November 2007 Archives

November 30

I am not a conspiracy theorist, but. . .

What kinds of high-technology things exist now but will only come to light 50 or 100 years from now? Speculative, but asking for concrete answers. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 11:37 PM PST - 49 comments

What on earth should I put on my graduate school application CV?

What on earth should I put on my graduate school application CV? I was a good student, but didn't win any scholarships, and my work experience is irrelevant to the academic discipline. [more inside]
posted by limon at 10:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Can you read the signs?

What non-letter character sets would translate well into tattoos? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 8:43 PM PST - 31 comments

Froggers anyone?

Probably about 5 years ago my friends and I were going on a hiking trip up to the White Mountains in New Hampshire we stopped on the way up in what my dad says was Rochester, New Hampshire and ate breakfast at a little restaurant called Froggers. It was called Froggers because everything was covered in different types of frogs, from dolls to wooden statues to toy frogs, anything frog related you can think of. Does anybody from that area remember that restaurant or have any information? It might not have been the right town
posted by lilkeith07 at 8:40 PM PST - 10 comments

i gotta get digivideowebificated!

I'm trying to get the local webcam to stream to the stage on Flash CS3 actionscript3. When I run it, I get a blank screen and no errors. Any help at all would be appreciated. Here is my code so far: import flash.system.SecurityPanel; Security.showSettings(SecurityPanel.CAMERA); var cam:Camera = Camera.getCamera(name); var vid:Video = new Video(); vid.attachCamera(cam); stage.addChild(vid); Thanks! [more inside]
posted by univac at 8:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Doing a bit on the side ...

I'm a coder, with skills in python, ruby, rails, java, etc. I've recently started getting offers for (and accepting) short-term contract work in addition to my longer-term dayjob contract. However, I'm unsure what the going rate is for the work I do - how much should I charge on a per-hourly basis? How does this vary with respect to the length of the contract (eg, a day, a week, a month, six months)? [more inside]
posted by ysabet at 8:10 PM PST - 5 comments


Why do blue Christmas lights hurt the hell out of my eyes? [more inside]
posted by InnocentBystander at 7:44 PM PST - 12 comments

In love or insane?

I am still, I think, in love with a man I met over ten years ago, and I can't get him out of my mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I handle being listed as a fake reference?

A friend and somewhat distant in-law put me down as a reference without asking me. The problem is that she's faked my credentials (listing me as a manager rather than a peon) and has emailed me a 'back story' to give to the caller. That ain't all... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 PM PST - 27 comments

Compensation Questions

Can an employer reveal your compensation, benefits, etc. to 3rd parties? Alternately, is there any way for a 3rd party that you do not directly authorize find out this information through any channels? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:01 PM PST - 8 comments

the undiscovered country

If you've been dead (or know someone who has), and were conscious while it happened: what does it feel like to die? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 6:46 PM PST - 33 comments

Can unpaid XBox Live hurt my credit score?

Can Microsoft put anything negative on my credit history if I owe them $8.30 for a month of unpaid Xbox Live Gold membership? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 5:15 PM PST - 15 comments

What is bigger than alot or a shitload?

My son asked me how many trees there are in the world. I know there are a finite number, yet I also know that it is not practical to count them. Same with grains of sand. When the set cannot be measured because it goes on forever we say the set is infinite. Is there a single word to express the concept of a countable, finite number too large to actually count? [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn at 5:14 PM PST - 43 comments

What to do with all these panties?

What to do with all these panties? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 4:32 PM PST - 42 comments

I need another pair of these awesome shoes

Where can I find this shoe (or something similar)? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 3:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Fear of Catabolism

Is running 3+ miles 4 or more times a week hurting my muscle mass gains? I'm alternating jump rope in 1-2x a week with it for 30 minute sessions. [more inside]
posted by gmodelo at 3:07 PM PST - 12 comments

GPS and mapping software help needed

I'm a product rep and have to visit stores all over the city. I'm looking for a reasonably priced GPS that will allow me to enter various addresses, then the software will organize it and plan an itinerary. Do tomtoms, etc. have this functionality? If not, is there software or mapping programs that will do this? [more inside]
posted by birdlady at 2:48 PM PST - 8 comments

International social networking - please help verify!

Global social networking: I've assembled this list of the most popular social networking websites in the US, France, Germany, China, India, the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy. Users of these sites: please help me make sure it's accurate! [more inside]
posted by lhall at 2:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Is it possible to buy .su email address?

Is it possible to buy .su email address? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 2:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me solve this eBay iPhone pricing mystery!

Can someone explain to me why iPhones are routinely selling for way more than retail price on eBay? There's no shortage of 'em. [more inside]
posted by evariste at 1:56 PM PST - 19 comments

iTunes cannot find my file!

Stupid iTunes problem - yes, I Googled it . . . [more inside]
posted by tr33hggr at 1:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Advice for Studying Abroad in Germany

I have just been accepted into a study abroad program in Germany for next summer, and am very excited! But now I would like some advice. [more inside]
posted by internet!Hannah at 1:18 PM PST - 20 comments

How should I track freelance graphic design jobs?

What should I use to track freelance graphic design jobs? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 12:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Maximising my chances of success getting to top consulting company?

I have a year before I am eligible to work for a big consulting company. What should I do during this year to maximise my chances of success, or bump up starting salary? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 12:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Who was that mean monster?

Does anyone remember a t-shirt from the 1970s that had a green monster on it giving the finger? [more inside]
posted by chippie at 12:40 PM PST - 10 comments

What to charge for a 3 minute throwaway web edit?

What do I charge for a 3 minute throwaway web edit, and how do I carefully extricate myself from any expectations that may have caused? [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 12:12 PM PST - 33 comments

eclipse or crossfire

07 mitsubishi eclipse gs or 06 chrysler crossfire limited? [more inside]
posted by kowboy at 12:00 PM PST - 24 comments

Painter Saves the World!

Name this presumably 80's era animated movie: an evil toad king with a screaming mechanical army has taken over the kingdom, and the hero of the story is a painter with an old style oval thumb palette and a blue beret. [more inside]
posted by prostyle at 11:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Frakking Cylons!

I'm interested in coming to a more academic understanding of Battlestar Galactica (particularly Cylons). Are there any resources or texts out there which can help me? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 11:21 AM PST - 19 comments

Embedding RSS w/ Grace and Style

I've been using FeedDigest to convert and embed an RSS feed into an HTML page, and love the simplicity of it and the ability to customize the look of the embedded results. I don't love, though, FeedDigest's slowness in updating the feed content, or that I'm relying on a third-party to middleman the content onto the page. Is something dead simple, be it code in the page, or on the server, a Flash app, etc., that I could replace FeedDigest with? [more inside]
posted by boombot at 11:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Windows movie maker

Is it possible to use Windows movie maker to create Video CD so that i can play it on my VCD player ? I am able to use it to create wmv files from my camcorder MiniDV tape.
posted by tom123 at 10:46 AM PST - 1 comment

Good present for a teenaged boy.

What would be a cool present for a 15-year old boy who wants for nothing. [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 10:33 AM PST - 47 comments

Why are car heaters trying to kill me?

Who do I get nauseous the second the heater is turned on in the car? [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend at 10:26 AM PST - 25 comments

To blow or not to blow?

Should you clear your sinuses by blowing your nose or (as gross as this sounds) suck it out and spit? [more inside]
posted by vermontlife at 10:17 AM PST - 24 comments

How to hire a reputable, effective PI in DC Metro area (VA)?

How to hire a reputable, effective PI in DC Metro area (VA)? [more inside]
posted by beezy at 9:54 AM PST - 4 comments

need clasp for bike chain bracelet

need to find weird folding bracelet clasp for bike chain bracelet [more inside]
posted by annoyance at 9:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Search engine uses old meta description

Why does my site keep showing up on search engines with out of date met descriptions and keywords? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 9:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Long driving trip, escaping cats, how do I contain them?

I have a 25 hour drive ahead of me (Chicago to Seattle), and I am taking 2 cats. The problem I am worried about is the food/water/litter situation, as I have one cat that will run away if given the smallest chance. [more inside]
posted by ceberon at 9:16 AM PST - 23 comments

Good self-help-type book(s) on occupational therapy?

Good self-help-type book(s) on occupational therapy? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico at 9:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Right of way?

Traffic question- Who has the right of way? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 9:08 AM PST - 32 comments

Gold Power - the search for the Golden Fist Air Freshener

Some dollar stores in Chicago used to sell these golden fist shaped air fresheners which were meant to be mounted on the dashboard. They put out a powery fresh scent were dead serious cool. [more inside]
posted by suitcase at 9:04 AM PST - 6 comments

What are some tricks of the Dr. Feelgood trade?

What are some techniques and tricks of pill-pushing celebrity doctors? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 8:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Wii need some Wii's!

What kind of chance do I have of finding a Wii before Christmas? [more inside]
posted by DMan at 8:43 AM PST - 32 comments

Amazon Kindle: will you ever be in color?

Gadget-filter: Do you think Amazon's Kindle will ever be offered in color rather than b/w? [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 8:34 AM PST - 12 comments

Why Log-in?

Why do most web-sites you want to check-out require you to "sign-in" with a user name and password to access there comments or free videos etc.. Is it a way to spam you or is there really any real use to the site owner?
posted by orlin at 8:28 AM PST - 13 comments

How were cell phone calls completed from hijacked planes on 9-11?

9-11 Technology Filter: I have never been able to even get signal on my Blackberry 8200 (GSM) within 10 seconds of liftoff, so how were cell phone calls completed from hijacked planes on 9-11? Specifically, given the prevailing handset, carrier, and tower technologies present in the Boston, NY, and DC metro and intervening areas at the time, and given the flight paths and altitudes of the hijacked planes, how were passengers able to complete cellphone calls to loved ones? [more inside]
posted by Pastabagel at 8:20 AM PST - 20 comments

Help With Old Handwriting

Help with old / smudged handwriting on the back of a Civil War photo. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 8:19 AM PST - 52 comments

How long does it take to become good at conducting job interviews?

How long does it take to become good at conducting job interviews (as an interviewer)? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 8:12 AM PST - 8 comments

How to setup my HDTV with HDMI cables?

How much of a difference would using a 25ft vs. a 35ft HDMI cable make for a new 50" Plasma TV setup? Or should I go out of my way to keep it at 20ft or less? [more inside]
posted by Wallzatcha at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

New York City outdoor weddings?

Any recs for a New York City outdoor wedding location that isn't hideously expensive and can hold 150-200 people? [more inside]
posted by doraphilia at 8:05 AM PST - 10 comments

How to recreate my handmade, RSS-aggregating, local-info website using existing CMS & plugins?

How could you use an off-the-shelf free CMS, theme and plugins to generate a (5+ column, RSS-aggregating, screen-scraping, client-side-scripting-free, fast-loading, autoupdating) page like this handmade local-info-aggregator webpage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Wolves at the Door

Wolf imagery and depression. References? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:59 AM PST - 10 comments

I need a good portfolio manager.

I'm looking for a great stock and mutual fund portfolio manager. It has to be web-delivered (I travel a lot) and free is always better. I have a very long wishlist of features I know I want and I'm open to the idea that there is some killer feature I don't know about that I also want. Of course, theres... [more inside]
posted by Lame_username at 7:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Harry Potter is heavy reading!

Should I finish off the Harry Potter series of books even though I get totally depressed after reading them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 AM PST - 26 comments

Attention Physics Geeks: How do we improve the functioning of our in-floor radiant heat?

Physics Geeks Please Help: Is it better to turn our radiant floor heating system on and off or to let it run? My partner and I have been debating this, for days and days now. Please help us stop the hate. [more inside]
posted by RedEmma at 7:11 AM PST - 30 comments

Bond girl seeks double entendre

My friend is having a Bond-themed 25th and requires an appropriate and original Bond-girl double entendre for a name. Any good suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 7:04 AM PST - 36 comments

Need a pair of comfy & warn shoes.

Can you help me find warm and comfortable shoes? No huge snow shoes, please. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 7:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Dog damage to window

I have a dog (actually 4) who paws/claws at the window occasionally when other dogs pass by. The result is that the mullions get scratched and damaged. [more inside]
posted by shaarog at 6:53 AM PST - 8 comments

I guess good things make me anxious, too!

How can I keep my head on straight as a first time "friend with benefits"? Is this just not for me? Of course there is a LONG story after the jump. Wee, come with me! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 25 comments

How do I find an old Penpal I haven't written to in ages?

How would one go about trying to find an old penpal who would no doubt have internet access but whose last name I can't remember and who also I haven't written to for about 15 years or so? Also, she would have changed address since the last one I can remember. [more inside]
posted by h00py at 6:51 AM PST - 5 comments

What's a good portable console to burn my public transportation hours with?

Recommend me a (cheap) handheld gaming console! [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 6:30 AM PST - 29 comments

Name That Tune: Da Da Da Daa Da Daaaa...

Song ID Filter: I want to identify a song, but the only lyrics I know are "da da da daa daaaa...." [more inside]
posted by sluggo at 6:11 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommended Stata alternatives?

What is the best free substitute for Stata? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 4:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Overscanning in order to fit in ads?

At the height of the "earn money viewing ads" craze there was a (PC-only) program that hacked the VGA driver, in Windows I think, to add a few extra lines in which to display ads. This would still give you, say, 640x480 for normal stuff with 20 or so lines added for an ad bar that went across the top or bottom of the screen. Does anyone have any pointers to information about it that survives on the Web?
posted by krisjohn at 4:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Kung Fu gifts?

What Kung Fu movie would make a good gift? [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot at 1:31 AM PST - 28 comments

How to hack "Gridlock" Wordpress theme?

There's a great magazine style Wordpress theme called "Gridlock" which allows for some cool tricks, but appears to be limited in terms of changes. First take a peek at the theme. And the download page. It has a large spot at the top for the newest article, and then below this, side by side, are the next two most recent entries. The problem is there doesn't seem a way to another row for more posts. The designer explains the reason he doesn't want to make this an option is because he likes it the way it is - however, it is open source, so he encourages others to tweak it. Any coders out there up to the challenge to figure this out? The other major request is finding a way to make this theme centered on the page... although I've read of some workarounds online already.
posted by Unsomnambulist at 1:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Open active amateur repeaters in the Bay Area

I will be traveling to the bay area, San Jose, in December. I am also an amateur radio operator. I have a list of open repeaters but I am wondering if anyone knows which ones are more active that you can just get on and rag chew. Also if there are any good repeaters on the 5 FWY, through Gilroy, and up to San Jose. That is the route I will be taking.
posted by KI6ILS at 12:32 AM PST - 1 comment

November 29

Native Born requirement for Canada PM?

In America, you have to be born there to be President. Is there a similar law in Canada? Do you have to be Canadian-born to ever be Prime Minister, or just a citizen?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:49 PM PST - 28 comments

How can I become good at speaking extemporaneously?

How can I become good at speaking extemporaneously? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 10:18 PM PST - 13 comments --> --> transfer gift gertificate balance between sites? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 9:28 PM PST - 4 comments

crazyblinddate is crazy, yes?

Does anyone have any experience with, from the okcupid people? [more inside]
posted by kerfuffled at 9:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Urban & Farm-friendly

Looking for some cool cities with close proximity to agricultural work... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 9:11 PM PST - 19 comments

Why does China put lead in/on everything?

what's so great about lead and why are Chinese companies using so much of it? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank at 8:43 PM PST - 16 comments

SFO, quick!

I have a 6-hour layover in San Francisco on Saturday night (7PM - 1AM). I want to get out of the airport and do some Christmas shopping and grab something to eat for a few hours, say 8-10PM. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 8:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Educational Computer sites for kids?

I'm looking for great educational computer sites for kids. [more inside]
posted by mcarthey at 8:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there a way to set the keyboard character repeat rate to zero in Ubuntu?

Is there a way to set the keyboard character repeat rate to zero in Ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by zouhair at 7:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a taste of new orleans...literally!

There used to be a really good cajun restaurant in Atlanta called "A Taste of New Orleans". It was on one of the Peachtree Streets/Blvd/Ave/etc near one of the famous strip joints (I forget the name). They had the absolute best andouille sausage with their red beans & rice! It's been about 10 years since I've been there, but I'm coming up short Googling for it. Did it close down or something? Are there any other good cajun restaurants in Atlanta?
posted by edjusted at 7:42 PM PST - 17 comments

What 'Choose Your Own Adventure'-style RPG would you recommend to a video game novice? (wii or mac)

What 'Choose Your Own Adventure'-style RPG would you recommend to a video game novice? (wii or mac) [more inside]
posted by evadery at 7:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Let's hope this doesn't jinx it.

Why would using a menstrual cup make periods shorter? To the squeamish: this question, shockingly, contains details about menstruation. [more inside]
posted by crinklebat at 7:03 PM PST - 39 comments

Where can I shower in Memphis?

I feel like a moron for asking this: Where can I take a shower in Memphis on Saturday? No, I'm not asking to use yours. [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 7:00 PM PST - 14 comments

Mark CF, I love you, but go away :P

What are some good (preferably experience-based) birthday gifts for a 21-year-old Australian programming geek who thinks he's Danish? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Heaing for trigeminal neuralgia

Any advice for a disability hearing for trigeminal neuralgia? [more inside]
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 6:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Stackable DVD Crates

Where can I find plastic, stackable, interlocking DVD crates? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 6:29 PM PST - 1 comment

Do I want to have internet access wherever I go?

Do I want to have internet access wherever I go? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 6:13 PM PST - 44 comments


Please help me find or create "dramatic groundhog"-like sound effects. [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 6:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Camera and Video in South Bay Area?

Any good video & camera / accessory shops in the South Bay area? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 5:27 PM PST - 4 comments

let's warm it up this winter!

'tis the season for hot alcoholic drinks. throw your recipes at me! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 5:21 PM PST - 33 comments

Satellite for Nerds?

Can there seriously not be a single science (or even technology) channel on either one of the two satellite radio systems? [more inside]
posted by DU at 4:47 PM PST - 21 comments

How to Fix input title attribute in IE6?

Why does this text box input have its title flash on and off when I hover over it, and more importantly how do I fix it? When a user hovers over the box the title should just stay. [more inside]
posted by GregX3 at 4:29 PM PST - 10 comments

More like freerice

More on-line word games like freerice? [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 4:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Books about places?

Can you recommend some good books about places? [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat at 4:15 PM PST - 23 comments

How to get a Flash file to overlay on a URL submitted by form.

I'm looking for the simplest way to accomplish what happens here. [more inside]
posted by davebush at 4:14 PM PST - 5 comments

using my account to pay friend's debt

using my checking accountt to settle a friend's delinquent bank fees, bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 4:07 PM PST - 34 comments

Where are the malware scanners?

Every month or two there seems to be an ominous report from a research organization about the prevalence in internet connected computers of spam bot software and trojans that (apparently) aren't picked up by pc based virus scanning programs. So how do the researchers identify them? Are there online scanners for end users that can identify spam bots, trojans, key loggers and other malware not picked up by the usual anti virus programs? Bonus: I'm running without a real time antivirus scanner, depending on regular online scanning from several sites. No problems so far. Is this an acceptible practice?
posted by bbranden1 at 3:34 PM PST - 18 comments

Web-savvy CPAs in Washington, D.C.?

I'm a freelance web developer working in Washington, D.C. -- can anyone recommend a CPA who can help me figure out my tax situation? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 3:07 PM PST - 1 comment

How to Preserve T-Shirts With Iron-On Graphics?

Other than turning the T-shirts inside out and drying them with low heat, what can a person do to protect his/her clothing with ironed-on graphics?
posted by frogan at 2:52 PM PST - 9 comments

At what point do you cut your losses?

Stock question: I have two ETFs (BDJ and DCS) that have been declining all year but have really gone into the toilet lately. I've lost about 30% combined on both. Would it be best to just cut my losses and sell them now or actually buy more? [more inside]
posted by mattbucher at 2:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Help put together my setlist

Help me figure out a vocal repertoire. [more inside]
posted by tdismukes at 2:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Can't be a mommy yet.

I had sex for the first time, and less than a week later I had period-like cramps and some blood spotting in my underwear. Was I, or am I now, pregnant? We took every possible precaution... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM PST - 57 comments

Is it wrong to plan for your career based on your ideas about the future economy?

Help me get some perspective about my life and career. Is it stupid to make career decisions based on world trends that haven't happened yet? Or is it stupider to make plans based on the idea that everything will stay pretty much the way it is going? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:38 PM PST - 17 comments

more ls colors?

Linuxn00bfilter. I'm using "la" to alias "ls -lAXh" and it gives me happy colors for different types of stuff, but if I add a "|more" to that, the colors get stripped. Is there anything I can do about that?
posted by juv3nal at 2:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Complimentary service.

What are we bombing them with, exactly? A question for weapons geeks. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 2:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Replacement for Hanes Resilience nylons?

What's a good replacement for Hanes Resilience nylons? [more inside]
posted by Orinda at 2:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Suggestions for good interior design magazines?

Good interior design magazines? [more inside]
posted by MsVader at 1:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Big Brother me, please.

Using the BlackBerry 8830 on Sprint, what software is available to upload my exact, current location (via internal GPS) to a custom Google Map every X number of seconds? Similar to what this guy did.
posted by nitsuj at 1:14 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I set a default adress for a contact in

How do I change the default address that comes up when I type someone's name in Apple [more inside]
posted by nbrier at 1:08 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I configure Movable Type's email settings when using Google Apps?

I've using Movable Type on my web host and my email is hosted with Google Apps. How do I configure Movable Type to send out notification emails from my domain when the mx is Google's and not the web host?
posted by arathorn at 12:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Cancel a SQL Server Query

Please help me understand what happens when I click the cancel query button in SQL Server Management Studio. [more inside]
posted by smithygreg at 12:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help my find a pair of headphones that won't hurt my head or ears.

Please help my find a pair of headphones that won't hurt my head or ears. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 12:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Young White Rapper vs. The Municipal Courts of the Midwest

Is my white rapper little brother being discriminated against in municipal court? [more inside]
posted by thebellafonte at 12:42 PM PST - 27 comments

Looking for an affordable mac app to add caption bubbles and other annotations to videos

I'm in the process of making some screencast software demos. My issue is not capturing the video, rather it is going back and adding annotations to the video. The demos do not have any sounds, so I'd like to go back and add captions, text bubbles, arrows, boxes, etc. to the video for added instruction. Adobe makes an application, but it costs $700. I was hoping to find something a little (a lot) more affordable. I'm running a Mac.
posted by jpep at 12:42 PM PST - 17 comments

What should I do with the mass quantities of turkey stock I now have?

What should I do with the mass quantities of turkey stock I now have? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 12:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Who's in charge?

Can someone spell out for me the hierarchy of doctor(s), certified nurse midwives, nurses and others in the setting of the labor and delivery room? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 11:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Subchorionic hematoma: What next?

Ever had a subchorionic hematoma? First trimester, just diagnosed. What should I expect? (Somewhat graphic description included inside). [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 11:40 AM PST - 8 comments


A question to help resolve an argument: Can not using soap on your body result in negative consequences? [more inside]
posted by smartless at 11:34 AM PST - 44 comments

Retro-Future Party Foods

Dear Ask Metafilter: I'm searching for recipes from the future of the past. [more inside]
posted by hilatron at 11:14 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me get Sonos working

Sonos is seriously bugging Mrs. HotBot and, by the transitive property of bugging, me. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 10:54 AM PST - 18 comments

What's a good traffic-enabled GPS navigator?

Lazyweb, I need help choosing an automotive GPS navigation unit for a directionally-challenged relative. It must receive traffic updates, have an ability to remember programmed routes, and be reasonably easy to install and use. [more inside]
posted by Tacos Are Pretty Great at 10:52 AM PST - 11 comments

I am a special snowflake and I need eveyone to be quiet

I have to share an office with a "percussionist." He drums on his desk, taps his foot, etc. It drives me crazy, and I feel like my head is about to explode. Is it rude for me to ask him to stop? If so, what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 10:50 AM PST - 56 comments

The Cat Who Walked on Keyboards

Did my cat fry my laptop battery? Either way, what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Photography Laureates - info please

Is anyone familiar with the web site Photography Laureates? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 10:09 AM PST - 5 comments

Coping/patience advice for someone going on a large synagogue tour to Israel.

Coping/patience advice for someone going on a large synagogue tour to Israel. [more inside]
posted by gillyflower at 10:04 AM PST - 17 comments

hands up detroit

[holiday_gift-filter] My wife needs a new watch and I'd like to buy one for her, but I can't seem to find anything that fits my requirements. [more inside]
posted by jmgorman at 9:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Labor of Love v. Labor

Any insight on volunteering at Sundance? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant at 9:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Gaming in Korea

Please me point to articles or studies on how gaming in Korea has become a serious pursuit --- particularly in terms of gaming fatigue, celebrity, ethics, and monetary gain. Thanks!
posted by jne1813 at 9:38 AM PST - 5 comments

In need of a raise

It has become apparent that a friend is extremely past due for a raise. Given the circumstances, what is the best method of approach? [more inside]
posted by tomorama at 9:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Ook. Ook Ook Ook.

I want a set of Discworld bookends for my Terry Pratchett collection. I'm particularly interested in Death, as I already have a gift set with the Librarian and Rincewind. I'm having trouble even finding the bookends online, and shipping directly from the UK would be pretty expensive, as they're heavy (naturally) and I'm in Florida. Where to look? How to get the best deal? Any help from the hive mind would be greatly appreciated!
posted by misha at 9:18 AM PST - 5 comments

car wrap

I am planning on graphically wrapping my car. I would like to create the wrapped image onto a jpg of my car with perspective in either photoshop or sketchup or any other graphics program. Anyone have any ideas on how to create this graphically, so I can see it before I print it
posted by aisleofview at 8:55 AM PST - 5 comments

I Hate The Yellow River

Inappropriate cat pee issue. [more inside]
posted by plinth at 8:45 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I treat my website as a real business?

My website is starting to turn into an actual business. How do I go about treating it like one? [more inside]
posted by quibx at 8:40 AM PST - 12 comments

How accurate is my motorcycle speedometer?

How accurate is my motorcycle speedometer? [more inside]
posted by ijoshua at 8:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Please help me find an affordable route to fashionable pants that fit.

Please help me find an affordable route to fashionable pants that fit. [more inside]
posted by sequential at 8:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find this Time Magazine illustration online

I'm trying to find an online version of the illustration from the Best Inventions of 2007 issue of Time Magazine. The illustration depicts a man on a bicycle covered overwhelmingly in gadgets next to a young woman holding an iPhone.
posted by billtron at 8:22 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I get feeling back in my hand after it fell asleep?

My arm fell asleep after I slept on it wrong, and a day later, my hand still feels funny. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 8:21 AM PST - 14 comments

What blogs/online magazines can I contact to promote a firm that specializes in modern residential architecture?

I'm compiling a list of architecture sites/blogs/magazines to promote the architecture firm I'm working for. The firm does idiosyncratic, residential work that is a modern take on generic residential vernacular (their houses look a bit like Atelier Bow-Wow's residential design). What publications and blogs should I get in touch with? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign at 7:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there any way to surf Japanese web pages on a US cell phone?

I have a US cell phone (LG Muziq, Sprint is the provider). I would REALLY like to be able to read Japanese web pages on it, but whenever I surf to a page with Japanese text it just shows up as garbage. I've installed Opera Mini on my phone, but that didn't help, even though the demo on their website does show Japanese characters. Is there any way to get this to work? I don't need to be able to type in Japanese, or send Japanese text messages. I just want to be able to read Japanese web pages. If I can't do this on the phone directly, then maybe there's another website I could visit that would convert the Japanese text to images?
posted by Vorteks at 7:40 AM PST - 4 comments

What's a good shortwave radio for someone on a budget?

What's the best shortwave radio for someone on a budget? [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 7:38 AM PST - 7 comments

A very special shoe

70 Euros to ship a shoe? What the heck is going on here? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 7:29 AM PST - 55 comments

Should I ask her out, and how?

I really like this girl, but I'm not sure if she likes me. Should I play it cool or forge full speed ahead? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 AM PST - 45 comments

Negotiate a raise without issuing an ultimatum?

How does one best go about negotiating a raise when one is not inclined to use resigning as a negotiating tool? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 7:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Determining the right credit limit for optimal FICO score?

How many credit cards should I have and what should my limits be for the best possible credit score? [more inside]
posted by amfea at 7:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Much historical value to an old Guam WW2 Navy flight logbook?

My grandfather recently showed us an old handwritten flight logbook from when he served in Guam in WW2 with the Navy. Would scanning this serve any interest to someone? Might it be considered classified info? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 6:59 AM PST - 8 comments

I feel so cornered and humiliated by my boss

I feel so cornered and humiliated by my boss. She's the owner of the franchise, so I don't know who to complain to or what to do about it. [more inside]
posted by Niomi at 6:47 AM PST - 32 comments

Quality Digital Notepad for Macs?

I'm looking for a good quality digital notepad that is Mac compatible. [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers at 6:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me name this song!

Song Lyrics Filter: Help me name the Title/Artist of the song with these lyrics [more inside]
posted by unceman at 6:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Help Me Find Straightforward Christmas Music

I need a recommendation for a good, classic, straightforward Christmas album. [more inside]
posted by Bugbread at 5:10 AM PST - 26 comments

Is it available and who has it? Resource Checkout Software (Laptops, A/V Equipment...etc)

Looking for equipment reservation web application. Know of any... commerical or open? [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 4:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Help Me Identify a Story About A Pool Party Bomb

TeenAngstFilter: Can you help me identify a short story about a student who blows up a pool? [more inside]
posted by burnmp3s at 4:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Beyond cereal

Your ideas for toddler and/or baby foods from different cultures? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer at 4:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Extremely hot laptop

I have a hot laptop. In fact, it's so hot that I can't even touch it. Is this normal? Or has the fan given up? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 1:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Managing Photos Locally

I need an equivalent of Flickr or Picasa Web Albums that can be hosted locally on our network. [more inside]
posted by daviss at 12:05 AM PST - 8 comments

November 28

Looking for a midi/audio looper

I'm looking for (preferably software-based) audio and midi loopers, designed for real time use. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 10:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Name That Tune - Shrek 2 - Orchestral/Choral piece in Far Far Away.

Name That Tune - Shrek 2 - Orchestral/Choral piece in Far Far Away. [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 10:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there a way to set the keyboard character repeat rate to zero in Windows?

Is there a way to set the keyboard character repeat rate to zero in Windows? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me reconcile emotionally with my new graduate degree.

I'm finishing a master's program in the next few weeks and I'm feeling horrible about my experience acquiring it. I did a 2 and a half year accelerated nursing program that led into a master's to become a nurse practitioner. I am really excited about the field and looking forward to where the degree can take me, but the last year and a half (the master's portion) of the process was so emotionally damaging I'm not sure how to move on! [more inside]
posted by hurricanemag at 9:25 PM PST - 21 comments

BackpackingFilter: What items are must-takes for South East Asia (or generally)?

BackpackingFilter: What items are must-takes for South East Asia (or generally)? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 9:13 PM PST - 40 comments

I want my Cable TV Recalibration? (Zenith TV circa 1990)

Our TV is a Zenith Space Command (circa 1990, serial # SG5245S). At present it's hooked up to cable from Shaw (connections are all connected), but we only get about 4 channels (the rest are fuzz). Can the TV be re-calibrated? We have no TV manual (bought it used), and there is no apparent "reset" button, etc. There are buttons that say: Skip, Add, Band, AFC (?). Any guidance is appreciated....
posted by rumbles at 8:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Housetraining a pup: Ready to just buy a couple of corks

Another puppy housetraining question. She'll be 1yo in three weeks and she's still having accidents. help [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 8:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Video Stabilization on a Digital Camera - Same as Image Stabilization?

Will image stabilization on Digital Cameras stabilize the video recording as well? I have a Canon Elph, which does not have IS. I was looking at the Canon SD700 IS, but only if it worked for recording video too. I have an older Sony TRV-22 handicam that has steadyshot, but I find using the digital elph much more convenient. Great photos, and nice video quality too, except the obvious lack of video stabilization.
posted by passtehbrainz at 8:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Wanted: Friendly postal correspondence with smart, sane, sincere individuals

How do I go about finding a pen pal with whom I have a lot in common, one who will also be loyal in writing letters on a regular basis? [more inside]
posted by susiepie at 8:22 PM PST - 16 comments

The eternal battle: iPhone vs. iPod Touch: which is right for me?

Should I ask for an iPhone or an iPod Touch for Christmas? My usage specs inside. I need some perspective and some insight from current users of both. [more inside]
posted by MadamM at 8:14 PM PST - 24 comments

Employer overpaid. No payback + they find out = lose job?

I got paid twice! YAY! ... Oh, wait. Do I risk losing my job if I don't tell my boss, and they find out later? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:54 PM PST - 49 comments

Music to make me cry?

I've been listening to Johnny Cash's American V and it is breaking my heart. I'm in a wallowing mood and looking for other such raw emotional songs that are relatively simple (not a lot of instruments). Any genre. [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese at 7:48 PM PST - 58 comments

Resurrecting saggy jeans

What can you do when the ass falls out of your jeans? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 7:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy good iceskates in Chicago?

Can anyone recommend a place in the Chicago area to purchase ice skates? And do you know if I should go for figure or hockey if I'm planning to use them for exercise purposes? [more inside]
posted by moooshy at 7:17 PM PST - 21 comments

A good external storage option for $100 and under?

What is a good external HD option for around $100 that focuses on reliability and capacity? Speed is unimportant and I am willing to use an enclosure/internal HD as an option. [more inside]
posted by Empyrean_72 at 6:55 PM PST - 14 comments

massage therapist in Melbourne

Looking for deep tissue massage therapist in Melbourne's eastern suburbs [more inside]
posted by hithere at 6:46 PM PST - 1 comment

Please to be voting for me?

How can my newbie-politician husband stage an effective campaign against more well-known candidates for State Rep in Massachusetts? [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah at 6:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Charging while cycling

I'm going on a 10+ day bike ride and want to be able to use my fantastic Nokia 6110 (with built in GPS) and my ipod Nano as long as possible. I bought a cheap solar panel charger on ebay and have found that it's useless. What are the best solutions? So far under consideration are better solar, a spare battery for the phone and emergency chargers that can be recharged when I can get to mains power. The 'name brand' solar chargers around, the solio and the freeloader also have negative reviews. The Freeplay 12V looks cool, but has also got some pretty poor reviews (but at least it looks like it works). What would you recommend?
posted by sien at 6:07 PM PST - 23 comments

Help make an N800c boot in VGA-out!

I need help changing BIOS settings in a headless laptop to make it boot in VGA-out mode. [more inside]
posted by kureshii at 5:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Lost my Windows machine, but all I miss are my Firefox extensions

I'm trying to recover a session manager extension to Firefox. Problem is, I don't remember what it was called. [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 5:31 PM PST - 7 comments

I got them ol' DHCP blues

My PC has completely lost interest in automatically obtaining an IP address from any network, by any method. [more inside]
posted by nylon at 4:59 PM PST - 16 comments


What is wrong with my surge protector??!! [more inside]
posted by Hargrimm at 4:52 PM PST - 13 comments

I need my cafe con leche. Help me make it.

Help me replicate my beloved cafe con leche. [more inside]
posted by notjustfoxybrown at 4:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I fix my own furnace?

Help! It's cold and my furnace is broken. Since it doesn't have RAM, a PCI slot or a motherboard, I am clueless. Are there any manageable troubleshooting activities I might try on my own before I become a meat popsicle? [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 4:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Best Lightweight Free OS?

Best Linux Based OS? [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 4:17 PM PST - 21 comments

And the "most useless organ of the human body award" goes to...

StupidQuestionFilter: What is the most useless organ in the body? [more inside]
posted by JaySunSee at 3:33 PM PST - 45 comments

Convert an XviD video to a standard codec?

How can I cut a video that uses an XviD codec into a few short clips, and convert them into a regular format that needs only Windows standard software to play? [more inside]
posted by whataboutben at 3:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Making the most of a Le Creuset Dutch oven.

Help me make the most of my new Le Creuset Dutch oven. [more inside]
posted by tulseluper at 2:47 PM PST - 21 comments

What to say instead of Good Luck

What are some less superstitious-sounding alternatives to the phrase "Good Luck"? [more inside]
posted by finite at 2:42 PM PST - 60 comments

Versatile alcohol for cooking

Yes, I know each recipe is best with a specific type of alcohol, preferably from the region that the cuisine originates from. But it simply not economical to have so many different bottles of alcohol If I only could have half a dozen bottles of alcohol to cook with, what would they be? Any specific vintage/brand recommendations. Bonus question: How to solve the "wine goes bad in a few days" problem, when I don't drink on a regular basis?
posted by jytsai at 2:40 PM PST - 21 comments

Help, my hands feel like they're from Heroes!

Help, my hands feel like they're from Heroes! Tonight I experienced a very intense buzzing sensation in my hands, my wife and her friend held my hand and both said they could feel it. If we discounted any non-biological cause (ie a vibrating floor) what could they have been feeling? Secondly, what was I experiencing? [more inside]
posted by razzman at 2:37 PM PST - 10 comments

High Speed Internet In Chicago?

High speed internet in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 2:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Hip-hop stuff to do in NYC

The 17-year-old son of a friend from Austria is into hip-hop. He'll be visiting NYC on 7-10 December and wants to know how to find out about concerts, venues, etc. Can anybody tell me the relevant websites to send him to?
posted by seeminglee at 2:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I be tested for celiac disease?

Who should be screened for celiac disease? And what would that entail? [more inside]
posted by craichead at 2:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Low-fat, low-sodium, vegan Christmas dinner food?

What are some great vegan, low-fat and low-sodium recipes suitable for a Christmas dinner? [more inside]
posted by jacobm at 1:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Idiot, slow down

What can I do to improve my driving record? [more inside]
posted by brevator at 1:43 PM PST - 12 comments

non-book canons

Canon-filter: Other lists/programs that are like the Great Books lists (that is, not a "best-of" but a course of study), only not for books?
posted by mundy at 1:41 PM PST - 7 comments

What can I say to a 3rd world child that doesn't make me sound like a braggart?

Do you sponsor a child? What do you write to them? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 1:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Social insecurity ahoy! How do I fix a bad first impression?

Pretty soon I’ll be going out of town to visit a good friend, and said friend has just invited me to the Xmas party with the folks she works with since it’ll be held while I’m out there. Problem is, they’re very cool and I’m very NOT. We’ve met before and I’m pretty sure most of them think of me as my friend’s dweeby, awkward, strange pal. This only compounds my anxiety and will likely make me act even MORE dweeby, awkward, & strange this time around. Please help me with damage control! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 21 comments

In search for flow while making out

How can I remove the awkwardness from initiating physical intimacy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 28 comments

It's all here in writing

Smallish bunch of creative writer-types (who've met up in person a couple of times) would like somewhere to hang out online: please suggest what kind of website might suit us best. [more inside]
posted by freston at 1:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Powerbook G4 help

Help with OS X on Powerbook. Darwin / BSD what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 12:54 PM PST - 7 comments

The Cold Equations - Strategies for Winter

Help an Australian survive the North American winter. [more inside]
posted by zamboni at 12:50 PM PST - 66 comments

Stop pooping the second I'm not watching you!

Last week I rescued a 7week old lab (mix) puppy from the pound before she was put down. She's a sweet girl, but I can't seem to get her house trained. We've got a soft crate, we feed her on a regular schedule, I take her out every two hours. ...more if she looks like she's sniffing around. Just a few minutes ago, I took her out, she tinkled, we came back in. I took my eyes off her long enough to get something out of the freezer, and she peed and pooped on my Xmas tree rug. [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 12:46 PM PST - 34 comments

Needed - Grapefruit Recipes

Recipefilter - I have a bunch of grapefruit, what can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by dicaxpuella at 12:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Can't find that song anywhere

What was that song I heard in a South American boliche/balada? [more inside]
posted by pallak7 at 12:15 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I accept the tardiness of those around me?

How can I accept the tardiness of those around me? [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob at 12:14 PM PST - 48 comments

Blockbuster censorship?

Can anyone prove that Blockbuster edits out content they deem obscene or immoral? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 12:10 PM PST - 33 comments

Can I get a cab in Huntington?

Can I get a cab at the Huntington LIRR stop? [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip at 11:52 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I tell what requests are slamming my Apache server?

Help my with my Apache Crisis. How do I figure out what requests are responsible for my load? [more inside]
posted by judge.mentok.the.mindtaker at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I mod this furniture the way I want to, or is it a recipe for death?

Can I mod this furniture the way I want to, or is it a recipe for death? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts at 11:15 AM PST - 12 comments

What's your fave eggnog?

Fancying myself a connoisseur of egg nog, I want to know your favorite pre-manufactured egg nogs (both alcoholic and non), and your favorite (or even "secret") family recipes to help me find the the best nog ever. [more inside]
posted by mboszko at 11:07 AM PST - 28 comments

How do I keep from getting my dog's roundworms?

How do I keep from getting my dog's roundworms? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 11:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Dust spots? Water marks? Crud on film?

Why am I getting blotches on my black and white negatives? What are the marks? Are they dust? Water spots? How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto at 10:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Why am I extra-ticklish when I'm sleepy?

Why o why am I more ticklish when I'm tired? I'm always ticklish but I notice a marked increase in twitchy tickle-inspired laughing fits when I'm yawny.
posted by pieliza at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

What to do in the Pacific Northwest next week?

What should I do in Seattle, Portland, and points between, during the first week of December? [more inside]
posted by vytae at 10:48 AM PST - 18 comments

What should I do with my last three weeks in Portland OR?

What should I do with my last three weeks in Portland OR? [more inside]
posted by concrete at 10:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Case of the Mysterious Email

Who tried to send this email, apparently from me? [more inside]
posted by justkevin at 10:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Duplicate events created in GCal using Firefox 3 Beta 1?

Why has Google Calendar started to duplicate my new events (same day, same time)? This only happens in Firefox 3 Beta 1. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 10:36 AM PST - 1 comment

What book writing software exists for Max OSX?

What book writing software exists for Max OSX? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 10:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Whether and how to buy a Macbook Pro coming from the land of windows and linux

Help me with my orientation on whether and how to buy a Macbook Pro 17" high resolution. [more inside]
posted by jouke at 10:23 AM PST - 20 comments

If I could afford a piano I would already have one...

Help me find a keyboard/synth with these specifications. [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities at 10:20 AM PST - 9 comments

He lives in a smoky, depressed, high stress area, and we'd like to fix that.

Mr. Jalapeno is on Chantix, Plendil and he's also had his dosage of Wellbutrin raised and mirtazapine/remeron added. [more inside]
posted by mitzyjalapeno at 10:19 AM PST - 14 comments

What short piece of text inspires you?

For my public-speaking workshop I've been told to memorize and recite 1 - 2 minutes of text that inspires me, from a story, speech, monologue or performance. All I can think of is silly love poems and scenes from Taxi Driver. Help! [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 10:10 AM PST - 32 comments

Look at me! Look at me!

What are your favorite celebrity gossip blogs?
posted by barrakuda at 9:57 AM PST - 36 comments

Portable GPS units in California

California residents, how do you mount portable GPS units to your car? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 9:44 AM PST - 10 comments


Is any Roman Britain aficionado (or UK-based archaeologist) aware of how the coastal fort in Ravenglass (Cumbria), previously known as Glanoventa (or Glannaventa), has now been re-designated? [more inside]
posted by kairab at 9:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Travel ideas for East-Asia vacation?

I'm planning 3 weeks this summer to travel with some friends (just out of college) to East Asia. Ideally, we'd like to fly from NY to Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok (in the cheapest possible order/arrangement). Any suggestions on attractions/lodgings/things-you-have-to-see at each destination (for the budget-conscious?) Spending approximately 4-5 days at each destination, hopefully spending a little time in the city and a little time exploring outside (i.e. I heard the beaches in Puket, near Bangkok, are very beautiful, so thats definitely planned).
posted by superwillis at 9:34 AM PST - 9 comments

[Candy-making Filter] Help me improve my Turkish Delight?

I have made Turkish Delight about ten times, and not once have I been satisfied with the results. Either the candy ends up limp and flaccid, or it's full of crunchy little sugar crystals. No matter how much I stir, no matter how precise I am with the heat ... I always end up with a sugary mess. Your thoughts?
posted by mr. remy at 9:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Examples of 'The Infinite' in Myth and Their Effect on Conditions of Truth

I am searching for examples of The Infinite, or the immeasurably large, in our mythologies and archetypes. I am also interested in the categories of Truth which came out of the emergence of Western, ontological thought. Does the trust in a rationally conceivable reality deny us the infinity of the mythological realm? By rooting ourselves in the present, and denying atemporal mythologies, do we also deny the infinite origins from where we came? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 9:32 AM PST - 22 comments

D-I-Y Christmas Bonus?

Today at work, a closet was being cleaned out, many items were being tossed in a trash cart. I noticed that a few of these items were unopened, brand new (though out-of-date) items, and out of curiousity, checked to see if they were worth anything. I noticed that a few of them were going for not-insignificant amounts of money on ye olde eBay, and "rescued" them from the trash, thinking about creating a D-I-Y Christmas Bonus out of them by putting them up on eBay. Other co-workers have done similar things, selling a fair amount of old equipment at garage sales, etc, and none of my immediate peers seemed to think anything of it. Mrs. [anonymous], however, seems to feel that it's ethically wrong to do so, and more importantly potentially legally wrong. Does the hivemind have any knowledge of the legal (and/or ethical) implications of this D-I-Y Christmas Bonus? (For reference, we're probably talking $300 total, here.)
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 31 comments

I'm being screwed over for overtime. How do I stop this from happening in future?

When/how should I argue about the overtime I've worked? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

GradSchoolFilter: How bad did I screw up, and can it be fixed?

I'm trying to get a M.S. in Computer Science, I already have a B.S. in Computer Science. Started last year as a full time student, took a semester off, and now trying to take classes while holding a full time job. My horrible time management skills combined with not knowing how crazy my job gets in August has caused me to do poorly in class. So poorly, that I may be "ineligible to continue graduate study". I'm very de-motivated by the whole situation and wondering what my options are, so I have a couple of questions [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Overcoming Cymbalta Related Sexual Disfunction

I have been taking Cymbalta for about a month now for treatment for depression. I started on 30mg for 2 weeks and am now at 60mg. I am experiencing a lowered libido and difficulty maintaining an erection. Both may be in my head, since the literature says few people suffer from this (or I am just in the unlucky percentage). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Youtube mobile via firefox and VLC on XP?

I want to watch youtube MOBILE on my computer ( but can't quite get it. Firefox and VLC gets me close, but not easily and sadly without sound. Would I better off with some smartphone emulator? [more inside]
posted by wogbat at 9:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Names as data labels or markers in Excel 2007?

Excel 2007 charting: Can you tell me how to use the name of a point as the data marker or the data label in an X-Y scatter plot? [more inside]
posted by muhonnin at 9:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Myspace CSS hex-code woes

I'm having trouble using hex codes in my myspace CSS style sheets. When I enter the hex # (example "color: #99FF33") then save, the text i've entered is somehow automatically changed to "color: #99FF33" and the color remains unchanged. What is causing this? Is there a work around?
posted by LizardOfDoom at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I make visitors laugh at the expense of my kitty?

I need a funny saying for a sign that will go in a window. It will hang over my fat cat, who hardly moves. I know you guys can come up with something great. [more inside]
posted by Alpenglow at 8:59 AM PST - 85 comments

Impossible Movie Question

British Comedy Filter (I think). [more inside]
posted by ewkpates at 8:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Could your body be a data storage device?

Could you hide a number in someone? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 8:39 AM PST - 27 comments

Brazil Flower I.D.

Can anyone botanical experts identify this Brazilian flower? (From Maranhao, Brazil) [more inside]
posted by iamck at 8:36 AM PST - 7 comments

To wig out or not to wig out?

I was diagnosed with cancer, treated and pwned it and am now job-hunting. With one-half inch of solid gray hair on my head. Should I suck it up and plop on a wig? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 8:30 AM PST - 33 comments

Record sound from Quicktime Movie

Record sound from a Quicktime movie in MP3 format? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 8:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Is SSRI poop out recognized scientifically?

I know that SSRI poop-out is well documented on the web, but I can't seem to find any references to the scientific literature. Has anyone really studied this? [more inside]
posted by happyturtle at 8:10 AM PST - 7 comments

What are the best blogging tools?

What is the best blogging tool/site? [more inside]
posted by copernicus at 7:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Advice for Driving I-10 along the Gulf Coast?

RoadTripFilter: 2.5 days in New Orleans, followed by driving to Orlando. We're okay (about 85% set) with the endpoints, but we'd love advice on the road between, both on the road, and on food. Bonus New Orleans tour question at the end. [more inside]
posted by cobaltnine at 7:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Life in Singapore

I'm considering applying for a maths PhD in Singapore. I'm from the UK. I'd like some thoughts on living there for an extended period. As far as I can tell there's been a certain degree of liberalization recently - any opinion on that?
posted by topynate at 7:30 AM PST - 7 comments

When "Thanks for the grub" doesn't quite cut it.

How do I properly thank an Ambassador? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 7:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Mercury Repellent?

If you were making mercury repellent to ward off the unsettling and snarling effects of mercury retrograde, what would you put in it? [more inside]
posted by Soulbee at 6:25 AM PST - 29 comments

Swap MacBook Pros?

How can my friend trade his 17" Macbook Pro for a smaller laptop? [more inside]
posted by Lauram at 5:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Daily reading

I want to send to few people (myself included) few pages from a book of my choice, every working day, so we could for example, read complete "Catcher in a Rye" in a month or so. Does anyone know some online service that I could use for such purpose? I found only "Chapter-a-day" services, but I want to use book of my choice.
posted by leigh1 at 4:19 AM PST - 14 comments

UK air purifier recommendation

Can anyone from the UK recommend an Air Purifier? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 3:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Lifetime Suburbanite wants to live the city life!

Where do I start exploring the city? [more inside]
posted by Alive N Kickin at 3:16 AM PST - 16 comments

Should we pay this fee (UK)?

Does anyone know anything about UK property law? Can they make us pay this? Conveyancer demanding small payment they should have asked us for a year ago. [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 3:13 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I smooth my bumpy face?

My face has bumpiness all over it. I'm not sure how it got there, but I *assume* it's because I always picked apart my zits in jr high. How *exactly* did the bumpiness form? Is there a medical term for this condition? What are the options for removing this stuff (making my face smooth)? ...Explain science behind these options? Are there measures I can take every day to help? Does diet have anything to do with it?
posted by oneous at 2:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Blow job techniques on uncut guys

What are some oral sex techniques that apply specifically to uncircumcised men? [more inside]
posted by purelibertine at 2:08 AM PST - 12 comments

why aren't violent sportsfolk charged by police?

why are sportsfolk who deliberately and maliciously injure their fellow sportsfolk not charged by the police? (i'm not really talking about incidental injures... more the kind of stuff that's... um, er assault) [more inside]
posted by taff at 1:40 AM PST - 23 comments

MLM Scam / Traditional Chinese Translation

Readers of traditional Chinese: Does this scan of an article imply that the company being discussed is a MLM scam? Does it adequately address the concerns outlined in these Malaysian posts? [more inside]
posted by sleslie at 12:18 AM PST - 3 comments

November 27

Here's to never buying a fabricated greeting card again!

Where can I begin to learn or practice calligraphy in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by Asherah at 11:08 PM PST - 2 comments

What are your suggestions for fun and interesting hands-on, craft-type entertainment for a young married couple?

What are your suggestions for fun and interesting hands-on, craft-type entertainment for a young married couple? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes at 10:57 PM PST - 23 comments

How much land does a person need?

What is (or how can I find) the maximum/average food value of x acres of farmland? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 10:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Smart movie recommendation sites

Need help finding a movie recommendation site where the user enters several favorite movie titles, and the site returns results based on other users entering those same movie titles... [more inside]
posted by MrBCID at 10:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Help with ideas for a book?

My grandmother used to write me a few handwritten notes each day ranging from a few words to a couple of pages. At age 11 I started saving them. I have thousands of notes saved, about 20 years worth. She was a real crazy woman and some of the notes are hilarious. I want to somehow incorporate them into a book. Any ideas on how to go about doing that?
posted by adfeb at 9:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Why is my shirt all bumpy?

I have a short sleeve shirt that consistently comes out of the drier "bumpy" all over. There is a very repetitive pattern on the shirt like a checkerboard. The pattern alternates bumps and depressions. I can easily get the bumps out by ironing the shirt, but I'm lazy and would much rather just dry the shirt. Is there anything I can do to avoid the pattern? Or, should I just give up and relegate the shirt to my "do not wear because it's too hard to clean" bin? The shirt is 81% polynosic rayon and 19% polyester.
posted by saeculorum at 9:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Small camera, large fluorescent-lit room.

I’m no photographer, but a friend has asked me to use her Canon A610 camera to take a few photos of some kids, who’ll be wearing pageant costumes, in what she says is a large, high-ceilinged, windowless room lit by bright fluorescent lights. I can’t get to the room early and won’t have time to experiment once I’m there. What setting(s) should I use on this camera? (Assume I’ve considered and rejected the possibility of using a different camera or hiring a photographer.) I’d like to be able to give her decently-lit pictures with natural-looking color. [more inside]
posted by Dave 9 at 9:21 PM PST - 9 comments

GPO Index?

The United States GPO (Government Printing Office) has printed thousands of texts over many decades. But there seems to be no index of what they've done, on or offline. True? False? Help! [more inside]
posted by eccnineten at 9:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Does the moon orbit around the earth's equator?

We had a full moon a few days back, and it seemed - to me - to be floating very much higher in the sky than a full moon I watched last summer, which I think was at a much lower angle. But if the moon rotates around the equator, then wouldn't it always be the same height in the sky, for any particular position on earth? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 8:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Is a bird's foot bleachable and keepable?

My fiancee found a bird's foot/claw on the ground. She thinks it's like a bone that can be boiled/bleached to sanitize it and have it as a weird knick-knack. I think it's more like a piece of meat that will rot and bring germs in to the house. Who's right?
posted by proj at 8:15 PM PST - 15 comments

There are four bars.

What is going on with my cellphone? [more inside]
posted by M Edward at 8:11 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm looking to break into the international relations field after having been in the corporate world--can anybody assist?

Ok, here's my story. I'm in my mid 20's and I reside in the Boston, MA area. Since college I've worked in the corporate world, currently selling advertising. As of late, I've been considering some major career changes, mainly pursuing a career in international relations.I've even looked into grad schools for next fall as M.A's are often pre-requisites in this field. Has anyone undergone a similar career change? Or any career change at all? If so, any advice would be appreciated.
posted by inight33 at 8:01 PM PST - 7 comments

proper investigation procedures

in a police investigation concerning the possible overdose of an individual, is it odd that all of the medication containers would be left behind? would toxicology be exact enough that they wouldn't be needed? [more inside]
posted by andywolf at 7:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Why do kids walk into people?

Why don't kids ever look where they're going? (this question is not anti kid). [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:54 PM PST - 34 comments

A ringtone for someone who hates ringtones

A need a ringtones, but I hate ringtones: My iPhone's built-in ringtones aren't very good, so I'll have to buy one off iTunes. The problem is that I want something I can use in a business setting, and that is discrete, pleasant, and loud enough to hear. Can you suggest a song I should buy as a ringtone?
posted by blahblahblah at 6:41 PM PST - 37 comments

Can a pregnant teen be expelled from a charter school?

Can an 13 year old be expelled from a charter school in Chicago because she is pregnant? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 6:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for an inexpensive suit in Chicago

Where can I buy a reasonably priced suit in Chicago that I need to wear on Monday and Tuesday? [more inside]
posted by rbs at 6:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Master Of My Domain

A few years ago, I bought the .biz version of a domain name. The domain name is a common word, and the .com version was purchased by a new and now very large company. Now, I'm thinking about selling the name, or leasing the redirect. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 PM PST - 6 comments

First date went well, what to do until second date?

I'm a 40-ish guy who just had his first date in a long time. It was with the woman who is Beatrice to my Dante, and I think the date went well. She said we could get together again in the future. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:07 PM PST - 30 comments

What's a good bank without lots of CDO/ABCP/etc exposure?

Which major American bank is least-sketchy right now? I'm thinking about switching and I don't want to reward bad management. If it helps, someone with good presence in the greater NYC area would be best. By "least sketchy", I guess I mean "having the least to do with the M-LEC and/or CDOs, ABCP, etc.", so no Chase, Bank of America, or Citibank. I'm open to online banks, I guess, if the deal is good.
posted by paul_smatatoes at 5:56 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I get my tires siped

Should I get my tires siped? [more inside]
posted by doppler68 at 5:38 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I remove an identical password from hundreds of protected PDFs?

Is there anyway to remove the same password (which I have) from multiple PDFs at once? [more inside]
posted by codswallop at 5:30 PM PST - 6 comments

creating a flash video playlist widget

I'm trying to create a Flash based video playlist widget that looks something like this. I would describe myself as an intermediate Flash user, pretty well-versed with action script and creating UIs. I don't like creating things from scratch though, and I'm looking for libraries that would help me parse an RSS feed in Flash and any example code of displaying video players within another swf file. Any help?
posted by Dag Maggot at 5:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for an introduction to academic publishing

Can anyone recommend books or articles that provide information on the process of peer reviewed, academic publishing? Bonus accolades if it deals specifically with Theatre.
posted by Verdant at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Book recomendation

I'm looking for a good reference book on the Phoenix (mythological bird), preferably with plenty of color pictures, as this is for a child. Any suggestions? Thanks.
posted by scubbadubba at 4:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Name the boxy harp-like thing.

What was the harp-like instrument I saw Billy Connolly play? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 4:36 PM PST - 7 comments

R1 and R2 DVD's on one laptop

I'm in the UK. I need to play R1 and R2 DVDs on my laptop - can it be as easy as buying a £15 external DVD drive and setting that R1? [more inside]
posted by oxala at 4:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Gifts for new parents

Calling all parents! I'm due to become an uncle in December and with the holidays coming up I want to get my sister and brother-in-law some baby/parent-related gifts. What items did you find indispensable after your baby arrived? Please assume that all the major staples have been acquired at the Baby Shower... I'm looking for the type of thing that you never thought of or realized you needed until after the baby was home.
posted by 27 at 4:18 PM PST - 42 comments

What can I do with a BS in biology?

What can I do with a BS in biology? [more inside]
posted by pullayup at 4:17 PM PST - 29 comments

How does a new artist exhibit in SF?

A new artist and the Bay Area gallery/cafe scene: how do I get my foot in the door? [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 3:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Recreating Au Bon Pain's Smoked Salmon and Wasabi sandwich

How can I make my own "Smoked Salmon & Wasabi on Onion Dill Bagel" sandwiches? [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 3:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Maria maria es mi... what's that song?!

I once heard a song that started something like "Maria, Maria es mi sol, es mi sueno dolor" (with appropriate spanish accent marks). Any idea what this is?
posted by Malad at 3:43 PM PST - 6 comments

These songs all sounds the same!?

Where can I find the mashup from few years back that played radiohead and carly simon and nickleback and many more "artists" whose songs all sound almost identical? one track would play in the right channel the other in the left for comparison purposes. It contains the hilarious nickleback v nickleback mashup.
posted by shipbreaker at 3:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Computing capabilities of a generic cell phone?

What are the computing capabilities of a generic cell phone? [more inside]
posted by ElfWord at 3:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me take pictures of women in their underwear!

What's the best, cheapest camera I can buy for catwalk photography? [more inside]
posted by ukdanae at 3:24 PM PST - 31 comments

Trapper Keeper artist search

My friend and I were wondering about the exaggerated artwork on old Trapper Keepers. He recalls seeing some sports-themed pieces by the same artist. It's quite a detailed, caricature sort of style. Anyone know who did them?
posted by ktoad at 2:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Ideas for a gag gift for important genetics fellow?

Gag gift for the head of a major genetics department, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 2:18 PM PST - 23 comments

Aside from cannibas, which herbs induce a high?

Aside from cannibas, what herbs, individual and in combination induce the most powerful highs? Thanks.
posted by watercarrier at 2:10 PM PST - 43 comments

Who truly plays alternative latin ballroom / salsa music?

Who truly plays alternative latin ballroom / salsa music? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

How big a carrot?

What's an appropriate share percentage to give to someone on a Board of Advisors? [more inside]
posted by dentata at 1:39 PM PST - 4 comments


Suggestions needed for getting a rubber ball out of a tub drain pipe. Will Drano or Liquid Plumr dissolve it? Are there other DIY options? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 1:29 PM PST - 21 comments

And a sesame seed bun?

Lost childhood book filter: My brother remembers a book we had with a bunny or rabbit that wouldn't eat his veggies with his family. He only wanted a hamburger on a sesame seed bun. Google and Mother have failed our quest for answers. Please help!
posted by green herring at 1:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Fun 2-player split-screen cooperative games for the PS2?

Fun 2-player (split-screen, not online) cooperative games for the PS2, for me and my fella? [more inside]
posted by chowflap at 1:21 PM PST - 20 comments

Benefits of Recording Academy membership

If you are or were a member of the Recording Academy (Grammy Fdn), would you recommend I join? Has it had any notable benefits or negatives that weren't clear to you before you joined, and has it been worth the annual fee? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 1:06 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm trying to find the title of an old PC game

I want to say I played this game around age 12 or 13, so that would be right around 1990 or so. It was a computer game where you played a character in charge of a group of people who are sent back through time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. [more inside]
posted by meggie78 at 12:53 PM PST - 4 comments

Decent temporary home away from home in Oakland

Traveling to Oakland (Hayward actually) for business for next week. Need to find a hotel that isn't horrible, and under $140/night (monday-thursday). [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon at 12:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian Christmas Entrées?

What are some good Christmas entrées for lacto-ovo vegetarians? [more inside]
posted by rush at 12:27 PM PST - 26 comments

Its been a long time since I rock and rolled

What would you wear if you were a VIP at the Led Zeppelin concert coming up? [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory at 12:18 PM PST - 34 comments

No contact with a friend in Iraq for a month, normal?

A friend of mine's boyfriend left for Iraq a month ago, and there has been no contact since he arrived in Iraq. Is this normal? And is there any way to get any more information on him?
posted by wukkuan at 12:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Thanks, welcome to corporate America.

What are some ways to get over the fact that you lost the chance to get the position you interned for? [more inside]
posted by spacesbetween at 12:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Rock Band Controllers. Oh what a waste of a question.

My copy of Rock Band is arriving soon. Is it possible to make one of my existing PS2 Guitar Hero guitars work with it? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 11:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Bernard Williams vs. evolutionary biology

Bernard Williams had a pretty low opinion of evolutionary biology. Are there any essays where he directly or indirectly criticizes the field? What about 'Shame and Necessity'? [more inside]
posted by BigSky at 11:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Are email signatures legally meaningful?

Do automated email sigs mean anything in court? [more inside]
posted by merlinmann at 11:39 AM PST - 27 comments

What's the best Christmas gift I could buy for my young nephew, who has shown an early interest in music?

What's the best Christmas gift I could buy for my young nephew, who has shown an early interest in music? [more inside]
posted by mrkinla at 11:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Hardware solution for synched playback of two DVDs on two monitors?

I need to play two separate DVDs at the same time on two separate monitors. The output must be synched precisely as the two signals will work as a single "show" on two adjacent monitors. I need a reliable and idiot-proof way to do this. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A at 11:32 AM PST - 19 comments

new SSH depends prevent leaks

What common unix apps have built-in support for tunneling over ssh, besides rsync? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

What type of story wins the Toronto Star's short story contest?

What type of stories win the Toronto Star's short story contest? I mean, beyond what's in the Star's rules and guidelines -- does history show a bias towards a certain subject matter or style, etc.? The judges are from the Humber College creative writing program -- does that mean there are any types of writing that are especially in/out of favour?
posted by winston at 11:27 AM PST - 0 comments

How can we get these wooden blinds to fit in our windows?

How can we get these wooden blinds to fit in our windows? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 10:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Can someone explain this mysterious page hijacking in Google?

Can someone explain this mysterious page hijacking in Google search results? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 10:40 AM PST - 20 comments

Is this a Philip K Dick story or someone else's?

Is this a Philip K Dick story or someone else's? [more inside]
posted by missed at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

SLR camera accessories?

GiftFilter: My wife just treated herself to a nice SLR digital camera. I'd like to gift her some accessories or books to help her realize the camera's true potential. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 9:52 AM PST - 33 comments

I would like to make Google Reader jump through a few hoops ...

A few Google Reader questions, beginning with: I have a few feeds that only of use to me at home: Mac software sites, etc. Is there any way with Google Reader to set things up so that you see (everything but feeds w, x, y, and z) in one view and (feeds w, x, y, and z) in another view? The other two behind the break. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 9:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Bye bye finger, hello courtroom?

Neighbour sheers off 1/4 finger looking after another's house. Should he sue? [more inside]
posted by jkaczor at 9:44 AM PST - 25 comments

Oh, say can you see...

The first transatlantic television image was that of a fluttering American flag. My grandfather was the cameraman. Two words: Christmas gift. [more inside]
posted by laughinglikemad at 9:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Firefox - Domain Name Mismatch

Help with Firefox "Domain Name Mismatch" I am getting constant pop-up messages warning of a "Security Error: Domain Name Mismatch". The url is for a website I use at work and is legitimate. They were bought by a new company and changed their domain name. [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 9:34 AM PST - 10 comments

And then what happened???

Google Reader truncates posts for some feeds. Presumably this is me being dim. [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 9:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I buy a rubab in Chicago or online?

Where can I buy a rubab in Chicago or online? [more inside]
posted by miqueltegler at 9:25 AM PST - 2 comments

YNMD, but help me with this pain!

Help me with this mystery pain (long post, sorry) [more inside]
posted by Becko at 9:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Doggy drama

Brother is going through a messy divorce. He techically "owns" the dog. She has it and won't give it back. Call the cops? What legal "recourse" does he have" [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 26 comments

Seventies cheese, anyone?

I've decided to make my own Christmas cards this year. But I'm having trouble deciding what to say inside them. [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 9:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Network foo: How can I get a DHCP client to reach the DHCP Server thru Access Point in another Network?

I have a DHCP client wireless device that needs to connect to a DHCP server. This device only works with DHCP. The problem is the device will connect through an access point that is in a different network. [more inside]
posted by nivekraz at 8:39 AM PST - 4 comments

A nod is as good as a wink to a blind man

My face often betrays my thoughts, what to do? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 8:32 AM PST - 24 comments

Eee! Eee! Eee!

Anybody using the Eee PC? Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by papercake at 8:28 AM PST - 15 comments

What to do about non-payment of car parking rent?

A neighbor rented my parking space while I am out of the country. I noticed payments hadn't been made for 2 months so when I contacted him he said he had lost all his contact information in a computer disaster and also, his SUV didn't fit comfortably in the space...then [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 8:22 AM PST - 11 comments

The truth is that everyone is bored, and devotes himself to cultivating habits

I need suggestions for a snappy comeback involving existentialism. [more inside]
posted by Totally Zanzibarin' Ya at 8:19 AM PST - 39 comments

Fiction book(s) on Mexico or Mexican History to read with my grandma

What is your favorite book or DVD series about Mexico? Particularly historical fiction or contemporary fiction. Preferably in English, but if you have a great recommendation in Spanish, I'd take that too! My grandmother thanks you! [more inside]
posted by barnone at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Thanks, but... um... no thanks.

Is there a word for when you appreciate the thought put into something (a gift, a gesture) but dislike the thing itself? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 8:09 AM PST - 23 comments

Go forth and dub creatively, O my nerd army!

Name my new (home) server! Witty is better, obviously. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo at 8:08 AM PST - 33 comments

Can a person in the US with a green card bring over a family member?

An Ethiopian friend, who has her green card, would like to bring over her sister's youngest son (I believe he is eight years old) to live with her in Washington, DC. Is this even possible and how likely is this to happen in the near future?
posted by brokekid at 7:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac)

Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac) [more inside]
posted by spinko at 7:48 AM PST - 4 comments

How to impress a wine lover

What bottle of wine is perfect for my first Christmas with a wine lover? [more inside]
posted by srrh at 7:42 AM PST - 30 comments

What's the next polynomial in this series?

What's the next polynomial in this series: x4+2x2+16, x8+40x6+1128x4+2560x2+65536, ? [more inside]
posted by Mapes at 7:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Paradoxical sheet magnets

SciFilter: Why don't these sheet magnets work as expected? [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 7:07 AM PST - 4 comments

How Can I Create A Work Schedule Program?

Need advice on how to make a work schedule... possibly writing a program? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat at 7:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Box o' private data

I have accidentally come into possession of someone's private data. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I come to terms with making mistakes?

How can I cope when I make mistakes? I'm starting to feel I'm failing in my career, and am very isolated. Warning - long. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I get iChat under Leopard to work on my university network?

How can I get iChat AV (under Leopard) to run on a university network? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 6:38 AM PST - 4 comments

What are good neighborhoods to consider in the Philadelphia area?

PhillyFilter: My wife and I are relocating to the Philadelphia area and could use some advice on what neighborhoods or (shudder) suburbs to consider. [more inside]
posted by scblackman at 3:11 AM PST - 17 comments

Help build my contrarian library

I'm looking for a good list of books that take a contrarian view of their respective fields of inquiry. Books like Freakanomics, The Tipping Point, The Black Swan, Good Calories Bad Calories. [more inside]
posted by herda05 at 1:40 AM PST - 14 comments

who painted this?

who painted this? appreciate the help, thanks!
posted by mordecai at 1:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Is Monaco as stuffy as one would think?

Monaco: can anyone currently living there or who has lived there shed some light? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 12:18 AM PST - 8 comments

November 26

PC won't turn on and it's not the power supply - what else can I try?

My mother's computer won't turn on. I replaced the power supply, which now allows the light on the tower to turn on, but the system still doesn't boot. [more inside]
posted by gecko12 at 11:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Lapel pins...a worthy fashion accessory?

I'm looking for distinctive lapel pins, preferably silver. Help! [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 11:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Are My Eggs Beaten?

I completely forgot, and left a sealed box of Egg Beaters on my counter for about 5 or so hours. Are they still safe to use? [more inside]
posted by aflores at 10:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Bali Hai, or Hi Bali

I have two months to prepare for a two month Surf/Adventure trip to Bali, what should I not forget to take and what should I absolutely not miss when I am there, within reason.
posted by kanemano at 10:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Ridiculous publicity stunts

Give me a ridiculous publicity stunt. [more inside]
posted by 913 at 10:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me get my new Airport to play nice with my old Linksys router

I just picked up an Apple Airport Extreme and am attempting to integrate it into my home network, and my old router is jealous. My intent is to use the Airport to serve IP addresses to all my devices via DHCP, and use its wireless capabilities for my 802.11g computers (looking forward to 802.11n). I've pressed my old Linksys WRT54G into use providing wireless access to my 802.11b devices (2 wifi Internet radios), to isolate them from dragging down the .g devices' wireless access speeds. [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 10:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Drug interactions while taking Mobic (meloxicam)?

Due to a recent injury, my ortho has prescribed 15mg daily doses Mobic. I seem to have escaped any sort of stomach/g.i. issues that can be associated with this drug, but I seem to have a cold looming on the horizon... [more inside]
posted by verytres at 9:52 PM PST - 6 comments

The End of Hack

back in the early 80's i played this game called Hack121 on my dad's PC for hours and hours. now, to my horror, my little brother has found it again and sent it to me. thing is, after more hours and some cheating, i'm not sure if i've finally "won" or not. anyone familiar with this game? [more inside]
posted by xz at 9:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Historical quotes

Are there any music files that feature quotes from historical social, political, and economic events, much like Kenny G's Auld Lang Syne? [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 9:28 PM PST - 15 comments

How to create Quicktime or AVI of Google Earth flythrough?

How to create Quicktime or AVI of Google Earth flythrough? [more inside]
posted by drinkspiller at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Silent Drums for Kids?

My kid (8 years old) turns out to have a very good sense of rythm. I'd like to get him a drum set for xmas. A *silent* drum set. [more inside]
posted by asavage at 8:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Port Authority hotels

I'm planning a trip to New York with my girlfriend in March of 2008. We're leaving with a bus that stops at Port Authority. I'm wondering what are some moderately priced near by hotels that we could check into.
posted by bostonhill at 8:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Finding some 11 year old sheets?

I have some bedsheets from around 1996 (Noah's Ark Printed from Designer's Guild) that I am deeply attached to. Can I get them copied or restored (without loosing the worn in softness)? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 7:51 PM PST - 5 comments

A huge head and a short stumpy body

What monsters are still scary? When described with words only? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 7:48 PM PST - 45 comments

How to preserve old documents.

What should I do with old family documents? [more inside]
posted by thivaia at 7:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Fistful documentaries?

I just watched King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters and loved it. Any other pop culture type documentaries out there I might like? [more inside]
posted by hiptobesquare at 7:24 PM PST - 31 comments

Books on the economy

Can the hive recommend books on the global economy? I'm pretty clueless so I'm looking for stuff that's easy to read, a la The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. [more inside]
posted by mooza at 7:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Did the door just close on the babymaking possibilities?

My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant for a year and a half. So, we went and got checked out. Good news: I'm as fertile as the Nile delta. Bad news: my husband is not. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Ada to C++ conversion of floating types filter

I am currently working on a by the book Ada to C++ conversion of legacy code and am having a bit of trouble coming with a C++ solution for a particular Ada idiom. [more inside]
posted by caflores22 at 7:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Online Biography Resource for 5th Grade?

Any suggestions for online biography resources for 5th graders? My lovely teacher-wife's students will soon be doing research on various people in history. The students are a diverse crowd. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 6:47 PM PST - 3 comments

I (would like to) use anarchy

What books or web resources are there for learning about practical anarchism? I'm interested more in faciliating group decisions and consensus rather than in political/theoretical aspects. [more inside]
posted by cadge at 6:33 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I completely stop my microwave from beeping?

I want my microwave never to beep (either for setting times or when cooking is done). Any other device I'd just disassemble enough to cut or block the sound source, but I'm guessing disassembly's not safe here. I don't have a manual (it's a GE, no apparent model number, bought secondhand last year). Can you think of a solution other than trying to physically block the sound just from the outside?
posted by lorimer at 6:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Stay out of my beach community, deadbeat

How can I find out if there is a warrant for my arrest, in Monterey, California? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Nothing fits!

I can't dress myself. After two babies in four years I have too much tummy and waist and not enough tush, and I'm unable to find jeans that fit. When they fit in the waist they are too big everywhere else (and vice versa - can you say muffin top?). I'm 5'6" and have relatively thin legs, if that helps. Please recommend styles and brands of jeans and pants that might fit my unfortunate body type!
posted by missuswayne at 6:00 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I say "raison d’etre" without sounding like an idiot?

How do you say the commonly used phrase "raison d’etre"? Anybody have a sound file I could listen to?
posted by survivorman at 5:32 PM PST - 36 comments

Need advice for ectopic pregnancy

Ectopic (tubal) pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by FergieBelle at 5:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Where to get a jersey customized?

Where can I get a hockey jersey customized in the Madison, WI area? [more inside]
posted by ganzhimself at 4:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Garden State Living

We are relocating to Central New Jersey and are looking for recommendations for towns. [more inside]
posted by Papa Mango at 4:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Teniendo gran cantidad de imágenes

Suggestions for a photoshoot in mexico City. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 4:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Girly Product Comparisons

Are there any magazines or websites which provide comparisons/recommendations for girly grooming products? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 4:33 PM PST - 6 comments

chicago movers

Please recommend movers in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty at 4:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Two wireless networks, one connection. How?

Is there a way to set up a second wireless network using my current internet connection? [more inside]
posted by phaded at 4:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Innovative uses for Excel to improve life?

How can I use Excel to improve my life? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 4:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Algebraic retard -- no law school 4 u?

Algebra moron -- wants to go to law school? [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 3:55 PM PST - 18 comments

webcam 2007 - how does that work?

My Laptop has a camera with it atop the screen. It came with no software itself (I have hunted through the OED disks and the OS), but just works with things like Skype automagically in terms of detection - which would be great if I wanted a videophone, but I wish for more. It's a bisoncam by trade name. Is there any third party software that I could use to get the most out of it (in particular, to record still shots, or video diatribes for use later?).
posted by Sparx at 3:24 PM PST - 9 comments

I need help finding a really nice set of dice for playing D&D

D&DFilter: I want to buy my girlfriend a very nice set of dice for her to use when she plays D&D. But I don't know what kinds of dice she needs, nor do I know what separates nice dice from very nice dice. [more inside]
posted by paulus andronicus at 3:17 PM PST - 31 comments

What is the best mailing list server software out there?

Recommendations needed for mailing list software [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 3:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Seeking technical directions for making a mix CD.

What is current mix CD file format etiquette? I'm looking for technical, not musical, advice. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 3:05 PM PST - 11 comments

University tuition and crappy credit history

I'm about to go back to university and I have all of the tuition money for the next 2-3 years (yay me). What's the best way to pay it so that it improves my credit history? [more inside]
posted by icarus at 3:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Could this asshole-motorist repellant actually work?

I'm fed up with nearly getting clipped by passing cars while on my bike. The other day I thought of attaching a key or scribe to a flexible pole mounted on the side of my bike as a deterrent. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by waxboy at 2:58 PM PST - 52 comments

How to make a Remote Desktop Connection?

Remote Desktop Connection across domains/workgroups. How can this work? [more inside]
posted by apark at 2:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Books on asylums

Help me find books about insane asylums/state hospitals. [more inside]
posted by shwynn2 at 2:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a special restaurant for a special lady, in San Francisco.

Where can I take my girlfriend for a romantic dinner in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 2:56 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me do a brain transplant on my Mom's PC.

How do I move everything from one OEM XP Pro PC to another? Confused by posts I've found. [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 2:55 PM PST - 8 comments

How really really really reliable is this test?

[statsfilter] How to elegantly measure test-retest reliability after multiple (i.e. 4) repetitions of the same test? [more inside]
posted by Smegoid at 2:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Wash that grey back into his hair!

How do you keep grey hair from yellowing? Without going the 'bluehair' route! [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 2:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Whole Lot of Shaking Going On. But only right before bed. And not in the fun way.

So, sometimes, right before I fall asleep, when I'm laying down in my bed, I'll feel like there's an earthquake. Not a big one. But SOMETHING. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 2:29 PM PST - 23 comments

SIM card in downtown Seattle?

Where can I get a prepaid SIM card in downtown Seattle? [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck at 2:27 PM PST - 6 comments

Do Russians drink beer for Christmas?

Are there any popular Russian Christmas beers? Also, can you translate the label that's linked inside?
posted by sixpack at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Arepa flour in NYC?

Where can I buy masa precocida or masarepa (corn flour for Arepas) in subway accessible parts of NYC? Also what kind is better for homemade arepas?
posted by riffola at 2:04 PM PST - 11 comments

The poison oak, it burns.

How can I clean lingering poison oak/urushiol residue off of my Timberland boots without damaging the suede? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 1:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Newbie to R/C airplanes (SPAD) questions

R/C Airplane (SPAD) beginner question(s) [more inside]
posted by spock at 1:46 PM PST - 4 comments

WebPage Design Basics

I have an older iMac running 10.3. I need to learn a basic web design program. I have a Dreamweaver tutorial book with a demo but cannot anytime soon afford that program. I may have access to a laptop with windows. Anybody have any suggestions on web design programs that are inexepensive? I am already adept in Photoshop and Illustrator. I appreciate your input
posted by snap_dragon at 1:34 PM PST - 9 comments

All Day I Dream About The two-foldedness of the essence of the active concept of free will.

I need to write a paper about Hegel. An eleven-page paper. I have the knowledge, I have the skills, and I sort of have the time. But what about? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 1:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me take my tropical freshwater fish to the next level.

Help me take my tropical freshwater fish to the next level. [more inside]
posted by letsgomendel at 1:18 PM PST - 10 comments

What should I expect in a used car given a budget of $4000-6000?

What should I expect in a used car given a budget of $4000-6000? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 1:15 PM PST - 28 comments

Why does gargling with listerine hurt?

Why does opening my throat and *gargling* with listerine, as opposed to merely rinsing like I would when brushing my teeth, hurt a lot? I don't have a sore throat or any other throat troubles I know of. [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 1:10 PM PST - 7 comments

I need to pay this account off, now!

How do I get a credit card, and which one should I get? [more inside]
posted by brittanyq at 1:05 PM PST - 15 comments

A magic silver bullet for smelly fridge?

Putting silver into the fridge - good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer at 1:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Most respected martial arts masters in the US/Canada today?

Most respected martial arts masters in the US/Canada today? [more inside]
posted by It ain't over yet at 12:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Low cost/no cost financial planning for students?

Where would I go to get free or low-cost and unbiased financial advice in regards to student loan debt and big-picture student financial planning? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 12:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Does dry-cleaning induce colorfastness?

Will dry-cleaning cause my comforter cover to be colorfast? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 12:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Custom stamp or embosser for a budding book collector?

Book lovers: Do I give a stamp or an embosser to a budding book collector? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 12:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find affordable tickets!

Cheapest way to find decent tickets to Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York? [more inside]
posted by nataliecay at 12:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Cash it? Shred it?

Job/bonus question: Have a "retention bonus" check on my desk for work in 2007, but am considering leaving for competing organization. What to do with the check? [more inside]
posted by Arch1 at 12:22 PM PST - 21 comments

help me finish this god forsaken paper

your favorite music to write by? something energetic, and yet not distracting; funky/energetic/rythmic stuff preferred; maybe instrumental-only.
posted by jak68 at 12:22 PM PST - 44 comments

URL Find and Replace

I'm working on a quick Automator workflow and need some help replacing the local hostname in a series of URLs. [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 12:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Image of Vault Boy Spoofing Ayn Rand?

Does anyone remember a short comic parody of objectivism using an archetypal 1950s character in the style of "Vault Boy" from Fallout? [more inside]
posted by brownpau at 12:21 PM PST - 4 comments

SF Peninsula tube amp repair

Tube amp repair tech on the San Francisco Peninsula? [more inside]
posted by UlfMagnet at 12:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Is Dell Support lying about downgrading PCs to WinXP?

Is Dell Support lying when they say that their new XPS laptop is not WinXP-compatible? [more inside]
posted by Fferret at 12:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Did I imagine the death ray?

What's this book from my childhood (early 80s)? I believe it came from one of the book clubs (Arrow?), it was a Young Adult book about a boy who is friends with a scientist/inventor who has invented a death ray which he then has some opportunity to use... [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 12:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Quality ad video downloads

Where can I download good-quality clips of (your current favorite) TV ads? Bonus points for visually-interesting spots without voiceover or dialogue. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy at 11:57 AM PST - 3 comments


Looking for a store that sells professional, customizable, high-quality Christmas cards. [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I find the registration info for a lapsed domain name?

How can I get registration information for a domain name that is expired? [more inside]
posted by Hat Maui at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments

hey man, how'd you make that lotion?

Need advice on making the ultimate moisturizer. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments

DIY treatment of tree roots in the sewer

There are tree roots growing in my sewer line. It was snaked last year, and we've put copper sulfate down the line a couple times since, but we're having backups again. I plan on a DIY approach this time around because I really can't afford a plumber. Read on, and tell me: what are the flaws in my plan? [more inside]
posted by Ickster at 11:23 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for suggestions for running custom firmware on a PSP Slim (please see my stipulations inside!)

Looking for suggestions for running custom firmware on a PSP Slim (please see my stipulations inside!) [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 11:00 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I detox from my q-tip addiction?

How can I get over my q-tip addiction? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 10:57 AM PST - 46 comments

How can I archive my phone's text messages for future reference, without paying a lot in money or effort?

How can I make an archive of my SMS messages? In this era of network-accessible, searchable, archived, free, multi-gigabyte email storage, I'm a little miffed that my SMS storage is limited to arbitrary limit of 50 message on my phone. Lots of important things come in via SMS, and I hate how they just disappear. I get Twitters from friends, nice notes from my girlfriend, voice mail transcriptions from CallWave, business information via GOOG-411's text service... and so on. I'd like for the solution to cost as little as possible. I don't have an unlimited txt plan (I get a few hundred per month) so simply forwarding every SMS I receive and CCing every SMS I send to an email address isn't a very appealing solution as it really raises my SMS costs and takes effort. [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 10:57 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I boot my Thinkpad

My Thinkpad won't boot up normally. Now I'm trying to get it to boot from either the Windows XP Pro installer disc, or the recovery disc I just created from the IBM site, but I can't get either to run. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Harry? Harry Bailey!

I need a random screenshot from "It's A Wonderful Life" [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 10:36 AM PST - 7 comments

MIT Ice Hockey?

I can't believe I'm asking this, because it's for an unbelievably dorky reason - but google has not helped, and the actual official webpages only go back to the 70's. Does anyone know where I can get a reasonably accurate history of MIT Men's Ice Hockey from the 1950's without having to call them? I can't even figure out if they had a Men's Ice Hockey team in the 50's. Bonus if there's coaches/team rosters/etc, but that's not strictly necessary.
posted by FritoKAL at 10:33 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I quickly compare prices of common items here in the states vs. in various foreign countries?

How can I quickly compare prices of common items here in the states vs. in various foreign countries? [more inside]
posted by J-Garr at 10:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Tires of death: help me replace them

I drive a 1999 Isuzu Vehicross. My tires are pretty bald; the two rear ones were patched recently, so I know it's time to replace them. The problem is, I'm poor. Scary poor. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 10:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommend a Derm!

Any recommendations for a dermatologist (preferably female) in Madison, WI, through the UW-East or -West Health Clinics?
posted by anonymous at 10:18 AM PST - 2 comments

How much of a song can i use commercially without paying royalties?

How much of a song can i use commercially without paying royalties? [more inside]
posted by torpark at 10:05 AM PST - 15 comments

Why WaWa?

Why do people like WaWa so much? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella at 9:48 AM PST - 34 comments

Need to Fill Some Holes

I need help plugging potential points of entry for mice. Problem is, I can't reach the holes [more inside]
posted by suasponte at 9:46 AM PST - 11 comments

She's a Jar.

Where can i find these jars on the cheap? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 9:37 AM PST - 5 comments

buying a car from an individual with my bank in another state, protecting him and me

How do I be fair to myself and the guy whose car I'm buying, when the actual title transaction will be taking place mostly between banks in another state? Contract/time of delivery/protecting of interests question. [more inside]
posted by amtho at 9:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Small business networking hardware

Supporting about 35 computers and have had two switches (Netgear, Linksys) die in the last year. Looking for suggestions of brands we can stick with that are cheaper than Cisco. [more inside]
posted by prggr at 9:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Poor old dog, poor old grandmother

What to do about a old, incontinent, dog who falls alot and can't get up, whose owner is in the hospital and really can't deal with having the dog put to sleep? [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 9:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me trace this strange childhood song.

In primary school (In the UK) we used to sing a song about Hannibal The Cannibal, King of the Cannibal Land - But I can't find any record of such a song any more. [more inside]
posted by paulfreeman at 9:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Would it be possible for me to talk twice as much?

If you are good at both talking and signing, to what extent can you have two simultaneous and different conversations going at the same time?
posted by uandt at 8:55 AM PST - 16 comments

Bogged down in cranberry sauce

Mom left me bogged down with more than a quart of cranberry leftovers after Thanksgiving. I would relish recipes for exciting things to do with it. [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 8:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Isn't the hat supposed to protect you from the rain?

What's the best way to protect a new Borsalino hat from the rain? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 8:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Where to find "Wrigley's Doublemint Kona Creme" gum?

I want to buy a pack or two of "Wrigley's Doublemint Kona Creme" gum within the next 24 hours (for my MIL's birthday), but I can't find it anywhere! L'il help, mefites? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 8:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Very Short Introductions - book recommendations

Which books do you recommend (or not) from the 173 volume series: Very Short Introductions?
posted by stbalbach at 8:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Animating Still Frames with ffmpeg

Could someone show this Linux n00b to use ffmpeg to convert a folder full of PNGs to an MPEG? The system I'm running doesn't have Mencoder, and I don't have root (it's a Dreamhost shell account). Thanks!
posted by potch at 8:34 AM PST - 2 comments

Closed-captioning and cable TV.

The FCC seems to indicate that broadcasters are required to include closed captioning, at least for new programming, but I have purchased several very recent movies on cable that lack closed captioning. How are the cable companies getting around these requirements? Why is closed captioning so inconsistent? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:28 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I fly?

Please help me figure out how to get on an airplane. [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 8:19 AM PST - 25 comments

What has caused the demographic shift of Chuck E. Cheese customers over the past 10 years?

What has caused the demographic shift of Chuck E. Cheese customers over the past 10 years? [more inside]
posted by Duluth?! I Hardly Know Her! at 8:17 AM PST - 26 comments

My cat wants to go fishing!

What kind of live fish can I feed my cat? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Pictures of your mama, taken by your papa, a long time ago

I found some great old Christmas photos. What are some creative ways to turn them into cool Christmas gifts? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 7:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Dedication's what you need

What tasks are equivalent to learning a language? [more inside]
posted by greytape at 7:31 AM PST - 13 comments

BBC World Service in stereo?

Why won't Realplayer 11 play back the BBC World Service stream in stereo? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 7:12 AM PST - 1 comment

How to Grow Good Credit in 2008

Help me design the Best Possible Plan For My Credit in 2008. Ten years ago I had no cash, and terrible credit. Today I have some cash, and no credit. I want to make some good choices next year, based on a well-considered strategy. [more inside]
posted by cockwaffle at 7:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Sleep is a headache.

A question about sleep, dreams, and headaches... [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:09 AM PST - 7 comments

I am a n00b

I just got a new laptop with decent specs and I want to take this chance at starting fresh. I want a machine that runs smoothly and doesn't have a lot of extraneous crap installed on it. I need advice about getting this set up the way I want it. [more inside]
posted by Caper's Ghost at 7:01 AM PST - 19 comments

Glass marble magnet supplies in Toronto

I want to make glass marble magnets. Where can I find supplies in downtown Toronto? [more inside]
posted by heatherann at 6:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Fiction I can read to a 5 yr old?

I like reading to my 5yr old son at bedtime. We have discovered that we both enjoy reading longer books/ novels with many chapters and some pictures here and there. Our latest was the original "The House at Pooh Corner". Please suggest more!
posted by ohdeanna at 6:22 AM PST - 45 comments

Mystery Mixtape Movie Score Track: Elfman, Zimmer & Kazoos

Help me identify this mystery track from my friends' mix CD, that he can't recall either. No sample available, yet! It's more than likely a movie score track. Cross between 1941, Elfman, Zimmer, Willow, and involves kazoos in places. [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 5:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Getting Russians to Listen

In the context of advertising and marketing in Russia, who are the opinion leaders and influencers for the 18 to 35 year old demographic? [more inside]
posted by PoopyDoop at 4:11 AM PST - 9 comments


I'm getting a little antsy with iTunes these days and since it's been awhile, I wanted to see what else is out there. What do you use that you consider to be the Lightroom/Aperture of the media player world? I'm hoping there is some sort of iTunes Pro style application out there that I just haven't heard of.
posted by feloniousmonk at 4:02 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I efficiently export my FCP HD file into a Quicktime 7 file for the web?

How do I efficiently export my FCP HD file into a Quicktime 7 file for the web? [more inside]
posted by Lillitatiana at 3:17 AM PST - 2 comments

How do you deal with the anxiety around the economic and global clusterfcuk?

How do you deal with the anxiety around the economic and global clusterfcuk? It's been keeping me awake for years, and increasingly so. I recycle, I write my representatives. I eat local, organic, take public transport.. I just can't not feel trapped and sometimes just completely terrified. [more inside]
posted by onanon at 2:07 AM PST - 35 comments

New Pinyin IME

I need a better Pinyin input system than Microsoft Pinyin IME. [more inside]
posted by afu at 12:21 AM PST - 7 comments

November 25

Icon Jack Asks a Question About Icons

How can I make the ellipses in the captions under the icons on the Windows desktop go away and have the unabbreviated file name shown instead? [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 11:54 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to find an awesome modern turntable?

Where can I find a kick ass turntable with built in speakers? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 11:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Running an community photo site?

I'm thinking about launching a web project where people can add text and photos related to public space art. How do I go about it? Got any personal experiences? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 10:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a nice, reasonalby priced watch.

Recommendations for a good wrist watch for myself for Christmas, 400$ or less please. [more inside]
posted by Sgt.Grumbless at 10:23 PM PST - 31 comments

Sleeping yurp-style

Since practically forever, I've slept at home as they do in Yurp. A fitted sheet on the mattress and notjing more than a down comforter inside of a duvet, either cotton or flannel. I replace my comforter every 2 years on avg, not because the feathers have lost their fluff, but instead because the white fabric shell of the comforter turns yellowish. Its a mystery to me why they all eventually yellow. Its not drool, I don't wet the bed and its quite unsightly. I theorize its a buildup of oils from my skin, or perhaps oils in the feathers/down. I've tried washing comforters in the past and eventually gave up on that. The comforter's loft never quite comes back the same and its still kinda yellow. Can this yellowing be prevented or delayed? Does this plus the fact that all comforters seem only to come in off-white shell colors indicate some sort of planned obsolescence?
posted by Fupped Duck at 10:19 PM PST - 25 comments

What is appropriate small talk for the dance instruction floor?

What should I talk about while dancing? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 10:08 PM PST - 12 comments

I hear rainbow pee is in this season

Best way to die my urine all of the ROY G. BIV rainbow colors? [Not all at once, one color at a time.] The brighter and more vibrant, the better. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 9:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Experiences with the Church of Religious Science?

A friend of mine has joined a Religious Science congregation. No, not Scientology -- Religious Science is the theology underlying The Secret. For those with friends or family in the church, is this merely an atypical religion, or is it at all cult-like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 PM PST - 22 comments

They took HOW MUCH??

Over the last 18 days a friend was charged $455 in overdraft fees from Bank of America. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:02 PM PST - 32 comments

Tabbing, not tabbed browsing, in Firefox

How can I tab through fields only (rather than fields and links both) in Firefox on XP SP2 like I do in Firefox on OS X? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 8:51 PM PST - 5 comments

No woman is a good woman?

Is keeping myself out of a relationship the right thing to do at this time in my life or self denial of a life pleasure? [more inside]
posted by blackout at 8:19 PM PST - 15 comments

It has to be more difficult than this...

How do the editors/producers of music videos achieve the "slow motion" effect as seen here in James Blunt's video? [more inside]
posted by cdmwebs at 8:17 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me find a simple speaker solution!

Looking to get some decent sound out of my DVD player on the cheap. I'm a complete idiot when it comes to things with wires. [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 7:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Who makes the best book notes?

Who makes the best book notes (Cliff Notes? Spark Notes? someone else?) [more inside]
posted by metahawk at 7:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Poetry by email

Is there some place you can get a poem emailed to you each day? Sort of an email-based Writer's Almanac? And that won't spam you to death? And that won't send you schmaltzy syrupy crap?
posted by xmutex at 7:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find some neat comic anthologies.

Help me find some neat comic anthologies. [more inside]
posted by radiocontrolled at 6:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me compile the ultimate stoner playlist.

Help me compile the ultimate stoner playlist. [more inside]
posted by koenie at 6:43 PM PST - 72 comments

Let it snow, baby... let it reindeer

I'm looking for some recommendations for good nontraditional Christmas music. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 6:32 PM PST - 50 comments

once a month freezer cooking carnivore diet on the go for cheap

I want to great a food plan/way of eating with the following requirements: Paleo/carnivore (animals--esp. cow and pig, high fat in animal fat, fish, leafy greens) Once a month cooking (or twice) Cheap in NYC apartment (i.e. no deep freezer to buy whole animals) On the go (on average, four days out of week I only eat breakfast at home) [more inside]
posted by Furious Fitness at 6:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Tell me more about Björk's song "Innocence".

Björk's song "Innocence" is really amazing to me. Help me learn more about it. [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 6:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Whither the romance?

Why was my boyfriend so extravagantly romantic with his ex but not with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 PM PST - 35 comments

Help me be magical in Disney World for under 1300 dollars.

My girlfriend and I are thinking about going to Disney World next summer from June 27th to June 30th. We would like to do the on-site hotel, park hopper tickets, and flight from Philly for under $1100 dollars. Is it possible? Does anyone have any suggestions for saving money on park-hopper tickets, or on the on-site hotels? The $1100 doesn't include food and such - only hotel, tickets, and flight. Thanks!
posted by EduTek at 6:15 PM PST - 13 comments

looking for cheap but good laptop

Looking for a reliable and Windows laptop under $600. It will not travel much, so weight is not much of an issue. what are your best recommendations?
posted by spacefire at 6:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Mustachioed gifts

Quirky gift filter: My friends and I have recently become obsessed with mustaches. I thought it would be great to give some mustache-themed gifts for the holidays, but I'm coming up short. [more inside]
posted by amelliferae at 6:00 PM PST - 28 comments

I like Sigur Ros. What modernist composers should I listen to?

What modernist classical music should I listen to? I am a big fan of Sigur Ros, especially Takk and (), and I'd like to listen to something similar. I also like Amnesiac by Radiohead quite a bit. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 5:32 PM PST - 44 comments

French colonial rule in Algeria

Can anyone direct me to information on/analyses of language politics in Algeria under the French? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 5:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Remote Control Code

I'm looking for the remote control code for a Philips/Magnavox MDV560 VR DVD/VCR combo. [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01 at 5:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me make a hard wood poster.

With the joyous event of the election of a Rudd Labor Government here in Australia, I'm thinking of commemorating the win by taking the front page of a few newspapers and turning them into one of those hard wood posters you can buy from some music stores and poster shops. I am reliably informed that this process is called 'poster boarding' and from the few places I've looked at who do it professionally, this is going to set me back anywhere between $100 to $300 per poster. So I'm wondering if this is something I could do myself. If so, what do I need to buy, what do I need to do (a step by step process would be nice) and, importantly, how easy/hard will this be for a first-timer to do?
posted by Effigy2000 at 5:05 PM PST - 7 comments

The Dos & Don'ts for sleeping with your neighbor...

So I've started sleeping with my neighbor... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Were ancient celts ostracized for being fat?

Did the ancient Celts used to banish overweight members of society? [more inside]
posted by Telf at 4:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Help mend the chink in my fashion armor!

This is my faaaavorite purse. It is made of black metal mesh, or mail, in tiles of about 1/4". I tied it to my handlebars once and I think some of the tiles were knocked off by the tire. Now a corner is bare, missing pieces. Can anyone help me find this bag or these tiles so I can carry this bag with my head held high once more? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 3:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Does this bus go to Du-lut? Visiting Duluth, MN

Visiting Duluth, MN. Any ideas for someplace unique to visit? [more inside]
posted by bullitt 5 at 3:56 PM PST - 12 comments

After the Terror...

Can you recommend any great, scholarly books about the Napoleonic era in Europe? [more inside]
posted by Neilopolis at 3:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Why do web pages of text load so slowly?

Some web pages with a lot of text seem to load slowly, even over broadband, and especially when compared to the bandwidth streaming video uses, I don't understand why. Can somebody explain? (Warning: Those links load slowly.)
posted by cgc373 at 3:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Removing black grease from brown leather

My cherished leather Coach bag somehow got disgusting, mysterious, silvery-black grease all over the handle. What can I do to clean it safely? I'm looking for people with experience with this type of thing; Google just turns up a bunch of scary results that I'm afraid will ruin my bag. [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 2:43 PM PST - 11 comments

help me make a moist coffee cake.

hi folks - another food question. I'm looking for a recipe for coffee cake, where the coffee cake turns out squishy instead of crumbly. [more inside]
posted by ethel at 2:30 PM PST - 9 comments

How to insert spaces in a font?

Why doesn't a font I just loaded on my Mac have spaces? [more inside]
posted by names are hard at 2:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Builders to renovate a flat in central London?

After what has felt like months of waiting, it now looks as though I may very soon have a new flat (yay!) and need builders to carry out renovations in that flat. Although several friends of mine have made recommendations, I am having trouble finding recommended builders who work in (very) central London, WC1 to be precise. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 2:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Andes Mints in retail stores?

Are Andes Mints no longer sold through retail stores? In the last few months I haven't been able to find them in any of our local stores. I've checked Kroger, Meijer, and a local independent grocery. Nothing on their website, though it looks like it hasn't been updated recently.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 2:00 PM PST - 23 comments

Installing windows from external hard drive

Is it possible to install Windows XP (or any other edition) from an external hard drive?
posted by Scottk at 1:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Discussion, not debate

Disturbed by the state of political discourse in the US, but don't know what's to be done about it, at least on a personal level. [more inside]
posted by waraw at 1:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Thunderbird May Go

Help me make HTML email composition in Thunderbird work for me or choose a replacement email client [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 1:52 PM PST - 1 comment

PC card reader broken - Can anything be done?

My (secondhand) Sony Vaio PCG-V505DC2 laptop's PC Card slot isn't recognizing any cards put in it (I've tried three, all of which I know work). I know it's not a driver problem because all of the cards worked until recently, when they started working only intermittently before stopping working at all. Can this be fixed in any kind of cost-effective way, preferably by myself? [more inside]
posted by likedoomsday at 1:51 PM PST - 7 comments

How to feel a stronger sense of self-worth?

How can a person overcome general insecurity, improve their self-esteem, and bolster their sense of self worth? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Romancing The Wife

RomanceFilter: Since getting married and having a kid, the dynamic of the relationship between my wife and I has changed in many ways. One thing she cites is my lack of 'romance' in general... Help me figure out ways I can be romantic in small ways day to day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:41 PM PST - 37 comments

Am I delusional?

Am I delusional? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Screwed up Flash movie loading/unloading

Flash newbie: when I unload a movie by clicking a button inside it, and load a new movie in its place, the new movie always opens in a new window instead of the defined movieclip. Feel free to flaunt your superior knowledge and show me the obvious answer! [more inside]
posted by wexford_arts at 1:30 PM PST - 4 comments

you got map'd

What are the best essays, books, or scholarly articles regarding the social role of maps? Both pre- and post- web 2.0, google earth mash ups, and the like. I'm familiar with the Situationalist critique, but wonder where else to begin reading. [more inside]
posted by pinto at 1:17 PM PST - 5 comments

How to shoot an 18000 frame time lapse?

I want to turn a 10 hour drive into a 10 minute time lapse video. [more inside]
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 11:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Do sewers need high ratio of fluids to work?

SanitationEngineerFilter: Would more efficient water use cause problems for sewer systems for individual homeowners, or for municipalities as a whole? [more inside]
posted by yesster at 11:48 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm fighting at least one traffic ticket. Best way to proceed?

I'm fighting at least one traffic ticket. Best way to proceed? I got three (three!) at a single stop recently. These are enough to get my driver's license renewal denied, not to mention the insurance surcharges, so I'm hoping to beat as many as I can. Other than the classic 'cops not showing up for court,' what can I hope for? [more inside]
posted by jinjo at 11:11 AM PST - 33 comments

How much memory can my computer hold?

How much memory can my computer hold? My computer specs: Dell XPS 600 OS: WinXP Professional 5.1 SP2 (Build #2600) CPU: Intel Pentium D , 2.99 GHz, 1024KB Video: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX (1920x1200x32bpp 60Hz) I went on and their scanner said my computer can have up to 8 gigs of memory but a friend of mine told me that XP can actually only hold 3 gigs of ram. How true is this? I currently have 2 gigs of ram and I was looking to go as high as 5 mainly because I work with After Effects a lot and rendering is a pain in the ass. Thanks in advance everyone.
posted by cheero at 10:53 AM PST - 14 comments


My wife's WinXP laptop is now showing this error: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME I've poked around the net to find a cure , but nothing works. Safe Mode just shows a string of entries and locks up, Normal Mode returns to the blue screen. I tried to re-install the OS , but although I can hear the disc spinning, it does not show up on the screen. What to do? ...and for bonus points, can I save the data on the HD? Thanks in advance.
posted by lobstah at 9:18 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I import a draft class with real names into Madden 2007 on the Xbox 360?

How do I import a draft class with real names into Madden 2007 on the Xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by hcastro at 9:17 AM PST - 1 comment

Very Fickle Wireless Network

Does anyone have any idea as to why a Macbook Pro or a laptop running WinXP could see a wireless network broadcast from an old Netgear (802.11b network) but two different laptops running Vista would not even see that the network exists? The SSID is being broadcast and while there is basic MAC address filtering being used, the Vista laptops don't even see that a network exists. Thanks.
posted by Ikazuchi at 9:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Homework before watching I'm Not There

What specifically should I watch, read, and listen to in order to have a satisfying experience watching the Dylan anti-biopic I'm Not There? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 8:26 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I exchange frequent flyer miles for merchandise?

I have lots of frequent flyer miles on American Airlines. There is a website ( that allows you to exchange miles for gift certificates at stores like Is there a catch? An annual limit? Any success stories?
posted by jorlando at 8:17 AM PST - 5 comments

PS2 plays some DVDs and not others?

Why does my roommate's PS2 play some DVDs and not some others? Is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 8:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Troubleshooting the Korean IME installation in Windows 95

Why can't I install the Korean IME on my old Windows 95 laptop? [more inside]
posted by Palaverist at 7:55 AM PST - 2 comments

Where to buy gluten flour in the UK

Where can I buy gluten powder/vital gluten flour in the UK? I want to make seitan but I'm having trouble sourcing the gluten powder to make it with. I've found a couple of online shops but the shipping is £5-7 for a £3 bag of flour. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 7:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Cold as ice. Or maybe not quite that cold.

Where can I go on holiday in March/April - if I want to go somewhere cold? [more inside]
posted by The Shiny Thing at 7:31 AM PST - 19 comments

Walkie Talkie UK and US?

If I buy two walkie talkies in the UK (say Motorola) will they work legally in the US? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 7:24 AM PST - 7 comments

What's up with Pakistan?

Help me understand the current Pakistan situation. Whats the big picture? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 7:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Need gift card for Japanese friends

What kind of gift card/gift certificate should I get for acquaintances in Japan? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 6:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Clothes walk on their own.

Has anyone ever seen an advert where the clothes walk on their own? [more inside]
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 6:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Phonetically written Thai

Going to Thailand after Christmas with a friend...for her Christmas gift I want a list of phrases (in Thai and hopefully phonetically spelt). Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by thelloydshow at 4:39 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I keep my keys from chewing through my trousers?

How do I keep my keys from chewing through my trousers? The threadbare spot on one pair has developed into a hole. This is probably related to the fact that it's where I place my keys in my front pockets.
posted by grouse at 4:35 AM PST - 25 comments

Privatization in the USA

Give me examples of government services in the USA that have been privatized, and tell me if the service improved or got worse.
posted by zenja72 at 4:29 AM PST - 23 comments

Gift Baskets: Ideas and Alternatives?

GiftBasketFilter: I've been tasked with prototyping a holiday-themed gift basket that a high-end car dealership will present to car buyers during the season. The contents of the baskets will be mostly wine and wine-related objects. I'm having difficulty coming up with a presentation that will be "classy" enough to satisfy the audience but easy enough to mass-produce. [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 2:14 AM PST - 18 comments

I do this for a living,'d think I could fix it.

I know it's early in the morning, but hopefully someone who can help is out there. My RAID-5 array just went titsup...while attempting to add a disk. Please tell me I didn't lose a terrabyte of mostly irreplaceable data... [more inside]
posted by geckoinpdx at 1:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Make my Christmas dinner a success!

[first time holiday dinner filter] It's my first holiday FEAST. And I must impress FUTURE INLAWS. Give me your tried-and-true "omfg where on EARTH did you get this recipe" holiday recipes - traditional is okay, but I'd prefer the off-kilter. [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 12:29 AM PST - 34 comments

November 24

too many toys!

My girlfriend collects a bunch of the vinyl toys from kidrobot. She and I are looking for more information about these things. [more inside]
posted by gally99 at 11:26 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm looking for an internship in New York with an NGO, and I speak Nepali.

I am a college student going to school in Manhattan, and I'm looking for an internship for this coming spring semester. I am a third year political science major with interests in technology, development, and journalism. At the moment I am studying and travelling abroad in India and Nepal, and I've gotten pretty much fluent in Nepali. Does anyone know of a cool New York based NGO that might have use for someone who knows Nepali language? General advice on finding NGOs in the New York area to intern for is also appreciated.
posted by Hollow at 10:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Lifeline to the fiber deprived

Traveling in Japan. Bowels frozen tighter than Renee Zellweger's face after a Botox binge. Advice. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 9:31 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me learn the basics of the Black Gospel tradition

Growing up a white boy in a white Oklahoma church, we always had some small influence of the Gospel tradition, but always sanitized for the white tradition of our past. But when I listen to the old Black spirituals, it affects me like nothing in the Baptist church I grew up with: a sense of the spiritual and the passion that I never felt in my choirs. But where should I start to learn the basics?
posted by fishmasta at 9:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Edible Christmas Tree instructions for the city mouse?

After 10 years of living in NYC, I've fled to a wooded acre in rural New Jersey. I'm a total scrooge who would never be caught dead with a Christmas tree, but I want to edibly decorate an outdoor (living) pine tree to attract animals like deer, birds, squirrels and whoever else. I'm thinking along the lines of stringing popcorn, carrots, dried corn for the deer, peanut butter and birdseed on pinecones for the birds, maybe some apple slices, etc. The problem is, my years in the city have left me devoid of any common sense on how to proceed. I don't care much whether the tree is pretty or not - I'm more interested in having animals in my backyard than flashing lights that sing "Jingle Bell Rocks". [more inside]
posted by bunnycup at 9:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Where to buy emergency kit items and water rations in Canada?

Where, in Canada, can I buy emergency/disaster kit items such as water rations? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 8:57 PM PST - 33 comments

I am the viper. I come to vipe the vindows.

When running the windshield wipers in my car, the center of the blades skid across the glass with an incredibly irritating sque-e-e-eking sound (sort of what it sounds like when you rub an inflated balloon with your hand). For some reason, the blades seem to be encountering friction on the glass, and they're skidding across rather than wiping smoothly (the amount of rain or wiper-fluid doesn't seem to make any difference). This results in a series of jaggy wet lines across the windshield, right across my field of view - not to mention the grating sound that is very nearly driving me insane. So what can I do about this? I've tried wiping off the blades and the glass by hand, but that rarely works for more than a day. Could I put WD-40 or some kind of lubricant on the blades, or would that just make things smudgier? What about something like Rain-X? If it matters, the car is a 2007 Honda.
posted by AngerBoy at 7:33 PM PST - 25 comments

College Admissions process?

I took a job as director of admissions for a post-high school internship. Prospective interns have to go through an application process to attend. What is concerning is that last year we had approx. 1500 applications started but only 448 made it. We denied approx. 50. The rest either dropped out or never finished their application. This doesn't seem very efficient to me but I'm not sure if I'm even in line with a traditional college. So, if you have ever worked in an Admissions Office for a college: 1. What percentage of those who start an app actually make it? 2. During training what should I teach first? Product knowledge or phone/customer service skills? Thanks for the help!
posted by honorguy7 at 7:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Dream house lost.

I put an offer on a 100+ year old house in Galena, Illinois a year ago. The owners and I couldn't agree on a price so the deal fell through. It was a terrific rehabbed house on a hill with fireplaces in every room, a state of the art kitchen, guest quarters and a view of the whole town from the front window. I have become rather obsessed with this house and even checked up who, later, did purchase it. The strange thing was the sale price was less than my offer but it included something called "personal property" for 20k which the buyers apparently, added to the price of the house with the approval of the sellers. I've bought and sold condos and one house before but I never heard of including "personal property" in a deal. Did they throw in a car or artwork or something? Seems odd to me. I know I should get past this house but I just can't. Thanks for any input.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 6:40 PM PST - 12 comments

Making a digital picture frame from a spare 7" LCD?

Any way to make use of a 7 inch LCD screen with an RCA input to make a cheap digital picture frame? [more inside]
posted by evanm at 5:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Allow me to enjoy the international fruits of living in a country that is #1.

Where can I find a list of colleges and/or universities located outside English speaking countries that primarily teach courses in English? (Personal knowledge of such institutions of higher learning is also welcome.)
posted by dkleinst at 5:23 PM PST - 13 comments

da dum dum tsssshhh

I wanna learn the drums... [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 5:09 PM PST - 23 comments

free video editor?

I am looking for a free video (mpeg, wmv, etc) editor with some very basic options! [more inside]
posted by princeofpersiaxz at 5:06 PM PST - 4 comments

corrupted digital images

Sometimes photos from my digital camera end up corrupted once they're uploaded to my computer. What's going on and how do I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Shortcut to switching off a calculator.

I've found that I can switch off most calculators without an "Off" button, by simultaneously mashing buttons and pressing "On". (I usually hold down "5" and "6", then press "On".) Can someone explain to me why and how this is possible?
posted by Xere at 4:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Reinventing and/or planning for the future at milepost 60, suggestions?

Reinventing and/or planning for the future at milepost 60, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 3:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Pipe command output, but keep the error code

How do I get the correct return code from a unix command line application after I've piped it through another command that succeeded? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 2:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Why does echo occur between a Treo and a Blackberry?

When I call any Blackberry 8100 from my Treo 680 using a headset, the Blackberry experiences echo. I have tried it on multiple Blackberry 8100s, and was able to replicate the problem. However, calling any other phone does not cause an echo. Also, the echo only occurs when I use the palm headset with the Treo.
posted by boeing82 at 2:05 PM PST - 1 comment

Need to quickly put together marketing!

I need to quickly create a marketing plan and budget but I am more the creative, not so much the plan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me identify an acne scarred actor

While flying from Montreal to Chicago, I saw a guy on my plane that I'm sure is an actor. I know in retrospect I should have just asked him who he was, but I didn't, so now I need some help. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook at 12:54 PM PST - 32 comments

Slooooooow food

We're looking for all-day cooking projects - we're willing to rise at dawn, source esoteric ingredients, spend hours chopping, whatever it takes. [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 12:36 PM PST - 37 comments

What's there to do in Boston, anyway?

What's the best way to kill a cold Monday in Boston? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 12:24 PM PST - 20 comments

how can I keep my cell phone number cheaply while spending time abroad?

how can I keep my cell phone number cheaply while spending time abroad? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 12:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me make a good job better...

Techniques for businesses with tip jars- what works and what's annoying? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:54 AM PST - 38 comments

midlife crisis?

Recommended reading for midlife crisis/moral quandary? [more inside]
posted by InkaLomax at 11:47 AM PST - 16 comments

How long before I get hit by a cab or have my bike stolen?

Boston Biking 101: Does biking in Boston for daily commute/activities make sense? [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 11:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Package forwarding?

Package Forwarding Filter: I'm looking to have a package forwarded from the US (I'm in Canada) and I'm trying to determine which package forwarding service I should use (or if I should use one at all). [more inside]
posted by johnsmith415 at 11:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Christian treacle

How should I respond to syrupy Christian emails? [more inside]
posted by levijk at 11:16 AM PST - 54 comments

I was raped earlier this year while doing long-term volunteer work in a foreign country... Do I tell the organization?

I was raped earlier this year while doing long-term volunteer work in a foreign country... Do I tell the organization? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:46 AM PST - 41 comments

Translation for Original Language?

How should I go about building a language <> English dictionary/translator, that can be used by one or two people via a computer, when the language is still a work-in-progress? [more inside]
posted by Adelwolf at 10:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Hybrid reliability and reapirs?

I'm looking to purchase a hybrid car (Toyota or Honda) in the $10,000 range (~2002, 2003), I'm wondering about reliability and repair bills. Are they in-line with other non-hybrid cars of this range?
posted by mac-way at 9:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Good walks in Seattle?

I'm in the Seattle area for the weekend (thanks, Microsoft!) and I have all day tomorrow to see the city by myself. My favorite way to see a city is by walking around it: does anyone have suggestions of good walking routes?
posted by goingonit at 9:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Earth Science for kids?

Earth Science books for kids? [more inside]
posted by MiffyCLB at 9:16 AM PST - 11 comments

SVM, HMM, and wavelets in bioinformatics

I'd like to learn about SVM, HMM and wavelet algorithms in their usage in bioinformatics. I have a somewhat rudimentary understanding of the underlying mathematics from Wikipedia and a couple other sources, but I find that a concrete demonstration of their application fleshes it out. Are there texts, software packages (preferably free) or papers you'd recommend that: 1) includes good starter problem sets, or; 2) demonstrates how these techniques are used in research applications (beyond "we used xyz here"). Thanks!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm a little bit country, but New York's not.

I'm not a pro (and I don't play an instrument...) Where can I go to sing early country music in New York City? [more inside]
posted by supercoollady at 7:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Toss original files after importing CVS/SVN?

After I import a project into a cvs/svn respository, what do I do with the original files? Are they important still in some way, or can I toss them? [more inside]
posted by steppe at 7:23 AM PST - 9 comments

And, he has no interest in Petromalt. Seriously.

What to do for a cat with a sensitive stomach who's developed a new problem with hairballs? (Probably unusually long.) [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 6:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Does a catholic left still exist in the US?

To what extent does the idea of a "Catholic Left" still exist in the United States? [more inside]
posted by R. Mutt at 6:04 AM PST - 26 comments

Do I have to work 7 days, or 8?

I handed my notice in at work yesterday (1 weeks notice). But I'm confused as to when my contract actually expires. I'm in the UK. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 3:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Blame Canada!

My partner and I have managed to score 12 month Canadian working holiday visas and are looking for suggestions for our time away next year... (apology: questions are long, rambly and filled with uncertainty). [more inside]
posted by lych at 12:36 AM PST - 25 comments

I'm trying to find a good online class platform which can be installed on a hosted windows server environment.

I'm trying to find a good online class platform which can be installed on a hosted windows server environment. I need to be able to have text and audio with multiple paths based on student input. Ideally would be inexpensive or free.
posted by sagewithin at 12:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Letting a subletter use your internet connection

If you let a subletter use the internet connection that's in your name, what are ideas for holding them to a promise that they won't do things that could get you sued by the RIAA (or arrested)? Is there any legally meaningful way to notify an ISP that Person X, not you, will be the connection's sole user for X months? This will be wired DSL (no wifi).
posted by sparrows at 12:31 AM PST - 21 comments

November 23

Identify this rattling plant.

Identify this strange plant found in the middle east. [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 11:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Where's my 7.7 Gigs? Missing space on my Macbook.

I have a 100 GB drive in my Macbook. Formatted, it appears as as 92.7 GB according to the Leopard Disk Utility. I've used 37.7 GB, and both the Disk Utility and Finder state that I have 47.3 GB free. So where's the missing 7.7 GB? [more inside]
posted by MiG at 10:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Master's Degree in Urban Planning for a JD: now, later, or never?

Master's Degree in Urban Planning: now, later, or never? I'm in my third year of law school, and I've realized (after taking on a pile of debt) that I don't really want to practice law. I think urban planning is the right field for me. Should I rush to get applications in now to start a program next fall, or should I enter the workplace and try to apply next year? Or should I skip the urban planning degree and start applying for planning jobs with my JD? [more inside]
posted by stopgap at 10:29 PM PST - 16 comments

There's a Desperate Housewives Knockoff?

What Korean TV shows to get for my mother for the holidays? [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 8:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Safe Pet Meds?

Two Part Pet Question: Is there such a thing as a safe medication for pets? AND Is there an online database that can educate me on safe med/health practices? [more inside]
posted by apfel at 7:02 PM PST - 12 comments


Can you give me a guide to the upcoming Australian federal elections? Please highlight with a broad arrow the close races, the bell weather districts constituencies, the handicapping, the pundits' best prognostications, and which web sites and times to watch real time results in the Dominions beyond the Seas?
posted by orthogonality at 6:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Kreplach recipe wanted

Looking for a solid recipe for Kreplach. Yes, I know I can google it, but figured I'd first use the expertise of you folks If anyone has a family time tested recipe, please share. Just looking for the Kreplach, not the soup. If there's such a thing as a midwest version, eg like from Des Moines, IA, just to give it a touch of home, even better.
posted by america4 at 6:24 PM PST - 1 comment

Seeking Internet in Durango, CO

I am going to Durango, CO around Christmas. I'll be there for a few days and may need Internet access, but can't quite determine what's available to someone who isn't living there. (It looks like EvDO is not an option there...) Any one out there live there or visit often?
posted by tcv at 6:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Does a stylish vertical laptop bag exist?

Seeking a fashionable men's laptop bag or backpack in a vertical format that is either retro vinyl or high quality leather. [more inside]
posted by Typographica at 5:54 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I buy ice skates for my big feet?

Where can I buy large size ice hockey skates? [more inside]
posted by gaelenh at 5:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for Toronto police stats.

I am looking for sites that publish Canadian police internal investigation and conviction statistics, Toronto in particular. [more inside]
posted by rupeh at 5:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Blogs by car/child/pet-free writers

I am looking for blogs written by child-free, car-free individuals (or couples) about the same topic or related topics. Bonus points if the writers are also pet-free.
posted by bkpr at 4:27 PM PST - 14 comments

Now that I've written it, I'm already feeling bad for the pig

How do you buy good old fashioned, "heirloom" pork? [more inside]
posted by joaniemcchicken at 4:13 PM PST - 22 comments

Is it legal to for a Canadian to work in US for a Canadian company without working papers?

Is this illegal? I'm a Canadian living in the US legally but not allowed to work. I run an online business based out of Canada (use a Canadian address for all payments, bank account etc...). I suppose I'm working for a Canadian company (my own) but living in the US. Additionally, and I haven't done this yet, would importing revenues from the business to use for living expenses affect the legality?
posted by anonymous at 3:47 PM PST - 10 comments

Like little pillows of heaven

Does anyone have a recipe that would reproduce restaurant-style pita bread? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 3:15 PM PST - 11 comments

What are soundalike songs in commercials and TV called?

What's the term of art for songs that are written to sound very similar to well-known or current pop songs? For example, lots of commercials and TV shows use backing songs which are clearly meant to evoke (rip off?) a song you already know and might hear on the radio. [more inside]
posted by anildash at 3:02 PM PST - 20 comments

Hons, Dons, and one smoking MA Oxon

Help me be accepted to Oxford University. I am not concerned with academic requirements (my grades are excellent). I need to know what I can do to set myself apart from all the other ambitious and overeducated nerds who will be fighting for my place. I have exactly two years to make myself amazing. [more inside]
posted by rhinny at 2:57 PM PST - 31 comments

How do I stop my eyeglasses from getting dirty so quickly?

How do I stop my eyeglasses from getting so dirty in the first place? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 2:51 PM PST - 14 comments

where to buy a 4 rib roast (roast beef) near franconia, new hampshire?

where to buy a 4 rib roast (roast beef) near franconia, new hampshire? [more inside]
posted by davidvan at 2:50 PM PST - 2 comments

so you can get a sunburn from sitting near a window. who knew?

Need advice for a fade cream to hide/minimize sun damage [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 2:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Name for a Pawn Shop

What to name a Pawn Shop? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 2:32 PM PST - 40 comments

BoKu recreation

Remember that old "adult friendly" juice box BoKu? Help me mix some up! [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 2:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Best Chicago bar for MU/KU game?

Best sports bar to watch the Mizzou-KU Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly at 1:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a childrens book

Please help me find the title of a hazy remembered childrens book with animals and a helicopter. [more inside]
posted by Glow Bucket at 1:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Multi-dose vaccinations - what happens if you miss a dose?

Gardasil is given in 3 doses across 6 months, so what if you decide not to get the the last two doses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 26 comments

Why does it hurt?

My girlfriend says it sometimes hurts when I touch her vagina. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I back up and organize emails in preparation for a work dispute?

I need to use old emails to support my case in a dispute at work. How should I organize and present them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 6 comments

What every environmentalist's home needs

Eco-friendly gifts for an increasingly devoted environmentalist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 22 comments

333 half-devil hubs

Anyone have an idea where to find information on rebuilding old Shimano 3-speed hubs from the 1970s? They were on lowcost (Sears, Murray, Huffy) bikes, and often they are the only part of the bike that has not rusted into oblivion. [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 1:21 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to buy a Lazaro dress, and how much?

Does anyone have any idea where (In the Bay Area) my wife can find a particular Lazaro (item #LZ3699) bridesmaid's dress and how much it might cost? [more inside]
posted by xenoworx at 12:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Including yourself in exclusionary settings

How do you include yourself in exclusionary conversations? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 11:46 AM PST - 26 comments

Theories of literary terrorism?

Have any literary theorists or critics, or professors of literature, written about literary terrorism? By literary terrorism, I mean the use of flash violence to shock subvert political or cultural structures. I will especially appreciate studies that explicitly analyze these techniques in comparison with concrete terroristic acts.
posted by limon at 11:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Tale of Two....or Three Cities

I am looking for books ( fiction or non-fiction ) about the adventures of city living. Give me tales of colorful characters in New York, dandys in London, and criminals in Tokyo. I want to read about restaurants, jazz clubs, gambling dens, eccentric shops, and seedy alleyways.
posted by jasondigitized at 11:24 AM PST - 36 comments

I need a 21 year old Sales Guru to guide me on my path to enlightenment!

How do I learn to optimize my website/sales approach to sell online to college kids? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 11:23 AM PST - 12 comments

What can I do to get rid of a deep but tiny scar on my cheek?

What can I do to get rid of a deep but tiny scar on my cheek? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 11:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Excel Sheet Lockout

I have a spreadsheet that I want to lock after a certain amount of data is entered. It needs to be an auto lockout as I cannot count on the user to stop entering data after a certain point. MI [more inside]
posted by lampshade at 11:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Authoritative price guide for stamp collecting?

I'm looking for an authoritative price guide for postage stamps, primarily US stamps from prior to 1960, similar to the Overstreet guides printed for comic books. There are a number of such stamps I would like to look up. Online would be great, physical guides that need to be purchased would be fine too. Thanks in advance.
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 10:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Movies about female writers

What movies are about real female writers? (Sylvia, etc.) Thanks.
posted by HSWilson at 10:39 AM PST - 25 comments

How to maximize bra value?

What's the optimal bra lifespan/price combo? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 10:32 AM PST - 31 comments

7 days in Japan, no constraints (except the one who gurgles and poops)

We'll have a week in Japan in March, and a nine-month-old in tow. Where to go? What to do? Is this even a sane idea? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 10:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Pocket-friendly digicam recommendations?

Recommendations for a good pocket-friendly digital camera? I'm finally ready to replace the Canon Power Shot S200 that was pinched by robbers a few years ago with a similar sized but updated camera. Looking for something approximately the size of a pack of cigarettes or smaller. Budget is in the $250-$300 range. [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 10:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Runny Pie, you are making me crazy.

Why did my pecan pie get runny? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 9:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Got any good short, silly one-liner jokes?

Got any good short, silly one-liner jokes? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 9:51 AM PST - 97 comments

Excel: How to select a cell based on current month

Excel Filter: Selecting a cell/row based on current month. [more inside]
posted by shinynewnick at 9:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Need tips on making the most of an ad: Little. Yellow. Different.

One of my friends is about to spend some big bucks in the Yellow Pages. I'm trying to help him make the most of his investment. Any tips or ideas on how to design an ad for the yellow pages to have the most impact?
posted by edmz at 9:40 AM PST - 11 comments

What's the real cost for iTouch?

Teen daughter wants the iTouch for Christmas. Other than the purchase price, what other fees apply? Is this thing gonna cost me a monthly fee to access the Internet--which is what she really wants to do.
posted by sandra194 at 9:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Did Ann Landers help clear up your skin?

Anyone had success with the egg-yolk-on-face treatment for acne discussed by Ann Landers several years ago? [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 8:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Book Blogs?

What are some good blogs on literature? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 8:03 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for stories with pitiful but sympathetic villains

What are some stories with pitiful but sympathetic villains? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy at 8:00 AM PST - 42 comments

High-protein veggie diet -- anybody tried it?

High-protein vegetarian diet -- am I the first to try this? [more inside]
posted by long haired lover from liverpool at 7:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me choose which type of ground to get in my coffee of the month gift.

Help me choose which type of ground to get in my coffee of the month gift. [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 6:44 AM PST - 7 comments

How to sort out my private life?

Yet another relationship question. Help me resolve this issue. I'll try to keep the explanation short. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:25 AM PST - 61 comments

How do I find the playlist for multiple cds which were burned from my (initial) main music file, which has been added to extensively?

After burning a cd using Itunes, is a copy of the playlist automatically archived? And if so, how do you access it? [more inside]
posted by h00py at 6:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Mp3 players for cheap people

I'd like to buy my dad a bargain-bin mp3 player for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by RobotHeart at 6:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Photofilter: Looking for help with portrait lighting

Photofilter: How can lighting effects like this be achieved? (link inside) [more inside]
posted by zander at 5:20 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I import RAW photos onto my computer?

How can I import RAW photos onto my computer? My camera & scanner wizard has disappeared and the two photography software I use both cant manage it. [more inside]
posted by criticalbill at 5:20 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I get audio playback working in Firefox?

I recently recovered the Windows XP (Home) SP2 installation on my VAIO VGN FS415E now I no longer have sound when I play video through my Firefox (or IE for that matter) browser. My system is fully patched with the latest versions of all software. I also have the Windows Media Player plugin for firefox installed. The video itself plays fine (in both FF and IE), but no sound. Can you help?
posted by Blacksun at 3:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Sampler / Looper?

Music Instrument Filter: I know what I want but not what it's called or if it precisely exists. I want something that samples and loops over itself, overdubbing or "stacking" the samples as it goes. I want it to accept MIDI so that it knows when to start the loop again. And I don't want it to require a computer. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 1:48 AM PST - 14 comments

Tricky SQL for a simple function

Been banging my head against the wall on this the whole day. I need a way to select & sort data from a single MySQL table, but it's a little bit more complicated that it seems. [more inside]
posted by arrowhead at 1:38 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I ensure that I stay healthy while spending time outdoors during the winter?

How do I ensure that I stay healthy while spending time outdoors during the winter? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 12:41 AM PST - 19 comments

November 22

Natural fabrics?

What are the best natural clothing materials, and where can i buy them (possibly already made into clothing)? [more inside]
posted by fjardt at 11:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Dentist in Dallas

Dallas dentist referral? Need my wisdom teeth removed! [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 11:23 PM PST - 5 comments

refugees in louisville?

hi, friends. hope everyone in the states had a great holiday! i am interested in learning about louisville, kentucky as a possible destination for a young, refugee couple from liberia that have been living in san diego for two years. [more inside]
posted by sacho at 11:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Cloth architecture?

How can I make clothes? [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 10:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Will really old canned juice kill me?

Assuming there are no signs of spoilage, is it safe to drink 10 year old grape juice that I canned myself? If not, can I safely use it as a syrup (vino cotto) if I reduce it by simmering?
posted by shinybeast at 10:22 PM PST - 14 comments

How do I perfect my new speakers?

Got great new speakers for my stereo. Now comes the hard part: I need to find a particular kind of stand, and my satellite radio sounds funny. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by werty at 9:38 PM PST - 6 comments

When is the typical Thanksgiving day feast eaten?

When is the typical Thanksgiving day feast eaten? [more inside]
posted by spork at 9:05 PM PST - 40 comments

Leaving Car Headlights On

How can I create a low-tech way to remind my daughter to turn the lights off in her car? [more inside]
posted by GregWithLime at 8:57 PM PST - 45 comments

I need to buy a Chia Pet in time for Christmas

Where can I buy a Chia Pet in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by sid at 8:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Why is iMovie running slow on my high-end iMac?

I'm the proud owner of a new Intel iMac, a 2.4 Ghz with 2 gigs of RAM, and I'm having a dickens of a time trying to edit my 26 minute wedding video in iMovie '08--namely it's as slow as the molasses in January. I'm not making a feature film here...what gives? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 8:16 PM PST - 6 comments

The Religiosity of Conspiracy and Ideology

Does anyone know of any books or articles that look at conspiracy theories from an anthropology of religion or psychology point of view? [more inside]
posted by Sangermaine at 8:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me overcome and introverted nature.

Help me overcome and introverted nature. [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 7:56 PM PST - 20 comments

should i buy this black friday computer from wal-mart?

Should I buy the Compaq Presario that Wal-Mart is selling on black Friday? Computer nerds please help! [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 7:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Best walkaround zoom for Pentax K100D

I bought the Pentax K100D dSLR, partly on recommendations from here, and I love it. I have the 18-55 kit lens and the 50-200 zoom lens, which I mostly use. Now I would like to buy a faster in-between zoom, somewhere from 24-28 at the low end to 75-135 at the high end. I am trying to figure out whether to buy a Pentax, Tamron, or Sigma lens and am getting confused with all the contradictory reviews. The Tamron 24-135 is praised to the skies by some and trashed by others. I am leaning towards the Tamron 28-75 but would like something closer to 100 mm. Any advice?
posted by blue shadows at 7:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Buying food thanksgiving night?

where can i buy food thanksgiving night in the Northern Virginia area -- fast food, restaurant, grocery store, anywhere? [more inside]
posted by empath at 6:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Have I fried my car stereo?

Have I fried my car stereo? Exposed wires crossed, and then no more music... [more inside]
posted by robotot at 5:50 PM PST - 8 comments

Making My Blog More Relevant

My blog is getting some significant attention and I'd like to make it more useful. How do I do so? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 5:43 PM PST - 4 comments

human remedies for dogs

My two dogs were playing and the 70lb german shepherd mix started yelping repeatedly like a car alarm... [more inside]
posted by NoMich at 5:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Blogs of Hollywood -- the place, not the industry

Help me find blogs about Hollywood -- BUT (and this is important) about the place, not the industry. I am looking for blogs by and for residents of downtown Hollywood, East Hollywood, Griffith Park, the Melrose district, etc. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me smell!

Please help me dramatically update my chosen perfumes. The problem is: my favourite scent is the smell of... soap. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 4:29 PM PST - 22 comments

Killing a piece of my past

I live in Montreal and have a rubber tree about 40 years old that I put outside every summer. I hope I haven't killed it this time. [more inside]
posted by maremare at 3:26 PM PST - 2 comments

So, a keyboard is like a metaphor for...21 guitars?

How can a keyboard represent a guitar?! [more inside]
posted by evariste at 2:53 PM PST - 25 comments

American Hanukkah experiences?

Does anyone know where I can find anecdotes surrounding Hanukkah in modern American culture? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 2:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Need a UK Virtual Office that scans snail mail and e-mails it

Is there a UK-based virtual office that will scan my snail mail and e-mail it? [more inside]
posted by magacid at 2:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Greater Turkey

Some help with the historical / political background on "Greater Turkey" and / or basic translation of a web page? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 2:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Uncomfortably Numb

Numb right hand side of face- MRI and blood scans show nothing- experiences/suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Gratishades at 1:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Writing front to back then back to front

Is there a term for writing only on the right-hand page of notebooks then flipping the notebook over and working from back cover to front cover? [more inside]
posted by TheAspiringCatapult at 1:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Railroad Bread

My grandfather remembers his mother making a type of bread called railroad bread from the 1930s or 1940s. Every major holiday we hear about this type of bread and now how he can not find a recipe anywhere. If anybody has a recipe or remembers this elusive bread any information on it would be use full. Thanks in advance.
posted by lilkeith07 at 1:29 PM PST - 7 comments

advice for a 1st time skiier

First time skiier needing some advice on what to buy, should I get lessons, etc, etc,. [more inside]
posted by jannw at 1:08 PM PST - 23 comments

Where to look for instructional design jobs?

Looking for help finding work as an instructional designer in social services fields in the American Southwest. [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones at 1:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a kids t-shirt supplier

Where would I order small quantities of cheap but good-quality plain long-sleeve t-shirts for kids? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 12:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Free valve replacement with every inspection

What is this tiny valve, and what was it doing in my suitcase? [more inside]
posted by SemiSophos at 12:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Dangers of installing a wii modchip?

Dangers of installing a wii modchip? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 11:55 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I restore the missing factory display profile on my Macbook?

How do I restore the missing factory display profile on my Macbook? When I try to calibrate the color for the display on my Apple MacBook i get the error "The factory profile for the display could not be found." This seemed to happen after a problem with Parallels having some problems. What can I do to fix this?
posted by jeffreyclong at 11:41 AM PST - 2 comments

Bad study design? or no?

Is this study an example of bad statistical study design? [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 11:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Which is screwed up, my DVD burner or my laptop?

I'm using Windows XP, and a 3 yr old external DVD+RW/-RW burner. Pacific Digital, NEC 2500a. I've been burning avis to DVD using Roxio 6 Drag to Disk. I have a great many dvds that aren't closed - partially burned, unformatted to work in any drive, they'll only work in the dvd burner with drag to disk. My dvd burner has suddenly stopped recognizing both THESE dvds, and also BLANK dvds, though it will read dvds I have burned before. The partially burned dvds and blank dvds give me a CD icon in My Computer, and will not open. It says something like "Incorrect function" when I try. This is also the error I used to get when I burned coasters. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 11:25 AM PST - 2 comments

Totally Tout-less Teotihuacan Tours? (Tangentially, Taxco Too?)

I'm spending a week in Mexico City next month. There are some great suggestions here, but does anyone have a specific recommendation for a tour company or private guide for Teotihuacan? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot at 11:09 AM PST - 10 comments

how to plan for a move

I own a home in the mountains of WNC. It is large and old (1895) and in fair condition. Fortunately, (and unfortunately), it is in an area that is experiencing a lot of influx by wealthy folks fleeing whatever. It is time to begin thinking about my next life. [more inside]
posted by haikuku at 11:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Online advertising - how does one get it?

Online advertising for dummies? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 9:44 AM PST - 18 comments

1080p v 720p

42" plasma 1080p v 720p quality question. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 9:30 AM PST - 20 comments

Background Information

College student exchange options - America, Canada or Australia - or elsewhere ? It's your chance to send me packing ! [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 9:27 AM PST - 24 comments

Make a function of this graph. That's like an anti-graph!

Help me create a function from a graph, details inside. [more inside]
posted by hammerthyme at 9:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Make me a better pizza dude

I am interested in taking a pizza delivery job. Any tricks of the trade in performing this job as efficiently as possible? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 8:46 AM PST - 28 comments

How to revive a dying plant.

Is there any way at all to revive my poor plant? [more inside]
posted by Jenesta at 8:20 AM PST - 10 comments

"I'll take 'Cutest Cellphone Ever' for $200, Alex."

My wife is looking for a 'Cute' cellphone - This is obviously something I'm not having a lot of luck searching for on Google. [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 8:02 AM PST - 29 comments

What are the lyrics to the song "Brown Water" by 'Harvey Milk'?

What are the lyrics to the song "Brown Water" by the band 'Harvey Milk'?
posted by geos at 7:56 AM PST - 1 comment

I hate my ex-girlfriend. How do I deal with her presence?

My ex-girlfriend humiliated me, now I'm obligated to attend social events with her presence. Avoidance has worked wonders, but I can't keep it up forever. How do I 'move on' or 'just forget that it happened'? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 5:58 AM PST - 57 comments

Blurry blue lights

I can't focus on blue lights. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:16 AM PST - 18 comments

Where is the Game of Dreams?

Is there a video game that simulates a dream? [more inside]
posted by sushiwiththejury at 4:22 AM PST - 31 comments

"how do i get hold of footage of Jewish Life before and during WWI without paying lots of $$?

I am looking for holocaust archive footage of the ghettoes - without paying a fortune. shouldn't this be public domain? where? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 3:59 AM PST - 7 comments

International excess baggage-->Cash?

Is there any way to make some money with my excess baggage allowance on my routine international flights? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 3:20 AM PST - 4 comments

What to do in London after dark?

What should we do in London between 5 - 11 pm this Saturday? We're going for the day to see Seduced at the Barbican and then we'll wander around some charity shops near Victoria or Pimlico until they close. So daytime is easy, but after that, we're at a bit of a loss. Our train leaves around 11pm. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 3:16 AM PST - 19 comments

Incredibly ignorant automobile question, and such bad timing, too

The "check tire inflation" warning light just on my dashboard is on. Am I safe to drive to Thanksgiving dinner? [more inside]
posted by arianell at 2:54 AM PST - 23 comments

what is that sound

what do you call that sad-sack whomp-whomp sound? come on, you know the one. .....sigh. fine, i'll record an example. [more inside]
posted by tremspeed at 1:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Myopia reduction with age?

Today's eye exam for this 40-something woman (a multifocal contact lenses wearer) showed a slight improvement in myopia versus what another optometrist recorded two years ago. My new optometrist was very thorough, caught some retinal thinning and other issues my previous optometrist had missed, and just seemed very sharp and trustworthy. But should I worry about the decreased myopia values and get my eyes checked again? [more inside]
posted by rosemere at 12:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Web Slang, How and Why?

Asking for my son: How and why did web abbreviation and web slang evolve the way it did? Was it just a matter of common acceptance, or was something bigger at work? [more inside]
posted by amyms at 12:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Sudden partial blindness -- what's it like?

Are you blind in one eye? Please give a newbie advice. [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 12:05 AM PST - 19 comments

November 21

should i go on a cruise to Alaska on my honeymoon

Should I go on a cruise to Alaska on my honeymoon? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 11:02 PM PST - 22 comments

California alimony

(Asking this for a male friend.) Getting divorced in California. What kind of alimony should I be expected to supply my soon-to-be ex wife? Advice and insights, please! [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 10:36 PM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for the sugar version of kosher salt...

I'm looking for a reputable source of coarse-grained sugar to decorate cookies with. [more inside]
posted by melissam at 10:26 PM PST - 13 comments

How to fill in multiple webforms from a list

I am looking for some automated method of using a txt list of names to submit into a single value web form that in turn returns a web page with data that I am interested in. I have no programming skills, so kind of looking for some sort of idiot proof answer. Any ideas?
posted by dripped at 10:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me troubleshoot a down-home style network.

At my parents for Thanksgiving and I need help troubleshooting family Airport wireless! Three Macs, one IP address...FIGHT! [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 9:20 PM PST - 13 comments

What should we not miss in a 3 day drive from New Orleans to Atlanta?

What should we not miss in a 3 day drive from New Orleans to Atlanta? [more inside]
posted by jur777 at 9:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Erisa Attorney position in Boulder, Co?

My SO and I are contemplating fleeing California for Boulder. Co because of the high housing prices. I am an ERISA attorney who represents large traditional pension funds. I like my job. I think my chances of finding a firm with an ERISA practice in Boulder are slim to nil. I've googled, etc., but I thought I'd ask here in case anyone knows of anything. Denver is out of the question because of the long commute. Also, I've seen some corporate / transactional practices in Boulder. Could I make the transition from ERISA to corporate work (it's not something I ever even contemplated until now)? Any help is much appreciated
posted by bananafish at 9:00 PM PST - 7 comments

scanning pics ?

I have 2500 pictures which I want to turn into jpegs what is the fastest and cheapest way to do this? Hire a high schooler or ?
posted by quiverandquill at 8:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Caribbean islands when it rains.

What to do in St. John or St. Thomas in the rain? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor at 8:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Help with Display Panel

I have a panel display system where the bottom edge of one of panels curls away such that the magnetic strip won't hold it against the frame. Does anyone know how to make the material smooth out so the panel will affix to the frame again? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 7:10 PM PST - 2 comments

What to do with clothing that can't be given to Goodwill?

What to do with the clothing of someone who has passed away? Goodwill is not a option. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:36 PM PST - 40 comments

Can a man safely use prenatal vitamins?

Our medicine cabinet has some leftover prenatal vitamins. Is there any reason that I (as a healthy adult male) shouldn't use them as a daily multivitamin until they're used up (about 60 days worth)?
posted by gwenzel at 6:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Someone changed the locks, and it wasn't me!

How did I get locked out of my home wireless connection? More importantly, how do I get back in? [more inside]
posted by azure_swing at 6:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me help a friend cut lots of precise tiny holes

Artbook publishing help needed! Difficulty: crazy cutouts. Help me help an artistic friend save his work from admirers. [very] extended explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by Acari at 5:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Filling fell out...what to do till I can see my dentist?

Dammit. It looks like part of a filling in one of my molars has fallen out... on the evening before Thanksgiving, naturally! I've already called my dentist and no one's in the office till Monday (and I don't think this counts as a bona fide emergency). What should I do to minimize the damage till I can get in to see him? [more inside]
posted by scody at 5:46 PM PST - 15 comments

give me stereo or give me death!

easiest way to replace the headphone jack in my iaudio x5 portable mp3 player? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 5:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Manchester music meanderings

Where can I take a musically-obsessed American friend around Manchester and London? [more inside]
posted by electriccynic at 4:17 PM PST - 9 comments

To brine or not to brine...

So I know you aren't supposed to brine a butterball turkey, but I've already bought the turkey and all the brining stuff, what's the worst that can happen? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 3:20 PM PST - 16 comments

What is the best way to backorder a domain?

What is the best way to backorder a domain? [more inside]
posted by complience at 2:51 PM PST - 5 comments

enclosure for 2.5in and 3.5in drives?

Is there such a thing as a hard drive enclosure that supports both SATA 2.5in and 3.5in drives? [more inside]
posted by advil at 2:42 PM PST - 5 comments

We grow tired of Risk, but are always up for a risk.

What board game would my friends and I enjoy next? [more inside]
posted by MaHaGoN at 2:30 PM PST - 62 comments

Changing resolution in Premiere Pro CS3?

Is there a way to change the resolution of an existing Premiere Pro CS3 project, or is that something that can only be set up before you begin work? [more inside]
posted by wubbie at 2:23 PM PST - 2 comments

The power of cartoons

Communication theory: Why are cartoons used as a method to communicate political themes when the same thing could be said in text? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Crackerbelly at 1:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Good Eats on Turkey Day in the Bay Area

I am wondering if anyone has restaurant recommendations for Thanksgiving in San Francisco. I'm not really interested in a traditional meal: I'm mostly wondering if there are any good Chinese or Indian joints that will be open, or places that will be serving their regular menu. [more inside]
posted by hototogisu at 1:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Wanted: One AC adapter

I recently lost the power adapter for my olde tyme Creative Nomad Zen NX. I'd like to just drive down to RadioShack and get a replacement, but I'm not sure what I need. The Nomad wants 5V, but it looks like RadioShack's adapters skip from 4.5V to 6V. Will I kill my player if I use one of those options?
posted by punishinglemur at 1:34 PM PST - 12 comments

Need to watch it over and over and over...

Is there a program for Mac OS X (Tiger, if it makes a difference) which I can use to play a DVD video file AND scan through, using the arrow keys, in increments of a few seconds? [more inside]
posted by rhoticity at 12:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Find me a recipe

My sister-in-law won't let me contribute to T-giving dinner, but I'm going to make something anyway. [more inside]
posted by nax at 12:31 PM PST - 21 comments

Keep me occupied on Emirates

The wife and I are flying to Dubai from JFK (and back again) on Emirates next week. We're in economy - what amenities will we have? [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 12:24 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I easily blog the same things, over and over?

Need help with specific Wordpress data entry conundrum. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 12:13 PM PST - 5 comments

What are the reasons for Chinese censorship?

I’m trying to help my students understand the reasons behind censorship in China. They ask very simple and yet very profound questions: Why keep information and knowledge from your people? In the long run, how can a free-thinking populace be anything but good? [more inside]
posted by jackypaper at 12:09 PM PST - 38 comments

As long as I'm there, I may as well have fun...

Aspen on short notice... [more inside]
posted by matty at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Guidebooks for Naples and Amalfi

I'm visiting Naples and the Amalfi coast over the winter break. I'll be there a week. I couldn't care less about when to go and how to get there or where to stay, because that's all taken care of. I'm looking for the best guidebook that emphasizes history, background and things to do. Good recommendations for places to eat would be a nice plus. What would you suggest? Right now my leading candidate is the Lonely Planet guide, but in the past I've found they're not so hot on places to eat.
posted by ubiquity at 11:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a poem

I'm looking for a poem, and it's NOT the road not taken. [more inside]
posted by skybolt at 11:21 AM PST - 4 comments

History of U.S. national debt

Can anyone help my find a chart or data that shows U.S. national debt as a function of time, especially with correlation to presidential administrations? [more inside]
posted by Doohickie at 11:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Do you get "better" air in business class?

The one time I flew long haul in business class, I noticed that afterward I didn't feel like I'd been run over by a bus as I usually do after 11hrs in coach. Yes, I had a bigger seat, more room etc, but some people told me that you fell less worse because you get better/ cleaner/ fresher air in business and first class than in coach. Fact or fiction?
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 11:08 AM PST - 18 comments

Just let me hear some of that lonely violin music! Any old way you choose it!

I'm looking for more instrumental music that sounds similar to the violin-heavy themes in FARGO, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES, and LoTR: THE TWO TOWERS. [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 10:58 AM PST - 26 comments

Gobble, Gobble, Gobble

Suggestions for a Thanksgiving breakfast. [more inside]
posted by robot at 10:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Advice on how to get through the holiday season without losing my mind and my temper?

What are your tips on surviving holiday family dysfunction? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow at 10:31 AM PST - 46 comments

What mystical powers do four kids have?

You know the playground trick whereby four of you can "levitate" a fifth person using just your fingertips (you first hold your hands over his head and count to 20)? How does that work, then?
posted by bonaldi at 10:29 AM PST - 20 comments

What color calibration software/device for small web design company?

What color calibration software/device for small web design company? [more inside]
posted by bingwah at 10:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Web App Dev

Looking for a fairly simple database driven web application environment / framework. Thinking of Turbogears. [more inside]
posted by signal at 10:19 AM PST - 10 comments

good gifts for a chemo patient?

Good gifts for a chemo patient? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 10:05 AM PST - 22 comments

How to deal with obnoxious recruiters?

How do you deal with calls from recruiters who are inappropriately rude? [more inside]
posted by designmartini at 10:05 AM PST - 19 comments

Why is Thanksgiving Eve a big bar night?

Is the night before Thanksgiving a big bar night all across the country, or is it a regional thing? Why is it such a big deal? [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 9:41 AM PST - 38 comments


Potential food born illness in baked appetizer - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by janelikes at 9:11 AM PST - 9 comments

And her name was Polly Ann

I'm looking for as many different recordings or versions of John Henry as possible (ie Johnny Cash at Folsom). I'd like to get dozens of copies of this song sung in different ways or by different people. The more obscure the better, but don't assume that I know about a common recording.
posted by Pants! at 9:05 AM PST - 16 comments

Does psychology provide an argument in favour of object-oriented programming?

Does psychology provide an argument in favour of object-oriented programming? [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 8:58 AM PST - 16 comments


Why would my company get a phone call from (caller said) "customer service" and ask for the model number on our copy machine? [more inside]
posted by jaronson at 8:33 AM PST - 18 comments

Where can I find some more great Johnny Gimble Recordings?

What are some more great Johnny Gimble recordings? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 8:29 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I increase my descriptive vocabulary?

How can I increase my descriptive vocabulary, particularly for the purpose of tagging photos? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 8:20 AM PST - 13 comments

I shortchanged myself in education

How do you get the education you should have gotten in high school and college? [more inside]
posted by Tuwa at 7:55 AM PST - 26 comments

Please write 1000 words on how it feels to squeeze the handle.

I'm testing a mechanical device (something like a can opener) and I'd like to get people to give me more than comments like "convenient" or "comfortable". [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker at 7:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Producing DVDs in New York

I'm in Brazil and I need produce 3,000 copies of a educational DVD to be distributed/sold at an exhibition in New York. We would provide the master DVD and cover art and we need the 3,000 copies burned, packaged and delivered to a New York address by the beginning of April 2008. My guess is that it would be cheaper to have it done locally (in or near New York) but at this moment it is only a guess. Which companies would you recommend for this sort of job and what kind of prices and deadlines I should expect?
posted by nkyad at 7:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me keep my hands to myself.

For the first time in the 3 years I've been with my fiancé, I'm irresistably attracted to someone else. Of course, I have to work with the object of my lust. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 41 comments

Pregnant with no health insurance...

We found out my wife was pregnant the day before I lost my job. I was working for a non-profit whose healthcare coverage is self-funded and somehow they are exempt from having to offer COBRA. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me help my dramatic sister.

How to help a person known for high drama... (long) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 AM PST - 21 comments

A pie! A pie! My kingdom for a pie!

Where can I get a pecan pie at the last minute in lower Manhattan or Park Slope, Brooklyn (or anywhere on the R) after 3:30pm today? [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 6:53 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I follow up with my networking contacts?

An alum from my school said he would pass my resume around to employers in his city. I want to follow up with him. What to say? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Safely cleaning gutters from the roof

How do you safely clean your 2nd story gutters from a steeply sloped roof? [more inside]
posted by lyam at 6:39 AM PST - 9 comments

Your best vegetarain Thanksgiving recipe, please

Tried and true vegetarian side dish recipes for Thanksgiving please! We will be hosting omnivores, vegetarians, and all-but-beef-eaters for Thanksgiving. I'm looking for things that have the greatest potential for enjoyment by all. Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow, I don't have time to try out the recipe. Also, I don't want random vegetarian side dishes--it must be Thanksgiving/fall themed. [more inside]
posted by jujube at 6:25 AM PST - 43 comments

Real Genius 2.0?

Is there a online repository for ongoing consumer contests? [more inside]
posted by hypersloth at 6:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Third pounders at MCD in the US?

Short question on Quarter pounders at MickeyDs in the US...why are they 3rd pounders? Are american lbs different from UK lbs?
posted by aherdofturtles at 6:05 AM PST - 17 comments

Are filtrete filters bad?

Do 3M Filtrete furnace filters put a strain on the blower motor? I've heard this from more than one HVAC technician. Some techs like the cheapo 50 cent filters. Why is that? Do they see a lot of failed motors due to insufficient air flow? I would think a well run company like 3M would know how to design a proper filter.
posted by qsysopr at 5:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Need recommendations for flexible, secure portals...

Need Secure Flexible Portal Technology Recommendations... [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 5:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Get us the HELL outta here!

My fiance got mugged two nights ago in Chicago. Now what? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 5:15 AM PST - 35 comments

Where can I find ski boots in Japan?

Where in the heck can I buy a pair of size 32cm ski boots in Japan? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine at 4:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Got (filled) milk?

Have I ruined Thanksgiving? I was shopping for pie ingredients yesterday and picked up a few cans of evaporated filled milk. [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 3:50 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I build a house in 20 minutes?

How to make a time lapse movie of a 2 year construction project? There is a new building being built in my university campus it should be finished by 2009. I want to capture the whole process of erecting the building by shooting few frames every day and editing them into a time lapse movie that will last 20 minutes. [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 3:33 AM PST - 12 comments

how to make eyes bigger?

how to make my eyes bigger (preferably without plastic surgery, and excluding the use of makeup)? [more inside]
posted by aielen at 3:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Renewable energy in the media

I'm looking for representations of renewable energy sources in (i) movies from any country or (ii) any UK mainstream media including TV ads. [more inside]
posted by biffa at 2:47 AM PST - 13 comments

November 20

Rambo would've used a bullet

Am I going to get a nasty scar? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 11:44 PM PST - 26 comments

Car purchase could be the death of me...

I just got a kick-butt new job, and I'm already in stressed-out, dejected pain -- over buying a stupid car to get to it. [more inside]
posted by liquado at 11:24 PM PST - 26 comments

Can CA stick me with a 5150 bill?

Hospitalized in California last year under a 5150: is it legal for them to stick me with the bills when I was hospitalized against my will? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 PM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with two offers in the same department?

How to deal with two offers in the same department and ensure there's no hard feelings afterward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I know if medical school is a good environment for me?

Med school is considering kicking me out - what should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Capon for Thanksgiving

Anyone have any tips for roasting a capon? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a Samba Thistle's CD online?

AustinMusicFilter: I need a CD by a group called Samba Thistle. And can't find it anywhere online. [more inside]
posted by nramsey at 10:15 PM PST - 5 comments

AutoCAD help?

My boyf has a question for an AutoCAD hero. He wants to know why his 3d model appears in block color on the screen (see screen shot) – then plot only the ugly silhouette lines (see plotted version).
posted by mjao at 10:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Get lost? Okay, where?

Just how lost could someone get in the lower 48 states? [more inside]
posted by Ziggurat at 9:42 PM PST - 37 comments

Motion Path in AE CS3

After Effects CS3: Newbie question driving me nuts. Can't paste a path as a Motion path. [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 9:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me buy my boyfriend an awesome XBOX wireless headset

XBOX 360 question! Help me get my boyfriend a wireless headset he will love. [more inside]
posted by missmle at 9:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Uh, so there's this movie...I dunno what it's called...

MovieFilter: Help me find the movie about teenage Star Wars fans traveling across country to steal the script for Episode 1! [more inside]
posted by argylekneesocks at 8:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Hark, which herald angel sings?

My aunt's family has been listening to the same Christmas tape (as in, the same physical tape) repeatedly for about 25 years. The tape was originally made by dubbing from vinyl. I'd like, as a gift, to remaster the whole thing, but I need help identifying all the song versions. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 8:12 PM PST - 26 comments

Tell me more about Red Hook Lane

Calling all Brooklyn history buffs. Tell me more about a specific aspect of Red Hook Lane. [more inside]
posted by lassie at 8:10 PM PST - 6 comments

What's Kangen Water?

My wife has signed up to join an MLM network selling a device called a LeveLuk SD501, which produces 'Kangen' water. I think this thing is worthless for health purposes. I'm keeping an open mind but we're talking $5k to buy one of these things and I think it's a waste. I'm wondering what the hive mind comes up with. [more inside]
posted by diode at 7:28 PM PST - 27 comments

dear mr. president...

i'm quitting my job because it sucks. a lot. i want to tell the man-in-charge. should i? [more inside]
posted by kerning at 6:45 PM PST - 38 comments

How can I avoid the freshman fifteen?

I'm well on my way to the freshman! [more inside]
posted by Autarky at 6:43 PM PST - 14 comments

To Kill a Mockingbird and what else?

Can anyone recommend ancillary short stories, essays, or poems that I could present together with To Kill a Mockingbird? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan at 6:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Help with TestDisk - Recoving LaCie Hard Drive

My LaCie 500 GB external hard drive is being uncooperative today - its main partition was deleted somehow. I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary, just plugged it in and Windows saw it as a blank disk. Although I see the lost partition in TestDisk, repeated attempts to recover it have proved to be fruitless. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper at 6:06 PM PST - 7 comments

You have the right to an attorney

Tell me more about publicly-funded attorneys in non-criminal cases. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 6:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Literary Prequels, Sequels, and Spin-offs?

Loved "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" and am currently loving "Marley's Ghost." I think I enjoy the idea of another author picking up a smaller character from a "classic" and running with it. So what other books have a similar set-up?
posted by thomsplace at 5:32 PM PST - 47 comments

Does sugar-free violet candy exist?

I'm looking for sugar-free hard candy in unusual flavors - particularly violet or other floral flavors. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Hanging pothooks from the ceiling — with magnets!

Metal beams holding up the ceiling. Help us hang stuff from them with magnets! [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 5:05 PM PST - 9 comments

i killed my television.

my tv fell off a shelf and now the screen doesn't work. can i fix it? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 4:42 PM PST - 11 comments

What are some of the best tools available for mastering the Received Pronunciation accent?

What books/courses/web tutorials would you recommend to help me learn the Received Pronunciation (BBC) English accent? [more inside]
posted by scarylarry at 4:31 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I take WMA audio and convert them for compatibility for iTunes?

How do I take WMA audio and convert them for compatibility for iTunes? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 4:26 PM PST - 6 comments

FCUK This Logo!

How can I get the logo off of my eyeglass frames without damaging them? [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 4:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Take Word off an XP disk?

Is it possible to download Word off an XP disk without reinstalling XP in its entirety? [more inside]
posted by prior at 4:10 PM PST - 11 comments

How cheaply can I get a 37" 1080i television?

How cheaply can I get a 37" 1080i television? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 3:46 PM PST - 15 comments

How can I repair a history of poor workmanship and communication to my boss?

I do very small-time contracting for a small, casual, cutting edge usability consulting company and I'm in school at the same time. My boss (the youngish CEO) scheduled an ambiguous meeting with me this week which is surely to tell me I need to shape up. [more inside]
posted by oneous at 3:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Artful way to snake power cord up the wall to a light fixture

One of the rooms in my apartment has no ceiling lighting, so I'd like to hang a fixture (paper lantern, very lightweight) from the ceiling. There are no power outlets on the ceiling. Is there an artful and attractive way to snake the power cord for this light up the wall from the outlet, onto the ceiling, finally leading to the fixture? The ceiling is 9 ft high, the cord is fairly long, extension cords are OK, and the light will be placed in a location that is maybe 4 or 5 feet away from the wall, and 2 or 3 feet from the ceiling.
posted by jroybal at 3:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I read my way out of Halo mediocrity?

I've played each game in the Halo series, and am a competent online player, but far from skilled (in Halo 3, I'd say I'm a skill rank of ~15). I'd like, though, to be better. Obviously, getting better is primarily a function of playing more. But what's beyond that - more to the point, plenty is out there, what's quality? I'm wondering about tips, methods/innovations, instructional videos or documents that are worth the look, etc. [more inside]
posted by boombot at 3:22 PM PST - 16 comments

No work today

how to explain the lack of... uhm work... at work? [more inside]
posted by barrakuda at 3:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Parts Per Hundred or Parts Per One?

What is the TERM for the three-decimal place, fraction-of-one "percentage" format used in baseball statistics? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 3:12 PM PST - 15 comments

why is my abc full of idiots, or is your abc full of idiots too?

is it just my station or is it all stations.... often the presenters seem to answer calls and there is a problem with the line... either there's no-one there, or they've got the wrong line. i listen to a fabulous local a.m. radio station. it's my local australian broadcasting corporation. they have lots of interviews, no advertisements and the music is infrequent but pretty cool by my daggy standards. [more inside]
posted by taff at 3:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Stock photography for beginners

I recently received an email asking if I'd be interested in adding some of my photos to a stock photography website/collection. What should I ask, or be thinking about, as I consider this? [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 2:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Deja vu? Maybe if my brain worked.

Does anyone have any experience with episodic exhaustion? [more inside]
posted by Ctrl_Alt_ep at 2:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Picking up where I left off.

Creative Zen Nano 1gb— The damned thing's stopped resuming where I left off. Creative's customer support has been useless. For troubleshooting recommendations, please keep in mind that I have a Mac, but I use it mostly as a USB drive that can play mp3s. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston at 2:01 PM PST - 8 comments

explain it to a pro

So a 'ruinous indiscipline' issue (described here and here) isn't getting any better. [more inside]
posted by raisons de coeur at 1:49 PM PST - 23 comments

What was the genius of Gram Parsons and Buck Owens?

Gram Parsons and Buck Owens. What am I missing here? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 1:44 PM PST - 23 comments

What kind of green tea is Maccihairi Konacha?

What kind of green tea is Maccihairi Konacha? [more inside]
posted by JulianDay at 1:38 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I get an RSS feed to play nice with all the other feeds in the aggregator?

Is there a free service online that will allow me to aggregate RSS feeds, but will only show the last entry from each blog? (more details below) [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll at 1:37 PM PST - 5 comments

I have a question for people who've seen the film 'The Illusionist' (with Edward Norton). Spoilers abound.

I have a question for people who've seen the film 'The Illusionist' (with Edward Norton). Spoilers abound. [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 1:13 PM PST - 52 comments

We're all dying?

Looking for some source of a quote about, or the general idea that, we are all slowly dying, but some are closer than others. [more inside]
posted by jckll at 1:08 PM PST - 12 comments

But my inbox is right there!

What's the meaning/rationale behind putting paperwork on someone's chair rather than their desk? [more inside]
posted by subbes at 1:01 PM PST - 31 comments

France vs Quebec

I'm looking for comics, cartoons, and jokes that focus on Quebec-French vs France-French. Could you help me find some?
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 12:36 PM PST - 6 comments

A Majority for the Minority?

Has any democracy, in a free, fair and open election, ever chosen a racial minority as a head of state or head of government? [more inside]
posted by thewittyname at 12:34 PM PST - 34 comments

How to make Tumblr and WordPress work together nicely?

How can I resize the output of the Tumblr widget to use in my Wordpress sidebar? [more inside]
posted by chorltonmeateater at 12:33 PM PST - 1 comment


What's the Stairway of the violin? [more inside]
posted by darksasami at 12:22 PM PST - 22 comments

A story of infelicitous penguin-naming

Did ever a saint baptize some penguins? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint at 12:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Deep in-the-ear earbuds that don't leak sound.

I'm looking for cheap, deep-in-the-ear earbuds for listening to audiobooks. The sound quality doesn't have to be great, because I won't use them to listen to music. I want cheap ones, because I inevitably break headphones, and I don't want to have to spend $100 every month. On the other hand, I'm willing to spend $20 a month if I have to. In-the-ear, because I don't want to keep my wife awake with "leaking" sound. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 12:01 PM PST - 22 comments

This isn't the kind og turkey I had in mind.

A guy driving his son's car backs into my wife's van, while my wife's dad is driving it. The guy admits fault, then changes his mind and his story. My in-laws never thought to file a police report or get contact information from the witness. Now we think that the vehicle that hit us may be uninsured. It all happened on private property. Help. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 12:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Talking to a malpractice lawyer

Meeting a lawyer to discuss a possible malpractice lawsuit- what questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by rryan at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Is there a classic memoir similar to Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love?

A family member (40-year-old woman, married, has a 6-year old) really enjoyed Eat, Pray, Love. I’d like to give her another book she’s likely to enjoy, but since she is already aware of current bestsellers, I’d like to get her something older or more obscure. Are there any classic memoirs, which are likely to appeal to this reader? [more inside]
posted by Meg_Murry at 11:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Sales for budget laptops?

Are there likely going to be holiday sales on budget laptops? [more inside]
posted by brett at 11:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me get my sister the perfect fashion-related gift

How do I buy a fashion-related gift for someone who knows WAY more about it than I do? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 10:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Trying to avoid being a Lady Bountiful

Is it condescending to give money and/or food to a homeless person when the haven't actually asked for it? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 10:17 AM PST - 31 comments

Does the bride have to open shower gifts at a shower?

Does the bride have to open gifts at her bridal shower? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 10:08 AM PST - 23 comments

ISBN to cover photo

How to turn a list of ISBNs into a folder of JPEG photos of those book covers? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Mass Hostname-to-IP Address Converter

Is there a program that can find the ip addresses of many network devices on a corporate internal network, and create a neat list automatically? [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard at 9:26 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I place a load of media materials online so that approved people can easily download the material?

How can I place a load of media materials (JPGs, TIFFs, PDFs, Video etc) online so that approved people can easily download the material? [more inside]
posted by Hartster at 9:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Please help me grasp at the last threads of my fading youth

I'm looking for a pair of boots that I've wanted since 1988: Black leather 10-strap winkle pickers. The thing is, I've found them--but I don't want to buy them from the UK. NOT UKist [more inside]
posted by veronica sawyer at 9:08 AM PST - 9 comments

What are the most intellectually stimulating podcasts?

What podcasts will make me more intelligent just by listening to them? I enjoy the BBC's "In Our Time", which features serious discussion of historical events and people by academics working in the field, and also quirky, thought-provoking programs like WNYC's "Radio Lab" and "This American Life". I'm not so keen on some of the podcasts I typically get from newspapers that gloss over the surface of a subject with little analysis. What other highbrow podcasts are made by people who really know their shit?
posted by nowonmai at 9:01 AM PST - 63 comments

How do I learn to be a journalist over the internet?

How can I learn about or get some type of journalism accreditation or certification over the internet? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 at 8:54 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I straighten/flatten a large slice of burled redwood?

At a flea market a while back I bought a pretty big (about 2'x4'x1.5") slice of burled redwood with the bark still attached. I'd like to turn this into a coffee table top, but it's warped. How do I straighten it? [more inside]
posted by sub-culture at 8:53 AM PST - 15 comments

WebDAV with encrytped file storage

How can I securely store files for multiple users on my own remote server, while having the most optimal ease-of-access? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by spherical_perceptions at 8:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Out! Out! Damn spots.

How do I clean and/or polish a carving set very similar to this? [more inside]
posted by phrits at 8:50 AM PST - 9 comments

What to do with a ruined zoom lens?

What can I do with a "ruined" autofocus SLR zoom lens? Anything cool/neat I can turn it into? Any fun optics demonstrations I can do with the lenses inside? [more inside]
posted by kcds at 8:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Need an online bank for when I travel that has no fees

My friend and I are going on an extended trip (6+ months) to Europe in April. We'd like to have two atm/debit cards to use drawing from the same account, but we need an online bank that we can use the cards internationally and not get charged a fee. Netbank used to do this but apparently was taken over by ING Direct. Not sure where else to turn!
posted by nonstopflights at 8:18 AM PST - 5 comments


Has anyone bought closets from IKEA? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 8:02 AM PST - 19 comments

Browser makes incorrect requests.

My browsers frequently try to load the wrong page. They invent web addresses based on other open pages. What's happening? I don't think it's spyware. [more inside]
posted by Yogurt at 7:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Which Toronto university for Civil Engineering?

CanadianCivilEngineeringFilter: My friend, new to Canada, doesn't know whether to go to Ryerson or U of T for his Masters in Transportation Engineering. Is there enough of a difference in prestige and/or program to make this an easy decision?
posted by Paddle to Sea at 7:31 AM PST - 16 comments

How to turn off Safari's "improved" autocomplete?

Is there any way to turn off Safari's "improvement" to URL autocompletion? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 7:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Contact Lenses

ContactLensFilter: What to do if you can't tell if you're wearing contacts, but know you haven't taken them out. More Inside. [more inside]
posted by jne1813 at 7:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Whiskey glassware

Recommendations for whiskey/old fashioned glasses? [more inside]
posted by gaspode at 7:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Must I jettison Jezebel?

Should I be worried about my boyfriend and his smokin' hot new female roommate? Who has a tendency to sleep with her roommates regardless of their relationship status? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 93 comments

Home Audio 101

What components do I need to buy to have a solid stereo system for my home? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 6:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Everyone is going crazy... do the numbers prove it?

Are there any statistics that suggest mental disorders (from depression to schizophrenia and anywhere in-between) have been growing (in terms of people being diagnosed) over the years?
posted by JaySunSee at 6:23 AM PST - 12 comments

An O positive offspring of two O negative parents?

Can two parents who are both O negative have an O positive offspring? [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 6:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Pat-a-cake; The Itsy Bitsy Spider ... and ....?

Pat-a-cake; The Itsy Bitsy Spider ... and ....? Can you suggest some traditional rhymes/games with motions like the two above that I can play with my 16 month old son. Preferably things that can be done lying down (so Head Shoulder Knees and Toes won't work well).
posted by anastasiav at 5:45 AM PST - 29 comments

End of youth?

When was 'the end' of your youth? [more inside]
posted by farishta at 5:24 AM PST - 74 comments

Coco Ichibanya

Help-me-open-a-curry-restaurant-franchise-Filter. There is an incredibly popular Curry House restaurant franchise here in Japan (over 1000), (CoCo Curry Ichibanya) There are also a handful in Hawaii. I want to bring this to the contiguous US. I live in Japan. I have little money, some good connections, I've been writing letters to everyone, have good credit. Can I get small business loans for stuff like this? Anyone out there tried something like this... I would love to hear stories, anyone opened a McDonald's franchise, or tried to move foreign franchise to the US. Thanks everyone.
posted by Benzle at 5:18 AM PST - 11 comments

What do former grad students need?

What can I do for a friend who may soon have to leave grad school? [more inside]
posted by yomimono at 5:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Very irregular sleep schedule: okay in an otherwise healthy/happy life?

Very irregular sleep schedule: okay in an otherwise healthy/happy life? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 5:06 AM PST - 19 comments

Ultra low-power computer for rural medical clinics in Africa?

A family member is working on a development project in Africa which will involve setting up a database of patient records in rural medical clinics. There are some cheap computers out there now, but only a few solutions consider the cost and unreliability of power in such regions. He also needs something which runs a standard operating system, so the OLPC computer isn't right. The best I've found so far is the Inveneo project, which was actually designed with such communities in mind. I'm wondering if there are any other solutions that MeFi community members might know of which are comparable to the one offered by Inveneo? [more inside]
posted by Kerim at 2:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Will attaching an external drive to my Mac Mini improve booting time?

Will attaching an external Firewire drive to my G4 Mac Mini make a big difference to booting speeds and application loading times? [more inside]
posted by salmacis at 1:36 AM PST - 11 comments

What fictional evil has great corporate branding?

What fictional evil has great corporate branding? I'm knitting myself sweaters and want to use the merchandising logo of fictional and cinematic dystopian/corrupt/evil corporations or organizations. [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 1:09 AM PST - 96 comments

Tips for moving to Adelaide.

I'm moving to Adelaide for three months. Where can I get some furniture, and what shouldn't I miss? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 12:15 AM PST - 15 comments

November 19

Metal clips left after surgery?

I just discovered metal clips were left in my neck during an operation 7 years ago - are these normal? [more inside]
posted by girlgeeknz at 11:45 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I transfer .voc files to my MacBook?

how do I play .VOC files from my old RCA digital recorder on my MacBook? [more inside]
posted by flowerofhighrank at 10:20 PM PST - 2 comments

What to write to a military pen pal I don't know?

What sort of things should I write about to my soldier pen pal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:54 PM PST - 18 comments

design my designing mind!

Help a design-impaired mind finish his dream project. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent at 9:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Crafts for Toddler and 10 year old

Holiday craft ideas needed-catch is I want ideas that can be fun for my very creative, talented artistic 10 year old, and her sister, not quite 2. Tried and tested ideas, if possible, not just links to generic craft websites (links to fabulous websites you've found to be useful will be appreciated, of course). [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 9:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Help the son and daughter-in-law of a compulsive hoarder!

I have some friends (a married couple) from Denver who have just found out that 1) his mother had a stroke at the age of 70, 2) his mother was a hoarder, and has kept everything in her house for the past thirty-plus years that she's been living alone (with no power, heat, or water) 3) in Peoria, IL. I'm trying to find resources that they can use on their limited budget for psychological (support group), financial, and other assistance. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 9:23 PM PST - 10 comments

MySQL Monster Query Issue

MySQL monster query is timing out. Anything I can do about it? (Long question, possible a cure for insomnia.) [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 9:07 PM PST - 16 comments

History of Breakbeat

What books/websites are there which go into detail about the history of specific breaks? [more inside]
posted by winna at 8:42 PM PST - 11 comments

To Knit or Not to Knit?

Should I learn to knit? Or crochet? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 8:12 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me find a tutor/teacher/therapist for a high-functioning autistic child.

Help me find a tutor/teacher/therapist for a high-functioning autistic child. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 7:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Mysterious network speed cap on my PC

There is a mysterious network cap somewhere on my PC, tried everything I know. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 7:06 PM PST - 21 comments

Power brick about to explode?

Why is my dell power brick beeping and not transferring any power to the laptop? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 7:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Stuka raid on my telephone.

Why does my phone, instead of a dial tone, make a descending sirenesque sound when I pick it up? [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor at 6:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me choose tires for my car

I think I should replace my car's tires. I'm bewildered by the vast amount of tires available and want some help narrowing it down. Also, I'm on a budget. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 6:56 PM PST - 15 comments

How do you find your artistic style?

Artists: how do you develop a personal style? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 6:43 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me figure out my dream career

Be my guidance counselor. Help me figure out my dream career. [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 6:42 PM PST - 14 comments

What's the song playing in FF4 when the girl dances?

What's the name of the song playing in FF4 when you talk to the dancer? [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 6:32 PM PST - 5 comments

What treats make the best cat bribes?

What treats would you suggest for a cat who, so far, doesn't like treats? [more inside]
posted by thatgirl at 6:25 PM PST - 37 comments

HDTV VoIP and Internet: Even the Cable Guy is Stumped

Set up for cable, internet and VoIP in a three-level townhouse. Current set up is all farked up. [more inside]
posted by Corky at 6:12 PM PST - 9 comments

Bad Customer Service in TV/Movies?

Which movies/TV shows have scenes showing bad customer service? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate at 6:02 PM PST - 22 comments

How can I find Season 1, episode 22 of the Colbert Report?

Where can I find Colbert Report season 1, episode 22? I would like to use the segment about how the plague wasn't really that bad for a history class. [more inside]
posted by lilac girl at 5:27 PM PST - 5 comments

Belt for GPS tracking and my tiny laptop

I'm currently waiting for my Eee PC and Mologogo phone (a motorola i415) to arrive. These are items I'd like to carry with me very frequently (essentially always), and I call upon the hivemind to help me figure out the best way to do so. [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 5:23 PM PST - 9 comments

LLC income distribution

Help me make this LLC fair when it comes to income distribution... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 5:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Cooking more with yonder crockpot.

I am craving slow-cooked goodness. Please share your favorite crock-pot recipes! [more inside]
posted by actionpact at 5:11 PM PST - 25 comments

What days and times are good / bad for you?

I run a bi weekly group for job hunters and career changers. I will likely be doing the first Thursday of the month at 7pm for the in person meetings then I'll be doing Skypecast meetings as well in between. I want a regular schedule but I want to get a guage on a lot of people's daily grind. I have asked my group but many are bad when it comes to my polls. Do you have kids? when are you done with their nightly routine? When do you eat dinner? Whatever... I'm thinking Sunday afternoon/evening or Tuesday evening at 7 for the skypecast (can I start it later because they don't need to leave the house?). In a nutshell, what would work for you? Or not work.. Sorry if this is really mundane but it helps me a lot. I run a lot of groups.
posted by mrflibble at 5:09 PM PST - 5 comments

How many people max out their 401ks?

How many people max out their 401ks? [more inside]
posted by rholly at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Automating multiple .jpg file saves in Photoshop?

How do I automate the saving of multiple .jpg files in Photoshop? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs at 4:54 PM PST - 11 comments

What's up with this Volvo 940 Turbo?

I'm trying to decide whether to buy a 1991 Volvo 940 Turbo. But I need to know, what's the likely cause of play front end "play"? [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 4:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Area of countries: Mountains not included?

Is topography, relief, or physical terrain taken into consideration when assessing a country's size, or area? [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 4:29 PM PST - 4 comments

ID this UI & Video Fair Use

Two Totally Unrelated Questions About THIS VIDEO. Not the content of the video, but the usage. 1) What flash player/UI is that? Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I feel like I've been seeing it not just on Gawker sites, but on many others. Is that a standard player UI that is built into Flash for output to .flv files? 2) Obviously this is totally unauthorized usage. Would this be considered "fair use"? Can anyone recommend any articles on the current state of fair use and online video? Are companies like Gawker and Huffington Post (example) on firm legal ground with this kind of excerpting, which they then host in their own systems/servers, or are they just gambling that the web is so anarchic, that Mr. Big Media Company won't come a suin'?
posted by MaxVonCretin at 4:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Paging Inspector Morse!

[GiftFilter] I think my husband would really like Inspector Morse, but where to begin? [more inside]
posted by nkknkk at 4:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Do you recognize the glass artist signature?

Does anybody recognize this glass artist's signature on this paperweight? Looks like "P B**f**ar" to me, but Googling various possible letters has been utterly fruitless and frustrating. [more inside]
posted by CodeBaloo at 4:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Shadetree mechanics, lend me yr ear

Gearheads, please help with a diagnosis! [more inside]
posted by Chrischris at 3:56 PM PST - 10 comments

why what a big audio cable you have

AudioH4x: How can I remotely play on my stereo? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Take out Thanksgiving in Los Angeles?

I am trying to surprise a bedridden friend in Los Angeles with a delivered take out Thanksgiving dinner. I am on the East coast with zero knowledge of the area. Price is not all that important, quality is however. He lives within a mile of the UCLA campus. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
posted by archaic at 3:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me be a warm, fashionable vegan in NYC.

I need help getting dressed - but it's a little more complicated than that. If you're a vegetarian/vegan in NYC, especially with one with fashion sense, please read on. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 3:32 PM PST - 11 comments

I should have made you leave your key.

My roommate gives copies of our apartment keys to visiting guests. I'm uncomfortable with this but can't think of a good argument against the practice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me resell used cell phones!

Reselling cell phones? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 3:30 PM PST - 5 comments

DivorceFilter: What does one do with one's wedding ring?

DivorceFilter: What does one do with one's wedding ring? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanRed at 3:18 PM PST - 33 comments

Russian narcotics terminology.

Russian narcotics terminology translation help, please. NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Great adventures? Please guide the way!

I need me some literary adventure stories! Yeehar! [more inside]
posted by ClanvidHorse at 2:46 PM PST - 27 comments

Getting Vista To See The Contents Of An Old W98 HD

How do I pull data from an old Windows 98 HD using Vista? [more inside]
posted by scrump at 2:28 PM PST - 13 comments

I think I have an operculum, a partially erupted wisdom tooth. Is this okay?

I've got a wisdom tooth partly in. While it's not causing me discomfort, it smells weird and I think I've found the medical name for it: operculum. Suggestions? Experiences? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 2:17 PM PST - 22 comments

I want to get in hot water!

NoobHomeOwnerFilter: Where do I start troubleshooting water temperature issues? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 2:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Will you marry me (even if I don't spend 2 months of my salary on a ring)?

How common is it for couples to get married without an expensive engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 2:07 PM PST - 117 comments

Books about Burma?

Books about Burma? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 1:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Ejection Question

Do players and coaches from other sports get ejected from games as much as players and managers do in baseball? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 1:46 PM PST - 27 comments

This new sliced bread is the greatest thing since Smeckler's Powder. Maybe even better!

What was the greatest thing before sliced bread came along? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 1:33 PM PST - 40 comments

SQL help

Please help me with a giant SQL-ish mess. I need a better solution than MS Access for dealing with millions of records and building queries. [more inside]
posted by loquax at 1:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Any online sources of full resolution videos of the Democratic debates?

I'm gonna try to cut together a little political viral video and would love to get my hands on high quality video of the recent democratic debates. Does anyone know of a source on the net to download full resolution (720x480) quicktimes of the debates, or has anyone out there taped or tivo'ed the debates in the greater Los Angeles area who would let me either copy/borrow what you recorded? Thanks ahead of time for your help.
posted by ranchocalamari at 1:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Why does my tea taste funny?

Some, but not all, cups of tea made with my Brita water filter kettle are tasteless and undrinkable. Why? [more inside]
posted by satellitebadger at 12:59 PM PST - 16 comments

What legal procedures are necessary to bring 2 Japanese children to the USA for a year?

LegalFilter: My friend wants to care for her brother's 2 children for 1 year while he gets his life in order following a messy divorce. She lives in the US. The children live in Japan. How can visas, schooling, etc be arranged? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 12:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Is now the right or wrong time to invest in diversified mutual funds?

Is now the right or wrong time to invest 50k in diversified mutual funds? [more inside]
posted by lapsang at 12:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Tipsy Mac, why do you crash when I pick you up?

My laptop crashes about 80% of the time when I pick it up or put it down, even when I'm ultra-ginger. Why? Before you cry "Disable the sudden motion sensor!" as far as I can tell, I don't think it even has one. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 12:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Any opinions on this ADD book I will beHEY LETS RIDE BIKES

Are Gabor Maté's books on ADD considered relevant or are they widely dismissed? [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 12:27 PM PST - 2 comments

eating disorder?

I think I have an eating disorder, and I am not sure what to do next... [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 12:21 PM PST - 26 comments

seeking Santa's database

Looking for a meta gift advisory for kids. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 12:04 PM PST - 9 comments

When biting is outlawed, only outlaws will bite me.

What's biting me in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 12:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Streamlining RSS/Web Browsing?

I'm looking to streamline my process of browsing RSS feeds and websites. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 11:47 AM PST - 13 comments

T minus ??? til debt free

How long will it actually take me to pay off this debt!?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I let him know I'm interested?

How do I go about hitting on (and sleeping with) a man with whom I have an unequal power relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 AM PST - 49 comments

Need for Speed:

I need to optimize x264, VC-1, etc. playback. Forgive me if I'm missing the glaringly obvious, but I have been googling for over an hour and haven't found anything. Most of the guides I've found are more geared towards encoding. I'm looking for a conclusive source on how to configure my computer for the smoothest and least-CPU intensive playback of next-gen HD codecs (yes, even accepting small reductions in picture quality!). [more inside]
posted by nervestaple at 11:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Twirl me around.

Design filter. Help me layout a circular dial. Both InDesign and Illustrator are making this very tricky. Is there a plugin or other program that can help? HELP! [more inside]
posted by spakto at 11:17 AM PST - 4 comments

How should a renter deal with foreclosure?

What do renters do when their landlord's property goes through a foreclosure? [more inside]
posted by rezaman at 10:46 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm cold.

I'm too stupid to program the heater in my house. [more inside]
posted by vito90 at 10:16 AM PST - 6 comments

A/V advice sought. Help me make a sound decision.

A/V advice sought. Help me make a sound decision. My wife and I are the proud new owners of a Panasonic 50” plasma. Now we need to get the surround sound happening. I have high end equipment in another room that is, according to my wife, far too complicated to use. She wants to Keep It Simple. Watch tv, dvds, and listen to cds. [more inside]
posted by mrleec at 10:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Sovtek made ICs?

I recently came into possession of a Sovtek-branded 7474 IC, listed as having been made in the USSR in October 1988. While it's a standard 7474, I can't find any information about Sovtek having ever made ICs. Have any of you ever heard of this? [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer at 10:02 AM PST - 9 comments

An internet domain was fraudulently registered in my name -- what should I do about it?

An internet domain was fraudulently registered in my name -- what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Ø at 9:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Yams vs. Sweet Potatoes. Where's the value?

Why are Sweet Potatoes so much more expensive than Yams? [more inside]
posted by nnk at 9:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Yummy veggie noodle soup

Help me make the yummy vegetarian noodle soup that I crave. [more inside]
posted by bassjump at 9:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there a gift that says "thanks for the threesome?"

Is there a gift that says "thanks for the threesome?" [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac at 9:25 AM PST - 47 comments

Where can I find evidence of unfounded US optimism on income mobility?

I'm looking for a particular public opinion study that shows that Americans have unrealistic income expectations, e.g. that 40% of the population expect to end up in the top 1% income bracket. [more inside]
posted by laconic titan at 9:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Translate song from Tigrinya to English (or Hebrew)

I'd like to find a translation for an Israeli song sung in Tigrinya called Siyaishaya Ingoma. [more inside]
posted by alon at 8:58 AM PST - 4 comments

This shirt is fast as lightning.

Help me find out more about my beloved "Kung-Fu Master" t-shirt, and, in the best of all possible worlds, replace it when it dies. [more inside]
posted by doift at 8:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Getting Help to the People of Bangladesh

Where Can People Send Help to Bangladesh? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 8:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Applying for a job when you are on the board

My partner is currently applying for a director position with a non-profit that she is currently on the board of. Obviously, she has a lot of 'insider information' about the direction of the organization. How should she handle this in the interviews? Do search committees handle interviews for someone in her position differently then someone less familar with the org? Any tips would be appreciated.
posted by buttercup at 8:27 AM PST - 8 comments

Simple techniques to short-circuit anxiety, please!

My-work-is-stressing-me-out filter: What are simple techniques for ratcheting down the anxiety level during the day? Tips on how to combat the physical symptoms of anxiety especially appreciated! [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi at 8:20 AM PST - 19 comments

What are your "good," "ethical," or "moral" criteria for spending your money? Organic? Fair Trade? Made in America?

What are your "good," "ethical," or "moral" criteria for spending your money? Organic? Fair Trade? Made in America? No Animals Harmed in the Making Of This ____? For the dollars you spend on goods and services, what values do you consider other than the value to yourself? Explain why. [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 8:19 AM PST - 27 comments

Jewelers and their ubiquitous calculator... why?

Why do jewelers always insist of giving prices read from a calculator screen and not from the price tag of the piece I'm looking at? Do they give different people different prices? Or is it a way of accounting for fluctuating prices of gold or gems from week to week?
posted by ab5000 at 8:18 AM PST - 16 comments

You, Robot?

Longshot, probably. A friend of mine is mounting a production of the Capek play RUR (Rossum's [or Rosmer's] Universal Robots) next season, and he's found a low-res photo from a 1923 production that intrigues him. [more inside]
posted by Skot at 7:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you recommend a quiet PC?

Does anyone have any recommendations for a quiet PC? [more inside]
posted by ascullion at 7:22 AM PST - 17 comments

So this consultant walks into a bar...

JokeFilter: Seeking a consultant joke heard about 5 years ago. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 7:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Cranberry recipe?

Help me remember/come-close-enough to this fantastic recipe (cranberry pie?cobbler?cookie?tart?)... [more inside]
posted by wg at 7:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Apartment in Savannah

What area should I search for an apartment in Savannah/Ft. Stewart area? [more inside]
posted by pinkkitty at 6:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Adventures in Living

If the world were your oyster, where would you go? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy at 6:31 AM PST - 25 comments

Costa Rica

Costa Rica: I'm headed to Monteverde tomorrow, on a trip that was planned by someone else and I've had no time to research. What's fun to do there that's off the beaten track? [more inside]
posted by pipti at 5:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Why can't you believe everything you read in a history book?

I'm looking for two brief historical accounts of the same event or events, to show how history can be distorted. Bonus points if the events relate to European encounters with indigenous peoples in the Americas. [more inside]
posted by Dasein at 5:36 AM PST - 15 comments

You'll be itchin' like a hound, the minute you start to mess around...

ItchFilter. [more inside]
posted by jonmc at 5:36 AM PST - 24 comments

Where is the best shopping in downtown Boston?

Where's the best shopping in downtown Boston? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 5:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Traveling to San Francisco for the first time...

Can anyone give some pointers for a couple (both 22) traveling to San Francisco for the first time from the UK? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 5:18 AM PST - 10 comments

.avi agony

I have a couple of different .avi files I want to play… and for the life of me I cannot get them to work. [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 4:45 AM PST - 13 comments

How to configure a PHP script that generates Twitter images?

Need an assist from the PHP gurus. I'm trying to set up a PHP script that generates an image from the latest Twitter status. [more inside]
posted by empyrean at 2:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Activism events, links, and resources anyone?

We have a club that has just started and the purpose of the club is to create awareness and provide events that deal with: Humanitarian, Social, and Environmental Issues. In short it is an activism club. I was wondering of the metalfilter community could provide us with any events having to do with H/E/S issues (preferrably not just community service) and also perhaps links or resources. It would be greatly appreciated if you could all contribute before next Monday because we are beginning to lose the interest of many of our members due to the fact that we have not established any solid events. Much thanks to those that contribute! :]
posted by meta.mark at 12:57 AM PST - 10 comments

November 18

Fishmonger in Vancouver?

Where to buy fish in Vancouver, B.C.? [more inside]
posted by birdsquared at 11:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Good thing I'm not a pilot!

Why do I fall asleep when the airplane takes off? [more inside]
posted by hazel at 11:17 PM PST - 17 comments

I lost my car keys in the airport

Lost my car keys in an airport somewhere. What do I do now?! [more inside]
posted by pravit at 10:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Virtual Office - Yea or Nay?

Do you use a virtual office? [more inside]
posted by Kimpossible at 9:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Multiple image-related blog problems

I'm suddenly having multiple problems with my blog, and I've Googled as specifically as I could without much success. Problems involve Wordpress, Flickr, Gravatar, and images in general. I had no problems a week ago. I'm working on non-blog things for about 80 hours a week and can't get around to trying any suggestions until Tuesday night, so take your time. Problems to follow: [more inside]
posted by easternblot at 9:48 PM PST - 5 comments

I need new music and I have no taste.

I need to broaden my horizons regarding the music I listen to. My last music purchase was years ago. Please suggest something new (or at least - new to me). I have no taste whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 9:32 PM PST - 36 comments

I hate wasting water! Help fix my toilet. I am sure there is a running joke here....

I can't fix my toilet, help! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 8:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Anarchist adventure stories?

Pre-Spanish Civil War anarchist pulp adventure novels? [more inside]
posted by a louis wain cat at 8:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Soap-Free Soap?

How can a bar of soap or bottle of shampoo be "soap free"? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 8:01 PM PST - 14 comments

What kind of test should I run on my plasma to check for faulty pixels?

What kind of test should I run on my plasma to check for faulty pixels? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 7:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Why the green dot?

What is the green dot on the side of the quarterback's helmet in the NFL?
posted by elvissa at 7:20 PM PST - 14 comments

What do I do with a 240 gallon fish tank?

What do I do with a 240 gallon saltwater aquarium? [more inside]
posted by yehaskel at 7:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Do Amish widowers shave off their beards?

What is the facial hair protocol for a widowed Amish man? [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 7:05 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you use OneNote?

How do you use OneNote? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:28 PM PST - 17 comments

Indoor/winter picnics/adventures in NYC

I want to be able to have free 'indoor picnics' and adventures out of the cold in New York City, help! [more inside]
posted by Furious Fitness at 5:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Baby, lets groove?

Song goes something like "babbbyyy letsss groooveee" [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 5:53 PM PST - 12 comments

Stella & Guinness Brewing Yeast?

Beer brewing yeast to match my favorite brands? [more inside]
posted by jjsonp at 5:20 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me dress the twins

I need help finding clothes for identical twins that aren't identical (the clothes, I mean). [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 5:07 PM PST - 24 comments

Automator workflows for Excel

Automator as an antidote to Excel tedium. Can you help me get through repetitive tasks with favorite Automator tricks in Leopard? [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 4:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Girls just wanna have fun.

Where can I purchase plus-size cute bra and panty sets? [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 4:48 PM PST - 8 comments


How long can a bottle of Banyuls dessert wine stay fresh after being opened?
posted by elwoodwiles at 4:46 PM PST - 11 comments


in '97 or so I saw a documentary about the crew that was stranded aboard MIR when the big political change in Russia occurred around 1990. It was titled something like 'Man out of time,' may have been made by a Czech director, and had as its' central thesis the idea that the guy who was stuck up there while the Soviet Union became Russia was a time traveler. What the hell is the exact name of this flick?
posted by mwhybark at 3:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Online poetry seminar?

Where can one take a graduate-level poetry seminar online? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity at 3:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Icewind Dale runs only in a window

I can't get Icewind Dale to run in full screen on Windows XP (SP2). This is on a Macbook running Parallels. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 3:06 PM PST - 1 comment

Trespassing hunters

How to deal with trespassing hunters. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 2:26 PM PST - 32 comments

Does this alarm clock have a headphone jack?

I'd like to find an alarm clock that supports playing MP3 files through a USB drive or memory card. I found this one which seems almost perfect. But does it have a headphone jack? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 2:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Psychoanalytic/psychodynamic therapist in Toronto?

Seeking recommendations for a therapist in Toronto that works from a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approach. Preferably amenable to sliding scale payments. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Identify this flag: white cross, blue, red, star.

What is this flag? White cross, red and blue fields, white star. [more inside]
posted by kidbritish at 2:22 PM PST - 5 comments

gift ideas?

Help me think of some fun gifts American for a friend studying abroad in Italy. [more inside]
posted by Kudos at 1:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Right way to pay respects?

A (work) friend's husband was recently killed in an accident. What is the protocol for sending cards, flowers, letters, etc., to the surviving family? [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 1:37 PM PST - 12 comments

Traveling alone in Spain - how to meet other travelers, and how to book rooms and train/air tickets on the fly?

It's my first time traveling alone! I'm spending 10-11 days in Spain, and I need some advice. How to meet people to share the experience with? How to book accommodations and train/airline tickets on the fly? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 1:35 PM PST - 29 comments

I need to find cooking lessons in Los Angeles. Not looking for a formal degree program, just the basics.

I need to find cooking lessons in Los Angeles. Not looking for a formal degree program, just the basics. [more inside]
posted by Mr_Crazyhorse at 1:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Is this what traffic-shaping looks like?

What would cause web site traffic to rise and then hit a plateau for the middle of each day before falling again? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 1:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Using 401K & Roth IRA to purchase second property

Using 401K & Roth IRA to purchase second property ?? Is this possible ?? Any suggestions. Thanks, ek
posted by endlessknot at 12:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Better contact database that will sync with a better phone than Treo

What is the best hardware for my situation; Phone, contact program (software), laptop, maybe even pc [more inside]
posted by foodybat at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Resident alien US tax liability? Advice?

Tax question/advice re: UK IT worker moving to US [more inside]
posted by potsmokinghippieoverlord at 11:57 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to semi-permanently decorate my car's exterior.

I've just bought a new car! It's a boring silver color- what can I do to jazz up the exterior without painting it? [more inside]
posted by hyperfascinated at 11:57 AM PST - 13 comments

"professional" jeans for a programmer

Calling all jeans experts -- tailored/neat/professional-looking jeans for a guy: custom? tapered leg? brand? other advice? I want to show him off! [more inside]
posted by amtho at 11:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Gluten free sugar cookie recipe?

I need help finding a gluten free sugar cookie recipe. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for Ron Paul video

Looking for Ron Paul video [more inside]
posted by yoyo_nyc at 11:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Scammed by WLI Reservation Rewards

I'm out $120 due to the WLI*ReservationRewards scam. I called their customer service line, and the representative claimed they had no record of my name or credit card number--despite the fact they just charged me $10 on November 6th. Threats to report them to the Attorney General of my state did nothing. I called my credit card company but they can only dispute charges less than 120 days old. Now what? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 11:04 AM PST - 14 comments

NYC Location for Hip Young Woman's Celebration Needed!

NYC Location for Hip Young Woman's Celebration Needed! Help me find the perfect place! [more inside]
posted by citystalk at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

Why am I so perverse?

Why do I purposefully choose to go ahead and do what I know is wrong and/or a Bad Idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 32 comments

Employer's server is unsecure

How do I handle this situation - I have discovered that my employer's computer systems are 100% unsecure [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 AM PST - 21 comments

A dentist with no dental hygienist .

Is it acceptable practice for a dentist not to have an assistant? [more inside]
posted by who squared at 9:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Academia: Should I stay or should I go?

I will finish my PhD in a few months, and now is the season for postdoc applications. Thing is, I am not sure if I want to stay and academia. Should I apply for postdocs anyways and keep my options open? If not, any Ph.D.s out there (especially physicists) who have any advice on making the transition away academia? [more inside]
posted by TheyCallItPeace at 9:01 AM PST - 16 comments

Windows memory usage

How can I force Windows to allow an application (Stata) to allocate itself more memory, when I have plenty of unused physical memory? [more inside]
posted by matthewr at 8:22 AM PST - 12 comments

How does Fox keep scoring new TV shows from geniuses?

How does Fox keep scoring new TV shows from geniuses? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 6:57 AM PST - 27 comments

Unilateral Presidential power for low-carbon initiatives?

A question about Presidential power -- specifically, for the implementation of carbon reduction initiatives including a cap-and-trade system. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 6:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Sci-fi/fantasy/nerdcore shows that I can download legally and freely via torrent

With a nice high speed connection now installed at home, I'd like recommendations for finding sci-fi/fantasy TV shows that I can download legally and freely via torrent, that I would not typically have already seen on American cable. [more inside]
posted by poppo at 6:17 AM PST - 28 comments

Patent Attorney Needed: San Francisco

Anyone have any experiences with San Francisco patent attorneys? I want to try to get a utility patent. [more inside]
posted by trevyn at 2:46 AM PST - 5 comments

November 17

Spacebar keeping me from playing games.

My spacebar works when I type. However, when I try to play certain games, such as the recently mentioned Manifold, or some of the downloadable games from Big Fish Games, where the spacebar is used as a game control, nothing happens. I've tried two different keyboards, no difference. I'm running XP, if it makes any difference.
posted by korej at 10:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Do I have to have a mailbox?

Do I have to have a mailbox? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:46 PM PST - 27 comments

Exterior House Paint

What's a good shade of yellow for the exterior of a house that is in direct sunlight all day? [more inside]
posted by momzilla at 8:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you recommend a pair of headphones which will cancel out human voices?

Can you recommend a pair of headphones which will cancel out human voices? [more inside]
posted by katala at 7:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Such a headache! Must have been something I ate!

RE: food-induced migraine triggers. Certain foods trigger, others don't. Common denominator is caffeine. [more inside]
posted by D Dear at 7:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Hexadecimal code for PC to Airport Extreme Base

Hexadecimal code for PC to Airport Extreme? [more inside]
posted by 6:1 at 7:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Stylish shoes that won't make my painful corn worse?

Shoes that will look stylish but not give me corns? [more inside]
posted by lxs at 6:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Ultrasonic contact lens cleaning?

Ultrasonic cleaning for disposable contact lenses: good idea or not? [more inside]
posted by acro at 6:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Do his speeding tickets still count against him if he won the court case?

Please make sense of Massachusetts' "surchargeable events" policy as it relates to license suspensions, particularly if these events are contested in court. [more inside]
posted by lizzicide at 6:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Anonymous snail mail forwarding (both directions)?

Anonymous snail mail forwarding (both directions)? I AM NOT A CROOK. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 5:51 PM PST - 19 comments

What colour is octarine?

Pratchett fans: I need to knit something for a Discworld fan. I thought it might be fun to do an octagonal washcloth out of octarine cotton. The only problem, as I understand it, is that octarine is only visible to wizards and cats. So how would I, a mere human mortal, best approximate this colour? OR - can you think of anything else suitably Discworld-ish? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess at 5:30 PM PST - 19 comments

Do I have to buy a phone to get a SIM card?

Will AT&T Wireless sell me a SIM card without a phone if I walk into their store? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey at 5:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Help Find Obscure 4x4 Off-road Video Filter

Help me find this crazy (or what I remembered as crazy) 4x4 off-road video that looked like at least one or two people would die... [more inside]
posted by gnash at 4:23 PM PST - 8 comments

I love my neighbors

My neighbor kids (10, 9, 6) found $100 in my driveway and returned it to me. [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 3:49 PM PST - 41 comments

Health risks from neighbors' hardwood floor installation?

Upstairs neighbors had hardwood floors installed. I think they've gone on vacation while the installers did their work (stage 1 was Monday, stage 2, yesterday). The paint-fume smell in our condo is awful. What kind of health risks are there to ourselves or our cat? [more inside]
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 3:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Who is MoveOn backing, specifically for president for 2008?

Does anyone know who Moveon is backing for the 2008 election? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 3:33 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I buy old new clothes?

Is there any system in place for finding clothes that were being sold years ago by large retailers? [more inside]
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 3:15 PM PST - 7 comments

¡Help me pronounce reventón!

SpanishPhoneticsFilter: Which gringo pronunciation best approximates [β]? [more inside]
posted by Bizurke at 2:31 PM PST - 25 comments

Where are all the good PC games?

I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the PC games market. Help me find something that's not another damn FPS! [more inside]
posted by jon4009 at 2:00 PM PST - 34 comments

Frozen Booze

Ever made slushy cocktails? We're renting a slushy machine for a party in a week. We're looking for recipe ideas... [more inside]
posted by sycophant at 1:22 PM PST - 20 comments

Ticklin' the Ivories

Please help me find my piano muse! [more inside]
posted by chara at 1:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Is it possible to buy a box of single-dose OTC medication packets?

Is it possible to buy a box of single-dose OTC medication packets? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 1:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Shouldn't this be easier now that they're in the Primera Division?

Please help me find a Real Valladolid soccer jersey for a birthday gift. If at all possible it should be the plain (no sponsor logo) purple away jersey. Also acceptable would be a golf or polo jersey with the Real Valladolid crest. My Google-Fu and Ebay-Mojo are failing me. I've even tried writing the team, but they didn't respond. Please help.
posted by 26.2 at 1:06 PM PST - 4 comments

My back-most tooth feels funny, do I have a cavity?

My back-most tooth feels funny, do I have a cavity? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 12:31 PM PST - 17 comments

psychological impacts of war on the individual and society

I am trying to find resources for first hand accounts of war veterans returning from war and their integration into society. I would really like to find deep stories and reflections by or about people returning from war. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder case studies, battle of Dieppe, WW1/2, remembrance day, and other socio/psychological influences of war would be a plus. Any information about any of these subjects or related would help me a lot.
posted by Knigel at 12:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me take advantage of my first high-tech phone!

Help me take advantage of my first high-tech phone! I have some questions about the LG Chocolate, Bluetooth, and mac connectivity. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 12:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Need advice about camping in Big Bend National Park in Texas.

I would love some help deciding whether to spend the first week of December camping in Big Bend National Park in Texas. Agreed, it's not the best time of year but gotta take vacation. I live in Virginia, so camping in a place I've never visited before is part of the appeal. If anyone has camped in Big Bend, please advise regarding best trails, what to expect, weather and appropriate gear. Or talk me out of it if you can suggest a better, warmer camping destination for this novice camper.
posted by just another other at 12:20 PM PST - 8 comments

A crazy man, a cat, and a doctor.

CrazyRussianMusicVideoFilter: I saw a great video by a Russian band from maybe 15 years ago, centering around an insane guy (real video, but made to look old), a cat (animated), and a painting that shows a doctor coming to bring him something (just strange). I was told the song was essentially about the same, and possibly titled with something about a cat. The band was named something like ночь, but youtube isn't coming up with anything like what I remember. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by devilsbrigade at 12:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a Mapplethorpe photo online

I'm trying to find a Mapplethorpe photo online: it's a black&white photo of an aircraft carrier steaming out of San Francisco harbour. Anyone know what I'm talking about? It's grainy greyscale, but the identification of the call numbers stand out beautifully. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 12:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Backpacking near Albuquerque

Best place to go backpacking within a two-hour drive of Albuquerque? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 12:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Help my friend select a HD Reciever unit.

My friend is in the market for a new Hi-Def receiver unit. He need help picking the right one for him. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 11:52 AM PST - 5 comments

What do I do with an ant Queen?

So last night, I found what I think I've determined is an ANT QUEEN crawling across the carpet in front of my tv. I caught it. What in blazes do I do now? Make a little crown? [more inside]
posted by asavage at 11:49 AM PST - 36 comments

leaving las vegas

Get me from vegas to la in 24 hours via scenic roads and sights.
posted by mrunderhill at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Yes, I've read Plato already

Help me find debates with a clear winner. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 10:03 AM PST - 25 comments

How to serve HTML out of a compressed archive?

I want to serve lots of different static HTML files out of a single compressed archive, to save disk space on the server. Is there a quick and easy solution for this? [more inside]
posted by Galvatron at 9:41 AM PST - 8 comments

How to do a lease transfer

How do I organize a a lease transfer? I live in Montreal Canada and have some people interested in my apartment. I have 6 months left in the lease and want to sign it over to them.
posted by Napierzaza at 9:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Gifts for a dapper dan?

What can I buy for my Dapper Dan boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 8:54 AM PST - 31 comments

Crazy brain stuff going on.

Amateur neurologists, please read! What is going on in my head?? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne at 8:45 AM PST - 19 comments

Volunteer opportunities to close the digital divide in India?

Please suggest programs in India that work to close the digital divide. [more inside]
posted by val5a at 8:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Why go to London?

For an average American student, what is compelling about London? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 8:04 AM PST - 30 comments

What are the definitive wireframe graphic games?

I'm doing a mini-research project on wireframe graphics in gaming. What are the definitive wireframe games? I know about Tempest, I know about Battlezone, and I know about the Star Wars Cockpit Arcade game. What other titles should I add to my list?
posted by serial_consign at 7:58 AM PST - 35 comments

Nonprofit mailing: Correct way to bulk mail at the nonprofit rate

I understand that there are three different ways to adhere postage for bulk nonprofit mailings. Permit imprint, pre-canceled stamps or a postage meter. However we are getting conflicting information from our local post office and the USPS. Can we print postage with the meter at the non-profit rate and not use the permit imprint number? [more inside]
posted by mac-way at 7:37 AM PST - 9 comments

DVD transplant

The DVD writer in my laptop seems to be dying. Although it can still read pre-written DVDs and CDs, it has problems reading home-burnt DVDs. Am I right in thinking that if I buy an external (USB) DVD writer, I can open the enclosure, swap over the mechanisms and effectively end up with: 1. A new writer installed in my laptop, and 2. A slightly dodgy external DVD reader?
posted by Kiwi at 6:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Thanksgiving at a Des Moines Restaurant?

Restaurants/venues for Thanksgiving dinner in Des Moines? [more inside]
posted by Gingercat at 6:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Which of these two cameras should I buy?

Which camera should I get: the Panasonic Lumix DMC FX30, or the Canon Powershot SD750 (Ixus 75)? Please help me choose! [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 5:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Team Calendar 2.0 ??

Our team needs a better scheduling/calendar application. (I've created a mockup (see inside) of one desired outcome.) Its a small team (under 10ppl) but we work 24/7 and would like the schedule to be easy to update/modify. There must be some kind of Web2.0/Ajax-ified hotness for this out there somewhere, I'm just not finding it. [more inside]
posted by jmnugent at 4:54 AM PST - 11 comments


I wanna rock (with a twang)! I like Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, Centro-Matic, The Dexateens, and I HATE HATE HATE jam bands. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk at 1:43 AM PST - 72 comments

November 16

Help Identify Radio Song - maybe Susan Aglukark?

I'd be really thrilled if someone could tell me what song this is. It used to be popular(ish) on the radio in central Canada in the mid-90's and I *think* that the artist is Susan Aglukark ( but I could be off on that. There are no words in the song that I can remember and it's really hard to google search on a melody. I've tried to create a picture of the notes (to the best of my ability) and I've also created a small mp3 file the overall melody (see tinyurl link - hopefully the ding-dong computer sound doesn't annoy you too much) I'd really appreciate your help with this - I've been singing this tune to people for years to try and figure out what song it is. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook at 10:25 PM PST - 8 comments

help me print!!

Posting for a friend: Why can't I do multi-size printing from different trays on my HP 2600n printer? [more inside]
posted by redhotchips at 10:14 PM PST - 3 comments

What do you do with 1000 condoms, early in the morning?

What can you do with 1000 condoms? Besides the obvious, of course. [more inside]
posted by InnocentBystander at 10:11 PM PST - 24 comments

What's the cheapest form of heating: central air or other electric heating options?

Which costs more: keeping my thermostat at 69 all winter, or using an electric blanket and radiator-style space heater in one room? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:07 PM PST - 17 comments

I'm not very techy. Just wanna watch some crappy tv on my mac.

How can I get files from my pc laptop to my ibook? [more inside]
posted by dawdle at 9:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Remotely starting local X application?

How do I restart an X Windows application running on a remote machine, and have it display on that computer's locally-attached display? (I do not want to forward/tunnel it to the machine I'm sitting at.) [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 9:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Microsoft Word for the Mac Woes for the MetaMind

Microsoft Word woe -- I have Word for the Mac (2002) version....Anyway, everytime I open up a cover letter with a previous date, it automatically updates the date. I have checked all the auto format settings and I suspect it has something to do with a macro. But when I go into using some sorta macro, it asks me to install visual basic...I get a bit more confused at this point...anybody else have this trouble with dates?
posted by snap_dragon at 8:35 PM PST - 7 comments

I haz no quarters :(

Two part laundromat question - transportation and getting ripped off. [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 8:02 PM PST - 28 comments

Sacked lunch - revised!

We need some ideas for school lunches. A few requirements within. [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 7:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me relate to E8

E8: what's in it for me? (inspired by this post) [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 7:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me do the Miyazaki.

Can someone give me a list of Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films? I've checked on Wikipedia and Google, as well as some of the previous questions here, but I'm not entirely clear and am turning to the hive mind for further help. [more inside]
posted by phaded at 7:48 PM PST - 31 comments

Fruit Magic!

I'm going to a fruit-themed party next week and want to impress. Can you recommend me some awesome tricks with fruit not unlike this one? Bonus points for those involving apples, but all are welcome.
posted by pantone292 at 7:47 PM PST - 23 comments

It's not you - my CPU says yes, but my database say no

How many database reads/writes are okay per web page view? Also, what is better, big tables or lots of join tables? [more inside]
posted by markovich at 6:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Outstanding online furniture stores for medium to high end furnishings?

Hi All, I just moved and have a new job that will, fortunately, give me the opportunity to purchase nice furniture for the first time in my life. I'm more into modern designs, but with a quality touch. If there is a manufacturer that makes super high quality, modern stuff that would be the ticket for me. Anyway, I'm looking for online stores to shop on. I'm looking for literally everything a typical two person home needs. We currently have no furniture save a recliner, so we need a lot! I'll admit I don't know the first thing about design, furniture history, etc. But I do want to learn. The ideal shops will offer quality and education. I'm not looking for IKEA or super cheap options. Basically, just give me some links of some kick ass online furniture and furnishing joints!
posted by Bob Dobbs at 6:50 PM PST - 23 comments

How can I get an orgrasm when everything is so intense?

[NSFW] Women of the can I have an orgasm when everything just feels so intense? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:57 PM PST - 21 comments

religious and capitalist violence in theory

Can you refer me to sophisticated discussions of violence that is driven by hybrid forms of capitalism and religion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Clumsy Clara is Killing My Sex Drive

For the past few years, physical intimacy with my wife creeps me out. I think I've figured out why. Now what? (long post follows, sorry!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:55 PM PST - 55 comments

when should I say 'african american' and when 'black' ?

when should I say 'african american' and when 'black' ? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 5:48 PM PST - 83 comments

How are endorsement fees calculated?

Scoobie Doo endorses Mac&Cheese by allowing his likeness to appear on the box. Question- how do his master and the folks at Kraft decide on his price? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones at 5:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Dying has a way of making family gatherings kind of awkward

I'm spending my Thanksgiving in Malaysia, visiting my one of my aunts, along with others in my extended family. I'm almost certain that this will be the last time I'll ever see her. [more inside]
posted by Weebot at 5:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Thanks, Pocky.

Okay. I just finished this box of Pocky and there was this little prize in the box. I ate it. What the hell was it? [more inside]
posted by simonemarie at 5:20 PM PST - 25 comments

Question about Voltage and AC Adapters

Am I ruining my laptop with this AC adapter? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 4:53 PM PST - 11 comments

How do you make a subdomain forward to a different host?

How do you assign a subdomain to a different host? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 4:07 PM PST - 12 comments

jQuery vs. Scriptaculous

JavaScript: jQuery vs Scriptaculous - Which is currently the favorite amongst developers? [more inside]
posted by afx114 at 3:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I sell it or keep it?

Looking for some financial advice re: real estate. Lengthy explanation inside [more inside]
posted by Mom at 3:45 PM PST - 13 comments

Can you ID this picture?

Can anyone ID this picture? It was used on the cover of The Discoverers, by Daniel Boorstin. [more inside]
posted by Andrew Brinton at 3:30 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I punch some Hollerith cards?

How can I get some old computer punch cards punched? [more inside]
posted by neuron at 3:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to avoid snakes in Panama?

I'm thinking about going to Panama for one week in the spring. I want to go hiking, but I'm also deathly afraid of creepy crawlies aka snakes--even typing this out is giving me the creeps. Anyone been there--how likely am I to encounter one of these there while hiking there? [more inside]
posted by beautiful at 3:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Dell notebook, Vista, and Screen Resolution

Dell notebook with Vista screen resolution keeps changing itself upon "waking up"- why? [more inside]
posted by fructose at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Online communities for those in recovery?

Any recommendations for online communities for people recovering from substance abuse? While I am not anti-12 Step, I would like an alternative.
posted by chiefbroad at 2:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Java maker unneeded?

Tassimo coffee maker: do I need it or can I save myself a hundred bucks and just dump the coffee pod contents into some hot water for the same effect?
posted by bbranden1 at 2:10 PM PST - 13 comments

How to get a sofa from Arizona to Toronto when seller won't ship?

I'm in Toronto, Canada. A sofa set I want is in Arizona. The seller of the sofa set won't ship anywhere. I cannot fly out and get the sofa. How can I get the sofa? That is, is there someone or a service I can hire in Arizona to go get the sofa, package it up, and ship it to me? The pieces come apart (legs, back, arms) very easily (no tools) and all could ship relatively flat. Suggestions?
posted by dobbs at 2:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Computer freezes!

Computer semi-freezes one in every three startups. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Jase_B at 1:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Japanese downtempo

can anyone suggest some japanese bands in the region of chillout / downtempo / triphop with female vocals? [more inside]
posted by browolf at 1:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Need help looking for research resources

Websites to research alternative programs for students who have been suspended or expelled, including students with disabilities. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 1:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Peanut Butter Cups with less sugar?

Can you tweak this Nigella Lawson peanut butter cup recipe to be lower on the glycemic index? [more inside]
posted by cda at 1:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Name that movie

Cannot find title of early 90's movie set in New York with interlocking stories. [more inside]
posted by OlderThanTOS at 12:38 PM PST - 35 comments

Destination Wedding!

Can someone suggest a nice, funky location for a destination wedding? [more inside]
posted by ghastlyfop at 12:18 PM PST - 29 comments

Can I use a 220v device in the UK?

Can I use a lightbox purchased online from the US, which includes an international voltage adaptor for 220v, in the UK? I think the UK mains voltage is 240v and have no idea whether I have to be bang on 240v or if 220v is good enough. [more inside]
posted by penguin pie at 11:35 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I determine the growth rate of these numbers?

I have several arrays of numbers. I want to know how they correlate to another array. I think this is called exponential growth, but I can't figure out the formula. [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 10:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Pregnancy is Weird, isn't it?

Being pregnant is easily the weirdest experience of my life. How did you cope? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 10:34 AM PST - 30 comments

Question about Requiem for a Dream & shooting up.

I was re-watching Requiem for a Dream last night, and there was a line in there that I realized that I never really understood. [more inside]
posted by Tbola at 10:32 AM PST - 18 comments

I don't want to sell

Can my parents sell a piece of property without my consent? [more inside]
posted by drleary at 10:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Found very old paycheck. How can I claim the money?

How can I claim the money from an old, uncashed paycheck? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger at 10:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Im the new IT guy, help me learn server 2003

2 different business, same building, lets call them business 1 and business 2 1 Internet connection 2 servers, server 2003 small business and server 2003 rc2 Server 1 has dual core & 4gigs ram, server 2 is an old p4 with 512 megs ram and 80g drive 2 domains & [more inside]
posted by tradeer33 at 9:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Is roller derby good for teenagers?

Is roller-derby likely to be a fun spectator sport for teenagers? [more inside]
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 9:36 AM PST - 17 comments

Better than Andre, anyway

I want to find some wines similar to the communion wine of my childhood... [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:09 AM PST - 15 comments

How fat is too fat for roller derby?

So a new roller derby league just formed in my town and I'm intrigued. It looks like a lot of fun in a badass kind of way that speaks to me. But what about my butt? [more inside]
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy at 8:45 AM PST - 19 comments

Good replacement for VivoBarefoot shoes?

Need a cheaper, more readily available (in the U.S.) alternative to VivoBarefoot shoes. [more inside]
posted by SomePerlGeek at 8:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Bringing Office on a Mac back from the brink

All the Microsoft Office 2004 apps on my PowerBook (10.4.10) have stopped working. The icons bounce around in the Dock, and a Microsoft Error Reporting application launches, but nothing happens. I've attempted to rebuild my Entourage database but it won't respond; I have also tried fixing the permissions but with no luck. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by skylar at 8:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Please let me out of the parking garage.

Do the green light triggers for motorcycles actually work? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 8:26 AM PST - 11 comments

What's Ithaca like?

I'm going up to Ithaca this weekend for a postdoc interview on Monday. Any suggestions as to what I should look at to get a feel for the area? [more inside]
posted by Coventry at 8:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Big sound in a small package

Recommend this rap listener a pair of small, great-sounding speakers (that I can afford)! [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 7:51 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I get fried chicken smell out of not-very-washable clothing items?

How do I get fried chicken smell out of fabrics? I would just wash them, but two of them (a jacket and a shawl) aren't very washable. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:46 AM PST - 15 comments

What are the best Movie + Drink Combinations?

What are the best movie + booze combinations? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo at 7:41 AM PST - 61 comments

help me help this girl pass writing!

I will be tutoring my friend in writing skills. I am not a teacher. HELP PLEASE [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 7:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Am I expected to attend an associate's father's funeral?

The father of a close business associate has died and I would like to behave appropriately and honor my associate's loss. They're Catholics in NYC. There is a wake which seems to be scheduled for several different time periods over the weekend. Then there is a funeral mass on Monday during business hours, followed by burial at the cemetery. [more inside]
posted by JimN2TAW at 7:30 AM PST - 21 comments

Getting Scammed?

eBay filter: I'm looking to buy a Macbook Pro @ about $2000. The seller will only accept USPS money orders, and that makes me a bit nervous... [more inside]
posted by jpcody at 7:30 AM PST - 30 comments

FTW USB hubs on monitors

Is there any way that the USB hub built into one of my monitors can remain on, while the monitor screen is turned off? [more inside]
posted by zackola at 7:19 AM PST - 12 comments

how meta is metafiction on AskMetafilter?

metalanguage in a second-semester Composition class -- suggested readings. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater at 6:30 AM PST - 17 comments

How to do a massive upload

How do I upload a large amount of data (multiple GB) to my Dreamhost account without tying up my DSL line day and night? [more inside]
posted by calhound at 6:20 AM PST - 17 comments

We need some phone and internets for a small Glasgow business!

Can anyone recommend a good business line and phone service provider for Glasgow? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 6:06 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I get exercise with me Wii?

Which Wii games are best for good aerobic exercise in single player mode? [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine at 5:53 AM PST - 26 comments

What is the pie chart bumper sticker I've been seeing?

What is the significance of the pie chart bumper sticker I've been seeing the past several months? [more inside]
posted by man on the run at 5:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Shipping boxes UK to US

My husband and I are moving some things from a small, provincial town in the UK to a small, provincial city in the US. [more inside]
posted by jb at 5:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Free chess game?

Hi, does anyone know where to find a network chess game that is open source (free basically)? I'm a teacher and I want my class to play each other at chess during an ICT lesson.
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 5:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find PA speakers to check out?

I'm in London UK and need to buy some active PA speakers. I've found lots of shops that sell them but none where I can go in and actually look at and listen to various speakers on display. Can anyone recommend a place?
posted by gfrobe at 3:42 AM PST - 1 comment

Generate links to external files in Excel

In MS Excel, is there any way to take a cell value and use it to search A folder for a file with the same name, then add a link to it? [more inside]
posted by davehat at 3:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Indian music video with couple dancing across beach/caked mud?

Indian Music Video: "It's like this woman and her daughter running across a beach wearing some flowing red thing [sari?] and then theres a part of it where she's chasing her daughter through like a really big empty desert-place." [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 at 1:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Is Resfest coming back?

Is Resfest coming back?? If not, what else is most like it (that has dates in NYC)? [more inside]
posted by sparrows at 1:50 AM PST - 2 comments

November 15

Two times wireless?

Is it even possible: Connecting a computer to two wireless networks - one for internet access, one for playing music. [more inside]
posted by ollsen at 11:55 PM PST - 8 comments

A simple PC audio recording set up

Using a no-frills but decent PC, what (cheapish) sound card and what software should I buy for my father so he can record his guitar playing and singing as well as do basic mixing and editing? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 10:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Insurance - for the kids, you know?

New baby, er, dependent child! How to insure? [more inside]
posted by Wavelet at 9:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Multiple subnetted-and-failovered DHCP servers?

Can ISC's dhcpd run in both failover and multiple subnet modes? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:34 PM PST - 3 comments

We're going to Hawaii...

I hope to attend a seminar in Kauai in April. I'll be taking my 14 year old daughter with me. What should we not miss? [more inside]
posted by goshling at 8:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Whats wrong with my Xbox 360 Receiver for Windows?

Xbox 360 wireless receiver for Windows - Fifa 2008 thinks there are two controllers connected but I only have one! Help!? [more inside]
posted by OzMoges at 7:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Nutrition Tracking Software.

I need software that will track my nutritional intake. It would track calories, carbs, protean, fats and keep them in a date base for reference. It should have a good sized date base of foods already in it and be able to have new ones added. This is for a pre-intel Mac preferably, or online if need by. Free or cheap would make me happy. [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie at 7:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Can anyone recommend a psychiatrist in New York City who has experience with learning disabilities?

Can anyone recommend a psychiatrist in New York City who has experience with learning disabilities? (As opposed to, say, mood disorders.) [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 7:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Myar! What satchel will it be?

What size of backpack should I get for a 6-8 month backpacking trip through Southeast Asia? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 7:21 PM PST - 29 comments

Longest Sound File?

What is the duration of the longest digital (or digitized) sound recording? What is it of? And where can it be listened to? I'm not interested in midi, only natural recorded sound. Is there a theoretical limit to a digital sound recording? Tape can go on forever, but filesystems and drive space would have to eventually limit the size of the file (or do I have that wrong?). Just curious. I'll take my answer off the air.
posted by cjorgensen at 7:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Google Desktop Search wont let me log in to my gmail account.

Google Desktop Search won't Login to Gmail when I give it the correct account details. The same credentials work in Gmail and across the Google system, but not in GDS. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by Popcorn at 7:04 PM PST - 1 comment

Una pregunta muy importante

What is the appropriate way to ask one's future father-in-law for his blessing to propose to his daughter, in Spanish? (asking for blessing in Spanish, not proposing in Spanish). This is urgent. [more inside]
posted by jewishbuddha at 6:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me work out, in.

How do you make a home-based workout work for you? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 6:35 PM PST - 20 comments

Amtrak Sell Out?

Amtrak Train Holiday Filter question: does a "sold-out" train ever get new tickets available? [more inside]
posted by aetg at 6:35 PM PST - 15 comments alternatives?

I really like ffffound, but the invites are really hard to get. Are there any similar alternatives? [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon at 6:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I upload this file?

There is a file that I want to upload somewhere so that an infinite number of people can download it for free and without having to first sign up/become a member of anything. There should be no download limit and no expiration date. The file in question is less than 1mb in size, and is completely legal. Any suggestions?
posted by creative at 6:28 PM PST - 23 comments

DC/NoVa/Baltimore Nightlife

I'll be spending January 1st-7th in Northern Virginia (Purcellville, specficially) with family. Looking for something fun to do in the DC, Northern VA, or Baltimore areas while there. [more inside]
posted by charmston at 6:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Sync or Swim?

Is there a option or another product like Active Sync that will allow me to sync certain files where I want them to go on my PDA (ie storage card) instead of the default local place on the device? Its a Pocket PC with Windows Mobile 5....
posted by keep it tight at 5:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Credit card payments for undergrads

How can I set up a system for allowing fraternity members to pay their dues by credit card without shelling out cash for a service? Any legal issues? [more inside]
posted by deeman at 5:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Gimme' some of that sweet sweet...

How much sugar do I consume every year without my knowledge? [more inside]
posted by robotot at 5:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Short or long strides at burst speed?

Usually after my evening 5K I like to open it up for a quarter mile or so - my tendency is to take very fast short steps, almost double the speed of my arms. Would I be better off (top speed) to go for longer strides? This is on clear, car-free asphalt. [more inside]
posted by four panels at 5:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Selling data online -- how??

I have about 200 binary data files totalling about 60 GB that I want to sell online. How should I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

From whom should I buy a replacement battery for my G4 Powerbook?

From whom should I buy a replacement battery for my G4 Powerbook? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 4:45 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do with preschool art?

My 3 year old brings home artwork 3 times a week from school. I am not creative at all. Any ideas for a creative and easy way to preserve/ save/ display these items. Right now, they are just in a pile on a shelf.
posted by beachhead2 at 4:40 PM PST - 17 comments

My printer's got an e-mail!

How do I set up a Presto-like service (send e-mail to printer for family member that's not computer savvy) without using a dialup connection? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker at 3:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Bike-sex, breaking the law?

Why does the law have a problem with sex with a bicycle? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 3:41 PM PST - 23 comments

Quick and Dirty guide to the Literary Canon

I'm looking for a concise and readable overview/guide of what could be considered "classic literature" for a mature ESL student. [more inside]
posted by Phire at 3:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Chunky pasta?

Another pasta sauce question but with a few additional requirements... [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 3:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Failed School, Succeeded Life

Who in history (or in your life) has flunked/failed in school or university, but has gone on to great success? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 3:22 PM PST - 47 comments

Question: How is it possible to enjoy the moment while staying goal-oriented

Question: How is it possible to enjoy the moment while staying goal-oriented [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 2:46 PM PST - 16 comments

What to affordably get the wealthy executive friend?

What to get the high level film exec for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

"To Whom It May Concern:"

Which series of prep books will best prepare one to ace CLEP tests? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities at 2:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Dust Buster?

Has anyone paid to have their air ducts cleaned? [more inside]
posted by aspenbaloo at 2:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Where should I go and what do I need to learn to speak?

What African language should I learn and how should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by skjønn at 2:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Do I have to plug it every morning to get it hot?

Why no "on/off" switch on cloth irons? [more inside]
posted by racingjs at 2:19 PM PST - 18 comments

Need a ch-ch-ch-change

I've become bored of digg, slate and reddit. I'd like some substitutes (but not too close of substitutes that I get quickly bored again). [more inside]
posted by survivorman at 2:05 PM PST - 21 comments

question worthy of a noob

Outlook2007 Filter: Is it possible to sort my inbox so that unread messages always appear at the top of the list? Funnily enough, I cant figure out how to do that. [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 2:04 PM PST - 6 comments

All months, now.

Sum of data for all months, including months with no rows, in MySQL? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 1:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Teach me how pro robbers work

Where can I read about the techniques and crimes of modern professional armed robbers and thieves? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 1:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Why WinZip?

Why would one install WinZip? [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow at 12:58 PM PST - 31 comments

Spanish-language audio materials for Chinese speakers?

What Spanish-language audio materials are out there on the Internet - aimed not at English-speaking, but at Chinese students of Spanish with little English? [more inside]
posted by Holly at 12:52 PM PST - 1 comment

Starve a Fever. Feed a Rheumatoid

So I've got some sort of rheumatoid condition. My mentor has suggested I go to a macrobiotic nutritionist to get them to come up with the right meal plan for me. Maybe even make it. Is there someone who does this in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 12:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Structuring a FOSS Support Contract

A very successful business has just decided to build their next mission critical application using free open source tools developed by my small little consulting company. They want to contract with us for ongoing support and improvements. How should we structure the deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

The Mexican Bachelor

I am planning a bachelor party in January. The groom-to-be would like to go to Mexico to chill out, drink some beers, smoke some ganja, sit by the pool, eat some good Mexican food served by hot women, and sleep in a very nice bed. Where can this be done in Mexico? I guess I am looking for an all-inclusive resort that is laid back, lacking kids ( both little and college ), which has reasonable nightlife in the vicinity. Think Spring Break for well-heeled 30 year olds who have seen enough strippers and tequilla for a lifetime
posted by jasondigitized at 11:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Where to go for telemark gear in LA?

Can anybody recommend a ski shop in Los Angeles that's good for Telemark gear and expertise?
posted by rbs at 11:30 AM PST - 4 comments

How to represent family business on resume...

Resumefilter: How to represent the family business on your resume... [more inside]
posted by asterisk at 11:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Why isn't publicly-funded scientific research freely available?

How does preventing public access to federally-funded scientific research serve the public interest? [more inside]
posted by killdevil at 11:15 AM PST - 39 comments

Can I run a portable windows app on a G4 Mac?

Is there a way for me to run a USB-based portable Windows app on a G4 Mac? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 10:53 AM PST - 9 comments

I need a new DVD player.

Is there such a thing as a future-proof DVD player? My roommate just moved out and took his DVD player with him. So I need to visit the local big box electronics store to pick up a new one. I'd like something that's built to last, can upsample standard DVDs and that can handle one or both of the new HD formats. What should I purchase? [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 10:50 AM PST - 20 comments

My VCR needs a digital replacement!

My VCR died. I want to replace it with a digital recorder ... [more inside]
posted by Camofrog at 10:29 AM PST - 4 comments

How to tell the difference between two identically-named wireless networks on OSX 10.5

How can I stop my macbook from connecting to computer-to-computer wireless networks with the same name as the network I trust? [more inside]
posted by tylermoody at 10:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking to build a DIY mini-LCD video player.

I want to put together something that can play a single video to a mini-LCD and small speakers. The components (speakers, LCD, battery, and playback device) need to be able to be able to fit in a small box (roughly 3" x 4" x 5"). [more inside]
posted by TheRoach at 10:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me kick out my roommate who hasnt payed deposit.

Another evil roommate problem: I share an apartment with my girlfriend and a roommate with a one year lease. Before we moved in in April, my girlfriend and I payed the entire deposit, and we made a verbal agreement with our roommate that she would pay her part the day we moved in. She still hasn't payed us, and now we just want her to move out because we hate her so much. [more inside]
posted by Charlie Lesoine at 10:14 AM PST - 81 comments

Blast-furnace turkey roasting?

How can I cook a turkey when my oven is, shall we say, overenthusiastic? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 10:12 AM PST - 16 comments

The Cat Can't Drink

My cat seems unable to drink. It's as if his tongue isn't working right. He gets water everywhere, plunges his face into the bowl, getting his snout all wet, drools, cries, but seems not to be able to quench his thirst. He also has a fountain, that's not working too well either. Oddly enough he can eat fine. [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 10:09 AM PST - 14 comments

Getting away with my lady for the Yule.

My partner and I would like to go away over Christmas week. Is this a lost cause at this point? How about LGBT-friendly bed and breakfasts driving-distance from DC? [more inside]
posted by atayah at 10:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there a way to rent a car without a credit card?

I need to rent a car over the Christmas weekend. I have no credit card (nor want one). Any way to make it happen? (US) [more inside]
posted by General Malaise at 9:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Will I get a crick in my neck from watching a TV over the fireplace?

My wife wants to get a plasma/LCD TV and mount it over the fireplace. That just seems way too high to watch comfortably, though. Does anyone have any experience with a TV mounted that high? Will the kids be able to watch it if they're sitting on the floor? Does angling it help?
posted by adverb at 9:43 AM PST - 24 comments

Content management for dummies

Content management for dummies? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 9:38 AM PST - 11 comments

To preserve car warranty how do I handle maintenance?

To preserve car warranty how do I handle maintenance? [more inside]
posted by covert7 at 9:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Leopard is a virus. That you pay for.

I tried to install Leopard on my macbook, which is less than a year old. I got a kernel error, so I ran FSCK twice until no errors were showing up. I still get the blinking question mark, twice, then a normal boot sequence. Is this a software problem caused by Leopard (a friend's machine had the same response), a failing hard drive, or something else? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 9:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I rent or borrow an hourglass?

Where can I rent or borrow a good-sized hourglass in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by RikiTikiTavi at 9:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Why can't I have sex with my girlfriend?

I can't keep an erection while having sex with my girlfriend. What is my problem? [more inside]
posted by misled at 9:13 AM PST - 34 comments

Make me tech-y

I am a librarian. I'm interested in social technologies, HCI, information architecture, and critical theories of these. Essentially, how information is used by people to create community and meaning. I enjoy using social technology, and advocating its use within my profession and actual job. But I want better technology know-how, skills, awareness. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Customizing an engagement ring?

It's time for an engagement ring. I already have one, stone and all, but would like to customize it. What can I do for less than/around five hundred dollars? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 12 comments

What's wrong with my girlfriend?

What's wrong with my girlfriend? I've recently become aware of what seems to be self-obsession and a nasty mean streak. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 77 comments

How To Remove Documents Stolen And Uploaded To A Website

The problem is that I googled myself and found that a website had a bunch of my private documents, stuff like correspondence between me and colleagues, a manuscript draft, power of attorney, stuff about a failing (ultimately failed) relationship - very confidential stuff. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Digital TV Conversion in the US 2009 - what to do?

2009 Digital TV conversion. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by rainbaby at 8:31 AM PST - 12 comments

Technical help with an IBM Model M

Can you help me repair my IBM Model M keyboard? [more inside]
posted by danb at 8:29 AM PST - 3 comments

iPhone - AT&T/Cingular or T-Mobile (USA) ?

iPhone - AT&T/Cingular or T-Mobile (USA) ? I'm in NYC, peak minutes usage < 300, 50% of minutes to same 4 numbers, data usage likely to be high. Criteria: minimize the following, in order of priority: cost, dropped calls/network weirdness, customer service craziness, crap-tastic contracts. I'm obviously fine with hacking/unlocking my iphone.
posted by joshwa at 8:07 AM PST - 15 comments

The Benjamins, while prevalent in nature, are exceedingly rare in this environment. Help me save them!

How do you bargain shop? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 7:59 AM PST - 19 comments

Please tell me about your employee referral program (if you have one).

Please tell me about your employee referral program (if you have one). [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 7:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Budding artist needs advice.

Help me find 2D animation software for my kid for Christmas! [more inside]
posted by cooker girl at 7:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Preggers Nom Nom Nom

What are some healthy, quick snacks for a suddenly constantly ravenous pregnant woman? [more inside]
posted by gomichild at 7:31 AM PST - 25 comments

Looking for an online image rating system.

I'm looking for some code or a survey/rating system to rate images for inclusion in a student art journal. Difficulty: no money, no support from college IT. [more inside]
posted by DulcineaX at 7:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Best Peter and the Wolf?

Is there a definitive recording of Peter and the Wolf?
posted by sonofslim at 7:03 AM PST - 11 comments

New York to China Data Transfer Problem

I have to transfer digital files that are 4 to 8 gigabytes from New York City to a location in Hong Kong and a location in Xiamen, China. [more inside]
posted by extrabox at 7:01 AM PST - 20 comments

This question is THE $hit.

The $hit... We know that 'the' makes it positive, but why? What is the origin 'the $hit' as a positive thing? [more inside]
posted by Quazie at 6:59 AM PST - 26 comments

Recommend a webspace reseller company!

Recommend a reseller web hosting company! [more inside]
posted by Meagan at 6:53 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I build up a celebrity clientele?

How can I more effectively build up my business so as to have a celebrity clientele? [more inside]
posted by dorisfromregopark at 6:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I finish watching Southland Tales?

I walked out of Richard Kelly's Southland Tales last night. I didn't dislike it, but it was more than I could digest in one sitting. Can anyone think of any reason why I ought to go back to the theater and watch the second half?
posted by eedele at 6:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Will CS2 run on intel processor?

will creative suite cs2 with system requirements of powerbook g4 or 5 processor run on my new macbook pro (which has an intel-based processor)?
posted by nicknd23 at 6:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Why is my kboard skping?

Why does my new Microsoft Natural 4000 USB keyboard keep skipping? When I'm working in Word, it will sometimes miss out two characters (usually exactly two, weirdly) and it's a real pain. [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 6:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Web links not working on iPhone

Why don't my web links work on my iPhone? Any obvious way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Rain Man at 4:32 AM PST - 4 comments

tuh-mey-toh, tuh-mah-toh; haNA, HAna.

I want to know more about the Japanese accent in Kobe/Osaka. [more inside]
posted by n y my at 3:57 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I keep drag and drop working in Finder?

Drag and drop sporadically stops working in my new install of Leopard. Anyone know of a workaround/bugfix?
posted by Hat Maui at 3:34 AM PST - 4 comments

What's it all for?

I was scrolling around my home province of Ontario in google maps, and I happened to stumble across this. [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 2:40 AM PST - 20 comments

ID a book from a single passage?

Can you ID this book from my memory of a short passage? Man hits deer while hurrying to the birth of his son. [more inside]
posted by Leon at 2:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Best Westerns? (i.e. movies)

Moving out to the country and have a hunger to watch some good old (or recent) Westerns. What are your favorites and why?
posted by zaebiz at 1:57 AM PST - 34 comments

Gift for upcoming Mom's Birthday

GiftFilter: Help me with my mother's upcoming birthday! [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 1:16 AM PST - 13 comments

November 14

How can I track changes to a phpBB forum?

How can I track changes to a phpBB forum? [more inside]
posted by wireless at 11:35 PM PST - 3 comments

What should I write my paper about?

I need a topic for a paper concerning a dilemma in gender/heterosexism [more inside]
posted by nimkip at 11:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Sticky Buttons

AAAAH!! My iBook G4 trackpad button is stuck! Help! [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 10:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Urgent Dog Situation: How do I get a dog to trust me, and quick?

The dog I'm dog/house-sitting for will not leave the bedroom. Or come out from under the bed. He growls when I go down the hall in which he is residing. I cannot even get close enough to turn on the light. He has not peed, pooped, drank, or eaten for at least eight hours. When his owner called (four hours ago) I told her everything was great. I figured the pup would give up his game soon. But that was four hours ago... [more inside]
posted by mr. remy at 10:04 PM PST - 21 comments


Anyone know any music that sounds like this? [more inside]
posted by willmillar at 9:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find Possible Possum video

I used to watch a cartoon as a kid that had a character in it named Possible Possum. From searching it, it appears to be part of the TerryToon cartoons. I have found some of the terrytoon cartoons on youtube but none with Possible Possum. Any idea where I can either view, rent, or buy any of these old cartoons that contain Possible Possum?
posted by GlowWyrm at 9:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Do Not Mail List

How do I stop paper junk mail? Is there an equivalent of the government Do Not Call List for regular mail?
posted by destro at 9:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Newcastle Brown Ale production codes?

Newcastle Brown Ale production codes? On the back label are the production codes. Can anyone decipher them? Im looking to see if it gives the production date or expiration date. The codes on the bottle are: 30 06 R L168 59 16
posted by freeflytim at 8:43 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I find a therapist?

I've recently decided that I need a therapist/counsellor. How do I go about finding one? I'm in the UK. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Bedding that a puppy can't eat?

Is there a good alternative dog bedding that our puppy can't consume? We have a 9 month old corgi, crate-trained, and so far he's found a way to chew/eat whatever bedding we've given him. [more inside]
posted by dryad at 8:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I safely use Listerine while on Antabuse?

Can I safely use Listerine while on Antabuse? My doctor advised me to avoid alcohol in shampoos and deodorants and I have even read some warnings against inhaling alcohol vapors. My doctor had a sort of a shoulder-shrug response when I asked about Listerine. Other opinions or experiences would be very welcome as I'd rather not use a "try and see" approach.
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Drug tests and second hand pot

How carefully should I avoid second-hand pot smoke if I'm going to be applying for a security clearance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I stop speaking like a Yank?

My boss would like me to drop my accent by developing a Southern one. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:06 PM PST - 65 comments

Tinseltowner? Boulebard of Broken Dreamsite?

What do you call someone who hails from Hollywood. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 7:23 PM PST - 28 comments

Sifting through 360 Models- which ones is best for someone who doesn't care about XB Live?

What's the best XBox 360 model for someone that doesn't care about XBox Live? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 7:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Long time listener, first time caller

I'm failing Trig. What would be a good makeup assignment to suggest to my teacher? Do college teachers even do that kind of thing? [more inside]
posted by malapropist at 7:01 PM PST - 21 comments

How do nice people do it?

I've always admired people who are just genuinely nice, warm folks and inspire everyone they talk to. I'd like to be one of those people when I grow up, but I don't know how to do it. Sometimes, when I do or say nice things, people get freaked out and think that I'm hitting on them, want something from them or am being insincere. That isn't the case, but every time it happens, I get a little more timid about doing nice things for people. It's easy to get by with a prickly Dorothy Parker routine, but that's not how I want to live my life. And I'm sick of not doing or saying nice things just because I'm not socially adept enough to pull it off. Being an asshole is easy, and no one ever questions your motives. How can I, as an introvert, act upon my nice impulses without freaking people out? What's the secret to being a mensch?
posted by freshwater_pr0n at 6:58 PM PST - 28 comments

Getting very sleepy...

This morning, my boyfriend overslept for hours and hours - and woke up to the carbon monoxide detector going off. Now what? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 6:57 PM PST - 40 comments

Water in the hole

Say you're going to dig a hole...a deep hole...a hole that goes below the water table. I know it's going to fill with water, but the question is, at what rate? [more inside]
posted by gueneverey at 6:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Bareboat sailing in the Caribbean.

Advice on bareboat sailing in the Caribbean. Four of us intend to spend a week sailing in the Caribbean in early February. Our group knowledge of the Caribbean is very limited. One of the group is a master sailor, so we should be able to rent a bareboat of our liking anywhere they're available. But with so many islands and so many boat rental places, it's hard to know how to decide on an itinerary. Suggestions?
posted by Jackson at 6:01 PM PST - 8 comments

How to stay sane while searching for work

What do you do to stay positive and sane while job searching? [more inside]
posted by onoclea at 5:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Who is this mysterious radio voice?

They have a guy on NPR sometimes who gives these brief (maybe under 15 minutes?) meditations on some topic or another, and he has a fun Slavic accent, and sort of a gruff but friendly voice. Also, I have this impression that he lives in NYC. I wonder what his name is. I always seem to turn NPR on in the middle of his shtik and don't catch his name. Does anyone know who I'm talking about?
posted by evariste at 5:42 PM PST - 26 comments

What's the standard for g. i.e. general intelligence?

Do intelligence tests measure g (i.e. general intelligence)? How do we know? With most testing standards, there's an arbitrary physical constant in the world for us to measure and quantify: the meter is defined in terms of a wavelength of light in a vacuum, for instance. However, intelligence tests seem more like the kilogram's platinum-iridium cylinder, which is a sort of moving target. What's the standard for g? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 5:34 PM PST - 18 comments

I've got a HDMI problem with my new HTPC

I recently built a new HTPC using a Gigabyte GA-G33-2SH motherboard. The motherboard is built on the Intel G33 chipset, and has dual onboard video -- a VGA output, and a DVI or a HDMI output. (You can use the VGA and one of the digital outputs simultaneously, but not the two digital outputs.) [more inside]
posted by PeterMcDermott at 5:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommend me a good contact manager for phone numbers and names?

I'm looking for a "lite" contact manager for my PC? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 4:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Census of Canada question

Does anyone know a place online where I can find the 1931 or 1941 population of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada? [more inside]
posted by otio at 4:39 PM PST - 8 comments

What was World Service beeping at?

What did I hear on BBC World Service last night? [more inside]
posted by xvs22 at 4:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Travelers Insurance vs. COBRA

Can you buy travelers/vacation insurance for a domestic (within the US) trip? Is it dangerous to have traveler's insurance and not traditional health insurance for one month? [more inside]
posted by picklebird at 3:31 PM PST - 12 comments

I roam around and round and round and round and round.

Possible girl & her dog roadtrip retreat over the holidays. Nothing too expensive. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 2:45 PM PST - 17 comments

Titus Andronicus; The Comedy

A number of years ago I witnessed a comedic reinterpretation of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus, a decidedly non-comedic play. Can anybody direct me to more information on this version of the play? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I sign my check with an obscene gesture?

What kind of mark down do debt collection agencies get on bad private party debt when they buy it? [more inside]
posted by 517 at 2:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Doing my homework

I could offer excuses, but I won't. I'm unacceptably uninformed about the presidential hopefuls. Are there any good sites/articles offering summaries, breakdowns and/or analyses of the candidates' views/opinions on key issues? I'm primarily, but not exclusively, interested in the Democratic candidates.
posted by anonymous78 at 2:20 PM PST - 14 comments

opensource html editor

what's a good open-source alternative to something like homesite? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 1:58 PM PST - 13 comments

Need to keep my text and formatting...

MS Access: Text in Excel column formatted (with returns and pseudo-bulleted lists), and more than 255 characters... [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts at 1:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Style Wars Poster

Where can I find a Style Wars movie poster? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Flash navigation/loadbar

How to preload images dynamically in flash so that the image navigation doubles as the load bar. Like [more inside]
posted by Raff at 1:46 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I simmer my crazy emotions down in the workplace?

How can I stay more even-tempered at work, when I feel like my emotions are out of control! Or at least appear even-tempered and approachable! [more inside]
posted by catfood at 1:39 PM PST - 27 comments

"(M) to the (A) to the (S) to the (K), put the mask upon the face just to make the next day"

Where in West Los Angeles can I buy the Queen Helene Apricot Moisturizing Masque or, failing that, the Vitamin C & Honey Peel Off Moisturizing Masque? [more inside]
posted by splendid animal at 1:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Depilation & tretinoin?

I've been using tretinoin for adult acne since July, and my purge phase seems like its never going to end. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for office space

Help me find office space to sublease in Arlington or McLean, VA. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 12:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me name my nerdly gathering society.

What would be a good name for a group of nerds that gathers monthly to trade lectures? Kind of like a salon for geeks. [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 12:23 PM PST - 41 comments

running and weights

Is it best to weight train before or after a run? [more inside]
posted by honeyx at 12:22 PM PST - 16 comments

Stranger Danger!

I'm looking for a electronic/dance song from probably the late 90s or early 00s that has the words "Stranger Danger" repeated in a male robot voice. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by boreddusty at 12:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Being Digital's Fortress

Did anyone ever crack the Negroponte Code? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments

This is a very specific, and probably dumb quesiton, about John Bell

WHTZ Z100 filter: What ethnicity is John Bell of the radio station, Z100, in New York? [more inside]
posted by carpyful at 11:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Cable Management For Dummies?

Where can I find a simple tutorial on structured cabling? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 11:36 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the name of this book of surreal photographers work?

What is the name of this book? A couple of pages for each photographer, all with a generally surreal feel to them. I'm sure it is called something like Photographing The Photographers but I cannot for the life of me remember the exact title to find this book. [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 11:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Examine the contents, not the bottle.

I have access to a bunch of old chemical bottles, in a wide variety of sizes. What to do with them? [more inside]
posted by ms.v. at 11:30 AM PST - 25 comments

The typical mall retailer - how much printing do they go through?

How many printed materials (signs, posters, etc.) are used in a retail environment in a typical week/month/etc.? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 10:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Donate a little without being pestered for more?

Dear Mr. Rumpole: Thank you for your campaign contribution of $25. Please enjoy our $50 worth of mailings regarding why you should give us more money. [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole at 10:50 AM PST - 26 comments

Our .edu is jealous of her prettier, more popular .com sister

My university department has a as well as a domain. The .com is just a pointer to the .edu. is the top google result for searches on our name, but results for are buried many pages deep. Here is the problem: there is now a problem with registration of, so Google's links are not working. What can we do? Is it possible to have Google replace instances of one with another or something? [more inside]
posted by Fred Mars at 10:50 AM PST - 9 comments

how much fat can i expext to render from a duck?

how much fat can i expext to render from a duck? [more inside]
posted by phil at 10:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me design a science competition!

I have been given the task of designing questions for the biology portion of an 8th grade science competition. Unfortunately I don't know what today's 8th graders are learning in biology, and the people running the competition aren't being much help. [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 10:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Can I buy an XO? Like, ethically and stuff.

Can I buy an OLPC XO? It's only availabe in the US/Canada and I live in the UK. [more inside]
posted by alby at 10:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me be funny and sound smart at a Project Runway viewing party

Project Runway is starting tonight (holla!) and I'm going to a viewing party at a friend's house. What are some pithy, funny, sarcastic comments I can make when an atrocious design decision is made? And what are some general comments I can make that make me sound like I know something about fashion design?
posted by DarwinianDan at 10:43 AM PST - 26 comments

San Francisco Surplus Stores

What are the great surplus stores around San Francisco [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Zoom Out, Literally?

Is there a name for the literary device used in this song? [more inside]
posted by chocolate_butch at 10:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Can you recommend a pediatrician in New York?

I am looking for a good pediatrician in lower Manhattan, preferably one that accepts Blue Cross PPO. [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 10:27 AM PST - 1 comment

Weird situation with a job application and a delayed or missng email

I submitted an online job application I really care about and then I didn't get the auto-confirmation email promised on the "successful submission" screen. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by lorimer at 10:27 AM PST - 5 comments

What group activities can I sign up for in LA?

What are some activities in Los Angeles that I could sign up for and take part in on a regular basis with a group of other people? Some kind of weekly thing, maybe. The best example I can think of is something like a knitting club... but not specifically a knitting club because knitting just ain't my thing. I am thinking of something creative/arts-related, though. I just don't know of anything in particular that I could check out. Anyone in LA involved in or know of something like this that they can recommend? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 10:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Seattle Tech Companies

Seattle tech companies worth working for? [more inside]
posted by coined at 9:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I get Valenkis Rus boots?

Does anyone know where I can find valenkis rus boots (with the rubber galosh) either online or in Chicago? The website doesn't seem to exist anymore. I found this one, but I'm not too keen on the Soviet imagery, I just want warm feet. Anyone seen these around?
posted by jules1651 at 9:56 AM PST - 5 comments

US to UK transplant shows?

Has there ever been an American TV Show that was remade in the UK (or anywhere else for that matter) [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 9:45 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me better my chances of getting into grad school.

I'm hoping to get into a Computer Science Masters program somewhere next fall, and am looking for some advice on bettering my chances. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get over a Class C Misdemeanor

How can I convince myself that my career options aren't completely limited due to a single arrest for a Class C misdemeanor nearly four years ago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for an awesome chocolate dessert!

Please recommend a delicious, decadent, primarily chocolate dessert that I can make for Thanksgiving. Some constraints inside. [more inside]
posted by peep at 9:30 AM PST - 36 comments

Is December too late to do a North California winery tour?

I'm considering taking a 4-day weekend trip out to California's North Coast to do some winery-hopping and hiking. Is this a mistake? My wife has vacation time the first couple weekends of December. Is it going to be too cold? Are the wineries even open this time of year?
posted by Plutor at 9:19 AM PST - 8 comments

How do you groom a chicken?

How do you groom a chicken? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 9:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Brunch Brainstorming

BrunchFilter: I'm having a little brunch get-together at my house this weekend for my birthday. Looking for some creative ideas. [more inside]
posted by jozxyqk at 9:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for a part-time job in a full-time world

Can I apply for a full-time position then ask for a part-time job? [more inside]
posted by ellenaim at 9:15 AM PST - 6 comments

RADIUS without realms?

RADIUS without realms? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 9:15 AM PST - 3 comments

Help Me Hunt a Headhunter

I'm a post-Ph.D. (not computer science, alas, but history) and have decided to seek my fortune outside academia. I have lots of experience organizing and researching and analyzing and presenting and teaching all sorts of things in all sorts of contexts, and have made my CV into a resume that shows I'm not just another egghead. Unfortunately, I'm coming up empty handed after several months of a full-court press, and I'm thinking it's time to contact headhunting/recruiting agencies that might be interested in someone like me. I'd love your thoughts and suggestions on which firms to contact in the New York area. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 9:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Strategic transition to non-profit management. How to?

My job duties are changing rapidly, and I'm taking on tons of new responsibilities, at my boss's request. I'd like to ask for a promotion and/or raise, given the situation but am not sure how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 8:29 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you use Facebook

Can you help me understand the power of Facebook or other similar social networking platforms? I think I understand it at some level, but I feel like I must be missing something, so please tell me how you use these systems, and why they're better than other more traditional communication tools. [more inside]
posted by willnot at 8:27 AM PST - 47 comments

Suggestions needed for holiday gift for a great client

I do freelance graphics and have one client that has been a monthly, consistent paycheck for most of the year. I've billed them for about $15,000 since March. Most of my clients will be getting a card this holiday season, but I thought it would be a good idea to do something a bit more for this particular client. Suggestions? I'd like thoughts on both price range and specific items. Also, I have two contacts at the company: The big boss (male), who I speak to only occasionally, and the associate (also male) who is my main contact. The boss can be a bit demanding and has very high standards, but is generally respectful. The associate is a very sweet guy who I like on a personal level. He has also gone to bat for me a few times when the boss was being unreasonable. So: Gifts for boss, associate, or both? Thanks!
posted by SampleSize at 8:21 AM PST - 22 comments

album cover art for blog?

I want to start a cd review blog (w/ adsense ads), can I use album cover art? where could i (legally) get those from?
posted by mrmarley at 8:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Do you remember this two-joystick arcade game?

Help me remember that arcade-game-name filter... [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 8:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Screw the glass, get a whole bottle!

Any seasoned servers/wine aficionados out there? I need to learn how to sell wine and describe it. Seeking more of a quick guide/anecdotes as a jumping off point rather than book recommendations. [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 8:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Looking for public companies that have turned the page after Chapter 11...

I'm looking for two reliable, often-updated list of publicly-traded companies that 1) have just filed for bankruptcy; or 2) are re-emerging from bankruptcy protection. Any clues? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 7:50 AM PST - 4 comments

The iPod of recovery

My cousin, a 30-something mother of two, is having surgery in four weeks to remove a brain tumor. Prognosis, unknown. The only thing she has asked for is some music appropriate for pre-surgery, post-surgery and/or physical therapy. Most of my ideas are pretty morbid. Suggestions? Any genre will do ...
posted by Jaie at 7:49 AM PST - 25 comments

FDC Failure, no boot.

Can't boot PC, getting "FDC Failure". [more inside]
posted by signal at 7:42 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I remove items from Wordpress's "Write" SubPanel?

I need to customise Wordpress's "Write" SubPanel to remove all of the advanced options. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 7:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Possible Craigslist Scam?

Is there a scam here that I'm not seeing? I'm planning to buy a Mac Mini off Craigslist for a family member. Found a Mac, it's a good price for this model, maybe a little low, but not suspiciously so. Local seller, responsive to e-mail. Local cellphone number. Gmail address that doesn't appear to be a throwaway. But something doesn't feel right. I've bought electronics in this price range off Craigslist before but the seller in this case seems to be providing an atypical amount of reassurance about the purchase. [more inside]
posted by jeffhoward at 7:39 AM PST - 19 comments

Perhaps more Russolo than Morricone.

Help me transition from sound-art and experimental composition into film scoring. (Los Angeles.) [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 7:32 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I scare off cats without scaring off cats?

Help me banish evil invader cat from my garden without scaring off the natives. Difficulty : it's my landlord's cat... [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 7:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Books about evolution?

What is a good book about modern evolutionary theories? [more inside]
posted by solistrato at 7:28 AM PST - 15 comments

How to persuade a cat to stay indoors?

How can I make sure my new indoor cat stays an indoor cat, while allowing her free roam of the house? [more inside]
posted by thoughtless at 7:18 AM PST - 24 comments

How can I carry 2+ liters of water daily?

WaterFilter, literally. Posting for a pal: Can you recommend a 2.5 L+ portable water container that isn't plastic AND how does one get a 5 gallon water stand at home? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 7:09 AM PST - 12 comments

fun in corpus?

looking for something exciting or at least fun to while in corpus christi, tx. (if there even is something)
posted by kowboy at 6:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Losing a tooth due to disuse

I got a molar removed near where my wisdom teeth used to be, however there's still one tooth back there, which barely gets used because I don't chew back there anymore (since there's a gap). Are there potential complications because my tooth is not being used much? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 6:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Amateur astronomers and their crazily expensive telescopes

Amateur astronomers and their crazily expensive telescopes. I remember reading about them at, I think, Wired's website, but I can't find the article. It wasn't a normal article, but more of a gallery with photos of the astronomers and theirs telescopes, including samples of their work. Please help me find it! [more inside]
posted by CKZ at 6:35 AM PST - 5 comments

How do i move to Boston on the cheap?

Boston Filter: Moving from Texas. Help me navigate the (seemingly) bizarre apartment market [more inside]
posted by doppleradar at 5:53 AM PST - 14 comments

I want a 40 + inch HDTV that wont break the bank!

LCD - PLASMA TV FILTER: I am in the market for a Flat Screen HDTV. I would LIKE to stay at 1000 bucks or below (I could probably move up to 1300 if the extra cash brought in a big leap in quality). What is the best option on the market for a 40+ inch LCD or Plasma TV for around 1000 bucks? [more inside]
posted by crewshell at 5:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Hack a digital picture frame

Is it possible to hack a digital picture frame, e.g. to show a running clock instead of an image?
posted by mitocan at 5:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Annoying dust-up in my basement

Help me unravel the enigma of the "Mysterious Basement-floor Chalk Dust." [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:18 AM PST - 7 comments

PHP predefined variables and URLs

I'm developing a custom 404 page using .htaccess to redirect to the 404.html. I'm trying to use PHP (via an include in the 404.html) to show the referring page (using $_SERVER['HTTP_REFERER']). This works fine. I'd also like to return the bad URL that originates the 404. Is this possible using PHP? [more inside]
posted by lyam at 5:10 AM PST - 6 comments

What do you do whan "save early and save often" backfires?

How do I solve this annoying Vista bug? About 10% of the time when I open a file browser dialog from within a program (save as, open file, etc.) the program immediately closes. No error, no warning, the program is just gone. I have not been able to find a solution with google. [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 3:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Negative ghostrider, the pattern is full

When I drum, I throw patterns and caution to the wind... [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 1:57 AM PST - 12 comments

I love them both, goddamit!

Can someone explain in plain terms why a Mac laptop is able to connect with no configuration required to a network, when a Windows laptop (one XP, one Vista) just will not? [more inside]
posted by DrtyBlvd at 1:36 AM PST - 8 comments

November 13

Editing MPEG1 audio in place

How do I edit audio in a MPEG1 without going through a video re-encode? [more inside]
posted by Gyan at 11:23 PM PST - 7 comments

early (1950s, earlier?) examples of R-Rated content in films?

Seeing some minor nudity in a 1950s film made me curious. What were some early examples of 'R-Rated' type material in films? I feel like non-Hollywood cinema makes this too easy, so what of naughty bits and foul language in American films? I know about 'Convention City.' Is there anything else Pre-Code that is anachronistically R-Rated for the time?
posted by tremspeed at 11:07 PM PST - 10 comments

florida keys for our first anniversary

first wedding anniversary. florida keys area : need suggestions. [more inside]
posted by slowtree at 10:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Magnetic Flux passing through an area?

Physicsfilter: Is the magnetic flux passing through an area Φ = BA or is it Φ = nBA*cos(θ)? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 9:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Literary agent for translations

Where can I find a literary agent that focuses on translations of foreign titles, if such a thing exists? [more inside]
posted by Behemoth at 9:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Is this performance anxiety or a pacing problem?

(mnsfw) Is this performance anxiety or a pacing problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Who gets what in a band breakup?

Bassist buys the tour van then quits the band in the middle of the tour. What's a fair way to distribute the money now that it's over? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Should I leave my cozy cubicle and go get a teaching degree?

Should I leave my cozy cubicle and go get a teaching degree? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Can I get less expensive copies of Honda transponder keys?

I just bought a 2000 Honda Odyssey and I need at least one more key. Now I find out that Honda keys are expensive to get because of the antitheft system. Do I have to pay what the dealerships are going to charge? [more inside]
posted by onemorething at 8:56 PM PST - 5 comments

What's a good alternative to Tylenol, aspirin, Aleve, etc., that won't tear up my stomach?

What's a good alternative to Tylenol, aspirin, Aleve, etc., that won't tear up my stomach? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast at 8:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Birthday gift for a 19yo just out of rehab?

PostRehabFilter: A family member is getting out of rehab tomorrow and his birthday is on Thursday (turning 19). He will be returning to rehab after the holidays for a longer stay (starts last week in December) but until then he will be at home, attending NA meetings and seeing his counselor. He'll have A LOT of free time, but will be pretty much confined to the house. He is very artistic, extremely musically gifted and likes history and science. What should we get him for his birthday??? [more inside]
posted by hummercash at 8:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me avert an iTunes disaster!

My wife is going to kill me. While "fixing" her computer (g5 Macintosh running Leopard), I managed to move 20,000 of her mp3s to the trash. I actually thought I as moving one genre with "select-all", but apparently I moved the entire frickin' library. She doesn't know yet, but it's only a matter of time. I have not yet deleted these files. All 20,000 (well, 19,868) are sitting in the trash can. There's no "restore to previous location" type option, though. Help! Is there anything I can do? Is my only option to have iTunes re-import the entire lot? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 7:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Did the Company ask me to do something illegal?

Did the Company ask me to do something illegal? Either way, how can I say no? [more inside]
posted by MichaelKnight at 7:19 PM PST - 37 comments

What can I do about my (freezing) cold feet?

How can I keep my ice-cold feet warm, or reheat them once they do get cold? [more inside]
posted by FortyT-wo at 7:17 PM PST - 40 comments

I almost put this question in pets & animals.

How do I make a cutting order for a half of a side of beef? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 7:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Right Place, Wrong Time

I have a set of dates/times in a MS SQL table that lack a timezone offset. I want to convert them to UTC, but I have to be mindful of Daylight Time for each of these dates (they're in the future). How can I convert them to UTC correctly? [more inside]
posted by dw at 6:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Coughy, a/k/a the 8th Dwarf

Coughy Asthma versus Wheezy Asthma? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 6:32 PM PST - 12 comments

Manga for pre-teens/early teens?

Can anyone recommend any good manga series for 12 to 14-year-old boys? [more inside]
posted by davetill at 6:31 PM PST - 18 comments

Why is my apartment rattling?

What is making certain metal objects (light, oven rack, etc) in my apartment vibrate? [more inside]
posted by min at 6:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Lady Looks Like a Dude

Help me find a particular type of women's suit... [more inside]
posted by Liosliath at 6:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Monday's dog is full of poop

How do I get my dog to stop pooping in the house on Mondays? [more inside]
posted by lassie at 5:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Load a folder into iTunes without adding to the library?

I'm looking for an itunes plugin for OS X that will let me have a playlist separate from my library that would monitor a folder. The goal is to have a folder of new music on my computer and have it automatically loaded into itunes without having to add the songs to the actual library. Limewire does something like this for its download folder in windows, but I'd rather not install a whole program to do something like this. Any ideas?
posted by jjbb at 5:03 PM PST - 18 comments


Help me find safe, amusing refrigerator magnets for my 15-month-old nephew. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 4:59 PM PST - 9 comments

work cliques

Social situation at work is making feel like I'm in junior high again. What is the appropriate response? [more inside]
posted by SMP at 4:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Best way to watch regional sports out-of-region?

What is the best way to watch a regionally televised college basketball game if I'm not in the region? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 4:43 PM PST - 7 comments