November 2006 Archives

November 30

What percentage of film school graduates move into the industry?

What percentage of film school graduates move into the film industry? What about UCLA film school graduates?
posted by FearAndLoathingInLJ at 11:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Can lastfm locate my mac?

My computer was stolen, I used this a long shot or not? [more inside]
posted by thisisnotkatrina at 11:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Simple ASK demodulation in software?

I have an audio signal containing very simple amplitude shift keyed data . Is there any cross-platform software I can use to extract the data? Or pointers to an explanation I could use to write my own? [more inside]
posted by hades at 11:23 PM PST - 6 comments

The Weird and Wonderful World of Chili

What sort of weird and wonderful stuff have people made with chili? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 10:05 PM PST - 24 comments

Help us play together

Help me find the ideal Mac game for two people separated by hundreds of miles. [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind at 9:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Please help me with the shiny thing

I currently have iTunes 6, and am reluctant to change to 7.0.2 based on all the horror stories I've read/heard. The problem is, I'd like to buy the new shuffle, but it lists system requirements as '7.0.2 or later.' Is this fact or crap? Can I use the new shuffle while remaining on version 6? I'm rather dim when it comes to stuff like this, so any insight is appreciated.
posted by spinturtle at 8:56 PM PST - 24 comments

Security gone awry

Any hope of bypassing Imac password? [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 8:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Should I retake the LSAT?

Should I retake the LSAT on Saturday? I took the LSAT in September, and got a respectable score: 166. However, I scored much higher on practice tests (averaged 173). I know it's common to score lower on the actual test, given the real testing environment and conditions, but... [more inside]
posted by Doug at 8:22 PM PST - 31 comments

How to Get PHP Working Inside Template

Help me figure out how to add PHP into a template. [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 7:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find internet search behavior statistics

Where can I find statistics on search behaviors of internet users? For example, how many searches are done each day on average? how many searches are done each day? what percentage of users searches on Google? how often does a search converts to a sale? etc.
posted by herbiehancock00 at 6:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Change menu languages in Office 2004 for Mac?

I'm using a friend's Mac, and I need to use Office, but he is Dutch and all his Office 2004 menus are in Dutch. How do I switch to English? m.i.
posted by PenguinBukkake at 6:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Are these useless or am I?

I bought two of these Piet Hein drinks coolers from Amazon. Am I doing something wrong with them or are they just useless expensive lumps of junk? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft at 6:41 PM PST - 9 comments

H2O-soluble nail polish scam?

Do all nail salons use polish that comes off quicker than the brands you buy in stores? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 6:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I buy a bright solar latern?

Where can I buy a portable solar light that would be bright enough to light a room for a few hours? [more inside]
posted by birchhook at 6:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me build a PC that meets my needs and my budget, thanks!

Hello PC enthusiasts, help me build a decent machine. I've posted this type of question before, but this time I really, really will buy or build something. Between my five year-old budget box and my five year-old Dell Inspiron 4000, I'm seriously underpowered in the PC arena. My budget is $500, max. My needs probably fit within this category. When I try to do this on my own I end up convinced I need a box that costs $12,000 and will be obsolete in a month. On the plus side, the only game I play is Tetris. Well, Tetris and old infocom games. Details and [more inside]
posted by Grod at 6:30 PM PST - 26 comments

Welcome Homeland

When did the Bush administration first introduce the word "homeland" into their vocabulary? [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 at 6:29 PM PST - 11 comments

1,000,000 year old single malt

I wanted to buy (at some point) a really, really expensive bottle of liquor or wine (no Champagne). The idea was to hold on to it for a very long time until one day something so important happens in my life that I deem it worthy to drink the alcohol in celebration. Any suggestions on what to get?
posted by Falconetti at 5:57 PM PST - 44 comments

Staff Christmas Gift

I have to buy a unisex gift for a staff Christmas party with a budget of $5. Any suggestions? I’ve never had such a low budget to work with, and am coming up blank. FWIW I’m in Canada.
posted by cleo at 5:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me find this animation

AnimationFilter: Yet another help me find a book/movie/what ever, sorry. The main premise was a guy in a prison who made shadow puppets with his hands to help "escape" his surroundings. The authorities make him stop by cutting his hands off. It has made me sad ever since. I would love to find a copy. of course.. [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 5:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Why are the walls of space craft covered in buttons and wires?

Why are space shuttle interiors so complicated and so exposed? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 5:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Does someone know this movie?

Help me figure out what this movie is... [more inside]
posted by mamaquita at 5:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Carmax Catch?

I went to Carmax and consistenly saw cars priced under their Blue Book value. What is the catch?
posted by EasyLover at 3:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Web site that helps a group pick a common event time?

Looking for the web site that allows a group of people to submit dates they're available, and then the web site will pick that date that is convenient to everyone. [more inside]
posted by micawber at 3:36 PM PST - 7 comments

We need last minute fundraising ideas.

A very small student group needs to raise $50 in a week. Finals are soon, so nobody has any free time. We need ideas. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic at 3:36 PM PST - 32 comments

The windows, it blowed up

Windows 2000 just decided that I'm a new user for some reason. Exciting. How can I revert back to my old account? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Trying to find anime / old animation film from early 80´s

At a younger age I vaugely remember watching an animated movie which greatly disturbed me for years as I didn´t understand it, and could not understand what was being portrayed other than the film appeared to be EVIL. (Note: I don´t remember very much of the film visually but I do remember alot emotionally, as such I am really groping trying to piece together what I saw as opposed to what might have been imagined.) [more inside]
posted by zona_sul at 3:16 PM PST - 15 comments

cold weather ear aches

What causes my terrible ear and headaches when I am out in the cold for more than 20 minutes? [more inside]
posted by nyu2 at 3:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Latex mattresses and DC

The old futon has finally given up the ghost, and I find myself in the market for a new bed and mattress. Latex mattresses intrigue me. For those of you who own or have slept on them, what do you think? I hate being warm and could never use memory-foam as a result. [more inside]
posted by piro at 2:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Ambidextrous Mouse?

Any recommendations for a mouse that can be used by a left handed person (primarily) without freaking out a right handed person? [more inside]
posted by suki at 2:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Reality check PLZ

Teaching English in Shenzhen, China [more inside]
posted by azuresunday at 1:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Recent pieces for solo brass instruments?

[New-Classical-Music Filter] What are your favorite pieces from the last few decades (or have you written anything) for solo trumpet, trombone, bass tbn, or tuba? Seeking scores and/or recordings to study (online availability would be a huge plus). Small-chamber works, other than brass quintet, would be great too. Asking because I haven't written for brass insts. except in orchestra/large-ensemble contexts, and I want to explore solo/chamber writing for them. Yes, I'll also get what I can from newmusicjukebox. Thanks!
posted by allterrainbrain at 1:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Moving to the Boston area, need some recommendations for doctors and a vet.

Moving to the Boston area, need some recommendations for doctors and a vet. [more inside]
posted by disaster77 at 1:29 PM PST - 5 comments

XML/XSLT rendering issue?

[XML/XSLTFilter] 10.4.8 and Safari let me search an XML database, but they can't seem to display the results properly (they're just a jumbled mess). IE6 and IE7 on XP Pro have no problems handling the same search and the results are displayed in a nice table. I was able to look at some of the code and it looks like something with XML data islands and XSLT stylesheets may have something to do with OS X's problem rendering the results. [more inside]
posted by hummercash at 1:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Why is a color spectrum nicely represented as a circular wheel?

In the continuum of visible-light colors that makes a rainbow, we have red, orange, ... blue, indigo, and violet. But aestheticists tend to join the two ends together to make a "color wheel". They use this to predict pairs, trios, or quads of colors that are symmetrically placed in the wheel and therefore look nice or bad together. But, why does the continuum map to a circle at all? [more inside]
posted by cmiller at 1:04 PM PST - 21 comments

What is the story about the goat-girl called?

where can I find this fairytale? I read it as a kid, it features two girls and a goat, but not like that. [more inside]
posted by henryis at 1:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I have a meeting in New York?

Where can I find office space by the hour in NYC? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 12:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to I take my running from here?

I'm finishing up the Couch-to-5K Plan. What's the best way to keep building my speed and endurance on a treadmill? [more inside]
posted by nickmark at 12:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Drowning in gifts

[PostingForGirlfriendFilter] What to do about my girlfriend's mother's excessive gift-giving? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 12:35 PM PST - 35 comments

Do they still make ha'pennies?

What's the most annoying way you can think of to pay someone 10 bucks?...there's [more inside]
posted by provocateur at 12:34 PM PST - 77 comments

Hear that whistle blow?

What are your recommendations for a "cute", whistling tea kettle? [more inside]
posted by MrToad at 12:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Powering a device via USB

Instead of powering a device with 2 AA batteries, I'm interested in creating something that would allow it to draw power via USB. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by Diskeater at 12:27 PM PST - 17 comments

"Soviet" looking fonts?

Can anyone name this "Soviet" looking font? Or point me to some other Eastern European fonts in the same vein (preferably free)? [more inside]
posted by sharksandwich at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

It's "Deluxe", son, "Deluxe".....

Trying to find specific soft-drink ads played at movie theaters. They were spoofs on MTV hip-hop culture. [more inside]
posted by melt away at 11:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Magic Bullet Poverty Measure?

[Social Research Magic Bullet Filter] I need a portable "toolkit" consisting of social variables that allow for measure and analysis of poverty in a given area. It must be portable to allow for comparable analyses between place A & place B. Confused by my request? Then please read the [more inside]
posted by deejay jaydee at 11:20 AM PST - 17 comments

0800-reverse on UK mobile networks

0800-reverse in the UK - are there any mobile networks that support this on pre-paid ("pay as you go") tariffs? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Internship in France, help me know what to expect!

[FranceFilter] I'm an early 20s Canadian doing a 4-month internship near Lyon, France in January. I have a few nagging questions before I leave. [more inside]
posted by KevCed at 11:00 AM PST - 16 comments

A Restaurant in Ireland for Christmas

Advice on restaurants in Limerick, Ireland that will be open on Christmas Day? Bonus points for restaurants with a fireplace. Alternately, recommendations on reasonably priced restaurants in Dublin with fireplaces for the last few days in December? [more inside]
posted by Caz721 at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

How long in the freezer to chill a Coke from 89F to 35F?

So I just bought a can of Coke from a machine, and it came out hot so how long will it take to chill it in the freezer? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 10:46 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I disable frames in a website I'm viewing?

How can I view the contents of a website or link to individual pages without using frames? I HATE frames!!! [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress at 10:44 AM PST - 5 comments

How to survive Christmas in Spain?

We would like to hear from you if you spent Christmas in Spain in the past. Are there things to do during Christmas Day? Is everything closed? [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me expel this unwelcome bigotry

I've noticed a significant amount of bigotry emerging in my thinking. To be more specific, I find myself being irritated by people from a certain group and I find myself blaming their irritating-ness on their ethnicity. (Which ethnicity? I'd rather not say and I don't think it matters.) Any suggestions on how to nip this in the bud? Books? Healing your Inner Bigot? For the record, I don't think my perception is accurate. The thoughts persist though and are emerging more often to my dismay.
posted by Aghast. at 10:39 AM PST - 32 comments

I need a picture of a Danish medical practitioner taken between 1865 and 1875

Please help me find a picture of any Danish medical practitioner taken sometime between 1865 and 1875. This is kind of a long shot, I know.
posted by sveskemus at 10:28 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I turn raw animal skin into a hand drum head?

How do I prepare animal hides for use as the skin of a hand drum such as a djembe? [more inside]
posted by davey_darling at 10:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Chefs Choice Meat Slicers

I'm considering purchase of a Chefs Choice meat slicer #645 or #662 for home use. Can anyone give comments about either of these models?
posted by jorlando at 10:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Best reference book for iPod?

What's the best book to get the most out of my iPod? [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 10:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Elliptical trainer rentals?

Where can I rent an elliptical trainer near Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:01 AM PST - 0 comments

Articles about Neandertals?

I've always been interested in early hominids, specifically Neandertals. I'm currently working in a research institution with access to PubMed and a huge array of scientific journals -- a perfect opportunity to get my caveman-learnin' on! Can anyone recommend some good scientific articles about Neandertals? Is there a paleoanthropologist in the house?
posted by Greg Nog at 9:57 AM PST - 8 comments

It was all good until the tutor needed a cigarette

I read a short story a few years ago and would really like to find it again. A boy doesn't understand the complexities of the world -- such as how cars work. Suddenly, cars stop working. [more inside]
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 9:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me show new coworkers that I can make some great food!

Saladfilter: I'm at a new job this year and the Christmas party is coming up next week... [more inside]
posted by lil' ears at 9:53 AM PST - 22 comments

Things to do in Amsterdam in mid December...

My brother and I are planning to visit Amsterdam around the 12th to 14th perhaps, and have been trying to track down things to do (gigs mostly) while there on the interwebs, but so far haven't found much. [more inside]
posted by opsin at 9:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Standard Link Type Icons?

Are there standard link type icons for the web? Such as the icon indicating that link goes to an external web site? [more inside]
posted by juiceCake at 8:55 AM PST - 9 comments

If something is sent to you in error can the sender demand it back?

LegalFilter: A laptop was sent for repair under warranty to Gateway. According to one of their customer service policies, if the repair isn't returned to you within 14 days they'll send you a new one. This time period passed and a new laptop was shipped out. A few days later, the old laptop (now fully repaired) was shipped in error. If a person is now in possession of both laptops because of an error in the vendor's shipping, does the vendor have legal ground to demand one of them back? This is in the US.
posted by saraswati at 8:52 AM PST - 17 comments

This year is lost, but...

Help make my company's holiday party not suck next year! [more inside]
posted by sephira at 8:52 AM PST - 11 comments

I want it all?

What do i do about bad sex? And confusion about my sexuality? This is really scary for me. And, frankly, getting pretty boring. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 27 comments

As usual, my "gut" is sending me mixed messages.

Did you marry someone despite misgivings and have actually it work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 22 comments

How do you know when to settle down and make a life for yourself?

When do you know that it's time to move on to a new stage in life vis-a-vis settling down with one person and starting a family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Weblogs Inc.: to accept or not accept

Has anyone here accepted an offer to (or currently) write for a blog on the Weblogs Inc. network? I have some questions inside if so. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Travel tips for Mexico?

Leaving in one week for Mexico. Any travel tips or things that we must see or do? Going to Merida, Valladolid, Chichen Itza, Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 8:26 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I get a Background image (watermark) in MS Word 2003 to actually print as B&W (not GREEN)?

How do I get a Background image (watermark) in MS Word 2003 to actually print as B&W (not GREEN)? [more inside]
posted by criticman at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Make my girlfriend more confident so we can have better sex

My partner loves going down on me. She loves kissing me once or twice, briefly sucking me like a lollipop, and is uneasy about doing anything more, which ends up being frustrating for both of us. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 34 comments

Unbleached paper coffee cups

Is there a place (online or real-world) to buy unbleached (brown) paper coffee cups, say 100-500 of them? No logos or design on them, just straight unbleached paper cups, 16-24oz. [more inside]
posted by neustile at 7:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me pick an LCD tv!

I need help choosing my tv. This is my second really expensive purchase, and I know a lot less about TVs than I do computers. Help me decide between 2 models of different brands, or suggest better! Also where to buy from recommendations! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 7:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Please help me figure out what's causing the creaks in my DIY loft.

Please help me figure out what's causing the creaks in my DIY loft [more inside]
posted by sequential at 6:37 AM PST - 9 comments

What's up with the blinking?

Auto Mechanic Filter: Help me figure out what's causing my car's curious turn signal behaviour. [more inside]
posted by irregardless at 6:37 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I get rid of rubber odour?

Stinky balls. No, not that sort. I purchased a wine decanter that comes with a stand for drying. Unfortunately, the stand has a rubber ball on the end (to prevent scratching, I'd assume), and has a very, very pungent rubber odour. Is there some way of getting rid of that smell?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 6:34 AM PST - 6 comments

I can't get this open!

I have a customer that is using a document imaging system that has a web search capability. They are having issues opening the images...of course there's [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 6:20 AM PST - 3 comments

My kingdom for a highlighter

PDF/ search filter: Highlighter, highlighter, where for art thou highlighter? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 5:46 AM PST - 4 comments

upwardly mobile hobo?

What sort of gear would you recommend for someone who wants to try living out in the open air for 6-12 months? [more inside]
posted by longbaugh at 5:00 AM PST - 20 comments

What are the best online resources for scientific data?

What are the best online resources for scientific data? [more inside]
posted by jonesor at 4:40 AM PST - 13 comments

looking for a big fat pmp

can anyone recommend (or even just point out) a portable mp3 player (or multimedia player) that features an upgradeable 2.5" hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 4:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Is it possible to write a program that uses only physical RAM, and not the swap/pagefile in Windows?

Is it possible to write a program that uses only physical RAM, and not the swap/pagefile in Windows? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 4:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Instructions on book page folding

Where can I find instructions on how to make a sculpture by folding the pages of a book over... [more inside]
posted by BoscosMom at 3:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Ah yes, that's better.

I always orient my head, almost entirely subconsciously, with the orientation of any face, if it's the primary focus of the media I'm observing. Anyone else? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 2:56 AM PST - 5 comments

November 29

Who needs any more wishes?

Comic Strip Filter: The strip featured someone being visited by a genie and offered three wishes. He wishes for a hamster wheel. In the last frame he is running in his wheel and the genie asks what he would like for his other two wishes and the guy says, "Who needs more wishes?" Did anyone see it? Can anyone point me where to find it? I would be most grateful.
posted by roryks at 11:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Admitting Defeat

My computer problems are resisting every corrective measure. Tomorrow, I shall nuke the bastard from orbit, reinstall XP, and start over fresh. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 11:07 PM PST - 29 comments

Fractal tattoos anyone?

Please help me find or create a fractal to use as the basis of a tattoo. [more inside]
posted by keep_evolving at 10:11 PM PST - 9 comments

if it breaks again i'll never fix it

Help me not to fall in love with this man (yet). There's a little bit... [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 9:47 PM PST - 33 comments

Take it to Jacob and play "which hues the bluest?"

Does crack/cocaine burn blue when smoked or freebased? [more inside]
posted by Satapher at 9:37 PM PST - 22 comments

Best inexpensive receiver to use with computer

I have a pair of stereo speakers that I want to use with my computer. My old receiver broke, so unless there's some way to hook stereo speakers directly up to a computer, I'll need a new one. I want to find an inexpensive receiver that can turn on automatically when it gets a signal. I don't want to have to walk over and turn it on every time I want to play an MP3 or have to remember to turn it off. (I think my old one broke because I'd just leave it on all the time.) The only other thing I'd use it for is playing DVD audio, so it should work with that as well. What's the best receiver to use for computer audio that will detect a signal and turn on by itself? Or should I just lose the stereo speakers and get a pair of computer speakers?
posted by lsemel at 8:47 PM PST - 9 comments

What's the sociological term for our acceptance of cumulative airport security demands?

Is there a word or phrase that describes people's ready acceptance of increasingly odd and demanding airport security procedures? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 8:37 PM PST - 44 comments

Join the ranks of the unwashed?

Should I start playing World of Warcraft? [more inside]
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 8:36 PM PST - 58 comments


PHP Filter: I am going to start a website for a church youth group, and I had a couple of ideas i wanted to try out. Theres [more inside]
posted by veol at 8:00 PM PST - 1 comment

Why can't I upload podcasts onto my new 2G iPod Shuffle?

Why can't I upload podcasts onto my new 2G iPod Shuffle? [more inside]
posted by alidarbac at 7:52 PM PST - 5 comments

bottom line

do men and women get the same amount of pleasure from anal sex? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 7:48 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I invest $40,000 for one year for a non-profit corporation?

How do I invest $40,000 for one year for a non-profit corporation? The non-profit art space that I started recently recieved a couple grants amounting to about $40,000. Yay! We will spend all the money gradually over the course of this year. Initially I thought I could open an account with ING Direct or Emigrant Direct, but they do not offer accounts to corporations, only personal accounts. Our bank's interest rate is terrible and I'm sure we can do better. Does anyone have any advice for short term, near zero risk investing?
posted by puppy kuddles at 7:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I order flowers online to be shipped to Toronto?

Where can I order flowers online to be shipped to Toronto? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 7:25 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I track myself with GPS and map my every move forever?

How can I best track my every move with GPS and then map it for a website and my personal use? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger at 7:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Fibromyalgia specialist in Colorado?

Fibromyalgia specialists in the Colorado area? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen at 7:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Why do people these days ride BMX-style bikes with the seat as low as possible?

Why do people these days ride BMX-style bikes with the seat as low as possible? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Can't remember this NES game's name.

I can't remember the name of this game, but here is a description: [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 6:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Getting a positive winning attitude through music and movies

Keep your eyes on the prize. Never give up. Fight until the end. This is the kind of positive message I'm looking for in music and in movies, and I'm asking for recommendations from the hivemind [more inside]
posted by dropkick at 6:34 PM PST - 50 comments

Translate Short Article From Taiwan

TranslationFilter: Can anyone give a translation of this short article at Taiwan Ellegirl? Thanks!
posted by mikepop at 6:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there work in NYC for someone who is excellent at programming Dataton Watchout?

Is there work in NYC for someone who is excellent at programming Dataton Watchout? If so, where?
posted by idledebonair at 6:17 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I nurture a 15-year-old's interest in mathematics?

How do I nurture a 15-year-old's interest in mathematics? [more inside]
posted by neuron at 6:06 PM PST - 34 comments

Any stories of successfully breaking a depressive cycle?

Any advice -- from experience please -- for breaking a friend's cycle of depression, hospitalization, and attempted suicide? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 5:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Just Who the heck is Lyndon Larouche?

Seriously, what's the deal with Lyndon Larouche? I've never paid any attention to the guy, then last night, my wife gets handed a whole bundle of very slickly-produced lit from one of his flunkies. I gather that he's some sort of fringe-wing nut job, but I really have no history. Casting about on Google is one idea, but asking here was another. Who has good links to level-headed reality-based bios on this fellow?
posted by Devils Rancher at 5:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Why can't I get a hotel room in Silicon Valley on December 6?

Why is nearly every hotel on the peninsula between San Francisco and San Jose fully booked for December 6 and ONLY December 6? [more inside]
posted by aaronh at 5:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Home Espresso Machines: How Good is the Nespresso System?

I just bought a Nespresso C100 expresso machine. I don't know much about espresso machines but find that the coffee tastes great and the machine, which uses pods, doesn't make a mess in my kitchen. I would like to know what people who know a lot about making espresso and love espresso think generally of the Nespresso system. In the few days I've had the machine it has produced reliable espresso with a beautiful crema and excellent taste.
posted by dclawyer at 5:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Shopping for Windows games -- where to start?

Windows game recommendations for myself? I know there are lots of game review sites out there, but tons of games go into their meat grinder and they go on the assumption that you already know what you want. Is there a poll or "favorites" list that I can use as a springboard for finding popular games? I tried Googling this and keep finding nothing but 1994-era lists. [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 5:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Potluck Dinner Party Menu Ideas

It's time, once again, for a menu idea for an annual potluck at my house. Past successes have included veggie lasagne, rice noodles w/ peanut sauce, chicken/spinach curry, potroast, chicken wings, potatoes au gratin, corn pudding. Health conscious, veggie friendly, no red meat (the potroast was popular, but I made a nonmeat alternative, and that's a lot of extra work). Preferably not incredibly untidy to eat, as it's buffet and laps. No Canned "Cream of" Soups. Money is not unlimited, so no lobster or caviar. I like to cook, but nothing terribly complicated. @ 15 people. [more inside]
posted by theora55 at 5:06 PM PST - 7 comments

Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes.

Please help me write a persuasive speech about libertinism. [more inside]
posted by Demogorgon at 4:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Santa Baby

Help me caption this Christmas image. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 4:33 PM PST - 28 comments

Uninsured-patient health clinics in Portland, OR?

Any suggestions on health clinics for the uninsured in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by sleepy pete at 4:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Shiny Faucet Envy

FaucetFilter: I'm in a rental apartment, and my heavy cooking and homebrewing proclivities have me pining for a better kitchen faucet. Do you have any advice for finding, installing (and then when I move out), uninstalling a higher-end sink faucet? [more inside]
posted by garfy3 at 4:24 PM PST - 9 comments

When to buy a new Treo?

I'm planning to buy a Treo 700p but I don't know if I should wait. Will prices drop significantly after xmas? Will a newer/better model come out in the next few months?
posted by oqrothsc at 4:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Digital or Film camera for high school photo class?

Camera as a gift for a 13-year old girl; it's going to be used in a photo class. Which is the more likely camera for a high school photo class: digital or film? Charity gift with no chance for more information from recipient. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by JDC8 at 3:47 PM PST - 28 comments

Summer in Provence?

Any personal experiences with or advice regarding gites/vacation villages in France? [more inside]
posted by katemonster at 3:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Good community forum software?

I'm looking for easy-to-manage community forum software. I run a site hosted at Dreamhost, and would like to add a message board for community discussion. I'm not averse to using phpbb (which Dreamhost can auto-install) if it can be made administrator-friendly. (I find the current admin panel a frustrating pile of crap.) In particular, I don't want to have to mess with spam user registrations. Ideally users could register and use the site with ease, while spammers would be blocked with minimal intervention on my part. (Kind of how WordPress/Akismet deals with spam comments.) I rather like the Joel on Software discussion group layout — clean, simple, yet effective. Willing to pay, if needed.
posted by jdroth at 3:36 PM PST - 12 comments

All about my mother.

What can I do to help cheer up my mum who's stuck in a funk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:22 PM PST - 17 comments

In terms of business/legal preparations, how do I best go into the forthcoming sale of some software I've written.

In terms of contracts and legal/business preparations, how should I proceed with the forthcoming sale of software that I've written to a client (this is my first time selling my own software/services as an independent contractor). [more inside]
posted by davidvan at 3:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me stop leaking when I stand up!

Morning / night time urinary incontinence filter. Why do I leak when I stand up?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:06 PM PST - 10 comments

The first things you read when you open a book are...what?

I'm writing a book. What's the difference between a prologue, a foreword, an introduction, and a preface?
posted by soulbarn at 2:32 PM PST - 13 comments

Seeking movies with interesting moments of specific, sudden turnarounds/"surprises"

Which movies have the most interesting moments of specific, sudden dramatic turnarounds/"surprises"? (PLEASE, TITLES/RECOMMENDATIONS ONLY -- please keep this thread spoiler-free, thanks!) I'm interested in watching these movies with an eye toward what happens in design terms (sound design, camera movement, lighting, etc.) both during and just before the turnaround/revelation. [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 2:32 PM PST - 144 comments

My Text Runneth Over

I am inserting a large amount of links and text into a DIV tag using innerHTML after a page loads. For some reason, the HTML I am inserting is overflowing to the right of the DIV and not wrapping. I have a feeling, the browser cannot perform its normal text-wrapping because I am adding the HTML after the fact. Is there any technique via CSS or javascript to prevent this overflow from happening?
posted by jasondigitized at 2:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I improve the quality of my Comcast basic cable SD TV to 480p or better?

I have a Panasonic EDTV-ready plasma monitor, but don't want to pay a monthly fee for digital cable or a HD service. Can I do anything to improve the viewing quality of my Comcast basic cable SD TV signal, especially for those channels that are OTA HD? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 1:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me decide on new laptop, i'm down to the final 2 contenders.

Hp Pavillion dv9000t vs Dell Inspiron 1705 Help me make a final choice for a new laptop. These last two contenders are almost too similar and I wonder if I am overlooking anything significant that might set one apart. [more inside]
posted by stavx at 1:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Diamonds in the rough...

Does anyone know anything about the conditions for the workers in diamond mines, especially in Africa? [more inside]
posted by melangell at 12:55 PM PST - 16 comments

How to get ballpoint pen mark off leather jacket?

What is the best way to get a light ballpoint ink mark out of a leather jacket without discoloring or otherwise damaging the leather? It's a black pen mark on a brown jacket.
posted by zembla3 at 12:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Who is the anti-Lawrence Lessig in relation to US copyright?

I am very familiar with Lawrence Lessig and his writings, particularly on copyright, but I thought it would only be fair to look at the other side. So, who are the biggest US names in pro-copyright/anti-Lessig law? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 12:29 PM PST - 10 comments

How many christmas lights per tree?

How many christmas lights (either C7 or C9 size bulbs) are needed for a large 16' pine tree? [more inside]
posted by Alpenglow at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Oral tradition stories

Hello dudes. Do you know where I can find recordings of good oral tradition storytellers on/offline? (in English)
posted by London Irregular at 11:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Revenue vs. Safety, or, 285 Sucks

Atlanta, GA... Anyone ever been stopped for speeding on 285? If so, you know the average speed is well above the posted 55. Any suggestions for a first time offender (in GA) who was pulled over in medium traffic on a clear day, going 79 (like everyone else) in a 55? Waaaah!! [more inside]
posted by priested at 11:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Drill that rock!

How do I drill a hole through a rock? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ynoxas at 11:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Good Documentaries About Outsider Art

I am looking for some good documentaries about outsider artists. Anything you've seen that you've enjoyed or were fascinated by - long and small pieces, pieces about the art and pieces about the artist, old and new. Specifically of artists that are still living and who are interesting characters. Thanks, MeFi.
posted by billysumday at 11:33 AM PST - 26 comments

How to get a Masters degree, like, NOW?

Is there any way to get a seriously accredited Masters Degree online based all or in part on life experience? Any other ideas about getting a Masters quickly/inexpensively? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 11:32 AM PST - 19 comments

How to stop XP automatic search when drive is plugged in?

How do I stop windows from automatically searching for media when a new drive is plugged in? (Minor annoyance.) [more inside]
posted by univac at 11:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Why would a mage turn to the right?

WoWFilter: Help me win a friendly bet involving World of Warcraft macintosh bugs, screen layout, and character positioning. Yep, lots [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 11:21 AM PST - 5 comments

NYS Hospital Regulation

There's a commission in New York State that's going to force closure of a bunch of hospitals across the state, including a few in my area (Buffalo). They are also going to force a few private organizations to merge. What gives them the ability to dictate this sort of thing? Is it the threat of withholding funding? I've read many news articles on the closure recommendations, but have missed out on a good ultimate explanation. [more inside]
posted by voidcontext at 11:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Get off the cross, we could use the wood.

What's the word for when someone tries to make themselves look charitable, or altruistic, but they are clearly acting out of other interests? [more inside]
posted by Tbola at 10:57 AM PST - 30 comments

Babies and beards and changing appearances

Possibly stupid question about having a beard and a baby at the same time, and then not having a beard. [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 10:50 AM PST - 30 comments

Fairfax food finder!

I'm going to be in Fairfax, VA this weekend and looking for nice non chain restaurants to check out, anyone have any great suggestions?
posted by wavering at 10:35 AM PST - 16 comments

Aqua Sevenday?

Help me come up with a catchy name for my campus' "Water Week." It will be happening in late January and will be a week dedicated to discussing issues in three areas: environment, accessibility, commodification. Speakers, an art exhibition, and movies are being planned. Bonus points for recommendations of films, special topics, general advice.
posted by arcticwoman at 10:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Guide my program management education direction!

I'm in the Dulles area of Virginia outside of DC. Where do I go for a project management certificate? Or a similar quality experience? [more inside]
posted by phearlez at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments


Great "up yours" songs? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:19 AM PST - 112 comments

What statistical tests do I need to run on this data?

I need a good resource for conducting statistical tests. I've taken stats courses, but it's been a while. Something SPSS-centric would be ideal... [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 9:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Adapter Woes

My perfectly-functional USB wireless adapter doesn't work with my new computer. [more inside]
posted by archagon at 9:45 AM PST - 1 comment

Where to go in St. Jo?

What is there to do in St. Joseph, MO? [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 9:45 AM PST - 6 comments

English to Latin translation?

Can anyone translate a phrase into Latin for me? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 9:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Decorate my new office, library style

Help me decorate a hospital librarian's office. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Everybody do the Dinosaur

Where can I find dinosaur slippers? Specifically, they must make a "roaring" noise each step you take. Do these even exist or am I imagining them?
posted by kidsleepy at 8:55 AM PST - 17 comments

Where's a good place to get a few anti-static bags?

Where's a good place to buy a few anti-static bags? I'll be mailing a video card and some RAM to a friend of mine and I figured that a couple anti-static bags couldn't hurt. [more inside]
posted by Handcoding at 8:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Workin' hard or hardly workin'?

Manual Labor - Are you drawn to it, OR do you make a living doing it? [more inside]
posted by zhivota at 8:47 AM PST - 24 comments

Do I cut my brother off?

At what point should I stop helping my college-aged brother with homework? I feel like I made him reliant on my help, so how can I sever this without hurting his feelings or his GPA? [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 8:20 AM PST - 27 comments


What non-dairy "sour cream" works best in a cooked sauce? In particular, how would you make beef stroganoff without using any dairy products? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 8:19 AM PST - 19 comments

What does "enterprise software" mean, anyway?

What is "enterprise software" and how is it different from any other kind of software ever? [more inside]
posted by DrSkrud at 8:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Books for Young Twins Wherein They Can See Themselves

Can you recommend any good books for toddlers/young readers in which the protagonists are twins? Bonus points for stories where the protagonists are non-identical twins
posted by anastasiav at 8:11 AM PST - 10 comments

CatPsychFilter: Should we get our cat a kitten? How soon?

CatPsychFilter: Should we get our cat a kitten? How soon? We recently (just this week) lost our five month old kitten... [more inside]
posted by verytres at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments

What does "the enterprise" mean?

I often see in business/technology articles references to "the enterprise". Presumably, the enterprise refers to a subset of business organisations in this context - which ones? Also, why the definite article? Why is it "the enterprise" rather than just "enterprise" or "the enterprise sector"? [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 7:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Why is recipe software so hard to write?

Why is recipe software so hard to write? [more inside]
posted by twiki at 7:32 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me find the perfect watch, please.

Help me find a replacement watch that fits the criteria listed in the [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 7:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it just me or is does is Windows so retarded that it treats users as retarded?

Windows questions from a Mac person using now using Windows regularly who doesn't understand some concepts/uses. One question (at the end) asks you to rate a specific Windows workstation for use in Design & Production. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:12 AM PST - 25 comments

What are the great arts websites?

Is there a Flickr for culture and the arts? What about a Wikipedia? [more inside]
posted by featherboa at 6:59 AM PST - 5 comments

The piano has been drinking

Please explain to me the appeal of Tom Waits. [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 6:47 AM PST - 72 comments

Hannukah Music That Doesn't Suck?

Aside from "Dreidel, Dreidel," which is a kid's song, Adam Sandler, and "Rock of Ages," are there actually any other songs (bonus points for easy to learn and sing) for Hannukah that aren't horribly cheesy?
posted by canine epigram at 6:25 AM PST - 18 comments

What is the most direct way I can learn all about quantum physics?

What is the most direct way I can learn all about quantum physics? [more inside]
posted by MetaMonkey at 6:22 AM PST - 34 comments

Moving Day

Plug external hard drive into PC, grab all my music/docs, unplug, plug into shiny new MacBook, move files off drive. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 6:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Why is Heidi Klum's English accent better than Henry Kissinger's?

Why is Heidi Klum's English accent better than Henry Kissinger's?
posted by airguitar at 6:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for good Frankfurt Hotel

Could anybody recommend a nice hotel in Frankfurt? [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 5:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. North America ... can you match wits with tonight's detective?

What's the best plays-fair, all-clues-on-the-table mystery? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:04 AM PST - 20 comments

Should I include an incomplete undergraduate degree on my resume?

I'm a university dropout with the intention of returning to study (for a different degree) in mid-2007. I'm applying for a clerical position at a government department soon, should I include my incomplete undergrad degree on my resume? [more inside]
posted by madforplaid at 2:23 AM PST - 7 comments

How to twist the words of others to my own dire purposes?

I want to create a web application in which the user enters text into a field and clicks on a submit button, and the text is then altered based on a set of conditions and given back to the user. What's the easiest way of doing this? I have a vague idea that I should use Perl and CGI. I don't know Perl or CGI, but I do know a bit of Java, a bit about servlets and JSPs, some Visual Basic, and quite a bit about http. [more inside]
posted by bingo at 2:21 AM PST - 13 comments

shouting 'damn kids' whilst shaking fist

RantFilter: What can I do to curtail vandalism on my car? [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy at 1:32 AM PST - 32 comments

What is leave loading?

I am a relatively new public servant working in Queensland, Australia and I've just found out that in the pay before Christmas my 17.5% leave loading will be paid out. Great! But uh... what is it? And how much extra can I expect to find in my pay? [more inside]
posted by Second Account For Making Jokey Comments at 1:20 AM PST - 10 comments

November 28

Ti Mo Yurm?

I was on one of the Chinatown-to-Chinatown buses from New York to Boston, and the bus driver had the Chinese pop music on VERY LOUD ALL THE WAY. [more inside]
posted by sholdens12 at 11:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How to organize a burned DVD collection of featured films?

How should I organize my burned DVD collection? [more inside]
posted by apple at 10:35 PM PST - 15 comments

I lke m rlly shrt: Url Redirection

What url redirection / url shrinking services do you use, and why? What features do you wish they had? [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 10:34 PM PST - 21 comments

How to keep logged onto Yahoo mail?

We keep getting kicked out of Yahoo mail (asking us to log back in again). We've set it to "ask every 24 hours"; we accept cookies. We've cleared cookies. We remain logged into other cookie-lovin' sites (i.e., Amazon). This happens in IE and Firefox. This happens on three different computers. What gives?
posted by stevil at 10:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Whats a brand of keyboard that allow multiple keys to be pressed?

Whats a good keyboard that for gaming and frets on fire? I just found out my favorite microsoft natural doesnt support more than 2 keys being pressed (f1-f5) for FoF. I'm using a dell that allows 3. Is it a USB convertor? Are there better brands? I'm suspecting that some of the FPS games I thought where lag issues might have been just keyboard key press issues as I sometimes hold down shift. I never even thought of this as a problem for gaming.
posted by IronWolve at 10:18 PM PST - 9 comments

help me hear you

laptop hardware fix-it-yourself question: a shoddy headphone out port on an old laptop controls my audio. depending on how far the headphones are plugged in, i get sound variously from speakers or half headphones. there's [more inside]
posted by yonation at 9:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Ever worked on a Dude Ranch? What was your experience like?

I want to know if anyone has ever spent a summer working on a dude ranch, if so what was your experience like? [more inside]
posted by bilbo baggins at 9:52 PM PST - 3 comments

What RC blimp should I buy?

Can you recommend a good remote-controlled blimp? [more inside]
posted by Hildago at 9:51 PM PST - 7 comments

meeting new people in dc

moving back to dc, and looking to meet new people - but trying to stay AWAY from the mass of transient young professionals everywhere. [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 9:18 PM PST - 15 comments

WIndows Vista nor or later?

Windows Vista: Should I get it right when it comes out or will an upgraded & updated version be released later on? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 8:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Guardianship, discipline, and growth

How do my wife and I give our 17 year-old ward (and, god, I hate that term) a happy environment while teaching her how to interact with people in acceptable ways? [more inside]
posted by brozek at 8:29 PM PST - 41 comments

Can I get away with IMing at work if I stick to Gtalk?

Chat-at-Work-Filter: In my line of consulting I end up working at a number of client sites where the client's IT department has succeeded in convincing management that Instant Messaging is the devil... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 26 comments

Please Point Me at Some Nice Icons

I'm looking for simple, spare, classy Mac icons—I'm tired of looking at the stuff in my dock. I'd like to replace everything with some icons that are cool and unified, but not fancy. There are lots of sites out there that have icon sets, but I'd like some specific suggestions. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 8:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Movies At Christmas, but Not About Christmas?

What movies take place around Christmas time but don't actually have anything to do with Christmas? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 7:45 PM PST - 37 comments

Crazy fuzzy slippers needed for crazy, fuzzy guy

I want to purchase some fuzzy slippers for my boyfriend. He has expressed desire to have slippers, but he doesn't care what kind. I'd love to find some really unusual ones. [more inside]
posted by eggplantia5 at 7:20 PM PST - 18 comments

macbook - all settings unexpectedly reverted?

I recently purchased a Macbook and didn't have any significant trouble until I powered it on one evening and all of the settings had reverted. [more inside]
posted by wolfsleepy at 7:12 PM PST - 7 comments

indie music ahoy!

any suggestions on how i can get an indietorrent invite code without knowing anybody already on the site? Id love a good way to get an idea of whats going on in the indie music scene. I have a tv torrent invite but I'm not sure if there are sites out there that people swap them on? Thanks!
posted by gilsonal at 6:54 PM PST - 9 comments

saving a newspaper article

I want to save a physical copy of an article in today's New York Times. [more inside]
posted by rdr at 6:34 PM PST - 13 comments

In search of interesting place to elope...

Where to elope? The SO and I would like to elope in January, but we haven't found a place that suits us. A Justice of the Peace/city hall-type wedding would suit us well, but if possible, we'd like that municipal building to be a wonderful, old, beautiful (or new and funky) building in an interesting country/city/area that we could spend some time exploring. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 6:30 PM PST - 22 comments

Do any pro athletes blog?

Are there any professional athletes that maintain a blog during the sports season? [more inside]
posted by greedo at 6:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Stable email address?

What is the best way to achieve a stable email address, one that is not at the mercy of merciless ISPs? Does one use a domain or would gmail or a similar service be better? If a domain is the answer what are the dos and don'ts, how much should one expect to pay, are there free ones and are domains really stable in the long run?
posted by flummox at 6:08 PM PST - 23 comments

What to do around SLC?

How should my wife and I spend a three-and-a-half hour layover in the Salt Lake City Airport tomorrow morning?
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu at 6:02 PM PST - 17 comments

What Computer app uses this sound?

I'm trying to identify the computer application that uses a specific sound clip as some sort of notification noise. The sound is from this Ren and Stimpy short (Log!!) and occurs at 37 seconds in, right after the announcer says "All kids love log!" I know I've heard that little 6-note jingle before and it's driving me crazy!
posted by chrisamiller at 5:53 PM PST - 7 comments

How should we respond to a sympathy card?

What is the polite way to acknowledge/respond to sympathy cards? [more inside]
posted by ciocarlia at 5:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Wrought with Worry

FullPanicModeFilter: Have you every had a biopsy, or a surgically removed tumor that was benign and the doctor wanted to see you sooner than your previously scheduled appointment? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 5:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Something Witty and Relevant Goes Here

I need 250 words of filler, or a decent photograph/drawing for a middle school newspaper. Some last minute submissions came in, and now I've got a big blank spot in the middle of the last inside page. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 5:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I find an excellent darts bar?

Can anybody provide recommendations on an ideal bar for playing darts in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by bobadoci at 5:17 PM PST - 1 comment

Do colour laser printers work well with parchment and silk thread papers?

Do colour laser printers work well with parchment and silk thread papers? [more inside]
posted by cwhitfcd at 4:59 PM PST - 4 comments

What should I do about a spamming website?

Should I do anything about a site advertising via spam? [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi at 4:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Peace Corps?

Peace Corps - leave in Jan or leave in spring/summer? [more inside]
posted by wandering steve at 4:55 PM PST - 4 comments

How did society work for Lady Chatterly?

I just read Lady Chatterly's Lover, and I'm a little confused by some aspects of society in the novel. (spoilers ahead) [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 4:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Could I screw myself with my own money?

I've got $20,000 coming to me, and this may possibly be a bad thing. Mature Bonds vs. Charity filter... [more inside]
posted by josingsinthehall at 4:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Talk Taos

Where do I stay in Taos? [more inside]
posted by striker at 3:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to Find the Smallest Christmas Lights

Where can I find tiny Christmas lights on the web? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

How to print an Apple Pages document as a book?

How to print a document created in Apple Pages through a POD service like Lulu? [more inside]
posted by ezrakilty at 3:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Maybe it wasn't that good...

Say you just come out of the theater and someone asked you to rate the movie. You say 9/10. But if someone asked you how a movie was 2 months later, you may say 6/10. I'm told there is literature that supports this - people are initially more excited right after an experience than when they think back to it 3 weeks later. Is there a psychology term or articles on this? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 3:44 PM PST - 23 comments

We're breaking up!!

Doesn't highspeed crosswinds at high altitudes put tremendous stress on large airliners? [more inside]
posted by drleary at 3:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Old iMac to new PC

Mac-to-PC help: I am getting Grandma & Grandpa a Windows-based laptop to replace their iMac OS 8.1 (yes, it's really that old). I need to move their stuff from the old to the new. Can anyone help a non-Mac person? [more inside]
posted by deedeep at 3:07 PM PST - 8 comments

What we have here... is a failure to communicate

Calling all AskMefites who work for a strategic communications firm or in corporate communications: how did you get your gig? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 3:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find an app which converts qcp files.

software to convert .qcp files to mp3 or wav? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 3:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Non-System Disk or Disk Error - uh oh?

How can I fix a "Non-System Disk or Disk Error"? Evidence points to hard-drive failure, except for the fact that it's working fine for the moment... [more inside]
posted by whataboutben at 2:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Taxing a reinvesting business

Can I start a LLC (or similar) who's only business is to manage investments and reinvest any gains? What are the tax implications? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 2:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Please help me move from tables to divs in a clear way?

How do I do multiple sets of multi-column divs w/ CSS inside other multi-column divs? More details in first comment. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 2:17 PM PST - 9 comments

ID for internal UK easyjet flight

To fly inside the UK (Stansted→Edinburgh) with easyjet, will I require a passport? If not, could I fly with only my ticket and a provisional driving license as photo ID? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 2:13 PM PST - 14 comments

A Tiled House?

Is there any logical reason why one would tile the exterior of a house? [more inside]
posted by cholly at 2:08 PM PST - 23 comments

What is your favorite video game or software games to learn to think logically and solve problems under pressures?

What is your favorite video game or software games to learn to think logically and solve problems under pressures ( all platforms welcome e.g. Windows, Mac) ? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 1:51 PM PST - 19 comments

You liked the movie? Now buy the shoelaces

What is the best way to search for Celebrity owned or worn items on Ebay? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 1:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Are these four me?

What do people know about the K2 Four R ski? It's not made anymore (I think 2003 was the last year it was in production). Is it a decent ski for an intermediate/advanced skier who usually stays on trails?
posted by rbs at 1:40 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I create a jpeg thumbnail of a pdf file?

How do I create a jpeg thumbnail of a pdf file? [more inside]
posted by melissa may at 1:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Dude, we should totally start a NORML chapter. Yeah!... wait, what?

Can running a NORML chapter damage my career? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:28 PM PST - 21 comments

Who's stealing my bandwidth

How do I track where my bandwidth is going. I've got 2 computers set up on a wireless network. With DU Meter installed. One of the computers is showing a significant increase on D/L and U/L traffic over the other. I want to track where the traffic is coming from on the bad computer ie it's connecting to
posted by lloyder at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to meet my Senator!

I'm a U.S. citizen, specifically living in Massachusetts. My friend is a British citizen who is a huge fan of American politics. He's coming to visit next year. Is there any way to meet and/or tour the offices of Senator Ted Kennedy, John Kerry or former President Clinton without being annoying or going to a fund raising dinner?
posted by clango at 1:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Dog Boarding in LA

Help my pooch! I need to board my dog for a week, and I need recommendations for good kennels in the Los Angeles area. [more inside]
posted by maryh at 12:56 PM PST - 1 comment

Do I have a Loose Steering Column?

Do I have a Loose Steering Column? [more inside]
posted by atmu at 12:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Hey Pete, Let's Eat More Meat

It is important that I know the lyrics to "Hey Pete! Let's Eat More Meat" AKA "Hey Pete, Let's Eat Mo' Meat" by Dizzie Gillespie, Buster Harding and Lynn Peterson! The mysterious line can be heard twice here.
posted by Arcaz Ino at 12:18 PM PST - 3 comments

feed your head

Does any one know of an RSS feed of Video Podcasts ie the feed itself contains nothing but pointers to other feeds
posted by dustsquid at 12:10 PM PST - 1 comment

Why am I hungrier on days when I have breakfast?

Why am I hungrier on days when I have breakfast? [more inside]
posted by raf at 11:54 AM PST - 28 comments

fight the sack rash

Sackrashfilter- Guys help me out here: How to get rid of the dreaded sack rash? As you can guess there is [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 21 comments

How to remove ingrown hair IN penis?

How to get rid of ingrown hair IN penis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Any other men had a blocked lymphatic vessel in their penis?

So recently I've been having a lot of "vigorous" heterosexual, um, sex. Yay me; yay my partner. However, my penis is now sporting a little more backbone than usual. Of course there's...-> [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

annoying PS2 slimline noise

Our PS2 died, so we bought a new Slimline PS2. The noise it makes is driving me insane. Or am I already crazy? [more inside]
posted by peep at 11:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me complete my groovy retro-kitsch Xmas CD

Help me complete my groovy retro-kitsch Xmas CD [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 11:21 AM PST - 19 comments

Book recommendations for how to get short animations funded?

Does anyone know of a good book for info on getting short animations funded? [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 11:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Audio File Sequencing

How do players such as Winamp or Media Player choose the sequence that they use to play MP3 files? I have classical MP3 files and recorded books that must be played in order. These players look at something very different from the way that they have been arranged (and numbered) in File Manager. Can the ID3v1 ID3v2 tags be used to control the playback sequence? I play these files on three separate computers plus my car radio via a flash drive and do not want the hassle of creating separate play lists. I cannot create play lists with my car radio. I am using, and much prefer, Winamp 5.094
posted by Raybun at 11:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for an half-forgotten children's book.

I'm looking for a children's book, but I have forgotten most of the salient details, including the title and author. It involved the meanderings of a worm. Each page had a sentence that included a word that was being taught to the reader. The only specific vocabulary word from the book I remember is "erudite". The book pages were black or dark with highly stylized illustrations of the worm's adventure. [more inside]
posted by spaltavian at 10:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Have you ever wondered...

1) Why does Adobe (and others) include patent numbers when its programs start (ex. Acrobat)? 2) What is the specific term that refers to the notion of swaying an opinion of something by describing it in certain terms? (Ex. These are absolutely stunning wildlife photos!) [more inside]
posted by Clementines4ever at 10:56 AM PST - 5 comments

What do grad students do all summer?

What to do as a grad student in the summertime? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Social Network Friend Hunt

Social Network Safari Hunt - Help me find my friends! [more inside]
posted by bkdelong at 10:51 AM PST - 1 comment

Does the death of the landlord void the lease?

NYCFilter: If my landlord dies, does that death void my lease? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 10:45 AM PST - 9 comments

My roommate has no common garbage disposal cents

I have a penny stuck in my garbage disposal. [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory at 10:30 AM PST - 10 comments

car trouble deja vu

My car has developed pulsing brakes and a low-speed wobble, for the second time in under 2 years. Help me get it fixed right this time, please? [more inside]
posted by vytae at 10:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Where's all the Apple logo merchandise?

Why can't I buy an Apple-branded shirt? Or keychain? Or coffee-mug, or jacket? [more inside]
posted by baltimore at 10:20 AM PST - 30 comments

Low stain drinks

I just got my teeth cleaned and I'm bleaching them too. I drink 5-6 cups of black tea (with milk) a day which is no good for white teeth - what alternative beverages can I switch to that won't be so bad for my pearly whites? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:19 AM PST - 11 comments

I need to take off my belt.

I need a new belt to hold up my pants. The one I have now is about 20+ years old. I'd like one that does not use animal products, uses natural fibers, is about 3/4 wide, thin, durable, and unobtrusive. Any ideas?
posted by GernBlandston at 10:00 AM PST - 14 comments

get rid of bad tint?

How do I remove bad tinting from the back of my car? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

The irony-it just burns me! My grill is on fire

oooh the irony-How do I get my grill to NOT catch fire? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 9:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Get yer' own, mister!

I need some valid reasons for a (business) subtenant to get his own DSL service instead of sharing ours. Besides the fact that we're not 23 year old singles sharing a flat. [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 9:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Take fifteen percent, please

How can I find the agent of a particular author? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

The irony is...this is in a health food store.

Anyone know anything about masks and propane? [more inside]
posted by iurodivii at 9:26 AM PST - 9 comments

What are good resources for teaching the DISC Inventory?

What are good resources for teaching the DISC Inventory? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 9:25 AM PST - 1 comment

How to maintain multiple identical laptops?

We need multiple laptops to have identical computing environments, with the ability to have them updated en masse. What is the best way? [more inside]
posted by milquetoast at 9:16 AM PST - 5 comments

What do Greek speakers call dinosaurs?

What do Greek speakers call dinosaurs? Do they use the same Greek-derived words that English speakers do ("dinosaur", "tyrannosaurus", "stegosaurus", etc)? Do these names sound as silly to them as calling those extinct animals "terrible lizards", "tyrant lizards", and "roof lizards" would to us?
posted by Plutor at 9:10 AM PST - 20 comments

Help My Away Messages Grow

I am trying to create a brief weekly calendar for work of upcoming events that will be posted as an AOL IM away message that people can check throughout the week. How can I create a longer AIM away message than the default allows? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 9:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Broker/agent recommendations for Jersey City rentals, please!

Looking for some specifics and some general advice: broker/realtor/agency recommendations for finding a rental in Jersey City, and/or links to general resources for someone new to real estate/apartment hunting. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 9:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Does lack of guarantor complicate and delay release Canadian passport?

I am a canadian citizen applying for a canadian passport, but I don't personally know any person eligible to serve as a guarantor, unless "personally" is legally defined more loosely than I imagine. Have you had any experience applying for a canadian passport with a "Statutory Declaration in Lieu of Guarantor", and was the process complicated and delayed by the lack of guarantor?
posted by jchgf at 8:52 AM PST - 12 comments

"It is not love that is blind, but jealousy."

What's the cheapest way to order many copies of one book (used)? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 8:38 AM PST - 14 comments

How to find DoS attacker's contact data?

Some guy is DoS-attacking my mail server. Can I determine his name from his server's static IP? [more inside]
posted by Herr Fahrstuhl at 8:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Solid Wood Countertop?

Wood as a kitchen counter top - pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by jalexei at 8:15 AM PST - 23 comments

Where should I vacation?

I have some vacation time coming up, but I never really know where I want to go or what I want to do. I know that I like artistic cities. I know that I'll be spending a lot of time taking photos. I know that I want something exotic enough that I'll have some good stories, but modern enough that I can enjoy modern conveniences. Where would you go if you were me? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 8:01 AM PST - 25 comments

Legitimate p2p examples?

I need compelling examples of legitimate/legal uses of bittorrent or other p2p applications/protocols. [more inside]
posted by spock at 7:32 AM PST - 26 comments

How can I use PHP to display a MYSQL datetime value without displaying the seconds?

How can I strip the seconds off when displaying a MYSQL datetime variable, using only PHP commands, not MYSQL commands like "DATE_FORMAT"? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread at 7:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Old school ipod and car audio

Help my boyfriend play his first generation iPod in his car! [more inside]
posted by elquien at 7:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Since I'm not going to use my car for two months, can I stop paying car insurance?

My car is in Connecticut and I'm going home with my girlfriend to Hawaii for two months. Therefore, the car won't be used or touched. To save money, should I cancel my car insurance? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 7:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Im worried that I believe in my beliefs too strongly.

I am not stupid, but I know nearly nothing and will never change this fact. Help me accept this. [more inside]
posted by JokingClown at 7:10 AM PST - 50 comments

Summertime in the City. [in a few months]

Am I crazy for thinking of living in Durham, NC without air conditioning? Considerations: I get really really hot, have a somewhat crazy internal thermometer, I have lots of books, and I don't want to be miserable. Problem: we found a super cute house and it doesn't have AC. What to do? [more inside]
posted by fionab at 6:58 AM PST - 22 comments

I'd like a little Christmas tripe with my Christmas trifle, please...

I want to write a Christmas-themed essay for my book review blog, and I'm trying to come up with some Christmas lit to review. It might be fun, for instance, to gather together a selection of Christmas tripe such as Santa's Christmas Prayer (link not safe for those who have any literary sensibilities and have just eaten) and go to town on it. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, to write something about Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Which Christmas novels/stories/poems do you love and loathe? I don't review movies, so text only please...
posted by orange swan at 6:40 AM PST - 13 comments

How to Download a movie trailer?

How to download a movie trailer? [more inside]
posted by bradth27 at 6:36 AM PST - 8 comments

prayer for everyone at holiday dinner

Religion-holiday-family-filter: Prayer at dinner. No discussion of Sir Thomas [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 5:48 AM PST - 36 comments

Long shelf life batteries?

Are there any (disposable, AA) batteries that specifically have a long shelf life? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 4:59 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I know IMAX won't make me sick?

How do I know if IMAX will make me sick? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 3:57 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me dress my husband?

Help me keep my husband warm [more inside]
posted by talitha at 3:17 AM PST - 33 comments

What is this sound my PC keeps making?

My new computer keeps making this sound, and I can't make it stop, or figure out what is doing it. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 2:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me create a tutorial video for the web!

I want to create a tutorial video in the style of this one. I've got the voice-over stuff covered, but what software would I use to pull this off if I'm not actully filming anything with a camera?
posted by Geoffh at 12:52 AM PST - 9 comments

November 27

Mach Speed Trio Media Player firmware upgrade or reset? Device continuously reboots.

I need help with a Mach Speed Trio MP4 1GB media player. Shortly after purchasing it has begun rebooting continuously. [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 11:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Roommate trauma, drama, and stress.

Why can't I get along with my roommate? I am going through all kinds of grief trying to figure out this situation and I can't seem to deal with my living situation. [more inside]
posted by tev at 11:33 PM PST - 29 comments


OK this might seem really silly but I'm having a static electricity problem and it's driving me insane. I don't seem to be able to go shopping anymore without getting loud painful zaps when I touch the shelving or even tins of food or anything with a foil cover, not to mention the shopping trolley. I'm sure this would be funny if it weren't so painful. It hapens when I'm driving too as soon as I step out of the car ZAP. It doesn't seem to matter what I'm wearing, if my hair is dry or wet....the weather..nothing. It's really making life a bit miserable...Any solutions?
posted by Civa at 11:26 PM PST - 28 comments

parentheses in torrents?

when downloading a torrent, what are the numbers in the parentheses?
posted by tristanshout at 11:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do strippers/hookers/slutty women love the see-through shoes?

okay, clearly not the most important questioning that needs answering but why do hookers/strippers/women who want to convey they are 'slutty' love those clunky see through shoes? [more inside]
posted by jbelkin at 10:16 PM PST - 22 comments

What's the big deal with Homecoming?

Are Prom and Homecoming really such big deals in American high school life as they appear on TV? [more inside]
posted by Kwirq at 10:10 PM PST - 59 comments

How should a therapist go about refusing to treat a patient?

A friend of mine underwent counseling at a trauma center. After the first several sessions, today his therapist had a supervisor come in, sat him down, and after 45 minutes of excruciating back and forth, essentially told him that because of what he did for a living, he could no longer attend therapy there. [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu at 9:26 PM PST - 34 comments

Am I overreacting to my husband's new drinking habits?

Am I overreacting to my husband's new drinking habits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 PM PST - 23 comments

Diamond wholesalers in Los Angeles? Non DeBeers suggestions?

I'm looking for 1) A good diamond wholesaler and 2) A good jeweler in Los Angeles. Any suggestions? Trying to get Non-DeBeers. Any suggestions on that front? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I reduce my thigh-bulges?

Running has made my "saddlebags" more noticeable. Is there any way to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 7 comments

French connection?

How can I locate a retailer to purchase this product not sold in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by dudiggy at 9:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Best Area to Stay to Enjoy "dense" LA Nightlife

Best place to stay to enjoy 'dense' nightlife in LA area? And in that area, which hotels are well priced (under $220). [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 8:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me get into Chinese music!

Help me find good Chinese rock! [more inside]
posted by friendlyfire at 8:14 PM PST - 12 comments

So you have an accident at sea; who investigates?

So you have an accident at sea; who investigates? [more inside]
posted by Tenuki at 8:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Best student PDA?

I'm a science student at university, and I'm looking for the best PDA/Tablet/Electronic sidekick for viewing PDFs (Journals). Critical to this is functionality for adding marginalia to those PDFs and/or at least having sophisticated note taking software which can work in parallel with viewing PDFs. [more inside]
posted by Alex404 at 8:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me re-install XP

My mom's computer won't re-install an older version of Windows XP. This is actually a timely, pressing problem. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw at 7:58 PM PST - 8 comments

open source media art website: go!

I've just received a fairly generous grant to create a clearinghouse for open source multi-media applications. What should I be thinking about now? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 7:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Smelly car, smelly car

My six-month old Scion had smelled like moldy laundry ever since I turned on the heat this Fall. What is going on and how can I fix it or more precisely, how can I get Toyota to fix it? [more inside]
posted by octothorpe at 7:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Why isn't this website working in Firefox 2 on OS X?

Why do the links on this website not work with any browser I've tested (on Mac OS X), but work fine in Internet Explorer 7 (on Windows)? [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision at 7:22 PM PST - 10 comments

A weekend pass for online fun.

I'm on a Mac and my browser of choice is Opera. I was wondering if it would be possible to block a handful of sites entirely and only allow myself access on Sundays? [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 7:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Wind on small paws

Wind on small paws: help me find a sphynx kitten! [more inside]
posted by sil3ntstatic at 6:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Double the Waffle House?

Why two waffle houses on each side of the Interstate? [more inside]
posted by gbinal at 6:25 PM PST - 27 comments

Find me a wicked awesome place to stay at St. Petes Beach, FL

Inexpensive, cool place to stay at Saint Petes Beach, Florida? I will be going to Saint Petes Beach in Florida for a wedding at New Years. The wedding will be at Don CeSar Hotel which is $300+ a night, more than I want to spend for accommodation. Do you know any cool, inexpensive, private, quiet, roomy, clean, friendly, nice place to stay near the Don CeSar? Hotels, Inns, B&B, cottages, houses, condos ... what to share a super-duper places you've stayed? [more inside]
posted by zaphod at 5:53 PM PST - 20 comments

American or Canadian Rockies?

Where is the most scenic part of the Rockies within 2 hours drive of Denver? Or should I consider flying to Calgary for Banff? [more inside]
posted by repoman at 5:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Computers are giving me extreme agita. Can you help me?

I am about to have a nervous breakdown. Please, can you help me with my mysterious, probably power-related, computer nightmares? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots at 5:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Am I obligated to find a replacement roommate?

Do I have the common courtesy obligation (ie, this is NOT a legal question) to find a replacement roommate on a month to month lease? What if my current roommates are being picky in terms of who they are willing to live with? At what point am I free of courteous obligations to find someone? [more inside]
posted by |n$eCur3 at 4:44 PM PST - 18 comments

How to display my Mac .ppt on a PC-friendly projector?

Is there a way to switch the display on my Mac G4 to an external projector? [more inside]
posted by 53B3L1U5 at 4:42 PM PST - 2 comments

ker-chunk! and the top comes off.

Is there an affordable plunger-style soft-boiled egg topper? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 4:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Stocke Brokerage Recommendations

Any recommendations for a good online stock brokerage? I'm thinking cheap... what does the hive think about E*TRADE?
posted by Maia at 4:33 PM PST - 17 comments

Must-have accessories for my car?

What are some must-have accessories for my new car? [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 4:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Denied boarding for an ariline, best recommendations/experiences to get compensation?

(Denied boarding Airline question) -- I just got back from what was supposed to be a cheap trip to Paris (rtrp $464 after tax) but on the return leg, I missed my Air France flight because NO COMPUTER SCREEN in CDG (Charles de Gaulle airport) had the flight listed. By the time I located the terminal of the flight, it was 45 minutes before take-off and despite not having carry ons and perhaps 5-10 people in the line for tickets, I was told the flight was closed and I was not going to be able to board...... [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 4:07 PM PST - 32 comments

Why bank a rental increase?

Why is our landlord 'banking' our rent increase? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 3:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Opening windows sideways

My flat recently had new windows installed that have hinges on the side and at the bottom, allowing them to open inwards either way. I can't figure out how to get them to open sideways. Anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cillit bang at 2:56 PM PST - 9 comments

seeking an awesome painting MFA program

my roommate, a 26-year old canadian male, seeks an MFA program that is: good focussed on painting short (2 years max, 1 year is better) in a cool city at a good school taught in english. he would consider any city, but has a special love for new york, amsterdam, london, or berlin. thanks!
posted by twistofrhyme at 2:36 PM PST - 1 comment

Static my pants

How can I prevent static build up on (lined) wool pants? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 2:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Back me up, Scotty!

What are some good programs for backing up photo's to CD / DVD? Specific features requested. [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 2:03 PM PST - 8 comments

What was Veritas' maintenance policy as of 1997? Do you have a copy?

How can I find copies of the policy and documents, current as of the late 1990s, applicable to support and maintenance provided by Veritas? [more inside]
posted by jcwagner at 2:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Guatemalan black beans

How do I make Guatemalan style black beans? Just plain old black beans. [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 1:54 PM PST - 19 comments

Keypress plays assigned sound effect

I want to trigger sound effects by pressing keys on my computer. [more inside]
posted by Moistener at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Learn to Drive in 30 (-13) Days

Seventeen days to become a licensed driver and buy a used car. Can I do it? How? [more inside]
posted by dmaterialized at 1:42 PM PST - 17 comments

How should I pursue an engineering degree?

I'm thinking of going to college again for engineering. Is this the dumbest idea ever? [more inside]
posted by alphanerd at 1:39 PM PST - 23 comments

Auto update my pics, iPod!

ipodsoftwarefilter: Is there any way for my ipod to automatically update my latest photos? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 1:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Calling all Middle Eastern music buffs...

I'm looking for a Cheb Mami song which makes use, I think, of bagpipes. It's a very danceable song with a catchy chorus and was/is quite popular - I know I've heard it in NY and Cairo.
posted by anonymous78 at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

Ireland England Vacation

Need advise on travel options for an Ireland + England vacation. [more inside]
posted by WoWgmr72 at 1:00 PM PST - 18 comments

How to insulate an exposed pipe for safety but not heat loss?

An exposed pipe runs from floor to ceiling in my bathroom. What can I wrap around this extremely hot pipe so that it remains a source of heat but isn't a threat to bare skin? [more inside]
posted by hsoltz at 12:56 PM PST - 27 comments

Red? Green? Anything else?

Cool places to eat in or around El Paso, TX/Las Cruces, NM? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf at 12:15 PM PST - 12 comments

"very tired, lazy, stoned.....oh and did I say tired?"

One week into citalopram...will it get better?? [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 12:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Which of these 3 espresso machines is best for us?

Which of these 3 espresso machines is most likely to make both my partner and me happy? [more inside]
posted by mdion at 11:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Which AVR interface should I buy?

Which AVR-based starter/programmer/emulator board is likely to best fit my needs? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman at 11:03 AM PST - 10 comments

Free pseudoephedrine!

Pseudoephedrine- Why are we taking this laying down? [more inside]
posted by chairface at 10:49 AM PST - 57 comments

Help Me Find My Landlord!

Help me find the contact information for my landlord in Sunnyvale, Ca [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 10:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Did the World get a liitle SMALLER or What?

Disneyland filter: Just rode through "It's A Small World" over the weekend. Noticed 3 things: (1) Long section with just jet black curtains floor to ceiling, never seen that during several rides and (2) the music there was the basic track, not the same holiday themed tune and (3) where are the scenes of the Middle East? No pyramids, Arabian looking buildings, minarettes and cute singing camels and dolls in ethnic garb? Possible the ride is being worked on but over a major holiday weekend? They just Christmas-fied it all why would it still be under covers? Catchy tune.
posted by Freedomboy at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

macbook doesn't recognize ipod

Plugged my iPod into my MacBook, the iPod lights up and then... nothing happens. WTH? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 10:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Middle click in firefox with a thinkpad

How do I middle-click in Firefox on a Thinkpad T43? [more inside]
posted by Who_Am_I at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

I want to be the next Thom Browne

Making my own suits and shirts. I'd like to learn to create my own clothing (I'm a guy), particulary suits, shirts and sport coats. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 10:10 AM PST - 12 comments

What are the best Actionscript courses in Boston?

Work is paying for a Flash Actionscript class. What are the best ones available in or around Boston, Massachusetts USA? I am Straight Outta Newton and work in Allston, so I would like something in those areas, but I am willing to go anywhere in Metro Boston/city if the course is very good.
posted by Mayor Curley at 10:01 AM PST - 2 comments

What's worse, traveling alone or lying around on a couch?

Should I go on vacation? It's use it or lose it time for my vacation hours at work. None of my friends/family are able or willing to join me on vacation, and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by nulledge at 10:00 AM PST - 32 comments

White Horses, we'll ride them someday...

A friend of mine is looking for a poem he thinks is called "White Horses" by the well-known oceanographer Willard Bascom. [more inside]
posted by Heminator at 9:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Where should I learn Spanish in Washington, DC?

There are plenty of places that offer Spanish courses in DC or Northern Virginia, but I have no basis for narrowing them down beyond the color scheme of their respective web sites. What should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 9:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Laptop LCD to Desktop PC

Laptop Screen adapter for desktop PC... I'm looking for a way to hookup a laptop screen from a broken laptop to a desktop computer. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

External iPod Speakers with Added Requirements

iPod External Speakers Filter: I know this has been covered before (I read past threads) but now that it's the gift-giving season and my in-laws have asked for our list I have some specific questions and requirements. [more inside]
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 8:25 AM PST - 6 comments

I am the noisemaker.

Seeing this question and this question about noisemaking in apartments made me think about my situation. I am the noisemaker. Supposedly. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 35 comments

GPS advice for the lost gift giver?

I've heard my boyfriend mention that he would like a GPS unit several times over the last year, so I am planning on getting him one for the holidays. I don't think he's looked into them in any great detail, and I am boggled by the options. [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 7:56 AM PST - 19 comments

...and all that remained was Journey.

ITunes is slowly eating my music library. This is happening gradually, a few dozen songs at a time, but as surely as the humble Colorado River carved the mighty Grand Canyon, so too will the topsoil of my music collection disappear. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 7:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Summoning LanguageHat

Wary vs. Leery- what is the distinction? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:16 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommendations for beaches in the Florida panhandle region over Christmas break

We've made a last minute decision to head to Florida over Christmas break. We'd like to stay somewhere in the panhandle region since it would be a fairly short drive for us (currently living in Alabama). Any recommendations for a particular beach/city? We'd like a place that's laid back, family oriented, and has nice clean sandy beaches to walk on and pick up shells. None of us cares for night life or shopping, but a good running/bike trail would be a plus.
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 7:00 AM PST - 11 comments

Don't want to cry over spilt milk

Where can I purchase rubber bottle stoppers large enough to fit an antique milk bottle? [more inside]
posted by Corky at 6:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Fix my WinXP USB without the nuke from orbit option!

[WinXPfilter] What's wrong with my USB devices on my computer? [more inside]
posted by kdar at 6:31 AM PST - 11 comments

The Ask In The Hat

HaberdasheryFilter: I'll be in Manhattan this afternoon and would like to buy a hat. But I know nothing about Manhattan, and need help finding a place to buy one. I might like a straw hat, or a pork pie hat. Hope me!
posted by eustacescrubb at 6:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Where to buy a seamless, tagless children's shirt?

Where can I buy a shirt without seams and tags for a boy with sensitive skin? He currently wears his shirts inside out to avoid discomfort.
posted by espertus at 6:13 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the best way to destroy CDs?

What's the best way to destroy CDs? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 5:48 AM PST - 29 comments

Turn my Memory Stick into an SD?

Is there anyway I can basically turn a memory stick into an SD Card? [more inside]
posted by superbird at 4:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Singin' the keyboard blues

Help me customize my OS X keyboard for my strained, RSI-inflicted fingers. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 3:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Is my imaginary magic playlist possible?

I want to divide my MP3s into Category A, Category B, and Category C. Then I want to build a playlist that will play, say, twenty random As, followed by fifteen random Bs, followed by five random Cs. Is this possible? I am using XP. I do not want to have to put the MP3s into three different directories.
posted by stammer at 2:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Laptop Sleeve

Where can I find a laptop sleeve with the opening on the short side? [more inside]
posted by benji at 12:28 AM PST - 17 comments

November 26

How do distance runners set and keep pace while running?

How do distance runners set and keep pace? [more inside]
posted by MasD at 11:45 PM PST - 11 comments

What's This Song 2!

What's this song in the History Boys trailer? [more inside]
posted by provolot at 11:30 PM PST - 7 comments

"My liver swells with bile difficult to repress." - Horace (65 BC - 8 BC)

OliveOilAndLemonJuiceFilter: Gallbladder "flushes" or other non-surgical techniques to get rid of accumulated gallstones - quackery? effective? safe? icky? First-hand accounts and opinions sought... [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl at 10:41 PM PST - 18 comments

help me out with my computer trauma

I'm having some gnar power related computer issues. [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 10:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Any suggestions for Windows event log management?

Any suggestions for Windows event log management? [more inside]
posted by bda1972 at 10:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Mexico beach vacation

Recommendations for beach vacation in Mexico in March? [more inside]
posted by gokart4xmas at 9:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Recommendations for a TV Tuner Capture Card

I am looking to buy a tv tuner capture card for my pc. I have a kind of old 1.8ghz P4 with 512mb of ram. [more inside]
posted by antisocialiting at 9:34 PM PST - 7 comments

DrainSpin North and South of the Equator

Do drain's really drain counterclockwise in the Southern hemisphere? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 8:33 PM PST - 18 comments

I need to make my laptop's speakers go to 11.

I need to make my laptop's speakers go to 11. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 8:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Will everyone hate us for our beautiful music?

My husband plays saxophone. Should this affect whether we buy a house or a condo? I'm interested in anecdotes from musicians, and also from their neighbors. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 8:15 PM PST - 26 comments

What is this squishy creature from the deep?

What is this living creature washed up on the beach in Virginia? [more inside]
posted by gemmy at 7:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Need SNES ideas.

SNES games to play with the wife? [more inside]
posted by starman at 7:28 PM PST - 30 comments

I need recipe software that doesn't suck!

Can you help me find recipe and shopping list software that doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn at 6:35 PM PST - 8 comments

List some music videos that rip off movies

List some music videos that rip off movies. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 6:21 PM PST - 49 comments

French-language print media gift for a 16-year-old

Any suggestions for cool French-language print media (comics, magazines, etc.) which would be interesting to an enthusiastic 16-year-old American in his third year of studying French in high school? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 6:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me fall asleep!

I would like to fall asleep listening to waves breaking on a beach. However, IANAH (I am not a hobo) and would prefer listening to a CD than actually sleeping on a beach every night. Is there such thing I could buy (preferably online)? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot at 5:06 PM PST - 20 comments

Good motorcycle route from NYC to Baltimore?

Taking my last motorcycle trip of the season. Anyone have suggestions for a more pleasant riding route from NYC to Baltimore than I-95? I don't mind an extra hour or two; the more rural the better.
posted by dickyvibe at 4:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Pseudoephedrine and TheraFlu

OK, effective this autumn my local Walgreens (in Texas) no longer stocks the pseudoephedrine Theraflus and generic equivalents. Obviously it has to do with the systemic meth crackdown. How much of a shortage is there really, nationwide? [more inside]
posted by hodyoaten at 4:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Macbook Pro repair options

So the superdrive on my Macbook Pro is having the same problem as a lot of people on Apple's discussion website - it is spitting out most DVDs. I am outside the 90 day support period so I can't call them to tell me what to do but inside the warranty period, and an Apple Store is too far from me. What can I do about repairs?
posted by raheel at 3:53 PM PST - 6 comments

??? > Myspace?

What is going to be the Myspace of 2007? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 3:23 PM PST - 43 comments

Mr. Suit

Anyone know of any places in NYC (pref. midtown) where I can get my dry cleaning back in 24 hours? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 3:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Do squid & cuttlefish have a sense of direction?

Cephalopod filter: Do squid and cuttlefish have a sense of direction? It's more perplexing than it might first sound... [more inside]
posted by 8k at 2:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Aidez-moi choisir les vêtements!

How do people dress in the summertime in the South of France? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 2:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Level with me, I can take it

My significant other and I are having an ongoing arguement about leveling our 80 year-old house. [more inside]
posted by thebrokedown at 2:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Depositing money made freelancing into a 401k

I have a full-time job at a company that offers a 401k program which I'm currently participating in. I also have some freelance jobs that I'm doing. Is it possible to take all the money I get from my freelance work and put it into my 401k and avoid being taxed on it until I eventually take it out at retirement. [more inside]
posted by blim8183 at 1:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Wikipedia moron

Some jerk on Wikipedia is getting a little possessive with an article. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 1:43 PM PST - 16 comments

donuts are for eating, not for driving.

one of my tires on my car goes flat every 4-6 months or so. it's a different tire each time. what could possibly be causing this? [more inside]
posted by kerning at 12:24 PM PST - 15 comments

What's with the "Kangaroo stops"?

Why do American cars apparently lurch forward when the the driver gets out? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 12:18 PM PST - 36 comments

Is AppleCare worth it if you have a pet geek?

I'm buying my wife a MacBook. Should I also buy AppleCare? [more inside]
posted by C.Batt at 12:03 PM PST - 32 comments

Don't want the nice chicken to go to waste

Should I eat this cooked chicken in my fridge? 6-7 days old, and in a zip-loc. [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 12:03 PM PST - 32 comments

Quick tips for Reading Comprehension sections in LSATs?

LSAT Filter: I'm taking the test next Sat and I could use any pointers or tips about reading comprehension... [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 11:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Identifying beats in notes

Does anyone have tips on training ones ear to identify small differences between notes? [more inside]
posted by rasputin98 at 11:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Need Two Software Recs!

SoftwareFilter: Is there currently a Windows equivalent to Tinderbox (for Mac)? I know they say they're porting it, but I ...want something I can use NOW! I vaguely remember some smaller software company that made something similar a few years ago, but have not been able to locate it. Also, other than iTunes, what software are my fellow MeFites finding good for use with their iPods? (I currently am using TagScanner/ANapod Explorer/iTunes in combination)
posted by polexxia at 11:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find my new favorite community site

Can you suggest an online community that would help me to live better with less resources? [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker at 11:03 AM PST - 15 comments

Ideas for Zune-style rubber coating my laptop?

Does anybody know of how to give a even, translucent no-slip surface to exsisting objects, similar to the surface of the Zune? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 10:58 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I eat crusty bread?

How do I eat crusty bread or other crumbly items like crackers without getting a big crumbly mess all over the table? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 10:42 AM PST - 22 comments

Is he having a (door lock) laugh?

Is it possible to fix or replace a door lock on a ten year old aluminium main front door that has now jammed? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 10:22 AM PST - 2 comments

2 weeks of hell

My doctor is making me quit Percocet(been on for 3 months) and Celexa(been on for a year) at the same time. I will be weening off the celexa but going cold turkey on the percocet. Shouldnt this be against the geneva convention? What kind of hell am I in for?
posted by ryanissuper at 10:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Italian course in Florence?

Recommendations for an intensive, short-term Italian language course in Florence?
posted by walla at 10:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you 'snipe' a toll-free number?

I have a client who wants to acquire a specific toll-free number which is "about to become free". Yeah, yeah, there's [more inside]
posted by baylink at 9:40 AM PST - 1 comment

How to learn more electronics

I am pretty good with electronics. How could I get better without going back to school? [more inside]
posted by gmarceau at 9:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find a decent (but relatively inexpensive) binocular or monocular scope.

Can you help my friend find the morning newspaper? Question about a binocular/monocular scope and [more inside]
posted by homer2k1 at 9:23 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I get my webmail back?

All the email in my Lycos/Mailcity account was deleted when I left it inactive for too long. I am willing to go to great lengths and spend considerable amounts of money to retrieve it. Can anyone give me suggestions on how to go about this? [more inside]
posted by fermion at 8:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it possible to just be too damn awesome?

Is it possible to just be too damn awesome? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 AM PST - 69 comments

Other examples of anti-technology life-hacks?

I'm trying to compile a list of life-hacks and such that have a particular anti-technology bent to them. [more inside]
posted by jtajta at 7:04 AM PST - 18 comments

Do private prisons like the one depicted in the movie Oldboy actually exist?

Do private prisons like the one depicted in the movie Oldboy actually exist? [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 6:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Autocopy System wide

I would like text I highlight to be put on the clipboard automatically, no need to push Ctrl-c. Is there anything like Firefox's AutoCopy extension but system wide (winXP)?
posted by Mick at 6:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me organize my business.

How to keep track of business? Please help me find software. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 5:36 AM PST - 6 comments

iTunes woe

iTunes woe: for apparantly no reason, iTunes stops playing completely when it reaches the end of a song. I have to click on another song to make it start playing again. The previous and next song buttons also causes it to stop playing rather than changing song. I definitely have playlists containing more than one song :) I am running the RTM version of Vista. Anyone else experienced this?
posted by The Carolingian at 4:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Verizon or T-Mobile?

What cellphone provider offers the fastest, most reliable internet connection for their PDA phones? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 2:28 AM PST - 12 comments

November 25

How to check for validity of ownership on laptops!

Stolen Hardware: Why is it so hard to check for? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 11:58 PM PST - 14 comments

What's up with my penis?

I'm a young guy (19) enjoying the sex for the first time. Awesome! As far as I can tell, it's just about everything I expected. Or rather, it would be if I could keep it up. . . [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:54 PM PST - 30 comments

Depression support in Chicago

Looking for Depression (and other mental health) support groups in the Chicago area that meet actively and would welcome new members. I'm aware of the Depression meetup group but it seems to be more of a social group while I'm seeking something more therapeutic in nature. Are there any? Information about therapists who might be leading any such groups would also be helpful. Thanks.
posted by anonymous at 10:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Slide Storage: Carousels or Sheets?

Which is best for the long-term storage of slides: Kodak-style slide carousels, or polypropylene sleeves? In addition to scanning, I want to try to preserve the analog originals for the next generation in my family. But how to do it? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 10:45 PM PST - 7 comments

holiday party ideas

My girlfriend and I are hosting a holiday/apartment-warming party in a few weeks, and we're not sure how to entertain our guests beyond providing music and drinks. We hope everyone will get along and make conversation pretty easily, but just to be safe, we'd like some ideas on how to keep them occupied. Any suggestions? Thanks.
posted by mgrimm at 9:56 PM PST - 15 comments

What to take pictures of?

I've got the what? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 8:48 PM PST - 31 comments

How much exactly will using my laptop on AC destroy my battery?

How much exactly will using my laptop on AC destroy my battery? [more inside]
posted by qvantamon at 8:20 PM PST - 15 comments

What is this documentary?

What is this documentary?: High flying advertising executive tragically becomes a homeless due to mental illness. [more inside]
posted by rocco at 7:29 PM PST - 6 comments

How many Christmas Trees are in Rockefeller Center?

What's up with the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree? [more inside]
posted by willbaude at 7:20 PM PST - 7 comments

What kind of car should I get?

We're looking to buy a new or pre-owned car. We have a pretty good idea of what we want from a car, but not what exact model. So I was looking for suggestions on which one we should get. [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 7:11 PM PST - 21 comments

How to say "please come, but pay your own way" to a party-ish event?

When is a party not a party? When it's not hosted. But how to invite people to such a (non-)event? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 7:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me duplicate crab rangoon from a little Chinese spot in St. Louis, MO.

There's this rockstar chinese restaurant in St. Louis, MO (Manchester area) called Hunan and Peking. They had the best crab rangoon I think i've ever had. Any ideas on how they prepare it? I live about 700 miles away or else I would still be visiting to enjoy them. [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 6:45 PM PST - 3 comments

How/where to rent a beach home when I'm only 21 years old?

How/where to rent a beach home when I'm only 21 years old? [more inside]
posted by boscord at 6:21 PM PST - 6 comments

I Need Gift Ideas!... just kidding

Should I buy a new car? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 6:09 PM PST - 15 comments

Smoothie Tips.

How do I recreate a Jamba Juice in my kitchen? [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 6:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Japanese mold is destroying my home life! What to do?

I just moved into a new apartment just south of Tokyo. The mold is terrible, I cleaned, dehumidified, ect. I can't move, can't exactly explain the problem. If I simply give up on the mold itself, what can I do for me? Benadril, any holistic ideas, ?? any one else have these mold problems? P.S. I love you meta filter!
posted by nintendo at 5:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Hardcore baking-related store in Chicago?

Help? What is the best baking-specific store in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by bash at 5:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Do over the air antenna amps work?

HDTVfilter: Have you had success with over the air signal boosters or amplified antennas? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 4:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Monster Muscle Car

What was the name of the shirts/cards you could buy in the 60's and 70's that had monsters (garish colors, big eyes etc.) riding in tricked out cars? And did anyone do a retro re-issue?
posted by dhacker at 4:44 PM PST - 6 comments

how much fitness in how little time?

I am so screwed. I committed to run a 5k race Dec 10 and have not adequately trained for it. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by luser at 4:25 PM PST - 26 comments

Can anyone fix my bad Javascript?

I have to set the content of a field using Javascript, but the field's name has a dot in it, making Javascript treat it like a delimiter. Maybe I'm just tired. Help me escape? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 4:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Clock/Counter Card

Timer and Control Circuit. I need to measure the rotation of a spindle and the time during which a circuit is thrown open during that rotation. I think I need a clock, a counter and a software interface. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell at 4:04 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to fall in love.. (with Boston)

I want to fall in love (with Boston). [more inside]
posted by Meemer at 3:53 PM PST - 33 comments

Pretending buddhism

I used to be a devoted catholic. I quit the church years ago, but still miss the spirituality. Buddhism should fit me, but I feel like such a poser. [more inside]
posted by davar at 3:26 PM PST - 37 comments

IM for dummies

Which instant message system and client to use for my extended family? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 3:11 PM PST - 17 comments

Has there ever been a way that hasn't had religion at its heart?

Has there ever been a war that hasn't had religion or religious persecution at its heart? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 2:45 PM PST - 36 comments

I need to install linux on a PPC G4 Powermac at work.

I need to install linux on a PPC G4 Powermac at work. What distro should I use? [more inside]
posted by govtrust at 2:25 PM PST - 8 comments

How does parrot speech work?

How do parrots mimick sounds like b, p, m, v? They don't even have lips.
posted by evariste at 1:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Where's my future-car?

It seems that taillights have evolved rather radically from their humble origins, now featuring LED configurations spanning cars' entire back ends. Why hasn't this kind of innovation been seen with headlights? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 1:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Guy bought my car, I get his tickets. What gives?

The guy I sold my car to is getting parking tickets, not paying them, and the notices are coming to me -- and I really need to keep my record clean in order to pass the Bar exam. [more inside]
posted by rkent at 12:44 PM PST - 13 comments

San Francisco: Private Party, February: Recommendations for location, catering, bar(tender?)

Resources/links for planning a 60-person private anniversary party in San Francisco in February? Recommendations for spaces, rentable bars, sound systems, furniture, caterers? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 12:29 PM PST - 3 comments

NDA's - Any Harm in Signing Lots of Them?

Are there any downsides (any potential harm or risks) to signing confidentiality agreements (NDA's)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Is this LCD a bad idea?

Would it be foolish for me to purchase this Apple 17" Studio Display? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 12:20 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I go about finding an affordable dentist in San Diego to fix this tooth?

How much would a dentist charge to remove a mostly collapsed wisdom tooth (in San Diego), and how do I go about even finding the proper one? [more inside]
posted by Stunt at 11:57 AM PST - 11 comments

What is a decent digital camera for 2006?

Looking to upgrade my Canon A60 digital camera... [more inside]
posted by Old Man Wilson at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Help creating a word puzzle

I'm making a hundred or so iterations of a word puzzle type for my class and crave contributions. [more inside]
posted by argybarg at 11:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Something special to do for boyfriend who is a stressed out single parent?

Something special to do for boyfriend who is a stressed out single parent? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 11:17 AM PST - 9 comments

HDr with a Canon 30D and CS1

I have a Canon 30D, Photoshop CS1, and a couple of photogenic cars available. I would like to experiment with HDR. There's a little [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 10:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Traveling off-season in Europe: guide me through the cold

I'm about to take a long-awaited trip to Europe, but only recently have I acknowledged to myself that this is in fact winter, and the trip will likely be very different from the last summer I spent abroad. Help me prepare for the cold road, materially, intinerarily, psychically... [more inside]
posted by greggish at 10:29 AM PST - 19 comments

toronto psychic?

A good psychic in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by butterball at 10:14 AM PST - 37 comments

A good mom (book) is hard to find

Help me find a good book on mother-teen-age daughter relationships for my wife. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 10:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Suggestions for spy novels.

I like Len Deighton. I like John Le Carré. Who else is there, and what is their best? [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 10:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Trade games online?

Best place to trade used video games online? [more inside]
posted by jca at 9:54 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I talk to my alcoholic sister?

How do I talk to my alcoholic sister about her problem? [more inside]
posted by LambChop at 9:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Sony Ericsson quality questions

Are Sony Ericsson phones bad news or is it just in my head? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 9:14 AM PST - 29 comments

Are their any good virtual diaries/ organizers for XP?

Are their any good virtual diaries / organizers for XP? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 8:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Using the wrong insulation correctly

[Klutz Construction Filter] Insulating a daylight basement with the wrong size of insulation, can I safely make it work? [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 8:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to buy high-tech outdoor FABRICS in Lima, Peru?

In Lima, Peru for 3 days. Where to buy FABRIC for high-tech outdoor gear? Stuff like Polartec Fleece, Schoeller (Soft-shell), Waterproof (Gore-tex?, etc.), or the like. Brand names in this case are important...but probably only for quality issues. [more inside]
posted by wogbat at 8:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Randomly selecting albums, rather than songs, to fit on my iPod.

How can I use iTunes smart playlists to fill my iPod with a good mix of new, favourite and random albums (not just songs)? [more inside]
posted by chorltonmeateater at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a profession in Eve-Online

Give me some good suggestion about what to do in Eve Online. [more inside]
posted by darkripper at 7:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Best route from CT to NJ

I have to drive from southern Connecticut to New Jersey on Sunday afternoon / evening - timing is flexible, I just have to be there to start a class on Monday. Google is telling me to take 95 to the Garden State Parkway - is that the best route? [more inside]
posted by macfly at 7:46 AM PST - 18 comments

Martial Arts for Little Girls

What is a good martial art for a little girl? What is the youngest reasonable age for her to start? [more inside]
posted by textilephile at 6:36 AM PST - 28 comments

Better soup-making

SoupFilter: Why do soups taste better after aging? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 6:07 AM PST - 8 comments

The gift that keeps on giving

Can you recommend a good introductory wine appreciation course in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... at 5:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Should have taken more notice of the poorer reviews on trip advisor ...

I want to make a complaint about a hotel in Venice. Is there such a thing as a government tourist agency, either in Italy or specific to Venice, which inspects hotels and which it would be worth copying in? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 2:44 AM PST - 10 comments

How to fix Error 18 on a Canon Photoshot 95A

Canon Powershot A95: started freaking out and giving me "E18" error message two days ago. Help! [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 1:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Could turning on disk compression actually speed up disk access?

Could turning on hard drive compression actually speed up access on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 1:27 AM PST - 10 comments

Why does fame kill?

Why did Kurt Cobain kill himself?
posted by four panels at 12:44 AM PST - 30 comments

Help me walk away from political arguments with relatives.

Help me cope with post-political-argument-with-relatives stress disorder. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:08 AM PST - 21 comments

November 24

Looking for a descriptive music name

Can you tell me what type/genre of music this is? [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 11:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Simple audio over power lines?

Audio over power lines? Homeplug? [more inside]
posted by knave at 10:46 PM PST - 4 comments

chain of sexual abuse

How often do the sexually abused become abusers? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 10:29 PM PST - 11 comments

How best to safely travel around Hawaii with a baby?

My wife and I are taking our first vacation in years, but we have a 1.5 year old now. We're headed to Hawaii next month and I'm wondering what travel in cabs and buses is like with a baby. Are there small carseats we could travel with or should we suck it up and get a rental car ourselves (and risk the rampant break-ins I constantly hear about)? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 9:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Anything we should know about introducing a new puppy to our current dog?

Anything we should know about introducing a new puppy to our current dog? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 7:56 PM PST - 5 comments

How should I upgrade my home entertainment setup w/ Tivo to move to HDTV?

I currently have a standard definition TV, Time Warner Digital Cable, and a Series 2 Tivo. I'm considering the move to HDTV. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by medpt at 7:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Candy My Cane

I'm looking for some good indie-pop holiday music, preferrably in various artists format. [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 5:22 PM PST - 26 comments

i want more voices!

can i get more voices for my mac? [more inside]
posted by localhuman at 5:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Connecting pda to secure wi fi network

Security Certificate, wifi and Acer pda problem [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 5:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Screensave search

Wild Goose Chase Filter: So my boss wants.... [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 4:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Too much travel

I'll be coming back from work in central asia in a couple weeks. Enroute back to the States, I'll be in England for 4 days. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by quadrinary at 3:43 PM PST - 11 comments

DIY pixelnotes

A British artist names Duncan Wilson (site=down) covered a wall with 4 or 5 layers of post-it type notes, each layer a different color. As they are peeled away, neat shapes form. What are your bright ideas for a DIY version? [more inside]
posted by ArcAm at 3:39 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I improve my low-limit poker game?

PokerFilter: I have a weekly, $2 raise limit, about $20/night, dealer chooses the game friendly poker match with some friends. I need to improve my game. Any suggestions? (NOTE: No Texas Hold'em) [more inside]
posted by bryak at 2:50 PM PST - 13 comments

Pop songs like Unwritten

GirlPowerPopSongFilter: Songs like Unwritten, by Natasha Bedingfield? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 2:44 PM PST - 20 comments

Ashes to Ashes

Cricket. Ashes. Where? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 2:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Script to move text away from mouse?

I need some Javascript code to cut and paste which will move some text away from the mouse! Can anyone help?
posted by BobsterLobster at 2:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Make itunes fill up my ipod!

How do I tell itunes to just do it's best at filling up my ipod? [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Please identify char/species of SW Ep3 plushy from BK

What Star Wars Episode III character/species is this Burger King promotional plushie? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 1:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for 6 inch usb cables

Anyone know where I can order short usb cables? I'll be happy with anything under 1 ft but would prefer about 6 inches. Mainly I'm looking for usb A to mini-5 pin, male to male. [more inside]
posted by Cog at 1:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Which works of Peter Handke should I read?

Any fans of Peter Handke here? I tripped over his wikipedia entry, and he seems like someone I would enjoy reading. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by hototogisu at 1:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Rain barrel recommendations?

Rain barrel recommendations? Plastic versus wood? [more inside]
posted by and hosted from Uranus at 12:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Backup Mac via FTP

I need to backup parts of my Mac to my remote server via FTP. Read on.... [more inside]
posted by honorguy7 at 12:19 PM PST - 3 comments

How to handle conversation interruptions graciously?

In a meet-and-greet setting, when talking to someone and someone else comes by and interrupts, what's the gracious way of dealing with it? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 12:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Direct me to the weird and quirky of Highway 1.

What are some quriky/oddball sites along Highway 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 11:36 AM PST - 12 comments

How to tutor a squirmy little boy?

How to make the most of a weekly one hour reading tutoring session with a hyper 6 year old boy? [more inside]
posted by footnote at 10:57 AM PST - 28 comments

Do I have to deal with this water leak?

What constitutes normal water damage/leakage in an old house? Is there a way to convince my otherwise very responsive landlord that my flooded bedroom is not, in fact, normal? [more inside]
posted by timory at 9:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Am I going to be stuck in the past FOREVER?

Okay, so I'm flying from New York at 6:55pm (EST) on December 30th, and arriving in Seoul at 5:45am (Korea Time) on January 1st. Presumably westward. I've been trying to wrap my head around when exactly I'll see the New Year, but I can't do it. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 9:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Yay! Going to Vietnam!

Vietnam Travel: We'll arrive in Ho Chi Minh City next week and attend wedding ceremonies in Buon Ma Thuot and Quang Ngai. What to do, where to go, how to behave? [more inside]
posted by meijusa at 8:27 AM PST - 8 comments

DJ Isso Concrete Green

When I was in Tokyo last year I bought a CD from a dude in a stall in Shibuya called Concrete Green by DJ Isso. Does anyone know anything about DJ Isso, or the rappers that appear on the CD? [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 8:04 AM PST - 3 comments

PS3 modchip = Sony gets pwnd?

Will Blu Ray make the modding of a PS3 that much harder? I seem to remember that it only took a few months after the original PlayStation and the PS2 came out, for people to figure out the way to mod them and make them play cracked games. Now, I'm far from an expert, but since every PS3 sold actually costs money to Sony it seems to me that once it becomes possible -- say, in the pring -- to mod the PS3 and people start sharing games like there's no tomorrow (the way it happened with the previous consoles) it could very well be a disaster for Sony. As I said I'm not an expert, though.
posted by matteo at 8:02 AM PST - 31 comments

Laser Etching a Powerbook/MacBook Pro near Toronto?

Does anyone know of a place in or around Toronto where I can get my Macbook Pro laser etched? [more inside]
posted by patr1ck at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments

What to do on New Year's Day?

Forget New Year's Eve plans...what can I do on New Year's Day? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 5:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Tour to Machu Picchu?

Can anyone recommend a tour group for going to Machu Picchu? We would be looking for an age group of 30 - 60 and somebody who is very versed in the history and culture.
posted by strangej at 5:42 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I pause Windows Media Player with my keyboard, without the default media player shortcut keys?

How can I pause Windows Media Player with my keyboard, without the default media player shortcut keys? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 4:04 AM PST - 4 comments

"Error loading operating system" after laptop fall

Dropped my laptop (IBM Thinkpad T42) from about 3 feet. It seemed ok for a week except that it randomly rebooted from time to time. However now it says it can't even load the operating system. I don't have a recovery disk. I don't have the original XP CD. I can't send this to a repairman because I have very sensitive information stored in files on the desktop. How sunk am I? [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 1:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Why do pens burst when they're sitting in your pant or shirt pocket?

Why do pens almost always burst forth their precious ink when they get put in your shirt pocket or pant pockets?
posted by Effigy2000 at 1:10 AM PST - 21 comments

Best Friendship Songs?

Best songs about friendship? A good friendship?
posted by geekhorde at 12:16 AM PST - 47 comments

November 23

Why is my ear suddenly numb?

Why did my ear suddenly go numb? Should I go to a doctor? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 10:50 PM PST - 8 comments

the police and the wtf?

What are the lyrics of the Metric song Police and the Private about? Drug addiction? Prostitution? Post-9/11 security? I have listened to it 50 times and it's driving me completely nuts; I can't figure it out. The last lines seems to undo the above meanings.
posted by luriete at 10:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Dolphin documentary

What is the best dolphin documentary you have seen? [more inside]
posted by mjao at 10:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Printing headers only in Thunderbird

Is it possible to just print out the headers (subject, sender, date, etc.) for all the e-mail in a folder in Thunderbird? [more inside]
posted by Paragon at 9:41 PM PST - 2 comments

The power of bowels is failing me.

Please help my bowels move at a faster than glacial pace. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 9:15 PM PST - 47 comments

Fixing the latch on my iBook: Case closed?

How can I get the latch on my 14" ibook working again? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 8:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Noisy Neighbours Require Political Manouvre

Apartment Etiquette - Dealing with a stereo hound next door. [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 8:13 PM PST - 42 comments

Simple flash games for kids?

What are some great super-simple flash games -- especially car games, but anything else fun works -- for a 5-year-old to play?
posted by Malad at 7:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Where has all the helium gone?

So...I'm waiting in line at Publix (a local supermarket), and I happen to notice a note taped to the register which reads, "We are no longer able to offer balloons to children because of a national helium shortage." Is this a real problem? I mean, seriously, a national helium shortage?!?!?
posted by AlliKat75 at 6:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Why drop the definite article in an Arabic name?

Why do some media outlets refer to the Syrian leader as "Bashar Assad" instead of as "Bashar Al-Assad"? [more inside]
posted by mulligan at 6:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Help change my acoustic guitar strings!

GuitarStrings filter: I'm a noob. Forgive me. Why can't I change these acoustic strings? (picture inside) [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 6:12 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I get iTunes to make more playlists like it did before?

iTunes 7 playlist help. I have music located on two different HD's on my computer, I imported the first batch of music okay and it added playlists for each album/artist automatically, but not for the second batch of music I imported. How can I have iTunes make another batch of artist/album playlists?
posted by Mijo Bijo at 5:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Where are the interesting jobs?

What alternatives exist for someone with little experience looking for a more interesting job? [more inside]
posted by magodesky at 5:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Vanishing Folders in XP

XP: Vanishing Folders -- Sometimes I put a tilde (one of these ~) in front of a folder name to alphabetically move it to the top of a folder list. These folders, I'm now realizing, are vanishing on me. Any idea why? Any idea where to find them?
posted by rumbles at 5:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Buying a suit in London

Can you recommend any good places to buy a suit in London for work/interviews? [more inside]
posted by Ira.metafilter at 3:58 PM PST - 18 comments

Sleep Position

I ALWAYS sleep on my right side. I can't fall asleep in any other position. Anybody else have this problem? Anyone know what to do to change sleeping position?
posted by EasyLover at 2:19 PM PST - 25 comments

Real time gps data logging

Is there a program (preferably free) that will allow me to log real time speed, time and (possibly) altitude data from my gps on a laptop pc, and save this data as text? [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 1:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Make me Jack

How to look like Jack? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 1:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Winter Roses

I live in the Toronto Ontario area and winter is about to set in but we have this rose bush in our back yard that must have the seasons mixed up because it is blooming. How can this be - I have heard of ice wine but "ice roses". We have already had a few freezing nights but this bush thinks it is the middle of summer....can somebody clue me in - this is not normal is it? Here is a link to some pics:
posted by DonM at 1:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Civil War Sword in the Bay Area

I want to get my dad a Civil War era sword for Christmas, either an original or a reproduction. However, I would prefer to buy locally (Bay Area / San Francisco, CA). [more inside]
posted by mto at 12:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Variations on "Ottawa, Kingdom of the Netherlands".

People born in administratively unusual places? [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 12:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Exercise Technique

I read somewhere that a combination of strenous periods and moderate periods during an exercise session are best, but I can't find the specific information. [more inside]
posted by eunoia at 12:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Reheating Roast Potatoes?

Travelling with roast potatoes - reheat or part-cook? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 11:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a particular Flash photo gallery plugin...

I've read through the other questions on this topic but can't find what I'm looking for: a free or almost free Flash plugin for photo galleries. It's not Slide Show Pro and it's not Simple Viewer. What is it? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 10:48 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I organise all my electronic stuff in one place?

I'm looking for a box/cupboard/whatever that can store all my household electronic bits and bobs (ipods, moblie phones, PDA, digital camera etc) in one place without them, the cables and the accessories getting tangled up. I've thought those junk drawer organisers with lots of different sized compartments might work, but they're not big enough and I'd prefer something stand alone. Something that could accommodate a multi-plug socket and hide all the cables would be even better. Any ideas?
posted by janecr at 10:42 AM PST - 11 comments

My bathroom is ugly.

Cleaning recommendations for unsealed stone. [more inside]
posted by dame at 10:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Not oaky!

Very specific wine question. We're looking for a Chardonnay that has a very creamy, buttery finish. The example is Rombauer at $30 per bottle. What do you know of for way, way less that has this quality?
posted by fixedgear at 9:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Glitter Ninja doesn't want to be lava fodder...

Nintendo+YoshiFilter: Help a frustrated gamer with the first castle on Yoshi's Island DS. [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 9:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Shopping for a beanbag chair

I live in a bigger place now, and I'm fond of bean bag chairs. The Sumo was recommended to me, but I don't remember from where (although I know it wasn't Penny Arcade). Can I get some recommendations for beanbag chairs, such as what to look for or brands worth examining?
posted by Mozai at 8:37 AM PST - 11 comments

I am ditching cable -- rabbit ear suggestions?

I am seriously considering ditching cable but I need some help/advice... [more inside]
posted by ninefour at 8:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Difference in US/UK propane tanks?

Do US and UK propane tanks have the same size valve/nozzle-thing? [more inside]
posted by gelcap at 8:25 AM PST - 4 comments

New blog - popular post - no money!

It's my first blog, and today one post is getting a lot of attention on digg. 15,000 hits by 9 AM, more to come. But I'm not making any money. Help! [more inside]
posted by kdern at 6:44 AM PST - 42 comments

Where to go for New Years in New York?

My girlfriend and I are visiting New York City on New Years Eve and want to have a memorable night. We preferably don't want to spend more than $200 each and would like something suitable for young professionals, not getting too drunk, not too loud (!) and comes with a seat! [more inside]
posted by hjd at 2:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Domain Name Purgatory

Domain Name Purgatory: I cannot change the nameservers on a domain I purchased despite the fact that I'm paying TWO companies for it... [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 1:37 AM PST - 14 comments

November 22

What song is this?

What is the piano piece sampled on this Immortal Technique song called Dance with the Devil?
posted by Aghast. at 10:41 PM PST - 1 comment


How do you tell someone that you don't want to be their friend? [more inside]
posted by Kilovolt at 10:03 PM PST - 21 comments


How did police officers get the nickname 5-O? [more inside]
posted by C17H19NO3 at 10:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Software to weed out copies of mp3 files

Is there any software (WinXP) that will take two (or more) audio files and compare them to see if they are similar. I have a ton of mp3 files in a directory and some of them have duplicates with slightly different names. Apart from looking at each file individually and making a note of whether it has a duplicate or not, is there any other way to weed out copies?
posted by sk381 at 9:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Problems buying a Canadian domain name

I'm trying to buy a Canadian domain name (.ca) and every registrar that I've tried tells me that my Canadian corporation name is not valid. [more inside]
posted by clarissajoy at 8:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Urban vs. suburban customer experience

When I go to a Wal-Mart or a Home Depot in an urban location (aka, lots of black customers) and then I go to suburban locations of these stores, I've notice that in the urban areas, the lines are longer, there are fewer staff to help, the store is generally a bit shabbier, and the employess seem to be less-well trained and held to lower standards regarding how they treat their customers. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 7:50 PM PST - 49 comments

New word?

Concerning the first appearance of words: Is there an authoritative source or repository of "new" words? I ask because I want to introduce what I believe is a "new" word but want to be certain it hasn't appeared anywhere else. I did the obvious Googasearch and found nothing.
posted by lometogo at 7:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Can a non New Yorker get an NYC webdev job?

My friend seeks a job as a web developer in NYC. He's gotten the impression that no one will interview him if he's not already a resident of the Big Apple. Is this accurate? [more inside]
posted by Clay201 at 7:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Yankee Swhat?

What's appropriate yet quirky for a yankee swap? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:58 PM PST - 18 comments

Voluntary brain damage?

Can I hurt myself holding my breath? [more inside]
posted by conch soup at 6:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Need more power with no power!

What is the most powerful AGP video card I can use with a 200W power supply? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 6:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Make the itching stop!

PostcoitalItchFilter [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Add this to the list of questions I'd never thought I'd ask

So the doc said I have HSV 1. I have never had, to my knowledge, a cold sore in my life. What does this mean for my dating life now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I find Bamboo like the stuff they use for scaffolding?

Where can I find Bamboo like the stuff they use for scaffolding? [more inside]
posted by Chamunks at 5:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Please recommend some podcasts

What other podcasts can you recommend? I need to find more distraction for my hour-long commutes; I love podcasts, but I'm not finding enough that are well done and interesting. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 4:42 PM PST - 32 comments

iPaq hates WEP WiFi

Ok, I have an HP 4155 iPaq and a WEP-enabled Netgear WGR614v6, but they don't connect. Any other computer can connect to the WiFi, and the PDA can connect to unprotected signals. [more inside]
posted by niles at 4:22 PM PST - 9 comments

What to do for four days in Hanoi?

Before I leave Hanoi, Veitnam what should I dare not miss? [more inside]
posted by beatnik808 at 4:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Let's see if we can make this more challenging

What's the point of this move when the success rate of penalty kicks is already quite high? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 4:16 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I buy a car online?

How do I buy a car on eBay without getting screwed? [more inside]
posted by !Jim at 3:26 PM PST - 9 comments

What CMS has a strong workflow management for a small newspaper?

I'm looking for a CMS for a small, online newspaper. I'm not necessarily looking for the front-end, I'm looking for something that can manage the back-end, or admin of the newspaper. [more inside]
posted by Uno at 3:21 PM PST - 9 comments

What can a non-cook bring for a Thankgiving treat?

My partner and I are hilariously bad cooks. What's something easy that we can make tonight or tomorrow morning and bring to his parents' house for Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by sian at 3:19 PM PST - 34 comments

Did my underwater keyboard submerge my PC?

Did my keyboard try to kill my computer? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 3:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Getting Around LA

I'm moving to LA in May. Help me learn the lay of the land before I step foot on Hollywood soil. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 1:51 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I share programs across multiple user accounts in XP?

How do I use the program settings from the admin user account across several limited user accounts in WinXP? I don't want to have to "reinstall" iTunes, Reason, Ableton Live, Photoshop, etc. just because I am using a different login in windows, but I want to get away from using the admin account for general use (for security reasons). [more inside]
posted by adi at 1:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Adding interest to a study skills course

What ideas/topics related to management would add interest to an entry-level course, given an audience of older students with very basic study skills (adults with a GED and several years since school) ? [more inside]
posted by ejaned8 at 12:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Why does it "hilite"?

Can anyone tell me what gives fluorescent markers their... fluorescence? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 12:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Email roundup 2006

What's your favorite email client for Windows? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 12:38 PM PST - 20 comments

T-Shirt brand search - Breaking and Entering Movie

What brand is the gray t-shirt worn by 'Miro' in movie: 'Breaking and Entering'?
posted by tomw at 12:36 PM PST - 3 comments

How extensively are professional magazine photos retouched?

How extensively are professional modeling photos retouched (i.e., those in Vogue and similar publications)? I've heard that this is a common practice, but I'm curious as to how much the photos are altered from the original image. Was this possible before the advent of Photoshop?
posted by zembla3 at 12:33 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me keep my office hardware and blood pressure stable.

Is there a competent, reliable hardware service company in the L.A. area that can maintain my computers and office equipment? [more inside]
posted by SMELLSLIKEFUN at 12:08 PM PST - 1 comment

Simplify, simplify. Also, let's drive cross-country.

What should a retiree do when they want to work AND travel? [more inside]
posted by hifiparasol at 12:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I go to four eyes?

Should I get glasses? My eyes have been bothering me as of late -- light sensitivity, eyelid flutters -- so I went to an optometrist and got checked out. I am very slightly nearsighted, with a slight astigmatism -- should I drop the cash for glasses? [more inside]
posted by buddha9090 at 11:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Short Story filter: What is the title and who wrote it?

Short Story filter: What is the title and who wrote it? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 11:45 AM PST - 3 comments

PhotoFilter: How do I light and photograph furniture for retail use?

PhotoFilter: How do I light and photograph furniture for retail use? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair at 11:34 AM PST - 11 comments


clothesfilter: Why don't we wear coats on our legs? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 11:04 AM PST - 31 comments

"The faint of heart may stay at home" in Latin, please

"The faint of heart may stay at home": Latin translation? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 10:58 AM PST - 10 comments

T(emplate) Shirts

CorelDRAW: How do I make a template of a t-shirt that I can manipulate? [more inside]
posted by rare_g at 10:52 AM PST - 2 comments

High quality DVD drive?

My current IDE DVD writer is starting to show its age, and I might have a little more money than usual to throw at its replacement (100-150 USD). Is there such a thing as a "premium" optical drive? This Plextor SATA drive would be nice from a cabling standpoint, but maybe you have a better idea? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 10:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Finding a health study online

I've read somewhere on the internets that listening to jazz or classical music during mealtimes can allay the appetite, but I can't find the study/research paper on the google. [more inside]
posted by dropkick at 10:31 AM PST - 3 comments

I need a recommendation for a reliable hosting service- php based.

We have gone from Earthlink to Dreamhost to MediaTemple and we can't find a reliable email host. The website hosting generally is fine, but email downtime is killing our company. MediaTemple has been horrible since we switched to the Grid Server. Maybe we just need an email host. So- who has a good recommendation for a host that has given you worry-free uptime? Any I don't want responses from anyone who has only been with their host a day, a week or a month. Long term please.
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 10:13 AM PST - 23 comments

Who designed the opening scenes for the 4400 and Grey's Anatomy?

I started watching Grey's Anatomy recently, and I can't help noticing a striking similarity between the opening title credits in that show and the opening credits in The 4400. Does anyone know if the same design/production studio created both of these introductory scenes? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 9:47 AM PST - 1 comment

Mac equivalent to NetMeetings?

Is there a Mac OSX equivalent to NetMeetings to share a document/desktop over the internet? [more inside]
posted by marylynn at 9:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Drawing optical illusions, math equations, and other things that people stop to look at

Help me draw interesting simple things. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 9:31 AM PST - 16 comments

A good web design company in San Diego?

Do you know a good web design company in San Diego for an order management system? [more inside]
posted by escher at 9:20 AM PST - 1 comment

caffè nella mia casa canadese

Is there a Canadian program similar to Illy USA's "Illy A Casa" where good quality espresso-grind coffee can be automatically delivered to my home every 4-6 weeks? [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 9:15 AM PST - 5 comments

"Iron Man" Covered as a Tango

OzzyFilter: Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" done as a tango. Heard it on WPKN, I think. It was absolutely brilliant, but my Google foo fails me. Anyone know where I can find it?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 9:12 AM PST - 20 comments

How is this so?

I have a 100MBS Ethernet card on a box and the MTU is 1518 bytes, hence 12144 bits. Maximum packet throughput of the card should be around 8000 packets. But, I have seen packet rates (via perfmeter) of up to 13000. Am I missing something here ? [more inside]
posted by plep at 9:07 AM PST - 6 comments

UK Kinko's

What is the UK equivalent of Kinko's? Is there anywhere like it near Manchester?
posted by xvs22 at 9:05 AM PST - 5 comments

A fool and his money are soon partying.

Tracking expenses for the first time. Also, how the hell do [insert random opensource financial software] work? [more inside]
posted by Memo at 8:52 AM PST - 14 comments

The Wright Brothers' family dynamics

Does anyone know any details about the Wright Brothers' actual brotherly relationship? I'm looking for books, anecdotes, articles, or documentaries you've read/seen that actually address this aspect of the great American story, their personalities, family dynamics, etc. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 8:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Help on tracking down a lienholder

I recently purchased a car from family member which, while paid off, still has a lien on the title. The original owner never anticipated that they'd ever want to sell the car, and never had the lien removed because the lienholder entity had been purchased and merged and re-purchased several times over. Now that I have the car, and need to get it registered, I need to track down the entity that actually has the lien on the car and get the lien removed. Any suggestions for tracking them down? Are there registries for this sort of thing? FWIW, the original lienholder was a Saab financing company in New York.
posted by cleetus at 8:27 AM PST - 3 comments

What is a typical American souvenir

What is a classic American Souvenir? [more inside]
posted by arruns at 8:27 AM PST - 40 comments

Please help me identify a short story

I remember a friend of mine telling me about a short story/novel/novella about a baseball pitcher whose pitched balls disappeared after leaving his hand, only to reappear in a totally different place and kill someone. There's [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Choosing Writing Contests

Writers: How do you decide which writing contests to enter? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey at 7:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Need a good offense for a youth basketball team

I am coaching my 11-year-old daughter's junior level, instructional league basketball team. I would like to implement two basic offenses - one for use against a man-to-man (girl-to-girl?) defense and one against a zone defense. Can anyone help me out with a simple, successful offensive play or set to use against each defense? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 7:33 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I make my employer get me home?

What obligation does my employer have to get me home safely? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Relationship help for the indecisive

To stay with my girlfriend of two years, or break it off as soon as possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:27 AM PST - 39 comments

How to quickly switch hosts file (Linux)

How to quickly switch between hosts files on Linux? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 7:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Exfoliation Tolerance?

I have extremely soft skin, but laser sharp, straight facial hair. Gross details and an actual question in the [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:26 AM PST - 14 comments

XML for formatting web documents

Help me understand this "XML master" job listing. [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 7:23 AM PST - 23 comments

What do all capital letters in legal documents signify?

What do all capital letters in legal documents signify? Many legal documents contain stretches of normal text alternating with stretches that are in all-caps. Is there a legal meaning to it? What would be the ramifications of printing the all-caps portion in normal capitalization - i.e., could that render the document ineffective?
posted by dmd at 7:06 AM PST - 8 comments

How to deal with a nightmare client?

How to deal with a nightmare client? [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 6:30 AM PST - 17 comments

Why does Entourage keep automatically putting email messages into my Junk Mail folder?

Why does Entourage keep automatically putting email messages into my Junk Mail folder? [more inside]
posted by thewiseacre at 3:54 AM PST - 8 comments

travel advice

Where should I travel in Europe? [more inside]
posted by honeyx at 3:53 AM PST - 18 comments

Sometime 400$ might as well be a million.

Is there a charity that directly funds abortions (and the travel expenses involved for women who have to travel a long way to a clinic) for women who can't afford them? And if not, what are some of the legal issues to consider if starting such a charity?
posted by cilantro at 3:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Judo vs. crap Thanskgivings! Who will emerge victorious?

It's gonna be a rotten Thanksgiving. Nothing tragic's happened, it's just that circumstances have conspired to make it rotten this year. What are some of the things you've done to alleviate or turn around a holiday you know isn't going to be the tiniest bit festive at all? [more inside]
posted by furiousthought at 2:18 AM PST - 34 comments

How can I automate SMS sending?

I need to send text messages on a regular basis from an automated system. Is SMS the way to go, or is there a better alternative? [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff at 1:14 AM PST - 8 comments

November 21

GUI-Related Buzzing Noise

Strange GUI-related buzzing. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by archagon at 11:10 PM PST - 11 comments

What song sampled a young Jason Lee?

What song samples this line: "Dude, I’ll give you a hundred bucks and I’ll take you out to Benihanas if you slide that 75ft handrail…I’ll give you 600 tries, I’ll be back next week!" which a young Jason Lee says at the beginning of Spike Jonze's "Video Days?" [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 11:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Translate Java into Jython

Help me translate this Java into Jython(Python)... [more inside]
posted by tucsongal at 10:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Where's Checkmark?

Have you seen this trend/pattern/graph? The trend I'm looking for looks like a "checkmark". The x-axis is time. The y-axis can be related to rating/score/likeability/satisfaction (even toss me some goofy ideas). [more inside]
posted by tasty at 10:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Movies with Rube Goldberg Machines in them.

What feature length films have Rube Goldberg machines in them? Can you think of movies that have scenes with machines/devices that are either rube goldberg machines or rube goldberg-esque?
posted by allthewhile at 9:46 PM PST - 37 comments

You got British Geek in my Pinball No You got Pinball in My British Geek!

Pinball filter! [more inside]
posted by jeribus at 9:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Who dances to live music anymore?

One of my greatest joys is dancing to live music. When I go to shows, all I see is hipsters nodding and smoking. Life is too short for this shit — help! (Rock fan, but all genres welcome. Pittsburgh area, but all answers welcome. More inside!) [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 9:36 PM PST - 27 comments

Did someone else die first?

What'sThatFromFilter: "Stop, stop, he's already dead!" [more inside]
posted by oats at 9:12 PM PST - 6 comments

How many transplant organs are damaged by long-distance transit?

How many donor organs (specifically kidneys) are unable to be used for transplants due to damage sustained in transport? [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 9:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Olives on a plane?

Will US airlines accept fresh produce -- say, 30 pounds of olives -- inside checked baggage on a domestic, inter-state flight? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 at 8:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Private mental facility in Minnesota?

Private, in-patient mental health facilities in Minnesota? And what's an average day like at one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Natural male birth control ideas as backup to pill?

How can I make myself temporarily impotent or at least lessen the odds of getting my wife pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 PM PST - 50 comments

FAFSA and Savings Bonds.

FAFSA-Filter: Help me deal with 150 savings bonds. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Beach camping & fishing in Quintana Roo, Mexico?

Hubby and I are planning a last minute trip to Mexico. We're going to fly into Cancun and don't plan on renting a car since we're on a tight budget. We'd like to find a beach campground that's along the Caribbean Sea where we can stay away from crowds and just relax and maybe even do some shore fishing. Would be great it's within walking distance to a small local restaurant of sorts or even if it's just stalls. Does one exist? For the life of me, I have not been able to find any budget beach camping information online. I guess what makes it more difficult is that we'd like to be able to get there by bus and/or colectivo, if possible and it will be during the holidays! I knew I should have researched before booking but we got a good price and will be winter and we could use the sun! Anyone BTDT? :) p.s. I'm totally open to suggestions! TIA!!!
posted by Jujee at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Sponsored Art/Sponsored Literature

Artsy fartsy filter: While thinking about the Medici family, the renaissance and the idea of commissioned works of art, I was wondering if there have ever been works of literature that have been sponsored or commissioned purely for the sake of art. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 8:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Do you know a JVM for PocketPC that will run GMail Mobile?

Do you know a JVM for PocketPC that will run GMail Mobile? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 7:56 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I help someone achieve justice after he was attacked at gunpoint by the Sheriff's buddy?

A close relative was attacked, beaten and threatened at gunpoint, and the Sheriff and DA are protecting the attacker. How do we use litigation and/or publicity to force accountability? [more inside]
posted by univac at 7:38 PM PST - 27 comments

What's being sampled here?

Electronic "music" from the 1960's. [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 7:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Laws about internet forums - for minors

I want to start an internet forum for kids - what are the applicable laws? [more inside]
posted by bulanjing at 7:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How to create cheap light-up 8x8" squares?

My daughter is doing a science fair project and we need a bunch (like 500) of illuminated 8x8" squares. These can be made out of anything -- paper, plastic, whatever -- but they need to be battery-operated. We're hoping to spend about $1.00 per square. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by phonepimpster at 7:03 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the etymology of the phrase "bat shit insane"?

What is the origin, or etymology of the phrase: "bat shit insane"? [more inside]
posted by jkaczor at 6:51 PM PST - 3 comments

country/country-punk bands in Boston

Are there any good country/country-punk bands in Boston? [more inside]
posted by david1230 at 6:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I get an awesome retro-military coat like Captain Jack Harkness?

Where can I get an awesome retro-military coat like Captain Jack Harkness? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I buy a bass even though I can't afford one right now?

Should I buy a bass even though I can't afford one right now? Guitar Center offers no interest for a year, etc. What's the catch? [more inside]
posted by GS1977 at 5:19 PM PST - 35 comments

I think it's a Dasani/Perrier conspiracy.

We're under a boil-water advisory. No outbreak, just a lot of grit in the water from landslides in the resevoir. Why is it not safe for me to wash vegetables in untreated water, but it's ok for me to wash my hands? [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 4:20 PM PST - 10 comments

ID This song? Sample from Airplane

Song ID: "Surely you can't be serious" sample [more inside]
posted by sub-culture at 4:08 PM PST - 1 comment

M'aider Metafilter!

Help me learn French. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 3:54 PM PST - 20 comments

What magazines do you recommend?

Can you recommend some magazines for me? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:25 PM PST - 36 comments

Time is tissue!

TissueCultureFilter: Does anyone know the etymology behind calling cell scrapers 'policemen'? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 3:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Ew, ewwww that smell

LosAngeles-talk: what's that strange, "burnt-toast" smell at night? [more inside]
posted by tallthinone at 2:56 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I get the record with the most current date by a key field?

SQL question: How do I get the record with the most current date for each person's ID? Better explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 2:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Stock photo storage

How can I store our company stock photos? [more inside]
posted by Leech at 2:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Why doesn't Gmail understand what kind of spam to advertise?

How advanced are Google Ads, really? I thought we were all frightened of Google mining our GMail accounts to serve targeted ads. But when I check the spam folder of my GMail account, all I get is adverts for recipes ("Ginger Spam Salad - serves 1, refrigerate overnight") using the food product Spam! [more inside]
posted by skylar at 2:27 PM PST - 15 comments

BirthDay in Amsterdam

What to do for my wife's birthday in or around Amsterdam? [more inside]
posted by signal at 2:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I call about a job, again?

There's a job I really, really want. I spoke with HR today and I was told that any decisions could be made starting next week. Should I call again next week? [more inside]
posted by badger11 at 2:20 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me recall an old arcade game I played as a kid.

Please help me recall an old arcade game I played as a kid. [more inside]
posted by utsutsu at 1:57 PM PST - 6 comments

me tarzan, you css

Help my brain wrap around CSS (especially making a css enabled tab menu) [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 1:56 PM PST - 9 comments

What duty do I have to my grandfather (or, more generally, to my extended family)?

FamilyEthicsFilter: What duty do I have to my grandfather (or, more generally, to my extended family)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM PST - 19 comments

IRS yippiyuck wants my meager bucks.

IRS-filter: I need a good tax lawyer in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Work/Blog Precautionary Measures

The cat's out of the bag: I told an (non-supervisor) acquaintance at work about my (before now) secret blog. What do I need to do to not get fired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Trying to get a grip on port forwarding

Computer question: How is it possible for my computer and various p2p/network game apps to communicate with the Internet when it's obvious that all my ports are closed? [more inside]
posted by zek at 1:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Reccommend a dentist in NYC who takes insurance?

Reccommend a dentist in NYC who takes insurance? [more inside]
posted by scazza at 1:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Infinite vs Infinite

ProbabilityFilter: Calling all mathematicians... [more inside]
posted by 777 at 1:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Need some input on my near-coma mother.

My mother has been kept asleep and paralyzed for almost 3 weeks now, from a horrible drug reaction. I want some advice on how she can/if she can/when she will recover. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 1:24 PM PST - 26 comments

Do elves dream up electric bunnies?

She's been a good girl all year and asked Santa for a bunny, but she's got too many pets already. Is there a fake rabbit that will do? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 12:57 PM PST - 28 comments

Bluetooth phone ringer?

My Secret Santa has a mobile phone that she's continually missing calls/texts on because she leaves it in her bag, and it drives her daft. Is there any sort of small wireless ringer/buzzer/light that will go off when the phone does? Small enough for a keychain, ideally.
posted by bonaldi at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Xmas gifts for toddlers

What should I get for a 1 year old girl and a three year old boy for Christmas? They don't live in same house and can't share gifts.
posted by chickaboo at 12:44 PM PST - 17 comments

APA --> EndNote (ugh!)

I have a bunch of APA-style refs in a huge (580+ page) MS Word document. How do I get them all into EndNote? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 12:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Pick me a Thomas Bernhard book.

I want to read something by Thomas Bernhard. I understand that his works are incredibly bleak, but that they lie on a continuum: ranging from blackly humorous to straight-up splenetic. If I am a fan of Hilary Mantel, which Bernhard book might be good to start with?
posted by everichon at 12:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Medicine Cap w/ Built-in Timer?

So I'm pretty sure I just took a second dose of my once daily meds. Don't worry I'll be fine physically. I'm realizing that if my meds bottle had a timer attached to it that reset itself every time is was opened, I wouldn't have to worry about this in the future. Anyone know of any?
posted by JakeLL at 12:16 PM PST - 17 comments

I wouldn't know Homer Price from Homer Formby anymore

Homer Price or...? Its a story about a group of juvenile inventor sorts who buy a WWII surplus midget sub at an auction and fix it up. Hilarity ensues. Old age besets the reader and he can't remember what book that was -- perhaps you do? I believe it was a collection of such misadventures.
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Affordable independent health insurance?

How do I get affordable personal health insurance? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish at 12:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Winds of Change!

(Birthday filter)I am not young enough to know everything. -- Oscar Wilde- Today I turn 28, I have been extremely lucky in life (though this year was full of hiccups). Though this past year was a bit trying, I have plenty to be thankful for. I would love for you guys to give me some advice for the upcoming year. What do you wish you had known at 28 that you know now? Some pearls of wisdom would be the best gift I can ask for. Thanks guys!
posted by boyinmiami at 11:59 AM PST - 35 comments


Will minor cat allergies translate to rat allergies? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 11:56 AM PST - 10 comments

I think I need to switch my Master's project, but am not sure how to start.

[Gradschooletiquettefilter] I'm currently working on an MS in geology. I'm just into my second year. For a number of reasons, I'm pretty unhappy with my current project, and am considering switching, and would like some advice on how to do so respectfully. There is, of course... [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants at 11:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me decide how to best support my fiancee's choice to pursue cosmetic surgery.

Please help me decide how to best support my fiancee's choice to pursue cosmetic surgery. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 11:40 AM PST - 33 comments

iMovie: refreshing video source files

iMovie: how can I refresh video source files? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 11:32 AM PST - 2 comments

WLAN Security Conundrum

I'm considering subscribing to a local WISP in the city I live in. Unfortunately, the guy's Wi-Fi network is using WEP encryption and I'm more than a little concerned about security. I doubt one customer recommending his small operation migrate to WPA or WPA2 would yield any results. Is there anything I can do to secure my connection? [more inside]
posted by Dr.James.Orin.Incandenza at 11:31 AM PST - 4 comments


Is there a significant or important difference, in any professional or disciplinary vocabulary or within any academic discourse, between the words 'efficacy' and 'effectiveness'?
posted by milkman at 11:20 AM PST - 15 comments

[MovieFilter]: Leeeerrrrrrroyy... if that rings a bell- lend a hand

[MovieFilter]: Movie from late 80s early 90s that used to air on HBO all the time involving martial arts and the main character's name was Leroy. And as always... [more inside]
posted by eleongonzales at 10:56 AM PST - 10 comments

I have no good news

Awhile ago I found a link to an RSS reader called Good News on this site. It was fun while I had it, but thanks to a reformat due to overly gregarious bluescreens, I lost the installer. It's one of those independent open source thingers with an address buried deep on a personal website, if I remember right, and its name is making it impossible to search for. Could anyone help me find it again?
posted by saysthis at 10:38 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I prepare Chinese Gunpowder Green Tea?

How do I properly prepare Chinese Gunpowder Green Tea? My mom recently received as a gift a box of Chinese Gunpowder Green Tea (brand pictured here). We'd like to try it but we're both confused about how to prepare it, since we've never been big tea drinkers and until now have been spoiled by the convenience of teabags.
posted by DrSkrud at 10:22 AM PST - 17 comments

hotel necessities?

What should we bring to a hotel? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 9:47 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me make Greasemonkey play nice with Firefox (and Gmail)

Gmail-Hack-Attack-Filter: I installed the Greasemonkey script for Gmail as spelled out here, and it works just super-awesome, except for one thing... [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Saving streaming video on a Mac

How can I record video streams from RealPlayer and Quicktime on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 9:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Help with audio engineering resources

Please help me find some good audio engineering resources. [more inside]
posted by Zero Gravitas at 8:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Why does Beer not like me?

For some reason, the first few sips of beer give me sharp pains in my shoulder and elbow joints. First noticed it a few years ago and forgot all about it until last weekend as I only drink red wine and the occassional pint of cider now. [more inside]
posted by twistedonion at 8:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Am I turning into a boxing cartoon?

Y'know how, in cartoons, when one is knocked out, particularly in a boxing match, there'll be stars floating around your head as you lay there? My grandfather said this was based on a real medical condition where boxers would see 'stars' of light in their field of vision after getting knocked out, and I need to know more about this. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 8:39 AM PST - 32 comments

Who should host my freelance writing site?

I'm seeking web-hosting recommendations for my freelance writing and editing business. [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter at 8:38 AM PST - 6 comments

What's a good silver watch for a 16-year old girl?

Charity Gift: 16-year-old girl wants a silver wristwatch. Price range is about $35. No other information available about the girl; anonymous gift from tree at work. What hip watches meet these criteria?
posted by JDC8 at 8:25 AM PST - 15 comments

This account to become dormant in the case of a(nother) fiery Fung Wah bus crash

I need to get from Hoboken to Chinatown (the Fung Wah) around 6pm on Thanksgiving day. Should I take the PATH to the subway or get my wife to drive me? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 8:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Gremlins in the Duct Work

Help me find a tv movie from the 70's or 80's that had gremlins in the ducts. [more inside]
posted by beowulf573 at 8:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Task list manager for a fast food restaurant that would work with a hand-held device such as a Palm.

I'm looking for a task list manager for a fast food restaurant that would work with a hand-held device such as a Palm. [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 8:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Book recommendations for Christmas

GiftFilter: Looking for books about either the Mexican day of the dead (think Under the Volcano) or plantation life in the West Indies (think Wide Sargasso sea.) [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 8:02 AM PST - 2 comments

History, re- re- revised?

I just heard an NPR story about how history books have changed to reflect the books' editorial biases. For instance, the author cites aged history books changing explanation of the reason for the Mexican-American war. Have any of you MeFites done any (formal or informal) research into this phenomenon? How can I learn more?
posted by parilous at 7:57 AM PST - 15 comments

Where did that window go?

Javascript / HTML : Let's say I have a page called 'foo.html' that opens a new window using the command'','newWindow'). Now let's say I navigate AWAY from my original page 'foo.html' to a page call 'bar.html' still leaving 'newWindow' open. Is there anyway I can get a handle on 'newWindow' from 'bar.html' even though I have navigated away from its opener 'foo.html'? I basically want to be able to change the url of 'newWindow' at anytime from any page on my website. Alternate solutions accepted.
posted by jasondigitized at 7:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Troubleshooting Quicktime Install error

Please help me COMPLETELY remove quicktime from my system (at least, that's what I think I need to do) [more inside]
posted by quibx at 7:19 AM PST - 5 comments

ISO noodles

Anyone in the D.C./northern Virginia area had luck finding stores selling the House Foods tofu shirataki noodles that blogs like Hungry Girl won't shut up about? I really don't want to resort to ordering them from Amazon.
posted by hazelshade at 7:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Spreadsheet sort by last letter?

Is it possible to sort a spreadsheet alphabetically by last letter or by retrograde spelling? Excel, StatView, etc.? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 7:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Not planning to try this, just curious

Has anyone taken ice through airport security? It's a solid, of course, but I wonder (idly) what the reaction would be.
posted by amtho at 6:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Who will insure the middle-aged?

Health insurance for the self-employed and middle-aged? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 6:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Legs, lower back, neck pains. What's happening to me?

Since Saturday, my lower back and legs have been in a lot of pain. [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 6:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra.

What are your favorite Christmas movies? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 6:46 AM PST - 57 comments

Firefox Plugin to add Address Field to Stripped Pop-Up Windows

Firefox plugin: I'm after the name/link of the extension that will add the URL of a pop-up window as an additional header field, when the rest of the 'normal' window architecture/controls have been stripped out.
posted by peacay at 6:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Gothic architecture used to be called...?

What was gothic architecture referred to in its day? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 5:50 AM PST - 3 comments

shipping from UK to Canada

What's the cheapest (but safe) way to ship several heavy boxes from the UK to Canada? [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 5:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a good reference for the standard evolution vs. creationism arguments?

Is there a good reference for the standard evolution vs. creationism arguments? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 5:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Is homeopathy good for society?

Is homeopathy good for society? How should it be regulated? Are there any good studies to this effect? [more inside]
posted by Arcaz Ino at 4:42 AM PST - 24 comments

Hey lady, what's in the bag?

Ladies, what do you carry in your purses? I'm guessing there is [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:30 AM PST - 70 comments

Help me convert my iPod video, please!

What is the best way to convert my videos for iPod viewing? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 4:06 AM PST - 7 comments

What more does IE need to draw this CSS like Firefox?

CSSFilter: Why won't my border divs fill in IE 7 as they do in Firefox? Why won't my bordered area stretch in IE either? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 2:47 AM PST - 10 comments

I predict a riot

I've been asked to look into a predictive dialling system for a small team of outbound telesales agents who're bored of listening to the phone ring for 6 hours a day. Does anyone around here have any experience of the different systems available; implementation pitfalls, advantages and disadvantages of each? [more inside]
posted by whoojemaflip at 2:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Going to dubai. What do I need to know?

Dubai. I'm headed to dubai for work (for about two weeks) in the very near future for work. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 2:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Don't wanna administrate...

I tried turning off the welcome screen running Win XP Pro, but somehow managed to switch the default user to Administrator. So in order to get to my normal settings, I have to log out of that, then enter in my normal login name, and only then I'm back to normal. How can I switch it to the normal login (without the welcome screen)? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 1:07 AM PST - 3 comments

The good and the bad of dictatorships

Pros and Cons of a dictatorship? [more inside]
posted by lain at 12:33 AM PST - 33 comments

November 20

What can me and my teenage sisters do together besides hit the mall?

I am a late 20s dude. I have two teenage sisters. What can we do while I am visiting them in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by samh23 at 11:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me track down a band..

A few years back I found an MP3 for a song called "I am a Liverpudlian" by a band from New Zealand or Australia. Then I lost it. What was the band's name? [more inside]
posted by DoubtingThomas at 10:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Handheld video games for 66 year olds?

My 66 year old mother is looking for games to entertain herself with on long flights. What small devices might be right for her? [more inside]
posted by tkolar at 10:30 PM PST - 19 comments

Ski bum in Japan?

Should I accept a job as a ski bum in Japan? [more inside]
posted by graytona at 9:40 PM PST - 21 comments

Does anyone have recommendations for an expert tailor in Hoi An or Bankok via the internet?

I am looking for an excellent tailor in either Hoi An or Bankok that would be able to custom tailor a new wardrobe for me via the internet. [more inside]
posted by rubyeyo at 9:26 PM PST - 5 comments

What gaming console should I buy?

I'm thinking about buying a gaming system, but I'm unsure about which one would be a good fit for me. What gaming console should I buy? [more inside]
posted by LouMac at 9:12 PM PST - 30 comments

My yard is not an option.

What are some common household objects that can be used as standard measures? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 8:53 PM PST - 37 comments

Who's the cartoon character who stole pies off windowsills?

There's a standard cartoon routine, where a woman whose head you can't see puts a pie on the windowsill, "fingers of aroma" waft off the pie and swirl around until they find this particular cartoon character and pull him towards the pie which he then discovers and steals. I'm pretty sure it's a Looney Tunes character. It was a recurring schtik but I'm pretty sure it was always the same Looney Tunes character. Which one?
posted by mikemonteiro at 8:51 PM PST - 16 comments

It's so hard to say goodbye

I need an upbeat farewell music/song for a presentation. [more inside]
posted by elle.jeezy at 8:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Questions to ask Jamiel Terry

In a few days, I'll be interviewing Jamiel Terry, son of the outspoken evangelical Randall Terry. I don't want it to be simply a rehash of the other interviews from Beliefnet and Washington Post. Any creative questions you think I should ask? Any questions you feel haven't already been answered? Thanks!
posted by premiumpolar at 8:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Advice for new web designer(?) webmonkey(?)

The unanswerable(?) questions about rates. RE: Web design, development, photography and the works. There is, of course: [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 8:33 PM PST - 7 comments

damn christmas

Help! Gift suggestion for the couple that has everything. Find us a gift so my girlfriend and I don't get disowned. [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 8:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Source for Interactive Avatars?

Interactive Avatar sources? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 8:19 PM PST - 2 comments

And though I say it myself, you couldn’t have better help

New Zealand song filter: I love the Mutton Birds' haunting "White Valiant," but I have no idea what it means. Can any Kiwis (or Kiwi-music enthusiasts) tell me what the song is about?
posted by Admiral Haddock at 8:10 PM PST - 8 comments

The Ultimate Price of Zelda!

Where can I find the prices of old video games? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 8:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Comix 4 kids?

What comics can I give to an imaginative six-year-old? [more inside]
posted by TheWash at 7:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Why can't I login to sitemeter?

All of the sudden I can't log in to my sitemeter account. I have no idea why. The login form is correctly filled out, and I don't even get an error message. It just won't let me access my statistics. Any suggestions?
posted by lisaj32 at 7:55 PM PST - 8 comments

I need a nice, portable keyboard

I'm moving to the UK for three months and want to take a piano keyboard with me. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 7:53 PM PST - 8 comments

I only want to not die.

How can I stave off allergies to cigarette smoke for four nights? I'm really looking forward to going to my boyfriend's house for Thanksgiving--but his mom is a heavy smoker, and cigarette smoke and I . . . don't get along. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 7:44 PM PST - 24 comments

What's good this Black Friday?

The mass consumer whorism that will be going on this Black Friday makes me somewhat ill. On the other hand, I wouldn't mind getting an LCD TV.. any tips? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 7:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Organize my mp3 collection.

I've searched and searched, but everyone has albums. I'm the one whose been downloading singles off p2p networks for ages. I've never owned an album/cd. Which is why this is slightly hard for me.. Now, some of them have whacky tags, and some of them have whacky filenames. [more inside]
posted by Devileyezz at 7:37 PM PST - 7 comments

Show me the eye candy!

What are your must have ObjectBar themes? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 7:36 PM PST - 1 comment

Will switching to a mac make developing awesome?

Would an iMac 20-inch 2GHz Intel Core Duo meet my needs? [more inside]
posted by Null Pointer and the Exceptions at 7:33 PM PST - 9 comments

History being used to justify present events

What are some ways that history or myths have been used to justify events happening in the present (or in the recent past)?
posted by friendlyfire at 7:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Record industry bear song

What is the name of the pop song from the late 90s whose videoclip starred a toy bear as a record industry executive? As I recall the song had no lyrics. Any information about this song also appreciated.
posted by vizsla at 7:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Find me some hot Italian espresso-calendar-love?

[Odd Italian Gifts Filter] Last year, I was fortunate enough to pick up 2006's amazing Lavazza Calendar (flash, but worth it.) Now, I want 2007's, and can't find it. Help me, Almighty MeFites! [more inside]
posted by lilithim at 7:02 PM PST - 6 comments

i-river for digital recording

I have an i-pod, but want a digital recorder so am thinking of an i-river. from what i know, there are many different levels of mic quality in them. does anyone know the detail? i am staying in japan so the models are a little different, and the info isnt easy to come by. remember, i only really want it for recording. thanks...
posted by edtut at 6:59 PM PST - 9 comments

(phi^n - (-phi)^-n)/rad(5)

I want to get a tattoo on one of my hands. This will be my first. Know a good place near Binghamton or Poughkeepsie NY, or have other advice? [more inside]
posted by tylermoody at 6:54 PM PST - 9 comments

Paging Sir, Alfred Merhan

12 hour layover in the Frankfurt Airport (Flughafen?), what to do? [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 6:28 PM PST - 15 comments

My son said he feels the same way, but I think he was being sarcastic.

How can I find a particular Hindu scripture verse about Ganesha and Parvati? [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 5:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Insurance! Water! Heat! Lights! Action!

After a last minute sale of my condo, the deal on the house I bought closes on Thursday. I need to arrange for utilities, insurance, and some repairs, and have next-to-no time to do research. If you have a satisfactory provider of any of these things and said provider's services are available to a Torontonian, recommend away! And of course I'll think of you all when I'm doing my happy dance on my rooftop terrace;-) [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 5:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Coming out to young people

How to answer offensive questions about homosexuality... [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 5:09 PM PST - 43 comments

Help name a new Graphic Design studio!

Help name a new Graphic Design studio! [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 4:18 PM PST - 33 comments

where can this monument be found?

where is this monument (city,country)? [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 4:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Help with buying a potential family heirloom

As strange as it sounds, I need help picking out a gift for myself from my dead brother. [more inside]
posted by Ekim Neems at 3:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Racks and racks of humming machinery...

I'm totally entranced by this post in projects about electronics surplus stores. I'm an electrical engineering student in Lexington, Kentucky and over winter break I'll be home in the Washington, DC area. Where can I find a place like that in the general vicinity of those locales? I have friends willing to drive rather far if required. [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 3:42 PM PST - 3 comments

... and run(time) with it!

How best to extract the Java runtime environment for repackaging with an application? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 3:42 PM PST - 19 comments

Marrying a 20-year visa overstayer

My girlfriend is a very illegal immigrant living in the United States. When we get married, what will the residency process be like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:36 PM PST - 28 comments

How to learn to break a problem down into manageable pieces and analyze a challenge logically and think under pressures?

How to learn to break a problem down into manageable pieces and analyze a challenge logically and think under pressures? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 3:34 PM PST - 12 comments

What do you want for Christmas?

What's an all-purpose gift for around $100? [more inside]
posted by etc. at 3:28 PM PST - 22 comments

Junior in college looking for investing advice!

Hi, I am a junior in college and from my past internship have some money laying around. Ive decided to finally get my head around the investing side of things, I need reccomendations on investing 500 - 1000 bucks. [more inside]
posted by radsqd at 3:23 PM PST - 12 comments

My Mii Can't Hit Crosscourt When He Needs To

Wii Sports: Tennis-- How do I aim the ball accurately?! [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 at 3:09 PM PST - 9 comments

What is BT Open Point?

What is BT Open Point? [more inside]
posted by jeffbarr at 2:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Group Bookmarking

Know of an online collaborative bookmarking tool for within a closed set of users ? Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by superfurry at 2:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Foreign policy, courtesy of the Morning Zoo

Looking for a Desert Storm-era humor song. The song was about Saddam Hussein, and I remember it from one of the dumb "morning zoo" type radio programs in Cleveland. The lyrics I remember are "He's a middle-east beast/He reads from right to left!/He's a wacky Iraqi." [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 2:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Aack! I'm turning purple!

foolproof anti-mess method of eating pomegranates? [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 1:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Does anyone know about an urban legend called the Manhatten Piller?

Does anyone know about an urban legend called the Manhatten Piller? [more inside]
posted by juliarothbort at 1:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Celery Stick, Taxicab, and Viking Ship

What's something fun and creative I can do with paint chips? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 1:40 PM PST - 9 comments

In need of a quick English-Spanish translation.

Please translate accurately the following English phrase into conversational Spanish: "I only stopped for coffee."
posted by jackypaper at 1:36 PM PST - 18 comments


Can anyone help a n00b with a MySQL (& coldfusion) problem? [more inside]
posted by juv3nal at 1:35 PM PST - 12 comments

It's all about the Benjamins

What can I do over winter break to make some extra money? [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory at 1:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Google Earth image licenses

What are the chances of me being able to use some Google Earth images in a self-published military history book? We're talking small peanuts black & white images, non high-res, of some military locations in Asia. I expect no more than 100-200 book copies in circulation. [more inside]
posted by calhound at 1:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Engagement questions! (ring, timing)

Pending engagement questions re: Ring, timing, and secrecy! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:42 PM PST - 14 comments

"Secret marriage" sounds so skeevy...

What are the practical repercussions of getting married and not telling anyone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 PM PST - 31 comments

Halloween is over, but zombie eyes persist!

I suddenly (3 months ago) have "dark circles" under my eyes, what to do? I thought it may be fall allergies but winter has set in and no change. [more inside]
posted by jacobjacobs at 12:20 PM PST - 18 comments

a vegan's gotta eat in manchester...

i'm going to northwest england for new years. where's the vegan food! am i going to freeze? [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 12:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Know any dead trees that can teach me about php and MySQL?

Recommendations for a book to teach myself php and MySQL? [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 12:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Have you read/heard of a story about an Irish man travelling in Tibet who gets buried according to Finnegan's Wake?

A story has come to me through the telephone game that is society that has piqued my interest. Does anyone have a source for the following story, which I presume is fictional: An Irish man dies while travelling in Tibet, and the only piece of literature they have about Ireland and Irish funeral customs is Finnegan's Wake.
posted by Kattullus at 11:45 AM PST - 16 comments

pc phone answering machine

How do I use my PC as a land line answering machine? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 11:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Cheap Helicopter that won't crash...

Help me choose a budget friendly helicopter tour in Hawaii... [more inside]
posted by slim at 11:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a DLP lamp?

I need a lamp for my Toshiba 44NHM84 DLP. The repair place wants $471.01 for the lamp, this seems a tad high to me. I am, however, having a hard time finding a lamp from a non-Ebay source online. Where should I go for DLP lamp replacements?
posted by geoff. at 11:21 AM PST - 7 comments

It's never too early to start talking about it

Suggestions of sex education books for young kids (3 and older) [more inside]
posted by aacheson at 11:11 AM PST - 21 comments

Corpus Christi, Texas

We're considering a job-related move to Corpus Christi, Texas, a place we know nothing about. I'd appreciate hearing anything you can tell us about the area. [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 10:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Where to download Dali's "Destino"

Salvador Dali's "Destino"- where can I find or download it? [more inside]
posted by hincandenza at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

What do wii think?

I'm considering getting a Nintendo Wii and was wondering if any new owners would care to share there experiences.
posted by brevator at 10:14 AM PST - 35 comments

for he's a jolly good fellow...

what present can i get my distant brother for his 40th birthday? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 10:08 AM PST - 3 comments

How to find source for quote from Mexican film legend Cantinflas?

How to find source for quote from Mexican film legend Cantinflas? [more inside]
posted by mdion at 10:00 AM PST - 5 comments

grammerFilter: present/past tense

I am writing a children's book (first time). I can't decide whether to use present or past tense. Here's a sample in present tense: Bobby walks slowly into the water. The waves rush up over his feet, but he is not afraid because the same thing happened last time. He goes a little farther. And a little farther. The water is up to his knees. and past tense: Bobby walked slowly into the water. The waves rushed up over his feet, but he was not afraid because the same thing happened last time. He went a little farther. And a little farther. The water was up to his knees. The present tense seems a little more "active", but past tense has certain story telling quality. Any comments on why I should use one or the other?
posted by allelopath at 9:52 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me look human again.

Two days ago I got what I thought was the beginning of a cold sore at the corner of my mouth. Today I woke up and my entire face was a puffy mess. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by honeydew at 9:26 AM PST - 11 comments

How old is the idea of time travel?

Wikipedia posits the mid- to late-1800s as the time when we first started seeing time travel in literature. Are there older examples? Is there an analog from antiquity -- some similar concept articulated in an ancient culture or mythology? A folk tale?
posted by blueshammer at 9:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Wireless print server hook-up

Setting up a wireless print server in office the same as I have at home, but can I do it this way? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 9:04 AM PST - 4 comments

I love Thanksgiving turkey... it's the only time in Los Angeles that you see natural breasts.

Suggestions on places to eat-out on Thanksgiving in Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 8:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Double double gradient trouble

CSS/HTML Filter: I'm trying to have a gradient on top, and a gradient on bottom, with white in the middle. I've set the background of the page to white, and the gradient on top works, but anything I can think of to make the bottom gradient show up won't work. [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 8:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Shelter for my dogs?

Can anyone recommend a good boarding kennel in the Ottawa area? [more inside]
posted by mikel at 8:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Korean office-warming present?

What's a good office-warming present for an office full of Korean people? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 at 8:27 AM PST - 13 comments

How to handle an unethical former employer?

How should I handle an unethical former employer who is contacting my employment references for his own purposes? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 7:53 AM PST - 3 comments

What's good to do in a weekend in Berlin?

Berlin? [more inside]
posted by Flashman at 7:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Help with $3500 broadband overage fee due to miscommunication

Tragic miscommunication leading to sudden $3500+ fee, for person with no savings and a strict day-to-day type budget. Just found out about this and have now finished hyperventilating enough to type. This is not an emergency timewise, but I'd truly be grateful for any advice you can give. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 81 comments

Science in MMORPGs

Science and Metaphysics from the inside of virtual worlds? [more inside]
posted by empath at 7:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Free Wireless in Marathon, FL?

Where in/near Marathon Key (FL) can I find free wireless? [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 7:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Mac Mini? Or not?

I'm thinking of getting a Mac Mini... but will it be able to do everything I want it to do? [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 5:31 AM PST - 23 comments

Being Influenced By Negativity in Relationships

How do I stop myself from being affected by my friends' relationship problems? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Help ! Spammers have found my PHPBB forum !

I'm running a PhPBB forum. Spammers have found it. Mysterious strangers selling vigorous blue pills popped up from nowhere. Now I need to build something that will prevent spammers from polluting it. Is there a silver bullet that prevents all spammers from ever posting on PHPBB forums ? (I know, but I'm an eternal optimistic). Any antispam mods that has been successfullyt tested someone would like to recommend ? Thanks in adavance.
posted by Baud at 5:19 AM PST - 8 comments

How should a walkout be handled?

What should happen when a customer maliciously walks out on his bill? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 5:00 AM PST - 16 comments

We're looking for fun things to do in NYC the last week of the year.

We're looking for fun things to do in NYC the last week of the year. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 4:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Why Isn't This A Big Business?

Why don't movie theaters sell merchandise for the films in the lobby? [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 4:17 AM PST - 14 comments

How easy is it to learn a new instrument?

How hard is it, as a (relatively) long-time musician, to pick up new instruments? (more specifically, as a guitarist moving to other areas) [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 3:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Songs About California

California music filter: me and my girlfriend are planning a road trip in California next year. I'm looking for the best songs about California -to play while driving our camper van. [more inside]
posted by IZ at 1:17 AM PST - 50 comments

Kenny G originals?

has kenny g written any original compositions? if so, how many? has anyone ever gone to a kenny g show? if so, would you see another?
posted by defmute at 12:56 AM PST - 9 comments

The prices I'm seeing now, they make me weep.

So what are the other common big sales events/times besides Black Friday? Specifically after next March. [more inside]
posted by empyrean at 12:23 AM PST - 6 comments

November 19

How can I fix my CD-R?

How can I fix my CD-R? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 9:02 PM PST - 14 comments

How to ask the IRS to give me a break

How do I approach the IRS? They got me - dead to rights - I screwed up a few years back, when rolling over my 401K into a IRA (then into a downpayment for my house). I *thought* my credit union paid taxes on that money when I rolled it over. I made a mistake. Now, that I'm "caught up", and ready to pony up the delinquent taxes, what the best way to ask the IRS to waive the penalties? Say "Pretty, please?" Everyone says one *can* negotiate with the IRS. So how, would one go about doing so? What might one do to make a positive outcome more likely?
posted by derekb at 9:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Muscle pain remedies

How can I soothe muscle pain? [more inside]
posted by jedro at 8:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me Plan Thanksgiving Dinner.

[Thanksgiving Filter] Anyone have any great recipes for Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 8:43 PM PST - 14 comments


Just a couple weeks ago, my computer was so cooperative. Now I'm getting freeze-ups at the strangest times. I'm the definition of an End User, but with AskMe's help, I might just get XP tamed! [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 8:41 PM PST - 24 comments

Why is it?

Franksgiving was the notorious GOP / DEM legislative dispute over which Thursday in November was to be the official day of giving thanks. It seems unlikely the Mayflower gang had the coveted 4 day weekends in mind. Why is Thanksgiving always held on a Thursday and who deemed it so?
posted by Fupped Duck at 8:40 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I leave my career and my passion for 10+ years—journalism—to work in web design and development?

Should I leave my career and my passion for 10+ years—journalism? Since I was teen I’ve been passionate about journalism. I’ve studied and worked professionally in at it for more than 12 years, but I fear I’m burning out and lately have considered leaving for a career in design/creative services/Web design/multimedia/teaching/consulting. [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 8:21 PM PST - 7 comments

What kind of jacket does Adam have?

I just came back from my mom's house, where I watched several episodes of Mythbusters (I live in a cave and dont have cable so when I can I watch it) but any way our favorite mefi Adam Savage, had this really great jacket on and I would love to know more about it. Of course... [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 7:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me put my newly discovered superpower to a good use.

Help me put my newly discovered superpower to a good use. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 7:46 PM PST - 15 comments

HOWTO Ask your SO for marriage?

What did you say to your significant other when you asked for their hand in marriage? Or, on the flip side, what was said to you? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 7:44 PM PST - 50 comments

Flickr + Yahoo = Hell

How do I get Flickr to log me in automatically without also automatically logging me into Yahoo? [more inside]
posted by aerotive at 7:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Why is ImageReady doing this?

ImageReady is screwing up my slices, layers. What is going on here? [more inside]
posted by swiffa at 7:17 PM PST - 2 comments

How to cash a check made out to an infant son/daughter

How do I go about cashing or depositing a check made out to my 4 month year old daughter? The check was a gift, I deposited in our bank account, and the dang bank returned it, charged us a fee, because she isn't on the account. What is the easiest way around this?
posted by davidvan at 7:17 PM PST - 17 comments


Where can I learn about the possible consequences of future global warming, sea-level-rise, etc on the climate of the continental US? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 6:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Learning Swedish by immersion?

I'd like to learn some Swedish, could you recommend some Swedish television or movies subtitled in English? [more inside]
posted by Tzarius at 6:48 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm looking advice about short courses (or potentially graduate work) in conservation planning

I currently work as an ecologist and my job is taking in the direction of conservation planning. I am thinking about taking some courses in this field with some of professional development funding this coming year. Does anyone know of any good short courses in this field? [more inside]
posted by buttercup at 6:37 PM PST - 3 comments

How much of a frozen turkey's weight is in the breast/meat?

How much of a frozen turkey's weight is the breast? [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba at 6:28 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I use a gas fireplace?

OK. We've been in a house in San Diego for a few years. It has a fireplace with some kind of gas jet in it. The gas is controlled by what looks like a big key in the wall next to it. We've never really used this because, well, it's San Diego. Seems a little silly. But this weekend I got to thinking that it might be something interesting to have running while we eat our Thanksgiving sushi. So ... how in the heck do we use this thing? I can turn on the gas and light it, and we get a "fire." But it's not particularly pleasant or romantic. Is this even the correct usage?? Or are we supposed to put some kind of logs or something in there? Thanks.
posted by mpemulis at 6:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Disk access on Canon SD400

Canon SD400: When connected to my Win2k PC, the camera doesn't show up as a drive. Should it? [more inside]
posted by skwm at 6:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Arrrr, matey.

Online source for single, gold hoop earring? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 5:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Indexing Dynamically Generated Pages

How to make Google Site Search index my dynamically generated website? [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 5:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Entertain me in KL!

[malaysia filter] I'll probably be in Kuala Lumpur at the end of the month for about 3 days. I'm looking for something fun to do that I might not have done having been there before. There's [more inside]
posted by kaydo at 4:59 PM PST - 3 comments

10-4 Good Buddy!!

Why can I hear people talking on CB radios through my computer speakers?? [more inside]
posted by matty at 4:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Sir Humphrey Appleby v John F. Kennedy

Who is the original source for the quote "the ship of state is the only ship that leaks from the top"? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 4:03 PM PST - 5 comments

Haunted radiators

Weird noise filter: the heater in my new apartment makes this metallic noise every so often. What is it, and can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by azuresunday at 3:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Why does my iPod lose right-channel sound?

My second-generation iPod nano sometimes seems to lose right-channel sound, on any pair of ear buds, headphones, or speakers; only pushing the jack "up" towards the front restores the right channel, and even then only temporarily. Is this just what these iPods do, or is my particular unit defective? [more inside]
posted by cmyers at 3:21 PM PST - 9 comments

What to do with yellow clay

What can I do with a large quantity of yellow clay? [more inside]
posted by destro at 2:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Cprnc Smrzr

Does anyone use Copernic Summarizer? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 2:15 PM PST - 11 comments

What kind of bird is this?

What kind of bird is this? [more inside]
posted by upc_head at 1:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Help Me Find a Good Stress Management Book / Technique

What book should I buy to learn how to manage stress in my life, mostly from work? [more inside]
posted by dshargel at 12:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Librarian jobs in Canada? Does university name matter?

Are there lots of librarian jobs in Canada? Does what university I graduate from really matter when I apply for jobs? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 12:53 PM PST - 23 comments

tap tap

What are the 'springiest' keyboards? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 12:16 PM PST - 14 comments

I need a wiki without camels.

WikiFilter: Help me find a lightweight wiki that does not use CamelCase linking. [more inside]
posted by Harry at 12:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Sugar sugar, ah honey honey

Chemistry and flavour: Do all sugars taste sweet? Are there substances that are sweet tasting that are not sugars/carbohydrates? [more inside]
posted by winston at 11:57 AM PST - 12 comments

How do you prevent food from burning at the bottom in a gas oven?

I keep burning cakes and cookies in my new gas oven, what am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by jp021272 at 11:54 AM PST - 20 comments

I want to be a Monday morning quarterback

Please recommend a book to help me understand football better. [more inside]
posted by donnagirl at 11:38 AM PST - 18 comments

Girl Poops Pants is Fake (right?)

This isn't real, is it? Please god, tell me all the many reasons why this can't be real. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by granted at 11:38 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I care for my husband's business suits?

How do I care for my husband's business suits? [more inside]
posted by angelfish at 10:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Windows XP Systray question: How do I make the systray icons line up in 2 rows instead of 1?

Windows XP Systray question: How do I make the systray icons line up in 2 rows instead of 1? [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Outlook 2007 worked so well for months....

Outlook 2007 suddenly freezes at the splash screen... [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 10:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Infant diet

What is the protein requirement of a 12 month old baby boy ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 9:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Paid (cheap) dial-up ISP: Juno or Netzero? Or others?

Paid (cheap) dial-up ISP: Juno or Netzero? Or others? [more inside]
posted by uni verse at 9:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Help my ass stop hurting!

A new question about ass pain: I've just finished a week-and-a-half course of anti-biotics after some dental surgery. One of the side effects, I assume because of the eradication of digestive bacteria, is that the amount of shit I've been putting out has tripled. I used to be a twice-a-day man, now it's three times and the volume is huge. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Is Guinness Airlifted in from Ireland (or the U.K.) to certain pubs?

Last night I got into a discussion with the proprietor of our local pub. For years I have heard from various sources that certain pubs in the united states get their Guinness airlifted in from Ireland (or the U.K.). Now I don't mean specially airlifted, simply that it comes in the cargo hold of an aer lingus flight or some such to maintain the ultimate freshness. One person who told me this is my wife's (born in Dublin) friend who worked for Guinness. Now the proprietor insists this is not true and told me if I can prove it I can drink free Guinness in his pub for the rest of my life. I can not find any evidence of this on the Internet, can anyone provide any evidence for this?
posted by JpMaxMan at 9:04 AM PST - 34 comments

NYC Rice

Recently I have discovered the joys of brown rice. Brand recommendations and a place to buy in NYC near PATH?
posted by bastionofsanity at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I just fly out of Toronto?

Can I just skip a connecting flight? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 7:17 AM PST - 12 comments

Twin daughters of a sperm donor have SO MANY QUESTIONS

I'm a twenty-six-year-old fraternal twin, writing on behalf of both of us. Our mother has just revealed to us that the man we know as Dad is not our biological father. And the only person who knew the identity of our biological dead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:57 AM PST - 36 comments

How to overcome defenses and lose the emotional baggage?

How to overcome defenses and lose the emotional baggage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Attorney jobs in San Diego?

I'm an attorney with several decades of experience. Currently practicing in Oregon, but interested in finding a new position in the San Diego area (I've been a member of the California Bar since 1977). I've found relatively few openings using all of the usual suspects, search engines, legal websites local to San Diego and/or CA. Any suggestions or ideas as to how to find the opportunities that I'm not running across? Have really no local San Diego contacts "to plow". Interested in any substantive legal-related positions, not just attorney. Transactional or litigation.
posted by america4 at 6:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Domain Name Owning

Do you "own" a domain name that you register with a site like godaddy? ie, could you sell it in a couple years? If not, how can you buy a domain name. I'm looking for investment purposes.
posted by Maia at 5:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Dayton to Port Columbus

Advice on how to get from Dayton Airport to Port Columbus International? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 5:27 AM PST - 7 comments

How to get to work on that million-dollar idea?

I've got an idea for a web-based product that, when completed, could eventually make me a millionaire. I'm confident it would work, I've got the necessary programming skills and all the steps from beginning to end mapped out in my head. And yet, I'm completely unable to start actually doing something – anything – about it. It's been the same thing over and over again with lesser ideas and small personal projects throughout my life, and I don't know how to break the cycle now that I REALLY should. Anyone have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by lifeless at 4:45 AM PST - 29 comments

CanadianEbay Car sale

I am selling a car on ebay, and a buyer from Canada is asking for some terms... [more inside]
posted by alball at 4:33 AM PST - 14 comments

How to set the record straight?

My friend disappeared years ago. Now Geraldo and others are sliming her. What's the best way to set the record straight? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 1:14 AM PST - 17 comments

November 18

waiting for them to make their right-hand turn

Car driver making right-hand turn at an intersection in front of cyclist with a lot of pedestrians in the crosswalk. The driver steers to the right, stops, and blocks the entire right-hand lane from left-hand lines to the line of the crosswalk. What should the cyclist do? And why do (some) drivers do this? [more inside]
posted by philfromhavelock at 11:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Geico song

What's the song in the Geico commercial with the caveman in the airport? "Everywhere I go ... "
posted by 5bux at 11:06 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I change the URI of my XML feed in Wordpress?

How do I change the URI of my XML feed in Wordpress? [more inside]
posted by missed at 10:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Children's book illustration styled movie/fable?

I'm looking for a short online movie featuring children's book style illustration, descriptive labels floating above every labelable thing throughout (tree, rabbit, grass, knife, etc.), and a rather gruesome storyline about the wages of greed. [more inside]
posted by truenorth at 9:52 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I materialize an idea for a product?

I have an idea for an improvement on a current product. How do I materialize it? [more inside]
posted by h2 at 9:27 PM PST - 11 comments

What Do I expect for a google internship interview?

Interview for internship with google. How do I prepare? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 8:36 PM PST - 15 comments

How to use Quicken if you're an unmarried couple

Quicken: If you're unmarried but living together, how should you answer the "are you married question" when setting up Quicken? [more inside]
posted by mollymolo at 8:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Brick House for the Year 2006: I need suggestions for party music, please.

Funk Music for the year 2006: I need suggestions for party music. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 7:50 PM PST - 43 comments

How do I speak like a normal person?

How do I keep myself from mumbling and speaking at mach 3? [more inside]
posted by misled at 7:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Olympic Competitor Name

In the 2002 Winter Olympics, there was a female figure skater or ice dancer with a Celtic/Irish name. Her name had a traditional spelling and the announcers were constantly stumbling over the pronunciation. [more inside]
posted by TauLepton at 6:39 PM PST - 18 comments


Advice for training for a 5k run. [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 6:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Do you know a nutritionist in San Francisco?

Quit smoking, need weight management. Can you recommend a nutritionist in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Dataphage at 6:36 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the conservative equivalent of metafilter?

What's the conservative equivalent of metafilter? [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 6:32 PM PST - 50 comments

What is the deal with renewing a passport with a visa stapled in already?

"Papers Please" Part II. Readers of my previous question may be glad to know my gf finally got her visa. My new question is, what's the deal with getting a new passport, now that the visa's already attached to this old ('damaged') passport? As usual, there's [more inside]
posted by jeb at 5:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a commercial

Looking for a Bell Canada commercial from a few years back. [more inside]
posted by aclevername at 5:54 PM PST - 4 comments

I need help with picking a genre or style of dressing

I normally dress preppy but was recently told that it doesn't match my personality which is antisocial. People tell me I act like the person that should have lots of tattoos and dress like the lead singer of a modern rock band, but I dont like that style, any suggestions on stores or styles of dress that will fit my personality? links to pictures etc
posted by antisocialiting at 3:43 PM PST - 31 comments

How to avoid hellish DC holiday traffic?

I'm driving from DC to southeastern Pennsylvania on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Help me gauge a good time to leave and choose a route. [more inside]
posted by kdar at 3:08 PM PST - 8 comments

How can move between blog software?

(Blogfilter) I've had a BlogHarbor blog for ages and want to move all the posts to TypePad. Problem is, BlogHarbor exports an XML file that Typepad can't recognise. [more inside]
posted by Sifter at 2:44 PM PST - 2 comments

landlord tenant law in the US regarding utilities

Is it legal for landlords in the United States and the State of Colorado to pay the utilities for a building and then evenly divide the sum between all of the apartments? Someone told me that there was law against this but I have been unable to locate it. They said that essentially all units must be metered or the rent can be raised to "include utilities" but that they could not pass utilities on without metering apartments so that each pays their share. [more inside]
posted by occidental at 2:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How long do the lcd projector bubls last?

In LCD Projectors, how accurate are manufacturer's claims as to the lamp life? [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 1:58 PM PST - 10 comments

Donkeys for Christmas?

I need ideas for a politically themed gift basket. [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 1:18 PM PST - 25 comments

What should one do when failing a class?

Hivemind, I'm failing a class and don't know what to do. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 1:13 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I make rankings closer reflect votes?

In a ranking system, when you have multiple items with similar rankings, how can you give more weight to those with the most votes? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 12:59 PM PST - 14 comments

Book of woods

I saw a book once on the various types of woods, and included in the book (bound in) were thin samples of each wood so you got to see the wood itself rather than a photo. But I can't recall the name of the book and numerous searches have turned up nothing. FWIW, I saw the book in a bookstore in Berkeley that specializes in architectural/building books. Any ideas of the title and/or source for the book? Thanks.
posted by LeisureGuy at 12:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me pick the best location for my MP3s on Linux

Where is the best place to store my MP3 collection on my Linux (Debian) PC? [more inside]
posted by DZ-015 at 12:27 PM PST - 9 comments

How to handle a phone interview

I recently had a terrific first interview for a position at a very nice four-star hotel. I'm scheduled for a follow-up phone interview in a few days during which I will be asked a few "general business questions about my background". What sort of questions should I expect? [more inside]
posted by LeeJay at 11:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Dropped my planner in a puddle, this has got to end.

I'm about to buy my first briefcase, and I'm looking for advice. I don't need to carry a laptop, I just want something that will help me juggle a couple books, my planner, loose sheets of paper, a 3-ring binder, a newspaper, and my purse as I go between home, work and work-related appointments. It should be easy to carry, professional looking, good at organizing these things, and maybe it can replace my purse during the work day. What are the best features of awesome briefcases? What should I be wary of?
posted by croutonsupafreak at 11:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Site for phrase origins

How can I find out who coined the term 'perverse incentive'? [more inside]
posted by dragonsi55 at 11:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Bordeaux for a week

Bordeaux for a week, with my mother (~65 years old). What to do, where to go? [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 10:08 AM PST - 7 comments

What's the best way to sell antique jewelry (NOT ebay)

I currently live in Utah, and my mother is sending me my great-grandmother's jewelry for me to sell as a way to help subsidize my move to California. I've sold contemporary jewelry in pawn shops before, but I think that with these pieces being from the 20s, I should be able to get more than "weight of gold"....what is the best way to go about selling these? [more inside]
posted by polexxia at 10:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Japan during the Autumn Festival, and related questions

I'm going to Japan next week. I've already reviewed the general "what should I do?" threads, and those have been great, but I have some specific requests and questions. [more inside]
posted by brett at 10:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Setting up an internet cafe

A friend of mine is opening a cafe with internet access and has asked for my help setting up the computers. What needs to be done? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 9:50 AM PST - 24 comments

They really do call it the Catkins diet

Should I switch my cat to a high-protein wet food? If so, what kind? [more inside]
posted by climalene at 9:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Safety razor in Montreal

I've been hyped by all these threads about safety razor and decided that I was gonna stop buying cheap disposable razor and use one of those instead. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 9:31 AM PST - 15 comments

How to connect to an Apple Cinema Display?

I recently purchased a 23" Apple Cinema Display for use with my 12" Powerbook G4. It's great. It's a boon to productivity. However, sometimes when I plug or unplug all of the monitor cords to my laptop, the system becomes unresponsive. This is Immensely Frustrating. The laptop's screen goes black and does not respond. (The keyboard still works — I can get the Caps Lock light to turn on and off.) Why does it do this? What am I doing wrong. What's the correct way to be moving to and from this display? The manual is no help, nor is Apple's web site (surprise, surprise). [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 9:25 AM PST - 23 comments

Button, Button, Who Can Name That Buttony Book?

Name That Book: vague recollection of reading a book in (?) sixth grade or so, in the "Young Adult" category, circa 1976-78. The only detail that I can recall is that there were buttons - of the type that are used on coats - and that at least one of the buttons came to life. I believe the button was in the shape of a person or character. Any ideas?
posted by davidmsc at 9:25 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I stop myself from gaining all the weight back?

I've lost 50 pounds and need to keep it off. I'm also by nature a "grazer" (wanting to eat all the time), which is how I gained all the weight, but calorie restriction just isn't working any more. There's [more inside]
posted by jspierre at 8:25 AM PST - 25 comments

VoIP over EVDO: Are we there yet??

VoIP over EVDO. If you've tried it (especially on Sprint's Rev A EVDO), how do you like it? I'd be using Skype, using it rarely, and only using it during calls -- not leaving it idling and using bandwidth. (With my current Sprint phone-as-modem setup on 1xRTT, I average 400-600ms pings -- i.e., too much latency for VoIP even if I had enough bandwidth. But on Sprint's now active EVDO Rev A, they claim latency of 100-150ms and upstream averaging 300-400k.) Yes, I know EVDO is not in the TOS. And I connect primarily from NYC in strong-signal areas.
posted by allterrainbrain at 8:15 AM PST - 4 comments

animated gif source/link

Animated gif source -- guy tosses gun in the air and catches it in pants; shoots ninjas. Know where it's from? [more inside]
posted by dreamsign at 7:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Bookfilter:Large graphic coffee table book written by Eastern European nun.

About twenty years ago I borrowed a book from a local library.I cannot remember either the exact title or author and the library do not have a record of my borrowings.It was a newly published large/thick coffee table hardback book filled with rather kitsch and brightly coloured religious pictures created by the author.As far as I can recall she was a Eastern European Catholic nun/sister whose name was used in the title.As in 'The Thoughts of Sister X'.It would make an old man very happy if he could track down this obscure volume.
posted by Dr.Pill at 7:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Please help with an Access/Database question!

Help with MS Access needed please - I'm told it should be a fairly simple query to conduct, but I don't think I'm upto the task solo. Can the hive mind help? [more inside]
posted by dance at 7:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Online dating sucks.

How should I describe myself in online dating profiles or personals ads? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:19 AM PST - 37 comments

How to steal Muhammad Yunus' wardrobe

Where do I find clothes online that are similar to what Muhammad Yunus wore on The Daily Show yesterday?
posted by Jairus at 3:41 AM PST - 6 comments


Is there a way to exclude a search term at youtube?
posted by wsg at 1:38 AM PST - 2 comments

going once, twice, thrice .. submitted?

Help me host an auction on my laptop! [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 12:52 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the deal with craniosacral therapy?

What is a typical craniosacral therapy session like? Please share your first-person experiences. Also, any recommendations for a practitioner in Nashville? [more inside]
posted by peppermint22 at 12:24 AM PST - 16 comments

Help My Cat Be in a Blank While Blanking a Blank

I have a cat, a camera, and decent photoshop skills. Help me come up with clever things to do that fit into the meme about the cats doing things that is all over the internet. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 12:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Full Screen Video on Secondary Display

In OS X, is it possible to set up a video to play at full screen on a secondary display? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 12:06 AM PST - 7 comments

November 17

Oh, Help me get to New York!

Best time to travel from Washington, DC to New York City for Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by metasav at 10:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Toxic - not only Britney Spear's video/life

So your best friend is toxic and finally you decide you need to get her out of your life. How do you say goodbye? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 9:59 PM PST - 35 comments

Theme song from The Wire, season 4?

Anyone know who does the theme song on this season's (season 4) The Wire? Damn it's good.
posted by xmutex at 9:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Ideas for DIY Christmas gifts?

What are some good ideas of DIY gifts I can make and give to family and close friends for Christmas? I'm a poor college student, which means it has to be very cheap, but meaningful. [more inside]
posted by pontouf at 9:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Are these style clothes "weird"?

I'm finding myself liking punkish/gothic/emo type clothes (I never have before), such as Criminal Damage's "Hook Trench" and "Military Jacket" coats. Is this acceptable for wearing-around clothes, or just too "weird" for most people? I'd like input on this, since it's all rather new to me. [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 9:32 PM PST - 35 comments

Advice on a young pregnant kitty.

We've adopted a stray kitten. I took her to the vet 2 weeks ago and yep, she's pregnant. I'm actually quite excited! I couldn't find a ask-mefi thread on pregnant cats, so I thought I'd ask for advice. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid at 9:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Type on top of a PDF with Typewriter Tool

Acrobat Pro Typewriter Tool question - it's greyed out! [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 9:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Article about the origins of white space?

I'm trying to find a great article I read a year or two ago about the origins of white space in written text--does this ring a bell for anyone? [more inside]
posted by Powerful Religious Baby at 8:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Need advice for getting into guitar

Calling all guitar geeks: I've got an x0 birthday coming up and with that I've got a hankering to get into music, and guitar seems like something I can geek into... [more inside]
posted by Heywood Mogroot at 8:25 PM PST - 9 comments

How do i go all the way back?

With Firefox 2.0 (did not happen on 1.5.) when I return to the previous page via the back button, I am always sent to the top of the previous page regardless of how far I had scrolled down prior to jumping to the next page. Can I set it to go back to the spot I had scrolled to and not to the top or am I stuck? (My current workaround is to use the add on script that creates a duplicate tab)
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Where to go backpacking in Northern California or Nevada over Thanksgiving?

Anybody know a good camping / backpacking spot in California that's not snowed under yet and is a decent drive from San Francisco (< 8 hours, not involving snow chains)? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 7:10 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I keep my laptop well-maintained when I DJ in smokey clubs?

How can I keep my laptop well-maintained when I DJ in smokey clubs? I DJ and play live music w/ my laptop in clubs, and usually there's a lot of smoke. What kind of preventetive measures and regular maintenance can I do to keep the smoke from really jankin' my lappy up?
posted by itchi23 at 7:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Are Zeiss Eyeglass Lenses Better Than Other Brands?

I'm about to buy a new pair of eyeglasses. For my prescription I want high index progressive lenses. I want the high index so the lenses will be as thin as possible. I keep hearing that Zeiss lenses are better than other brands and would like to know if this is true before I spend my money. Costco does not sell Zeiss. Is whatever Coscto sells as good optically?
posted by dclawyer at 7:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Lasik eye doctor in the Chicago area

Hi everyone. My first question even though I've been reading for quite awhile. My wife is looking into Lasik in the Chicago or the Chicago suburbs. She is nearsighted with stigmatisms. She heard a commercial on our NPR for a Michigan Ave. laser clinic and called. They told her it would be $2,500-3,000 per eye. Her vision is precious to me and I certainly don't want to go to a cheap place but that seems insanely expensive. We're looking for recomendations of good doctors in the chicago area and information about whether this price is as high as it sounds to me. My feeling is we're paying for a posh Michigan Ave. location not for great doctors and service. Thanks everyone.
posted by elkton at 7:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me remember the name of a historical book about Jesus.

I'm looking for a book I read back in 1999/2000 about Jesus. [more inside]
posted by katyggls at 6:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me be Santa!

Help me be Santa Claus! I'm playing Santa for my small town's Christmas parade, and pictures etc with kids after. I'd like some tips on things I haven't yet thought of or been told (particularly related to interacting with the kids). (A Google search didn't get me much.) Tips from your experiences and pointers to relevant websites both welcomed. Thanks!
posted by attercoppe at 6:37 PM PST - 7 comments

How are you preparing your digital life for posterity?

How are you preparing your digital life for posterity? [more inside]
posted by pedantic at 6:33 PM PST - 12 comments

How to deal with idiot professors

Verbally bitchslapping a professor via email: can I get in trouble? [more inside]
posted by baking soda at 6:04 PM PST - 57 comments

"Won't Somebody Think of the Children??"

Help me identify a book I read as a child that scared the bejeebers out of me! [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 5:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Flu shot = Arm Ache!

Flu shot arm ache: Any way to make it go away? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 5:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Need help naming that tune

Does anyone know what song that is a remix of either the Mike Jones song "Know What I'm Saying" or has a sample of the hook in the song. It's kind of a clubby / workout type of song.
posted by ehamilt0n at 5:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Will i need to remove and replace my soundcard for windows to recognise it?

Will i need to remove and replace my soundcard for windows to recognise it? Sound card driver is installed but the hardware itself isnt recognised. [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 4:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find a kiddie pool in LA?

Where can I get a kiddie pool in LA this afternoon? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 4:25 PM PST - 2 comments

What's it like Victoria Falls/Zimbabwe?

How safe is Victoria Falls on the Zimbawe side? [more inside]
posted by drobot at 3:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Fujiko's mother finally said no!

My mom just quit her job because of nepotism. She doesn't have a degree, so what kind of places should she shop her resumé around to? [more inside]
posted by fujiko at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Forcing an extension

How do I trick Firefox 2 into using an extension from a previous build? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 3:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Sack and crack wax in London?

Recommendations please for a brazilian/ hollywood wax (all off, no landing strip) for a bloke, in London. [more inside]
posted by goo at 3:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me review and improve my company's invoices

My company produces monthly invoices which are badly designed and over complicated. Our customers are confused, and it's generating large amounts of calls into our call center with questions about what's on the invoice. [more inside]
posted by girlgeeknz at 2:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Being woken by nighttime painful erections.

Over the past few months I've been waking up several times during the night with an extremely turgid painful erection that won't go away unless I stand up and walk around for a bit, or raise my legs or squeeze my thigh muscles. When this happens, I don't feel sexually aroused and my penis doesn't feel responsive in any way - it seems to be purely a blood-pressure thing of some sort. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Furthermore, what the heck do bunny ears have to do with it?

Do flat shoelaces stay tied better than round ones? [more inside]
posted by ilsa at 1:06 PM PST - 14 comments

Fling those arms, Barbara!

I have a chest-expander. What on Earth do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 12:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Flush, flush, flush...

Why do toilets in private homes generally have a tank, whereas in most commercial/public/dormitory/stadium/etc. restrooms they do not have a tank? [more inside]
posted by wondercow at 12:27 PM PST - 17 comments

get into the radio bizness

Does anybody know about the Broadcast Training Network? Is it a reliable school for broadcasting? Does its system work? Is it a good school? Or are they quacks looking for a quick buck? [more inside]
posted by ashbury at 12:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Hotel Seattle/SanJose?

Cheap (<$120, ideally much less) hotel in Downtown Seattle and in San Jose. Must have internet access. Cheapo car rental in San Jose - and places to look to live? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 12:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Mailmerge Filter (how to create separate docs)

I'm doing a code review and I'm keeping track of my findngs on an Excel spreadsheet. I need to generate reports that show vital details about the source code file being reviewed. Unfortunatley, as far as I can tell, MS Word 2003 generates one Word doc that has all oft he merged content in one file. How do I get it to create separate documents? [more inside]
posted by apark at 12:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Placeholders In Place Of Images In Powerpoint

Help! Time-sensitive: My boss's boss, when editing, sees transparent placeholders inside his powerpoint everywhere there is an image (Images do show up, though, in actual slideshow - so they're there). Changing zoom didn't fix it. Everyhting shows up ok on my computer. My Google-fu is failing me, and he's counting on me - got a quick fix?
posted by parma at 12:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Moral Fiber

Is it pathological, pointless or unhealthy to fiber-load for weight loss? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking to Self-Publish a Book

Can anyone recommend a printer (or list of printers) to do a smallish run of a self-published book. I'm looking to take the next step from Lulu. [more inside]
posted by fcain at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

I WANt My MacBook!

Asking for my boss: Do MacBooks play nice with WAN? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there such a thing as a website that acts as a Meta Gift Registry, specifically for baby items?

Is there such a thing as a website that acts as a Meta Gift Registry, specifically for baby items? [more inside]
posted by Sprout the Vulgarian at 11:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Cello Sheet Music

Looking for interesting cello sheet music [more inside]
posted by plinth at 11:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Good NYC barber?

Good NYC barber? Not looking to pay salon prices. Bonus for old-school atmosphere and straight razor cut (no electric buzz cut, please).
posted by timnyc at 11:16 AM PST - 18 comments

Love hotel in San Francisco?

I'm planning a sordid little affair in San Francisco and would like to find a nice hotel at which to play. Customarily for such things the event is overnight, but not this one and therefore check-in time is a major constraint. [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 10:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Retail Prices of 80s Camcorders?

I am looking for the original retail prices of the earliest Sony, JVC, and Panasonic camcorders, specifically ones available in or before 1986. [more inside]
posted by blapst at 10:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for an RSI specialist

Can anyone recommend a specialist in Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) in West Los Angeles / Santa Monica? [more inside]
posted by tabulem at 10:51 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get my CD unstuck?

How do I get my unresponsive CD drive to open? [more inside]
posted by wheelieman at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Use Liability: From Whence Does It Derive?

If I purchase something, but it violates a patent, does liability transfer to me? Do I have to cease use of something I purchased because its original creator didn't manage the IP correctly? Might I, in fact, need to pay damages or sacrifice profits due to their tainted acquisition path? What law is specifically involved here?
posted by effugas at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Collapse fiction

What are some good fiction or SF books that plunge the reader within a severe economic collapse or Malthusian catastrophe in the U.S. or elsewhere in the world? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 10:27 AM PST - 27 comments

book about enchanted sword

I'm trying to remember the title of a book I read about 15 years ago. I think it was called "the sword" It was about an enchanted sword gone bad; enchanted to never leave it's master or something like that.
posted by batboy at 10:26 AM PST - 7 comments

good riddence to a bad client.

What are the tax consequences (benefits and/or detriments) to a business when a customer refuses to pay. Hey look, theres [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 10:23 AM PST - 15 comments

I don't understand my Mac.

Help me grok the Mac. [more inside]
posted by aberrant at 10:16 AM PST - 67 comments

How do parents of ethnic minority children teach them about racism and -- most importantly -- how to deal with it?

How do the parents of Black (and biracial and other ethnic minority) children teach them about racism and -- most importantly -- how to handle it? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 10:14 AM PST - 16 comments

Best solution to manage documents?

What is the best solution for an IT department to manage documents? [more inside]
posted by aceyprime at 10:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Everywhere I go... where?

Does anyone know the song played in the Geico ad with the caveman in the airport? [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 10:02 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I gain more respect at work?

How can I gain more respect at work? I get patronized and condescended to all the time, and it's driving me nuts! [more inside]
posted by sutel at 9:44 AM PST - 29 comments

What to see or do in Northern Italy / Southern France?

What to see or do in Northern Italy / Southern France? [more inside]
posted by whataboutben at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

the buzzing mug

caffeine allergy: fact or myth? [more inside]
posted by randomizer at 9:31 AM PST - 14 comments


How paranoid do I need to be about wearing fur in public? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 9:18 AM PST - 22 comments

How to get oversized mittens to fit properly?

Is it possible to adjust mittens so that they have a closer fit? I received a beautiful pair of mittens, made of wool, with fleece lining. The colors are beautiful, and they are really warm, but they are a bit too big. Specifically, they can't be adjusted on the wrist, it's a bit too wide and has no elastic on it, so I feel the cold air getting in, and sometimes I feel they are slipping. I already tried throwing them in the drier, and although they shrank a little, they are still too wide in the wrist. How could I modify the mittens so that they fit in better?
posted by irian at 9:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Who is the mysterious goose egg caller and why is he/she calling me?

Every day, precisely once a day, on my work phone, at around 9am Pacific Time, I get a phone call from a number identified as 000-000-0000. When I pick it up, there's nobody there and the line goes dead... [more inside]
posted by saladpants at 9:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Party ideas for a bunch of cerebral anti-socials?

What is a kick-ass idea for a party for a bunch of Toronto graduate students? [more inside]
posted by gavia at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

VBScript to list file and folder permissions.

I know it is possible to write a VBScript script to list all the directories and sub -directories and their files on a Windows box. Is there any way to also have this script say exactly which users have permissions to these files (this is in an Active Directory domain)? Thanks in advance!
posted by hominid211 at 8:58 AM PST - 2 comments

I need to be flashed. Automatically.

How can I automate a series of photographs using two digital cameras and a set of lights? [more inside]
posted by Tallguy at 8:55 AM PST - 10 comments

It's Miller Time

So I got this food mill. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by printchick at 8:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Downtown lunchtime nap in Toronto

I work a desk job in downtown Toronto, and I'm a zombie today. Where can I go at lunchtime to take a quick nap? [more inside]
posted by pcameron at 8:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Where is the best slice in Brooklyn

Prototypical, definitive, best-you-can get New York slice. In Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by srlbraintree at 8:26 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me make my soccer themed CD mix.

Help me put together a CD mix of songs that make reference to football (soccer for the yanks) or football clubs. I don't want inane fan club songs sung by players. I'm looking for songs by known musicians, preferably but not necessarily with a rock bent. I can think of a Cristy McColl song in which the line "England 2, Columbia 0" is repeated, and there's the Rod Stewart song where "Celtic and United" are mentioned. There's the Scottish folk song, "Football Crazy, Football Daft." What else is out there?
posted by TheManticore at 8:05 AM PST - 45 comments

Attorneys ?

How do I find out the names of all the attorneys involved in a particular case? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 8:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me cut through the hype on proteins

Is it possible to gain substantial muscle mass while weightlifting on a vegan diet? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 7:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Office Drama

I'm transitioning from part-time to full-time at my office and until the paperwork is completed, the director has said that I can only work X number of hours per week and that I must give priority to the (evening) hours when he needs me. Right now, I don't have a regular schedule and each week unfolds according to his needs. However, I am regularly given work by other people in the office and there's the rub... [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 7:52 AM PST - 4 comments

What are the odds of that?

A regular deck of 52 cards is shuffled and turned face up one by one. What are the odds of going through the whole deck and finding at least one set of two consecutive cards which have the same value? (ie, a pair). [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 7:47 AM PST - 27 comments

Arroz con pollo de Rosalia (Question about rice)

What's up with this rice cooking stuff? [more inside]
posted by Ferrari328 at 7:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me get rid of the squeak in my shoe

There is a squeak in my shoe and it won't go away. Help! [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 7:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Plumbing Filter (drip drip)

How can I fix this permanently? In my toilet tank, the chain connecting the flusher handle to the rubber flapper binds up on itself. When this happens, the flapper doesn't seal well. I have tried adjusting this longer and shorter. I have replaced it. I'm out of things to try. Surely there's a fix.
posted by kc0dxh at 7:17 AM PST - 13 comments

wedding location?

My girlfriend and I want to get married on a tropical beach somewhere. Can anyone recommend a good location? [more inside]
posted by leibniz at 7:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Care for soldiers

Does anyone have a source for care-package type needs for American infantry soldiers in Iraq, as written by soldiers in Iraq?
posted by Heatwole at 7:12 AM PST - 10 comments

How many more buttons are there in the US than three were 39/40 years ago?

The other day someone told me her baby son likes to press buttons, and I started to wonder how many more buttons are there in the world than when I was a baby. [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 7:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Why won't Amazon open in Firefox 2.0?

In Firefox 2.0, Amazon will not load for me. It doesn't time out, exactly, just keeps trying and trying and trying. It works fine in IE. What can I do? Everything seemed fine before I upgraded to 2.0, and I've tried reinstalling Firefox. Mac OSX 10.2.8, if that matters. Obviously(?) I know very little about computers, so keep that in mind.
posted by unknowncommand at 6:54 AM PST - 16 comments


How do people hire nannies in New York City? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 6:52 AM PST - 7 comments

Step and fetch?

What is the meaning and origin of the term "step and fetch" or "stepping and fetching"? [more inside]
posted by MrToad at 6:43 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I save my laptop?

I spilt Top Ramen on my laptop - is it gone for good? [more inside]
posted by brittanyq at 6:35 AM PST - 6 comments

How much is US citizenship worth?

What is the cash value of an American passport? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 4:48 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I fix screen scrolling slowness in Ubuntu/Linux/Gnome?

How can I fix my screen scrolling slowness in Ubuntu/Linux/Gnome? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo at 3:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Finding the source of a Steve Jobs quotation

I've heard that there's a Steve Jobs quote where someone asks him (paraphrased) "What about people who can't type?" and he answers "They'll die". Does anyone know the source and exact nature of the quotation?
posted by simonw at 3:36 AM PST - 1 comment

What to do in London?

LondonFilter: I and a friend are going to this conference today, and will have free time tonight after 9, after 6 Saturday, and Sunday morning until noon. What to do in London for me and my travel-mate? Particularities inside. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 1:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Joining the National Guard as a 91W?

What is involved in serving in the Army National Guard as a 91W, Health Care Specialist? [more inside]
posted by mistermoore at 1:09 AM PST - 7 comments

November 16

New Books for Xmas '09

What are some good sites for learning about future book releases? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 at 10:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Who are the great essayists of our time?

Who are the most insightful essayists of our time--not necessarily brilliant academics, but razor-sharp, profound, generalist thinkers and writers on society? Who are our present-day Toquevilles and Twains, our Bacons and Emersons?
posted by shivohum at 10:08 PM PST - 46 comments

How long before a skyscraper decays?

How long would it take for the Empire State Building to vanish without a trace? [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 9:56 PM PST - 26 comments

Internet Games/Sites For Young Kids?

Anyone have any recommendations for good websites/internet games for young kids? [more inside]
posted by maryh at 9:45 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I get my computer back together with my camera?

Why did my computer suddenly stop recognizing my digital camera? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 8:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a good document template system

Legal forms: I'm looking for a free or low-cost application that will permit data entry in a user-friendly environment and integrate that data with an indeterminate number of predefined MS Word forms (and output .doc or .rtf documents). [more inside]
posted by socratic at 7:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Floppies have given up the ghost, but Ghost won't give up the floppies?!

Floppy disks? Are you kidding me? I haven't used Symantec Ghost in a long time, but am forced to at the moment. Even back then, floppies were on the way out, and now they're flat-out gone. But as far as I can tell, Ghost still absolutely flat-out requires you to use floppies (which can then be transferred on to CDs) in order to function. Am I right? And if I am, isn't this absolutely insane?
posted by Sinner at 7:48 PM PST - 19 comments

excel/word online tutorial

My girlfriend is going for an interview where she will be tested on Microsoft Word and Excel. Is there an online tutorial where she can take some sample tests or run through some applications? We've googled a few, but they seem to stop at beginner levels and to be rather cumbersome. Just wondered if anyone had some first hand knowledge of a site to head to. Regards/p &k
posted by patrickje at 7:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Should I Have My Credit Cards Reissued?

If I cut up old credit cards, but left the accounts open, should I have new cards sent to me? With different numbers? [more inside]
posted by duckierose at 7:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Do part time IT jobs exist?

Do part-time IT jobs exist? [more inside]
posted by tremolo1970 at 7:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Add Live Search Bar

When I launch IE7 a small window appears above the browser window asking if I want to Add Live Searh Bar. I do add it. But every time I start IE7 it asks that question again. And if I click for it to add the search bar I get the message that I have already added it. How do I get rid of that question every time I start IE7.
posted by JayRwv at 7:20 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I remove shelving hardware?

How do I remove shelving hardware? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 6:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me pick a wiki software?

I have a new Windows Server 2003 machine, which I'd like to set up as a wiki host for internal documentation at work. What software should I use? [more inside]
posted by sergeant sandwich at 5:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Music like Primal Scream's 'MBV Arkestra'?

Is anyone making music like Primal Scream's 'MBV Arkestra'? [more inside]
posted by ZaphodB at 5:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Pasteurized Eggs? Where?

Where can I buy pasteurized eggs on Long Island? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 5:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Single mom sent to war?

A female aquaintance of mine who is in the national guard expressed how she might soon be called to duty in Iraq/Afghanistan, however she isn't exactly willing. She claims that she will be exempt from active duty because she is a single mother (recently divorced). I wonder how accurate she is considering that she doesn't really raise any of her children full time. What do you think?
posted by protocool at 5:39 PM PST - 11 comments

(sub) domain name lease.

Complicated: How should I structure a lease for a domain name? (actually a sub-domain) [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 5:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Packets at a snail's pace

Very strange internet connectivity issue driving me batty.... [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 5:35 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the Photoshop equivalent of Paint Shop Pro's "Image Tube"?

What is the Photoshop equivalent of Paint Shop Pro's "Image Tube", or is there not one? [more inside]
posted by Meagan at 5:32 PM PST - 10 comments

The Anti-Atkins diet

What food will help my crazy fast metabolism? [more inside]
posted by yorick at 5:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Help! My computer is too quiet!

I took my computer into work today and the IT guy got rid of all of my unnecessary files and basically did a good dusting and cleaning. [more inside]
posted by WaterSprite at 4:58 PM PST - 20 comments

How do I combine two .mp4 movies on a Mac?

I recently used HandBrake to rip a DVD I've had sitting around as a sort of test project. The only problem is, it split it into two movies. My first instinct was to combine them using iMovie, but that took about 6 hours just to import them, and once they were imported the sound was off. So iMovie is out. Any suggestions as to a free application (or cheapware) for my Mac (10.4) that will merge these into the one movie I want them to be?
posted by dondiego87 at 4:39 PM PST - 6 comments

[japanese] ... flying knee! ... [japanese] ... why not say "flying knee" in japanese?

Why the random English words used in asian language programming? [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 4:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Good free/cheap XML-and-XSL application?

Good free/cheap XML-and-XSL application? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 4:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Mysql... why won't you accept more connections?

Mysql5... why won't you accept more connections from a set of IP addresses? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 4:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Please help me find a new direction

Career direction help? Can the mefites help me discover a new path for my professional life? [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree at 4:19 PM PST - 2 comments

What's a good weekend trip from San Francisco?

BayAreaFilter: Looking for some ideas for fun short trips to take over thanksgiving weekend with my girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by christy at 3:24 PM PST - 14 comments


Does anyone have opinions about Terra Pass? [more inside]
posted by of strange foe at 2:56 PM PST - 4 comments

TKTS - Downtown or Broadway?

Question regarding strategy for which TKTS location to try next Tuesday to get Broadway tickets... [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 2:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Anti Jump Amok?

I have an .exe file called "Anti Jump Amok" on my computer, under the folder C:\Program Files\PLATFORMELSE. I didn't download this or create the folder. What is this? Should I delete it? Is it something important? [more inside]
posted by catburger at 2:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me, help my friends relax.

I wanted to get a gift certificate for some friends for a couples massage, but I don't live near them and have no clue where to get one from. They live in in Maryland near DC, so anywhere in the DC area should work. I don't have a lot of money, if it could be under $100 that would be great, but I may be able to swing up to $150. Anyone know any place that is good?
posted by JonahBlack at 2:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Seattle Entertainment

Planning a work party in a few weeks in Seattle and looking for ideas. It's a 21+ party on one of those 3 hour Lake Union cruises for about 100 people. [more inside]
posted by crunchyk9 at 2:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Does having kids actually make people less happy?

Happiness and children. In your experience, is it true that children actually decrease their parents' overall happiness? [more inside]
posted by Amizu at 2:30 PM PST - 43 comments

weightlifting for dummies

Recently I have been getting back in shape. I want to add some weight lifting to my routine but not a lot. I have done it before and I am just not motivated enough to do the alternate days thing, but I enjoy the benefits of strength training. So what are some of the best all around exercises that I could do that would give me the best all body workout in the least time?
posted by vronsky at 1:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do Less Affluent People Have More Kids?

Is there a study outlining the reasons that childbirth rates tend to be higher for lower income people not just in the US but worldwide? Beyond religious reasons - and above and beyond farming reasons (presumably even in the US when farming was a bigger part of the workforce, more kids meant more "free" workers to tend and pick crops) ... is it some immortality gene driving that? Is it as banal as having nothing better to do?
posted by jbelkin at 1:32 PM PST - 26 comments

Music like Fred Neil?

How do I find more musicians like Fred Neil? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 1:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Eat dimsum and get a haircut in Toronto

What's a good place for dim sum and haircuts in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 12:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Hey Archie, do I have what it takes to be a cartoonist? (looking for ads)

In Archie comics in the 80's (and maybe still today), there was an ad where you copied a sketch and mailed it in, and a company would tell you if you had what it takes to be a cartoonist. Or something like that. What was the company, and can you help me find the sketches or maybe an ad itself? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 12:41 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm a consumer whore! And how!

PS3 filter; you knew it was inevitable. How can I get my hands on a Ps3 tonight or tomorrow? I'm in Phoenix, Arizona and I'm not about to go drop $2k to get one off of Ebay. [more inside]
posted by Bageena at 12:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Sixteen Candles' Farmer Ted. Wha?

Why the hell is Anthony Michael Hall called "Farmer Ted" in "Sixteen Candles"? [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I be a celebrity impersonator?

So, I've been offered a job by a party company as a celebrity impersonator. If I decide to take it, and some corporate event requires someone who looks an awful lot like this guy, what sorts of thing can I expect to be doing? [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 12:15 PM PST - 30 comments

Insuring employees across state lines

Smallbusinessfilter: Insuring employees across state lines? (Related: Is there an online community devoted to these sorts of queries?) [more inside]
posted by rafter at 12:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Mo' Gifts, Mo' Problems

Aid me in my quest for a satisfying gift(s). No doubt, there's [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 11:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Over-achievement, meh.

How do I stop being an over-achiever? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Small reasons for big decisions

My company is considering doing pop-up and pop-under ads on the web. Should I mention it as my reason for quitting? [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 11:39 AM PST - 19 comments

So, um, you wanna, like, hang out sometime or, uh, whatever?

Last month, I went to a conference at a college near mine. While I was there, I happened to have dinner with a group that included a girl I found myself very attracted to. Since the conference, she has facebooked me, but we haven’t talked or exchanged emails otherwise. I also spoke with a mutual friend (they went to high school together) who thinks we’d hit it off. So my question to you is: would it be really weird if I emailed this girl and asked her out, even though we a.) have only had dinner once and b.) haven’t spoken since then? And if you think I should, HOW?! I’ve never asked anyone out! Oh man, I need to be hoped!
posted by anonymous at 11:38 AM PST - 20 comments

Who will care for my kitty?

How do I arrange for the best possible care for our kitty while we're away from San Francisco for the holidays? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 11:37 AM PST - 16 comments

Any Anglo-Saxon influences in Lord of the Rings?

Help me find a well-written article explaining the Anglo-Saxon roots/influences found in The Lord of the Rings. [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 11:20 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I relocate?

Relocation/Jobhunt Filter: Partner and I just graduated college (no savings, short job history) looking to move from rural California to a more metropolitan area. We both work as creatives, she does marketing & print, I do A/V & Internet... How does one do this with little money and a very modest portfolio? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside at 11:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Can You Help Me Become Politically Unchallenged?

How do I become more politically savvy or aware? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 11:13 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me find this cassette-taped brass band

An old, copied cassette of brass music needs your help: what band is this? [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan at 11:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Living in America? or Girt by Sea?

Easy Question, Tough Answer... Move to Australia or Stay in the States? [more inside]
posted by 4months at 11:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Help (with) Darfur?

Where can I get up-to-date statistics about the crisis in Darfur? (My GoogleFu must be home sick today, because I can't find anything.) [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 10:18 AM PST - 5 comments

Painter of European urban scenes?

Lost some good bookmarks in a crash. Trying to find a page of paintings by an unknown European artist, urban scenes of the early 20th century. [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 10:17 AM PST - 4 comments

How to turn a map into a globe?

Mapmaking: I want to make my own globe. Does anyone know of any software or method (for winXP, cheaper/free is better) that will take an image of the map (ie cylindrical projection), and turn it into a paper template ready to print, cut, and stick onto a sphere - BUT - preferably one that is centred on the poles, like commercially-made globes, rather than the (much less effective) strips centred on the equator. Failing that, anything that works :) [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- at 10:15 AM PST - 3 comments

I want to be a journalist...No! a copy editor! Yes!

Where can I find advice on conducting and performing constructive career choice or career exploration exercises for small groups? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 10:15 AM PST - 2 comments

I have a dream to find good children's lit.

What are the best childrens' books about Dr. King? Ages 4-14 or so.
posted by Mayor Curley at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Laptop Repair in NorCal?

Looking for a good laptop repair place in Sacramento or the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 10:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Paid off credit cards. Now what?

What to do with $1200 more a month? [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 10:06 AM PST - 23 comments

Bedside Alarm with MP3 playback via SD Card

Hi, I want an alarm clock I can just plug an SD card into, select a tune and have it play as an alarm in the morning. I have tried a CD alarm clock and it doesn't work for me because I hear the CD mechanism start up and hit snooze. Also it's more difficult to burn a cd than transfer a track to SD. As you've probably gathered I'm having trouble waking up and as an experiment want to see if waking up to a favourite tune may help. [more inside]
posted by razzman at 9:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Avaya IP Office for dummies?

I've been 'administering' my office's Avaya IP Office phone system for about a year and a half. I say 'administering' because I have no idea what I'm doing. I find the system unruly and it's driving me nuts! I'm searching for anyone who is familiar with IP Office and can talk to me about some issues like the naive pseudo-administrator I am. [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 9:38 AM PST - 1 comment

Anything I can do to increase my pain tolerance?

Tomorrow at 11:00 am I have an appointment to have 5 tiny cavities taken care of. The dentist says I shouldn't need numbing. What, if anything, can I do to maximize my pain tolerance? [more inside]
posted by dmo at 9:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Aaron Sorkin is a pitcher or a catcher?

Sometime within the last month, someone blogged a great parody of Aaron Sorkin's writing style, imagining a discussion between a pitcher and a catcher (or maybe a manager) conferring on the mound. [more inside]
posted by felix at 9:16 AM PST - 11 comments

What natural languages have unusual properties?

Hawaiian has only eight consonants. Pirahã purportedly has even fewer phonemes and no numerals. What other languages have properties which would be considered unusual by Indo-European language speakers?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 9:08 AM PST - 33 comments

Free Maps?

Where can I find free maps that can be used in a book? [more inside]
posted by cal71 at 9:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Best science and math sites for educators

Science and math educators, K-12 and college! What are your favourite science and math sites that you use for planning lessons and curricula, or for classroom use? And why? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter at 8:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Leash training Lab puppy ideas wanted

We got a 12 week old lab that loves to go for a walk, but she just pulls on her leash ( has a standard nylon collar ) and it sounds like is choking her. How have you personally trained your dog? What can I do to make her walk by my side without strangling her all the time. Professional training is an option but this seems her only setback.... Thanks!
posted by FLHunter3006 at 8:34 AM PST - 29 comments

Best Free Programs for a Mac?

What Mac applications would make me love a Mac? [more inside]
posted by randomthoughts at 8:31 AM PST - 37 comments

Pet-to-People Ratios?

How many dogs per person do people have in various cities? Also, how many cats? [more inside]
posted by Robert Angelo at 8:23 AM PST - 3 comments

The Wingdings font is fun and all, but is there a productive use for it?

The Wingdings font is fun and all, but is there a productive use for it?
posted by jeff_w_welch at 8:10 AM PST - 19 comments

Self-hosting YouSendIt

Are there any ready-made solutions I can use to host a YouSendIt/Mediafire-like service myself, for personal use? [more inside]
posted by caek at 8:00 AM PST - 4 comments

Junking cars without title?

Junking two non-working vehicles sans titles or other proof of ownership on the North Shore in Massachusetts. If you have a quick answer, you probably don't need to read the [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 7:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Good vegetarian food in central London?

Restaurants that serve good vegetarian food in central London? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 7:50 AM PST - 16 comments

Which climate change organization should I donate to?

We would like to contribute to an organization that is dedicated to alleviating global warming. Ideally a nonprofit but any organization that takes action in this direction would be fine. I'd prefer that it be something I could research online or find a rating such as those available on Any ideas? Thank you!
posted by walla at 7:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Black Friday deals available online?

Black Friday question - Are any of these numerous deals I'm seeing all over the Internet available online? [more inside]
posted by althanis at 7:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Where can I find books about historical events?

Where can I find some fairly easy-to-read, factual books about historical events? Amazon is overwhelming and Google is unhelpful [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 6:58 AM PST - 22 comments

This is my question about a book

In David Foster Wallace's essay “E Unibus Plurum" he references a book with Gastro in the title, and likens it to "televisual Image Fiction." What's the full name? Is it worth reading?
posted by plexi at 6:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Archiving Outlook mail intelligently

How can I manage my email archives more effectively and efficiently using Microsoft Outlook? [more inside]
posted by mattr at 6:37 AM PST - 5 comments

spring back, fall forward?

If I say to you, "The 5 o'clock meeting has been pushed forward 1 hour," what do you understand the new meeting time to be?
posted by war wrath of wraith at 6:02 AM PST - 137 comments

Buying an expensive ring..

I'm taking my fiancée to have her new engagement ring fitted this afternoon. Any issues to be aware of, or can we relax and trust the jeweller to do a good job?
posted by ascullion at 5:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Lookin' for -Law- in all the wrong places.

Is it possible to find out details pertaining to, or resulting from copyright lawsuits? [more inside]
posted by psyward at 3:55 AM PST - 12 comments

MacN00bFilter: Help me resize a window!

I didn't realise that the green sphere top-left on a Finder window was to Zoom - now I have zoomed in too far on my Applications window so I have a long, thin, single-icon wide strip of a Finder window and I cannot reach the resize control handle in the bottom right. How do I permanently resize this window to a more normal size? I have a MacBook.
posted by mooders at 12:51 AM PST - 9 comments

What the bleep do we know about weaponizing Quantum Mechanics?

Have humans' evil brains yet conceived of ways to weaponize the ideas and implications relating to Quantum Mechanics? [more inside]
posted by basicchannel at 12:10 AM PST - 18 comments

November 15

Hunting the wild backpack!

Travelers: help me choose a sturdy, small backpack for long-term traveling. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 10:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Gambling on health?

I haven't been to a doctor in ages. Would going under my current insurance plan be a gamble? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic at 9:27 PM PST - 8 comments

iRows shutting down. How do I share my spreadsheets now?

Well, the people at iRows are shutting down their service at the end of the year and I need to find a way to share my spreadsheets with other people. As usual, there are some problems [more inside]
posted by killa62 at 9:27 PM PST - 8 comments

In need of a Japanese translation

My girlfriend brought me back some green tea from Japan to which I've become hopelessly addicted to. Please help me identify it so I can continue to feed my habit! [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 9:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Any advice on getting diminished payment value for vehicle after collision?

Any advice on getting diminished payment value for vehicle after collision? Their insurance company said that there was no diminished value after our car was rear ended by a semi-truck. [more inside]
posted by Leenie at 9:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me help my dog!

My dog (a truly gigantic poodle) got some kind of infection on the pad of one of his front paws. He continuously licks and chews at it and it's now a red, swollen, infected mess and clearly hurts him when he walks. We keep covering it with booties and socks--even tying them around his legs-- but he always manages to tear them off eventually. We really can't afford a vet, so is there anything we can buy (over the counter) or any kind of home remedy that might help it heal/make him stop chomping on it? I know nothing about this kind of thing, as IANAD for people or animals, but I can't imagine there isn't some solution... any help appreciated!
posted by dmaterialized at 9:01 PM PST - 26 comments

Know a song called "Come Little One"?

Help me identify this song for a friend... [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 8:13 PM PST - 2 comments

Convince my roommate to watch BSG.

How can I convince my roommate to watch Battlestar Galactica? [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 7:32 PM PST - 28 comments

Flash card programs for Windows ...?

What is the best software out there for making, printing and managing large numbers of flash cards? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 7:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find a really old song?

Looking for a copy of "Beautiful Lady in Blue" (on an album called A Melody from the Sky, by Jan Garber) written by Sam M Lewis, composed by J Fred Coutts (from the 1930s) for a 100th birthday party. [more inside]
posted by szechuan at 7:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Is the O'Connor technique all it's cracked up to be?

Has anyone had experience with the O'Connor Technique for treating back pain? (Any good stretches for the upper back would be a bonus) [more inside]
posted by Rc at 7:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Water company ruined our weekend cottage?

Water company ruined our weekend cottage?

When we leave our weekend cottage we turn the water off at the meter and open the faucets in the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, and shower. This is to prevent any trapped water to remain in the pipes which could freeze and burst the pipe should we not make it back before winter. We've done this for four years. [more inside]
posted by cainiarb at 7:06 PM PST - 24 comments

CPA Exam

To People who passed the Uniform CPA exam: how hard is it? [more inside]
posted by Workingtill85 at 6:54 PM PST - 0 comments

How to deal with collections!

BadWithMoneyFilter: I owe my college roughly $4,000. This is due to being under part time student, and not being eligible for loans. What to do as it is now in Collections! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:31 PM PST - 5 comments

How to sell an upside down car?

I owe more than my car is worth. My monthly auto-expenses are too great. I would be better off with a truck. Advice? [more inside]
posted by farmersckn at 5:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Dancing as foreplay, for middle schoolers

What is the purpose of school dances? An NPR story mentioned a school shutting down its dances because of explicitly sexual dancing; but what else do they expect kids to do? [more inside]
posted by sandking at 5:32 PM PST - 22 comments

Help fix my friend's Mac

Help me find a great place to get a Mac repaired in a few select cities in South or North Carolina. [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 5:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Tilly and the wall piano chords

does anyone know the piano chords to coughing colors by tilly and the wall? thanks!
posted by KaeporaGaebora at 5:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Are there famous Iranian men?

Are there any famous Iranian males who are well known among non-Iranians in the west (especially the USA)? Any kind of celebrity will do: actors, musicians, artists, authors, or other kinds of TV personalities like newscasters. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 5:14 PM PST - 43 comments

Is PhotoMax a scam or a good opportunity for my mother?

MLMFilter: My mother called me and mentioned a "new business" she wants to start. She was very excited about it, and said the business is at, and the company is actually called PhotoMax. I have my doubts... [more inside]
posted by litlnemo at 5:01 PM PST - 27 comments

No hablo espanol!

I've been self-studying Spanish for a while. While my reading comprehension and my vocabulary are good, and my grammar isn't bad. I can even largely understand the people I come in contact with. But, when it comes to my end of the conversation I totally freeze up. Has anyone been in similar straits, and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne at 4:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Cool product idea to introduce in Mexico (Marketing Project)

What is a good idea for a hypothetical product to introduce in Mexico (for a marketing project)? [more inside]
posted by chitlin at 4:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Affecting a corporation's credit report

How does a small business go about filing a mark on another small business' credit report? What other sticks are available to encourage invoice payment? [more inside]
posted by cCranium at 4:34 PM PST - 7 comments

What does it mean to "blow out" a lung?

What does it mean when a paramedic applies oxygen to someone in respiratory distress and it "blows out" the lungs? [more inside]
posted by forensicphd at 4:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me stop the iTunes seziures on Windows XP.

iTunes 7.X on my Windows box has seizures during the last several seconds of a song. My search fu has failed me. [more inside]
posted by chairface at 3:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me buy a friend a laptop!

My friend's laptop just died completely, and she is (like me) currently writing her masters thesis, and desperately needs a new one. With a budget of 700-800, what can we get, especially in this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by jare2003 at 3:52 PM PST - 20 comments


Was I at fault when I got hit by another car? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq at 3:42 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me sell my idea

How could I go about selling an idea to a corporation? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 3:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Idle Router?

Is there a reason why my Wireless Broadband Router (54Mbs) seems to drop off to sleep after a few minutes of idle time on the PC? [more inside]
posted by pettins at 2:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Certification via web app?

Looking for a web app that will handle user registration, providing users info, providing users tests on that info (that are scored) so that "certification" can be given on the subject. I have the feeling that Moodle can handle (most?) of this. Any Moodle experts, chime in. Other suggestions (besides Moodle, if any) also appreciated. [more inside]
posted by spock at 2:26 PM PST - 1 comment

Types of Drunkenness

I'm looking for sources (all types from literary to scientific; jocose to serious, etc) discussing or detailing the different types of drunken states that alcohol produces (example, it is often said wine makes one more sensitive whilst whiskey makes one more aggressive, etc). I am already familiar with Modern Drunkard Magazine.
posted by Gnostic Novelist at 2:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Difficult Music Filter: Albums that take *ages* to get into

Difficult Music Filter: Albums that take *ages* to get into [more inside]
posted by Lanark at 2:01 PM PST - 87 comments

Converting my wife into a comic book geek

What graphic novels can I use to persuade my wife to join me in geekdom? [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 1:58 PM PST - 56 comments

Whats the best eBay auction software?

What is the best eBay auction management software? [more inside]
posted by Blandanomics at 1:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Volunteer Abroad for Free?

Travel/VolunteerFilter: Can anyone suggest Volunteer/Travel Abroad organizations that do not require a lot of money for travel expenses, ie. are as close to free ($0) as possible? [more inside]
posted by redhotchips at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you spend your layovers?

I've got a 4 hour layover in JFK during my holiday travels, and I'd like some suggestions on how to spend it. [more inside]
posted by donajo at 1:38 PM PST - 13 comments

How to cure a headache in a pinch?

I've got a headache and it's not going away. I need to write a paper and then go to class. Quick solutions? [more inside]
posted by sian at 1:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Snitch advice?

I know of a local business that is operating illegally in my town, and has screwed over 3 friends of mine in the last 6-8 months on taxes, pay, and wages. I would like to know the most effective way of reporting them to authorities. (long explanation) [more inside]
posted by dozo at 1:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me waste some time

How do I force Windows XP to run something in a window rather than fullscreen? [more inside]
posted by griffey at 12:53 PM PST - 6 comments

what to do in wooster?

Worcester, Massachusetts: can this weekend be saved? [more inside]
posted by milkdropcoronet at 12:51 PM PST - 18 comments

I'm not just in it for the money!

What types of jobs have awesome perks/benefits? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 12:42 PM PST - 49 comments

me want two cookies

Is it possible to have two instances of IE open, each with its own set of cookies? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 12:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Miranda Song?

Songfilter: Lyrics something like "come on Miranda read me my rights." A sort of love song/pun, sung to a woman named Miranda and referring throughout to 'Miranda Rights.' Song Name? Band? Thanks. [more inside]
posted by prettyboyfloyd at 11:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me pick a new car

Help me find a new car. [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 11:22 AM PST - 18 comments

Unified duality?

Is there a word which describes a state where "importance" and "non-importance" happen at the same time? A word describing the unity of duality, the oneness of paradox, and "two sides of the same coin"?
posted by Korou at 11:00 AM PST - 20 comments

Is the noise of my UPS (APC BE650R) normal?

Is the noise of my uninterruptable power supply (APC BE650R) normal? [more inside]
posted by Yogurt at 10:45 AM PST - 14 comments

My automated clock was wrong.

TimeTravelFilter: I involuntarily traveled ahead 1 whole hour. Why did the clock on my phone take me there? [more inside]
posted by Sprocket at 10:14 AM PST - 19 comments

In for a Penny, Out with a Pound

I'm going to London tomorrow - Where's the best place to convert dollars to pounds in LA? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 10:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Quicktime Movie Tracking

How can I get a Quicktime movie to send a String to a server every few seconds while it is playing? Is this even possible?
posted by dminor at 10:02 AM PST - 3 comments

How famous was Booth before he killed Lincoln?

How famous was John Wilkes Booth before he shot Lincoln? [more inside]
posted by cramer at 9:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Can anyone identify this insect?

Can anyone identify this insect? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 9:33 AM PST - 11 comments

How should I have picked up my denist's receptionist?

Just went to my dentist. The receptionist (f) was hot. It didn't seem right saying anything. How should I have handled this and can it be retrieved? ps - i'm shy! [more inside]
posted by tomw at 9:22 AM PST - 42 comments

How to use Mikrotik RouterOS for load balancing amongst multiple WANs?

How to use Mikrotik RouterOS for load balancing amongst multiple WANs? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 9:12 AM PST - 3 comments

How to get Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 to do what I want?

Video files (.avi) don't play properly with Adobe Premiere 3.0. Picture jumps back and forth in rapid jumps. Why? [more inside]
posted by ollsen at 8:47 AM PST - 3 comments

How to grow red oak?

How to Grow Red Oak from Seed? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 8:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Need Book Recommendations

Why are the good books these days always so disturbingly violent? Looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by vermontlife at 8:36 AM PST - 17 comments

Muth Prints

Does anyone know where to get prints by Jon Muth - particularly pictures from his book The Three Questions.
posted by jbradley at 8:36 AM PST - 1 comment

Days gone by...

Anyone know remember AfterDark Screen Savers? [more inside]
posted by photodegas at 8:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I buy fancy sausages online ?

Where can I buy fancy sausages online ? [more inside]
posted by duckus at 8:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Accessibility in an iPod?

An MP3 player for my grandfather: is there something with large buttons and an easy to read screen? [more inside]
posted by allan at 8:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Who's writing Daddy Cool II?

Who's the new Donald Goines? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

How much should I give to charity?

I'm ashamed: I bought a house, my child goes to a daycare that costs several hundred dollars a month, and I have all that I need. I also have been lax in giving to charity. I'd like to, but my wife sometimes is resistant, saying some version of the old saw that charity begins at home. I want some independent assessment for how much we should give. I've identified a number of charities I want to give to. But how much? Should it be a percentage of my salary?
posted by sholdens12 at 7:46 AM PST - 36 comments

Old B&W Mac Pyramid Maze Game?

There is this addictive old black&white Mac game where you were in a pyramid maze and ran into monkey, picked up jewels, etc. This is probably circa 1990. Does anyone have any idea what it's called and where I can find it online?
posted by BigBrownBear at 7:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I try to get my MacBook Pro fixed or maybe even upgraded?

Should I try to get my MacBook Pro fixed through Applecare, even though I broke it myself? Has anyone heard of Apple allowing you to trade-in and upgrade? [more inside]
posted by likeSoy at 7:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Everybody Loves a Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, help me fulfill a childhood wish: Where are the best places on the route to stand? And how early should I get there? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 6:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Converting CMYK JPEGs to RGB

Recommended methods for converting CMYK JPEGs to RGB JPEGs, ideally batch conversion? [more inside]
posted by drill_here_fore_seismics at 6:01 AM PST - 7 comments

So what's the deal with Britney Spears's breasts?

So what's the deal with Britney Spears's breasts? [more inside]
posted by rwatson at 5:46 AM PST - 24 comments

Formatting strings

String manipulation in C#: I know that the String.Format method can format numeric data so that {0:#,###} transforms 1234 into the string "1,234". There are lots of standard formatters like {0:C} for currency, and endless ways to format DateTime objects. But is there a similar shorthand to format a string or to apply a mask to it? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 5:36 AM PST - 3 comments

How long to detox from Medication Overuse Headache?

Detoxification for Medication Overuse Headache (MOH) from OTC medications - how long? [more inside]
posted by egk at 5:20 AM PST - 5 comments

It is... The Woles! Ho-o-o-o-o-owl!: Name that song.

Name that poorly remembered song for me - something about wolves, maybe by 3 Mustapha 3 (but maybe not). It existed on an old mix tape from (I think) about 10 years ago, which may help date it. [more inside]
posted by handee at 5:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Bend me, shape me, anyway you want me

Recommendations for one-on-one intensive flexibility therapy in London. [more inside]
posted by ajp at 5:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Computing for those with short-term memory problems?

Help me help my father: My father is elderly and has problems with his short-term memory. He wants to use a word processor to write about things that interest him, but he forgets fairly basic application techniques, such as how to save, open and create new documents. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 12:33 AM PST - 27 comments

Hardwood > Carpet

FloorFilter: Is the idea of "temporary" or easily removable hardwood flooring or some derivative thereof completely out of the realm of possibility for an office space? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 12:23 AM PST - 7 comments

November 14

Black widow spiders want my blood

Black widow spiders are coming to get me; what do I do? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 11:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Please help me find a quote about Israel.

Please help me find a quote and the name of whoever said it. It's something like "Israel has no foreign policy, only domestic politics". Or maybe it's the reverse? [more inside]
posted by redteam at 11:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Music video about an aerospace engineer

Seeking a music video about a daydreaming aerospace engineer in the 1950s. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by tss at 10:27 PM PST - 1 comment

My veins suck

How can I make drawing blood easier? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 10:00 PM PST - 22 comments

I could tell you but then I would have to kill you.

JobSearchFilter: Let's say you are making a project portfolio and the contents of your most impressive, innovative work of the last two years is "confidential" and not meant for public, much less competitor consumption. What's the most ethical and effective way to show potential future employers what it is that you can do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Help a design hack get inspired to be creative FOR REAL

Art directors: Any books or publications that can help inspire me to create better marketing materials for a small tech company. [more inside]
posted by ernie at 9:38 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I turn swf files into a reasonable quality DVD for playback on TV?

How can I turn swf files into a reasonable quality DVD for playback on TV? [more inside]
posted by theNonsuch at 9:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me become a Vista and Office 2007 pro!

Help me become a Microsoft Vista and Office 2007 pro! [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 8:28 PM PST - 5 comments

I need zip!

I have cordless blinds and they've lost their zip. They are the kind of blinds that you pull on slightly at the bottom and then the cord is pulled up at the top, raising the blind. Now when I pull on it, nothing happens. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Other than buy new blinds?
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 7:58 PM PST - 1 comment

That horribly evil time of the month again

Female health filter: Any way of getting short term "notification" of your period? Of course, [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 PM PST - 26 comments

False Memories

Did Billy Bragg ever record a version of Barry McGuire's Eve of Destruction? [more inside]
posted by TahitiBlue at 7:35 PM PST - 12 comments

How to overcome online dating questionaire writers' block?

I have to fill out one of those lovely online dating questionaires, and am having trouble coming up with witty, charming things to say about myself. How to overcome this particular form of writers' block? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid at 7:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Ok, lets try this again.....

I got the word today that soon I will be able to hire a staff person to work under me. Last time I had this opprotunity I kinda blew it. What can I do now to be ready? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 7:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Ditching DirecTV for Broadcast?

Can I ditch Satellite and just use (free) broadcast TV? [more inside]
posted by carterk at 7:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Clothes Dryer -- installing 220 voltage or gas line?

DryerFilter -- In an early 20th century apartment in San Francisco, which is cheaper to achieve a dryer (i.e., the appliance that accompanies a washer): hiring an electrician to install 220 voltage, or hiring a plumber to run a gas line from the stove? Which is ultimately more energy efficient? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 7:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me sort out Thunderbird & Gmail.

Gmail-with-Thunderbird filter: I've recently switched from a local ISP with Netscape mail to Gmail with Thunderbird. I love the switch but for two minor irritations - the conversation-based mail creating constant duplicates in my Thunderbird inbox, and Thunderbird continually thinking my emails are scams. Help? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Terminally bored teenager wants to travel

My 16 year old teenage daughter is going stir-crazy in this Canadian one horse town and wants to see the world. However, she hasn't graduated high school yet. What are her options? [more inside]
posted by dropkick at 6:46 PM PST - 31 comments

Ghost has... given up the ghost.

Copied hard drive won't let me log on! [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 6:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Which Colbert Report showed fake "macaca" video?

Which Colbert Report episode had a video clip supposedly showing the person Sen. George Allen called "macaca" wearing a name tag that said "macaca" and being happy to be addressed as such? I'd also appreciate a pointer to a clip if one is online.
posted by espertus at 6:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Getting from PVD to BOS without a car

What's the least expensive and most efficient way to get from Providence airport to downtown Boston when you don't have access to a car? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 6:29 PM PST - 10 comments

What caused electromagnetic weirdness in my house this morning?

This morning we go to leave for work (I didn't ride because it was hailing snow, dig?) and the garage door remote didn't work. No worries, the power went off or something, so I go to put some stuff in the car but the car's key remote doesn't work either. Neither does Herself's key. Weirdness indeed... [more inside]
posted by eek at 6:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Portfolio content?

I'm after content ideas for building a design portfolio. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 6:18 PM PST - 7 comments

How many ways can you store knowledge?

How many ways can you store information? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 6:07 PM PST - 20 comments

What is the deal with production monitors; 4:3 or 16:10?

I have the option of buying either 3:4 or 16:10 (regular or widescreen for you and me) and I don't know what the better choice would be. [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 5:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Gators to play for national championship?

NCAAfilter: What would have to happen for Florida to play for the national championship (football) this year?
posted by nimkip at 5:05 PM PST - 10 comments

How much should I pay the plumber?

How much would a generic plumber charge to fix a generic toilet problem? Looking for a price range. [more inside]
posted by ohio at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

turn on, plugin, drop out

I'm looking for two Wordpress plugins: One that provides the same sort of comment editing tools you see with the MeFi comment box (bold, italic, link), and one that lets you limit the total number of comments shown on a page to, e.g., the last 25 made. [more inside]
posted by dw at 4:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Outlook: Is there a way to have a recipient always automatically put in the cc field?

Outlook: Is there a way to have a recipient always automatically put in the cc field? [more inside]
posted by Lucie at 4:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Three month car rental?

The problem: I need a car for three months in Los Angeles. Extenuating circumstances: I am a horrible driver and am almost guaranteed to mess up the car at some point. Solution? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 4:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Sand and clay animations - AEIOU!

A-E-I-O-U! Does anyone know this old sand animation show and song? What about the red-and-blue clay? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 4:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I colo one box in the SF Bay area?

I need a recommendation for colocation space in the SF Bay area. Requirements and [more inside]
posted by autojack at 4:40 PM PST - 3 comments

How many were organizin'?

Google-fu is failing me -- I am trying to hunt down a quote about the number of full-time activists during the sixties... [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 4:30 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I teach my husband to be a man to the telemarketers?

How can I teach my husband to be a man to the telemarketers? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 4:14 PM PST - 44 comments

Must-Do things in Boston?

What things are MUST-DO in Boston after living here for two years? [more inside]
posted by irisell at 4:12 PM PST - 35 comments

What is it about NW USA that makes it such a hotbed for entrepreneuralism?

What is it about NW USA that makes it such a hotbed for entrepreneuralism? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 4:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Paris Vacation

Will be in Paris for 3days [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 3:40 PM PST - 19 comments

Board and Proc Compatibility Guide Mismatch -- OK anyway?

Intel Proc/MB compatibility: P4 HT Prescott 531 + BLKDP965LTCK = Don't match compatibility guide. Will it float? [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 3:30 PM PST - 4 comments

2 or 4 player mame cabinet, decisions decisions decisions

I'm considering venturing into the geektastic world of Mame cabinets. My dilemma is what kind of control panel setup to use, two or four player. More geekiness inside. [more inside]
posted by toomuch at 3:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I still go to Grad School?

Can I still go to Grad School? Will a second undergrad degree help? [more inside]
posted by GalaxieFiveHundred at 2:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Lakeside B&B recs

Looking for a lakeside B&B (or cottage or hotel) with lake view room in WI, IN or MI. Should be within two hours from Chicago roughly. This would be for early January. Any recommendations or cautions? Ideal prices would be in the $125 or under a night range.
posted by agregoli at 2:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Just a sketch or two...

I'd like to hire graphic designers for simple sketches and illustrations. I'm looking for decent quality work and I'm willing to pay fairly. How would one go about this? What should I budget? [more inside]
posted by brianvan at 2:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Email Here, Email There, Everywhere...

Help me integrate my email access in to one place, please? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 2:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a "sunrise" alarm clock in the US?

Where can I find a "sunrise" alarm clock in the US? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 2:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Clint Eastwood will gladly accept your resume Mr. Fox.

how skeezy it is for a company to make up a person for people applying for jobs? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 2:20 PM PST - 16 comments

Where can I get a first european edition of Murakami's Wind Up Bird Chronicles?

I need helping trying to find a first European edition of a Haruki Murakami book. [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 2:01 PM PST - 7 comments

How many times do I really have to get on the scale this year?

What sort of doctor should a young woman have as her primary physician? [more inside]
posted by divka at 1:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Studies on double-spacing and readability?

Does anyone know of scientific studies of the readability of double-spaced text? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 1:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Why are Bloc Pary repeating themselves?

Why the hell is it doing that!! iTunes is destroying my music when I try to edit ID tags. Theres [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 1:30 PM PST - 12 comments

SnowboardFilter: Help me find some new gear.

I need new snowboard, boots, and bindings, but I'm not sure what to look for or how much I should be spending. [more inside]
posted by ibfrog at 1:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Only Six More Weeks?!

Weird-in-a-good-way-filter: I need suggestions for online stores/catalogs for Christmas Shopping! [more inside]
posted by deedeep at 1:08 PM PST - 47 comments

Where to recycle odd plastic?

As someone who used to live in recycling nirvanna, Seattle, I find living in New York City, with it's limited recycling program kind of frustrating. Is there any place in the city that accepts #5 plastic?
posted by brookeb at 12:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Value of a Miroku Model VII .38 special revolver?

Does anyone know the approximate value of and/or general information on a Miroku Model VII .38 Special revolver? Photos and more info inside. [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 12:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Save my Grados from Ostracization!

Is there any way to comparatively test the performance of my headphones' channels? [more inside]
posted by archagon at 12:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Is the Auckland university dental centre a good deal?

How much does it cost to see a denist in Auckland, New Zealand? Is the university dental clinic really cheaper or should I shop around? [more inside]
posted by shelleycat at 12:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Yet another grad school letter of recommendation inquiry...

What do you do when your connection with your immediate professors seems slim at best? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 12:17 PM PST - 8 comments

All I Want for Christmas Is My Girl's Front Teeth

Dental Filter: What will it cost my girlfriend to cap or replace her dead front tooth? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 12:03 PM PST - 12 comments

If I knew what to look up in the manual, I would!

irritatinglybasicfilter: I made a really big picture in photoshop. It is about 5 feet long. I want to print it, but I can only print one page of the whole picture - a small section of the whole thing. I looked at the photoshop help pages, and searched askme and the internet for help, but I'm afraid I know too little to even understand where to look for the answer to my dumb question. If it matters (I suspect it doesn't), I'm using CS version 8 on my Mac.
posted by serazin at 12:01 PM PST - 15 comments

How to isolate and unblock google text ad URLs?

What specific URLs feed the google text ads on my webforum, so that I may unblock them in order to solve my 5 minute page load problems? [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 11:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Fix for distorting sound in OS X G4

The sound on my OS X G4 laptop has suddenly become very loud and distorted. Help me make it stop. [more inside]
posted by cccorlew at 11:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Single activities in paradise?

A week in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawai'i. All expenses paid. Solo. What the hell do I do until Saturday? Obviously, there's [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo at 11:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me find recursive narratives because I need you to help me find...

Help me find novels and other narratives that wrap around, ending in such away that you find yourself back at the beginning. (maybe some spoilers inside): [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 11:25 AM PST - 49 comments

Microlending / Microcredit / Microfinance / Microinvesting...

A few months ago, I read an article in a magazine about microlending/microcredit/microfinance/microinvesting/microsomething. The part that interested me the most was that the author chose to invest his money not in the stock market, but in people and their dreams. [more inside]
posted by davidinmanhattan at 11:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Engraved steak knives?

Where can I buy a set of nice steak knives and have them engraved? [more inside]
posted by sulaine at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Which document type will give me the best forms output?

What is the best format/document choice for printing out structured and stylized data that is being fed out of a database? HTML/CSS is too restrictive in terms of formatting, text overflow, and it isn't easy to change. PDF creates documents that are too large. One developer suggested RTF. Is there a alternate/better/best choice that we should look at? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Is this building quote over the top?

I've got practically no experience with builders and I'm concerned that the costs for this job are totally over the top. Can anyone help figure out if I'm being taken for a ride? [more inside]
posted by Glum at 10:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Should I purchase Infinite Jest now or wait for the new edition?

Is it worth waiting for the new edition of David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest' to come out in the UK? [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 9:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me identify a hardware problem with my laptop.

Help me identify a hardware problem with my laptop. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 9:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Searching for Sexual Healing remake...

Name that remake? I was in a restaurant this weekend and heard what seemed to be a remake of Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing." [more inside]
posted by papercake at 9:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Has anyone ever used a career coach?

Has anyone ever used a career coach? Did you get the results you wanted? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 9:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Can Breathe Right be wrong?

Is there anything wrong with using Breathe-Right strips forever? [more inside]
posted by pyjammy at 8:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Iceland Weekend Visit - The Sugarcubes Concert

I'm going to visit Iceland for the Sugarcubes concert this Friday. I'm looking for some recommendations for the rest of my stay in Iceland until Sunday afternoon. Definitely would like to see the Blue Lagoon, but not sure what else and how to get there in the first place. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
posted by oferhalevi at 8:42 AM PST - 16 comments

squats are super indie

Are there any ambiguously zoned mixed-use oakland-style squatty type living spaces in the DC area? Looking for a new home... [more inside]
posted by milkman at 8:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for "circular" websites.

Looking for examples of "circular" interfaces, as well as interesting experiments for displaying information [more inside]
posted by cusack at 8:16 AM PST - 22 comments

help me find some career advice?

What are some resources for finding a good career counsellor? I'm a year or two into my current job, and scrambling to figure out what to do - I need help! [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 8:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Please help me silence my nosy relatives and friends

I've recently turned 28, and am still unmarried. For various reasons, I would prefer to stay single. However, my extended family has other ideas [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 AM PST - 17 comments

Fabulous Maine Area Dry Cleaner and Tailor?

I'm looking for a good dry cleaner in Northern New England. And an excellent tailor as well. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by suki at 8:02 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I not catch a cold?

My roommate has a cold. What can I do to increase my chances of not catching it? [more inside]
posted by mikespez at 8:02 AM PST - 34 comments

life purpose frustrations

What is my life purpose? Am I currently living it but am too ungrateful to realize it? More inside... [LONG]... [more inside]
posted by workinprogress at 8:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Preloading images.

How to wait until images being preloaded by JavaScript Image objects are complete? [more inside]
posted by hcastro at 8:00 AM PST - 6 comments


What kind of treatment have you had for endometriosis, and how were the side effects? [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 7:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Donde estan sus papeles?

Can we leave our California-registered car in the Tijuana airport parking lot for a week? Should we? [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 7:37 AM PST - 8 comments

excluding terms on google

why does excluding terms on google give me more hits? [more inside]
posted by goethean at 7:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Sellling cut jewels in Seattle?

A friend inherited a bunch of cut precious and semiprecious gemstones (peridot, amethyst, sunstone, maybe some others) and wants to know how to sell them. This is in the Seattle area. Do we get them appraised? How does that work? Who buys precious gems nowadays?
posted by cgc373 at 6:45 AM PST - 5 comments

How are casino cards designed?

I know somebody who has the opportunity to design casino-worthy playing cards. What does a playing card need? [more inside]
posted by ardgedee at 6:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Diamond in the rough

I have to start looking for a diamond engagement ring. I am getting a lot of conflicting information on the best means of finding and buying a ring. Some people in Bermuda are telling me they have found the best deals in Bermuda. Others are saying to go to And others are telling me to go to Diamond City in NYC, etc. etc. So......where should I get the diamond, where should I get the band, or should I get them together? I don't mind traveling if I have to. Help me topple the DeBeers monopoly while at the same time making Rachel very happy.
posted by jasondigitized at 5:37 AM PST - 36 comments

Help me trick out my PC far beyond any reasonable need.

What's the next upgrade I should perform on my PC? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:23 AM PST - 13 comments

All the fun, none of the consequence (yet)

I have unbelievably high tolerance. Could it be a bad thing? [more inside]
posted by mr.dan at 4:18 AM PST - 38 comments

I Spy with my Little Eye

How can a man, woman and puppy have an interesting 13 hour road trip along I-20? [more inside]
posted by lynda at 4:00 AM PST - 15 comments

Destroy all head-crawlers!

OK to use permanent hair dye immediately following a treatment for lice? Will the dye assist in the slaughter of any post-holocaust scalp-crawling survivors? [more inside]
posted by NeonSurge at 2:34 AM PST - 10 comments

Sewing Machine Recommendations

I've been very kindly offered a new sewing machine of my choice as a belated birthday present but I've no idea what machines (new or old) are any good these days. [more inside]
posted by gaby at 2:29 AM PST - 14 comments

The WQ of Solomon?

We all know about IQ - but has anybody ever tried to make a standardised test for wisdom? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 2:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Soul merging?

Metaphysical Filter: Can you help me to find information related to this metaphysical experience? [more inside]
posted by dudiggy at 1:14 AM PST - 18 comments

Is the idea of an afterlife universal?

Is there now, or has there ever been, a culture that did not include the concept of an afterlife? [more inside]
posted by obol at 12:20 AM PST - 14 comments

So I'm looking for films that portray what high school is like in other countries

I'm looking for films that portray what high school is like in other countries. Movies like American Pie, 10 Things I Hate About You, etc. but not set in the U.S. Recommendations?
posted by ad4pt at 12:16 AM PST - 37 comments

November 13

know any chicago-area realtors, construction crews, security guards, etc?

trying to get access to old industrial sites, ruins, etc for photo projects ... know any chicago-area realtors, construction crews, security guards, etc? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 11:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me learn more about seizures, specifically simple partial.

Help me learn more about seizures, specifically simple partial. [more inside]
posted by good for you! at 11:14 PM PST - 7 comments

How to make youtube work?

I seem to be having trouble playing flash movies such as those on youtube; only 2 seconds of the movie will play. [more inside]
posted by dazed_one at 11:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Does US Prez take own car on overseas trips?

Does the US President take his own car on overseas trips and how? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 11:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Do radio stations use digitized music?

How do commercial radio stations organize or manage their music media? When a DJ puts on a song, what format is it in, and how is it retrieved? [more inside]
posted by stevil at 10:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Waking up for a midnight snack? Really?

How common is the `Midnight Snack'? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 10:23 PM PST - 34 comments

Why Can't He Find A Job?

My boyfriend's fresh out of college, and is having a really hard time finding work in his field (graphic design). [more inside]
posted by Teevee's Bella at 9:21 PM PST - 25 comments

(Almost) Black Screen of (Near) Death

LCD Monitor Down (almost, sorta)... [more inside]
posted by wendell at 9:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Aperture or Lightroom?

Which one should I use for my photo workflow? Aperture or Adobe Lightroom Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by alidarbac at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Illegal's kids serving in the US Military?

Are there legitimate statistics that can tell me how many or what percentage of US Armed Forces are children of illegal immigrants? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 8:27 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do in Salt Lake City in December

So I have a friend flying in to Salt Lake City to visit on the weekend of December 8-10, getting in Friday morning and leaving Sunday night. What is there to do around town that weekend that's really awesome?
posted by freddymungo at 8:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Help end my slump!

Need opinions about setting a scene for seduction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 PM PST - 36 comments

Headlight vocabulary?

What are common courtesy signals for driving at night on highways? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 8:11 PM PST - 27 comments

Where to get STD testing

Where should I go for STD testing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 8 comments

torrenting anonymously

How does one use bittorrent anonymously? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 8:06 PM PST - 9 comments

To judge the grade of a hill I need to?

I need to be able to judge by sight the grade of a hill / road / parcel and be accurate within about 1% gradient. Is there a software tool that I can make some triangles with specific grades to use on flash cards?
posted by bigmusic at 8:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Finding New Love, Leaving Behind the Old

I am working on trying to get my romantic life in order, but I seem to get tripped on one issue - how do I handle the "gaps in my resume"? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish at 7:56 PM PST - 30 comments

Emulation on an iMac, I want to get all of my old Nintendo favorites...

Recent switcher with iMac Intel Core Duo (purchased new in August). I have been trying to get some emulators up and running, but have really run into difficulties. I was able to accomplish this years ago on the PC, but the Mac hasn't proven as easy as I thought. [more inside]
posted by jmugrapler at 6:52 PM PST - 8 comments

200 Cigarettes

Name this 200 cigarettes song [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie at 6:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Toronto - looking for help with resume and cover letter

Can anyone recommend someone in Toronto who can help with resume/cover letter stuff? I don't mean formatting and such... [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 6:36 PM PST - 5 comments


Language (and fighting) filter : Can anyone tell me what's being said in this video? [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 5:46 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I move this javascript out of the head and into a .js to achieve valid markup?

really basic, I think. You can't have <link /> tag inside a <script></script> using XHTML strict. I can't quite figure out how to write a function that takes the place of this basic little OS detection script <script type="text/javascript"> var cssFile = (navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Mac") != -1) ? "mac.css" : "everyonelse.css"; document.write("<link rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' href='../" + cssFile + "' />"); </script> Which I would put in the head of the document. How can I move it to a function in an external .js file and get the same result with valid xhtml 1.0 strict? It's not urgent, but it's driving me nuts because I'm really stupid about scripting but I know this sort of thing isn't supposed to be hard.
posted by Grod at 5:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Google Earth big images

Google Earth: Is there a plug-in or standalone app that will make large (say 4000 x 4000 pixel) images of a certain region? [more inside]
posted by zek at 5:38 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm already sad about this as I type it...

Is there a word for a sort of nostalgia or longing for the current moment? [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 5:21 PM PST - 14 comments

All of the delicious without the turkey

Recommendations for a hearty ovo-lacto vegetarian traditional-themed Thanksgiving entree that will knock the socks off my boyfriend's hardcore Italian, meat-lovin' family? No Tofurkeys or vegetarian lasagnas, please. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 4:56 PM PST - 39 comments

good eats in lansing, michigan?

Business trip to Lansing, MI this week (Wed-Fri) with 2 colleagues. Where should we eat? [more inside]
posted by mdiskin at 4:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Realizing goals & believing in your plan

How do you regain your sense of self and autonomy in personal decision-making? [more inside]
posted by pricklypear at 4:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Give me a ring, will ya?

I can't find the site where I found this beautiful ring... can you help? [more inside]
posted by Corky at 4:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Knife Sharpening Service in Denver

Looking for suggestions for a (kitchen) knife sharpening service in the Denver Metro Area [more inside]
posted by jazon at 4:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Javascript Div Issues.

Javascript neophyte: How do I swap out the contents of one div with another? But there is a monkey-wrench in the whole thing: the new div [more inside]
posted by Freen at 4:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Give a Vietnam blog idea.

I'm going back to Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon, Vietnam for six months or so. I want to do an interesting blog, not just "today I did this, this and this." Any topic ideas? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 4:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Props for a 'vintage' photography project

Help me think of easy-to-make props for my photography project... or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Turn-of-the-Century European Society. [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 3:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Oops! I destroyed the world...again.

So...let's say that some freak nuclear accident (or, in our current political climate, perhaps a purposeful nuclear attack) wipes out most of the world's population. How many people would have to survive to successfully re-populate the world? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by AlliKat75 at 3:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Precarious penile perforation

Last night, I tore my frenulum. Ow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:43 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I avoid skin break-outs after waxing?

How do I avoid skin break-outs after waxing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:43 PM PST - 8 comments

How to keep this Housing Association flat?

Lets say that I am living in a flat in the UK that belongs to a guy who is a secure tenant of a housing association. He is not living in this place for a long time. Now the housing association wants to check who is living in the flat. [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 3:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Heh. My sister is going to shoot me for this. BRING IT.

Can anyone recommend a good remote control toy as a gift for a 9 year old? [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 3:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Can anyone recommend a wired usb network card that comes with DOS drivers?

Can anyone show me a USB network card that has DOS drivers to use for ghosting PCs? I am tired of making new boot disks for all the different computers I support and this would help me save time but haven't been able to find one any suggestions will be appreciated!
posted by tke248 at 3:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Replacing Cingular phone?

My girlfriend recently damaged her Cingular phone and she needs a replacement. She wants a cheap one, so she's considering buying a pay-as-you-go phone and swapping out SIM cards so she can use her old service. My question is, will this work? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 3:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Night jobs for the easily bored

For various reasons, I need to pick up a second job. I live in a college town, and bartending is out... the competition for those jobs is fierce, yo. I'm not big enough to be a bouncer nor creepy/desperate enough to be one of those guys that walks around selling roses. What 'night' jobs are not usually advertised that I wouldn't hate? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 3:16 PM PST - 19 comments

Cards with pictures of dogs or babies wearing hats are stupid.

Help me come up with a legitimately funny company Christmas card. [more inside]
posted by EnormousTalkingOnion at 2:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me overcome my fears

How can I stop being so scared? [more inside]
posted by elquien at 2:20 PM PST - 24 comments


How do I build a rack to store spools of thread? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 2:10 PM PST - 11 comments

How to become more curious as an adult?

How to become more curious as an adult? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 2:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Cheap (and out-of-) date HTML editor?

HTML editor for Mac OS 9 (not Classic): [more inside]
posted by al_fresco at 1:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me print "clean" Outlook messages.

How can I print Outlook messages without my personal information on top and the date on bottom? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 1:42 PM PST - 17 comments

What is an appropriate salutation for multiple addressees in a business letter?

What is an appropriate salutation for multiple addressees in a business letter? "To whom it may concern" is too generic and awkward because I know exactly whom the letter concerns, and something like "Dear Friends" doesn't work because I'm often writing letters to people who aren't exactly my friends. Please help me find something in the middle.
posted by greasy_skillet at 1:31 PM PST - 21 comments

post-imperial nationalism

Can anyone recommend reputable academic sources on the repression of local national culture in Macedonia, Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova during the era of Communist rule by dominant 'imperial' nations Serbia and Russia respectively, and the resurgence of nationalism in these countries after the fall of Communism and breakup of these empires? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 12:52 PM PST - 10 comments

YAMPQ: Yet Another MP3 Player Question

I'm looking for reccomendations for a sturdy, large capacity MP3 player for an overgrown klutz. [more inside]
posted by muddgirl at 12:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Data Mineing

Could I copyright or trademark my full name and social security number and would that be an effective strategy in protecting my privacy and reducing unauthorized use of my personal information? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 12:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Stock-related Image Spam

What is the point of stock-related image spam that tells me to invest in a certain company? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 12:28 PM PST - 15 comments

How do you tell creepy jerks to bugger off NOW?

CreepyGuyFilter -- my lovely wife is getting harassed and hit on (mainly at the grocery store) by different creepy guys. It is making her *very* unhappy, freaked out, and feeling dirty. What is the best approach for her to deal with this in an assertive and satisfactory way? There is... [more inside]
posted by wonderwisdom at 12:28 PM PST - 127 comments

Printing on a public wifi

I'm on a public network at a university (and they won't let me use a wireless router of my own) and I need a good (cheap) way to print from multiple pc's. [more inside]
posted by Gideon at 12:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I install an earlier version of Windows?

Is it possible to install an earlier version of Windows from what I'm running now? [more inside]
posted by rickdawg00 at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Where is smoking banned in restaurants ?

Which States/Provinces in North America have a smoking ban in Bars and Restaurants ?
posted by gwynp at 11:47 AM PST - 38 comments

how can i do it

watchingcollegefooballinbahiafilter: I'm gonna be in salvador brazil this saturday, which is nice obviously. but i really would like to watch my wolverines fucking crush OSU. anyone got some advice on how i might do this? maybe a bar or something? there's nothing more inside.
posted by alkupe at 11:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Oil me up, sweetcheeks.

I want to smear canola oil all over my body. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 11:28 AM PST - 26 comments

Any recommendations for good lower alcohol wine?

I'm looking for recommendations for wine that is naturally low in alcohol (as opposed to the dealcoholised versions). There are quite a few German wines in the 7-8% ABV category e.g. by Dr Loosen but they are (a) a bit sweet and (b) very very expensive. Anyone got any other suggestions?
posted by janecr at 11:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Oh just give my package to anyone. No sweat.

Fedex gave my package to my random neighbor without asking me. WTF?! Isn't this a violation of privacy, some kind of breach of contract, and a financial risk to me? [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz at 10:51 AM PST - 29 comments

Update on my Borat-ed friend.

Remember this guy? He was one of the drunken frat guys in the Borat movie. He's the only one of the three who decided not to sue. He got an offer to do a tell-all interview with Rolling Stone, and he's considering it. The two guys suing want him not to talk to the media, and he doesn't want to piss them off. However, he does want his side of the story to be told. He wants to find some way of tactfully not commenting on the lawsuit, aside from saying "I didn't see any benefit in participating in it, so I'm not." He wants to come off as humble and somewhat remorseful, but also letting people know that editing is everything. Any tips on how he should handle the interview? Should he do it at all?
posted by kidsleepy at 10:51 AM PST - 54 comments

Anti-depressants: alternatives to bupropion (Wellbutrin)?

I'm starting out on anti-depressants. My doctor has prescribed me venlafaxine (Effexor XR), an SNRI. I strongly suspect a dopamine reuptake inhibitor would be better suited for my condition and personality, but sadly, bupropion (Wellbutrin) isn't available as an anti-depressant in my country: only under the name Zyban (as a smoking cessation aid), which is not covered by insurance and hence very expensive. Are there any alternatives I should look into? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:43 AM PST - 8 comments

What do I have growing out of my legs?

What are these giant pimple things? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Don't drop the soap?

My boyfriend and I like to fool around in the shower. His favorite thing to do is to cum on my chest or my face, which I don't mind, because, hey, we're in the shower. However, actually washing the cum off me is hard. It becomes sticky and almost stringy (it's glued my eyelashes together before), and pretty water resistant. Regular soap doesn't seem to get it off. I keep baking soda in the shower and use it as an exfoliant, but it still takes 3 or 4 scrubbings to get it all off. Any spots I miss become dry, scaly patches once I towel off. Any solutions, either product or method, for how to remove cum in the shower?
posted by anonymous at 10:42 AM PST - 20 comments

Who's the boss?

Does anyone know anything about the law regulating a staffing business? [more inside]
posted by ubu at 10:11 AM PST - 1 comment

Using Adblock with Yahoo e-mail

I have a Yahoo e-mail account. I use Firefox 2.0, Yahoo mail beta, and Adblock. Is there a way to block the ads that are part of the e-mails? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Escape TO L.A.

I'll be in/around L.A. for a family reunion this December 22 - 27. Help me with my reverse-Snake Plisken(sequel) mission: I need to escape from my relatives and finding cool things to do in the L.A. area... [more inside]
posted by sluggo at 9:44 AM PST - 15 comments

OS X Home Security

Recently my bike and some other trivial stuff has been stolen off my porch. My bike was locked. :( I want to bait this thief with another bike (my broken one) and see who this jerk is. I have a mac and want to use a wireless webcam. Infrared is key since I believe he strikes at night. Is there an app for OS X and a compatible webcam for this situation? Ideally, it would not capture footage unless their is activity. -thanks
posted by bloodniece at 9:27 AM PST - 21 comments

Keep my headings with my masters!

InDesign Filter: What's the best strategy for applying a certain master page only to pages with a certain heading style? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 9:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Price of Heroin

What is the street price of a gram of heroin in the UK atm? How much would the same amount cost a pharmacist? [more inside]
posted by quarsan at 9:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Roommate/Co-worker issues

I got my roommate a job working with me and I feel he is not being a respectful coworker. Other employees are complaining about him to me. He refuses to change. [more inside]
posted by infinityjinx at 9:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Unique XML sub-elements

Do XML sub-elements (or children or sub tags) have to be unique?
posted by four panels at 9:04 AM PST - 6 comments

i'm on my time with everyone; i have very bad posture...

How can I improve my posture? [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 8:51 AM PST - 16 comments

Best price on airfare to Buenos Aires?

How can I find inexpensive airfare to Buenos Aires? I just used Kayak to price tickets, and the cheapest were in the $1200-$1300 range. [more inside]
posted by medpt at 8:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find software or books for a military strategy education.

I'd like to do some interactive military strategy and tactics exploration similar to the exposition Liddell Hart or Clausewitz did. Software would be preferred, but of course i'd love to hear book recommendations. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 8:44 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I put this on my resume?

I've been with my present employer for nearly four years. Of those four years, the first three were spent as a Web Development Intern and the last was spent as the Lead Web Developer. What goes on my resume? [more inside]
posted by csimpkins at 8:38 AM PST - 8 comments

.NET build automation software recommendations?

.NET build automation software experiences/recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 8:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Reference Ettiquette Filter

Who should I use as a professional reference when applying for my second post-college job? I'm currently working at my first. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I get dental/vision insurance? If so, which plan?

Federal employee health benefit open season started today. I'm overwhelmed with the choices! [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo at 7:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Why is my (debian/linux) computer so sluggish?

Why is my (debian/linux) computer so sluggish? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 7:47 AM PST - 25 comments

Opening random windows files?

What's the best way to view/edit text files in Windows that have a random varying file extension?
posted by smackfu at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Gherkins or Dills with that Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, madam?

You know that old cliché about pregnant women and the ice cream and pickles? Are the pickles dill or sweet?
posted by gleuschk at 6:44 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me cool a computer cabinet.

There's a computer stashed inside a desk cabinet. It's too hot inside the cabinet. What to do? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 6:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Met a girl, she has a boyfriend, so what to do?

About a year ago I met a dealer at a casino in another city. After a couple of subsequent visits, I mustered up the nerve to talk to her during while she was off-duty my last night there, and we got along well enough. It didn't take long until she mentioned her boyfriend, though, so how should I approach things when I visit again in a couple of weeks? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 6:36 AM PST - 55 comments

What is this vampire novel?

Name this vampire novel (please): shy, unattractive teacher with a crush on a younger woman drunkely impales himself on a wooden stake, and slowly turns into a vampire.
posted by wilful at 3:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Fixing Firefox

Making Firefox behave like a Mac application... [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:27 AM PST - 7 comments

NYC subway station where Michael Jackson's "Bad" video was shot?

I just watched the Scorsese-directed, 17-minute video for Michael Jackson's Bad, released on 1987, and I'm trying to figure out which subway station it was shot in. Most stations looked different back then, of course - there's been a lot of fixing up and adding of art since then. It looks like maybe it could be the 2nd Ave F stop, but it could also be the Broadway/Roosevelt/74th St multi-train express stop in Jackson Heights, Queens. Or.... where? Does anyone know? I haven't been successful finding anything about it via web searching.
posted by MaudB at 1:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Where do I go to fix an ill-gotten laptop?

Where do I go to fix an ill-gotten laptop? [more inside]
posted by elr at 1:44 AM PST - 10 comments

November 12

sofa, so good, so expensive

Are expensively upholstered sofas worth the extra....well, expense? [more inside]
posted by Jon Mitchell at 11:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Staples discarded per year?

How many staples (metal pieces out of a stapler used to bind papers) are thrown away per year in the United States? In the world? Please cite a print reference if possible. Alternatively, I imagine that most staples are discarded. How many are produced?
posted by arrhn at 10:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Giving thanks for (and in) New York City

Suggestions needed: where to eat, watch football, and keep busy on Thanksgiving Day in New York City. [more inside]
posted by serialcomma at 10:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Do you retell other people's remarks?

Do you retell other people's clever remarks as your own? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 10:20 PM PST - 39 comments

Video Conversion Problem

How can I get mini-dvd video footage on to my Mac when I don't have a mini-dvd player & the format isn't compatable on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by DudeAsInCool at 9:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Why does my openoffice keep crashing?

Why does openoffice keep shutting itself down? [more inside]
posted by Old Man Wilson at 9:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Where in South Carolina can I learn how to be a good Graphic Designer?

Are there any good graphics design schools in South Carolina? [more inside]
posted by JDHarper at 9:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Weight training at home

I want to be stronger and more physically fit. So I've heard weight training is the way to go. As a complete n00b, where/how do I start? [more inside]
posted by zippity at 8:32 PM PST - 23 comments

What kind of thing is a note?

Ontology Filter: Give me a name for a category of things that I'm using in a system. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 8:29 PM PST - 15 comments

I need a very specialized game!

Help me find the perfect PC game to help my productivity! [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 8:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for Info on the Guilded Age

Partly because of finally seeing The Prestige I've become interested in learning more about the Gilded Age and am looking for recommendations of some good non-fiction books that cover this period in history. (note: this post is spoiler free) [more inside]
posted by kosher_jenny at 8:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Chairty for the Working Poor?

help me find a charity to help the working poor. [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 7:14 PM PST - 15 comments

What's with my TV's speakers?

What's wrong with my TV's speakers? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora at 7:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Himalayas in February?

Is trekking/bumming around the Indian Himalayas in February a good idea? [more inside]
posted by Wendy at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me pick an RTS to play

I'm looking for an interesting and fun Real Time Strategy game to play. I love the concept, but have never really found one that I enjoy - too much dirt farming or bizarre interfaces or complex strategies that bewilder my Quake-addled brain. [more inside]
posted by rks404 at 6:17 PM PST - 32 comments

How to deal with disruptive university students who are determined to ruin the course and the tutors?

How to deal with disruptive university students who are determined to ruin the course and the tutors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:14 PM PST - 33 comments

Help me find an old Apple game.

Help me find an old Apple game. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 6:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Home Budget Software

I'm looking for free or invexpensive Home Budget Software. I've seen the previous AskMe and have searched [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 5:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Am I on the wrong track?

Do research scientists have social lives? [more inside]
posted by mayfly wake at 5:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Attn: Networking Gurus - Help me not break my internet connection!

How can I make my computer trust it's wireless connection to get to the internet? I have a Windows XP professional system with a wired connection through a local router to a softmodded Xbox and a wireless connection (USB adapter) that connects to a router in another room and out to the internet. Every time I enable the wired connection, I lose the ability to connect to websites. (Extended details inside) [more inside]
posted by neolith22 at 5:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Amazing Dryer Balls!

"Amazing Dryer Balls"...anyone use them? Do they work (as a replacement for chemical-y dryer sheets)? [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 at 5:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Bah Baah Baaah Baaaah

Man making sheep noises with delicate musical accompaniment. What is it? [more inside]
posted by klausness at 5:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Party place in DC for Birthday?

Any suggestions for fun bar/lounge in DC to celebrate a friend's birthday next weekend? Looking for a place that is not too expensive, has a little dance floor, good place for a group to celebrate a friend's 30th. I know Adams Morgan has alot of places like I am asking for ideas that are NOT in Adams Morgan.
posted by psususe at 5:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Crazy Startup Shiznit

I'm checking over the health of a friend's Dell laptop. In System Information -> Software Environment -> Startup Programs, she has thousands of entries, consisting of all the files in the system32 folder. These entries are duplicated under the user names .DEFAULT and NTAUTHORITY\SYSTEM, and are in location "Startup". Is this a problem, why are the entries there, should I delete them, and how?
posted by Arcaz Ino at 5:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Are my classmates really that terrible?

Are the other kids at my school going to draw on my arcade machine? [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms at 5:07 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the service that shows you a server on a map?

What is the name/URL of the tool that allows you to see a physical map of where a domain name's server is? [more inside]
posted by criticman at 4:50 PM PST - 10 comments

How to be a mail carrier?

How would someone go about getting a job as a mail carrier? [more inside]
posted by magodesky at 4:46 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I learn to stop and smell the roses?

What the hell is wrong with me? Why do I tend to fill my spare time with brainless crap? There's [more inside]
posted by richmondparker at 4:44 PM PST - 23 comments

Do I need to add RAM in matching pairs?

Do I have to add RAM in matched pairs to my dullard of a Dell Dimension 110? I've gotten conflicting information and don't know who to believe. I need to finish this post haste to meet a client deadline and I'm freaked at the prospect of ruining my computer, dismal as it is. I've got 256 and I'm trying to add another 100.
posted by wordswinker at 4:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I re-license my CC content under a more restrictive license?

I have a weblog which is published uses a Creative Commons Attribution license. I've discovered that some spammers are including snippets of my weblog posts in their e-mails, presumably to poison or avoid spam filters. It turns out leaving off the Non-Commercial clause was a bad idea! Is it possible to retroactively re-license my content under a more restrictive license, or am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:20 PM PST - 10 comments

EPL < Bundesliga < Serie A < SuperLiga < MLS?

How do the world's professional soccer leagues rank, generally, and where does MLS stand? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 3:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Good alternative comics suggestions?

Let's say I want to read some comic books... [more inside]
posted by Divine_Wino at 3:47 PM PST - 26 comments

How should a Western woman dress for Egypt?

Can anyone give me experience-based guidance on what clothing is acceptable for Western women visiting Egypt? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 3:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Where Can I Find Bajan Black Cake in NYC?

I believe that Bajan Black Cake is a traditional holiday treat. I sampled some last year and was immediately hooked. I considered making my own ( this year, but am beginning to think I don't have the time. Where can I find an authentic version in NYC?
posted by NYCinephile at 3:30 PM PST - 1 comment

where to eat near washington square park?

i'm looking for a relatively nice yet inexpensive restaurant that is walking distance from the nyu torch club. "located on Waverly Place between Greene St. and Mercer St. in Greenwich Village." it will be for a business meeting and yes i know the torch club has their own dining room but i am looking for something else. Thank you!
posted by Paleoindian at 3:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Converting AAC to MP3

How can I convert AAC sound files to MP3 files? For some reason, Powerpoint will not let me insert AAC files as sound files, so I'm looking for an easy way to convert about a dozen short AAC files so Powerpoint can recognize them.
posted by quintno at 3:17 PM PST - 7 comments

'Lolita' copyright status

Is Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita still under copyright? [more inside]
posted by sindark at 3:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Flash 8 / Actionscript 2.0 – How do I draw dynamically in a custom class.

Flash 8 / Actionscript 2.0 – How do I draw dynamically in a custom class. [more inside]
posted by miniape at 2:51 PM PST - 4 comments

anchor tags and php

I'm having trouble getting anchor tags working in a php-generated page. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 2:12 PM PST - 11 comments


I used to play an old DOS game in which you had to manuever a paper airplane through a house, with each room being a different level, each of which got progressively harder through the addition of obstacles. The plane, if I recall correctly, had a fixed rate of descent and could only rise by moving over a fan/vent. If you touched anything you died. It was an awesome combination of puzzle/action. Bonus points if you tell me how I can play it on a modern WinXP box.
posted by phrontist at 2:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Recipe rescue countdown (approx 1h left as at 4:20 EST)

What vegetables / potato / rice accompaniments would go well with pork sirloin roast with mango chutney? [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 1:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Gotta keep 'em separated

How do they separate eggs on an industrial scale? [more inside]
posted by aubilenon at 1:21 PM PST - 7 comments

How do you think she survived?

I was just reading this article about a Brazilian woman shot 6 times in the head and surviving with no mental damage. In fact, somehow the bullets didn't penetrate the skull. What type of gun can fire 6 bullets (assuming he didn't reload a Derringer or something) and do so little damage? I don't plan to use this knowledge for nefarious purposes, I'm just a curious dude.
posted by ktoad at 12:54 PM PST - 27 comments

First Rate and Second Rate in the Raj

I'm looking for two Indian (Hindi?) words that mean "high quality" and "low quality" and were used, for example, during the Brittish Raj to describe building construction as first rate or second rate. [more inside]
posted by alms at 12:02 PM PST - 7 comments


I'm thinking very seriously about moving to Kampala, Uganda. [more inside]
posted by clockzero at 11:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Not "Cats in Sinks" exactly, but close.

I just caught my cat peeing in my shower. Should this be encouraged? [more inside]
posted by YoBananaBoy at 11:59 AM PST - 17 comments

When was Coke cake created?

Is Coca-Cola cake a product of wartime privation? [more inside]
posted by killerinsideme at 11:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Attached to the copier... Help!

Fresh out of college, with an entry level job in a neat industry. What’s the best way to acquire as much knowledge as possible from folks who are in positions I desire? I don't want to just make copies and deliver the mail forever! [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews at 10:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Nokia E61 experiences?

Does anyone have a Nokia E61? Pleased with it? Hate it? Anyone have a device which does the same things as this that I should consider? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 10:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Video Arcades in Pittsburgh?

Is there a good place to play coin-op video games in Pittsburgh, PA? [more inside]
posted by punkrockrat at 10:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 encoding (export) problems.

Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 encoding (export) problems. Hopefully someone can help me out! [more inside]
posted by cheero at 9:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Tools for Creating a Calendar in Adobe Illustrator

Tools for creating a 2007 calendar in Adobe Illustrator? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 9:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Riche's or Rich's?

How do you pronounce the possessive "s" following something ending in s or ch? [more inside]
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