November 2008 Archives

November 30

Diplacusis Binauralis

I've suddenly begun to experience a rather disturbing auditory phenomenon. Sounds as heard by my right ear are pitched lower than the same sound as heard by my left ear. This gives people's voices and music (especially music) a very frightening and eerie chorus effect that's becoming more and more disconcerting. [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 11:54 PM PST - 12 comments

"Yes we/they/you can/should/did!" (How has profound democratic change come about in the past?)

"Is the hope for profound change misdirected in a country where almost 50% of the population voted for the incumbent party?" (Historical perspectives on this question, please) [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 11:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Where is there a large outdoor staircase in the SF bay area, similar to the Spanish Steps in Rome?

Where is there a large outdoor staircase in the SF bay area, similar to the Spanish Steps in Rome? Needed for wedding proposal [more inside]
posted by Ekidnagrrl17 at 11:16 PM PST - 11 comments

If I cast a dead squid in plastic, will it rot?

I'm going squid hunting next weekend (Humboldt Squid running rampant in Half Moon Bay!) and I want to memorialize my catch. Does anyone know what would happen if I just froze one then cast it in plastic? Are there other preservation options?
posted by miffed at 10:28 PM PST - 15 comments

anything that can change professional white webpages to a darker color?

Is there a firefox addon, or anything, that can change professional white webpages to a darker color? All this trendy white space bugs my eyes! [more inside]
posted by Citizen Premier at 8:57 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I know how good a writer I am?

How do I know how good a writer I am? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 PM PST - 35 comments

Believing the strangest things, loving the alien

I'm looking at staying with some friends in New York for a short time, to work together more closely than the internet allows on a not-for-profit project. I'd like to take a job while I'm there so I can contribute at least something to their rent and grocery bills. But I'm a Canadian. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Need suggestions in finding call forwarding/virtual phone number service

I am looking for a call forwarding service. I would like to have a single phone number that would not change. I would then like to forward any calls to this number to multiple phones simultaneously. No call screening needed, just have whichever phone picks up the call first take the call. [more inside]
posted by DerekTheGeek at 8:55 PM PST - 5 comments

An Advent Idea Our Blog

Help me come up with an idea for our personal blog for Advent. Something to post each day leading up until Christmas. [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 8:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Around the world in a day

How many different countries could you visit in 24 hours? [more inside]
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 8:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Fixing a cabinet hinge

HandymanFilter: Due to leaking water, a part of the particle board wall of a cabinet in my kitchen has crumbled and the hinge on the cabinet door has been separated from the cabinet wall, as seen in this photograph. [more inside]
posted by billtron at 8:10 PM PST - 7 comments

New to advertising

I have a website with about 2000 hits a day. I have recently and grudgingly plastered it with google ads. Can anyone tell me, ideally if traffic keeps up, what kind of revenue might this generate per day. Any personal experience would be great. Thanks.
posted by Benzle at 8:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Apple Keyboard + KVM switch

Mating an Apple Keyboard to the right KVM switch? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Can my daughter be citizens, too?

I was born in the US to a British Father and an Australian Mother. Shortly ofter I was born, my father registered my birth with the British Consulate in the US and I was issued a consular birth certificate. At the time, no effort was made to get me set up as an Australian citizen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 PM PST - 7 comments

What song is this based on?

What song is this based on? [more inside]
posted by illenion at 7:33 PM PST - 4 comments

New Jack City

What is the (english) name of this diving technique? I know the Japanese name. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults at 7:32 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I let my ex have her iTunes songs if they're on my computer?

Two people, one iTunes account - now we're divorcing! [more inside]
posted by thatweirdguy2 at 6:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Please help me ID and care for this plant

What kind of plant is this, and how am I supposed to take care of it? [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt at 6:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Where are the "pimped bicycle" online stores?

I want to buy a bike like this: but I can't find any online dealers. Help me ride in style
posted by LC at 5:46 PM PST - 3 comments

how can I get rid of food allergies ?

I have extreme food allergies. I've had several attacks many to the near brink of death. Is there any way I can "reset" my body, so I can once again eat these foods I once loved that now can threaten my life?
posted by BoldStepDesign at 5:14 PM PST - 24 comments

Home inspector recommendations in metro NY

Any recommendations for a good home inspector in the metro NY area? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by dr_dank at 4:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Obscure artwork filter

I'm trying to find a specific painting. [more inside]
posted by highfidelity at 4:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Why does this online game keep crashing my browsers?

It's called Equilibria, and it's a simple java-based game that has one tiny drawback. After a few rounds, my browser crashes. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 4:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me find a copy of Between Time and Timbuktu

Help me find a copy of "Between Time and Timbuktu" [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon at 3:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a print from "The Rainbow Goblins".

I'm trying to buy a print from my favorite children's book, "The Rainbow Goblins", by Ul De Rico. How can I find this? I'm thinking typical poster size (18x24-ish).
posted by kristymcj at 3:36 PM PST - 2 comments


Secret Santa filter!!! What to get a co-worker for her secret santa present? Shakespeare related gift required. Price preferably around $30 AUD [more inside]
posted by robotot at 3:34 PM PST - 17 comments

What are people doing to get back to the roots of Christianity?

What are people doing to get back to the roots of Christianity? I vaguely remember reading about one or more groups who were trying to get back to the original spirit of Christianity, loving one another, being charitable, all that. Who am I thinking of? [more inside]
posted by curious_yellow at 3:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Daily headaches & migraines - how can I be free of them??

Dear MeFites, please help me find a way to live without these constant headaches. I have had chronic daily headaches, and at least 2-3 migraines a month, for the past ten years. I have tried everything I can think of short of surgery but nothing besides taking painkillers seems to help (and those only a little these days). [more inside]
posted by katala at 3:24 PM PST - 42 comments

Crown belongs on my tooth, not in my hand

Broken (dental) crown on a root-canaled tooth. I'm supposed to fly on Thursday and work is insane. Best courst of action? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 2:47 PM PST - 11 comments

How to crack into the nonprofit sector?

How to crack into the nonprofit sector? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 2:47 PM PST - 14 comments

What is my strange home network setup missing?

Home networking question: What piece of hardware do I need to share a ... actually I don't know how to phrase it correctly so I've included links to 2 simple schematic drawings. I need help connecting a file server and an Xbox 360 to my home network. [more inside]
posted by penduluum at 2:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Connery's the name. What's the rank?

What rank did Sean Connery achieve in the Royal Navy? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 2:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Will CES make the price of this camera drop?

Does it make sense to wait until after CES to buy a new video camera? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 1:47 PM PST - 3 comments


Is 5 years old too young for an OLPC? [more inside]
posted by revgeorge at 1:42 PM PST - 23 comments

What can I do for an educational/learning vacation in Japan?

I'm looking for an interesting "learning" experience on a trip to Japan. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 1:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Camera lens question

What kind of camera lens would have been used to get such dramatic angles and straight lines on this photo of an office? [more inside]
posted by Beautiful Screaming Lady at 1:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Safe, Cheap Parking on the Southside of Chicago

I've got friends from Bloomington, Indiana driving up to Chicago to visit for a few days. They were going to take the Amtrak out of Indianapolis, but the schedule is extremely inconvenient. I'm thinking they should drive up and try and park near a Metra or CTA station on the south side of Chicago, and take public transportation into the city. Any suggestions on what would be the best station to pick? [more inside]
posted by steinwald at 12:24 PM PST - 12 comments

How does the recent decriminalization of Marijuana in Massachusetts effect the drug testing policy this state has had for so long?

How does the recent decriminalization of Marijuana in Massachusetts effect the drug testing policy this state has had for so long? Will Marijuana be taken off the drug testing roster?
posted by bostonhill at 12:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Bike protection?

Protecting your bike from snow and rain? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Are those nuns still a health hazard?

Is it true that the graves of people who died of certain infectious illnesses remain dangerous centuries later? [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 11:41 AM PST - 11 comments

Unidentified Coats of Arms on a 16th C. Map

Curious coats of arms on a 16th century map-- can you help with identification and significance? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant at 11:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Is self lying?

I saw a blurb in SELF Magazine this month about employers using our economic downturn to lay off workers with the goal of creating a more diverse workplace. Previously I've heard that affirmative action hires are the first to go in a layoff situation. Does anyone know of statistics referring to our situation today (none of the google results refer specifically to 2008) or did SELF just completely make that fact up?
posted by pumpkin11 at 10:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Mobile Banking in San Diego, CA

What is best mobile banking solution in San Diego, CA? [more inside]
posted by allfortheBoss at 9:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Car Scratch Payment

Friend scratched a car, needs to pay. [more inside]
posted by thrako at 9:45 AM PST - 13 comments

Medica Center, give me access.

I have an XP Windows Media Center PC that accesses two network drives called M: and N:. The problem is that media center can't access the drives unless I go into windows explorer and open the drives manually. How can I set it up so the drives are accessible immediately? [more inside]
posted by baggers at 9:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Better to quit with honor than stay in disgrace

Do American politicians ever honorably resign in disgrace? [more inside]
posted by GarageWine at 9:18 AM PST - 35 comments

ASA5505 and Slimserver? Sharing music over a wan?

I have a very large music collection. For Christmas I was thinking of getting my parents an ASA5505 and a Squeezebox Duet. I already have an ASA5505, and setting up a hardware VPN should be trivial. We both have 15x15 lines, speed should not be an issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I call a toll-free number from my international cell phone without incurring charges?

My international cell phone provider (Airtel in India) insists that I can get uncharged toll-free calls while roaming in the US and Canada. It sounds too good to be true. Can you shed some light on this for me? [more inside]
posted by smersh at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

I want hot showers again.

The water from my kitchen sink, bathroom sink and washer can get really hot. The water from the bathtub/shower is cold. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by OLechat at 7:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Lots of exercise + lots of food = NO WEIGHT LOSS!

I workout a lot. I eat a lot. How do I manage both and my desire to lose 10 lbs? [more inside]
posted by beachhead2 at 6:27 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me merge avi files on a mac

Simple stuff. I am looking for a mac based application that will allow me to merge avi files. I have a flip camera and would like combine a number of sessions I shot with it. I am looking for share or freeware
posted by citybuddha at 5:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Automatic encrypted offsite backup

I've two debian machines, one is onsite and one is offsite on a residential connection. I need to backup incrementally to this offsite server over SSH (or something just as secure) on a regular basis, this should require no manual intervention. I would however like a regular email to inform me of the status. The offsite machine isn't secured from burglary etc and therefore the backups need to be fully encrypted. The onsite machine is secure and thus can store encryption keys if need be. [more inside]
posted by Whoop at 5:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Software for organizing local digital library

Looking for a file/library management program with the following features : ability to look for duplicates by CRC comparison, search for text inside files (PDF,Djvu,doc, chm etc) extract and catalog metadata, display on which disk is the file located, even if it's offline. Yes I know about google desktop, but.. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito at 5:14 AM PST - 1 comment

Discerning the Girl

Should I ask this women out? [more inside]
posted by erase24 at 4:43 AM PST - 25 comments

Expat/citizenship Filter

Expat/citizenship Filter: Before I became eligible to apply for citizenship in the country I live in, I was all for it. Now that it's six months past my first date of eligibility, I'm not so sure. Anyone else been through this process? Any advice? Any advice or stories from you wonderful Mefites to help a girl make up her mind? [more inside]
posted by Grrlscout at 3:02 AM PST - 22 comments

What is the best online dating site for Japan?

What is the best Japanese dating site? [more inside]
posted by bindasj at 12:40 AM PST - 6 comments

November 29

Nomadic computer components must be civilized

I'm looking for inspiration on how to reduce computer clutter. I run a lot of machines and make them do a lot of cool things, but in a 92sqm apartment where we're also trying to manage massive DVD, magazine, and book libraries, and where my previous work station (which was never all that orderly) has been conquered by my girlfriend's rampaging makeup and sewing stuff, it ain't easy. I want to compartmentalize, organize, and speed up the process of accessing my stuff. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 10:32 PM PST - 10 comments

How to get rid of the line above the endnotes in microsoft word?

In ms word, in endnotes, there's this little two-inch line in the upper-left corner to symbolize that you're in "footnote land," even on the second page of the endnotes and after. It's the same line that's at the bottom of the page before a footnote. Is there any way to remove this line? I have a mac, but I think the same issue comes up with PCs. I need to get rid of this line to fulfill the formatting requirements to post my dissertation, so any help would be much appreciated!
posted by jefsolo at 9:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Greatest Movies Never Made?

Help me find great & fascinating movies that were never made (like Neil Gaiman's Sandman by Eliott & Rossio). If you know of any - can you help me find stories about what happened? [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw at 9:31 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I make a formal complaint without being an ass?

Food poisoning: How do I deal with the merchant? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 9:05 PM PST - 25 comments

Corporate Connections Web App?

I've searched high and low, on Google and MeFi, and I can't find the site that shows, graphically, connections of corporate board members, CEOs, and politicians. I promise to bookmark the darn thing if it can be re-discovered for me.
posted by tomierna at 8:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Firefox and Spotlight on the Mac

How can I set up my Mac to search Firefox history with Spotlight? [more inside]
posted by monkey85 at 8:52 PM PST - 8 comments

How might I set up creative workshops for community groups?

How might I set up creative workshops for community groups? [more inside]
posted by elke at 8:36 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me tone my flabby body.

Is there any way to tone my "skinny fat" body without hitting the gym? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 31 comments

Numb fingers during sleep?

During sleep, I experience hand or finger numbness. It involves the first three digits mostly (thumb, pointer and middle). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Where should I go in the US Southwest?

I'm planning a road trip this spring break originating in Portland, Oregon and ending up somewhere within 900 miles one-way; I am particularly drawn to the Southwest, and Utah/Arizona. Can you help me think of interesting or less obvious ideas? [more inside]
posted by nonmerci at 7:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Wisdom tooth chip right after my insurance ended. D'oh

I seem to have chipped a tiny bit of my upper-left wisdom tooth. My dental insurance also ran out a month ago. Now what? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 7:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Sounds like...

There's this whole group of British pop songs that sound like the chorus to the song "Elenore" by The Turtles. Only I'm not British and don't know them. Do you? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 6:03 PM PST - 23 comments

How to deal with classical guitar nails and piano playing?

How do I manage my nails for playing both classical guitar and piano? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore at 5:46 PM PST - 10 comments

What photographers build sets using 'naive' multi-plane backgrounds?

What photographers have shot figures in backgrounds built in a painted theatrical multi-plane 'stage flat' style similar to that used in the Smashing Pumpkins music video for Tonight, Tonight?
posted by jfrancis at 5:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for contextual understanding of Hebrews 10:23

Seeking advice about a quote from Hebrews 10:23, which states "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." This is from one of the books of the New Testament (Epistle to the Hebrews). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 5:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Creative Innovative Socially-Good Companies

Which companies and organisations are big on innovation, creativity, doing good, and support flexible work styles and ethics? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Product placement question in "Changeling".

Did I encounter a modern product in the period film "Changeling"? [more inside]
posted by peacecorn at 4:41 PM PST - 8 comments

Healthy, active, famous old people.

Help me compile a list of healthy, active, famous old people. [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 4:28 PM PST - 33 comments

Purple Heart denied?

Is it true that a soldier, wounded while operating covertly, is not eligible for a Purple Heart? I fellow I met told me he was Special Forces and was shot through the arm while patrolling a communist border in '83, someplace the government would later deny being. He didn't recieve his Purple Heart because the mission was top secret and would have to be revealed on the paperwork required to apply for the medal. Is he pulling my leg, or what?
posted by Acacia at 4:13 PM PST - 28 comments

Is the yield curve broken?

MoneyFilter: Help me understand the Treasury yield curve. [more inside]
posted by up in the old hotel at 4:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Examples of fire and water/ice as religious symbols?

I’m looking for examples of fire, water, and/or ice being used as religious symbols or in religious practice in some way shape or form. Help? [more inside]
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 3:59 PM PST - 21 comments

(Very) Remedial Sports Lessons

Teach me about sports like I'm six. Specifically, American football and basketball. Or, where can I learn the basics? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 2:39 PM PST - 27 comments

Does anyone have experience with using PlayOn! with an HP MediaSmart Server running Windows Home Server?

Does anyone have experience with using PlayOn! with an HP MediaSmart Server running Windows Home Server? [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea at 2:28 PM PST - 2 comments

cleaning mildew off microsuede?

After 4 months in storage, my red microsuede couch is now a gray velvet couch. Can I clean mildew from microsuede? How? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells at 2:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Driving New York to Chicago

This coming week, I'll be driving from New York to Chicago. I'm not in a major rush to get there and would like to make the trip fun (I'll be traveling with my girlfriend). What are some points of interest along the way? Scenic routes that don't take me way, way off course? Good food? Interesting towns? I'm thinking three days and two nights will give me some time to enjoy the trip, yes?
posted by SampleSize at 2:20 PM PST - 11 comments

LiteraryFilter: Meaning of "Buried Talents" by Richard Matheson

I recently read the short story "Buried Talents" by Richard Matheson (of "I Am Legend" fame (Amazon link). What does it mean? Short summary: a strange man is uncannily successful at beating a carnival game; when he leaves, the man running the game (who had been getting flustered), appears very ill. [more inside]
posted by bangitliketmac at 1:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Is too much Diet Coke bad for you?

I drink 8-10 diet cokes per day. Should I quit? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 1:50 PM PST - 48 comments

Book'n It

Good books or blogs on writing your first non-fiction book? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 1:44 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some funny "related searches"?

I'm trying to come up with humorous examples of search engines making query suggestions. For example, Google might suggest "how to cook a baby" when you search for "baby". I've seen some posted around the internet before, but can't seem to find them now. Does anyone have such links/examples? They don't have to be currently working examples.
posted by lpctstr; at 1:16 PM PST - 15 comments

What are best practices for changing the directory of a Wordpress blog?

I want to move my Wordpress blog from a subdirectory on my domain to the root directory -- i.e., I want the URL of my posts to be changed from to . What's the best way to ensure that external links don't die? Is there a way to make sure that individual posts will retain their Google PageRank? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 1:06 PM PST - 9 comments

My computer is broken.

I'm a novice computer-builder. My computer broke, and I think the motherboard is shot. Your thoughts? (detailed explanation) [more inside]
posted by nel at 12:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Over the air HD?

HDTV filter: I recently bought a new HDTV with a built-in tuner. When I auto-tune over the air, I receive about 6-8 channels clearly, but none in HD. (Most CBS/FOX/ABC sports and local news are broadcast in HD, but I only seem to get them in non-HD.) Am I doing something wrong or do I have to buy an HDTV antenna from my local Radio Shack (if so which one should I buy?) [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 12:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Remove silk-screening from sunglasses?

How can I remove silk-screened printing from one lens of my new polarized sunglasses without ruining them? [more inside]
posted by SteveTheRed at 12:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a print version of a famous ad

Where can I find a high DPI print-quality version of this famous offensive coffee ad? [more inside]
posted by mathowie at 11:54 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I read a Passat odometer?

How do I read a 2002 VW Passat odometer? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 11:51 AM PST - 18 comments

What's the best solution for streaming HD media from a PC?

What's the best solution for streaming HD media from a PC? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 11:08 AM PST - 20 comments

seeking wordpress 'popular posts' plugin

Where can I find a plug-n-play wordpress plugin that displays (to readers) which posts have received the most pageviews? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me lose this sinking feeling

Who should I consult to tell me how to fix my house? Contractor? Structural engineer? [more inside]
posted by girlpublisher at 10:43 AM PST - 6 comments

I wrote a novel. Now what?

Can I use viral marketing techniques to get my first novel published? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 10:32 AM PST - 39 comments

How can I darken my scalp where I've gone bald?

Is there any way to darken the scalp to give the appearance of hair stubble? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 29 comments

Windows n00b needs help explaining how computer is formed.

Windows Illiteracy Filter. Help me help my mother via long-distance to understand the difference between memory and hard disk storage, and how to access information on her Windows XP machine that will tell her how much memory she has, if there are any empty slots, what type of memory her computer requires, and how large her hard drive is, including used/available space stats. [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher at 9:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Military Range Card

PseudoMilitaryFilter: Looking for a pdf of a range card, the kind you used to fill out while sitting in your trench, OP or whatever. [more inside]
posted by furtive at 9:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Upload YouTube videos from the terminal in Linux

Are there any programs for Linux to upload videos to YouTube from the terminal? [more inside]
posted by remi at 9:18 AM PST - 2 comments

What furnace to buy?

My best friend buys her first furnace. She is in Canada. Are there any ways, beside of online consumer reviews, to find out what furnace is the best value-for-money for her house? And if you ever used Armstrong Gas Furnace (it was recommended by one of the contractors) what is your personal experience? Will Armstong really last for 10 years? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by ivanka at 9:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I safely regift an unredeemed itunes gift certificate?

Can I safely regift an unredeemed itunes certificate without said regifting being discovered? (details within) [more inside]
posted by sharkfu at 8:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Shakespeare's overlooked speeches

What are some good (relatively) obscure monologues from Shakespeare? [more inside]
posted by EarBucket at 8:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Narrowed my phone choices down to: iPhone, Blackberry Bold, and Samsung Omnia. Which one should I get?

Narrowed my phone choices down to: iPhone, Blackberry Bold, and Samsung Omnia. Which one should I get? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 8:07 AM PST - 40 comments

I didn't think I had that many John Cage covers ...

Several mp3s in my large collection are silent, or almost entirely so. Please help me find ways of detecting them automatically. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Hundreds and hundreds of stamps. What now?

I was going trough my late grandfather's belongings and found a box choke-full of stamps. Are they valuable? What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by Sijeka at 7:42 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I dye my over-processed hair myself?

I'm looking to start dying my hair at home. I'm considering semi/demi-permanent options and need more advice on what to choose. Previously having it done at a stylist. Color treated, previously bleached/highlighted, going-grey hair. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 6:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Has anyone ever heard of ?

Has anyone had a good or bad experience with a UAE based travel agency known as [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 5:23 AM PST - 0 comments

Why do so many email scams originate in Nigeria?

Why do so many email scams that I receive (95% of them) originate from Nigeria? [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie at 5:20 AM PST - 12 comments

What's up with my speakers?

My stereo is off, unplugged even. I am not using my cell phone, neither is my adjacent roommate.. why do I occasionally hear loud conversation, almost sounding like walkie talkie two way radio communication, coming from my speakers? [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 4:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me organize my time and projects by the hour.

What time/project management software or sites might be able to help me view my week in hourly clumps and allow me to check off completed tasks or monitor their success? I've tried a number of GTD services, but none of them has been quite right, so I'm looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by metalheart at 3:51 AM PST - 6 comments

USB audio interface that lets me monitor what I'm recording with reverb but record it without?

USB audio interface that lets me monitor what I'm recording with reverb but record it without? [more inside]
posted by dinkyday at 2:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Shall I just go in naked? How to dress for an interview in an art school

I got an interview for a post of a senior lecturer in a art school in London, my role will be the head of theory studies in one of the creative departments. What shall I wear for the interview? I will be interviewed by both students and staff. All the students think they will be the next Damien Hurst. I want to look creative and approachable, belonging both to the art world and to the academia, and easy to get on with. [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 1:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Name of blank pages

Do the blank pages at the beginning and end of a book have a name?
posted by ryanissuper at 1:06 AM PST - 16 comments

November 28

The Properties of Fluids are not Strained

Why does my dryer have to be vented to work? [more inside]
posted by winna at 10:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Terrain View in Google Earth?

Easy question: How do I get "Terrain" view in Google Earth the way it looks in Google Maps (i.e. a nice topographic view)? [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 10:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Electric soniccare toothbrush

Can someone who uses electric toothbrush (sonic care) pl. let me know if they make a difference ? I want it to buy for a friend. She is pregnant and has bleeding gums. I was planning to buy Philips Sonicare Essence 5300 Power Toothbrush. (around $49 at amazon) Pl. let me know the pros/cons if you are using and also any brand which you would recommend.
posted by tom123 at 8:42 PM PST - 30 comments

Taking my files back to the future?

How can I transfer files from my emulated Macintosh Plus? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 7:49 PM PST - 1 comment

Looking for bargains on west coast family vacations

I've a two week break at Christmas, wife and two little kids, gas prices so cheap I'm thinking road trip. At first I thought we could do Disneyland but I'm not inclined to visit at the busiest time of year. Now I'm thinking maybe ski resorts might be offering good package deals due to the crummy economy. Where could we go, <1000 miles from Seattle, for a great family vacation at a bargain basement price?
posted by carterk at 7:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Some good, interesting historical nonfiction?

Some good, interesting historical nonfiction? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 6:57 PM PST - 55 comments

How do you use the front panel RCA ports on a Motorola DCT6400 DVR cable box?

How do you use the front panel RCA ports on a Motorola DCT6400 DVR cable box? [more inside]
posted by whatisish at 6:57 PM PST - 2 comments

How do you feel about owning a pool table?

Tell me about your pool table... [more inside]
posted by docpops at 6:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Literary ephemera produced during WWI & WWII?

Looking for a particular kind of literary work produced in response to WWI & WWII. [more inside]
posted by Hesychia at 5:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Please help identify object in basement.

Can anyone help identify this object in the basement of an a 10 unit multifamily building built in 1915. I have posted a link to a flickr account with pictures. [more inside]
posted by mihaca at 5:56 PM PST - 6 comments

I think my neighbour is being abused. What should I do?

I think that my downstairs neighbour is being abused by her partner. I want to help her. But I'm not sure of the facts - I have no evidence. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 5:30 PM PST - 32 comments

Shinichi Hoshi--Any Ideas?

I'm trying to find something--anything--written by Japanese science-fiction writer Shinichi Hoshi. He's published several novels and collections of short stories, and some have been translated into English, but I can't seem to find any, anywhere! Amazon? Nothing. Ebay? Nada. Scribd (illegal, I know, but . . . ). Zip. Anyone have any ideas where I can find something?
posted by John of Michigan at 5:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Where in Chicago is Sweet Hot Mister Mustard?

Where can I find Sweet Hot Mister Mustard in Chicagoland (preferably the western 'burbs)? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 5:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Why calcium carbonate in the hot tub?

Why add calcium carbonate to the hot tub? [more inside]
posted by skybolt at 5:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Ethical gift giving?

What are some good places to buy ethical gifts? [more inside]
posted by sugarfish at 5:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Does prestige matter? University of Illinois vs. Northern Illinois University

Does prestige matter? University of Illinois vs. Northern Illinois University [more inside]
posted by capitalist.pig at 4:51 PM PST - 18 comments

New relationship

New relationship filter - ex-semi-drama queen here, how do i keep this going, slow and steady and not rush in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Ow ow ow, it hurts

How can I not mace my entire apartment with chilis? [more inside]
posted by sanka at 4:37 PM PST - 8 comments

New situation regarding used stuff

Please give me your tips for conducting a swap meet! This is for children's books, toys, and clothing only... [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 at 3:55 PM PST - 1 comment

How to cook restaurant-style butter chicken?

How do you cook butter chicken like in Indian restaurants? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 3:55 PM PST - 21 comments

How to extend LAN using fibre?

I am trying to figure out a better way to extend our LAN to our shop that is about 220M away from our main Office/House. We currently have an Ethernet cable going almost half way, then it’s connected to a Patton Ethernet Extender (CopperLink Model 2168A) which carries it the rest of the way. [more inside]
posted by canadaka at 3:47 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I make my voice sound scared.

How do I make my voice sound scared? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens at 3:34 PM PST - 13 comments

To Pad or Not to Pad?

NewCarpetInARentalFilter - We are renting our place out. If we buy the expensive padding, can it be re-used if the carpet needs to be replaced? Or will we just have to replace the expensive padding as well? [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 3:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Will a LG Env2 handle my email load?

Will my LG Env2 (LG VX 9100) be able to handle my e-mail needs? [more inside]
posted by bigcheesegump at 2:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Relaunch Apple's Welcome schpiel?

I just bought my Mom a new Mac. I'm going to install a bunch of stuff on it (Skype, set up her email, copy her pc stuff over, etc.). However, I really like the "You just turned on your Mac for the first time Welcome Screens." Anyway to set the Mac to do that again after I've done all my stuff so she gets to see it? She's coming from Windows and I think she'd get a kick out of it.
posted by Manhasset at 2:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Great dining around Pensacola

I want to give a gift of the best dining experience in Pensacola (or within a 50 mile radius of Pensacola). Great food and great atmosphere. Where do you suggest?
posted by Jandasmo at 2:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Storm und Dareng

Considering a new phone and because of a need for reliable rural service and an attractive family plan shared with our extended family, we're considering Verizon and either the Dare or the Storm. The difference in data plans is $20—$30 for the Storm, $10 for the Dare. Is the Storm and the Blackberry service worth it? Anyone with a Dare or a Storm have regrets or accolades?
posted by Toekneesan at 1:46 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some great public domain books?

Please give me your recommendations for great in-the-public-domain reads. [more inside]
posted by peacheater at 1:38 PM PST - 25 comments

I need me some iron!

Anyone have experience with intravenous iron treatments for anemia? [more inside]
posted by missjamielynn at 1:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Ham ham ham ham

What happened to my ham? [more inside]
posted by samph at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Gift for traveling to Belize

Friends are going to Belize in December. I want to give them $30-40 Christmas gift that they might use/need while there. Any suggestions?
posted by dublin at 12:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Mac Word 2008 TOC Issues

How can I get Mac Word 2008 to display additional heading levels (below 3) in my table of contents? [more inside]
posted by miss tea at 12:33 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I make a beautiful pre-baked pie crust?

Why is my pie crust melting?! [more inside]
posted by eirelander at 12:32 PM PST - 16 comments

How can we stop our dog from antagonizing our cat before meal times?

How can we stop our dog from antagonizing our cat before meal times? [more inside]
posted by slowfasthazel at 12:13 PM PST - 6 comments

What the hell happened to the health care system

I don't understand why health care suddenly costs so damn much. I can understand a few factors - nurses' pay has gone up, new treatments are more expensive (and doctors prescribe more expensive treatments - sometimes unnecissarily) but these factors don't seem to explain how insanely costly health care has become. And where is all that money going? Again, I understand that CEO pay has skyrocketed in the last 20 years, but is that enough to explain the enormous cost of health care these days? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 11:53 AM PST - 43 comments

Can this cheese be saved?

I have this particular block of Swiss cheese (see pics here, here and here) that has been in my fridge for 2 years. Yes, 2 years. It was a joke that's not funny anymore. Anyways, is the cheese safe to eat? The visible discoloration is worrisome. If not, is there anything useful I can do with it?
posted by anonymous at 11:40 AM PST - 23 comments

How do I stop my Gmail account from sending spam?

My gmail account is sending spam to my address book. I know bc I see it sometimes ending up in my own Spam folder! How do I stop this?
posted by helios410 at 11:35 AM PST - 8 comments

What's the word?

What's the word for a musician who's known more for his style than his music, or who shows off when playing? I think it starts with an "a"
posted by mpls2 at 10:38 AM PST - 25 comments

35 Second Love Story in Arabic

A short film I'm making has a sequence where a woman speaks on a telephone in Arabic. This segment has English subtitles; however, I'd also like to put an Arabic subtitle on the segment title screen. The segment is called "35 Second Love Story", which Google translates as الثانية وخمسة وثلاثين قصة ح Can someone who reads Arabic take a look at this and tell me how close it is to what I actually want it to say? Thank you!
posted by 235w103 at 10:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Who owns the copyright of a 300 year old book transcribed 65 years ago?

My hometown has a diary created by our first minister in the 1700s. The original diary was transcribed into four copies by workers of the Works Progress Administration at some time between 1935 and 1943. The 10 volumes of these copies do not have any copyright marks on their title pages. Now, we would like to scan these transcribed books into pdf documents, and make them available to scholars and interested internet users. Is there a copyright concern? [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Bored at the Estate

Things to do near Avondale Estates (Hot lanta)? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 10:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Crazy French movie

Help Yarden remember the name of the movie she saw years ago... It's a french language film about a weird family. The daughter's in a wheelchair and seduces men. The son and the mother are having an affair. In one scene the mother puts a rat in the microwave. In the end, the father runs away, goes swimming in the river and turns into a fish. No, it's not Big Fish. Thanks in advance!
posted by Silky Slim at 8:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Get Off Raskolnikov!

I've forgotten the name of a poem I read a month or so ago, and the only thing that I can recall is that it references Dostoevsky's character Raskolnikov from his novel Crime and Punishment. I think he rhymes Raskolnikov with 'off'. Does anyone know the poem I speak off, or can help me find the name of the author and/or poet. [more inside]
posted by ashaw at 8:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Can I still be one of the cool kids with 720p resolution

I grabbed a 42" LCD television made by LG, on sale at Circuit Bankruptcy for $750. I saved a couple hundred bucks by choosing one with 720p/1080i resolution rather than 1080p. Am I a dumbass or a genius? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 8:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me find a volunteer project in South America

Help me find a volunteer project in Bolivia, Peru or Ecuador. I am travelling all over south america for a year and am extremely interested in joining a volunteer project for a period of at least a month somewhere in one of the above countries. I do however have some specific desires; [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 8:14 AM PST - 6 comments

What did he just say?

Hi, I just learned a new word. And for the first time, I can't find a definition for it on Google (The Horror! The Horror!) I will wager that there is someone reading this who knows all about it. The word is "econological." [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 7:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Audio from the Internet to Burnable MP3?

Is there any free software to capture audio broadcasts from the internet? I am a novice. I am not sure how to go about it. There are a few sites that will play through real audio but i would like to capture a file in a format such as mp3 to my desktop that I can burn to disc to listen in my car. Sorry for the lack of technical terms. I am new to trying to do this and am not sure where to look or how to do it. I run an IMac with OS 10.5.2...Thanks for your time!
posted by snap_dragon at 7:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Seeking first-hand advice on garage mats

I am looking for first-hand suggestions on garage floor mats that are made of sturdy rubber with channels to allow snow/water to run toward the garage door. [more inside]
posted by terrapin at 7:20 AM PST - 6 comments

AT&T bricks iPhones in vacation suspend.

AT&T bricks legit, in-contract iPhones during vacation suspend (!). Workarounds? (I don't have an iPhone -- just researching pros and cons now -- so I can't test anything myself.) [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 6:53 AM PST - 13 comments

Audio Stream Control

I need a better way to control my audio in Windows XP. Something like Pulse Audio, but without the hassle. [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 6:25 AM PST - 1 comment

Moon Palace by Paul Auster! help!

Moon Palace by Paul Auster! help! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 4:02 AM PST - 2 comments

I want to buy some money

Where can I get five crisp Canadian $5 bills in London, England? [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy at 3:44 AM PST - 10 comments

If most/all governments try to go into deficit all at once, where would the money come from?

Keynesian economics calls for running deficits when times are bad and surpluses when times are good so as to smooth out the business cycle. Since the current economic downturn is worldwide, many governments are talking about running deficits so as to stimulate their economies. Here's what I'm wondering: who's going to be lending to all these would-be borrowers? [more inside]
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 1:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Lost in landing page hosting SEO strategies

Our client (Switzerland-based, but internationally operating) currently has as their main site. That's where all their sites' content is hosted. We've also set up and for their international operations. Those sites are just one index.html page where all links then go to "" for the canadian site and "" for the keyworded site. We recently moved the canadian site's hosting from our servers in Switzerland to a Canada-based host for (minute) SEO reasons. Questions follow... [more inside]
posted by slater at 1:04 AM PST - 1 comment

Three legs good, two legs bad. Or: Help me pick a tripod.

Help! I want to buy a tripod for myself for Christmas but I'm confused. I know what sort of pics I want it for, what equipment I'll use it with, what conditions I'll be in and how much I have to spend. But despite tripod research online and reviewing these earlier questions), I just can't figure out which tripod will be the best for my criteria. Hive mind, what would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 12:39 AM PST - 12 comments

November 27

I want to study political science in an english speaking country. Help?

I don´t have a brilliant academic career or anything. I live in Brazil, I just turned 24, and just recently majored in communication/journalism. For the past few years my main interest has been political philosophy and political science. I would like to study abroad, preferably in the United States or United Kingdom. [more inside]
posted by sumo at 9:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Movie Recommendation

What are some movies my mom might enjoy? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 8:44 PM PST - 50 comments

where to go

My family wants to do a family vacation somewhere in the Carribean, they said the Bahamas but we're open to suggestions, it doesn't even really have to be in the Carribean but that's what we were thinking. Any good suggestions for a family of 4, two kids in their twenties and we'll probably want to drink. [more inside]
posted by BrnP84 at 8:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Shipping stuff from Toronto to the UK

Shipping from Canada to the UK: I have a few extra bags and two bikes that I want to send back to the UK ahead of our return home. We're currently living in Toronto. Have you used any good shipping companies lately? [more inside]
posted by gaby at 6:29 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I indulge my MUD habit on the road?

What is the cheapest and easiest way to telnet from a mobile device (such as a blackberry or cell phone) so I can play a MUD on the go? [more inside]
posted by GoingToShopping at 6:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a real, live pandan plant.

Where can I buy/get/steal/harvest/whatever an actual Pandan plant in the Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, Pasadena area? They're readily available in various supermarket freezers, but I'd like the real, live plant. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 6:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Why does a BIC lighter have separated fuel chambers?

In a cheap ol' plastic BIC-type lighter there's a divider that separates the fuel chamber into two sections. Why does this exist? [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 5:58 PM PST - 19 comments

My water pump dun' busted

Something just caused my water pump to flood my storage room. I came into the room, and water was shooting out of a tiny metal valve coming out the main body of the pump. I found a small hose ( maybe 1/8" diameter ) dangling with one side attached to some type of device housed in the power supply. Obviously the other side of that small hose is supposed to connect to that tiny metal valve. So I reconnected the hose and now everything is fine. From what I can gather from the manual I found online, the part of the hose connected to the power supply is part of a pressure regulator. And I am assuming, although I may be wrong, that the regulator caused to small hose to detach from the valve, causing water to come out in order to relieve an extreme amount of pressure. Anyone know what happened????
posted by jasondigitized at 5:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Don't Tread On Me

What is this metal structure called? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 4:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Friendship after mutual rejection?

Hooked up with my friend, who was in the process of getting back together with an ex. She says she's attracted to me still, and wants to date eventually. Did I do the right thing? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 4:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Young, beautiful, and unemployed

Summer teaching jobs in Portland? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 4:05 PM PST - 1 comment

Also, how far away do the sofas go? :)

Blank slate "home" theater setup needs audio advice. Details of space and existing gear inside. Help! [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 3:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Continue chemo?

Should my grandmother continue chemotherapy? [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs at 3:16 PM PST - 10 comments

What's it like to work with aerogel?

What's it like to work with aerogel? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 2:56 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I know what song this is?

How do I know what song this is? I have an instrumental track on my computer that I absolutely love. It is more like a 5 minute soundscape than a proper 'song'. It does not have any tags (I saved it from a stream some time). Is there a way to find out what it might be/who the artist is? Is there, for example, a website that lets you upload your song and which will tell you? I couldn't find anything like it... Thanks!
posted by sinbarambam at 2:40 PM PST - 9 comments

More 'pew pew' please.

Why hasn't another movie like "The 5th Element" been made since, well, "The 5th Element"? ("Because it sucks" is not an answer) [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 2:32 PM PST - 25 comments

Please help me find some cool tunes for my Dad!

Musicfilter: I recently discovered the "She Will Have Her Way" compilation album and love it, so does my Dad... [more inside]
posted by latch24 at 2:24 PM PST - 8 comments

light dinner on Thanksgiving

Chapel Hill / Durham NC, we feasted in the early afternoon, can we get a light dinner somewhere around here? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 2:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for the best in online short fiction.

I am looking for masterpieces of flash fiction or even shorter fiction online. [more inside]
posted by ilike at 2:00 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I politely get a co-worker to stop pursuing a friendship with me?

How can I politely get a co-worker to stop pursuing a friendship with me? A lot more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM PST - 32 comments

Hide my "Track Changes"

How do I make previous revisions, "track changes" comments, and other marginalia disappear, and be unretrievable in Word? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 11:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Need to make columns in a table appear/disappear based on checkboxes

WebDesignFilter: I am trying to create a table with columns appearing based on what checkboxes are selected. [more inside]
posted by the_dude at 10:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Good published biographies of alternative musicians/creators

A good friend is looking for a good Xmas gift for a younger, 'cooler', musically committed cousin (as in, wants to create and self-publish music). I suggested a good biography of an important figure in alternative music, and now I'm seeking recommendations. Inspirations, cautionary tales.... what tales have been encased in print about a trailblazer that could speak to a maverick young pup of 2008? Anwers on a postcard please!
posted by mywinningsmile at 9:54 AM PST - 25 comments

Little kids like Wal-Mart that much...?

Why did so many of the children on my local "Angel Tree" ask for Wal-Mart gift certificates? [more inside]
posted by kmennie at 9:43 AM PST - 30 comments

Who is the gentleman from Rome?

What does this lyric from Irving Berlin's song "Sisters" mean? [more inside]
posted by lore at 8:31 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm going to be 800 lbs if I can't stop this :(

I have no idea how to stop my late night eating. I've battled it for years. For the last few months, it's caused me to gain back ALL of my weight that I busted my ass to lose in 2006. I went from 200 to 175 and was quite proud of myself. I wanted to lose about 5-7 lbs even back then but I was fairly content. I'm so so frustrated with myself. Half of the time I seem to sleep eat and then I wake up in the morning thinking hey maybe i didn't eat the house this time and then I taste my breath and it smells like f'in food. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 8:30 AM PST - 36 comments

Family attractions in Munich anyone?

Can anyone suggest good things to see and do for a young family visiting Munich this weekend for the first time? [more inside]
posted by sdevans at 8:12 AM PST - 4 comments


Is everyone in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade lip-syncing? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 7:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Need Info for Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA Questions - Art, Poetry, and Framing [more inside]
posted by Juicylicious at 7:58 AM PST - 1 comment

Accessing Admin's Music from a Limited Account

MacFilter: How can I set up a user account that has access to my music on iTunes but nothing else? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 7:31 AM PST - 5 comments

How to deal with the IT Skinner box?

I'm starting to have trouble with stress from being perennially "on call" in my IT position. I need some advice on how to deal with it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 32 comments

Wanted: Research on how illustrations influence learning

I'm looking for well-respected, academic research on the positive influence of illustrations in a learning environment--more specifically, when used in textbooks. Thought I would put the question to the hive during my search. Can anyone recommend some good sources?
posted by runningdogofcapitalism at 6:22 AM PST - 3 comments

footer placement nightmare

Ongoing web design saga... positioning a footer, I know MetaFilter can save me! [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 6:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Appropriate thank-you gift in India?

Need a thank-you gift for a comfortably well-off Indian family. [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 6:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I print 800 pages of color comics inexpensively?

I'm looking to print two copies of roughly 800 color pages for less than an arm and a leg. And there are a couple of other complications. [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 5:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Navigating uncertainty

How do you know if you're doing the right thing? [more inside]
posted by concourse at 5:51 AM PST - 31 comments

Lollipop puppet music video?

Help me find this music video from the mid- to late-nineties. Possible data points: I believe I only saw it once, on MTV's 120 Minutes. There were Muppet-style puppets in bright colors but with a slightly out-of-date film stock, as though the video was a Sesame Street spoof. The song lyrics included the word "Lollipop". I think one scene involved refrigerator-magnet plastic letters forming a word. I believe the band was British. That's all I got, man. Half of this may be hallucinated, for I know. Can you help?
posted by Greg Nog at 5:17 AM PST - 7 comments

How to take up XC skiiing?

I"m looking for a winter aerobic activity to keep my fitness level up for mountain biking. Cross country skiing is one of them. What should I buy and how hard is it going to be to learn? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 5:09 AM PST - 15 comments

Is it more fuss than it's worth?

Pros and cons of setting up an ebay shop for a literary magazine? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 4:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Twisted my ankle and now my Knee Hurts after I go running?

Twisted my ankle and now my Knee Hurts after I go running? [more inside]
posted by complience at 3:27 AM PST - 3 comments

The Wettening

I am blessed with being surrounded by really funny people, who never fail to make me burst into ridiculous grins and chuckles. Except when I do, even before I do, my eyes water horribly - someone cracks a joke, and I'm furiously wiping my eyeballs even if it wasn't sidesplittingly hilarious. I'm a girl who enjoys wearing the occasional eye makeup, and you can imagine the results. Eesh! Please tell me I'm not the only one, and there's some way to make this... I don't know, better? Is it a symptom of something, can I be fixed or is it a quirk I have to put up with? It has a tendency of driving me absolutely mad given enough time. Halp!
posted by Bakuun at 1:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Mom, Dad, I have something to tell you.

[How] Should I tell my parents, now I'm a healthy adult, about my longstanding depression? [more inside]
posted by the agents of KAOS at 12:22 AM PST - 31 comments

November 26

Recommended Chinese restaurant in Vancouver, BC for wedding banquet?

We've just moved to town (Vancouver, BC) and are planning a wedding for next summer (fun!) The reception must be a Chinese banquet and I was wondering if anyone had any positive/happy experiences with attending or having a wedding banquet at any particular Chinese restaurant? [more inside]
posted by branparsons at 11:22 PM PST - 8 comments

"Teacher James, bathroom please!"

How can I become a better physical education teacher for kindergarten students who don't speak English? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 11:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Does my website revenue count against unemployment?

UnemploymentFilter: How do alternate income streams factor into unemployment and how many months do I have left? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 11:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Questions about Wii Guitar Hero World Tour components

I'm thinking of buying Guitar Hero World Tour for the Wii for my niece and nephew for Christmas. I'd like for them to have separate presents to unwrap (or the option for me to buy part of it now, part of it later for another occasion). Can the drum kit be bought as a standalone product, or is it only available as part of the Band Kit? If I buy the Band Kit, are the different components (guitar, drums, microphone) in different boxes inside of the main box, or would I have to box the parts myself?
posted by espertus at 11:07 PM PST - 4 comments

not a weapon

Large tripod through airport security from PDX to BOI? [more inside]
posted by roygbv at 10:59 PM PST - 7 comments

How does a Canadian get to Wales?

What do I need to do to be able to live in Wales for 8 months? I'm a Canadian citizen. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 10:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Discount international brokerage

Can anyone recommend an online discount brokerage that can execute trades internationally? All the online brokerages I've looked at that do international trades at all do them over the phone and charge a lot for these trades. [more inside]
posted by atrazine at 10:34 PM PST - 4 comments

How do we make web-based scheduling available to patients?

Looking for a way to allow people to schedule their vet appointments via the web. [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 10:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Tiny Dancer? I think not.

I took two years of ballet when I was 15-17, and loved it! I got hooked, took it about 4-5 times per week, and worked so hard that I ended up starting pointe before heading off to college. Its been almost 10 years, but I want to get back into it. Wrench in the works: I'm more roly-poly than teeny-weeny. [more inside]
posted by Sock Muppet Acct! at 9:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Affordable CD storage sans jewel cases

What is the best affordable CD/liner notes storage system? [more inside]
posted by fructose at 8:36 PM PST - 11 comments

Ruskin quote filter

"The Sky is in all ways suited to entertain." Or something like that. I believe John Ruskin said/wrote something to this effect. Anyone have the exact quote? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet at 8:15 PM PST - 2 comments

dental insurance with no waiting period?

I need to have a root canal, build-up and crown done on a molar - almost $2,000 worth of work. I have no dental insurance. Is there any private dental insurance I can buy, either in Idaho or New Jersey, that doesn't have a waiting period for this kind of work? [more inside]
posted by ac at 7:34 PM PST - 16 comments

Locating version of "The Little Drummer Boy" by a young boy.

A friend has spent over ten years trying to locate a version of the song "The Little Drummer Boy" that he listened to as a child. What he remembers is that it was performed by a young boy (or, possibly, a girl) and that while there may have been other singers on the track, it definitely wasn't a choir version. This ring a bell for anyone?
posted by djaevle at 7:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Future Comcast Customer Looking For A Deal

Looking for the best deal on Comcast! I'm moving into a new house in the Denver Metro area tomorrow and I'm looking to get Comcast service. I need television service and high speed internet. I'm willing to commit to up to a year of service. Where can I get the best deal/discounts/perks for signing up as a new customer? [more inside]
posted by shew at 7:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Graphic relationship database

I'm looking to create a dynamic graphical relationship infomap where different thought/idea "bubbles" connect to others via color or lines. Any software reccos?
posted by pmaxwell at 7:13 PM PST - 7 comments

No more papers!

As a college student taking time off, what can I do for a semester that won't involve writing long papers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there a proper name for feather hair pieces?

Fashion glossary related question: Is there a proper term for a feather hair piece? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 6:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Science fiction hunt: no one ever dies

A science-fiction story which claims that no one ever dies. [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 at 6:09 PM PST - 17 comments

What does "time of birth" really mean?

What is the official, medical definition of a newborn's "time of birth?" [more inside]
posted by sjl7678 at 5:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Creative Lust List?

Attention photographers, graphic designers, and other creative professionals: What's on your ultimate wish list? Tell me what you have / what you want / what you can't live without? [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 5:49 PM PST - 23 comments

why am I a stinge?

why is it that Jewish people are very often wealthy? [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 5:38 PM PST - 45 comments

Name that tea, U2 edition.

What kind of green tea is U2 bassist Adam Clayton making in this video? I know a bit about loose-leaf tea, but I've never seen any sort of green tea leaves that look so gloopy and produce tea that is so bright green in color. Any ideas?
posted by iamisaid at 5:37 PM PST - 9 comments

No, not that kind of pegging, ya thillies!

Cribbage in New York City? Where? [more inside]
posted by droplet at 5:29 PM PST - 1 comment

Broken Computer

I think my computer just died. I cannot get anything to appear on screen. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by bove at 5:10 PM PST - 16 comments

"Pulsating" music?

Examples/ artists of "pulsating" music? [more inside]
posted by mrmarley at 5:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Gourmet food recs

Can anyone recommend some nice Gourmet and non-mass market Food finds: specialty producers that you know of that are really making something noteworthy and good as a possible small gift to friends and family; not along the lines of one of the ever present catalogues
posted by dougiedd at 5:03 PM PST - 17 comments


Found an old computer in the basement. What steps should I go through to get it up and running? [more inside]
posted by djgh at 4:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Simple way to make long term bet on oil

Can anyone explain this website which shows the prices of crude oil options? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 4:54 PM PST - 5 comments

how to help my child with migraines

My 10 year old daughter periodically gets headaches and vomiting. These happen maybe once a month, but it can last all day. Have you found anything that can bring relief? [more inside]
posted by GernBlandston at 4:39 PM PST - 40 comments

Wanted: academic conference about inflammation in Europe

As a senior-level science PhD student, how do I find an academic conference to go to? And how do I know if a conference is going to be suitable, both it for me and vice versa? [more inside]
posted by shelleycat at 4:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Name my supergiftguide

nameFilter: new blog of holiday gift recommendations/guides needs a name/domain. I cannot turn a phrase, Help! [more inside]
posted by striker at 4:26 PM PST - 2 comments

New Year's Eve

What do you recommend I do for New Year's Eve in San Fran ? [more inside]
posted by dawdle at 4:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Fix my MDE, for free, oh please

Free, non-sucky Microsoft Access repair tool? [more inside]
posted by bhance at 3:50 PM PST - 2 comments

My HVAC shorted out!

What did I do to my HVAC system when I changed my thermostat? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 3:24 PM PST - 3 comments

IT grad schools for those with no IT background?

Is there any Master's degrees for students pursuing an IT field with no background in IT? [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo at 3:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Good spot for a blind date in SF near BART?

Good spot for a blind date in SF near BART? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for writing software which can parse my stories..

When I was in high school, we had a writing lab with some type of mainframe-ish type terminals setup, where there was writing software available which would list frequently repeated words, point out large paragraphs, spelling errors, document complexity, punctuation errors, etc. This was awhile ago, is this type of thing freely available anywhere these days? [more inside]
posted by ceberon at 2:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Om Nom Burning!

Edible filter: I've discovered that my experience of peaches burning, and peach fuzz being like a cactus, is an allergy that came along with puberty. Essentially what should be sweet and tart tastes sweet, tart and spicey. I don't mind the afterburn, but what happens if you keep eating allergy triggering food? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 2:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Can Automator Do This

I want Leopard's Automator to do something seemingly simple, but can't get it to work. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 2:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Airline Christmas Gift

How do I give an airline ticket as a Christmas gift? [more inside]
posted by Mroz at 2:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find inner tubes for 700x42c tires

Please help me find inner tubes and fenders for my commuter bike. What is a 700x42c in the US? [more inside]
posted by dirty lies at 2:09 PM PST - 11 comments

DRM Bites Again

Is there any way to authorize an iTunes installation behind internet filtering software using an iPod that has been authorized on another PC? [more inside]
posted by dforemsky at 2:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Games like Ogame or Space Pioneers but more casual friendly?

Looking for a online game like Ogame or Space Pioneers (which I prefer) but more casual friendly. As in I don't get my butt kicked if I'm not online 24 hours a day. Looking for something I can not log on to for two days and not my work destroyed.
posted by blackout at 2:04 PM PST - 2 comments

RSS News with cache for iPhone?

RSS News with cache for iPhone? [more inside]
posted by joelf at 1:29 PM PST - 6 comments

How do we deal with an abusive brother-in-law after my sister decides to take him back?

My brother-in-law's domestic abuse is tearing my family apart and I really don't know what to do or how to handle the situation anymore. I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by csimpkins at 1:28 PM PST - 54 comments

How to break into science writing for magazines?

How to break into science writing for magazines? What are the strengths/weaknesses of using a traditional vs non-mainstream approach (eg, a blog). [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 1:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Streaming music to Xbox 360

NewXboxExperienceFilter: How can I change the music I am listening to without going back to the dashboard? [more inside]
posted by bmalicoat at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Me Recall This Radio Show/Podcast

Forgotten Radio Show/Proto-Podcast Filter -- I first found these recordings in '99 or '00. I have only hazy memories, but I'm hoping this will jog someone's memory. One program/episode that I recall in some detail was in the form of a traffic report (Possibly called "Fine Day For A Drive) with deadpan descriptions of horrible accidents and such. [more inside]
posted by ekstasis23 at 12:59 PM PST - 4 comments

what fabric is best to use in a screen printing frame?

diy screen printers: what kind of fabric does one use in the frame? i need my image to be supercrisp, but have only ever used speedball fabric that came with frames, so am clueless.
posted by crawfo at 12:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Which demographics are the kinkiest?

KinkFilter: Is there currently any sociological research on sexual kinks, specifically long-term BDSM relationships? My friend and I were talking a couple days ago, and we were wondering if D/s dynamics were more common among certain demographics (i.e., college-educated, middle class, particular ethnic groups, certain religions, etc.), and I decided that MeFi might know if anyone was publishing on this stuff.
posted by aliceinreality at 12:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Free app to create Flash slideshow - is it possible?

How can I create an extremely simple flash slideshow of still photographs that I can embed on my web site ... for free? [more inside]
posted by nomad73 at 12:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for successful cases of "doing good through the web"

I'm presenting a social entrepreneurish talk with case studies on how people are using the web to help improve lives for marginalized communities and empowering social movements. Ie doing good thru the internets. So far only 2 distinct ones come to mind... and Does anybody know any else? Extra points for web2.0-ish examples.
posted by arrowhead at 12:12 PM PST - 11 comments

How to purchase an item from Craigslist long distance?

Is there any way to ensure a Craigslist sale is legit for an item I want to purchase in another city? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Is a lower interest rate worth the closing costs?

Interest rates are down, so my mortgage broker contacted me to see if I want to refinance. I'm under the impression that every time you refinance, you lose value in the house, so is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by MtDewd at 11:28 AM PST - 12 comments

RelationshipFilter: How do you tell a new boyfriend that you think his apartment is dirty

How do you complain about something in a way that's not a put down? [more inside]
posted by Muffy at 11:12 AM PST - 40 comments


Can someone direct me to a good tattoo shop in Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix at 10:56 AM PST - 1 comment

Where can I find Kinder Suprise Eggs in L.A.?

Where can I find Kinder Suprise Eggs in Alhambra (or barring that, the greater L.A. area)? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 10:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Safe emailing of confidential files?

I occasionally need to email PDFs and Word docs that contain confidential information. My clients claim their email is "secure" and don't see the need for any encryption or any approach other than me emailing them the files. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by PatoPata at 9:55 AM PST - 17 comments

free me from my free time

How should I use my copious amounts of free time while being poor in a country where nobody understands me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 AM PST - 36 comments

I'm all doom and gloom

Help me with my negativity! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 AM PST - 29 comments

Support and name for problem needed.

What to call a child who grows up thinking one man is her father when it turns out to be someone else entirely? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 AM PST - 18 comments

The Perrennial CMS Question

Replacing legacy software. I'm looking for a CMS or web platform. Help me do my job again, hive mind. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 9:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Where did my other 200 GB go?

How do I recover a 320GB drive that only reads 110GB now? Similar to this [more inside]
posted by WilliamWallace at 9:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Is there anything wrong with a butch bitch... and other peepee questions

My girl lifts her leg to pee sometimes, she also "marks". Does we haz a problem? My inclination is "no" ... but my vet seems unsettled about it. [more inside]
posted by taz at 9:25 AM PST - 18 comments

Onomatopoeia x

Onomatopoeia for letter X [more inside]
posted by Penelope at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Forwarding U.K. calls to U.S.

Can I set up a U.K. land line to forward incoming calls to a U.S.-based number? [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 9:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Story Time

Books for a Young Gamer: My (American) nephew is eight years old, and I want to buy him a book/some books for Christmas. He's *really* into gaming, but I would to find a book which will entice him away from the machine. [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 9:12 AM PST - 24 comments

Should we switch from domain hack to dot com?

Should we switch from domain hack to dot com? [more inside]
posted by jrholt at 9:07 AM PST - 6 comments

Broken relationship, rental lease, one leaves, the other doesn't.

Situation: A boyfriend girlfriend sign a lease for an apartment in Mississauga, Ontario. They break up. The girlfriend leaves. The landlord did a credit check on the girlfriend. So this _might_ hold her liable. Boyfriend is still shacked up in this house and landlord keeps harassing the girlfriend for rent. What can she do? [more inside]
posted by Devileyezz at 9:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for a military/hipster style jacket

Hi All... Looking for this particular type of jacket/coat but they seem expensive and out of my current budget.. here is a pic of exactly what I am looking for... Slight variations will be fine... This one is tagged at $300.. I am looking around 100 and less.. Any suggestions
posted by minsid at 8:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me find an electric Moroccan lantern!

Help me find an electric Moroccan lantern! [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 8:32 AM PST - 8 comments

furniture thrift in Durham, NC

What are the best places to buy interesting and inexpensive used furniture in Durham, NC? Things like dressers, tables, upholstered chairs.
posted by jenbird at 8:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Panini Help

Recommendations for a panini press? [more inside]
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 8:16 AM PST - 19 comments

I'd like some tips on clicker training my new dog.

I recently adopted a 2 yr. old Shih Tzu from the pound. He's been to the vet and has a clean bill of health. He's settled very well into things here and I'd like to start working on training him. After reading about several different methods I find clicker training the most interesting but I've never done it before. Anyone have any suggestions or tips? [more inside]
posted by lysistrata at 8:13 AM PST - 10 comments

GoogleDocs Spreadsheet Super Challenge!

ExcelFilter: I need to make a cell in one column tell another cell in that row to add itself to another cell somewhere else entirely. Added difficulty! I need to do this in Google Docs. [more inside]
posted by greenland at 8:11 AM PST - 3 comments

How Do I Get Good At What I Do?

How can I gain in-depth knowledge and experience in technical fields? [more inside]
posted by gadha at 7:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Recommendations for a cordless beard trimmer please.

I need a cordless beard trimmer that has certain features. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Mo money, mo facials

People who are rich (or comfortable) usually have nice skin texture, look polished and generally look smooth. People who live poor tend to have rougher skin, and look a bit less smooth. What are the richer people doing to their skin/face to get this look? What high end brands are they buying? [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon at 7:54 AM PST - 56 comments

Gmail and Outlook Are Not Friends

Why did my Outlook inbox empty when I started forwarding messages to a new account? [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob at 7:49 AM PST - 1 comment

Christian Nation? Says who?

Can anyone point to a good resource that explains the reasoning behind "USA is a Christian Nation"? Recently my partner was told by some of his co-workers that all of the Founding Fathers were fundamentalist Christians, and the idea that Jefferson, Franklin, or others were deists or agnostics is a liberal media conspiracy. Any help on the source for Founders as Fundamentalists assertion?
posted by hworth at 7:48 AM PST - 28 comments

Volunteering During the Holidays?

I've always felt a bit uneasy volunteering during the holidays - to help the homeless, the poor, the otherwise downtrodden - primarily because I find the spirit of helping people during a particular season creepy. For many, I think the holidays has become a period for justifying inaction during the rest of the year and relieving oneself of the guilt that that inaction comes with. Of course, I know this sounds slightly ridiculous, slightly humbuggerish, possibly uncaring. But you get my broader point. So, my question is: what volunteering activities do you find socially efficacious and personally meaningful? [more inside]
posted by dskinner at 7:48 AM PST - 21 comments

Need THE book on the Iraq War

Do you know of a well-written book that covers the Iraq war? [more inside]
posted by eralclare at 7:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me experience the Best of Nicaragua!

Best of Nicaragua: In search of all the best Nicaragua has to offer. [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 7:19 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I find control issue counseling in Central America?

i returned recently from four years working in iraq and am having some readjustment issues that are probably going to cost me the most important relationship in my life. does anyone know of any sort of counseling for control issues that i could do? [more inside]
posted by bryak at 7:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Avoiding salt, but how can I keep inlaws from slipping on icy sidewalk?

What's your solution to the slippery winter sidewalks, preferably with the least impact to environment yet won't involve salt tracked in on the carpet? My in-laws are in town and the normal sidewalk and driveway shoveling is not going to be enough to keep them from slipping and falling. Here's my problem, we have kids and pets that will track in salt or de-icer all over the carpet.
posted by Mike Johnson at 7:01 AM PST - 25 comments

How does the Chinese media deal with climate change (esp. during the Olympics)?

How does the Chinese media handle climate change, and what (if any) difference did the Beijing Olympics have in this? [more inside]
posted by GIMG at 6:51 AM PST - 1 comment

What is the best way to sync folders on a Mac to folders on a PC media server?

What is the best way to sync folders on a Mac to folders on a PC media server across a network? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 6:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Recommend a LP to CD conversion service?

Recommend an LP to CD conversion service? [more inside]
posted by Comrade_robot at 6:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I lose weight being cold?

Can I lose weight being cold? [more inside]
posted by steppe at 6:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Pandora for Canadians?

Is there a Pandora for Canada? [more inside]
posted by kate blank at 5:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Tool for automatic email header extraction for Outlook?

Is there an easier way to select a group of emails in Outlook and extract their header information to a file or to the clipboard - together, all at once? An Outlook plugin perhaps? Outlook's method sucks because you can only get one header at a time via right-click and view options. I've got a load of spam that I need to send to my host for investigation.
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 5:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Tweeting my music?

Can I use Twitter feeds to make a playlist on ITunes (or other Windows mp3 players)? [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 5:20 AM PST - 11 comments

I can barely hear myself think!

With all the comings and goings of housemates, my home is a veritable mental aslyum at the moment and I am finding it impossible to study. I absolutely must complete a literature review for my Masters thesis this evening or I am dead. Does anyone know somewhere here in Barcelona that is quiet, cosey, conducive to study AND open until very late? Bonus points if they serve coffee and have wifi. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno at 5:02 AM PST - 1 comment

Truly surprising surprise endings?

The best twist endings in fiction? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 4:58 AM PST - 42 comments

West Conshohocken to NYC by train?

West Conshohocken to NYC by train? [more inside]
posted by sydney54 at 4:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Tips for binding my own copies of books in the public domain?

I took a few bookbinding classes in university and really enjoyed them, but I stopped doing it after I had saturated the market (i.e. my friends and family) with blank books to use as journals, notebooks, photo albums, etc. I recently thought that it might be fun to make hand-printed and bound editions of novellas and short stories that are in the public domain. [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 2:41 AM PST - 8 comments

How to convert a .doc into email?

How can I convert a text file into email? [more inside]
posted by underwater at 1:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Sci-fi that they will let her read and that she will love

Mefi, help me find Sci-fi books for a young girl with conservative parents. [more inside]
posted by citizngkar at 1:02 AM PST - 53 comments

November 25

What happened to Zero Tolerance?

How concerned should I be about the recent revelations about melamine in US infant formula? [more inside]
posted by cjets at 10:23 PM PST - 14 comments

I want new non-Dansko Danskos

After years of being an enthusiastic Dansko fan, I now am seeking a similar clog from someone other than Dansko. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 9:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Turkey Brine Disaster

Turkey brining fiasco - Is my turkey that has been sitting in cold tap water for the past 18 hours still good to cook? [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 9:44 PM PST - 29 comments

Recipes for an extremely strict diet.

Recipes for someone with a really strict diet [more inside]
posted by Becko at 9:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Hive mind, please help me get my foot out of my mouth.

I´ve stupidly managed to insult a guy I´ve been seeing. By voicemail. Now he doesn´t want to see me again. Can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:20 PM PST - 53 comments

What HF band to listen in on?

What HF band should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 8:55 PM PST - 4 comments

How many men have written work under a woman's name?

Can you think of any men who write, or have written, or create in any medium, under a woman's name? (I'm excluding transsexuals, and examples such as men in Shakespearean theatre and Japanese Noh Theatre.) There are plenty of women who have written under men's names, but I can't come up with a single example of the other way round. A true situation, or just my ignorance? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 8:38 PM PST - 44 comments

Help me save my sausage!

Two parts: If I have a big piece of dry summer sausage that's developed mould, do I have to throw it away? And, how do I properly store it? [more inside]
posted by geodave at 8:24 PM PST - 4 comments

How to minimize damage leaving a toxic job?

I (Mrs. Crapmatic) accepted a job 7 months ago, thinking it was a great opportunity. It has turned out to be a toxic situation. I am miserable and want to quit, but I am afraid I will be scapegoated and end up with a (very much undeserved) bad reference. Can you please help me figure out the best exit strategy? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 7:51 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I track my DVD-Rs?

Is there any good, free UNIX/Linux software you can suggest for keeping a searchable index of removable media? [more inside]
posted by tommorris at 7:18 PM PST - 7 comments

We need to keep the power on.

How do I keep the GFI from tripping? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 6:09 PM PST - 21 comments

Getting from OC to LAX on public transport

Useful transport from Orange County to LAX? [more inside]
posted by bsdfish at 5:58 PM PST - 7 comments

I want everything!

Communications madness... I have an email address that it's time to dump. It's from a dialup service that I used, and had kept around for emergency purposes. But I almost never use it anymore, and it's costing me something like $7 a month just to keep that email address. So in making the switch, I'd like to switch to something more portable, not tied to whomever I'm paying for internet access at the moment. [more inside]
posted by gjc at 5:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Will Company A wait for me while I interview at Company B? (3-4 weeks from now?)

I am likely to soon get a job offer from Company A. Yesterday, Company B called to schedule an interview for a few weeks from now. I would prefer to work at Company B, but if I didn't get the job, I would want to work at Company A. How do I handle this delicate situation, seeing as we're talking about almost a month until I would have an answer from Company B? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 5:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Alternatives to I Want Sandy

mourning-the-about-to-be-lost-productivity-filter: What alternatives to I Want Sandy can you recommend as far as email reminder services go? [more inside]
posted by dyslexictraveler at 5:20 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I organize and annotate my PDFs on linux?

Help me get my PDF's organised! I need to be reading large quantities of academic papers for research I am working on and currently don't have a way to keep my readings organised. Is there some snazzy yet simple software (preferably for linux) to help me keep a library of PDF files, and hopefully jot some comments down after I'm done reading? Additionally, any good linux software for simple highlighting/annotating of these files?
posted by comwiz at 4:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me hack my car's stereo!

I need tunes! Please help me hack* my car's stereo. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Donate Air Miles

Donating air miles for a cause [more inside]
posted by carter32 at 4:52 PM PST - 2 comments

So what if his brother's a crook.

I miss Tom Skilling. I'm looking for some good regional weather blogs, specifically for Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 4:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Forgive me, Steve Jobs!

What do I need to do to prep my MacBook Pro for running Vista as a virtual machine? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 4:31 PM PST - 10 comments

What are they counting?

What is the name of the units being counted in a street address? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley at 4:29 PM PST - 26 comments

When is the earliest I can expect an ROE from Canadian contract work?

A question regarding a Record of Employment for contract work in Canada. [more inside]
posted by jon_kill at 4:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Is planning ahead the enemy of the fresh?

How far in advance is it ok to prep veggies for Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by pants at 4:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Make my urls purty!

What's the best way for me to create human-readable urls for a Wordpress site? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 4:01 PM PST - 11 comments

They caught him in the act. Why won't he be prosecuted?

Last month, a man broke into my Mom's car (Washington state) while she was hiking and used what he found there to break into her home and steal her identity. He was caught trying to cash one of her checks with her stuff in the backseat. She found out today that the prosecutor has decided not to try him. What can she do? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 3:53 PM PST - 35 comments

ActiveSync alternatives for Exchange?

Are there any ActiveSync alternatives for Windows mobile? I need to link to my works Exchange server [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 2:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Can a shy person succeed in marketing?

I have a degree in marketing but since graduation have worked in other jobs including basic web design. In one job I was able to do some public speaking, but I am quite introverted by nature (what they call an INFP type) and according to online careers advice would be suitable for being a social worker, teacher or psychologist. However the ENFP type (the only difference being extroverted versus introverted) makes a great match for marketing jobs. 1) Is there anyone out there who works in marketing and is shy? What do you do well and what do you avoid? Is there a career niche where shy people can do well? 2) Is it possible to become more extroverted and if so what helps? Any online resources or books anyone would recommend? The only one I know is and I worry about forking over £65 only to find out I bottle out of doing the assignments they set.
posted by AuroraSky at 2:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Batch Adding Text (File Name) to JPEG Images

I have a bunch (thousands) of JPEG pictures of my company's parts. The JPEG file names are the part numbers of the parts (eg. 1234.jpg is a picture of part number 1234. Here's the tricky part... [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 2:33 PM PST - 9 comments

What do I need to reverse-engineer hardware and where can I buy it?

What equipment do I need to become an EE student cum amateur hacker? For bonus points, where can I buy it (either online or in person) in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ at 2:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Guide me to well written books about financial crimes

I want to read more about financial crimes, real and fictitious. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 1:49 PM PST - 12 comments

Instrumental Song from The Boondocks

In the animated series "The Boondocks" there is a song I can't find. (Spoilers possibly) [more inside]
posted by Groovytimes at 1:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Rio Grande Rush Hour

Brownsville, TX - Matamoros, Mexico border crossing: How long does it take to cross on a typical workday? Is there a SENTRI lane?
posted by lockestockbarrel at 1:38 PM PST - 1 comment

Never had a short haircut and want to get one. Have no idea what to do. Help!

Never had a short haircut and want to get one. Have no idea what to do. Help! [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 1:26 PM PST - 34 comments

Astroturfing: take action against or stay quiet?

What should I do, if anything, about my former company's astroturfing? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 1:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Compiling List of Common Sense Truisms

I'm trying to compile a comprehensive list of "common sense" truisms, conventional beliefs we take as axiomatic. Does anyone know any sources of truisms, proverbs, maxims and related common sense beliefs? Feel free to contribute such notions from your own domain or area of expertise! [more inside]
posted by adamrobinson at 1:15 PM PST - 26 comments

Why can't I see my Ubuntu shared folders on the network

Why can't I see my Ubuntu 8.10 shared folders and computers on a network with Samba installed and started and the folders shared. [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong at 12:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Value of Winning the Super Bowl

Are there any estimates that exist of the value to a football team (not the host city) of winning the Super Bowl? [more inside]
posted by bucksox at 12:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Cogito, ergo I Long to Learn Latin.

Help a linguistics-obsessed college student learn Latin via the magic of the interwebs. [more inside]
posted by fantine at 12:25 PM PST - 19 comments

How to avoid a bad reputation

From a previous interview, I have the contact info of a company recruiter. A new job in the same company has come up and I was wondering if it is appropriate for me to get in touch with that recruiter directly or if I should just go through the usual process. [more inside]
posted by jaybeans at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I use the slide rule on my Casio watch?

How do I use the slide rule bezel on my watch? [more inside]
posted by djb at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Absinthe in SF?

I need some absinthe for a party in SF. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I be creeped out by my dad's relationship?

Last year my dad and my step-mother divorced after 20 years of marriage. It was not an easy break-up, and my dad was pretty devastated in its wake. While it was wrenching for me to think of my dad being alone in his mid-sixties, I cheered myself knowing that my dad, being a very smart, handsome, together guy with a whole lot of awesome qualities, is definitely a catch and would almost certainly end up with someone terrific. I always pictured him being with some fun, free-spirited woman, probably a widow, someone who could match his intellect, stand up to his occasional bull-headedness, and win the hearts of his kids. He’s now with with someone, alright, but not at all what I’d imagined or hoped for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 AM PST - 55 comments

Dream up the coolest pottery studio

What would your dream pottery studio look like? Not one you'd build in your garage but a cool, full-service studio. Would it have... [more inside]
posted by lois1950 at 11:34 AM PST - 5 comments

and its the little one that beats up on the big one

my poor cat filter... we have 2 cats, brothers rescued together as kittens. Fuzzy-man is insecure and jealous and really dislikes seeing his brother get attention. Also, he seems to attack his brother (handsome-man) to punish him for recieving affection! [more inside]
posted by muscat at 11:09 AM PST - 7 comments

House of Reps diagram, please

Wikipedia has a wicked diagram of where everyone sits in the House of Commons. Does anyone know of a similar diagram for the US House of Representatives?
posted by Dr. Send at 10:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Starting a tour business. Any advice?

Starting a custom tourism company in California. What do I need to know and be sure I cover? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find nice larger-sized men's dress shirts?

I am looking to purchase (online) a dress shirt for a man with a 20-inch neck and 34-inch sleeves. [more inside]
posted by pluma moos at 10:40 AM PST - 8 comments

My GPS didn't know where I was!

How long does it take for new data to get to the major GPS data providers and for GPS systems to update? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Do there exist any combination USB turntables/tape decks?

Do there exist any combination USB turntables/tape decks? [more inside]
posted by quatsch at 10:28 AM PST - 4 comments

Pinky fix

I broke my finger four years ago this month, and it's still a mess. Is it too late to get it fixed right? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I make windows play nice with itself?

How can I dual boot XP and Vista on my Vaio when all I have is the factory recovery Vista disc and a "XP downgrade" disc? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange at 9:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Grad school with no undergrad?

My sister would like to go to grad school, but didn't finish her undergrad. Impossible? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 9:33 AM PST - 26 comments

Vegan babies eat what?

What do I feed two vegan infants? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 9:06 AM PST - 53 comments

Mom loves Christmas, but the whole family can't afford it this year...

My sister and I want to do a gift-free Christmas. What rules should we set? And how do we break the news to our mom? She's big on bargain hunting and spoiling us, so we're sure she's not going to take this well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I rise above mediocrity?

LawFilter: How can a person with poor grades and limited experience as an attorney find a good job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Girly girl shopping for manly things...

Gifts-for-men filter: don't worry, I know generally what I want to get, I'm just looking for specific item suggestions/brand names for a) a person who needs gloves, and b) a person who occasionally likes cigars. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Not that I'm complaining, but how did gas get so cheap?

Not that I'm complaining, but why have gas prices dropped so dramatically in recent weeks? I understand how they rose so high-- chaos in the Middle East disrupted the oil supply and hurricanes destroyed some processing capability in the US-- but I'm seeing close to $1.80 a gallon now when I thought I'd never see under $3 again. Forgive me for my ignorance, but I feel like I missed something.
posted by Faint of Butt at 8:54 AM PST - 26 comments

Xbox netflix woes.

I just joined netflix to watch it on my x-box 360 and the movies look terrible, what can I do? [more inside]
posted by Ponderance at 8:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Cheap Seoul lodgings for a week

Seoul readers! Super cheap places to stay in Seoul? Hostels? Love motels? Your place for a few bucks? [more inside]
posted by nerdpita at 8:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Great student group web sites?

Examples of great student group web sites?
posted by raf at 8:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Creating links to Adobe files

How can I link to downloadable Adobe Illustrator and EPS documents on our intranet? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 8:26 AM PST - 6 comments sales virgin

HoldmyhandFilter... I'm thinking of selling/shipping a rather expensive antique instrument to someone in Europe (I'm in Canada). [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 8:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Did my mother walk into a dinosaur?

Could my mother have hit her head on a dinosaur neck when I was four? [more inside]
posted by minifigs at 8:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Right Tool for the Job?

I have a couple of thousands coupon ads to make. Which is the right tool for the job: Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel, or Indesign? [more inside]
posted by leigh1 at 7:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Mystery book mystery

I'm looking for a short mystery stories book I read in a library. One of the stories is where a character comes up a flight of stairs and thinks he sees something (a murder?) in someone's apartment, but it's actually some kind of mirrored reflection of a mirrored reflection of someone through a window across the street. The book/collection was published before 1996 and if I remember correctly, was all short story mysteries of 5 to 20 pages.
posted by cashman at 7:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Christmas Shopping Filter - Telescope

I need recommendations for an entry-level telescope and perhaps a good book to go with it. [more inside]
posted by coollibrarian at 7:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Both feet? Both feet and a hand?

I always knew I'd go back to grad school to get my PhD in English, but have I shot myself in the foot by picking 2009, aka the year of financial armageddon and joblessness, to apply to top-notch programs? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 7:37 AM PST - 8 comments

What's this fairly creepy illustration I saw in a book as a child?

What's this fairly creepy illustration I saw in a book as a child? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 7:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Men's Wearhouse house brand?

Does anyone have any opinions of the Men's Wearhouse house brand of suits, Primo Uomo, as compared to any other off-the-rack sub-$500 department store suit (Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, etc.)? Primarily asking of about quality/construction/life as opposed to style.
posted by blueshammer at 7:28 AM PST - 18 comments

How To Find Swing Controls for Slideware?

I'm trying to find some Swing/AWT gui controls for WYSIWYG slide layout authoring. What kind of search terms will help me find these (if, of course, they exist at all)? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 7:19 AM PST - 1 comment

Do all London fridges stink?

I've searched supermarkets all over West London for something that'll de-stink my fridge. Bicarbonate of soda, branded products, I just can't seem to find it any more. Do you know where I can find some bicarbonate of soda or a similar fridge de-stinking product?
posted by almostwitty at 7:14 AM PST - 13 comments

How to move my iTunes library from one computer to another while keeping in tact the original "date added" field for all 100gbs?

How to move my iTunes library from one computer to another while keeping in tact the original "date added" field for all 100gbs? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 6:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Need to find specific kind of turkey in Brooklyn

I'm a little late to the party on this one, but I need recommendations on where I can buy a heritage turkey tomorrow in NYC, hopefully Brooklyn. I would prefer it be kosher, and thus, brined and hopefully raised humanely, but it is not a requirement. Will Wednesday be too late to find this specific thing?
posted by josher71 at 6:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Mathematics sightseeing in Greece.

Can anyone suggest good places to visit in Greece (or nearby) that are relevent to mathematics? Much more detail inside. [more inside]
posted by junipero at 6:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Dreaming of a Bicycle Christmas

Sigh. So, this question inspired me to sign up for the NY Cares Winter Wishes program. Which should be great, right? Except yesterday I got the letter from the kid and I don't think I can get her what she asked for. [more inside]
posted by felix grundy at 6:44 AM PST - 107 comments

uploading videos to wordpress

Wordpress filter: I was trying to upload a video for display on a wordpress blog directly from my hard driver (as opposed to via youtube). Doesn't seem to be working. Anyone know any tricks? And as it happens, I tried uploading the video to youtube, but got a more low-res version than I'd like — any tips there?
posted by dearleader at 6:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Help my friend stay sober

How do I help a friend in recovery from narcotics make it to two clean years? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 6:35 AM PST - 9 comments

Will my computer work when I put it together?

ComputerBuildingFilter: As my home PC just recently kicked the bucket, I'm looking into building my own PC for the first time, and I want to make sure the parts I'm looking at buying are compatible. [more inside]
posted by Grither at 6:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Is there a book on the history of the crossword?

My girlfriend is mildly addicted to cryptic crosswords. She’s also mad about History. Is there a book available that combines the two? [more inside]
posted by Del Chimney at 6:15 AM PST - 12 comments Scrobbler and firewall woes

Is there a specific file in which the scrobbler caches scrobbled music which has not been uploaded? I am stuck behind a corporate firewall at work which prevents the scrobbler from uploading the tracks I've listened to. I'm not interested in bypassing the firewall at work but instead am wondering if it's possible instead to transfer a file to my home PC so that the cached tracks can be uploaded by the copy of the scrobbler running on that machine. Any thoughts appreciated.
posted by patricio at 6:06 AM PST - 3 comments

I'm 26 and am very confused about whether or not I should extend my study abroad trip

My mother thinks I should stay home. I'm having an internal conflict about what I want to do. Whenever I tell myself I want to return to Copenhagen, I immediately doubt it and think I should return home. If I say I want to go home, I feel like I will regret not returning to Copenhagen forever. [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 5:43 AM PST - 35 comments

How to make a cake look like a Guitar Hero controller?

Suggestions for making a Guitar Hero cake look like the guitar controller? The problem is all the black.... [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 4:40 AM PST - 11 comments

David vs. capitalist greed and corruption

I would like to sue Citibank. What would be the most effective way to go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by brandnew at 4:10 AM PST - 24 comments

Good Limbo Song?

Anyone have a really good calypso suggestion for toddlers to limbo to?
posted by smartypanties at 2:51 AM PST - 15 comments

November 24

How can I deal with my overly large collection of unplayed video games?

How can I deal with my overly large collection of unplayed video games? [more inside]
posted by fearthehat at 10:30 PM PST - 26 comments

How quickie is too quickie when it comes to a green card marriage?

Green-card-via-quickie-marriage-filter.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:46 PM PST - 30 comments

An unusually boring port in the storm.

What to do with a bottle of port? (other than the obvious). [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 9:45 PM PST - 16 comments

Have you ever gotten so lost in your thoughts that you lost touch with reality?

Have you ever been so bored with reality that you became lost in your own fantasies more than usual? [more inside]
posted by pixelnark at 9:29 PM PST - 13 comments

"Hey, what time is it?" "What?" I SAID, WHAT TIME IS IT?" "HUUUUH???"

What's the psychology behind EXTREMELY loud music in nightclubs, concerts, and even some stores? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 9:28 PM PST - 32 comments

Help me get my groove back

I’ve not been dealing well with stress at work recently, and I am now taking some time off to try and recover. What sort of things can I do to get my groove back? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Songs with whistling in them?

Please recommend to me some songs that have whistling in them? [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 8:11 PM PST - 94 comments

Pink Floyd diving woman mosaic image?

Help me locate this 'diving-woman-turns-into-mosaic' Pink Floyd art. [more inside]
posted by mistikle at 8:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Brain Drain

What is the physical resource inside your brain that gets used up when you focus and concentrate for long hours? How do you beef up the ability to sustain concentrated thought, aside from diet/exercise/sleep? [more inside]
posted by parallax7d at 8:04 PM PST - 16 comments

In-place replacement of charset barf in static html files?

How do I replace non-printable barf from charset mangling with sed/awk or perl? I have a collection of flat html files which at some point in the past got corrupted charset-wise. You can see an example broken file here. Apache serves them up utf-8 in a clearly broken way, but dropping in a .htaccess to force iso-8859-1 doesn't help (see here) and ditto windows-1252 (see here). When I open the files in vim or less, I see "<89>" as if it were one char for what should be ’ (right curly quotation mark). I don't know how to replace that in a programmatic way since it's not a literal bracket-eight-nine-bracket. Halp?
posted by tarheelcoxn at 7:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Turn the my brain from Spock-like robot into artist.

Brain shift: How do I transition out of a heavily academic/theoretical mode, and into a creative one? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 7:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me get a second and third (and beyond) date!

What am I doing wrong on the first and second date? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 6:51 PM PST - 40 comments

Why are there two hole outhouses?

What was the reason for some outhouses to have two or more holes?
posted by Jumpin Jack Flash at 6:48 PM PST - 31 comments

Recommendations for a film on a social movement?

What film / documentary on a social movement(s) left a deep impression on you? [more inside]
posted by aielen at 6:32 PM PST - 28 comments

Voice Dailing Service for Blind/Disabled (US)

Does anyone know of a voice dial service (like GOOG-411) that works in the US for residential as well as business numbers, on landline phones? It's for a blind person with limited mobility, so the service needs to actually place the call for the user, and not require any dialing or button-pushing beyond the initial call.
posted by blatherbob at 5:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Feature creep; never do work for friends?

How do I escape from my friend's Web design project from hell? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 34 comments

DIY Dentistry: always a bad idea?

Should I pull this tooth out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 PM PST - 17 comments

What cool things can we do with Google Apps?

Help-me-stay-employed-filter: In what nifty ways has your organization put Google Apps to use? [more inside]
posted by trunk muffins at 5:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Why isn't the process of waking from sleep pleasant for most?

Why isn't the process of waking up quick and pleasant for most? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit at 5:14 PM PST - 33 comments

Life as an OT?

Posting for a friend: What's it like to be an occupational therapist? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live at 5:06 PM PST - 2 comments


Can I open/run any old program I want from within Xbox media center (on my mac mini)? [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy at 4:59 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the economic success of Dubai attributed to?

I read the Wikipedia article on Dubai itself, but am still confused as to exactly how businesses such as a hotel located in the country can afford to do things like put on a larger fireworks show than the opening ceremony of the Olympics.

A friend of mine with Republican/Libertarian leanings told me they do not charge any form of taxes and that is why business has boomed there, but I am a bit dubious about this answer.

I know they use a lot of borderline slave labor to build, but there has to be more than that too.
posted by idyllhands at 4:45 PM PST - 26 comments

Email client not working properly? You don't say...

I created an Automator Workflow to do a daily automatic offsite backup of my documents. The only snag is that when I get my mac's Mail program to send the email to my gmail account, most of the time the message just sits in the outbox and doesn't actually send; but sometimes it starts sending right away. What gives?
posted by GleepGlop at 4:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me log my work day...

Can you help me log my work day? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener at 4:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Vegas camping, with views of the city?

I am approaching Las Vegas Nevada from the east via car. Is there any car camping or backpacking in the mountains that ring Las Vegas where one can see the lights of the city, without setting foot in it? [more inside]
posted by kuatto at 4:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Help find this book!

I have been searching for this book for about 35 years, guess I need some help. [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 4:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Not *on* the cat.

Recommendations for cat-sitting services in Oakland? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 3:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Need to simplify Vista. Please do not answer "get a mac."

What can I do to simplify my parents' new PC? I've never used Vista before. [more inside]
posted by hooray at 3:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Leather Jacket Repair

Where can a leather jacket be repaired near White Plains, NY? My son's new jacket brushed against a metal fence and has a clean slice in the sleeve. 2 tailors want to glue and stitch it, but I'm afraid it will look as if the jacket has a scar. Any suggestions?
posted by suzeQ at 3:47 PM PST - 4 comments

How much should I put in my medical Flexible Spending Account?

How much should I put in my medical Flexible Spending Account for next year? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 3:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Get rid of Picasa floating tab.

Using picasa 3 to make a movie (as per this). The rendering will take over 1 hour. How to get rid of the useless "Making Movie" tab. [more inside]
posted by signal at 3:11 PM PST - 1 comment

What is the best Credit Card gimmick offer right now?

In the past I have been paid the following things to sign up for a Credit Card: a slice of pizza, a shirt, a $15 discount, and now at Amazon, a $30 discount. Are there any with a higher value than that? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 2:44 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me keep the riffraff out of the (SSH) tunnel

Please help an idiot lock down SSH access to a Leopard machine. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 1:54 PM PST - 15 comments

Fundamental Theorem What?

Someone explain to me, or show me where I can go to grasp better, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. [more inside]
posted by Precision at 1:49 PM PST - 15 comments

Thank you-now go buy groceries with this gift card

Is a gift card to a buy-in-bulk type store a tacky gift to give to hosts? [more inside]
posted by simplethings at 1:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me gobble this gobbler

Have you ever dry-brined a turkey? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 1:26 PM PST - 12 comments

What are the most promising industries for a software engineer?

CareerFilter: I will be finishing my BS in Computer Science in 2-3 years. What industries will likely offer the best earnings potential and interesting work to a software engineer, and how do I improve my attractiveness as a potential hire to those industries? [more inside]
posted by [user was fined for this post] at 1:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there any indemnity?

What happens when a bodyguard shoots and kills someone while protecting their client? [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower at 12:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Help! I'm nervous and I can't do anything.

I have Stratterra, Adderall, and Xanax. What can I do to get serious anxiety and ADD symptoms under control, quickly and for the short-term? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:24 PM PST - 28 comments

Calling All Engineers!

I am stuck on a "design of machine components" project. Anyone care to take a crack? Its actually a pretty simple spring problem. [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella at 12:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Small & silent snacking suggestions?

What small (snack-sized), quiet (non-crunchy), neat (non-crumb making) and relatively healthy foods can I keep at my desk? [more inside]
posted by dogmom at 12:10 PM PST - 43 comments

DMV hearing on fake accident - what to do?

Out of the blue, my spouse received a form letter from the DMV claiming that he caused more than $750 in damages over two months ago. He doesn't know anything about this...what to do? [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

American Pie

How should we class up a patriotic Jello pie? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 11:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Where should I study Japanese in the Bay Area?

Where should I study Japanese in the Bay Area? I work at EA and one of my co-workers is visiting from Japan. I'm conversationally fluent but still feel my grammar and vocabulary is really rough (plus, I'm as illiterate as a peasant). [more inside]
posted by ebness86 at 11:44 AM PST - 3 comments

Why ya gotta (phosp)hate

How to counter the effects of phosphate free dishwasher detergent when we have hard water? [more inside]
posted by tdischino at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments


My headphones have broke again - the plastic parts that connect the headphone to the headpiece. I use my headphones everyday, and find that no headphones are durable enough to handle me. Maybe i need to stop going to places like futureshop to get headphones, but i thought that by spending 100 bucks that it would be somewhat quality, but it isnt. [more inside]
posted by figTree at 11:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Evolution, Thai style?

Tell me about the Thai image that shows an evolutionary progression from a rabbit to a general. [more inside]
posted by chez shoes at 11:11 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I find/identify people who are open to dating rather than just hookups?

How can I find/identify people who are open to dating rather than just hookups? I'm interested in dating, but I'm not interested in hookups or one-night stands. It's difficult for me to find guys who are on the same page. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:01 AM PST - 27 comments

five... five dollar... five dollar pashminas!

Where can I get cheap pashmina scarves in DC? [more inside]
posted by kerning at 10:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Finding an odd French-made incense.

Essence of Color French Incense; ever heard of it? [more inside]
posted by ZaneJ. at 10:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Third party camera battery?

After many years, my Canon PowerShot S20 needs a new Ni-MH battery. Canon sells a replacement battery for $49. Amazon sells a third party replacement made by Hi Capacity for about half the price. There are no user reviews for the cheaper batteries. Is the $49 Canon battery a waste of money?
posted by R. Mutt at 10:54 AM PST - 8 comments

Why is Johnny Marr so highly regarded ?

Why is Johnny Marr so highly regarded ? So why is he consider a champion of the guitar ? [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 10:36 AM PST - 25 comments

J'ai une chaise longue et poussiéreux.

How to care for an LC4 chaise longue? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:24 AM PST - 1 comment

Movie with one swear word just for the R rating?

MovieFilter: I remember a movie that contained only one swear word, and the characters make reference to the MPAA rules that forces an R rating. What's that movie? [more inside]
posted by svdodge at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

What caused my engine to shut off?

What caused my engine to shut off? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 10:07 AM PST - 10 comments

How to terminate an employee for sexual harassment?

I think I need to terminate an employee for sexual harassment, help! [more inside]
posted by Izzy at 9:37 AM PST - 30 comments

Get us out of Fresno, CA!

At the last minute, 5 of us (adults) are taking a trip to Fresno, CA for Thanksgiving. We're meeting up with my sister, her husband and their two kids (3 & 1 years old). We don't want to stay in Fresno - We'd like to head somewhere else. Can any of you suggest a destination within 1-3 hours of Fresno? With the 2 kids, we're limited a bit, but not too much. Also, we don't mind just going to a pretty destination and spending time together - In other words, we don't have to be constantly entertained. We'd like to spend Thursday - Saturday. We won't be eating Thanksgiving dinner, so we don't need anything particularly associated with Thanksgiving. I hope I haven't made this too muddled...
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 9:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Won't Someone Rid Me of these Meddlesome Birds?

Please give me tips and tricks for scaring away or chasing away wild turkeys. This is in Southern Ontario (Cambridge). [more inside]
posted by sandraregina at 9:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Metadata best practice for new department names

metadata metafilter ! How to correctly keep updated metadata in our documents at work after departments change their names? [more inside]
posted by alchemist at 9:33 AM PST - 4 comments

To format or not to format a drive with important files on it

Please help me figure out whether or not to format an unformatted hard drive that still has data I need on it. [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 9:33 AM PST - 7 comments

Name that tree species.

What are those stalwart little trees called that somehow grow atop the otherwise barren mesas in northern New Mexico? I just returned from my first visit to that region, driving north from Albuquerque to Farmington. What species of plants/bushes/foliage are growing up there? I'm nobody's dendrologist, nor a botanist, for that matter, so I thought I'd ask.
posted by jackypaper at 9:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Advice for baby portraits sought.

I'm taking my 5 month old daughter to have pictures taken at JC Penny. Advice needed. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 9:02 AM PST - 14 comments

There's got to be a better way to sync iPhone photos!

So I ponied up and got an iPhone last week after holding out for a year and a half. I'm head-over-heels in love with this thing! However, as is want to happen in relationships, there is usually one or two glaring flaws that emerge after some time spent together. I've found my one big gripe (so far) with the iPhone; photo syncing. [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 8:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking up ancient Greek words

What resources are available to investigate the meaning of a philosophical term in ancient Greek? I'm looking for something far more detailed than just a dictionary or a translation of a passage--I'd like to be aware of the shades of meaning and nuances of use, historical baggage, etc. In case some context is helpful, there are a couple of Greek terms that might be useful as metaphors in a dissertation, but I want to make sure that I know all the ways that the terms might be taken when designing the metaphor. The catch is that I don't speak any Greek, either ancient or modern; however, resources in English, French, Spanish, and German are all options.
posted by philosophygeek at 8:50 AM PST - 8 comments

The problem with Preview

MacFilter: How do I get Preview back? [more inside]
posted by jammy at 8:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Flat, wide, short feet: help finding boots?

I have feet that are flat (no significant arch), wide, and on the shorter side (around sizes 8.5 to 9 mens, US). Where can I find decent winter boots (and shoes in general, for that matter)? [more inside]
posted by korpios at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Food ready to order

Asking for a friend... What is the (famous?) company that sells pre-cooked meals? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 8:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Where can I buy a copy of the New York Law Journal in Manhattan?

Where can I buy a copy of the New York Law Journal in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by dorisfromregopark at 8:14 AM PST - 1 comment

looking for an iPhone "microphone amp" application

Is there an iPhone app (jailbroken or legit) that simply outputs the sound from the microphone directly to the headphones with no delay, as if it were an amp? I tried searching google and the iPhone store with no success.
posted by helios at 8:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Chocolate chip chocolate chip cookie dough cookies.

When asked for dessert recommendations, my friend’s 8-year-old son suggested “chocolate chip cookies with chunks of chocolate chip cookie dough in them.” How on earth can I pull off this fantastic treat? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 7:59 AM PST - 41 comments

Experience with Center for Cultural Interchange

Have you or someone you know used the services of the Center for Cultural Interchange, CCI? My daughter is looking to go to Europe next summer are we are curious about the experience others have had. [more inside]
posted by GregWithLime at 7:54 AM PST - 3 comments


What is the future of HDCP -- are DVDs likely to adopt it, and is it going to mess me up? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 7:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Said's last word

Where can I find Edward Said's last position vis-a-vis a one-state/two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 7:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me put grandma's voice on the computer!

How can we get voicemail from the cell phone to the computer? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 7:21 AM PST - 22 comments

stupid computers, always cutting things short

Question for those of you who have seen "Knee Deep": My recording cut out - how much did I miss? (spoilers inside) [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 6:49 AM PST - 0 comments

Why can't my Macbook remember preferences settings?

I recently had to do an Archive and Install of Leopard on my Macbook, due to the fact that it suddenly got stuck on a blue screen (the irony) on boot. Now, everything seems fine, except for the fact that some of my preferences don't "stick," so, for example, each time I tell the OS to open .doc files with Pages, it works for a day or so, but then, .doc files start automatically opening with TextEdit. Thee are more examples inside. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 6:39 AM PST - 6 comments

How to create a rental agreement in BC

How do you set-up a lease/rental agreement from the tenant's side in BC, Canada? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Where in the world can one study myofascial trigger point therapy?

Which courses of study offer training in myofascial trigger point therapy to a professional standard, taught in English? [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 6:26 AM PST - 1 comment

Help stop my dog's pee colonization on my carpet.

I've read related posts on AskMeFi several times, as I've dealt with this before. I know there's something I'm missing. My dog pees in the house, albeit infrequently...except when she's peed in the house recently. I clean up the spots using Nature's Miracle (now Petastic). I do things to discourage her from peeing again near that area (blocking it off, putting her food nearby, etc.). She pees again in close proximity, but not at exactly the same spot. So, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anarchivist at 6:26 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me prepare right for a no-sugar diet

Help me find some recipes for a high protein, low car, no sugar diet intended to help my wife and I lose weight. Some restrictions inside. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 6:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Building A House - How to Get A Steel Beam in Place?

My brother is building his own house (a carriage house - no basement and living quarters above a garage). He needs to get an 800-pound, 40-foot steel I-beam across the top of the first floor walls. He wants to do this himself using a backhoe and the help of some friends. He's not sure how to do it and I've got some concerns about doing it safely. [more inside]
posted by 14580 at 5:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Sex on drugs

What are your experiences having sex on drugs? [more inside]
posted by DLWM at 5:23 AM PST - 17 comments

NYE London pub location desired please

London New Year's Eve Pub Fun Help Please! [more inside]
posted by einekleine at 5:06 AM PST - 1 comment

Where in the world is my parcel?

What did USPS do with my parcel? [more inside]
posted by girlgeeknz at 2:56 AM PST - 8 comments

PHP Affiliate script with Superaffiliate option...

I'm looking for a php affiliate script that integrates with Paypal with a special "superaffiliate" function. [more inside]
posted by wibbler at 1:56 AM PST - 1 comment

anti-postmodernism for postmodernists?

anti-postmodernism for postmodernists? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 12:30 AM PST - 30 comments

November 23

Plain Text Password in Welcome Email

Online Security Filter: Welcome email contained plain text password. Specific examples of why this is bad needed. [more inside]
posted by TauLepton at 11:50 PM PST - 19 comments

So, how does Windows transmit an IP?

I've two wireless connections on the same box. So, how does windows choose which one to use? Sort of related: I've a dotnet client/server application which is IP specific for its database (MYSQL) and two LAN connections on the same server (one for local, one for the internet). How do I force that application or database to use the right one (the local)?
posted by converge at 11:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Spare your wrath about 80s music, please, this is my childhood we're talking about.

I've been looking for an old CD my parents used to play when I was little, caled "here come the hits", but it doesn't seem to be anywhere visible. In fact, it seems to have dropped out of existence entirely; I can't even find a tracklisting on the internet so I can gather the songs from other sources. I know "shout" by tears for fears was one of the songs, and "black cars look better in the shade" and "one night in bangkok" are likely contenders. Can somebody help me find an official tracklist for this album of 80's one-hit-wonders so I can get some closure?
posted by tehloki at 10:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Can I SLI my video cards without the original bridge?

Where can I get an SLI bridge to connect two nVidia GeForce 7600 GTs? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls at 10:06 PM PST - 4 comments

USA under new management in 58, 57, 56...days

I want to make or buy an advent calendar that leads up to Barak Obama's inauguration day. Assuming there are no such calendars to be purchased, what sorts of trinkets and candy should I use to fill the compartments. I think the date range will be from Christmas day to the inauguration so I can give them as Christmas gifts to my lefty friends. (I was inspired by this question)
posted by DB Cooper at 9:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Have you seen this obscure SF collection?

Does anybody remember seeing an online collection of 100 very short science fiction stories? [more inside]
posted by teraflop at 9:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Who did this political cartoon?

Looking for a political cartoon in which a gay Republican is asked about how he arrived at his political identity, and he eventually answers, "I'm in a high tax bracket." I remember it as a Tom Tomorrow or possibly Ted Rall cartoon from the late '90s or early '00s, but so far I've had no luck in Googling for it.
posted by backtotherain at 9:50 PM PST - 4 comments

What sites offer useful iPhone App listings & reviews?

The App store on the iPhone is so cluttered it's practically unbrowsable for me. Things are only a little bit better on the desktop version of iTunes. For the most part I've been finding cool applications as they are mentioned in some of the blogs I already read. Surely there are some websites out there that keep up a good overview of the best iPhone apps. What sites are you using to find good apps for the iPhone?
posted by shanevsevil at 9:49 PM PST - 10 comments

There's only so much clicking I want to do in order to see 100+ pictures.

I've been browsing through a website whose pages are set up to be viewed as indexes/directories with no HTML. Many of the files listed are image files, and I'd like to be able to see them without having to click on each one individually. Is there some kind of add-on or plugin that will automatically show thumbnails of all the images on the page or am I stuck clicking on each one?
posted by elfgirl at 9:49 PM PST - 6 comments

What is the best career-change book you have read?

What inspirational, motivational career and job-hunting book do you recommend? Did it change the way you went about your job hunt or thought about your career, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 9:38 PM PST - 13 comments

What techniques, tools or resources do you use for modifying enclosures in electronic projects?

What techniques, tools or resources do you use for modifying enclosures in electronic projects? [more inside]
posted by st0rey at 9:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Are the Mario Brothers named after characters from "The Wages Of Fear"?

Are the Mario Brothers named after characters from "The Wages Of Fear"? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 9:25 PM PST - 4 comments

The Chunder Queen

I have a very weak stomach when it comes to alcohol. Help me not embarrass myself on my 21st birthday! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:52 PM PST - 41 comments

How does child bearing and rearing affect the salary gap between men and women?

How does child bearing and rearing affect the salary gap between men and women? [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot at 8:43 PM PST - 12 comments

New Years Eve in Manila

Things to do on New Year's Eve in Manila? [more inside]
posted by mamaquita at 8:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Great ideas to spice up fish cooking?

What is the best fish cookbook for the beginner?
posted by parmanparman at 8:38 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I ask my friends to model for me?

How do I ask my friends to model for me without being a creepy creepster? [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac at 8:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Magical DST Formula, or just funky math?

Please help explain why this formula works. [more inside]
posted by SquidLips at 8:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Is this friendship over?

Is my best friend growing apart from me, or is she throwing herself headlong into a seriously unhealthy relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Colorado family ranch vacation spot needed

Colorado family winter vacation refuge this late date, I need your help to find a ranch in Colorado that provides families with a retreat that includes winter fun, outdoor fires, good food, sleigh rides, horses, etc. I've searched the internet and am confronted with numerous possibilities for which I have nothing to rely on, etc. If anyone has any experience they could share or suggestions, I'd be most appreciative. Obviously, time is of the essence...
posted by america4 at 7:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Making New Friends in a Busy Social World, overcoming Anxiety

Currently, I have few friends. I've always had problems making friends. I've had even bigger problems keeping them. I don't know where to start, or how to remedy. ....... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Perhaps the secret service will recruit ceiling cat next...

West Wing Filter: What's that dude doing walking on the roof? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 6:37 PM PST - 18 comments

Is it possible to be a polymath these days?

Is it possible for somebody to be a true Renaissance Man these days, or has hyperspecialization taken us all as hostages forever?
posted by dcrocha at 6:20 PM PST - 21 comments

SO offered job in another city. I'm not sold on it being a hot idea.

Short version: My wife has been offered a two year position in another city. I want to support her and this may be a good opportunity for her, but my instinct says it would be a mistake for our future and our finances. For the many MeFites who have undoubtedly been in similarly sized shoes: aside from budgets and plus/minus lists, what do we need to be considering when making this decision and what is a good way to create consensus if it seems like we can't agree? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Oil is dwindling. Right now it happens to also be cheap. I should "buy" it, right?

So the price of oil is ridiculously low right now. But since we're running out of the stuff in the mid-to-long-term, can you explain to me why i shouldn't pour a nice big chunk of my investment egg into oil futures? [more inside]
posted by snortlebort at 6:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I get The Man hot sauce from Seattle if I'm not in Seattle?

Where can I get The Man hot sauce online? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it time to use our retirement funds to buy 2 houses?

We have a house but want another one. Hope to retain ownership of both. Please help us figure out how to accomplish this in the midst of the wild economy without making a huge mistake. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 11 comments

one “indeterminate” test + one “negative” test = HIV negative?

HIV testing filter: Does a negative test always trump an indeterminate one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Is my freezer malfunctioning?

What does it mean if my freezer can free meat solid but ice cream remains soft? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick at 5:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Flash animation on the fly?

How can I use Adobe Flash to animate on the fly? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 4:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Sysadmin advice for a first timer?

I'm starting a new job as a system administrator for small business in a few weeks, what can I do to prepare myself? [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin at 4:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Student can finally eat but can no longer afford food.

Is a crown necessary after having a root canal? [more inside]
posted by guniang at 4:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Bookmark ettiquette?

It seemed like a trivial thing to me, leaving in another bookmark while reading someone else's book, but it's come up before. Was he rude to take it out, or am I being over-sensitive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:48 PM PST - 38 comments

How do I reconcile bisexuality with male friendships?

I’m struggling with how to deal with male friendships. I’m a guy. I’m also bisexual. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:47 PM PST - 32 comments

Moving from Canada to England and Finding Work?

Moving from Canada to England: how easy (or hard) is it, and what does it involve? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:47 PM PST - 6 comments

What jobs are linguists good at, and who will give me one for the summer?

What jobs are linguists good at, and who will give me one for the summer? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

How invisible is he really?

Would a invisible man set off a motion detector? [more inside]
posted by pokeedog at 4:43 PM PST - 12 comments

How's Fredericksburg I-95 traffic on Black Friday?

How bad will I-95 traffic around Fredericksburg be on Black Friday? [more inside]
posted by parttimesaint at 4:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for successful lessons from art class when you were a teenager.

What exercises or experiences do you remember most from art class when you were a kid? Did you ever have an "aha!" moment, and, if so, what caused it? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 4:30 PM PST - 11 comments

Why isn't the VPN between two Cisco ASA 5505s working?

Why isn't the VPN between two Cisco ASA 5505s working when I switch ISPs? One of the ASA 5505s is sort-of dual homed in the new configuration. The VPN appears to establish, but I can't pass traffic from one LAN to the other. [more inside]
posted by chengjih at 4:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Gifts for strangers?

Gift ideas for a 14-year-old girl and 69-year-old woman we've never met? [more inside]
posted by owtytrof at 4:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Baby's first webcam.

Please help me buy a webcam! I don't know anything about webcams. [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 3:52 PM PST - 7 comments

cheap auto liability insurance

Where can I get cheap auto liability insurance for an older vehicle? I want the minimum auto insurance required by law in PA, which is liability. We used to have Esurance, which I was happy with, but they seem to only cover cars made since 1981, and our new vehicle is a 1980. I know I can get quotes online, but I'm not sure where to start. Do you know a company with cheap rates that offers just liability coverage on a vehicle that old?
posted by lgyre at 3:35 PM PST - 6 comments

How can one learn to be more patient and kind with an elderly family member who has a difficult personality?

How can one learn to be more patient and kind with an elderly family member who has a difficult personality? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 3:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Best way to switch a virus-riddled Eee running XP to Ubuntu?

First-time Windows user. Brand new Asus Eee running Windows XP. Will installing Ubuntu get rid of these nasty viruses? [more inside]
posted by rebekah at 3:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Is my vegan diet causing memory and focus problems?

My diet is almost totally vegan. I can no longer think straight and my memory is getting worse all the time. I'm struggling to regain mental clarity and control. I'm not willing to give up veganism. But I need solutions. [more inside]
posted by davathar at 3:22 PM PST - 64 comments

I can't get SQL 2000 Server to see a newly added disk in a 2-node Windows 2000 cluster

I have a 2-node Windows 2000 Enterprise Server Cluster running SQL 2000 Server. I've added a new Disk Resource to the cluster. The two servers can see the new disk and failover is seamless. However, SQL Server does not see the new disk. I cannot move a database to the new disk, change the backup location to the new disk, etc. What steps are required to get SQL to see the new disk?
posted by eratus at 2:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Identify LCD panel

Help me identify an Optrex 10 pin lcd panel/controller so I can program it. [more inside]
posted by fingo at 2:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Stock sound archive?

Stock sound? Is there a place on the internets where one can download freely or purchase sound samples- not CD collections. Like if I want thunder, or trains, or some other cheesy stuff.
posted by xmutex at 2:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Please Stand By... or not.

My home-built computer running Windows XP will not enter Stand By or Hibernate mode. Why? [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco at 1:46 PM PST - 9 comments

The illusive ham cheese!

Where can I find some ham cheese? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 1:39 PM PST - 1 comment

What simple Indian dish should I bring to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner?

I'm making Thanksgiving dinner with my American friend for her German host family. We want to share a little of our American "Thanksgiving culture" with them. My family in Maine always gets Indian carryout. What to do? [more inside]
posted by comfortinsound at 1:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Is there anywhere I can purchase and download a copy of Civilization 4 for the Mac?

Is there anywhere I can purchase and download a copy of Civilization 4 for the Mac? [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme at 1:23 PM PST - 6 comments

What happens to a candle's wax?

When a candle is burnt indoors, what happens to the wax? An amount of smoke equivalent to the mass of the candle is released as it's burnt (?)--does this manage to escape the house, or does most of it stay in the room and coat the walls, floors, ceiling, etc.?
posted by mstillwell at 12:52 PM PST - 27 comments

Where is the best place to buy strong magnets online?

Where is the best place to buy strong magnets online? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie at 12:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Why won't my car go in reverse?

Please diagnose my car problem! [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg at 12:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me make a cheese plate.

Help me make a cheese plate for Thanksgiving. [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 11:34 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me figure out this strange laptop battery behavior.

Help me figure out this strange laptop battery behavior. [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 11:26 AM PST - 10 comments

RIP Mac... help me make Windows not suck

Long time Mac guy stuck for the foreseeable future using Windows. I'm out of the loop, but very computer literate. Looking for the BEST software for everything. What can't you live without? [more inside]
posted by sindas at 11:24 AM PST - 31 comments

Fur Coat Summer Storage

Summer Fur Coat Storage: Is this a Fur Industry scam or a way to extend the life of your coat? (animal activists, please don't go whacky on me, I'm a vegetarian but I live in Chicago and I'm sorry, down jackets are just not as warm nor can you wear a down jacket to a wedding, the opera, etc). Every summer I mull over whether or not to have my coat and jacket cleaned and stored--obviously the fur industry promotes this, but does it REALLY prolong the life of the garment (or does it just increase the income of the fur store)?
posted by Lylo at 11:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find some two-year-old cool.

Please help me find a specific New York Times tshirt. It's the one Eric wears in Las Vegas in Season 3 episode 9 of Entourage. It is blue and uses the classic NYT typeface and logo, set at an angle on the shirt. [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers at 11:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Which to use: PHP, Django, Rails or something else?

What programming language or framework should I use for my simple Web database project? [more inside]
posted by teracloth at 10:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Different names for the same place across languages

Why do cities and countries have such vastly different names in different languages? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 10:22 AM PST - 11 comments

The stench of winter is upon us.

How can I identify a bad sewage smell in my living room? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Lake sailing near San Diego?

Anywhere to rent a sailboat on a lake near San Diego? [more inside]
posted by mamessner at 9:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Doth my eyes deceive me? Or was is it Spielberg?

Wasn't Steven Spielberg playing one of the medics at the end of E.T.? [more inside]
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 9:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Where does mac store thumbnails of photos and videos?

Where does mac store thumbnails of photos and videos? e.g. Finder thumbnails an SD disk I have plugged in that I pulled out of my digital camera. (where are those thumbnails?) e.g. A folder of movies are thumbnailed.
posted by guptaxpn at 9:33 AM PST - 10 comments

how do pirates hijack a supertanker?

What are the logistics of the pirate attack on the supertanker? How is this possible? Does one just need two speedboats and some rocket launchers?
posted by warsawjude at 9:29 AM PST - 23 comments

Cheap but meaningful stuff in London?

A friend of mine just got his first paycheck (£20) and he wants to get a small keepsake instead of just pissing it away. He's already got a Swiss Army knife, so any recommendations on a small tchotke he can get for about twenty quid? FWIW, he's in London, and has pretty much the widest range of interest ever, so go crazy.
posted by Tamanna at 8:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I Eat The Cheese? (Slight variation on past questions)

I have some Spanish 'Queso Tetilla' cheese (a soft cheese completely surrounded by a hard rind). It's about a month old and got taken in a suitcase from Barcelona to the UK for about 16 hours - apart from that, it's been in the fridge the whole time. There are a couple of spots of blue mould on the rind, and a soft patch where a sticker was (through cellophane), but having cut into it the inside seems OK. Should I Eat It? [more inside]
posted by Kirn at 8:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Serenade the swimmer

Can anyone recommend an FM radio suitable for swimming? [more inside]
posted by Could it be, El Guapo ... at 3:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Choosing more suitable feed reader after Netvibes

Feedreader that fits my needs? Shows read feeds, has good browser view... [more inside]
posted by tseo at 3:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Collectivism through Korean food culture

Culture Clash Filter: Help me find information on Collectivism and Individualism reflected through Korean and North American food and restaurant culture. [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 2:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there a Jott-type service in Australia?

Hi all. I've read a bit about Jott and its integration with other web services. At the moment I'm using gmail, gcal, google docs, google notebook, google reader, toodledo and I'd like to be able to integrate these services to have just one entry point, ie, Jott (or a similar service). Unfortunately, as far as I am aware, it isn't available in Australia yet. I have managed to integrate most of the these services into my igoogle which works great when I'm at a computer. Jott would make it easier for me to use these services whilst out and about. Any ideas about how I can more easily get access to all these services without being overwhelmed by the them by having to use them all seperately? Thanks in advance, Max
posted by maxf at 12:52 AM PST - 3 comments

November 22

jazz theory resources online

where are quality net resources for learning about how musical theory applies to jazz? for instance what sort of tunes use a mixolodian scale, or unusual guitar tuning, strange timing, etc. i want to expand my understanding of theory in jazz compositions
posted by edtut at 10:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting college right the second time around

How do I get college right a very belated second time around? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:39 PM PST - 23 comments

How Does My American System Work?

I'm looking for a good book that will help me learn more about how the American government actually works. Specifically, how lobbyists influence Congress, how House committees work, etc. Now that a new administration (that I'm really happy about) is coming in, I want to really understand what's happening in Washington (or at least how its worked in the past).
posted by minicloud at 10:29 PM PST - 15 comments

Come on lets go space truckin!!!

I don't typically listen to classic rock, but I'm SURE they're out there.. what are some big, stupid, loud rock songs about space? I don't mean spacey sounding, I mean.. Deep Purple "Space Truckin," Monster Magnet "Space Lord." More, please. [more inside]
posted by citron at 10:21 PM PST - 61 comments

Why are there fireworks tonight in west Houston?

What is the massive fireworks display tonight in west Houston? [more inside]
posted by mrbill at 9:19 PM PST - 12 comments

how to remove shrink plastic insulation tape

does the double sided tape from shrink plastic window insulation kits come off a painted wood window frame all the way without peeling the paint?
posted by let444 at 8:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Whose shoes?

ShoeFilter: Can you help me to identify these, please? I can't quite make out the designer's name.
posted by Spinneret at 8:00 PM PST - 1 comment

My mom doesn't want me to go to Chicago alone.

I need help dealing with my mother's anxiety over my going to Chicago alone for a few hours. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 7:52 PM PST - 50 comments

Running short on cache?

Hard drive issues: Frequently when I attempt to open a folder on my Windows Vista partition I will have to wait 5 seconds or so for the drive to spin up (I hear it). Is there some way I can fix my cache or otherwise set up the drive so that it doesn't need to spin up every time I access files on my root drive? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 7:46 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the best way to mic my guitar amp for recording in a studio/practice room?

What's the best way to mic my guitar amp for recording in a studio/practice room? [more inside]
posted by andruwjones26 at 7:41 PM PST - 6 comments

King Midas has the ears of a what!?!?!

I'm looking for a cartoon about King Midas from the early 80's. The keys about this version are: looks more like a book with moving pictures and a little song about how King Midas has the ears of a donkey/ mule/ goat (that part is fuzzy) and then a little pan flute whistle. Any thoughts?
posted by MayNicholas at 6:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Khadi cloth in the US?

Is there anywhere I can buy khadi cloth in the US, esp. NYC or Atlanta?
posted by AArtaud at 6:33 PM PST - 2 comments

compact digital camera

Wishlist time--what's a good small, cheap digital camera these days? [more inside]
posted by MrMoonPie at 6:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Anyone know where to find good tamales in Portland, OR?

It's become a family tradition to have tamales on xmas eve for me and in the past I got some great tamales either from local joints when I lived in LA and more recently I've ordered them online from Texas, but the shipping costs more than a case of them. Are there any local Portland, Oregon area places to get a few dozen tamales around xmas time?
posted by mathowie at 6:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there any way to view a list of failed incoming faxes in Windows XP using the built-in fax service?

Is there any way to view a list of failed incoming faxes in Windows XP using the built-in fax service? [more inside]
posted by reddot at 5:34 PM PST - 2 comments

The future of entertainment in the Bay Area, yesterday.

Let's say that I love Audium, the Tonga Room and Lucky Juju. Where else in the Bay Area has that same kind of fun, atmospheric, anachronistic vibe? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 5:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Buying a Rottweiler and seeking my revenge

My postman or somebody in the mail chain between him and Netflix shipping centers has cracked or destroyed several DVDs en route to me. I know he destroyed one by shutting my mailbox door over the midpoint of the disc, but with the others I'm not sure where it happened. How do I address this so that I don't become liable for the damage or lose my account? And how do I maximize my credibility? [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 5:30 PM PST - 12 comments


Why aren't there assembly -> C or pseudocode tools? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 4:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Did I just kill my monitor?

Re-arranging my office, and the power cord was too tight between monitor 1 and the plug, so I unplugged it and put it in a different plug. Now that monitor won't power on at all. I've tried different plugs, different power cables, and no good. The little light on the button doesn't even show yellow, much less green. Its an Acer AL 1916 monitor with VGA in. I can use another screen singly for now, but I'm worried that I've somehow killed my monitor, and I don't know what else to try. Thanks.
posted by korej at 3:43 PM PST - 6 comments

How to target sales people?

How could you target sales people? I would like to market a product that offers a benefit for them. I am especially interested in people who work in sales/international sales and go out in the evening with customers.
posted by yoyo_nyc at 3:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Building a uber powerful gaming pc, need your help

Building a uber powerful gaming pc, what parts to buy as I don't want to be a sucker. Need your help. Intel Core i7 [more inside]
posted by spinko at 3:03 PM PST - 26 comments

I wonder if I can buy a gag in the company colours...

Please help me find the most tactful way to deal with a coworker who never shuts up. Long ranty details follow. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 2:56 PM PST - 30 comments

How can I back up photos while travelling?

How can I back up my digital photos while travelling without a laptop? [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole at 2:49 PM PST - 18 comments

How to cope with someone who can't get over a former relationship?

Need help in coping with the issues of being with someone who can't get over a relationship that ended five years ago. More inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Hit the road or suck it up?

Is now a bad time to leave a stable, solid job for traveling contract work? Am I setting myself up for financial disaster in a few months? Will this economy affect health care jobs to a degree that this is a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:45 PM PST - 9 comments

this shouldn't take long

Got any advice for removing a gazillion layers of (probably lead) paint from a hundred-year-old banister, complete with an abundance of balusters? Oh, and a pocket door. [more inside]
posted by apostrophe at 1:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can we stretch our legs on Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving Day dinner drive: we're driving on Thanksgiving Day — with our three year old boy. We'll need to stop. And run. And climb. And jump. And throw things. It's easier if the weather is pleasant but what if it's not…and everything is closed. Suggestions for this route through mid-south Ohio or across the middle. [more inside]
posted by Dick Paris at 12:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Quick, what schools should I apply to?

Quick, what schools should I apply to? (PhD, English-and-related-fields) [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 12:48 PM PST - 5 comments

I need to find an affordable 50" LCD.

Hey AskMe, it's time for the yearly "Help me buy a TV" question! I need to find one that's right for me... [more inside]
posted by DMan at 12:30 PM PST - 14 comments

New to Facebook

Am I too old (shy, paranoid, etc.) for Facebook? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 11:52 AM PST - 38 comments

Am I marked as defective forever with Borderline Personality Disorder?

How do you shake off the shame of being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder? Will anyone ever want to be my friend again? [more inside]
posted by beautifulcheese at 11:20 AM PST - 41 comments

hep e wth y keybard

Posting for my partner, who writes: Yesterday I attempted to clean some discolouration on the wrist-rest area of my white Macbook with a Mr. Clean magic eraser (as per instructions like these ones). Not only did this fail to remove all of the discolouration, but now my keyboard doesn't work! [more inside]
posted by pised at 10:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Babysitting Co-op documents?

Anyone have an electronic or online version of The Smart Mom's Guide to Babysitting Co-ops? [more inside]
posted by DenOfSizer at 9:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Need an online calendar

Looking for some sort of online calendar program to schedule events for a large community organization. [more inside]
posted by Saxon Kane at 9:20 AM PST - 10 comments

CIA: A Short History of Nearly Everything?

How can I learn about the history of the CIA? After hearing Bob Baer on Fresh Air, I've been reading Baer's books and became interested in the backstory. I started reading Legacy of Ashes, but even to me, a garden-variety lefty, it seems biased against the CIA. Any suggestions for a more 'fair and balanced' account?
posted by lukemeister at 9:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Who said (something like) "practicality is its own beauty"?

What is the actual quote and who said it? Practicality is its own beauty. [more inside]
posted by fenriq at 8:36 AM PST - 2 comments

Music to kidnap to?

I am looking for heavy, noisy, vocal-free music like Billy Corgan and Matt Walker did for the Ransom soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by fake at 8:20 AM PST - 26 comments

How do I make people relax in front of the camera?

How do I take better portraits? No, wait - how do I make people more comfortable around me and my camera so that portraits turn out better? I'm thinking in informal situations, like parties, protests, etc. [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 8:19 AM PST - 19 comments

Super-configurable javascript calendar picker?

Does anyone know of a Javascript/DHTML date picker (or calendar widget, or whatever you want to call it) that allows you to configure it so that only specific date choices are available? Specifically, I'd love to find one that lets me set its configuration such that only the first or third Mondays of the month are clickable, or other restrictions similar to this. Any thoughts?
posted by delfuego at 8:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Why does Eraser crash, or what can I use instead?

The Windows program called Eraser fails partway through erasing unused space on my drive. Why? Or, recommend a different, free drive erasing utility? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 7:53 AM PST - 7 comments

Dive vin bar in the City of Roses?

BarFilter: Help me find a wine dive bar or trattoria in downtown Portland, OR with youthful patrons. [more inside]
posted by nameleech at 5:32 AM PST - 5 comments

A car with a high seat?

Cars that have seats like minivans? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 5:18 AM PST - 20 comments

How important was your career to you after you became a mother?

How important was your career to you after you became a mother? [more inside]
posted by elke at 5:08 AM PST - 18 comments

How do I use searchwiki?

What is Google trying to do with searchwiki? [more inside]
posted by rdr at 4:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Cannibal the Virgin

Cult Movie Filter... How should we watch this movie first? [more inside]
posted by Mark5four0 at 1:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Buying a car in the current recession: need advice

Hi All, We are in need of a car. New or used, does not matter. Our current car is near death and we cannot postpone. Friends have told me that with the current economic recession, this is a great time to buy a new or used car. If this is indeed the case and it is a good time to take advantage of the poor economy, then in what ways do I maximize my savings? [more inside]
posted by Ligament at 12:54 AM PST - 16 comments


I just got a wall posting on Facebook from a friend, that said: "not sure if you know about this but your pic is on" Site is really creepy. Anyone know what this is about? Heard of it? [Note: site seems like bad malware-ish news. Visit at your peril. -cortex] [more inside]
posted by keribear at 12:47 AM PST - 28 comments

November 21

Laser hair removal in Philadelphia

Where should I go for laser hair removal in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van at 11:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Amuse My Family in Florida around Christmas

I have family (parents and siblings, no young'ns) visiting me in South Florida around Christmas. How can I best entertain them? [more inside]
posted by Bokononist at 10:22 PM PST - 8 comments

what are my options when/if my aging speakers (z680's) break?

Seeking advice on what to do with (or looking for resources explaining how to fix) aging 5.1 PC speakers for when/if parts start breaking. [more inside]
posted by weakcore at 9:35 PM PST - 6 comments

When to apply to graduate school and what skills are considered valuable?

How do I decide when the time is right to go back to school? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 9:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Clicked something random, now I can't view a site in FF3?

Help! I clicked something without realizing, now I can't view one of my favorite websites. What did I do? [more inside]
posted by SputnikSweetheart at 8:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Bicep BooBoo?

What muscle did I pull in my arm? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 8:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Advice, please, for an interesting game for an active 66 year old who loves the Cubs?

Can anyone suggest a "fun" game for my husband's 66th birthday? We are daily runners, he is a retired consultant, an amateur poet and playwright and loves the Chicago Cubs, in fact, he's a 50 year "die hard" fan. I'm looking for something that will help him get through the long winter nights until spring training is upon us. He isn't at all interested in fantasy baseball. Thanks!
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 7:20 PM PST - 3 comments

What is the name of the syndrome after a long period of stress

What is the name of the syndrome after a long period of stress ...either good or bad. It's not PTSD. I've had two years of horrendous stress, it's mostly over but I quickly got sick with the flu and am having immediate reversal of my cancer and fibromyalgia remission. I know there is a name for this but cannot tweak it from my brain fog! C'mon MetaHive, help an old woman out here. :-)
posted by ~Sushma~ at 6:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Style Mystery

How do I make a Word style that leaves certain attributes alone? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 6:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Casual to something else

I'm 48 (he's 61) and this is the first "casual" relationship I've ever been in. Next time I see him, I'm going to tell him it's just not working for me. How likely is it that what started out as casual can turn into something more, which is what I would like? [more inside]
posted by KCMOwriter at 6:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me cheer up my girlfriend!

My girlfriend has had a rough few months, and has a few more before the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Help me think of ways to cheer her up! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 PM PST - 8 comments

How to start a one-man tourguide service?

has anyone started a freelance tourguide company? i overhear tourists in my area complain that things are kind of boring. i know my area well, and i like showing people around. does anyone have any advice? [more inside]
posted by k7lim at 5:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Discs? Leopard don't need no stinkin' deescs.

The Superdrive on my iMac started acting strange, but I didn't notice at first as I rarely use it. Blank Media means nothing to it, DVDs are foreign and it only (sorta) likes the odd tracks on Audio CDs. Add to this the fact the drive shows up weird in 'About this Mac'... what do I do? [more inside]
posted by aristan at 4:55 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I properly tattoo a rat’s tail?

How do I properly tattoo a rat’s tail? [more inside]
posted by demon666 at 4:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Overweight --> Warm --> More Sweat?

I will losing weight and getting healthy make me sweat less? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 4:25 PM PST - 18 comments

Twenty-Four Day Rollercoaster

I want an advent calendar that will give me a genuine thrill of surprise and delight every day. I've been disappointed too many times. Give me spoiler-free recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 3:44 PM PST - 19 comments

How to buy a domain from a squatter?

What's the best way to buy a .com domain from a squatter? Have you used a third-party to anonymously negotiate a domain purchase? I'd be very interested to hear your experiences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Winter weekend cabin near Chicago?

Where should we go for a winter weekend getaway within 2 hours drive of Chicago? [more inside]
posted by sandor at 3:21 PM PST - 9 comments

This accent sounds so familiar...

Who is Sir David Frost reminding me of? His accent is distinct, and his voice sounds like.....SOMEONE. Who? [more inside]
posted by soonertbone at 2:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Online Bug Tracking for web apps?

Anyone know of a website for bug tracking a web app? [more inside]
posted by keame at 2:36 PM PST - 12 comments

What did 19th century prostitutes use for birth control?

What sort of birth control did old-timey prostitutes use? [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher at 2:20 PM PST - 29 comments

Everytime I think about you, I ipodtouch myself.

What neat things can I do with my brand new iPod Touch? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 2:15 PM PST - 23 comments

The projector is destroyed - what next?

My friend destroyed my video projector, truly by accident. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM PST - 34 comments

Forgive me, I have trouble accepting apologies...

What's the most gracious, socially appropriate way the accept an apology? I typically get really embarrassed and overwhelmed and never say the right thing... [more inside]
posted by RingerChopChop at 1:46 PM PST - 17 comments

Not gunna do it! Not. Gunna. Do. It.

SiameseCatFilter: If I shave my siamese, will he be brown under his fur, or does the fur change color as it grows out? [more inside]
posted by fiercekitten at 1:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me save the boot record on this VM!

FixMBR, Fixboot, FixAnything and I can't get this Parallels partition to boot up. Urgent advice needed from fellow Mefites! [more inside]
posted by genial at 1:22 PM PST - 1 comment

Saks Fifth Ave Christmas Music?

Where can I procure a copy of the rendition of Carol of the Bells that Saks Fifth Ave (NYC) has used at their flagship store over the past few years? [more inside]
posted by OTA at 1:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Cupholders for lazyboys

Looking for "add on" or "accessory" cup holders for fancy, cushy chairs... [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 12:49 PM PST - 2 comments

MacBook and Home Theater

Any ideas about a wireless (or at least fairly elegant) MacBook Pro/1080p projector entertainment system setup? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 12:29 PM PST - 6 comments

How to force an MSI dialog to repaint

How to force Windows Installer (MSI) to redraw a listbox? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! at 12:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Angel Eyes cover-who?

I'm looking for a particular cover of Abba's "Angel Eyes" with a male vocalist. The style reminded me of The Killers but I can't for the life of me find who did it. [more inside]
posted by 999 at 12:11 PM PST - 4 comments

I have to wear this headset, can I make it play music?

Is there any way to turn my Plantronics wireless headset into a music device, when it's not in use for taking phone calls? [more inside]
posted by cobaltnine at 11:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Who's really under that face?

The other day my roommate asked me "What's the name of the tv show where they're always taking off realistic masks to reveal they're someone else? Is it Mission: Impossible?" I told him it might be the movie, but the effect is probably too advanced for the show. He also admitted he might be thinking of the Charlies Angels movie. So that got me wondering...What are some other examples of the effects driven crime-movie trope? Thanks!
posted by apetpsychic at 11:16 AM PST - 22 comments

But what did the Solvo do? Absolutely NOTHING!

Help me find some scrap of information about this unusual PBS commercial from the 1990s. It involved a magical crimson elixir, junior-varsity basketball, shampoo, and the post hoc fallacy. [more inside]
posted by decagon at 10:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Does the term "nice guy" have some new meaning.

Is there a new meaning for "nice" a 20 year old might use regarding the other person in a relationships that a 48 year-old might not be aware of? [more inside]
posted by Carbolic at 10:44 AM PST - 48 comments

What's this "aliens stole our metal" SF short?

Another "ID this SF story" question...a man wakes up in the night to discover (so he thinks) that all the metal in his house is gone. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 10:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Macbook or Macbook Pro for web development.

Macbook or Macbook Pro? I'm currently working on an older powerbook doing web development (front and back end) and it's time for a new machine. [more inside]
posted by bernsno at 10:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me turn my Excel crush into a meaningful relationship.

Help me turn my Excel crush into a meaningful relationship. [more inside]
posted by mephisjo at 10:16 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me identify this paintaing

Who is the artist behind / what is the name of this painting? And what do you call art like this? [more inside]
posted by GenTso at 10:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I convert Cordobas to Dollars?

Where in the US can I go to convert Nicaraguan Cordobas to US Dollars, and am I really holding $125,000 worth? [more inside]
posted by willc at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it a problem for an AV receiver to be on it's side, instead of resting horizontally on it's feet?

Is it a problem for an AV receiver to be on it's side, instead of resting horizontally on it's feet? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 9:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Canadian in Miami for Grey Cup and Thanksgiving

Can anyone suggest a bar around Miami that will show the Grey Cup this Sunday? And what are some ways to experience S. Florida Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by bookley at 9:47 AM PST - 1 comment

Non-alcoholic guest gift ideas?

Non-alcoholic travel-friendly Thanksgiving gift ideas? [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 9:42 AM PST - 8 comments

Brainstorm a blog name for me

Help me name my blog. [more inside]
posted by srlbraintree at 9:22 AM PST - 13 comments

buying a scooter in London

I'm looking to buy a scooter (second hand) in London or Edinburgh: what is the best way to go about it? [more inside]
posted by YouRebelScum at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

How have you handled ethical dilemmas at your workplace?

How have you handled ethical dilemmas at your workplace? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 19 comments

Which camcorders let you turn off all the clever stuff and access the raw video?

I'm thinking of buying a camcorder. My requirements are slightly unusual: I would like one that does all the "bells and whistles" stuff (image stabilisation, auto light balance, H.264 compression etc). But I also want to be able to turn off all the clever stuff and access the "raw" video. Any recommendations? Hard disk/SD recording is a must, high definition would be good.
posted by handee at 8:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Keep it secret, keep it safe. Where "it" is a microSD card.

Where can I find a (nice-looking) wearable item with a compartment for a microSD card? [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 8:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Build My Work Wardrobe From Scratch

Fashion Help For The Clueless Girl: After two years in a job where wearing a clean pair of pants each day was considered a major fashion accomplishment, I'm moving on up and I desperately need new clothes. Help me build a work wardrobe completely from scratch. [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 8:01 AM PST - 35 comments

Milk it up!

Is it OK to keep tea+milk in a thermos for 24 hours before drinking? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 7:55 AM PST - 18 comments

Smaller than OEM tires

Can I use winter tires that are smaller than the OEM tires on my car now? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 7:11 AM PST - 10 comments

With the recent election, when's the best time to apply for a gov. job?

Given the recent presidential election, what's the best time to apply for a job with the Federal Government? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 AM PST - 14 comments

Client-Server Antivirus versus Client-Only

What is the major advantage to using one of the large server-based anti-virus solutions over putting individual anti-virus software on all the client computers? [more inside]
posted by cimbrog at 6:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Asperger's and Fatherhood

Should I seriously consider a long-term relationship/having children with someone who seems to have a mild case of Asperger's? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 15 comments

What to say at interviews re: being fired wrongfully

Four days ago I filed a complaint with the department of labor against my current employer due to unpaid overtime. Today, I was fired. Should I disclose this to future potential employers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me clean up a musical mess.

A server on our home network has over 100GB of mp3s in various states of disrepair. How can we organize them, get rid of duplicates, losslessly normalize volume, name and tag them, and prepare them for streaming? [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel at 6:29 AM PST - 21 comments

How to write a fan letter

How do you write a fan letter pretending to be Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana? [more inside]
posted by LiquidKarma at 6:19 AM PST - 27 comments

How to become an avout?

So I've recently read Anathem. And I rather liked it. In particular I was inspired by avout, and am wondering how to restructure my life to be more like them. Details and slight spoilers inside. [more inside]
posted by curious_yellow at 4:39 AM PST - 17 comments

How to choose a conference phone

Cisco vs Polycom conference phone issue. Apologies for dullness. [more inside]
posted by daveyt at 3:51 AM PST - 2 comments

"My work here is done..."

"My work here is done." He/she said at the end of every episode, as they walked away to the next challenge... It could have been the A-team, but it's too lonely, or Knightrider but it's too morose; it sounds so familiar, but I cannt find anything about it. I'm starting to think I'm just imagining it, maybe it's a TV show which should have been made, but never was... [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 2:29 AM PST - 8 comments

"Tell me what company you keep and I'll tell you what you are."

I'm currently looking for a job in the Vancouver or Victoria BC areas, and I'd like some suggestions on companies that do the kinds of things I'm looking for. I'm a Mechanical Engineering Technologist trained at BCIT, with all my post-grad work experience in manufacturing. I'm looking to move my career into a design focused job that has elements of Mechanical and Industrial design. Job classifieds have been pretty meagre, and I'd like to take a proactive approach instead of waiting for something great to come along. [more inside]
posted by pickingoutathermos at 2:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Help my friend call for help this winter

I have a friend who uses a wheelchair and I'd like to help make her winter commute safer by allowing her to call for help easily. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 1:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Heating oil prices--stuck in the slow lane?

With oil prices down 65% to a three-year low, why are we paying through the nose for heating oil? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 1:47 AM PST - 9 comments

November 20

MySQL problem on Yahoo hosting

MySQL problem [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Is a folding electric bike worth it?

Folding electric bike to supplement my BART commute - genius or folly? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 10:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Is Chef School Cool?

I want to become a better cook, is chef school the nuclear option? As a child, my mother insisted that I do the eating and not the cooking. Despite her best intentions, I ended up quite clueless on how to cook. In college, I improved by cooking for myself and quite enjoyed it. I just graduated from college and I'd like to pick up a tangible skill on the side and attend chef school. The reason is because I've only been cooking for 2-3 years and would like to improve faster than the oh-just-keep-at-it-and-it-comes-with-age-and-experience rate. [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans at 10:31 PM PST - 23 comments

Most influential psychology books and articles?

What have been the most influential articles and books in psychology (esp. articles)? Any amazing reading lists, or anthologies? I'm talking the whole gamut -- social, developmental, clinical, physiological, cognitive, etc. -- and only the most universally acknowledged important works. Thanks!
posted by shivohum at 9:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Washing off the special vagina smell

Help me wash off that special smell that comes from going down on a girl.... [more inside]
posted by monkey85 at 8:45 PM PST - 45 comments

Glass needed for yard of beer

Where can I find a "yard of beer" glass in or around Boston on short notice? [more inside]
posted by VillageLion at 8:41 PM PST - 8 comments

I feel like my relationshipper is broken.

I'm a 28 year old single guy living in a college town in the middle of nowhere. I moved here to date someone (and since broken up with her and dated several others), but now I'm staying because I've got a great job, a great living situation, and some good friends. Unfortunately, I'm really frustrated with dating. [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 8:41 PM PST - 18 comments

How to export images directly from Photoshop -> Webserver?

Is there a way to export images from Photoshop directly to to a webserver? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 7:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Seeking a short term apartment in Central Vermont

Seeking an apartment in the Barre / Montpelier, Vermont area. Where to look? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 7:15 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I make Excel tell me when a number is out of sequence?

How can I make Excel tell me when a number is out of sequence? [more inside]
posted by Beautiful Downtown Burbank at 6:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Best ways to spend the burden (gift?) of a year?

Unintended year off between MS and PHD programs: How to spend it, prepare for it, cope with it? [more inside]
posted by messylissa at 6:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me with my garage mat!

Help me keep the melting snow on my garage mat. [more inside]
posted by brandman at 6:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Science fiction whodunnit competition?

Please help me remember this movie/contest. [more inside]
posted by crossoverman at 6:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Netflux sux redux?

Has anyone else had problems with Netflix recently? Can anyone recommend an alternative? [more inside]
posted by Susurration at 5:50 PM PST - 26 comments

[Internship Filter] Help me find a programming internship (computer science student) over summer break!

[Internship Filter] Help me find a programming internship (computer science student) over summer break! [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 5:37 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me save money on a mortgage.

Mortgage filter: is there any reason I shouldn't get a 5/1 ARM at a slightly lower interest rate than the 30-year fixed option? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 5:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Google domain owns YOU!

I recently bought a domain through Google's Apps for Your Domain/GoDaddy partnership. How do I add my own content? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d at 5:24 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I tell if a staffing agency is reliable/legitimate/not a scam?

How can I tell if a staffing agency is reliable/legitimate/not a scam? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji at 5:24 PM PST - 9 comments

When was Walker crater named?

How can I find out when this particular crater on the moon was named? [more inside]
posted by np312 at 5:23 PM PST - 3 comments

Profit off other people's misery

Is now a good time to buy stocks? With my fourth grade level of understanding, I would think now would be a good time to buy cheap undervalued stocks if one wanted to make money. What about real estate? All those cheap foreclosed homes..? Is this a good idea?
posted by anybirds at 4:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Am I dead inside?

I am 24 years old, a recent college grad from a major university, have a job in a field related to what I studied in school, and have never had a girlfriend nor been in a long-term relationship of any kind, ever. I'm perfectly happy though, is this common? [more inside]
posted by bettershredder at 4:07 PM PST - 30 comments

Corrupted Ghost Image; NEED TO EXTRACT FILES!

Corrupted Ghost 8.0 image! Is there a way to at least extract files off one of the img files? [more inside]
posted by Zeker at 3:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Staying "regular" when traveling

What is your recommendation for staying regular when traveling? I traveled internationally this past fall and on the last few days of the trip my digestion had really slowed. I was gone 8 days and was in a couple or three different time zones. I feel there is an emotional component to this too where I am worried that when sightseeing there won't be a toilet or something like that so maybe I slow the process because of fear? Have any of you perfected this for yourselves? Prune juice does not work for me but I do prefer tackling this naturally. Any insight is appreciated!
posted by seekingsimplicity at 3:48 PM PST - 25 comments

What are some similar sites to Arstechnica?

What are good technology sites similar to arstechnica, codinghorror, slashdot, and lifehacker, etc.? [more inside]
posted by creeront at 3:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Need a Real Estate / Property lawyer in Toronto

I need a lawyer in Toronto for Real Estate / Property issues. Specifically, the state of an adjacent property (in violation of multiple orders from the city) seriously affecting ours. Would ideally know the magic password to get the Building Standards people to do their job. Otherwise, any and all other avenues that can be pursued.
posted by winston at 3:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Ellul'sive author

Any author other than Ellul making the "modern technology = loss of freedom" argument? [more inside]
posted by bluefrog at 3:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Weeklong trip to SW America: advice?

Travel Filter: 7 day trip to SW America during holidays. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 3:22 PM PST - 8 comments

Focus StealingHow can I sto

How can I stop websites from switching focus from one text box to another when they finish loading? [more inside]
posted by hayvac at 3:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Taking a bat to Christmas

What have *you* always wanted to find inside a pinata? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 3:02 PM PST - 44 comments

What can I say 'no' to?

What treatments/procedures/personnel can you decline in the hospital? I know that I have the legal right to decline anything, but does the hospital have to continue to serve me if I do? Does it matter if I do or don't have a regular doctor affiliated with the hospital? Does it matter if its an emergency or not? [more inside]
posted by serazin at 2:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Ice Cream Mysteries, Number 45875: Peanut Butter Ripple

Why can't I find peanut butter ripple ice cream on the West Coast? My parents live in Central Pennsylvania (Mechanicsburg/17055), and the local groceries all carry at least three different brands of Peanut Butter Ripple. But when I get back home to the Bay Area, no luck. Nobody appears to have even heard of it. So, uh, why is this? Is there a reason? Or is this, like scrapple, just one of those things that defy explanation?
posted by scrump at 2:52 PM PST - 21 comments

In a relationship, need friends.

I'm in a long-term relationship and I hardly have any friends. How do I get some? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 15 comments

What is the name of this story about waiting? "Godot" isn't in the title.

ID That Story: novel (novella? short story?) in which a man is standing in line. Pretty much the entire story is his experience while waiting in line. It's a future/dystopia story. The man is waiting in line to make a complaint. He falls in love with the girl in front of him, though she's not allowed to turn and look at him. It's a parable about overpopulation. It was probably written in the 60s or 70s. That's all I remember.
posted by grumblebee at 2:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Does anyone know shorthand?

I'm working on a historical postcard exhibition and one of our postcards has some type of shorthand as the message. I was wondering if anyone could translate it? I don't know what type of shorthand it might be written in. [more inside]
posted by sweetmarie at 2:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Close profitable busienss in bad economy?

Wife down about economy wants to close business. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:44 PM PST - 23 comments

Can anyone identify this movie? It traumatized me in my youth...

Sometime in the mid-fifties, I was sitting innocently in front of the TV when the regularly scheduled afternoon movie came on. A few minutes later, I was running from the room crying, too much the wimp to sit through the conclusion of an absolutely agonizing sequence. (...more) [more inside]
posted by Olden_Bittermann at 1:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Avoiding the "One-man wedding band" trap

Help me find some well-known songs to cover that don't suck! [more inside]
posted by anthom at 1:31 PM PST - 34 comments

Where can I find information about the US electricity market?

I would like to learn more about electricity markets, electrical infrastructure, utilities, transmission systems, generation technologies, applicable regulations, etc. Where can I find up-to-date and comprehensive information on these topics? [more inside]
posted by theexpgen at 12:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find light weight potatoes made of foam/plastic/etc?

Where can I find light weight potatoes made of foam/plastic/etc? [more inside]
posted by Seeba at 12:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Web bottomline

TCO for a 'website' [more inside]
posted by fluffycreature at 12:41 PM PST - 5 comments

erase the virtual stonehenge from my desktop, I beg you

I am using a borrowed Toshiba Tecra M7 laptop, and three phantom dropshadow rectangles have appeared on the screen. They overlay any application I open and are annoying. Does anyone know how to get rid of these? I've turned off all the desktop effects I could find. Thanks!
posted by mecran01 at 12:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Moving to Colorado

Moving to Colorado and looking for a teaching job. Any suggestions on areas that need teachers, schools you recommend looking at. [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 11:57 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I get started with data visualization?

I'd like to figure out how to do good looking data visualization for reports beyond Excel charts, but without any coding/programming skills except xhtml/css. [more inside]
posted by icarus at 11:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Belize is cloudy... Where else should I go in Central America?

I was going to Belize next week but the weather looks pretty crappy... other Central America vacation suggestions? [more inside]
posted by hummercash at 11:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Creating custom files

How do I create a "custom file" in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by Gyan at 11:20 AM PST - 24 comments

New earbuds near Times Square please!

Where's the best place to buy good quality noise-reducing earbuds for my first-gen iPhone in the Times Square NYC vicinity? [more inside]
posted by BillBishop at 11:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Making Books Isn't Rocket Science, But It Might As Well Be For All I Know About Publishing Math

Publishing filter: Where are some good resources (books or online) to learn about book publishing math, both the way budgets are put together for individual books (and how those budgets actually shake out once a book is in stores) and how budgets work across a whole company? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Small desktop for media storage

BuildMyComputerFilter: I want a new desktop. Tiny, affordable, more specs below the fold. [more inside]
posted by billtron at 11:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Be gone virus!

How can I get rid of this cold/virus/URI for good? I had the same thing at the end of September into October and it has returned on 11/14 with a vengeance. [more inside]
posted by nougat at 10:57 AM PST - 19 comments

Wordpress banhammer?

Anybody with a Wordpress blog have any suggestions for how to ban users? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders at 10:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Touchy, touchy!

I feel like I might be a closeted touchy-feely person. When I don't get frequent hugs/cuddles/human contact, I definitely feel the loss. Yet I find myself almost completely unable to initiate friendly contact with people unless we're intimately accquainted. How do I go about avoiding feeling physically isolated? Longer explanation, examples, etc. inside. [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 10:47 AM PST - 21 comments

What happens if I don't get a permit / inspection for my new bathroom?

As part of a home remodeling project, I'm having a second bathroom installed. Officially, I'm supposed to get a permit and inspection for the work. What are the consequences if I skip this? This is in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 10:27 AM PST - 20 comments

Are there any cheap, reliable electronics shops in Washington DC?

Travel with Electronics to Washington DC filter: are there any reliable, inexpensive electronics shops in D.C. to find an AC-to-USB converter? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 10:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Microsoft USB 2.0 driver stack needed

I need the latest Microsoft USB 2.0 driver stack. Is there some place to download just the Microsoft USB 2.0 driver stack, without the entire service pack? Does MS have it on its website? Is a pirate copy floating around? I don't even know what it's called to search for it, if it's publicly available, behind a pay wall, or *only* available through the service packs?
posted by stbalbach at 10:07 AM PST - 1 comment

Where to rent a VHS camcorder in Montreal

Is there a place to rent VHS camcorders in Montreal? For a long and sordid tale of eBay, bricked batteries, due dates and bitter, bitter disappointment, [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 10:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a job in NY!!!!

Just moved to new york and I need help finding a job in the Graphic Design world. Help me get my foot into the door. [more inside]
posted by ss448 at 10:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Please shut up the noise in my head

Strangestquestioneverfilter: There’s always music in my head. Make it stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:58 AM PST - 42 comments

What to feed a diabetic?

What to feed a Type 1 diabetic soon after giving birth? [more inside]
posted by I_drew_an_angelfish at 9:56 AM PST - 9 comments

I can haz oral historiez cat? Lolstudz

I'd like to get as many hours of Studs Terkel interviewing or just talking as I possibly can. On MP3. For free or very cheap. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 9:30 AM PST - 15 comments

iPhone or Nokia? Help me decide.

Yet another iPhone AskMe. Feedback needed from (US) iPhone owners: Do I want an iPhone, or do I want to just upgrade my Nokia? Specific details inside. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 9:24 AM PST - 14 comments

$1000 hanging over my head

Am I screwing myself by not filing a motion in court? Does it really matter in the long run? [more inside]
posted by hulahulagirl at 9:09 AM PST - 23 comments

Short Sleeve to Long Sleeve Conversion

Help me find ideal, universal, comfortable, and good looking long sleeve undershirts. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 9:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Migrating Macros

I have been asked to convert some Word Perfect Macros to Open Office, and am looking for any ideas, or resources would help with it. Any thoughts on how you were able to complete the task would be great. [more inside]
posted by Amby72 at 9:02 AM PST - 1 comment

Converting a PPTX into a DOCX

How do I convert a PowerPoint presentation to a Word document? (Office 2007 on Windows XP) [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Is Activesync gonna screw me up here...?

ActivesyncFilter: Syncing fritzed out about 6 weeks ago or so (error 85010014). Been keeping calendar data current in Outlook 2007; contacts, tasks, etc current on mobile device (Windows Mobile 6.1). I gotta get 'em talking to each other again. Deleted device's Activesync profile on PC (C:\Documents and Settings\[user name]\Application Data\Microsoft\ActiveSync\Profiles). PST backed-up, PIM backed up. Will they talk nice if try to sync 'em up again, or will my data get overwritten, duplicated, whatever...?
posted by TigerMoth at 8:26 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I have a Christmas dinner delivered anonymously?

How can I have a Christmas dinner delivered anonymously? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Maybe the two seasons of ‘Weeds’ we just watched had something to do with it.

Does marijuana make a good house plant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 AM PST - 39 comments

Gifts for Peace Corps Volunteer?

[giftfilter] It's that time of year again. I want to send a Christmas care package to a friend who is volunteering with the Peace Corps in the Philippines. What's good to send? [more inside]
posted by radiomayonnaise at 7:46 AM PST - 5 comments

The bats have left the belltower; the victims have been bled.

What are the awesomest songs about vampires? [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 7:46 AM PST - 53 comments

Why isn't Lori Drew being charged as a sexual predator?

Why isn't Lori Drew being charged for something related to having sexual conversations with a minor? [more inside]
posted by giraffe at 7:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Am I just shy?

Did I have a normal life insurance appliction experience? [more inside]
posted by ms.v. at 7:33 AM PST - 12 comments

How to get presspacks from videogame companies/publishers?

Video game blogs... how to acquire press/media packs from games companies? [more inside]
posted by ReiToei at 6:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Your huddled masses are yearning to eat cake.

I need help coming up with a clever caption for a birthday cake for my sister-in-law's 50th birthday party. The cake will be based on this New Yorker cover. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 6:24 AM PST - 12 comments

Non-Christmassy items for Christmas hamper gifts

I'm looking for some ideas, recommendations & recipes I can use to make up some Christmas hampers for presents this year. As much home made stuff as possible & I'd like to try & avoid overtly Christmassy things. Things that can be used in January & beyond. [more inside]
posted by i_cola at 6:13 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me find inner peace through my Ipod

Please help me achieve inner peace on my morning commute. Looking for audio book recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Otis at 5:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Hi, I'm on the phone. I'm just not telling you where...

When my WinMob6 HTC Diamond phone receives MMS messages with photo or video content, where does it save the files? I've got a load of MMS embedded files I want to save to my PC before I accidentally delete them all...
posted by twine42 at 5:42 AM PST - 2 comments

Laundering curls up my clothes!

Why do parts of my clothes curl up after being washed and dried? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 5:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Generic Title

Nice, clean list of which colleges accept which AP credits? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 5:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Booking trains through central europe

Rail through central europe: should we book in advance and how? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 5:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Parisian Hair-care

Looking for a cheap, decent barber in Paris. [more inside]
posted by swhitt at 4:23 AM PST - 5 comments

What is downstairs on a plane?

Where do the air hostesses/stewards go when they go downstairs on long haul flights? [more inside]
posted by meech at 4:14 AM PST - 11 comments

UK Supplier for Plasma Screen Trolley/Storage case required

Need to find a UK based supplier for a Plasma Screen trolley/storage case. [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 3:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Ground+Ocean+Ground freight from the USA to Pakistan?

I need to find a freight forwarder that can arrange all of the details for door-to-door shipping of a 20' x 8'6" ISO standard cargo container from the west coast of the USA to Pakistan. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 2:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Burying my hamster.

Where can I bury hamster in an urban East Coast US city? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 2:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there something wrong with me? Or am I just lazy?

I exhibit many, if not all, of the symptoms of ADHD-I AKA "ADHD predominantly inattentive". After further research I also exhibit many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism. Should I see an endocrinologist, a general practitioner, a psychiatrist? Or all of the above? Long explanation follows. [more inside]
posted by thegmann at 1:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Plot my codes bitch.

I have a list of London postcodes. What's the simplest way of putting these on a map of London? Non-techie solutions preferred but I'll take what I can get. [more inside]
posted by greytape at 1:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Fun games, quizzes and personality tests

A while back someone ran a personality test called The Cube on me. I've also played a similar game whereby each participant in turn says "I have never done [name of activity x goes here]" and the others around the table have to drink if they have done x. Can you recommend any other fun games, personality tests or quizzes that can be used in social situations, can be easily memorised, don't require much in the way of additional materials and help you get to know others better? School-age, juvenile stuff is perfectly acceptable!
posted by skylar at 1:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Seeking Studs, Avoiding Trouble

How do I find the studs while avoiding water pipes? Need recommendations for stud-finder. [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly at 12:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Removing content from speech

I'm interested in removing the verbal content from a series of audio clips while keeping the pitch, intonation,and rhythm. I have no idea how to do this. [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 12:45 AM PST - 3 comments

November 19

How can I afford to build an "emergency fund" ?

How does one "put aside" x months of expenses for emergencies? Not pay expenses for x months? [more inside]
posted by swiffa at 11:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Can you help me find an engineering job in Los Angeles?

Can you help guide me in finding a mechanical engineering job after graduation? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 11:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Did they think I wouldn't notice a ten-dollar difference?

Finally, after months of interviewing (and helpful input from the hivemind) I have been offered a job I really, really want. Here's the problem: the pay that they quoted me today is vastly less than the pay that was advertised. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by corey flood at 10:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Fallout 3/Grim Fandango-esque Jazz recommendations?

I'd like to listen to some rhythmic jazzy stuff in the same genre as the Grim Fandango soundtrack and Fallout 3's Galaxy News Radio tracklist (in particular: Crazy He Calls Me, Easy Living - Billie Holiday; Civilization - Danny Kaye; Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall - Ella Fitzgerald; I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire - The Ink Spots; A Wonderful Guy - Tex Beneke). Need album suggestions!
posted by archagon at 10:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Le coeur a ses raisons que la raison ne connait pas.

How do you pronounce "Le coeur a ses raisons, que la raison ne connaît point?" [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 9:46 PM PST - 24 comments

Comparison of computer hardware technologies?

Is there a good website for generic computer hardware information and comparisons? By that I mean a website that compares, for example, different RAM technologies and their pros and cons -- as opposed to comparing brands. It needs to be updated frequently. [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 9:33 PM PST - 8 comments

My little brother is in an abusive relationship. What do I do?

My little brother is in an abusive relationship. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:12 PM PST - 20 comments

Is he a sociopath?

I think my roommate has dissocial personality disorder...what can me and my roommates do to minimize the implications this has on us? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 PM PST - 30 comments

Someday, I'll be a real modeler...

How can I master financial modeling? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 8:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I ignore this ticket?

What should I do with an exorbitant traffic ticket from NV? I live in Canada, with an Australian passport, and visit the US semi-regularly. Oh yeah, and I didn't do it... [more inside]
posted by chromatist at 7:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Mississauga for Dummies

I just got a job offer I'd be insane to turn down. However, it means moving from here in Montreal, Quebec to Mississauga, Ontario. Like, in a couple weeks. What should I know about Mississauga before I go there to rent a furnished room and start my new job? [more inside]
posted by Mozai at 6:45 PM PST - 12 comments

How long will my package be at the post office?

How long does the United States Post Office hold a package for a missed delivery? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 6:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Help us start a video pornography business

I was hoping you could provide some information to help my husband and I start a new porn site and possible by-mail DVD sales. Questions involve state laws (IL and surrounding area), model releases, and business viability. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Weird noctilucent clouds over Philly

Anyone else in the Philadelphia area seeing this? There are some strange, vertical clouds in the area that look a lot like aurorae (it's well into darkness here), but they aren't moving. They look like they might be high-altitude noctilucent clouds, but I think it's the wrong time of year for those. What are they? I've never seen anything like them.
posted by drinkcoffee at 5:46 PM PST - 11 comments

How to include across many differing platforms?

30-45 separate vendor servers with lots of platforms. One template design that must be on all of them, and all must look alike and undergo some minor changes every week. How on earth do I keep them synchronized? As always... [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 5:36 PM PST - 6 comments

How is Waters Elementary School in Chicago?

Does anyone have experience with Waters Elementary School in the Chicago Public School system? [more inside]
posted by true at 4:54 PM PST - 4 comments

If Brangelina can do it, why can't we?

How difficult is adopting a child going to be for a "non-traditional" couple? [more inside]
posted by geekchic at 4:38 PM PST - 24 comments

Sheepskin rug without the dead sheep?

I want to sleep on a sheepskin rug like this one, but I do not use or buy leather. What alternatives or fakes are out there? [more inside]
posted by Cygnet at 4:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Sit Ubu, sit. (or: Help me be in a Live Studio Audience.)

What sitcoms still film in front of an audience? Bonus points for NYC. [more inside]
posted by AlisonM at 4:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Those little guys in a cartoon--what are they called?

Is there a generic name for the small figures that political cartoonists used to put in the foreground of their cartoons? Often they were of the artist himself (like Tom Toles at his easel here) , or sometimes a repeated character, and they would offer additional commentary on the subject of the cartoon. Is there a name for those little guys?
posted by LarryC at 4:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Name that bizarre late 80s medical reality show.

ObscureTVFilter: Help me remember the name of this strange medical reality TV show from my childhood. It aired on American television either in the late 1980s or early 90s, and followed clinic patients into an exam room to record their interactions with the doctor and his ultimate diagnosis. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 4:14 PM PST - 4 comments

How to calculate positions of stars?

How do I calculate x,y values for a celestial body using a gnomonic projection? [more inside]
posted by zackola at 4:11 PM PST - 7 comments

"I did this on a blog for a year and I got famous for it" blogs?

I'm looking for blogs where someone did a personal project online for a year and/or it got some notoriety. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon at 3:58 PM PST - 22 comments

Books about Queen Victoria?

What excellent books/films about Queen Victoria and her reign can you recommend? I'm not looking for exhaustive histories so must as highly readable/watchable ones.
posted by prior at 3:55 PM PST - 9 comments

And all that...demonic jazz?

Once More With Feeling. No, really, I wanna hear more. [more inside]
posted by PossumCupCake at 3:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Romantic Southeast Texas?

Looking for fun, quirky, romantic fun in Houston or on the way from Houston to Austin. [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 3:37 PM PST - 5 comments

drug prices in NZ

What will prescription medications cost an uninsured US resident who is buying them in New Zealand? [more inside]
posted by moonlet at 3:12 PM PST - 8 comments

How do you know if you have a stem cell?

How do you know if you have a stem cell? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 3:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Why is my character encoding different on 2 pages on the same website?

Why are 2 different pages on the same website, showing the same data from the same database fields showing it differently (character encoding issue)? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 2:49 PM PST - 7 comments

I say oysters and you say ersters...

I'm visiting Portland this weekend and would love some food tourism suggestions. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 2:45 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I fix my fireplace?

When I burn a fire in my fireplace in the evenings I have to leave the damper open all night so the house won't get smoky. This causes all the heat in the house to get sucked up the chimney. I suppose I could extinguish the fire before going to bed, but I was hoping that I might be able to close the front off somehow. Does anyone know of a solid fireplace screen made for this purpose?
posted by haikuku at 2:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Should I pay my cellphone cancellation fee?

Should I pay my cellphone cancellation fee? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 2:34 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the best degree to pursue? MBA v. MS

What do you think of a Masters in Information Technology versus an MBA? I am passionate about new media/emerging tech but also know I want to be in business. Would I be cutting off too many options if I just went for an MS versus an MBA? What about dual degrees? Do they exist at top institutions?
posted by lkm23 at 2:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Car battery woes

My relatively new car battery (~1 yo) seems to be giving me some troubles. Is this a sign of a weak battery or something more serious? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 2:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Cool sites for teenage boy clothing?

Where are the cool kids buying their winter jackets these days? Parka type garment needed for a 17 year old boy. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 2:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Old Quilt, New Problem

I have a very old patchwork quilt (est 1910) that my mom bought as an antique. It's been stored for many years now, and is looking really stained and sad. How can I bring it back to life? [more inside]
posted by nkknkk at 2:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a USB-chargeable bluetooth headset.

Looking for a USB-chargeable bluetooth headset. [more inside]
posted by mr_felix_t_cat at 1:38 PM PST - 9 comments

There has to be someone who wants to work with me!

How can I meet another passionate person to help me with a project? [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews at 1:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Some Sort of Maybe Swedish Brownie Mentioned in a Mefi Thread

Looking for the name of a Scandinavian (I think) dessert recently mentioned somewhere on mefi... [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla at 1:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Slowing Down a New Long Distance Relationship

How can I keep a budding long-distance relationship from becoming too serious too quickly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:54 PM PST - 6 comments

pondering Honda quandary

Is it reasonable for a 1995 Honda Odyssey engine with 150K miles on it to have a compression of 179? [more inside]
posted by wsg at 12:52 PM PST - 13 comments

CMS Suggestions

Any decent Slashot/Kuro5hin-style CMSes you know of? I'm looking for a BBS/news/threaded discussion software package that's a) still actively maintained and b) not a nightmare to install and administrate. Thanks!
posted by signalnine at 12:44 PM PST - 8 comments

What's worth spending money on for your wedding?

My SO and I recently got engaged. We're pretty chill folk, and are looking to have a medium-to-large wedding (150-200 people) but constrain costs to well under $10K. We have flexibility on timing and location, but we're aiming for MA/NH/VT/ME/RI of 2009. The question I want to ask of the married MeFi hive is: of the things you spent money on for your wedding, what was most worth it? What was least worth it?
posted by Dzolali at 12:44 PM PST - 66 comments

How is the name Pritha pronounced?

How is the name Pritha pronounced? [more inside]
posted by peep at 12:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Windows Worries

Please help me find the best way to keep my XP windows locked in the same place, at the same size, even after rebooting. [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 12:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Help save my wood floor's finish!

Apparently, we've done a few things you aren't suppose to do to our fairly newly finished (last year) wood floors including using a jute rug with a rubber rug pad under it. Last week I noticed the tassels on the rug were scratching the finish so I took up the rug and pad. In addition to the finish being scratched, it looks like the pad left some sort of residue on the floor. How do I get the nice finish back on our floor (the finish is a standard 3 coat poly finish)?
posted by a22lamia at 12:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Translations for “pony tail” and pig tail”

What do other cultures call the "pony tail” and "pig tail" hair styles? [more inside]
posted by dangerousdan at 12:16 PM PST - 26 comments

goodbye first friend

Is this sanskrit translation correct? [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 12:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Tell me what charity to donate to

Where would you donate, or what is the best overall charity to donate to, where every dollar goes towards helping the end result in the best possible way? DIT. [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words at 12:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Experiences with pet grief and replacement

How did you deal with pet loss grief? I want to collect people's experiences with waiting to get another pet or getting one right away and the relative merits of each. [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 12:06 PM PST - 24 comments

Can anyone suggest some great trivia categories?

Can anyone suggest some great trivia (pub quiz, what have you) categories? [more inside]
posted by torietorie at 11:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Make them go away!!!

What the hell are these little bumps all over my legs? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 11:54 AM PST - 8 comments


With VBA, how can I create a macro that puts the value of a cell in the middle of the text of another cell? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

What plants & mosses will grow will in a terrarium in an office with only florescent lighting (no windows)?

Plant-filter: which plants/mosses for an office terrarium if the office has no windows and only florescent lighting? (something like this?) [more inside]
posted by unclezeb at 11:42 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm trying to recreate a nuclear apocalypse

I need an audio clip of a nuclear attack warning. Double points go to 50s-style announcer versus EAS computer voice. Triple points go to clips that are free and easy to get. I've got the explosion part, I just need that foreboding warning before it happens. Thanks!
posted by ictow at 11:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Rustbelt Roadtrip!

Looking for tips for my upcoming Minneapolis - New York roadtrip. Specifically, where should I sleep, and are there cool things along the way I should check out? I'll be by myself and this will be in December. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 11:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Will going to the student clinic mess up my insurance in the future?

Will seeking treatment for anxiety and depression make my health insurance less affordable/available in the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:11 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I track time spent in "Spaces"?

Is there a way to keep track of how much time you spend in each "space" in Spaces in MacOS? [more inside]
posted by kcalder at 10:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Tthe cheapest way to get to Fordham U. from Providence, RI on a Friday using public transportation

What is the cheapest way to get to Fordham University from Providence, RI on a Friday using public transportation (must leave around noon, if not earlier)? What is the cheapest way to get back?
posted by JamesJD at 10:40 AM PST - 9 comments

What are the best natural methods for inducing a post-term pregnancy?

What are the best natural methods for inducing a post-term pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm at 10:40 AM PST - 31 comments

Netbook eats my documents

What the heck did my Asus EEE do to my documents? [more inside]
posted by superbird at 10:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Re-painting factory-painted miniatures

A friend does't like the factory paint jobs on some of his pre-painted miniatures (from Heroclix and the new World of Warcraft miniatures game). He knows that you can use products like Pinesol and Simple Green to strip paint from models that you have painted yourself, but has anyone tried stripping and repainting factory painted models? How would you recommend going about that?
posted by hAndrew at 10:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Which one is the easiest language to learn?

Which language is easiest to learn? [more inside]
posted by hipersons at 9:49 AM PST - 28 comments

gift for the wife

LoveMyWifeFilter: My wife and I are about to have our first child and I want to get her something special. What are your ideas? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 9:49 AM PST - 17 comments

How do I get into noise music?

How do I get into noise music? I like early Sonic Youth, late Tarentel, am very well versed in grind and brutal hardcore, like Team Brick, don't like Oren Ambarchi. I prefer shrieking feedback to long drones, distorted guitars to electronic instruments, beats to no beats. I think I prefer the specific to the abstract. For example, I don't understand minimal techno. [more inside]
posted by maryrosecook at 9:36 AM PST - 26 comments

One unhealthy relationship after another.

I've become involved in another unhealthy relationship. What do I do, and how do I avoid it next time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 AM PST - 24 comments

What is a good gift for hospital staff?

Suggestions for a thank you gift for NICU staff? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 9:11 AM PST - 12 comments

Pulling the Fat out of the Fire

I have fucked up yet another academic semester. This is the third time--I fucked up as a freshman, took time off, came back, fucked up again, took more time off, and came back and have repeated the cycle. Only now, now that I've realized I've shot myself in the foot again, I desperately want to recover my academic career somehow. Is it possible? Is it over? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 AM PST - 34 comments

Help a tech idiot pick up more wireless signals...

Help a complete tech idiot: What wireless adapter/dongle (??) should I purchase to boost the wifi range of my laptop? (Also, maybe you could help me understand some of the tech language or point me to a DIY project an idiot could accomplish...) [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell at 9:00 AM PST - 12 comments

Help--How do I repair my leaky shower?

My shower arm rusted inside the nut and snapped off--teflon tape and epoxy putty have not helped repair damaged threads in the nut and even with a new arm my shower is leaking everywhere. Should I try "goop" or just call a plumber? [more inside]
posted by MsChanandlerBong at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Social work and public policy--can I do both?

Career path filter: Calling do-gooder types! Please share your insights about your profession. I'm interested in public policy AND in the helping professions--how to choose which to pursue? Can I do both, or do I need to just suck it up and pick one? Please help me get a better idea of what these careers are actually like--I want your perspective, hivemind! [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 8:55 AM PST - 8 comments

I need an online new tonalism and serialism fix.

Where can I hear modern symphonic music online? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole at 8:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Replicating Lotus Notes functionality in Outlook

Does the Lotus Notes "Forward Message Without Attachments" function exist in Outlook 2003? [more inside]
posted by monkeyforest at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Giving thanks for fishes.

I would like to make my boyfriend's longstanding dream of sushi-thanksgiving happen in Sarasota, FL. [more inside]
posted by kavasa at 8:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you help me plan a roadtrip from New Orleans through the US South

Work is sending me to New Orleans in February. I've never been to the US South, and I'd like to extend my trip with a little road trip to get a sense of what makes the South unique and wonderful and especially photogenic. Can you help with suggestions? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 8:41 AM PST - 15 comments

First time in London, help!

First time in London, help me plan my perfect trip! Lots, lots more inside. [more inside]
posted by griffey at 8:21 AM PST - 22 comments

Skiing in Utah

I need help planning a ski trip to Utah in February - where should we stay and how should be get around? [more inside]
posted by prozach1576 at 7:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I ride this thing out?

Anybody have evidence -- empirical or anecdotal -- about what recessions do to the self-employed? I'm a freelance writer, and am wondering whether my clients are more likely to farm stuff out to me because I'm cheaper than hiring in-house staff or cut their freelance budgets and dump more work on the people they're already paying. Thanks!
posted by shallowcenter at 7:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Emergent proprietary properties

What makes a Mac a Mac? [more inside]
posted by andromache at 7:29 AM PST - 21 comments

How can I make my camera take pictures faster?

How can I make my camera take pictures faster? [more inside]
posted by Twicketface at 7:17 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the evangelical New York Times?

What are some popular evangelical periodicals in the U.S. about current events? Bonus points if they have an online archive; super-extra bonus points if the archive goes back before 2006. [more inside]
posted by lilac girl at 7:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Will carrying heavy weight a long distance damage my car?

Will transporting a weight set weighing roughly 600 lbs in my car for a long distance damage the vehicle in any way? [more inside]
posted by misled at 7:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Where did I see an iPhone "scroll bar" like the Contacts app's list of letters?

This might be a dumb question about my iPhone 3G (latest software update): where did I see some sort of scroll bar down the side of a list (of names? songs?) that functions similarly to the list of letters along the side of the screen in the Contacts application? Instead of letters, it was a series of horizontal bars that indicated relative position over the full length of whatever the list was. Made scrolling through a super long list quick and easy. Did I make this up? Googling hasn't turned up anything useful, but pointers there would be helpful, too. Thanks in advance.
posted by jroybal at 6:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Simulating outdoor running strength on a treadmill

On a treadmill, what kind of slope/incline% should I set to simulate the strength needed for normal outdoor running? [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 6:35 AM PST - 8 comments

I'm worried future employers will think I was fired and I wasn't. What to do?

I am planning to leave my job at the end of December because I want to be closer to my immediate family. It's a fantastic job, and I'm worried future employers will think I was fired/left under poor circumstances -- which is not true. Is there any way to minimize this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 AM PST - 7 comments

Expressing concern without seeming preachy

Help me come up with a (very tactful) way to entreat my boyfriend to seek treatment for depression/anxiety. (long background story) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Please recommend some 24/7 classical music internet radio streams that never feature Fred Child.

Please recommend some 24/7 classical music internet radio streams that never feature Fred Child. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 6:35 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me navigate my crisis of meaning

Help me navigate my crisis of meaning [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 AM PST - 40 comments

Latin translation from a Voltaire play needed.

Can you help me with a translate some Latin, from the first page of an 1736 edition of Voltaire's Hérode et Mariamne (think Salome)? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 5:17 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for bog standard pub grub in London

I'm looking for somewhere, easily accessible from central London, that does a bog standard 3-course roast dinner (or similar standard pub fayre) at about £15 a head for about 20 people in January. [more inside]
posted by Helga-woo at 5:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Wire-free, please

Where can a NY gal find bras that don't have wires? The less expensive the better. [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames at 5:05 AM PST - 13 comments

The fear of fearful things

How do I conquer fear? I'm quite afraid of doing things that I have not done before, and it does not get better when I conquer fear of some things. [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon at 4:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Moving from digital to film photography. How is this film camera package on Craigslist?

Moving from digital to film photography. How is this film camera package on Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly at 3:28 AM PST - 11 comments

I want to Climb Europes Highest Mountain how do I get to Russia

I want to Climb Europes Highest Mountain need to find a cheap flight into or near Russia/Georgia. [more inside]
posted by complience at 3:07 AM PST - 2 comments

How do HUGE TGPs add their galleries? Automatically or Manually?

How do those huge adult TGP's add their new galleries daily? There are like hundreds of different genres on the front page itself, and most of the genres have new galleries daily. Is it done automatically or manually done? [more inside]
posted by sprockett at 2:57 AM PST - 5 comments

What is the source and substance of this quote about dying?

Help me identify this quote about death, dying, and the end of the world! [more inside]
posted by Doug at 2:43 AM PST - 1 comment

International Humanitarian Law and London

I am being sponsored to travel to the UK for the purpose of educating myself about international humanitarian law. Apart from the British Red Cross, are there any places of interest / etc that I should visit that would be relevant to this area of law?
posted by nihraguk at 1:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Hei! Venn!

I'm headed to Norway to play some gigs in January. How should I prepare for my first trip to Scandinavia? [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin at 1:21 AM PST - 16 comments

November 18

friendship? yes please.

Anyone have suggestions for friendship quotes that are cute, but not sappy/cheesy? And short is good. [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 9:46 PM PST - 27 comments

How to meet other math and science geeks when you're not in school?

How to meet academic/intellectual/geeky people when you work in a mechanical trade (millwright), and can't feasibly go to college at the moment although you want to badly? [more inside]
posted by tehgeekmeister at 9:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Federal Cartridge Co Registered Agent in Utah: Please Stand Up

I need to find the Utah Registered Agent of Federal Cartridge Co. of Anoka, MN. [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel at 9:35 PM PST - 6 comments

legal video conversion

I'd like to legally automate the conversion of quicktime .mov files videos to .flv, providing a drop box service, preferably under linux, but I'm getting tripped up on the first and last parts [more inside]
posted by roue at 9:32 PM PST - 5 comments

What did you think of your 2-day Inca Trail trek?

Short on time in Peru - is the two day inca Trail trek worth it? Any alternatives? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 9:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Open-Minded OB In Chattanooga?

Looking for an OB/Gyn in or near the Chattanooga, TN area that is knowledgeable (or willing to learn) about PCOS and open-minded about nonstandard births. Alternately, looking for any feedback from folks who have used the midwifery services of Ina Mae Gaskin or the other midwives at "The Farm". [more inside]
posted by Gianna at 8:57 PM PST - 8 comments


San Francisco Doctor Search Filter. Semi TMI but SFW inside. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 8:32 PM PST - 4 comments

A thin wall separates my bedroom from my neighbor's living room. Sleep is often impossible. Is this grounds to terminate my lease?

A thin wall separates my bedroom from my neighbor's living room. Sleep is often impossible. Is this grounds to terminate my lease? [more inside]
posted by medpt at 8:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Where does the new Lost Generation live?

I'm a monolingual American trying to choose a foreign city to teach English in after I graduate from college. I'd like to go somewhere with a strong literary community (preferably expat Anglophone, though local would be better than nothing), but I'm having trouble finding out what cities livable on an EFL salary have that on offer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:10 PM PST - 10 comments

What's holding kangaroo meat back?

What are the cultural barriers to kangaroo meat being a popular food in Australia? [more inside]
posted by GIMG at 6:54 PM PST - 44 comments

Help me decide what feast to prepare.

Food and wine lovers- tell me what to cook! I've got some lovely wines that I want to open with my friends, so I'm looking for ideas for what to serve with each one. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 6:39 PM PST - 7 comments

On smiling and sunken costs: trying to improve my smile-- help me navigate the costs and options of veneers and a botched first attempt at pretty teeth.

What are your experiences with thin porcelain veneers? I just spent $1200 on a Snap-On Smile and don't like the result. Should I take my dentist up on his offer to apply that cost towards a $5900 veneers procedure, or just give up and get stuck with the $1200 piece of plastic I won't use? [more inside]
posted by potatopeople at 5:58 PM PST - 14 comments

Tumblr google issues

Why does my tumblr blog not show up in google search? [more inside]
posted by ecab at 5:33 PM PST - 8 comments

You know in the movies when they have a briefcase with a pistol in it, and it's embedded in some sort of foam that's cut out so that it hugs the gun perfectly?

You know in the movies when they have a briefcase with a pistol in it, and it's embedded in some sort of foam that's cut out so that it hugs the gun perfectly? [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 5:30 PM PST - 20 comments

ChristmasMusicFilter: More music like George Winston's "December" or Al Di Meola's "Winter Nights"?

ChristmasMusicFilter: More music like George Winston's "December" or Al Di Meola's "Winter Nights"? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek at 5:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Junk it or Fix it?

DeadVanFilter: I know you are not my mechanic but... 97 Ford Aerostar, parked in my driveway for three Chicago years. The google-fu tells me the basics (new gas/oil etc), but I am just wondering if anyone in the hive has experience with such things. [more inside]
posted by timsteil at 5:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find my ideal subnotebook (if it exists...)

I need some help picking a new laptop to replace my current laptop (early-2008 MacBook), as it no longer suits my needs. Full details inside. [more inside]
posted by -1 at 4:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Best method for summarizing papers?

My approach to academic papers is to read through once, then go back and type up notes on it. The problem is that my notes serve two functions: summary and commentary. What's the best software for making synopses of academic papers with personal annotated notes? [more inside]
posted by painquale at 4:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Easy-to-install winter stair treads?

Where can I get easy-to-install winter stair treads? [more inside]
posted by Riverine at 4:50 PM PST - 4 comments

How to survive this horrible job one day at a time?

My job is making me miserable. I need some short-term coping strategies. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:35 PM PST - 27 comments

Am I stuck paying $300 for Dreamweaver if I want to edit a Dreamweaver-created site?

Am I stuck paying $300 for Dreamweaver? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 4:34 PM PST - 18 comments

Need a low-cost alternative airline for flying to Hong Kong!

For a friend: Looking for people's advice and experiences flying Air China or Delta to Hong Kong from Los Angeles. Also looking for other low-cost alternatives to Cathay Pacific. [more inside]
posted by meta87 at 4:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Need advice about statistics...

Am I distorting my data, and not showing the true picture? [more inside]
posted by matholio at 4:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Things to do in Denver

Should I go to Denver for a month if I want to ski a lot? [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 4:19 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to see what Google sees

How can I make my Vista desktop display what people are searching for on Google? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan at 3:56 PM PST - 5 comments


What's the best way to convert FLAC to ALAC (Apple lossless)? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 3:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Have food, Will travel

I have a few couple holiday parties coming up and I'd like a great dish to bring. I'd like it to be not to difficult, not too expensive, possible to make/assemble ahead, and travel well. [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 2:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Will I see the Northern Lights in Alaska without a New Moon?

Am I likely to see the North Lights during a trip to Alaska in late January or early February if I am not there during a new moon? [more inside]
posted by tomorama at 2:34 PM PST - 7 comments

What fax machine should I buy?

I need a fax machine. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by aeschenkarnos at 2:15 PM PST - 2 comments

iPhone car charger?

What's a good iPhone car charger that won't make my music noisy? [more inside]
posted by olinerd at 2:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Need laptop recommendation

I get to spec out a new laptop for my new job. I've never had to do that before so I need advice on what manufacturer/model I should be looking at. Requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 2:10 PM PST - 14 comments

BASH: Handling odd characters in a variable?

BASH Scripting. I'm trying to do a simple "mv" operation with a not-so-simple filename that contains special characters (as in brackets and hyphens). The filename itself is stored within a variable. The operation fails, and I can understand why, but I don't know how to get around it. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 1:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Standard Fare

Here in northeast USA, salt, pepper and ketsup are the standard middle of the table condiments in cheap restaurants. What are they in other parts of the country and the rest of the world?
posted by Pennyblack at 1:41 PM PST - 67 comments

What MIDI keyboard should I get, given that I will need something with a soundbank?

What MIDI keyboard should I get, given that I will need something with a soundbank? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 12:45 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I knit with multiple strands of yarn?

My knitting pattern directs me to knit with multiple strands of yarn held together, but I keep ending up with a mess. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve at 12:19 PM PST - 11 comments

How is this color-changing LED array being driven?

Electronics/LED Folks: I bought a few cheap, poorly-assembled LED color-changing orb-things and I'm pretty sure they're the coolest objects I have ever owned. I cracked 'em open, and damned if I know what is going on in there, but it looks simple/cheap as all hell. Help me figure it out, I'll post a build-log/parts list somewhere, and in short-order we can all be ass-deep in home-made, disarmingly sublime mood-lighting. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 12:18 PM PST - 28 comments

I can't hear anything!

Quicktime/Web Audio Problems. Some quicktime video I produced is having volume issues--but only on certain computers with small speakers. What gives? [more inside]
posted by pinto at 11:53 AM PST - 2 comments


What are your favorite places to read about and talk about books online? Bibliophile hearts but seeks a world beyond... Are there any online book clubs that are good (my searches return a lot of results, but I can't tell at a glance what's worth exploring)? What are the book review blogs of record?
posted by toomuchkatherine at 11:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Vacation to Washington state

10 days in and around Olympia, WA. What to do? [more inside]
posted by abee at 11:19 AM PST - 11 comments

How can a shy guy improve his cold calling in order to get a job?

I am out of work and have decided try something new in my job search. I have started cold-calling potential employers in my industry. Now, the thing is . . I'm pretty shy, not a salesman type at all. Calling up strangers in order to promote myself is not something that comes naturally to me. How can I make cold-calling work for me? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:02 AM PST - 20 comments

If someone tried to (and thinks they did) pay me and I screwed up, do they still owe me?

Oops. I didn't cash some checks / capture credit card charges. Uhhh, as far back as 6 months ago. Do they still owe me the money? [more inside]
posted by dirtypants at 10:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Help my mattress smell less terrible.

I bought a new mattress at ikea about 3 weeks ago… and it’s smelly. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 10:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Tips for parenting with chronic illness

What are your tips for parenting small kids when you have a chronic illness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Handguns for Dummies

What are some good resources for a novice looking to purchase a handgun? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:49 AM PST - 32 comments

Long Sighted: What's the novel where a character has their eye stretched to the back of their head, thus enabling a kind of second sight?

Help me find this book! It's about a family, possibly from the North of the UK / Scotland, but the thing I remember most is one of the brothers travelling through South America. He washes up on a riverbank, plants almost grow up around him. Local indigenous people save him and he becomes a medicine man. [more inside]
posted by pipstar at 10:28 AM PST - 0 comments

Large decorative plants that will survive in a container on a Seattle deck

What plants are suitable for putting on our deck in Seattle? There's no yard/soil, so they must live in containers. The deck is quite large so I was thinking about large decorative plants like small trees or some form of bamboo. Climate-wise, we have the typical PNW weather of moist winters that only fall below freezing a few days out of the year. Also, we are completely ignorant of gardening and would rather have something that can survive with a minimum of attention.
posted by matildaben at 10:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Goat Help?!

Goat Help! My beautiful 5 yr. Boer goat, Mrs. Brownsville is in trouble! It's getting colder and she has been eating more and more grains, (Purina goat feed) less fresh stuff. All day she has been vomiting (A LOT) and just looks horrible, she is warm and has good food and water, but looks a total mess!! Her cheeks are filled with, what ever its called, (cud?) like never before, and shes puffed up like a helium balloon! What does she need from me?
posted by Benzle at 10:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for Famous french dog trainer

French Dog training filter: Does anyone know the name of a french dog trainer/behaviourist that is linked with the French Ring sport? [more inside]
posted by theKik at 10:19 AM PST - 1 comment

Computer Application Mystery Needs Solving!

I have an old program that I would like to run. It's on a CD-ROM and it's something that I helped to design and create in 1998 but did not program. I just can't get it to open in Windows XP. Argh. And, other than the files themselves, I have a limited amount of information about the application. Any programmer detectives want to help? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 10:05 AM PST - 19 comments

After the war

I'm looking for suggestions on good reading material concerning post-cold war international relations between Russia and the United States(1992 - Georgian Civil War). Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Breo at 10:00 AM PST - 0 comments

Charleston or Nashville? And what else?

My wife and I are looking to travel from Friday to Sunday this weekend to either Nashville or Charleston. Help us sort through the madness! [more inside]
posted by jpcody at 9:55 AM PST - 9 comments

It's...ALIVE! (?)

How can I bring life to my cubicle at work? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 9:55 AM PST - 20 comments


Looking for a portable MP3/Media player that is NOT rechargeable, and takes AAA batteries. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 9:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Peas help us find a missing cookbook

Peas help me find a vegetarian cookbook my daughter loves that has been sold and can't be remembered. [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 9:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me figure out how to deal with my sister-in-law!

Help me learn to deal with my sister-in-law without going crazy! (Long background inside) [more inside]
posted by alpha_betty at 9:22 AM PST - 48 comments

Reverse Engineer My Magic Box

What is inside this magic box? [more inside]
posted by DU at 9:11 AM PST - 26 comments

And I especially like the sweet black beans

Is the fact that I really like eating the banchan more than the meal at my local Korean restaurant looked at as odd? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 9:11 AM PST - 18 comments

Measure Twice, Email Once

Is there a plugin or AppleScript for Apple Mail that would popup a simple dialog box that says "Are you sure you want to send this message?" I send far too many messages that I probably would have edited (or scrapped) with 2 seconds of reflection (drunk or otherwise.) Not to mention all the times an itchy trigger finger fires off a message while forgetting the attachment. (i.e. please help save me from myself.)
posted by skammer at 9:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Site cookies: what's happening and what can I do about it?

Site cookies: what's happening and what can I do about it? The three variables: (A) (B) (C)
[more inside]
posted by unsigned at 8:52 AM PST - 1 comment

Anyone know anything about Noxer?

I need information about Noxer, the pollution absorbing pavement, and fast! [more inside]
posted by KantGoOn at 8:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Will I end up spending $$$ and still end up with a dead cat?

[cat filter] Can anyone give me a story in which their cat started sneezing blood but stayed healthy? [more inside]
posted by parilous at 8:44 AM PST - 20 comments

DIY workout fuel

Do you have recipes for delicious and healthy bars for pre-workout fuel and/or workout recovery? [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner at 8:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Make unit testing easier for me

I need a tool for running unit tests from multiple projects with Java/Eclipse/JUnit/OS X [more inside]
posted by ambilevous at 8:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Gosh, I wonder how it got there?!

What kind of bird is this? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 8:25 AM PST - 7 comments

To dump or not to dump?

My boyfriend has never told me he loves me. Is it time to dump him and move on to the finer things in life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 AM PST - 67 comments

How do you upgrade the Oracle client in Linux RHEL 4 (64-bit) from to

How do you upgrade the Oracle client in Linux RHEL 4 (64-bit) from to [more inside]
posted by idb at 8:18 AM PST - 3 comments

You're going to give it to me anyway, just give it over now!

Taxesfilter: I'm trying to fill out a new W-4 to have less withholding tax taken out -- do I really have to fill out the worksheet thing, or can I just decide how many allowances I want? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:27 AM PST - 15 comments

Authenticate with one domain, authorize with another.

In Active Directory, is it possible to direct the act of authenticating a user to one domain, but the subsequent authorization of that user to be handled by another? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 7:19 AM PST - 7 comments

Ouch. Wait, yeah, ouch.

Girlyparts/sexfilter: Why am I sore the next day? Possibly NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Can the Internet answer a question?

What's the linguistic term for this?: In a sentence like "The pharmacy called about your prescription," it's understood that it was actually someone *at* the pharmacy, not the building itself, that called. [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 at 7:05 AM PST - 8 comments

How to make Windows use only the working part of my screen?

The right 1/3 of my laptop's LCD is unusable. Is it possible to make Windows XP display on only the left 2/3 of the screen? [more inside]
posted by xxnopiratesxx at 7:00 AM PST - 5 comments

LCD display on the fritz

The digital odometer on my 2000 Honda Accord is not displaying numbers fully. Any way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 7:00 AM PST - 1 comment

bible, book, children, religion, philosophy

Please recommend a good Bible for children. [more inside]
posted by jujube at 6:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Picking a new compact camera

I have a Canon PowerShot A720 IS and I'm looking to replace it with a new compact camera. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by remi at 6:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Why do I only attract women who aren't into commitment?

Why do I only attract women who aren't into commitment? (Or who are poly, which I'm not. Or, sadly, who are just insane, and not insane in a "hi, I'm a misogynist who thinks that women who it doesn't work out with must be nuts" way, but insane in a "wait, you've actually spent time in a psych ward?!" way.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 34 comments

Two n00bs walk into a strip club

What's the etiquette for a couple going to strip clubs in Australia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Why can't Apple play nice with standards?

Using an iPod Touch with Linux. Worth it? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 6:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Business projector help?

My Executive Director wants a fancy new LCD projector. Something small, and with the possibility of direct USB support. He's got this idea that he *should* be able to put a file on a USB key and then just plug it into the projector, and not need a laptop to present. This strikes me as a scary proposition, one fraught with the possibility of failure. The thing is, I only have my own skepticism, no hard experience. Can anyone out there provide stories of experiences with this type of projector? Any pros or cons? Recommended projectors?
posted by Richat at 6:19 AM PST - 9 comments

collection of memorable lines/paragraphs in english literature?

collection of memorable lines/paragraphs in english literature? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 5:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Humorless sister-in-law!

Background: My brother & his wife live in her South American country. My parents and I live in the same town in the USA. My sister-in-law is visiting us as part of a business trip to America, and staying with my parents. The energy between myself and her could not be worse. [more inside]
posted by tarantula at 5:33 AM PST - 19 comments

Would you answer this question? I would if I could.

In a sentence such as "When I was younger, I would swim a mile before going to work every day," what grammatical tense is in play? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 5:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Need a list of all trade magazines published in English. Help!

Longshotfilter: where can I find a list of all the trade (ie, non-consumer) magazines published in English? [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 3:54 AM PST - 5 comments

Armchair travel as Plan B

I'd like to read a book set in/about every US state, and would love recommendations from those living in or from each state. Actual travel I'd been hoping to do won't happen, so please help me make a journey via the library. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 3:40 AM PST - 46 comments

Astrology introductions?

Complete beginner here, not overly skeptical, but so far also not particularly convinced. I'm reading the wonderful Letters of Ted Hughes and finding myself very interested in what he says there about astrology. So, could anybody direct me to a good, credible introduction to the subject?
posted by m4nju at 3:35 AM PST - 14 comments

Poppa was a rolling stone, now he's a rock.

A friend of mine is quite possibly a father of a nine year old girl in California. He'd laid up some with a woman who got pregnant and determined to have the child, told him to get the hell away from her, she didn't want him in her or the childs life anyways, so go buzz off, and my friend did buzz off. Nine years pass. He's very interested in that child now, he'd want to establish paternity first off -- Momma was sortof a sleaze, as he was at the time -- he wants to know if he is Daddy and if he is how does he find his daughter? Street word is that Momma had to give her up to CA social system. [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 3:07 AM PST - 16 comments

Uninsured leading to the mortgage crisis

I'm looking for anecdotes of the uninsured facing financial crisis, such as losing their houses, due to medical bills. [more inside]
posted by woolylambkin at 2:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Pepperoni Veteran

Can anyone identify the pizza-soldier toy from the bottom right of this picture? [more inside]
posted by hnnrs at 2:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Financial instruments for the Dutch housing market

If I think the Dutch housing market will crash, how can I make money from that belief? [more inside]
posted by dhoe at 1:44 AM PST - 8 comments

November 17

How to pick the best train car on Japan's trains?

What's the easiest way to determine which train car I should ride in so that I arrive nearest to the station exit I want on Japanese trains? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 at 11:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Learning more Cantonese, after Pimsleur

What materials should I keep an eye out for in my quest to study Cantonese? I'm currently working my way through the Pimsleur Cantonese audio course, and I don't know what I should check out after that ends. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 10:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a picture of a man balancing on a the back 2 legs of a chair on a cliff

Where can I find a very iconic picture of a man sitting in a chair, leaning back and balancing on the back two legs on the edge of a cliff? (Actually, any picture of someone balancing on the back legs of a chair would be fine, I just remember this one in particular)
posted by Maia at 10:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Could I make your beer?

What are breweries looking for in prospective employees? Alternately: What types of careers are available in brewing, and what makes one qualified for those jobs? Any relevant info helpful. [more inside]
posted by paisley henosis at 10:15 PM PST - 13 comments

Who are the Iron Chefs of Los Angeles?

The smithmac family will be spending 9 days in Los Angeles in December. Since we'll have a few nights with free babysitting in the form of grandparents, I'd like to have 1 really nice evening out with my wife. To give you an idea of what we're looking for, I was thinking of trying out chef Eme's Ortolan. I've never been there, but his food looks amazing. So, L.A. mefites, if you could choose one restaurant in Los Angeles to eat at what would it be?
posted by smithmac_99 at 9:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio

What to do with a very, very dead mouse? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 9:13 PM PST - 20 comments

If we go out on a date, I won't drug you and take your money, I promise!

How to not scare away "normal" potential dating partners with my VERY strong rebellious and thrill-seeking streak? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 9:03 PM PST - 44 comments

A Very Alternative Pooh Corner

I am trying to identify a particularly off-beat take on Winnie the Pooh in book form. The first half of the book depicts the characters of Winnie the Pooh in various modes of sexual acts and costumes..(think BDSM)...oh and this gets a little more strange. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 8:45 PM PST - 2 comments

Looking for a tall thermal layer

I'm a tall gal (5'10") and am looking for a thermal top (like a patagonia half-zip or a northface baselayer type of deal) that comes in a tall or long length to accommodate my long torso - any suggestions?
posted by michpinkston at 7:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Keep Me Hangin' On

Where can an adult get the "kid-on-the-monkey-bars experience" without getting arrested? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 7:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Can Bush Refuse an Obama Pardon?

May George W. Bush refuse a pardon from Barack Obama? [more inside]
posted by Ironmouth at 7:45 PM PST - 20 comments

Wrapped Up in Books

I need some new favourite writers! Please recommend some ones that I'll love as much as Mark Kurlansky and Italo Calvino, etc. [more inside]
posted by troika at 7:25 PM PST - 30 comments

What the BUG?!

The cold weather seems to have caused horrible, alien looking bugs to invade our basement. They are fairly slow moving (unless startled) and look like spiders and grasshoppers mated to produce alien children. They are brown in color, have enormous, Daddy-long-legs type legs (but only six of them), and get pretty far off the ground when they jump. Can anyone tell me exactly what is sneaking up on me when I'm working at my desk at night? [more inside]
posted by roundrock at 7:13 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find a sewing-kit-in-a-pen.

Please help me find another sewing-kit-in-a-pen like the one I bought at Brookstone in the 1990s. [more inside]
posted by ScarletPumpernickel at 7:01 PM PST - 4 comments

What food should I put in my school bag?

I am a college student, and my cafe likes to charge 7 bucks for a wrap, as such, I try to scrounge food from around the campus, you know, going to events here and there to try and pass up the obscenely large food bill. I carry everything in my bag, from a few extra pieces of clothes, to an emergency flashlight, to an emergency can of slim fast, to everyone of my notebooks and class textbooks. I also carry some of my books in my hands nowadays for space. As you can imagine, my bag is stuffed, I've actually noticed a rip along of of the zippers, so that sections not being used so much anymore, hah, to think, I've only had it for 3 months! I Was wondering what would be a good food that could withstand not getting mushed in my bag, and that if it exploded [happened] that it wouldn't be horrible. Any ideas? PS - as you might be able to tell, I'm a little rough with my bag.
posted by Nighthawk3729 at 6:39 PM PST - 79 comments

New York: The Biography

I read Peter Ackroyd's London: The Biography awhile back and loved the loose-limbed, ambulatory, anecdote-heavy style of it. Is there a "biography" of New York City that shares some of those characteristics? If not, what is the most fascinating book that covers the full history of New York City (rather than specific time periods or subregions)? [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 6:27 PM PST - 10 comments

User account dissapeared from login screen in win XP where'd it go george?

Started using SSH and remote desktop, all is well. Now the local user can't login to the primary account! Help!? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 6:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Please hope us find some snow!

My wife and I would like to go snowshoeing in Colorado. Next week. Where, if at all, could we find enough snow? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 6:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Find this clock!

Where can I order this clock? [more inside]
posted by sah at 6:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Flipping with Flipper

NaNoWriMo Novel filter: What's it actually like to swim with dolphins in the wild in non-contrived encounters. Not interested in pros or cons of swimming with these mammals, just in what the experience is like. (previously)
posted by Xurando at 5:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Vista's popular; it thinks this is six inches.

Why does Powerpoint 2007 (Vista) not fit my pictures to the window when inserting images? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 5:52 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me find movers for one piece of furniture.

I see a few pieces of large furniture on NYC Craigslist I want to purchase. Are there movers in NYC who would take care of single-item, inter-borough moves like this for a decent price? And to follow up, are movers like this insured in case they do any damage during the move?
posted by helios410 at 5:39 PM PST - 3 comments

SkinCareFilter: Non-Toxic anti-aging skin care?

Help my skin glow while avoiding toxic chemicals! [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 5:10 PM PST - 15 comments

What is an appropriate Alice in Wonderland quote for a memorial?

Can anyone think of an Alice in Wonderland excerpt appropriate to the funeral of a dear friend? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard at 5:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Which animal shelter or rescue group should I volunteer with in Los Angeles?

Which animal shelter or rescue group should I volunteer with in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by scody at 5:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Picking the right solo 401k provider

How should I evaluate prospective solo 401k providers? [more inside]
posted by gsh at 4:55 PM PST - 2 comments

casual sex filter: ejaculation without orgasm?

casualsexfilter: ejaculation without orgasm? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Who pays Obama?

Who is paying Obama for the next two months? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven at 4:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Bzzzzzzzzz Help me find a alarm clock

Help me find a clock radio. Here is a list of things it must have: [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy at 4:11 PM PST - 7 comments

How much to tip for a free trim?

How much should I tip for a free hair trim? I just got my hair cut last week, and after playing with it for a few days, I'm not thrilled. I'm going back to the same place to get it trimmed later this week for free, and need to know how much I should tip the stylist. [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian at 4:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Train travel around France and Italy for cosy travellers

Rail trips across France and Italy. Any recommendations, experiences, sights, travel wisdom for an over 30 couple who like to see the world from their window without too much hassle and in as much comfort as possible? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 4:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Get the boy a book!

If he liked Tony Parsons and Roald Dahl and Nick Hornby what else will he like? [more inside]
posted by magnetsphere at 4:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Landscape architecture question

Landscape Architecture! I'm a student thinking about changing fields from IR to landscape architecture and I'm interested in all and any of your thoughts on the subject. [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 3:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Cutting a Thick Oddly Shaped Bottle

How can I cut a thick oval glass bottle cleanly? [more inside]
posted by Science! at 3:27 PM PST - 12 comments

How to go about asking sister's former friend on a date?

I come fellow MeFites to ask for dating advice today. It's like my back in time question in the past, only I actually know this girl and I didn't randomly see her through a 8th degree connection in a church somewhere, lol. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 3:24 PM PST - 12 comments

How does a secretary improve your working life?

I've just started a new job and have inherited a secretary. What should I be asking her to do? I've never had a secretary before, so I'm at a loss as to how I should be using her skills and experience. [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 3:05 PM PST - 23 comments

Guidance Counselor Filter: Where in MA should I go to school for Computer Science?

If you had to live and work four days a week (Friday-Monday) in Framingham, Massachusetts, and your employer was giving you $10,000/year toward tuition reimbursement, where would you finish your Information Technology / Computer Science degree? [more inside]
posted by lizzicide at 3:01 PM PST - 4 comments

Who pays for the groom's cake?

Who pays for the groom's cake?
posted by warriorengineer at 2:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Sit still!

Can any object stay in one place in outer space? [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 2:40 PM PST - 23 comments

How to create an interest-based survey that groups users/discussions based on matches?

I'm looking for help in finding good examples of interest surveys for social sites that match a user to a group/other users based on interest survey results (very much like StumbleUpon process but its focused on matching sites I might like). I'm looking for best practices, too, to decide on hierarchy structure (what is a considered a top level and second level category). [more inside]
posted by dael at 2:29 PM PST - 1 comment

Multiple monitors on my first-gen 15" MBP, can I get more than one?

Multiple monitors on my first-gen 15" MBP, can I get more than one? How can I get three (or more, large) heads on my MBP and be uber-cool and productive? Is it as easy as a DVI splitter? Is there software that would stretch the screen onto another computer? [more inside]
posted by dhammala at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

What is a cpa's liability

What is a cpa's liability? More specifically, I hired a cpa to do my payroll and taxes. She mis-payed all of the tax payments and then told me the wrong due date for another tax payment and then I got hit with a penalty. So what is her liability in all of this?
posted by thebwit at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Baby Video Recommendations?

Can anyone recommend baby videos for nine-month olds (and up)? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 2:12 PM PST - 26 comments

help me identify this usb pen logo

Can you help me identify this logo? on this. my usb drive has sort of died lately, but still shows up when i plug it in with usb legacy support off. not arsed about the data, but would like to format it somehow. i have heard there may be programs on the manufacturer's website. the problem being that i don't know the manufacturer. any clues?
posted by Iananan at 2:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Preparing for 2010

I need to build a database or buy a software solution to help manage electoral work with the 30,000 individuals I represent. I need to be able to map members to their electoral districts and check against voter registration roles, but I have no idea where to start. Help? [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 1:52 PM PST - 5 comments

frankenstein is my hero

I have damaged knee cartilage. I live in Vancouver, Canada and I want to participate in experimental stem-cell therapy. How can I? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 1:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Prosthetics knowledge/experience wanted

I'm writing a screenplay in which one of the main characters uses a prosthetic leg. WANTED: Mefites with knowledge of/experience with prosthetics. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 1:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Django hosting recomendations

Web hosting recomendations - Im very new to web development but have been slowly setting up a website with django and im starting to think about hosting. [more inside]
posted by phyle at 1:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Have batteries, need toys.

Tell me about electrical stimulation sex toys (NSFW, obviously). [more inside]
posted by fracas at 1:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Problems with 64-bit Windows

Without realizing it I recently purchases a 64-bit Windows computer. I am having problems my wireless internet reception and with basic programs like Office 2007. Is it possible that this is due to incompatibility?
posted by retiree at 1:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Fundraising or Cut Back ideas

Condo Association wants to hit us with a special assessment that is almost $4000 EACH due to the repair of rotten wood trim on the outside of the buildings. Ideas on fundraising or cutting costs? [more inside]
posted by vermontlife at 1:09 PM PST - 15 comments

What kind of work should I do, and how to get it?

What kind of work should I do, and how to get it? Help me figure out my career. [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo at 1:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Best message board for Cooking Questions?

Best message board for an aspiring cook? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 12:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Name Change Problems?

I am becoming a U.S. citizen -- I'd like to know from people who checked the box to change their name. Should I, or not? Problems abound. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Where did my morning wood go?

I never get morning erections anymore. Why? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Daisy attacked & damaged 3 dogs, has heartworm, severe separation anxiety: is it time to put her down?

My dog has damaged (bitten through the skin) 3 other dogs and was just diagnosed with heartworm. I know it's a bit impersonal to ask online, but can help me figure out when it is time to consider putting down my pet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 PM PST - 22 comments

Please help lead-foot Liquado locate leniency

Ontario speeding ticket advice: How can I best plead my case tomorrow to the JP? [more inside]
posted by liquado at 12:34 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to spy on my puppy while I'm at work.

Can you please recommend an affordable and good USB webcam as well as easy-to-use monitoring software that can broadcast a streaming image or snapshots of my pup to a Web address? [more inside]
posted by bondgirl53001 at 12:19 PM PST - 3 comments

How to win at ring toss?

Would it be better to melt these rings down or just sell them? [more inside]
posted by Polychrome at 12:17 PM PST - 1 comment

I like turtles, too, but where'd this one come from?

Where did this large turtlish head come from? Which movie, television series, or commercial spawned this wise old creature? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 12:07 PM PST - 17 comments

Need a very clever puzzle(s).

Need a clever puzzle for someone recovering from heart surgery. [more inside]
posted by foodybat at 12:06 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the best wok?

i'm looking to buy my first wok to start cooking and need help picking the right one. what's best? [more inside]
posted by jamestwofive at 12:02 PM PST - 16 comments

How to spend the other 8 hours of my trip to San Francisco?

I'll be attending a conference in San Francisco (and staying in Berkeley) from Wednesday to Sunday. What are some short (1-2 hours) "field trips" I can take when I get sick of listening to papers? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin at 11:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Daily Variety vs Weekly Variety?

Daily Variety vs Weekly Variety, which one should I subscribe to? [more inside]
posted by travis08 at 11:41 AM PST - 5 comments

How to archive email messages

I'm trying to create a better audit trail of email correspondence at work - using Outlook. Is it possible to simply bcc messages to one of an established set of document file folders? [more inside]
posted by wartsc at 11:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Please Tell Me These Are Not Termites (I Don’t Want to Hear Carpenter Ants, Either)

Small pile of hundreds of insect/larvae carcasses found in home – should we be concerned? Have you ever encountered such a thing? [more inside]
posted by dreamphone at 11:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Who has sampled Skream's Stagger?

I was listening to the Skream! album for the first time today and thought I'd heard the song Stagger before, recently, only with (continuous) vocals and I can't remember where. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by gregjones at 11:34 AM PST - 3 comments

A question about digital TV antennas in SE Portland.

A question about digital TV antennas in SE Portland. [more inside]
posted by concrete at 11:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Energy Follows Attention?

Is there anything in western psychology shedding light on the martial arts truism that energy follows attention? [more inside]
posted by jimmyjimjim at 11:29 AM PST - 20 comments

Tips for buying a mens' leather jacket

I'm wanting to buy a (mens') leather jacket for the first time. What advice can you offer me? Bonus points if you can recommend a particular brand, or a store in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

"That's an... unusual Works Cited you got there."

What are some unusual sources of wisdom or pedogogical tactics for learning new ideas or skills? [more inside]
posted by ElectricBlue at 11:23 AM PST - 7 comments

In SFO for a weekend. What should I NOT miss?

Will I have any time to check out cool tech sites with a Saturday and Sunday morning in SFO? [more inside]
posted by cdmwebs at 11:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Careers in horticulture

Tell me about careers in horticulture [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 11:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I join the National Association for the Self Employed?

Should I join the National Association for the Self Employed (NASE)? [more inside]
posted by GarageWine at 11:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Best WiFi / Internet Radio

As an English ex-pat, my fiancée really misses the BBC's Radio 4. We both do. Can anyone speak from experience about the best Internet/wifi radio for both listening live and the BBC's 'listen again' feature? [more inside]
posted by dance at 11:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Bad human, bad!

Advice needed for dealing with my dog's overgrown toenails. [more inside]
posted by wg at 11:03 AM PST - 6 comments

How to better pay for shared computer supplies at a retirement village?

My dad lives in a retirement village that provides a shared computer (in a common area) used more heavily by just a few people. Supplies (ink/paper) are covered by dues everyone pays. What's the best way to have those that use it more pay more, e.g. somehow track usage, or maybe have users pay a nominal usage fee to cover ink/paper supply costs (and cost when it's to be replaced). [more inside]
posted by idad at 11:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Where can I find the best oatmeal cookies in New York City?

Where can I find the best oatmeal cookies in New York City?
posted by likeapen at 11:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a dark circular puzzle

Looking for image of circular puzzle of a dark ocean/sea illustration from the 80's. [more inside]
posted by cashman at 10:57 AM PST - 1 comment

DIY photo calendars on the internets

Looking to print a few calendars with my photos as holiday gifts for friends and family. I've read (some old) mixed reviews on QOOP, a printing service that integrates directly with Flickr, and I'm curious if people have recent opinions on the print quality and what other reputable services are available. [more inside]
posted by sararah at 10:47 AM PST - 6 comments

MacBook wireless networking problems in the Czech Republic

I have been living in a small university town outside Prague in the Czech Republic since the summer. I am using my 2006 Apple MacBook MA254LL/A (running 10.5.5) to connect to the internet. However, I have experienced a lot of problems connecting to free wireless internet hotspots. My laptop takes a while to locate the network by scanning, and then either asks for a password or tells me the network is unavailable. I know that my Airport works fine elsewhere, and that the connection usually happens automatically. I will ask one of the workers at the store if there is a password, and the answer is always no. Moreover, I see PC users connecting to the internet without a problem. Does anyone know what the issue is with wireless networking on a Mac in the Czech Republic? [I would post this question to the Apple support forums, but it appears that their new accounts system is down]
posted by cardamom at 10:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Help de-code a kid's winter wish

Help me de-code a NYCares Winter Wishes Wish - I have no idea what this kid is asking for [more inside]
posted by nanhey at 9:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Does anyone know where to study parkour in the Bay Area?

Does anyone know where to study parkour in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by ebness86 at 9:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Recommendation for a home elliptical machine.

Recommendation for a home elliptical machine. [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape at 9:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Semi-Abandoned Ship in Seattle? Santos, maybe?

Can anyone tell me anything about this abandoned looking ship named the "Santos" by the foundry and concrete plant in south Seattle? [more inside]
posted by stet at 9:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Underground Website?

Trying to find a site first linked on Metafilter about underground and forbidden places. [more inside]
posted by cell divide at 9:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Good color printer for crafting?

My wife is looking for a good color printer for crafting projects. We have a cheap-ish inkjet now, but the color quality is disappointing. Decent color fidelity for the occasional photos and the ability to print on thicker papers are important to us, but we're hoping to avoid spending Money Hats(tm). Should I look at color laser printers? Anyone have suggestions on particular printers?
posted by verb at 9:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Stereo Mini cord is toxic?

Why does this stereo mini to RCA adapter have a obscure image icon that indicates hazardous waste? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 9:22 AM PST - 6 comments

Fuck Ratatouille. (I'm sorry. I still love you, Pixar. Don't cut me off.)

There are mice in my apartment. Hijinks ensue. Now what? [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 9:08 AM PST - 29 comments

Thanksgiving sans oven

Thanksgiving dishes that don't use the oven? [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 9:07 AM PST - 19 comments

I've already listened to the Christopher Cross song and I still don't get it.

When people dream of buying a boat -- a recreational boat like a sailboat or yacht, not one for fishing, transportation or the military -- what are they dreaming of? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 9:02 AM PST - 19 comments

Send a child to school

Can we send a girl to school overseas? [more inside]
posted by arabelladragon at 8:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Please point to some great bands similar to the Cantonese group "Beyond".

My girlfriend grew up in Hong Kong, living there until 13 years ago. She's a fan of the hugely popular "canto-pop" group Beyond, especially their later, more "alternative" stuff. What other bands might she like and recognise from her childhood in HK? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 8:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Un-crate our dog?

I have a bichon frise/shih tzu mix dog named Beatrix who is a little over 1 year old. She is crate trained and has no problem with going into the crate when my husband leaves for work. She spends no more than 5 hours in the crate a day while we are at work. Next week my husband's work hours will be changing and this will mean that Beatrix will be at home for 8 hours alone while we are at work. Unfortunately we cannot afford to hire a dog walker. We are thinking about leaving her out of the crate since it seems like a significantly longer time to keep her cooped up. Is this the best thing to do? If so, how should we go about it? [more inside]
posted by traceymariel at 8:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Percentage breakdown of major Flash versions in GA?

Easy way to determine major Flash version percentages in Google Analytics? [more inside]
posted by gwint at 8:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Best online dating in the UK

What's the best online dating site for the UK? Details, annecdotes, and answers to other little questions welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Theater marketing and fundraising

Where can a Russian theater go in the US to learn about fundraising and marketing? [more inside]
posted by nax at 8:09 AM PST - 1 comment


My son has had difficulty getting a job because he has quit previous jobs, and had some personal issues.. Apparently this information has been passed around by previous employers. No one has called him back for any job interviews in three months. My suggestion to him is just hang in there and in the interim donate time as a volunteer for the red cross etc. Maybe this will help him get his feet in the door. What are some things he could volunteer doing?
posted by Upon Further Review at 8:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Stylish man's bag?

I want a men's bag that is stylish and unique that can hold a laptop fine (13" macbook), perhaps with an added sleeve, but doesn't look like a laptop bag and is therefore functional when the laptop's at home. So far I'm considering bags by Qwstion, Hard Graft, Cydwoq, and Freitag. What are some of your favorite bags? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 7:52 AM PST - 16 comments

BD-ROM import

How can I import blu-ray like I do DVD9? [more inside]
posted by slagerst at 7:37 AM PST - 3 comments

How to find agency responsible for a web site?

Which interactive agency is responsible for designing And ultimately, what is the best way to find out who did what? I haven't been able to come up with a good query for these kinds of searches, and I thought that there *has* to be some kind of database online which shows agency-client line-ups. You'd think that these things would show up in AdAge's DataCenter but it does not - or perhaps I've missed it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by seeminglee at 7:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Why can't I hide from Google?

Help me hide my blog from the Googlebots. [more inside]
posted by hamster at 7:24 AM PST - 6 comments

htpc recomendations needed

im looking to build a htpc that will be able to play 1080p content and output HD Audio over HDMI. my main requirements are that i would like it quiet and energy efficient. Im also hoping to put a couple of HD satalite cards in there im not sure if this would make a difference to what hardware i should select. could someone point me in the direction of either some recomended componenets or a pre built machine
posted by toocan at 6:58 AM PST - 5 comments

I'm drawing a line down the middle of the bed...

How can I keep my SO from kicking me in his sleep? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 6:50 AM PST - 12 comments

What to learn for decent-paying telecommutable jobs?

Help me find the right track for my job, MeFi! What do I do to find a $20-$30/hr travel-light/telecommutable job? [more inside]
posted by ggypsy at 6:48 AM PST - 9 comments

What should I expect at an annual review?

My first annual review is coming up at my first real job. What do I expect, especially regarding discussion about pay/raises? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me enthusiastically welcome my man home!

I always like it when men pick women up from the airport holding a bouquet of flowers for them, and I'd like to do something similar for my boyfriend... but get him something a little more masculine. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:41 AM PST - 39 comments

Help me grow

So I started my own design company and went into full-time freelancing 6 months ago. It's OK. Not great, but it pays bills. But I'm confused what to do next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Going from a one cat to a two cat household

New cat coming into our already cat-inhabited house… (yes, yet another kitty related MeFI question). We have a cat who is the undoubted king of the house in all respects – he even beats up our slightly dumb dog on a regular basis. We are about to bring a new kitty into our house and I really want to know how can we best prepare our lives to keep the inevitable fights and related drama to a minimum when they first meet? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 6:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Are there other sites on the web like ask.metafilter?

Are there other sites on the web like ask.metafilter, where you can ask/answer questions on pretty much any topic? [more inside]
posted by waxboy at 5:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Life To Do List

Help me make up a life to-do list [more inside]
posted by karyotypical at 4:52 AM PST - 21 comments

How to get into Harvard with average-ish grades!

How to get into Harvard with average-ish grades! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 4:03 AM PST - 47 comments

Britains Lower Class Kids - Would Like the Tour, Please.

Movies about Britain's Lower Class children and the society they live in? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 3:31 AM PST - 21 comments

Whats the best platform and tips for a new band's website?

I am trying to help out a band with a website. Whats the best platform and tips for a new band's website? It needs to combine youtube, flickr, twitter, myspace, facebook. [more inside]
posted by schindyguy at 1:22 AM PST - 15 comments

November 16

How to get rid of computer viruses?

Infected computer needs help! [more inside]
posted by melgy at 11:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Don Draper is a litter-bug

Just watched an episode of Mad Men, and one of the actions of the characters caused a bit of a double-take. How common was blatant littering in the early 60s? [more inside]
posted by snwod at 11:06 PM PST - 39 comments

Are outdoor fireplaces prohibited in San Francisco?

Are there any laws prohibiting outdoor fireplaces (sometimes called chimineas) within the city of San Francisco? I am thinking of getting one for my back porch, but don't want anyone calling the cops/FD on me. I've checked the SFFD website, but couldn't find anything.
posted by yizzle at 10:47 PM PST - 2 comments

Northwest Job search

How do I get my friend a high level job in fashion in the northwest? Must earn at least $200k.
posted by emberm at 10:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Where's/what's this weird statue?

Possibly NSFW: what's this all about? [more inside]
posted by hpliferaft at 10:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Bill Joy is awesome, and I want to meet him.

Can I meet Bill Joy? [more inside]
posted by masymas at 9:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Can a vaccine make my cat into a temporary loner?

CatFilter. Can a distemper shot make a cat ... well ... standoffish? [more inside]
posted by grabbingsand at 8:46 PM PST - 12 comments

How do i add Wikipedia Search to Google Chrome?

How do i add Wikipedia Search to Google Chrome? [more inside]
posted by red_rika at 8:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Want to play Dead Space widescreen on a normal monitor.

Want to play Dead Space widescreen on a normal monitor. [more inside]
posted by querty at 8:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How best to make money off of unused domains?

Best way to make money off of unused domains? Sell or sign up for PPC? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 at 8:10 PM PST - 2 comments

No More Sassy Ladies

I think I may be the male version of women who keep dating jerks. [more inside]
posted by pauldonato at 8:09 PM PST - 36 comments

What sample is this from?

What is sampled at the beginning of the Blood of Abraham song "Niggaz n Jewz"? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 8:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me find mid 90s fruit snack called Soda-Licious (picture inside)

Soda-Licious: tasty fruit snacks from the early 90s. Where can I find this in the US? [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 7:54 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I hook up a USB external hard drive to my wireless network?

What's the best and cheapest way to connect a USB external hard drive to my wireless network for use as an iTunes jukebox? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 7:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Am I stuck with the cat voice for another year?!

AnnoyingAptRentalFilter: I've been in the apartment a year longer than my current roommates. We're all on the lease. We get along, but I can't see doing another whole year in this setup... [more inside]
posted by iliketolaughalot at 7:46 PM PST - 18 comments

remedial hostessing 101

I want to give dinner parties! But I don't know how. Please give me all your tips and secrets. Three limitations: I am not a fabulous cook, and don't have a ton of free time, and my social group is really diffuse (ie most of my friends only know me and none of my other friends).
posted by footnote at 7:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Identify This Artist

Can you identify the artist of this sculpture? (From somewhere around Monterey, California) [more inside]
posted by wavejumper at 7:15 PM PST - 1 comment

One card fits all?

Can my calling card be a business card? Should I even use a business card? Do I even want a calling card? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Recommendations for finding good virtual employment

I'd like to work for a virtual company, or work virtually for a real company. [more inside]
posted by device55 at 5:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Fill in the Blank Form Needed for Network Assessment

I have a friend who has a small business and wants me to perform a LAN/WAN Network Assessment. It's something I never done before but I'm fully capable. Instead of me reinventing the wheel does anyone have fill in the blank forms or links to forms with questions I should ask and what I should inventory? Thanks!
posted by bleucube at 5:33 PM PST - 4 comments

"I don't look back" ... remember the rest of this poem?

Longshot poetry filter: My grandfather's memorial service is tomorrow and my grandmother would like a poem to be read. She thinks the title was "No Regrets" and the first line is "I don't look back..." [more inside]
posted by drumcorpse at 5:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Candle shopping in NY

Somewhere to buy nice candles in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by flashboy at 5:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Abstract my wife, please

My good lady wife is looking to get into abstracting and abridging; any pointers? [more inside]
posted by baggers at 4:43 PM PST - 2 comments

Help with Pitching a Book.

Something I've been involved in for several years has been getting a lot of publicity lately. And I've just been told that it is about to get some national publicity within the week. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 4:35 PM PST - 8 comments

My +100 Aggression Face Looks Like Taking a Shit

Is anyone doing real-time emotion detection in video games? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 4:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Question about Pgh Penguins Throwback Jerseys.

I am trying to settle a bet with a friend about the Pittsburgh Penguins throwback jerseys (blue). They were wearing them last night and apparently will wear them for select home games. How did they decide which games to wear them for? Is it when they play teams, like last night, that have black and gold on the away uniforms? If so, it's really distracting and hard to follow who to root for :)
posted by Raichle at 4:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you suggest some comic books in trade paperback based on what I have already read and enjoyed?

Can you suggest some comic books in trade paperback based on what I have already read and enjoyed? [more inside]
posted by DrDreidel at 4:19 PM PST - 19 comments

Your New Best Friend

Have you seen my people? They must be in Melbourne somewhere... [more inside]
posted by xz at 4:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me tame this unorganized mind.

I need recommendations for free or inexpensive mind mapping software for Windows. [more inside]
posted by c lion at 4:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Not buying this "cats are clean" nonsense...

Are cats really as clean as everyone says? [more inside]
posted by Alabaster at 3:42 PM PST - 29 comments

Am I an asshole for wanting my husband to have a career?

Am I an asshole for wanting my husband to have a career? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:41 PM PST - 27 comments

How do you make awful news make sense to a toddler?

How do you tell a three year old that they won't be having a baby brother after all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:40 PM PST - 10 comments

This question, and all photos of it, copyright grapefruitmoon.

CopyrightFilter: I was taking a photo in a bookstore and I was reprimanded by a clerk for copyright infringement. What exactly are the legalities of photographing books? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 3:32 PM PST - 27 comments

Activities to enliven a graduate level class discussion on disability issues?

What are some interesting "activities" I could use to enliven a graduate level class discussion about disability issues? Or general suggestions to enliven a graduate level class where a partner and I have to lead the discussion on this topic... [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 3:22 PM PST - 17 comments

Please help me interpret this encounter

Something weird happened and I'm not sure if I'm supposed to do anything. Please help me interpret this encounter. [more inside]
posted by tracert at 3:12 PM PST - 34 comments

Dan Ackroyd and Eddie Murphy prepared me for porkbellies, but not this.

I'm doing an experiment about socks and want to find data about the commodity price of merino wool. My problem is that I know nothing about trading/stock/commodities vernacular and am having difficulties finding a good place to start. [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 3:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Do you remember a health class film about role reversals during a dream sequence?

Do you remember a health class film about role reversals during a dream sequence? [more inside]
posted by andythebean at 2:54 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I dig myself out of this credit card hole?

Given the current economy, would doing a "charge-off" on my credit cards be a reasonable option, and how would I go about doing it for my biggest benefit? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 2:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Skinny drug abusers

What drugs make those skinny rocks stars dreadfully skinny ? Need help for a script. You see some people, that abuse drugs maybe, that are really skinny. I've always assumed that the drugs make them forget to eat, or maybe they can't afford food or the drug drives down appetite. What drugs do this? I kinda mean street drugs, but maybe other medications. I want to add some authentic detail into a play I'm involved with. Thanks
posted by Xhris at 2:15 PM PST - 28 comments

Where should I put my money?

I live in the UK, and I've heard some people saying there may be trying economic times ahead for my country. Is there anything I should be doing with my savings? [more inside]
posted by Mike1024 at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Data sets in the raw

Statistics filter: Trying to find at least 100 pairs of data points from test scores [more inside]
posted by ptm at 1:50 PM PST - 5 comments

An avant-garde play about an interview — but who wrote it?

TheatreFilter: help me find the text (or at least the author) of a play I acted in a long while ago. It was a bizarre avant-garde sort of thing, and the excerpt we performed centered on an interview. [more inside]
posted by hatta at 1:41 PM PST - 2 comments

The perfect slippers

Please help me find (online, or in a major Canadian store) some slippers that fit the following strict requirements: fluffy on the inside, thick comfy sole, and, most importantly, are closed around the heel without being a boot. It seems that everything I find that fits the first two requirements is clog-style, and that absolutely won't do. The closest I can find are moccasins, but the gift recipient doesn't like leather/fur. Any suggestions?
posted by arcticwoman at 1:27 PM PST - 8 comments

What's a not so expensive place to eat on a Sunday night, 9PM close to Madison Square Garden?

What's a not so expensive place to eat on a Sunday night, 9PM close to Madison Square Garden? I know you want to say Korean - but it's not an option. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 12:29 PM PST - 23 comments

I need a tech work around.

Can I make my Sprint Blackberry work with my Verizon Wireless account? [more inside]
posted by brookeb at 12:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Ebay vs Craigslist for absolute novices

Mr. immlass and I are considering craigslist vs ebay for selling electronics/computer gear. Neither of us has any experience with either system as a seller; he's bought a few rare items (CDs) on ebay. Specific questions within. [more inside]
posted by immlass at 11:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Managerial woes

My department is seriously understaffed. How do I effectively present a case to add more employees? Resources, tips and advice? What are some key elements to this request/plan? [more inside]
posted by engling at 11:13 AM PST - 8 comments

AskMeFi's the thing wherein I'll catch the information I require regarding mousetraps.

How much damage would a mousetrap do to a person's finger? (This is for a play I'm writing.) [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 11:13 AM PST - 17 comments

Continuous recordings

I'm looking for standalone devices to continuously record video and/or audio. I would like to record while biking and when the memory is full automatic overwrite should occur. I.e. I always want to have the last X minutes of the recording ready in case something interesting happens. Anybody know of an affordable solution for this?
posted by Brennus at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

What beer are Will Hunting and his crew drinking in the movie Good Will Hunting?

What beer are Will Hunting and his crew drinking in the movie Good Will Hunting? [more inside]
posted by mumblelard at 10:34 AM PST - 14 comments

how to become an amateur hosteller ?

I need an advice on a business proposal I want to do to my mother. [more inside]
posted by nicolin at 10:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Blood for Every Limb!

I'm looking for advice on how to improve my circulation. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 10:17 AM PST - 13 comments

What kind of lights are these?

What kind of lights are these? Can anyone give me information about these? I want to sell them but don't even know what to call them in the ad. There are video-studio-set lights of some sort. They all work. They're used but in good condition, so any input on what I could ask for them?
posted by Newstuffoldstuff at 10:10 AM PST - 5 comments

help me remember this NPR segment

Anyone remember this segment?: A few years ago I heard a radio essay (probably on NPR) about the process of getting a country song written and recorded. The reporter wasn't a songwriter by trade, but he had written a silly-ish song for the purposes of trying to get it published. [more inside]
posted by pipti at 10:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Downloadable golf highlights?

I would like to download from a free or pay source the latest PGA action for someone who is in hospital without television access. [more inside]
posted by Umhlangan at 9:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Is someone poisoning our squirrels?

Is someone poisoning our squirrels? My wife's worried; I'm not convinced, so I thought I'd turn to metafilter. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks at 9:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Just how connected are we?

I'm working on a short essay, and trying to get a general idea of how many hours per week the average person spends sending e-mails, talking on the phone, texting, etc. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 9:26 AM PST - 1 comment

Orange mucous means what exactly?

Florescent orange snot filter: has anyone ever had this? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 9:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Maiden or Eagles shirt at the game...

Journalistic ethics as it pertains to a student/school newspaper. [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 9:10 AM PST - 12 comments

NSFW condom/sex question.

Mid-20s guy needs first-time condom/penetrative intercourse advice. This will be NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 35 comments

How long for UK residency after marriage

He's British, I'm not. I plan to travel to London on a fiancee visa so we can get married. How long does it take after the wedding for the visa extention/ work permit to arrive? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 8:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Ill-prepared, but taking up oil painting anyway

Artfilter: I've decided to take up oil/canvas painting. I have good artistic sensibilities, but no formal training and no supplies. What do I need to know/own? [more inside]
posted by charmston at 6:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Bookfilter: Name that sci-fi story.

Bookfilter: I am trying to remember a story. It is either a short story, or the epilogue of a book. I am 90% certain it was written by Isaac Asimov. [more inside]
posted by judge.mentok.the.mindtaker at 6:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Controlling the volume of applications in Windows?

Is it possible to control the volume of individual Windows applications (or Firefox windows/tabs?) Also, is it possible to boost the volume of (e.g.) a YouTube video?
posted by callmejay at 6:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Shrink etiquette: should I call or should I write?

Even my psychologist doesn't know who I am. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:05 AM PST - 14 comments

A real economic downturn, or not so much?

A real economic downturn, or not so much? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 4:32 AM PST - 25 comments

Cross Canada by car in December

Driving across Canada, in December, please advise. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 4:11 AM PST - 29 comments

Ah the pressure ( or lack of it )

[PlubmingFilter] Last night Mrs Rus notice a very slow leak from our immersion heater. So in a flash of "brilliance" I turn it off at the (power) mains and would worry about it in the morning. Its now the morning and things aren't quite right [more inside]
posted by rus at 12:52 AM PST - 8 comments

November 15

Is-it-on-fire community driven map?

With regards to the recent LA/Orange County fires: has anyone done a Is-it-on-fire? web site similar to what the USGS has done with their Did-you-feel-it? earthquake intensity reporting site? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 11:37 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the best way to dump *all* information about a video file?

What's the best way to dump *all* information about a video file? [more inside]
posted by crawl at 10:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Good eating in Western MA

Northampton/Western Mass filter: I'm going to be in nearby Ashfield for six days. Can you give me a crash course on the area? [more inside]
posted by micawber at 10:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Oh yeah? Well, wishcraft THIS!

Why is the thought of making and writing down long-term personal goals *so* upsetting? [more inside]
posted by droplet at 10:23 PM PST - 25 comments

In search of self-taught illustrator

Help me find a certain article about a young, self-taught illustrator (possibly living/working in London). Vague and inconclusive details inside. [more inside]
posted by [user was fined for this post] at 10:09 PM PST - 1 comment

A taste of poison paradise?

How can I test my family's garden vegetables for nutrition/toxins? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser at 10:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Seeking one-piece, footless pajamas

Where can I buy one-piece, footless pajamas made of soft, medium-weight cotton, that aren't meant to be underwear? [more inside]
posted by poulet at 9:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Do you know this song about the presidents?

President Song: Does anyone know the rest of this? It is not a mnemonic device, it is just a song to teach all the names of the presidents in order. [more inside]
posted by emhutchinson at 8:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Top tube morphs into fender

Recently I saw an unusual bike, one with a curved top tube that extended beyond the seat tube to support a rack. It had trekking bars, too. Please help me identify it! [more inside]
posted by brianogilvie at 8:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Tracking down a Big Bang Theory sweatshirt

I'm looking for a sweatshirt that the character Penny (Kaley Cuoco) wears in the last episode of the first season, "The Tangerine Factor." It's yellow and orange, with fairly intricate designs. Seen here. Any ideas?
posted by craven_morhead at 8:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Quality nonfiction writing courses (online)?

Can anyone point the way to a reputable online writing course that deals with the mechanics of good writing (not plot, character, narrative, etc)? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 7:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Please suggest a Japanese song for a going away party video.

Please suggest Japanese songs to use for a video-of-photos at a going away party. 送別会の写真ビデオで使うための日本語の曲を進めてください。 [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 7:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Digital camera for arthritic hands

Help me pick a digital camera for my 70-something parents with arthritic hands. [more inside]
posted by Jandasmo at 7:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Fun magnets to dress up a boring car?

Where can I find magnets for my car (ideally so that I can "dress it up" as a cow like the old Dell boxes? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 7:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Fire down below!

I am a girl with incredibly sensitive skin. Help me stay free of rashes AND hair "down there"... or convince me it's not worth it (men, please reply). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:58 PM PST - 78 comments

Seeking Credit Report Expert/Janitor

Where do I get a legitimate credit report and how do I go about cleaning it out? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 6:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Which website recommends neighborhoods in other cities based on your old neighborhood?

I once came across a website that recommends equivalent neighborhoods across cities. For example, if you asked for the San Francisco equivalent of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, it might recommend the Castro. Could someone point me to this website?
posted by espertus at 6:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Trekking for non-Scouts

Is there a place like Philmont for non-Scouts? [more inside]
posted by perrce at 6:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Kitchenware that no good kitchen would be without?

I'm in the market for some better cooking tools. What kitchenware would you swear by? What should no good kitchen be without? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 5:37 PM PST - 47 comments

Diversity/concentration measure for nonexclusive categories?

Measures of diversity / fragmentation / concentration for nonexclusive categories? [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 5:20 PM PST - 10 comments

What was that weird car I saw?

I saw a weird car today on the road and I want to know what it was. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 4:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Indian mixers: the shocking true story!

Do I want an Indian mixer? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 4:19 PM PST - 5 comments

How to manage Angry Amy?

I manage a staff of 14 people, and I enjoy the challenge of my job. I think I am pretty good at keeping people satisfied and productive. Part of my job is to give people what they want, within reason, and here's where my problem comes in: How do I deal with Amy, who makes unreasonable demands and becomes abusive when they aren't granted? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger at 4:14 PM PST - 29 comments

DVD/Handbrake Divx Burning Woes

I using Mac the Ripper than Handbrake to turn DVDs into mp4 files. (I use DVD dual layer)...When I use Roxio Popcorn, I can fit several movies on a disc (4) but it takes honestly a day and a half to burn on DVD !!!! But the DVD plays perfectly in my cheap player. Trying a different route, I tried dragging the mp4s to a blank DVD disc and then clicking "Burn" -- it burns and takes only 30-40 minutes but this version will not play on my DVD player. Anybody out there have an idea what I can do to make the process more efficient? Different software or different method? I appreciate your insight. By the way, I am running Mac OX X 10.5.5.
posted by snap_dragon at 3:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Help finding a certain type of bowl.

Help me find a certain type of bowl for my wife for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by scarello at 3:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Need Buy a Wilson

Help~ I need to buy Wilson Factor K Three (3) Tennis Racket by Monday night. I am in Central Los Angeles Area. [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 3:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Unspam me here...

Once in a while I go into my gmail Spam folder and I notice that there is the odd email in there that isn't actually spam. One time there was an email from telling me that I sold a book and to ship it... whoops! Is there anything I can do about this besides reading every spam email that I get?
posted by GleepGlop at 3:25 PM PST - 5 comments

What was this book with a pink alien spaceship?

SciFiBookFilter: What was this science fiction book? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 3:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Which Movie: Dead girl putting a letter in a pocket

Which-Movie-Filter: A movie about a girl who travels in time, and is possibly dead. [more inside]
posted by esilenna at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Opening multiple links at once?

Are there any browsers that will allow me to open multiple links in one click? [more inside]
posted by auralcoral at 2:14 PM PST - 12 comments

OS Font issues... Need HELP!

HELP! I am going nutty. Some of my MAC OS fonts and some web page fonts display as Black with a white outline which makes it very difficult to read. It happens in all browsers as well. I assume it is a font issue but have no idea how to fix it or which font it is affecting.
posted by Vanna79 at 1:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for films and books on Agitprop

Looking for recommendations on films (documentary or dramatic) or books (nonficiton or novel) about Agitprop or Agitprop Theater, specifically as it was practiced in Boshevist Russia/USSR. [more inside]
posted by brain cloud at 1:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Help find a kniferoll for a young would-be chef?

Where can a Canadian buy an inexpensive knife roll for a young chef that is suitable for being silk screened? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 1:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Serious MySQL table repair help

Are there uncommon ways to repair a corrupt MySQL table? I have a MySQL database that is experiencing some serious corruption. Using the standard instructions, I have repaired all of the tables but one. No matter how many ways I try those instructions on the ornery table, in all cases either a) nothing happens or b) the data file is emptied, which is, obviously, not the result I want. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels at 1:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Make my small, dark, warm space into a non-toxic jungle!

Make my small, dark, warm apartment into a non-toxic jungle! [more inside]
posted by Knicke at 11:32 AM PST - 12 comments

How much postage on a webpage?

Do you use Post Office broadband as your UK ISP? And if you do, what are they like? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 11:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Is there a reason for wounded people to remain conscious?

Is there a medical reason for a wounded person to remain conscious, or is that just movie drama? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:24 AM PST - 19 comments

The Bugs are Gone, but the Bites are Still Here

What can I do to make my bug bites heal faster? [more inside]
posted by cucumberfresh at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Customizing an I-Am-Not-A-Paper-Cup.

I'd like to have a drawing, which I have as a jpeg, printed onto a porcelain I am not a Paper Cup. Does anyone know where I can have this done in NYC? [more inside]
posted by pearl228 at 10:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Efficient video editing workflow starting from a DVD.

How can my video editing workflow be more efficient and avoid time-consuming conversion between formats? [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 10:46 AM PST - 7 comments

What is this thing?

What is this thing I found on my chain link fence this morning? It's near a spiderweb, but it doesn't look like what I thought spider eggs look like.
posted by jeffrygardner at 10:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Learning How to Like Coffee, and How to Like Beer

There are two beverages that nearly every American adult seems to like, but I dislike both: coffee and beer. I would like to develop a taste for both of them. For morning caffeine, coffee's free at most workplaces whereas pop isn't; and beer is a cheap mood alterer; but more importantly, both are social lubricants, one that isn't achieved by drinking a soda while others get either awake, buzzed or drunk. It's been a while since I had either, but remembering the tastes, I think it's that I dislike the bitterness in each drink. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 10:34 AM PST - 56 comments

Where can I find free photos online that I can use to practice my Photoshop retouching?

Where can I find free photos online that I can use to practice my Photoshop retouching? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 10:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Bridging the experience gap

How to best handle dating an inexperienced woman? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 AM PST - 28 comments

I said goodbye. She left but the pain stayed. Go figure.

I told her we shouldn't hang out. Should I feel like a jerk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 AM PST - 22 comments

help my kid drop acid (on plants)

ScienceProjectFilter: What household chemicals can my son use to simulate acid rain for a science project? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 10:04 AM PST - 10 comments

New Years in Manhattan?

What should we do for New Years in Manhattan? We're passing through the city on our way back from Panama, and looking for options. [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot at 9:45 AM PST - 7 comments

TMI, Camera ! TMI !

I am a lame newbie who does not know how to operate her SLR. Please help me make this box go away ! [more inside]
posted by duckus at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Berlin itinerary for early December

My wife and I are going to Berlin for 7-8 nights at the beginning of December. We have been before and did most of the local sights and loved it, but that was in summer. I would love some itinerary ideas for this visit. [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 9:24 AM PST - 9 comments

I swear, I am not this stupid.

I'm in over my head, and I just need a system that will help me do some very, very simple accounting. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 9:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Watching an NFL game in Manchester

I'll be in Manchester, UK, during next weekend's Pats/Steelers game. It's a 4:15 EST kickoff, which means 9:15 GMT. So, can anyone recommend a sports bar/pub in Manchester likely to be showing the game? I may not be able to stay for all of it, but wouldn't mind catching the beginning. FYI, I'm staying in Didsbury, which is kind of out from the center of the city, I think. Oh, and I'm a woman on my own, so nothing too rough and tumble.
posted by 100watts at 9:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Things to do in Calofornia

I have a free day in California I wasn't expecting. What can one man do today in, oh, 12 hours? I'm staying in Corona, but I'm willing to travel around and spend some money (up to $200 for argument's sake). [more inside]
posted by Green With You at 8:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I download a website and all its contents for offline surfing?

Can I download an entire website, including all hosted files, and burn it all onto a DVD-ROM for offline use? I'd like to be able to "surf" the site as if I'm using the real online version. I'm on a Mac. [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 7:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Tell me about writing for the commercial web!

What do I need to know about writing for the web? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 7:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I get a new battery or a new laptop?

Should I buy a new laptop battery or a new laptop? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 6:10 AM PST - 15 comments

help me stuff it!

What are your favorite stocking stuffers? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 6:07 AM PST - 38 comments

Where do I learn to pick an ear and keep it?

I need to learn state-level and/or federal-level lobbying. Where can I find classes, events, or seminars to study and observe this? I am in the Washington, DC-area, but I'm willing to travel 1,000 miles or less.
posted by parmanparman at 5:29 AM PST - 6 comments

Traditions, turkeyless, and tears

This is the first Thanksgiving we're having since my mom passed away 4 months ago, and I'm not looking forward to it. My sister has invited my little family (me, hubby, and 3yr old) to her in-laws house, but I'm not comfortable with their family. I want to start a tradition at our home, cook something small but special, and do something so I'm not thinking about her all day and how much my heart is broken. [more inside]
posted by czechmate at 5:00 AM PST - 23 comments

CDBaby or Tunecore?

Tunecore or CDBaby? [more inside]
posted by hz37 at 4:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Citroen Ad Video Music

Can anyone identify the song / tune in this german citroen ad by eurorscg? Would really love to listen to the whole thing.
posted by iSimone at 4:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Bye Bye Baby

Question about dentition and brass instruments [more inside]
posted by plinth at 4:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Good microscope for kids?

What's a decent microscope for a seven-year old boy? [more inside]
posted by Doofus Magoo at 4:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Who is the voice of the Operator?

Who recorded the canonical telephone operator messages? She was responsible for classic hits like, "We're sorry, your call did not go through," and "If you'd like to make a call, please hang up and try again." [more inside]
posted by miffed at 3:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Generating English subtitles for International TV

I want to auto-generate English subtitles for foreign language TV. This entails capturing a program off a TV tuner onto my HD. From there I would export the closed captions and have them robo-translated into English. From there I would want the new text re-imported into the show. That way I could watch the program with these subtitles, which would be full of errors, but still useful. Is this reasonably possible?
posted by Yakuman at 2:52 AM PST - 4 comments

The relation between temperature, ballistics and sonic booms

Need to get a double-check on some extracurricular science number crunching. A friend and I were wondering about how much effect cold temperatures would have on the speed of sound, and I had the idea to see if some handgun calibers could go from subsonic to supersonic at reasonably cold temperatures. After some extensive calculations, I think I have a pretty good set of numbers, but I want to make sure I'm not wrong. [more inside]
posted by Punkey at 2:11 AM PST - 5 comments

November 14

Trying to remember a children's science fiction book series from my childhood

I'm trying to remember a children's science fiction book (or series of books) that I read about 35 years ago. One had a giant tentacled creature that held the good guys in its tentacles--drawn either on the cover or within the book. The other book I think was called "The Boy With the Power". The boy of the title I think was eventually revealed to have telekinisis or something, but as the book starts, he has amnesia and wakes up on a planet of Alpha Centuri, where he walks by a barbecue, smells hot dogs and hamburgers, and finds the hambergers tastier. Odd collection of things I remember--can anyone find links to the actual books?
posted by Schmucko at 10:33 PM PST - 1 comment


How do I stop cracking my knuckles? Along with every other joint in my body? [more inside]
posted by KateHasQuestions at 10:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Whale Wars - but on land?

Just finished watching an episode of Whale Wars, and I was wondering: are there any groups that do this sort of thing on land? Meaning, volunteer, nonprofessional or otherwise NGO-type people who confront and interfere with poachers in the wild, head-on and dangerously?
posted by El Curioso at 9:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I convert a boxcar into a house?

Can I convert a boxcar into a house? [more inside]
posted by junipero at 9:26 PM PST - 19 comments

Need a stand mixer - what do I choose?

I am treating myself to a stand mixer for Christmas. Do I go with the trusty Kenwood Chef or should I consider one of those KitchenAide jobs that seem to be so popular right now? Or is there another brand entirely that I should look at? [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 9:22 PM PST - 29 comments

Birthday girl not into binge drinking

How do I politely decline 21st birthday drinks? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 7:50 PM PST - 29 comments

need help picking appliances!

I'm redoing my kitchen. Looking to buy an oven and dishwasher and not sure what to look for & what is good...ideas? [more inside]
posted by femmme at 7:47 PM PST - 10 comments

What kind of cat carrier should I get?

I just adopted a 2 year old, 13 pound cat last week, and he needs a carrier in a couple weeks. [more inside]
posted by english lit.ter bug at 7:35 PM PST - 19 comments

Help us pick a fancy new surname

My brother and I want to invent a new family surname for ourselves and our future families. Our Christian names are Kristy-Lee and Thomas. Can you help? We're wondering about logistics, as well as being desperately in need of ideas for surnames! It's tricky trying to find one name to suit two people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 PM PST - 68 comments

What's it like to live with bees?

What's it like to live with bees? [more inside]
posted by up in the old hotel at 7:21 PM PST - 16 comments

It must be the chemical that makes you crave it fortnightly...

Fast-Food-Filter: How can I find the closest KFC restaurant that serves my childhood favorites? [more inside]
posted by QUHZK at 7:20 PM PST - 6 comments

What could go wrong on the day of the wedding?

What should the wedding planner be responsible for? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 7:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Best Websites for Kids. 4th 5th and 6th Grade

What websites would you recommend for pre-teens. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:17 PM PST - 6 comments

I Don't Like Him Like That

Am-I-An-AssholeFilter: Was it "inappropriate" for me to ask my friend to go for a walk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 37 comments

How to open a page in a new tab when the option to do so is not available?

How do I open a link in a new window or tab if the page that I am on is a flash page? [more inside]
posted by waywardgirl at 6:24 PM PST - 2 comments

How to mass email someone's friends on MySpace?

MySpace question (which, forgive me, is probably easy to answer but I'm in a bit of a crisis): is there a way to send a message to ALL of one user's friends OR can you suggest a way to quickly contact many users about a funeral/memorial service? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 6:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Retails sales are down, so where are the bargains?

If retailers are being hit hard with a recession, then why am I not finding bargains? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 6:06 PM PST - 15 comments

I finally have a job.

Should I put my new job working as a cashier at a small shop on my resume? [more inside]
posted by at 6:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Colonization: Lost in Space?

YAWWTPCGQ (yet another "what was that PC game?" question) [more inside]
posted by Iosephus at 5:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Best lube for postpartum sex?

What is the best lube for postpartum sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Food before Folk

My friend and I are going to see Robyn Hitchcock at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago tomorrow night, and I'm looking for recommendations for restaurants near the venue (4544 N. Lincoln ave). We're up for all sorts of food, nothing too cheap but nothing godawful expensive either. With those amazingly broad guidelines, does anyone have any favorite eateries in that area?
posted by bibliowench at 4:38 PM PST - 14 comments


PC repair people, how do you deal with difficult screws? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 4:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Where should I get married?

I'd like to find some non-church wedding ceremony & reception sites that aren't very expensive and aren't too far from my area in NY. Bonus points for "unusual" sites. [more inside]
posted by Four-Eyed Girl at 4:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Can someone explain why UFC is awesome? Most people I know love it and I don't get the appeal.

Can someone explain why UFC is awesome? Most people I know love it and I don't get the appeal. [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 4:14 PM PST - 31 comments

Experiences with Disqus or IntenseDebate on Wordpress?

I'm interested in using one of these social commenting systems on my blog, but I'm unsure about their integration into wordpress, and the general future of either. Disqus is on Tumblr, but Automattic acquired IntenseDebate. Do you use either (either as a blogger or commenter)? What are your thoughts? [more inside]
posted by daboo at 3:08 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get a long term visa in Japan?

Japan visa options for long term. [more inside]
posted by bindasj at 2:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Need some help with a lying roommate.

My new roommate (of 2 weeks) lied to me about why the gas was turned off. I'm subletting, and I'm getting out. Do I have any option for recourse? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix at 2:37 PM PST - 28 comments

Pricing a domain sale to a non-profit org

I'm talking with a non-profit org that wants to buy a domain I've owned for years and haven't used at all. It's time to name a price. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 2:16 PM PST - 17 comments

Disk Drawer Double Bind

My friend's only Admin account on Windows has been ripped to shreds by a virus, an uninstaller program, or both; his CD drawer won't open or shut manually at all; and his BIOS settings, which are protected by a password we don't know, are to boot from a CD in the drive before anything else. Help me to not destroy his computer with an axe. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 2:09 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I automatically add tracks to the OS X iTunes Library?

Is there a scriptable solution to add items to the OS X iTunes library? [more inside]
posted by harkin banks at 2:05 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I hear my iPhone in my 2003 Jetta?

The tape deck in my 2003 VW Jetta is having some issues, they want $350 to replace and install it..I only want to hear my iPhone without crackling...what are my options? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 1:32 PM PST - 8 comments

iphone usage in Mexico

I want to use my iphone (2.0) in Mexico. Is it possible to buy a local SIM card and use it in my iphone WITHOUT jailbreaking my phone? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 1:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Level-up, Economics.

I'm looking for a good, intermediate economics textbook. [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 1:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Happy Christmas and to all a Good Night!

What are some UK Christmas holiday traditions? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 1:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Automatically remove certain items in Firefox history?

How can I arrange it so that my Firefox history is automatically purged of sites of a certain domain like or [more inside]
posted by sittered at 1:02 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the custom kawaii hats site?

So, in high school, I found this website that sold custom-made fur hats. The hats were cat-eared and could be made with a ribbon strap under the chin. The fur-fabrics you could choose from were kawaii-style: neon colors, loud patterns, etc. I want to buy one of these hats now as a Christmas present, but can't find the site. Does anyone know the site, or have a similar site to suggest?
posted by aliceinreality at 12:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I have dreads if I need a specific shampoo to keep my scalp under control?

Question about dreading my hair if I (think I might) suffer from seborrhoeic dermatitis (sort of like dandruff). [more inside]
posted by baphomet at 12:01 PM PST - 7 comments

New York-style pizza in Chicago?

Where can we find New York-style pizza in Chicago? My wife and I have been living here in Chicago for almost a year now; being originally from New York, we're thoroughly sick of what passes here for "pizza". :p Can anyone (especially ex-New Yorkers) offer a clue? [more inside]
posted by korpios at 11:55 AM PST - 29 comments

After the restoration

A couple of weeks ago I had to do a System Restore on my PC, after which I had to reinstall Microsoft Office (2007). Ever since, every time I I open an office program like word or Excel, the program has to go through a long configuration process. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 11:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Birth of a Nation Premiere Date?

How can I find out when the movie Birth of a Nation premiered in Raleigh, NC? IMDB lists the movie's release date as 3/3/1915. I searched newspapers around that date and saw nothing. I believe the idea of movies opening nationwide on a single date is a relatively recent one, so it may be a different date than the one IMDB lists. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist at 11:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Why does coffee make me tired and confused.

Diagnosisfilter: I used to love coffee. It made me feel like all was right with the world. Recently, coffee makes me mentally confused and foggy... confused to the point that it's sometimes hard to follow conversations. It doesn't seem to matter how much I drink, it doesn't make me more alert. While the coffee response is the most weird symptom, I've generally felt rundown and foggy lately. It doesn't seem to matter how much I sleep (I can sleep for 12 hours and still feel tired). I have a doctor's appointment in a few weeks, but I want to know what you all think. Thanks everybody!
posted by specialfriend at 11:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Condimentary, my dear Watson!

How long do condiment packets last? Recently I have opened duck sauce packets that had thickened to silly putty consistency and ketchup that had turned almost black. Also, are they dangerous to eat, or just gross?
posted by snofoam at 11:25 AM PST - 10 comments

You've Got Marriage!

WeddingFilter: We're trying to coordinate a wedding with guests from across the country and taking place in California while we live in Texas. My fiancee wants me to put up a wedding website with the relevant details. What kind of website should I use, and what should be on there? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 11:21 AM PST - 18 comments

Laptop Ergonomics without a Chair

I need to find an ergonomic solution to allow me to work for 8+ hours a day writing code on my laptop. My options are extremely limited because of space - I essentially am stuck siting on the floor or on a couch. A desk + office chair would be nice but it isn't in the cards, neither is a table. Imagine a prison cell with carpet and you'll understand. [more inside]
posted by allenp at 11:03 AM PST - 22 comments

I'm so bored - how do I make my meetings fun?

How to make my meeting NOT boring! [more inside]
posted by emjay at 10:59 AM PST - 20 comments

Region 2 Playback on a Region 1 iMac

I'd like to legally buy DVDs of a British television series. Unfortunately, they're only available as Region 2 discs and are encoded (I think) as PAL. Is there a convenient way to play them on my new iMac and OS X 10.5.5?

There have been a few questions along these lines, but no definitive answers as yet. I'm hoping that there's been some software innovation since those last posts that someone can point me to. [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 10:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Windows Batch script to pick a random section of text from a source file?

What's the easiest way to make a Windows Batch file that will randomly choose one section from a file and copy it to a new file? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 10:43 AM PST - 10 comments

blackjack II, electric boogaloo

I got a cheap blackjack II, and I'm happy with it for the most part. However, I'm having trouble finding a headset/hands free set up for my car... [more inside]
posted by fillsthepews at 10:41 AM PST - 1 comment

Baby Food Recipes

Share your baby food recipes! [more inside]
posted by swift at 10:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Best way to store framed pictures?

What's an easy, convenient way to store framed pictures temporarily? (Especially when they're different sizes.) We have lots of framed photos, maps, etc. that we like to switch out every 6-12 months. We want to protect the glass and frames, of course, but ideally we'd also be able to access the pictures and switch them out relatively easily, without having to unwrap some hellish Christmas present of tape and cardboard and padding every time.
posted by gottabefunky at 10:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Excel date arithmetic problem

MS Excel Question: If I have a column with a range of dates in it, is there a formula that will tell me how many years ago that date was from today? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 9:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Headphone search

I'm looking for some headphones I saw on the train. [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 9:47 AM PST - 4 comments

60 or less

I need to register a domain name and get hosting services for $60 (or less)/year. Very specific details follow. [more inside]
posted by scribbler at 9:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Thinking about hacking a PSP

i'm thinking about getting a PSP. i want to hack it and be able to play downloaded games and movies. what do i need to know before proceeding? (i.e. difficulty, what not to get, etc) dont bother with legal mumbo jumbo. i already know the risks
posted by l2yangop at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Mexican slang: "A wilson"?

I was just told that in Mexican Spanish slang, "a wilson" means "of course". So, I want to know: a) Is this true? b) If so, what is the etymology of this usage?
posted by everichon at 9:26 AM PST - 25 comments

Replace my Samael coffee cup

Back in the 90s, Century Media made a lot of 1,000 (if I remember correctly) black Samael coffee cups showing (if I remember correctly) both the moon from the cover of Passage and the yin/yang design from Rebellion. It was my favorite coffee cup ever, and somebody swiped mine. Anyone got any idea where I can find another? There must still be some out there somewhere!
posted by Wolfdog at 9:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Where to rent a computer and cell phone in NYC?

What's the best and cheapest way to rent a PC laptop and cell phone in NYC? [more inside]
posted by minicloud at 8:47 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I get the best price on this sold out car?

Is anybody selling Honda Fits for less than MSRP in central TX? [more inside]
posted by mad bomber what bombs at midnight at 8:42 AM PST - 14 comments

RGB to CMYK advice needed

I'm working with a client who has an existing web logo designed the majority of which is three primary colors in RGB. So left to right it's a vertical stripe of Blue (#0000FF) next to a vertical stripe of Red (#FF0000), next to a vertical stripe of Yellow (#FFFF00). This logo now needs to go on business cards (plastic ones) and so needs to convert from RGB to CMYK in order to be printed. Problem being that the CMYK gamut just doesn't do those eye popping RGB turned up to 11 primaries so conversion leaves a lackluster product and the client on seeing the drafts in PDF with the colors converted is not impressed. Ideas for saving this one? CMYK versions of those colors that contrast in a similar way to their RGB equivalents? Recommendations for printers (online or in NYC) who can do 3.5" x 2", rounded corner, double-sided, plastic business cards with special inks? HELP!
posted by merocet at 8:11 AM PST - 10 comments

How to cross-ref two lists in Excel and remove duplicates?

Excel-filter: I've got two sheets of data (Firstname, e-mail, lastname, customer #). I'd like to look for and remove any duplicate entries. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 8:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Best micriobiology textbook for self-teaching?

What is the best microbiology textbook for a non-microbiologist scientist who works in the pharma industry with antibiotic products? [more inside]
posted by Punctual at 8:05 AM PST - 6 comments

What's a reasonable fee for a web design freelancer to customize a template?

What's a reasonable fee for a web design freelancer to customize a template? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 7:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Can arterial damage be undone?

Is it possible to undo any of the damage I've done to my arteries in 43 years of eating badly? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 7:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Car-free in Memphis

MemphisFilter: I have a week-long business trip coming up. I'll be staying in East Memphis, and will not have a car. Am I SOL for seeing anything interesting without wheels? [more inside]
posted by catlet at 6:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Should I get letters of recommendation signed across the envelope?

In applying to grad school, the folks writing letters of recommendation didn't sign the flap of the envelope and one doesn't have a postmark because it was sent via FedEx. How big of a deal is this? [more inside]
posted by GPF at 6:31 AM PST - 14 comments

Can Wellbutrin SR be a short term (one day) substitute for Wellbutrin XL (in a bind here)?

I have left a msg for my pdoc, but haven't heard back from him yet, and see below, it wouldn't really matter. Anyway I've found myself out of Wellbutrin XL this morning (i take 1 300mg tablet every morning) and I'm out of refills AND there is no opportunity to get to the pharmacy till this evening. Just not possible, tho the pdoc will call in my prescription today. I do have a bottle of Wellbutrin SR 150mg tablets. The reason I switched off of the SR was because I generally can't remember to take a pill twice a day, and I needed to go up to 300mg which can't be taken all at once in SR form. I think that today, this once, I can remember to take the pill 2x a day -- but is Wellbutrin SR in 2 150mg doses ok to substitute for Wellbutrin XL 300 mg for one day? I don't want to get off my med schedule because it makes me crazy. Thanks, if you have an answer?
posted by Soulbee at 6:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Buying a Go board in Nagoya

Where to buy a reasonably high-quality Go board in or near Nagoya? Or, failing that, Tokyo?
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Simple, cheap, hosted online store

I've got 54 silkscreened t-shirts split irregularly among several different designs and sizes. I'd like to sell them online as easily as possible and giving up as little commission as possible. EBay seems like too much effort for that many. I didn't make them myself -- I designed them and had them custom made -- can I still sell them on Etsy (and would that be any easier)? Better yet, is there somewhere I can make a quick online store and set up an inventory and it'll handle most of the heavy lifting (credit cards and/or Paypal, too) for a small fee?
posted by Plutor at 5:46 AM PST - 10 comments

Thai on a plane?

Traveling from Boston to Chicago for Thanksgiving, and want to bring our hostess (my sister) a taste of home - Will I be able to clear security with 4 containers of thai take-out, and what's the best way to travel with the food? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 5:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Would this be considered consideration?

Legal Filter: Was having a conversation with a friend about the old music clubs where one taped a penny to the application and got 10 cds in return with the obligation to buy more Cds later. If it wasn't explicitly expressed that one is paying one cent for the cds, could it be argued that the penny represents due consideration of the contract? And, if so, what would the obligation to buy more Cds be? Further consideration?
posted by FunGus at 4:07 AM PST - 8 comments


I'm looking for songs that have as their first lyric the word 'Hey'. For example there's that kinda-famous Beatles song 'Hey Jude', where the first sung word is 'Hey.' Hey me up! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 3:58 AM PST - 144 comments

Do you know any good allied health specialists in Brisbane?

I may as well kill 5 birds with one stone. I need (/want) a dietician, an acupuncturist, a dermatologist, an allergist, and a remedial or shiatsu masseur. Know any good ones? Brisbane, Australia. (Yes—I am trying to make the most of my health insurance.) [more inside]
posted by mjao at 3:30 AM PST - 1 comment

What Italian dish makes the least mess?

A question of eating etiquette. I'm meeting my boyfriend's mother tomorrow, and I'm anxious to make a good impression. [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 12:55 AM PST - 24 comments

Running out of time

A two-part workplace question. HR people and anyone familiar with contract employment, heads up. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr at 12:07 AM PST - 5 comments

November 13

How do married same-sex couples hold title?

How do married same-sex couples hold title? Any recommendations or resources for California same-sex unions wanting to change title to their property? [more inside]
posted by Graygorey at 11:42 PM PST - 4 comments

He should have an RSS feed... Obviously.

I like Ricky Gervais' blog. I would like to keep up with new posts, but I don't want to have to go to his website. He doesn't have an RSS feed, and when I put the URL in Bloglines (my feed reader), it comes back as having no feeds. Short of using some sort of blog 'scraper' to create my own feed (I've tried unsuccessfully to do this), does anyone know if someone has made an RSS feed (through FeedBurner or something) for his blog?
posted by Mael Oui at 10:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Do you remember a fantasy novel where a princess describes soldiers as looking like plastic soldiers?

Help me find the first book I hated. When I was about 12 years old (IIRC, it may have been a couple of years later) I read a fantasy novel that I absolutely hated. It was the first time I disliked a book for aesthetic reasons. It was a fantasy novel set in a largely magic-less faux-medieval world with a princess as the main protagonist. What I remember best is that there were a lot of completely inappropriate descriptions from the point of the view of the princess. The one that's really stayed in my memory was that the protagonist likened marching soldiers to plastic soldiers (the world of the novel had no plastics).
posted by Kattullus at 9:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Do I respond?

I seek some enlightening relationship advice - with a foreign friend from past years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 PM PST - 16 comments

iPhone password manager that syncs with Windows

Best iPhone password manager -- needs to sync with Windows (without storing on internet) -- How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus at 7:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Find me something to sing along to

What are your favorite theme songs? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 7:19 PM PST - 40 comments

To the (LaGuardia) airport, quick!

What's the quickest way to get to LGA from the New York convention center for a 6:30pm flight on a weekday? [more inside]
posted by that girl at 7:05 PM PST - 18 comments

Selling out in the capital

I'm considering renting my studio apartment in Washington, DC during the inauguration in January - what issues do I need to be aware of? [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 6:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Which pull-up bar should I buy?

I need a pull up bar for home use. Which one should I get? [more inside]
posted by nat at 6:39 PM PST - 17 comments

I just got $449 unexplainable dollars from my old health insurance company. Is it mine for keeps?

I just got $449 unexplainable dollars from my old health insurance company. Is it mine for keeps? [more inside]
posted by juliplease at 6:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Census information for US, circa 1995?

Where can I find the population of US states in 1995? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 5:58 PM PST - 6 comments

My cats know I'm made of meat!!

Potentially gross question about two cats that like the taste of human flesh. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 5:32 PM PST - 27 comments

Help Ease My Aching Feet

I stand for 9 hours a day. I need some comfy shoes! [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 5:24 PM PST - 26 comments

Best way to find older pc games for free?

Is there a site or two out there that aggregates some of the commercial pc software titles that can now be downloaded for free? For example, you can go to rockstar games and download Grand Theft Auto 1 and 2 these days. For those a not on the cutting edge of gaming (like me), but how would still love to find some of these gems, where do we go to find them? Thanks!
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 5:17 PM PST - 10 comments

DNS for just the office ?

What is the best solution to provide 'local DNS' for an office which has outgrown a hosts file solution ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 5:07 PM PST - 13 comments

buckle, buckle, toil and trouble

help me find a belt for my buckle! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 5:00 PM PST - 6 comments

How to spread the heat around?

Just installed a pellet stove..The heat is concentrated in the room where the stove is. Have a big fan in the doorway, but it is not drawing the heat out of the room. How do we spread the heat around? How do you maximize air flow throughout the house? Any techniques or concepts we need to understand other than heat rises? Are there any websites devoted to this problem? Any suggestions?
posted by AuntieRuth at 4:47 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I tell my husband about my past with a friend?

I ran across an old friend on a social networking site. Five years ago, we went on a few dates and slept together a few times. He wants to have coffee. Really, just coffee. He's in a relationship, I'm married. Is it OK to see this guy? Should I tell my husband about our past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 45 comments

chronic knee pain

My husband has been seeking treatment for chronic knee pain (both knees) for a couple years now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Using copyrighted music in a student film?

Submitting a student film for a local festival. Unlicensed musi