November 2010 Archives

November 30

How to skin a website

What is the easiest way to replace the text or pictures on a website with your own pictures, preferably using Firefox? Where should a person who only knows a bit of HTML start? [more inside]
posted by WhackyparseThis at 11:46 PM PST - 5 comments

I am really, really glad I went for the slipcover.

Why did my totally toilet trained dog just cock a leg on the couch right in front of me? [more inside]
posted by Wantok at 11:34 PM PST - 17 comments

No more bokeh-talk

Whats a good photography / video site, that's not about the technology? [more inside]
posted by rocco at 9:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Are my old Usenet posts going to resurface someday?

I'm worried about some old Usenet postings. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Yes, I know this is Officially Not Recommended Financial Planning

I'd like to cash out a Roth IRA and make those funds available to my parents. But because early withdrawal is a No Good Terrible Bad Idea, I can't find much specific advice on the subject. I don't have a financial planner right now. You are not my financial planner, but perhaps you can help me check my work in figuring out the ramifications? [more inside]
posted by desuetude at 9:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Pants! Pants! Pants!

What kind of yoga pants should I get for work (that won't get all pilly in the lady bits area)? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 8:57 PM PST - 16 comments

How to merge & combine .pdf to Excel pages

How can you merge and combine imported and converted .pdf to Excel 2007pages? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ at 8:02 PM PST - 5 comments

What do I do?

I think I'm clinically depressed, and it's screwing me up academically. What do I do to salvage the last couple weeks of the semester? [more inside]
posted by qvinx at 8:00 PM PST - 26 comments

What is the best shampoo to use for gray hair?

What is the best shampoo to use for gray hair? [more inside]
posted by cleo at 7:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Another TSA groping question...

I have a piercing. In my clitoral hood. I can't remove it. I have to fly on Thursday, if I go through the porno scanner will this create an issue? I am nearly sick with worrying about this.
posted by anonymous at 7:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Funny stories: some things about your long-term s.o. that once upon a time gave you anxiety attacks?

He's a silly nerd. I love him for it, but the more I find myself getting seriously attached to those things that he does, the more I find myself worrying that one day I won't be able to appreciate it as much as I do now... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 PM PST - 15 comments

ideas sought for living and working in el mundo hispanohablante...soon!

American citizen wants to spend some months living in a Spanish-speaking country and at least break even. Halp! Details within. [more inside]
posted by threeants at 7:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me make a miniaturized time lapse rig

I'd like to build a really minimalistic time lapse rig [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 7:32 PM PST - 9 comments

99 Problems and a Car is One

Should I repair my damaged car for significantly more than its original cost, or buy a new cheap used vehicle? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 7:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Need to mirror my iTunes media in two locations

I want to keep my iTunes Media on a network volume when I'm home and on a portable drive when I'm traveling. Meanwhile I need to keep my Mobile Applications on my internal hard drive at all times. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by alms at 7:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Are we oddly fertile?

Given 'optimal' circumstances, what are the typical odds of conception from a single act of unprotected intercourse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 PM PST - 13 comments

I need help with flirting!

I'm a straight 29-year old male, who for various reasons has never dated and now is trying to get started. The problem is that I never learned how to flirt, and I'm totally clueless about how to either generate interest or recognize interest in others. What's worse, the standard "Martian's guides to dating" are almost useless to me because my primary social activities are forms of partner dancing, in which the norms of physical contact are different enough that I can't use the standard signals to judge someone's interest. So, what can I do to attract the ladies or notice when they're attracted to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:15 PM PST - 19 comments

Writ or Writout You? Writ Now? Writ Do We Do?

Will a writ of execution against the (dead) owner of a house we're buying screw up the sale? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 7:06 PM PST - 5 comments

I like Richard Feynman, I like Randy Paulsch. Who else is would I like?

I like Richard Feynman, I like Randy Paulsch. I like them because they are passionate with the things they do and they are inspiring to other people. Who else is passionate and inspiring like these fine men?
posted by bbxx at 6:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for recommendations for fantasy novels.

I'm currently looking for some new fantasy books to read. The last thread I found that was closest to this was in 2004, so I figure some new stuff has come out since then. I'm looking for books that are actually well written, and aren't overly dense or ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 6:38 PM PST - 38 comments

How awesome is CS5, really?

First World Problems Filter: Good fortune recently shined upon me, and I won a copy of Adobe CS5 Design Premium. Help me decide what to do with it? [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 5:51 PM PST - 15 comments

What is "" on a Windows computer?

What is "" on a Windows computer? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 5:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you recommend some music (vinyl records) for me to check out?

Can you recommend some music that I would like? I buy used vinyl records, and am looking to expand my collection to include artists I may not yet be familiar with. [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 5:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I buy a new CPU now, or will the prices go down soon?

Should I buy a new computer now, or will I just kick myself in six months because it will be cheaper? I am contemplating buying the iMac, but the cost of getting 16GB of RAM upgrade adds about a grand to the total price. I really want to have a lot of speed. Is it likely for the price to go down much in the next 6 months? If so, will it be substantial (worth putting off the instant gratification), or will it be insignificant as a % of the total price? Thank you for helping me make this decision. (As a side note, does anyone know of a good PC that is comparable to the iMac? I couldn't find one that had a solid state HD) Thanks again!
posted by gibbsjd77 at 5:31 PM PST - 18 comments

whats better, a Honeymoon or a MefiMoon?

For our Honeymoon, my other half and I will be going to London for 5 days, Paris for 4 days, make our way to Barcelona for 5 days, then Bangkok for ten days. I'm hoping for some recommendations for the leg from Paris to Barcelona, and Bangkok but feel to offer any recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Admira at 5:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Best program for character portraits?

What computer game, online or otherwise, or other avatar-maker type program, has the best character-portrait maker? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 5:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Spam Filter

I receive a couple of non-Gmail-filtered spam emails a day, from a friend's compromised machine/account. I can easily deal with them / filter them / discard them. Besides hitting "Report Spam" I'm just wondering if there is a better place to report these consistent messages. I've been getting them for 6 months or so, doesn't seem the Big G's learning algorithm is ever gonna catch on...
posted by Exchequer at 5:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Wedding dress alterations in Vancouver?

Vancouver Filter: Does anyone know of a good dressmaker/seamstress who is experienced with altering wedding dresses, is not too expensive, and can work FAST? Also, are there any Mefite dressmakers or seamstresses anywhere who could give me an idea of how much these alterations should cost? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 4:50 PM PST - 1 comment

Anyone have some good examples of pre-internet collaboration?

The internet has obviously fostered, or at least made easier, lots of collaboration, at least in the software field with linux, firefox, etc. Does anyone have any good examples of collaboration projects that took place before the internet?
posted by theNeutral at 4:30 PM PST - 22 comments

Experiences with sinus surgery?

What have your experiences been with (endoscopic) sinus surgery? [more inside]
posted by altopower at 4:12 PM PST - 28 comments

Best Membership Site/Forum Combination?

Best CMS for a Membership Site/Forum Combination? [more inside]
posted by darth_tedious at 4:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Scandanavian Itineraries

Help us plan our Scandanavian honeymoon! [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 4:08 PM PST - 9 comments

I'm the only person who likes the Gmail dink.

I just started using Pidgin, and I like it, but I don't like the default sound when I receive a message. Previously, I IMed using gchat within my gmail account and really liked the little "dink" sounds that it made. Is there a way to import those sounds into Pidgin? Google is less than helpful on this front.
posted by Fuego at 4:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Replace a missing vehicle title before it's registered?

Just bought a used car last week with cash and received the title and other paperwork at time of purchase. Now I can't find the title and I need to get the car registered. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by John Frum at 4:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Should I let them get their 25,000?

Is it unethical to bypass the technical recruiter and go straight to the recruiting company? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide at 3:31 PM PST - 24 comments

Novel with shuffleable table of contents?

I remember a college professor telling me about a book, probably Latin American, possibly magical realism, in which the table of contents could be shuffled around according to some provided lists, and the book re-read accordingly, acquiring new meanings and interpretations with each shuffle. What is it called? Also welcome: suggestions for novels with a similar style or feeling, or which play with the medium in a similar way (I've already read House of Leaves).
posted by lhall at 3:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Where do the internet-savvy poets hang out?

What are the best online communities for poets? This previous thread says that poetryslamming was pretty good, but it looks dead now. Are there any others?
posted by yaymukund at 3:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Thank you for the music. That is, if I could hear it.

So, I'm running a shoutcast server. Properly forwarded ports and everything, and people can listen, give the info a look. However, my other DJs can't connect from remote IPs. What's going on? It just disconnects them.
posted by Askiba at 3:06 PM PST - 1 comment

what to get a disaster-obsessed kid for Christmas?

Gift-list filter: what to get an eight-year-old boy who is obsessed with disasters, decay, big things collapsing, and 'Earth after people' scenarios? [more inside]
posted by lovecrafty at 3:04 PM PST - 42 comments

Outputting a hyperlinked list of documents in a folder with relative filepaths in Excel 97

So I am stuck at work with Excel 97. I am trying to do something that seems simple enough in my head but just isn't. Basically, I have a workbook filled with a bunch of worksheets. In some of those worksheets, I would a list of documents in a given folder with hyperlinks to those documents. I've managed to sort out a way to create a list of documents in a folder which updates each time the whole book is opened, but I really, really want that hyperlinked capability. More inside. [more inside]
posted by neksys at 3:03 PM PST - 1 comment

Better Android Calendar App/Widget?

Android app/widget help: I really enjoyed the WebOS calendar, especially the way it blocked out hours of the day. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 3:01 PM PST - 6 comments

It's D Day! Well, PhD day anyway:)

Hoping someone can offer some insights on pursuing a PhD. under there circumstances???? [more inside]
posted by mdn31 at 2:55 PM PST - 19 comments

Excel 2007 text to column help

Excel 2007 text to column help. [more inside]
posted by Ezrie at 2:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Tipping the housekeepers

How much does one tip each member of a housekeeping team? [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 2:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me stop my windows from dripping

I need advice on fixing condensation on aluminum window frames. My house has a ton of aluminum window frames. Now that the weather has turned cold water is condensing on them, puddling at the bottom of the frames, and causing problems. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by bq at 2:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a serious ramen book

Where can I find a good book on the preparation and cooking of ramen in English? [more inside]
posted by whitneyarner at 2:23 PM PST - 6 comments

How to protect a website from hackers & Firesheep?

How to protect a website? [more inside]
posted by Aya at 2:00 PM PST - 6 comments

looking for a therapist in DC

DCfilter/Therapyfilter: I'm looking for a therapist in the Washington, DC area that takes United Healthcare. I also need some general advice on starting therapy-- I haven't done it in several years and my previous experience with it wasn't great. I'm being treated with medications for depression. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:51 PM PST - 3 comments

How should I wrap a Christmas Cache of LARP weapons?

I decided to buy my wife a small Medieval LARP weapons cache for Christmas. I know she will like it, but I want to wrap this gift so it will really wow her. I am in need of a clever or creative suggestion to put together this gift - without spending more than about 25 bucks on some sort of the thematic presentation. Help me tie up the best gift ever! [more inside]
posted by faheypb at 1:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Can this [potential] academic relationship be saved?

I am trying to plan a thesis project with the external adviser of my dreams, and it's not going well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:26 PM PST - 6 comments

What positions are less likely to cause a UTI?

I'm prone to UTIs after intercourse. What sex positions are less likely to cause UTIs? (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:26 PM PST - 24 comments

Phone number for Netherlands social services

Please help us contact social services in the Netherlands! We are in the UK. [more inside]
posted by tanc at 1:18 PM PST - 7 comments

lost, cab, laptop, life, reward

I left a laptop in the back of a cab, with a daytimer, and two library books. [more inside]
posted by PinkMoose at 1:09 PM PST - 8 comments

How to handle liability in organizing a charity music festival.

I'm organizing a local music festival. Although the proceeds are all to be donated to local charities, I will probably end up taking in large amounts of money in the range of a few thousand dollars and arranging sponsorships through local businesses. What is the cheapest and easiest way to limit my personal liability in the event that complications arise? [more inside]
posted by magnificent frigatebird at 1:07 PM PST - 3 comments

WordPress content with manual home page?

Can I put a manually updated home page in front of what WordPress generates, using the Thesis theme framework? [more inside]
posted by aaronetc at 12:38 PM PST - 8 comments

What culinary goodies do I need from Ohio?

Visiting Canton, OH... what food items do I need to take back with me? [more inside]
posted by byebyejekki at 12:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Will I fail this drug test and ruin my whole life?

So, about 2 months ago I took some Phentermine, about 7 pills over the course of 2 weeks. I didn't have a prescription. I now have to take a hair test for a new job and bonus! if I test positive I will get reported to the authorities, mandatory. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:02 PM PST - 39 comments

Website Amnesia

Google-Fu fail filter: I am looking for a site that allows you to poll a targeted audience about 2 options. I think its relatively new and the pricing was very reasonable, around $5/500 responses. [more inside]
posted by halseyaa at 11:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Surrender, Freeman!

On a nostalgia kick I de-mothballed the PS2 and picked up a used copy of Half-Life. I was halfway through the game yesterday when I lost power. I was quicksaving frequently--practically every room (wussy, I know). Mystery: The saved game is still there--but it isn't. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 11:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Gonna give me a hack attack

So many savvy friends have been gmail-hacked lately that I'm freaking out. Please give me the latest advice. [more inside]
posted by cyndigo at 11:26 AM PST - 21 comments

And I'm Not Even a Twilight Fan

Hate the formula, love the color: other ideas for lipsticks that replicate Revlon's Just Bitten Lipstain in Gothic, which is a lovely deep blue-toned red? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 11:03 AM PST - 13 comments

What's your preferred method of getting comics on an iPad?

What's the easiest way to manage comics (cbr) on an ipad? Dropbox or is there an easier way to upload them. If dropbox, how can I combine 40 CBR issues into one cbr that I can readt through without stopping every ten minutes to download and re-load a new issue? [more inside]
posted by rev- at 10:57 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I give a domain as gift to a WordPress blogger?

I want to give a domain name or three as a gift to a friend who blogs on WordPress. I'd like to include some unusual international TLDs, but is that a good idea? [more inside]
posted by schweik at 10:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you help point me to some interesting Harry Potter related reading?

Can you help point me to some of the best and most interesting Harry Potter related reading? [more inside]
posted by philipy at 10:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Food with Dogs: SF.

Please share your list of dog-friendly restaurants in San Francisco with me. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 10:54 AM PST - 9 comments

NYC Parking

Another NYC parking question... Moving to NYC and will be staying in temporary housing for at least a month in downtown Manhattan/Battery Park area starting this Saturday. We need a reasonably located/priced, secure parking spot for a least a month until we figure out where our permanent home will be. I'm not expecting much need to move the car during this time. I know similar questions have been asked and answered, Pier 40 (+/-$300 month) is already on the list, but I would appreciate any advice on closer/convenient, farther/cheaper or Pier 40 experience. Thank you.
posted by mbx at 10:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Digital video camera advice

I am looking to buy my first digital video camera and would like some recommendations. Preferably something I could use around the office to edit semi-professional looking internal company videos. Hard drive? Flash drive? Budget is $600 or less. THANKS!
posted by punkfloyd at 10:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me figure out how my site got hacked - and what to do...

My website got hacked the other night; a piece of code was inserted that generated spam. I'm technical enough to have found the offending code, and I simply removed it, but I'm baffled as to how the code got inserted in the first place…. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 10:03 AM PST - 18 comments

A blue monitor, but not the blue screen of death

Why did my monitor turn blue? ... and now today, I cant seem to get it to work. (I'm sooo clueless.) [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3 at 10:02 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I get online prescription glasses?

Walk me through getting prescription glasses online, please. [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 9:58 AM PST - 26 comments

Looking for a decent documentary on French history

I'm looking for a documentary on French history. Something similar to Simon Schamra's BBC series "A History of Britain". [more inside]
posted by xotis at 9:58 AM PST - 5 comments

Call me on my telephone... but not in song.

Where can I find where can I find ringtones/text message sounds made out of... tones (like the old school ones)? [more inside]
posted by darkgroove at 9:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Anchor navigation on Wordpress blog

I'm working on a Wordpress blog that has a number of "featured" (not quite the right word) items on the front page - these are not grouped together and are not in any order. I want to be able to link to them on the main page using anchors. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis at 9:47 AM PST - 3 comments

Is Bette Davis Style Real?

In the lyrics to "Desolation Row" Bob Dylan writes: Cinderella, she seems so easy “It takes one to know one,” she smiles And puts her hands in her back pockets Bette Davis style. Was that really something Bette Davis did irl or in the movies? Is there a screen shot of her doing this? Or... is this line just a piece of Mr. Dylan's fertile imagination?
posted by Xurando at 9:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Where other than Canada (specifically the prairies) can I teach and earn a comparable income?

Where other than Canada (specifically the prairies) can I teach and earn a comparable income? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 9:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Occupations for non-academic research?

Occupations for non-academic research? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:35 AM PST - 15 comments

SNL Archives?

Where can I find videos of old SNL episodes? I'm looking for a skit from this one.
posted by jbradley at 9:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Nickname that store

Rotten Ronnie's/GreaseDonLo's, Crappy Tire, Tar-gét, Wally World, Value Village (a la Phoebe "Néstlé TollBooth"), StupidStore, and more! What are your family's favorite colloquialisms for these and other "reputable" establishments? [more inside]
posted by Khazk at 8:53 AM PST - 219 comments

Center or Centre?

UK spelling question: I'm applying for a job. Which format should I use on my CV and cover letter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM PST - 15 comments

Name my crossfit box!

What's a great name for a Crossfit gym? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM PST - 11 comments

Will the federal govt shaft us too on unemployment?

How will the end of extended unemployment benefits on the federal level affect my wife on Massachusetts unemployment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:47 AM PST - 4 comments

I'm not a graphic designer but I sometimes play one at work.

Illustrator gurus - I need your help!!! Need to recreate a logo and I'm out of my element! [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 8:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Letters of recommendation?

Of these 5 people, who should I ask for letters of recommendation. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Silvertree at 8:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Rotating text while staying in text

Photoshop question: How can I rotate my text 90° without rasterizing it? I'm using Photoshop 6.0. [more inside]
posted by maryr at 8:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeking a new work and travel bag, when the one I really want I cannot afford!

Seeking a new work and travel bag, when the one I really want I cannot afford! I'm looking for a bag to use for the next 10+ years as a work bag and when I travel. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel at 8:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Wanted: People who think and write like Paul Graham.

How do I find some not-yet-famous Paul Grahams and Seth Godins? I'd like to put together a small circle of bright iconoclasts for regular online conversations. Graham and Godin would be perfect, but they're otherwise engaged. How do I find people who are curious, wise, and highly verbal, but haven't (yet) attracted large audiences?
posted by markcmyers at 8:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Which Woody Allen films mention saving string?

Which Woody Allen movies mention 'saving string'? Definitely Zelig and Love and Death, but are there others? This question has been bothering me for years, and has been reawakened (but not answered) by this Mefi post. I'm also interested in earlier (but not later) references to saving string by other people.
posted by beniamino at 8:02 AM PST - 5 comments

An 80GB video is not helpful.

How do I compile general rules for the videographers my org hires so that they give us videos that are usable and easy to embed in various spots. [more inside]
posted by jdl at 7:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Why are hiking boot laces round?

Does anyone know why hiking boots have round laces? While sneakers seem to always have flat laces, it seems like hiking boots often have round ones. I'm just curious.
posted by snofoam at 7:25 AM PST - 16 comments

I'm looking for womens winter hiking shoes

I'm looking for a women's winter hiking boot / trail shoe. Specifications inside.. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 7:05 AM PST - 6 comments

SALAD is NOT what I'm looking for

I'm thinking about doing a diet/nutrition experiment on myself where I cut out foods that are known to cause serious health issues (disease and/or allergic reactions). What resources can best help me with this? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 7:03 AM PST - 23 comments

Please help me overcome these feelings of burnout.

Please help me with the feelings of burnout. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish at 7:02 AM PST - 10 comments

Netbook vs. Standard Laptop

Christmas List Question: Netbook or Cheap Laptop for wife [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 7:01 AM PST - 26 comments

Apartment Hunting for Dummies.

My girlfriend and I are looking at apartments in Savannah, GA this Friday, but we are at a loss as to what questions we should be asking and what we should be looking for when we physically see the apartments. [more inside]
posted by arcolz at 6:40 AM PST - 12 comments

Howto: rebuild my life & home after a disaster?

I lost pretty much everything I own when my apartment building burned down about a week ago. I had been putting most of my energy & time into job search. Now I've had to take a big step backwards & deal with some basic problems involving recovering from a disaster & rebuilding my life from scratch. That's where I'm turning to you, the Hive. I'm looking for ideas, tips, stories & practical suggestions for starting over after you've lost everything in a disaster. I'm somewhat at a loss & anything you can do to make this process easier would be greatly appreciated.
posted by scalefree at 6:26 AM PST - 31 comments

Social Media for Military / Gov

I'm sharing how the military and us government (national and local) are currently using social media and would appreciate any great current stats, links or resources that you have found compelling. thank you for your help.
posted by quiverandquill at 6:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Examples of online transparency in the HEI/University sector regarding faculties and resources?

Are there any examples (successful and less so) of University and Higher Education transparency in the internet realm? [more inside]
posted by davemee at 5:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me market my services to build my client base (cheaply!)

I really hope people don't see this as me promoting myself; I really need shared experience and advice about how to market myself. I am on some business forums but they tend to promote just themselves as THE place to market yourself - there must be more... So, I run a proofreading/copyediting/copywriting/transcribing business. Doing OK as I launched while working full time at a day job. Now looking to transition out of the day job, a step at a time, so I can spend that time on the business. Eventual aim: work a 40 hour week just on the business, at home, for myself. But the day job might require me to drop 2.5 days a week rather than the 1 I can really cope with. So I need to up my marketing to drive some business my way. Any solutions you've used that really work? e.g. there is a consensus that Yellow Pages/Yell is not worth the fee. Also I work with US and UK clients, though UK based - any hints for reaching more US people? [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee at 5:26 AM PST - 9 comments

I need legal advice - about legal advice.

My daughter was seriously injured more than a year and a half ago. We hired an attorney. The attorney was gung-ho for a while. Then he dropped the case. We kind of gave up. Now, I realize that my daughter's life has been severely compromised by her injuries. We still have a few months when we could refile with a different attorney. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian at 5:22 AM PST - 21 comments

What word do Russians use to describe the fall of communism?

How do Russians refer to the fall of communism, and the changes that followed? Before this they had lots of cool works like perestroika and glasnost. Do they have a word for that too?
posted by deeper red at 5:20 AM PST - 5 comments

What should a creative professional know about building a web presence?

Please tell me everything a small-time creative professional should know about building a modest yet positive web presence. Must-dos, pitfalls, good habits and provider recommendations...I would like to hear them all.
posted by embrangled at 4:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Are You A Hypnotist?

I'm a Faming Lips noob, and am passionately in love with Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - Where to next? They have about 90 gazillion albums - so which are standouts?
posted by the noob at 4:08 AM PST - 16 comments

Free data on electricity spot prices?

I would like to have a time series of hourly electricity spot market prices, for at least one year, possibly more, to test a statistical model I'm investigating. Can I get them for free anywhere? [more inside]
posted by themel at 3:42 AM PST - 4 comments

England wants to beat the Australians, for all intents and purposes did, then agreed to draw...?

I guess I don't understand cricket as well as I thought. Can someone explain how and why the first test in The Ashes ended in a draw? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 3:30 AM PST - 10 comments

It's Not Exactly A Secret, Sweetie, but Maybe You Shouldn't Tell Everyone That You Have OCD

My 12-year old 6th grade son wants to mention that he has OCD for an in-class project and I don't know how to handle this. I know as a middle school teacher that his audience may not respond the positive/neutral way he thinks they will and while I want as a mommy to spare him unnecessary peer nastiness, I also don't want him to think OCD is something to hide. Help. [more inside]
posted by dzaz at 3:10 AM PST - 30 comments

Digital Killed the FM Radio star?

DAB, DAB+ or Analogue FM, what is the future of Radio, and what would you buy today? Its a potential Christmas gift for someone in Netherlands / UK. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 2:41 AM PST - 14 comments

I'm an idiot.

Can I find my cache for a specific website I visited regularly on Google Chrome on a mac? [more inside]
posted by wayland at 12:35 AM PST - 10 comments

how to read, "for some"

I'm learning English. When you native English speakers say, "for some", it generally means,"for some people"? Or,for example, "for some reason" is occasionally shortened to "for some"?
posted by mizukko at 12:15 AM PST - 12 comments

November 29

Help! Mother gets 10-15 new magazines in the mail every day!

Help! Mother gets 10-15 new magazines in the mail every day. She doesn't want to get rid of the old ones because of a privacy risk? Wha ? What privacy risk? [more inside]
posted by jason9009 at 11:56 PM PST - 23 comments

What 3D modeling software should I use to make infographics?

What is the best 3D software (preferably for Mac) for doing stuff besides modeling motorcycle parts and video game characters? I'm primarily interested in creating things like infographics in 3D. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 11:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Busting Out the Door Like the the Hulk Out of His Clothes

The circumstances: 1 dog. 1 door to the backyard (note: there is no doggy door.) Whenever I let him out to go do his business, he RUSHES outside as if he's after a predator, and barks, even if there is nothing there. [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 11:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Farming volunteerism and hiking in New Zealand, Jan.-April. Advice?

Gap year-ing vegan headed to New Zealand to WWOOF (farm) and hike from January through April. May I please hear your suggestions/advice/experiences? [more inside]
posted by alexandermatheson at 10:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Name That Song, Round 10,872

NameThatTuneFilter: heard a song earlier tonight while trying on shirts at Nordstrom Rack. Meant to Google the lyrics. Promptly forgot. Am now heartbroken. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 10:48 PM PST - 8 comments

where can i get joose?

Where can I buy Joose energy drin/ malt liquor? It has just been made illegal in california. Are there states where you can still buy it? Is bringing it back from Mexico a possibility? Or will I be jailed for trafficking caffeine?
posted by TigerCrane at 9:47 PM PST - 9 comments


I bought Theazine, an energy supplement to help with school work. Everyone in my family is making a big deal out of it. Idk what to think anymore. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 PM PST - 26 comments

Wii games fit for a casual gamer but with a great story

I'm looking for Nintendo Wii games that scratch my epic storyline itch but won't frustrate my intermediate skill and very intermittent play opportunities... [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 9:04 PM PST - 24 comments

La cucaracha ya no puede caminar porque no tiene marihuana pa' fumar?

CockroachCuriosityFilter: was this critter sick, dumb, or really brave? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 8:49 PM PST - 18 comments

I want a consistent system for rating my photos. Know of one?

Does anybody have a good system for rating photos in iPhoto or some other 0-5 stars rating system? [more inside]
posted by that girl at 8:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Art that shows visual effects of looking from close distances?

If you lay your forehead on the palm of your hand and look down at your forearm, you get a distorted view of the connection between wrist and forearm, as well as a sort of "ghost" forearm silhouette at the margins. What's this called, why does it happen, and are there any paintings or other art that captures these effects?
posted by shivohum at 8:35 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I stop coughing, or make it not hurt to do so?

How can I stop coughing, or make it not hurt to do so? [more inside]
posted by gally99 at 8:28 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I handle inappropriate photos on Facebook?

What should I do about inappropriate content on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Felex at 8:23 PM PST - 28 comments

Help for a Very Late Bloomer

I am a guy who is inexperienced with relationships. I like a girl who has been my friend for couple of years. I don't know what her feelings are. We sometimes hang out together, but usually with other people. I want something more but don't know how to proceed. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 PM PST - 16 comments

US Citizenship Questionnaire about Affiliations

I'm applying for US Citizenship. How should I answer the question about affiliations & groups that I'm a member of? [more inside]
posted by zaphod at 8:20 PM PST - 11 comments

How to restore a 1GHz Power PC G4 Mac to factory settings?

I'm giving my 1GHz Power PC G4 Mac to a charity because I'm getting a new Intel-based one. What's the best way to restore it to factory settings, so there's no trace of my personal data or installed programs on it? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl at 7:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Is this some kind of scam or identity theft?

Suddenly getting a lot of mail for people who don't live here. Is this something to be concerned about? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne at 7:37 PM PST - 10 comments

How did you know therapy was benefiting you?

How did you know therapy was benefiting you? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 7:33 PM PST - 8 comments

My precious!

Is it okay to haggle for the price of used jewelry? Specifically, a $35,000 engagement ring? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 22 comments

London People-watching

Where is the best place to people-watch in London. [more inside]
posted by jschu at 7:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Should I buy a rowing machine?

Should I buy a rowing machine? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es at 6:35 PM PST - 16 comments

They taught me how to work, but they can't teach me how to shirk correctly.

Is foreign travel out of my budget, or am I just not budgeting right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:33 PM PST - 47 comments

James/Jordan Mashup

I don't follow sports and want to understand why this Lebron James and Michael Jordan mashup makes sense. I know who MJ is but don't know James from Adam.
posted by ArcAm at 6:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Podcasts that are talk-based and feature musicians or music industry people?

Looking for music shop-talk in audio form [more inside]
posted by chaff at 6:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Medical Grad School Grants?

I am seriously considering going PA school. Help me sort out the money part. [more inside]
posted by Leta at 6:07 PM PST - 8 comments

How big was the US Federal Government in 1800?

Where can I find out specific details about the size (in persons employed) by the federal government during the Washington, Adams, and Jefferson administrations? [more inside]
posted by absalom at 5:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Please identify the app.

Can someone identify what filter or effect this is. I believe it's an iPhone app. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by rmmcclay at 5:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me beat my string of terrible dating relationships

Help me beat my string of terrible dating relationships [more inside]
posted by servix at 5:35 PM PST - 18 comments

How to play a banjo, electric or acoustic guitar with a violin bow?

I recently saw the Music Tapes perform, and the lead guy played his banjo almost entirely with a violin bow. I ordered this cheap (but new) bow yesterday. Anybody have any tips/experience playing the electric or classical guitar or banjo with a bow? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 5:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Pick me up!

Cheer me up, mefites! I need a good laugh. [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 5:24 PM PST - 73 comments

Honeymoon in Paris on a budget

What should we realistically budget for a honeymoon in Paris? How low can we go and still have a good time? [more inside]
posted by kindall at 5:24 PM PST - 36 comments

Looking for the ideal solid t-shirt

I'm looking for high-quality solid t-shirts with a modern/tailored fit but not as tailored as American Apparel. [more inside]
posted by alligatorman at 5:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a new bra!

Help me find a new bra! I'm looking for something lightly padded, underwire-free, and available in Canada. [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 4:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Breaking Steam

Is there a viable way to break Anchor's trademark lockdown of "Steam" style ale? [more inside]
posted by edgeways at 4:29 PM PST - 11 comments

I need a replacement for a beloved page-a-day calendar that has been discontinued.

I need a replacement for a beloved page-a-day calendar that has been discontinued. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 4:25 PM PST - 2 comments

How, mentally, can I overcome refined sugar?

How, mentally, can I overcome refined sugar? How can I do it? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall at 4:24 PM PST - 26 comments

Finding cross-point screws and screwdrivers in Los Angeles

Where in Los Angeles can I purchase (very tiny) #00 cross-point screws and the same size screwdriver? [more inside]
posted by saguaro at 4:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for Better Rates on Savings

Bond fund: is this a rational move for savings to get a higher yield? [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 4:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Energy Hoax?

Whats the deal with these black bracelets? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 4:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Hard Water and Clean Dishes, Can We Have Both?

HardWaterFilter: My mother is frustrated because she now has to soak her dishes in lime-away to get them as clean as they used to get in the dishwasher. She believes this is because the amount of phosphates in diswashing soap has recently been lowered. She is on well water and it is pretty hard water. Is there anything she can do to get her dishes clean in the dishwasher again? [more inside]
posted by Mozzie at 4:02 PM PST - 16 comments

running shoes for plantar fasciitis and high arches

Please help me find running shoes and/or inserts with good arch support for someone with plantar fasciitis [more inside]
posted by Neekee at 3:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Makeover for mahogany dressers?

How to make old mahogany furniture prettier and less oppressive? [more inside]
posted by amber_dale at 3:34 PM PST - 17 comments

I Can't Go On. I'll Go On.

A person recently mentioned, as an aside, a Samuel Beckett essay (or play, or story) featuring the "Trade Union", which was described as the thing that conspires against ordinary individuals in the quotidian (i.e. when you forget to take your umbrella and it rains, that's the fault of the "Trade Union"; or when you can't find your car keys, that's down to the "Trade Union".) [more inside]
posted by chavenet at 3:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Best Books for Home Remodel

Can anyone recommend a great book (or magazine or website or series) on DIY home repair and remodeling? [more inside]
posted by piers at 3:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Make 0.000 display as 0.000 and not 0 in Excel

Microsoft Excel Filter: When I type 0.000, I want the cell to display "0.000" and not "0". How do I stop all of this ridiculous autoformating in Excel for good? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 3:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Video editor for Windows Vista or Windows 7

My sister needs to make YouTube videos for her business. The camera outputs MP4 files. Needs the ability to edit and add beginning and ending slides. Output should be uploadable to YouTube. Currently using VideoPad (on Vista) which keeps outputting video with out-of-sync audio. Suggested software should work on Vista or Windows 7. Any ideas? (besides Movie Maker)
posted by ao4047 at 2:58 PM PST - 5 comments

What is this insect and did it kill my tree?

What is this creepy insect that I found in a neat, quarter-inch hole in a dead pine tree in my yard? [more inside]
posted by dylan20 at 2:54 PM PST - 17 comments

What to get the DIY-style bride?

What's a nice but creative bridal party gift for indie, laid-back, baseball-loving Chicago bride? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 2:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me think of scenarios for my students to create dialogues about.

Help me think of scenarios for my students to create dialogues about. [more inside]
posted by la_rousse at 2:45 PM PST - 12 comments

What does my t-shirt say in Arabic?

What does this Arabic writing say? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy at 2:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Preteen dance party mix

Please recommend some danceable music that fits the following draconian criteria: [more inside]
posted by expialidocious at 2:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Popular science written by scientists?

Recommend me some popular science written by practicing scientists. [more inside]
posted by IjonTichy at 2:14 PM PST - 32 comments

Avoiding the crack(ed) pipe.

HeatFilter: I'm out of heating oil, and won't get delivery for 24-48 hours. Should I worry about my pipes? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 2:13 PM PST - 25 comments

An elaborate U.S. Christmas Vacation Question

Help me plan a Christmas vacation for my mom. [more inside]
posted by Fireland at 2:12 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you have a family that talks?

How can we develop the kind of family where things like race and sexuality and other big topics are discussed in an open, healthy, relaxed way? [more inside]
posted by flail at 2:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Children's wedding book recommendations for our ring bearers and flower girl?

In search of fun - but informative - wedding books for our young ring bearers (ages 6 and 4) and younger flower girl (age 3)? [more inside]
posted by acorn1515 at 1:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Will my check bounce?

Can a check I write bounce if I deposited a higher value check a couple of days before the date on the check and made no purchases in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by vlsd at 1:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Caught in same love trap again

What do I do about bipolar boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Why the 17th amendment?

What's so funny about peace, love, and the 17th Amendment? [more inside]
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 1:14 PM PST - 21 comments

Whats the best exterior fiberglass door ?

What type of exterior door should I buy ?? I need a good exterior door to keep out the cold, I'm looking into Thermatru, but I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by absolutshrk at 1:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Phasing through solid matter: Fact or Crap?

"Phasing" a solid object through another solid object: Possible? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 12:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Web videos to smartphone

Looking for a way to run videos from a website so they will play on a smartphone. [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 12:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Fruit of My Loom

I think I would like to buy a loom. Yes, for weaving things. [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 12:56 PM PST - 16 comments

What can I do with these old (full) beer bottles?

This summer, I went up in the attic & cleaned out most of the detritus there, which included a letter from the Civil War and a sword. However, what's most intriguing to me is the three still-sealed bottles of beer I found.. and what to do with them. [more inside]
posted by zempf at 12:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Seat Etiquette on the Train

Amtrak etiquette - what do you do with your seat when you head to the cafe car? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 12:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Hispanic Parade Ankle Bells !?!?

Seeking large ankle bells like the ones I saw at the NYC Hispanic Day Parade [more inside]
posted by jcrcarter at 12:44 PM PST - 3 comments

How to lose the most weight in 2 months for a contest?

Asking for a friend: I'm participating in a workplace version of "The Biggest Loser." What are some good ways for me to jump start my weight loss for the first check-in AND also see the greatest results in the 2-month contest period? [more inside]
posted by karizma at 12:43 PM PST - 12 comments

How to get technology to work in a sewing class?

How can ICT be better used in Home Economics (or if you like, with the economics and management of the home and community) also known in some places as family and consumer sciences? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 12:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Gilt Trip

Are gilt page edges made of real gold, and if so can I get it off the pages and sell it? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 12:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Vintage Touch Tone Won't Dial

Vintage touch tone phone receives calls but won't generate tone. [more inside]
posted by chococat at 11:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I stay or should I go??

25 year old single female (kinda) city mouse might go country mouse. How well advised is this move?? I would like to hear from people that have done this and loved it or hated it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:39 AM PST - 28 comments

Searching for a specific Tom Waits image for a gift

I would like to get a poster print of the image Tom Waits, Relaxing By Piano, photographed by Henry Diltz as a Christmas present for a friend. Can anyone suggest where I might be able to purchase such a thing? [more inside]
posted by tyrantkitty at 11:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Music for your shift on the barricades

Class war music. [more inside]
posted by enn at 11:36 AM PST - 73 comments

I need to leave my job - What now?

Please help me leave my job and get a new one. The last straw was being forced to work Thanksgiving. I am so outta here. But I'm not actually sure how to look for a job. [more inside]
posted by Bottlecap at 11:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Images of Love in World of Warcraft

As a handmade gift for some folks who met in World of Warcraft, fell in love, and got married, I would like to use an image that says both A) Love, and B) WoW. I found info on Love Tokens and "Love is in the Air" items (and a pretty badass-looking plaque), but I don't play the game, so I worry that an item that visually seems to say "Love" may also have deleterious side-effects or something. I like the non-obviousness of the Lovely Charm Collector's Kit, but again, I'm way over my head. WoW players, what think you?
posted by Greg Nog at 11:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Need to source clear plastic tubes in Chicago

I need to build a short-ish (maybe 15' or so?) pneumatic tube system between two large (12") clear globes powered by a leaf blower. I have the globes, and the blower is being sourced, but now I need the tubes themselves. I'm looking for clear plastic tubing around 3" in diameter (though I'm flexible) that comes in both straight and curved segments. Cheap is good! Also, I'm in the Chicago area, but I can drive to pick up the items as this is somewhat time sensitive. Any suggestions for vendors that might have such odd items would be greatly appreciated TIA!
posted by Imhotep is Invisible at 10:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Do you recognize this scantily clad woman?

I found this framed vintage image of a lightly dressed woman at an antique store in southern Colorado. Disassembling the frame, I noticed that the image seems to have been printed on paperboard, and it may be one portion trimmed from a larger poster. It's a monochrome image with limited use of color -- the yellow of her garments, the pink of her cheeks, the light blue cast to the background. TinEye was not helpful. I am hoping some MeFite who recognizes the woman or the image can tell me who she is or where the picture comes from. Failing that, some general guesses on the picture’s vintage or provenance would be welcome.
posted by Joey Bagels at 10:38 AM PST - 13 comments

Won't somebody build a better podcast client?

Anyone know of a better podcast client than iTunes? [more inside]
posted by Cosine at 10:28 AM PST - 17 comments

What are these particular swans doing on this particular lake?

I just bought this pin on Etsy (side and back view). It was listed by a Latvian seller who says it's a vintage Soviet-era item. This pin must have been a mass-produced item, since I saw one exactly like it on Etsy last spring, though someone else beat me to the purchase that time. I'm intrigued by the image of swans seemingly menacing a woman and her child, and I wonder if it perhaps references a Slavic folktale. A friend has suggested that it might be a Swan Lake reference, though to my mind it doesn't suit the narrative. Your thoughts and best guesses?
posted by orange swan at 10:26 AM PST - 7 comments

Very Large Images on the Web: Which blogs display very large images in simple and satisfying ways?

Very Large Images on the Web: Which blogs display very large images (2.3MB smallish example) in simple and satisfying ways? How can I do the same? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 10:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Austin vs. Chicago

Which city is a better place for a divorced woman in her early 40s to find a male partner (mid-30s to late 40s, roughly); a group of likeminded liberal, intellectual friends, and a decent technical writing job -- Austin or Chicago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:02 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I stay sane at a job I hate?

How do I stay sane at a job I hate? I am desperately unhappy in my current job and have been looking for something else. It's taking awhile though... how do I keep from jumping out the figurative window? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Is it 1 in 46,656?

Probability filter: after eating the TD turkey we play the Turkey game which consists of tossing six dice. The six faces of each die are carved with the letters that spells turkey. Each combination of letters earn a different score (for example T U is 5 points, 3 Ts wipe all the points earned, etc.) with the first TURKEY being the winner. How many tosses would you need to spell TURKEY? [more inside]
posted by francesca too at 10:01 AM PST - 15 comments

How much questioning should I expect from Canadian officials regarding the purpose of an upcoming business trip?

I will be traveling to Toronto, Canada on business. How much questioning should I expect from Canadian officials regarding the purpose of my visit? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 9:39 AM PST - 5 comments

Gaming Soundbar

Soundbar for PC gaming - UK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Fear of committment?

Is there hope for a committment-o-phobe? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 AM PST - 23 comments

The whitest sketching paper

I am looking for the whitest sketching paper available. I don't know how whiteness is measured, some say bright white some pure white, and it is hard to compare online, so I am seeking your hand on experience. [more inside]
posted by convex at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Can you recommend a good custom printing service?

Graphic Designer looking for a recommended US based printers to print custom size banner and back-lit poster. [more inside]
posted by tokidoki at 9:25 AM PST - 1 comment

My internet and my Mac

Macfilter: If airport is on and I also have an ethernet cable in, which one is it using for internet? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 9:24 AM PST - 3 comments

How to get the house in order?

Help with Home Organization! My boyfriend and I have been living in our three bedroom, two bath house for over a year, and have still not managed to unpack everything. We're looking for books that discuss cleaning and organization plans to help us manage our clutter and start a basic maintenance schedule. [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 9:20 AM PST - 18 comments

Need a great chair for a fat guy

The best ergo/computer chair for a big/tall guy - yes, I've searched askMeFi, but there are some special snowflake details... [more inside]
posted by dbiedny at 9:11 AM PST - 6 comments

If you answer this, I promise I won't spam you.

There are a lot of e-blast and mailing list software options for PC, but if you have a Mac and want to send out e-mails to a lot of people in an organized way, is there any great way to go? I REALLY can't afford to use Constant Contact right now, my mailing list is large and it would cost a *bunch*.
posted by miss lynnster at 9:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Did you feel Le Cordon Bleu was value for money?

Has anyone has attended Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 9:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Quantitative finance jobs for a pure mathematician

I'm a pure mathematician with a Ph.D. and I'm currently a visiting professor at a large state university. However, I'm looking to switch gears and get into the quantitative finance field. The problem is that I don't know anything at all about finance. I know that there are companies such as D. E. Shaw that hire mathematicians that don't have financial experience; what other companies should I look at? Is there any general advice you'd give someone in my position? Also, I have my Ph.D. from a well-regarded state school, but I'm not an Ivy-leaguer; does that put me at a disadvantage?
posted by Frobenius Twist at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Cheap faxing

Where is the cheapest place to fax in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 8:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Gift wrap charity event in the Bay Area?

Gift wrap charity event in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by lore at 8:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Can you reccomend a great vascular doctor in New York City?

I know you are NMD, but can you help me find a good one? I have a venous malformation that I've had for years, and have tried various treatments without much success, so I need a new doc. Any suggestions for a really good vascular doctor in NYC?
posted by bobafet at 8:25 AM PST - 5 comments

What is an appropriate Christmas present for someone with (mild to moderate) dementia?

What is an appropriate Christmas present for someone with (mild to moderate) dementia? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina at 8:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Canine ACL/MCL tear

Dogfilter: A friend's 11 year old springer spaniel just tore his hind ACL and MCL. The Vet says he's too old for surgery and recommends bracing the other hind leg so it doesn't give out. [more inside]
posted by stevedee at 8:00 AM PST - 17 comments

I need to find a book for my Dad...

Book suggestions for my intellectual Dad? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 8:00 AM PST - 20 comments

google calendar/blackberry sync issues

my google calendar/blackberry sync has gone crazy! details inside [more inside]
posted by sabh at 7:58 AM PST - 1 comment

The Novel Network site--any good?

Has anyone ever used "The Novel Network"? There is a one time fee of $49 to download as many eBooks, news papers, etc. in any eReader format. I have the Kindle 3 and I download a lot of free eBooks. This site looks like it might be worth it to get access to many publications for a small-ish fee.
posted by sandra194 at 7:51 AM PST - 8 comments

What should I expect in traffic court?

I have a date in traffic court coming up, for choosing to plead not guilty to a moving violation. What should I expect? I've never been to court before. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith at 7:37 AM PST - 22 comments

Dad book gift filter: Great topics in easy to digest booka

Dad gift filter: Hive mind, what are your favorite books I can get as a gift for my father that are easy-to-digest-in-snippets kind of book? Topics such as self-help, wisdom, psychology, philosophy, biography, and creativity are all great. [more inside]
posted by parma at 7:29 AM PST - 14 comments

What is the simplest image-scrapbook blog?

I want to setup a blog consisting of my scrapbook of photos and images collected off the internet for years. What is the simplest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by oxide at 7:06 AM PST - 8 comments

My Dark Twisted Media Fantasy

I have long held a fantastic dream of what I want my home theater setup to be. I've tried several times, in several different ways, to realize this dream - but there is always something. There's always something that doesn't work right - that makes my final implementation lacking in some fundamental way. I'm starting to give up hope. So - I'll tell you what I want and what I've tried - and I want you to tell me if there's another way. I can't be alone here. [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 7:02 AM PST - 11 comments

Help Embedding .asx in Quicktime

I have a .asx online radio stream that I'd like to embed on a Wordpress page for people to listen to. I've been able to get it streaming with an embedded Windows Media Player, but I'm hoping to have a Mac alternative. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 6:38 AM PST - 7 comments

I'm going to need bigger glasses to read this eyeglass prescription

Please help me decipher this eyeglass prescription (extra difficulty: it's in Spanish) for the purpose of buying glasses online. [more inside]
posted by Memo at 6:21 AM PST - 3 comments

When You Wish Upon A Fluff

Childhood tradition that I thought Everyone Did, but now it seems to be just me: "Catching Santa Claus" [more inside]
posted by DU at 5:58 AM PST - 36 comments

Maybe I should open a shop called Fat Bastards...

A quick question for my fellow fat gits larger gentlemen in the UK... where the hell do you buy your clothes? [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 5:38 AM PST - 4 comments

What makes a man start fires.

Our downstairs neighbors have made a makeshift firepit in the backyard of our New York City apartment building. This seems like it must be incredibly illegal. But is it? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 5:21 AM PST - 17 comments


Best online sketch comedy resources? [more inside]
posted by jweed at 5:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Where should I meander on the back of a donkey for an undetermined period of time?

What advice do you have for an ignorant traveler soloing for an extended period of time, on donkey-back? [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 4:50 AM PST - 27 comments

Straight into the heart of the sun! (Stopping at Mt. Rainer for now)

... Climbing Mt. Ranier without a guide? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 4:17 AM PST - 14 comments

yes, it is another digital camera question

Please recommend a starter camera that takes decent video and can accommodate other lenses. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 4:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Cheap. Variable. Frame. Rate. Camera?

Can anyone recommend a little digital video camera that does time-lapse video? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 2:34 AM PST - 10 comments

How to legalise an outlaw rabbit?

I'm seeking community advice on the legality and costs involved in keeping a pet rabbit in Brisbane, Australia. Perhaps ostensibly for use in magic acts. [more inside]
posted by chmmr at 1:25 AM PST - 10 comments

What kind of pots resist a rough cook?

I'm considering buying a set of pots for someone who is very tough on his cookware. What kind of pots will best stand up to abuse? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 12:47 AM PST - 25 comments

November 28

Why is she entering that I paid more than I did?

Internal Controls-filter: I go to the same local 7-11 almost every day to buy things, and I’ve noticed something strange going on. One clerk in particular habitually enters a higher amount of cash into the cash register than the actual amount I’ve given her, but gives me the correct change. Why? [more inside]
posted by banishedimmortal at 10:18 PM PST - 36 comments

Help me install Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on an old laptop that's long in the tooth but generally functional. Some challenges within.

Help me install Ubuntu Linux 10.04 on an old laptop that's long in the tooth but generally functional. Some challenges within. [more inside]
posted by intermod at 10:17 PM PST - 14 comments

Snood is a dumb word and hard to google

Emergency shopping filter: How can I find the J. Crew snood or something very similar to it for cheaper than the $49.50 (I'd ideally like to pay less than $30 total for it) on the website? I need to have it by December 20th at the very latest.
posted by pecknpah at 9:19 PM PST - 18 comments

SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome from Cipralex

Due to stupid administrative reasons outside of my control, I had to abruptly quit taking Cipralex for a few days. Now, I am having an extremely nasty case of SSRI discontinuation syndrome. What can I do to help alleviate the symptoms? [more inside]
posted by tickingclock at 9:09 PM PST - 23 comments

brick + TV

TV mounted to brick, part deux [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 8:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Time Capsule VS Charter's Router

If we stop renting Charter's SMC wireless router what do we need to get/keep in terms of hardware to go from Charter's cable outlet to the Time Capsule? Any experiences switching to Time Capsule with Charter? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 at 8:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Semi-humourous sci-fi short story ID

I'm trying to remember a science-fiction (?) short story that I read about 10-15 years ago. Basically, a bunch of prominent citizens of Earth (including Miss Universe) are summoned to Mars to be harangued by a sarcastic alien who tells them they're all doomed. [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 8:04 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to find wax paper sleeves for baked goods?

I need wax paper sleeves to hold whoopie pies, but I don't know what they're called. [more inside]
posted by chummie26 at 7:39 PM PST - 12 comments

One-person travel destinations?

What would be a good one-person vacation or travel destination? [more inside]
posted by mikeand1 at 7:38 PM PST - 19 comments

"It's becoming critical, Captain. We can't handle it."

Picasa does everything thing I want in a light photo editor (cropping, highlight and shadow correction, roation (90 degree and free)) and browser except it does not support multiple computers using the same meta data. My fricken database has been corrupted again (apparently it doesn't handle 200K+ photos very well either) so I'm looking for an alternative that does support syncing between multiple computers and network storage. [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 7:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Theory of Making Food Look Good

Is there such a thing as a theoretical guide to making food look good? I see a lot of instructions for, for example, sculpting a carrot into fanciful garnishes, but that's not what I'm looking for. I'd like a more from-first-principles approach that gives a more subtle, less visibly fussed-over effect, and can be more easily generalized to jazz up any dish I already know. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 7:16 PM PST - 21 comments

Calendar finder.....

Calendar/ diary question.... I am in search for a 2011 replacement for the 2010 My Daily Walk Calendar [more inside]
posted by skillet at 6:55 PM PST - 1 comment

Please help my newborn sleep more than 3 hours total per day.

Please help my newborn sleep more than 3 hours total per day. [more inside]
posted by Metheglen at 6:42 PM PST - 41 comments

restoring an 80s plush doll's painted face

Restoring 80s-era Playskool "Jammie Pies" plush doll--her painted eyes have worn off, how can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by adrianna aria at 6:35 PM PST - 4 comments

Bogie's infinite wisdom

I keep finding variations on this quote, ascribed to Humphrey Bogart: "The trouble with the world is that everyone in it is three drinks behind." What is the origin and actual wording of the quote?
posted by ista at 6:31 PM PST - 3 comments

I just want to organize my time, not spend it shopping for phones

A world of mobile choices, and none of them fits. How can I find an affordable basic camera phone without a data plan that lets me back up its data? [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser at 6:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Armenians bearing gifts?

What's tough to get in Yerevan? [more inside]
posted by little light-giver at 6:28 PM PST - 5 comments

How to unzip a stuck zipper?

Ugh. My zipper on my coat is stuck. It zips up and down, but won't go all the way down. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by zug at 6:25 PM PST - 4 comments


Elegant dinner for 25!? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece at 6:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Where to play a board game in Vancouver?

Boardgame venue in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Half-remembered fantasy movie seen in the 1980s.

Half-remembered movie: Two characters, at least one of them on horseback, meet in a desolated place (the Scottish Highlands?). They fight using some kind of magic that is represented by line animation overlaid of the screen (the movie is live action). [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 6:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Counselor/Therapist recommendations in Vancouver?

[Vancouver, BC filter] My husband has been suffering from low level depression for a number of years and has finally agreed to talk to a professional about it. Looking for counselor/therapist recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:00 PM PST - 1 comment

Make-ahead gifts?

Gifts (edible?) that need to be made at least a month in advance? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 5:20 PM PST - 16 comments

How to stop regretting saying "I love you"?

I said "I love you". He didn't say it back. Now I find myself feeling vulnerable. Help me not let this ruin a really great relationship. [more inside]
posted by moshimosh at 5:16 PM PST - 41 comments

Los Angeles & area in January

Visiting Los Angeles in January. What should we seek? [more inside]
posted by Salmonberry at 5:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Where's the sex drive?

My fiancé has almost not sex drive. Am I screwed? No pun intended. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:53 PM PST - 30 comments

Is lung cancer ever communicable?

Are there any known cases of someone catching lung cancer from a relative? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:42 PM PST - 13 comments

Looking for scans of an old theatrical painting book.

Looking for a old book on theatrical set painting techniques that was scanned and made the rounds online several years back. My google-fu is coming up blank. [more inside]
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 4:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me remember this old board game!

What is this old, question-mark-themed board game? I can only remember a few vague details. [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 4:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Niagara without crosssing over to Canada?

Is it worth it to go to Niagara but not go to the Canadian side? [more inside]
posted by Runes at 3:53 PM PST - 19 comments

I don't want to be a crazy ex-girlfriend.

How do I stop my obsession of stalking/thinking of my ex so that I can start liking myself again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:31 PM PST - 26 comments

HOT. water. ouch.

How to help a friend prevent scalding every time she washes her hands! [more inside]
posted by sucre at 3:14 PM PST - 16 comments

I need to ask question AND receive files. Is that so hard?

Need online survey creation tool and hosting that will accept file uploads from respondents. Don't want to spend big money or sign up for an annual license. This is a one time survey, and the file upload is pretty crucial. Help me, hive mind! [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 3:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Seriously, what the fudge?

Why does my fudge ALWAYS burn? [more inside]
posted by oohisay at 3:11 PM PST - 26 comments

Base Layer for Buffalo!

Help me find a base layer (long underwear!), for a Buffalo winter, please! Specific needs inside: [more inside]
posted by biscotti at 3:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Name your favourite alternative household products and where to find them cheap!

Where do you find the lowest costs for various household products? [more inside]
posted by mbatch at 2:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Is this a deer skull? Foal skull?

How can I tell if this skull is from a deer or from a foal? [more inside]
posted by Pleased_As_Punch at 2:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me with my move to LA

I will be moving to the LA area at the end of next month, and have so many questions about where to live, how to find a place, etc. Thanks in advance for your help!! [more inside]
posted by RUPure at 2:51 PM PST - 12 comments

How do you organize your sing-along song book?

How do you organize your sing-along song book? [more inside]
posted by thisisnotbruce at 2:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I be worried about this graffiti in front of my house?

Some cryptic writing has appeared in spray-paint on our sidewalk, with arrows pointing to our house. Is this just normal graffiti, or could it be more threatening? [more inside]
posted by aldebaran at 2:30 PM PST - 12 comments

I need your best cookie recipe ever!!!! No, seriously, EVER.

best-cookie-recipe-ever-filter: I need your best, most impressive, most "wowing" when someone puts it in his/her mouth cookie recipe that you've got. Yes, I know there's a bazillion cookie recipes lurking in this AskMe/Metafilter machine. Which is part of the problem. Taste over looks. [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 2:24 PM PST - 46 comments

Err... Whats's up Green? HTACCESS help anybody?

I am trying to replace all requests to a certain directory on my website with a certain image. Any request to*.* would be replaced with [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 2:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me turn my apartment into a den of sin.

Music to make out by? (trippy, downtempo, lounge feel) [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 2:10 PM PST - 38 comments

Looking for Photoshop Flyer/Poster Mock Up Templates

I am looking for products similar to gomedia's Poster Mock Up Templates. [more inside]
posted by cuban link flooded jesus at 2:04 PM PST - 0 comments

Help me not choke

After being out of school for a few years I'm now back for my graduate degree. It's taking some getting used to, and one of my final projects is a group literature review where we each take one aspect of our larger topic (universal accessibility of information resources) and look at a smaller facet of it. I'm struggling a little to wrap my head around the format of a literature review, and I was wondering if anyone had any advice / or links to guides for writing one effectively. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM PST - 4 comments

It's a Satchel, Like a Purse, But Not

YANAL: What is the legality of not allowing a man to carry a bag into a South Dakota movie theater? [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 1:20 PM PST - 30 comments

How can I maintain my calm and confidence in my otherwise awesome relationship during a sexual 'slump'?

How can I maintain my calm and confidence in my otherwise awesome relationship during a sexual 'slump'? And how can I be proactive to make things better? [more inside]
posted by sassy mae at 1:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Need venison sausage

Where can I get venison, moose, or other wild game sausages, either in the Seattle area or online?
posted by crazycanuck at 12:06 PM PST - 14 comments

So what exactly are "cables"?

The WikiLeaks release of U.S. diplomatic cables, as detailed in this New York Times article, left me wondering a few things... [more inside]
posted by limeonaire at 11:48 AM PST - 12 comments

How do I deal with racially insensitive comments at work?

How do I deal with racially insensitive comments at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:33 AM PST - 32 comments

Program to alert me of new posts on a vB forum?

I moderate a couple of forums but would prefer not to have to keep checking recent posts' page to see if someone has posted something. Is there a program (for Linux) that would check for new posts on a vBulletin forum for me and alert me of them? I haven't heard of anything like that before but since there are so many social networking applications out there now, I thought it would be worth a shot.
posted by Unhyper at 11:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Can I block eHow pages from appearing in my Google search results?

When I run Google searches, many of the top results are from eHow. Unfortunately, in my experience these results are almost always unhelpful. Is there a way to prevent eHow pages from appearing in my search results? I use Firefox and am amenable to installing add ons.
posted by jed at 11:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Why don't babies know how to sleep?

Why do babies/young children need help falling asleep? Why do most of them need to be taught or trained to sleep through the night? [more inside]
posted by xo at 11:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me waste more of my style.

How much HDTV is enough HDTV? [more inside]
posted by elder18 at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

Why can't computer things just work the way they're supposed to?

Why does my 500gb Lacie external hard drive only show that I have 24gb of space? [more inside]
posted by generic230 at 10:48 AM PST - 11 comments

I thought you were supposed to become wiser as you get older? So how can I live with these problems?

My SO has been separated for more than 14 years but has never divorced. He is in Tennessee and she is in Michigan. He says he is just a procrastinator. On the other hand I have strong Christian beliefs that he acquiesces to, but doesn't seem to have if I am not around, so I don't feel I could marry him anyway. One of the big problems is that we are more content together than apart but the conflicts within are strong. (We never argue.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 AM PST - 20 comments

Anyone know of healthy Vitamin D sunlamps?

Can anyone recommend a good sunlamp for getting Vitamin D? [more inside]
posted by bross12 at 10:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Fight Colo foreclosure by myself ...

I do feel that that my foreclosure is not properly being done and think I could delay it while they start again. [more inside]
posted by CodeMonkey at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Labour lawyer in Vancouver BC

Looking for a reputable labour lawyer in Vancouver BC to help with disability case. [more inside]
posted by fingerbang at 9:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Gift Ideas for Spanish Host/Hostess

What should we take to Spain as a host gift for people we don't know who are letting us stay in their home for 3-4 days? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 8:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Eye Glasses, help me see but look good!

Eye Glasses filter: Please recommend the best eye glasses that make you forget you are even wearing them. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 at 8:56 AM PST - 15 comments

I'm a confused cat with a confused cat

We've moved, but our cat is in denial. How do I let her know that she can't keep going back to our old house and that she has to stay here with us? [more inside]
posted by BinarySolo at 8:54 AM PST - 19 comments

what kind of doctor for a testicle lump?

I'm going to see a doctor, but I'm not sure which kind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I help my partner not terrify me in the car?

My partner is a goddamn basket case when he drives. It makes me really upset. How do we figure out a way to get from point A to point B without anyone freaking out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:23 AM PST - 35 comments

Un-wimp me.

How can I become an emotionally strong person? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 8:19 AM PST - 17 comments

Ye Olde British Christmas recipes?

Recommendations for ye olde British Christmas cookbook? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 8:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Mystery object in military photo?

Mystery object in military photo? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B at 8:05 AM PST - 20 comments

Zero Maintenance Humidification

Please help me find a very low-maintenance humidifier -- and help me understand what I absolutely must do in order to keep my humidifier safe and functional. [more inside]
posted by hansbrough at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

The Second Coming on my homepage??

I turned on my computer this morning, opened my browser and was astounded to see that my iGoogle page is suddenly full of Christian widgets, from "Daily Prayer to Jesus" to "Book of Mormon - One Chapter a Day." I'm most definitely not a Christian. [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 7:35 AM PST - 13 comments

Facebook Wall Blanking Me!

My Facebook wall has been returning a blank screen for a few days now. I can see the Info/Photo/Video pages, the "Home"/newsfeed pages....but not my wall. Using Opera 10.63 but same happens in IE8 too. Windows Vista Ultimate O/S. All other websites working fine. Others CAN see my wall! Have reported it to FB and sent screen shot....but anything I can try? Thanks.
posted by JtJ at 6:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Which martial art is for me?

Based on my physique and specific desires, I'm wondering which martial art would be best suited for me? [more inside]
posted by gman at 6:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Recommend an all weather motorcycle cover.

What is your recommendation for an all weather, including winter, motorcycle cover? [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 6:27 AM PST - 4 comments

teenage RPG suggestions

I'd like to introduce some kids to the RPG realm, as part of an ESL class. [more inside]
posted by nicolin at 5:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Grandma needs baby photos.

Trying to buy a digital photo frame for my mother-in-law. Question has been asked before on AskMe but this is the 2010 version and of course my special snowflake details are included within. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 5:06 AM PST - 9 comments

How to record binaural electronic music?

I´m looking for a way to record electronic music using binaural technology. I already have all the necessary equipment (binaural mics, dummy head, DAW, etc.), but I want to record the sounds DIRECTLY from the source without using the dummy head, is it possible? [more inside]
posted by Matrod at 3:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Classical music for winter

What classical music works are most reminiscent of winter? [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 1:15 AM PST - 28 comments

phishing home security system emergency contacts

My parents just got a weird call about 30 mins ago (11:50pm). They were getting ready for bed, so my sister picked up. [more inside]
posted by wuMeFi at 12:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Ispot plus itouch for a phone?

Can I use Clearwire ispot or clearspot with a ipodtouch and skype or similar service as a cell phone replacement?
posted by dougiedd at 12:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Running into former colleagues after a layoff

Awkward public run-ins with coworkers who survived the company layoffs when you didn't - I need strategies for getting through the situation as gracefully as possible. [more inside]
posted by green_flash at 12:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Stiffer viscoelastic pillows?

Is it possible to buy very firm memory foam (visco-elastic foam) pillows? [more inside]
posted by floam at 12:19 AM PST - 5 comments

What items are ridiculously over priced at retail stores vs. online?

Just bought a bunch of cables on the cheap online, and so now I'm of course wondering -- what are other kinds of products that are generally wildly overpriced at retail stores but actually can be purchased cheaply online? And which online stores are best for these products. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 12:01 AM PST - 42 comments

November 27

Trying to remember the title of a 3D spherical labyrinth game

For fans of the The Nemesis Factor and other complex physical puzzles: I'm trying to remember the name of a now out of print 3D spherical labyrinth. As I remember, the puzzle consisted of a clear globe, inside of which was a complicated three dimensional maze composed of slides and structures and other structures, through which the player would navigate a little metal ball. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 11:58 PM PST - 5 comments

My car seemingly bilocated?

To my amazement I just received notice of an Intention To Prosecute by my local UK police authority. What's surprising isn't the speeding ticket but the fact that it is dated and timed to a morning when my car was peacefully sitting on the driveway outside my bedroom window, listening to my snoring. [more inside]
posted by kairab at 11:48 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you recommend some 'grandpa/grandson' games?

I'm in Japan. My 5-year-old grandson is in Canada. Can you recommend any games/activities we could do 'together' (in real time) over the net? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 10:52 PM PST - 9 comments

What is this promo/movie trailer music that sounds like Aaron Copland?

Please help me identify this Aaron Copland-esque music I keep hearing. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 10:48 PM PST - 9 comments

The phrase "staff of life" makes me feel like a wizard

I want to bake a loaf of bread. I would like advice on making it. I'd also like advice on what to use it for once it's baked. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 10:05 PM PST - 24 comments

I don't want to look too much like The Mom, you know?

Let's assume you are a 50-ish Lady who's wardrobe has diminished lately. What you you wear to a nice summer outdoor wedding when you don't own a lot of formal stuff and want to sharpen up your wardrobe from office-drab anyway? Where can you find these things? What places should you look? Whom should you listen to for advice? In short, what do stylish Over-50 Ladies wear to their various traditional and non family events on a budget? Ideally in New York?
posted by The Whelk at 9:23 PM PST - 20 comments

Learning about learning

Modern learning and cognitive psychology for dummies: any suggestions for resources? [more inside]
posted by underflow at 8:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Please Help The Bread Baker's Apprentice Learn Gifting

Let's say I've resolved to give my family home-baked bread for Christmas this year. Which of your bread recipes will produce something that says "I've made this for you because I love you and not (just) because I desperately hate shopping"? [more inside]
posted by YamwotIam at 8:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Examples of "funky, soulful" lyrics?

Examples of "funky, soulful" lyrics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Using Medi-Cal benefits while visiting Texas?

Using Medi-Cal benefits while visiting Texas? [more inside]
posted by sirhensley at 7:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Decision on Decision Science

What careers directly relate to a BS in Business Administration, Concentration in Decision Sciences? [more inside]
posted by o0o0o at 7:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Durable dog frisbee

Recommend me an indestructible dog frisbee and/or other throwable/tuggable toy. [more inside]
posted by drlith at 6:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Mefi Mixologists:

Serious Drink? Looking for the best mixology blogs to a) educated and entertain me; and b) help me build my bartending skills. [more inside]
posted by rebekah at 6:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Is city rainwater "dirtier" than country rainwater?

Is city rainwater "dirtier" than country rainwater? [more inside]
posted by UbuRoivas at 5:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Does light have magnetism?

Does light have magnetism?
posted by Optamystic at 5:40 PM PST - 23 comments

Choosing a channel for a Wifi hub?

Help me set up my Wifi hub. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Can anyone identify the car in this video?

Can anyone identify the car in this video? [more inside]
posted by sallyann at 5:15 PM PST - 10 comments

Macbook Won't Boot

Macbook won't boot up. Laptop doesn't get past the chime/blue apple logo boot screen. I need your help Hive! [more inside]
posted by freud at 4:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Why does All the Pretty Horses have Spanish dialog?

I don't speak Spanish! Why does All the Pretty Horse have Spanish in it? [more inside]
posted by antiquark at 4:30 PM PST - 39 comments

Why is this shit so confusing?

Someone explain my phone upgrade eligibility to me (Sprint). [more inside]
posted by JimBennett at 4:30 PM PST - 3 comments

For the stylish gentleman who occasionally needs to kick ass...

[Giftfilter] Where can I find the best, most stylish--yet relatively affordable--sword cane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:02 PM PST - 6 comments

iPhone disrupting WiFi on Mac

Why would an iPhone disable my Mac's internet connection? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 3:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you get mosquito bites in the winter or should I be concerned about bedbugs?

BedbugParanoiaFilter: I found a mosquito-looking bite on my torso. Can you get mosquito bites in the winter or should I be concerned about bedbugs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:47 PM PST - 13 comments

Live Music in Princeton/Bucks County area after Dec 20?

I'm looking for some live music bands to see in the Princeton, NJ or Bucks County, PA area the week before Christmas, starting on 12/20.... any ideas? [more inside]
posted by cahlers at 3:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me not be such a jerk when I travel

When I travel, I get stressed out about being late. If someone is slow in line ahead of me, I start grumbling and get nasty. (Never cause a scene, but enough to really bug my wife). Help me stop that behaviour/attitude so she'll travel with me again! [more inside]
posted by mbarryf at 3:26 PM PST - 37 comments

double headed trouble

Having skipped pre-school HTML and CSS, I have no idea how to put two images in my wordpress header. [more inside]
posted by doost at 3:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Best 802.11n/g setup with oldish Apple networking equipment?

I'd like to reconfigure my Apple-based home network to give 802.11n clients The Very Best in connection speeds while still supporting 802.11g devices on the same network. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by hijinx at 3:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Tyrtaeus in the First Century CE

I'm doing some research on courage as a virtue in the first century CE Mediterranean world (previously), and I'm trying to discern the influence that the writings of Tyrtaeus would have had on Greco-Roman culture during this time. I've read in passing that his writings would have been common in school instruction at the time, but I can't find anything to confirm this. Does anyone know where I could find a discussion about this, or a confirmation?
posted by SpacemanStix at 2:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me stop procrastinating, stop panicking, and get my schoolwork back on track

How do I overcome paper writing anxiety? [more inside]
posted by naoko at 2:41 PM PST - 30 comments

Sun, glorious sun.

I'm planning to stay/live on Koh Samui from March next year until...well, as long as possible, really. Have any other MeFis lived there for a significant amount of time? Any tips? [more inside]
posted by mudkicker at 2:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Manual eyesight focus

When I press the inside edges of my eyes, closest to my nose, my eyesight sharpens. Why? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 1:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Domain transfer woes

How can I make a domain name transfer from a dead server? [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

What is a good visual symbol that conveys strength, determination, willpower, character, conviction and perseverance?

What is a good visual symbol that conveys strength, willpower, character, determination, conviction and perseverance? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:06 PM PST - 33 comments

drink-n-talk about deep things

manhattan filter: whats a good public place (pub/diner etc) to sit and have a long, deep, nuanced talk for at least 2 hours with a friend? Near columbia U. would be nice. Beer needed, food a plus. [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 12:56 PM PST - 15 comments

i'll leaf it up to you guys

What's the best tree identification guide out there? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 12:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Concise Writing?

How to Be Concise When Writing Personal Messages/e-mails? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused at 11:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Suddenly my wife wants me to leave without her and to leave our son in her custody. Can she do this?

We are visiting my wife's parents in another state. Suddenly my wife wants me to leave without her and to leave our son in her custody. Can she do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:51 AM PST - 30 comments

The long black friday

Post black friday, any good deals on Netbooks left out there? [more inside]
posted by BleachBypass at 11:39 AM PST - 7 comments

who is this curly brown haired actor?

FrivolousFilter: I am looking for the name of an current actor but can think of no films he is in. He is recognizable but not overly famous. He looks very similar to Goran Visnjic, with a bit of Gerard Butler and Hugh Jackman....curly hair, aquiline nose, strong chin, a bit of cruel/arch handsomeness going on...any guesses?
posted by dahliachewswell at 11:16 AM PST - 28 comments

Assessing Word Variance

There is a term for the mathematical assessment of word variance in a piece of writing. If I could remember that term, I could search for software (or web apps) to determine this metric in my own writing, to be sure I'm not falling into the habit of being overly repetitive. Can you help? For extra points, is there an app to help me spot close-together word repetitions (which must be corrected)? I'm on a Mac, fwiw.
posted by Quisp Lover at 11:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Any online fitness websites that aren't geared towards weight loss?

I'm looking for a fitness website that will generate workouts and allow me to track my progress. Added challenge: I'm not looking to lose weight, and I'd like to avoid eating disorder triggers. [more inside]
posted by craichead at 10:37 AM PST - 5 comments

I cheated, now what?

I cheated, the only time ever, now what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 113 comments

Can you make the baby back ribs?

ObscureParodySongFilter: Searching for a parody of the Destiny's Child song "Bills, Bills, Bills" - only it was "Ribs, Ribs, Ribs." Sung by males extolling the virtues of a woman that could prepare great barbecue. The song was played in the late 90s on the radio in the Tampa, Florida area. I'd love to hear it again and my google-fu is failing me.
posted by gnutron at 10:01 AM PST - 0 comments

What should I do about her finger?

Can I propose with no ring (snowflakes inside)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:01 AM PST - 55 comments

Nursing education as a mature student in the UK

US citizen, settled in UK. If I want to study mental health nursing in the UK, will I need (or should I get anyway) an access to higher education course, or can I just submit my old high school good grades from the 1990s? I'm 31. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 9:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Nikon spare parts

Repair spare parts for a Nikon SB800 speedlight [more inside]
posted by cameronfromedinburgh at 9:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Unplugging and reconnecting

Wando the Reliable has carried me through multiple relationships and alone times, but I think it's time. Help me break up with my Hitachi Magic Wand. [more inside]
posted by sphallolalia at 9:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for delicious sliced bread in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood.

Where can I find delicious sliced bread in San Francisco's Mission district? [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 9:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Genealogy widget?

Are there any good, preferably free, widgets that I can use to build a family tree and put it on my blog? Ideally I would like a widget that has some sort of database behind it, and I would link to a database record for a specific ancestor when I write about them . It would also be cool to show an attractive family tree as a navigational tool to go to old blog posts about specific ancestors. You could click links in the genealogy widget to posts about all of the stories that are tagged "great grandpa Joe," for example.
posted by tnygard at 8:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Ones and zeroes in the kitchen?

Do you use digital media as a reference while cooking? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 8:16 AM PST - 68 comments

Che smokes a bowl

On this bong gift set I can tell the top picture is Che but I can't figure out (with tineye's and google's help) if the bottom man is smiling Che or someone else ... any ideas?
posted by saucysault at 7:52 AM PST - 6 comments

BART for the potty trainers

Are BART restrooms available and/or how to transport my potty-training toddler by transit? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 7:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Munich 2018

Cityplanners! How will the city of Munich (Germany) evolve over the next 20 or 50 years? If you dont know M, then what factors would you be looking at? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 7:07 AM PST - 4 comments

speeding up facebook

Are there any tools for blocking out useless & slow "features" on facebook? I'm unsure the last time I actually appreciated any facebook popup. In particular, I've no need for facebook's toolbar because Adium and my N900 log into facebook's chat directly. Bonus if it'll work under MicroB on a Nokia N900. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 7:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Is Abe Simpson really so hard to work with?

What is it really like to work in a nursing home / aged care facility? I sometimes think about working there or volunteering some time, but everybody says it's the most depressing thing in the world. Experiences please?
posted by KLF at 6:49 AM PST - 15 comments

Co-op fail?

Co-op question. We contributed $400 (fully vested!) to a food co-op that may never happen. It hasn't been able to secure funding through a USDA loan, or by any other method. It's been about four years. Can I take an income tax deduction?
posted by fixedgear at 6:05 AM PST - 1 comment

What Recipes Should I Digitalize?

I'm culling the (cookbook) herd from a certain era (mainly 70s-mid-90s). What are your favorite recipes from my canon of James Beard, Marcella Hazen, Silver Palate, et al that I should digitalize? [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 5:52 AM PST - 15 comments

I fought the law...

Have you ever refused to give permission to a (US) police officer for searching your vehicle after a routine traffic stop? If so, what happened? [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 5:27 AM PST - 36 comments

Where to stay in the Algarve?

Did you love somewhere in the Algarve? 2 nights to spend there and looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 4:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Hey hey we're the pet monkeys!

Any good alternatives to a pet monkey? [more inside]
posted by thesailor at 3:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Levitating Magic Trick

How does a magician levitate a person? [more inside]
posted by boby at 2:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find the name/picture of this antique tool

I'm looking for an object I once saw a picture of. It was an antique tool that was, I think, described as a japanese jade vise, or something similar. It was rectangular in shape, and consisted of a number of stacked wooden wedges that could be slid in and out in relation to one another to form an opening in which a gem could be securely held by the pressure of the wedges.
posted by Jackson at 2:12 AM PST - 1 comment

Au revoir, Shosanna!

A couple questions about the film Inglorious Basterds (spoilers). [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 2:00 AM PST - 13 comments

Wet feet at the carnival.

Why and how did you stop believing in a story of powerlessness, specifically your own? [more inside]
posted by simulacra at 1:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Which bicycle (for a novice) would you recommend?

Which bicycle (for a novice) would you recommend? Comparison between four bicycles [more inside]
posted by mrme at 12:32 AM PST - 17 comments

"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

Suddenly receiving this error every time I try to open a program: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item." On Windows 7, using an admin account... [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist at 12:01 AM PST - 9 comments

November 26

What are these green spheres in my water?

I have green spheres in my water pitcher. Can someone help me identify them? [more inside]
posted by woolite at 11:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Best Gravy!

Best gravy recipes? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 11:18 PM PST - 25 comments

Does the immune system improve noticeably over a few years with no flu shots?

Does the immune system improve noticeably over a few years with no flu shots? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 10:23 PM PST - 15 comments

How to go about finding old friends who appear to live off the grid?

How does one go about finding an old friend in another country when every search I have tried turns up absolutely no records? I've gone from Google to Facebook to obituaries to phone directories and come up totally empty handed. [more inside]
posted by empatterson at 8:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Places for flirty conversation online?

Where can I find people to chat with online who are interested in flirting, but not necessarily a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 PM PST - 8 comments

High Speed choices in South Africa (Capetown) - really Simon's Town.

High Speed choices in South Africa (Capetown) - really Simon's Town. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 8:16 PM PST - 2 comments

What are you using for tasks on your iPhone?

What is your favorite iPhone app for managing your tasks and projects. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 7:11 PM PST - 27 comments

high performance gloves while maintaining dexterity

What's the cutting edge in gloves that allow for high levels of dexterity in extreme conditions (e.g. north pole). A colleague and I have been thinking up creative ways to allow high levels of dexterity while keeping the insulation factor high. Say you're a worker that has to work outdoors in extreme conditions for periods of up to an hour, yet you need to be able to work with hand tools, press buttons, etc. Is there an industry standard for this sort of thing? Anyone have any info on state of the art (or near future) technology in this area?
posted by spacediver at 6:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Used snowmobile buying tips?

What should I look for in a cheap, used snowmobile? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 6:30 PM PST - 6 comments

BFA ID + BA Engn = Yes?

Working on a BFA in Industrial Design and considering getting an Engineering degree as well. Is a Bachelor of Arts in Engineering worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird at 6:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does everything hurt so much?

Why does prolonged physical exertion put me in a state of intolerable pain? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:04 PM PST - 18 comments

"Alternative" gift for an "alternative" girlfriend, any ideas?

"Alternative" gift for an "alternative" girlfriend, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by - at 6:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Saving bookmarks.

I am trying to delete the current bookmarks in my Firefox. Now, I exported them all to my computer. My question is, once I have the bookmarks deleted in my Firefox, the exported ones in my computer, will they still show up? I do not want to lose them.
posted by LittleMissItneg at 5:08 PM PST - 3 comments

I want all of my video thumbnails to actually show what the video is about

How can I change video thumbnails in Vista? [more inside]
posted by Ryogen at 4:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Name that tune? (2)

Can you identify these melodies? The first is 1980s synthpop. The second is production music from a ready-made package of tunes used in midlevel entertainment TV programming in Hollywood about ten years ago. Any information appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Cridland at 4:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Bargain bookshelf--No instructions included

A few months ago I bought a cheap 3 shelf Sauder bookshelf. When I opened it, there's no instructions. Quick and dirty assembly help sought. [more inside]
posted by Prairie at 3:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Computer Make Fast

How do I make my 3-year-old MacBook fast again? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 3:08 PM PST - 20 comments

I thought christmas was supposed to be more than all of this tremendous noise

Christmas songs from the last ten or fifteen years? [more inside]
posted by sandswipe at 3:02 PM PST - 39 comments

iTunes movies streamed without an Apple TV?

How to make an iTunes-purchased film stream to my Xbox 360 or PS3? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 3:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Good vineyards near Paris?

What are some good vineyards for wine-tasting/lunch easily accessible from Paris? [more inside]
posted by kraykray at 2:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it fair to win a contest’s grand prize by exploiting an obscure loophole and cut-throat competition?

Is it fair to win a contest’s grand prize by exploiting an obscure loophole and cut-throat competition? [more inside]
posted by SamFrancisco at 2:39 PM PST - 40 comments

I'd like it if timemachine went forward

Using Apple timemachine as wifi and backup. Changed IP, can't get timemachine to wifi it. Help? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 2:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Perfume website

I am looking for a website that sells perfume. The company takes bottles of store-bought perfume and uses sterile pipettes to transfer it into smaller containers. It sell these smaller amounts, which is nice because the perfume gets used before it degrades. I found it about a year ago, but now I can't seem to locate it. Thanks!
posted by Mittenz at 2:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Things that make other things!

What are some other basic inventions/discoveries that became widely applied foundations for other inventions/discoveries? [more inside]
posted by yoga at 1:09 PM PST - 20 comments

No strippers, please

Grown-up and co-ed alternatives for a bachelorette party? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 12:41 PM PST - 16 comments

Need map updates for Plenio VXA-4300

Does anybody know where to get map updates for the Plenio VXA-4300 gps unit? Or if I could load some other firmware on it and use other maps?
posted by I-baLL at 12:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Create a pushpin map to track an objects location.

How can I make a pushpin type map that will help me to track the location of something. Specifically, community entered information (more information inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 12:22 PM PST - 4 comments

2010 British Novels?

Please tell me about any British novels published in 2010 that you may have read. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 12:22 PM PST - 2 comments

All-you-can-eat sushi in Manhattan or Brooklyn?

Please tell me about any all-you-can-eat sushi restaurants (in Manhattan or Brooklyn) that you are aware of! [more inside]
posted by ®@ at 12:19 PM PST - 5 comments

99 Luftballons, but orangeballons, and plus one

I need to buy 100 *round* balloons, orange, at least 12" in diameter and no greater than 24" in diameter. They need to be delivered by mid-December to Quebec, Canada. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 12:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Runaway faucet

Came home from the holiday and one of my outdoor faucets won't stop running. What's broken? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 11:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get her out of my head before it explodes!

I can't seem to let go of past hurt and anger. Are there any good books I should read concerning this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Book it!

I need book suggestions for an autistic 7 year old. [more inside]
posted by pdb at 10:24 AM PST - 19 comments

NoScript failed me and left: what do I do now?

How paranoid should I be about my Windows XP Pro machine after hitting a dodgy site with Firefox 3.6, scanning with Microsoft Security Essentials, updating NoScript, scanning with MSE again, and finally using Windows to restore to yesterday's restore point, about 18 hours before hitting that site? Firefox is now missing NoScript completely, but it's been installed for weeks and surely should have been here yesterday morning. Has there been a known issue with NoScript, or am I just a special (and dim) snowflake? [more inside]
posted by The True Wheel at 10:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Point me to organizations that support immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles.

What are some organizations in Los Angeles that support recent immigrants and/or refugees, where I can become involved on a voluntary basis once or twice a week? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 10:06 AM PST - 8 comments

North American Power - WTF?

Some relatives have been bugging me about getting involved with North American Power. Is this a legit opportunity or just another scam? [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi at 8:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Boyfriend and creativity and insecurities

I am with a great guy. We are in the same design school. He's much better than me. It makes me feel insecure. What is that? How do I change my feelings about this? [more inside]
posted by OrangeCat at 8:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Get me out of here! Tactfully.

How can I peacefully and tactfully get out of the huge family Thanksgiving celebration for next year, or years after that? I've finally reached the end of my rope, I think. [more inside]
posted by kpht at 7:47 AM PST - 60 comments

I just want to watch tv!

Help me fix my parents' ridiculous TV/DVD/Internet set-up. There are wires and boxes everywhere and they've paid for all this stuff, but they can't actually do what they bought it for. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 7:14 AM PST - 41 comments

How to choose a dog house

Do you have a decent dog house for your dog? Help me figure out what should be simple: getting a dog house. I'm overwhelmed by the choices and would appreciate actual brand recommendations. We need a dog house that will be somewhat insulated because the dog might need to use it for up to 6 hours in the wintry midwest. We cannot build one, and we can't spend more than a couple of hundred. I have hesitated to get a dog house because the I was worried about it becoming a raccoon house, fox house, possum house. Do you use that door with the electronic collar entry to prevent this? Does that seem like a good idea?
posted by Tylwyth Teg at 7:05 AM PST - 14 comments

How much should I charge for casual academic proofreading?

What rate should I charge as a casual native English academic proofreader in the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by tumples at 6:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Setup cat6 home network

Home network setup with a lot of cat6 hardwired network drops and wireless [more inside]
posted by cmm at 5:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Drug Stealer

My brother in law is stealing prescription pain meds. Do we confront him or just sit on the information? [more inside]
posted by murrey at 5:25 AM PST - 48 comments

Best HDTV for playing standard definion programming

Which HDTVs will play standard definition TV channels the best? [more inside]
posted by Nickel at 12:28 AM PST - 9 comments

November 25

How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it?

How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it? [more inside]
posted by curuinor at 9:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Am I ready to date seriously?

Relationship filter!. So within the last 6 months I seperated from a partner of 5+ years. I met someone online through a dating website. What should I ask her? [more inside]
posted by Cainaan777 at 9:18 PM PST - 14 comments

HP Pavilion dv2000 wireless

Help me figure out how to get the wireless card working in this HP laptop. The only way to bring it online is to boot a linux live cd then boot back into Vista. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by The Wig at 8:41 PM PST - 8 comments

1980s rock or metal guitar riff

Can you identify the song containing this guitar riff? It's probably from the 1980s, recorded by some well-known rock or metal band. Here's an mp3 I made with GarageBand. Here's an mp3 I created with GarageBand.
posted by germdisco at 8:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me make my network work!

Help please. I consider myself pretty capable when it comes to computers and the internet and networks, but I can't fix this. I have two Windows 7 laptops and one Mac laptop with an older Airport Extreme and a brand new Arris WBM760A modem that won't play nice. [more inside]
posted by evilbeck at 7:44 PM PST - 7 comments

No Propellers, Please!

Has anyone flown via Allegiant Air? How was it? [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz at 7:25 PM PST - 11 comments

iLife on PC

I want to use iPhoto and some of the other iLife software, but I don't want to buy a Mac. Can I run this software effectively using software such as VMWare on my Windows 7 PC? [more inside]
posted by lemur at 6:18 PM PST - 13 comments

quest for fire

Any know how to manually light an old Whirlpool Cleantop oven? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 5:24 PM PST - 3 comments

Find me a new home!

[Yet Another Where Should I Move Question] I'm afraid that if I don't up and move from the town that I grew up in and have lived in for 23 years now, I never will. Snowflake details inside, but I am wondering: is it feasible, and where I should go? [more inside]
posted by firei at 5:23 PM PST - 51 comments

What else is like Speechification?

What else is like Speechification? [more inside]
posted by djstig at 3:57 PM PST - 6 comments

I think my mind-body connection is out of whack

I get extreme physical reactions to my emotions. Is this normal, and if not, how do I better learn to manage my emotions so that it doesn't affect my health and my life so much? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Internet radio: too many choices equals none.

I have an internet radio, a good pair of ears, and nostalgia. Help me NPR enthusiasts. [more inside]
posted by uauage at 3:04 PM PST - 12 comments

A Christmas Technology Miracle?

I am looking to set up my somewhat technically-challenged father with an mp3 player and the accompanying software for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by LiteOpera at 2:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Good games for the dinner table?

Wealth-of-information filter: family-friendly games for the thanksgiving table? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 2:10 PM PST - 13 comments

WBC membership

Westboro Baptist Church - too much on Google to find what I am after. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 1:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Unavoidable Drug Rash?

Is Prednisone the best solution for my drug rash and, if so, how much? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian at 1:47 PM PST - 18 comments

LIVE! From Microsoft, it's WINDOWS SEVEN LIVE!! (Cue the sax...)

Windows Live Movie Maker (WLMM) in Windows 7 versus Windows Movie Maker (WMM) running on 64bit Vista. When I upgrade my computers to Windows 7, I will be forced to use Windows Live MM. I love WMM and use it daily. What will I love and what will hate/miss when I finally have to go with WLMM? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 1:41 PM PST - 1 comment

Boots for Hawaii?

Looking for a light-weight men's hiking or athletic boot. [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 12:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Do any animals, other than humans, get headaches?

Random question time: Do any animals, other than humans, get headaches?
posted by FunGus at 11:38 AM PST - 13 comments

API to create nice slideshow

I have been searching the Internet like crazy trying to find an API or software development tool that would allow me to create nice slideshows, out of a group of photos, from one of my programs. [more inside]
posted by JohnGL at 11:34 AM PST - 4 comments

What's age-appropriate for a gadget-nut 4 year old?

My 4.5 year old got to play with my friend's Ipod Touch, loved it, and is now adamant that Santa is bringing her one. This ain't going to happen. However, I would like to find her some kind of age-appropriate equivalent toy for Christmas. We don't do huge Christmas celebrations or massively expensive gift-giving, so this will be her big present, even if it's under $75. What can you recommend that won't make her ultra-disappointed (understanding that disappointment is a part of life, yadda yadda yadda)?
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out at 11:22 AM PST - 27 comments

Crime Rate Info?

How can I get information about the crime rate in a given neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by amro at 11:19 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for Oakley c-wire replacement parts.

The spring hinge on my Oakley c-wire sunglasses has broken and I can't find a replacement anywhere. Looking for suggestions. [more inside]
posted by cosmac at 11:16 AM PST - 7 comments

XSLT swap

XSLT newbie filter: How would you swap the order of two elements, leaving everything else in a document the same? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 11:10 AM PST - 2 comments

Deliver me MORE!

I have, unexpectedly, found myself to be enjoying the music of The Postal Service. What else might I like? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill at 10:47 AM PST - 38 comments

Please help me identify this music video!

I saw a music video months ago, on Vimeo I think. I don't recall anything about the song other than that I liked it. The video has stuck with me, though; it was a story about a group of people preparing a horse for sacrifice, scrubbing carrots and apples to feed it and making a fuss over it, then leading it out into a field. I'd really like to find it again. Does this vague description sound familiar?
posted by bewilderbeast at 10:26 AM PST - 0 comments

Sodium Laurel Sulfoacetate in the UK

Where can I buy sodium laurel sulfoacetate in the UK? I want to make this solid bubble bath recipe. [more inside]
posted by teraspawn at 10:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Unexpected chunks in milk

Why did my milk curdle? Was it the piloncillo (mexican sugar cone)? [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 10:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Oh, you don't need to stay for Christmas. Really...

How can I deal with Dad's sudden, one-sided announcement that his marriage to my mother is ending because he "reconnected" with his high school girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Call forwarding on a cell phone and phone records

Hi MeFites! I was wondering if anyone can enlighten me on how call forwarding on my cell phone will show up on phone records. Also, is it possible to call someone while routing through the original number (from the forwarded-to phone)? How would this show up on phone records? By the way, the phone records I will be talking about are on AT&T and are on the online website. If anyone knows ways to circumvent AT&T's tracking, I would like to hear that as well. One last question: Will simply enabling call forwarding itself change anything on the phone records and is this visible on the records? [more inside]
posted by hotchocolate at 9:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for a book by vague description...

Some indeterminate time ago, my mom heard about a book on the CBC radio, with a title like "No Ordinary Woman" or "An Ordinary Life" or something, a memoir written by an Indian woman around age 80 who may have been a housekeeper or household worker. It's not "A Life Less Ordinary" by Baby Halder. Any ideas what it could be?
posted by Capn at 9:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Gotta make sure no one tries to impersonate me on

AskMe is always saying that one should register their full name on certain web services, just to protect them for future use. I have the basics - what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget at 8:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find an xbox bundle, please!

Where can I find a great Xbox bundle for Christmas/Black Friday? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 7:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Cake baking advice?

To bake and take? Or to take and bake? In need of Thanksgiving day cake logic. [more inside]
posted by cymru_j at 6:43 AM PST - 13 comments

Italian restaurant in Orlando, FL?

Two questions about visiting Orlando, Florida. (1) Please suggest an (italian?) vegetarian-friendly restaurant (2) Can I get some space-centre related souvenirs without actually visiting the space centre? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 6:17 AM PST - 9 comments

Sensible statin studies sought

I'm looking for some recent studies approachable for the common reader that compare the different cholesterol-lowering statins. [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine at 4:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Openning US bank account without going to US

Is it possible to create a bank account in the US, without going to US and have a (virtual) debit card for the account? [more inside]
posted by fifigyuri at 3:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Death by Pie?

Can-I-Eat-This-Filter, Thanksgiving edition. Assembled an apple pie tonight, planned to bake it tomorrow morning, but accidentally put the egg white wash on the top crust tonight. If I keep it in the fridge all night and bake it tomorrow morning, it won't kill anyone, right? The wash is just egg white thinned with a little water, and I didn't put very much on before realizing my mistake. Thoughts?
posted by doift at 1:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Can I feed multiple AirPlay/AirTunes streams from one computer?

Using AirPlay/AirTunes (or Rogue Amoeba's AirFoil), is it possible to play multiple audio streams from one "jukebox" to multiple Airport Express devices? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:05 AM PST - 8 comments

November 24

Help me salvage a turkey blunder!!!

Help me salvage a turkey blunder!!! Long story short: Turkey leg crockpot recipe. While prepping it, I realized the legs don't quite fit. Fine! I'll put it in the oven instead... but... [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 11:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me choose a pseudonym

Help me choose a pseudonym [more inside]
posted by eeby at 10:33 PM PST - 76 comments

Dance advice in PDX

Hello, this is my first question! I have a super cool friend visiting me from the east coast. We used to go dancing back in the day and would like to go out this weekend. We are looking for recommendations for a nice place to go dance in Portland, Oregon. We are hip chicks in our early 40's, and we used to dance our booties off to house music in NYC but are now sadly out of touch. Last year we danced at Halocene, which was pretty fun, but we are wondering if anyone has a favorite place to go get sweaty.
posted by eggkeeper at 10:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Academic anonymous blog—help me choose the name and the pseudonym!

Academic anonymous blog—help me choose the name and the pseudonym! [more inside]
posted by coolnik at 9:55 PM PST - 13 comments

what's this strange kitchen tool?

What's-this-tool-filter: Found this tool in a kitchen drawer at a vacation rental at the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Anybody know what this is for? Something to do with crabs or oysters maybe?
posted by mqk at 9:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Needed: Life coach in handy podcast form.

Recommend a podcast that offers valuable life lessons, but isn't a self-help or career-builder type podcast. Just a human being in his/her 40s or older who's been around the block and has valuable hard-won wisdom to share. Even better: guests with similar life experience. [more inside]
posted by Pants McCracky at 9:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I publish something in a humor magazine?

How do I start a (freelance) career as a humor writer? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 at 8:29 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I find this over the top jacket that Hugo Chavez likes to sport?

Where can I find this over the top jacket that Hugo Chavez likes to sport? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 8:07 PM PST - 3 comments

My sister is in a controlling relationship, and I'm worried.

My sister's boyfriend is controlling, may have BPD, and seems to be isolating her and destroying her career. I'm worried for her, and have to see the two of them tomorrow at Thanksgiving. I need advice on how to approach this situation in the short and long term. [more inside]
posted by Logic Sheep at 7:54 PM PST - 19 comments

How to fix streaming video in Peppermint Linux, or next best thing?

Linux and streaming video- I'm on Peppermint One OS, and I can't get full screen streaming video without it getting all stutter-y and stupid. Help me out with a workaround or recommend another Linux OS. [more inside]
posted by yeloson at 6:45 PM PST - 28 comments

cool towns around DC?

I'm looking for a cool town near DC. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 6:34 PM PST - 23 comments

3D software for viewing .obj models!

I'm looking for a simple, free 3D viewing software in which I could import an .obj I'd export from 3dsMax and allow me to rotate around it/zoom and the such. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil at 6:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Do you have a favorite falafel recipe?

Falafel! I'm searching for the best falafel recipe ever. If you've got one that you love, please share. If you know Pita Hut in New York (I go to the one in Chelsea), they have my dream falafel, perfectly seasoned, perfect crunch outside, perfect tender inside. Thank you!
posted by bluesky43 at 6:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Does the IRS call from blocked numbers?

Does the IRS call from blocked numbers? (Scam attempt details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 PM PST - 50 comments

Where are the cool people in DC?

How do you make friends in DC? My friend is a cool 23 year old woman in DC who doesn't know how to make friends in the city. She basically has her roommates, and that's it. Any idea of where the nice, normal, people in DC hang out, the people who aren't obsessed with themselves?
posted by hedgehoagie at 5:54 PM PST - 15 comments

A gift from California...

Any ideas for gifts from California (or US in general perhaps)? The gift will be for an American (not Californian) living long-term in Europe. Has family with babies. [more inside]
posted by Bwithh at 5:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Flexi Leash + Gentle Leader = Frustrated Dog?

Does a Flexi leash exert too much pressure to be used with a gentle leader? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 5:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Build my 1970 playlist

Outstanding playlist from 1970? [more inside]
posted by lassie at 5:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Fatty containers. Can I still get them?

I have seen these lovely wooden boxes in japanese magazines, and I believe from an American or British online retailer in the past. [more inside]
posted by sardonicsmile at 4:57 PM PST - 2 comments

Female Trouble

YANMD. Birth control pill (Loestrin FE) complications/confusion/questions. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 4:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help an NFP girl transition to work in the public service.

I am looking for hints, guidance or advice from the hivemind related to transitioning into a public service job after almost 10 years in the NFP and community sector. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by Cyrie at 4:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you help me get the Silverlight Facebook application fixed on my Mac?

Can anyone help me get the Silverlight Facebook app to work again on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii at 4:02 PM PST - 1 comment

Getting started with user-interface design.

My father, an architect, is looking for new things to do. I would like him to try software interaction/design. Any pointers for where he should start? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 3:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Science tricks with eight-year olds?

Science tricks to do at an eighth birthday party? Ones we did last year: candle doesn't pop water-filled balloon; small square of celluloid holds water in overturned glass; water and oil trade places in conjoined drinking glasses; corn-starch liquid/solid; paperclip floats on water. What are other easy-but-cool favourites? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 3:19 PM PST - 35 comments

Should I steam or let this duck rest first?

Should I steam or let this duck rest first? For game birds, I've usually pricked the skin, quick-poached it, then let it sit uncovered overnight to crisp up the skin before I roast it. However, I've been using a new recipe for duck that calls for steaming it before you roast it (a wonderful recipe, btw). So the question is: should I let it sit overnight in the fridge before I steam it or after I steam it?
posted by digitalprimate at 3:14 PM PST - 2 comments

How to install my light fixture without blowing the fuse!

how to install a ceiling light (correctly!) strange wiring... [more inside]
posted by AutoPilot83 at 3:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Is this job a good deal?

I'm very far down the road in an interview process for an internal position. I have some doubts. Help me decide if they are rational or fear based. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Pagan Pantheons of Europe besides the Greek, Roman and Norse?

Everyone knows about the Greeks and the Romans and the Norse, but what are some of the less well known pantheons and pagan religions from Europe? [more inside]
posted by empath at 2:43 PM PST - 20 comments

When did baseball become MLB?

When did Major League Baseball (TM) begin? [more inside]
posted by languagehat at 2:32 PM PST - 26 comments

What will my mom need for her cruise?

What does my mom need for her first cruise? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me pick out good computer speakers!

[Christmas Gift Filter] Help me get my boyfriend some nice speakers that he can use with his Mac Book Pro. [more inside]
posted by wansac at 2:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Iphone jailbreak wisdom needed

Iphone jailbreak, 4.1, tethering question from a sortof tech savvy sortof not guy. [more inside]
posted by Ponderance at 2:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Another reason moving sucks.

My work is moving me to a different city (Los Angeles). Can my fiancé collect unemployment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:24 PM PST - 3 comments

ipadfilter: buy now or wait

I want to buy an iPad. They've been out for a while, and I'm wondering what the gossip is on whether or not Apple will be releasing an upgraded model soon. Do I buy now or do I wait?
posted by tim_in_oz at 2:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Stuck key on a digital piano

One of the keys on my digital piano just started sticking. How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by honeydew at 1:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Script Conflict

I'm making a web page that has two scripts on it - a mootools script that shows/hides a div, and a JQuery cycle slideshow. And they aren't working together. [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest at 1:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Ouagadougou or Bust.

One week in Africa: Benin, Ghana, or Burkina Faso? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 1:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me build an atlas of the trivial.

I want to make some infographics! What should I graph/chart/map? [more inside]
posted by the_blizz at 1:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Who wants to keep flipping back and forth? I don't.

What annotated edition of James Joyce's Ulysses has footnotes instead of endnotes?
posted by Hoenikker at 1:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Desperately Seeking Pappy

I'm on the East Coast (DC) and I'm looking for Pappy's Seasoning, so I can cook a tri-tip for Thanksgiving. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus at 1:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Not a Virgin Mobile Virgin

What's a cell phone plan comparable in scope and price to Virgin Mobile's $25/month? [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 12:56 PM PST - 7 comments

You scratch my back... but only right there, please

Help me figure out if I am alone in having 'hot spots' on my back, neck and feet where I prefer to be scratched. [more inside]
posted by Encipher at 12:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Seeking advice on what to do after serious house fire.

Has anyone had experience with house fires? [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

Pyramidding: Who Gains?

I'm trying to find accurate data on the viability of a pyramid distribution company. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 12:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Short film about dangers of online social chat and murder? Screencasted!

A while ago I saw an amusing "short creative film". It was all told on computer screens, like a screen cast where you watch people type an work on their computer. In it you see a lot of typing in a chat room or forum, and the theme is that a stranger they are talking to is actually a murderer of some kind. I just realised this a really cool new way of storytelling through social media and wanted to watch it again. Can anyone remember what it is? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse at 12:04 PM PST - 3 comments

War Film + Broken Telephone

I'm looking for examples of scenes in war films where soldiers are lost or isolated and a faulty field phone (or other non-dependable instrument of communication) gives them their hope of being rescued or relieved. I am especially interested in films that were shot before WW2, if at all possible.... but later examples are also welcome. Anything come to mind? [more inside]
posted by rottytooth at 11:42 AM PST - 11 comments

The Johnson Wax Program, with Fibber McGee & Molly!

What is the opening and closing theme music for "Fibber McGee & Molly" - or what is a piece of music similar to it? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 11:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Akvavit in Portland, OR?

Where can I buy Akvavit/Aquavit in Portland, Oregon? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Harry Potter and the Lack of Web-Books.

Copy of the Deathly Hallows? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 11:09 AM PST - 15 comments

safe supplements?

Supplement (vitamin) safety? [more inside]
posted by mbird at 10:54 AM PST - 4 comments

"Oh man, that is a stinky one. Have fun!"

TSA pat-downs and kids. Am I over-reacting? [more inside]
posted by mkb at 10:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Home Protection Ideas?

Our house got robbed last week for the second time in less than a year. Short of moving, what can we do to get our peace of mind and sense of security back? [more inside]
posted by kmz at 10:20 AM PST - 37 comments

Looking for ideas for photo and document scanning, storage, and translation

Best practices for scanning, care, and storage of old documents and photos? [more inside]
posted by elizardbits at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

My iPhone is storing photos that I don't know about

I have 182.5 MB of photos stored on my iPhone, but iTunes is telling me that my phone has 2.1 GB worth of "Photos." What gives? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 10:08 AM PST - 6 comments

When the Tough Get Going, but the Going is even more tough, what do the Tough do then?

Help me grow my confidence at work (special melting snowflake details inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Wasting time figuring out how to be productive

A task management app (web or Mac) that's a step up from "basic"? [more inside]
posted by amillionbillion at 9:43 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I hide youtube comments?

How do I hide youtube comments in Safari?
posted by mpls2 at 9:38 AM PST - 7 comments

iPod Touch won't turn on

Can my iPod Touch be brought back from the dead? [more inside]
posted by bajema at 9:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Driving around Detroit, MI

I have business in the Bloomfield Hills suburb of Detroit in a couple of weeks. Google Maps gives me two routes from the airport car rental to my destination with roughly the same travel time and a third that appears slightly longer. Which is best in terms of ease of navigation for a solo driving Detroit area newb, safe road conditions (especially if it snows), and likelihood that the travel time is accurate (i.e. not prone to massive unexpected delays)? [more inside]
posted by safetyfork at 9:12 AM PST - 10 comments

cheap skis please!

Can someone with minimal knowledge of downhill ski technology purchase appropriate skis at a ski swap/used ski sale? [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 9:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find some green appliances!

I need help finding the most eco-friendly and ethical small appliances (or at least, the least non-ethical and non-eco-friendly) that I can. The web resources are seriously lacking! Hope me? [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 8:55 AM PST - 9 comments

A cost effective music solution

What is the most cost effective way to have tons of music (piracy is not an option)? At the least I want something that lets me listen to music on my iPad offline because it is a WiFi only model. [more inside]
posted by antgly at 8:53 AM PST - 40 comments

Tell me anything.

[Philadelphia filter] - Does anyone have any knowledge of the Point Breeze neighborhood in South Philly? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 8:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Medieval Latin inscription with puzzling shorthand?

Interesting Latin inscription on medieval cross: CNA ZARENUS REXIVDEOX - anyone know some shorthand? [more inside]
posted by RedReplicant at 8:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Thanksgiving Poem by Latino?

Specific Thanksgiving poem by a Latino author? I am trying to find a remembered poem for a professor about Thanksgiving that he remembers reading. Poem is in English, by a Latino poet, very funny, and about a young person explaining to his/her parents what Thanksgiving is/means. The prof thinks the poem was by a male author. (minor additional details below the fold) [more inside]
posted by eleanna at 8:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there any reason I shouldn't be smoking weed while taking Citalpram (Celexa)?

Is there any reason I shouldn't be smoking weed while taking Citalpram (Celexa)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 AM PST - 12 comments

What Part of 'Delete' Isn't Working?

How do I stop Picasa web albums from creating a new folder every time I edit one in the Picasa software? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 7:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Good gifts for first time art instructors?

Art Professors and Art College Instructors: What helped you get through your first semester of teaching? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Giving extra? Thanks!

Last year, the Secretary of the Army and many (most?) other federal bigwigs granted employees four hours of what amounted to admin leave on the day before Thanksgiving. My agency is remote from DC and thus word did not trickle down to us until mid-afternoon. Will there be a similar dismissal this year? Where would we look for it? [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds at 7:04 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I properly set up my home network?

How can I properly set up an internet connection on both a laptop (wireless) and desktop using DSL? Getting IP address conflict! GRR. [more inside]
posted by Snackpants at 7:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Super Link Me

Film student seeking good online publications about documentary film. [more inside]
posted by Menomena at 7:02 AM PST - 2 comments

To buy or not to buy - that is the start of my question

Should I buy land with a tear-down house given my special snowflake details? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 AM PST - 14 comments

Does this belong on a resume?

Should I list this honor on my resume? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 AM PST - 23 comments

"Mom, Dad, I'm... an atheist"

Looking for personal stories from those who had to 'come out' as no longer sharing the religious beliefs of their loved ones - especially when there's a significant other involved. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 AM PST - 27 comments

Beast-feast, part deux...

Can you please help me think of some interesting meat+spice/seasoning combinations that I wouldn't think of on my own? [more inside]
posted by Osrinith at 6:23 AM PST - 18 comments

I want to play what they want to hear

Guitar/Music filter: what handy tools can you recommend to remind you of the songs you can play, for those occasions when you're asked to perform out of the blue and your mind goes blank. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 6:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me calculate a day rate!

I'm a freelance copywriter who normally charges hourly. A prospective new client has asked me to give them my day rate. How should I calculate this? [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night at 5:20 AM PST - 16 comments

Car dealers in West Philly

Where do folks in Philadelphia buy used cars? - We need a used car, sensible Japanese economy style. Is there anywhere accessible from West Philly where there are those streets with multiple car dealers on them? The online reviews for some of the small local dealers here are ... scary. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by carter at 4:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Using lavender for woodworm

Does anyone know whether lavender essential oil can be used as a deterrent for woodworm? I believe it is effective against clothes moths and wondered whether it might also work for the moths of woodworm. It would be very expensive to cover an area with neat oil, but perhaps it could be diluted in a carrier oil. Thanks for any thoughts.
posted by BobAndJoy at 4:09 AM PST - 3 comments

Opposite of Google Translate

You know how Google Translate in Chrome will translate a page, and if you hover the mouse over something, it'll show the original? Is there something that can do the opposite: only show the English translation if you hover over the foreign text? (for Chrome or Firefox)
posted by Busoni at 4:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Please help a British guy celebrate Thanksgiving with his American girlfriend.

Please help a British guy celebrate Thanksgiving with his American girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by jeatsy at 1:06 AM PST - 54 comments

What are some problems you couldn't really pinpoint until they got fixed?

What are some problems you couldn't really pinpoint until they got fixed? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 12:57 AM PST - 69 comments

evaluating online payroll services

our government grant and contract based non-profit is evaluating full service (file your taxes for your) online payroll services. we expect to grow to 100 employees (many of them short term) this year. we are an organization of moderate complexity with foreign nationals on visas, etc. does anyone have any experience with online payroll services and, in particular, perquest. we were using quickbooks online. we got switched without warning or explanation to paycycle a couple of weeks ago. paycycle seeks simplicity but lacks critical functionality for a medium size business. we need a service targetted to medium-size businesses.
posted by alcahofa at 12:41 AM PST - 1 comment

November 23

New + old photos mashup

Is there a name for this photography technique/style? I'm trying to find more photos like that. [more inside]
posted by querty at 11:14 PM PST - 10 comments

How to Move Out of Your Parents' House

I want to move out of my parents' place so I can get on with being an adult. Please help me figure out what I need to know in order to do it! [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms at 11:12 PM PST - 42 comments

Music store in Beijing?

Where in Beijing can I buy Chinese musical instruments? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 10:59 PM PST - 1 comment

How should we best work with our landlords?

I live with 4 other people (all of whom happen to be very good friends) in a 5-bedroom house in San Francisco, the Mission district specifically. Our house was built in 1923 and is generally in disrepair. Our landlords have been dragging their feet in regards to fixing some issues with our house that are very serious, in our eyes. The breaking point for us is that currently we have no working stove. Special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by StrangerInAStrainedLand at 10:38 PM PST - 18 comments

How does our birth date shape where we fit in the school system?

Birth date + American school system = high probability of success in _____? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 10:27 PM PST - 8 comments

What are the top talent agencies for journalists?

What are the top talent agencies for a journalist seeking to get into television work? [more inside]
posted by SarahWriter at 10:02 PM PST - 5 comments

OK, but did you update the catalog price/page number, description, item number, too?

How are mail-order catalogs produced? Yes, I know....with ink and paper and a little elf who runs them through the postage meter. Actually... [more inside]
posted by webhund at 9:58 PM PST - 9 comments

How to remove stubborn oil spots from wood cabinets?

How to remove stubborn oil spots from wood cabinets? [more inside]
posted by cman at 9:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Booze is theBest Gift

Please share your favorite recipes for cordials I am thinking about making some homemade amaretto for a friend as a Christmas gift. I am open to other recipes, and might even make a few other recipes/infusions for fun anyway. [more inside]
posted by annsunny at 9:20 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I make an RSS feed for Bloomberg News?

I'd like to have an RSS feed for Bloomberg News, specifically for their environment reporting, that I can put into Google Reader. The problem is, Bloomberg News discontinued RSS feeds in 2006. None of the workarounds I've found are satisfactory: This one, for example, tries to use Google News, but it wouldn't really work for my purposes. (Using "environment" as my search string wouldn't necessarily return all news items related to the environment -- a story just about renewable energy, for example, not its environmental benefits, wouldn't show up at all.) There's also Feedity, but they want you to pay to have feeds with any sort of functionality, which I'd rather not do if I don't have to. Page2RSS is closer to the mark, but the output is messy (multiple stories in the same feed item)., which is owned by Bloomberg News, offers RSS feeds with Bloomberg News, but they don't allow for narrowing down on just the environment reporting. Is there a solution out there that's better? [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead at 9:17 PM PST - 4 comments

The case of the open door

What's the most plausible explanation for how this car crash happened? [more inside]
posted by 0xFCAF at 9:10 PM PST - 28 comments

Ladies home stuff

Crafts question for my wife and mother. [more inside]
posted by scottymac at 9:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for the lyrics to a song about bees

Help me find the lyrics to the song Les abeilles by Léo Delibes (1836-1891). [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 9:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Pick a MA, any MA.

Does the faculty matter as much for an MA program as for a PhD? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 9:06 PM PST - 9 comments

What the fugg?

YA Book ID: Young girl decides to really start looking at things, ends up in inevitable parallel world, where there is an attack of (bluish?) grey suits, which may be called Fluggs, or Fuggs. First book of a series, I think. Ring any bells?
posted by Sparx at 8:31 PM PST - 11 comments

"sliding scale options available"

I'm interested in checking out the local hackerspace -- partly out of interest in doing stuff there, partly because they do work that's similar to ours (they work with adults, we work with kids). Their pricing policy is very expensive and only seems to make a token effort to reach out to low-income people like myself. They've expressed interest in meeting and getting to know us -- I'm excited about this, but am also really personally affronted by their pricing scheme. How do I get over this so we can have a conversation? [more inside]
posted by puckish at 8:23 PM PST - 14 comments

Yeshiva University

What's the deal with Yeshiva University? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 7:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Corrupt NTFS filesystem, can't get into the repair console.

My parents computer isn't booting, and it's due to a corrupt ntfs filesystem. I'd like to run CHKDSK, but when I try to boot into the repair console, it requires an administrator password, which we don't have (second-hand computer). I can't use a password reset disk, because it won't recognize the disk (presumably due to the corrupt filesystem). Catch-22 - what now? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 7:24 PM PST - 17 comments

How is spyware formed? How computor get varus?

Why do people create and use viruses/spyware/malware? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 7:02 PM PST - 13 comments

I want to kick some cognitive memory ass!

I just got hired at a psychology research lab at a very prestigious university. I have no background in academic research and very little academic background in this field. I have an associates degree in humanities, and psychology is a field that interests me greatly. What can I do to not mess this up? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 6:48 PM PST - 12 comments

¿Current Industrial Rock?

What's the state of the art of Industrial Rock [more inside]
posted by signal at 6:38 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the modern-day music composition process like?

Composers, musicians, songwriters: What steps do you take to create a piece of music from scratch? Additional questions about working as a composer, music software, planning processes, etc. inside. [more inside]
posted by matticulate at 6:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Video conference 4 webcams?

Is there a way to video conference 4 webcams in an easy and reliable way, preferably free? I would love to find a service like Skype that allows more than 2 people to video talk at the same time. Thanks for your thoughts!
posted by mortaddams at 6:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Holiday season travel :-/

Am hopefully taking time off the last week of December, where to go in Europe? [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS at 6:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Merry GIFmas

Where can I find collections of serious and humorous gifs for download? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 5:47 PM PST - 2 comments

A home without water: aka camping.

Is it possible to set up a lightly-used house so that it's still usable in wintertime without keeping the heat on all the time? [more inside]
posted by swngnmonk at 5:43 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm a bed bug dog and I love what I do?

My friend (really) is considering using a bed bug dog to help her figure out what is biting her (she is aware of all of the other ways to monitor the situation, as well). However, she is a gentle soul, and is worried about whether such dogs like what they do. [more inside]
posted by analog at 5:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Annoying phone calls

My husband is receiving annoying phone calls from his ex (a friend gave his number out without knowing any better). He does not want to change his cell number due to his numerous work contacts. When he sees her number he doesn't answer and then she leaves messages. He has told her to stop but she must be a mental case, she has been calling for 2 months. What would be a solution to this other than changing his number? If he had the number blocked we figure she will just call from another number.
posted by sandyp at 4:53 PM PST - 25 comments

You mean I can just BUY a bigger pipe?

Is my wireless router's tube clogged? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 4:52 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me find ideas for a fantasy or sci-fi movie

What fantasy elements would you like to see in a movie? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:35 PM PST - 37 comments

Separated for a while, divorce on the way, and I'm lonely - but unsure about dating

When I was 23, I got married. It was really great for six years, and then for a year and a bit, really pretty horrible. We worked hard at it, but it didn't. Now I'm 30 and we've been separated for 3 months. Definitely feels right that it's over, and in time we'll divorce. It feels too soon to start dating - problem is, I'm lonely and really missing sex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM PST - 15 comments

Disc Not Detected

I'm trying to install a game on my Win7 PC. The DVD drive isn't seeing the disk. How do I get it to recognise the damn disc? Pertinent info inside. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 3:59 PM PST - 11 comments

insure my rental?

Renter's insurance in DC: How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by three bear minimum at 3:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Choosing a professional email address?

I have my full name as a domain name, and I'd like to start using it as my email address on my resume and for work purposes. Should my email address be joey@joeyshabadoo, j.shabadoo@joeyshabadoo, admin@joeyshabadoo or something else? And does it make any kind of difference, or am I just overthinking@plateofbeans?
posted by Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo at 3:19 PM PST - 40 comments

KILLS ALL THE GERMS! Except that one.

Why do commercials usually show the product killing MOST, but not ALL, of the things it's supposed to kill? [more inside]
posted by Pastor of Muppets at 3:13 PM PST - 18 comments


My boyfriend is putting weight on. It doesn't bother me, but it bothers him. How can I help him change his habits without damaging his self-esteem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:09 PM PST - 19 comments

I love the song Where do you go my lovely, what other songs are similar?

I watched Darjeeling Limited / Hotel Chevalier a while ago and I fell in love with one of the songs featured in these movies. The song is Where do you go my lovely by Peter Sarstedt. To me it conveys sophistication, melancholy and nostalgia. What other songs from this era would I probably like?
posted by bbxx at 2:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Cause every firm is crazy about a sharp dressed [fat] man.

I'm a BIG guy looking to switch jobs and am very nervous about interviews, particularly first impressions. Maybe you can help. [more inside]
posted by playertobenamedlater at 2:36 PM PST - 32 comments

Cleaning up lead paint

My house has lead paint. Today most of the windows were replaced, and the people who installed them were supposed to vacuum up the lead paint chips. I don't think they did. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Chicken Boolean at 2:26 PM PST - 19 comments

...Or should I become Nancy Botwin?

Starting over in desperation filter: How to become a SA at department/jewelry stores? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Pressing pork matters

I've got a nice big piece of pork belly, and I'm going to braise it in cider and wine, as in this recipe. I've made it before, and it was excellent. Which wine (or cider, or even beer) would you pair it with? [more inside]
posted by Siberian Mist at 2:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Wife's email was haxxored, please halp

Does my wife need to abandon her email address? [more inside]
posted by r_nebblesworthII at 1:57 PM PST - 14 comments

Boyfriend is scared to think about the future. Should I be patient or leave?

I'm in a new relationship that's going great, but he's scared of thinking about a future together, and we have different views on kids and marriage. Should I be patient, or is it better to cut my losses? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 PM PST - 27 comments

Fucking airport security, how does it work?

Flying into the US from another country: what's going on with security? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 PM PST - 10 comments

Help on lost love

Help on lost love How to get back with a girl who liked me more that 2 years ago, who I think would feel I totally dissed her (although I was interested, didnt pursue her). I was in between jobs and soon had to move to a different city at that time. I had too much in my mind at that time, I realized the clues she gave me only much later. [more inside]
posted by daveg02 at 1:35 PM PST - 10 comments

How common is physical abuse in the workplace?

How common is physical abuse in the workplace? I had a boss who hit me a few years ago and I was talking to a friend recently and she said the same thing happened to her. Naturally, this made me curious as I thought physical abuse was relatively rare in the workplace compared to emotional.
posted by jihaan at 1:34 PM PST - 41 comments

Who made this neat wallpaper image?

Where did this wallpaper image originate? I'm hoping I can find more like it. [more inside]
posted by circular at 1:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Broken light switch

Broken light switch. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 1:00 PM PST - 9 comments

What are these coastal cloud formations?

Can you help me identify the meterological conditions that create these clouds? [more inside]
posted by salishsea at 12:50 PM PST - 2 comments

No I'm not into motorcycles or coming to your hotel room when your in town for business next week.

Online Dating Filter: I seem to be getting attention from every guy, but the ones I want, what am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 45 comments

"Some days we don't let the line move at all."

CA-DMV: What's the process for re-titling an out-of-state car that's already registered in California? The DMV site doesn't seem to cover this case and I'd rather find out before spending a day in line. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 12:21 PM PST - 7 comments

What is living in my attic?

I can hear something scurry above my head. But no signs when I check for evidence. My study has a ceiling, and above that is the loft/storage/attic area. I can hear things scurrying there at certain times of day and night. Sound big-ish to me (rat sized?) but I also know even little things can sound big. [more inside]
posted by Megami at 12:21 PM PST - 14 comments

Lost in a sea of blocks

What is the hot new Bionicle/Lego/Star Wars-y toy this year? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield at 12:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Jekyll and Hyde

How do I cope with an ex that wasn't who I thought they were? [more inside]
posted by showmetheway at 12:05 PM PST - 22 comments

Thermos Quest 2010

I'd like to drink tea all day at work. What's the best big, BPA-free thermos? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic at 12:02 PM PST - 16 comments

Book Mark

How would you feel if you received a book as a gift and found that it had a remainder mark? [more inside]
posted by jocelmeow at 11:42 AM PST - 70 comments

Bread Heartbreak.

Lost my favourite recipe for bread, please help! [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Advice for expats living in Buenos Aires

I'd like to move to Buenos Aires for about a year. What should I know before moving there? [more inside]
posted by coelacanth! at 11:41 AM PST - 4 comments

How often should I wash my blue jeans?

How often should I wash my blue jeans? [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 11:27 AM PST - 44 comments

PLEASE no Dido

Suggestions for an edgy, down-to-earth Thanksgiving playlist? [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj at 11:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Thanksgiving Tug of War

Thanksgiving mess. Social circles colliding, no one wants to give an inch. All I want to do is enjoy the holiday with my partner, who's been living far away and is home for the weekend. How can I untangle this knot? [more inside]
posted by Vinegaroon at 11:00 AM PST - 26 comments

Money is missing from my paycheck. What do I do?

I was overpaid by my boss, and now I'm being underpaid. Should I say something? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 13 comments

Brains for shit.

Do Zombies poop? [more inside]
posted by schyler523 at 10:29 AM PST - 27 comments

Modem, Router, or Us?

A couple of times a week, our internet craps out. Is this our modem, our ISP, and/or our router? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 10:03 AM PST - 14 comments

I want mexican food but english instructions

why am I being redirected to the mexican version of [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt at 9:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Adding lining to wool dress pants

I’m thinking about buying a suit where the jacket and skirt are lined, but the pants are not. Is it possible to have a tailor add the lining? [more inside]
posted by seesom at 9:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Haikus are easy/But sometimes they don't make any sense/Refrigerator

Poetry recommendations for a a forced Thanksgiving dinner reading? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 9:26 AM PST - 37 comments

What Are the Odds?

Help me calculate the odds of this series of dice rolls. [more inside]
posted by Parasite Unseen at 9:21 AM PST - 33 comments

The best place to pick up Website Designers?

Where do you go to find Freelance Website Designers? [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 9:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Entertain my cats, please! Before they destroy the place.

Cat toy recommendations! Which ones do your cats *luurrve*? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 9:00 AM PST - 69 comments

Food delivery for seniors: alternatives to Meals on Wheels?

Is there a Meals on Wheels alternative for an elderly woman living in the Sacramento, California area? [more inside]
posted by mps at 8:58 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I break up with him?

It's my first time initiating a break up, and I'd like to do it in a way that is most humane to both him and me. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 27 comments

Another doctor recommendation request

Can you recommend a Psychiatrist in Manhattan (UES)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Chez moi, c'est près de ma Stella

Brussels, Belgium on business for a month. What can I do in the evenings and weekends? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 8:53 AM PST - 9 comments

A face marked by a lifetime of venal sin?

Trying to identify a line of poetry - possibly written by an Irishman - that goes something like "a face marked by a lifetime of venal sin". [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 8:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Pinhole camera with a trip or timed shutter: feasible?

Photography filter (no pun): Pinhole camera with a timer -- just digital, or can a timer be rigged for a non-traditional "body"? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 8:44 AM PST - 5 comments

How do airlines transfer checked in baggage?

Do all international airlines automatically transfer checked in baggage to connecting airlines on different airlines ( non codeshare/alliances )? How do they do it? [more inside]
posted by manny_calavera at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Stiga? Coleco? Oh my!

Table Hockey Filter Mr. Hard-to-shop-for Jane has thrown down the shopping gauntlet, requesting his boyhood table hockey game for his birthday. Trouble is, I can’t identify which game he had… [more inside]
posted by sarajane at 8:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Suggest a good TV series for learning English

Can you suggest a good television series (preferably with available English subtitles) for people learning English? [more inside]
posted by rhombus at 8:24 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for a T-shirt

Can anyone tell me where can I find this shirt in an adult size? (A long shot, I know...)
posted by cider at 8:23 AM PST - 4 comments

How will a contract job affect unemployment benefits?

YANAL: Unemployed person offered a 6-8 week full-time contract position. Could taking this gig screw them? [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 8:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Learning to fly

Learning to fly a plane in the US -- suggestions and resources [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse at 8:19 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me identify this T-shirt design

[Graphic-Tee-Design-filter] I'm pretty sure I saw this T-shirt design from Threadless or a similar shop online, but I can't remember where. Help please! [more inside]
posted by wei at 8:11 AM PST - 1 comment

If you only had space for one piece of exercise equipment, what would you get?

If you only had space for one piece of exercise equipment, what would you get? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:11 AM PST - 33 comments

What would happen if you practiced focusing your vision in and out?

What would happen if you practiced focusing your vision in and out? Would you strain your eyes? [more inside]
posted by bleary at 8:07 AM PST - 8 comments

Simple, quick, delicious hors d'oeuvres/snacks I can make for a small gathering at my apartment?

Simple, quick, delicious hors d'oeuvres/snacks I can make for a small gathering at my apartment? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:04 AM PST - 34 comments

Where can I learn to build bike wheels in the bay area?

Where can I learn to build bicycle wheels in the bay area? [more inside]
posted by bradbane at 7:22 AM PST - 8 comments

I need someone to help starting a paper vicariously through me

I have always had trouble writing academic papers as a student. I do fine once I have a plan for a paper in a topic I'm interested in, but I can't seem to be able to focus on finding one. Can anyone think of a cool topic for a coherent four page research paper written at the level of review on microbial evolution related to one of the themes inside? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 7:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there a solid SSL VPN out there, or am I crazy?

What is your favorite SSL VPN appliance for a mid sized company? [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 7:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Anyone have any recommendations for a point-and-shoot digital camera? I figure I should pick one up during these Black Friday sales.

Anyone have any recommendations for a point-and-shoot digital camera? I figure I should pick one up during these Black Friday sales. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 6:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Good/Bad MBA

My company will no longer pay for the majority of my MBA, does it still make sense to go? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 6:30 AM PST - 20 comments

You're 8 and want to play loud music. Your instrument (of destruction) is...

My son (8) wants to be Les Claypool. While I can't fault his source of inspiration, I'm not sure starting on the bass is the right way to go--and if it isn't, where do we start? [more inside]
posted by elfgirl at 5:58 AM PST - 60 comments

Why *do* I have eight different ancient MeFi threads open?

Is there an addon or extension for Firefox that will show me the link I clicked on to get to the current tab? Like the Back button, but for people who are addicted to opening links in new tabs. [more inside]
posted by Cimrmanova at 5:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Dyscalculia and logic class

I have a learning disability (dyscalculia/mathematics disorder). Could I handle the formal language component of an undergrad Introduction to Logic class? [more inside]
posted by autoclavicle at 4:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Massage talent

Can anybody learn to be a great massage therapist? [more inside]
posted by blub at 4:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Microsoft Acess Charts dead-end.

Microsoft Access 2007 - how on earth do I cut / copy / export / do anything with my Pivot Chart, besides print it? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 1:04 AM PST - 12 comments

I'm a sole man

(UK) Sole trading from rented accommodation. Do I have to use my own address? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 12:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Bonus points if it can go off at 3:30 am.

Chrismahannukwanzaafilter: My sister has yet to send a real wishlist for my nieces, and the naughty uncle, Mister Fabulous, wants to make her pay in sanity! What is the most annoying toy for this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous at 12:16 AM PST - 51 comments

November 22

Cat dental care in San Francisco

About a year ago, the vet at the San Francisco SPCA told us our cat needed to get her teeth cleaned (and possibly have some teeth extracted) and that it would be almost $1000. We know we need to do this, and were wondering if there are cheaper (but still good) alternatives available in San Francisco. [more inside]
posted by firemonkey at 11:02 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I keep an exercise routine?

How to establish a daily exercise routine? [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 10:27 PM PST - 25 comments

What's the most effective way to force myself back into a healthy sleep cycle?

What's the most effective way to force myself back into a healthy sleep cycle? [more inside]
posted by Spamfactor at 10:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me rid myself of this annoying hum

Why am I picking up a hum when recording? [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 9:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Aspergers + media = ?

What connection could there be (if any) between rates of Asperger's and autism and styles of media being consumed? [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead at 9:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Buying Posters Online

Where's the best place to buy one-off large posters online? [more inside]
posted by singularian at 9:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for travel deals way ahead of time

I'm trying to keep track of cheap tickets for a dream international flight in end July 2011. However, almost all the sites I looked at say I'm searching way too early and have no information for me. When is the best time to look, and are there any websites that will email me with details once a good price or deal shows up? (I vaguely remember hearing of such a thing but can't remember the URL) [more inside]
posted by divabat at 9:00 PM PST - 6 comments

What is my random wrist pain from?

What could be causing the popping in my wrist? YANMD, etc. etc. [more inside]
posted by kro at 8:23 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I take a picture of the rainbow sparkle when sunlight hits a snowflake?

How do I take a picture of the rainbow sparkle when sunlight hits a snowflake? [more inside]
posted by AllieTessKipp at 7:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Fed up.

Help me understand/deal with my in law's [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 PM PST - 34 comments

Comparing low-carb lifestyles

What's the degree of difference, for fat loss or general health, between ketosis and being, say, 10g of carbs above your ketosis threshold? Trying to make sense of ketogenic diets, non-ketogenic low carb diets, paleo, and carb cycling of all types. Any and all related resources appreciated, especially unbiased scholarly research or personal experience. [more inside]
posted by acidic at 7:31 PM PST - 10 comments

When you're dreaming with a broken heart, giving up is the hardest part

Need specific strategies to use to move on after losing best friend in a fight. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 PM PST - 15 comments

What's the point of a poached egg?

What's the point of a poached egg? [more inside]
posted by miss_kitty_fantastico at 7:22 PM PST - 33 comments

Help me find the right toys in NYC!

Please give me your recommendations for well-stocked BDSM-inclined sex shops in NYC. Note: *not* Babeland. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Seeking Presenters For Our Audience

Can anyone recommend a talented public speaker in the NYC/Boston/Philly/DC/NJ area who can talk to our audience (an NYC non-profit usability professionals' association) about usability, who would be available from March of 2011 onwards? I'm particularly interested in finding people who specialize in designing things like cockpit controls for aircraft, nuclear plant dashboards, radar systems for the military and/or meteorological systems, and the like. I'm a big fan of author and researcher Gary Klein and have asked for his help as well. I'd be grateful for any leads. Thank you.
posted by uxplanner at 7:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Pennsylvania is long!

Places to stop to eat or perhaps drink while blowing through Pennsylvania via I-80? [more inside]
posted by c at 7:15 PM PST - 16 comments

I like songs that are very electronic sounding but also poppy and accessible. Help.

I like songs that are very electronic sounding but also poppy and accessible. Help. [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr at 7:06 PM PST - 26 comments

Can I play competitive sports the day before a colonoscopy?

Can I play competitive sports the day before a colonoscopy? [more inside]
posted by RadiationMan at 6:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Science friction burns my fingers.

Where can my career take me except graduate school? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 6:19 PM PST - 13 comments

thinking about more than 3 spacial dimensions

Is there anyone, anywhere, anywhen, who has been able to visualise 4 orthogonal spacial dimensions? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 6:06 PM PST - 18 comments

Looking for fuses in all the wrong places

Which fuse for a auto dimming mirror/compass on a 2004 Subaru Outback Sport? [more inside]
posted by Jim T at 5:31 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the title of this Science Fiction book I read many years ago?

I'm trying to find the title of a specific Science Fiction book with a pre-Matrix "everyone is living in a computer simulation" plot. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon at 5:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Patience-filter: Buy a new bed now or later?

Should I buy a Tempurpedic Mattress NOW or in a month (key details inside)! [more inside]
posted by darkgroove at 5:23 PM PST - 13 comments

My father's religious and cultural beliefs, & my facebook account

A fundy Muslim father (and his extended family) with strong religious & cultural beliefs vs. his adult daughter's facebook account. How do I reconcile this? [more inside]
posted by overyourhead at 5:16 PM PST - 105 comments

Silky Satin Sheets fit for a King

Where can I find sheets that are similar in quality to these pillowcases? [more inside]
posted by chaiwawa at 4:37 PM PST - 1 comment

Where's the horehound at? (NYC)

Is there horehound candy in NYC? Where? [more inside]
posted by neroli at 4:19 PM PST - 7 comments

What building or work of art is this?

Can anyone tell me anything about this striking building or work of art? Who, where, etc.? Thanks. Have a look, I think you'll like it.
posted by Shane at 4:03 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do with these old Macs?

What should to do with an old Macintosh G3 (Blue and white) and G4 (grey)? [more inside]
posted by nomadicink at 3:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Please recommend an RSS-to-email service. Criteria within.

RSS-to-email: In which I lament the late, lamented RSSfwd, and look for a replacement service. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 3:37 PM PST - 2 comments

obsolete lighter holder

Can a disposable lighter be re-filled? [more inside]
posted by ambulocetus at 3:31 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some tips for aspiring beanplating bloggers?

What are some tips for writing a beanplating blog? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 at 3:23 PM PST - 7 comments

301 Redirect Headache

A weird 301 redirect request for a website. [more inside]
posted by matimer at 3:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Sugar, spice, and everything nice, but mostly sugar. Is that what little girls die of?

How bad is it, really, to have a sugar addiction? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon at 3:07 PM PST - 34 comments

Low-fi Travelling Thanksgiving

How can I do as good a Thanksgiving as possible with 2 burners, a microwave, and a fridge? [more inside]
posted by artlung at 3:04 PM PST - 27 comments

Fancier vegetarian fare in the Twin Cities?

Fancier vegetarian fare in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 3:01 PM PST - 9 comments

What to buy my UK niece from the US?

What are cool and specifically American things that I can get my 3 year old niece that she will think are really great and different to what her friends have? [more inside]
posted by merocet at 3:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Advice and encouragement, please, on jumping the rest of the way into Linux

Advice and encouragement, please, on jumping the rest of the way into Linux. Several specific issues inside, but the gist is that I got fed up with Windows and started dual-booting Ubuntu 10.10 on several machines. Now I think I'm ready to make Ubuntu my permanent all-the-time OS. What are considerations and best practices I should consider? What am I not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 2:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Time travel story about lone loser in family of overachievers?

I'm looking for a science fiction short story, probably from a science fiction magazine from the mid-1990s, involving time travel; a female graduate student from the future visits a contemporary ladies' man to figure out why he, alone in a family of very successful people, never excelled at anything in life. [more inside]
posted by mistersix at 2:12 PM PST - 2 comments

Why do i think Things have feelings?

Has anyone else's mind compulsively given objects feelings? If so, how do you deal with it, or how did you stop it from being a problem day-to-day? Weird psychological tic questions inside. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 2:08 PM PST - 63 comments

OK, who sunset my computer?

Why do my screens attached to my DELL laptop running Windows 7 turn a slightly orange hue every day at 4:45pm until I shut down and restart? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 2:03 PM PST - 2 comments

Annoying ex, leave my mom out of this

How do I get my ex-boyfriend to stop contacting my mom? [more inside]
posted by and1 at 1:59 PM PST - 38 comments

Will Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 work O.K. on my slightly-old Mac Mini?

Will Photoshop and Lightroom work O.K. on my slightly-older Mac Mini? [more inside]
posted by The World Famous at 1:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Isn't Missle Defense another Emperor's New Clothes?

Once again, the Missile Defense Shield is in the news. But isn't it almost entirely vaporware? I understand the need to pretend it'll work someday in the US, to continue the corporate welfare involved in the system's development, but why are European countries behaving as if it's viable? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 1:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Airport scanner with pet?

Can you go through the new airport scanner machines holding a pet? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Getting it all in a single cheap cell phone, with a single cheap cell phone plan. Possible?

I have an old cell phone. I have a old digital camera. I have a simple mp3 player. I want GPS. I currently pay $60/month for unlimited calling (but no data) on my Tmobile plan. Can I get all or most of these things on one cell phone without spending much (or anything) on a new phone, and without paying anymore a month? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 1:26 PM PST - 18 comments


LED LCD HDTV? I'm looking to finally replace my 1998-vintage CRT with a Samsung 40" LED LCD @120 Hz (model #UN40C6300SF). It's on sale at Best Buy and the reviews have been very positive with a few complaints of bad panels and visible corner "flashlighting" in a dark room. Anyone have experience with LED TVs? I like their sexy slimness, but are they built to last? Should I wait another year for a comparably-priced 3D version?
posted by timnyc at 1:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Do healthy Fritos exist?

What are some SALTY, low-fat snacks I can nosh on? [more inside]
posted by Melismata at 1:20 PM PST - 49 comments

A real film or just some phantom from my memory?

Can anyone identify a 1980s TV movie about ghosts? I recall seeing it in the early- to mid-1980s as a child. I don't remember much except a scene in which a woman gets out of the shower in a very misty bathroom and goes to the mirror. Behind her in the heavy steam you see a ghost standing there in the reflection. At another point in the film the ghost may write on the mirror in the mist? But I may be misremembering that last part. Many thanks.
posted by ktoad at 1:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Want to read about fiascos

Looking for books and/or movies about fiascos and disastrous but avoidable situations [more inside]
posted by reenum at 1:15 PM PST - 25 comments

How can I make sure that my cellulite doesn't get any worse?

How can I make sure that my cellulite doesn't get any worse? [more inside]
posted by 200burritos at 1:03 PM PST - 11 comments

(The music was) Faraway, so close

So I was listening to the sound check for the upcoming U2 concert yesterday from my house, which is just over 2km from the stadium. I could tell that the sound was immensely loud at the source even though it wasn't rattling my windows or anything. How did I know it was a huge sound at a distance rather than coming from nearby? What auditory cues tell us this?
posted by Miss Otis' Egrets at 12:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Combine rear-facing and front-facing car seats and still have space left over?

One rear-facing car seat, plus one front-facing car seat, in a Honda, Toyota, or Subaru? What worked for you? [more inside]
posted by Knowyournuts at 12:53 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for Fortean Times

Where, on the island of Manhattan, can I buy Fortean Times magazine? [more inside]
posted by otto42 at 12:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Things to do while listening to podcasts

Podcasts have replaced TV as my relaxation method of choice and I need something to keep my eyes and hands occupied while I listen to them. I usually play tetris which works ok but I can't help thinking there must be something more interesting or creative I could be doing. It would have to require minimal concentration and be somewhat relaxing and it would be nice if I had a new skill to show for it. I've tried drawing but I'm a graphics student so it feels like work. My sister suggested knitting which doesn't interest me but it seems to have the right mix of creativity and repetitiveness.
posted by Chenko at 12:35 PM PST - 23 comments

I'm speechless

Logistics of a license-less carless introvert ending a 20 year marriage: I don't know where to start with my preparation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:18 PM PST - 17 comments

3 Monitors with a Single Graphics Card

Will modern graphics cards with two DVI ports (or one DVI and one VGA) and an HDMI port allow me to use dual monitors plus a TV (or 3 monitors) at the same time? [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 at 12:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Non-Chinese-speaker seeks great Chinese book

I need a Chinese book. I have $25 to spend. What's the best one to get? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit at 12:08 PM PST - 3 comments

that 70s mystery song

What's the song playing from about 7:15 to 7:40 in this clip? [more inside]
posted by spinto at 12:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Scratch and sniff Christmas book? Not just in my imagination.

Help me find this childrens book please! I had this scratch and sniff Christmas/winter book when I was a kid in the late 80's early 90's. I vaguely recall the characters were the kind that don't have mouths. And just a little button nose. The book had a picture of a Christmas tree that smelled like pine, a cup of chocolate that smelled like chocolate. And so on. I can't remember much else but would love to find this. Thanks!
posted by mokeydraws at 12:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Surviving the week in Birmingham

My partner and I will be visiting family near Birmingham, AL for just over a week. What should we see, eat, drink, and do? Where can we find the essentials like good coffee and cocktails? We've got reservations at Highlands Bar & Grill one night, but that's the only plan so far. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

What to do with my mom on Thanksgiving in NYC?

Last minute NYC Thanksgiving plans: need help with hotels, food, activities, etc. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 11:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Do MySQL privileges really work like this?

With MySQL 5.0, how can I grant SELECT privileges on everything *except* for one column in one table? [more inside]
posted by chengjih at 11:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Recent developments in Moroccan law?

What are some major developments that have taken place in Morocco's legal system in the past year? [more inside]
posted by ninotchka at 11:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Movies/TV in which the protagonist eventually uncovers or develops a personal power, à la The Matrix?

Movies/TV in which the protagonist eventually uncovers or develops a personal power, à la The Matrix? [more inside]
posted by moira at 11:41 AM PST - 26 comments

Lego Universe for a 10 year old?

Is Lego Universe, Lego's MMO game, kid safe? More specifically, will it be a safe environment for our kid? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 11:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Cures for nausea?

Oh My God, please help me. Any cures for EXTREME hangover related nausea? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 11:25 AM PST - 49 comments

Help with snoring

How do you deal with your partner's snoring? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 44 comments

Transgenders and the TSA

What is the official TSA policy on flying transgender regarding the enhanced search procedures for both transgender fliers as well as transgender TSA agents?
posted by Ardiril at 11:16 AM PST - 9 comments

What is your favorite episode of a podcast?

Looking for a 'best of' podcast list...sort of like this but for podcasts. [more inside]
posted by morganannie at 10:58 AM PST - 18 comments

At least I'm not sick this year!

It's time for that ethic holiday potluck at my work again. Really tempted to do the KFC bucket.. but I think I'm learning more towards a casserole.. Give to me your kick-ass recipes! [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 10:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Not really a fan of balut, thanks.

Duck(?) laid an egg on my balcony. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by casarkos at 10:51 AM PST - 17 comments

Help me turn a big, dark square into a light, airy crib.

I am moving into a large windowless room in the middle of a nice industrial loft apartment. I need help figuring out how to make it an airy, light, pleasant place to be. I would love to hear suggestions for aesthetic solutions to make it feel light and airy, as well as what you would do to the walls of this space construction-wise (windows? vents?). [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny at 10:29 AM PST - 17 comments

Oh Cod, it makes me Eel when people Carp and Whale just for the Halibut...

I really, really like fish, but I've been scared off of it for years due to the mercury, PCBs, et al that seem to be present in every fish nowadays, both wild and farmed. Are there still non-polluted/toxic fish to eat? Are there any fish species - or even particular runs or farms or "brands" - that are just, you know, clean? [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 10:26 AM PST - 15 comments

Which Eastern Europe Prexy at Cal vs. Stanford Big Game Last Saturday?

The president of an Eastern European country supposedly visited the Cal vs. Stanford football game in Berkeley last Saturday (Nov. 20). Google returns bupkis. Does anyone know who he was?
posted by doncoyote at 10:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Bowled over

My mom is in love with the bowls in this House Beautiful photo spread. Help me find them for her! [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 10:20 AM PST - 11 comments

Gifts for quilters?

Perfect gift for middle aged step-mother who is really, really into quilting? [more inside]
posted by Vicarious at 10:17 AM PST - 17 comments

I like to plan ahead, but this time I don't get to.

I'm making a surprise trip from the Midwest to Washington DC next week. Help me make it more inexpensive, please? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me stop being Shyamalan

Why is the script for The Last Airbender movie so bad? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 9:37 AM PST - 27 comments

Show me the money!

I still haven't received my tax refund from way back in April. I've been in touch with the IRS, and my track record and paper trail are all on the up and up. I'm assured that it's all a misunderstanding, and once the bureaucratic machinations run their course, I will get my money. Will I? Has this ever happened to you? [more inside]
posted by fingers_of_fire at 9:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Gift for a Munich-bound BFF?

Holiday gift ideas for my Munich-bound best friend? [more inside]
posted by missjenny at 9:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Activities for a sick toddler needed

I need ideas for helping a toddler through four to six months of chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Rumple at 8:56 AM PST - 41 comments

Financial/Career Advice for my Girlfriend

My girlfriend graduated this past summer and has about $9,000 of college-related (not a student loan) debt. She's treading water and having a very hard time post-grad, and still hasn't found a job yet. Works full time at a coffee chain but it just isn't enough. Need some advice... [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 8:41 AM PST - 49 comments

Gag gift for future Halliburton employee

What would be a good gag gift for a coworker leaving to go work for Halliburton? [more inside]
posted by Clambone at 8:22 AM PST - 19 comments

What kind of mysterious notice are we facing?

Just curious: what kind of notice would be posted on someone's door that was NOT from a bank? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 7:58 AM PST - 25 comments

I believe I ordered the *large* cappuccino?

Best coffee shop in Berkeley, CA? [more inside]
posted by letahl at 7:56 AM PST - 15 comments

I don't want to bet against the house.

Is it just me, or is there something vaguely twitchy about this investment my broker is suggesting? [more inside]
posted by Naberius at 7:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Who and whom

Anyone have a simple way to teach the correct usage of 'who' and 'whom'? [more inside]
posted by Blackwatch at 7:12 AM PST - 34 comments

boxee, roku, appletv, googletv?

Christmas List Question: Boxee, Roku, AppleTV, GoogleTV, or other? Thoughts, Feelings, Emotions? [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 6:56 AM PST - 36 comments

English to Sinhala translation

Can someone help translate from English to Sinhala using Sinhala alphabet? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny at 6:54 AM PST - 0 comments

Wordpress can't connect. is it me?

Fairly savvy user of Wordpress stumped by the good 'ol "Error establishing a database connection" when installing a new wordpress setup. [more inside]
posted by xetere at 6:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Ways to Brisket?

This Friday, I am making a late Thanksgiving on Brisket! Brisket two ways in fact. One will be my famous brisket marinated in Coca Cola and BBQ rub by way of Polish cane sugar coke with roasted garlic and beef gravy. The other brisket I am sort of freaking out about. Does anyone have any ideas?
posted by parmanparman at 6:45 AM PST - 12 comments

"Quicktime and a decompressor are needed to see this picture"

Fixing on a PC: "Quicktime and a decompressor are needed to see this picture" error. [more inside]
posted by vincele at 6:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find Lincoln Park, abandoned amusement park!

Does anyone know anything about the abandoned amusement park Lincoln Park, in Dartmouth, MA just outside New Bedford? I am specifically looking for directions there - I drove there this morning and could see the abandoned Comet rollercoaster from afar but could NOT figure out how to get onto the property except by climbing the fence on Route 6. I'm supposed to have photographs from this site tomorrow: HELP! Of course any other histories, memories, etc would be great, too. Thanks hive!
posted by betsbillabong at 6:16 AM PST - 10 comments

I can say I hope it will be worth what I give up

I'm looking for songs where the songwriter's courage of conviction is tested by fear of negative consequences. Know of any? [more inside]
posted by ultrabuff at 6:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Is leaving a bar with a guy and his friends along always a stupid decision?

One Night Stand leaving a bar with a guy and his friends along always a stupid decision? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:43 AM PST - 25 comments

I think I want to go to medical school after my PhD. Career cold feet, or a viable option?

Submitting my thesis (dissertation) in a few weeks; queasy about academia as a career; thinking of applying to medical school at 27; is this a foolish fantasy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Kids Book Help

I'm trying to locate an old kids book, probably published before 1980, about a kid who goes on a big journey in his backyard, or some woods. Everything he encounters takes on human form and helps him on his journey. E.g. a bee and a bear. The bee becomes some kind of rotund warrior, and the bear turns into a Norman looking guy and has a big sword and shield. It was probably for preteens, probably 40 or 50 pages long.
posted by Blake at 5:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Book or article recommendations about real people overcoming anxiety

Looking for books or articles with inspiring stories of people overcoming anxiety or finding ways to use their anxiety to accomplish great things. [more inside]
posted by Shebear at 4:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find 1980s-era political image?

I vaguely remember an editorial cartoon or maybe a Doonesbury Sunday strip or maybe even a political ad that used a childlike crayon drawing of a missile hitting a magical bubble-like shield to illustrate the ridiculousness of Ronald Reagan's dream of the "Star Wars" Strategic Defense Initiative. It might have been a short animated film. But I cannot find this 1980s-era image online; can you?
posted by chavenet at 4:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Off to the movies in London! But where?

Going with 2 friends to London Dec. 2-6. We'd like to see the new Harry Potter movie while there. Any recommendations to the *best* movie theater available? [more inside]
posted by alchemist at 4:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Step = ow!

What can I do for my lower back pain while I'm traveling in a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by ManyNinjas at 4:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Did you get that done yet?

How do you keep track of other people's to-do's? I have a lot of people who report indirectly into me or who have to supply me with answers to questions. What is your system for keeping track of all of the things that other people have to do? How do you track deadlines or things that are late? Help me create a group to-do list.
posted by jasondigitized at 4:18 AM PST - 11 comments

The Explainers

How do I explain IP addresses to non-technical people? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 4:14 AM PST - 13 comments


In a technical context, a particular variable's value can have four values. One of those values is described in the French source as 'largement décrit'. It relates to whether an adverse reaction to a drug is described much in the literature. The question is: does it mean 'widely described' (many journals touch upon it), or 'broadly described' (maybe only one journal describes it, but in broad detail)? Or is the phrase totally ambiguous? I have to provide the best translation in international English for a computer program in this specific context. The only translations of these documents that exist don't agree. The phrase rarely occurs in context, but mostly in tables of values.
posted by blue_wardrobe at 1:55 AM PST - 7 comments

Up and At 'em

Internet connection problems when coming out of sleep mode (Windows Vista). [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 1:49 AM PST - 3 comments

November 21

Help me read some good regional fiction please!

What are some good contemporary fiction books set in the rural US South or Appalachia? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove at 10:42 PM PST - 38 comments

Feed a vegan, save a kitty.

A friend is coming to cat sit. He’s vegan. I’d like to leave food for him. Any ideas what? Oh, and no refrigeration available. [more inside]
posted by ericc at 10:35 PM PST - 21 comments

Mashed yams and Tim Tams?

"American Thanksgiving" in Melbourne, Australia -- for a few Americans and a bunch of new Aussie friends who have never celebrated, but want to help with the cooking. How should I use the next few days to prepare? A few of the difficulties: I've never hosted Thanksgiving before, in ANY country. I'm not sure how to best coordinate the pot-luck aspect -- trying to shape a decent team-effort menu would be wise. I'm not even sure where the best place is to buy a turkey. Bonus points for menu suggestions that add Aussie flair to the American holiday (let's put kangaroo in SOMETHING), or that go over-the-top American (who says we can't have turkey AND bacon cheeseburgers?). [more inside]
posted by adamk at 9:11 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I create Air Force 1's on NikeID?

Nike enthusiasts: How can I create my own Air Force 1 shoes on the NikeID website? I see that other people have designed Air Force 1s, but when I try to create my own, I get this message, telling me the Air Force 1s can only be accessed by certain people. How do I become one of those people?
posted by fac21 at 9:10 PM PST - 3 comments

IEP advice needed for the Mother of an Autistic Daughter

Please help my someone-I-know-as-a-name-on-the-net-kind-of-friend set up her autistic 3rd grade daughter's Individual Education Program (IEP). [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 8:12 PM PST - 11 comments


I'm looking for an unintentionally hilarious video concerning Kenny the white tiger. It was photos of Kenny interspersed with slides of the creator's commentary, much of which was misspelled or incoherent. I saw it within the last year and a half on YouTube. [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 7:02 PM PST - 1 comment

Seattle startup?

Setting up a small business in the state of Washington (Seattle). Questions. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy at 6:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Martial Arts Philosophies?

Point me to the best resources (books, articles lectures) on the philosophies of various martial arts, particularly taekwondo, as they relate to non-violence, self-defense and peacebuilding. The more primary the source, the better.
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 6:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Which is the medium and which is the message?

When Marshall McLuhan said "the medium is the message," what exactly did he mean? [more inside]
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 5:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Music similar to that in The Fountain, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Inception?

I enjoy the soundtracks to The Fountain, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Inception. What other music will I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by wivy at 5:46 PM PST - 30 comments

Best art courses to improve my drawing and illustration?

What art college/course would you recommend to improve my drawing and illustration skills? I need something quite intensive. [more inside]
posted by mushuu at 5:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Klonopin. Bleh.

I am withdrawing from Klonopin, and I feel awful. I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by Tulip at 5:42 PM PST - 18 comments

lets make sexy time sexier

How do I have a vaginal orgasm? (I got the clitoral orgasm down) VERY NSFW [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:35 PM PST - 30 comments

LinkedIn - the semantics of connection

Tell me when and why you connect to people on LinkedIn ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 5:10 PM PST - 19 comments

Two guys in the woods looking for viral video ideas

I'm going to be in a cabin in the wilderness for three days with one of my best friends. We will each be bringing flip cameras with us. We want to make a viral video and we're looking for ideas of what to shoot/make. Any ideas? Go wild! We're open to just about anything. If we end up using your idea, we promise to mention your name in the credits.
posted by joshuamcginnis at 5:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Is there a device that will let me connect two ethernet devices to my wireless network?

Is it possible to buy a device, similar to a wireless router, that will connect wirelessly to my existing router/wireless network and provide internet service to multiple devices over ethernet? [more inside]
posted by JakeWalker at 5:09 PM PST - 5 comments

What the hell is my neighbor shouting about?

I have a really shouty neighbor. It freaks me out. But I want to know if I'm overreacting to this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 PM PST - 25 comments

What do you wish that someone had told you soon after you were diagnosed with fibromyalgia?

You have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by a general practitioner, rheumatologist or equivalent. What do you wish that someone had told you soon after you were diagnosed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Drinking space and gaming space in Seattle

Seattle party/gathering space rentals and reservations: Please help me find venues for 2 small events. [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna at 4:37 PM PST - 6 comments

What can you tell me about these old ceiling light fixtures?

What can you tell me about these old ceiling light fixtures? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 4:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Foodstuffs for later?

Pesto, caramelized onions.... What other foodstuff additives can I make in advance that will freeze well and provide meal interest for months in advance? I'm a vegetarian (not vegan) but if you want to answer for the benefit of omnivores, that's okay, too.
posted by Morrigan at 3:56 PM PST - 32 comments

Best skincare and derm procedures in NYC

What NYC dermatology clinic or skin therapy would suit me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Save the L-16's!

How would you get a roommate to be more energy efficient in a solar powered, off the grid abode? [more inside]
posted by woodjockey at 2:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Have you seen this Wordpress theme before or am I crazy?

Is this site built on an existing (i.e. non-custom) Wordpress theme or just inspired by one? [more inside]
posted by stuboo at 2:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Gone so long, I don't know which stereotypes to believe

Work environments in New York v San Francisco. Please help me separate fact from fiction or point out things I might have missed. [more inside]
posted by dame at 2:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Violence in a Box

For a homework assignment my daughter has to analyze a TV show or movie that has violence in it but violence is not the main theme of the screenplay. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 2:31 PM PST - 38 comments

Is Wellbutrin making my hair fall out?

My doctor doesn't think it's possible, but could Wellbutrin make my hair fall out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:21 PM PST - 20 comments

getting internet to a wifiless iPod touch

Can anyone provide guidance on how best to extend the useful life of an ipod touch (jailbroken, 2nd gen, 32gb) whose wifi antenna has ceased to function? Specifically, other than wifi, is there any alternative method of connecting the thing to the internet? [more inside]
posted by vcnt at 2:20 PM PST - 1 comment

Seeking Specific Article Critical of Teach For America

I'm looking for a long article published about a year ago which was mostly critical of Teach for America. [more inside]
posted by carterk at 2:09 PM PST - 2 comments

New bowl for a KitchenAid food processor

New bowl for a KitchenAid food processor in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 1:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Can iptables redirect traffic to localhost?

How can I make iptables redirect a tcp port to a server listening only to localhost ( [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 1:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a soap dish (without having to sell my paperclip collection)

Where can I find aesthetically awesome soap dishes (either online or in Toronto)? [more inside]
posted by oohisay at 1:28 PM PST - 14 comments

50 hour work weeks may be "standard", but are they legal?

Taking What They're Giving filter: What's the legality around the statement "A 50-hour work week is pretty much expected here." [more inside]
posted by quakerjono at 1:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Examples of short films that work without much overhead?

Short, live-action films that work with limited locations, effects, budget, and actors? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 1:23 PM PST - 11 comments

What's worse, applying for jobs or not having one?

Online job application hell: they're all horrible, is there another way? [more inside]
posted by hipersons at 12:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Will smoking hookah get me hooked on nicotine again?

How worried should I be about smoking hookah after quitting cigarettes? [more inside]
posted by libertypie at 12:57 PM PST - 13 comments

What to do with one free day in LA?

I'm visiting extended family in LA for american thanksgiving (i'm from toronto). I'll have one day (either friday or saturday) to go off on my own and do stuff. What should i do? (Level of difficulty: No drivers license.) [more inside]
posted by Kololo at 12:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Sources for public domain music

Please recommend some sources where I can download classical music. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 12:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Trying to help the unwilling

My brother has been ill for a decade. Now there is a possibility of a real solution, but he won't try it. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:38 AM PST - 24 comments

What is happening? Numb feet and buttocks.

What is happening? I'm scared I'm going to wake up completely unable to walk. Should I wait for the call about the MRI or do I need to go to the emergency room? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 20 comments

Things That Go Click All The Time

What is this noise coming from my Macbook Pro? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 11:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Looking for articles about diversifying our energy sources.

Diversification is as good in energy sources as it is in investment portfolios. [more inside]
posted by wherespaul at 11:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Living in Saudi Arabia with epilepsy

Asking for a friend. He is considering taking a teaching position in Saudi Arabia for a year. He has epilepsy. Question about Saudi attitudes towards epilepsy and begging for general SA advice within. [more inside]
posted by Duffington at 11:25 AM PST - 6 comments

Knitting Group Relationship Filter

Help me figure out how to convey to the new head of my knitting group that I am really too busy until January to help with events. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 11:18 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me fix my dusty holiday pictures.

Some of the pictures I took on my last holiday have turned out to have fairly obvious dark smudges. Seems like my trusty point and shoot digital camera has a bad case of dust on the sensor and will need servicing, but is there anything I can do software-wise to salvage the pictures? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno at 11:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Gumball Machine For Wrapped Candy

Do they make gumball machines that can dispense wrapped candy? [more inside]
posted by shew at 10:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Please solve for X, where MacBook Air + instapaper + X = awesome

I want: MacBook Air + Instapaper + X = faux iPad/Ipod Touch; can you solve for X ? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 10:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Options for casual music education?

Where can I go for a 1-2 year music degree? [more inside]
posted by antareus at 10:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Scary pixelated laptop display..what should I do next?

I have a Mac Book Pro 17inch..I have had it for about 2.5 years. The logic board had to be replaced around 3 months ago. Fortunately, apple fixed it gratis, since this model had "known issues" and it was handled under warranty even though it was out of warranty. It has worked fine since then, no problems whatsoever, until this morning when I tried to wake the computer --the screen was crazy looking and the cursor was frozen. Super horrifying since I haven't backed up in 3 weeks (I am a typical 60 year old user). I restarted and everything seemed ok except when I went to blogger (as a typical 60 year old, I maintain a blog)...there was an error message that cookies were disabled. HMMM. I got to the blog by googling myself and things seemed ok. [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow at 10:02 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for movies/TV with really great acting

Looking for tv and movies which will blow my mind with the quality of the writing and acting. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 9:40 AM PST - 54 comments

You know all those recipes that use that gross condensed Campbell's stuff?

What to do with 6 cups of pureed, homemade cream of mushroom soup? [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 9:17 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me fix this contract

I know YANML but help me say this in lawyer speak. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Is a Big Box good price a Bad Thing?

Is "Best Buy exclusive" a warning sign? A friend is looking at a laptop at Best Buy now; the specs are identical to those sold online, but the price is significantly lower (at least today). Does that mean there are corners cut somewhere? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 8:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me come up with 5 different level names for my Sudoku game.

Help me come up with 5 different level names for my Sudoku game. [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 8:47 AM PST - 11 comments

How to handle this family member's displays of affection.

How do I handle my niece's intimate displays of affection in family holiday settings? [more inside]
posted by malhaley at 8:42 AM PST - 12 comments

DIY Health Insurance - Can it be done?

What's stopping people in the U.S. from forming health care co-ops? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess at 8:22 AM PST - 19 comments

Inviting non-friends to a Facebook event?

I've created a Facebook event for a quiz I am running and invited my friends. I also want to be able to invite the friends of one of my friends. Is this possible without involving him? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago at 8:19 AM PST - 3 comments

I Love LA (pending these really specific requirements)

I'm a New Yorker in Los Angeles for the next 24 hours, for the first time ever. I'm looking for some very specific things. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP at 8:08 AM PST - 13 comments

ESET for computer protection?

Should I use ESET for home computer security? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 7:49 AM PST - 4 comments

High quality synthetic diamonds?

Jewelry filter: my wife wants some diamond stud earrings for Christmas, but we're both pretty disgusted by the traditional diamond trade. What's a good source of high quality man-made (synthetic) diamond jewelry?
posted by wmeredith at 7:39 AM PST - 9 comments

I have terrible neck pain. What now?

Deeply painful neck pain. Advice? [more inside]
posted by omoikkiri at 6:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Weddingflilter: how to plan a low-key ceremony?

Weddingflilter: how to plan a low-key ceremony? [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 6:33 AM PST - 3 comments

What technical details distinguish good clothing from cheaper clothing?

What is different, in terms of the stitching or the weave & so forth, between a $50 Gap shirt and a $400 italian shirt? Between cheap blue jeans and couture jeans? How would a knowledgeable person be able to look at an item of clothing and immediately be able to tell that it is very well-made? I'm aware that some (most?) of the markup in price comes from buying a brand name, or the fact that the design is compelling. I'm not interested in that; what I'm interested in are the differences in construction, differences that are objective rather than subjective. Also, pointers to websites with helpful pictures would be greatly appreciated.
posted by Frobenius Twist at 6:29 AM PST - 15 comments

Because you can't beat that Burkina Faso sound.

Interested in electronic music from beyond the first world. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 6:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Self raising flour in toad in the hole?

Can I make toad in the hole using self raising flour? [more inside]
posted by Mnky197 at 6:11 AM PST - 4 comments

Don't Give Them 50 Math Problems if They Can Only Do 10 to Prove Mastery. Sheesh.

Teacherfilter: I had a crazy idea and want to know how/if I can make this work. The problem? There are over 500 regular education teachers in our system who would benefit from easily understood information about disabilities but more importantly, HOW to create IEP-directed classroom accommodations (y'know, like a kid needs materials distilled or a word bank, etc.). [more inside]
posted by dzaz at 5:51 AM PST - 18 comments

Mixing music and talk

Does anyone know of any online resources dealing with mixing music for a narrated audio documentary? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood at 5:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Video sharing for 2 dummies

I am a somewhat tech-literate adult wishing to share some video of my son with my non tech-literate mom. I've looked at vimeo and dropbox and had no success with either. Vimeo had a "problem" uploading my 3 minute video, and dropbox adds it to my desktop folder, but when I go to it says the folder is empty. Should I keep trying with one of these programs, or is there an easier way for me to upload and for her to watch? Thank you, all.
posted by aimeedee at 5:36 AM PST - 12 comments

How to train as a hypnotherapist in the UK?

How can I become a hypnotherapist in the UK? Recently I became interested in NLP and hypnotheraphy after reading several books and seeing the effect self-hypnosis had on me. Now I want to take this further and possibly make that into full time or part time occupation. What is the training required to be come a hypnotherapist and what are the chances of making that into my main occupation? [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 4:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me choose a Wordpress theme, please!

I need a theme for a new Wordpress site I'm making about hot springs in Japan. I have a large Bento database of over 200 location with reviews, pictures, addresses, types of baths, and so on... I've found a way to automatically turn the CSV file that Bento makes into the pages I want... I just need a template to put those pages into. Something simple and more geared to hosting static pages rather than a blog. I've spent hours searching through all of these theme websites only to get confused in the 1,000s of choices. So I'm asking you, the MiFi community, to choose for me. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by sleepytako at 12:47 AM PST - 4 comments

November 20

Stay positive positive after moving back home?

How do I not put myself down after moving back in with my parents at 24 after almost losing my job due to alcohol? [more inside]
posted by nurgle at 11:46 PM PST - 31 comments

Is woulda killing HAD?

Is the double "would've" going to beat out the "had +" construction in the English language? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 11:16 PM PST - 23 comments

How should I approach my teen's possible cutting behavior?

Today while walking with my 13 year old daughter, I slipped my hand under her arm just to give her a little squeeze, and I discovered about a dozen thin superficial cuts on the inside of her left forearm, just below the elbow. I think I handled it wrong and I’m hoping someone has first hand experience to share with me. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 at 11:07 PM PST - 25 comments

Seeking folk music from the past

Looking for folk music that recreates music from the past with traditional instruments. [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree at 10:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Online vs. brick-and-mortar, for the timid

Help me get over my (unexpected) paranoia about online savings accounts. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:10 PM PST - 23 comments

Unusual Midi Controller

i've been scouring the internet to find out what this particular (i think) midi controller is and i can't find it anywhere. besides the national i know spencer krug from wolf parade uses one as well, i saw him using it last month. it's within the first few seconds of the song. thanks!
posted by hiddenknives at 9:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Forest Gnome Needs Small Talk Skillzz

Conversation starters/small talk suggestions for a forest gnome turned big city Barista? [more inside]
posted by Etta Hollis at 9:41 PM PST - 13 comments

How to approach the pubic hair grooming issue?

Trying to be a thoughtful boyfriend and yet improve the sexual experience. How do you delicately approach the pubic hair grooming issue? More information (possibly more than you want to know) after the cut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 PM PST - 35 comments

What the heck are these patches?

Patch Identification Challenge! [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 8:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Hope You Have a Happy Thanksgiving Even Though You'll Be Eating That Whole Turkey By Yourself

How can we cheer up someone who will be alone for the holidays, without actually inviting them to a party or something? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 8:27 PM PST - 21 comments

Love is a piano dropped from a fourth story window and you were in ... the right place at the right time?

How many times have you fallen truly in love? Does falling in love with different people feel different to you? Does it feel different when you fall in love with someone who you're entirely compatible with in terms of life goals? [more inside]
posted by zahava at 8:21 PM PST - 24 comments

Dark music?

Can you help me find other pieces of "dark" music to enjoy? [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 8:10 PM PST - 36 comments

Why did my roots transplant themselves?

What are some resources I can look at describing the conditions of northern Germany during the 19th century, and why people may have wanted to emigrate from there? [more inside]
posted by sanka at 8:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Merry Christmas, sorry I'm gay!

How can I come out to my extended family without it being a holiday "surprise" or confessional atmosphere? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats at 7:59 PM PST - 22 comments

MLIS: a waste of money?

I guess I'm ready to apply to library school. Is this a terrible idea? [more inside]
posted by Electrius at 7:50 PM PST - 18 comments

Jasmine is a shrub?

Novel Filter: If I were a lady living in the late 1600s in Venice and you were a gentleman wishing to woo me and we could only meet at night what type of (night-blooming) flowers would you bring me? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies at 7:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Looking for Books, need Loveable Female Rogues, pst!

Great books where the main character is a Loveable Rogue -- and female? [more inside]
posted by Kattiara17 at 7:22 PM PST - 40 comments

Free POI Taxonomy

I'm looking for a freely-licensed taxonomy of points of interest (a way to classify businesses and physical features, primarily of the urban environment). I have found this [pdf] at the Ordnance Survey, which is quite thorough. But it's:
  • not under a free license
  • rather UK-specific
  • not particularly urban-oriented
Any ideas? If it's available in a SQL format, so much the better.
posted by grubby at 7:20 PM PST - 4 comments

I breathe in deep before I spread those maps out on my bedroom floor.

Where can I buy a number of different maps? I want to make a big, random map collage. [more inside]
posted by gursky at 7:09 PM PST - 14 comments

What's the deal with Elvis wedding chapels?

Why are there so many Elvis wedding chapels in Las Vegas? Do they have permission from Elvis's estate to operate? Where did the connection between Elvis and weddings come from? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 7:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Help a little boy save the world!

I have an eleven-year-old nephew who is very anxious about environmental degradation, particularly climate change. He has asked me for a membership to Greenpeace for Christmas. I've been looking at the Greenpeace website and have found it expensive and uninspiring. Are there any environmental organizations that could help an anxious kid get involved in saving the world? [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 6:51 PM PST - 17 comments

How hard is it to assemble a bare-bones PC kit?

How hard is it to assemble a PC from a bare-bones kit? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus at 6:24 PM PST - 27 comments

Where to buy pound cake mix without hydrogenated oils in Northern Virginia?

Where to buy pound cake mix without hydrogenated oils in Northern Virginia? [more inside]
posted by NortonDC at 5:37 PM PST - 12 comments

What size VFFs would accommodate the greatest number of students?

The high school level anatomy and physiology class I teach is going to do a unit on running and movement. Help me figure out what size VFF's to request from a generous donor to accommodate as many of my current and future high school students possible. If you wear VFF's, I'd appreciate you looking inside and giving me your traditional shoe size (US) and VFF sizes (I think we're getting KSO's). If you have any other great foot physiology sites or books (not mentioned here or here), I'd appreciate that info, too. I just wiped out my local library. [more inside]
posted by adorap0621 at 5:37 PM PST - 12 comments

How Can I Spice Up A Free Blog Template?

How can I edit/import different fonts into a blog template like Blogger or Wordpress? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 5:27 PM PST - 4 comments

I have a really stupid, poorly designed paper assigned to me that I have to write, please help me with it.

I have a really stupid, poorly designed paper assigned to me that I have to write. Please help me with it. [more inside]
posted by bookman117 at 4:39 PM PST - 40 comments

Breakup songs from the other perspective?

I broke up with her. Give me a soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by alon at 4:24 PM PST - 66 comments

My partner has developed agoraphobia, what do I do?

My SO is housebound by agoraphobia. What should I expect of his recovery? How can I help and how can I avoid hindering his recovery? And how can I best reduce any detrimental impact on my life and our relationship? Nice big snowflake enclosed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:07 PM PST - 13 comments

Big shoes to fill for a little baby

I'm setting up a gift for a friend's new baby and I'm stuck for quotes! The kiddo is named Atticus so I want a quote from To Kill A Mockingbird. [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism at 3:42 PM PST - 7 comments

I've become afraid to park in my parking space.

I need help parking in my apartment garage parking space. [more inside]
posted by fiTs at 3:02 PM PST - 24 comments

Kill It! Kill It With Fire!

Adjacent to my kitchen, I have a huge closet packed full of boxes, spare appliances, old dishes and other junk. A mouse (hopefully just one) has found his way inside. What is the most efficient and effective way to get him out, dead or alive? [more inside]
posted by chara at 2:53 PM PST - 13 comments

How to broach testing to a third grader

How have parents broached testing with a young child? We are going to have our third grade son tested outside of school for learning/reading issues. He's a smart kid, with a smart, older sister that he always compares himself to. He also knows he has problems with reading. We're going to have him tested at a local university and are worried how he's going to take it. At times he's convinced he can't read and this might just add to that. Have any parents come up with a way to somehow portray this in a positive light? I'm thinking about trying to tell him this process will help my wife and I better help him... trying to put it on us. Not sure if that will fly. In the end I think this will be a good thing, just trying to soften it up a little.
posted by rryan at 2:45 PM PST - 10 comments

BBS door turn based strategy game?

What BBS door game did I play in the mid-1990s and where can I find a similar on-line, turn based, multi-player, cooperative(?) strategy game to play with 2 friends? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley at 2:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Where could I find some geographical statistics about Ph.D.s?

Where could I find statistical information about the number of Ph.D. holders from a specific geographical area? [more inside]
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs at 1:42 PM PST - 5 comments

How to manage my nosy parent's reaction to my artwork?

How to manage my nosy parent's reaction to my artwork? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:35 PM PST - 22 comments

I'd like to use my laptop with one hand.

Where does the Internet keep good online erotica? [more inside]
posted by lover at 1:34 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find big helmets.

Help me find the right motorcycle helmet(s) for my gigantic, oddly shaped head. [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic at 1:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How to add a font to Apple Pages.

How do I get a font I don't have for Apple Pages? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 1:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Indie game name

I am looking for the name of an indie game in which the protagonist falls from the moon (?) and tries to return to his girlfriend by collecting jewels and jumping. [more inside]
posted by 517 at 1:20 PM PST - 4 comments

College for a tibetan refugee girl

My sister, a Tibetan refugee girl from India applying to US colleges. Since the recession many schools have stopped need-blind admissions for International students. Are the Ivy league schools a good choice? [more inside]
posted by snowliontiger at 1:15 PM PST - 31 comments

GF Overreacting?

Relationship question-need input [more inside]
posted by bostonman at 12:54 PM PST - 32 comments

BlackBerry 9300 wants to be friends with iMac...

Can a Blackberry and a G5 play nice? [more inside]
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos at 12:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Macbook Pro or No?

I'm thinking about buying a used 13-inch aluminum Macbook (2008) or 13-inch Macbook Pro (2009+) on eBay. On paper, their specs seem quite similar. Any important differences I should know about? [more inside]
posted by puritycontrol at 12:16 PM PST - 7 comments

As the master, so is the servant

In the tradition of The Rake's Progress, is there a sequence of images of similar vintage portraying how certain kinds of bad behaviour are carried out at different social levels? [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 11:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Working for FDM?

Does anyone have experience working for the FDM group? A friend of mine is considering entering their training program in the states, which would mean a two year commitment to them as a company. I'm not certain if I should be encouraging my friend or warning them off. [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian at 11:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Learning how to draw/paint when I can't afford classes...

I'm looking for recommendations on the best way to sharpen very dull art skills. Anything in the realms of learning, whether they be books, how to discipline self to stick to learning the basics, positive self talk through name it. I am not looking to be remotely professional. I like sketching and illustration as well as mixed media (ink/watercolor). Any positive advice appreciated.
posted by snap_dragon at 11:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Yet-Another-Major-Filter: Economics vs. Finance vs. Accounting

Yet-Another-Major-Filter: Economics vs. Finance vs. Accounting [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 11:10 AM PST - 16 comments

Do You Care What You Call People, Whether it is a Friend/Acquaintance?

How do you define acquaintance, friendly acquaintance, friend and best friend? What are the signs/traits of fair weather friends, friends of convenience, friends out of pity? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused at 10:57 AM PST - 24 comments

How do I give my body the focus and attention it needs?

What's the best way for a young, non-athletic, mostly out-of-shape male to get in touch with his body and feel good about himself? (More details inside.) [more inside]
posted by fignewton at 10:35 AM PST - 20 comments

What was the name of this board game?

I'm trying to track down the name of a (very) dimly-remembered board game from the '70s or '80s. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat at 10:33 AM PST - 4 comments

Any good gift suggestions for a woman staying in Scotland?

Any good gift suggestions for someone staying in Scotland? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Thirdworld at 10:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Mars, phones, and an old man

Please help me find this short story about an almost abandoned Mars, an old man, and taunting from the phone system. [more inside]
posted by DrumsIntheDeep at 10:11 AM PST - 7 comments

A Van Down By The River

My wife and I live in an expensive (by non-NYC standards) NYC apartment. Recently, lamenting how much of our salary went down the rent drain, we wondered if we could save money by living in a van. (This is a thought experiment. We're not really planning on doing it.) Is this feasible economically? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 10:00 AM PST - 56 comments

How to heat-proof oven mitts?

When making oven mitts, do I need that special reflective insulating, or can I use regular cotton batting? [more inside]
posted by Carlotta Bananas at 9:55 AM PST - 8 comments

When do I look for non-academic jobs?

When do I look for non-academic jobs if I'm trying to transition out of academia, and which jobs do I look for? (I have a math PhD.) [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 9:51 AM PST - 18 comments

What black and white film should I use.

Calling all film photographers. What 35mm black and white film should I shoot with? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 9:28 AM PST - 20 comments

And you picked those colors why...?

How do I live in a house with light pink walls, and big bright blue accent walls? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible at 9:11 AM PST - 20 comments

leaving las vegas

I need to start eating meat for health reasons, but I hate meat and eggs and always have -- not the concept, but the texture and the taste. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 9:09 AM PST - 38 comments

Where to get some old stereo equipment repaired in San Francisco?

Looking for a place in San Francisco to repair a bookshelf stereo system and a turntable. [more inside]
posted by hwickline at 8:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Need help translating a letter from French to English.

Need help translating a letter from French to English. [more inside]
posted by chos at 8:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Can haz frend?

Lonelycat filter: I'm worried that my cat is lonely during the day, due to my intense work schedule. I have roommates, but they're in similar situations work-wise. Is there anything other than getting a second cat (can't roommate allergies can only handle one cat) I can do to alleviate his stress?
posted by edbles at 8:35 AM PST - 25 comments

Looking for Righty Scissors for a Lefty

I hate scissors. But I don't want to... [more inside]
posted by wallaby at 8:34 AM PST - 23 comments

Don't usually do this.

Last night, I felt guilty about some fatty food I ate and threw up. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Successful in life, but feeling unsatisfied.

Successful in life, but feeling unsatisfied. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:25 AM PST - 14 comments

Ipad + Bluetooth keyboard = no wifi?

I have a wifi iPad. It works well with my Bluetooth keyboard. It works well getting wifi. But using the Bluetooth keyboard disables the wifi. In fact, it eliminates the wifi from even being listed in the list of available networks? What gives? Will I ever be able to use my Bluetooth keyboard and wifi at the same time on my iPad?
posted by vitabellosi at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I meet with my former fiance to "help facilitate healing"?

Should I meet with my former fiance to "help facilitate healing"? [more inside]
posted by lovelylucy at 6:56 AM PST - 30 comments

Brazilian traveling to US. Landing in Miami and driving up to NY. Throw all the hints you can at me!

Brazilian traveling to US. Landing in Miami and driving up to NY, SF and Vegas. Could you share interesting places to stop, see, etc.? [more inside]
posted by fcoury at 6:49 AM PST - 10 comments

How to lose my apathy and get a PhD

How to Be Awesome and Finish a PhD? I'm in my first term of an engineering PhD (post-bachelors and 2yrs working in industry). My work is sucking: I don't do enough homework or research. How do I get back the drive I felt in high school when I was a clueless single guy who felt he had to prove he was brilliant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 AM PST - 8 comments


Is it still supposed to hurt? I'm 8 months post-partum and sex still hurts. Obviously, NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Where in the world is this?

Help me locate this statue... [more inside]
posted by dash_slot- at 5:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for gloves that are warm and work with the iphone/ipod.

I'm trying to buy some warm gloves that are designed to work with the iphone. In my internet search there seem to be several different brands that work in different ways but few reviews. These are going to be gifts and I need both a man's and a woman's glove and, since both recipients live in cold climates, I want ones where their fingers can stay covered while they operate their iphone. Can anyone point me to a review of these gloves or have any experience to share?
posted by Flacka at 5:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Plywood construction bathroom vanity

We are redoing a bathroom. We need a wooden vanity cabinet that is made with plywood, not particle board or furniture board. Ideally we need this within the next few weeks.We have a sink top, just need the cabinet. Everything at Home Depot was particle board. We are in Morris County NJ, north central Jersey. Any suggestions, ideas?
posted by mermayd at 4:28 AM PST - 11 comments

What do you mean Metafilter started in Russia?

What websites that are well known in most parts of the world didn't originate from an English speaking country? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 4:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Will more expensive clothes last me longer?

Is it really worth spending more money on clothes? Will they truly last much longer than cheaper clothes if I normally wear things until they wear out?, [more inside]
posted by plonkee at 3:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Slumming with Harry Potter?

I am a long-time hardcore fantasy fan. I have scorned Harry Potter as fantasy for people who have never tried the real thing. Oh MeFi fantasy HP worth it for us? [more inside]
posted by zachawry at 3:52 AM PST - 42 comments

This is not the browser you're looking for...

I surf the internets for a living. My office uses IE7 which is woefully inadequate for the task at hand and is seriously affecting my ability to do my job. Everyone agrees this is a problem but the solution appears to be not so simple [more inside]
posted by VoltairePerkins at 1:41 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me decide which iPad to buy

How much memory do I need, to accommodate my uses for an iPad? [more inside]
posted by jcdill at 1:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Is it normal to never fight with your boyfriend (or girlfriend)?

Is it normal to never fight with your boyfriend/girlfriend? Should I get mad at him for certain things? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 1:17 AM PST - 38 comments

How do you write an argument for AP English Literature?

How do you go about the thought process to make an argument (as opposed to a theme, statement, or observation) about a work of literature for AP English Literature? [more inside]
posted by elaine at 12:46 AM PST - 3 comments

November 19

It's Name that Movie Time!

What outdoorsy movie has the song "God's Gonna Cut You Down"? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft at 9:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Online "handbook" for Japanese-Korean grammar?

I'm looking for resources that document the matching Korean grammar rules for Japanese grammar patterns and vice versa. For example: ~ている = ~고 있다; は=은・는, が=이・가 (for the most part, right?) [more inside]
posted by qvinx at 9:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Got a new Colormunki Create, but running it produces a too-dark profile—what am I doing wrong?

Got a new Colormunki Create. Trying to calibrate a 3-month old Apple 24" LED monitor, and a 2009-era MacBook Pro 15". Running the Colormunki produces a too-dark profile. Why? What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 8:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Will call lists, how do they work?

So, I've won tickets to Brandon Flower's show at the Riveria in Chicago, IL next week. Problem is, I'll be gone. I want to give my tickets to my friends who are big fans, but my name is on the will call and not in physical tickets. I'm wondering if they can go without me. [more inside]
posted by Askiba at 8:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Alternatives for male doctor & pap test

Looking for a new doctor & I'm only comfortable around female doctors for my pap exam. Could I have a male doctor but ask for a female nurse or doctor in the same office, or go to a drop-in clinic, just for my pap test? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 PM PST - 12 comments

What does "Confucian exemption" mean on poultry?

Help me understand the meaning of "Confucian exemption" in poultry slaughter. And some related stuff about modern Confucianism in China. [more inside]
posted by molybdenum at 8:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me be a drummer

I want to learn to play the drums and need advice on how to start a new hobby from our talented metadrummers out there! [more inside]
posted by Upon Further Review at 7:29 PM PST - 10 comments

How much, how long, and just plain how do they blur sensitive things on TV shows?

I watch a lot of non-fiction shows, like Mythbusters and the First 48. Throughout these shows, often things are blurred on purpose. In Mythbusters, they blur brand names. On the First 48, they blur numbers, license plates, faces. I was just curious (A) how much something like that would cost in terms of dollars, (B) how long it would take to do - say an episode, and (C) what computer program they use to do this. Thanks!
posted by Sully at 7:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for Fertile Minds to Discuss Fertility!

Trying to Conceive communities: alternatives to [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Higher ed marketing makes me roll my eyes

How do I tell the difference between the real world demand and what's essentially career marketing by schools with programs preparing students for healthcare careers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:46 PM PST - 11 comments

How does probate work when a consumable or quickly depreciating asset is involved?

A relative of my husband's recently passed away, leaving him a car, among other things, in her will. The property is in the possession of a difficult and controlling aunt. What is this process like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 PM PST - 8 comments

House Full Of Garbage

Renting a furnished property. Moved in to discover that (private) landlord has left not just furniture, but many personal effects and rubbish, in every nook and cranny, and is filthy. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Where should two vegetarians go on a honeymoon?

Where should two vegetarians go on a honeymoon? We have $4,000 and up to two weeks to play with. [more inside]
posted by cheerwine at 5:41 PM PST - 24 comments

Adding one at the opposite end. 16 year old "adopted" daughter.

How do we "parent" a 16 year old girl? My family is taking in a 16 year old girl to be a new member of our family. She's an amazing young woman in a tough situation. No behavior or academic issues (I taught her in 8th grade, she babysits for us regularly), some emotional issues (most likely due to her environment). We're going to go through the process of temporary custody, so this is not a question about "the system" or "legality". This is a question of family dynamics. We have other children in the house who are super excited as well, but our oldest is 7 and we have no idea how to come up with rules, routines, and boundaries for a 16 year old. Of course we'll have to come up with what will work for us, but what kind of things should we be thinking about? We're already talking about curfew, bedtime!!!!?????, computer use, etc. What should we be thinking about that we might not be. Any help from those with teens or those who have adopted older kids would be appreciated.
posted by allthewhile at 4:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Easy ways to improve my cooking and baking?

What are some simple (or not) kitchen tips and tricks? [more inside]
posted by suncoursing at 4:46 PM PST - 46 comments

My jewelry smells like the Bog of Eternal Stench

Please help me de-stinkify my costume jewelry! [more inside]
posted by Fui Non Sum at 4:18 PM PST - 9 comments

what are my options to rent an indoor gym for basketball in Richmond Hill, Ontario?

What are my options to rent an indoor gym for basketball in Richmond Hill, Ontario? 10 university students who work and live in the area. The community center offers a relatively high rate by the hour so were wondering where else we could consider renting a basketball gym in and around Richmond Hill.
posted by in.betweener at 3:58 PM PST - 5 comments

"Letters" of Recommendation

What exactly do the new-fangled "letter" of recommendation forms e-mailed to recommenders look like? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 3:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Or how I learned to suppress upgrade-itis and learn to love the bomb.

Cost Benefit of Upgrading Laptop? [more inside]
posted by stratastar at 3:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Please help me find more art with a surreal, ocean-related motif.

I'm looking for a specific kind of art involving people facing the sea...examples inside. [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 2:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Orgasms for a man who lasts hours (to days)? NSFW.

I'm in a new relationship with a great guy. Of course there's a but. He has a hard time getting to orgasm, and I'm having a difficult time dealing with that. NSFW [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:56 PM PST - 32 comments

Is it that hard to just hit the "reply" button?!

A large part of my new job involves contacting various people and asking them for information. How can I convince them to get back to me quickly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:55 PM PST - 7 comments

My dad is a Vulcan

I need help breaking the news of my impending divorce to family members who I do not think will be supportive because they see me as the family fuck-up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Iphone ATT contract up advice

my iphone 3 ATT plan is up soon. Basically like the phone for the ipod functionality esp podcasts, the phone itself and the mail set up syncs well with my google accounts, but att network slow and expensive what are my best options to look at now?
posted by dougiedd at 2:34 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm taking a company to court for non-payment. Considering filing for dismissal and need opinions on the situation.

I'm taking a company to court for non-payment. Considering filing for dismissal and need opinions on the situation. [more inside]
posted by audio at 2:26 PM PST - 14 comments

can't a girl check her torrents from bed?

It's Grace, so it must be a smartphone question. This time - how do you get iPhone Remote Desktop to log into an XP Pro PC? Troubleshooting steps inside. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 2:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Has anyone successfully used a psychic to find a missing pet?

We are trying to locate a missing, much-loved, skittish dog? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano at 2:08 PM PST - 7 comments

R/S-Plus: How can I merge two dataframes of different lengths?

Merging datasets in R. I seem to have forgotten how to do some things. [more inside]
posted by proj at 2:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Cure my dry mouth.

What must I do to cure my dry mouth? [more inside]
posted by dvrcthewrld at 1:57 PM PST - 16 comments

What is it?

What is this household item? Looks like an overengineered magazine rack. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 1:45 PM PST - 16 comments

All coming back to me now

Why am I suddenly remembering my childhood? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 1:35 PM PST - 24 comments

How can a negative HIV test affect a person's insurance premiums?

I'm a health care professional, and I recently read on a physician's blog that a negative HIV test on your health record may affect life or health insurance premiums. I have a vague idea of why this might be, but if any infectious disease, insurance or other professionals could shed some light on this, please explain!
posted by cothebadger at 1:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Chicken Experts Help Please

Please identify the following chicken: picture of chicken. I'm looking for breed, gender, approximate age if possible? Basically any exciting facts about this particular chicken. [more inside]
posted by 31d1 at 12:41 PM PST - 9 comments

What are some stories that are like Ted Chiang's "Understand"?

What are some stories that are like Ted Chiang's "Understand"? [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah at 12:21 PM PST - 19 comments

So does ANYthing suck about Canada?

Give me good reasons not to move from the U.S. to Canada (specifically Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, or Vancouver) in 2-6 years. I especially welcome input from MeFites who have lived in both countries. [more inside]
posted by AugieAugustus at 12:17 PM PST - 67 comments

Graphic design? Sì!

Help me have a sorta academic vacation in Europe. [more inside]
posted by howiamdifferent at 12:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Sexy bodypaint movies

Question about sci-fi/fantasy pornography and bodypaint. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by spockpuppet at 12:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Rules against selling/repurchasing to avoid the application of a condition subsequent?

In dealing with wills and estates, what is to stop the recipient of a testamentary devise (or an inter vivos grant for that matter) of a fee simple with a condition subsequent attached to avoid the application of the condition by selling and then repurchasing the property in question?
posted by modernnomad at 12:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Anxiety/panic disorder specialist in the Washington D.C. area

TherapyFilter: therapist recommendations in Washington, D.C. area for someone who takes federal Blue Cross/Blue Shield coverage or has an extremely generous sliding scale, has experience with social anxiety and panic disorder, and (preferably) practices somewhere within reasonable distance from the Red Line. [more inside]
posted by eggyolk at 11:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Your work is unacceptable...but anyway, what are you doing this weekend?

How do you elicit respect -- while still being liked -- in a supervisory position? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 11:53 AM PST - 29 comments

Tips for the perfect tortilla?

How can I warm my store-bought corn tortillas, and yet keep them pliable and strong? [more inside]
posted by MisterMo at 11:44 AM PST - 20 comments

How do you know when to stop/take a break with therapy?

When do you know it's time to stop therapy or take a break? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 11:08 AM PST - 16 comments

Best current design blogs?

If I like notcot, picocool, freshbump, cribcandy, oobject, .kompound., materialicious, workspaces, core77, 2modern, design sponge, then what other design/fashion blogs out there will absolutely blow my freaking mind?
posted by felix at 11:07 AM PST - 13 comments

People are at your booth. They see photos on a laptop and can send to their FB, Twitter or Email. How? Which Photo Gallery or software suggestions.

Your at a conference. You brought a laptop for people to see photos and share a picture they like to FB, Twitter &/or Email. Can be from a photo gallery on the laptop (preferably) - or web based. [more inside]
posted by livin4u at 10:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Is it worth it to hire an interior designer / decorator?

MeFi, please help me make a good decision of money versus sanity/time regarding hiring an interior decorator / designer. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 10:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Extent of "grope/enhanced patdown"???

I'm going to be flying next month, and I'm already annoyed/upset, etc... about the pornoscanners and groping issue, but I'm even more nervous now due to one article I read and am wondering if I'm misunderstanding the groping issue and it is actually WORSE than I already believe it to be: Is the "enhanced patdown" an actual under/inside the clothes grabbing of genitals? I can't find a clear statement on the TSA site (great PR, not so great information architecture) and one blog explicitly detailed the touching of her labia but other blog posts I've seen can be read either way (as underclothes contact or overclothes, they're not particularly clear). Help???
posted by symbioid at 10:13 AM PST - 32 comments

Can't Figure Out Why I Can't Figure It Out

Warning: wait to read this question until tomorrow if you are in Learned League. So, today one of the Learned League questions was, What is the y-intercept of the line with the following equation?: 3y-11x = 39. I couldn't get any further than y = 13 + 3 2/3 x or y = 13 +3.66666x. Actually it appears the response is 13. How does one get to the right response for this question?
posted by bearwife at 10:05 AM PST - 12 comments


Help me plan a zombie-themed gift basket! Difficulty: $50 or less. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe at 9:44 AM PST - 23 comments

Need some advice on polling a live audience via text message.

Need some advice on polling a live audience via text message. Thinking of using Google voice, but have some questions. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 9:35 AM PST - 4 comments

FB Fan Page Help

I've Googled this 20 different ways and still can't find an answer. I made a FaceBook fan page for my friend's business. For some reason, the only way people can see this page is when they are logged into FaceBook. I know other businesses have their fan pages somehow visible to the public (so that people don't have to log into FB to see it). All of my setting are set to "everyone". Any idea how to make this page visible to everyone without requiring them to log in?
posted by MsKim at 9:35 AM PST - 2 comments

How unholy is a bacon cheeseburger?

How unholy is a bacon cheeseburger? I know that a bacon cheeseburger is treyf in Judaism and forbidden in Hinduism. In what other religions would eating a bacon cheeseburger be frowned upon? [Note: For the sake of clarity, I'm talking about a beef patty with melted American cheese, regular bacon, ketchup, and served on a standard white-bread bun]
posted by Kattullus at 9:33 AM PST - 25 comments

Math question re continuity

A function is continuous over a closed interval [a,b] ***(1) if it is continuous over the open interval (a,b) and ***(2) the lim as x approaches a from the right = f(a) and the limit as x approaches b from the left =f(b). Can someone describe a function over a closed interval that fails continuity by either or both of condition (2)?
posted by Neiltupper at 9:26 AM PST - 13 comments

I snooped & found friends hate me. Now what?

I read my friend's email. I found out that she's really, really disliked me for the past, oh, ten years at least. Don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by INTPLibrarian at 9:16 AM PST - 68 comments

Help me automate my processing...

Help me process my files ... automatically! I need a Windows application which will sit in the system tray, and watch for files being dropped in a folder, and do something to them when they're done being written to. (Modification time over an hour ago or something similar.) Difficulty: Need to be able to run arbitrary commands, not just move or copy them to another folder. [more inside]
posted by jferg at 9:04 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I move on? Am I ready?

Exactly one week ago I broke up with my boyfriend who I loved because I felt like things were unhealthy and he wasn't treating me right. Even though my brain tells me I did the 'right' thing, my heart and body are suffering. How do I reconcile what I know with how I feel? [more inside]
posted by lblair at 8:27 AM PST - 42 comments

Save me from Spider plants.

Re-starting my indoor garden: What should I do? I've had a sucessful window-herb-plant garden going for years but then everything just died at once. I want to start fresh, from seed ideally, and as soon as possible. What plants (herb or house) grow in winter (Heated but not that heated apartment) with semi-eastern exposure that don't die if I look at them funny?
posted by The Whelk at 8:25 AM PST - 5 comments


Accounting: If you acquire a company who was previously your customer, how to account for their inventory which you sold them without double-counting the sales? [more inside]
posted by H. Roark at 8:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Live-action short films?

Anyone know of any links to get to live-action (versus animated) short films? I've checked YouTube, but only find, for example, 45 seconds of announcing which ones are nominated for Oscars. Any information is appreciated! Thank you!
posted by foxhat10 at 8:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Where to look for cocoa in Holland?

I figure it should be a cinch to find cocoa powder and cocoa butter in Holland, since so much cocoa is Dutch processed. Where do I find them? [more inside]
posted by mirileh at 8:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Loneliness/Depression/Unmotivated (college, on my own)

How do you break out of a depressed/unmotivated/lonely funk? (see: in college and on your own for more details..) [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 8:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Faceted navigation for e-commerce

I'm going to be helping a friend set up a small web store. I'm already pretty comfortable with Wordpress, somewhat comfortable with Drupal, so I'd prefer to use one of those plus a shopping-cart plugin. I've got some particular requirements. [more inside]
posted by adamrice at 8:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Budgeting for an unpredictable income

I realized shortly after asking this question that I should have made it more directly about how to budget with an irregular, unpredictable (freelance) income. [more inside]
posted by The Dutchman at 8:01 AM PST - 5 comments

Why does this gym membership fee increase as I age?

Is there a legitimate reason for structuring membership dues (and initiation fees) of a club based on age levels beyond just the usual "student" vs "everyone else" levels? Specifically I'm speaking of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 7:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Does 50K a verse pay for anything beyond bandwidth?

I'm in my early 30s and somehow I have completely lost the pop zeitgeist. Is there something on the web that explains how the U.S. music industry (especially with respect to hip hop, and even more especially re Nicki Minaj) works nowadays? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious at 7:02 AM PST - 8 comments

My father has just suffered a minor stroke, help me to confort him

My father has just suffered a minor stroke (a cerebrovascular accident) which caused him partial blindness on one eye. This is the first significant health related incident he ever had. His self-image was one of being a healthy person, so this event is causing him a lot of stress, in fact I believe he is in shock. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me sell my gold!

Help me find the best way to sell unworn gold items. [more inside]
posted by littleflowers at 6:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Need strategies for dealing with rejection at work

Can you help me prepare to not get an internal job offer at work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Lost Interview

Please help my son recover his fantastic interview with a homeless guy. [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 6:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Online Finance Tool Wishlist

Does the online finance tool of my dreams exist? [more inside]
posted by Raze2k at 6:16 AM PST - 2 comments

designed to last

What can I buy that is not Designed for the Dump? Is there a "Buy This Not That" resource for this type of thing? Also, I'm poor, but I'm willing to invest if it really will last. [more inside]
posted by rebent at 5:44 AM PST - 13 comments

I need birthday present ideas that are less than 10 quid

I'm looking for present ideas for two thirty-five year old men who both like music, games, film and technology. The only criteria is that they should be available to buy in the UK and cost no more than £10. [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 5:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Find a sticker, you'll feel better!

This summer, on the road in NH, stopped at a light, a car pulls up besides us with a (round?) sticker on the trunk saying "Eat something, you'll feel better." Anyone knows where to find that online? This is likely on 107 or highway 4.
posted by gijsvs at 5:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Google Maps Bounds and Zoom

Google maps KML zoom and centering: I need to inventory a variety of polygons and points on a single map, some from a database and some from KML files. Can you help point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 3:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Im looking for some advice on the best way to structure a web project

Im looking for some advice and suggestions on the best way to structure a project. My client has 4 products (SAS) and although they are related most people would only use one due to the specialist nature of each. Currently only one of these products has a website and there is no main company website. They are looking to introduce a main company website either incorporating each of the 4 products within it or having a separate company site and each product has its own separate site with the main company site acting as a knowledge base to establish them as an authority in field they work in. Im wondering what the best approach would be from a usability point of view and an SEO points of view? I guess from an SEO point of view each product sitting on its own domain and being targeted to certain keyphrases might be more preferential than one site will all the content in? Im wondering if anyone knows of any examples out there that handle this particularly well
posted by toocan at 2:02 AM PST - 3 comments

Gallstone surgery while still nursing?

Has anyone been through gallbladder surgery while breastfeeding a newborn? [more inside]
posted by nonsenseprecious at 12:48 AM PST - 18 comments

November 18

Work wants to give me a mobile (cell) phone. How do I make this work most effectively without having to carry two phones everywhere I go?

Work wants to give me a mobile (cell) phone. How do I make this work most effectively without having to carry two phones everywhere I go? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 11:58 PM PST - 16 comments

I got 99 problems, and one of them is not coming up with 99 problems

Help me make a list of 99 (funny/interesting/etc) problems! [more inside]
posted by bjrn at 11:46 PM PST - 37 comments


NON-Comcast broadband internet options for SW/west Portland, OR metro area (incl. Beaverton/Tigard)? [more inside]
posted by Ky at 10:52 PM PST - 6 comments

What is this thing?

What is this organism? [Electron micrograph of spikey tentacle thing with an apparent human-looking face]
posted by mnemonic at 10:23 PM PST - 3 comments

It's Not Thanksgiving Without An Extra Helping of Guilt

How to diplomatically handle a sibling's well intentioned, but incredibly pushy friend who keeps insisting that the entire family has to attend her orphan Thanksgiving. [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 10:07 PM PST - 22 comments

Realistic sentence for teenage the nineties?

Legal question (but not for an actual legal matter! Just for research on a present project.) What would the likely typical sentence for a teenage kid under Canada's Young Offenders Act (since replaced by the Youth Criminal Justice Act)? [more inside]
posted by southvie at 9:46 PM PST - 2 comments

"I wish someone had told me that back then!"

If you were homeless/transient as a teenager, or began living on your own without parental support/supervision at an unusually young age, what could you have learned back then that would have made your life better? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 9:37 PM PST - 32 comments

Do I need to Crest-strip it?

I've got a bum tooth up front, and want to get a crown -- do I need to bother trying to bleach/whiten my teeth ahead of time, or just go with whatever shade I am now as a match? [more inside]
posted by liquado at 9:19 PM PST - 9 comments

changing directoies on Apple's Terminal program

Can someone tell me how to do this: "cd to the google-python-exercises directory" [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 9:13 PM PST - 7 comments

MySQL: How to Selectively Update a Table from a CSV List?

MySQL: How Do I Selectively Update a Table from a CSV List? [more inside]
posted by darth_tedious at 8:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Please, no more Berenstain Bears.

Please recommend short books (15-35 min from start to finish) for middle schoolers who read at the 3rd through 5th grade level. [more inside]
posted by halogen at 8:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Working out for cheap in L.A.

In Los Angeles, on a very limited budget, and really want to do boxing or Krav Maga or something similar. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma at 8:07 PM PST - 4 comments

The 1%er next door

Just how dangerous are the Hell's Angels these days? That is, how dangerous to live next to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 34 comments

How do I rock my Droid X's socks off?

HackedAndroidFilter:What custom ROM should I load onto my (already rooted) Droid X? Similarly, can you install Droid apps manually via the file manager on such a modded Droid? What about Google Voice? And so on... [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:08 PM PST - 5 comments

What is this knee rash?

I have a rash (or something) behind my knee. It's been there for about a month. Gross rash pictures inside! [more inside]
posted by MPnonot3 at 6:32 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me become a beacon of truthiness.

I lie compulsively, and I'm looking for resources and strategies that will help me stop. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I encourage my boyfriend to plan dates more often?

My boyfriend of over a year and I have a great relationship. One of his best qualities is that he's so easy-going, but that's also led to an annoyance: he rarely takes the initiative to plan our dates anymore. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 21 comments

Fundraising Filter: Roller Derby League

I'm part of a fairly new (7 months old) roller derby league in a mid-sized city (150K+ people). We just had our first bout and were sold out at 850 seats. We are looking for ideas for an event in January that is both a fundraiser and something that will get the community excited for our next bout. We are in the midwest so something indoors would be best. Any ideas from the hive?
posted by hrhcc at 5:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me not brick my KVM!

Which polarity on an AC adapter is most common? or.. most likely to work for me? [more inside]
posted by frwagon at 5:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Build it, and they will come. But maybe it's already built?

Is there a search engine for finding open source "clones" of various web services and software? For instance, I know there are open source projects (like Diaspora) that aim to mimic Facebook, and other open source projects that mimic Twitter... But how do I find out if there's an open source project that is trying to mimic the Meebo/Wibiya toolbar? Or some open source project that's trying to create a Groupon-like website? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 5:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Why not hug the bear?

My coworker is curious about the expression "never put down your gun to hug a bear". What does it mean? [more inside]
posted by momus_window at 4:29 PM PST - 15 comments

What is this bug?

We find these bugs inside and around our house. We live in Cleveland. What are they? Pic here with fountain pop cup for scale. I think its a solifuge but my wife thinks spider, it makes no webs and keeps pretty still.
posted by drbalderas at 4:15 PM PST - 9 comments

What do I do with freshly ground cornmeal?

What should I do with freshly ground cornmeal? How do I store it and what recipes highlight its freshness? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 4:00 PM PST - 14 comments

I am dreaming oddly

As I have gotten older my dreams have gotten less vivid and meaningful. In addition, I don't feel part of them, like they aren't exactly happening to me. Instead I'm watching events as they happen to me, while still retaining some control. The best analogy is like how in many modern video games, there is a scripted plot sequence where your actions are limited but you can still look around at will. Can anyone identify with or explain these phenomena? [more inside]
posted by blargerz at 3:46 PM PST - 24 comments

Through the looking glass at 10Gbps

I'm looking for a little box which flips/mirrors an HDMI feed, or an LCD monitor which does the same [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 3:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Who makes Yelpstick?

Who makes the free promotional lip balm (Yelpstick) that Yelp gives out? My wife liked the tangerine Yelp Stick handed to us at an event, and I'd like to buy her some more. I don't need to (and would prefer not to) get it from Yelp if it's just a rebranded/generic lip balm from some other manufacturer. [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 2:56 PM PST - 14 comments

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

My dentist just told me I need an immediate implant (he also discussed bridge and orthodontic retainer options with me, but I am told the tooth needs to be extracted pronto.) Should I be gathering second opinions/additional price quotes, or should I continue treating this as Urgent? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms at 2:43 PM PST - 22 comments

Fastest way to burn multiple clips directly from camera to DVD?

To archive some work in a class I'm teaching, I would like to record a series of video clips, burning each student's clips to their own rewriteable DVD as we go. Then, on the last day of class, I'd like to quickly finalize a DVD for each person that constains only that person's clips. What device do I want? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 2:41 PM PST - 2 comments

Cantonese language streaming media please!

Recommendations on streaming media or movies in Cantonese to improve my comprehension? [more inside]
posted by mlo at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

My couch is more comfortable than my office chair

I watch some stuff on my television (cable saved to my TiVo, streaming Netflix). I watch other things on my computer (Web-hosted training videos on subscription sites, clips from BBC America and Bravo/other NBC cable stations, YouTube, etc.). Is it possible to watch all my Web video on the TV? [more inside]
posted by catlet at 2:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Wage issues when moving from part-time to full-time.

Moving from part-time to full-time at work. Since I'll have benefits, is it fair to compare my old hourly rate to my new one? Should I accept what appears to be a cut in pay? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:19 PM PST - 19 comments

LGBT scene in the Twin Cities for a woman in her 30s

Woman in early 30s coming out as a lesbian for the first time in the Twin Cities. What's the city LGBT scene like? (Asking for a friend.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Boarding Pass Puzzle

What are the numbers that the TSA agents hand write on boarding passes during the ID check at the airport? [more inside]
posted by meindee at 2:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Help Me Build A Website Quick!

I want to build a relatively simple website in two weeks. Problem: I have no idea how. [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross at 2:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Tomorrow I take a short train ride with the people who have the most direct influence on my professional life. Help me make friends!

Tomorrow I take a short train ride with the people who have the most direct influence on my professional life. Help me make friends! [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 2:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Where can I import a tailored suit?

I have heard rumors of tailors in NYC who will take your measurements and import you a bespoke suit. Hook me up. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 1:48 PM PST - 19 comments

Anyone know about reading comic books on Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc?

Anyone know about reading comic books on Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc? [more inside]
posted by twintone at 1:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Dress me on a budget!

How do I build a contemporary yet classic wardrobe on a budget? [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies at 1:17 PM PST - 22 comments

The Orient Express's dark tunnel

LongshotFilter: Does anyone have any recommendations for mental health resources in Syria? [more inside]
posted by milinar at 1:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Transferring Super 8 film to HD

I'm looking to have my family's old Super 8 films transferred to HD, and I'm trying to narrow down where to have it transferred. [more inside]
posted by eschatfische at 1:16 PM PST - 5 comments

I miss ESPN

I don't have cable and do not want to buy cable but I want HD ESPN. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by 2legit2quit at 1:14 PM PST - 17 comments

US Airways Shuttle change fee?

I have a US Airways Shuttle ticket. If I show up to the airport earlier that same day, what are the chances I'll be able to switch the ticket to an earlier flight at no charge?
posted by decoherence at 1:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Exploring Atlanta via rail

Where should I go this weekend in Atlanta, without a car, but with easy access to the rail system? [more inside]
posted by radicarian at 1:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Give me a game!

I'm looking for some PC game recommendations. I guess I'll settle for X Box 360 and PS3 recommendations as well. I know a variation on this question has been asked many times before, but I have a fairly specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by kbanas at 12:53 PM PST - 39 comments

Examples of surprises discovered during UX

Looking for (well-known) examples of non-obvious discoveries made by user experience studies. [more inside]
posted by maulik at 12:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Samsung NF310 coming to the UK, or not?

It's rumoured that the Samsung NF310 is not going to be released in the UK, but I've been unable to (dis)confirm this. Any mefites with inside, verifiable information?
posted by davemack at 12:12 PM PST - 0 comments

I Fought With The Brain, and Not The Gat

Songs about fighting the law, and winning. [more inside]
posted by norm at 12:11 PM PST - 33 comments

User Experience Design terminology question.

I'm trying to find the words for a certain principle in user experience design. It's similar to "chartjunk" vs. "data ink" as described by Edward Tufte. Better explanation inside: [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 12:05 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I get over my irrational jealousy?

How do I get over my jealousy of people around me doing the same things as me? My rational mind would very much like to collaborate with these people, but I find myself feeling bitter about their skill instead. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 11:51 AM PST - 25 comments

sporadic meal delivery in Chicago as gift?

I would like to give my parents some type of meal-delivery as a gift for Christmas. Ideally I would like to do a once a month type thing (like wine of the month or something related but with food that doesn't have to be prepared beyond popping in the oven) but everything I find is more like a diet delivery service, like Seattle Sutton, that requires a weekly commitment. Can't afford that! My parents live in the north suburbs of Chicago. thanks!!
posted by dublin at 11:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Shake your money maker. You know, for exercise.

Dance Central on Kinect for Xbox 360. Good for exercise? Seems like it could be fun and sweaty. Seems like it could also be really, really annoying. Also, what's the fidelity to actual movements like? Will I really be dancing, or gaming the system by just flicking a limb at the right time?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:38 AM PST - 6 comments

II have a painful swelling at my tailbone that I think is a pilonidal cyst. I'm traveling and can't see my doctor until next week. What should I do?

I have a painful swelling at my tailbone that I think is a pilonidal cyst. I'm traveling and can't see my doctor until next week. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 11:24 AM PST - 17 comments

My ex treats me like crap... Help me get over it.

I am no longer with the father of my child and he treats me like crap. In person, over email, on the phone. We've got a long way to go here - our kid isn't even three yet. I'm trying to not take it personally and to let it go, but I am struggling... [more inside]
posted by voneil at 11:16 AM PST - 28 comments

Internet gift-giving at it's most creative?

How can I creatively and virtually give my travelling sister and brother-in-law their christmas gift of their travel-blog-turned-into-a-book? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 11:16 AM PST - 5 comments

How to Find a Home in SF...

Any tips for scouting SF neighborhoods? [more inside]
posted by jasbet07 at 11:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Burning bridges in tacky, ignorant ways... bravo

An acquaintance asked for my help in getting his application noticed within my small-ish local branch of the company. He's been burning his bridges with me in how he's handling things - do I say something to him? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 10:51 AM PST - 21 comments

help me run from the long arm of meter maid

parking ticket question! Got a parking ticket while visting CA from NY (on the USC campus). Can I get away without paying? Doubt i'll ever be back there again. [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 10:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Should I continue my toddler's hated physical therapy?

Should I continue my toddler's physical therapy for lagging gross motor skills? [more inside]
posted by misoramen at 10:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me help my body help me

What's the best exercise for depression and/or anxiety, and how do I stick with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 AM PST - 36 comments

And now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Tell me about the most well-written, engaging, and creative language-learning books and websites. For any language. [more inside]
posted by theodolite at 10:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Identify this song please.

Identify this song please. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 10:06 AM PST - 2 comments

Geordie Fashion Love

Who designed this adorable dress worn by Cheryl Cole in the October 2010 issue of Vogue (UK)? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on at 10:05 AM PST - 5 comments

OB visits put stress on my pregnancy

Which prenatal visits and tests really matter? I'm pregnant with my second child and a LOT busier than when I had just one. Before I sit down with my doc and she tells me I need to have 1,398 tests and come in roughly every other day, I'd like to be better informed about which visits and tests REALLY make a difference. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 30 comments

Can therapy help me?

I'm a well-adjusted person plagued now by anger and disappointment re: her absentee father. Should I pursue therapy, or go about this a different route? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Have Yourself a Miserable Little Christmas

I am looking for Christmas music that is mostly melancholy, and often about loss or abandonment. Think Joni Mitchell's the River or Tom Waite's Christmas Card from A Hooker in Minneapolis. Any suggestions?
posted by PinkMoose at 9:23 AM PST - 66 comments

I have gallstones: what are my options?

I have been diagnosed with gallstones which are currently symptom free, what can I do to get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by epo at 9:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Why Is My External Drive Unexpectedly Mounted?

Recently aded an external drive to my iMac for storage of photo files. It runs off a Firewire 800 port. I also use a Time Capsule. The external drive is mounted overnight via crontab for the daily backup run. When that's done, a script unmounts the drive. This works reliably. The drive, then, should be unmounted the rest of the time. However, the drive is mounted at unexpected and sporadic intervals. The logs reveal that this is usually, but not always, immediately following the unmounting of the Time Capsule after an hourly run. Not on every run, but perhaps on one run per day. In addition, the external drive is sometimes mounted in a way that appears to have no association with the Time Capsule. What's going on?
posted by justcorbly at 9:20 AM PST - 1 comment

Money, money, money...

Recommendations for an introduction to financial planning for a mid 20s, grad student? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 9:18 AM PST - 11 comments

Using a Facebook 'page' as University Research Hub

My university department (art postgrad) wants to use Facebook as a community and research hub. What is the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 9:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Who have I sent Facebook friend requests to?

Facebook question: Is there a way to see a list of all of the "friend requests" that you have sent that are still pending? [more inside]
posted by hworth at 8:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Which camera type should i buy - Micro 4/3 or high quality digital?

Looking to buy an upgrade from a standard point and shoot. Should I go higher end point and shoot or micro four thirds? [more inside]
posted by cavs33 at 7:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Electric toothbrush disposal

Best way to dispose of an electric toothbrush? [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 7:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Movies about sex without the sex

MovieFilter: I'm looking for movies that are about sex which contain few (if any) actual sex scenes, such as American Pie and The 40 Year Old Virgin.
posted by joedan at 7:19 AM PST - 29 comments

homemade bookmarks

How can I print and cut out 50 small round photographs to attach to bookmarks? [more inside]
posted by CheeseLouise at 7:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Trifling request

Help me make a terrific trifle, please! [more inside]
posted by motsque at 7:07 AM PST - 26 comments

magnet phones - how do they work?

My colleague's new mobile phone produces a weak magnetic effect. What's the science at work here? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 at 5:59 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for an old political cartoon

Looking for a political cartoon from the 1992 US Presidential election, I think it was. [more inside]
posted by rheumy_the_dwarf at 5:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Best audio resources about the Medieval world?

I'm almost finished with the audiobook version of A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century, and I'm not ready for it to be over. I want to learn more about the Middle Ages and Renaissance. What should I listen to next? [more inside]
posted by Knicke at 5:46 AM PST - 17 comments

Does Berocca interfere with the contraceptive pill?

Does Berocca interfere with the contraceptive pill? [more inside]
posted by KLF at 3:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Activities for young boys visiting London

We live in London and have friends with two young boys (aged 6 & 8) visiting for a weekend (4th Dec). Any ideas about fun / interesting / exciting activities we can do? The cheaper the better - and hopefully interesting for adults too. [more inside]
posted by mairuzu at 2:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Outsourcing My Creativity

Give me your tired, your poor, your... creative tattoo ideas? Details within. [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 2:41 AM PST - 24 comments

better than beer pong

Better than beer-pong - can anyone help me locate the online videos of the (possibly German) guys who have amazing throwing/editing/patience skills with everyday objects (newspapers, water bottles, cigarrettes, ...)? [more inside]
posted by nofunnyname at 2:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Mirror, mirrored and mirroring in Arabic?

In Arabic, what are the words for mirroring, mirrored, mirror (the verb "to mirror" rather than the noun, if they differ), and if possible mirrorer ("one who mirrors")? I'm most looking for the transliteration but I'd also love to see the Arabic script.
posted by kalapierson at 1:39 AM PST - 7 comments

November 17

Let's go inside and turn on all the lights

Help me locate the Calvin and Hobbes strip I'm thinking of. [more inside]
posted by mekily at 11:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Where are all the women on radio?

What are some non-commercial radio shows, anywhere in the world, any language, where there is either a sole female presenter or two female co-hosts? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot at 11:14 PM PST - 34 comments

Where can we enjoy eating and drinking in San Diego?

Recommendations for places to eat and drink in San Diego? We're stuck at the Manchester Grand Hyatt at One Market Place for the next four days with no car, but willing to walk. But not to any of the places we saw tonight. [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong at 11:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Psychological Anthropology

I've been assigned a research project for my anthropology class and would like to analyze a topic specifically in the sub-discipline of psychological anthropology. Can anyone who's familiar with this area throw some relevant ideas my way? [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 11:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Help a Guy Get His Regular New World Music Fix

Can you help me find a replacement for the world music sampler my boyfriend used to receive with his Global Rhythm magazine each month? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 10:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for cat sitter in south Austin

We've just moved to the southern part of Austin (about 1 mile NW of the I-35/71 interchange) and we're out of our current pet sitter's regular driving range. She's covering us for this weekend and for Thanksgiving but it's a significant extra mileage fee, so we're looking for personal recommendations for a cat sitter in the area for the future, starting with Christmas. If you can find us someone sooner, we'll be extra grateful, but we are covered for this month. In accordance with cat-related AskMe rules, Linnete and Laudine appreciate your help.
posted by immlass at 9:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it the world's stupidest fondue pot?

Help me identify this odd kitchen... thing. [more inside]
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 at 8:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Is there a formal name for this octave?

The F below middle C to the F above. If someone sings mainly in that octave, what would that singer be; a tenor or an alto? I googled this question, but didn't get a clear answer.
posted by BostonTerrier at 8:08 PM PST - 16 comments

What makeup books are makeup artists reading?

Makeup Artists: I want your beauty school syllabi. What books did your teachers assign you?
posted by melancholyplay at 8:04 PM PST - 3 comments

ewr to pek

what does this mean - its a flight from ewr (newark) to pek (beijing). I'lll be taking this flight in a few weeks and want to know where I"m going. GREKI V419 JUDDS CAM PLB YUL 5000N 07400W 5500N 07200W YAS 6500N 06800W 7000N 06500W 7500N 06200W 8000N 05600W 8500N 04300W ABERI B934 BINTA B934 UNILA OKONI UREPA B934 SERNA M520 POLHO G218 TMR B458 TZH A596 KM OB
posted by esemay at 7:45 PM PST - 12 comments

A new gaming laptop - ROG Over and Out?

Help me spend my money - I need a new gaming-capable laptop... [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike at 7:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Scanning family photos: The Best Way.

What is the best way to digitize old family photos yourself? [more inside]
posted by Carius at 7:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Group management service

Forget about Facebook for a minute. What's a good way to get my group connected? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 7:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Is SRM Dead?

I have a small business and was looking at a new social relationship management website. In the comment box, somebody said the whole SRM concept is dead and has been for months. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 6:53 PM PST - 3 comments

What are these things on the wall behind the Keatons?

What are these things behind the Keatons? This is a picture of the Keaton family from Family Ties. What are those things on the wall behind them? My sister has seen one on the set of Laverne & Shirley as well.
posted by bq at 6:50 PM PST - 11 comments

ORCH HITS HIT YOU HARD. it's the big business.

I would like to hear every note of the chromatic scale played simultaneously in different octaves by an orchestra. Does such an experience exist for me on these, our Internets?
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 6:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Purchasing a Galaxy Tab in SIN

Is the Galaxy Tab being sold at retail stores in Singapore without a contract? [more inside]
posted by armage at 6:23 PM PST - 5 comments

What are these brown spots on my improved meyer lemon tree?

What are these brown spots on my improved meyer lemon tree? [more inside]
posted by stranger danger at 6:18 PM PST - 2 comments

I like you, but not enough to visit you

Guy I like lives in a building with a current bedbug problem. Is it wrong for this to feel like a dealbreaker? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 6:18 PM PST - 25 comments

Is it okay to date a student once the semester is over?

Is it okay to date a student once the semester is over? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:56 PM PST - 67 comments

Mandarin Chinese class in New York City?

Suggestions for learning Mandarin Chinese in New York City? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 5:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Let's auto-reboot my tiresome connection!

Can I force my Windows XP PC to restart whenever my internet traffic ceases? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 5:28 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you help me make Dan Hesse's life hell?

Help me wage war against my cellular provider. [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 5:24 PM PST - 13 comments

I need to become more articulate

I have a lot of trouble expressing myself in clear and effective language, especially technically, which is hurting me in my job search. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:10 PM PST - 10 comments

How to produce holiday events for big companies?

I've written a book that sort of makes me an expert on a particular subject. I'd like to leverage this "expertise" into providing entertainment for corporate parties, retreats, anything like that. But I don't know where to begin. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Help a nonprofit accept credit card payments.

Non-profit donation question: The non-profit I'm working with is holding a benefit and would like to be able to accept credit card donations at the event. I'm running into trouble figuring out how to do this without having a laptop at the event. Anyone have experience with this type of situation? [more inside]
posted by JenMarie at 5:07 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me not to suck anymore

How do you maintain (and relearn) skills and knowledge you don't get to use often? Special shame spiral details inside. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 5:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Gumbo in the UK

Does the word gumbo have a slang meaning in the UK / London? Specifically, when referring to a person, as in "Hey gumbo..."
posted by doowod at 4:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Why do people put pepper in beer

Anybody know why old-timers put black pepper in their beer? Mainly see it in 70+ war vets, but I suppose the question could apply to anybody.
posted by Raichle at 4:48 PM PST - 14 comments

God without mood swings

Book recommendation: Emotion and the Christian religious experience. [more inside]
posted by aetg at 4:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Violin + Bike + Cold

Anyone have experience with biking their violin to and fro in a cold northern US climate? Should I be worried about it? Are the easy things I can do to minimize the chances of a string breaking, the finish cracking, or the wood warping? [more inside]
posted by kjell at 4:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Fixing two misfiring cylinders in a 2006 v6 Mustang?

MustangFilter: 2006 v6 Ford Mustang giving cylinder misfire codes. Crank sensor and pulley recently replaced, the shop tells me to replace the coil pack. Looking for other root causes before I take the plunge? [more inside]
posted by ASoze at 4:46 PM PST - 5 comments

Who's making the best deep house in the world?

Who's producing the best deep/latin/jazzy/disco house music these days? I no longer have the time to go to clubs or crate-digging so I've lost touch with the community. Please tell me who you love, who's making the music that makes you move, and who's on your "most played" list! Live streams are are great, but I'm really looking for stuff I can download/buy. [more inside]
posted by dolface at 4:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Architectural people-figures in Austin, TX?

Where can I get plastic, unpainted architectural scale models of people (figures) in Austin, TX? Like these. HO scale preferred; O would be OK. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 4:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Catch a transfer by the toe, lest it catches me...

Is this balance transfer offer Citibank sent me a good idea? There's always a catch, right? What's the catch? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento at 4:00 PM PST - 24 comments

Who can build this app?

Got an idea for a great simple tablet app, know any companies that could develop it for me but let me keep the rights? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 3:51 PM PST - 4 comments

You gotta run, run, run, run, run

Help a college student with a history of bad habits get healthy. [more inside]
posted by Echobelly at 3:46 PM PST - 15 comments

who could possibly be against comparing effectiveness?

Evidence-based medicine/comparative effectiveness skeptics? [more inside]
posted by Ralston McTodd at 3:44 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I help my brother get out of an unhappy marriage?

How do I help my brother go from a problematic marriage to breaking it off and getting a divorce? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:32 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I rent (or possibly buy, if necessary) movies that aren't on Netflix?

My Netflix queue has a looooong list of movies that are currently unavailable. Netflix doesn't know when they'll become available, so I need a Plan B. Are there any internet sources I can check out? I'd prefer not to hunt around video stores near me, or contact each individual movie's production company. [more inside]
posted by world b free at 3:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Help Me and My Friends Catch Crabs

Me and a couple friends want to go crabbing in the San Francisco Bay area. We're looking for some tips to maximize our catch from people with first-hand crabbing experience. [more inside]
posted by thebergfather at 3:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for an advanced web calendar

A colleague is looking for a calendar to use on their training company's web site. They would like to pull from a PHP-driven database of their course outlines to display the course names on the appropriate dates in the calendar, with a link for each course listing on that date that would display the full course outline to the user when clicked. One or more courses could be offered on any given date. Is there a customizable product that you would recommend for the job, or are they looking at contracting someone to build this from scratch?
posted by The True Wheel at 2:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Why are radiators so complicated?!

Brrr! It's getting cold, and I'm getting tied up trying to research heaters... Hope me, AskMe! [more inside]
posted by benzo8 at 2:55 PM PST - 12 comments

eFax Ripped Me Off, Mastercard Won't Help

Efax notified me that they'd billed me hundreds of dollars to auto-renew my totally sucky membership. I called and asked to cancel, and they said no problem, they'd cancel me and refund my credit card. Then....nothing. Repeat. Same result. Seems to be the scam where they hope X% of customers don't notice refund hasn't gone through. So....I disupted charge with Mastercard. And they refuse to do anything. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 2:40 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm waiting for the inevitable typo to appear in the body text.

After previously having worked in an editing capacity for four years, I miss the experience of editing and what it does for me as a writer. I'm interested in opportunities and ideas for part-time paid or perhaps even volunteer opportunities in the Philadelphia area doing editing. [more inside]
posted by Keter at 2:39 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm living in an angry breakup song. How do I press stop?

I'm living in an angry breakup song. How do I press stop? [more inside]
posted by neblina_matinal at 2:35 PM PST - 21 comments

When you get the ideas, you get the itinerary. Then when you get the itinerary, then you get the fun.

Women, alcohol, drugs, cash, gambling, and guns. And questions. WAY LONGER inside. [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 2:34 PM PST - 37 comments

Forgotten Neighborhoods?

What are some famous (or infamous) neighborhoods that no longer exist? [more inside]
posted by empath at 2:11 PM PST - 75 comments

Surgery without friends again

Two weeks ago I asked about having surgery without anyone to accompany me. Based on the advice there and my reading elsewhere I thought I had a solution but it didn't work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM PST - 41 comments

How does Seroquel cause weight gain and/or diabetes?

Does Seroquel *really* cause diabetes and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 1:54 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I learn to sing?

I'd like to take singing lessons in Toronto. What is the best way to go about pursuing this interest? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics at 1:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Help find porn for my wife?

My wife wants me to go and find us some porn to watch together. [more inside]
posted by WinnipegDragon at 1:29 PM PST - 35 comments

I need some advice about visiting my father in the hospital

My dad has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. We are not close. I'd like some level of closure but don't know what I want. [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 1:22 PM PST - 8 comments

What should I know to organize a successful fundraiser in the form of a race/fun run?

I first want to raise funds, but a close second is to raise awareness and increase name recognition for our organization and its mission around watershed protection. How do I do this effectively with this kind of event? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife at 1:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Is my fiancée mourning the loss of being alone

Is my fiancée mourning the loss of being alone? If so, what can I do? [more inside]
posted by PonderousPursuit at 1:12 PM PST - 61 comments

How to repair a titanium ring?

Fiance's ring came apart. What's the best way to put it back together? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 12:41 PM PST - 13 comments

Chilly Outside, Chiles Inside

What great dishes/recipes would you make part of a Mexican feast? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool at 12:39 PM PST - 25 comments

custom transformer figurine

Im a big transformer fan and i was wondering if anyone makes custom transformer toys ... optimally (lol) id like ones made out of metal but platic would do even a 3d model i could transform and make it do stuff would be fun maybe sit on my desktop on my pc and i dont mean repaints and newly made old toys i mean trans formers that i make up
posted by quseio at 12:27 PM PST - 7 comments

88 Lines about 44 Books? Or something like that.

I'm looking for snippets of song lyrics that reference authors, books, or reading, and I'm looking for ones that can (more or less) stand on their own outside the context of the song. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 12:05 PM PST - 60 comments

Do drugs affect taste?

I have recently started taking a low dose of Amitrypteline (40mg a day). I have noticed that some foods seem to taste different: Coffee is more bitter and orange juice tastes sharper. Is it the medication or my imagination? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Office holiday activities

My office is having a potluck lunch next month to mark the holidays. We need some fun activities to get people in the spirit of the season. Difficulty: most of my dozen co-workers are middle-aged introverted engineer types. We’ll be joining a similar-sized business analyst team that is a little more outgoing. Some of the past years’ games include a photo contest, sweet tooth challenge (guessing contents of candy filled jars), charity raffle, secret santa, and yankee swaps. I like the idea of a photo contest with a funny topic where artistic merit is irrelevant.
posted by Dragonness at 11:53 AM PST - 12 comments

What to read after The Magicians?

What book recommendations would you have for someone who really enjoyed Lev Grossman's The Magicians? [more inside]
posted by article at 11:49 AM PST - 24 comments

French pronounciation

How do you pronounce 'Auteuil', as in Daniel Auteuil?
posted by Deor at 11:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Can I still get Drambuie in the old style bottle in the US?

I have a relative who enjoys Drambuie but absolutely hates the bottle redesign from last year. Is there anywhere in the US where I can still buy it in the old style bottle? Ideally somewhere in the area between Detroit, Michigan and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania? I realize I can buy an empty bottle on eBay or what have you and present it as a "decanter" with a new bottle, but I'm hoping I can maybe find a place with a cache of the old style bottles.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 11:39 AM PST - 4 comments

What are some essential SP-12 / SP-1200 / MPC60 albums?

What do you recommend I check out as far as classic hip hop with heavy, layered sampling with the low-res sound of old Akai and EMU samplers? [more inside]
posted by tremspeed at 11:26 AM PST - 6 comments

How should healthcare professionals act when they (or their loved ones) are patients?

Health-care workers of MeFi: how do you act around doctors when you or a family member is receiving care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Outsourcing basic desktop support

I'm looking for recommendations for outsourcing very basic desktop support to a call center for a mid-sized company. This would be approximately 50 calls per month, and we'd be able to supply a script for the ten or so issues we'd need to be handled (clearing browser cache, disabling pop up blockers, enabling cookies, etc). Phone support only, we already have an FAQ covering these topics. [more inside]
posted by cali at 10:41 AM PST - 2 comments

What's a good duet song for a child and adult?

What would be a good duet song for a young child and grown up to sing together? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 10:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Cheap/free books for Sony Reader

I have a Sony Pocket Reader. My favorite thing about the internet is free stuff. My library checks out audio books to download and e-books for your computer but not devices. (fdr) if that means anything. I see free books for kindle on amazon. Will they work on my sony? The 100 year old books on Gutenberg work but I see getting old fast. I see NYC public library for $100/year. --tl;dr Help my find good stuff for my Pocket reader
posted by notned at 10:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Let there be light!

CluelessHomeownerFilter: How do I remove a fluorescent tube from a fixture? [more inside]
posted by philokalia at 10:30 AM PST - 10 comments

I'm finally ready to make my house a home...

I want my house to look like The Burrow or Monica's apartment. I just can't quite translate it to my own space, I need inspiration. Please give me your blogs on eclectic, quirky design. Especially ones for people with a DIY spirit and a non-existent budget. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 10:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Driven crazy by lack of a printer driver.

I bought a new computer (stalkers may check out my previous 'asks') running 64 bit windows 7, and I'd like it to connect to my HP 6840 wireless printer; that is, I need an appropriate driver. HP's website says that windows 7, has the driver built in and all I have to do is connect the printer via usb cable and stand back. Well, I tried that and several other things but my Windows 7 home, even after running update, has no driver for my printer (which it correctly identifies). HP tech support is of no help, merely repeating the same advice as the web sites I've already seen. I know such a driver exists because other people have solved this problem. How can I get it?
posted by Obscure Reference at 9:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Why won't my lightbox gallery show the third image?

Why won't my lightbox gallery show the third image? [more inside]
posted by matt_od at 9:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Does intelligence work impact international travel?

Does working in US intelligence or for private firms closely integrated with US intelligence impact future international employment or citizenship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Which kind of doctor should I see for a possible mouth infection?

Which doctor should I go to if I think I have an infection in my mouth: a dentist or a physician? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 9:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Hey! Let's hook up?

I want to initiate a causal hook up with a newly single friend. How? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 22 comments

Guidelines for disclosure of depression?

Depression filter: At what point (if any) is it appropriate to share with specific family/friends incidents of depression / suicide ideation in my past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:11 AM PST - 15 comments

On-call rotation phone service

I work on a group of 11 developers. Our operations folks work 24/7, and occasionally servers go down or things break and a developer needs to be on-call to support these things. We have an 800 number that forwards to the on-call engineer's cell phone (rotated weekly semi-predictably) and has a centralized voicemail for missed calls. Unfortunately, our current service is a pain to configure and only supports a maximum of 10 forwarding numbers. Do you guys know of any services out there that would do something like what we're doing? I'm not sure what we're paying now, but it's probably under $100 a month.
posted by Plutor at 9:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Please help me find a new bath mat

This should be easy but for some reason it’s difficult. I need a new bathmat and toilet seat cover for my bathroom. I bought my current set from Zellers three years ago and they’re already wrecked, so I’m looking to buy something that will stand up better this time. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 8:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Point me to the part of the internets where I should be learning Swedish

SvenskaFilter: Help me learn basic Swedish in 2 months! [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru at 8:41 AM PST - 12 comments

How to get over guilt at not breastfeeding?

They say breast is best, but... after 8+ weeks of constant pain and struggling, I don't know what to do. Breastfeeding isn't working for us, but I'm strangely conflicted about giving it up. How do I reconcile these things? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Informed at 8:36 AM PST - 62 comments

Font Mug Shots

I use various label applications that do not show a true image of the installed fonts in the drop down list. Is there a macro or procedure in Word to print all the installed fonts AND include the name of the font?
posted by Freedomboy at 8:28 AM PST - 2 comments

My son wants to BestSell for BestBuy

My 15 year old tech-geek son decided that his dream part-time job is to work as a sales clerk at Best Buy. Do you have any tips for helping him land the job? [more inside]
posted by angiep at 8:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Why am I so cold?

Why are my hands so cold? More importantly, what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by I am the Walrus at 7:49 AM PST - 20 comments

Sitting home at night is slowly killing me!

How can I find stuff to do instead of staring blankly at the computer at night? (special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by zug at 7:41 AM PST - 27 comments

How can a debt free mid-20s couple be smart about their money?

My wife and I are mid-20s, debt free and aren't sure what to do with our savings (we do not want to purchase real estate yet). How can we find out more about being smart with our money? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 7:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find a good vitamin?

My doctor wants me to take a multivitamin for my slight anemia. Help me pick one please? [more inside]
posted by quirks at 7:10 AM PST - 21 comments

You are Money (clip)!

Money Clips - what should one look for in this device? [more inside]
posted by plinth at 7:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Can I knit elected officials (and possibly sell them)?

Would I be putting myself at risk, legally, were I to knit elected officials in jest and sell them on Etsy? I wouldn't be doing anything distasteful or slandering, but merely making stuffed figurines of them, no more offensive than your typical political cartoon's caricature. I know there is a ton of Obama, Bush, Palin and Clinton merchandise out there that doesn't get much legal attention, but I'm thinking about also knitting famous governors and representatives, and perhaps former elected officials as well. Failing that, what about selling or giving away the patterns for free? I'm more interested in doing this as a design project than making a profit, but I'd like to sell them both to subsidize the hobby, and let people who want a plushie have one.
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Mom's been disabled on Facebook... now what?

Facebook disabled my mom's profile and won't re-enable it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by laze at 6:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Site to trade one-on-one tutoring?

Where can I go to trade one-on-one in-person tutoring? For instance, I live in Brooklyn and could teach c++ and computer vision, but I want to learn CakePHP and Autotools. Where can I make this trade? [more inside]
posted by jefftimesten at 6:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Could I have a food allergy, intolerance or both?

Could I have a food allergy, an intolerance, both or neither? Special snowflake diet/symptoms info inside. [more inside]
posted by greenfelttip at 5:27 AM PST - 23 comments

To high-res or not to high-res?

I'm just about to buy a Macbook Pro 15-inch 2.53Ghz. I'v got some worries about whether or not to add the 'high-res' screen option. Two questions: (1) Will these 1680x1050 screens be the standard for 15-inch MBPs in future? (2) If you have one, what are your experiences/advice? [more inside]
posted by freud at 5:17 AM PST - 18 comments

What's the best platform for building a niche stackoverflow-type site?

What's the best platform for building a niche stackoverflow-type site? In the running: Coordino, Shapado, OSQA [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 3:10 AM PST - 5 comments

How to enumerate paths through a graph?

What's the right way to find all unique paths through a directed graph (using PHP)? [more inside]
posted by gribbly at 12:46 AM PST - 6 comments

The girl with the red napkin.

Long shot. Can anyone identify a naturalistic painting of two women, a man, and a cat in a public house sort of place? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light at 12:00 AM PST - 14 comments

November 16

Help me find this dress!

I am looking to identify this dress from the 1930s/40s so I can find a similar type today for my mother. Ideally it should be cotton and available in a size large, as my mother is not partial to synthetics and she is not a fan of tight clothing in the way I am. :P [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms at 11:06 PM PST - 11 comments

loinclothed drummer on a fourwheeler is taunting me

Help with music video/artist identification... [more inside]
posted by Bohemia Mountain at 10:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Should my baby go through a full body scan?

I will be travelling with my 20 month old son next week. Should I take him through the full body scanner, or request alternative screening? I'd love answers from anyone with particular expertise in this area. [more inside]
posted by lexicakes at 10:14 PM PST - 22 comments

Regular expression book with problems?

Looking for a book / website to teach regular expressions via problems. [more inside]
posted by bindasj at 9:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Cooking ideas using formulas, not recipes

Cooking by formula rather than recipe? [more inside]
posted by mbird at 8:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Where can I find tins/boxes that will fit in Priority large boxes?

Christmas giftbaskets: I'm looking for baskets/tins that will fit into USPS large priority flat rate boxes that measure 12" x 12" x 5-1/2". [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 8:39 PM PST - 2 comments

iPhone virtual radio announcer app?

Is there an iPhone app that acts like a virtual radio DJ, announcing artists and songs as they play? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist at 8:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Cat dental cleaning - do I stop giving him water?

Do I give my cat water the night before a dental cleaning? [more inside]
posted by studioaudience at 8:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Two Years to a Less Stressed You!

Let's say someone wanted to go a community college and take a 2-year/certificate program of some sort with the end goal being to get a very stable, well-paying job... what would be their best bet? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 8:24 PM PST - 32 comments

Teach me about Jazz!

Help me get into (and navigate) the world of Jazz. [more inside]
posted by wander at 8:11 PM PST - 25 comments

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

In Germany, the film "Times Square" carries the subtitle "... ihr könnt uns alle 'mal!!" What does that mean?
posted by Devoidoid at 7:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Burp burp.

I have a difficulty burping which started several days ago and last night, it became worst and I ended up not being able to sleep until 3AM. What could be wrong? I still feel it- it is not really that painful but it is uncomfortable. I feel bloated at the same time, and I feel as if food are stuck in my throat or something and I feel like am being choked. I do not smoke, I drink very rarely. Please help me.
posted by LittleMissItneg at 7:28 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I express an compelling argument to attend Ole Miss Law School?

How do I express an compelling argument to attend Ole Miss Law School? [more inside]
posted by bilbo baggins at 7:25 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I help a friend whose son attempted suicide?

An old friend of mine's 18 year old son just attempted to kill himself with a shotgun blast to the head. [more inside]
posted by mrhappy at 7:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Yankees Pinstripe Fabric

Where can I purchase Yankee pinstripe cotton or cotton/poly fabric by mail? I don't want the team logo on it; don't want fleece; just want to purchase navy and white pinstripe fabric like on this jersey to make curtains in my husband's "Yankee room". Thanks Mefites!
posted by northernlightgardener at 7:11 PM PST - 1 comment

What to do in NZ?

We'll be spending a week in New Zealand in early February, flying in and out of Auckland. (This is tacked onto a trip to see friends in Tasmania). There's two of us, plus our will-be 18 month old. We like child-friendly museums, interesting historical sites, good vegetarian food, moderate-level day hikes, and most everything else that comes with traveling. [more inside]
posted by buttercup at 7:03 PM PST - 11 comments


Please help me leave my six-legged roommates behind. [more inside]
posted by wo at 6:52 PM PST - 12 comments

How to stop being a worrywart?

How do I stop worrying? [more inside]
posted by antgly at 6:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Winter boots for freaky feet?

Winter is coming fast, and I have two freaky feet that are making it difficult to figure out how to boot up. [more inside]
posted by L'Estrange Fruit at 6:41 PM PST - 9 comments

My life, it's in your hands.

Help me decide what I want to do with my life, and what degree I need in order to get there. Are there any jobs in the design field that don't necessarily require you to design things? [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 6:32 PM PST - 9 comments

help me breathe in public

i have social anxiety with my sweetie when we're out in public at crowded events because of past baggage. looking for some tips (more inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Better late than never? Or just never?

Should I return possibly valuable stuff to ex - decades later? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 24 comments

What to do in Beijing?

I have 8 hours in Beijing. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by xorowo at 5:41 PM PST - 10 comments

America: An Australian Proxy?

How can I register for an American onine service while living in Australia? [more inside]
posted by Quadlex at 5:28 PM PST - 2 comments

"Soylent Green is people, but we're really okay with that."

Could a society possibly sustain itself solely on a culture of systematized cannibalism? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 5:14 PM PST - 31 comments

Goodbye, sugar.

Help a baking fiend cut out refined sugar. [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 4:47 PM PST - 18 comments

What are must-see movies for photographers?

What are must-see movies for photographers? As a photographer I am constantly on the lookout for inspiration. Recently I saw High Art, and was deeply moved by the way the movie conveyed a way of seeing, which I feel is now available as a direction for myself. [more inside]
posted by andreinla at 4:46 PM PST - 32 comments

Tips for Surviving Hospital Call Shifts?

How do you survive 30 hour call shifts on a busy general internal medicine ward? [more inside]
posted by narcissus_and_ambrosia at 4:39 PM PST - 15 comments

Pizza Dough Variations

What else can I make with pizza dough? I've tried pizza, focaccia, and pita bread. I can get it at a cheap price, so I want to use it in every way possible.
posted by leigh1 at 4:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Electroswing me!

I've started really getting into Caravan Palace. [a] What else should I be listening to? ( has a very few good suggestions, but quickly degenerates into rap, R&B or other blandness) [b] Where in London (UK) can I go to dance to this stuff? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 4:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Interviewing Etiquette

Do you always have to follow up after a job interview? I do not have the interviewers email address. [more inside]
posted by carmel at 3:36 PM PST - 21 comments

Delicious Tex-Mex Queso

Mag Mud - can you help me recreate it?? [more inside]
posted by bahama mama at 3:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Is it dangerous to ingest a small amount of another person's blood?

Is it dangerous to ingest a small amount of another person's blood? [more inside]
posted by past at 3:31 PM PST - 16 comments

all your internets are belong to us [firesheep users]

How can I take advantage of free internet at a hotel and/or cafe during the post-firesheep apocalypse? [more inside]
posted by ChefJoAnna at 3:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Similarities between two different things?

Give me an idea of two very different things, that I could show similarities between -- that relate to me. [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 at 3:16 PM PST - 12 comments

What should I give a friend and her husband as a very late wedding gift?

What should I give a friend and her husband as a very late wedding gift? [more inside]
posted by socialdrinker at 2:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Will my employer pay me for a new website?

My employer's website is horrible. I've often thought of trying to make it better (even my minimal skills would be better than it is now). What's the best way to go about this, and what are the odds my company would give me a bonus/payment for doing this? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 2:34 PM PST - 19 comments

Can I fix my camera in time?

Where can I get a new screen for my Canon Sd1000 digital camera? Is it possible to get one by next monday? [more inside]
posted by wayland at 2:20 PM PST - 5 comments

Or failing that, a time portal to 2005 and $100 or so in appropriately dated bills...

Does anyone make a thumb drive that plays MP3s? [more inside]
posted by 256 at 2:17 PM PST - 24 comments

I thought that sort of thing was just between the two of us...

My girlfriend of a significant amount of time posted a naked picture of herself online without ever talking to me about it... am I wrong to be bothered by this? [more inside]
posted by doompuppy at 2:16 PM PST - 91 comments

Where can a girl go to see some fetuses in jars?

Where can I go to see fetuses in jars? I really like seeing fetuses in jars. I find them fascinating. I have seen the ones at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and also some fantastic deformed fetuses at the anatomy lab at my university. I want to see more fetuses in jars! All kinds of fetuses! What are some other places where I can go to see fetuses in jars? I do a bit of traveling so even places outside of the US would great too. Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 2:14 PM PST - 40 comments

Red Ring of Boredom

What are your favorite audio podcasts focused on the Xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 1:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Forwarding SMS texts

Is it possible to forward SMS texts from my iPhone to another cell phone or to my email? [more inside]
posted by hotchocolate at 1:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Winter post-swimwear

Point me to the ideal winter post-swim wear! [more inside]
posted by yarly at 1:46 PM PST - 9 comments

i'm my own jewish mother

Looking for a special snowflake to-do/calendar type thing. [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy at 1:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me label my outgoing messages in Gmail. Please?

How do I label my outgoing messages in Gmail? [more inside]
posted by ajr at 1:33 PM PST - 10 comments

What is the best way to get a Vintage Mobile Phone up and running again?

A friend of mine has an old vintage phone the same as this one here. My limited knowledge leads me to believe that because it was an old analogue phone there is no chance of getting it working again in it's current form. It's in very good condition and we were thinking if it was possible to take the "guts" out of a cheap new phone and put them inside the handset part of the old phone. We only really want to use it for novelty value but neither of us really have a clue how we would match up the keys/screen/antenna or even how to open up the older handset as there are no obvious screws to undo. If anyone could shed any light on if this is possible & how to do it we would very much appreciate it. Cheers
posted by woodenfloored at 1:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Stress-free family vacation

Where to vacation with three generations of family near Houston, TX? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly at 12:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Do you know of any counseling services at Overlook Hospital in NJ?

Does anyone have any experience with Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ, specific to family support/counseling (family of a patient, that is)? [more inside]
posted by tristeza at 12:54 PM PST - 7 comments

More choo-choos please.

What can I do as a regular citizen to promote passenger train travel in the United States? [more inside]
posted by bristolcat at 12:54 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I reduce the time to clear bruising and swelling?

What techniques, practices, and over the counter items are useful in reducing the time to clear bruising and, to a lesser extent, swelling? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 12:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Decent priced cooked chicken breast in NYC?

Decent priced cooked chicken breast in NYC? [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters at 12:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for an online music service...

Is there a music search service that showcases artists and genres, with links to all the places you can download their music (including individual labels and/or artists) and for how much -- like, but for music instead of travel? I'm no programmer, but somebody needs to be doing this. Does anybody know of anything like this, either current or in development? What does it take to get something like this started? Like so many others, I am missing Amie Street. Emusic, itunes and Amazon do not provide the same level of music discovery and bargain hunting. There is a gap that needs to be filled here.
posted by zagyzebra at 12:12 PM PST - 11 comments

XML Help

I'm sort of stuck on trying to use an XML document to define the SRC properties for images... [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Fictional Characters Who Need Therapy

Asking for a friend: fictional characters in need of therapy. [more inside]
posted by something something at 11:58 AM PST - 30 comments

'm looking for thin sheets of rigid material that have a regular pattern of holes in them.

I'm looking for thin sheets of rigid material that have a regular pattern of holes in them. So, a sheet of opaque plastic with ben-day dots drilled out of it for use in a fluorescent light fixture would be great. Any ideas? Search terms? The material the sheets are made of is unimportant, as is the size and placement of the dots.
posted by dirtdirt at 11:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Chronology of history

On November 8, 1940 was Munich Germany bombed by the RAF. [more inside]
posted by clavdivs at 11:25 AM PST - 14 comments

...who had a little curl...

I've got naturally curly (bordering on frizzy) shoulder-length hair that I generally don't style at all...I just wash and go. But now I'm thinking about getting some hot rollers. [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 11:17 AM PST - 9 comments

He's eating himself.

How do I stop my dog from chewing a way at his paws??? [more inside]
posted by xbeautychicx at 10:58 AM PST - 25 comments

Antidote for an ossified soul

How to bounce back after extended time in a badly-fitting job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Keyboard Tray Recommendations?

Recommend an awesomely adjustable keyboard slide/tray for my obnoxiously thick Expedit desk? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 10:35 AM PST - 2 comments

Should I buy a potentially noisy house when I hate noise?

Should I go through with this house purchase? I'm worried about the noise from next door. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 10:34 AM PST - 19 comments

How to record digitally broadcast television

What's the best way to record antenna-based broadcast TV? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm at 10:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Want a pre-lit tree that is pretty and not expensive.

Can you help me find a pre-lit tree that doesn't look hideous and won't bust the budget? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin at 10:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Helping a kid who does not help himself

Helping a kid who does not help himself. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 10:10 AM PST - 27 comments

How much should I charge for trumpet lessons?

How much should I charge for trumpet lessons? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi at 10:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Driving less than 12 hours will be a big improvement

Looking for MD/DE/NJ beaches with an Outer Banks vibe. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 10:05 AM PST - 12 comments

Best Sled ride in LA

Where to sled in SoCal? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 9:45 AM PST - 5 comments

What cool things can I do with a spare, jailbroken iphone 3g? (wifi service only)

What cool things can I do with a spare, jailbroken iphone 3g? (wifi service only) [more inside]
posted by Studiogeek at 9:42 AM PST - 9 comments

A "Random Generator" Construction Kit

I'd like to build one of those simple Random Generators that pulls elements from a database and plugs them into a Mad Libs-like structure. Something along the lines of They Fight Crime or any of the online random story generators out there. I work with HTML and CSS every day, and I have some "copy 'n' paste 'n' tweak" experience with JQuery, but I don't really know where to begin building this thing. Any help? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Training for a new career in IT

I'm ready for a career change and I've always wanted to work in IT. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:34 AM PST - 12 comments

your head will collapse but there's nothing in it

I'm suddenly very interested in stories, novels, films, music, poems, and comics/graphic narratives that take insanity, altered states of consciousness, and/or terminal illness as a primary theme. My general preference is for science fiction and speculative fiction, but suggestions from other genres would be very good as well. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 9:33 AM PST - 46 comments

Burglarproofing for renters?

What are the most cost-effective ways to burglar-proof a rented apartment? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 9:27 AM PST - 25 comments

I am so sorry you had to go this way.

Advice and tips for dealing with what, for me, was a jarring event (trigger: sorry animal lovers). [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 9:11 AM PST - 21 comments

How much will an ounce of gold be this time next year?

Will gold and/or silver be 'cheap' again anytime soon? [more inside]
posted by From Bklyn at 9:05 AM PST - 24 comments

Buying Boots and a parka in Northern Alberta (Canada.) Where to look?

Buying Boots and a parka in Northern Alberta (Canada.) Where to look? The post title says it all. I'm buying boots and a parka in Northern Alberta (Canada.) I'm only a couple hours north of Edmonton and can go there if necessary, but ordering online is also something I'd consider. I plan to be spending a decent amount of time outside and want to get gear that will keep me warm, and last for years to come. What are the quality names? Where is a good place to look?
posted by Stagger Lee at 9:04 AM PST - 20 comments

Broken and panicking!

Is there any hope for my broken USB stick? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit at 9:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Is my, er, pubic hair style socially acceptable?

I'm about to sleep with a new boy. Do I need to worry about my pubic hair situation? (NSFW probably) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:03 AM PST - 45 comments

This test is more important than the SAT.

Where can I get free STD-testing done in the Netherlands or the UK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I handle my shame about having herpes?

I have herpes. I am convinced that no one will ever want me again. Please help me deal with this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 16 comments

Cooking for Dumbasses

Recommend me some quick, effortless ways to spruce up quick meals when I don't feel like consciously cooking. Techniques for pasta and rice, or suggestions for other things I could whip out quickly. [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich at 8:43 AM PST - 43 comments

OK to trash old checks?

How to dispose of old canceled checks? Can't shred 'em or burn 'em. [more inside]
posted by FormerMermaid at 8:41 AM PST - 24 comments

What does this Japanese inscription mean?

My son has been given what he's been told is a decorative fuchi (collar) from a katana. It has some Japanese characters inscribed on it, and he's desperate to find out what it means - he has been told it's a name, but we have no way of knowing. Here are a couple of pictures. Any ideas? Hopefully it doesn't translate as 'Happy Toy Company'. Thanks all.
posted by reynir at 8:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Reference Sheets of "The Tick"

Where can I find reference sheets of the Tick? [more inside]
posted by Catarax at 8:32 AM PST - 1 comment

Video birthday card advice

Planning on making a "video birthday card" for my BF's 30th - looking for input on how to get the best possible final product. [more inside]
posted by coupdefoudre at 8:10 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I sell a white elephant (table)?

My husband came into our relationship with a very expensive Stickley (not antique) dining table. It doesn't match any of our furniture, it's too big for our space, and it also comes with some bad memories from his previous marriage. We'd love to sell it, but can't seem to find a buyer. We've had no bites on Craigslist (other than scammers), no luck with an estate sales company, and when I check completed listings on eBay, I see that similar tables don't sell, new or used. What are we missing? [more inside]
posted by Mchelly at 8:06 AM PST - 16 comments

how to make a water container with todays news?

I need to make a vessel that will hold half gallon of water, and will not leak for at least 1 hour. The catch? I can only use 1 newspaper, 1 pound flour, 1 tablespoon of salt. It has to be ready for tomorrow. I can use my oven to bake it or dry it, so it has to fit in my oven. These are the "only" limitations. Any ideas?
posted by uauage at 7:54 AM PST - 28 comments

Beatles Noob needs help.

Beatles Noob question - In light of the Beatles catalog being released on iTunes today I figure now is as good a time as any to start listening. What's the best album to start with?
posted by AngryLlama at 7:49 AM PST - 60 comments

Help me transport a pie on Thanksgiving!

A Portable Thanksgiving: Help me figure out how to transport a pie on an airplane! [more inside]
posted by unexpected at 7:45 AM PST - 17 comments

I'd like to... ah... go go on a whiskey tour, help!

I'm looking for an exhaustive list of Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries that are open to the public. Are there more out there than the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? [more inside]
posted by pipco at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

looking for free directory assistance

Since Googs 411 shut down I am looking for a replacement. Any Ideas from the hive? I am looking for free directory assistance that I can use with my cell phone.
posted by citybuddha at 6:59 AM PST - 6 comments

What do you mean you can't read .wtf files?

I need a CAD file viewer that can view as many CAD file types as possible. [more inside]
posted by charred husk at 6:56 AM PST - 5 comments

If it ain't broke, don't fix it

What are some famous examples of, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it?" [more inside]
posted by I'm Doing the Dishes at 5:53 AM PST - 53 comments

I have tottaly not forgotten about this until the last minute

GiftFilter: I need ideas for a gift that will be bought on-line and reliably delivered to Manchester, UK by next week. [more inside]
posted by Dr Dracator at 5:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Likert nightmares

Likert scale survey with 3 matrices, each examining a different factor by asking 8 questions to be ranked. I have the 110 responses I wanted, broken down by some demographics. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 5:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Bad Sector? Huh?

I have some brand new DVDs and when I try to rip them (for LEGAL use, I OWN them) I keep getting told they ALL have bad sectors. What to do? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 4:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Do you know this film about goblins/aliens?

I'm trying to identify a scary TV programme/film I saw as a child with goblins/aliens. Possibly Australian. [more inside]
posted by distorte at 4:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Recommend a simple way to track different referral clickthroughs to a page I don't own?

Is there an easy, free way for me to track click referrals to a page I don't own? I know shows this information but only aggregate data. I need to be able to set multiple redirect links and get unique clickthrough data for each of them. Full explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by skylar at 4:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Preventing bag theft during TSA inspection

Help me keep my bags from being stolen during the TSA security check. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 2:50 AM PST - 24 comments

Pie for Breakfast in Vermont!

"And in Vermont, a Yankee is somebody who eats pie for breakfast." Can you really eat pie for breakfast in Vermont? If so, please help make this dream a reality! Request for restaurant & nearby place to stay. [more inside]
posted by mosessis at 2:35 AM PST - 25 comments

International meet up wedding gift

My husband and I are going to Paris this weekend to meet up with my very good friend who just got married Sunday. (Yes it is their honeymoon, no we're not crashing it just meeting up with them for a day) I'd like to give them some sort of wedding gift, what can we get/do for them? [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 2:15 AM PST - 2 comments

November 15

Being better in teaching

I want to make this short and excuse my uneasy temperment. I'm in Korea teaching English. Teaching for almost a month to be exact. No background in teaching nor attending a seminar for ESL teaching. It's very hard since I'm doing this in the middle of the last school semester. I don't know what to do to be honest. I speak Korean and this is a menace. They have huge expectations about me as I can speak both languages. I need to improve my teaching skills overall ASAP. But what to do?
posted by sanskrtam at 11:26 PM PST - 29 comments

Why does red fade so easily outdoors?

On signs and other media shown outdoors, why does the color red seem to fade the fastest? [more inside]
posted by Hither at 10:44 PM PST - 7 comments

If you hadn't sent me after that snipe, I would've had plenty of time to put better slides together.

Should I tell my professor that I'm pretty sure he gave me an incorrect reference, which cost me a good deal of preparation time on an assignment, or is this the kind of thing I'm expected to be able to deal with easily? [more inside]
posted by yomimono at 8:45 PM PST - 22 comments

MSWord shortcut madness! Cmd+V won't paste.

Why is cmd+V bringing up the insert hyperlink dialogue, rather than pasting in Word? [more inside]
posted by liss at 8:43 PM PST - 1 comment

freegeek geeksquad pls help me solve the mystery accept the mystery

I have a Sony VPL-PX40 and a Sony VPL-PX41. How can I open them up to swap the lenses? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 8:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Ex and "best friend" won't talk to me anymore, why?

Why won't my ex talk to me? And how can I be okay with this? Give me insight based on your experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:30 PM PST - 37 comments

Summer in Scandinavia

I want to spend my summer exploring Europe, through some combination of hitchhiking, walking, public transportation, couchsurfing, camping, and hostels. What should I know? How can I finance this trip? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 7:26 PM PST - 12 comments

I'm ready to drink the Kool-Aid

I just caught the documentary Dig! and though I'm pretty familiar with the Dandy Warhols, I've never really gotten into the Brian Jonestown Massacre. So, what's a good introduction to BJM that will keep me coming back for more?
posted by El_Marto at 7:13 PM PST - 13 comments

help me be a better nerd!

I'm going to school for information science next fall, and will likely only be working part-time until then. I'm bored. What should I do to give myself a head start? [more inside]
posted by alphasunhat at 7:02 PM PST - 14 comments

My Parents are Talking about Divorce after 47 Years

My parents are pushing 70 and have been married for almost 50 years, and now they're talking about divorce. How can my siblings and I help? [more inside]
posted by RingerChopChop at 6:33 PM PST - 37 comments

Can I scrap the old cable TV lines at my house?

Can I scrap the old cable TV lines at my house? [more inside]
posted by Nabubrush at 6:14 PM PST - 8 comments

The Original Soma

Are these Amanita muscaria mushrooms? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 6:13 PM PST - 14 comments

That's what I want

JobFilter: Interview jitters... do I ask or do they offer? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Does a quiet FW800 disk array exist?

What are your recommendations for a quiet, reliable, FW800 RAID array for home use? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 5:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Prequisites for Physician Assistant Programs: Community College, or University?

Prequisites for Physician Assistant Programs: Community College, or University? [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose at 5:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Should I quit my job to live abroad with my girlfriend who will be working on getting her PhD?

My girlfriend's company has offered to pay for her PhD. However, for one reason or another, they would like her to get it abroad (outside of the US). Should she accept? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by cad at 5:38 PM PST - 39 comments

What a wreck! No-fault state = no rights for basic compensation?

Help me make sense of no-fault state car insurance shenanigans! Covered person's insurance company not really proactive or informative. Other driver's insurance company dragging heels and giving the run-around.. [more inside]
posted by loquat at 5:29 PM PST - 3 comments

How much does it cost to rent/operate a plane as a private pilot compared to flying on a standard commercial ticket

How much does it cost to rent/operate a plane as a private pilot compared to flying on a standard commercial ticket? [more inside]
posted by willnot at 4:57 PM PST - 14 comments

List of famous authors-muses?

Can you help me compile a list of authors/muses? I am stuck after Dante-Beatrice, Petrarch-Laura, Henry-June, Kerouac-Cassady. Thank you!
posted by bukvich at 4:46 PM PST - 26 comments

Why buy when you can rent?

I'm kind of clueless about condos. Help? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 4:46 PM PST - 22 comments

Please help fix this hypocondriac

Well, it's time I admit it. I'm a hypochondriac, have been for a long time, and it's finally starting to affect my life, finances, and relationships with friends and family. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 15 comments

21-year friendship on the rocks

A friend of 20+ years and I are having relationships issues and I'm unsure of how to proceed. I need advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Bead stuck in headphone jack

How can I remove something lodged in an iPod headphone jack? [more inside]
posted by steampowered at 4:13 PM PST - 15 comments

.htaccess redirects

.htaccess redirects : how many is too many? [more inside]
posted by crunchland at 3:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Most difficult songs to sing along with?

What are some of the most difficult songs to sing? I love to sing (especially in the car) and would like to refine my vocal technique. I can't afford vocal lessons, so I'm looking for challenging songs that will give me a great vocal work out. [more inside]
posted by Surinam Toad at 3:44 PM PST - 49 comments

I don't want to give up on people or myself: how do you deal with persistent impermanence?

After 15 years of disappointing dating, how do I hold on to my optimism and avoid apathy in my relations with others? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 3:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Too late to figure out sex at 45?

Is it possible to learn the things you should have learned when you were an adolescent when that time is long in the past? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Re-lensing cheapo eBay glasses?

The internet has solved the problem of cheap glasses + lenses bought together. How about putting lenses in glasses? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 3:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Addicted to "tests" and analyzing my relationships

I'm an over-thinking Metafite,..will this mess up my love life? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl at 3:11 PM PST - 38 comments