are swarming around our porch light.
posted by waitangi at 7:53 PM PST - 12 comments

We ain't got no budget!

CHALLENGE TIME! You are lent some expensive, professional grade video equipment for 18 hours and told that you may use it as you see fit in the time you have. Assuming little to no preparation beforehand, what do you do and/or film with it? Ideally you'd like the owner (or anyone else who sees your work) to be mildly impressed, knowing that you have no actual solo film making experience whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei at 7:39 PM PST - 14 comments

I just moved within the same county, can I still vote? (Colorado)

I was registered to vote in Weld county in 2008. Earlier this month I moved a few miles away to a town that happens to be in Weld county (Firestone, Co to Frederick, Co). Can I still vote in the 2012 election? Do I need to change any information before I vote?
posted by snow_mac at 7:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Last Will and Testament of the an Artist

Artists, what will happen to your writings music and artworks if/when you die? Any ideas? Do you have a will, and a clause with some legal language? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 7:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Best way to use a Concept2 rower

I just purchased a Concept2 Model D rower with PM3 monitor. What's my best way to use it given my condition and goals? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 6:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Does anyone remember a website called "Ask the Gurus" or something similar? Looking for info or ANYone else who remembers this website. (It was video game characters answering advice column type questions)

I'm trying to track down any information about an old website that's been offline for years. I believe it was called 'Ask the Gurus'. People would write in with their questions, and they'd be answered by video game characters. Karsh from Chrono Cross was probably the most frequently used avatar by the site's author, but many other characters showed up too. [more inside]
posted by signsofrain at 5:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you tell me the name of what I want to do?

Career question, think what I'm looking to go into is analysis, not completely sure. Metastable cubic ice crystal details in extended. [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 5:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Do iTunes security question failed attempts reset after a wait time?

Apparently, I didn't keep the answers to my iTunes security authorization questions. I think I can guess my answers with a few more tries, but I might get locked out before I get there. Will the wrong answer count reset back to zero after a wait time? Meaning, can I try again tomorrow, or will I still get locked out? [more inside]
posted by p3t3 at 5:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Question about cat P.U. surgery

Question about cat P.U. surgery [more inside]
posted by miyabo at 4:52 PM PST - 10 comments

I keep getting rejected or ignored and want to quit trying to date

I want to give up trying to date, I just keep getting rejected, can you guys help me stay motivated and not quit trying? [more inside]
posted by curious-mind at 4:46 PM PST - 83 comments

Good beginner MIDI controller?

Good beginner keyboard/MIDI controller for Ableton newbie making music in spare time? (primarily EDM, but other genres as well) [more inside]
posted by petah at 4:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Recent nicknames: Sickie, Boogernose

This cold is making me crazy. Help me feel better! [more inside]
posted by sucre at 4:30 PM PST - 23 comments

Beyond Kripalu

What is the best workshop or retreat you’ve experienced? [more inside]
posted by susanvance at 4:12 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I avoid defaulting on my student loans?

I have a little more than $30,000 in "Stafford" federally subsidized student loans which have been in forbearance and/or deferment as I have been unable to find steady work since I finished school 3.5 years ago. At this point I am flat broke, living off food stamps and credit cards, and it appears my loan servicers are no longer willing to grant me further forbearance. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I live in Philadelphia for 4 months?

Where can I live in Philadelphia for 4 months? [more inside]
posted by mushtale at 3:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Seattle > diner > Walla Walla

Driving between Seattle to Walla Walla: best diner? [more inside]
posted by artdrectr at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me survive my twenties without completely losing my mind.

I'm a 24 year old lady with failed relationship woes. Help me stop feeling so crummy about myself and give me day-to-day ways to feel more centered, happy, and not-desperate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:58 PM PST - 9 comments

50% of students are below average, right?

What approaches might be effective for motivating an underachieving U.S. high school student? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Where to live in coastal Oregon?

Where to live in Northern coastal Oregon? Vernonia? Astoria? Manzanita? Portland with a wicked commute? [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 2:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Would crazy glue work?

I have a question about a crack in the body of an acoustic guitar. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me recreate this dish!

At a restaurant I had an amazing dish with the following description, "vegetarian black bean chili, seasoned rice and steamed vegetables." It was spicy and I loved it, but couldn't describe it beyond being traditional American, perhaps a bit with a Mexican flavor. This seems like a really simple dish, any ideas of dishes like it or how to recreate it?
posted by geoff. at 2:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Polycystic ovaries that are not pathological... what?

My "ovaries are polycystic, but this is not a significant pathological process" -what? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 at 2:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Mac Powerpoint Weirdness. Help!

Weird snowflake Mac OS X font issue. I've already tried all the usual suspects - deleting duplicate fonts from Font Book, etc, etc. But this one has me stumped. [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 2:00 PM PST - 9 comments


In my flat here in the UK I have four electric storage heaters that are kaput. What electric heating should I replace them with? [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

To share or not to share

My counsellor tells me that I need to stop enabling my wife's anxieties; my wife tells me that my not sharing what I'm talking about in counselling sessions is making her anxious. How do I square this circle? [more inside]
posted by six sided sock at 1:31 PM PST - 63 comments

Crawling back up the ladder.

New to PhD candidacy and tanking fast - academics of MeFi, help me figure out how to get through this mess. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 1:21 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me make sense of my EI entitlements

Can someone explain the EI benefits period to me? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 1:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Scented candles in the british isles

Where can I buy decent scented candles in Dublin or London? [more inside]
posted by anaximander at 1:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Diagnose my leaky pipe!

Can you help me to understand what the problem with my sink and washing machine pipes is? A heavy load of draining water spills out from near the U-bend. [more inside]
posted by tumples at 12:44 PM PST - 9 comments

How to move on (and out?)

[heartbreak/confused sexuality filter] Recently admitted my romantic feelings toward a close friend, but have no idea how to pick up the pieces of my actions and move forward. Somewhat messy details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 PM PST - 11 comments

"i miss you." "UGH, really?"

How to deal with feelings of revulsion when others are expressing their need for your time and care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 PM PST - 31 comments

Bilingual blogging layout in Urdu and English?

What do I need to know to create a bilingual blog that uses left-to-right and right-to-left languages simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by bardophile at 12:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Lenna, the Utah Teapot, and...?

There is Lenna, the go-to image for testing image processing software, and there is the Utah Pot, the standard with which to test 3D modeling approaches. Now Michal Migurski proposes that Oakland's Lake Merritt may be a GIS instance of a "Lenna". What other Lennae are out there, in other fields? Standard test instances in other domains?
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 12:32 PM PST - 27 comments

Why do some types of people tend to work in certain types of places?

Why do I so rarely see first-generation Chinese immigrants working in ethnically diverse businesses, while I so often see Latino immigrants working in just about every type of business? One thousand qualifiers and anecdata inside. [more inside]
posted by andromache at 12:19 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I get this sadness/anger meld to stop?

[emotional blathering filter] YANAT, but I need a little help untangling my jumbled feelings. How to deal with deep feelings of resentment and sadness and get back to focusing on what's really important to me? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 12:10 PM PST - 12 comments


Help me find a bag suitable for an Ankh-Morpork Postmaster General! [more inside]
posted by Wossname at 12:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Mirena and acne... is it forever?

IUDs and acne. How long should I wait before seeking serious acne treatment? Will the hormone acne subside? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 11:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Mote in my eye!

About 3 weeks ago I started having an annoying issue with my eye/eyelashes. It has not diminished at all and is driving me bonkers. [more inside]
posted by futz at 11:48 AM PST - 26 comments

Two wheels in Vancouver

BC locals, can you get around Vancouver (and Burnaby) by scooter? Will I be able to use it during the winter? [more inside]
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Firefox is possessed!

Firefox keeps going back to previous page, but I'm not hitting the back button! [more inside]
posted by PeppahCat at 11:15 AM PST - 10 comments

god i hate scrubbing tile

Recommendations for housecleaning services in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 11:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Former Account Exec with MBA pariah for data jobs?

Looking for how to get skills that would make me qualified for a data analyst position. [more inside]
posted by hrj at 11:03 AM PST - 11 comments

The slowest game of peek-a-boo on record.

Could Alpha Centaurians detect planets around Sol? [more inside]
posted by chairface at 10:26 AM PST - 14 comments

If you use a coupon at a chain hair salon does the stylist get paid any less?

If you use a coupon at a chain hair salon does the stylist get paid any less? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 10:26 AM PST - 1 comment

Essential business iOS apps

Transitioning from a Windows laptop to a Macbook Pro at work. Yay! Need software recommendations. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 9:52 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I make a lamp brighter?

I bought a great looking lamp for my nightstand. But the max (60 watts) isn't nearly bright enough. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 9:46 AM PST - 18 comments

How to capture a set of posts and comments from Face Book?

A friend would like me to save her some posts and comments from FB in a less ephemeral way. I'd like to copy them and make them into some sort of book or pamphlet for her. Have you done this sort of thing before and if so, how? I've seen Fonicle, which I think is a bit of overkill for this situation. [more inside]
posted by jvilter at 9:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Living a more entrenched life

What does it mean to be committed to your life? How can you become committed to yourself? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time at 8:30 AM PST - 14 comments

Engagement ring or bridal set?

Do I give her the whole bridal set or just the engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:59 AM PST - 12 comments

The campaign for more slacking off as a family.

Are there corners to cut that we should be cutting? What tasks do you skip, consciously or not, as a family? Washing dishes? Putting laundry away? IS THERE SOMETHING WE SHOULD NOT BE DOING? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 7:51 AM PST - 86 comments

Mo' Money

Help me get a good exchange rate and tell me when to exchange. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 7:40 AM PST - 8 comments

And the moon will be yours to do whatever you like

Help me find this poem that involves the moon! I can't remember it but can remember the feeling I had when reading it! [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 7:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Want to be a network admin. How to gain credibility so I can work with the expensive stuff?

I finally got an entry-level IT job. Now I have time to be more picky about choosing the next one. I'm interested in becoming a network engineer, but there seems to be a massive gap between being trusted to work with low-end managed switches and being trusted to work with McMansion-priced gateway routers. How do/did network engineers bridge that gap? What are the in-between career steps that could get me to a sufficiently high level of proficiency and trust to do high-end networking work? [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye at 7:25 AM PST - 15 comments

What poetry should I read?

Can you suggest a poet or two to me? I'd like to have some poems to read at night before I go to sleep. I don't know anything about poetry and I'm afraid that buying something at random or because it has won a prize will leave me with poetry that is too dense and unapproachable. [more inside]
posted by Area Man at 7:22 AM PST - 46 comments

How to discuss price range with a tattoo artist?

[for my boss] I need advice on tattoo price ranges. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea at 7:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Financial Adult

Although I'm a highly educated woman in my late thirties, when it comes to money I'm basically a fourth grader. Tell me how you managed to be a financial grown up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM PST - 22 comments

Difficult Client - Can/Should I Fire?

I started a design project with a new client and the whole process has turned out to be very difficult due to communication problems. What can I do to resolve this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Should I pay my NC traffic fine or go to court?

I got into a minor parking lot accident in North Carolina the same day I moved out of state for a new job. Should I pay a $25 traffic fine or hire a lawyer to represent me in traffic court and therefore keep a clean record? [more inside]
posted by toastedcheese at 6:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Gift for the friend who officiated my wedding

MeFites, can you help me think of an appropriate gift for the friend who officiated my wedding? [more inside]
posted by coupdefoudre at 6:49 AM PST - 10 comments

After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes.

I'm looking for a Lynda Barry comic that ran after 9/11, illustrating Emily Dickinson's Poem #372 which begins, "After great pain, a formal feeling comes." [more inside]
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 6:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Blue? Only in color, Michael. Oh, also in mood.

I have self-diagnosed low-level depression and anxiety-- so low-level and constant that I think of it more like my personality than any disorder. Still, the days where it ebbs are pretty awesome. I've never been on psychoactive pharmaceuticals before. Experimenting with antidepressants (with a MD's supervision, of course): good idea/bad idea? Alternatives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 AM PST - 17 comments

10: Print "Hire me" 20: Goto 10

I have an interview for my dream job next week, help me not screw this up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Goldilocks searches for a wedding ring

Wedding (and other) rings: is it better to go for the size that feels too tight, or the size that feels too loose? [more inside]
posted by Catseye at 6:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Tea tree oil fumes to treat sickness: crazy?

Is there any danger associated with inhaling steam from tea tree oil extract? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 6:06 AM PST - 8 comments

help installing an ethernet jack.

help installing an ethernet jack in an HP pavilion tower. [more inside]
posted by austere at 5:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Is soft water worth it?

The truth about soft water? We recently moved into a house with a water softening system (the water in our area is normally pretty hard), and I really dislike the way it fails to rinse off soap when I'm showering or washing my hands. The information online often seems mixed and contradictory. Are the benefits of soft water big enough to outweigh the discomfort? Or is it feasible to do "partially softened" water? Any relevant personal experiences? Thanks.
posted by svenx at 5:43 AM PST - 22 comments

How to help a friend find love when they're not equipped for it?

How can I help my extremely unattractive (physically and relationship-wise) friend either find someone to date/love, realize he needs self-improvement, or come to terms with not finding it? [more inside]
posted by corb at 5:42 AM PST - 33 comments

Program for kids about music, hosted by an african american trumpet player.

Looking for a TV program for kids about music, hosted by an african american trumpet player. [more inside]
posted by guy72277 at 5:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Arcane RAM question

Trying tp revive (as an educational exercise) a 17-year-old computer with an unusual memory structure. [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 3:09 AM PST - 4 comments

October 16

Book recommendations: biographies that detail the relationship of interesting historical figures (preferably happy relationships).

Book recommendations: biographies that detail the relationship of interesting historical figures (preferably happy relationships). [more inside]
posted by 254blocks at 11:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Please help me pick a pair of PA speakers for a music practice room!

Please help me pick a pair of PA speakers for a music practice room! [more inside]
posted by The Minotaur at 10:41 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I mattify my skin without making the flakiness more obvious?

Makeup Filter: What are my alternatives to powder when trying to mattify my shiny skin? (On a drugstore budget) [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes at 9:49 PM PST - 35 comments

% of out-of-wedlock births ca. 1880?

I'm looking for the percentage of out-of-wedlock births per capita in the United States in 1880 (or, failing that, 1890). So far I'm coming up empty-handed. Specific stats for the District of Columbia will be even better, but I'm fairly certain that they're not available online.
posted by ryanshepard at 9:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me figure out why my car is making horrible sounds?

I am worried about the sounds emanating from my car. Could it be an alignment issue? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 9:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Logic, Arguments, Legal Reasoning

Hi there, Can anyone recommend me materials (books or online resources) on logic which is pertinent to/useful for legal reasoning? [more inside]
posted by thespiritroom at 7:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I Use A Legitimate Windows 7 CD Key with an Illegal Copy and Not Run Foul of MS?

I have a genuine copy of Windows 7 Ultimate which i have previously installed and activated through Microsoft. I wanted to reinstall Windows today but I've found the DVD has somehow been scratched and my DVD drive refuses to read the disc. If i download a copy of Windows 7 from BitTorrent and install it using my genuine CD key, will I get into any trouble? Will it even work? If not, what are my options?
posted by Effigy2000 at 7:42 PM PST - 9 comments

More YouTube please!

I have really been enjoying watching the channels I subscribe to on YouTube. I want more great YouTube channels to check out! Please suggest your favorites. (A list of the ones I already watch after the jump.) [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:36 PM PST - 9 comments

My oven won't turn on.

Why won't my oven turn on? [more inside]
posted by Sylvia Plath's terrible fish at 7:17 PM PST - 17 comments

A nice acoustic bass guitar at a reasonable price?

What are some suggestions for a nice acoustic bass guitar (not a stand-up bass fiddle; not an acoustic-electric) that I can purchase for my son at a VERY reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 6:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Ain't no zombie crawlin' outta that!

What are the biggest tombstones around the US & Canada that are located in cemeteries rather than large tombs themselves? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc at 6:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Plus-size, professional, don't want to freeze to death.

This is the first winter I've routinely been going to work in a suit (mostly skirts, sometimes trousers). I need a winter coat that's going to work with this, and also with the fact that I'm a size ~18. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved at 6:22 PM PST - 8 comments

A second chance to turn back time

Today, a time capsule was opened after 20 years buried in the Denton Town Square. It was not what we expected. [more inside]
posted by evolvinglines at 5:47 PM PST - 22 comments

Category: I'd Kill For Your Problems

Should I go for the fun-but-not-serious sure thing or the potentially-serious long shot? [more inside]
posted by nob'dy at 5:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me not ruin my shoes so fast!

My favorite pair of shoes in the entire world, this pair that there only seems to be one of in existence, are just a smidge too narrow. They're 11D, and feet would fit best in an 11E. That smidge is giving me one mean callous, but more importantly the widest part of my foot, tipped with that callous, has already worn through the leather lining and might have burst through the calfskin outer if I hadn't caught it in time. What can I do to not ruin these beautiful, expensive shoes any further? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 5:22 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I cope with celibacy?

I'm a heterosexual American man in my mid-20s. I have no relationship experience, never had sex, never kissed, never held hands, blah blah blah. I'm not looking for help approaching women, I just need some ideas on how to cope with a life of loneliness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:09 PM PST - 68 comments

Cross border independent consulting- how's it work?

Cross border independent consulting- how's it work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:09 PM PST - 3 comments

You think you deleted me, but no

Dropbox weirdness. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 4:53 PM PST - 3 comments

How to stop erratic mouse pointer/cursor behavior?

Without warning, my mouse pointer has developed a mind of its own. It drifts across the screen and activates (clicks on) whatever it is hovering over. I disabled the touchpad and this behavior still occurs with a USB mouse. I'm running Windows 7. It is still happening in Windows Safe Mode.
posted by Bushmiller at 4:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Encase my laptop-- please!

Does anyone make a stylish laptop case? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 4:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Please help me get my data back!

Have you successfully retrieved your contact data from an older CRM? [more inside]
posted by ichbinsocki at 3:54 PM PST - 1 comment

GERD/Tequila/Hiccups, Any scientific knowledge of the connection?

Does anyone have knowledge of the connection between acid reflux (GERD), belching, hiccups and heavy alcohol consumption? I would like scientific/medical theories as to what is happening and why. (further explanation included) (Dr appointment made) [more inside]
posted by Studiogeek at 3:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Car or no car in Aspen/Snowmass?

Should I ditch my car for the winter while working in Snowmass Village? [more inside]
posted by efalk at 3:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Debates Delivered to your Door! Or something like that.

While I've seen this older thread, it's also a bit long in the tooth. I'm wondering if there's a better way to record video (or audio) of tonight's Presidential Town Hall debate or download a copy of it? [more inside]
posted by raihan_ at 3:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Building a sane classroom after school

I have been asked to volunteer with an after school homework program for young grade schoolers, and I need help with classroom management. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 3:14 PM PST - 12 comments

she believed she could so she did

"She believed she could, so she did." I'm starting to see this aphorism (?) a bit all over the place. Where does this phrase come from? Is this a quote? What's the source? (Thanks hive-mind!)
posted by ruelle at 2:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Eye sun protection options for short sighted person?

I'm short sighted and trying to choose between options for protecting my eyes in the sun. Here's what I've come up with: [more inside]
posted by glache at 2:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for a vintage poster

This National Library Week poster has made the rounds a few times on places like Tumblr and Ffffound — does anyone know where I could find a copy for sale?
posted by o2b at 2:38 PM PST - 1 comment

What to do when your kid won't nap at school

Our pre-kindergarten son is not a napper, but the school expects him lay down at nap time. This is becoming a big problem. [more inside]
posted by Arthur Vandelay at 2:31 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me find a warm coat for my small self.

Please help me find a WARM winter coat for a VERY petite woman. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 2:20 PM PST - 16 comments

a job for a salesman

A young man I know has had some bad luck this year with medical issues. He's on the mend, but is out of a job. I need your best ever advice for how a personable 30-year-old who is bright but not an egghead, liberal without being extreme, a born salesman, and a masculine man can get a job with some sort of future to it. [more inside]
posted by Jenna Brown at 2:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Automated method for adding the same header to multiple Word documents?

Is there an automated method for adding the same header to multiple Word (.doc) documents? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 2:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Roommate's GF has effectively moved in... what to do?

At what point is a roommate's SO effectively considered "moved in"? And how do you deal with that? [more inside]
posted by symbollocks at 2:05 PM PST - 28 comments

I've locked my keys in my hard drive

I've locked myself out of my external hard drive! Halp! [more inside]
posted by bluejayway at 1:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you help me think of creepy clown tricks?

Can you help me think of creepy clown tricks? [more inside]
posted by snapplepop at 1:20 PM PST - 14 comments

What are YOUR list of tasks that you do daily, weekly, monthly, annually of anything home/cat related?

I'm bad at cleaning up after myself and keeping things tidy/clean. Please help me change this. How often do YOU clean things? [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 1:08 PM PST - 38 comments

What to do with old 45s?

What to do with old 45s? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle at 1:04 PM PST - 8 comments

If I hear Smells Like Teen Spirit one more time...

Help me understand how music is selected for modern radio airplay. [more inside]
posted by zabuni at 12:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me not hate my new Aeron chair

Due to long-standing back/shoulder/neck pain, I received an Aeron chair at work a couple of months ago. It has helped in one way (namely, the armrests can be adjusted lower than any other chair I've had, which has helped my shoulders) but otherwise has completely aggravated my lower and mid-back pain. Help me figure out a hack so that I can actually sit at my desk for longer than 10 minutes at a time without going nuts. [more inside]
posted by scody at 12:20 PM PST - 23 comments

Seeking info on nutrition/exercise routine for a Woman who wants to see more definition (and has so far failed at her attempts)

Please help a woman gain some muscle. [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 at 12:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Any Zotero experts in the house?

Using Zotero in a pre-existing Word document: help. [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 12:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Need a vet on the west-side of Manhattan

I need a veterinarian in Manhattan (Washington Heights, UWS or Inwood preferred). Please come inside if you have a good one. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me feel better while exercising

How can I keep from passing out and vomiting during workouts? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 12:01 PM PST - 26 comments

Can a U.S. notary public practice in a foreign country?

Does any state in the United States allow its notaries public to practice abroad in a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 11:41 AM PST - 15 comments

Better than burying my savings in the backyard

What do I need to know about hiring a stock broker or financial advisor? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 11:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Hybrid story-essay works?

Kierkegaard's Either/Or, Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, Nathalie Sarraute's Tropisms, Roland Barthes' A Lover's Discourse - what other authors or works consist of this kind of smattering collection of short, plotless, hybrid essay-prose poems?
posted by shivohum at 11:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Tracing ancestry to Syria

My great-grandfather was born in Syria circa 1886 and came to the US in 1907. I know the city he was from. Any ideas on how to find his relatives in that city? [more inside]
posted by starkraven at 11:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Maybe brunch is the most important meal of the day?

I don't like breakfast. But it's supposed to be so good for me... [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 11:33 AM PST - 22 comments

This sound is coming like a ghost sound.

What do the cool dead kids listen to? I'm looking for vintage spooky pop with a particular flavor: that sparse, echo-y Day-O/Ghost Town mournful message from beyond-the-grave sound. With a beat. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 11:17 AM PST - 28 comments

How to find 24 hour nursing care for a parent?

My father has recently moved to an assisted living residence, but we think he may need more constant care. Is 24 hour nursing or live-in caregivers affordable? How do you find the right person/service? This is in Toronto, Ontario. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 10:59 AM PST - 6 comments

StackOverflow hasn't answered iOS question. Can you?

I am desperately seeking help with an iOS programming problem and my StackOverflow question has not been (satisfactorily) answered 14 hours in. Can someone here help? Or tell me how to renew interest in the question in a way that doesn't violate etiquette? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 10:51 AM PST - 25 comments

Stupid Usability Question! Duplicating Navigation Elements

Web navigation best practice: I'm managing a newly relaunched website, and my superiors want me to duplicate navigation options in a couple practices (clarification after the jump). Something in my Krug- and Nielsen-lovin' soul cringes at the thought. Am I overreacting? If not, can you help me assuage their concerns elegantly without compromising the information architecture? [more inside]
posted by kwaller at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Rebutting minus the full frontal assault?

Tips and tricks for writing non-rebuttal "rebuttals" on the web? [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 10:40 AM PST - 16 comments

GIMMIE SONGS! (for a mix)

GimmieSONGSFilter: Need happy/peppy hopeful "i hope you might like me, because i like you." songs for a mix cd. [more inside]
posted by thatgirld at 10:30 AM PST - 30 comments

Everything fell apart, again. Now what?

I'll try to make this not too long-winded, but basically I find myself at square one for like the hundredth time in the past 6 years, and I'm just flat out of resilience. Help me form a plan for getting through the impending long dark winter. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend at 10:16 AM PST - 25 comments

You down with CFP? Yeah, you know me!

Looking for a financial advisor/planner (accountant, CFP, something else?) in or around Boston for a married couple with good saving habits (see my previous question) and a reasonably healthy-sized nest egg. A couple of additional salient details inside. [more inside]
posted by 5845(f)(1)(D) at 9:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Find a set of recordings based on an example

I found an audio file years ago that talked about the long-distance phone network in the USA in the 1970's. Can anyone tell me where it's from? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 9:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Headsets save necks! (need a headset for cisco phone)

I need a recommendation for a headset to buy to use with my Cisco IP Phone 7960 series, ideally over-the-ear (not over-the-head) and around $50 or less. [more inside]
posted by de void at 9:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Halloween week in Chicago

My partner will be visiting Chicago at the end of October, arriving the morning of the 27th and departing the morning of the 31st. She's interested in checking out anything Halloween related that may be going on in the city during this time. [more inside]
posted by Mothra Pisces at 9:16 AM PST - 3 comments

I set my axe down 40 years ago, can I find it again?

Is it realistic to expect to be able to pick up an instrument after 40 years and relearn to play it? [more inside]
posted by pjern at 8:49 AM PST - 30 comments

Sharing vs. Privacy: Showdown

How much should you expect to share in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale at 8:32 AM PST - 52 comments

iPad keyboard recommendation

I need a recommendation for a cover/keyboard setup for my iPad 3. I will be using this to replace my clunky laptop when I travel. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 8:08 AM PST - 14 comments

3d spacer textile/fabric mattress recommendations

I am interested in buying a spacer textile mattress. Anyone out there who has used one or knows where to buy one?
posted by Infernarl at 8:02 AM PST - 1 comment

What's the loving thing to do?

When to tell other people when someone is very very ill? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 7:32 AM PST - 45 comments

Best Music Writing 2012

What are the best pieces of music journalism/criticism that were written in 2012? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 7:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Bipolar + ADHD = SOL?

Probable ADHD, probable bipolar II. Unhelpful psychiatrist. Help! [more inside]
posted by altopower at 7:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Best present ever?

Amazing Christmas presents bound to make kids more rad. [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 7:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls.

Help me find letters written between close female friends. [more inside]
posted by peacrow at 7:11 AM PST - 18 comments

New Voter Registration?

Voter registration in NYC. My husband and I just moved from lower Manhattan to the UES. Do we need to submit new voter registration forms? Or, can we just go to the local polling place.
posted by jenmcee at 7:01 AM PST - 10 comments

My coffee cup just got much more useful

Sometimes little details make you smack your forehead and say, "Of course! How clever!" What are some little-known useful features and small but practical design elements built into everyday things that people either take for granted, or aren't aware of? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 6:59 AM PST - 47 comments

Everything about (first/bilingual) language acquisition

Tell me everything about teaching kids how to speak and read and write. [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 6:37 AM PST - 19 comments

What mattress to buy from Sleepys?

New mattress from Sleepy's suggestions? (spending around $800) [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 6:34 AM PST - 9 comments

What's the quickest way to code this data?

I have an Excel spreadsheet with just over 3000 sentences in column A. I need to go through looking at each one and entering some data into columns B-F. The first thing I have to enter is whether the sentence is in the past tense or present tense. If it is past tense, I can ignore it and not have to enter anything in columns C-F. I just move on to the next sentence. Is it going to be quicker if I go through the whole spreadsheet filling out column B first (past/present) and then do a second pass to fill out the rest of the details for the present tense sentences, or quicker to do it all at once for each sentence? Or is it a wash? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 6:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Is CBT just not for me? Or am I not giving it a fair shake?

Is CBT just not for me? Or am I not giving it a fair shake? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:21 AM PST - 17 comments

21+ actually?

There's a Boston-area shoegaze festival called Deep Heaven Now happening this weekend, and I'll be in Boston. The ads say 21+, and I'm not 21. How likely is it that I'll actually be carded? Is there a "draw Xes on your hands" option? (Also, if I can't get in, do you have any other recommendations for good live music on Friday night?)
posted by anonymous at 6:21 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the legal situation with regards to my ceiling falling in?

My kitchen ceiling just fell in, as a result of a month-long leak that has been building over time. About 2-3 square metres of inch-thick plaster came down at once - would certainly have caused injury if not worse had we been underneath it. The owners of the flat above have repeatedly stalled in taking any action - as far as I know they have still not called a plumber. They explicitly stated on Thursday that they were getting an emergency plumber in and hoped for Saturday morning but weren't sure. This is Tuesday and we haven't heard anything. Prior to this they were repeatedly contacted by our letting agent but claimed that they'd "been having trouble with" both their mobile and landline. Are they liable for this in any way? How do I proceed? (Further details: I'm in Scotland in the UK.)
posted by Kirn at 3:57 AM PST - 9 comments

What are some examples of other products that are presented as being American in some way but really arn't?

I am fascinated by both the ubiquity of American sauce in Western Europe and the tangy substance's complete lack of apparent relation to any of the many sauces that are authentically American. Examples of American products sold as being of dubious foreign styles are easy for Americans to think of, but what are some examples of other products that are presented as being American in some way but really arn't? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 3:47 AM PST - 70 comments

God save the lost music video

Can't find a music video on youtube...google-fu failing. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 2:00 AM PST - 8 comments

What's happened to my tastebuds and tongue?

Why does my tongue feel furry and my tastebuds seem wonky after eating a salad?? [more inside]
posted by soymilk at 1:58 AM PST - 10 comments

October 15

An' be sure it ain't kitten!

How can I make my creepy meat themed Hallowe'en party as weird and fantastic as possible? [more inside]
posted by Edna Million at 10:57 PM PST - 18 comments

Long lighters don't last long

Are there any refillable long lighters that do not suck? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 9:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Kids Post Cancer Diagnosis?

Diagnosed 3 months ago with incurable (but treatable) lymphoma. Deciding on children - Has anyone decided to have kids post cancer diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by inquisitrix at 9:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Best way to approach/move forward with this situation

Went in to a clothing store, cute girl around my age who works there comes up to me and offers to help me out. She seemed interested in me (asked a lot of questions about me) but I'm not sure if it was because she was just being nice because she worked there or was really interested in me. I was however oblivious to any of her body language in the moment. She then goes as far as to offer me a job and told me to fill out an online application. Her immediate supervisor called me before I even had a chance to fill out the application after she told them about me (assuming she put in a good word). I did not get her number. I feel like I wasn't able to read her signals being in the moment. How can I salvage this and is it worth pursuing? How would I go about moving the relationship onward and upward in the best way? Thanks!
posted by nathanm at 9:37 PM PST - 35 comments

Bringing lamps to the lightless

Potentially-nonexistent-product-filter: Is there such a thing as a light system that emulates dawn-to-dusk daylight? Something that brightens and dims relatively closely following actual sunlight? [more inside]
posted by erst at 9:27 PM PST - 11 comments

The Greek equivalent of a drink called a John Doe?

Is there any familial or other relationship between Ioannis Metaxas (the Greek dictator) and the maker of Metaxa, a Greek liquor used in sidecars? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:16 PM PST - 1 comment

When will light therapy start working for my depression?

Light therapy for depression that gets worse in the winter: when does it start working? Any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 PM PST - 10 comments

Needing Physically Active Job

Hi -- looking to retire soon but am planning to continue working. Interested in a job that is more physically active -- most likely part time and in the AM. I searched for similar questions in the archives -- this one comes very close. Working in a bar or at UPS probably not for me -- hoping to find something that keeps me moving -- perhaps walking 2-3 miles per day. Any suggestions? Thanks!
posted by gilast at 7:45 PM PST - 23 comments

Seeking Justice, Pro Se

YANYL: how do I ask for attorney's fees on a motion that was involuntarily withdrawn? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 7:37 PM PST - 3 comments

It's so damn catchy.

Please help me identify this song. [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel at 7:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Do I have to go to Las Vegas or can I stop in Phoenix?

I have a round trip flight later this year on US Airways that has a layover in Phoenix and then continues to Las Vegas. It turns out that it would work out better for me to just leave the Phoenix airport instead of going on. My return flight would be unchanged ( leaving from Las Vegas ). If I do this ( intentionally miss the second hop of my flight ) will I have problems later? I'm concerned about the possibility that the airline might cancel my return flight or something else along those lines. If you have done this kind of thing (especially on US Airways) please let me know how things went. Thank you.
posted by metadave at 7:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Please help me name a long form sports journalism aggregation site

I am thinking of creating a blog that focuses on longform journalism about sports and I need a name. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Help us shop!

Moving with nothing, where should we shop for pretty much everything? [more inside]
posted by lil' ears at 6:41 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I make sure past unrequited feelings never return and just try to remain friends?

I really need help in dealing with a situation of unrequited love with a best friend, to becoming complete strangers, and then back to best friends again. [more inside]
posted by stonecutters88 at 6:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Puzzling rebus: giving lovers?

RebusFilter: on the left, the word "giving" printed four times in a column. On the right, the word "lover" printed four times in a column. What is the solution? [more inside]
posted by mediated self at 6:24 PM PST - 46 comments

I want a cuddly varmint.

I want a rabbit and I'd like for it to be lethargic, friendly and cuddly, medium-to-large size, not driven to constantly chew cords or bite me, not super sheddy, and litter trainable. And if you know of reputable rabbit breeder near NYC, I'd love to hear about him or her. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 6:05 PM PST - 31 comments

Guarding my (naked picture) privacy

Say I have a girlfriend who sends me naked pictures, how best can I safeguard those on my Android phone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 PM PST - 23 comments

What are these mechanical components?

I'm participating in an Alternate Reality Game and two hidden packages have been located that contain the following components: Package one: http://i.imgur.com/1jH4a.jpg http://i.imgur.com/MldGC.jpg Package two: http://imgur.com/a/br1Fr#9 Both were found on opposite sides of the planet and have the same silica pouch. What the heck are the metal components? None of them are ferromagnetic, despite the included magnets in the one package.
posted by cellphone at 5:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Which Department Store Clothing Sections Sell the Most Over the Holidays?

My girlfriend has applied for work as a sales associate at two upscale New York City department stores and has been offered a variety of clothing departments to work in at both. She wants to work through the holiday season and to earn as much as she can in that period via commission. Assuming that all departments offer the same rate of commission, can anyone advise us as to which departments would have the highest sales in Oct/Nov/Dec? Or point us to any internet resources with such info? I've been unable to dig up any on my own. Thanks!
posted by laswingkid at 5:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Doggone again ...

Help me foil a canine escape artist. [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead at 5:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Seeking Houston attorney to do a simple will

Looking for someone to do will/spillover trusts in Houston area. [more inside]
posted by Measured Out my Life in Coffeespoons at 5:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Musician filter: Please help me assemble a rig.

Musician filter: Please help me assemble a rig. [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas at 5:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Making Sense of Prop 31

Help me understand California prop 31 on state budget reform [more inside]
posted by ilikemefi at 5:15 PM PST - 9 comments

he's not a fixer-upper

My boyfriend cleans up nice! Yay! But...how do I get him to clean up, just a wee bit more frequently? And should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:08 PM PST - 32 comments

Help for the spouse of someone with mental health issues

I really need help with being married to -- and raising a young child with -- someone who's living with long-term anger issues, depression, anxiety, and OCD (obsessive fear of doing violent things). I feel alone, sad, exhausted, and in way over my head. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:07 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the best electronic device for this task?

Help me find a device (or two devices) that will take pictures, and then easily convert these pictures to PDFs. Alternatively, persuade me to buy an iPad! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 4:57 PM PST - 5 comments

salary question

how much shall i sell myself for? [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 4:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Things to do in Richmond when you're bored

I'm going to be visiting family in the United States next week, specifically Richmond, TX and Chicago. There have been previous many posts on Chicago, so I think I have that covered but does anyone know if there is anything interesting for this potentially bored Londoner to do while hanging out in Texas? [more inside]
posted by joboe at 4:26 PM PST - 9 comments

A portable device for reading and drawing.

Please recommend a device (or devices) for two activities: reading and drawing. And by reading, I don't just mean plain English text. I also have some special demands regarding drawing. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 4:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Gluten free, lactose free and portable

Can you suggest easy to make and carry gluten and lactose free recipes for my two day trip? [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya at 3:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Please help with a Chinese translation!

Can someone help me translate this wall scroll written in traditional Chinese characters? (photo inside) [more inside]
posted by melizabeth at 3:35 PM PST - 2 comments

How can we interact more with people with developmental disabilities?

How can I help my daughter interact with people with developmental disabilities? [more inside]
posted by stinker at 3:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Pictures of cute kids? Can't I take pictures of spiders instead?

Volunteered to hover around company Halloween event & take pictures of cute kids in costume. Turns out that I am Designated Photographer. Help me take some decent pics! [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 3:30 PM PST - 14 comments

How to use a sewing machine?

Have sewing machine. Have kids that need Halloween costumes. Have no knowledge of how to use said sewing machine. Help! [more inside]
posted by chicxulub at 3:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Need to reframe my thinking and comparing self to coworkers with families.

How can I reframe my thinking so that I stop comparing myself to coworkers who do all they do AND have families to take care of at home? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette at 3:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Explain it to me as if I were four years old...

How do I "start over" with my Macbook Pro without reinstalling the OS? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 2:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Make our broke road trip awesome!

How to make the cheapest road trip fun and comfy? Sleeping in the car snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 2:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Buzz off! BOOM! Exploding yellow jacket nests?

Why are yellow jacket nests in my area (Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee) apparently exploding? I have found four nests within ten miles of each other that are completely, well, exploded. What's doing this? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by workerant at 2:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Padding a convertable futon

My neighbor put this awesome converting-futon-chaise-thing out by the curb, and I snapped it up. After some rehabilitation, it is now in my library. I've never seen one like this before: in addition to folding up into a couch (with a ratchet system), one end folds up into a chaise (also with a ratchet). The only downside: If it is in chaise form and I lay in the center, there isn't much padding between my butt and a wooden support beam. Are there, like, specific converting-futon-chaise-thing pads that I can add, perhaps under the washable cover? What would I search for? I know I could just sit on a pillow or on one side or the other, but I'd really like a built-in kind of solution.
posted by BeeDo at 2:20 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I prevent my duvet cover from balling up in the dryer?

How can I prevent my duvet cover from balling up in the dryer? [more inside]
posted by monkeymike at 2:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you identify this statue of a man holding a tetrahedron?

One of a number of painting/pictures I acquired recently is of a statue in which a man is holding a tetrahedron (pic 1 | pic 2). I am fascinated by the image, but have no idea about actual information about the statue. Artist, title, location, intended subject matter, etc., etc. Any help in identification and/or additional info would be great! [more inside]
posted by jkrobin at 2:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Mouse on Wheels

It looks like we won't be able to afford flying for our Disney trip this November, so we're driving. Point of origination: Madison, Wisconsin. Drive time is 22 hours. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 1:53 PM PST - 21 comments

local chapter of your favorite political party abroad

What rights (if any) do legal immigrants and/or lawful residents and citizens in the USA have to create political organizations in support of foreign political parties? Could you please point me to relevant legislature or communicate your own experience.
posted by carmina at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

How did you break social habits that were hurting others and you?

You had the habit of being sarcastic, mean, harshly opinionated (and/or some other problematic interaction) as a form of intimacy or bonding. You were able to break the habit. How, specifically, did you manage to make this change in your interaction style? [more inside]
posted by windykites at 1:25 PM PST - 48 comments

Gmail doesn't come with instructions per se. They're more like guidelines.

Is there a "Google-approved" Gmail workflow? (or several workflows?) [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 12:42 PM PST - 3 comments

The Rolling Kinks?

Talk to me about mashups. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 11:59 AM PST - 43 comments

Vegetarian Thanksgiving in Charleston

I will be in Charleston, South Carolina on Thanksgiving Day as a tourist. I am a vegetarian. Help. [more inside]
posted by something something at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Any homey bars in Boston or Cambridge?

I'm a recent transplant and need a new local haunt. Does anyone know of any good homey bars in the Boston or Cambridge area? [more inside]
posted by FatRabbit at 11:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Heathrow to Cambridge with lots of luggage

I need to get from Heathrow airport to Cambridge, with lots of baggage. [more inside]
posted by penguinicity at 11:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Are vests too much?

Are 3pc suits considered too formal and stuffy? Are they just a fad experiencing resurgence? Is the vest a crowning touch or a fashion police felony? [more inside]
posted by Thistledown at 11:31 AM PST - 35 comments

Must-sees in the Twin Cities!

I'll be in Minneapolis, Minnesota in November for a conference over a weekend. What should I do, see, and eat while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by absquatulate at 11:25 AM PST - 22 comments

How to restore default sound settings on new laptop?

Is there an easy way to restore ONLY default audio settings on a Lenovo Thinkpad running Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 11:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Moving personal items to the USA

Looking for transportation options and advice on moving from Canada to the USA. [more inside]
posted by Serendipitous at 11:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Idea/Highlight Crowdsourcing Platform for a Conference

I'd like some advice about creating a live website exercise for the audience at an industry conference. The exercise is about getting the audience to crowdsource highlights from the conference panels/speakers (this has the support of the conference organizers). [more inside]
posted by zresearch at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me keep helping people tell stories

I work at a publisher, in the production part of the business. I organise editors, designers and projects on the one side of things; printers, print runs and shipping on the other. It's clear to me that at least one half of these activities will soon diminish greatly, as paper publishing winds down and web / ebooks take over. So: What skills and talents do I need to develop to keep helping people produce and share content in the future? [more inside]
posted by ominous_paws at 10:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Failed Esophageal manometry due to a strong gag reflex. Any suggestions? Gag reflex training?

Failed Esophageal manometry due to a strong gag reflex. Any suggestions? Gag reflex training? [more inside]
posted by elmonobonobo at 10:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Los Angeles Travel advice needed!

Visiting Los Angeles this weekend. In need of some suggestions and tips and tricks! [more inside]
posted by vespabelle at 10:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Posting pics: to the left or the right of the article?

I need to know about a design and layout notion. [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 10:31 AM PST - 5 comments

With a better [thing], then I'd be a real pro...

Confusing the tool for the output: a term for it? Examples also requested. [more inside]
posted by lothar at 10:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Is this a scam?

Is this a scam? I am a wedding photographer and received an email that I have doubts about being legitimate. [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 9:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me, AV nerds. You're my... well not really but I'd appreciate it.

What AV cables should I pull through my wall while I have the chance? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 9:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Team Doper: How large was the Lance Armstrong conspiracy?

How large was the Lance Armstrong doping conspiracy? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 9:34 AM PST - 13 comments

This COULD be ADD, right? RIGHT?

At this point I’m 90% convinced that I have inattentive ADD. I’m going to see an expert soon, and now I’m freaking out thinking that I’m deluding myself and just looking for a cheap excuse for being such a mess. Also, what could I do if it’s really not ADD? I feel like I’ve exhausted my options. Long and snowflakey. [more inside]
posted by akrasia at 9:30 AM PST - 15 comments

What are the risks in taking sudafed if you have controlled high blood pressure?

Is it really that big of a deal if you take Sudafed/Pseudoephedrine to treat cold symptoms when you have controlled (via medication) hypertension? YANMD. [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 8:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Barking me into a corner.

Friendly Neighbor Version: Barking Dog is driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 8:29 AM PST - 25 comments

Austin travel tips?

Thinking of a January trip to Austin, and I've got a few questions... [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 8:29 AM PST - 8 comments

How to find crew for a 48 Hour Film Contest

48 Hour Film Contest - Toronto... Best way to fill a couple crew roles, especially sound person? [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat at 8:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Life choices are hard.

I have one daughter, she is 5.5. We always planned on having 3 children, but spacing turned into fertility issues turned into daughter will likely be 8 by the time we actually manage to have another offspring. Help me figure out the various pros/cons of having 2 more kids v. having 1 more kid/adopting a school age kid/ having 1 more kid/ leaving well enough alone. [more inside]
posted by dadici at 8:14 AM PST - 33 comments

I knew quitting would be hard, but...

I quit smoking a couple of weeks ago. I think I'm over the initial hump, but the second wave of side effects is making me CRAZY. Please help me :( [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 8:13 AM PST - 23 comments

How to Highlight All Cells Containing Future Date in Excel 2007

In Excel 2007, is there a way to highlight all cells within a certain range (in my case, five adjacent columns) that contain dates in the future? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder at 8:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Living with Psychopaths. Need Help.

Dealing with Psychopaths. The textbooks please. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 7:50 AM PST - 24 comments

New Mac, meet Old Mac

I'm upgrading my late-2008 Macbook Pro. How can I take advantage of Migration Assistant AND get a "fresh start" with my new machine? [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

oh god, it's too early for this stuff

Every morning I make idle chit-chat on the bus with a young man around my age. Lately I've been getting the impression that he wants a more personal relationship between us. Me, not so much. Keeping in mind that this is someone I will have to see every weekday morning for the next three months at the very least, how can I minimize the number of uncomfortable bus rides in my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 59 comments

Should I break up with the man I want to marry?

There is a deal breaker and mismatched wishes about marriage to work through, but neither of us really want to break up. Can we, or should we try to work it out and stay together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 AM PST - 36 comments

Tolmasos? Vignazos?

Canarian Spanish slang filter: On a recent trip to rural Tenerife I found some graffiti on a water pumping station wall. It reads: "Tierra Guanche - only local - no nos hacemos responsables de posibles tolmasos o vignazos" 'Tierra Guanche - only local" seems pretty clear; a (possibly non-literal) identification with the Guanche (pre-Castilian indigenous people of Tenerife) and a comment on tourism or immigration. My rudimentary Spanish says the rest runs "we take no responsibility for possible ..." but 'tolmasos' and 'vignazos' seem to be local slang. Does anyone know what they mean? There's a photo (not mine) here.
posted by cromagnon at 7:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Ben Franklin's weekends

Did Benjamin Franklin have a weekend schedule? Looking at his daily schedule makes me curious as to whether he adhered to it seven days a week or if he did something different on Saturday and Sunday. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 7:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Self-medication with booze - good idea?

Does alcohol ("booze") have medicinal properties? what illnesses might it help? (Or is this just a myth?) [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 7:03 AM PST - 29 comments

Desperately Seeking Geometr231 Bd BT et al.

Trying to acquire as cheaply and efficiently as possible some fonts I don't have on my current computer. Working with a book/design project made in Quark XPress ten or more years ago, then put on the back burner and just now re-opened. The file opens fine in Quark XPress 9, which is the latest version, but a number of the fonts used in the original file are missing. [more inside]
posted by londongeezer at 6:53 AM PST - 6 comments

PBS Cooking Show - Can't Remember Title

Trying to find an old cooking show but cannot remember the title. I believe it was on PBS. It was a very straightforward program. We would see a different chef/kitchen for each recipe, usually different restaurants around the USA. It was "hosted" only in voice by a woman with a strong Southern Accent. [more inside]
posted by tunewell at 6:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Help my kid make friends

Please help me help my 10 year old to make friends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:00 AM PST - 24 comments

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... and I took the one where I went crazy for a month to raise my score 40 points... and that uh... has made all the difference?

GRE-Filter: I was happy with my GRE scores. Then, I received word that I have the opportunity to get into a super-duper-top-tier doctoral program previously inaccessible. However, my Quantitative Score--while still in the range of accepted scores over the years for this program--is now less-than-stellar relatively speaking. Is it crazy to think I could study intensely for about a month and improve my score 30-50 points? Am I overthinking this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Help organise my house hunting

I will be viewing several flats in Luxembourg later in the week - I will be there for three days. Looking for strategies for asking questions, taking notes and so on, so I that I can remember what I saw! [more inside]
posted by contentedweb at 5:48 AM PST - 3 comments

How much wood could a Boy Scout work?

I've been asked to lead a Boy Scout troop of about 20 boys towards earning their Woodworking Merit Badge. The troop does not allow the use of power tools so can you help me to come up with a suitable project? [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 5:45 AM PST - 12 comments

I'd like to destroy his ego...but help me be a gentlelady instead!

I have a function this upcoming weekend I have to attend. My ex, with whom I have so very many unresolved issues, will be there. Help me not talk to him? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 5:42 AM PST - 22 comments

Madrid and Paris events late October 2012

I'm visiting Madrid from 25 October till 1 November and Paris from 1 till 5 November. Any suggestions for evening entertainment such as raves or halloween parties? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 1:59 AM PST - 4 comments

How does this chest strap heart rate monitor thing work?

Are chest straps that come with heart rate monitor watches interoperable with other devices / a different brand of watch? What wireless technology is allowing the chest strap part to communicate with the wristwatch part? [more inside]
posted by vcnt at 1:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Learning more about China - where do I start?

Can you recommend me podcasts, books, TV documentaries, articles or journals (in English) where I could learn more about China, such as Chinese politics, history, culture and other important things?
posted by EatMyHat at 12:16 AM PST - 8 comments

October 14

Tool to track 100% of my time?

What's the best tool to track all my time? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman at 11:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Identify This Children's Book

I need help identifying a children's book that may have been illustrated by someone whose style was similar to that of Maurice Sendak, Audrey Wood, and even Tomie dePaola. [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 11:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Unobtanium suddenly becomes obtainable; drat! complications!

I have two romantic interests in my life: one who adores me and is giving herself to me wholeheartedly, and one who seems to be a better match but lives 850 miles away and is just getting out of a relationship. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetryarts at 10:13 PM PST - 35 comments

The very model of an extended cut of a much-beleaguered semi-masterpiece

In the extended cut of Ken Lonergan's Margaret, there is a new scene in which Lisa's high school drama club is rehearsing a play. What play are they rehearsing? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 10:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Maximizing energy:exercise ratio.

What kind of exercises should I be doing to get more energy throughout the day? [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit at 9:00 PM PST - 14 comments

More How It's Made

I want to watch more shows like How It's Made. I like that it's dry and information dense. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by gregr at 8:30 PM PST - 18 comments

To rub or not to rub?

What makes contact solution "no rub"? [more inside]
posted by domnit at 8:15 PM PST - 16 comments

These inches suck.

LIPO-Light: Does it work? Would I be able to get it without my boyfriend noticing any side effects (besides inch reduction)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me figure out what in the world I should do with my life.

Should I change my major? Drop out of school to become a plumber or electrician? I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by bookman117 at 7:36 PM PST - 31 comments

Lazy University Student? Guilty As Charged. How can I change? And is this normal?

I'm an intelligent 20 year old University student with good-ish grades and overall, I get all the important stuff done. However, I have such frequent periods of lazy and unmotivated lack of productivity that I feel tremendous guilt for on a daily basis--Should I feel guilty? Is this common / normal? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen at 7:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me make my niece even cuter (in pictures).

So my niece's first-year photos have almost all been taken on iphones (some on a 4, some on a 4S). I'd like to do some basic editing, have them printed, and assemble into a book for my brother. The resolution is horrible on a lot of the photos. Is there anything I can do to improve these pics? (Note: very basic skills only here but willing to learn/hire if necessary.)
posted by Kalatraz at 7:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Theorizing Facebook

Could you point me in the direction of interesting scholarly work being done on social networking sites, especially Facebook? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 6:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Are these mixed signals intelligible?

Are these mixed signals intelligible? Are they even mixed signals, or just a polite way of telling me to get lost? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 PM PST - 37 comments

Car problems--should I take it to a dealer or a regular repair shop?

I have a 1994 Nissan Altima. It is in great shape but has two problems. The cruise control does not work at all, and as of this morning my key does not work in the driver's side lock. [more inside]
posted by Slinga at 6:41 PM PST - 6 comments


Accounting puzzle: how to log cash transactions for accounts held in a foreign currency? [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 6:25 PM PST - 3 comments

How to learn to ride a bike as an adult

Four-year-olds can do it. Grannies can do it. My mom can do it. I could do it myself thirty years ago, but it isn't true that you never forget. How can I re-learn to ride a bike? [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice at 5:59 PM PST - 37 comments

hobo baby needs clothing help

For the first six months of his life, baby machine has lived pretty exclusively in onesies & sleepers. Now that the weather is turning colder he's still in sleepers but I'm wondering whether they are going to be enough. So mostly he's been a hobo baby with many wraps and sweaters and blankets that make going places slightly daunting. What did your small child wear that worked for fall/winter? [more inside]
posted by machine at 5:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Which languages is claimed to have switched families?

Which language is claimed to have shifted between language families? [more inside]
posted by Jehan at 5:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Does your significant other ignore you when she/he's upset/mad?

When my SO is upset/mad at me, she would ignore me for days. Is this normal? Does your SO do this? [more inside]
posted by feastorfamine at 4:43 PM PST - 85 comments

No broken bones, so for me that's an improvement

YANMD filter - did something weird to my knee, but I don't know what. and 24 hours later it doesn't hurt - just feels "different." What, if any, first aid should I be doing? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:41 PM PST - 14 comments

70s toy - ball glides back and forth on ropes you pull

Looking for the name of a toy I had in the 1970s that had 2 long ropes with handles on both ends, one person would pull their ropes apart and send a football shaped ball with the ropes running through it flying towards the other person. The ball on ours was red, the handles were blue - but who knows, it may have come in different colors. My sister swears it was called the Woosh, but I haven't found it via that name. I want to buy one for my niece & nephew if I can find it - and I think having the name will be the key to locating one. But if you know where I can get one, even better.
posted by cmp4Meta at 4:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Professor, isn't it time for your nap?

You’re an academic, and every now and then, often on short notice, you’ve got to put together an application which includes your papers, your grants, your service (and so on) and it’s in a different format and order to the last time. Would you pay someone to keep track of this stuff AND format your application/review? What do you need them to keep track of? Tell me more. What do you want?
posted by b33j at 3:15 PM PST - 18 comments

How to implement a token reward system for kids?

Looking for recommendations on how to implement a token reward system for a 4- and 6- year old.  If you've done this, what's worked best for you? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim at 2:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Chukka chukka choo choo

Men's boots. I want something classy, understated, and durable that will stand up to snow and bike pedals. Under $200 if possible. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 2:39 PM PST - 15 comments

literary star beings

Besides Maia in Mary Poppins and Ramandu in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, what other stars in literature take human form?
posted by brujita at 2:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Seeking supplements for a dog that only eats human food.

Seeking supplements for a dog that only eats human food. [more inside]
posted by dottiechang at 2:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for copy-paste musical notes

I want to copy-paste musical notes into Word. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 12:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Money from Nothing?

Ideas, theories, facts, about how online sites are making money when I no longer see banner advertising or Google ad links -- old stand-by methods from five years ago seem to have evaporated? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 12:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Managing the transfer of a company to a sibling

I have an acquaintance who is an only child and who works for a company (with around 60 employees) that is wholly owned by his father. As his father gets older and bored with the day-to-day workings of the company, he plans (while still healthy) to turn the company over to his son. This must happen all the time, so I am wondering whether people have written about different ways such a transition might be managed.
posted by retiree at 12:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a name for my new rescue dog.

Help me name my new rescue dog. Obligatory pic after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Piglet at 12:09 PM PST - 44 comments

Shouls I apply for an artist in residence program?

Can you tell me about artist in residence programs? For photographers, specifically. Having trouble finding answers to the questions I have anywhere online.. [more inside]
posted by wats at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me travel!

Where can I rent a campervan/RV in Dubai for a road trip around Eastern Europe? [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 11:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Are there any 2G internet phones that can't display JPGs?

Are there any 2G internet phones that can't process JPGs? [more inside]
posted by Why did I buy a tin gorilla? at 11:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Get me far on $25 in Portland

Portland foodies! I'd like to send friends a thank-you in the form of a small ($25 or so) gift certificate to one of the fine food establishments in your fair city. Please help me out with suggestions. Due to the price limit I'd be interested in places where they could get a delightful snack, dessert, or drink rather than a full-on meal. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 10:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Recommend me simple, high quality brands/items with little or no visible branding.

Recommend me simple, high quality brands/items with little or no visible branding. Every day that I live in the city (London) I feel myself becoming a little more like Cayce Pollard in my reaction to the torrent of branding/advertising that I endure. I like muji products for offering simplicity & high quality with no visible branding or advertising. can you recommend other brands or items that are similarly high quality and "no-branded"?
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory at 10:31 AM PST - 15 comments

How to tell your SO about a big life change you'd like to make

How to tell your SO about big, possibly life-changing plans (i.e., applying to medical school in a couple of years)? [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 10:03 AM PST - 31 comments

Remote control for iTunes Match on iPhone?

I have an iPhone and an iPad. I want to dock the iPhone on the stereo and use the iPad as a remote to control what music plays. [more inside]
posted by KateViolet at 9:07 AM PST - 4 comments

How have you gamified your life?

How have you gamified your life? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 9:06 AM PST - 20 comments

House Swap?

Vacation home swap for Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 8:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Can you help me get hired at SpaceX?

Can you help me get hired at SpaceX? [more inside]
posted by mistermc at 8:14 AM PST - 10 comments

The End of the Universe is Neigh!

What would be the correct equation(s) to draw on a sandwich board to be worn that prophesies doom, gloom, and the heat death of the universe?
posted by dmd at 7:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me decode PC system requirements.

Help me decode PC system requirements. [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 7:42 AM PST - 5 comments

All he wants for Xmas is a DS

For the last two years my (now) 6.5 year old has been begging for a Nintendo DS. I've resisted this long but with the holidays around the corner I'm starting to bend. However, as I look at the options I'm torn. I play casual games but have never been a gamer. What should I buy, if anything? [more inside]
posted by Cuke at 7:14 AM PST - 20 comments

How to monitor order or work progess

Is there a software where clients can view the status of their work ordered from me? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 7:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Does pain build or distort character?

Should I fly with Emirates or save money with China Southern/China Eastern/Aer Lingus Airlines? I will be flying Sydney to London, London to NYC, and NYC to Sydney. [more inside]
posted by quosimosaur at 6:42 AM PST - 18 comments

I feel like he's making a fool out of me.

I think my boyfriend is hitting on his best friend's (adult) daughter. I am hurt and angry and upset and I don't know what I should do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:13 AM PST - 66 comments

Recommendation letter help

Recommendation letter wording help: how to tactfully ask a professor to decline my request for recommendation if they cannot provide a "strong" recommendation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 21 comments

spoon & needle

Practical street drug question: in 2012, what drugs do you cook for injection? [more inside]
posted by lodurr at 5:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Why can't I just stay in Neverland

University was the best experience of my life. Now it's over, and the post-college depression is hitting me hard. How do I navigate the murky depths of the early 20s-crisis? [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield at 4:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Am I passive aggressive?

Am I passive-aggressive? I've always felt that I am not, but more than one person recently has accused me of it, and where there's smoke there might be fire... [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 3:00 AM PST - 42 comments

Things to do in/around Norwich

My wife and I are going to Norwich next weekend. We'll spend four days there. What should we do? Challenge: we'll have our small dog, but she can stay in our hotel room for a few hours, while we tour stuff. We just can't go too far out that we'd have to leave her all day. [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 2:08 AM PST - 5 comments

I got what I wanted but the doctor is a quack and I don't trust him. Help?

The doctor I just saw is a quack. I knew he would be, but I set up an appointment anyway. I've been dealing with fatigue and chronic pain, and regular doctors haven't had an answer. So I set up an appointment with a doctor that practices "functional medicine" as a last ditch effort. How do I reconcile what this doctor told me with what I know about real medicine and the load of bullshit I was just fed? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 12:32 AM PST - 31 comments

October 13

Web page about recording research path, pre-computer age?

Machine for recording research path, pre computer-age? Library books on a waterwheel device? Please point me to the right web page... [more inside]
posted by Speculatist at 10:25 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I get a bus ticket from Dubai to Oman?

Anyone here who lives in / transits to Oman regularly: How can I book a bus ticket on the national bus line, ONTC Oman? Their official website hasn't worked for months. [more inside]
posted by Televangelist at 9:28 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get a software internship?

How do I get a software internship? I feel like I have too little experience and won't be "good enough" [more inside]
posted by WCF at 8:36 PM PST - 19 comments

Yes you can still write me. . . I think

Does blocking someone on google+ also prevent them from sending you email? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms at 8:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Celebrating the Death of Arthur

Has anyone ever written an Arthurian novel with the Round Table as the bad guys? I am specifically *not* talking about books from the perspective of Mordred or Morgaine (or any of their cognates.) There are lots and lots of those. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 7:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Online games for two

What are some good online two player games? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 7:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Emergency child care

How do parents take care of sick kids when they MUST go to work? [more inside]
posted by waving at 7:18 PM PST - 23 comments

How much stuff are they cramming in there, really?

Why do 32GB MicroSD cards cost more than 16GB cards, which cost more than 8GB cards, etc? [more inside]
posted by Golfhaus at 6:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Finding your people in SF

Just moved to SF. What can I do to meet like-minded people and make friends around here? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau at 6:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Arf? Quack?

Does any science support alternative medical treatments for dogs? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 6:12 PM PST - 14 comments

excel income tax calc help

Excel help: I'm trying to input a dollar value into a cell and have the output be the federal income tax for that amount (just using the brackets). Federal income tax is calculated such that the first x dollars are taxed at rate R, the next y dollars are taxed at rate S, and up through several different rate brackets. I can do this calculation with a simple IF statement using multiple cells by summing the result of 5 separate bracket calculations. I'm not sure if I can cram it into one giant formula. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 6:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Are women who had breast enhancement at ages 20-30, still happy with the results as they age?

I need information on the long term satisfaction of women who have have had breast augmentation. [more inside]
posted by woman at 5:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Here We Go Again)

Going round and round in circles in a relationship that has me asking 'what's the point?' and thinking 'why bother, he doesn't care'. Add to this my freelance work pattern, cohabitation but sleeping in separate rooms, his eating disorder, my issues with child abuse, his distance geographically from his family... and it's all just a big mess. I don't know what to do. Perhaps you can help me untangle things? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM PST - 28 comments

How do I make myself look like Archer for Halloween?

Make me look like Sterling Archer for Halloween. I want to look just like the "animated" version of him. I don't just want to wear a tux and color my hair. Need tips on "animating" a suit, painting my face, getting contact lenses, and getting my hair just right. [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 4:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Fast-typing wired keyboard for PC

Can you recommend a good keyboard I can connect to a USB port in my work PC? I'm a Mac person who types very fast, so my ideal would be the Apple keyboard. Is there a Windows-compatible equivalent of that? [more inside]
posted by John Cohen at 3:47 PM PST - 13 comments

How to cope with losing my fiance to alcohol, two weeks before our wedding?

My fiance went on a massive alcohol binge this week, two weeks before our wedding, and has left me. Any suggestions for coping with the devastation and loss I am feeling? Portland, OR-specific suggestions are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:41 PM PST - 22 comments

a stitch in time returns 18% annualised over 40 years

welfare and social spending is usually discussed as a cost, a substantial cost. can you suggest any good resources that analyse the economics of welfare and social spending as an investment? or that examines funding cuts as a kind of borrowing? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Adding laptops to a Windows 2008 domain

What is the best practice for setting up Windows laptops inside and outside of a domain? [more inside]
posted by chairish at 3:22 PM PST - 0 comments

The Making of the Mask

What material can I use to cover the eyes of my paper-mache mask? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos at 2:59 PM PST - 6 comments

False damage claims a motel far from our home?

We were falsely accused of a damage claim at a motel far from our home. What are our options? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 2:48 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find live plant keychains?

Live plants, in capsules, on keychains (or attachable to jewelry)... Where can I get them, retail? [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 1:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Stimulants and building up a tolerance

Why don't people with ADHD build up tolerance to their stimulant medications, unlike people without ADHD who take them? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 1:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Let My Sewer Flow

Home Maintenance Filter: When I purchased my home three years ago, during the inspection, the sewer lines were found to be clogged (not completely) with tree roots (5 mature elm trees on the 10,000sqft lot). The seller had the line 'rooted' and we did an inspection of the sewer line afterward. All good. My inspector told me the line would have to be 'maintained' for tree roots. How often should I do this? [more inside]
posted by shew at 1:40 PM PST - 9 comments

It's the body's biggest organ, you know.

Please help me figure out what's going on with my skin. I have either a rash or acne or something on my face and I don't know why or what to do! I've used Dr. Hauschka skincare for years and would like to stick with that if possible, but I am getting desperate. Details and gross skin photos within! [more inside]
posted by pupstocks at 1:17 PM PST - 30 comments