November 2007 Archives
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]
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]
What non-letter character sets would translate well into tattoos? [more inside]
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
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]
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]
Why do blue Christmas lights hurt the hell out of my eyes? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What to do with all these panties? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Is it possible to buy .su email address? [more inside]
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]
Stupid iTunes problem - yes, I Googled it . . . [more inside]
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]
What should I use to track freelance graphic design jobs? [more inside]
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]
Does anyone remember a t-shirt from the 1970s that had a green monster on it giving the finger? [more inside]
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]
07 mitsubishi eclipse gs or 06 chrysler crossfire limited? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
What would be a cool present for a 15-year old boy who wants for nothing. [more inside]
Who do I get nauseous the second the heater is turned on in the car? [more inside]
Should you clear your sinuses by blowing your nose or (as gross as this sounds) suck it out and spit? [more inside]
How to hire a reputable, effective PI in DC Metro area (VA)? [more inside]
need to find weird folding bracelet clasp for bike chain bracelet [more inside]
Why does my site keep showing up on search engines with out of date met descriptions and keywords? [more inside]
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]
Good self-help-type book(s) on occupational therapy? [more inside]
Traffic question- Who has the right of way? [more inside]
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]
What are some techniques and tricks of pill-pushing celebrity doctors? [more inside]
What kind of chance do I have of finding a Wii before Christmas? [more inside]
Gadget-filter: Do you think Amazon's Kindle will ever be offered in color rather than b/w? [more inside]
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?
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]
Help with old / smudged handwriting on the back of a Civil War photo. [more inside]
How long does it take to become good at conducting job interviews (as an interviewer)? [more inside]
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]
Any recs for a New York City outdoor wedding location that isn't hideously expensive and can hold 150-200 people? [more inside]
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]
Wolf imagery and depression. References? [more inside]
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]
Should I finish off the Harry Potter series of books even though I get totally depressed after reading them? [more inside]
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]
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]
Can you help me find warm and comfortable shoes? No huge snow shoes, please. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Recommend me a (cheap) handheld gaming console! [more inside]
Song ID Filter: I want to identify a song, but the only lyrics I know are "da da da daa daaaa...." [more inside]
What is the best free substitute for Stata? [more inside]
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?
What Kung Fu movie would make a good gift? [more inside]
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.
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.
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?
How can I become good at speaking extemporaneously? [more inside]
amazon.com --> amazon.de transfer gift gertificate balance between sites? [more inside]
Does anyone have any experience with crazyblinddate.com, from the okcupid people? [more inside]
Looking for some cool cities with close proximity to agricultural work... [more inside]
what's so great about lead and why are Chinese companies using so much of it? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for great educational computer sites for kids. [more inside]
Is there a way to set the keyboard character repeat rate to zero in Ubuntu? [more inside]
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?
What 'Choose Your Own Adventure'-style RPG would you recommend to a video game novice? (wii or mac) [more inside]
Why would using a menstrual cup make periods shorter? To the squeamish: this question, shockingly, contains details about menstruation. [more inside]
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]
What are some good (preferably experience-based) birthday gifts for a 21-year-old Australian programming geek who thinks he's Danish? [more inside]
Any advice for a disability hearing for trigeminal neuralgia? [more inside]
Where can I find plastic, stackable, interlocking DVD crates? [more inside]
Do I want to have internet access wherever I go? [more inside]
Please help me find or create "dramatic groundhog"-like sound effects. [more inside]
Any good video & camera / accessory shops in the South Bay area? [more inside]
'tis the season for hot alcoholic drinks. throw your recipes at me! [more inside]
Can there seriously not be a single science (or even technology) channel on either one of the two satellite radio systems? [more inside]
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]
Can you recommend some good books about places? [more inside]
using my checking accountt to settle a friend's delinquent bank fees, bad idea? [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
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]
Help me figure out a vocal repertoire. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
What are we bombing them with, exactly? A question for weapons geeks. [more inside]
Good interior design magazines? [more inside]
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.
How do I change the default address that comes up when I type someone's name in Apple Mail.app? [more inside]
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?
Please help me understand what happens when I click the cancel query button in SQL Server Management Studio. [more inside]
Please help my find a pair of headphones that won't hurt my head or ears. [more inside]
Is my white rapper little brother being discriminated against in municipal court? [more inside]
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.
What should I do with the mass quantities of turkey stock I now have? [more inside]
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]
Ever had a subchorionic hematoma? First trimester, just diagnosed. What should I expect? (Somewhat graphic description included inside). [more inside]
A question to help resolve an argument: Can not using soap on your body result in negative consequences? [more inside]
Dear Ask Metafilter: I'm searching for recipes from the future of the past. [more inside]
Sonos is seriously bugging Mrs. HotBot and, by the transitive property of bugging, me. Help me out. [more inside]
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]
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]
Did my cat fry my laptop battery? Either way, what can I do about it? [more inside]
Is anyone familiar with the web site Photography Laureates? [more inside]
Coping/patience advice for someone going on a large synagogue tour to Israel. [more inside]
[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]
Any insight on volunteering at Sundance? [more inside]
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!
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]
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!
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
Inappropriate cat pee issue. [more inside]
My website is starting to turn into an actual business. How do I go about treating it like one? [more inside]
How accurate is my motorcycle speedometer? [more inside]
Please help me find an affordable route to fashionable pants that fit. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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?
What's the best shortwave radio for someone on a budget? [more inside]
70 Euros to ship a shoe? What the heck is going on here? [more inside]
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]
How does one best go about negotiating a raise when one is not inclined to use resigning as a negotiating tool? [more inside]
How many credit cards should I have and what should my limits be for the best possible credit score? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm looking for a good quality digital notepad that is Mac compatible. [more inside]
Song Lyrics Filter: Help me name the Title/Artist of the song with these lyrics [more inside]
I need a recommendation for a good, classic, straightforward Christmas album. [more inside]
Looking for equipment reservation web application. Know of any... commerical or open? [more inside]
TeenAngstFilter: Can you help me identify a short story about a student who blows up a pool? [more inside]
Your ideas for toddler and/or baby foods from different cultures? [more inside]
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]
I need an equivalent of Flickr or Picasa Web Albums that can be hosted locally on our network. [more inside]
I'm looking for (preferably software-based) audio and midi loopers, designed for real time use. [more inside]
Name That Tune - Shrek 2 - Orchestral/Choral piece in Far Far Away. [more inside]
Is there a way to set the keyboard character repeat rate to zero in Windows? [more inside]
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]
BackpackingFilter: What items are must-takes for South East Asia (or generally)? [more inside]
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....
Another puppy housetraining question. She'll be 1yo in three weeks and she's still having accidents. help [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
What can you do when the ass falls out of your jeans? [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking for deep tissue massage therapist in Melbourne's eastern suburbs [more inside]
How can my newbie-politician husband stage an effective campaign against more well-known candidates for State Rep in Massachusetts? [more inside]
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?
I need help changing BIOS settings in a headless laptop to make it boot in VGA-out mode. [more inside]
I'm trying to recover a session manager extension to Firefox. Problem is, I don't remember what it was called. [more inside]
My PC has completely lost interest in automatically obtaining an IP address from any network, by any method. [more inside]
What is wrong with my surge protector??!! [more inside]
Help me replicate my beloved cafe con leche. [more inside]
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]
Best Linux Based OS? [more inside]
StupidQuestionFilter: What is the most useless organ in the body? [more inside]
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]
Help me make the most of my new Le Creuset Dutch oven. [more inside]
What are some less superstitious-sounding alternatives to the phrase "Good Luck"? [more inside]
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?
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]
High speed internet in Chicago? [more inside]
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?
Who should be screened for celiac disease? And what would that entail? [more inside]
What are some great vegan, low-fat and low-sodium recipes suitable for a Christmas dinner? [more inside]
What can I do to improve my driving record? [more inside]
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?
Do you sponsor a child? What do you write to them? [more inside]
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]
How can I remove the awkwardness from initiating physical intimacy? [more inside]
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]
Help with OS X on Powerbook. Darwin / BSD what do I do now? [more inside]
Help an Australian survive the North American winter. [more inside]
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]
Recipefilter - I have a bunch of grapefruit, what can I do with it? [more inside]
What was that song I heard in a South American boliche/balada? [more inside]
How can I accept the tardiness of those around me? [more inside]
Can anyone prove that Blockbuster edits out content they deem obscene or immoral? [more inside]
Can I get a cab at the Huntington LIRR stop? [more inside]
Help my with my Apache Crisis. How do I figure out what requests are responsible for my load? [more inside]
Can I mod this furniture the way I want to, or is it a recipe for death? [more inside]
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]
How do I keep from getting my dog's roundworms? [more inside]
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]
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.
What should I do in Seattle, Portland, and points between, during the first week of December? [more inside]
What should I do with my last three weeks in Portland OR? [more inside]
Who tried to send this email, apparently from me? [more inside]
Why has Google Calendar started to duplicate my new events (same day, same time)? This only happens in Firefox 3 Beta 1. [more inside]
What book writing software exists for Max OSX? [more inside]
Help me with my orientation on whether and how to buy a Macbook Pro 17" high resolution. [more inside]
Help me find a keyboard/synth with these specifications. [more inside]
Mr. Jalapeno is on Chantix, Plendil and he's also had his dosage of Wellbutrin raised and mirtazapine/remeron added. [more inside]
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]
What are your favorite celebrity gossip blogs?
California residents, how do you mount portable GPS units to your car? [more inside]
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]
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).
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?
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]
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.)
When/how should I argue about the overtime I've worked? [more inside]
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]
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]
I want to watch youtube MOBILE on my computer (m.youtube.com) 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]
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]
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?
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]
British Comedy Filter (I think). [more inside]
Could you hide a number in someone? [more inside]
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]
Record sound from a Quicktime movie in MP3 format? [more inside]
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]
What is the best blogging tool/site? [more inside]
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]
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?
How do I properly thank an Ambassador? [more inside]
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]
How can my friend trade his 17" Macbook Pro for a smaller laptop? [more inside]
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.
Can anyone from the UK recommend an Air Purifier? [more inside]
Where do I start exploring the city? [more inside]
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]
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?
What are some oral sex techniques that apply specifically to uncircumcised men? [more inside]
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]
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]
Where can I begin to learn or practice calligraphy in Southern California? [more inside]
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]
What is (or how can I find) the maximum/average food value of x acres of farmland? [more inside]
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]
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?
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.
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]
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]
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]
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?
What is going on with my cellphone? [more inside]
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.
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]
Why don't kids ever look where they're going? (this question is not anti kid). [more inside]
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?
Can an 13 year old be expelled from a charter school in Chicago because she is pregnant? [more inside]
Where can I buy a reasonably priced suit in Chicago that I need to wear on Monday and Tuesday? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Should I get my tires siped? [more inside]
Is there anyway to remove the same password (which I have) from multiple PDFs at once? [more inside]
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?
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.
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.
What was the harp-like instrument I saw Billy Connolly play? [more inside]
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]
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.
What can I do with a BS in biology? [more inside]
A new artist and the Bay Area gallery/cafe scene: how do I get my foot in the door? [more inside]
How can I make my own "Smoked Salmon & Wasabi on Onion Dill Bagel" sandwiches? [more inside]
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?
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.
What are the computing capabilities of a generic cell phone? [more inside]
What's the best, cheapest camera I can buy for catwalk photography? [more inside]
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?
Gag gift for the head of a major genetics department, any ideas? [more inside]
Aside from cannibas, what herbs, individual and in combination induce the most powerful highs? Thanks.
Who truly plays alternative latin ballroom / salsa music? [more inside]
What's an appropriate share percentage to give to someone on a Board of Advisors? [more inside]
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]
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!
Fun 2-player (split-screen, not online) cooperative games for the PS2, for me and my fella? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What are some good Christmas entrées for lacto-ovo vegetarians? [more inside]
What would you wear if you were a VIP at the Led Zeppelin concert coming up? [more inside]
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?
What are some ways to get over the fact that you lost the chance to get the position you interned for? [more inside]
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]
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]
Do automated email sigs mean anything in court? [more inside]
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]
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]
What common unix apps have built-in support for tunneling over ssh, besides rsync? [more inside]
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?
How can we get these wooden blinds to fit in our windows? [more inside]
Can someone explain this mysterious page hijacking in Google search results? [more inside]
Is this a Philip K Dick story or someone else's? [more inside]
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]
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]
Neighbour sheers off 1/4 finger looking after another's house. Should he sue? [more inside]
The first transatlantic television image was that of a fluttering American flag. My grandfather was the cameraman. Two words: Christmas gift. [more inside]
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]
Google Reader truncates posts for some feeds. Presumably this is me being dim. [more inside]
Where can I buy a rubab in Chicago or online? [more inside]
Help me with this mystery pain (long post, sorry) [more inside]
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]
I've decided to make my own Christmas cards this year. But I'm having trouble deciding what to say inside them. [more inside]
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]
My face often betrays my thoughts, what to do? [more inside]
Anybody using the Eee PC? Thoughts? [more inside]
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]
I need suggestions for a snappy comeback involving existentialism. [more inside]
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]
Is there a word for when you appreciate the thought put into something (a gift, a gesture) but dislike the thing itself? [more inside]
Name my new (home) server! Witty is better, obviously. [more inside]
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?
Syncing up 2 USB Hdd on a Mac and Font converting software (PC to Mac) [more inside]
What bottle of wine is perfect for my first Christmas with a wine lover? [more inside]
What's the next polynomial in this series: x4+2x2+16, x8+40x6+1128x4+2560x2+65536, ? [more inside]
SciFilter: Why don't these sheet magnets work as expected? [more inside]
Need advice on how to make a work schedule... possibly writing a program? [more inside]
I have accidentally come into possession of someone's private data. Now what? [more inside]
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]
How can I get iChat AV (under Leopard) to run on a university network? [more inside]
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]
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]
who painted this? appreciate the help, thanks!
Monaco: can anyone currently living there or who has lived there shed some light? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for distinctive lapel pins, preferably silver. Help! [more inside]
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]
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.
Give me a ridiculous publicity stunt. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How to create Quicktime or AVI of Google Earth flythrough? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
What monsters are still scary? When described with words only? [more inside]
What should I do with old family documents? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
How can I find out if there is a warrant for my arrest, in Monterey, California? [more inside]
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!
How do you say the commonly used phrase "raison d’etre"? Anybody have a sound file I could listen to?
Ectopic (tubal) pregnancy? [more inside]
Where can I get a hockey jersey customized in the Madison, WI area? [more inside]
We are relocating to Central New Jersey and are looking for recommendations for towns. [more inside]
Suggestions for a photoshoot in mexico City. [more inside]
Are there any magazines or websites which provide comparisons/recommendations for girly grooming products? [more inside]
Please recommend movers in Chicago. [more inside]
Is there a way to set up a second wireless network using my current internet connection? [more inside]
How can I use Excel to improve my life? [more inside]
Algebra moron -- wants to go to law school? [more inside]
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?).
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]
Recommendations needed for mailing list software [more inside]
What is current mix CD file format etiquette? I'm looking for technical, not musical, advice. [more inside]
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]
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]
Remote Desktop Connection across domains/workgroups. How can this work? [more inside]
Help me find books about insane asylums/state hospitals. [more inside]
Where can I take my girlfriend for a romantic dinner in San Francisco? [more inside]
How do I move everything from one OEM XP Pro PC to another? Confused by posts I've found. [more inside]
[statsfilter] How to elegantly measure test-retest reliability after multiple (i.e. 4) repetitions of the same test? [more inside]
How do you keep grey hair from yellowing? Without going the 'bluehair' route! [more inside]
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]
Where can I get a prepaid SIM card in downtown Seattle? [more inside]
Are there any popular Russian Christmas beers? Also, can you translate the label that's linked inside?
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?
How can I clean lingering poison oak/urushiol residue off of my Timberland boots without damaging the suede? [more inside]
R/C Airplane (SPAD) beginner question(s) [more inside]
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
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]
Help me take my tropical freshwater fish to the next level. [more inside]
What should I expect in a used car given a budget of $4000-6000? [more inside]
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]
How do I get a credit card, and which one should I get? [more inside]
Putting silver into the fridge - good idea or bad idea? [more inside]
Most respected martial arts masters in the US/Canada today? [more inside]
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]
Will dry-cleaning cause my comforter cover to be colorfast? [more inside]
Book lovers: Do I give a stamp or an embosser to a budding book collector? [more inside]
Cheapest way to find decent tickets to Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York? [more inside]
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]
your favorite music to write by? something energetic, and yet not distracting; funky/energetic/rythmic stuff preferred; maybe instrumental-only.
I'm working on a quick Automator workflow and need some help replacing the local hostname in a series of URLs. [more inside]
Does anyone remember a short comic parody of objectivism using an archetypal 1950s character in the style of "Vault Boy" from Fallout? [more inside]
Tube amp repair tech on the San Francisco Peninsula? [more inside]
Is Dell Support lying when they say that their new XPS laptop is not WinXP-compatible? [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking for a store that sells professional, customizable, high-quality Christmas cards. [more inside]
How can I get registration information for a domain name that is expired? [more inside]
Need advice on making the ultimate moisturizer. [more inside]
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]
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]
How can I get over my q-tip addiction? [more inside]
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]
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]
I need a random screenshot from "It's A Wonderful Life" [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
Any recommendations for a dermatologist (preferably female) in Madison, WI, through the UW-East or -West Health Clinics?
How much of a song can i use commercially without paying royalties? [more inside]
Why do people like WaWa so much? [more inside]
I need help plugging potential points of entry for mice. Problem is, I can't reach the holes [more inside]
Where can i find these jars on the cheap? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
What's the best way to protect a new Borsalino hat from the rain? [more inside]
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]
Which books do you recommend (or not) from the 173 volume series: Very Short Introductions?
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!
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]
Please help me figure out how to get on an airplane. [more inside]
What has caused the demographic shift of Chuck E. Cheese customers over the past 10 years? [more inside]
What kind of live fish can I feed my cat? [more inside]
I found some great old Christmas photos. What are some creative ways to turn them into cool Christmas gifts? [more inside]
What tasks are equivalent to learning a language? [more inside]
Why won't Realplayer 11 play back the BBC World Service stream in stereo? [more inside]
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]
A question about sleep, dreams, and headaches... [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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.
How do I efficiently export my FCP HD file into a Quicktime 7 file for the web? [more inside]
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]
I need a better Pinyin input system than Microsoft Pinyin IME. [more inside]
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]
Where can I find a kick ass turntable with built in speakers? [more inside]
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]
Recommendations for a good wrist watch for myself for Christmas, 400$ or less please. [more inside]
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?
What should I talk about while dancing? [more inside]
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]
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]
Over the last 18 days a friend was charged $455 in overdraft fees from Bank of America. [more inside]
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]
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]
How do the editors/producers of music videos achieve the "slow motion" effect as seen here in James Blunt's video? [more inside]
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]
Who makes the best book notes (Cliff Notes? Spark Notes? someone else?) [more inside]
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?
Help me find some neat comic anthologies. [more inside]
Help me compile the ultimate stoner playlist. [more inside]
I'm looking for some recommendations for good nontraditional Christmas music. [more inside]
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]
Björk's song "Innocence" is really amazing to me. Help me learn more about it. [more inside]
Why was my boyfriend so extravagantly romantic with his ex but not with me? [more inside]
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!
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?
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]
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]
Can anyone direct me to information on/analyses of language politics in Algeria under the French? [more inside]
I'm looking for the remote control code for a Philips/Magnavox MDV560 VR DVD/VCR combo. [more inside]
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?
So I've started sleeping with my neighbor... [more inside]
Did the ancient Celts used to banish overweight members of society? [more inside]
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]
Visiting Duluth, MN. Any ideas for someplace unique to visit? [more inside]
Can you recommend any great, scholarly books about the Napoleonic era in Europe? [more inside]
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.)
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]
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]
Why doesn't a font I just loaded on my Mac have spaces? [more inside]
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]
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.
Is it possible to install Windows XP (or any other edition) from an external hard drive?
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]
Help me make HTML email composition in Thunderbird work for me or choose a replacement email client [more inside]
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]
How can a person overcome general insecurity, improve their self-esteem, and bolster their sense of self worth? [more inside]
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]
Am I delusional? [more inside]
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]
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]
I want to turn a 10 hour drive into a 10 minute time lapse video. [more inside]
SanitationEngineerFilter: Would more efficient water use cause problems for sewer systems for individual homeowners, or for municipalities as a whole? [more inside]
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]
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 crucial.com 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.
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.
How do I import a draft class with real names into Madden 2007 on the Xbox 360? [more inside]
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.
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]
I have lots of frequent flyer miles on American Airlines. There is a website (points.com) that allows you to exchange miles for gift certificates at stores like Amazon.com. Is there a catch? An annual limit? Any success stories?
Why does my roommate's PS2 play some DVDs and not some others? Is there anything I can do about it? [more inside]
Why can't I install the Korean IME on my old Windows 95 laptop? [more inside]
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]
Where can I go on holiday in March/April - if I want to go somewhere cold? [more inside]
If I buy two walkie talkies in the UK (say Motorola) will they work legally in the US? [more inside]
Help me understand the current Pakistan situation. Whats the big picture? [more inside]
What kind of gift card/gift certificate should I get for acquaintances in Japan? [more inside]
Has anyone ever seen an advert where the clothes walk on their own? [more inside]
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]
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.
Give me examples of government services in the USA that have been privatized, and tell me if the service improved or got worse.
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]
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]
[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]
My girlfriend collects a bunch of the vinyl toys from kidrobot. She and I are looking for more information about these things. [more inside]
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.
Traveling in Japan. Bowels frozen tighter than Renee Zellweger's face after a Botox binge. Advice. [more inside]
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?
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]
Where, in Canada, can I buy emergency/disaster kit items such as water rations? [more inside]
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.
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!
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.
Any way to make use of a 7 inch LCD screen with an RCA input to make a cheap digital picture frame? [more inside]
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.)
I wanna learn the drums... [more inside]
I am looking for a free video (mpeg, wmv, etc) editor with some very basic options! [more inside]
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]
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?
Reinventing and/or planning for the future at milepost 60, suggestions? [more inside]
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]
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.
I need to quickly create a marketing plan and budget but I am more the creative, not so much the plan. [more inside]
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]
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]
What's the best way to kill a cold Monday in Boston? [more inside]
how can I keep my cell phone number cheaply while spending time abroad? [more inside]
Techniques for businesses with tip jars- what works and what's annoying? [more inside]
Recommended reading for midlife crisis/moral quandary? [more inside]
Boston Biking 101: Does biking in Boston for daily commute/activities make sense? [more inside]
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]
How should I respond to syrupy Christian emails? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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?
Earth Science books for kids? [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
What to do for a cat with a sensitive stomach who's developed a new problem with hairballs? (Probably unusually long.) [more inside]
To what extent does the idea of a "Catholic Left" still exist in the United States? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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).
Identify this strange plant found in the middle east. [more inside]
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]
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]
What Korean TV shows to get for my mother for the holidays? [more inside]
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]
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?
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.
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?
Seeking a fashionable men's laptop bag or backpack in a vertical format that is either retro vinyl or high quality leather. [more inside]
Where can I buy large size ice hockey skates? [more inside]
I am looking for sites that publish Canadian police internal investigation and conviction statistics, Toronto in particular. [more inside]
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.
How do you buy good old fashioned, "heirloom" pork? [more inside]
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?
Does anyone have a recipe that would reproduce restaurant-style pita bread? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do I stop my eyeglasses from getting so dirty in the first place? [more inside]
where to buy a 4 rib roast (roast beef) near franconia, new hampshire? [more inside]
Need advice for a fade cream to hide/minimize sun damage [more inside]
What to name a Pawn Shop? [more inside]
Remember that old "adult friendly" juice box BoKu? Help me mix some up! [more inside]
Best sports bar to watch the Mizzou-KU game...in Chicago? [more inside]
Please help me find the title of a hazy remembered childrens book with animals and a helicopter. [more inside]
Gardasil is given in 3 doses across 6 months, so what if you decide not to get the the last two doses? [more inside]
My girlfriend says it sometimes hurts when I touch her vagina. Is this normal? [more inside]
I need to use old emails to support my case in a dispute at work. How should I organize and present them? [more inside]
Eco-friendly gifts for an increasingly devoted environmentalist? [more inside]
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]
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]
How do you include yourself in exclusionary conversations? [more inside]
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.
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.
How do I learn to optimize my website/sales approach to sell online to college kids? [more inside]
What can I do to get rid of a deep but tiny scar on my cheek? [more inside]
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]
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.
What movies are about real female writers? (Sylvia, etc.) Thanks.
What's the optimal bra lifespan/price combo? [more inside]
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]
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]
Why did my pecan pie get runny? [more inside]
Got any good short, silly one-liner jokes? [more inside]
Excel Filter: Selecting a cell/row based on current month. [more inside]
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?
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.
Anyone had success with the egg-yolk-on-face treatment for acne discussed by Ann Landers several years ago? [more inside]
What are some good blogs on literature? [more inside]
What are some stories with pitiful but sympathetic villains? [more inside]
High-protein vegetarian diet -- am I the first to try this? [more inside]
Help me choose which type of ground to get in my coffee of the month gift. [more inside]
Yet another relationship question. Help me resolve this issue. I'll try to keep the explanation short. [more inside]
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]
I'd like to buy my dad a bargain-bin mp3 player for Christmas. [more inside]
Photofilter: How can lighting effects like this be achieved? (link inside) [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
How do I ensure that I stay healthy while spending time outdoors during the winter? [more inside]
What are the best natural clothing materials, and where can i buy them (possibly already made into clothing)? [more inside]
Dallas dentist referral? Need my wisdom teeth removed! [more inside]
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]
How can I make clothes? [more inside]
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?
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]
When is the typical Thanksgiving day feast eaten? [more inside]
How can I create a low-tech way to remind my daughter to turn the lights off in her car? [more inside]
Where can I buy a Chia Pet in Toronto? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me overcome and introverted nature. [more inside]
Should I buy the Compaq Presario that Wal-Mart is selling on black Friday? Computer nerds please help! [more inside]
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?
where can i buy food thanksgiving night in the Northern Virginia area -- fast food, restaurant, grocery store, anywhere? [more inside]
Have I fried my car stereo? Exposed wires crossed, and then no more music... [more inside]
My blog is getting some significant attention and I'd like to make it more useful. How do I do so? [more inside]
My two dogs were playing and the 70lb german shepherd mix started yelping repeatedly like a car alarm... [more inside]
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]
Please help me dramatically update my chosen perfumes. The problem is: my favourite scent is the smell of... soap. [more inside]
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]
How can a keyboard represent a guitar?! [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find anecdotes surrounding Hanukkah in modern American culture? [more inside]
Is there a UK-based virtual office that will scan my snail mail and e-mail it? [more inside]
Some help with the historical / political background on "Greater Turkey" and / or basic translation of a web page? [more inside]
Numb right hand side of face- MRI and blood scans show nothing- experiences/suggestions? [more inside]
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]
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.
First time skiier needing some advice on what to buy, should I get lessons, etc, etc,. [more inside]
Looking for help finding work as an instructional designer in social services fields in the American Southwest. [more inside]
Where would I order small quantities of cheap but good-quality plain long-sleeve t-shirts for kids? [more inside]
Dangers of installing a wii modchip? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
Online advertising for dummies? [more inside]
42" plasma 1080p v 720p quality question. [more inside]
College student exchange options - America, Canada or Australia - or elsewhere ? It's your chance to send me packing ! [more inside]
Help me create a function from a graph, details inside. [more inside]
I am interested in taking a pizza delivery job. Any tricks of the trade in performing this job as efficiently as possible? [more inside]
Is there any way at all to revive my poor plant? [more inside]
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]
What are the lyrics to the song "Brown Water" by the band 'Harvey Milk'?
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]
I can't focus on blue lights. Is this normal? [more inside]
Is there a video game that simulates a dream? [more inside]
I am looking for holocaust archive footage of the ghettoes - without paying a fortune. shouldn't this be public domain? where? [more inside]
Is there any way to make some money with my excess baggage allowance on my routine international flights? [more inside]
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]
The "check tire inflation" warning light just on my dashboard is on. Am I safe to drive to Thanksgiving dinner? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Are you blind in one eye? Please give a newbie advice. [more inside]
Should I go on a cruise to Alaska on my honeymoon? [more inside]
(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]
I'm looking for a reputable source of coarse-grained sugar to decorate cookies with. [more inside]
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?
At my parents for Thanksgiving and I need help troubleshooting family Airport wireless! Three Macs, one IP address...FIGHT! [more inside]
What should we not miss in a 3 day drive from New Orleans to Atlanta? [more inside]
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
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 ?
What to do in St. John or St. Thomas in the rain? [more inside]
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]
What to do with the clothing of someone who has passed away? Goodwill is not a option. [more inside]
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)?
How did I get locked out of my home wireless connection? More importantly, how do I get back in? [more inside]
Artbook publishing help needed! Difficulty: crazy cutouts. Help me help an artistic friend save his work from admirers. [very] extended explanation follows. [more inside]
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]
easiest way to replace the headphone jack in my iaudio x5 portable mp3 player? [more inside]
Where can I take a musically-obsessed American friend around Manchester and London? [more inside]
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]
What is the best way to backorder a co.uk domain? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a hard drive enclosure that supports both SATA 2.5in and 3.5in drives? [more inside]
What board game would my friends and I enjoy next? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
My sister-in-law won't let me contribute to T-giving dinner, but I'm going to make something anyway. [more inside]
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]
Need help with specific Wordpress data entry conundrum. [more inside]
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]
Aspen on short notice... [more inside]
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.
I'm looking for a poem, and it's NOT the road not taken. [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Suggestions for a Thanksgiving breakfast. [more inside]
What are your tips on surviving holiday family dysfunction? [more inside]
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?
What color calibration software/device for small web design company? [more inside]
Looking for a fairly simple database driven web application environment / framework. Thinking of Turbogears. [more inside]
Good gifts for a chemo patient? [more inside]
How do you deal with calls from recruiters who are inappropriately rude? [more inside]
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]
Potential food born illness in baked appetizer - what should I do? [more inside]
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.
Does psychology provide an argument in favour of object-oriented programming? [more inside]
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]
What are some more great Johnny Gimble recordings? [more inside]
How can I increase my descriptive vocabulary, particularly for the purpose of tagging photos? [more inside]
How do you get the education you should have gotten in high school and college? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
How to help a person known for high drama... (long) [more inside]
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]
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]
How do you safely clean your 2nd story gutters from a steeply sloped roof? [more inside]
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]
Is there a online repository for ongoing consumer contests? [more inside]
Short question on Quarter pounders at MickeyDs in the US...why are they 3rd pounders? Are american lbs different from UK lbs?
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.
Need Secure Flexible Portal Technology Recommendations... [more inside]
My fiance got mugged two nights ago in Chicago. Now what? [more inside]
Where in the heck can I buy a pair of size 32cm ski boots in Japan? [more inside]
Have I ruined Thanksgiving? I was shopping for pie ingredients yesterday and picked up a few cans of evaporated filled milk. [more inside]
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]
how to make my eyes bigger (preferably without plastic surgery, and excluding the use of makeup)? [more inside]
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]
Am I going to get a nasty scar? [more inside]
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]
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]
How to deal with two offers in the same department and ensure there's no hard feelings afterward? [more inside]
Med school is considering kicking me out - what should I do? [more inside]
Anyone have any tips for roasting a capon? [more inside]
AustinMusicFilter: I need a CD by a group called Samba Thistle. And can't find it anywhere online. [more inside]
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).
Just how lost could someone get in the lower 48 states? [more inside]
After Effects CS3: Newbie question driving me nuts. Can't paste a path as a Motion path. [more inside]
XBOX 360 question! Help me get my boyfriend a wireless headset he will love. [more inside]
MovieFilter: Help me find the movie about teenage Star Wars fans traveling across country to steal the script for Episode 1! [more inside]
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]
Calling all Brooklyn history buffs. Tell me more about a specific aspect of Red Hook Lane. [more inside]
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]
i'm quitting my job because it sucks. a lot. i want to tell the man-in-charge. should i? [more inside]
I'm well on my way to the freshman fifteen....help! [more inside]
Can anyone recommend ancillary short stories, essays, or poems that I could present together with To Kill a Mockingbird? [more inside]
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]
Tell me more about publicly-funded attorneys in non-criminal cases. [more inside]
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?
I'm looking for sugar-free hard candy in unusual flavors - particularly violet or other floral flavors. [more inside]
Metal beams holding up the ceiling. Help us hang stuff from them with magnets! [more inside]
my tv fell off a shelf and now the screen doesn't work. can i fix it? [more inside]
What books/courses/web tutorials would you recommend to help me learn the Received Pronunciation (BBC) English accent? [more inside]
How do I take WMA audio and convert them for compatibility for iTunes? [more inside]
How can I get the logo off of my eyeglass frames without damaging them? [more inside]
Is it possible to download Word off an XP disk without reinstalling XP in its entirety? [more inside]
How cheaply can I get a 37" 1080i television? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
how to explain the lack of... uhm work... at work? [more inside]
What is the TERM for the three-decimal place, fraction-of-one "percentage" format used in baseball statistics? [more inside]
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]
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]
Does anyone have any experience with episodic exhaustion? [more inside]
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]
Gram Parsons and Buck Owens. What am I missing here? [more inside]
What kind of green tea is Maccihairi Konacha? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What's the meaning/rationale behind putting paperwork on someone's chair rather than their desk? [more inside]
I'm looking for comics, cartoons, and jokes that focus on Quebec-French vs France-French. Could you help me find some?
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]
How can I resize the output of the Tumblr widget to use in my Wordpress sidebar? [more inside]
What's the Stairway of the violin? [more inside]
Did ever a saint baptize some penguins? [more inside]
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]
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]
Meeting a lawyer to discuss a possible malpractice lawsuit- what questions should I ask? [more inside]
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]
Are there likely going to be holiday sales on budget laptops? [more inside]
How do I buy a fashion-related gift for someone who knows WAY more about it than I do? [more inside]
Is it condescending to give money and/or food to a homeless person when the haven't actually asked for it? [more inside]
Does the bride have to open gifts at her bridal shower? [more inside]
How to turn a list of ISBNs into a folder of JPEG photos of those book covers? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
How can I learn about or get some type of journalism accreditation or certification over the internet? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
Has anyone bought closets from IKEA? [more inside]
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]
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?
Is there any way to turn off Safari's "improvement" to URL autocompletion? [more inside]
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]
Recommendations for whiskey/old fashioned glasses? [more inside]
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]
What components do I need to buy to have a solid stereo system for my home? [more inside]
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?
Can two parents who are both O negative have an O positive offspring? [more inside]
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).
When was 'the end' of your youth? [more inside]
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.
What can I do for a friend who may soon have to leave grad school? [more inside]
Very irregular sleep schedule: okay in an otherwise healthy/happy life? [more inside]
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]
Will attaching an external Firewire drive to my G4 Mac Mini make a big difference to booting speeds and application loading times? [more inside]
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]
I'm moving to Adelaide for three months. Where can I get some furniture, and what shouldn't I miss? [more inside]
I just discovered metal clips were left in my neck during an operation 7 years ago - are these normal? [more inside]
how do I play .VOC files from my old RCA digital recorder on my MacBook? [more inside]
What sort of things should I write about to my soldier pen pal? [more inside]
Help a design-impaired mind finish his dream project. [more inside]
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]
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]
MySQL monster query is timing out. Anything I can do about it? (Long question, possible a cure for insomnia.) [more inside]
What books/websites are there which go into detail about the history of specific breaks? [more inside]
Should I learn to knit? Or crochet? [more inside]
Help me find a tutor/teacher/therapist for a high-functioning autistic child. [more inside]
There is a mysterious network cap somewhere on my PC, tried everything I know. [more inside]
Why is my dell power brick beeping and not transferring any power to the laptop? [more inside]
Why does my phone, instead of a dial tone, make a descending sirenesque sound when I pick it up? [more inside]
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]
Artists: how do you develop a personal style? [more inside]
Be my guidance counselor. Help me figure out my dream career. [more inside]
What's the name of the song playing in FF4 when you talk to the dancer? [more inside]
What treats would you suggest for a cat who, so far, doesn't like treats? [more inside]
Set up for cable, internet and VoIP in a three-level townhouse. Current set up is all farked up. [more inside]
Which movies/TV shows have scenes showing bad customer service? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me make this LLC fair when it comes to income distribution... [more inside]
I am craving slow-cooked goodness. Please share your favorite crock-pot recipes! [more inside]
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.
How many people max out their 401ks? [more inside]
How do I automate the saving of multiple .jpg files in Photoshop? [more inside]
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]
Is topography, relief, or physical terrain taken into consideration when assessing a country's size, or area? [more inside]
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'?
[GiftFilter] I think my husband would really like Inspector Morse, but where to begin? [more inside]
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]
Gearheads, please help with a diagnosis! [more inside]
AudioH4x: How can I remotely play
on my stereo? [more inside]
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
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]
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]
Reselling cell phones? [more inside]
DivorceFilter: What does one do with one's wedding ring? [more inside]
Russian narcotics terminology translation help, please. NSFW. [more inside]
I need me some literary adventure stories! Yeehar! [more inside]
How do I pull data from an old Windows 98 HD using Vista? [more inside]
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]
NoobHomeOwnerFilter: Where do I start troubleshooting water temperature issues? [more inside]
How common is it for couples to get married without an expensive engagement ring? [more inside]
Books about Burma? [more inside]
Do players and coaches from other sports get ejected from games as much as players and managers do in baseball? [more inside]
What was the greatest thing before sliced bread came along? [more inside]
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]
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.
Some, but not all, cups of tea made with my Brita water filter kettle are tasteless and undrinkable. Why? [more inside]
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]
Is now the right or wrong time to invest 50k in diversified mutual funds? [more inside]
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]
Are Gabor Maté's books on ADD considered relevant or are they widely dismissed? [more inside]
I think I have an eating disorder, and I am not sure what to do next... [more inside]
Looking for a meta gift advisory for kids. [more inside]
What's biting me in San Francisco? [more inside]
I'm looking to streamline my process of browsing RSS feeds and websites. [more inside]
How long will it actually take me to pay off this debt!?! [more inside]
How do I go about hitting on (and sleeping with) a man with whom I have an unequal power relationship? [more inside]
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]
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]
What do renters do when their landlord's property goes through a foreclosure? [more inside]
I'm too stupid to program the heater in my house. [more inside]
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]
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]
An internet domain was fraudulently registered in my name -- what should I do about it? [more inside]
Why are Sweet Potatoes so much more expensive than Yams? [more inside]
Help me make the yummy vegetarian noodle soup that I crave. [more inside]
Is there a gift that says "thanks for the threesome?" [more inside]
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]
I'd like to find a translation for an Israeli song sung in Tigrinya called Siyaishaya Ingoma. [more inside]
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]
Where Can People Send Help to Bangladesh? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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?
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]
Does anyone have any recommendations for a quiet PC? [more inside]
JokeFilter: Seeking a consultant joke heard about 5 years ago. [more inside]
Help me remember/come-close-enough to this fantastic recipe (cranberry pie?cobbler?cookie?tart?)... [more inside]
What area should I search for an apartment in Savannah/Ft. Stewart area? [more inside]
If the world were your oyster, where would you go? [more inside]
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]
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]
ItchFilter. [more inside]
Where's the best shopping in downtown Boston? [more inside]
Can anyone give some pointers for a couple (both 22) traveling to San Francisco for the first time from the UK? [more inside]
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]
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]
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! :]
Where to buy fish in Vancouver, B.C.? [more inside]
Why do I fall asleep when the airplane takes off? [more inside]
Lost my car keys in an airport somewhere. What do I do now?! [more inside]
Do you use a virtual office? [more inside]
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]
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]
I can't fix my toilet, help! [more inside]
Pre-Spanish Civil War anarchist pulp adventure novels? [more inside]
How can a bar of soap or bottle of shampoo be "soap free"? [more inside]
What kind of test should I run on my plasma to check for faulty pixels? [more inside]
What is the green dot on the side of the quarterback's helmet in the NFL?
What do I do with a 240 gallon saltwater aquarium? [more inside]
What is the facial hair protocol for a widowed Amish man? [more inside]
How do you use OneNote? [more inside]
I want to be able to have free 'indoor picnics' and adventures out of the cold in New York City, help! [more inside]
Song goes something like "babbbyyy letsss groooveee" [more inside]
Beer brewing yeast to match my favorite brands? [more inside]
I need help finding clothes for identical twins that aren't identical (the clothes, I mean). [more inside]
Automator as an antidote to Excel tedium. Can you help me get through repetitive tasks with favorite Automator tricks in Leopard? [more inside]
Where can I purchase plus-size cute bra and panty sets? [more inside]
How long can a bottle of Banyuls dessert wine stay fresh after being opened?
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?
Where can one take a graduate-level poetry seminar online? [more inside]
I can't get Icewind Dale to run in full screen on Windows XP (SP2). This is on a Macbook running Parallels. [more inside]
How to deal with trespassing hunters. [more inside]
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]
Seeking recommendations for a therapist in Toronto that works from a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic approach. Preferably amenable to sliding scale payments. [more inside]
Help me think of some fun gifts American for a friend studying abroad in Italy. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What would cause web site traffic to rise and then hit a plateau for the middle of each day before falling again? [more inside]
Using 401K & Roth IRA to purchase second property ?? Is this possible ?? Any suggestions. Thanks, ek
What is the best hardware for my situation; Phone, contact program (software), laptop, maybe even pc [more inside]
Tax question/advice re: UK IT worker moving to US [more inside]
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]
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]
I need help finding a gluten free sugar cookie recipe. [more inside]
Looking for Ron Paul video [more inside]
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]
NYC Location for Hip Young Woman's Celebration Needed! Help me find the perfect place! [more inside]
Why do I purposefully choose to go ahead and do what I know is wrong and/or a Bad Idea? [more inside]
How do I handle this situation - I have discovered that my employer's computer systems are 100% unsecure [more inside]
Is it acceptable practice for a dentist not to have an assistant? [more inside]
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]
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]
How does Fox keep scoring new TV shows from geniuses? [more inside]
A question about Presidential power -- specifically, for the implementation of carbon reduction initiatives including a cap-and-trade system. [more inside]
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]
Anyone have any experiences with San Francisco patent attorneys? I want to try to get a utility patent. [more inside]
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.
Do I have to have a mailbox? [more inside]
What's a good shade of yellow for the exterior of a house that is in direct sunlight all day? [more inside]
Can you recommend a pair of headphones which will cancel out human voices? [more inside]
RE: food-induced migraine triggers. Certain foods trigger, others don't. Common denominator is caffeine. [more inside]
Hexadecimal code for PC to Airport Extreme? [more inside]
Shoes that will look stylish but not give me corns? [more inside]
Ultrasonic cleaning for disposable contact lenses: good idea or not? [more inside]
Please make sense of Massachusetts' "surchargeable events" policy as it relates to license suspensions, particularly if these events are contested in court. [more inside]
Anonymous snail mail forwarding (both directions)? I AM NOT A CROOK. [more inside]
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]
Will AT&T Wireless sell me a SIM card without a phone if I walk into their store? [more inside]
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]
My neighbor kids (10, 9, 6) found $100 in my driveway and returned it to me. [more inside]
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]
Does anyone know who Moveon is backing for the 2008 election? [more inside]
Is there any system in place for finding clothes that were being sold years ago by large retailers? [more inside]
SpanishPhoneticsFilter: Which gringo pronunciation best approximates [β]? [more inside]
I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the PC games market. Help me find something that's not another damn FPS! [more inside]
Ever made slushy cocktails? We're renting a slushy machine for a party in a week. We're looking for recipe ideas... [more inside]
Please help me find my piano muse! [more inside]
Is it possible to buy a box of single-dose OTC medication packets? [more inside]
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.
My back-most tooth feels funny, do I have a cavity? [more inside]
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.
Help me take advantage of my first high-tech phone! I have some questions about the LG Chocolate, Bluetooth, and mac connectivity. [more inside]
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.
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?
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]
Best place to go backpacking within a two-hour drive of Albuquerque? [more inside]
My friend is in the market for a new Hi-Def receiver unit. He need help picking the right one for him. [more inside]
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]
Get me from vegas to la in 24 hours via scenic roads and sights.
Help me find debates with a clear winner. [more inside]
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]
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.
What can I buy for my Dapper Dan boyfriend? [more inside]
Amateur neurologists, please read! What is going on in my head?? [more inside]
Please suggest programs in India that work to close the digital divide. [more inside]
For an average American student, what is compelling about London? [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
Restaurants/venues for Thanksgiving dinner in Des Moines? [more inside]
Which camera should I get: the Panasonic Lumix DMC FX30, or the Canon Powershot SD750 (Ixus 75)? Please help me choose! [more inside]
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]
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]
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 (http://www.susanaglukark.com/) 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]
Posting for a friend: Why can't I do multi-size printing from different trays on my HP 2600n printer? [more inside]
What can you do with 1000 condoms? Besides the obvious, of course. [more inside]
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]
How can I get files from my pc laptop to my ibook? [more inside]
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]
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?
Two part laundromat question - transportation and getting ripped off. [more inside]
We need some ideas for school lunches. A few requirements within. [more inside]
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]
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.
How many database reads/writes are okay per web page view? Also, what is better, big tables or lots of join tables? [more inside]
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!
[NSFW] Women of the world...how can I have an orgasm when everything just feels so intense? [more inside]
Can you refer me to sophisticated discussions of violence that is driven by hybrid forms of capitalism and religion? [more inside]
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]
when should I say 'african american' and when 'black' ? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Am I ruining my laptop with this AC adapter? [more inside]
How do you assign a subdomain to a different host? [more inside]
Looking for some financial advice re: real estate. Lengthy explanation inside [more inside]
Can anyone ID this picture? It was used on the cover of The Discoverers, by Daniel Boorstin. [more inside]
How can I get some old computer punch cards punched? [more inside]
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]
Dell notebook with Vista screen resolution keeps changing itself upon "waking up"- why? [more inside]
Any recommendations for online communities for people recovering from substance abuse? While I am not anti-12 Step, I would like an alternative.
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?
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?
Computer semi-freezes one in every three startups. What's going on? [more inside]
can anyone suggest some japanese bands in the region of chillout / downtempo / triphop with female vocals? [more inside]
Websites to research alternative programs for students who have been suspended or expelled, including students with disabilities. [more inside]
Can you tweak this Nigella Lawson peanut butter cup recipe to be lower on the glycemic index? [more inside]
Cannot find title of early 90's movie set in New York with interlocking stories. [more inside]
Can someone suggest a nice, funky location for a destination wedding? [more inside]
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]
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]
Being pregnant is easily the weirdest experience of my life. How did you cope? [more inside]
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]
Can my parents sell a piece of property without my consent? [more inside]
How can I claim the money from an old, uncashed paycheck? [more inside]
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 www.domain1.com & www.domain2.com [more inside]
Is roller-derby likely to be a fun spectator sport for teenagers? [more inside]
I want to find some wines similar to the communion wine of my childhood... [more inside]
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]
Need a cheaper, more readily available (in the U.S.) alternative to VivoBarefoot shoes. [more inside]
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]
Do the green light triggers for motorcycles actually work? [more inside]
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]
Recommend this rap listener a pair of small, great-sounding speakers (that I can afford)! [more inside]
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]
What are the best movie + booze combinations? [more inside]
I will be tutoring my friend in writing skills. I am not a teacher. HELP PLEASE [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
metalanguage in a second-semester Composition class -- suggested readings. [more inside]
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]
Can anyone recommend a good business line and phone service provider for Glasgow? [more inside]
Which Wii games are best for good aerobic exercise in single player mode? [more inside]
What is the significance of the pie chart bumper sticker I've been seeing the past several months? [more inside]
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]
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.
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?
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]
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]
Is Resfest coming back?? If not, what else is most like it (that has dates in NYC)? [more inside]
Is it even possible: Connecting a computer to two wireless networks - one for internet access, one for playing music. [more inside]
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]
New baby, er, dependent child! How to insure? [more inside]
dhcpdrun in both failover and multiple subnet modes? [more inside]
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]
Xbox 360 wireless receiver for Windows - Fifa 2008 thinks there are two controllers connected but I only have one! Help!? [more inside]
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]
Can anyone recommend a psychiatrist in New York City who has experience with learning disabilities? (As opposed to, say, mood disorders.) [more inside]
What size of backpack should I get for a 6-8 month backpacking trip through Southeast Asia? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
How do you make a home-based workout work for you? [more inside]
Amtrak Train Holiday Filter question: does a "sold-out" train ever get new tickets available? [more inside]
I really like ffffound, but the invites are really hard to get. Are there any similar alternatives? [more inside]
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?
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]
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....
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]
How much sugar do I consume every year without my knowledge? [more inside]
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]
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]
From whom should I buy a replacement battery for my G4 Powerbook? [more inside]
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.
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]
Why does the law have a problem with sex with a bicycle? [more inside]
I'm looking for a concise and readable overview/guide of what could be considered "classic literature" for a mature ESL student. [more inside]
Another pasta sauce question but with a few additional requirements... [more inside]
Who in history (or in your life) has flunked/failed in school or university, but has gone on to great success? [more inside]
Question: How is it possible to enjoy the moment while staying goal-oriented [more inside]
What to get the high level film exec for Christmas? [more inside]
Which series of prep books will best prepare one to ace CLEP tests? [more inside]
Has anyone paid to have their air ducts cleaned? [more inside]
What African language should I learn and how should I go about it? [more inside]
Why no "on/off" switch on cloth irons? [more inside]
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]
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]
Sum of data for all months, including months with no rows, in MySQL? [more inside]
Where can I read about the techniques and crimes of modern professional armed robbers and thieves? [more inside]
Why would one install WinZip? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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
Can anybody recommend a ski shop in Los Angeles that's good for Telemark gear and expertise?
Resumefilter: How to represent the family business on your resume... [more inside]
How does preventing public access to federally-funded scientific research serve the public interest? [more inside]
Is there a way for me to run a USB-based portable Windows app on a G4 Mac? [more inside]
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]
My VCR died. I want to replace it with a digital recorder ... [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How can I cook a turkey when my oven is, shall we say, overenthusiastic? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Content management for dummies? [more inside]
To preserve car warranty how do I handle maintenance? [more inside]
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]
Where can I rent or borrow a good-sized hourglass in Southern California? [more inside]
I can't keep an erection while having sex with my girlfriend. What is my problem? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
2009 Digital TV conversion. What do I need to know? [more inside]
Can you help me repair my IBM Model M keyboard? [more inside]
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.
The Benjamins, while prevalent in nature, are exceedingly rare in this environment. Help me save them!
How do you bargain shop? [more inside]
Please tell me about your employee referral program (if you have one). [more inside]
Help me find 2D animation software for my kid for Christmas! [more inside]
What are some healthy, quick snacks for a suddenly constantly ravenous pregnant woman? [more inside]
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]
Is there a definitive recording of Peter and the Wolf?
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]
The $hit... We know that 'the' makes it positive, but why? What is the origin 'the $hit' as a positive thing? [more inside]
Recommend a reseller web hosting company! [more inside]
How can I more effectively build up my business so as to have a celebrity clientele? [more inside]
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?
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)?
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]
Why don't my web links work on my iPhone? Any obvious way to fix this? [more inside]
I want to know more about the Japanese accent in Kobe/Osaka. [more inside]
Drag and drop sporadically stops working in my new install of Leopard. Anyone know of a workaround/bugfix?
I was scrolling around my home province of Ontario in google maps, and I happened to stumble across this. [more inside]
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]
Moving out to the country and have a hunger to watch some good old (or recent) Westerns. What are your favorites and why?
GiftFilter: Help me with my mother's upcoming birthday! [more inside]
How can I track changes to a phpBB forum? [more inside]
I need a topic for a paper concerning a dilemma in gender/heterosexism [more inside]
AAAAH!! My iBook G4 trackpad button is stuck! Help! [more inside]
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]
Anyone know any music that sounds like this? [more inside]
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?
How do I stop paper junk mail? Is there an equivalent of the government Do Not Call List for regular mail?
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
I've recently decided that I need a therapist/counsellor. How do I go about finding one? I'm in the UK. [more inside]
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]
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.
How carefully should I avoid second-hand pot smoke if I'm going to be applying for a security clearance? [more inside]
My boss would like me to drop my accent by developing a Southern one. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
What do you call someone who hails from Hollywood. [more inside]
What's the best XBox 360 model for someone that doesn't care about XBox Live? [more inside]
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]
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?
This morning, my boyfriend overslept for hours and hours - and woke up to the carbon monoxide detector going off. Now what? [more inside]
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]
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?
What do you do to stay positive and sane while job searching? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
I'm looking for a "lite" contact manager for my PC? [more inside]
Does anyone know a place online where I can find the 1931 or 1941 population of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada? [more inside]
What did I hear on BBC World Service last night? [more inside]
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]
Possible girl & her dog roadtrip retreat over the holidays. Nothing too expensive. Suggestions? [more inside]
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]
What kind of mark down do debt collection agencies get on bad private party debt when they buy it? [more inside]
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.
what's a good open-source alternative to something like homesite? [more inside]
MS Access: Text in Excel column formatted (with returns and pseudo-bulleted lists), and more than 255 characters... [more inside]
Where can I find a Style Wars movie poster? [more inside]
How to preload images dynamically in flash so that the image navigation doubles as the load bar. Like http://big.dk/projects/lim/lim.html [more inside]
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]
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]
I've been using tretinoin for adult acne since July, and my purge phase seems like its never going to end. [more inside]
Help me find office space to sublease in Arlington or McLean, VA. [more inside]
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]
Is it best to weight train before or after a run? [more inside]
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]
Did anyone ever crack the Negroponte Code? [more inside]
WHTZ Z100 filter: What ethnicity is John Bell of the radio station, Z100, in New York? [more inside]
Where can I find a simple tutorial on structured cabling? [more inside]
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]
I have access to a bunch of old chemical bottles, in a wide variety of sizes. What to do with them? [more inside]
How many printed materials (signs, posters, etc.) are used in a retail environment in a typical week/month/etc.? [more inside]
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]
My university department has a dept.com as well as a dept.univ.edu domain. The .com is just a pointer to the .edu. dept.com is the top google result for searches on our name, but results for dept.univ.edu are buried many pages deep. Here is the problem: there is now a problem with registration of dept.com, 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]
how much fat can i expext to render from a duck? [more inside]
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]
Can I buy an OLPC XO? It's only availabe in the US/Canada and I live in the UK. [more inside]
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?
What are the great surplus stores around San Francisco [more inside]
Is there a name for the literary device used in this song? [more inside]
I am looking for a good pediatrician in lower Manhattan, preferably one that accepts Blue Cross PPO. [more inside]
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]
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]
Seattle tech companies worth working for? [more inside]
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?
Has there ever been an American TV Show that was remade in the UK (or anywhere else for that matter) [more inside]
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]
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]
Please recommend a delicious, decadent, primarily chocolate dessert that I can make for Thanksgiving. Some constraints inside. [more inside]
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?
How do you groom a chicken? [more inside]
BrunchFilter: I'm having a little brunch get-together at my house this weekend for my birthday. Looking for some creative ideas. [more inside]
Can I apply for a full-time position then ask for a part-time job? [more inside]
RADIUS without realms? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
I want to start a cd review blog (w/ adsense ads), can I use album cover art? where could i (legally) get those from?
Help me remember that arcade-game-name filter... [more inside]
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]
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]
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 ...
Can't boot PC, getting "FDC Failure". [more inside]
I need to customise Wordpress's "Write" SubPanel to remove all of the advanced options. [more inside]
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]
Help me transition from sound-art and experimental composition into film scoring. (Los Angeles.) [more inside]
Help me banish evil invader cat from my garden without scaring off the natives. Difficulty : it's my landlord's cat... [more inside]
What is a good book about modern evolutionary theories? [more inside]
How can I make sure my new indoor cat stays an indoor cat, while allowing her free roam of the house? [more inside]
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]
looking for something exciting or at least fun to while in corpus christi, tx. (if there even is something)
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]
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]
Boston Filter: Moving from Texas. Help me navigate the (seemingly) bizarre apartment market [more inside]
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]
Is it possible to hack a digital picture frame, e.g. to show a running clock instead of an image?
Help me unravel the enigma of the "Mysterious Basement-floor Chalk Dust." [more inside]
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]
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]
When I drum, I throw patterns and caution to the wind... [more inside]
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]
How do I edit audio in a MPEG1 without going through a video re-encode? [more inside]
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?
first wedding anniversary. florida keys area : need suggestions. [more inside]
Physicsfilter: Is the magnetic flux passing through an area Φ = BA or is it Φ = nBA*cos(θ)? [more inside]
Where can I find a literary agent that focuses on translations of foreign titles, if such a thing exists? [more inside]
(mnsfw) Is this performance anxiety or a pacing problem? [more inside]
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]
Should I leave my cozy cubicle and go get a teaching degree? [more inside]
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]
What's a good alternative to Tylenol, aspirin, Aleve, etc., that won't tear up my stomach? [more inside]
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]
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]
Did the Company ask me to do something illegal? Either way, how can I say no? [more inside]
How can I keep my ice-cold feet warm, or reheat them once they do get cold? [more inside]
How do I make a cutting order for a half of a side of beef? [more inside]
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]
Coughy Asthma versus Wheezy Asthma? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any good manga series for 12 to 14-year-old boys? [more inside]
What is making certain metal objects (light, oven rack, etc) in my apartment vibrate? [more inside]
Help me find a particular type of women's suit... [more inside]
How do I get my dog to stop pooping in the house on Mondays? [more inside]
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?
Help me find safe, amusing refrigerator magnets for my 15-month-old nephew. [more inside]
Social situation at work is making feel like I'm in junior high again. What is the appropriate response? [more inside]
What is the best way to watch a regionally televised college basketball game if I'm not in the region? [more inside]