November 2005 Archives

November 30

Best external hard drive?

Best external hard drive for backing up & additional storage for a Powerbook G4 with OS X 10.4? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 11:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Multi-Stop Driving Directions & Optimized Routing

Mapping & multi-stop driving directions: is there a free online mapping tool that will allow me to enter several locations in a US city and then display the quickest driving route to pass through all those locations? I've seen one called NavPro but it's not free.
posted by masymas at 11:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Wanted: gift ideas for employees

What should I buy my employees for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny at 10:01 PM PST - 38 comments

The Santa Hunters film?

Trying to find the short film about hunting and taming wild Santa Clauses. [more inside]
posted by Rubber Soul at 9:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Best CD Ripping Service?

RipperFilter: What is a CD Ripping service you've been happy with? [more inside]
posted by UncleHornHead at 8:54 PM PST - 10 comments

A post-apocalyptic journey to ikiki beach

Obscure-Movie-Filter?: Setting: post apocalyptic (I think) Plot: Can't remember Starring: Can't remember Unique subplot (or possibly main plot): One character (20s-30's white male) has a torn postcard of Waikiki Beach, however the "Wa" is torn, so he thinks it's called "ikiki Beach", a paradise to which he can escape to once the madness of the current plot of the movie resolves. [more inside]
posted by johnstein at 8:53 PM PST - 21 comments

Can I got back to school and have a life at the same time?

How can I cut my work hours in half and have my pay scale down accordingly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 PM PST - 10 comments

What can I learn about women's changing roles in the world?

In the U.S., we get all caught up in the decisions that adult women make and the consequences of those decisions. (To have children, not to have children, to work, to stay home with the children, not to work, to marry, to have children without marrying, etc.) Are there similar convulsions about these cultural issues in other countries, especially non-English speaking ones? How can I learn about them? I'm curious both about how women's roles in in their societies are changing and about how those societies are reacting to the changes.
posted by croutonsupafreak at 8:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Why the hell do people do this right before the holidays?

My future mother-in-law was laid off unexpectedly this week. She probably had a week's notice. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by saucy at 8:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Online gift baskets

Best places online to order a gift basket? [more inside]
posted by pencroft at 7:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Associative memories

How is it that a song can trigger memories about a time in your life? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 7:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Cleaning Photos

I've got a butt load of photos of my kids taken beginning in the 80s that I'm going to scan. I want to know if anyone can recommend a method for cleaning off the many finger prints and other gook before I scan. [more inside]
posted by Carbolic at 7:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Tattoo design help.

Help me redesign my new tattoo. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 7:22 PM PST - 11 comments

What was the first "play for a few minutes a day" MMOG?

What was the first "play for a few minutes a day" Massively Multiplayer Online Game (MMOG)? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 7:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Custom PivotChart reverts to standard type when modified

In Excel 2002 when I create a PivotChart and apply a custom or user-defined chart type (in this instance a 2-axis line chart), the chart type reverts to a standard single-axis line chart whenever I modify one of the PivotFields. How do I prevent this? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 6:40 PM PST - 3 comments

No More BT

I live in a house with 7 or 8 other people and we share a wireless hub. I download a lot with bittorrent which was working out just fine until about 2 days ago when it suddenly stopped connecting at all. Am I being paranoid or could someone in my house be blocking off BT? Any other ideas?
posted by gonadostat at 6:28 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I keep time with a click track?

How do I keep time with a click track? I've played in a band, and I can keep time with other people both live and when recording. But when I'm recording solo, I can't seem to keep time with the click track without slowing down the song and/or losing all the feeling of the music. So I mostly do only one-track recordings even though I have the technical capability to do more. Indie musicians, how do you do it?
posted by scottreynen at 6:14 PM PST - 19 comments


Has anyone here actually had worms? The medical sites say that 1-2 billion people have intestinal worms, with at least 17% of Americans carrying something. You can be anonymous by saying it was a friend that had it, or just mention a friend that really did. Please, no pet stories. [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 6:13 PM PST - 31 comments

I'm going to have to start eating the roaches for protien.

I'm a poor, nineteen year old college student in Washington, DC. Given my predilection for travel and my extreme aversion to actual (i.e. boring) work, I figure it's about time to start saving money and finding ways to make a little on the side. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 5:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Need a headset and/or adapter to work on both computer and regular phone

I want recommendations for good headphones and a microphone (or headphones and microphone and adapter(s)) that work well for VOIP on my computer, and with regular office telephones, and to listen to music on my computer. [more inside]
posted by mistersix at 5:01 PM PST - 8 comments

ebay laptop experiences.

Thinking of selling/taking back my current laptop and buying a laptop off ebay. Opinions/experiences requested. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 4:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Homemade Roasted Peas?

I love Kasugai Roasted Green Peas, and I would like to try making my own. Has anyone ever tried this, and if so, would you mind sharing the recipe? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:29 PM PST - 9 comments

European travel in December without crowds?

Anyone have a recommendation great European destinations for last minute late december travel for two Bay Area 30-somethings? Someplace that isn't totally overrun with Christmas or ski tourists, but where all the restaurants and museums aren't closed for the season? [more inside]
posted by tula at 4:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Please help me frankenstein my machine (yes, that's used as a verb).

Help! My computer won't power up! [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 4:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Ultralight laptop with a docking station option?

Ultralight laptop with a docking station option? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 4:20 PM PST - 18 comments

Chinese character for "good luck"?

Can anyone steer me to an image of a Chinese character suitable for expressing "Good Luck!" (as in, good luck on your exams)?
posted by Wolfdog at 3:34 PM PST - 10 comments

ID Reisverk Viking stronghold

Can you identify this Viking stronghold in the Netherlands? The caption for the picture is "Reisverk Viking stronghold in the Netherlands (Zeeland) ca. 1000 A.D." [more inside]
posted by 6550 at 3:02 PM PST - 9 comments


Why is electricity so much more expensive then natural gas? Am I reading my bill wrong, or is it really an order of magnitude cheaper? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 2:38 PM PST - 18 comments

How to sync an older PDA with a Mac

How can I synchronize my old PDA with my new Mac without paying? [more inside]
posted by LouMac at 2:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Camera+???+telescope=long distance photos

I would like to attach my camera to a telescope... [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 2:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Rock bands with female leads?

YourFavouriteBandDoesn'tSuckFilter: Your recommendations for "good" rock-genre bands with female lead singers?
posted by PurplePorpoise at 1:39 PM PST - 144 comments

Screen Capture as jpeg?

Can I do this? I'd like to do a screengrab (difficulty A) and save it as a jpeg (difficulty B) so I can pull it into Photoshop and edit to my hearts content. I have a PC running XP. If the Metagods would so grant this wish, I promise to use this power for good not evil.
posted by wordswinker at 1:37 PM PST - 22 comments

Oaxaca hotels?

Would like to ask for first-hand experience with hotels in Oaxaca (City). In city, near Zocalo, quiet, pretty, clean, etc. The Camino Real is around $200 a night (with taxes). Is it worth it? Most of the really cool b&b's are booked solid. The other two choices appear to be Hostal de la Noria and ...the Holiday Inn (which surprisingly has some good reviews but the photos look like every other Holiday Inn in the world) We'll be there late Jan.-earlly Feb. Hablamos Espanol
posted by lois1950 at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Why does Windows Desktop Search keep "forgetting" my Outlook items?

Why does Windows Desktop Search keep "forgetting" my Outlook items? [more inside]
posted by JudgeBork at 1:30 PM PST - 1 comment

Parent friendly digital camera

I am looking for a digital camera for my 60 year old parents...any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 1:26 PM PST - 11 comments

An easy way to check for Firefox extension upgrades in bulk?

Is there an easy way to tell which Firefox extensions have been updated for a new release? [more inside]
posted by friarjohn at 1:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me dig into lexical analysis!

Lexical analysis! What are some good resources for a beginner? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 1:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me ask for a promotion!

I'm looking for some sort of template for requesting a promotion at work. [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 1:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Suggestions for a CRT suitable for professional photo editing?

I'm looking for a good CRT monitor that would be suitable for professional level photo editing. [more inside]
posted by ding3r at 12:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Best Dylan live concert on DVD?

What's the best live Dylan concert available on DVD? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 12:44 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I get Gmail to work again in Firefox1.5?

Is anyone else having problems composing in Gmail with Firefox 1.5? [more inside]
posted by bloggerwench at 12:29 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I get screenshots while I sleep?

Is there any freeware that will allow me to schedule screen captures? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 12:11 PM PST - 4 comments

how to promote my mp3 blog?

Best ways to promote an MP3 blog? [more inside]
posted by deafweatherman at 12:09 PM PST - 11 comments

Stopping bread mold

Anyone have tips for keeping bread fresh longer? My wife and I end up throwing out a lot of bread, putting it in the fridge dries it out... anyone got any tricks? Google was surprisingly unhelpful.
posted by Cosine at 11:47 AM PST - 29 comments

Song Title/Artist

Looking for a song... that was played during the final episode of the Real World Austin. [more inside]
posted by slim at 11:34 AM PST - 12 comments

What options do I have to keep milk cool in an outdoor refrigeration unit.

What options do I have to keep milk cool in an outdoor refrigeration unit. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 11:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Best practices for cold calling and sales letters

I know lots of people have a real knack for sales, but I'm not one of them. I need tips on cold calling and intro/sales letters. [more inside]
posted by necessitas at 11:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Where should I get music packaging made in the UK

Where can I get small-run, high-spec, right-on CD (and vinyl) packaging manufactured, ideally in the UK, but failing that elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by caek at 10:53 AM PST - 1 comment

How do you pronounce Murinae?

How do you pronounce Murinae?
posted by Jairus at 10:45 AM PST - 19 comments

What does Norway do to prevent frost-heave on its roads?

How do countries with long, cold winters deal with frost-heave in their roads? Is there a kind of frost-resistant road? Is it much more expensive?
posted by stokast at 10:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Plain ole HTML plz.

My company has thousands of horribly mangled Word documents that need to be flipped into a wiki. Is there anything that really, truly strips the MS proprietary tags out? [more inside]
posted by Vaska at 10:33 AM PST - 18 comments

Help! I dropped my external hard drive!

I just accidentally knocked my Lacie firewire external 250 GB hard drive on to the carpeted floor. When trying to reconnect the drive, upon turning it on, it makes a sort of siren like sound.... am I screwed? Or is there a chance that this data will survive? Any thoughts would be appreciated.... Thanks.
posted by Gankmore at 10:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Going back to college...

Questions about making the most of going back to school... [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 10:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Experience with portable clothes washers?

My wife is considering buying a portable clothes washing machine. Does anyone here have any experience with them? [more inside]
posted by Buck Eschaton at 10:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Television station automation

I work at a small television station, and I'm looking for an automation system to switch in commercials and programming that wouldn't be too expensive. We've done quite a bit of reasearch, but have come up dry. [more inside]
posted by bigtimes at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find royalty free ramones images?

Where can I find royalty free Ramones images? [more inside]
posted by redneck_zionist at 9:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Gmail, meet Thunderbird. Now work and filter!

I have an awful lot of email filtered/labelled and filed within Gmail. When I download it via POP using Thunderbird, is there any way of it automatically going into specific folders within Thunderbird? :)
posted by badlydubbedboy at 9:35 AM PST - 3 comments

401(k) vs Roth IRA?

401(k) vs Roth IRA? Rollover? Confusion.... [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 9:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Which came first? The Siddhartha? or the Gautama?

"Siddhartha Gautama" or "Gautama Siddhartha"? [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 at 9:00 AM PST - 8 comments

The Hardy Boys & The Missing iTunes Library

Help me solve the case of the missing iTunes library. [more inside]
posted by helvetica at 8:57 AM PST - 9 comments

That's what I want

Are there any hidden drawbacks to keeping my savings in an ING Direct Orange account? [more inside]
posted by amarynth at 8:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Where to get custom Save the Date magnets printed online?

I'm helping a friend design Save-the-Date magnets for her wedding. Any recommendations on where to get them printed online? [more inside]
posted by sa3z at 8:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for log file analyzer

I'm looking for a website log file analyzer. This is not to display summaries or graphs, as in this thread, but to examine the activity of individual IPs and get a handle on what kind of hacking attempts, leeching, and other abuse might be going on. I have direct access to logs (something that can DL them would be nice, too). The $100+ software I found isn't an option.
posted by rolypolyman at 8:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Sleep Apnea Mouth Guard

Sleep Apnea filter: Looking for advice on how to get fitted for one of those mouth guards that apparantly keeps your airway open. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 8:40 AM PST - 16 comments

keeping my car's feet in good condition

What are some good wheel and alignment shops in or around Montclair, NJ? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 8:26 AM PST - 6 comments

enjoy your mass produced greeting!

So my company wants us to send personalized holiday cards to clients we deal with regularly. [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 8:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a software based audio mixed for OS X

I am looking for a simple to use, Mac OS X based, audio mixer that my son can use to edit mp3 clips for a class project. And I need it today! [more inside]
posted by jazon at 7:55 AM PST - 7 comments

SF doctor/dentist?

SF doctor/dentist recommendations? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 7:53 AM PST - 10 comments

My bathroom privacy..gone forever?

Bathroom privacy when door policy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:40 AM PST - 67 comments

Tell me about the "We Buy Homes For Cash" businesses

Tell me about the "We Buy Homes For Cash" businesses that are seemingly popping up all over. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 7:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Good beginner programming language?

Going back to school to learn some programming but lost in a sea of language choices and preferences. Help. [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung at 7:22 AM PST - 35 comments

can my employer delay my raise because i'm pregnant?

my employer recently told me that a number of people in the company are underpaid relative to industry standards and will be getting salary adjustments. The good new: I am one of those people. The bad news: Everyone else who is getting a raise is scheduled to get theirs on january 1st; I, on the other hand, was told that mine would start on May 1st, when I return from my 3 month maternity leave (February to the end of march). Is this legal to treat me differently because I am pregnant? Note that I will continue to be paid during my maternity leave, as this is company policy. In effect, they are postponing my raise by 4 months. I do plan to return to work and have told them this. Any advice is appreciated!
posted by anonymous at 7:15 AM PST - 34 comments

How can I collaberate with indie musicians for my online game?

We're starting a music project for our indie online game. We are looking for unsigned artists who are willing to take a risk on a small project (but still get paid). Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by andreaazure at 5:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me fix my Firefox!

A couple of Firefox questions, if you please... Mostly Flash-display related. [more inside]
posted by XiBe at 5:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Who is the most outmatched "super"villain?

Who are the most outmatched "super"villains? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:12 AM PST - 68 comments

Emacs keys in Firefox

The only thing keeping me from using Firefox on the Mac is that standard cursor navigation keys (C-a, C-e, and C-k, most importantly) don't work in textarea and other editing boxes. Is there a way to get them to work? [more inside]
posted by dmd at 5:10 AM PST - 3 comments


I need to boot to DOS in XP. How do I make a bootable CD? The command prompt will not do the trick as i need to be able to access the hardware.
posted by daveed66 at 4:46 AM PST - 7 comments

How to scan old and fragile bundled documents and glass plate negatives

I have been given a set of WW1 officer training manuals. Some of them are in booklets, some are stapled packets and some are loose. I want to scan them to a CD so that they can be shared and read without handling the originals. I would like to scan them without bending or creasing the booklets and bundled paper. I have both a regular Canon Canoscan 8400 flatbed and an HP 4670 see through scanner ($38 on clearance at the local Staples.) Is there a way of scanning this material without damage? Any good discussion groups out there where WW1 memorabilia is discussed? I also found a box of glass plate negatives from a photographer that was operating in St Albans VT in the latter 19th century. I would like to scan them. Can either of these scanners be used or modified for large negative scanning? If I could find a pinout diagram for the Canoscan film scanner cable, I might be able to build a light source for large negatives.
posted by Raybun at 4:18 AM PST - 6 comments

deliver me

I have a friend that lives in Phoenix that has a birthday coming up. I don't know if they'll be home and I'm not even in the same country right now, but I want to get them something. Is there like a bakery (or something) that I could pay over the Internet, and they would deliver donuts (or something), and if no one was home they'd just leave it on the doorstep? Or something similar to that?
posted by God at 1:13 AM PST - 8 comments

November 29

Not everyone's cup of tea

I am trying to fulfill a Christmas request for tinned/canned tongue. [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 11:48 PM PST - 3 comments

printing/cross-processing in nyc

I'm looking for a good photo lab in Manhattan... [more inside]
posted by provolot at 10:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Where'd everything go?

Why have all the contents of one of my Windows XP user accounts vanished? [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 10:00 PM PST - 5 comments

How do you run for Congress?

How do you run for Congress? [more inside]
posted by papakwanz at 9:15 PM PST - 16 comments

"Hmm, that's very interesting...or not."

How do you get a doctor's attention? [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti at 8:57 PM PST - 45 comments

Gullible is not in the dictionary

I'm using FireFox 1.07 for Windows XP. Previously, when I typed "dict [word]" into the address bar, FireFox would take me to the definition for [word]. Now typing in the same command just takes me to the first result of a Google search for "dict [word]," the same as if I typed anything into the address bar. Recently all my Firefox bookmarks disappeared as well. I haven't updated Firefox or changed anything that I know of. What happened, and how do I restore the old functionality?
posted by ludwig_van at 8:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Tracking down a 'white label'

Tracking down a 'white label' 12" vinyl... [more inside]
posted by BadSeamus at 8:55 PM PST - 11 comments

MIDI help

MIDI etc: My spouse has a fancy keyboard and I want hook it into our computer... [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 8:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Secure form mail script?

Can anyone recommend a secure form mail script? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 7:50 PM PST - 8 comments

How to help others this Holiday season?

My kids (12, 10, 8 yrs.) have decided they don't want Christmas gifts this year and would like to do something for those in need. I'm thrilled. Aside from working in a Food Bank or 'adopting a family' any other ideas?
posted by pman78 at 7:49 PM PST - 34 comments

Living with a busy grad student?

Any tips for living with a busy grad student? [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 7:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Who drew the Virgin Digital "Flex Your Music Muscle" poster?

Who illustrated the picture featured in this MeFi post? [more inside]
posted by fourstar at 7:17 PM PST - 1 comment

What if my non-US citizen fiancée is denied entry into the US at the airport?

My fiancée and I are travelling to her country this Christmas to visit some friends and her family. I am a US citizen and she is Moldovan. She is a grad student at my university here in the US. As she is from a non-EU Eastern European country, there is a chance that she may not be allowed entry into the country due to some technicalities, even though she will have received another valid F1 visa. If she is denied entry in the airport, what can I do? Am I allowed to see her, arrange for her flight home or contact a lawyer before they force her out? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai at 6:42 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I stop my friend from being a homewrecker?

My friend is in a relationship with a married man...the wife already knows but it's causing a lot of pain. She seems to be happy in the relationship, but I don't see this turning out well. I don't want to run her life or play holier-than-thou, but how do I get her out of this before things get worse? What do I say, how do I say it?
posted by aquavit at 6:30 PM PST - 26 comments

What is that "and" character called?

What do they call that "and" character that looks like a reversed 3 and where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by mkn at 5:53 PM PST - 12 comments

hello hello! twins in art & lit

Twins of the world! This is a question for you: what media (books, movies, documentaries, poems, photographs, paintings etc), fiction or non, do you feel best expresses your own experience as a twin? All lengthy anecdotes welcome :-) [Here's your opportunity to deny or confirm the suspicion that all twins love the Polish Brothers.]
posted by ibeji at 5:34 PM PST - 22 comments

help me upgrade my computer

Help me, a hardware ignoramus, upgrade my computer... [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 5:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Cool Java art/experiments?

Cool Java art/experiments? [more inside]
posted by diastematic at 5:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Offbeat New Years fun in NYC?

What's something nontraditional, offbeat, fun, and ideally artistic and cheap to do in NYC on New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 5:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Grid layout book recommendations

Any recommendations for books on grid layout systems for print?
posted by spyke23 at 5:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Why don't they pay for blood donations?

Why don't they pay for blood donations? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 4:56 PM PST - 13 comments

To confront or not to confront?

Is it foolish to confront a teacher about his behavior in class if our final is in one week? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 4:40 PM PST - 35 comments

The science of thawing alcoholic drinks - how does vodka thaw?

Does thawing vodka decrease in alcohol content as it thaws? [more inside]
posted by Grensgeval at 4:12 PM PST - 8 comments

hydrogenated oil = trans fat?

So partially hydrogenated oil is pretty much trans-fat, correct? How is it then, that nutrition labels for products containing hydrogenated oils often state that they have 0 grams of trans fat? Am I just confused?
posted by worstkidever at 4:12 PM PST - 6 comments

SELECT answer FROM askmefi

I need help with what I hope is a fairly simple mySQL query question. [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 4:04 PM PST - 18 comments

XCOPY Command without Directory replication

DOS-FU: Help me figure out the DOS command for moving some files. [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 4:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Face making website?

Lost website: help me find a website that features the ability to create faces based on strips of other pieces faces (i.e., you choose an existing chin, mouth/nose/eyes, and hair) and it makes a sometimes-eerie looking result. The one I'm looking for was very well done (put out by a photographer or some other fine artist) and may have featured black and white images rather than color.
posted by robbie01 at 3:59 PM PST - 5 comments

3D software for Mac os

3D Mechanical Design software for Mac OS? [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 3:55 PM PST - 3 comments

How hot, hot shot?

How hot do I set the oven for drying mangos and for how long? [more inside]
posted by Evstar at 3:55 PM PST - 3 comments

ahhh, i hate my life

Difficulties with canceling Netscape Internet Service... [more inside]
posted by yeoz at 3:45 PM PST - 7 comments

My legs are just long enough. They reach all the way to the ground.

How to shorten blue jeans and keep the cuff? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 3:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find non-paying writing assignments.

Help me find good non-paying writing assignments. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I get a non-wacom graphics tablet?

Does anyone have experience with non-wacom graphics tablets? [more inside]
posted by miniape at 2:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a go bag/man purse.

Help me find a go bag/man purse. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 2:16 PM PST - 20 comments

I am a golden god!

LSD in pop culture? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 2:07 PM PST - 33 comments


objective caml - is it worth learning? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 2:02 PM PST - 9 comments

For only 29 cents a day, you can help a geek get a life.

Looking for Chicago geek group activities/social events that’ll get me out of the house. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 1:55 PM PST - 10 comments

daily show tix?

How might one get tickets to the daily show on short notice? I'm thinking, like, Thursday... auction? broker? money is not really an object... I have had no luck ebaying, googling, chekcing with brokers, etc. etc...
posted by pissfactory at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

I can't handle candles!

Candles. They're great. But. [more inside]
posted by evariste at 1:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I be a guinea-pig?

I'm thinking about signing up to be a test subject for an EEG experiment in the psychology department at my university. Is there anything I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Lotto at 1:39 PM PST - 15 comments

I want a T-shirt of this!

Is this picture a t-shirt? [more inside]
posted by kudzu at 1:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Mac-esque snowflake screensaver for Windows?

I'm slightly envious of a pretty snow-flake screensaver available for OSX. Is there an equivalent or a port for Windows? [more inside]
posted by poq at 1:06 PM PST - 3 comments

work work us? please?

I need to hire a web developer type person. [more inside]
posted by luriete at 12:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Old game stuff, new game rules. Website?

I'm looking for a website that had rules for new games using common game items. [more inside]
posted by sevenless at 12:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Company Holday Party

Company Holiday Party Game ideas, if you please. We are hoping to play our own version of Fact or Crap, do you know any good questions? tried plenty of the goggle sites, but nothing very fun and interesting, which I knew I would get with your help...thanks
posted by slew at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

How to get CMD-` to behave?

Mac Photoshop - how can I make my ` key 'select all channels' rather than 'select a different window'? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 11:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Carnivale Tarot Card Font

Identifont. Can anyone identify the font used on the tarot cards in this image from Carnivale's opening credits? [more inside]
posted by xyzzy at 11:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Find my buddy an anniversary in the sun

Help me find a romantic holiday destination for my friend's anniversary... [more inside]
posted by longbaugh at 11:25 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I convert text to bare-bones HTML?

How do I convert basic text formatting (italics, bold, underline, superscript, etc.) into HTML formatting on a semi-automated basis? [more inside]
posted by waldo at 11:10 AM PST - 21 comments

Warlock Info

What advice do you have for a WoW player starting a warlock for the first time? What is the cookie-cutter talent build? What are the main party responsibilities? How should PvP be approached? Any advice is welcome.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 11:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Gift ideas for the older couple who sold me their house.

GiftFilter: I need some gift ideas for a older (early to mid 70s) married couple who I don't really know. [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 10:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Why are some poops dirtier than others?

PoopFilter: this sounds juvenile, but it's based out of a deep, general curiosity... why are some poops dirtier than others? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 AM PST - 26 comments

Missed periods?

Missed periods. Not pregnant. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 AM PST - 21 comments

PT41- Where?

Can I get a hold of PT41? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:09 AM PST - 20 comments

NYC blackout photosearch

Photosearch: I'm looking for a photo from the 2003 NY blackout. It's of a single building that still had light due to having a fuel cell. It may be the Central Park police station (but maybe not) and it may have appeared in the NYT.
posted by biffa at 9:47 AM PST - 2 comments

How should I deal with a roommate's depression?

My roommate is in a deep depression. What are my responsibilities? [more inside]
posted by missmobtown at 9:43 AM PST - 64 comments

No more soup for you!!!

What kind of food items do foodbanks really want or need? [more inside]
posted by easternblot at 9:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Don't they know he's Bush afterall?

How many people, in the world, have not heard of George W. Bush. [more inside]
posted by I Foody at 9:04 AM PST - 43 comments

Help me relate to my parents

I would like a meaningful, non-awkward relationship with my parents. What can I do to cultivate this? Am I just in an awkward stage that I/we will outgrow? How can I better relate to them and appreciate them? What the heck do adult children talk about with their parents? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 8:48 AM PST - 17 comments

Weight training, veins, bodyfat, and more

Why do some people have veins that pop out of their biceps and shoulders, while others who work out don't? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 8:34 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I make a supplemental income?

How can I make some extra supplemental income without getting a second job? I am the only income earner .. my wife is in school full time and does'nt work (no kids). I entered a state of depression yesterday after finding out that my best budgeting efforts havent even put a dent in my total debt!! If i'm being realistic, with my current income and my wife's tuition fees renewing every 6 months the next time I see black will be at my own funeral. Theres so many people making money hand over fist selling stuff I wish I had an idea to make some money on the side. I'm thinking e-bay or something. I thought about posting flyers and craigslist ads for services I could offer like I am extremely handy and I can also fix computers but i live in NYC and those ads are a dime a dozen. Help me people!! Give me some ideas or proven methods!
posted by postergeist at 8:22 AM PST - 31 comments

MacOSXFilter: Can I sort my finder folders just like a smart playlist?

MacOSXFilter: Is there any way to set up a folder in the finder that automatically sends stuff to other folders based on date? My downloads folder and my desktop are both a perpetual mess. I'd love it if there was a way to use applescript or what-not so that whenever I opened my downloads folder, I saw my most recently downloaded files, then a few folders containing "1 Week old downloads" "2-4 Weeks old" "+1 Month old", etc. Is this possible?
posted by anonymoose at 8:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Help with Dirty Santa gift?

DirtySantaFilter: I need a awesome dirtysanta/White Elephant gift that costs $15 max. [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 8:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Exertainment products

Exertainment filter - What sort of products are available that combine exercise with video games, preferably not costing a stinking fortune? [more inside]
posted by ykjay at 7:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Book about possessions

There is a book about possessions. It shows people from various places in the world standing in front of their homes with all of their stuff stacked around them. It is a one of those oversize "coffee table" books. Has anyone else seen this book? Can you remember the title?
posted by Crackerbelly at 7:58 AM PST - 7 comments

decision on a new home purchase

Please help me make a decision on a new home purchase! [more inside]
posted by mandlebrotz at 7:48 AM PST - 10 comments

How to find an English-speaking techie in Korea?

How can I find someone in Seoul, Korea, who speaks English and Korean and is reasonably tech-literate? [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker at 7:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Design/Production filter: Going from Mac to PC.

What concerns are there when switching from an all Macintosh (Quark 4.1, Pshop 7, Illustrater 10) shop to an all Windows shop running new PCs and the Creative Suite 2? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:33 AM PST - 30 comments

Quick question on URL masking

Quick question on URL masking: [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 7:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy Junkanoo?

I just came back from the Bahamas, and was lucky enough to see some live Junkanoo music performed on the street. Where can I find (preferably live) recordings of Junkanoo bands?
posted by swift at 7:25 AM PST - 2 comments

How to remove silicone lubricant from a treadmill belt?

How can I remove silicone lubricant from my treadmill belt? [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 7:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for the eensiest, beansiest audio note-taker ever...

Looking for a *tiny* audio recorder to take notes throughout the day, then upload to a computer (Linux) to prioritize, annotate, and transcribe as appropriate. What's the best, cheapest, smallest option? Anyone have any experience with using the MobiBlue cube as a voice recorder? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 7:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Stable Linux for Web Surfing?

Is there a Linux install or live CD that is rock solid for Web Surfing? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 6:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Starlight == Medic to the Brits?

Is "Starlight" some form of British slang for "Medic"? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 6:19 AM PST - 15 comments

November 28

Selling an annuity?

What advice/information can any of you guys give regarding selling an annuity? I have a six-figure annuity sum due in about 2.5 years, but I could definitely use the money now for moving to NYC for graduate school. I wouldn't need to recieve the entire amount immediately, or, the entire amount minus whatever commission/percentages taken by the agency. I would actually prefer a low 5-figure sum to get on my feet in NYC and establish good credit, pay off loans, etc., and then whatever schedule that was determined to be prudent afterwards. Are there any banks, companies, agencies that would be recommended? Pitfalls I should watch out for? Am I potentially making a financial blunder?
posted by oog at 10:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Store in a cool, dry place.

Have my prescription tranquilizers been damaged by exposure to cold? [more inside]
posted by S.C. at 9:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Linking without Anchors

Is there a way to deep-link to a specific paragraph in an html page that doesn't have anchor tags? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 9:10 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I get something out of my friend's eye?

My friend has had something in his eye for four hours. [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 8:55 PM PST - 23 comments

Dreyfus on Heidegger in MP3?

Does anyone have, or know where I could find, Hubert Dreyfus's lectures on Heidegger available for download? His own website at UC Berkeley used to have them (this FPP from 2003 actually linked to them) but for whatever reason (bandwidth, maybe?) they have been taken down.
posted by ori at 8:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Tick tock

Does anyone have experience with a good, lightweight shareware/freeware timer program that runs under WinXP? I just want to be able to set a timer on my desktop that will sound an audible alarm after an interval of my choosing. [more inside]
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 8:19 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I get my significant other to celebrate that I quit smoking?

My boyfriend used to tell me how awful, unhealthy, and gross it was that I smoked, and now I've quit, but he hasn't said a word. How do I get him to show me some positive support? [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 at 8:09 PM PST - 41 comments

Emory School of Law Opinions

Does anybody have experience with Emory's School of Law? Their brochure seems snooty but I like Atlanta and want some other opinions re:conservative/liberal, diversity of ethnicities, competitiveness of students, faculty.
posted by designbot at 8:07 PM PST - 4 comments

top secret weight watcher's formula

I'm starting weight watcher's with my spouse. She brought home this slide rule thingy that calculates the top secret WW points allowance by measuring fiber, fat, and calories. Has this slide rule thing been reduced to a simple formula anywhere on the internets? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 8:04 PM PST - 26 comments

Old car with low miles = dry rot or not?

I just inherited a 1998 Mountaineer that has only 20,000 miles. It's never been tuned up and still has the original tires. I'm pretty sure the spark plugs are fouled because it's never been driven at highway speeds. Everything appears to be in great shape. What kind of problems can I expect from this car? [more inside]
posted by Slap Incognito at 6:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does typing "ass" in an address window take me to the Democrats blog?

Address Bar-filter. How is it that typing just "ass" into my browser's address window resolves to the Democratic Party's blog... [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Scram at 6:45 PM PST - 10 comments

public domain optical illusions

royalty free optical illusions? [more inside]
posted by ransom at 6:34 PM PST - 2 comments

How to get PHP to stop 'mis-rendering' some entities like ™ and single smart quotes.

WebDevFilter: ™, ', and ' walk into my database, but only ô, ë, and í come back out. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 6:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Good ballet slippers to buy?

I need to buy ballet flats for a gift. I know nothing about them. Help! [more inside]
posted by JDC8 at 6:22 PM PST - 11 comments

favorite horror movies?

What are your favorite horror movies? [more inside]
posted by entropy at 6:17 PM PST - 49 comments

Other people's (lack of) money

Help me with my pseudo-sister-in-law, and the debt that keeps her living here... [more inside]
posted by tkolstee at 6:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Are Tetris clones legal?

Are Tetris clones legal?
posted by Tlogmer at 5:45 PM PST - 4 comments

butt blood!

Is blood coming from a cat's butt always serious? [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves at 5:36 PM PST - 12 comments

cheap airfare finder?

what kind of service/which website do you use for finding cheap airline tickets? [more inside]
posted by grafholic at 5:20 PM PST - 11 comments

"Safe" places to live outside the U.S.

What countries would you consider the safest and free-est places on Earth to live? Personal freedom, rule of law and access to modern technology a plus. Lower cost of living than in the U.S. a double plus.
posted by clango at 5:12 PM PST - 35 comments

Converting WMV on a Mac

A Google search reveals several possible ways to convert a WMV file to an mpg, or an avi, or a mov, on a Mac. My question is, for someone who does not have QT Pro and is hoping to do this for free, and has no easy access to any machine other than his G5, what is the best way to convert a wmv into something, anything else (mpg, avi, mov)? This is something of a repeat question (24337) but I'm not facing any DRM and do have access to Final Cut Pro 4.
posted by boombot at 5:09 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I stop a dog from crying all night?

Has anyone found an effective way to stop a dog from crying all night? The crying started after some recent surgery. [more inside]
posted by clarahamster at 4:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Mysterious spastic animated gif.

Who can tell me more about this animated gif of people dancing? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 4:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Are there quiet hair dryers?

I've quieted my PC by getting rid of loud fans. As my s.o. wakes me up with an old, loud hair dryer every morning, I wonder if a company has done the same with that appliance. Are there any quiet hair dryers available that still do the job? Money is no object if there's something out there that puts out heat, dries hair in a couple minutes, and is say, under 60db.
posted by mathowie at 3:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me think of ideas for tiny gifts

I'm looking for very tiny, inexpensive, but semi-useful things. Need ideas/suggestions! [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 3:42 PM PST - 27 comments

Looking for Minoru Terada

A Japanese friend is trying to find a person she knew in the past. His name is Minoru Terada, and he was mainly a theatrical art director, but has also acted (you will see his name on imdb). [more inside]
posted by edlundart at 3:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Breaking up a concrete pad in my backyard. Any advice?

I need some advice on how to best break up a seemingly indestructible concrete slab in my backyard. It is about 8 feet by 4 feet by 2 feet deep. I've tried a sledge hammer and also a relatively low-power jackhammer, with little success. [more inside]
posted by krudiger at 2:52 PM PST - 22 comments

Why does MySQL keep restarting?

MySQL Hell: I've spent most of my vacation trying to figure out why MySQL has gone nuts. It's part of a Movable Type install with tons of posts, comments, and log entries, and it's always run smoothly before. The problem is that it'll bomb on random queries, seemingly every minute or two, since status queries always show uptime in tens of seconds. Repairing the larger tables and restarting the server has done nothing, and no major changes have been made. What's wrong? Is this a *nix issue, a MySQL issue, or an MT issue? And how do I go about telling the difference, or fixing any of them? [more inside]
posted by paul_smatatoes at 2:40 PM PST - 32 comments

So itchy!

I had a very bad allergy incident two months ago--and now I've become sensitive to products that I'd never had problems with before. I haven't found a replacement for my skincare products that I can tolerate and that does the job. [more inside]
posted by divka at 2:40 PM PST - 7 comments


Graphing calculator recommendations? [more inside]
posted by casarkos at 2:36 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do in Key Biscayne/Miami in January?

What's there to do during the day in Key Biscayne/Miami in January? [more inside]
posted by MeetMegan at 2:30 PM PST - 8 comments

What's that algorithm?

StatHeads- Is there a name for the following analysis/process/algorithm? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 1:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Out, demons! (Spitting tips requested.)

To all men and women who spit: help! Warning, this is a bit unappetizing... [more inside]
posted by rio at 1:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Best road-bike bang for buck?

I want to buy a road bike with a pathetically small budget, ~$700 USD or so. What I want to be able to do with it is go on weekly and/or daily rides with my (much) more experienced friends. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 12:14 PM PST - 25 comments

hang'em high?

Based at least on conventional wisdom, what is the appropriate height at which artwork should be hung on an otherwise unadorned wall of an apartment?
posted by drpynchon at 12:02 PM PST - 22 comments

Gmail for my old mail?

Gmail-like interface for my old emails? [more inside]
posted by bonaldi at 12:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Anyone remember North American TV Show "It Stands To Reason"

Information on an old TV show called "It Stands To Reason." [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 11:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Money-chain letters are illegal, but why?

OK, I now know that money-maker chain-letter implementation is illegal, but my big question -- why? Is it for the protection of dumb people? I'd have to say the fact that it didn't work is the protection of dumb people, but shouldn't be illegal. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 11:50 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for inspiration to perform an Elf at a kid's Christmas Party

Help me prepare a gig! I will be performing the Fairy Godmother's Elf during an office children's Christmas Party and I'm looking for inspiration. [more inside]
posted by jchgf at 11:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Alton vs. Martha in the Kitchen?

Alton Brown vs. Martha Stewart: Who do you trust more in the kitchen? [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground at 11:42 AM PST - 40 comments

How to polish a single rock?

I think I have a great idea for a Christmas gift, but I'm not sure I understand rock polishing... [more inside]
posted by headlessagnew at 11:33 AM PST - 2 comments

The quest for happy, healthy, hard-working hands

PromoteSafeVolunteeringFilter. I would like to start volunteering regularly at an AIDS hospice. My nails and cuticles are an ugly, bloody mess from a pretty bad nail-and-cuticle biting habit. It hasn't bothered me until now; but even with the double-layer of gloves I wear while doing the cleaning, the nuns who run the place have pointed out this is not a good situation for the patients or myself. How do I make my hands healthy and keep them that way in as short a time as possible? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 11:21 AM PST - 14 comments

things to do in seoul for a week

Things to do in Seoul for a week? [more inside]
posted by Carol O at 10:56 AM PST - 6 comments


NYE in NYC? [more inside]
posted by reverendX at 10:22 AM PST - 12 comments

testing Windows Mobile 2003

Does anyone know of a free or inexpensive usability tool for Windows Mobile 2003? [more inside]
posted by malaprohibita at 10:08 AM PST - 3 comments

discovering sources of inspiration

I am preparing a critically important presentation whose outcome will decide my future for the next five years+. Sometimes I feel ready to take on the world, other times I feel useless. Where do you draw inspiration to rise up to the occasion? How do you get yourself pumped for those life-altering, work-related situations?
posted by Voyageman at 9:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Internet connection gone bad

I'm unable to connect to the Internet at home all of a sudden. [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 9:02 AM PST - 15 comments

Why can't I rent this apartment??

Why can't I rent this apartment?? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 9:00 AM PST - 31 comments

Honeymoon suggestions for Eastern Europe in September?

Next September (16th ish) I will be going to Eastern Europe for a honeymoon. Any travel suggestions? Resources? Must sees? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 8:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Do Canadians care about the CFL?

Do Canadians care about the CFL?
posted by xmutex at 8:52 AM PST - 49 comments

Security Camera needed

Several laptops and projectors were stolen at my workplace this weekend so I'm looking for a simple security camera that will record on my PC when it detects motion. I have looked at but that seems much too complex and it seems to only be able to record to VCR. Anyone have experience with a cheap/easy solution?
posted by toomuch at 8:41 AM PST - 11 comments

gear for europe

I'm backpacking through Western Europe for six weeks during January/February. What travel gear is a "must have" for this excursion? [More details inside] [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 8:33 AM PST - 27 comments

Am I Unknowingly Phishing?

I was just contacted by my company's ISP saying that our company's account is compromised by a virus as phishing emails have been sent out from here. I find this very hard to believe as we are an all-mac shop and I am fairly confident that these phishing emails generally spoof headers and such. Am I wrong? [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 8:27 AM PST - 9 comments


I just quit smoking about 10 days ago. What kinds of food/herbs/vitamins can I take to help gently detox my tissues and organs? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 8:27 AM PST - 13 comments

No, I don't want to duct-tape an iPod to an XM radio receiver

Gadgetfilter: One portable device that plays mp3's and gets satellite radio. Does it exist? Will it exist in the future? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 8:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me identify this monster.

Help me identify this monster. [more inside]
posted by ThePants at 7:55 AM PST - 6 comments

creating scientific diagrams

please help me create scientific diagrams quicker [more inside]
posted by tnai at 7:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Pick an Mp3 player

What MP3 Player should I consider? It must work with Win 98se, I want to be able to download & listen to podcasts mostly, less interested in music. Battery life is important but not as important as purchase price. I'm on limited budget.
posted by NorthCoastCafe at 7:03 AM PST - 7 comments


Where can I find a blank, downloadable US map? I've been asked to create a map showing which states belong to each of our Sales Representatives. Ideally I would like to be able to assign states and then print the resulting map. Bonus if it can be color coded.
posted by Constant Reader at 6:59 AM PST - 12 comments

What happens when your fingernails come off?

My Thumbnail fell off last night.... [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 6:45 AM PST - 18 comments

Reading Week Topic Suggestions

I need suggestions on topics for a reading week. [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 6:25 AM PST - 10 comments

CES in Vegas: how to attend?

I'm going to CES in Las Vegas in January. My hotel is reserved, my plane tickets have been purchased; only one thing left to do: get into CES! [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 6:23 AM PST - 10 comments

[OnWritingWell] Avoiding cliches like the plague!

I am trying hard to improve my writing skills and have trying to follow Orwell's advice : Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print. [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 6:03 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I get my laptop to work my monitor at > 60 hz?

How do I get my external monitor to refresh faster than 60 hertz? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 5:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Actionscript Problem on how to flip a movie clip

Flash Actionscript Problem. _rotation rotates a movie clip how do flip a movie clip (as in mirror image). I have tried _flip, _mirror and looked all over but cannot find the correct syntax. Cheers if you can help
posted by spooksie at 2:50 AM PST - 1 comment

Hot & Noisy Laptop

My laptop is running hot lately with the fan going all the time regardless of processor load. Is there a windows XP setting that controls processor stepping? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 1:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Du vin, du pain & a whole lot of books please.

Good french books by good french authors? [more inside]
posted by Skyanth at 12:36 AM PST - 34 comments

Police beat research-a-rama

Say you needed to find someone who was the victim of a particular type of crime in your city... how would you go about it? [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 12:15 AM PST - 7 comments

November 27

Lies, Class & Depression

I remember reading about a psychology/sociology study that linked adult depression and problems with adjustment to how much the person was lied to as a child. [more inside]
posted by larva at 11:22 PM PST - 2 comments

If a salary is listed in a job posting is that code for "non US citizens only"?

If a salary is listed in a US job posting is that a hidden signal that the job is actually intended for a non-citizen and that I, as a US citizen, shouldn’t bother applying? [more inside]
posted by freshgroundpepper at 11:21 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the aesthetic of Aeon Flux?

Can you explain Aeon Flux to me? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 10:21 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I learn Modern Greek by myself?

I'm in need of some help trying to teach myself Modern Greek [more inside]
posted by klue at 9:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Fighting the Good Fight

Help me make Apple replace my adapter. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 9:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I narc on my upstairs neighbor for their contraband dog?

Should I narc on my upstairs neighbor for their contraband dog? [more inside]
posted by moift at 9:26 PM PST - 30 comments

Desperately trying to find a forgotten book.

I'm trying to find a book that I read when I was in grade school, sometime during the mid to late 80's. The basic plot involved a girl scaring her impressionable young step(?) brother by pretending to go into trances and make predictions. IIRC, she was somewhat of an outcast at school, but had recently been cast in the school play as a colonial witch (Tituba perhaps?). I think there may have also been some references in the book to the Sybills of ancient Greece (hence the trances). Is this ringing any bells? [more inside]
posted by kayjay at 9:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Free Website Blocker?

Can anyone recommend a good (free) program that would let me block specific websites? Not just a filter by category such as porn etc. So far everything I find is either not useul or not free. I use a PC at home and a mac at work, so one that works for both would be ideal, but I'll take what I can get. Suggestions?
posted by hermitosis at 8:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Photo Categorization

Photo categorization software with user defined tags. [more inside]
posted by cm at 7:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Know of any outstanding animal rights groups?

I'd like to provide some support to one or more animal rights organizations. I'm trying to find groups that use methods that aren't violent or alienating, but are focused on publicizing mistreatment and promoting legal means of preventing cruelty. Are there any groups that are doing a particularly good job of this?
posted by shoos at 7:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Science magazines for kids?

I am trying to find a good science magazine for my 10-year old son. Any suggestions? I used to love Scientific American, but that is probably too stiff and technical, while some of the other things I've seen are too fluffy. Any non-science magazine ideas welcomed too, for him or for my 4-year old.
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 7:12 PM PST - 25 comments

Ethics of online research

I am a research assistant for a project that involves studying participants in a website for a particular deviant sexuality. I think my research methodology is unethical, but my supervisor disagrees. What can I do? Is the internet a public or private place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 PM PST - 47 comments

Explaining past self-injury to a child

Explaining past self-injury to a child [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find some hip online publications

Help me find some hip online publications to submit some writing to. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 6:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Soviet circus propaganda

In the book I'm currently reading about Bobby Fischer and his match with Boris Spassky, the author's write, "the Soviets would construct their propaganda edifice on three main pillars, 'chess, the circus and ballet. In all three the Soviet Union could be shown to be far ahead of the West.'" [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 6:19 PM PST - 13 comments

What ever happened to SingleFile?

Anyone know what happened to SingleFile (37signals' online book cataloging software)? Bonus question: why is LibraryThing succeeding (or so it appears) when SingleFile failed? [more inside]
posted by zanni at 6:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Identify that minimalist track auf deutschland!

What is the track featured in this video?
posted by phrontist at 5:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Squirrel skinning and cooking.

Squirrel hunting, skinning and recipes? [more inside]
posted by sled at 5:47 PM PST - 15 comments

Somebody call for an exterminator?

Help me break up with my mouse. [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 5:45 PM PST - 28 comments

Why do they torment me? I'm not a bad person, am I?

SpeedStream 5360 DSL modem, SBC Yahoo DSL, Windows XP, and a brand new Linksys WRT54G wireless router. "Easy-setup, gets-you-working-in minutes" CD was of course a complete wash-out. Does a non-geek have a chance in Hell of getting it all to work together? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Classic film box office in-take?

Classic film box office intake? Where, if at all, can you find information about the amount grossed (at least in America) by films in the 1920/30s? Specifically looking for Fritz Lang's films but general information would also be useful.
posted by hugsnkisses at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

LOST Screen Cap

LOSTfilter: I found a great link last week but (argh) didn't bookmark it. It's several animated gifs/screen caps from the show LOST on ABC. All of the pics show weird flying black things. One set on the beach, and one from the jungle that actually flys up and stops in front of the camera. Am I crazy, or has anyone else seen these?
posted by richmondparker at 4:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Esoteric sociological peer-pressure related terminology?

obscure sociological concept: I seem to recall at some point learning that there is a specific name for when two people (or a group) engage in an activity that neither individual is interested in because they each believe that the other feels strongly about the activity. [more inside]
posted by cmyr at 4:26 PM PST - 6 comments

New Jersey Ads and Me, Perfect Together?

Where can I find old New Jersey tourism commercials? [more inside]
posted by TPIRman at 4:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Moving to my first house in a week. Any last minute tips?

Moving to my first house in a week. Any last minute tips? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 3:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Where to hoe-down?

Big outdoor party next summer (for 60 people). East (San Francisco) Bay, as in Berkeley, Oakland. (Cheap) venue ideas? [more inside]
posted by squirrel at 3:12 PM PST - 9 comments

ps2 networking help

Help us get our PlayStation 2 online... [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

What is apple fuzz?

What is apple fuzz? Is it safe? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 2:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Java freezes in browser

When in either IE or Firefox, if a Java security warning dialog comes up everything freezes. All I can see is "Secuirty - Warning" and a gray dialog box. Mouse movement because jerky and the only way to get out of it is to end the process. Latest version of Java, WinXP SP2 [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 2:00 PM PST - 2 comments

DVD-player-filter: Philips 642 alternatives?

DVD-player-filter: Alternatives to the Philips DVP 642? [more inside]
posted by omnidrew at 1:31 PM PST - 18 comments

sell home while having an agent

What happens if I sold my condo myself even when I have a realtor signed up.? [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 1:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Beer vs book

I left a half filled beer next to a library book last night. Somehow, by morning, the book was in a puddle of beer. Suggestions for drying the book? Does beer create any special problems as opposed to, say, water? [more inside]
posted by dking at 1:23 PM PST - 15 comments

Traveling with Toiletries

To Dudes On The Go: What's the best way to carry toiletries in luggage so that they don't smell skunky when you get home, or leak all over your other stuff?
posted by Saucy Intruder at 12:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Must be reachable by dogsled or snowshoe courier.

Online electronics suppliers in Canada. Looking for a Canadian equivalent of Digikey or any reliable surplus sellers. Thanks.
posted by Krrrlson at 12:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Guys need help in love, too.

Is there a book for heterosexual guys similiar to She's Not Into You and other similar books for chicks?
posted by itchie at 11:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Will my Creative Zen work with a Mac?

Can I use a Creative Zen Micro 5gb with Mac OSX? [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 11:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a bus or train service running between NYC and Bristol, CT

Simple question: is there a direct bus or train service running between NYC and Bristol, CT? Googling about for a while leads me to believe that there might not be...
posted by Cobbler at 11:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Help, the internets are calling

Mac-Distraction-Filter: I need to write using my mac but I am endlessly distracted by the internets and email. [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 11:46 AM PST - 21 comments

Please don't make me triple-tap everyone's name!

What's the best way for me to load a bunch of phone numbers into my Motorola RAZR phone (Cingular edition) via Bluetooth? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 11:37 AM PST - 5 comments

how to use GTD for computer files

I use David Allen’s GTD (Getting Things Done) system along with other productivity styles similar to it and spawned from it. I’ve organized many things in my life, but my computer files are still all over the place and don’t seem to have the same logic as my other implementations. I am curious if anyone has set up a GTD system for his or her computer files, or another system that works very well at retaining organization, short term and long term. I use Windows XP right now, but am curious about other operating systems as well such as Linux. I appreciate any tips or tricks that can be provided, thanks in advance.
posted by Knigel at 11:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Protecting home and property options?

Protecting home and property options? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 11:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Jan/Feb backpacking ideas w/ warm weather

I’m looking for a 2-5 day backpacking trip with warm weather in January/February. Anywhere in the continental US is fine, sub-freezing temperatures at night are ok, but I’d prefer no snow and daytime temps consistently above 60 F. Any suggestions?
posted by F Mackenzie at 10:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Matchbox, Hotwheels and Tonka: What's the difference?

Matchbox, Hotwheels, Tonka: What's the difference? [more inside]
posted by melixxa600 at 10:43 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm looking for a bare bones R2D2

Please help me find a system to prototype my wireless robotic ideas. [more inside]
posted by forforf at 10:03 AM PST - 1 comment

Does image theft worry you?

Photographers and graphic designers: How much do you worry about people stealing and/or taking credit for your work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:55 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I do a global wordcount in MT?

How do I get a global wordcount for every post made on my MT 2.66 blog? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 9:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Bring Home the Bacon

Ham it up: Need recommendations for an especially delicious and good-quality mail-order ham, as a holiday gift for ham-lovers. Something that costs less than Harry & David's $100 ham would be appreciated.
posted by Miko at 9:02 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I get the word out about my friend's auction?

My friend is selling his rare signed guitar... It's signed and played by Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo fame. What's the best way I can get the word out? I was thinking of submitting it to sites like BoingBoing and the like, places which would carry the story of a guitar with a nice story behind it being sold, but a lot of the places frown on "self-linking". Since it's not me selling it, I dunno if that would apply. Any suggestions?
posted by unrequited at 9:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Make three NICs share the traffic in Server 2003

Server 2003 Filter: How do I make three NICs share the load? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 8:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Holiday Open House food-filter™

Each year my wife, my daughter and I have a holiday open house, where we set out a spread, play holiday songs, and meet and greet folks before the holidays. Traditionally we do Hovan™ cracker-bread "Roll 'em up" sandwiches, cookies, and crudites, and serve wine, beer, and soda. We're always on the hunt for new, easy items to add to our repast. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by jpburns at 8:44 AM PST - 11 comments

How do you impress your dinner guests?

Dinner Parties! I'm looking for impressive recipes. How did you last knock your guests' socks off? A few minor restrictions and links to previous great threads inside. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 5:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Where do porn stars buy their underwear?

I know there's been a few questions about bras, but... Where do porn stars get their bras from? Usually, they have large breasts, and obviously, they need pretty bras, so is there a specialist underwear company for porn stars? Do they just know where to go? And can non-porn stars get these as well?
posted by Katemonkey at 3:13 AM PST - 27 comments

Goodly Wife

Where to find a "Guide for the Goodly Wife"? Many moons ago I read some pages in some format that would resemble this description. It's archaic, hilarious and apparently beyond my google skills. [more inside]
posted by raider at 12:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Handwriting OCR?

Help my girlfriend get her writing out of a top-secret government compound! [more inside]
posted by smartyboots at 12:06 AM PST - 28 comments

November 26

cornwall, mass.?

I want as close to authentic Cornish pasties as I can get, as close to Boston (Massachusetts, USA, of course) as I can get. What's the best that I can do?
posted by Mayor Curley at 10:13 PM PST - 14 comments

what to play a stack of 78s on?

Help me help my grandpa. I need a record player that will spin 33s/45s/78s AND support stacking up a bunch of discs that will then play in succession. He doesn't believe that 78 players are still sold, period. I know that's not true but finding one that will play a stack of discs one at a time is another story. Any help? Something slim and low-profile which I can install into his old stereo console will be helpful. Bonus points for sub-$200.
posted by scarabic at 8:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Hey hey hey hey....hey

What LA street is Massive Attack's music video for Unfinished Sympathy filmed on? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 8:00 PM PST - 6 comments

RSS Replacement for Windows Update

Where can I find an RSS based replacement for Windows Update? [more inside]
posted by jojopizza at 7:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Six Feet Under Season Five DVD

When will Six Feet Under Season Five come out on DVD? [more inside]
posted by shaneflyer at 7:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Wine suggestions

WineFilter: A few professors of mine have written me recommendations and I'd like to get them a bottle of wine for about $15-20. The problem is that I know nothing about it. [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 7:06 PM PST - 42 comments

Watching the Olympics in NZ?

What should I expect for New Zealand media coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics? [more inside]
posted by myopicman at 6:19 PM PST - 4 comments

What weblog software would you recommend?

Web Blog filter - I'm thinking of posting a blog that will have lots of useful links and information to attract readers. [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy at 6:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Planetarium for a little girl

I need to buy a good projecting planetarium for a little girl whose family does not have much money for Christmas. [MI] [more inside]
posted by dabradfo at 4:33 PM PST - 12 comments

How to get my brother some help and stop my family from falling apart?

The Does-My-Brother-Need-Psychological-Help and How-To-Persuade-Him-To-Get-Some filter. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:44 PM PST - 23 comments

What to do/see in San Jose?

Will be in San Jose/Silicon Valley on this Monday and Tuesday. I'm interested in technology-related attractions. What should I do/see? [more inside]
posted by qslack at 3:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Precompiling JSPs in Eclipse

How do I precompile JSP pages in Eclipse? [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke at 3:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Spring Break travel without the Spring Breakers

I'd like to travel somewhere in Mexico or the Caribbean in the spring, but I want to avoid Spring Breakers like the plague. [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 3:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me keep my cool hair color!

Help with hair color angst! [more inside]
posted by Space Kitty at 2:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Recommendations for webbased timetracker for multiple people and projects?

Low cost time tracker, web based, for multiple people, multiple projects, and multiple rates billed. I'd really prefer webbased, as we're all working in different countries. Either hosted, or something we install on our own server. [more inside]
posted by korej at 2:13 PM PST - 6 comments

What is Neal Stephenson working on?

What is Neal Stephenson working on? [more inside]
posted by beautifulstuff at 2:12 PM PST - 30 comments

DNS confusion

Why would a new domain (registered today) work on Firefox on one computer, but not on the other, when they're both on the same DSL connection? [more inside]
posted by shannymara at 2:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Help finding a unique storage bed.

Small Apartment Filter. Been looking for a storage bed like this, but available in NYC for months. My shopping-fu has failed. Help!
posted by PissOnYourParade at 1:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Has anyone seen my pants?

Help me find the world's best men's pants. Something for all occasions, with style and functionality. [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 1:42 PM PST - 18 comments

Small extra fridge

Please help me choose a secondary fridge (in the UK) - for an upcoming party and perhaps to keep after that. [more inside]
posted by suleikacasilda at 1:34 PM PST - 2 comments

How often should a girl wash her hair?

How often should a girl wash her hair? [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 1:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Honeymoon in Barcelona

Barcelona: some ideas for a five day honeymoon over Christmas! Help! [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 12:21 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I write a book online?

How can I write a book online? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya at 12:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Chemo question

Chemofilter: Does anyone know or have used some good make-up (i.e. eye-liner, foundation, mascara etc.) that is organic? [more inside]
posted by alteredcarbon at 12:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Hot or Not

She's not sexy. [more inside]
posted by the giant pill at 10:39 AM PST - 98 comments

What is the name of this film?

Please help me identify this short film. I saw it on PBS about 15 years ago. It involved a society where time was literally money, and this time was linked directly to your lifespan. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Printing Troubles

What is wrong with my new printer? [more inside]
posted by slow, man at 10:07 AM PST - 13 comments

collapsible roof-top luggage carriers

I'm thinking about getting a tiny car, and using a roof-top luggage carrier for trips. Good idea? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:47 AM PST - 18 comments

What's your favorite movie?

Which 3 movies in your collection are your absolute favorites? I just got netflix and I am trying to fill up my queue. A couple of my top movies are Good Will Hunting and I Heart Huckabees to give you a taste of what I like.
posted by pwally at 9:36 AM PST - 71 comments

Killing Spam Dead in OSX?

Killing Spam dead (osx and other strategies.) What tools/strategies are you using? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 9:14 AM PST - 25 comments

As the wise philosoper once said....

A good majority of the non-fiction books I read are littered with relevant quips, quotes, and interesting anecdotes. An author may start a chapter with a very succinct quote that beautifully summarizes the theme of the chapter, or during the course of explaining a theory, the writer will include a great historical anecdote to reinforce his opinion. Where does all of this wonderful stuff come from? Are non-fiction authors complete bibliomaniacs armed with photographic memories, or is this stuff added through the editorial process? Is there such a thing as a 'aphorism researcher' or a 'andecdote index'?
posted by jasondigitized at 8:52 AM PST - 18 comments

Firefox Annoyance

I'm forced to use IE at work. Of course I use Firefox at home. My fingers automatically type Alt-A to get my IE fAvorites dropdown list, but Firefox uses Alt-B for Bookmarks. [more inside]
posted by KRS at 8:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Remember an "angel" callcenter?

Maybe a year or so ago, there was something posted on the blue about a guy starting a company where people could call in with random questions... basically a call center with exceptional google-fu. I believe the operators were called "angels". Can anyone point me to info on this or any similar ventures?
posted by squidlarkin at 8:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Why does it say paper jam when there is no paper jam?

Finally broke down and bought a DVD player. I connected the red yellow and white composite cables to their corresponding ports and all I get is sound - but no picture. [more inside]
posted by younggreenanne at 7:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Snip Snip

I'm considering getting the big "V" -- yup, a Vasectomy. However, as a general rule I've kept razor sharp knifes away from that part of my body. Anyone have experience with this that you'd care to share? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 6:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Digital radio losing its mind.

My sony digital radio is gradually losing its mind. When I try to tune or change the time the numbers or frequency don't run in order. [more inside]
posted by johoney at 6:33 AM PST - 1 comment

Is it too early to get an HDTV?

Is it too soon to buy an HDTV? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 6:29 AM PST - 25 comments

Strapping cargo to roof of car drama.

Help me tie/strap/secure an IKEA box of furniture that we need to return to the store on the roof of my friend's 4 door sedan. [more inside]
posted by stavx at 5:31 AM PST - 24 comments


My mother is developing severe arthritis in one finger, and can't take most anti-inflammatories. Options? [more inside]
posted by Malor at 2:07 AM PST - 15 comments

Best Bach for your buck?

Which CD release of Bach's Weihnachtsoratorium is the most highly regarded?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 1:39 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the name of this music from Au Revoir Les Enfants?

What is the name of this music (40 second 940 kb mp3) from Au Revoir Les Enfants? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 12:02 AM PST - 8 comments

November 25

Can you spin down an external hard drive?

Can you spin down a hard drive in an external USB or Firewire enclosure? [more inside]
posted by knave at 10:49 PM PST - 10 comments

File Dialog Woes

I recently re-installed Windows XP. Whenever I open a file dialog, the folder currently selected shows in Thumbnail mode. I want it in List mode and I can't figure out how to switch it.
posted by Imperfect at 10:48 PM PST - 11 comments


My three-month old son has congenital ptosis. Next month he might have surgery to correct it. Any experiences with said surgery? Did it work? Additional surgeries needed? Anything else you might add?
posted by panoptican at 10:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Help tracking down an O'Connor quotation.

Help tracking down a Flannery O'Connor quotation. [more inside]
posted by macinchik at 9:58 PM PST - 4 comments

M$ no like MySQL

I need to get MySQL working with Visual Studio 2005. I come from the PHP world, and while I know C, C# is a new language to me. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 8:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Best Way for Remote Computer help

Daughter is going to university in Europe next year. She will take a laptop with XP. No idea what, if any, internet connection will be available. Assuming there is one, I'd like to be able to access her laptop from home if there are any computer problems, etc. What's the best software, method, etc. Is VNC a good option?
posted by vac2003 at 7:54 PM PST - 9 comments


NYCYogaFilter: Any NYers who attend yoga classes? Do you have a school or teacher to recommend? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 7:02 PM PST - 5 comments

North Face Cat Toilet

CatPeeFilter: my landlord's cat peed all over my slightly expensive North Face Duffel Bag. Not having a cat myself and being unfamiliar with the world of feline urine, I just soaked the bag in hot water with Wisk. It still stank, so my GF gave me some Nature's Miracle, which I drenched the bag in, but it still smells. And I noticed on the instructions that you should *not* wash the bag regularly before using Nature's Miracle. Anyway, that damage is done, the bag still smells, so is there anything else I can do to save the bag?
posted by forallmankind at 6:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Better than ice for 'on the rocks'?

Is there a better thing to chill drinks down apart from ice? [more inside]
posted by angusw at 6:26 PM PST - 25 comments

payphone interviews

On someone mentions that "...several years ago, one of CBC's main news programs became quite adept at calling pay phones in the midst of the world's current trouble spots and interviewing whoever picked up. Don't know where they managed to get the numbers, but it was unique, raw and on the spot journalism." Does anyone know what program this was, or where I could obtain transcripts or recordings of this?
posted by soviet sleepover at 6:16 PM PST - 3 comments

brain-dead programming

Help me find a windows graphical "drag and drop" script builder. [more inside]
posted by wzcx at 5:56 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to earn extra money as a writer, "remotely".

I want to earn extra money as a writer. I'm not bothered what I write, if it's a paying gig. But I'm "remote" in the sense that I live in Australia. There must be someone, somewhere in the world, who will pay me to write and submit stuff online? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 5:55 PM PST - 8 comments

How easy is it to emigrate to the US from the EU

How difficult would it be for a married couple (1 german, 1 english) currently living in london - to move to live and work in US - for example to san francisco [more inside]
posted by Svea at 4:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Please, God, don't let me have to order from Dell...

I have just received an old, partly broken Dell Latitude c600 laptop (by virtue of being the first one to say "You're going to throw that out?"). I booted it up and found out that it has a whopping 8 mb video card. Do I need to find a special laptop video card to replace it or can I order any desktop card to put in?
posted by poorlydrawnplato at 3:40 PM PST - 15 comments

No more purple dinosaur

Can you point me to video of police swarming the Barney balloon in the Macy's parade, knifing it to ribbons? Probably from 1997. [more inside]
posted by Aknaton at 3:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Marketing Guru

Any actual, personal experience with famous "Marketing genius", Jay Abraham? Or do you know somebody who actually used his consulting services? [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 3:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Accessible minty appetizers

Every year at Christmas, my husband's family has a cooking contest. I don't expect to win, because Grandma is generally a lock. However, I'm a good sport and generally try to make a respectable showing. This year's theme is "appetizers with mint in them," and I am looking for tasty recipes. There's a catch though... [more inside]
posted by jennyb at 2:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Destroy paper

Is there a way to destroy a 55 gallon bag of papers easily, inexpensively, quickly, and without setting them on fire?
posted by bigmusic at 2:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Help speeding up a WinXP machine?

Please help a Mac Guy diagnose and correct a problem with a Windows XP machine! [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 1:03 PM PST - 22 comments

Help ID a font

Need help identifying a font. [more inside]
posted by p3t3 at 1:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Idea Protection.

How should I protect an idea which requires collaboration and may be patentable? [more inside]
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 12:51 PM PST - 6 comments

PDF'able Word Intra-document hyperlinks?

Intra-document hyperlinks (bookmarks) in MS Word Documents that can are preserved in PDF documents--Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus at 9:18 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there a streaming media box that does what I want?

MediaFilter: Does what I want exist? I want to stream media to my home theater, but... [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 8:39 AM PST - 44 comments

Landlord inspections: what are they allowed to inspect when they come in?

Landlord inspections: what are they allowed to inspect when they come in? Our landlord decided that since we've been living here for 4 years now, he wants to come in and inspect our apartment (I assume for damage and cleanliness). [more inside]
posted by chickygrrl at 8:14 AM PST - 23 comments

Take a break. See the lake. Go shopping. Where?!?!

LongShotFilter: About 10 years ago I remember seeing a great billboard up on the side of the east-bound Trans-Canada highway somewhere between Falcon Lake, MB and Kenora, Ont. The words on the sign were simple: Take a break. See the lake. Go shopping. Does anybody have a picture of this billboard by any ridiculous chance? I believe it was a local billboard promoting the Kenoa and Lake of the Woods area in general, I don't believe it had specific ties to any particular place of business. This phrase has been a running joke among friends since the first time we saw it, but in the recent times I have gone back to Kenora, it was nowhere to be seen. Bonus points for the same verbage from a sign somewhere else.
posted by gfroese at 5:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Where and why did this chapter go?

I have a 1940s English edition of Little Women which is missing an entire chapter. It hasn't been removed by accident - it was printed like that, and the chapters renumbered - yet nothing else in the book is abridged or altered, as far as I can tell. Why would an entire chapter be missing from this copy? [more inside]
posted by andraste at 5:01 AM PST - 15 comments

I've forgotten the rules to the card game "The"

Rules of a card game: This very simple but addictive game we used to know as "The" - These are the rules i seem to remember but can anyone clarify/add to these? its a game of control where you must get rid of your cards to win... [more inside]
posted by jwhittlestone at 2:09 AM PST - 12 comments

November 24

Is XM Radio right for me?

I like (both in theory and practice) terrestrial FM radio. But at the insistence of my girlfriend, I'm seriously considering getting XM for Christmas. If I got it, I'd want one of those XM2Go models -- the iPod/Walkman kind of things that have a built-in FM transmitter so I could use it in-car. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova at 11:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Billing for SMS/phone services in China and Saudi Arabia

I'm looking to break into paypertex/call SMS and/or phone services in untapped markets like China and Saudi Arabia, and need some suggestions for SMS or phone billing systems that will give me a platform accessable by citizens in these countries. Any suggestions?
posted by DecemberRaine at 11:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I bargain with the IRS?

In 2001, my .com finally imploded in the week after September 11th, when our few remaining clients went out of business. For another couple of years the corporation continued to exist, with me as sole employee, though it was only an after-hours interest -- I've long since moved on from doing anything with this corporation. It's existed only on paper for the past two years while I've paid the IRS, out of my own pocket, some payroll taxes (941 withholdings) that my accounting errors led me to underpay. They (and I) have just noticed that I forgot to file for the Q3 2001. It seems that I paid $6,000 to employees in that final quarter, so I figure my business owes the IRS another couple of thousand dollars in taxes. Now what? I don't have a couple of thousand dollars to throw at this, and the corporation's bank account is all but empty. Can I bargain with the IRS? Will they give me any bonus points for coming forward and telling them about this? Is my moral obligation to personally pay this debt sufficient that I should just buck up and set up a payment plan? What happens if, worst case, I just shut down the corporation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:27 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I get past an amicable divorce?

How do I get past an amicable divorce? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Is anonymous HIV testing really anonymous?

Are anonymous HIV tests in New York State really anonymous? In particular, I've heard that clinics/labs that determine that someone is HIV-positive are required to report that information to the state; wouldn't that make anonymous HIV testing not so anonymous after all?
posted by anonymous at 10:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Small, simple RSS reader for Windows?

RSS feed reader question: There have been a number of RSS reader posts here, but I have a rather specific one. I am looking for a clean, small, easy, unintrusive reader for Windows. [more inside]
posted by socratic at 9:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Waterfilter: Help me understand water purification

WaterFilter: I'm looking into water purification devices. I'm mostly trying to understand what might help with various kinds of contamination threats: What would I buy to safely drink from a mountain stream? Is there anything that can help with chemically poisoned waters if one were, say, trapped in New Orleans by Katrina? Radioactive fallout contamination? [more inside]
posted by namespan at 8:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Best choice for animal philanthropy?

CharityFilter: I'm planning to sell CDs online containing popular recordings (authorized, of course) of a particular radio personality. The proceeds are to go to a worthy cause, preferably one geared to animal welfare and protection. Which organization should I choose to donate to?
posted by greatgefilte at 8:20 PM PST - 12 comments

when to change a toothbrush?

how often should i change my toothbrush?
posted by brandz at 8:19 PM PST - 33 comments

Thinking in the Shower

Idle Hands Creative Session: So I realized something on my 12 hour drive back home for Thanksgiving... When my senses are preoccupied with mundane stuff like just driving and listening to my iPod on random, I don't have anything left to think about but pure creative concepting. I have to admit that whole drive was filled with one great idea after another. It's the "Great Idea in the Shower" principle. The thing is, I don't really feel like having to drive and spend money on gas or take 6 hour showers, so MeFiers, suggest to me your favorite activities where the body's gone automatic, and all that's left is for the mind to think. [more inside]
posted by Stan Chin at 7:55 PM PST - 38 comments


Here's a question for AskMeFi... Why do your teeth chatter when it's cold? Or... why does one shiver? [more inside]
posted by cusack at 7:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Play Like a Champion Today!

"Play like a champion today" - Looking for hi res image! [more inside]
posted by adamfunman at 7:00 PM PST - 2 comments

TV movie about Trolls

Help me figure out this 70s made-for-TV movie about trolls. [more inside]
posted by xorowo at 6:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Downloading streaming audio

How can I down load music, specifically streaming audio, from the Internet? Are there are programs that can capture the audio and save it directly to your computer in a common format, that is, anything that I can later burn into a CD?
posted by schoenbc at 6:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Laroche will save us all.

What witty, ideology destroying quip can I make to the "Laroche Youth Movement" guys who are going to disturb me outside the train station this evening? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 6:30 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I quit playing the Bards Tale?

I picked up a Mac Classic at a rummage sale a while ago, and it has a whole mess of games. I started one called "The Bard's Tale", but I can't exit out of it! [more inside]
posted by the_W at 5:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Swing batta batta, swing!

My father is looking for a slo-pitch bat, preferably the Mizuno Crush or the Miken Freak. What's the cheapest Vancouver-area retail source OR the cheapest online source? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 4:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Unique female voices in electronic media? Who are the peers of Shelley Jackson and Laurie Anderson?

Unique female voices in electronic media? Who are the peers of Shelley Jackson and Laurie Anderson? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 3:35 PM PST - 19 comments

Saint Cobain

I saw a painting on the net, a few months back, called "Saint Cobain"... Curt post-suicide with shotgun and beatific smile. Anyone know where I can track it down?
posted by Meatbomb at 3:16 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the deal with the Cowboys and Thanksgiving?

What is the deal with the Dallas Cowboys and Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 2:52 PM PST - 5 comments


OmFilter: What's so great about meditation? [more inside]
posted by johnsmith415 at 2:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Paying for repairs on a return lease vehicle

I am returning my Hyundai Accent after a four-year lease and leasing a new car with the same dealer. They evaluated some damage on the returned car which we negotiated around. Can the dealer legally come back after me in the future for any additional repairs or problems they find with my car that they did not find initially.
posted by sandrapbrady at 1:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you identify this Chinese Tea?

Can anyone identify this Chinese Tea? I bought it in Beijing a couple of months back and can't for the life of me remember what it's called. [more inside]
posted by chill at 1:47 PM PST - 9 comments

X_X Box - no audio/video or disc drive use.

My Xbox powers up and the green light turns on, but there is no audio or video and the disc tray will not open. [more inside]
posted by at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Numbers geek seeks similar

A question about statistics related to an technology helpdesk. [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 12:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Windows Mobile 5 Software Woes.

My father and I just got Axim x51v PDAs, and we're both having some trouble finding software. For him, the main need is a mapping program to work with his GPS, and for me... well, I'd like to find some old school emulator gaming. [more inside]
posted by ggypsy at 12:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Booting a Dell from an Ubuntu live CD: How?

Given that: 1. I'm a Mac type; 2. I have and want to try out an Ubuntu linux live CD on my home's extra Dell desktop; 3. I don't want to try and figure out the syntax for the startup settings file... [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 10:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Can you recommend a good online retailer for contemporary or mid-century modern furniture?

Can you recommend a good online retailer for contemporary or mid-century modern furniture? [more inside]
posted by medpt at 10:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Wach, Don't Run.

Please, help me once again find the most lovely painting I've ever seen. [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 9:51 AM PST - 26 comments

85, sunny with a chance of blizzards

Who do you trust for weather in the UK? [more inside]
posted by medium format at 8:53 AM PST - 17 comments

Windows 2000 TS woes

Can anyone help me get some type of local drive mapping on a thinclient going to a Windows 2000 terminal server via RDP 5? [more inside]
posted by splice at 8:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Satelllite Radio Questions

SatRadioFilter: Help me understand some things about Satellite Radio. [more inside]
posted by jazzman at 7:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Erase all internet history etc?

After using the internet i want to make sure there is no evidence of what ive been looking at afterwards remains on the computer. Including windows media etc. Is there some way of doing this?
posted by indio1919 at 7:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me put together the pieces...

I want to give a gift of a custom-photo jigsaw puzzle this Christmas to a puzzle fanatic, using one of her favorite pictures of her kids. A quick google gives lots of companies willing to take my money, some small, some large. Has anyone else out in AskMeLand done this? Any recommendations for a particular service? Anything I should be careful of when selecting the pictures to use?
posted by bonehead at 7:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Mysterious JavaScript behaviour.

Mysterious JavaScript behaviour. [more inside]
posted by kenaman at 7:09 AM PST - 28 comments

How can I stop my rubbish bin stinking?

Something in my rubbish bin stinks, and since I was away for rubbish collection day it's going to be there for a while longer. What can I do to get rid of, or at least reduce, the smell? [more inside]
posted by teem at 6:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Maybe Steve Jobs was on to something

I need a way to turn off the right mouse button in Windows. [more inside]
posted by bh at 5:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Where do I put my luggage for the day in NYC?

Post 9-11 locker storage in NYC train stations: Is there such a thing anymore? If not, what other options are there? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 5:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Dodgy DVDs on ebay

Is a promise of money back on fake DVDs worth any more than the DVDs are? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:45 AM PST - 15 comments

CrashTime Pro

I've got Quicktime Pro 7 on an XP Dell. The accursed thing will crash any browser I try it on for a while (FF, Opera, IE), then after a few restarts or a cool-down period, works like a charm. It will also do the same as a standalone. Any clues as to why this might be so? [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 4:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Help finding a song

Does anyone know the name of an electronica song that has the line "like a snake charmer on the dance floor"? [more inside]
posted by dantodd at 4:34 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I find this ebook?

Please help me find this book! Preferably as an e-book. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 4:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Retrieving web content from Google cache?

Is it likely that Google would only cache one page out of a multi-page article? [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 4:20 AM PST - 9 comments

My wireless connection keeps on dying. Please fix it?

My wireless connection keeps on dying. Please fix it? [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin at 3:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Changing the CSS with greasemonkey

Changing the CSS with greasemonkey [more inside]
posted by vincentm at 2:02 AM PST - 1 comment

Normal Mouse Behavior Please

How do I modify the mouse acceleration/scaling on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by jsonic at 1:11 AM PST - 14 comments

I've got to get away - from the pain you drive into the heart of me!

Why was everything so ugly in the 1980's? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 12:25 AM PST - 46 comments

November 23

What the heck is grinding my hard drive?

Is there any Windows XP utility that will tell me what program is accessing my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by crazyray at 11:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Why can't I all just get along?

I stay calm and collected when people are getting angry and yelling at me. I have been told that this is an "infuriating" trait. What to do? [more inside]
posted by afroblanca at 10:11 PM PST - 49 comments

Summer drinks!

Summer drink recipes! [more inside]
posted by tomble at 9:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Calendar and file sharing solutions for telecommuting employees?

Any recommendations for shared calendars, files, etc., for small business telecommuting employees on separate networks? [more inside]
posted by oissubke at 7:56 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I avoid ambulance fees while unconscious?

Somewhat hypothetically: How might one prevent undesired emergency medical treatment while unconscious? [more inside]
posted by IshmaelGraves at 7:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Quinoa recipes

Tasty dishes I can cook with quinoa? Every time I eat quinoa I tell myself I have to learn to cook with it. I've finally bought some, but I don't know where to start. What are your favourite recipes?
posted by purplefiber at 7:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Work from home IT jobs

I'm a techie who would like to work from home. Help me get started. [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot at 7:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Kiss my 'S-es'.

What's the deal with expressing ownership on names that end in 's'? If I had a buddy named 'Loveless' and wanted to talk about his pet dog, I would write "Loveless' pet dog". But I would clearly pronounce the exact same sentence like "Lovelesses pet dog". Doesn't that suck?
posted by fucker at 6:51 PM PST - 22 comments

death and...

I haven't filed a Canadian tax return since 1996, but I am sure I don't owe any money to the government. How much trouble am I in? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 6:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Dog constantly licks the carpet

Stop my dog from licking the carpet [more inside]
posted by cyphill at 6:37 PM PST - 13 comments


My mother went to the emergency hospital last year and was billed a hefty amount. She was covered with health insurance from her company (Destiny) and the hospital was "in-network". The insurance company paid the hospital fee (which was the larger amount) but only paid about half the physician fee because the physician was "out-of-network". My mother asked whether or not the physician was in-network or out-of-network when she was in the hospital and the nurse just told her not to worry about it. My questions are, 'How can a hospital be in-network and fully covered but assign her an out-of-network physician which won't be fully covered under the insurance?' and 'Is there anything she can do about this? I don't think it's fair she has to pay for something she didn't have a choice in'.
posted by lpctstr; at 6:10 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I bake a heritage turkey?

Give me your best guess (or, more preferably, personal experience) as to how to prepare this heritage turkey I've got! [more inside]
posted by readymade at 5:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Bottom mount freezers.

I'm buying a new refrigerator with a bottom mount freezer, and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 5:29 PM PST - 12 comments

Camping in the Carolinas

I want to go camping somewhere on the coast of North or South Carolina over New Year's. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 5:21 PM PST - 4 comments

John Cale Lyric

What John Cale song is this lyric from? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 4:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Cell phone: off or on to make battery last?

I'm sure somebody else who's travelling over Thanksgiving could also benefit from this knowledge. I brought my cell phone with me on my five-day trip to my parents' place, but of course I forgot the charger. The question I ask is: 'tis nobler to leave the phone on continuously and hope the battery pulls through, or is it a better idea to turn the phone off every night and turn it on only at the point in the day when I plan to use it? Does powering off and on drain more battery power than idling / the cell phone equivalent of "sleep"? FWIW, I have a relatively new Nokia 6682, and the battery is currently showing a full charge but I suspect it's lying, as I think it's been at least 24 hours since I charged it (that said, this battery's done five days unplugged before).
posted by logovisual at 4:24 PM PST - 23 comments

Thanksgiving volunteer question

Thanksgiving volunteer question: I live in the SF Bay Area and have no plans for Thanksgiving (tomorrow). I'd like to go out and volunteer to help people get fed instead of sitting at home watching football feeling sorry for myself. Anyone got leads on where one would go to do such a thing in Berkeley, Oakland or SF?
posted by garethspor at 2:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Phantom Money

On Monday, after I had logged into to my online banking thing, I found a new bank account had been opened for me. It was a bit odd because I had not ordered this new type of account. The next day a fairly large five figure sum had been deposited into this new account... [more inside]
posted by gsb at 1:47 PM PST - 15 comments

m looking for a really great chili recipe.

I'm looking for a really great chili recipe. Something maybe a little unusual. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 12:40 PM PST - 35 comments

New Internal Drive for G5

My happy G5 needs disk space, and I've found a good price on an internal 320gb drive.. Question: Does Ultra ATA100 play well with a standard build dual 2.7ghz G5? i.e. - can I toss it in and expect everything to work fine, without slowing anything down? [more inside]
posted by icetaco at 11:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Forced to attend X-mas function against religion

I have a co-worker who is Orthodox Jewish. Our Christmas party this year is being made mandatory. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 66 comments

Performance anxiety erection problem.

ErectionFilter: Anyone had performance-anxiety erection issues that they have successfully solved? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 19 comments

The slow burn.

On making DVDs from AVI files: What's transcoding, why does it take so long, and how can I speed it up? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 11:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Mac newbie here.

I'm a brand spanking new Mac user, where do I start? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 11:11 AM PST - 45 comments

Gaming and WWII?

Are WWII FPS's popular and/or controversial in Germany and Japan?
posted by bardic at 10:44 AM PST - 13 comments

How to negotiate adversarial interests towards mutuality

Business Negotiationsfilter What are some creative ways of retaining an ad agency's services in a manner that makes their interests align with the client's? IOW, how best to structure the contract such that their compensation is dependant upon results, when advertising "results" are such an amorphous and ephemeral thing. [more] [more inside]
posted by Fupped Duck at 10:23 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm changing, she's not. How to talk about it?

Friendfilter: I’m going through some life changes. One of my friends is behaving a little strangely. Almost seems angry at me because of how my life is changing. How do I address this with her? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 10:06 AM PST - 14 comments

If I Were a Munster...

Some guy once impressed me by humming the theme from "The Munsters" and joining it seamlessly with "If I Were a Rich Man" from "Fiddler on the Roof." In idle moments, I try to repeat this amazing feat, but I can't figure out how the songs fit together. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 10:04 AM PST - 37 comments

run-mbi16.exe virus/worm/trojan

run-mbi16.exe virus/worm/trojan [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 9:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Buy vs. rent in sports equipment

With a lot of sports and activities, beginners rent equipment while regulars own their own. In which ones does this make a big difference in the experience? And where does it not matter?
posted by smackfu at 9:55 AM PST - 21 comments

How much time do you spend on reading books _for pleasure_?

How much time do you spend on reading books _for pleasure_? [more inside]
posted by apple scruff at 9:51 AM PST - 54 comments

Are MDs allowed to prescribe medication for themselves?

Are MDs allowed to prescribe medication for themselves? If so, are there any limits on what they can and can't procure for personal use?
posted by cior at 9:38 AM PST - 17 comments

Multi-Player Game Cube Games

GiftFilter: Recommendations on fun multi-player (2-4) games for GameCube. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:36 AM PST - 20 comments

How do people with little/no language skills process information/think?

How does a deaf person, without reading or writing skills, process information? Years ago, I worked with a wonderful man, who was developmentally disabled, knew only a few rudimentary ASL signs, but was able to perform activities of daily living very well. What are your ideas about his thought processes? [more inside]
posted by jsteward at 9:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Lens flare or something else?

The image on the left side of shows a photo of a man with some sort of optical effect partially overlying his head. Any ideas on what caused this? Both a name and a simple explanation if possible? Suggestions I've heard so far include lens flare or reflections on an intervening pane of glass but noone seems entirely sure of it.
posted by edd at 9:23 AM PST - 10 comments

[lack of clever title]

I have a dvd that I made with iDVD on my mac. I show it regularly (10+ times), daily on a Dell. How do I create a file on the Dell that looks and plays like the dvd, but is actually playing from the hard drive? [more inside]
posted by jmgorman at 9:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Getting a smart playlist on the iPod

Yet Another iPod Question: I want to have a smart playlist that sorts the music on my iPod. But if I create a smart playlist and drag it onto the iPod playlist, it adds all the music from my entire library that fits that smart playlist. [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 9:01 AM PST - 7 comments

Microsoft CMS and/or Wikis

Are there content management systems or wiki software that are designed to run using ASP and/or focused on .NET functionality and use within a Microsoft/Windows Server environment? If so, what are some examples, reviews and or other information that would be worth knowing? Gracias.
posted by sciurus at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Please help me get my head around multidimensional arrays in PHP.

Please help me get my head around multidimensional arrays in PHP. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 8:31 AM PST - 20 comments

My Wife Needs a Hand

What could be causing my wife's hands to become numb and painful at night?? [more inside]
posted by SparkyPine at 7:58 AM PST - 35 comments

ETF Returns

When researching Indexed ETFs or Closed-End ETFs with the intention of buying, should I be looking at the fund's Yearly NAV Return or the Market Value Return as an indicator of success? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 7:52 AM PST - 2 comments

chronograph watch

I'm looking for a new chronograph watch. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 7:41 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I stop sweating at night?

How do I cope with night sweats? [more inside]
posted by talitha_kumi at 7:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Examples of radioactivity in nature

Are there any animals that have evolved a use for radioactivity? If so, what ways is it used? If not, why has this not happened? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 6:54 AM PST - 32 comments

ID This Choral Piece.

Can anyone identify this piece of minimalist liturgical music for violin and choir? It was heard via shortwave on Family Radio International. (Bonus points for identifying this particular recording or rendition.)
posted by mykescipark at 4:14 AM PST - 10 comments

holiday shopping in NYC

NYC Christmas shopping question. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Forgive, forget, or revenge?

Forgive, forget, or revenge? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:20 AM PST - 22 comments

Why do my undies smell?

Underwear material+vaginal discharge= strong odor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:20 AM PST - 10 comments

How could a Coke can leak its contents without any apparent holes?

How could a Coke can leak its contents without any apparent holes? [more inside]
posted by chrismear at 2:38 AM PST - 25 comments

How can I move on from this even though I won't get any real space from him?

My housemate and I have been having a relationship (of sorts) for the past 2 months. Two nights ago he ended it all, saying he wasn't ready for a relationship and it was making him unhappy. I know it was only 2 months but I feel distraught and broken hearted, and what's worse, I live with him, I have to see him every single day. What can I do to make this easier to get over and move on from? [more inside]
posted by trampesque at 12:37 AM PST - 23 comments

November 22

Bunny repair

Is there any way to "repair" the appearance of an old stuffed animal? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 10:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Hawaiian Holiday

Christmas in Hawaii? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 9:25 PM PST - 13 comments

How to experience New Years in Brussels.

New Years in Brussels this year. All by myself. What's the best way to spend it? [more inside]
posted by margaretlam at 9:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Jstor for the Masses?

I pine for access to Jstor. And my life would be perfect if I could use the Archive of Americana. Does anyone know of an academic library with subscriptions to either of these services that allows non-affiliated folks to buy a library card and access their subscription databases?
posted by LarryC at 9:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Of fish and fowl...

Any ideas for a sauce (or gravy) that would go well with both turkey and fish? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 8:45 PM PST - 20 comments

Retrieving website caches

How can I obtain copies (screenshot or cache) of government officials' websites as they appeared a week, two weeks, a month ago? [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 8:38 PM PST - 6 comments

When to avoid LV?

Is there a resource that will give me a listing of all the various conventions and goings-on in Las Vegas by date? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 8:09 PM PST - 1 comment

Mr. Wizard, help me out!

Physics 101: I'm cooking soup on the stove and have the heat on about medium. The soup is bubbling but with a minumum amount of steam coming off the top. Then I turn the heat off, and loads of steam pours out. Why? If the soup is getting more heat when over a flame, why wouldn't it steam more? Trying to wrap my head around this one...Bill Nye, where are you?
posted by zardoz at 8:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Ideas for trip to Boston/New England this weekend?

Ideas for trip to Boston/New England this weekend? [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 8:05 PM PST - 26 comments

Thinkcentre is too proprietary

Okay, I don't usually like to ask this sort of thing on ask mefi but... I installed a unattended windows over my IBM Thinkcentre's OS and now of course it's completely crippled. Even worse I can't restore from the partition. Help... anyone! [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 8:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a service that draws comic panels as a gift.

I've googled,'d, mefi'd, etc, etc I'm looking for a Web site that offered to draw a comic book style panel of someone's life as a gift. Anyone? Anyone? [more inside]
posted by rschroed at 8:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Internet Cafe Security?

About to do a round the world trip and was wondering about browsing security of Internet Cafes. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 6:25 PM PST - 23 comments

My '97 Chevy Blazer smells like burning rubber when I drive it.

My '97 Chevy Blazer smells like burning rubber when I drive it... and the emergency brake is NOT on. None of the indicators on the dashboard are showing anything either. I'm not very good with cars. What could be causing this smell?
posted by deafweatherman at 6:04 PM PST - 14 comments

CHanging the XP default install path?

Something simple that I can't seem to find the instructions for: when I install a new program in windows XP home, I automatically want the path to always be to a different drive than the one that Windows is installed on. [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 5:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me hate MS Word less

Does anyone know a good resource -- better than Microsoft itself -- for easily finding how to turn off specific "features" of Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. at 5:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Are dell being illegal?

DellHellfilter: Dell are telling my sister that if she doesn't sign the contract they sent her for a new computer her credit rating will be affected and she won't be able to get credit for anything again. This can't possibly be true, can it? [more inside]
posted by Little Bravado at 5:17 PM PST - 29 comments

How do I represent "the file previous to this one" in Korn Shell?

Korn Shell Filter: I have a list of time ordered files, with Julian day of year as part of the filename. There is not a file for every Julian day. If I grep on a directory listing for file *{DOY}*, and that file does not exist, I would like my script to be smart enough to use the file immediately preceding it in the listing, even if the preceding file is not *{DOY-1}*. My Google-Fu has failed me. Any suggestions?
posted by Fat Guy at 5:09 PM PST - 9 comments

The Evil Eye

Weird eye twitch driving me crazy. Help me before I kill again. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 5:00 PM PST - 30 comments

What PC application will convert MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 and is scriptable?

I have a video archive in MPEG-2 format. I'd like to create a script to convert the videos to MPEG-4 files for internet streaming. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by McGuillicuddy at 4:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Headphone recommendation.

Looking to buy noise limiting/cancelling/reduction/silence headphones... [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 4:31 PM PST - 27 comments

Give me back my junk mail.

How do i get back onto the credit card list? [more inside]
posted by sophist at 3:52 PM PST - 14 comments

All known P2P and IM protocols/clients?

I need to begin to secure a network against IP "theft" liability and security breaches. Please help me compile a list of every known IM and P2P/filesharing protocol and/or client. [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 3:04 PM PST - 23 comments

What are some positive stories about Africa?

Positive stories about Africa. [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 2:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Blue street lamps during blackout

WWII London Blackout question -- blue streetlights? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 2:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Not having a shrink is driving me crazy...

Shrink me: I had to reschedule a long-awaited appointment with a new shrink because of a work conflict, and it'll be two weeks before I can see another person. [more inside]
posted by hamster at 2:25 PM PST - 12 comments

What practical martial art to use?

Which martial art do you deem most practical/effective in a garden-variety street-fight or bar scrap? [more inside]
posted by TeamBilly at 2:21 PM PST - 57 comments

Marching chant

Song with marching lyrics, "Left, Left, Left Right Left" [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 2:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Why no dental insurance copay?

Why doesn't dental insurance work like Health insurance with a copay and a deductible? [more inside]
posted by renyoj at 2:18 PM PST - 8 comments

SD card failure; impending heart failure

My SD card has died (or has it?) - filled with pictures. Is it possible to get the pictures back, if Windows won't even "see" the card? [more inside]
posted by stevil at 1:52 PM PST - 12 comments

Book Recommendations: History of Romance Languages

I'm looking for books on the history of the Romance Languages. [more inside]
posted by bshort at 1:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Why, God, WHYYYY? Also, How, God, HOOOOW?

Help me understand the mechanics of peeing. [more inside]
posted by evariste at 1:28 PM PST - 33 comments

Recommend a web design firm for a retail web site

webdesignFilter: Help! I need recommendations for a web company to design and build a retail website with e-commerce and content management. Bonus points for an NYC-based company. Even more bonus points for something somewhat affordable.
posted by discokitty at 1:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Why Whitey Can't Integrate

Does a person's native language affect their cognitive skills and thinking patterns? [more inside]
posted by kcm at 1:22 PM PST - 48 comments

What are my rights?

What are my rights as a Canadian citizen living in Ontario in respect to police officers? Such as my rights to refuse search and following their orders, etc. [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 1:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Image Capture

Is it possible to capture still images from a DVD movie in a standard graphics format? Looking to save images of antique cars from old movies.
posted by Raybun at 12:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Does anyone know if there is a way to recycle old VHS tapes?

Does anyone know if there is a way to recycle old VHS tapes? I just finished digitizing a bunch of material that my girlfriend has recorded to VHS over the years, and now we have about 20 VHS tapes that I don't know what to do with. It seems like a shame to throw them a way.
posted by moseymose at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

LinuxFilter: Install Linux on laptop from Floppy?

LinuxFilter: Install Linux on laptop from Floppy? [more inside]
posted by noahv at 12:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Does ESP exist?

What are some landmark studies about the existence of Extra-sensory perception? [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Sex whilst on her period...

Sex whilst on her period... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 PM PST - 97 comments

Where can I stash our coats?

Flying-to-and-from-warm-weather-filter...Where can I stash our coats so they are handy when we get back? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 12:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Apartness vs. Aparthood?

Why is "apartheid" usually translated as "apartness" rather than "aparthood"?
posted by Captain_Tenille at 12:21 PM PST - 19 comments

What questions should a child ask their parent before the parent dies?

What questions should a child ask their parent before the parent dies? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 12:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Help my brother, please.

Can anyone recommend a good relationship book for a marriage on the rocks? [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty at 11:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Good W2K intranet blog/bulletin board software?

Can someone suggest some good intranet blog and/or bulletin board software for a fairly standard W2K domain, IIS, ASP, Office 2000 intranet? [more inside]
posted by Sasquatch at 11:45 AM PST - 2 comments

What do I do about my in-laws?

Evil In-Laws Filter. Alternatively, do I need to learn to take the high road? My pseudo in-laws insist on maintaining a relationship with my boyfriend's ex-wife. This irks me to no end and I am exhausted from trying to ingratiate myself to them. Do I have to include them into my life? [more inside]
posted by Lola_G at 11:40 AM PST - 43 comments

How to cook venison?

Does anyone have some cooking tips for Venison? [more inside]
posted by Gooney at 11:08 AM PST - 25 comments

"They've been talking about you..."

I'm trying to identify the name of an American indy/shoegazer/space-rock band from the mid-90s, but I don't have much to go on. :-( One of their songs had the line "They've been talking about you. What they say it isn't true. They've been talking about you. And about me too." [more inside]
posted by joe_from_accounting at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Fellow iTunes micromanagers: Is there a better solution for having one iTunes library in two places at once?

I need to listen to music at work, but my iTunes library is at home. I've set up remote sharing via SSH tunnelling and Bonjour proxying, but I'm a bit of a nazi about playcounts -- I have multiple Smart Playlists set up to create mixes based on play count -- and iTunes doesn't update playcounts for shared tracks when they're played remotely. Fellow iTunes micromanagers: Is there a better solution for having one iTunes library in two places at once? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 10:53 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I exercise at home?

Exercising at home, in a small apartment? Suggestions/tips? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont at 10:42 AM PST - 25 comments

tax question on spin offs and acquisitions

capital gains question about stocks that are spun off or purchased [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 10:31 AM PST - 9 comments

How can a domain name be "not found" on Internic Whois but not available to register either?

What explanation is there for a domain name to be "not found" on Internic Whois but not available to register either?
posted by nramsey at 10:14 AM PST - 3 comments

planet scale

Does anyone know the website that shows the scale distance of planets in our solar system, with scale images by scrolling right , beginnning with the Sun?
posted by plexi at 10:13 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I prevent iPhoto from auto-launching when I plug in a card reader?

How can I prevent iPhoto from auto-launching when I plug in a card reader? When I plug in a card reader, iPhoto assumes that it is being summoned and auto-magically launches itself. I don't want this to happen. I don't want iPhoto to ever launch without my permission, which I might grant once a year or so. Yet, every day I have to cope with it launching multiple times as I attempt to transfer photos to my hard drive. It is a minor annoyance, true, but it is an annoyance. My question, then, is how can I make iPhoto stop doing this? I've searched its settings high-and-low, but to no avail. I've searched the System Preferences high-and-low, but to no avail. There must be something I'm missing.
posted by jdroth at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Can't we all just get along?

Experience/advice in blending seemingly incompatible families at holiday celebrations? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 9:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Calculate ambient light level?

How can I calculate the ambient (natural) light level for a particular location and time? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 9:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Kosher Turkey = Humanely Treated Turkey?

I'm looking into trying to find me a decently treated turkey this Turkey day, and Empire Kosher Turkeys have been recommended. Is Kosher Turkey (Empire, for example) any more humane than other relatively big business Turkey? How does one find out how a given meat company treats its animals? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Any cool WAP sites out there?

Can somebody suggest any cool WAP sites (I know, that's a bit of an oxymoron). All there seems to be are news, traffic and games and ringtone download sites. Also, does anybody know of a good WAP directory? One that doesn't list sites that have been dead since 2001...
posted by blogenstock at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Where did Freyja go? Why?

Scandinavian film exegetes: What's going on in the film Mávahlátur (The Seagull's Laughter)? [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 8:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Military gaming

Can anyone recommend any interesting historical military simulation games for Windows? There's a ton of titles and reviews out there and I can't figure out where to start. I'm not looking for mindless shoot-em-up action but rather an engaging game that draws its substance from real battles or wars (esp. WWII, Vietnam, or Korea) and gets good marks for historical attention to detail. Ground, air, or both.
posted by rolypolyman at 8:38 AM PST - 19 comments

You look like you've been losing sleep said a stranger on a train.

I have developed an unhealthy obsession with Juno, Swervedriver, The Appleseed Cast, Compound Red and Art of Fighting. What other bands would you suggest in the same vein?
posted by signal at 8:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Proof J.K. Rowling Isn't Evil?

So I've been on a couple of dates with this girl when she tells me she won't see Harry Potter because someone told her that J.K. Rowling said something like... 'If I can convince one child to disobey his parents, to not believe in God, then my books have done their job.' What's the real story on this? [more inside]
posted by shanevsevil at 8:19 AM PST - 39 comments

In-home beauty services

In-home beauty services in Saint Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota...does anyone know of any? [more inside]
posted by elquien at 7:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Buggy Laptop Question

My old Dell laptop (Inspiron 2650) with WinXP freezes whenever I terminate my dialup connection. Any ideas on how to fix this?
posted by grateful at 7:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me plan my Vegas/Reno/Tahoe/LA trip!

Help me plan my Vegas/Reno/Tahoe/LA trip! Specifically I'm wondering what to do with my snowboard gear and I need some recommendations on transportation and things to see. [more inside]
posted by pooya at 7:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Is there a term for political backpedaling?

Is there a term for the political backpedaling "strategy" (other than political backpedaling...) of being extremely critical of a political opponent through a press secretary or other third party, and then backing down, possibly to the point of being complimentary? [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor at 7:36 AM PST - 11 comments

How to pinpoint software culprit?

My computer is freezing intermittently. My gut says it's a software problem. Is there some sort of "black box" program to help figure out which program is the culprit? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 7:18 AM PST - 13 comments

What should we do in Andalucía?

We're about to make a trip to southern Spain--we plan to fly into and out of Granada, and drive up to Cordoba in between, stopping in one or two little towns along the way. My questions are: 1. What places/activities/restaurants/etc would you recommend in Granada and Cordoba? (We've already booked our tickets for the Alhambra). 2. What little towns should we see along the way?
posted by yankeefog at 7:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Where To Find Live Tracks?

On Saturday night, The Futureheads performed on CBC Radio 3, and I missed it! I know that there are those that would allow me to listen to this concert, but for the life of me I cannot reach them. I've tried Google and Just Concerts, but they do not have it. (additionally, everything is in RealPlayer format, ick-city!) Where might I go to find such live concerts in MP3 (or similar) format? [more inside]
posted by hughbot at 6:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Database of science fiction by subject matter?

Is there an online database of science fiction writing by subject matter? [more inside]
posted by xpermanentx at 6:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Options for ripping CD's without a PC.

What options do I have for ripping CD's without a PC. I'm looking for any options whereby I can rip CD's to an external hard disk without having to use a full-blown PC. [more inside]
posted by empedia at 6:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Where does the surname Bishop come from?

The Smiths are descended from a blacksmith. The Potters are descended from a potter. But priests can't get married or have legitimate children, so where on earth does the last name Bishop come from? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 6:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Science Christmas gifts

I would like some cool, yet inexpensive, science gift ideas I can give my co-workers this Christmas. [MI] [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 3:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find comedy 'rules'?

This is a little vague, but any help would be appreciated...I was half-listening to the radio recently (with a bad signal!) and the presenter and guests were critiquing a comedy series (Little Britain series 3 actually) - one of the guests was a writer and mentioned that there were only actually 'seven possible jokes that COULD be written - only the situation and characters would change' - I'm trying to find out if thats true. [more inside]
posted by mattr at 2:24 AM PST - 32 comments

Won Ton soup from scratch - recipes please

Won Ton soup from scratch - recipes please [more inside]
posted by ouke at 1:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Foreign TV via Dish?

Anyone have any experience with Dish Network's International selection? [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 12:25 AM PST - 7 comments

November 21

Need help convincing my landlord to accept a shortened notice to vacate my apartment.

Need help convincing my landlord to accept a shortened notice to vacate my apartment. [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 10:40 PM PST - 20 comments

Jesus' fame ranking.

There are no contemporary extra-biblical references to Jesus. Has there ever been a count of the historical references of individuals during new-testament times to see where he ranks? [more inside]
posted by notcostello at 9:32 PM PST - 29 comments

Adult Swim track on "all times/music eastern."

Does anyone know what the artist / song name in the Adult Swim bump that reads "All Times and Music are eastern?" It is cool and I can't find it.
posted by AllesKlar at 9:28 PM PST - 6 comments


How far in advance can one make a cheesecake? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 8:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to find an Xbox360?

Where's the best place to buy an Xbox 360 in or around Chapel Hill, North Carolina? Or the internet? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 8:35 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I create user-defined mathcad functions that take matricies as arguments and returns a matrix.

How do I create user-defined mathcad functions that take matricies as arguments and returns a matrix? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 8:00 PM PST - 1 comment

can someone post to for me?

Does anyone who have a membership? I have a favor to ask. [more inside]
posted by atom128 at 7:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Is happiness fleeting?

I'm happy for the first time in my life. Really, amazingly happy. Only, I still have lots of big goals I'd like to accomplish in my life, and I'm worried that any moves I make toward these goals will take me away from the things I love so much about my life. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me with my five year old.

Help me with my five-year old son. Please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 PM PST - 39 comments

Martial arts for fatties?

Can seriously overweight people do martial arts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me help a good kid.

One of my wife's students (elementary school) was arrested for making contact with another student with a knife while off campus. It goes downhill from there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Satire foretells truth in this onion article.

I'm looking for a version of the Onion's Our Long Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity is Over. [more inside]
posted by boo_radley at 7:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Enjoyable Historic Literature

There is so much literature out there. What are some of the highlights from the past 3000 years? My only requirements are that it's in English/English translation, and is generally though of as not depressingly boring. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d at 7:08 PM PST - 31 comments

Recommended reads for blog design/usability information?

What are your recommended reads (print, webpage, etc) for blog design/usability information? What makes or breaks a blog? Bonus: Examples of what to do and what not to do. [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 6:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Bespoke or altered, and either way, how do I go about it?

I want to own a suit that looks like it was made for me. As I see it, there are two ways to do this, one involving buying a good suit that's pretty close in all the important ways and then multiple trips to a good tailor to have it altered to fit, the other involving a made-just-for-me suit. How do I decide which, or is there another path I'm missing? Once that decision's out of the way, how do I find a tailor I trust to walk me through one process or the other? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 6:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Re-entering cellphone infor

When getting a new cell of the same brand (Nokia) and not switching companies, why do I have to re-enter all my phone numbers and settings? Isn't there an automatic way to copy all this stuff to my new phone?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 5:53 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I change my monitor display from vertical back to horizontal?

Ack. Happily coding away in DreamWeaver when my monitor hiccuped, and suddenly my horizontal display had been switched to a vertical one (ie, so I need to rotate my monitor 90 degrees CW to read properly). No amount of poking around Windows XP settings or Googling has given me the simple solution I seek: How on earth do I switch back to a regular horizontal view? Everything else seems to be working just dandy.
posted by missmobtown at 5:27 PM PST - 13 comments


I want to purchase the very best towels money can buy. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 4:55 PM PST - 12 comments

My Dog is Sick

Can you help me figure out what is wrong with my dog? He is sick.... [more inside]
posted by snowjoe at 4:54 PM PST - 10 comments

What am I looking for in a good elliptical machine?

I want to buy an elliptical machine. What types of things should I be looking for when buying? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 4:53 PM PST - 6 comments

converting Pages docs without having Pages?

Is there a way convert an Apple Pages document into something that Open- or MS- Office can use, without having access to Pages?
posted by john m at 4:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Sony Rootkit

What are you doing to remove the Sony Rootkit that was so surreptitiously installed when you played that new Alan Jackson or Celine Dion CD?
posted by gnz2001 at 4:26 PM PST - 8 comments

How Can I Run An Open Access Point Without Jeopardizing My Computer's Security?

I owe a great debt of gratitude to all the noobs in my neighbourhood who keep open, unsecured wireless networks. It's because of them that we can blog from the laundromat, blog from the waterfront park, blog from... well, you get the idea. How can I make my network 'open' to others without compromising the security of my computers? [more inside]
posted by optimuscrime at 4:07 PM PST - 35 comments

best promotional copy you ever forgot

Not long ago I was reading a tech company's "About Us" page on their web site and was unduly impressed at how well-written it was. It seemed to me the perfect combination of hilarious and informative. I made a mental note to consult it when writing a similar page for a new service my company is launching. Of course, I have forgotten the company. I just remember how good the copy was...ring any bells?
posted by subpixel at 3:46 PM PST - 12 comments

how do I know if my treo 650 is unlocked

I own a treo 650, how do I find out if it's unlocked. I looked in the battery compartment and could not find a sim card. Does this mean anything? My carrier is Cingular and I somehow do not have a contract and my rates are competitive. The reason I am asking is an upgrade is available for the phone and I want to know which one to install.
posted by aisleofview at 3:19 PM PST - 1 comment

Meeting people in a big city

How do I meet friends in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by vaportrail at 3:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Bibliographic Information for Quotes

How would one go about finding the specific sources (names of the book, page numbers, etc.) of quotes off of sites like these. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 2:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Not my mail!

Someone is forwarding his mail (and his organization's mail) to me. [more inside]
posted by oaf at 2:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Find my socks?

Where can I find my socks? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 1:49 PM PST - 1 comment

Tote that bale, jr.

How do you get your young children to do *some* housework and pick up after themselves? [more inside]
posted by craniac at 1:15 PM PST - 41 comments

Jack of all trade-offs

What kind of freelance work is right for me? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 1:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to find new Skechers in a style that was made 3 years ago?

I have trouble walking long distances or standing for extended periods due to some foot problems (surgery gone bad). 3 years ago I found some shoes/slides made by Skechers called 'Writers/Carroll" that helped a lot. Bought 3 pairs and now they're looking a bit ratty. I'm desperate to replace them. Size 45. Any idea where I might find new ones? I tried Skechers via their web site and they were no help at all. Also tried My feet and I will be eternally grateful.
posted by pman78 at 1:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Name that children's toy...

Name that children's toy... [more inside]
posted by trbrts at 12:55 PM PST - 10 comments

things fall apart

I need to be gluing paper to paper for long lasting results. Please help me find a glue that will not let go! [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 12:54 PM PST - 25 comments

webzine design inspiration!

I'm looking for examples of well-designed webzines. [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 12:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Graphic novels for the mature reader

Can mefites recommend mature graphic novelists? (And by mature I do not mean pr0nographic.) [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 12:24 PM PST - 34 comments

Stop the circulars

Isn't there any way to permanently block delivery of unaddressed junk (USPS) mail? The post office insists on cramming increasingly thick stacks of "Occupant", "Resident", etc mail into the box every day and it's become ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 12:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Handling Large File Uploads

Large file uploading: I currently have a homebrew CMS solution that includes file management. The one complaint users have is the file manager cannot handle large (say 20meg and up) uploads. Other than creating FTP accounts, what are some options I could integrate into the CMS? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 11:23 AM PST - 8 comments

One solution for exercise and powering the home?

I'd like to help power the house and exercise, both solved with one solution, and need some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 11:11 AM PST - 21 comments

Recommend a javascript for rotating images

Anybody got a good javascript for rotating a set of images on a webpage? [more inside]
posted by briank at 10:58 AM PST - 6 comments

AAC on non-iPod players?

Any good iPod alternatives that support aac?
posted by jsbww at 10:53 AM PST - 30 comments

dns hosting

DNS hosting - who has the most features and accessibility? [more inside]
posted by stevejensen at 10:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Can God change the past?

Can God change the past? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 10:06 AM PST - 76 comments

Help me smack Aunt Flo down!

[Girl Filter] Hey Ladies, I've got a few questions about that oh so lovely monthly visitor... [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 10:02 AM PST - 35 comments

How to build a coffee table with coasters?

FurnitureFilter: I have a big collection of beer coasters, and I want to take some of the cooler ones and incorporate them into a coffee table. Any ideas? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 9:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Where do I buy a wavy cheese cutter?

Does anyone know where one could buy a "wavy" cheese cutter? [more inside]
posted by cdcello at 9:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Opinion on Zen Sleek mp3 player

Creative Zen Sleek 20 GB MP3 Player - Creative Labs - any good? Non-techie girlfriend seeks advice for uber-geek boyfriend to make a happy Christahanukwanza... [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts at 9:06 AM PST - 27 comments

How best to design/manufacture/distrubute notepad wallet?

We're looking for a wallet manufacter to work with to design and manufacturer a unique leather wallet/notepad. Ideally, once we agree on the design, costs, etc. we need to arrange for a complete "turnkey/drop ship" distribution system to allow us to sell the finished wallet over the Internet as our primary distribution method. How would we go about getting started with this venture.
posted by TheLama at 9:01 AM PST - 7 comments

adobe killer?

I've been wondering. Is anyone working on a OSX replacement for photoshop and illustrator? Something native to the OS and without all the baggage, oddness, and expense of the Adobe programs. I wondered about this for some time, but after checking out Microsofts' (yes really) Expression package, it makes me wonder . . . what's next for drawing/illustration software on the Mac?
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 9:00 AM PST - 18 comments

AmateurElectrian Filter

Can anyone recommend a good book to learn home electrical wiring? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 8:12 AM PST - 19 comments

Penguin Mints Cinnamons - non-caffeinated tastealikes?

OralFixationFilter: Until recently, I had a steady habit of those caffeinated delights, Penguin Mints--specifically the 'Cinnamons' variety. I love the way they taste, but am looking to cut back on my caffeine intake. So I'm wondering: can anyone recommend a brand or variety of cinnamon mints ('cinnamints'? Not too up on my candy terminology) which would taste similar but not have any caffeine?
posted by cyrusdogstar at 8:05 AM PST - 9 comments

What makes French homes smell so good?

Why do French homes smell so good? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 8:05 AM PST - 11 comments

I want in (again)

How do I go back to a previous employer in search of work? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 8:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Are you washed in the blood of the lamb?

Are you washed in the blood of the lamb? Please help me understand what this notion means. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 7:30 AM PST - 20 comments

UK licensing laws: new hours

UK BingeFilter: Noting the onset of the glorious expansion of licensed hours* in England this week, is there anywhere I might find information on what licenses pubs in a particular area have, short of trailing round the whole town? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 7:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Suggested activities for a 17 month old?

ParentFilter: I've a 17 mo old child, and I'd like suggestions as to activities to educate and entertain him. [more inside]
posted by Zinger at 6:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Can you identify the torn paper animator?

I need the name of an animator who uses torn pieces of paper moved around with a stop motion camera to create beautiful animation. [more inside]
posted by 9000.68 at 6:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me mount an FTP server as a local drive in Linux

Is it possible to mount an FTP server in Linux and use it as a local drive? [more inside]
posted by sveskemus at 6:13 AM PST - 19 comments

how do you describe "x"

When you hear that someone is a "liberal" or a "conservative", what mental images immediately come to mind? What kinds of attitudes do you expect them to have? What do you think a political conversation would be like with them? Also, are you "liberal" or "conservative" or something else?
posted by GernBlandston at 5:07 AM PST - 37 comments

Dreadlocks - Pimp my Scalp

I might get dreadlocks over Thanksgiving break. Who has experience caring for dreadlocks or interesting dreadlock stories, especially regarding any social stigma? [more inside]
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... at 12:55 AM PST - 72 comments

Indie Rock Love Songs

IndieRockLoveSongFilter: What are some good indie rock love songs? I'm making a CD for a certain someone, yet... [more inside]
posted by tweak at 12:52 AM PST - 71 comments

Is my new business idea good and unique?

Does anyone know of a (professional) search engines service where i can submit my (new online-business) ideas and they check (recurrent) if someone else is already up and running? [more inside]
posted by germanguy at 12:50 AM PST - 3 comments

November 20

site performance

Are there any other free services similar to GrabPERF? It's a great site, but is unfortunately shutting down, so I need an alternative.
posted by jedro at 11:56 PM PST - 1 comment

Share your epiphanies.

Share your epiphanies. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 11:46 PM PST - 38 comments

We need... information.

My boss is considering opening a network/information security division of the consulting firm he runs, but he can't find a good name for it. [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 11:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Find me scat singin like is in Katamari Damacy

ScatFilter: Help me find some good scat singing, like that track from Katamari Damacy or The Neverhood. [more inside]
posted by aubilenon at 11:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Can I send vitamins from the U.S. to someone in the U.K. ?

Can I send vitamins from the U.S. to someone in the U.K. ? We want to send a package of vitamins to my wife's father in London from New York. I am worried its not permitted by H.M. Customs and they will trash it. I couldnt find a list of things that arent permitted anywhere on the Royal Mail or HM Customs website. I know what youre thinking.. its probably cheaper to have them buy it England but we're sending it because we know they would never actually do it.
posted by postergeist at 10:53 PM PST - 9 comments

DDR-esque exercise alternatives?

I’m settling in for a long winter, and I’m going to miss shooting baskets. I can’t afford gym access. I do have a treadmill and free weights, but they get boring. I’m looking for an exercise I can do inside my apartment that will encourage me to hone a skill or is otherwise (individually) competitive. Aerobics aren’t what I’m looking for. One day, I’d like to try Dance Dance Revolution when I can afford the hardware. So, is there another interesting, cheap indoor activity for my fine motor skills? Actually improving my physical fitness from this is of marginal importance.
posted by glibhamdreck at 10:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Wanted: Narrators with mental disabilities.

LitFilter: Please help me find books, preferably novels, in which the narrator has some sort of mental disability. [more inside]
posted by nobody at 10:35 PM PST - 48 comments

Can we buy a new VW van in the US?

We'd like to buy a new VW van. Our family is growing and we need to upsize (damn baby-seat requirements)...only problem is, they don't sell new VW vans in the US anymore. (Coincidentally enough, if we lived in the UK, we'd be all over their new model, the "California.") Any tips?
posted by diastematic at 9:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Where is Captain EO?

Is there a place to get a copy of Captain EO? Seems a shame that it would just disappear like that.
posted by hoborg at 9:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Help locate our lost notes!

Airline Lost & Found: Help me locate notes left on a plane ASAP. The test is Tuesday! [more inside]
posted by RobbyB at 9:19 PM PST - 3 comments

The song will come to you at last....

Stairway to Heaven Covers [more inside]
posted by wheelieman at 9:08 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me backup and sync my files!

How can I backup and sync files on my mac? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 9:02 PM PST - 9 comments

My mp3's are expiring!

Can .mp3's go bad? [more inside]
posted by loquax at 8:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Cheap medium-format film scanner?

Is there an inexpensive film scanner capable of processing medium-format negatives (120 film, 6x6)? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman at 8:59 PM PST - 4 comments

matching data to digital music

I'm currently listening to track 09. It's good. how do I find out name of the artist? I'm asking a general question here, I have a dozen track 09s. When I pop a CD into iTunes it gets it's info for me online. Is there any way to do that for individual tracks? Since it's digital isn't there a way to do a look up?
posted by Mr T at 8:56 PM PST - 11 comments

How spoiled are your kids?

How much do you spend on your kids? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 8:41 PM PST - 4 comments

SpermFilter: Any reason not to give away my seed?

SpermFilter: Any reason not to give away my seed? [more inside]
posted by dhammala at 8:00 PM PST - 19 comments

You kids! Get offa my LAWN!

I want an antidepressant that makes me less ballistically ANNOYED at the world... [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 7:50 PM PST - 35 comments

Where do I get wedding cake in New York?

Looking for great non-traditional wedding cake in New York. [more inside]
posted by hooray at 7:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I sell my software?

I've written a simple video converter app that I'd like to sell online. Does anyone know of a good place online to sell software you've written?
posted by mrhappybanjo at 6:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Target Wake Up Call 2004

Target's doing their wake-up call on Black Friday again this year, with Kermit The Frog as one of the callers. Can someone find videos or audio recordings of *last year's* callers? Ice-T was one, and a diva, and Cheech.
posted by IndigoRain at 6:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Home urinal

Has anyone ever heard of a urinal in a residential home? For a guy, these things are really convenient in business offices... so why is there a stigma about them being in a home? They conserve water, and there's no lid to fuss with. And women would certainly approve of having a much tidier, less-used toilet.
posted by zek at 6:23 PM PST - 33 comments

How do I use the subway in NYC?

How can I find the best resources for travel in New York City? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 6:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Mp3 flash memory reduced capacity

deleting files from an mp3 flash player has not returned the used memory, so the player now has less total memory, as if the files are still there but hidden. Anyone else experienced this and managed to repair it? Happened twice on different players, reformatting does not work!!
posted by ugrndhg at 5:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Possible to relocate car seats?

Is it feasible to relocate a car seat to provide more legroom? I'm tall, and the new cars I'm interested in do not have enough driver legroom. Are there companies who can move the seat hardware back? Will this void warranties or otherwise damage the car? I'm thinking of some of the smaller Hondas and Toyotas such as the Toyota Matrix and the Honda CRV.
posted by Jackson at 5:14 PM PST - 12 comments

How many Gay Marriage Amendments?

How many attempts have there been to pass a constitutional amendment that limits marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman? [more inside]
posted by xoe26 at 4:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Are flat-free bicycle tires any good?

Are flat-free bicycle tires any good? [more inside]
posted by JeffL at 4:16 PM PST - 14 comments

How to monitor search results ranking?

Does anyone know of a free piece of software (or internet site) that can monitor a web site's ranking in various search engines using various keywords? [more inside]
posted by mattwatson at 4:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Pluralisation of acronyms and abbrevations?

How does one correctly pluralise an acronym or an abbreviation? How does one specify an acronym's ownership? How should one go about specifying the ownership of a collection of acronyms? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 4:00 PM PST - 39 comments

Free Domain DNS hosting w/ redirection to existing webspace?

Anyone still doing free domain redirection? Failing that, anyone know any good guides for doing whatever DNS thing I need to do using my old Win98SE laptop? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 3:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Why the cyclical disconnects?

Help me get this to work! My iBook/SBC DSL/Airport express will not stay online. I'm 99% sure it's just some simple setting issue. I just switched to mac so I really don't know my way around or am really familiar with the terminology... [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 3:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Name that Russian (Soviet) Sculptor, please.

Name that Russian (Soviet) Sculptor, please. [more inside]
posted by cardboard at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

I Am Not Content (in search of a forgotten website)

Oh dear. So I had this website that I spent a good couple of hours going over, but being at work, completely neglected to bookmark or save.

Defining characteristics?
It had a number of clever author/poet biographies, most of which I can remember were in the Byron Shelley Keats vein/era, and each of the authors' names had a made-up nickname inserted in the middle. As in... "William Butler 'Ghostie' Yeats" or somesuch. Also, there was a very nice glossary of musical piece definitions, most of which were words I was previously unfamiliar with. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

LDR without end

LDRfilter: I'm in a long distance relationship and past questions about them have been really helpful to me. What seemed to be a recurring feature was that people said it was essential to have an end date, or some day that you knew the distance would be over. I don't. Does anyone have experience of this, or can anyone offer advice specific to this situation? Also, any ideas about how an Australian student could somehow live in the same country as an American actor would be great. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 2:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Hot dog art

I am making hot dog review website and trying to find some plain hot dog public clip art to use in my design? I have searched in vain and found only lo quality stuff. Thanks ladies and gentlemen
posted by lee at 1:24 PM PST - 12 comments

How to get a palm pilot to talk to a wifi router?

I have a netgear wgr614v2, and the options for Secure Encryption strength are 64bit and 128bit. I also have a PalmOne Lifedrive with WiFi capabilities, however the Encryption capabilities are only 40 and 104 bit. How can I get these to talk to each other? Sorry if my techie lingo is off
posted by papakwanz at 12:56 PM PST - 3 comments

XM radio now playing?

XM Radio: Is there any way to find out the artist and song title of the currently playing song from a web page, either on XM's site or elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by deadfather at 12:14 PM PST - 6 comments

How to print remotely in Tiger OSX

How do I print remotely from my Mac laptop to my Canon printer? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Help in identifying silver marks?

Silver marks? I have a three silver spoons collected at various times when my family lived in England. While I've been able to identify the marks on them, I'm not quite sure whether I'm interpreting them correctly. [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 11:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a poster

Excuse me, have you seen this poster? [more inside]
posted by esch at 11:38 AM PST - 2 comments

He's not MY kid!

How far does a parent's responsibility go when they have their kid at someone else's house (who has no kids)? Is it the responsibility of the hosts to kid-proof their house? [more inside]
posted by wallaby at 11:27 AM PST - 38 comments

Lost Linksys AP password

My 'new' Linksys WAP54G Access Point won't accept my password. [more inside]
posted by smellycheese at 11:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Laptop Hardrives

Okay, so the friendly tech got my friend halfway through re-loading Windows on her laptop without mentioning that she would lose anything she hadn't already backed up. She had to stop halfway through (thankfully), and I pointed out the problem to her before she was able to pop in the disk they sent to finish the job. I'm hoping her files are still on the hard drive, but have never opened up a laptop. Is a laptop hard drive the same as a desktop? I know how to set it up as a slave drive if it is, but am worried that I'll open the thing up and not know what to do next. Anybody able to verify that they're the same?
posted by richmondparker at 11:06 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I get a credit card?

Credit woes & despair... [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 11:00 AM PST - 38 comments

Looking for a good flask...

Who makes and who sells a good flask? And, what makes a flask "good"? That is, what are the little things to look for that make it worth the extra money? Any links appreciated.
posted by Manhasset at 10:10 AM PST - 13 comments

French magazine for 10 yr old girl?

Christmas gift help - I want to get my cousin's daughter a subscription to a Quebec or French magazine. She's 10 and a half years old, likes to read a lot, and has been in French immersion since kindergarten. Does anyone know of any french language magazines that would be good for her?
posted by angrybeaver at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

mysterious new cookie conspiracy?

What are these __utma/b/z cookies that are suddenly spewing from all sorts of websites? [more inside]
posted by intermod at 9:51 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I get my 1.5 year old dog trained!?

I have a Shih Tzu (male) that I just can't get trained. Please help! Read on... [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 9:06 AM PST - 23 comments

How to export data in folders?

Is there a way in Windows XP Pro where I can set up a folder to automatically export the data that Ive put into it, when it reaches a certain size? [more inside]
posted by djstig at 9:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Most annoying ringtone!

Ringtone Wars! Please help me find the most annoying mp3 ringtones! [more inside]
posted by j at 8:39 AM PST - 26 comments

I just want to store a magazine, not preserve the Jefferson Memorial. . . .

How does one preserve old magazines? Maybe frame them? Other storage options . . . [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 7:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Save my senile ipod

My ipod (4G, 40Gb, monochrome, firmware version 3.02) keeps forgetting the ratings that I've given to songs. [more inside]
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... at 7:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Bike charities?

Can anyone recommend a good charity involving bicycles? [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 6:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Computer Glasses?

What are your experiences with Computer Glasses? [more inside]
posted by a. at 2:49 AM PST - 11 comments

The disbelievers

In 2000, Bill Joy wrote "Why the future doesn't need us" and Jaron Lanier wrote "One half of a manifesto". How did people react to what they said? What do Joy and Lanier do today?
posted by Termite at 2:30 AM PST - 6 comments

November 19

Still room at the bottom?

In 1959, Richard Feynman gave a now-famous talk at Caltech titled Plenty of Room at the Bottom in which he challenges the scientific community to write the entire Encyclopedia Brittanica on the head of a pin. Has anybody ever done this? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich at 11:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me buy toiletries for a 12-year-old girl on the workplace charity gift list.

Help me buy toiletries for a 12-year-old girl on the workplace charity gift list. [more inside]
posted by JDC8 at 10:42 PM PST - 30 comments

Cold, sweet and long-term?

Storing saké and white wines... [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Producing Debarnacled Bottles

I found this nifty bottle while I was diving (it appears to be rather old, with 1857 stamped into it...) and wanted to remove the barnacles from it. What's the best way to do this?
posted by arrhn at 7:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Why did I do that?

How do you not regret? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 PM PST - 39 comments

GRRRRR! Love you, baby!

How much should a person put up with in a relationship, angry-outburst-wise? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 PM PST - 61 comments

Duration of the Bedroom Mamba?

I'm wondering how long, in people's experience, the act of heterosexual sexual intercourse takes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:35 PM PST - 44 comments

Preventing threading itchiness

I had my face threaded on Wednesday, and it's still itchy and broken out, heeeelp! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Clips for a christmas DVD-r gift

Christmas: I'm not a big fan, in all honesty. But, what with the ubiquity of DVD players, the low cost of DVD-Rs, and lots of great fun clips around like the one posted in this thread, my question is this: what would you put on a Christmas Mega Mix for your mates and family? [Copyright-free, natch] [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 7:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Escape from New York!

Escaping the Big Apple if disaster struck. Suppose you live a quiet life in the Upper West Side filled with mathematical homework and reading Metafilter. Suppose this life was interrupted with CATASTROPHE! How would you escape the city on foot? [more inside]
posted by onalark at 7:21 PM PST - 40 comments

Monitor Brightness and Contrast

How can I get a good picture on an aging CRT monitor? [more inside]
posted by joegester at 7:12 PM PST - 7 comments

Cat cremation - how does this work?

Petfilter: My wife and I plan to have our two (currently quite healthy) cats cremated when they die. Exactly how does one get a cat body to a cremation service, including handling delays? [more inside]
posted by WestCoaster at 7:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Really, I don't want any Christmas gifts.

How do I get out of a mandatory Christmas gift exchange? [more inside]
posted by I Love Tacos at 6:26 PM PST - 40 comments

Non-prescription sedatives

What are the most reliable and/or effective non-prescription sedatives on the market? Chamomile tea? Chamomile tablets? What's out there, exactly?
posted by iced_borsch at 6:16 PM PST - 17 comments


How do I get rid of all of these fruit flies?? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o at 5:57 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I make online poker impossible?

I've got a relative with a gambling problem. How can I fix it so PartyPoker (and its evil twins) will never be able to be played on this computer ever again?
posted by anonymous at 5:33 PM PST - 15 comments

OSX telnet program /w binary "send file" feature

Anyone know of a OSX telnet program /w binary "send file" feature like TeraTerm on the PC?
posted by joshgray at 5:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Thanksgiving in Albuquerque

I'm going to be in Albuquerque for Thanksgiving. Any can't miss attractions or activities (preferably outdoor)? Thanks!
posted by arathorn at 4:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Who else rocked Folsom?

Just saw Walk the Line, which opens with Johnny Cash's performance at Folsom Prison, and I was wondering: what other bands (of any genre) have also played prisons and for what reason? I guess mental institutions count, but only if they're for the criminally insane ;-)
posted by ibeji at 3:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Find the ideal file cabinet?

Help me find a good filing cabinet? [more inside]
posted by betterton at 3:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Vain...and yet cheap and lazy

After having my wisdom teeth removed, one of my previously braces-straightened teeth has turned out a bit. Man, does this bug me. [more inside]
posted by divka at 2:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Is there a descrambler for digital cable?

Um, just out of curiosity, yeah, curiosity, is there an effective descrambler for digital cable? When is was in college in the late 80's, I bought a cable descrambler from a company called Pacific Coast Cable...worked like a champ! We had all the movie channels and PPV too! Is there anything like this available to use with say a Time Warner Digital Connection? Just out of curiosity.....
posted by keep it tight at 2:32 PM PST - 12 comments

371st jobsearch question on AskMetafilter this month!

When companies or organizations say they accept resumes via email or regular mail, does it make a difference which one you use? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 2:27 PM PST - 14 comments

I know there are buses. I saw one in Speed.

How easy is it to get around in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 2:13 PM PST - 15 comments

help me get clean

I need a housecleaner / housekeeper recommendation in Sacramento, CA for a rush cleanup job before thanksgiving.
posted by luriete at 1:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it ok for a dog to drink Gatorade?

Is it ok for a dog to drink Gatorade? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 1:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Blue book of my childhood

Half-remembered children's BookFilter: [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 1:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Fish and chips in NYC

We're trying to remember the name/location of a fish and chips place in downtown NYC that has an English pub mixed with hipster feel to it and, of course, amazing fish and chips. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
posted by a22lamia at 12:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Difference between analog and digital cable signal

My father-in-law just bought a *nice* big TV... That doesn't have anything to do with the question, though. He got an HDTV box and all the digital channels and the HDTV channels come through fine but the analog channels are very snowy. I would expect that the digital channels would pixilate if the coax going into the box is bad. Could this be a splitter/crummy wiring problem? I don't know how the digital channels make it through while the analog channels have horrible quality (some to the point of the TV throwing up a blank screen because of the "snow" effect.
posted by ajpresto at 12:44 PM PST - 8 comments

What software should I use for my philosophy project?

I was recently hired as a work study at school to work on a project and I'm having some trouble deciding how to organize the information... [more inside]
posted by Kosh at 12:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Chelsea Flower Show

My Significant Other and I are taking my awesome 73 year old mother to the Chelsea Flower show in London (May 23-27). [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 12:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Boston T parking on a weekday

Boston Commuters: How readily can I park at a T station on a weekday? [more inside]
posted by JanetLand at 12:18 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I easily pickle vegetables?

My son and I got to talking about pickles the other day and how various vegetables can be pickled. We ended up at Penzey’s (we’re so lucky to have a store down the street!) and I got their pickling spice blend. We have some baby zucchini and carrots. Now… what the heck do I do? [more inside]
posted by houseofdanie at 11:06 AM PST - 14 comments

If I left my rice out for 12 hours, is it unsafe to eat?

I made some rice pilaf yesterday morning, ate some, and left it in the pot until I came home at night, when I promptly stuck it in the fridge. Is it safe to eat?
posted by sirion at 9:27 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me debug this simple CSS problem before I put my head through the monitor!!

IHateCSSFilter: Help me figure out how to fix my website so that the left margin isn't smashed up against the left margin anymore.... [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 8:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Where are all the hip publicists?

I need a hip publicist. I've been shopping around and it seems like they're all stuffy and don't know what MetaFilter is (if you know what I mean). How/where can I find someone that's young, energetic and knows the new methods for my company? [more inside]
posted by dsv at 7:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Free political blog templates?

When, in the course of human events, an awesome individual decides to run for office, and when an amateur nerd overhears this and is tickled pink, and wishes to set up a blog for this awesome individual, where would this amateur nerd find free political candidate's blog templates? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 7:11 AM PST - 4 comments

mtb competition

help me find the name and whereabouts of a mountain bike downhill competition in (i think) south america [more inside]
posted by tnai at 6:52 AM PST - 3 comments

Things to do in Chatanooga

Will be spending three weeks in Chattanooga. Whats good? Whats interesting? Whats to see? Where to shop? Enjoy thrift shops. Where are the good ones?
posted by Penguin at 6:48 AM PST - 10 comments

What needs to be upgraded in this computer?

I am building a computer, and I would like to know what I need to upgrade in order to have a passable gaming machine. Specs inside. [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 6:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Computer notification

Would anyone know of a software package or service that would page you when a particular stock price or a particular time was hit? For instance, I would want to be notified when a stock price hit say 17. I therefore would enter that price into my computer. If that price was hit, the computer would notify me through either a page or cell phone call.
posted by Mckoan1 at 5:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Shoulda, coulda, woulda used an editor.

For the want of an editor! For a class I'd like to find some examples of text that could benefit from better editing. [more inside]
posted by bystander at 1:12 AM PST - 28 comments

help me track down an obscure cartoon character from the 80's

Help me track down this old cartoon character: Mitzelplik (sp?) [more inside]
posted by psychobum at 1:04 AM PST - 11 comments

November 18

Recommendation for an Epic Adventure/Fantasy novel or series to read.

I'm searching for an Epic Adventure/Fantasy novel or series to read. I loved Lord of the Rings and feel that is a great example of what I am looking for and what I mean when I say "epic."
posted by mi6op at 10:51 PM PST - 86 comments

Data backup – PC/Mac household

Data backup for PC/Mac household: We’re trying to set up an efficient way to back up our crucial files from 4 computers (2 Mac, 2 PC) to one external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by aceyim at 10:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Mac/PC desktop capture video streaming and conferencing

I have a Mac and my friend has a PC. How can we stream a live video capture of our desktops to each other ? [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 6:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Crispy duck for Christmas

Does anyone know a Chinese restaurant or takeaway in London which opens on Christmas day? Extensive googling and ringing round last year failed to turn up any that did. [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft at 6:03 PM PST - 10 comments

What does 'Cobbler, stick to thy last.' mean?

What does "Cobbler, stick to thy last." mean?
posted by jojopizza at 5:26 PM PST - 22 comments

ole abit

I need a new video card for my old PC, with an Abit kt7-raid (which has AGP 2x/4x support). Will any AGP graphics card work? Any AGP 4x or 2x? [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 4:59 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do for 16 days in India?

Landing in Bombay December 12th. Returning to London December 28th. Any tips to make this an exceptional holiday? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 4:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Can't figure out a part of a Dickinson poem

What does this mean? "If only centuries delayed, / I'd count them on my hand, / Subtracting till my fingers dropped / Into Van Diemen’s land." From Emily Dickinson. Apparently Van Deimen's land = Tasmania, once a penal colony... but if your fingers dropped from fatigue, why would they drop there? [more inside]
posted by Firas at 4:46 PM PST - 20 comments

Access Linux thru serial port

How do I access a shell prompt through the serial port of a Linux box? [more inside]
posted by fuzzy_wuzzy at 4:46 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get an iPod to work in my car?

Help a girl listen to Jenny Lewis in her car. [more inside]
posted by sonnet at 4:26 PM PST - 6 comments

reviews for Open Source software?

Tell me about a good site to read user reviews of open source software. [more inside]
posted by rmm at 4:05 PM PST - 4 comments

I can't shoot the little bastards so help me clean up

What's the best way to remove permanent marker from semi-porous plastic? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 4:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Magic Lime in Corona Trick?

Corona & Lime trick? [more inside]
posted by freudianslipper at 4:02 PM PST - 17 comments


What are some good biwa recordings? I ask because I just watched Kwaidan.
posted by Eothele at 3:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I recoup these withheld taxes?

What is a "capital accumulation account"? [more inside]
posted by neuron at 2:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Ah, to roam the plains of Azeroth...

Help me update my girlfriend's Mac OSX 10.2.8 to at least 10.3.5. [MI] [more inside]
posted by baphomet at 2:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Why would the post office ask your name when sending packages overseas?

U.S.PostOfficeFilter: I was sending a mix CD overseas. My handwriting's a bit sloppy, and the postal worker wanted me to spell my last name. He also wanted to make sure he was pronouncing it correctly, which struck me as odd and potentially superfluous. Why would he care? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 2:13 PM PST - 21 comments

How is payment for international mail handled?

When I send mail internationally (say, from the US to Italy) who pays for it? I pay the USPS but at some point the mail presumably gets handed off to the Italians who have not been paid by me to deliver the mail. Does the USPS pay Italy for their end of the delivery? Is there some sort of reciprocal treaty?
posted by bryanboyer at 2:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Free book layout resouces?

Recommendations for online Quark-based book layout and/or design resources? A free template for Standard Paperback format would be supremely appreciated.
posted by davebush at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Contact use duration

How long can you really use contacts? [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 1:51 PM PST - 29 comments

US Gov't take on softwood lumber dispute with Canada

Please help me find more information on the US government's take on the softwood lumber dispute with Canada. [more inside]
posted by ykjay at 1:24 PM PST - 12 comments

five-digit spam

Does anybody have any idea what's going on with this kind of comment spam? I'm getting scads of it, with no URLs but always a mention of a five-figure number. "I've managed to save up roughly $55085 in my bank account, but I'm not sure if I should buy a house or not. Do you think the market is stable or do you think that home prices will decrease by a lot?"
posted by languagehat at 12:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Where do the birds go when it rains?

BirdFeederFilter: When it's gloomy and rainy, I don't see any birds at my birdfeeder for days on end. Then as soon as it's sunny, they're all over the place. What gives? What do they do on rainy days, just forage near their nest? Don't birds gotta eat when it rains?
posted by agropyron at 12:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Best ways to approach bloggers for product reviews

Blogging MeFites, have you been approached by companies to receive samples and write about their products? What are some do's and don'ts when it comes to interacting with bloggers for this purpose? [more inside]
posted by necessitas at 12:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Is the flu vaccine worth it?

Is there a good reason for a healthy, relatively young person to get a flu shot? [more inside]
posted by Sully6 at 12:04 PM PST - 53 comments

1966 Ford F100 Value

I need help determining the private party value of a 1966 longbed Ford F100 pickup and advice on selling it. [more inside]
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 11:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Searching for classical music...

I want to listen to classical music. [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 11:45 AM PST - 37 comments

Where do I best find local farmed, relatively humane sources of meat in Los Angeles?

Where do I best find local farmed, relatively humane sources of meat in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 11:27 AM PST - 3 comments

Daddy, what does torque mean?

Is this explanation of torque, horsepower, and their relationship correct? [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 11:23 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I clean my computer keyboard?

I just spilled soda on a mac computer keyboard. How do I clean it? [more inside]
posted by anticlock at 11:13 AM PST - 17 comments

Wow me

I am looking for examples of really well done, well produced online product demonstrations. Particularly if they are demos of web-based products or services. I am looking for production quality, I don't care about the product. Thanks!
posted by rabbitsnake at 11:09 AM PST - 5 comments

DU this Freep

Help me understand some behavior exhibited in online politics forums. [more inside]
posted by trey at 11:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Titanic Censorship?

After the Titanic sank, was removing references to persons or ships tangentially involved common place? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 11:02 AM PST - 4 comments

MovableType mass entry edit?

MovableType: I'd really like to go back through every entry in my site and do a regular expression change so that each hyperlink is given a CSS class. Can I do this w/ some clever method? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 10:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Is my network secure?

I have a couple questions about the security of my wireless network... I'm definitely not a computer newbie, but networking issues have always gone a bit over my head. [more inside]
posted by semidivine at 10:45 AM PST - 18 comments


I think my home may have termites. Being a new homeowner, I have never dealt with an exterminator before. Any suggestions on who to call first? I've heard some horror stories about exterminators. [more inside]
posted by sharksandwich at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Prettier network maps?

For a project at work, I've been building a conceptual map of a communications network. The boss is happy with the results, but thinks the current output (minus identifying labels) is confusing and needs prettying up. [more inside]
posted by piro at 10:33 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I price my software?

How do commercial software companies stop dealers and others from selling their products on eBay? And how do they control pricing in general? I need some education. [more inside]
posted by dhacker at 10:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Language & Kids at work

How should I speak when someone brings their kids into a coarse-language-OK area? [more inside]
posted by Invoke at 10:04 AM PST - 48 comments

what to do in Pittsburgh

What is there to do this weekend in Pittsburgh?... [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves at 10:04 AM PST - 13 comments

photo sets of the unexpected?

"What is this actually a photo of" photo sets that reveal the unexpected? [more inside]
posted by ransom at 9:56 AM PST - 6 comments

What's some good piano driven jazz?

Really good piano driven jazz? [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 9:26 AM PST - 44 comments

How do book clubs work?

From a publisher's point of view, what are the economic advantages of a "get 3 for $1.00" book (or CD) club -- where you unload items cheap, but make buyers agree to buy at full-price later on? Is this a net loss for the seller? [more inside]
posted by johngoren at 9:06 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I swap the control and command keys on a mac?

How do I swap the control and command keys on a mac? Since I use a PC from the very same keyboard, I'm constantly flubbing up my copy and pastes between OSes. I'd like to just stick with one, and control-c feels more natural. I've tried the Keyboard system preferences pane. I've changed the Modifier Keys settings to swap them, but it doesn't do anything. Do I need to run an app to swap these keystrokes?
posted by mathowie at 8:40 AM PST - 8 comments

You've got some spraining to do

I sprained my knee a week ago - I can walk on it as of yesterday. Would I be insane to go to a judo class tonight? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard at 8:36 AM PST - 11 comments

san francisco happenings this weekend?

in san francisco for the weekend... any recommendations for happenings? places to hit?... it's been a little while since i have been in town. art, restaurants, live music ?
posted by specialk420 at 8:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Are Americans Really All That Ignorant?

Are Americans really all that ignorant? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 8:11 AM PST - 86 comments

Making room for baby

I'm pregnant. Joy! My husband and I live in a small apartment and have brainstormed many ways to make more space for the required baby paraphernalia, and the play space the baby will eventually require. But I wonder, is there a polite way to ask well-meaning friends and family to please not give us a lot of big, plastic clutter which will quickly eat up this hard-found space? [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep at 8:00 AM PST - 22 comments

Can they deny me holiday pay?

I'm a salaried employee; can my employer deny me holiday pay for a 'probationary' period I was never informed about when I started? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 7:51 AM PST - 17 comments

A crackling sound comes out of my speakers whenever the network is used

A crackling sound comes out of my speakers whenever the network is used [more inside]
posted by CKZ at 7:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Seeking Feedback about CompMaster

Has anyone had personal experience attending a CompMaster Seminar? Specifically for Adobe Photoshop. [more inside]
posted by chase at 7:20 AM PST - 2 comments

fixing up my crawlspace

Crawlspace questions: 1) should I permanently block the vents that are open to our crawlspace? I have heard conflicting answers. 2) when insulating the crawlspace should I be concerned about mold growing on the insulation during the humid summer? [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 7:17 AM PST - 13 comments

B&W G3 OS9 as television server

I’ve got a B&W G3 running OS9 (actually, mostly gathering dust) - can I slap a big hard drive in it and use it to feed downloaded television to my TV? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite at 7:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Antisocial Wireless Networks

How can I find the clueless person who has created a wireless access point in my neighborhood named "Motherfucker." [more inside]
posted by alms at 6:47 AM PST - 83 comments

Where are these referrers coming from?

In the past few months visits to my Web sites have increased quite a bit. I'd like to think it is my savy style of witty writing but I doubt it. [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 6:45 AM PST - 12 comments

It's a Festivus Miracle!

Sincere, if naive, greeting question: May a Christian wish an Non-theist a Merry Christmas? [more inside]
posted by klarck at 4:48 AM PST - 85 comments

Cutting military benefits?

Has the Bush administration been cutting or curtailing benefits to active duty soldiers and veterans, and if so, can you point me to non-opinion sources that would back up such an assertion? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 2:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Spectacularly terrible car stereo...

My car stereo is probably as bad as it can possibly be and still produce sound. But…I think you guys can help me. [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 1:34 AM PST - 15 comments

November 17

Nothing was wrong until now

Looking for a comprehensive source for quotes or anecdotes. Specifically, the mute girl/ketchup story. [more inside]
posted by tcy at 11:26 PM PST - 23 comments


Are subliminal messages illegal? I'm looking for citations, not vague impressions or urban legends (which so far is all I have to go on -- Google has not been helpful). I'm thinking of creating/commissioning a video project that will involve projection of subliminal images and/or words. The audience would be told that this was happening -- but not what the content of the messages was.
posted by Artifice_Eternity at 10:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Is Comcast controlling my email?

Why do I have to use Comcast as my SMTP? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 10:32 PM PST - 20 comments

tick tock, tick tock

When is the right time to have kids? My partner and I (24 and 23, respectively) have been together for six years, and are both senior undergraduates. We know that now isn't the right time for kids, but we can't help but feel that it should be soon. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 9:44 PM PST - 26 comments

screen capture of old dos graphics

I'm trying to get a of an old based program but i can't use printscreen (keyboard), snagit, and the window sizes to fullscreen. Any suggestions better then taking a photo of the (i'm sick of putting reflections of my head in reports). More inside... [more inside]
posted by NGnerd at 9:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Manual for Xerox DC400?

How do I set the IP address on a Xerox DC400 Document Center? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 9:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Bring an umbrella if you go out in the reindeer

Just who or what (PDF) is trying to steal Christmas? [more inside]
posted by nomad at 8:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Tag based web file manager?

Like many people, I have a "best of" directory on my web site where I keep various files I find on the net that I want to keep around in case the original host goes away. Right now it's just a raw directory of files, mostly with their original often cryptic filenames. I'd like some kind of drop-in file manager that would let me easily add descriptions and tags. Users could click on tags to narrow the listing to, say, just "flash toys" or "zero wing spinoffs".
posted by dmd at 7:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Two states side by side, with amoxycilin 3 times per day in peace and security until finished.

How long must I abstain from exercise after a tooth extraction? [more inside]
posted by rschram at 7:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Inexpensive Camcorder Solution?

CheapCamcorderFilter: I am looking for an inexpensive camcorder that would give adequate performance for videos. It does not need to be nice and fancy, perfectly crisp, etc. - just adequate. The CVS one-time-use camcorder offers a quality that is passable, barely. The cost though is way too high when you consider it's only 20 minutes of video for about $40 with "processing." [more inside]
posted by Independent Scholarship at 7:47 PM PST - 7 comments

I'll take that seat in coach!

Super-last-minute-travel-filter: Two or three friends with nothing to do for the weekend and some spare cash want to fly somewhere random without spending too much money. How do we find inexpensive, truly last minute flights? [more inside]
posted by maniactown at 7:42 PM PST - 7 comments

can I make money off my low-interest loan?

FinanceFilter: can I make money off my low-interest loan? [more inside]
posted by masymas at 7:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Contacts make me sleepy

Two months ago, I switched to contacts after 20 years of wearing glasses. Ever since I started wearing them, I'm always tired. Related? Have you had this problem? Is there a solution?
posted by panoptican at 7:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me stop coasting

If you have a happy career help me! So I'm trying to figure out what to do with my life. Why is it so hard? [more inside]
posted by the giant pill at 6:41 PM PST - 24 comments

Nude as The News?

I'm bewildered by the fact that the Cat Power song "Nude as the News," which I always assumed was about the Jesse Jackson child-out-of-wedlock scandal, came out in 1996 when said scandal broke in 2001 (justmonths after the baby was born.) Am I an idiot? Help ease my fevered brain.
posted by juniper at 6:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Crucio Bitch!

Am I wrong for being angry at my friend? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 5:59 PM PST - 68 comments

How can I automatically get album covers for music on my ipod?

So I just got a video ipod, and I have about 50 gigs of music on my computer. I need an automated way to get album covers for some or most of these mp3s onto my ipod. [more inside]
posted by youthenrage at 4:52 PM PST - 10 comments

New York City Seeing

If you had one day to spend in New York City, what would you do? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 4:52 PM PST - 30 comments

I only have one sword instead of the required four...

Calling all Nintendo Gamecube owners! Should I buy Legend of Zelda: Four Swords for the GCN? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:46 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the best way to convert a web page into a PDF file? ...w/o using Acrobat.

What is the best way to convert a web page into a PDF file? ...w/o using Acrobat. [more inside]
posted by JudgeBork at 4:39 PM PST - 10 comments

The executive career path.

I am looking for a book (or three) that deals exclusively with the career path to executive, preferably with a thorough analysis of middle management. I can find far too many books that are little more than Managing for Dummies or on the other extreme, CEO biographies, but nothing in between. Thank you in advance for your recommendations. [more inside]
posted by mischief at 4:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Movies and marijuana

My, uh, aunt has glaucoma and was recently prescribed medicinal marijuana. Now, she'd like to watch some movies that will blow her mind. [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 3:46 PM PST - 96 comments

Do you know the secrets of turducken?

As an American living Down Under, I'm planning to introduce our Aussie friends to true American excess this Thanksgiving with a turducken. I've read a bunch of online recipes but I've never made one before, so I'm looking for tips and tricks from those who have. Do you know the secrets of turducken? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 3:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Mac FTP?

Which ftp program on the mac? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 3:18 PM PST - 38 comments

Where to find Disco Video?

We're having a "Disco Party" for my daughter's 6th birthday tomorrow. I've got the music covered, but I was looking for some VIDEO I can burn onto a DVD and just have playing in the background. [more inside]
posted by chococat at 2:45 PM PST - 10 comments

ads on site

I want to put rotating banners for ads on a clients website. Kinda like the ones Gawker uses. does anybody know a site that has the software?
posted by bamassippi at 2:20 PM PST - 10 comments

What interesting thing can I do with 200 notebooks?

I have about 200 of these notebooks. I've been thinking about starting a project, maybe something similar to the Wandering Moleskine Project, but I don't know what. What kind of fun/interesting things can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce at 2:17 PM PST - 7 comments

XP recording app needed

I would like to know of software which can record sounds on a PC XP - but, it needs to be able to record any and all sounds. E.g. the sound from a web site playing in flash, or or pandora. I am not a big fan of going the analog patch way. Any ideas?
posted by bright77blue at 1:29 PM PST - 8 comments

How to clean a pond of algae?

Help me rebuild an ecosystem! I'm looking for a specific little algae-eater . . . [more inside]
posted by quadog at 12:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Using music to understand the French riots?

Using music to understand the French riots? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 12:49 PM PST - 18 comments

looking for old scifi art book

I'm looking for a book of spaceship art I used to look at in Waldenbooks as a kid.. [more inside]
posted by jockc at 11:59 AM PST - 9 comments

After you die what happens to your online presence?

When you die, what specific information and instructions (beyond user names and passwords) would you need to leave for your heirs to deal with your email accounts, web hosting accounts, domain names, affiliate accounts, forum memberships, mailing list memberships, etc?
posted by redneck_zionist at 11:54 AM PST - 26 comments

How to make a single-pixel path in Illustrator actually display as such?

I'm pretty new to Illustrator and trying to make screen icons (have used Photoshop so far). I can not get Illustrator to draw a line with a width of 1 pixel. [more inside]
posted by uncle harold at 11:53 AM PST - 15 comments

Fictional characters with funny names?

Kilgore Trout. Napoleon Dynamite. Waring Hudsucker. Martin Chuzzlewit. Egon Spengler. Herman Menderchuck. President Merkin Muffley. What are some other great, creative, bizarre, or otherwise unique fictional character names?
posted by Robot Johnny at 11:48 AM PST - 152 comments

Temporal mechanics for scifi readers

This is a question about temporal mechanics for scifi readers. [more inside]
posted by BorgLove at 11:45 AM PST - 67 comments

Help me learn Japanese!

I'd like to learn Japanese... writing, reading, speaking, listening. As quickly, comprehensively, and correctly as possible. [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 11:44 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I tell my parents about my tattoo?

Hello! I'd like some advice on how to tell my parents I have a tattoo, without ruining Christmas. [more inside]
posted by kindle at 11:13 AM PST - 41 comments

WHy does Windows periodically decide it can't find the internet?

Why does my Windows XP laptop keep losing the internets? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 11:11 AM PST - 12 comments

No FTP for me

I have FTP blocked at work. Is there an alternate way I can post web works in progress so I can ask questions on MeFi? [more inside]
posted by bradn at 11:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Guss' Pickles in NYC

As long as I'm in town, I'd like to go to a well-known pickle place on Manhattan this Sunday. I'd prefer Guss' Pickles, but I'm having a really hard time finding official-looking (or even recent) information on it. It seems that The Pickle Guys are in their old Essex St location. Is Guss' on Orchard St still? Are the hours in this review still accurate? Should I go somewhere else altogether?
posted by Plutor at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Great moments in failed endeavors

I recently acquired a vintage laptop with Windows 95 installed on it. I would like to install Linux on it. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 10:32 AM PST - 30 comments

How do I find info on albums released in 1996?

How do I find out what albums were released in 1996? [more inside]
posted by matildaben at 10:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Internet Connection Issues

Internet connection issues: I can't seem to get my ADSL connection to work through my router. [more inside]
posted by dazed_one at 10:14 AM PST - 12 comments

The song, the song.

MusicFilter/HorrorFilter: This is a long-shot but I'm looking for the name of a piece of classical music that is so frequently used in horror movies and horror parodies that it's become a bit of a cliche... [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 10:13 AM PST - 19 comments

On Pet Gifts Given to Pet Owners

A petty question for pet owners (or animal companion parents, if you prefer) on pet presents: what are your feelings on pet accessory gifts (e.g. cat toys, dog shirts, hamster wheels) given to you for birthdays and holidays? That is, on special occasions, do you find it uncouth to be given gifts which are actually for your pets? (e.g. Dear Joe: Happy birthday! Here is a catnip mouse for Furry Felicia. Have fun! Love, Jane.)
posted by brownpau at 9:57 AM PST - 20 comments

Projecting my ignorance

About those yellow, circular on-screen indicators that flash quickly to tell a film projectionist when to switch reels... [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 9:36 AM PST - 19 comments

Philly Production Supplies?

PhillyFilter: Does anyone know where I can get a professional video tripod and camera case in the Philly area? I need to buy both and am sick of going to NYC for everything production related.
posted by UMDirector at 9:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Help with Babelfish Code

This is basic- how can I add the code for Babelfish to my website? I click on "I want this one" and get code-- what do I do with it? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by madmath at 8:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking to get a new digital camera

Looking to upgrade my very basic Olympic digital camera and have no idea what specifics to look for. [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 8:13 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I find this article?

I read an article about bizarre football (soccer) fan behavoir in a magazine a while ago and I'd like to find it again, but my googling is failing me. [more inside]
posted by callicles at 8:12 AM PST - 2 comments

gant chart software

I am looking for a quick and easy to use Gant Chart software... [more inside]
posted by alball at 8:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me uncover the Seven Mysteries

Help with basic Chinese calligraphy: I'm typesetting a book for kids that includes the "Seven Mysteries" (the basic strokes of Chinese calligraphy). and I need some help finding the characters in a computer font. [more inside]
posted by Alt F4 at 7:55 AM PST - 4 comments

I miss ephedra

I miss ephedra, and its Mazda-like "zoom zoom." [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 7:46 AM PST - 43 comments

Baby on Board(room)

My boss just had a baby. It's a small company. She's bringing it to work everyday. How do I tell her that this is bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 AM PST - 137 comments

What alternatives to TV exist for viewing DVDs?

What alternatives to TV exist for viewing DVDs? [more inside]
posted by kenaman at 6:55 AM PST - 25 comments

Drivers and Software

Where do you find old drivers and software? HELP! I'm looking for an old version of the DYMO label writer software version 4.2.0. Its the only version that works with my database. The company doesn't have a copy in stock. I've googled. I've called. I've emailed. Any suggestions?
posted by Macboy at 6:45 AM PST - 2 comments

[DentalFilter] Teeth straightening in late twenties

Hi, I have a slight overbite and a gap in my front teeth and am planning to get it remedied. [more inside]
posted by sk381 at 6:09 AM PST - 11 comments

Photoshop plugin development?

Authoring photoshop plugins, need help for development resources. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 5:50 AM PST - 2 comments

The Cheese Song

Has anyone heard this (incredibly strange) song before? (Lyrics only.) [more inside]
posted by Jofus at 5:11 AM PST - 9 comments

SEM-Q10E Dell External CD-Rom Driver

Anyone know where I can find drivers for a Dell branded (part number: 8R610-A00), Samsung SEM-Q10E 24x external cd-rom? Thanks!
posted by strangelove at 4:47 AM PST - 3 comments

What writing sample should I give for grad-school?

I've been asked to provide a writing sample as part of an application to a PhD program. What should I provide? [more inside]
posted by MrC at 4:08 AM PST - 8 comments

I cant use my joypad on my home pc?

i have a dell pc at home. How come i cant use the the little joypad ive bought on games ive bought like Splinter cell and rainbow six? I know it works cos i checked it out on hardware settings.
posted by indio1919 at 3:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Who does the Lufthansa "Relaxation Program"?

FearOfFlyingFilter: Do you fly Lufthansa? Do you listen to their "Relaxation Program" on the in-flight radio? Do you have any idea who does the guided imagery on it? Or, have any other great suggestions for calming things I could listen to at 30,000 feet? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 3:00 AM PST - 10 comments

How much money does an 18-year-old have?

What is the average amount of savings (or debt) of an 18-year-old American? What about a 20 or 21-year-old? What is their annual yearly income? Anyone know where I can find the breakdown on this is by race / state?
posted by insomnia_lj at 2:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Debugging Non-UI threads in Visual Studio?

Why can't I debug non-UI threads in Visual Studio 2005? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 2:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Why do Americans have such odd ideas about the British?

Why do Americans have such odd ideas about the British? [more inside]
posted by salmacis at 2:30 AM PST - 83 comments

single-letter domain names

So, it appears that (paypal) and (Nissan) exist - but according to the specification, they are "reserved for future use"... How did this happen? Why are Nissan and PayPal excempt from the rules?
posted by SharQ at 2:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Is an Aeron chair worth it?

How much would you pay for an Aeron chair? Alternatives? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 1:57 AM PST - 21 comments

GPS Buying Help

GPS buying help needed [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 1:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Anti-theft devices for books?

Can anyone suggest a low-tech anti-theft system for the reference books in a university computer lab? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 12:49 AM PST - 11 comments

My car, she is missing.

So my car was stolen last night from outside of my work. The police are confident that -- considering the age, make and condition -- it will turn up in anywhere from a few days to a week. [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 12:27 AM PST - 8 comments

November 16

How should I withdraw?

Any medication withdrawal advice? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 10:50 PM PST - 17 comments

make ibook g4 work with studio display monitor?

is it possible to make an ibook g4 (vga out) work with an apple studio display monitor (adc)? i hope so. [more inside]
posted by viscountslim at 10:21 PM PST - 9 comments

laptop vs vacation

An odd purchasing question: do I want a laptop or do I want to go somewhere for reading week? [more inside]
posted by heeeraldo at 10:12 PM PST - 24 comments

Rideshare websites?

Can anyone recommend rideshare websites for long distance travel? Google mostly turns up local car pooling pages, and this, which I found a bit clunky. I'm aware of craigslist of course, but thought there might be something better out there.
posted by Lirp at 10:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Finding new web exhibitions

Where on the internet are the best places to get information about new web exhibitions from the repositories of the world? [more inside]
posted by peacay at 9:45 PM PST - 0 comments

Is there a official work relationship between the Queen and the British PM?

Just wondering: is there any official situation where the British Prime Minister and the Queen must meet and/or relate in some manner? I know the heads of state/gov't are supposed to be independent, just wondering if there is a protocol for such things.
posted by falameufilho at 9:37 PM PST - 5 comments

Ghost sausage?

Our kitchen has smelled like pleasantly spiced cooked sausage since last Saturday afternoon. But we didn't cook sausage that day. In fact, we haven't cooked sausage since we moved into this new townhouse 2 months ago. [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 9:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Good DVD director's commentaries

For people interested in film-making, which DVD's come with director's commentaries that are truly insightful and a cut above the norm? [more inside]
posted by nthdegx at 8:51 PM PST - 41 comments

Urban hiking

I'm thinking of walking every street within two miles of my apartment. Just because. I'd like to track this via computer, rather than enlarging photocopies of the Thomas Bros guide and marking them up. But how?
posted by goofyfoot at 8:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Scheduling problems!

I'm having problems finding a program to do what I want. I want to be alerted when I try to schedule conflicting appointments on my Dell Axim. [more inside]
posted by jplank at 8:33 PM PST - 0 comments

Help me learn more about the Herbaliser's _Take London_

Help me learn more about The Herbaliser's album _Take London_. [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 8:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Homebrew humidifier

Help me humidify my place on the cheap. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 8:25 PM PST - 14 comments

How to drill holes in glass without breakage

Drilling holes in glass blocks without breakage: Looking for tips (and anecdotes about diamond drill bits) to stop burning (drilling?) through other people's money. [more inside]
posted by artifarce at 8:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Buckethead interview

Does anyone know where I can find a link to a video of Kurt Loder interviewing Buckethead on MTV several years ago? It was the one featuring Herbie the Severed Head, the puppet who spoke on Buckethead's behalf. I can find the transcript, but I'm not having any luck finding the video itself. Thanks.
posted by Buzz at 7:50 PM PST - 2 comments

getting a UPS to shut down an external drive

If I have a power cut when I'm not at my computer, my UPS will keep my computers running until Windows can close down automatically and gracefully. But how do I get my Maxtor network storage to shut down? The UPS interface allows windows to call software before it closes...what software do I call to close my drive down? Or is the drive safe if it has its power cut off?
posted by krunk at 7:46 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I start making my own social bookmarking site, is it worthwhile?

I want to create my own social bookmarking site. I don't know much about coding, but I've got some good ideas. Is this possible? How do I begin? Am I insane/idiotic for even contemplating this? [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 7:18 PM PST - 25 comments

clear out my cruft.

What do you do with all your data cruft? What is the most efficient way to organize all the non-deletable stuff on your drive? [more inside]
posted by about_time at 6:26 PM PST - 9 comments

The Deprecated "start" Attribute and Validation

Just completed a site, fully CSS for type, layout, print, XHTML, etc. Every page validates except for two. The reason. The start attribute is deprecated. Problem is, I can't find a replacement for it in CSS. [more inside]
posted by juiceCake at 5:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Help with electronic signatures.

Electronic Signatures: Is a html web form with a checkbox and associated text a valid electronic signature? [more inside]
posted by jba at 5:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Help with writing a yearly performance review self-assessment?

Help with writing a yearly performance review self-assessment? [more inside]
posted by jopreacher at 4:31 PM PST - 3 comments

How non-refundable is a non-refundable plane ticket?

I know Travelocity said the ticket is non-refundable. Is there a way to get anything back? [more inside]
posted by ArsncHeart at 4:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Overland to Botswana?

I will be traveling in south africa next january-february (2006) and am considering one the overland tours available from Jo'burg to Botswana/Victoria Falls and/or Kruger. Does anyone have experience with these, tour recomendations, etc?
posted by btosch at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Light Therapy for SAD

I need practical advice about light therapy for SAD. [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 4:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Make my music free!

I want to buy an iPod Nano. This makes sense given that I already have 70+ gigs of MP3s all organized with iTunes. However, I also love Rhapsody which uses DRM protected WMA files that won't play on an iPod. [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 3:41 PM PST - 9 comments

He's 13. What can I do?

I'm the parent of a 13 year old underachiever. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 3:37 PM PST - 93 comments

Looking for a secure PHP email script

I need a PHP-based email script that will take the name, email, subject, and message form fields I pass to it and send them to me with the name and email used as the "From" field in the message header. I also need to put a value in the header that identifies the sender's IP address. And, of course, I need a script that is not vulnerable to header injection spam attacks. Any recommendations?
posted by punishinglemur at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

I've got a month of spare time to kill.

I've got a month of spare time to kill. [more inside]
posted by sian at 2:58 PM PST - 15 comments

alternatives to sneakemail

Is there a free disposable email address service that generates more mnemonic addresses than sneakemail? [more inside]
posted by ransom_k_fern at 2:46 PM PST - 9 comments

what are some fabrics that won't scratch ipods?

i'm thinking of making ipod sleeves/pouches as presents for friends, what are some fabrics i could use to line them that won't scratch the plastic?
posted by lia at 2:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Employee Demand?

Besides nursing, what are some professions that will have a high demand for employees with in the next four years?
posted by dial-tone at 2:07 PM PST - 24 comments

Sound idea wanted for sound art

I'm at a loose end with a sound installation project for Uni. I've been having a really bad year, I can't get enough sleep, I've got tons of other work to do, I'm sick of being a student, and I'm just not feeling inspired enough to even come up with a decent idea. The "idea" that I have come up with is laughable and is probably going to cost me a fortune, not to mention my degree. So any help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 2:01 PM PST - 17 comments

learning to trust again

What are some strategies + coping mechanisms for learning to trust a partner after they were found cheating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:57 PM PST - 21 comments

I want a new mouse.

I want a new mouse. One that won't make me nervous, wondering what to do... Every computer mouse I've tried recently has been a piece of junk. What's the perfect one? [more inside]
posted by jellicle at 1:53 PM PST - 27 comments

What is on your Christmas list?

What is on your Christmas list? [more inside]
posted by HiddenInput at 1:52 PM PST - 29 comments

Music Tech at UK Uni's

Which UK universities are good for Music Technology? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 1:39 PM PST - 9 comments

CSS a & img attributes?

Why doesn't a img { background-color: transparent; } work? [more inside]
posted by Third at 1:17 PM PST - 27 comments

redirect a link to a direct file

Help! I got boing-boinged yesterday and have since gone way over my bandwidth limit. The offending item was a direct link to a .mov file, which I have just posted on revver, but I don't know if there is any way to redirect a direct link to a file. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 12:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Warranty-friendly ext. antenna for Powerbook?

Is there any way to attach an external WiFi antenna to a latest-model 15" Powerbook without voiding the warranty? [more inside]
posted by ggypsy at 12:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Your favorite books on tape?

Your favorite audio books? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:20 PM PST - 32 comments

Free logic font?

Does anyone know of a free downloadable font with logic symbols? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 12:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Does natural gas kill?

Does natural gas alone kill? I need someone to explain how natural gas becomes carbon monoxide and why my pet is dead. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 11:51 AM PST - 25 comments

Am I buying sweatshop-free clothing?

I usually try to buy clothes made in first world country, by looking at the label (Milan, London, made in LA). I always assumed that the Western world had minimum wages, and other progressive standards that say, made in China didn't. I use this to justify the high cost of the goods, but my father informs that this is untrue and the expensive hand labor of ripping the jeans, sanding, etc. are done in places such as LA -- but are sweatshop conditions (by employing illegals, ignoring labor laws, etc.). Is this true? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 11:00 AM PST - 19 comments

Boots for BBW

Where can I buy knee high black leather boots that meet my criteria? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 11:00 AM PST - 18 comments

making mucial sounds with your mouth.

Is there a special word to describe the act of imitating musical instruments with your voice? Or failing that, a credible coinage?
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:55 AM PST - 16 comments

nice, sexy, vegetarian New York City restaurants?

Any really nice, sexy, vegetarian New York City restaurants you can recommend. Looking for dinner and brunch ideas.Thanks from this out-of-towner. (Travel period 12/01-12/04 2005) [more inside]
posted by pissfactory at 10:27 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me start a small business!!

I want to start a small business setting up small office and home office LAN networks (wireless setups, XP or Office training,consulting, etc) but have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by stevyb at 10:25 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I fix my bad posture?

I stoop. I slouch. I hunch. I slump. Sitting or standing, my posture sucks. How can I fix it?
posted by jjg at 9:50 AM PST - 25 comments

How to cook chicken?

CluelessVegetarianFilter: I've been a veg for about 6 years now. My girlfriend isn't. Normally this isn't a problem, but I'm looking to do something nice for her: Cook meat... [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 9:38 AM PST - 23 comments

Eating issues... sigh.

Help! I've been suffering from a mild form of bulimia for four years and really need to stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I learn to stop worrying and love the dentist?

Help me not be terrified of the dentist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Ski helmet: yes or no?

Do you wear a ski helmet? Why or why not? I've been skiing a few times, I'm wondering if I should start wearing one this year. Are they uncomfortable? Do they keep your head warm? And is there anything wrong with renting instead buying?
posted by exhilaration at 8:59 AM PST - 50 comments

Tub or Shower?

Bathroom remodeling time: Tub or shower? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 8:31 AM PST - 24 comments

Cheap high resolution digital photos from film

What is a good and inexpensive option for getting high-resolution digital images from color print film? [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 8:25 AM PST - 5 comments

health insurance for nonprofit

Health insurance options for employees of small nonprofits. Any special programs that offer this? [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

desktop note taking software

I need a good Windows XP software for taking and organizing quickie notes ? Something that will stay on the desktop but not look too intrusive. I have used "post-its" software and SyncNotes. A freebie would be nice. [more inside]
posted by sandra194 at 7:48 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I automatically backup my laptop?

I've a dual boot windows/linux laptop which is periodically attached to a novell network. Does anyone know of a utility to copy files from a drive on a laptop to the network, where they'll get backed up, without me having to remember to do it?
posted by handee at 7:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Santa slander? Evil santa stories.

I need some common childhood misconceptions about Santa. For example, "If you are not at home at Christmas, Santa will think you will have moved and not leave any presents!" Something that children would believe (or make up on their own) and be terrified of. [more inside]
posted by jmccorm at 7:17 AM PST - 33 comments


Last night our adopted dog snapped her teeth at the baby. Baby is 20 months old - the dog had just curled up on the couch, wasn't asleep, the baby walked by and our dog lunged out her neck, snarled, and snapped her teeth twice (right on level with our babys face). [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 7:07 AM PST - 50 comments

Finally, A Performance Question That Doesn't Involve AnonAskMe...

What's the best performance review process you have ever gone through at a company? What did it involve? Why do you feel it was a good process?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 6:51 AM PST - 11 comments

NewsFeeds. Just don't get it. Help me to. Get it, that is.

Please help me get the most out of newsfeeds/RSS/Atom/etc in order to best utilize my limited web time. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 6:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Why do my monitors make this high pitched sound?

I have two Dell 2405fpw monitors (24") and they make a horrible high pitch sound when the screen saver runs or any extended graphics run. I am running OSX, fyi, and want to know if this can be rectified? Why do the monitors make this high sound, and can it be stopped?
posted by Saku at 5:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Budget accomodation in Brighton

Where is a good *cheap* place to stay in Brighton, UK? Hostels, B+Bs, guestohouses, campsites and budget hotels? [more inside]
posted by jwhittlestone at 5:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Is Smoothwall Express secure enough?

How secure is Smoothwall Express? Could it be trusted to protect the home network of two psychologists and their work? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie at 3:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Which Randy Newman song goes: "Where you going with your shoes undone ... throwing rocks making fun of everyone?"

Which Randy Newman song goes: "Where you going with your shoes undone ... throwing rocks making fun of everyone?" [more inside]
posted by Jeff_Larson at 2:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Beginner information on real estate.

I want as many links as can be given for real estate websites. Actually its a little more specific than that. I dont know much about real estate, and its something I would like to know much more about. I dont want any websites that are real estate directories, only websites that have articles about real estate. preferably beginner articles, but thats not necessary. I would also appreciate similar links to articles about other types of investment. Also, any good real estate forums would be helpful. Thanks.
posted by JokingClown at 2:12 AM PST - 14 comments

I want one like this, but cheaper.

Hope me, style monkeys! I have fallen in love with this chair, but I cannot pay more than my rent for a piece of furniture. Can you point me to retailers of chairs that may have similar attributes? Bonus if they are in the Seattle area. I tried searching for some of the descriptors and nothing really came up. My apartment thanks you in advance.
posted by calistasm at 1:54 AM PST - 21 comments

November 15

roman equivalent for orpheus?

Is there a roman equivalent to the figure orpheus in greek mythology? [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 11:02 PM PST - 9 comments

How to empty a Yahoo Mail box

Yahoo Mail question. I have a 2MB of their “Mail plus” account which it is now 52% “Full” and is becoming very slow. I want to empty this box. [more inside]
posted by growabrain at 10:56 PM PST - 8 comments

How to reject male advances gracefully?

As a woman, how do you reject a man who is amorous in his advances in a way that doesn't scar him for life. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 10:14 PM PST - 36 comments

Connecting TiVo, a computer, and two wireless routers

Wireless networking: A TiVo, two wireless routers, and a computer walk into a bar... [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick at 10:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Not a Hilton-wannabe, I swear

I'm looking for a workable, not-too-pricey (< $40) windows-compatible webcam to use for casual chatting. the price can go up a little bit of the webcam is awesome. i've looked at other askmefi threads, but the advice there seems to be get an isight (don't have $150) or logictech and creative labs cameras are good. but does anyone have any specific model recommendations? i was thinking the Creative Labs NX Pro, the Labtech Webcam Pro, or maybe the Creative Labs Webcame Live!, based solely on Amazon reviews as there doesn't seem to be much in webcam review sites out there.
posted by schroedinger at 10:06 PM PST - 2 comments

It looks like you're writing a letter.

I have been desperately seeking those Microsoft Office XP Flash animations featuring the voice of Gilbert Gottfried that proclaimed the "Death of Clippy." (Or maybe it was just the Pink-Slipping of Clippy.) Are those still around anywhere on this crazy Internet?
posted by thejoshu at 9:58 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me mess with Texas

Help me mess with Texas. I'm looking for images of life in the lone star state to help feed a creative project. [more inside]
posted by sol at 9:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Some images and pdfs imported into Quark 6 display and print incorrectly

We have a problem with (only some) pdfs and TIFFs displaying and printing incorrectly in Quark 6 running on MAC OS 10.3.9. It's holding up the print run of our magazine! [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 8:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Where oh where has my JavaScript gone ?

I want to go back to FireFox 1.0.4 because JavaScript has failed me in 1.0.7. How do I do so. . .or is there hope for my 1.0.7 ? [more inside]
posted by mikeinclifton at 8:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Are Trikkes fun and easy to use?

Does anyone have experience with Trikkes? Good or bad? Which model should I get? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 8:28 PM PST - 7 comments

XM or Sirius for indie rock fans?

XM or Sirius? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 at 8:25 PM PST - 26 comments

The Common Involuntary Shudder

Many years ago someone told me the recognised term for the kind of involuntary shudder that commonly affects people at rest. You know the kind that spontaneously rocks you, just for a moment, like you are shaking off the ghoulies, like the cliche says 'someone was walking on your grave'? I have since lost this word to time, and searching the internet has brought only partial results. Does anyone know it?
posted by 0bvious at 8:11 PM PST - 38 comments

Where art thou Great Eastern?

OK, so I discovered the CBC radio show "The Great Eastern" via MeFi. They had a great site that archived show scripts, full MP3s, offshoot fan projects and many other bits of content that helped create an alternate universe. My question? The site ( is no longer available and I feel like I've lost a goofball interweb friend. Anyone know what happened? Related: Anyone know what Paul Moth is up to?
posted by chandy72 at 7:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Open Source Howto

Open Source Software developers, how did you initially start working on open source software projects? [more inside]
posted by jsonic at 7:19 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I replace seat and back cushions on a couch?

I'd like to get replacement seat and back cushions for a couch. What would be the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by melissa at 7:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Weed-Related Songs

I'm looking for weed-related songs to listen to. I'm thinking along the lines of Ben Harper's "Burn One Down", Tom Petty's "Last Dance With Maryjane" or Sublime's "Smoke Two Joints". Try to stick to chillin', rock-type songs as opposed to Hip Hop (but if you've got a Hip Hop one that you love feel free to add it to the list). Thanks in advance!
posted by Anizev at 7:11 PM PST - 79 comments

Live action Bert & Ernie melodrama short?

Does anybody recall a short video that circulated around a few years ago involving a live-action Bert & Ernie, living in a condo, with melodrama (and chuckles) in copious amounts? [more inside]
posted by socratic at 7:09 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I locate my great uncle's school records?

How do I locate my great uncle's school records? He was born in 1890 in Northern Kentucky, just outside of New Castle. I'm not even sure what schools were around back then, and I know that would be a good start.
posted by fishieman at 7:06 PM PST - 4 comments

itchy stinging legs during physical activity.

I get itchy and stinging legs (no hives) when I jog for 15 minutes (indoor or outdoor, hot or cold weather) and when I hike in cold weathers. When I stop walking or jogging, while I am still outside, it disappears after a while. Any contact to my skin during this period, triggers the itching and stinging. I tried to wear different fabrics, from cotton to microfibres, and applied mosturizing lotions, nothing worked. I had allergy test that is clean. I don’t know if any relation to this but most of the times my legs are cooler than my rest of body, even in indoor. Any body has an idea what is this?
posted by breeze01 at 6:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Breaking m4p into individual tracks

Esther has failed me, or rather Itunes has. [more inside]
posted by hummus at 6:24 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I stop The Nose Pinch?

How can I jump in a pool without holding my nose? I'm an ok swimmer, but I've kept a bad habit since childhood of holding my nose whenever I go underwater. If I really concentrate, I can do it without, but very often I end up quickly blowing out all my air (through my nose), or worse actually inhaling some water. I know this is just psychological, but I find it quite hard to do all the time. Any tips/hints on this one?
posted by zardoz at 6:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Difference between psych and soc?

What is the real difference between psychology and sociology? Does a concise and thorough explanation exist anywhere? I'm thinking particularly in terms of social interactions and The Self. Both seem to be viable topics in both sociology and psychology. I perceive a lot of overlap between the two disciplines. Am I wrong? Do sociologists and psychologist agree with me?
posted by lalalana at 4:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Stop, drop, and roll

I left the stove on and went to bed. When I woke up, all the food turned to ash and I'm having trouble clenaing the black stuff off the pot. I've scrubbed it down with a wire meshy thing, and it's gotten most of it, but it's still very black on the bottom. Any tips?
posted by lpctstr; at 4:25 PM PST - 36 comments

How do you become a Google Answers researcher?

How does one become a Google Answers researcher? Seriously. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 4:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Science fiction on ice

I need recommendations for excellent science fiction books, movies, short stories (or anything, really) centered around life, scientific exploration, and/or research in the arctic, antarctica, or similar fictional extreme cold climates. [more inside]
posted by aebaxter at 3:44 PM PST - 30 comments

color me!

Tomorrow I'm giving a lecture about color -- specifically, I'm talking to designers about how to create color palettes. The talk is more concerned with aesthetics (i.e. what color combinations are striking) than tools (i.e. how to pick colors in Photoshop). But there will be some tools talk. Since there are many designers here, I'd love to know all your color-related tips. As the Xmas season is coming, I am sharing one of my own tips inside... [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 3:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Frog march?

A while back, there was a video circulating with thousands of Kermit-like critters... [more inside]
posted by notsnot at 3:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Share The Rock!

Sharing music between computers via iTunes (using shared library). Anyone know how to do it? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 3:00 PM PST - 10 comments

People take pictures of each other, only I can't.

Got a Kodak Brownie, looks good. Cleaned out the gunk on the lens (looked like battery corrosion wtf?), tried to slap some 120mm film in there. For some reason, it's too damned tight, and I'm afraid of ripping the film when I advance it. Anyone had this problem? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 2:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Mysteries of and Organism

I recently saw a obscure Yugoslavian film and am constantly thinking of the film's ending music number. Anyone able to help me find it? [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza at 2:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Good gaming laptop?

Recommend me a laptop for gaming. [more inside]
posted by knave at 2:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Any Direct or Indirect Experiences with Transverse Myelitis?

Last week, my sister (34 years old, very active and in good health) suddenly developed complete numbness in her legs and arms that completely incapacitated her within 24 hours. After a few harrowing days in the hospital during which more and more things were ruled out, today the definitive diagnosis is Transverse Myelitis. I had never heard of this before; does anyone have any experience (direct or indirect; family or friend) with the disease? Thanks in advance for any stories or indications of what we can expect.
posted by yhbc at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

What programs do you use to batch process RAW images?

What programs do you use to batch process RAW images? [more inside]
posted by sequential at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Spring Break... where?

Help me find a certain tee shirt [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 2:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I mark my keys?

I have way too many keys (my house, relatives house, work) that look way too much alike. What's the best way to mark them? Nail polish? Paint? Some kind of magic sharpie? (thanks!)
posted by PenguinBukkake at 1:39 PM PST - 27 comments

How can I get my toilet to flush?

Why is my toilet refusing to fill up completely? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 1:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me ID a song!

Several years ago, I got a bunch of mixtapes at a musicologist friend's moving sale. One was a mix tape of Zulu jazz/jive (think along the lines of Shanachie's Indestructible Beat of Soweto/Soweto Never Sleeps). There was no track listing--in fact, I think the tape was just titled "township music." Help me identify one of its tracks! [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 1:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Ambiguous employment questions...

My question is two part: Employers and HR people (or anyone else with input): You have received resumes from potential hires. All the resumes are standard with Education, Experience, Skills, etc. What are some of the things you wished you knew about the applicant before calling them for an interview? I'm not talking about questions like "Tell me more about your education." I'm asking about the questions that the resume creates in your head that aren't necessarily specific to the resume. Perhaps these are questions that traditional resumes don't cover. Interview are very costly in terms of time. I guess these are the type of questions that if you saw them spelled out on a resume you would have been even more or less interested in interviewing them. Everyone else: If you were applying for a job, what would you want to know before applying that the ad would have left out? I'm not looking for answers like wages. I mean deeper things that go through your mind when applying. Hopefully these questions aren't to vague, I am just looking at this to hopefully be a better hiring guru. Thank for your answers!
posted by ieatwords at 1:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Roaming profiles on the internet

What are good, free sites on the internet where I can create a personal profile that allows me to log in and see my internet favorites, possibly store files, that are accessible from anywhere on the net?
posted by aacheson at 1:11 PM PST - 11 comments


Is Murray Hill an interesting area to live? My sister just got a place there, and coming from LA she want to know what it's like. [more inside]
posted by The Jesse Helms at 1:07 PM PST - 23 comments

John Woolman School guidelines?

I'm looking for the 6 student guidelines that were present on the old site of the John Woolman School, that Quaker school in the Sierras. They have a new site, but don't list these guidelines. I found them beautiful in their simplicity. One was "care for yourself and others". Does anyone here know them? Help!
posted by doublehelix at 1:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Why, God? Why??!!

GriefFilter : My boyfriend died yesterday. [more inside]
posted by essexjan at 12:54 PM PST - 81 comments

Getting a Mac mini: help me choose a display.

Getting a Mac mini: help me choose a display. [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 12:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Accepted standard for printed URL display?

Is there an de facto business standard for displaying URLs on printed materials? [more inside]
posted by shaneflyer at 12:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Help, my DVD player is broken!

There is a DVD stuck in my DVD player, how do I get it out? (Also a request for DVD player repair type places in DC/NoVa) [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 12:14 PM PST - 13 comments

How to get over gadget paranoia?

How can I become less paranoid/crazy about the condition of my expensive gadgets? [more inside]
posted by icespide at 12:13 PM PST - 36 comments

Star Treck Game

Many years ago I was given a box of odd DOS software on 5 1/4 disks. One of them had a Star Treck game whose object was for the player to assume the role of captain Kirk and issue commands to the crew members in the correct star Treck manner. While I had enjoyed the show, I was not familiar enough with the program to play the part of Kirk. Just to see what would happen, I told Spock to go do an anatomical impossibility and was immediately relieved of command and placed in the brig. The disk has been lost. What was this game and where can I get a working copy?
posted by Raybun at 12:09 PM PST - 1 comment

What's this arcade game?

Obscure Video Game Filter: Help me identify this game from my childhood. [more inside]
posted by erebora at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Hotel Rwanda and other movies

I loved Hotel Rwanda. What particularly hooked me was the film's unflinching realism in showing civilization as it is slowly being encroached and oppressed by large-scale terrorism which casts a shadow of uncertainty and danger on even the most mundane routines of daily life -- a sort of real-life Night of the Living Dead. Other similar films are Salvador, Missing and The Killing Fields. I also enjoyed the recent The Constant Gardener. What else will I like? [more inside]
posted by gentle at 11:37 AM PST - 30 comments

Love conquers all

Help me beat the online personals system. [more inside]
posted by aisforal at 11:24 AM PST - 11 comments

"Veeeeery interesting" -- who?

Who was Arte Johnson parodying with his "veeeery interesting" shtick on Laugh-In? [more inside]
posted by alumshubby at 11:08 AM PST - 14 comments

What philosophies of personal identity are out there?

What philosophies of personal identity are out there? [more inside]
posted by nile_red at 10:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Reversible vasectomy available?

Is the reversible vasectomy procedure now available in any country? [more inside]
posted by lunkfish at 10:33 AM PST - 11 comments

How much meat is there on a cow?

How many steaks (or how much meat) is there on a cow and how long would it take you to eat at the rate of one meal a day? [more inside]
posted by barbelith at 10:18 AM PST - 9 comments


I haven't dated in awhile, but now... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 AM PST - 29 comments

switching dad

help my dad (and me) feel happier about a mac (or otherwise). [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke at 9:47 AM PST - 23 comments

Kitchen cabinet accessories for Ikea cabinets

I'm installing Ikea kitchen cabinets soon. I don't like the wire pull-out shelves they sell, and would rather have some made of wood or other solid material. Anyone have experience with an online seller of such accessories, and/or installing them into Ikea cabinets? Local cabinet resellers charge too much. Bonus points if products are manufactured sustainably.
posted by shifafa at 8:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Restaurants in Connecticut

My parents are impossible to shop for. So, a friend recommended a restaurant gift certificate and, seeing that my parents hardly ever get a chance to get out together for a romantic evening, I thought that this would be the perfect gift. However, there is a slight problem... [more inside]
posted by purephase at 8:37 AM PST - 15 comments

Uncredited sailboat cameo

Sailboat question, sort of. At the very end of the Dead Like Me episode "Unfinished Business" (from the first season), George is seen sailing alone in a gorgeous wooden sailboat... [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 8:35 AM PST - 27 comments

Midi to Mp3 converter software?

I'm looking for a cheap/free programme that would enable me to convert a Midi file into a Mp3 or Wav format [more inside]
posted by ob at 8:18 AM PST - 9 comments

ipod and audiobooks

Can't get some audiobooks to work on 1st generation ipod. When I download (from itunes) several audiobooks they work fine on computer's itunes but when I try to play them on my Ipod (1st generation) they are skipped. They show up fine in the audiobooks section but when selected move onto next section. Have recently downloaded one that wouldn't work at all; one that worked fine; and one book that only would play the last (part 3) section. [more inside]
posted by jjcurtis at 8:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Social class specific first names ?

Social class specific first names ? Are there in the US any specific trends regarding the choice of first names related to the social class ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm at 8:13 AM PST - 23 comments

My raven-like writing desk

Fancy-desk question! Can you help me determine if a blotter/desk pad is right for me? [more inside]
posted by Eideteker at 7:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommendations for youth-oriented, Thanksgiving-themed movies?

Any Thanksgiving themed film recommendations for High School youth group? [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 7:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Don't be cruel, give us some recommendations

We're taking a road trip to Memphis the weekend of Dec 9th. Other than Graceland and Beale St, what should we see? What do the locals do/recommend? Where's the bad part of Memphis so we don't Priceline a hotel located there?
posted by pieoverdone at 7:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Qosmio: worth the cash?

Is a Toshiba Qosmio Laptop F20-136 worth the money? [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 7:19 AM PST - 7 comments

How to sell my small pop art collection?

I need help selling some pop art that won't go in our new house. Is there a market for it? [more inside]
posted by flyingrock at 6:53 AM PST - 11 comments

NYC laptop repair.

NYC computer repair: can anyone recommend a reliable place I can take my sickly laptop to get its power connector fixed? Bonus points for someplace in Manhattan. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist at 6:31 AM PST - 15 comments

Adobe Reader vs Preview for Mac OS 10.4?

What, if any, are the advantages to Adobe Acrobat Reader over Preview for Mac OS 10.4?
posted by cahlers at 6:26 AM PST - 18 comments

November 14

Who is "Messer Fur Frau Muller"?

I stumbled upon this amazing Russian electronic rock group but I can't even pronounce their name! Can anyone help me figure out who these guys are? (It'll probably help if you have a cyrillic font installed!) [more inside]
posted by shanevsevil at 10:59 PM PST - 10 comments

What notes are these in this piece of Indian music?

I need help identifying the notes in a snippet of Indian music. [more inside]
posted by pealco at 10:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Statistic needed: who is buying and writing books?

I recently read something about bias in the publishing industry, but can't find it now. The piece said that novels/books of poetry are mostly purchased by women, yet there are still significantly more men authors than women. Has anyone else read this and know where I can find the information again?
posted by rockstar at 10:49 PM PST - 3 comments

how to open a store?

I've been thinking of opening a store in my town but need some advice on getting started [more inside]
posted by apdato at 10:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Money multiplier makes no sense

Any economists here? I have a logic / semantics puzzle. An article about money creation says that when the Fed 'gives' the banks $1000, the total amount somehow becomes a lot higher through something called a money multiplier. But the mechanics of this make no sense. [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 10:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you help me send mail?

I can't send mail on my mac mail. [more inside]
posted by adrober at 10:17 PM PST - 3 comments


Hash dens and bouzoukis and raki, oh my! Recommend me some great, old rembetika. [more inside]
posted by kenko at 9:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Getting a job as a technical writer?

How can I get an entry level technical writer position? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 9:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Webcam grainy images

What, if anything, can be done about grainy images on webcam ? Initially , the cam was very crisp and clear resolution. Now , has rough textured appearance. resolution sucks. Is the USB cable / connection to blame? Or has Cam been damaged by some impact ?
posted by Agamenticus at 9:17 PM PST - 6 comments

How does copyright law work with RSS feeds? Can they be republished?

What are the legal implications of re-publishing full-text entries from another site's RSS feed? Planet sites do it for mostly legitimate purposes, and spam-logs do it for, well, spammy purposes. But are there any laws that apply? The US copyright code doesn't assume the information is already freely available on the internet, so it seems like a grey area. [more inside]
posted by Geektronica at 7:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Where Can I Get A "Choking Victim" Poster?

We were recently on holiday in New York, and almost every eatery that we dined in had this poster on display. Can anyone tell me where I can get one of these "Choking Victim" posters?? [more inside]
posted by mule at 7:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Swollen feline stomach

Cat with a swollen stomach. Vets, cat owners and helpful people welcome inside.. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 6:23 PM PST - 27 comments

Cheap & Weird Things To Do In N.Georgia (US)?

I'm an Aussie who is going to be spending a month in northern Georgia, in the area of Cedartown/Tallapoosa visiting his girlfriend's mother and boyfriend for Christmas. I'm looking for cheap and interesting things to see and do in the area -the weirder the better. I'm not adverse to travelling into Atlanta. Any advice you could give would be much appreciated!
posted by mikeybidness at 5:50 PM PST - 12 comments

BartenderFilter: Manhattan

What is your recipe for a Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by jimfl at 5:49 PM PST - 20 comments

CGI query strings in MT?

I'm doing some Movable Type development. I'd like to add a custom query string to the normal mt-search strings. I was hoping to use PHP to do something with the string, but unfortunately I can't run PHP in the CGI files. Any options? I'm not a CGI writer, so I may be missing something obvious.
posted by o2b at 5:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Which linux distro for a mac?

What linux distro is best for Macs? [more inside]
posted by sid at 5:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Adobe Reader sloooow in opening PDFs

Adobe Reader 7.0 for Windows is taking several minutes to open even small PDFs. Why is this, and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 4:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Is it in-humane to keep a dog in the yard?

Is it in-humane to keep a dog(s) outside in the yard (with lots of walks, and time spent together outside)? My wife and I would like to adopt one or two dogs. Because she has pretty significant allergies to dogs, the dog would spend most, if not all of its time outside. That said, we're pretty attentive, caring people and we'll definitely take the dogs on lots of walks and we have a big park right behind our house and we also spend a lot of time in our yard gardening etc so the dog wouldn't be left out there alone. In addition, we plan on either creating a bed in the garage or a dog-house so the dogs could definitely be protected from the elements. We've talked to a couple of rescue organizations who simply won't allow us to adopt given that the dog will be primarily an outside dog. We both love dogs and believe we can provide a good home. I'd love to get feedback from others about whether it is in-humane to have dogs be outside, but well taken care of. My father in law argues that, as long as we're getting the dog from the pound, that we'll be giving them a much better life, but I don't want to use that fact just as a cop-out and not provide a good living environment.
posted by krudiger at 4:50 PM PST - 42 comments

RESP...tell me what it means to me...

CanadaFinancialFilter: What's the best way to invest in an RESP? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 3:34 PM PST - 13 comments

How to burn more than 7 of an iTunes playlist

Burning more than 7 copies of an iTunes playlist. [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 3:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Short-notice Caribbean vacation suggestions?

Short-notice Caribbean vacation suggestions? [more inside]
posted by nicwolff at 3:05 PM PST - 3 comments

capture video directly to hard drive?

capturing video from GL2 directly to powerbook??? [more inside]
posted by hummercash at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I rid my office chair of this squeak?

How do I rid my office chair of this gosh awful squeak? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 2:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Can the PPC-6700 handle AJAX?

PDAfilter: Does anyone know how the Sprint PPC-6700 (or any other variety of the HTC Apache or Wizard) does with AJAX-style web2.0 apps? [more inside]
posted by gnomicPerfect at 2:09 PM PST - 9 comments

how best to do recurring birthday investment for my god-daughter?

How best to invest $100 every year for my god-daughter...S&P, favorite stock, CD? [more inside]
posted by johoney at 1:42 PM PST - 17 comments

External audio for Powerbook?

I currently use the standard 3.5mm jacks on my Powerbook and would like to upgrade to a nicer set of inputs and outputs. [more inside]
posted by suitcase at 1:37 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I improve my sleep with drugs?

My sleep schedule is very hectic. While I almost always have to get up early, I frequently have to stay up very late to complete projects or have at least a few hours to spend with friends. I try and use the weekends to catch up on sleep, and I have many tricks to haul myself out of bed in the mornings but I was wondering if anyone might know a relatively safe combination of drugs that would not only help me quickly fall asleep but also wake up quickly if I haven't gotten my "full" 8 hours of sleep? [more inside]
posted by chason at 12:59 PM PST - 19 comments

R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet?

Can someone explain the appeal of R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet? [more inside]
posted by jca at 12:26 PM PST - 20 comments

dui dad

I need help from a Chicago cop to arrest my Dad for a DUI... [more inside]
posted by phredhead at 12:08 PM PST - 68 comments

Is it cheaper to buy a house or build one from scratch?

Is it cheaper to buy a house or build one from scratch? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 11:14 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I get a bartender job?

How do I get a bartender job? [more inside]
posted by tangelo at 11:14 AM PST - 14 comments

Two or 4? Need snow tire advice!

My fiancee's car is a 2003 Altima that I would like to put some snow tires on. I have used 4 tires on my vehicle for work (paid for by the company) and am wondering how much difference there is between using 2 or 4. I am not cheaping out on her of course, but we both have concerns over the cost/benefit ratio as we are just starting out. I am very familiar with using 2 new tires on front wheel drive cars with less tread on the back with all seasons and summer tires, and experienced no difficulty in seasonal months. If you have used 2 tires snow tires only, what was your experience? More inside... [more inside]
posted by skyguy14 at 11:10 AM PST - 19 comments

Why MASH theme different for s1e20-22?

Why is there a different theme arrangement/recording only for episodes 20, 21 and 22 in M*A*S*H season 1? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 10:59 AM PST - 3 comments

Stuck in Incheon for 15 Hours

I'm stuck in a lay over for 15 hours in Incheon. From 6PM on a Monday till Tuesday around 9AM. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by jasmeet at 10:51 AM PST - 20 comments

benefit cut

My employer has decided to stop paying any dependent health insurance coverage. How do I respond? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 10:48 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I convince my girlfriend to stop relying on condoms for birth control?

How can I convince my girlfriend to stop relying on condoms for birth control? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 126 comments

Have you ever been to Belarus?

Have you ever been to Belarus? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 10:44 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I handle dating several women at once?

DatingFilter: How do I handle dating several women at once? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:44 AM PST - 28 comments

It is not enough to obey him...

SysAdmin Filter: How much do system administrators REALLY know? [more inside]
posted by johnsmith415 at 10:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Raleigh/Durham/Chapel hill opinions.

What do you think of Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 10:36 AM PST - 13 comments

Stone knives and bear skins, I tell ya..

Anyone ever use QuicKeys for OS9? I am trying to figure out if there is a good way to fake it into using variables, possibly via AppleScript. [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 10:11 AM PST - 0 comments

He ate bugs

A friend of mine is trying to identify a webcomic from '98 or '99. I'm trying to help her. [more inside]
posted by amarynth at 10:04 AM PST - 2 comments

What useful programs/utilities can I put on a thumbdrive?

What useful programs/utilities can I put on a thumbdrive? [more inside]
posted by EmuBite at 9:15 AM PST - 14 comments

Need help finding a bulk email solution.

I need to send out bulk emails to an opt-in-only list of over 200,000 people. Can you help me find good software to do this with? [more inside]
posted by afroblanca at 7:39 AM PST - 16 comments

What makes people come to work on time?

My assistant is usually late, help me get her to make me look better. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 7:39 AM PST - 57 comments

New Yorker Subscription

When does your subscribed copy of the New Yorker arrive? I've recently subscribed and it seems that I'm getting my copy well after they hit the newsstands. When did the issue dated 11/14 arrive, was that the usual, and what part of the country are you in?
posted by boombot at 7:38 AM PST - 26 comments

Keeping warm, safe and healthy while running in the winter.

How do I stay warm, safe and healthy while running during the winter in New England? [more inside]
posted by soplerfo at 6:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Gift for a graduating nursing student?

GraduationFilter: The wife is graduating from college this december to be a RN(Registered Nurse). Can i please have some ideas for a very thoughtful gift to give her for graduation? Im looking for something that is unique and thoughtful, not something that is a standard cooking cutter gift. Thanks Everyone!!!
posted by flipmiester99 at 6:22 AM PST - 12 comments

Books about The Great War?

MilitaryHistoryBookFilter. Seeking readable histories of soldier and homefront experience during World War I. I'm not so much interested in tactical aspect of particular battles as I am in the individuals and communities involved. [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 6:12 AM PST - 25 comments

Help me get buff without going to the gym

I want to get buff. At home. [more inside]
posted by teem at 5:52 AM PST - 25 comments


EyeCandyFilter: I'm looking for some stunning CGI visuals to show off a new A/V system. Psychedelic computer graphics a-la X-mix are what I have in mind - a shrine to the pulsating, shiny, magic thing. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 5:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Present for an emigrating friend: UK-Australia

What present do I buy a friend who is getting married and emigrating to Australia? [more inside]
posted by porktrap at 4:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Identify movie quote

What movie is the quotation, "need the info, people!" from? I've googled it, but I think it isn't the full/correct original words.
posted by saffron at 4:37 AM PST - 3 comments

UK Industry Information

What are the best online resources for finding local companies in selected industries in the UK?
posted by srboisvert at 4:17 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I get spammers to stop using an email address?

This might sound like a stupid question, but I have heard of techniques that advanced users might use to foul up the spammers method of harvesting email addresses. It involves creating web pages and using bait or something, but I'm not sure how it works. And I can't concoct a google search that gets me the advice I am looking for. So webmins, how do you create a network of webpages that will have spammers getting so fed up with a specific email address that they will drop it from their list?
posted by at 12:09 AM PST - 12 comments

November 13

I sure would love it if they'd stop throttling me.

How can I detect if my ISP is using traffic-shaping software to throttle my P2P connections? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 11:48 PM PST - 21 comments

This is why I don't wear dresses.

Ladies.. I haven't worn a dress since my father's wedding at age 3, but... [more inside]
posted by Ugh at 11:44 PM PST - 11 comments

De-bunk a joke?

When transporting parakeets, would keeping the birds airborne reduce the weight of the truck? [more inside]
posted by jsteward at 10:48 PM PST - 25 comments

a gift for my depressed mother

my mother is depressed and i would like to give her something memorable when i make a visit during christmas. [more inside]
posted by grafholic at 10:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Random urge to move (again)

Thinkingaboutmovingfilter: We're thinking about moving to LA, right now we're in suburban DC. We've done most of the usual research, but LA just seems SO different I'm sure there's stuff we haven't even thought of. For example, I keep wondering how much of a difference things like the increased number of poisonous things will actually make to daily life. Just how different will it be and why? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 9:38 PM PST - 29 comments

What should I bid for my writing?

What should I bid for my freelance writing project? [more inside]
posted by hamster at 9:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Recurring hiccups

My husband got quite tipsy last night and has suffered from recurring hiccups all day today. The conventional cures work temporarily, but the hiccups only come back a couple of hours later. Can we excise the demons once and for all?
posted by kirstin at 7:04 PM PST - 25 comments

Weekly list of all upcoming SFBayArea Concerts?

Is there an online resource similar to this list of upcoming Chicago concerts available for the SF Bay area? [more inside]
posted by idontlikewords at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Drumstick Toys

My son mentioned last night that he would really like a pair of drumsticks like those Meg White uses from time to time. He says they have small tambourines and shakers on the ends of them but they are otherwise regular sticks. Is there a formal name for these? I'd really like to purchase a pair for him for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by keli at 6:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Internet connection disconnection

TiVoInternetConnectionFilter: Help me troubleshoot my internet connection's disconnections. For some reason when my computer is plugged into the router (which is plugged into the cable modem) the internet connection drops every 30-45 minutes. When it is wired directly into the modem, all is well. My TiVo connects wirelessly to the router. Is my favorite TV accessory causing my internet woes, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by clgregor at 6:38 PM PST - 3 comments

That iTunes apple is sure annoying

Does anyone know a way to get rid of the white apple that appears when you start iTunes visualizer? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia at 6:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Best diaper bag(s)?

I have a brand-new baby and I forgot to get a diaper bag before having her. What brands are stylish yet sturdy, with plenty of pockets but without Pooh, P.Rabbit or any other characters? Other bags that work as diaper bags would be fine also. [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 6:08 PM PST - 25 comments

Is the Eurovan worth it?

We are a family of five, two babies and a kid, looking for an alternative to our Volvo wagon which is on its last legs. We like Eurovans. Can anyone give advice or opinions of them? We've heard that the ones pre 1996 are a big problem. Are they worth the money? Alternatively, we we would consider the much cheaper and older Vanagon. Any words of wisdom out there?
posted by gina at 5:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Cropping errors in DVD authoring.

Creating my own DVDs vrom AVIs. Everything seems fine, but then... [more inside]
posted by mystyk at 4:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Who is eating all the cookies?

Where have all my user's cookies gone? [more inside]
posted by dhammala at 4:08 PM PST - 9 comments

ways to help fix a sore neck?

Neck Problems: Best ways for a young guy to take care of what are becoming chronic neck problems? Stretches, massages, supports, new pillows, etc? Surely some of you computer folks have had issues similar to mine. [more inside]
posted by adamk at 3:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I chargeback my attorney?

I had a paid consultation with an attorney, and decided to hire the firm. I signed the agreement and sent the form for the credit card authorization. I didn't hear from them for a few days, and after a number of calls, I was sent a waiver form to sign, before they would start working on my case. This was in addition to the agreement I'd signed earlier. They also sent me some templates for letters. My card had not yet been charged. Needless to say, my confidence with this firm wasn't very high at this point. The waiver letter I was signing said something about getting advice from independent counsel. I did exactly that. I contacted another attorney, found his strategy much better and found that he was more confident. I decided to go ahead with the new attorney. I contacted the old firm and told them, that I did not want to continue with them. They asked me to send an email, which I did. The next day, they went ahead and charged my card for the first payment (half the full amount). We talked a few times and now they tell me, that I'm not entitled to a refund, the amount charged covers the additional consultations and the letter templates. I don't have a problem paying for the additional consultation and any time they spent on my case, but charging this for the templates doesn't seem right. Should I chargeback on the credit card?
posted by naveed at 3:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Unintelligent Hard Drive Enclosure design?

I screwed up and plugged the wrong power supply into a hard drive enclosure. After the sickly smell of fried electronics wafted up to my nose, I freaked out, unplugged everything, and disassembled the enclosure. The electronics controlling the enclosure? All fine. The hard drive, not so much. One of the IC's on the drive's controller PCB is fried. My question -- is this normal design for a hard drive enclosure? It seems to me that if the enclosure recieves incorrect voltages, it would be common sense to design some failsafe idiot-proofing to keep said incorrect voltages from reaching and frying the drive. [more inside]
posted by adamkempa at 3:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Why can't I play dvd's?

I recently decided to jump on the dvd train, and finally bought myself a player. However, the video gives about 10 seconds of video followed by 10 seconds of blue screen. This from multiple players. [more inside]
posted by sauril at 3:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Government bonds

I'm trying to find any example of what a U.S. Treasury security might look like (T-bill, T-note, or T-bond, but not a savings bond). I understand most treasury bonds are electronic now, but it wasn't always that way. The Treasury FAQ says that paper versions still exist. Google Image turns up nothing but oodles of financial graphs no matter what I do. Nothing over 100 years old, please! Versions of this from other countries are fine as long as I can read them in English and they're recent.
posted by zek at 3:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Spinal Tap painting ID.

Help me identify this painting. [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 2:19 PM PST - 12 comments

What is causing my engine to vibrate at low RPM?

Why does my car vibrate at low RPM and idle? It occasionally gets very close to stalling out at low RPM and idle as well. I'm starting to worry because the Cleveland winter is approaching. [more inside]
posted by vkxmai at 2:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Ultimate Geek Tool

Holidays are approaching...what would be the essential geek multi-tool for working around computers and other office related repairing? Is it a specific type of Leatherman? The Swiss Army Cybertool? Or something completely different?
posted by boost ventilator at 2:06 PM PST - 10 comments

What would you tell 20-year-old you?

What did you wish you knew when you were 20? [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 1:55 PM PST - 64 comments

Please help me fix a '96 Volvo 850 broken LEFT windshield wiper..

Volvofilter--My left windshield wiper just stopped working in my '96 Volvo 850. The latch that opens the little gas door is finicky and a Volvo guy taught me how to reach inside the liner of the trunk to pull a little wire that releases the latch. (By now you've already figured out that I'm mechanically challenged). Is it possible that I pulled out a connection so that just one of my windshield wipers got disconnected? Or is this a bigger problem? If it doesn't rain tomorrow, I'm going to take it to the Volvo shop but it would be oh so much better if I could just fix it myself! Volvonians, any advice?
posted by lois1950 at 12:37 PM PST - 6 comments

As a man, is there any way I can use my health insurance to pay for birth control pills?

I'm about to start my first salaried job, and will therefore have health insurance. My girlfriend has none. We'd like a method of birth control that's safer and more effective than condoms, but neither of us can afford birth control pills out of pocket. As a man, is there any way I can use my health insurance to pay for birth control pills? If not, what are my other options? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 12:28 PM PST - 26 comments

Question about Central & South American charities

Question about Central or South American charities [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 12:11 PM PST - 8 comments

is an ebay fraud seller free?

can i EVER get revenge on a fraudulent ebay seller? [more inside]
posted by airnxtz at 12:11 PM PST - 303 comments

equipment-free workouts

I need help coming up with a bunch of different, creative ways to incorporate exercise into my life, every day, without spending any money. [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 12:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Flying with kids without losing them or it

I need ideas on how to ameliorate the experience of flying across the country with a toddler and a baby. I'll be the only adult and will be holding my baby in my lap. Any advice, besides "Don't do it?" [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 11:42 AM PST - 19 comments

Broken toaster oven

My toaster oven continually needs more time to toast things... [more inside]
posted by hopeless romantique at 11:36 AM PST - 2 comments

out of free ideas to advertise my computer repair business

I'm running out of free ideas to advertise my computer repair business! I could use some help. [more inside]
posted by Dean Keaton at 10:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Flickr Badge Question

I'm using a java Flickr badge on my blog. Can anybody tell me what's the best number of tagged photos to use in order to achieve the best effect? Thanks!
posted by Misciel at 10:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Rearranging iTunes

Is there a way to rearrange album order in iTunes? [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 10:20 AM PST - 32 comments

Is there a way to pull the specific information from a consistently formatted email into something like Delicious Library?

Is there a way to pull specific information (like title/author) from a consistently formatted email into something like Delicious Library? [more inside]
posted by nramsey at 10:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Why does VBA use 12/30/1899 for zero?

In Microsoft VBA, the zero value for dates is midnight 12/30/1899. Does anyone know why that particular date/time was chosen for zero?
posted by jasper411 at 9:42 AM PST - 7 comments

How old is too old to start over?

Another 40 year old in need of a new career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 20 comments

Medical care in Hong Kong

Please help me determine the name and location of the best Western-style hospital in Hong Kong. I'm also looking for any other tips you can offer to someone seeking medical care there. [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 8:55 AM PST - 4 comments

iTunes sign on problem

Why am I asked to agree to the iTunes legal stuff EVERYTIME I open it? It only happens when I'm logged on, not when anybody else uses this imac.
posted by what-i-found at 8:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Does it hurt my mp3 player to get cold?

Does it matter if you leave an audio player (hard drive) in the car overnight in a New England winter?
posted by Mayor Curley at 7:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Snow fun holiday without skiing

Help me find some Family Fun in the snow (Europe) but not with skiing - I week Dec 26th- [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 4:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Syndication Security Problem

SystemFilter: As mentioned before, I have a sudoku website, where I host tons of puzzles that I have generated. I am in the midst of writing a system to syndicate these puzzles, so anybody can embed my puzzles and solver in their site by using a bit of JS code (similar to google adsense). I've got a bit of a security problem that I can't quite solve... [more inside]
posted by gaby at 4:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Other uses for a cottage may include...

My family is buying a cottage in the woods. Help suggest some fun activities to keep things interesting! [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 3:11 AM PST - 15 comments

Customers who bought this title also bought...

One of my favorite bands is the Japanese rock group The Pillows. I'd love to find other artists/bands with a similar musical style, but haven't had much luck so far. Does anyone familiar with their music have any recommendations? I'm particularly interested in finding American bands that fit, but anywhere from around the globe is great too.
posted by kosher_jenny at 1:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Volvo valve cover gasket replacement as easy as it seems?

Anyone have experience replacing the valve cover gasket on a Volvo, or general experience with engine seals in cars? [more inside]
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... at 12:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Long Island Iced Tea of my dreams?

I had the Long Island Iced Tea of my dreams...Now how do I make it? [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 12:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Traffic avoidence tips: Venice to Glendale

LA Residents: Looking for tips on avoiding traffic on a morning commute between Venice and Glendale. [more inside]
posted by KenFox at 12:00 AM PST - 11 comments

November 12

Should I do an Engineering Internship in order to preserve my chances of getting a backup job that I may never do?

Should I do an Engineering Internship in order to preserve my chances of getting a backup job that I may never do, instead pursuing a career in music? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 11:28 PM PST - 9 comments


Can anyone explain why these wine glasses broke for what appeared to be no reason at all? [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 11:13 PM PST - 16 comments

buying a dishwasher

We just bought a 1968 house with a 1968 dishwasher. Food is clinging to dishes, and it is clogging. After reading the manual, I can't figure out how to clean this thing out, and I'm ready to buy something newer that won't do this. I've been using the internets since I whenever the first browser came out (1994?) and I swear I can't find a site that gives good, multiple user reviews of dishwashers. I just want something that works well and isn't terribly loud for 3-400 bucks. It's been ten years, why is this so hard? And should I fix the old machine or get a new one? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 10:46 PM PST - 35 comments

Looking for Modern research that dissect/defines the revolutionary process

Looking for modern research (books, articles, papers etc) that dissect/define the revolutionary process. [more inside]
posted by Sagres at 9:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Tax Reform Proposals

The new tax reform proposals: what will happen next? The tax reform committee recommendations that were just announced are potentially a big problem for my family.... [more inside]
posted by Instrumental at 8:53 PM PST - 5 comments

How to mate a cell phone with a computer?

Cellphones + soundboards - anyone done this before? [more inside]
posted by fish tick at 8:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Marine traffic control filter: How many vessels are out on the water right now, and where are they?

Marine traffic control filter: How many vessels are out on the water right now, and where are they in general? [more inside]
posted by dino terror at 7:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Can Google show how many times a phrase has been searched for?

A friend is trying to find a Google resource that allows one to see the number of times a phrase has been searched for recently. [more inside]
posted by kongg at 6:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I covert my bathroom sink from two faucets to one?

My bathroom sink has separate faucets for hot and cold. I want it to have one faucet. Can I change this myself, or do I need a plumber? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 6:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Sayako's Farewell

I understand that Princess Sayako must leave the imperial family because she is marrying a commoner. However, from the article, it sounds as if she'll no longer be considered their daughter. Will she still be allowed to visit? How does this work and what are the traditions surrounding such a farewell?
posted by onhazier at 6:43 PM PST - 3 comments

I switched to linux to hide the porn!

I am engaged to a wonderful woman who has some mental problems. She's willing to get help, but needs my assistance to make it happen. [more inside]
posted by wzcx at 6:13 PM PST - 63 comments

Snakes on a plane

PhD filter: did you find your experience worth the time invested? Did it bother you that it took until your late twenties/early thirties only to complete your education?
posted by Krrrlson at 6:02 PM PST - 38 comments

How do I setup my new Mac to run Linux and Windows applications too?

I'm about to get a brand new PowerBook and would like to be able to run OSX, Linux, and run Windows applications. VPC is one option, but isn't there a Linux version that will run Windows applications? If so, what is it, how well does it work, and how best should I setup the computer to use it? Dual boot? Boot from within OSX? Multiple partitions, one for each OS? Since this laptop will be brand new, I'd like to take the opportunity to get everything setup right. Oh yeah, I'd also like to give OpenOffice a try (on the OSX install), any words of wisdom for me there?
posted by pwb503 at 5:37 PM PST - 19 comments

webpage for a begginer

Help me to start making web pages. (I've done the search but my results, lately, are just silly.) [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Jon Stewart and 9/11

Can anyone give me a link to Jon Stewart's opening monologue on the first Daily Show episode after September 11?
posted by Optamystic at 5:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it a choice?

Having long rolled my eyes at the debate over whether homosexuality is a choice, can I get an explanation of this argument from someone? [more inside]
posted by Holygrail2 at 4:34 PM PST - 42 comments

Upper Back (Lung?) Pain

For the past four and a half years I have had pain in my upper back, between and just below my shoulder blades. It feels to me like its lung pain. It is worse when its cold, and at night (I think because it's cold at night). My doctor doesn't know what it is. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by duck at 4:13 PM PST - 16 comments

Stranded in San Francisco

I'm stranded in San Francisco. Hopefully some funds will be sent to me in a few days but for tonight & the near future I guess I'll be on the streets. I have another 2 hours or so of free library internet access. If anyone could offer their yard or porch I would be forever grateful. [more inside]
posted by poodlemouthe at 4:06 PM PST - 26 comments

End of College coming up, what to do next?

EndofCollegeLifeFilter: I will be graduating from college in the spring of next year. I am putting off graduate school for a year or two. Summer 2006 will be spent interning in Washington D.C. but what do I do after that? More below. [more inside]
posted by nosophoros at 3:58 PM PST - 12 comments

What's happening to my body?

For as long as I can remember, I've had an odd physical reaction to things that disgust me. My feet and hands ache, and I lose fine motor control - I can't make my hands do what I want them to do. They just hang there, dead, until the feeling passes. This reaction is strongly tied to disgust - other strong emotions such as joy, anger or sadness don't have the same effect on me. When I asked my GP about this, he just shrugged. He said that he'd never heard of this before, but that our bodies sometimes act in strange ways and that I shouldn't be too worried about it. Does anyone know what this is about? Is there a name for it? What does it mean???
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 3:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Boycott Sony

So, I want to boycott Sony. Is that possible, of have they got their tentacles into too much? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 3:17 PM PST - 18 comments

rss aggregator as email digest

I'm looking for a way to aggregate my rss feeds into a daily digest that is sent to me via email. Is there such a beast?
posted by swift at 2:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Stop needed at French-German border?

When driving from France into Germany, is there a border crossing where you have to stop and speak to an official? Or do you just drive across with only a sign to mark the border? [more inside]
posted by richg at 1:28 PM PST - 26 comments

ideas for a New Year's Eve playlist

I need ideas for a New Year's Eve playlist for a restaurant. [more inside]
posted by ashbury at 1:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Archiving blog searches on a wiki

I've been given the task of tracking blog posts relating to a group I'm involved with and keeping the wiki updated on an ongoing basis. Help me do this with a minimum of effort. [more inside]
posted by cali at 1:13 PM PST - 2 comments

persistent nero default settings

How do I make the settings in Nero Wave Editor 3 persist? [more inside]
posted by the cuban at 1:13 PM PST - 0 comments

Looking for a theme for a bellydance show

I am in the early stages of attempting to organize a show for a tribal rock fusion bellydance troupe, and I was thinking it might be nice for it to have some overarching theme rather than simply being a collection of unrelated dance numbers. Any suggestions? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 12:00 PM PST - 5 comments

light snowblower

Suggestions for a lightweight, but capable, snowblower? [more inside]
posted by MattD at 10:51 AM PST - 2 comments


My hair dryer just bit the dust, and now I need to buy a new one. Any recommendations? Are those tourmaline dryers worth the $200 price tag? I have long, hair.... [more inside]
posted by lilboo at 10:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Other Multicultural Youth Experiences

In about a month I will return from one of the greatest experiences of my life - a multicultural travelling creative extravaganza. Then what? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 10:07 AM PST - 11 comments

What's the best http analytics tool?

Seeking recommendations for http analytics tools in the vein of HTTP Analyzer and Charles. Firefox compatibility and the ability to view the page and the data at the same time are big plusses.
posted by bingo at 9:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Travel agent friend etiquette

My wife and I have been going to the same place for vacation for seven years, and for the past two, we've booked through a travel agent friend of ours from home who moved there. This year, if we don't book through the friend and do it ourselves, would it be a horrible faux pas? [more inside]
posted by tommassit at 8:57 AM PST - 30 comments

Is there such thing as Javascript Tidy?

Is there a utility out there that does for Javascript code what HTML Tidy does for (X)HTML? I've started working with a bunch of Javascript code that's just messy as all hell, and would love to preprocess it into something a bit neater before buckling down and getting to work. Something online (similar to this online HTML Tidy interface) would be perfect, something *nix command-line would be good as well, and I guess an app that handled the cleanup would be fine (OS X preferred). This might be a no-brainer, but I've searched high and low without results...
posted by delfuego at 8:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Restoring Old Leather

I have a pair of antique oak T-back chairs with padded leather seats. The leather is old and not quite brittle, but it is cracking ever so slowly. What can I do to help restore some suppleness and health to the leather? [more inside]
posted by sciurus at 7:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Good UK coastal villages for holidays

I am looking to go away for a long weekend with friends and hire a cottage. We want to go to somewhere coastal ideally and find a village to stay in that has a some pubs and places to eat. We have been to Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire a few times and are looking for somewhere quaint and pretty like that where you can have a few walks on the beach and a few pints. Any ideas for anywhere good? Any recommendations for cottages would also be appreciated. Cheers.
posted by blacksky at 7:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for Failed Rescue Video

Trying to locate video of "funny" rescue (car-truck-crane) on pier... truck tries to save car, but truck falls into water; crane comes to save truck, but crane falls into water... each new rescuer falls into the water trying to save the earlier one.
posted by VeniceGlass at 6:55 AM PST - 5 comments

How do i put this code on my web site?

Can anyone guide me in creating a page just like this one? [more inside]
posted by deadmouse at 5:59 AM PST - 4 comments

sore buttocks while sitting

In virtually any chair, couch, car seat, etc., my buttocks gets sore, but only on the right side. This has been getting worse for 30 years (I am 60). My doctor was not helpful: "use a better pad". I had to give up my recumbent bike--can't easily stand or squirm to relieve the pain/numbness. Does anyone know what might be the cause and treatment of this?
posted by willingp at 5:57 AM PST - 13 comments

dreams that don't require symbolic analysis, TYVM!

Hot Feet => Nightmares!? [more inside]
posted by polyglot at 2:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Gallo film pics

I've exhausted the Google search engine, so can anybody out there help me find a quality online photo gallery of the Vincent Gallo film "Buffalo 66"? Preferably one that has a few shots from the "Scott Woods" strip club scene?
posted by iced_borsch at 12:35 AM PST - 4 comments

November 11

What are my chances of getting burned on a used hard drive on eBay?

What are my chances of getting burned on a used hard drive on eBay? [more inside]
posted by bryanzera at 10:08 PM PST - 17 comments

How does autosurf work

Can any one explain 12 Daily Pro ? a family member has invested several thousand dollars. Is it legitimate? [more inside]
posted by hortense at 9:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I stay or should I go now?

I'm about to end what is a very good relationship overall... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 PM PST - 38 comments

What to look for in a Pittsburgh apartment?

PittsburghApartmentFilter: What recommendations do you have for someone looking for a (relatively) cheap apartment? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 8:56 PM PST - 5 comments

addiction/compulsion question

are there any socially-accepted addictions anymore?
posted by brandz at 7:19 PM PST - 58 comments

Reverse column order in Excel?

Using MS Excel 2002 (Win), my mom has managed to reverse the order of the columns at the top of the page (Z to A instead of the usual). _Not_ the actual cell entries, but the columns themselves appear in reverse order. She has no idea how/when she did it. [more inside]
posted by rexruff at 5:02 PM PST - 3 comments

What are the best TV show episode guides?

Are there any TV show episode guides as well-written and interesting as the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine guide? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 at 4:57 PM PST - 6 comments

More omph on the lowest notes

Can I extend the register of my voice downwards? [more inside]
posted by springload at 4:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Packing food for airline travel

Can I check a cooler full of food when flying state to state? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 3:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Real-time stock web service

I need a very simple stock quote web service that I can get at programatically. Everything I've found is either non-real time ("delayed 10 minutes") or not programatically available (i.e. an embedded java webpage that only works in IE.) I'd even screen scrape if they let me. I will obviously pay for this service. I don't need charts or anything fancy beyond real time data for any of the major exchanges (I'm not picky.)
posted by neustile at 3:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for miniature toys

Does anyone know where I can find miniature plastic toys on the cheap? Or does anyone have any they'd like to donate for a fun cause? [more inside]
posted by skrike at 3:36 PM PST - 12 comments


GoodEatsFilter - I am travelling to the Windy City from NY state in two days via rustmobile and I am looking for some good eats along the way.....[more] [more inside]
posted by lampshade at 3:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Name that plug socket.

Name that plug socket! [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 3:32 PM PST - 9 comments

How best to migrate from one domain to another?

How best to migrate from one domain to another? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 2:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Are there good examples of the design *process* online or in book form?

Are there good examples of the design *process* online or in book form? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 2:58 PM PST - 6 comments

MP3 editor n' stuff

Can you help me find a handy little tool that I can use to (visually) chop off the blernk-nee-fornk noise that exists at the end of one of my MP3s? [more inside]
posted by Necker at 2:35 PM PST - 16 comments

The Amazing Bouncing Float

Why does IE's rendering of CSS suck so much? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 2:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find a ladies denim shirt in NYC?

Where can I find a women's denim shirt for sale in New York City?
posted by Edible Energy at 2:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Not the father.

A friend just found out that he's not the biological father of his 5 year old. How can he make sure he retains as many parental rights as possible? He never married the mother, but his name is on the birth certificate.
posted by taumeson at 2:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Where are all the depressed famous women at?

Help me find depressed famous women.... [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 2:13 PM PST - 31 comments

Southern Utah photography spree

What are the best photography spots in southern Utah? [more inside]
posted by kindall at 2:11 PM PST - 18 comments

I need a 24" wide combo oven/microwave.

I need a 24" wide combo oven / microwave (stacked). [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 2:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Capturing WebTV

I am failing to find a free program that lets me capture the video/audio from a web tv stream (WMP). [more inside]
posted by fondle at 1:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Entire Congress transcript of Clinton impeachment?

Where can I find a complete transcript, preferably in a single PDF file (or at the most 4 or 5) of the House and Senate deliberations, debates and votes over Bill Clinton's impeachment? [more inside]
posted by paperpete at 1:02 PM PST - 3 comments

I know its not six-ten dollar installments

Which is correct? "six ten-dollar installments" or "six ten dollar installments" or "six $10.00 installments" Or something else? Please give citations of grammar books, rules, etc along with your answer. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 1:01 PM PST - 64 comments

Are there REALLY any benefits to battery power cycling?

Battery power cycling - it's offered as advice for poor battery life on pretty much anything, from cell phones to laptops. Heck, T-Mobile told me to do it today after I switched phones and the same battery dropped from 50 hours of standby time to 9 hours. However, I've only ever cycled one thing - a laptop battery - and that dropped its capacity from 4 hours to 30 minutes. Because of that I'm a bit wary, so my question is, what's the logic behind power cycling a battery, and has anyone actually seen any benefits from it?
posted by philulrich at 12:52 PM PST - 9 comments

How much is dangerous to eat in one sitting?

How much is dangerous to eat in one sitting? [more inside]
posted by who else at 12:52 PM PST - 20 comments

Software for live collaborative annotation of web page

How can we enable multiple teleconferencers to share the same view of a web page, trade off control of a shared cursor, and overlay freeform annotations onto this page they're all viewing? Without making firewall changes? (IT is firm on that requirement)</strong [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey at 12:50 PM PST - 11 comments

when your on your own...

My s.o. and I are at a crossroads. We are both architects and are hoping to start a fashion/design company that will be able to sustain our incomes (at least partially). We have product, we have a website, we have customers. What we are looking for are good books/websites/opinions on how to proceed out of our day-to-day jobs and into our own billing/taxes/sustainability models. We are open to "get a lawyer" responses, but are really looking to get our heads around some business concepts. Any sources that you have found helpful? [more inside]
posted by grimley at 12:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Word 2004 makes bad PDF?

Has anyone experienced Word 2004 on OS X generating malformed PDF? I have a friend who constantly has difficulty printing documents (that typically have a lot of equation editor objects in them.) [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog at 12:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Kankakee, IL tokens??

Kankakee (Illinois) transit tokens? Well, any kind of Kankakee-related token, really - I'd like to find two of them (matching) and have them made into cufflinks for my sweetie as a holiday present... [more inside]
posted by Puppy D at 12:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Rebuilding Movable Type Using PHP

How do I trigger the rebuild of a MT blog using PHP? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 12:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me with a couple of technical strategy questions as I build a web based service from scratch.

I am building a web based service. I am about 1/3 done with the project. Right now I am starting to think about how this app will scale if the user base expands into the hundreds (hundreds of sites with each getting their own unique traffic). Apoligies in advance if my question is too conceptual or ambiguous. [more inside]
posted by rdurbin at 11:57 AM PST - 2 comments

Number 9?

What is the significance of the number 9 in Islamic culture? or perhaps, what is the significance of said number with relevance to "Radical Extremism" (dude! Extreme and Radical! This is in reference to 9 a.m. on 9-11 and 9 p.m., 11-9 and so on. . . [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 11:51 AM PST - 15 comments

XP rss reader recommendation?

I'm looking for a rss reader client on XP that works essentially the same as Shrook or Netnewswire on OS X. I'm willing to pay for it. I've downloaded quite a few clients but none that I've downloaded have my favorite features of Shrook... [more inside]
posted by mrkohrea at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Who can make custom iPod accessories for me?

I have an idea for a couple of new iPod accessories. Unfortunately, I have no technical knowledge to design and manufacture them myself. I have put some money aside which I can use to finance the production. Where can I find someone who I can hire to build these products for me?
posted by zeerobots at 11:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Help my pug and his bum troubles.

So my dog, Mr. L.L.C. Jack Aujla-Milloy, has some bum problems... [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 10:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Good books to read before wandering about Central and South America

Good books to read before wandering about Central and South America for a few months? [more inside]
posted by airguitar at 10:56 AM PST - 19 comments

Background on visit and possible move to South Africa.

ZAfilter: I am off to Cape Town soon, and might even move there. This is a request for more than just "what should I check out on a week long visit"... [more inside]
posted by bumpkin at 10:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Trading PAYG Phones

Nokia PAYG are about £30. Someone, somewhere in the world must want to buy one for more. [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 10:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Dual display video card

I seek a video card with some combination of the following specs: dual dvi output; different resolutions and/or different orientations (i.e portrait and landscape) simultaneously on the two monitors; at least minimal Linux support; PCI-Express; inexpensive. [more inside]
posted by TimeFactor at 10:20 AM PST - 7 comments

help track down a prose poem

My husband is looking for a prose poem about postcards used to create a religion. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

whats ships are in the bay

Is there a website that shows what ships are currently in the San Francisco bay? I could have sworn I saw something like it a while back but can't for the life of me figure out where.
posted by zeoslap at 9:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Cheap Cell Phones?

Is there a way to find cheap cell phones online without a contract? I've heard of online "outlet stores" from a few random people here and there, but haven't yet been able to actually stumble upon one.
posted by Ekim Neems at 9:57 AM PST - 9 comments

How can we inexpensively market a children's hair salon?

MarketingFilter: My wife has opened a hair salon specializing in cutting children's hair. We've done a few marketing efforts already but the results have been less than I'd hoped and I'd like to see if there are some other good ideas to explore. [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 9:36 AM PST - 24 comments

This is the crap FOX would run in the afternoons

Name that show: late 70's or early 80's sitcom set in a lounge at the top of a hotel. [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 9:20 AM PST - 12 comments

Is baby shampoo really no tears?

BabyShampooFilter: No More Tears? What is in baby shampoo that makes it not sting your eyes? [more inside]
posted by Gooney at 8:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Gag Gift For Odd Boss

I need help with a gag Christmas gift for a father/boss... [more inside]
posted by aburd at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

How well does "coasting" work?

Does "coasting" in a standard transmission vehicle really save gas over maintaining your speed? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 8:38 AM PST - 36 comments

How do I bike to work and still stay daisy-fresh?

How do I bike to work and still stay daisy-fresh? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 7:23 AM PST - 23 comments

Home improvement/maintenance tips

What are some usual (or unusual) home maintenance things/tips/hints that you do/use/follow periodically? Anybody have a link to a good list of these? [more inside]
posted by gwenzel at 6:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Where can I get a Katamari Damacy Prince puppet?

I must have one of these Katamari Damacy Prince puppets for my friend. Where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by Sibrax at 6:27 AM PST - 3 comments

How much Ram can be installed into an IBM 600 X Laptop

I own a used IBM 600X Laptop with very little Ram. Would anyone know the maximum amount of Ram I can install. Also what is the model number or description of the Ram I should purchase from a computer store? Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1 at 6:15 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a good domain name

How do I pick a good domain name for my blog and email? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 6:04 AM PST - 37 comments

Why are country songs so often complete sentences?

Why are so many country music songs (compared to pop songs) titled with complete sentences? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 3:57 AM PST - 11 comments

I need to become a database-design expert ASAP!

I need to become a database-design expert ASAP! [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 2:09 AM PST - 20 comments

IIS setup

Can you help me set up IIS to test a site locally? [more inside]
posted by monkey closet at 1:39 AM PST - 3 comments

File transfer help

I need an efficient and lost cost way to allow my clients to download audio files I have created. I do radio production. 1-4 MB files not unusual. Suggestions?
posted by dcinrhode at 12:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Oldschool vert skateboard decks?

Old school vert skateboards for fat old nerds. Any adult riders out there? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 12:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you tell me how to get... how to get this song...

SongFilter: Have you heard an Indian/Native American version of the Sesame Street song? Know where to find a copy? [more inside]
posted by muddylemon at 12:30 AM PST - 6 comments

November 10

Help me flesh out my shadowrunning.

Pen and Paper role playing geekout question. I am going to be GM'ing a Shadowrun campaign this weekend and I am still working on getting everything together. I have a premise.. I have made some pretty nice maps up.. Working on some NPCs and such. But I am stuck on writing room descriptions. How do you flesh out your campaigns? [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 11:12 PM PST - 13 comments

MBH Syndrome

Male Blotchy Forehead Syndrome: what is it? [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 10:06 PM PST - 11 comments

Differences between Tivo and ReplayTV?

I'm interested in finally getting a DVR, and I'm trying to decide between Tivo and ReplayTV. Are there any differences I should be aware of? [more inside]
posted by mattwatson at 9:23 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I find health coverage for my family?

I was laid off. COBRA is running out. How do I best acquire new health care coverage for my family when my wife is in much needed therapy and taking expensive medication? [more inside]
posted by jasonlatshaw at 9:21 PM PST - 13 comments

What theme should I choose for a 30 minute radio newsmagazine?

Next Friday I will be the producer for a 30 minute radio newsmagazine. What should the theme of the show be? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 9:14 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get ebooks on my blackberry?

Getting ebooks on my blackberry? [more inside]
posted by kensanway at 9:11 PM PST - 2 comments

A very desirable carboard box, only slightly damp...

How can I find cheap housing in Long Beach for me, my two kids, and our dog? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 7:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Blogger ID number? In running order?

I hope you guys can settle an argument for me about Blogger. Each Blogger user has a unique profile id. eg XXXX is in running numbers. The smallest number is the earliest blog. ie belongs to Blogger's founder. XXXX stays with you, until you delete your account. There is no way to change it. Even if you change your user name, profile etc. My friend maintains that it changes with your username. So which is which? My Google-fu has failed me, for this instance.
posted by merv at 6:44 PM PST - 4 comments

How to meet college students when you're not (currently) in college?

I'm a lonely college senior in Boston, and I'd like to meet other students/people under 30. The problem is, I'm not actually in college right now -- I'm just taking the semester off, and this is where I happen to live. It seems like everybody around here who's even close to my age is on a campus, and I'm not sure how I'd go about crashing their social circles. So - any ideas on how to do this, or on other non-college social activities I could try? Thanks!
posted by jsbww at 6:33 PM PST - 19 comments

help me find a super-deluxe banana seat for a chopper bicycle

I'd like to find a deluxe banana seat to put on this bike - so deluxe it'll practically be a motorcyle seat. I'd like a lot of comfortable padding for a nice, easy ride, and a split-level / two-seat configuration, kind of like the seat on this thing. It will be mounted on the bicycle seat post + sissy bars down to the rear dropouts. I am finding squat on eBay / Froogle. Any help?
posted by scarabic at 5:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Sending IR from my K750

Capturing IR signals, and sending them from my K750i... [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 4:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Home vs. university computer security

Computer security question. Is a typical home PC, when it's connected to the net via a cable to a DSL modem, any more or less secure against intrusions than if the same computer were plugged into the network on the campus of a typical, large American university? Say, for example, a UC campus.
posted by shoos at 4:22 PM PST - 23 comments

CA central coast road trip

Help me plan a post-Thanksgiving road trip up California's central coast! [more inside]
posted by scody at 4:03 PM PST - 18 comments

spookymovie filter

Haunted by a movie. About ten years ago I was in France and I saw a chilling suspense movie on late-night TV. I'm not sure that it was French - maybe Dutch or German, with subtitles? I remember little: the music-box/bells theme, the murderer's slow grace, and a scene where the detective fills a room with steam to recover a victim's traced final message. A little more (and a spoiler) inside. [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 4:01 PM PST - 3 comments

How much poison does the GPL contain?

The GPL: If I were to include a piece of GPL'd code in a commercial application that I'm selling a license to, what do I need to do to be in compliance with the GPL?
posted by SpecialK at 3:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I get a RSS feed for photos that's NOT flickr to put on my blog?

As a pretty prolific photographer and new blogger, I want to make my photos an important part of my Typepad basic blog. I'm looking for some kind of service that will let me upload my photos and then create some kind of (ideal) RSS feed or (less ideal) HTML code that I can put on my blog to show the 20 most recent photos or so. I need control over the feed or code to make the thumbnails or images the size I want to fit in the design. I've tried flickr and I'm less than impressed by the inability to change the size of the photos in the feed. I don't want to use a flickr badge - I want the user to see all the photos as they read my blog entries. I'd also like to prevent having large amounts of added "ads" on top of my photos advertising the service I'm using to provide the photos. [more inside]
posted by riverjack at 3:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to rent an Elliptical Machine in NYC?

Where can a person rent an elliptical exercise machine (e.g. Precor) in New York City? I'm interested in getting a high quality elliptical machine for home use, but I'm concerned about the cost and my relative lack of self-motivation. I don't want to spend $2000+ on a machine that I use five times then ignore. I'd rather rent for a while until I'm sure it works for me. I need something at home -- gym membership is not an option. Is there any company that will rent me an elliptical machine by the month, and deliver to my apartment in Manhattan?
posted by dudeman at 3:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Money supply and banking

Greenspanfilter. I've been trying hard to understand the basics of macroeconomics, and now I think I need serious help. [more inside]
posted by shannymara at 3:25 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I cancel my AOL account but keep my screen name for AIM purposes?

I've been an AOL customer for too many years now, and I want to cancel my account. Is there a way for me to do this but KEEP MY SCREEN NAME SO I CAN USE IT ON AIM?
posted by JudgeBork at 2:20 PM PST - 18 comments

How far can I chop a grapevine?

We have old, old grape vines in our backyard, growing on a pergola-type structure that is completely rotten and is falling down. It is an overhead structure which gives awesome shade in the summer, but it isn't safe and needs to go. How do I save the vines? [more inside]
posted by chococat at 2:04 PM PST - 10 comments

An unreadable font says what?

Help me find a font. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 2:01 PM PST - 7 comments

What's wrong with my bum?

I'm having troubles with my tushy! [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:53 PM PST - 27 comments

Allowing an at-fault party to pay out-of-pocket.

I got rear-ended by a drunk driver. They're offering to pay the damage outright versus going through the insurance company. Do I take the offer? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 1:36 PM PST - 40 comments

Frugal Creama

Frugal, finicky, espresso! We are forming a creama cabal at work and would like to communally get a decent espresso machine. The problem is that not everyone is a coffee geek and the maximum budget we could agree on is around $200. So the question is, considering the monetary constraints, and the fact the machine is going to be somewhat high volume (10 people in an office environment), what is our best piece of gear?
posted by PissOnYourParade at 1:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Core Audio and related frameworks

Getting raw signal data from a USB or Firewire device under Mac OS X... [more inside]
posted by Rothko at 1:21 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get external connections to my LAN games?

I have two computers in my house, connected via a router to broadband. I play Diablo II with my partner on the two computers across the LAN. Now, how can I get my friend to connect to the same game via the internet so three (or more) of us can play? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 1:10 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get iTunes to play tracks without gaps?

Seamless tracks in iTunes? [more inside]
posted by tommyc at 12:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Croatian "sadrzaj" in English

What does the Croatian word "sadrzaj" mean in English? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 12:26 PM PST - 14 comments

What products does oil yield?

Where do I find information about the yield of different products from different sorts of crude oil? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 11:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Cool first b-day party ideas?

Babyfilter: How do I throw a fun first birthday party for my son without hiring any corny/lameass entertainment to occupy the under-5 crowd? I'd like the adults to enjoy themselves, too. Is my plan to have each parent swing their kid around in a giant game of baby-foosball doomed to fail?
posted by ericbop at 11:48 AM PST - 12 comments

How transfer Tivo bits to OSX

I'm a TiVo owner and Mac OSX user, and I'd like to the ability to transfer upcoming (and some currently saved) programs from my Tivo (Series 2, 80hour) to my Mac. I have DSL that comes into an Apple Air Port. What's the best way to do this? (Or is the easiest thing to buy an external DVD recorder on my TV and record stuff that way?) I just want to occasionally share a clip with non-TiVo-owning friends/colleagues that they should see.
posted by mark7570 at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Battery first, then upgrade? Upgrade first, then battery?

PotentiallyStupidQuestionFilter: I'm looking to juice up my long-in-the-tooth titanium Powerbook (from March of 2002 -- 667 mHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 30GB harddrive, etc.) with both a new battery (since the original one now gets approx. five minutes of life when unplugged) and OS X 10.4. Here's the weird question: Should I put the battery in first, and then update the OS, or do the OS update and then swap in the new battery? It might not matter at all, but I know that operating systems do have an impact on battery performance -- is that something I should be taking into consideration, or can I do either upgrade at any time without worrying about sequence?
posted by logovisual at 10:55 AM PST - 9 comments

What do I get you?

SayonaraFilter: I've shared an office with a colleague for 3 years and tomorrow is his last day. I would very much like to get him some sort of sincere gift, but he doesn't drink booze or eat chocolate, so that's both my plans nixed already. To make matters worse... [more inside]
posted by russmail at 10:35 AM PST - 37 comments


I don't watch Lost, but I was wondering: Has anything comparable ever actually happened? Has there ever been a historical instance where several people were stranded in the wilderness for a long and indeterminate period of time and had to make do? The more recent the better, but I'm interested in anything (I've already heard the story of Andrew Selkirk, the "real life" Robinson Crusoe).
posted by borkingchikapa at 10:28 AM PST - 36 comments

My mac is possessed.

My Imac (running the latest patched version of Tiger) is possessed. While I watch, the cursor is flipping around, opening the terminal, and typing "wget" with nothing after it. I don't know if this is a bot, hacker, or hardware failure of some sort. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 10:27 AM PST - 20 comments

cure for the morning snots?

Help me stop the morning snots. Invariably, every morning my sinuses go into overdrive about 5-10 minutes after I wake up. My nose gets completely congested and I'll have to honk wads of clear mucous into several tissues to clear it out. [more inside]
posted by de void at 10:06 AM PST - 40 comments

external monitor for screen dead ibook?

The screen on my white ibook G3 has gone dead. Nothing but black. Apple says it's the logic board and will fix it. I'm wondering if there is any way to use an external monitor (like our powerbook G4) so we can get into it and save some files before we ship it off... [more inside]
posted by rough at 10:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Memorandum Conundrum

An agreement signed some time ago is now proving difficult to dissolve, due to loss of contact with the other person. If a 'Memorandum of Understanding' was signed and then the parties are no longer in contact, can one party dissolve the agreement/partnership without the consent of the other and re-start the business alone? Much more inside... [more inside]
posted by DannyUKNYC at 10:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for really big flash-based websites.

I am looking for some really big flash-based websites... any come to mind? [more inside]
posted by cusack at 9:39 AM PST - 13 comments

Advice on Internet dating at 62

On-line/Internet dating Filter - I'm 62, I've tried a few Internet dating sites in the last 2years, met a few interesting guys, mostly several hours away, and took a break. Now I'm wondering what sites might have more guys in my age group, approximately 55 to 67, active and involved .... especially those who are who are, how do I say this? not looking for a traditional kind of person. I'm often interested in alternatives to the mainstream. [more inside]
posted by judybxxx at 9:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Terms of Use help...

is there a standard "terms of use" that i can use for a website that should legally cover use of my website. [more inside]
posted by tnai at 9:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Real estate buyer's agent

We're looking to buy a condo/house and wanted to know what your experiences with a buyer's agent were. [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 8:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Audio Interface for Mac G5

AudioFilter:Looking for a high-quality audio interface to receive two mics in to my Mac. [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 8:56 AM PST - 9 comments

How many of us are breaking Dave Eggers's back?

Did anyone else out there get a lifetime subscription to McSweeney's Quarterly Concern back when they were available? Does anyone know how many lifetime subscribers there are? [more inside]
posted by tegoo at 8:32 AM PST - 20 comments

Inexpensive way to ship boxes cross country?

I have a bunch of boxes I need to ship to my brother-in-law in Virginia and I want to do it as cost-effective as possible. I need advice on cost and methods. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by jazon at 8:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy Oakley sunglasses that aren't made anymore? (Oakley Four, not Four S)

Where can I buy Oakley sunglasses that aren't made anymore? Model: Four (Not Four S), Color: Crystal Red. [more inside]
posted by sirion at 8:11 AM PST - 8 comments

What is the 1970s font used on this book cover?

Can anyone identify the font used on this War of the Worlds book cover? It's typically, graphically seventies, and similar to Avant Garde. This is the only sample I've got to hand, so I've had no luck on Identifont or WhatTheFont. If it's any help, I recently saw the same font on a reproduction of a poster for the book (not the film) Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (not one of Ralph Steadman's).
posted by caek at 8:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Moving to Santa Fe

I'm moving to Santa Fe for college sometime in January, but I grew up on the East coast and I've never been "out west." What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Oobidaius at 7:50 AM PST - 23 comments

Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in...

How do I break a 12+ year old habit of staying up too late? Is there such a thing as being addicted to staying up late? Or would it be addiction to sleep deprivation? [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 7:46 AM PST - 31 comments

Diplomacy: Framing a diploma

As a gift to my girlfriend I'd like to get her university diploma framed. What should I take into consideration beforehand? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 7:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Best way to prepare window air conditioner for the winter?

Best way to prepare window air conditioner for the winter? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 7:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Shrinking text in bloglines?

Why does the text to a particular feed get smaller and smaller in bloglines? It looks like a vision test, where each paragraph is smaller than the previous one. Can I do anything about this? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 6:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Williams-Sonoma makes me feel funny.

I need to step up my capability to cook for myself. To motivate myself I want to get new pots and pans, but only the essentials. I'm guessing that I probably need two pots and two sautee pans. Oh, and probably a decent chef's knife. Anything else? Any recommended brands I should look for? Practicality and affordability are key.
posted by patgas at 5:57 AM PST - 53 comments

One night each in Big Sky and Palm Springs.

One night each in Big Sky, MT and Palm Springs, CA. What to do? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 5:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Why did email encryption never catch on?

Why did email encryption never catch on? Is it a matter of laziness or are there sinister conspiracies at work?
posted by skryche at 5:26 AM PST - 29 comments

How can I get my PC to boot after a sleeper virus?

I got virused (a wininit.exe problem) on my computer about ten days ago, and after I thought I had cleaned it, it seems to have zapped me with a sleeper program and now I can't boot to windows, even in Safe Mode. Help! [more inside]
posted by zaelic at 4:16 AM PST - 23 comments


Wififilter: I want a miniPCI card for my laptop. [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 2:46 AM PST - 7 comments

November 9

Nothing to hide, nothing to fear?

With last nights government defeat in the House of Commons and the resultant hand-wringing on both sides of the 'civil-liberties vs security' debate, the quote that has been trotted out repeatedly is "Well if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear". Could anyone shed any light on the origin of this phrase? [more inside]
posted by mr_benn at 11:56 PM PST - 16 comments

taxonomic translation?

Does anyone know of a website that provides meanings of scientific names for plants and animals?
posted by dhruva at 11:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Smooth like a baby's butt...

So I've got the razor and the brush, and I'm sold. But what about all those other shaving products? Blades? Creams? Soaps? After shave? Anyone have a good recommendation? [more inside]
posted by aspo at 11:42 PM PST - 20 comments

Why do I put my hands behind my head so much?

I put my hands behind my head a lot. I haven't always done it, and I don't like it. How can I stop? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova at 11:32 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I stop speaking too loudly?

How can I stop speaking too loudly? [more inside]
posted by komilnefopa at 10:05 PM PST - 12 comments

How to share work on Excel files with formula links, sent via email?

Excel experts? Between two Excel files, anyone know how I can reassign the data source file when I'm working on my Mac with files emailed to me by my boss, created on his PC? [more inside]
posted by seaward at 9:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Life makes me sick.

I barf constantly. Why? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Did my supervisor break confidentiality?

Did my supervisor break confidentiality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 PM PST - 5 comments

How's about a guy who's not a fuckwad?

My best friend in the world is about to move across the country for her asshole boyfriend. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 PM PST - 27 comments

Cheap drum trigger to MIDI converter

Is there a commerical version of something like this eDrum project? I've found severa "drum modules" that take input from drum trigger devices and turn them into MIDI, but most of them are quite expensive. I'm hoping this is because they include built in sound generation. I am simply looking for a box that will take trigger inputs and produce MIDI output for as little as possible.
posted by phrontist at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

My sound card won't fit in my case!

I just bought a new soundcard and I'm trying to install it. It doesn't physically fit within the case! I'm thinking about bending the case with pliers... [more inside]
posted by jojopizza at 7:47 PM PST - 19 comments

Brother, can you spare a few years?

What's the life expectancy difference in North America between rich and poor? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 7:33 PM PST - 7 comments

What's Thee Deal?

Why do so many "Gentlemen's Clubs" use the word "Thee" instead of "The?" [more inside]
posted by Opposite George at 5:17 PM PST - 31 comments

hepatitis c diagnosis

Someone close to me has been diagnosed with hepatitis c... [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun at 5:06 PM PST - 9 comments

I have a problem, that no one else can help, and if I could find them, maybe I could hire...

WhatToDoWhenAskMeFiFailsFilter: I'm sure I remember reading an article moons ago about professionals who could find information for you for a fee when your Google-fu fails, people highly skilled (librarians?) in the use of search terms and engines. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 4:52 PM PST - 7 comments

DVD photo slideshow software?

I need to make a DVD photo slideshow - ie you stick the DVD in your common-garden DVD player, and it gradually goes through the photos on there. Can you please recommend any freeware software that'll do this? Everything seems to charge, and I'm a cheapskate ;-) Ta!
posted by badlydubbedboy at 4:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me learn how to walk in heels.

I can't walk in heels without falling flat on my bum. Is there some trick to doing this that I'm missing out on? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 3:38 PM PST - 26 comments

do you know this man ?

Does anyone remember glen michaels cavalcade ? Is anyone brave enough to email him ? (I'm looking at you , Bonaldi)
posted by sgt.serenity at 3:05 PM PST - 21 comments

How to make someone happy

Is it possible to make someone happy, if they're generally not most of the time? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 3:01 PM PST - 28 comments

duplex color printing

Looking for 11x17 color printer that would do precise front and back printing [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 2:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Zen and the Art of IT Diplomacy

Help! I'm so very stressed out. How do I convince my luddite of a boss that our office desperately needs a regularly scheduled IT person? I even have a perfect person in mind. [more inside]
posted by abbyladybug at 2:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Abortion and activism

People pay too much attention to abortion. I generally agree with this; however, I find myself championing the pro-choice perspective on a red-neck campus in southern Alberta. I am helping out at an impromptu table demonstration tomorrow and I need some ideas. What kind of info should I include on my posters? What questions should I be prepared to answer? Please don't answer if you are trying to engage me in abortion polemics, I will have more than enough of that tomorrow. Please do answer if you have serious issues you think pro-choicers should address, that could help me formulate my position.
posted by arcticwoman at 2:04 PM PST - 48 comments

Where can I sell my website design templates?

I have created several website design templates. Does anyone know of a place on the web where I can post them and sell them? I know the obvious would be to build my own website and sell them - but I only have 5 - not quite enough to justify setting up a whole site.
posted by mrhappybanjo at 1:58 PM PST - 5 comments

What did you wear to your wedding (mefi men) ?

WeddingFilter: I'm getting married. I'm a 27 year old, of the male persuasion. What did you wear to your wedding? Tux? Suit? Something in between (is there such a thing?) Help?! [more inside]
posted by zpousman at 1:54 PM PST - 34 comments

MP3 my voicemails

I want to turn my voicemails into MP3s [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner at 1:51 PM PST - 10 comments

¿Qué bebida era eso?

On a trip to Barcelona recently, I sampled an alcoholic drink whose name I can't remember. Su ayuda, por favor... [more inside]
posted by googly at 1:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Photo Holiday Cards

Family Photo Holiday Cards: recommend a company for me. I want a foldover card with our photo printed on the front and a short holiday greeting on the front or inside. Room and a good texture on the inside to write personal messages. [more inside]
posted by girlhacker at 1:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Relatively basic semi-theoretical semi-economic type question.

Relatively basic semi-theoretical semi-economic type question. [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 1:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Shuffle, damn you! Shuffle!

I just got an iPod, of the 20GB click wheel variety. I have a few audiobooks in mp3 format. How do I get iTunes (and my iPod) to recognize these as audiobooks? [more inside]
posted by graventy at 12:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Who owns that?

Two business premises -- a bar and a bank -- recently closed down in my area of London, and it is rumoured that both have been sold. Is there anywhere they would be required to register this that I could check to find out who the new owners are, if there are any? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 12:26 PM PST - 6 comments

I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.

Help me sexy-fi the bed. [more inside]
posted by striker at 12:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Web Design Assistance

Could someone help me with my website's design and how it renders my CSS and other issues? There is no link to the site posted in the [more inside], rather a method to contact me privately. [more inside]
posted by mic stand at 11:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there a program that will back up my sms chat logs from the Treo 600?

Does anyone know of a good program (or any program for that matter) for the Treo 600 that will back up my SMS chat logs to my workstation? The only method I have come up with to do this is to cut/paste the sms logs into a txt file onto my Treo and then copy that to my work station. This method is putsy, and I would llke to find a method that does this automatically every time I synch with my work station.
posted by moseymose at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments

How does retirement vesting work?

How does vesting work in a company pension? [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I looking a gift Treo in the mouth?

Has this poor little Treo truly been abandoned? And if so, how do I adopt it? [more inside]
posted by mimi at 11:29 AM PST - 14 comments

No surrender?

If Blair called for a referendum in Northern Ireland on joining Eire, which side would win? Has the higher birth-rate of Catholics made a difference? Is the increasing paramilitary disarmament indicative of a political climate in which a democratic handover could take place with an acceptably low level of violence?
posted by Pretty_Generic at 11:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Conference attire 101

Help me figure out what I should wear to this conference next week in Boston. It's my first conference ever and I don't want to look over/under dressed. Also, any MeFites attending (this is right up your alley)? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 11:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Examples of legislative aesthetics?

British MP Oliver Letwin wants environmental political debate to include discussions of beauty and romance in order to “help bring the subject alive and encourage people to become engaged in the wider debate.” [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft at 11:04 AM PST - 1 comment

keeping track of best web services

Anyone know of a site that measures the popularity of a site - not just hits, or subscribers, but if a web service is growing (be it subscriber base, popularity) and if it's considered the most authoritative, etc. For example, say I'm trying to compare using Technorati versus Feedster - where would I go to compare these two sites, their features, their popularity? [more inside]
posted by rmm at 11:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Mac software for creating quality CD mixes?

On the PC, I used Easy CD Creator 5 to create CD mixes. I loved the ability to create custom transitions between tracks: cross-fades, fade-ins, gaps, etc. What is the best CD mix-making software for Macintosh? (iTunes is sadly lacking in these sorts of features.) A downloadable shareware app would be great, but I'm willing to consider something like Toast, even though it costs $80. (Is Toast a good product? Will it let me do cross-fades? The reviews make me wary.) I suppose the best option would be some sort of iTunes add-on to let me do cross-fades, etc. Does such a beast exist?
posted by jdroth at 10:59 AM PST - 6 comments


What's the advantage of having a desktop? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 10:55 AM PST - 28 comments


Searching frantically for a Japanese variety show I used to watch. [more inside]
posted by splice at 10:51 AM PST - 4 comments

Menumeters for Windows?

I have to start using Windows XP for a while, but I'm a Mac user. I'm trying to find equivalent software for the Windows machine. Specifically, I'm looking for a tool like MenuMeters, that can give a real time sampling of Network Throughput, CPU usage and RAM consumption. It would be great if the application could run in the background and consume very few CPU cycles, itself. And extra bonus points if the application is free.
posted by gsb at 10:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Get the Christ out of Christmas

To any non-Christians who celebrate Christmas - what makes the holiday special for you? What is "the true meaning of Christmas" for you? What traditions do you follow, what are your favorite memories, etc.
posted by ferociouskitty at 10:28 AM PST - 38 comments

How to make great pizzas?

What are your favorite pizza dough and pizza sauce recipes? How do I make the dough as good as at a good pizza joint?
posted by GernBlandston at 10:26 AM PST - 18 comments

Owning a piece of the competition

In general, what are the legalities in owning stock in a major competitor of one's employer?
posted by mischief at 9:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Launching a Brand: How?

I have a concept for a brand that could encompass several different products (toys, books, clothing etc.) and have a somewhat retro 70's feel to it. Aside from a DIY approach (utilizing Cafepress or something similar) what other options do I have for taking the idea further? In other words, who would be open to pitches? At this point, I only have the concept and logo.
posted by davebush at 9:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Winter car tips

What do I need to get for / do to my car to have the best possible first winter in Minnesota this year? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 9:20 AM PST - 36 comments


Two questions about recording studio design... [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 9:13 AM PST - 11 comments

what the heck is a Mighty Duck?

I've recently become obsessed with the origin of American sports team names. In particular, team names which make a specific reference to something unique in the history or culture of the team location. Does anyone know of an online list of this type of information? And also, anyone care to site any not obvious examples of this from American sports? [more inside]
posted by peppermint22 at 9:08 AM PST - 52 comments

Utstein style??

What is the importance of the "Utstein-style" in (disaster) medicine? Specifically, I was looking at this publication.
posted by about_time at 9:06 AM PST - 2 comments

God save the queen

In this day and age, why do England and other democracies continue with this whole monarchy thing? Seems a rather costly form of national pride. [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 9:05 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me get the vacation time I deserve

My company is being stingy with holiday vacation time. Help me figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 9:00 AM PST - 24 comments

Favorite ways to say "hello" and "bye"

What are some of your favorite ways to say "hello" and "bye"? [more inside]
posted by Sharcho at 9:00 AM PST - 55 comments

What to know or how much time before engagement?

When it feels right, how long should I wait before asking the woman I love to marry me? What do you wish you knew about your significant other/ex-significant other before you took this step? [more inside]
posted by jeffe at 8:56 AM PST - 34 comments

Info about Mike Girty?

I'm looking for information on Mike Girty, outlaw and "half-breed" who lived in the first half of the 19th Century and was supposedly involved in the Black Hawk war in Illinois. Libraries (at least the ones I can access) are strangely quiet about him, and the web only has a few mentions of him. Anyone have an idea about where I could find a good biography? Thanks!
posted by CrunchyGods at 8:51 AM PST - 7 comments

Translation Tools?

I'm looking for a free tool that will automatically translate a webpage. Not like AltaVista's babelfish; more something to click on.
posted by madmath at 8:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Christmas music for guitar

Alternative, interesting Xmas songs needed for a performance. Must be playable on guitar with one voice accompaniment. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 8:26 AM PST - 20 comments

Let's take a vegan culinary trip through Asia

I'm searching for some good vegan cookbooks that focus on Asian cuisine. Japanese, Korean, Indian, Thai, etc. A vegan Indian cookbook would be especially nice. [more inside]
posted by luneray at 7:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Please help me buy a new laptop.

Please help me buy a new laptop. [more inside]
posted by mandlebrotz at 7:16 AM PST - 37 comments

4 days in Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

We're spending 4 days in Las Vegas after thanksgiving, and would like to drive to the Grand Canyon. Need advice on how long to spend in each place. [more inside]
posted by darsh at 6:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Cross-Atlantic Bluegrass Reception?

Appalachian mountain music and bluegrass owe a lot to the songs and styles brought to Appalachia by Scottish settlers who came from those highlands to the US highlands. Still, the music is different from most Celtic styles. How have musical styles in Scotland been affected by bluegrass, and what are some examples?
posted by OmieWise at 6:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me recall the title of this kids' book

Help me find this children's book I read maybe 25 years ago. (more) [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 6:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Why does IE hate my website?

Why does IE hate my website? I've got it looking decent in Safari and Firefox, but it looks hideous in Explorer. Having done a fair amount of Googling, I've come to the conclusion that it's probably related to one of Explorer's notorious CSS rendering bugs, but my self-taught CSS and HTML is not enough to enable me to pinpoint and solve the problem. [more inside]
posted by yankeefog at 5:55 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I find a realtor that gives a damn about selling my house?

Resources to find a good realtor remotely? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 5:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Automagic insertion of album art into iTunes on the PC?

What is the most reliable way of automatically adding album art images to iTunes on a Windows PC? [more inside]
posted by unclemonty at 4:36 AM PST - 15 comments

Self-publishing e-books

What are the alternatives to Lulu for posting and selling e-books? [more inside]
posted by megatherium at 4:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Wireless Internet without HotSpots

I want an anytime, anywhere Internet connection without having to worry about finding a WiFi hotspot. What devices can I use besides a Blackberry? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 2:19 AM PST - 12 comments

November 8

CD Launcher?

Does there exist a CD Launcher? [more inside]
posted by DickStock at 10:50 PM PST - 6 comments

What else is there besides 'Dead Ringer'?

What other albums out there by other acts are similar to the RJD2 album 'Dead Ringer'? [more inside]
posted by angry modem at 10:42 PM PST - 27 comments

What's the Miranda warning called in countries where Miranda never happened -- or is it called anything at all?

The Miranda warning is well known in the US. "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law...". But are there equivalent warnings that people in other countries hear when they are arrested? What are they called? How are they worded? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 10:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Why does my Google PageRank = 0?

Why does my website have a zero PageRank when its traffic and search placement would suggest otherwise -- at least an actual number? [more inside]
posted by jruckman at 10:14 PM PST - 23 comments

Melancholy bagpipe music?

Melancholy bagpipe music? Come on, there's got to be such a thing. Auld Lang Syne is rather sad on the old pipes. What else?
posted by xmutex at 9:15 PM PST - 22 comments

Where to stay, what to do in Shanghai?

Will be travelling to Shanghai, China, near the end of November. Any recommendations on hotels in which to stay, sights to see, places to eat, etc? [more inside]
posted by ronv at 8:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Contact lenses and temporarily sticky eyes

I started wearing bifocal contact lenses a week ago (Bausch & Lomb SoftLens monthly wear) but have woken with gummy eyes every morning since I switched from my old Acuvues (soft lenses for simple nearsightedness). [more inside]
posted by maudlin at 8:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Name That Tune

What is the name of the piece that contains this melody, and who is the composer?
posted by Bugbread at 7:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Would stainless steel make a crappy wedding band?

Would stainless steel make a crappy wedding band? I thought the screws in my hip were titanium, but they aren't. I was planning to have them melted them down and make my beau's ring out of them. Could this stainless steel suffice? Would a coating help?
posted by smartypanties at 7:25 PM PST - 32 comments

DVD Burner b0rked

DVD-RWFilter: I burned a DVD ages ago, and on attempt to re-read, wimdows thinks it's blank. [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 6:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Crypto disco songs?

What are some non-obvious disco songs? Or semi-obvious nods to disco? [more inside]
posted by kimota at 5:13 PM PST - 45 comments

htaccess woes

Is there a mod_rewrite expert in the house that tell me what I'm doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by ArcAm at 5:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me get my domain back!

In March of this year I registered a domain name using GoDaddy (went with the cheapest option). When the whole "Godaddy condones torture" scandal thing hit I immediately decided I didn't want to give them my business and procedded to cancel my domain, which apparently is not what I wanted to do. Help me get my domain back! [more inside]
posted by genial at 4:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Adding hard drive space to an older iMac

What is the best way to add HDD space to an older iMac? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 3:19 PM PST - 17 comments

What's a little credit card fraud among friends?

What's a little credit card fraud among friends? [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 2:19 PM PST - 32 comments

Safari and Bloglines

Bloglines has stopped listing the RSS feeds I subscribe to. The page now looks as though I am not subscribed to anything. However, if I go to the add/edit/delete feeds section, they are all listed as though nothing is wrong. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 2:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is Indiana's Google Map satellite imagery so thorough?

Google Map satellite imagery filter: On Google maps, why does the state of Indiana seem to be so entirely scanned at highest resolution, when just about every other "place" on the map seems to just have high resolution scanning in heavily populated areas? What makes Hoosiers so special (to Google Maps, anyways)? [more inside]
posted by UnclePlayground at 1:57 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I tutor a HS senior in reading?

Next week I'm going to start tutoring a high schooler in reading. This is new. Help me! [more inside]
posted by danb at 1:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Texas music?

When you think of Texas music, who do you think of? [more inside]
posted by UKnowForKids at 1:32 PM PST - 71 comments

List of Teen Films

Teen Films of the last 50 years or so... [more inside]
posted by nimsey lou at 1:28 PM PST - 49 comments

CSS Columns + Rounded Corners + Variable width

CSSFilter: Has anyone cracked the nut of getting a multiple column layout with each column having rounded corners and all columns extending to the same height and at least one of the columns has a variable width/height? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 1:26 PM PST - 14 comments

No health insurance, future problems?

Going without insurance for a period of time. What happens if disaster strikes? [more inside]
posted by gtr at 1:22 PM PST - 17 comments

drip.. drip.. drip..

I get nosebleeds very often during the winter, from about now until March. It sucks, and its incredibly inconvenient about 99% of the time. It seems to be primarily because of cold + dry conditions. I'm otherwise healthy, the doctor says there's no medical problem, even with the frequency I get them. Suggestions for preventing/lessening them?
posted by devilsbrigade at 1:04 PM PST - 29 comments

What do I need to know about hiring a company to do product photography?

What do I need to know about hiring a company to do product photography? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:01 PM PST - 17 comments

What the fudge just happened to me?

This is quite possibly the strangest thing that I've ever done in my short adult life. I'm really quite stunned as to what just occurred because it seems so out of character for me. I know I'm not still dreaming. Yeah, I'm fairly sure of that. But anyway, what the heck happened only a few moments ago? And where to begin? Please, read on. Nothing too freaky inside. Promise! [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 12:43 PM PST - 39 comments

How to better secure my server?

Help me better secure my server (and workstations). I sit behind a Firebox X700, with an Exchange server, active directory, etc. Today the external address became blacklisted on the CBL. A machines are on SP2 and everything is up to date patch wise. I'm currently running malware detection on all machines. I'd like an effective antivirus program... [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 12:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Intranet Design Suggestion

Intranet design suggestions. [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Where was this picture taken?

New Yorkers: where in Times Square is this? [more inside]
posted by RakDaddy at 11:34 AM PST - 15 comments

What to do in Sequoia & Kings Canyon in mid November?

I'm looking for things to do in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks this Veteran's Day weekend. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 11:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Best camera phone for a photographer, and why?

Phone photographers. Lend me your ears, and your answers. Who/what is the best? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 10:59 AM PST - 15 comments

Req: glue advice

A sticky situation: what can be used to glue together smooth, glass-filled epoxy widgets? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 10:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Japanese fans & blood types?

Why are Japanese fans curious about musicians' (actors', sports players' etc) blood types? [more inside]
posted by at 10:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommended recent books in the social sciences?

I'm doing some acquisitions (read: buying) for a small public library, and looking for recommended works in the social sciences. Please note: this is in Ontario, Canada so I don't need a ton of books on American politics or culture (although we do cover those areas). If they're older than five or ten years, they'd really need to be a 'classic' to be considered. I have looked elsewhere, and I'm not being lazy here - I just know that the AskMeFi crowd will have some undiscovered gems for me. Thanks in advance!
posted by stinkycheese at 10:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Notes on the Underground

I am interested in the different opinions musicians have towards "selling out". [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 10:45 AM PST - 47 comments

Skin disease, don't look if you don't want to vomit

Paging any dermatologists, epidemiologists, or pathology-minded scientists -- any idea what in name of the gods this is? (Probably SFW, but not safe if you want to eat today or at least not wretch). [more inside]
posted by The Bishop of Turkey at 10:26 AM PST - 26 comments

Does the amount you paid for your car in a private sale affect the write off value?

Does the amount you paid for your car in a private sale affect the write off value? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 10:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Shooting On A Budget

I'm looking at constructing a large lightbooth for photography out of supplies found around the house. A friend of mine suggested using sheets and flood lights as reflectors and diffusers which seems like a pretty good idea. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with this and what have you found to work best?
posted by loyd at 10:14 AM PST - 8 comments

DVD not DVDoing it's thing

DVD problem. I have a new PC, installed Win2K, and the DVD/CD drive only sees CD-Roms. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 10:14 AM PST - 9 comments

How to keep a dog left at home all day quiet?

I live in an apartment building next to a couple who have a dog. This dog is left alone most of the time, and to express his frustration, repeatedly scratches and runs into the apartment door, which creates a loud, annoying noise which I can hear in most of my small apartment. This regularly happens from about 8 in the morning until 9 pm or later. I work every weekday morning at home, so this is particularily irritating. It sounds like they leave NPR running all day, but either the pooch is reacting negatively to Terry Gross, or maybe he's not into talk radio. I left a note for the neighbors several months ago, which they did not respond to. I recently sent them a longer letter explaining that they were violating the house rules of the building and that I would like to meet with them to discuss the matter. Now I have received a note from them saying that they are ready to talk about it. My question: Is there anything I can sugggest to them to reduce the dog's noise, even if they continue to leave the poor thing alone most of the time? I would like to be able to make a constructive suggestion besides "stay home with the dog" or "get rid of the dog". At any rate, if the noise continues, I will be contacting the building's board of directors and pursuing the matter until the dog's noise stops. It just doesn't seem like there is much they can do besides "take care of it or get rid of it" Any info. appreciated!
posted by pantufla at 9:59 AM PST - 45 comments

Graphical volume cataloger?

I like what VisualCD does (makes a browseable catalog of a given disk), but it is bonking on files bigger than 2GB. This is a deal breaker for my needs. Anybody know a more robust alternative for Win32, that does the same thing?
posted by everichon at 9:56 AM PST - 0 comments

Used AIX or Solaris machines

UnixBoxFilter: I need access to an AIX or Solaris box. Does anyone know of a service that will sell VPS-type access to such a beast? Alternatively, what are the best places online to look for used low-end AIX or Solaris workstations (preferrably in the EU). RISC CPUs are a must, so Linux or Solaris x86 can't work here.
posted by costas at 9:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Why acting "out"?

Acting up vs. acting out. [more inside]
posted by Rash at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm a new drummer, how can I develop limb independence?

What is some good advice for a seasoned musician just learning how to play the drums? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 9:45 AM PST - 9 comments

From whence do you derive your moral code?

Atheists and agnostics: From whence do you derive your moral code? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 9:40 AM PST - 95 comments

Studio Ghilbi

I have been enjoying a complete set of the works of Studio Ghilbi and the anime of Hayao Miyazaki in particular. Can anyone recommend anime of similar quality?
posted by Raybun at 9:39 AM PST - 16 comments

Intros to object-oriented programming?

Looking to understand object-oriented programming. Have tried & tried & tried to understand... [more inside]
posted by slater at 9:22 AM PST - 35 comments

Gen Y and new narratives

Can you direct me to some seriously good blogs written by gen Y people that could be could illustrations of 'the voice of the gen Y'? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 8:07 AM PST - 11 comments

The need for cheek lifting

Silly question, but hey : why do we feel the need to lift a cheek when ripping one ?
posted by XiBe at 8:01 AM PST - 15 comments


I'm flying into Amsterdam on an overnight flight, and have an appointment later in the afternoon. I need to crash somewhere for a few hours. I'm not flying first class, so the business lounge is out. Anyone have ideas where to grab a few hours sleep in Amsterdam without being bothered? (please, no marijuana jokes) For example, there's a place in New York where workers can nap for a half hour...
posted by jgballard at 7:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Are electric toothbrushes worth it?

Are electric toothbrushes worth it? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 7:48 AM PST - 44 comments

Washing on the Job

Do you wash up in the bathroom at work before going home? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Layout software for a cookbook?

Book writing software: specifically for a cookbook... [more inside]
posted by Atom12 at 7:08 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I find silverware that won't rust?

I'm putting together my wedding registry and need to add some everyday silverware/flatware. What should I look for to ensure they wont rust? [more inside]
posted by geeky at 7:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Fundamentals of Engineering exam

Passing the Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Advice? [more inside]
posted by rkent at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments Login Information

I'm trying to access Time Magazine archives for some old articles. I went to to get some login information, but none of those accounts seem to work. The login at seems to require an e-mail address as login for the archive, so the BugMeNot ones don't fit. Anyone have access to a Login I can use?
posted by Like the Reef at 6:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Is ISDN2 dead?

My company has an ISDN2 link with one of our suppliers to allow the transfer of large files. The link has been in place for about 5 years now. Lately the size of the files has been growing and subsequently the time taken to transfer the files has now increased to the point of it sometimes being quicker to actually bike a copy of the file round to them. What are the other options for us? In the UK if that has any bearing.
posted by lloyder at 6:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Chicago vacation tips?

Chicago: I'm visiting Chicago for the first time in a couple of weeks. I'll be there for the weekend with a friend, staying at the Hotel Allegro, and I'm looking for suggestions regarding fun things to do. Where should I go and what should I see? [more inside]
posted by gd779 at 5:39 AM PST - 28 comments

nirvana unplugged.

I love my lotus lamp. I hate the cord. Is it possible to convert into a little battery-powered beacon of enlightenment? [more inside]
posted by digifox at 5:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Simainski? Szimanski? Simanski?

Hi, I am looking for the spelling of the surname of my great-grandfather. He lived in Opatija (Croatia) during most of the first forty years of the twentieth century. The town was called Abbazia then, reflecting the Italian influence at the time. Surnames were also Italianised; his became Simainski. I have seen variations such as Szimanski, Simanszki and various "y"s instead of "i"s. Since most archives seem lost in Opatija, I was wondering if somebody can point me to sources where I can find out more. Thanks! Marco
posted by mbotta at 1:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Why are bidets uncommon in the US?

Why are bidets so uncommon in the US? No, really, why?
posted by arakasi at 1:44 AM PST - 45 comments

November 7

What content and functionality makes a useful website for young people?

What websites do you(more specifically undergrads/20 somethings) find the most helpful, use the most frequently, and are most likely to share with your friends? [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 11:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Where is Dim Dam Dom?

Does anyone know where I can find footage of the 60s-era French television Dim Dam Dom?
posted by Pinwheel at 11:47 PM PST - 0 comments

I hate making copies!!

How do I discuss with my boss aspects of my job I dislike, but am stuck with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:38 PM PST - 18 comments

Suggest reading for a 12 year old with Aspergers

Suggest readings for English class for a 12 year old with Aspergers! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Quantum Physics

I'm interested in learning about quantum physics especially in relation to the change in thinking it may bring about in terms of the nature of reality and in new approaches to spirituality. I am relatively intelligent but haven't cracked a textbook in years and never really "got" any of the hard sciences. I took "Physics for Poets" at Umass 25 years ago.... So who and what might be the best read? I've been debating between Brian Greene and Brian Swimme...but really haven't a clue! Thanks for all recommendations!
posted by jswanson19 at 9:45 PM PST - 54 comments

Eating disorder

I could use some advice regarding an employee who has an eating disorder. [more inside]
posted by Tarrama at 9:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Star Trek or Star Wars: Which one is bigger?

Star Trek or Star Wars; Which universe is bigger? This is a good start. [more inside]
posted by notcostello at 9:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Getting remote IP with email in PHP

I need to record the IP address of people using my email form. The script I have isn't working. [more inside]
posted by punishinglemur at 9:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Some good Spanish to English / English to Spanish desktop translation program?

Some good Spanish to English / English to Spanish desktop translation program? [more inside]
posted by masymas at 8:45 PM PST - 4 comments

online comics

Recomend some funny online comics
posted by jeffr062 at 8:34 PM PST - 33 comments

How do I use my laptop as a screen for a playstation?

What would it take to hook up my playstation 2 to my powerbook? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 8:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Advice on a white noise machine?

I'd like to purchase a white noise machine as a study and sleep aide, mostly to help drown out some of the ambient sound that comes from neighboring apartments. I'm looking at the MARPAC Sound Screen Sleep Mate 980 which has some pretty good reviews on Amazon. Anyone have experience with either this model or a similar product/solution?
posted by rockstar at 8:15 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I port over three cell phone numbers to another carrier?

Cell Phone Porting, Family Plans - help me port over three numbers... [more inside]
posted by huy_le at 8:08 PM PST - 1 comment

What is the best online videogame rental company?

I've been spending way to much money on crappy video games lately. So I thought I would check out a few online video game rental sites to try before I buy. I've heard and both seem good but don't know what to choose. I'm really not sure what to look for here besides that I'm looking to rent ps2, gamecube, PSP, DS and GBA games What online rental services have you used before? Which do you prefer? Besides gamefly and red octane.. what else is out there?
posted by buybelen at 7:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to find niche discussion on the internet

"If you want to discuss [foo] on the Internet, the most popular/active/intelligent place at which to do so is http://[bar]." Is there a website that can fill in the blanks for all types of [foo]? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 7:34 PM PST - 12 comments

storage for luggage at airport

My friend will be traveling to Philly airport and wants to hang out in the city while he's waiting for me to pick him up. He's wondering where he can store his luggage while he takes a tour of the town. Any ideas? Do they have lockers in the airport?
posted by ding3r at 7:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Better option then UPS?

Has anyone here looked into the best priced shipping options at their work? Our office seems to ship nearly 85% UPS and I was wondering if anyone has opted for another carrier that was as reliable and was cheaper?
posted by keep it tight at 6:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Why don't these crack dealers get arrested?

I live in the Central District in Seattle and see crack being dealt on a daily basis. About 15 guys hang outside of a local gas station at a bus stop, at a major intersection at certain times of the day, and are criminally blatant about it (i.e. visibly exchanging drugs for money, counting money). How is this permitted to happen? [more inside]
posted by iamck at 4:49 PM PST - 33 comments

Free lodging

I'm looking for a site that caters to like-minded travelers and allows one to offer lodging or ask for it.
posted by lometogo at 4:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Live CDs for ripping/encoding DVDs?

Are there any Live CDs for ripping/encoding DVDs (movies)? [more inside]
posted by kchristidis at 4:40 PM PST - 4 comments

What's a male "Betty" called?

My friend DJ just got a snowboard with a pretty girl painted on it, and she's named it "Betty" after the surfer slang for a good-looking woman. What's the equivalent to "Betty" in surfer lingo to describe a good-looking man?
posted by Mozai at 4:06 PM PST - 16 comments

I need some insperation

Design ideas for a web based application? Great web-apps? I've got artist's block. [more inside]
posted by delmoi at 3:52 PM PST - 14 comments

I do not think that word means what you think it means

2nd amendment filter: Did "regulated" mean something completely different at the time? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 3:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Domain Registrar Up To No Good?

My domain registrar has blocked access to my control panel which allows me to make configuration changes to my domain names (DNS server info, transfers, etc.). I have 12 domain names registered through this registrar. They use an "account" system so all of my domains can be configured from one control panel. However, even though 11 of my domains are paid-up and current, they have locked me out of my entire account control panel because of 1 unpaid domain. I am unable to do anything with all the other domains that I own which are paid-up. Does anyone know if blocking configuration access to the 11 other domains is okay per their accreditation agreement with ICANN? It seems odd. I have written ICANN, but it said it could be up to four days for a response - and I need in my Control Panel! BTW, in case you're wondering, the payment on the 1 domain is being disputed.
posted by Independent Scholarship at 2:56 PM PST - 17 comments

The Spanish World Wide Web.

I need to practice my spanish. [more inside]
posted by oddman at 2:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I make my own Christmas Crackers?

Christmas Crackerfilter: I want to make my own Christmas Crackers. [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus at 2:09 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm about to get $50k tax free. How should I invest?

I'm about to get $50k tax free. How should I invest? [more inside]
posted by hiro at 1:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me weed through all those blogs about Asia

What are the best blogs dealing with East Asian politics, specifically China, the Koreas and Japan? Bonus if commentary about US foreign policy toward these nations is included.
posted by dead_ at 1:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Help with Boston car registration

I'm trying to register my van in Boston Mass. and the insurance laws are crazy. I have insurance already with my car in Colorado but it won't due in Boston. I really don't want to pay an arm and leg to insure and register this van because I will probably sell it in the next year or so. What is the most inexpensive way to go about this?
posted by Viomeda at 12:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Place to purchase blinds?

Can anyone recommend online retailers for window mini blinds? [more inside]
posted by jca at 12:04 PM PST - 11 comments

SeattleFilter: Transit from Everett to Auburn

SeattleFilter: I'm new to the city, an I'm looking for a way to commute from Everett to Auburn every day. [more inside]
posted by hatsix at 12:01 PM PST - 12 comments