November 2011 Archives

November 30

Help me give my first lap dance!

I am a nerdy fun girl next door type who wants to give my guy a lap dance this weekend but I've never given, received, or even really seen one before. Please help me find good resources for technique and song selection. I found this video and this article on Google, and both seem to be a good start, but results for "how to give a lap dance" kind of fall apart after that. Can anyone point me to sites/videos that give similar instruction? I also need help with picking a song. I'm looking for a slower song with a seductive groove/beat rather than something fast. Ideas?
posted by scarnato at 11:48 PM PST - 26 comments

No haircut today, pups.

International voltage woes. Is my appliance retrievable? [more inside]
posted by superfish at 11:46 PM PST - 5 comments

What the hell kind of insect bite is this?

What the hell kind of insect bite is this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Microsoft Word 2002 crashing when opening specific documents

Microsoft Word 2002, running on Windows XP, has started crashing when opening particular documents, but not others. Any troubleshooting advice? [more inside]
posted by russilwvong at 9:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Bubble trouble?

I just got a couple of fantail goldfish, which I am keeping in a approx. 5 gallon vase. One of my fish has developed what looks like tiny bubbles on his fins. What are these? [more inside]
posted by melangell at 9:24 PM PST - 10 comments

I'm not growing sideburns or wearing those pants, so this will have to do.

I'm not sure if this is even possible, but: where could I buy a lady's Regency-period ring? Something like this would be perfect. I keep coming across awful eBay sites that have 'Georgian-style' attached to something that could have been made in China yesterday, for all I know. Something with a certificate of authenticity / valuation?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 9:20 PM PST - 12 comments

Can you recommend a carry-on luggage with wheels that doubles as a garment bag?

Can you recommend a carry-on luggage with wheels that doubles as a garment bag? [more inside]
posted by eliluong at 8:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Does an AP behind a wireless bridge necessarily incur a speed penalty?

I've been trying to setup a wifi network behind a wireless bridge, and keep finding that internet speeds are 1/3 to 1/10 of those I get by when connecting directly to the bridge or source network. What gives? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 8:52 PM PST - 6 comments

how to calc savings due to overpaying monthly mortgage???

How to calculate how much money I am saving overall by paying extra money on my monthly mortgage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account at 8:40 PM PST - 13 comments

They need treatment - they don't want to lose their job

An aquaintance of mine works for a defense contractor company as has a fairly high security clearance. They also have a serious drinking problem and have admitted that they are an alcoholic. However, they are afraid to go for treatment because they are concerned that they will lose their security clearance as a result. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 PM PST - 25 comments

You've got pollen on your nose, I've been leaking like a garden hose

I'm a straight chick, but I think that Mirah's songs (early stuff - first two albums) are super sexy. Can you recommend other musicians, albums, or songs with a similar aesthetic/tone? [more inside]
posted by telegraph at 8:10 PM PST - 12 comments

At least it's not blinking...

Can any web designers speak to what's up with the <marquee> tag? I want to use it in a tasteful, scrolling-credits-type way — is it even worth doing? [more inside]
posted by FreelanceBureaucrat at 8:07 PM PST - 7 comments

SantaFilter: My five-year-old son wants a "real" Star Wars light saber for Christmas.

There are approximately one billion models of light saber toys out there. I'm looking at reviews, but it occurs to me maybe someone here has a great rec for a sturdy, non-lame light saber toy. [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 at 7:59 PM PST - 7 comments

green living

I love natural, reclaimed and sustainable products for the home. I prefer simple designs and natural materials: wood, stone, leather, silk, etc. My favorite online shops are VivaTerra and Terrain. The problem is that they only ship to US. Do you know of a shop that will ship to Europe or a similar European online shop?
posted by leigh1 at 7:44 PM PST - 2 comments

My brain wants me to hate myself. My self wants me to finish college. Help.

Please help me make a plan to deal with the aftermath of this episode of severe depression. For various reasons I would really prefer not to be enrolled in college again next semester. It's long, I'm sorry, but I wrote this too quickly to pare things out. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 7:41 PM PST - 12 comments

How to narrow down the cause of nighttime wheezing?

Something in our bedroom is affecting my boyfriend's breathing and allergy symptoms. How can we figure out the specific cause? [more inside]
posted by pourtant at 7:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Art for Their Sake?

What should I get my niece and nephew for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 7:01 PM PST - 9 comments

Blackwater River State Park now "Xe River State Park"

Have you been to Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia or its surrounding towns? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 6:57 PM PST - 4 comments

What now, BS in Computer Science?

What now, BS in Computer Science? [more inside]
posted by Arashi at 6:56 PM PST - 19 comments

Pratchett for the elderly set?

Where on Discworld should I send my grandmother? [more inside]
posted by postel's law at 6:38 PM PST - 28 comments

What is a whole-house air cleaner for? Do I need one?

What is a whole-house air cleaner for? Do I need one? [more inside]
posted by LaurenIpsum at 6:29 PM PST - 6 comments

How to format a news release?

I am looking for an online resource for the correct formatting and layout of a news release. I have found several templates, but there is enough difference between them that I'm a bit confused. I have the essential structure and content down, but what I am looking for is what would be considered to "standard" correct formatting and layout. Can anyone direct me to a good resource?
posted by parkerama at 6:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Low Country Books

Tell me your best Charleston, South Carolina books. Looking for anything -- history, for locals, for travellers, fiction, picture books, memoirs. What 'gets' Charleston?
posted by sandmanwv at 5:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Statistics terminology

What does "posthoc" mean? [more inside]
posted by cnanderson at 5:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Disabling and enabling php.ini functions using SSH (putty)

I need help disabling php.ini functions using SSH (putty) on my dedicated server. [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 5:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me plan a great night out in Hong Kong

You're in Hong Kong on 12/13 January. You want to take someone out for a fun night. Where do you go and what do you do? Definitions of fun and budget are inside. [more inside]
posted by girlgenius at 5:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Can anyone recommend an ISP in Houston?

Can anyone recommend a good, independent ISP in Houston? [more inside]
posted by getupandgo at 5:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Another day, another day job

Tell me what you know about technical or medical writing. [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 5:24 PM PST - 5 comments

The murky world of lampshades

Question about lampshades: finding a lamp that will fit my shade. [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah at 5:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Recommend some music for my dad, please!

My dad loves music, but every Christmas I end up getting him (a) winter gloves or (b) a stack of books that he's too busy to read. Given the following list of songs, artists, and genres he seems to like, could you recommend a few albums he might enjoy? [more inside]
posted by cimton at 4:51 PM PST - 48 comments

Help me find a legal paper notebook

Help me find the right kind of notepad or sketchpad. Difficulty: a different request from everyone else who has ever asked this question. I'm looking for a notebook that is roughly legal sized without any lines, rules, or grids. [more inside]
posted by fremen at 4:08 PM PST - 8 comments

How to prevent accepted tracked changes from carrying over into an excel + word + outlook email to 50 people?

Hi everyone, Hoping someone can help me sort this problem ... It's a excel + microsoft word document + mail merge to outlook email to 50 people. I am trying to help someone out - this is is as it just as it was described to me: Track changes were accepted and turned off and the email looked as it should - so off went 50 customized emails. ..unfortunately the sent email then shows that all the emails are sent showing all of the tracked change revision markings! Sorry if this is too vague. Thanks for your efforts :)
posted by anewnormal at 4:04 PM PST - 3 comments

How are British people taught to expect failure and disappointment?

Is it true, what Ricky Gervais says, about how in contrast to Americans and their high hopes, British people are taught to expect disappointment? British people: What life advice along these lines are British people given, that might differ from such U.S. ideas as Back to the Future's "you can do anything if you put your mind to it?"
posted by steinsaltz at 3:47 PM PST - 59 comments

Safe processing of old acorns

Wild foods filter: have these old acorns been processed enough to be safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by apparently at 3:35 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for Coins

Looking for an inexpensive source of current foreign coins that can be purchased by the pound. These would be a gift for a coin obsessed grandson that would be more impressed with volume rather than quality.
posted by Raybun at 3:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Faking wrist cutting...?

What is the best technique/props for faking cutting your wrists with a razor blade? [more inside]
posted by jeroum at 3:06 PM PST - 16 comments

Fighting for salary re-negotiations

I've been learning new skills at my company that are far outside of my current job description. I've long ago realized that there's going to be a need for someone to take on these responsibilities beyond the one person we have now. And the time seems to be approaching! Please help me work through this and nail the salary re-negotiations. [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird at 3:03 PM PST - 13 comments

Marxist Solutions to the Economic Crisis?

I'm keeping this question vague because everyone that discusses the "economic crisis" is vague. It seems to encapsulate the debt crisis, the whole banking fiasco, etc. So, I'll make my question simple. Can someone direct me to essays, books, etc. on this current "economic crisis" from a Marxist perspective? I would especially like it to be solution-oriented and not just rehashing the problem - and preferably solutions from a Marxist economist. [more inside]
posted by Gerard Sorme at 3:02 PM PST - 9 comments

How to record from multiple cameras at once on OS X?

Is it possible to record video from two sources simultaneously on a Mac and/or sync up the video somehow? [more inside]
posted by hijinx at 2:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Help my get all my stuff to sync properly.

I use Google Calendar, which I access either on iCal (Lion), my iPhone 4 (running iOS 5.01) and my iPad 2 (also running iOS 5.01). Sometimes, randomly, events I add to my calendar in iCal do not show up on my iPad or iPhone. However, when I go to Settings on the iOS devices, select "Mail, Contacts, and Calendars" and turn my Google Calendars off and then on again, everything works fine, and all events show up on all devices. How can I avoid having to manually do this, and have things just work. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 2:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Excel Macros For Dummies

Explain to me Excel macros and how I can learn to program them (assume that I know absolutely nothing, because that would be correct). [more inside]
posted by so much modern time at 2:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for wireless computer speakers

Can anyone suggest reasonably priced, wireless, computer speakers that sound great?
posted by tangyraspberry at 2:22 PM PST - 3 comments

How to dress like an adult.

Dressy, affordable tees for men? [more inside]
posted by shaun at 2:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Ack! There's hole in all my socks!

My beloved socks have holes...what else can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog at 1:59 PM PST - 15 comments

life or limb

If you show up at an emergency room (in the US) with a limb in a tourniquet and claim that you got injected/infected/poisoned/exposed to something fatal on that limb (dimethylmercury for example, but others exist), will they amputate it on request?
posted by parallax7d at 1:46 PM PST - 36 comments

How much money do I have left in my pocket?

Looking for an iPhone app that helps me keep a tally of how much I am spending as I go -- cash, online purchases, etc. An on-the-fly "budget" that just counts down to zero. [more inside]
posted by amanda at 1:38 PM PST - 17 comments

Pastry dough is sticking to my countertop when I roll it out -- help!

Pastry chefs: I'm making pastries with a very sticky cream cheese dough that needs to be rolled out thin. Advice on rolling without flouring too heavily with a granite countertop? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 1:36 PM PST - 19 comments

Desert Gifts

Recommend some nifty gift ideas for desert living!! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh at 1:23 PM PST - 15 comments

To infinity and beyond

If the expanse of the universe is infinite, does it necessarily follow that the number of stars and planets is also infinite?
posted by HotPatatta at 1:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Movies featuring tumbleweed.

Looking for shots of tumbleweed in movies/tv. [more inside]
posted by dunk at 1:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Getting Started With Electronics - What Do I Need?

What electronic components / tools would I need to follow along and complete the examples in Forrest Mim's book "Getting Started With Electronics"? I've paged through the book several times, and don't really see any listing of what is required. I'd like to pick everything up in one go if possible. Thanks!
posted by steinwald at 12:46 PM PST - 6 comments

My partner killed himself yesterday, i am still in shock and haven't told people. I don't know how to deal with this and need help

My partner killed himself yesterday, i am still in shock and haven't told people. I don't know how to deal with this and need help [more inside]
posted by servix at 11:38 AM PST - 59 comments

Nacho heaven

On the quest for the Ultimate Nachos! [more inside]
posted by veryape at 11:28 AM PST - 35 comments

What forms of coverage/insurance should I buy for my home?

As a owner of a brand new house, I am deluged by offers in the mail for various forms of insurance, protection, or coverage for my home (examples: mortgage insurance, water line coverage). What forms of coverage/insurance are a good idea to purchase, and which are unnecessary?
posted by Deathalicious at 11:22 AM PST - 15 comments

PCOS and pre-diabetes - do I really need to go on Metformin?

PCOS and pre-diabetes - do I really need to go on Metformin? [more inside]
posted by zoetrope at 11:15 AM PST - 25 comments

Protect new oak table?

How should I protect this new White Oak table? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 11:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Bird in a jar?

Confit'd game bird done in a jam jar on TV? UK programme [more inside]
posted by fray at 10:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I save my sole?

I have some crazy shoes from Irregular Choice that have an adorable pattern on the sole. I haven't worn them anywhere yet, but I have a feeling that pattern will be completely destroyed the first time I do. Is there anything I can do to preserve them? [more inside]
posted by katillathehun at 10:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Should I buy a yamaha silent guitar?

How close are Yamaha's silent guitars to a real acoustic guitar? [more inside]
posted by * at 10:47 AM PST - 15 comments

How to fix stained wok?

I have this cast iron Ikea Identisk wok. After I first cooked with it many months ago, it got these brown stains. I then set it aside, not knowing what to do. I hadn't seasoned it before. How can I clean/season/whatever it to make it good again, and how should I be using/cleaning it to prevent this from happening in the future? Or should I just go with non-stick for stir-fries from now on?
posted by shivohum at 10:42 AM PST - 7 comments

How to best modfy 800 Thunderbird Prefs.js files?

We are doing a campus wide migration to gmail, and that means I have a few hundred thunderbird users who need their settings changed to point to a new imap server (and change their username to What is the best way to get this done? [more inside]
posted by mrzarquon at 10:32 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I turn job inquiries into good networking opportunities?

How to turn down job inquiries while making sure I build good relationships that I can call on in the future? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 10:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Confused and Sickened

Confused...not sure how to feel or what to think about recent news of a pedophile who worked at my children's daycare years ago. [more inside]
posted by daydreamer at 10:27 AM PST - 25 comments

Do they still call them HiFi's?

Looking for a small "bookshelf" style hi fi unit. I have recently moved to the US from Australia and had to leave my great little hi fi behind. I am currently playing my CD's through a borrowed portable unit that sounds like a tin can and have been hunting for something better. [more inside]
posted by wwax at 10:18 AM PST - 9 comments

I have mud flaps in San Jose, CA, please help me install them.

San Jose, CA: Where to get mud flaps installed on a 2005 F-250 truck? I already have the rectangular flaps, but I need them installed. [more inside]
posted by wnissen at 9:51 AM PST - 3 comments

[Toronto-filter] Skinning a leather couch

Is there any way to make money off an old leather couch -- or at least put the leather to good use? [more inside]
posted by monkeymonkey at 9:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Does anyone remember this Katrina painting?

Looking for a painting created in the aftermath of Katrina. In it: two African American men with their backs to the viewer, walking along an empty highway, with the Interstate signs for Vieux Carre ahead of them. It was part of a fundraising competition. Does anyone remember this?
posted by media_itoku at 8:56 AM PST - 0 comments

Things to do in LA - mid- to late-December

Dobbs and I are going to Los Angeles from Dec 15 - 23rd. Recommendations for any film, music, theatre, or gallery events that should not be missed (screenings, tributes, retrospectives, concerts, etc)? Restaurant recommendations are also welcome. I'll be staying downtown and he'll be in West Hollywood. Also, as Canadians who've never been to LA in winter, what outerwear is appropriate (rain much? how cold?)? Thanks!
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:32 AM PST - 16 comments

"Please like me."

Why do I get so stressed out by the idea of confrontation, or of people being angry with me? I obsess about it for ages. How can I move past this constant need for people to approve of me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:31 AM PST - 21 comments

Ubuntu display setting problem

How can I get my screen back to bright? [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 8:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Any recommendations for a 3rd party .pst repair tool?

I need to try to repair an Outlook 2007 .pst file that is larger than 2GB. We've already tried the built-in repair tool (scanpst.exe), but it failed. As usual, The Google is not the most reliable source of recommendations, so does anyone here have a recommendation for a 3rd party .pst repair tool?
posted by briank at 8:07 AM PST - 1 comment

Weighted regression?

Excel statistics question (linear regression with weighted data points) [more inside]
posted by dabug at 8:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Affordable, high-quality HEPA vacuums?

Recommendations for an affordable, high-quality HEPA vacuum cleaner? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 8:04 AM PST - 4 comments

"Compatible" toner cartridges for a laser printer - false economy??

Printer Ink - Is using no-brand "compatible" toner cartridges for a laser printer a false economy? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams at 7:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Lost control of YouTube account - please help?

I'm having a major problem at work with our YouTube account and I can't for the life of me elicit any effective help from Google (pretty much restricted to forum postings with no response after a month). Can anyone advise about how to get help from Google? [more inside]
posted by dharma rascal at 7:51 AM PST - 1 comment

How do I write unique cover letters?

Help me write eyecatching cover letters. [more inside]
posted by raynax at 7:48 AM PST - 10 comments

A story, a story, my kingdom for a story!

I can write fiction, but nothing I write ever seems to be a coherent story. How do I write a story? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto at 7:45 AM PST - 31 comments

How do you learn to set and work on goals as an adult?

How do I figure out what I want to be when I grow up? I've been very lucky in my life so far—just a little bit of work has yielded me amazing opportunities that have more or less fallen into my lap. But I'm starting to realize that I have no idea how to set, develop, and follow through on goals on my own. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppet yo at 7:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Setting up a film club - please help!

I want to put a film club together. Looking for ideas and advice on things I should prepare for. [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 7:35 AM PST - 1 comment

How to cut down health care costs?

How to cut down health care costs? [more inside]
posted by aarondesk at 7:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Best option for emergency mac replacement

Need specific mac buying advice: I marinated my 2008 MacBook in coffee this morning and will likely need to replace it after work today or tomorrow. [more inside]
posted by midmarch snowman at 7:24 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me decide if keeping this cat is worth it.

How long does one put up with an extremely frustrating cat? [more inside]
posted by trogdole at 7:13 AM PST - 39 comments

How to change the process of production in the States?

How can united states manufacturing be made better? [more inside]
posted by xarnop at 7:01 AM PST - 23 comments

Why is your bonus scheme the best?

Bonus and Incentive Scheme filter: tell me about your fantastic bonus scheme (or just those elements of your bonus scheme that are fantastic). What makes it great, what makes it work? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 6:56 AM PST - 10 comments

What dye could we use to replicate robin's egg blue on a chicken egg?

What dye could we use to replicate robin's egg blue on a chicken egg? [more inside]
posted by hegemone at 6:21 AM PST - 5 comments

How to overcome hypochondria

Has anyone ever had experience with overcoming hypochondria? [more inside]
posted by PrettyKnitty at 6:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Save Alice

Okay, I just finished watching the H Stern release of Super 8 and I have two very basic questions. [spoilers inside] [more inside]
posted by unliteral at 6:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Book about relationship expectations and groundrules?

Do you have a recommendation for a book about relationship ground rules and agreements in marriage? I'm interested in a book that might help someone to consider how they want to be treated, how to set reasonable expectations for interaction, and how to define what would constitute a good relationship for them. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 5:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Online IT training and literacy resources for beginners

One of our office cleaning staff asked me if there are easy ways to learn how to use a computer. This totally threw me - I've a ton of experience about self-paced programming, stats, GIS, etc. - but no clue what to suggest for actually getting to grips for the first time with Windows, safe web browsing and so on. Wrinkle - it has to be free, Windows 7-based, and online - this isn't a paradox, she can open IE and navigate to a webpage. [more inside]
posted by cromagnon at 3:56 AM PST - 20 comments

What strange, creative websites/projects do you enjoy?

What quirky, totally creative, strange but enjoyable websites/projects that you enjoy? I like these: Jessica Hagy's, Andre Jordan's, (amazing project), Just tired of reading negative, fluff stuff. Looking for more projects like the above, can you suggest some?
posted by raghuram at 2:56 AM PST - 27 comments

What font is this?

Please help me identify the font used in this image. [more inside]
posted by Wonton Cruelty at 1:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Paging Barney Stinson

What are some awesome things that are far easier to do when single? If you're coupled, what do you miss about being single? [more inside]
posted by sockomatic at 1:06 AM PST - 35 comments

Location tracking/logging chips in US cars/trucks—can this be disabled?

Anyone with a cell phone can be tracked—their location, where they've been, who they've called, texts, etc and etc. A friend told me that there now location chips in every new vehicle sold in the US—is this true? Also: How long before the cars locations starts getting stored somewhere? And: How difficult is it to disable these chips in cars/trucks, can I do it myself, and/or how much does it cost to have this done? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 12:43 AM PST - 19 comments

What dish was I served in Burma, and how can I make it at home?

What is the name of this dish and how can I make it? Ingredients include: white fungus (I think), fresh tomatoes, lime, cashew nuts, shrimp. Eaten in Burma near the Thai border. [more inside]
posted by teem at 12:38 AM PST - 2 comments

November 29

OK to insulate windows with regular plastic sheeting?

Will black plastic sheeting insulate my windows as well as the commercial shrink-wrap stuff? I've used window insulator kits like this and they work great. I was wondering if I could skimp. First, would any plastic do as well? I already use this stuff to block light while I sleep. If that's not as good, is there something special about shrinking the commercial kit plastic with a hair dryer, or is that just for looks? I'd rather not borrow one every year.
posted by Noumenon at 11:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Boyfriend And I Don't Have Sex

My boyfriend and I have been together for 3 years. We are happy and are sexually active, but we just don't have sex. I know that everybody does it at any age now, and that everywhere you turn, you are somehow reminded of it, but is that so bad? Basically, when we first got together, everything was (of course) perfect. He was a virgin but I wasn't, and he knew that. I liked the fact that we had a lot of sexual tension but that he didn't ever pressure me to do anything I didn't want to. Basically, he wanted me to make the shots. And I feel almost like it's still that way now. [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 11:02 PM PST - 29 comments

Box of bones

Human or what? Kids found a box of bones (photo). Here's a photo ( Sure you advise us to go to the police, but really .. any chance these are human ? Thanks
posted by Xhris at 10:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Prove cellphone hacking is a threat!

Find true-life things that could make me paranoid that my cell phone could be hacked to spy on me. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 10:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Are there any real-life Mutual Adoption Clubs (Sort of like a Kibbutz but without the business)?

Are there such things as Mutual Adoption Clubs as imagined in Aldous Huxley's novel, Island? I'm looking for something like this, also similar to a Kibbutz or Co-op where a few families that are close friends live near each other (Sharing a house, being neighbors, living in the same apartment building, or maybe just in the same neighborhood). Families share child-rearing responsibilities primarily. Does anyone do this in a more-or-less structured fashion? [more inside]
posted by cman at 10:22 PM PST - 9 comments

Hope me with social anxiety

How do I deal with not knowing how to make/change plans due to social anxiety? And the social consequences thereof? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 9:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Spell "Apple" Phonetically without IPA

Sounding out English on the Internet: /æ/ [more inside]
posted by rubah at 9:43 PM PST - 15 comments

Is it illegal for a not-for-profit to promise a prize drawing for people who've raised money and then not do it?

Is it illegal or just not very ethical for a not-for-profit to promise a prize drawing for raising a certain amount of money and then not follow through? I know YANML; I just need some info as I decide how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:42 PM PST - 22 comments

So let's say you had to rebuild civilization from scratch...

Looking for a t-shirt or poster about the history of technology... [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 9:37 PM PST - 2 comments

Violent Thanksgiving=dreading wedding

Is there really any fun in dysfunction? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl at 9:22 PM PST - 15 comments

"I love you, bro."

He gets to call me "sis," but "bro" is taken by bros. What affectionate term can I call my brother? [more inside]
posted by Pwoink at 8:50 PM PST - 71 comments

best used car budget, to save the most in the long term?

What is the best used car budget, if I want to save the most in the long term? [more inside]
posted by Jade_bug at 8:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Hi, we got married!

How do I tell my family of origin I am married? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 21 comments

yoga pants for men?

Affordable yoga pants for men? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 PM PST - 5 comments

I want a fast lens on a compact digital camera!

What are good compact digital cameras for low-light photography? [more inside]
posted by barnacles at 7:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a red head.

I need to find a picture or two of a specific long haired red-headed male model. [more inside]
posted by Marinara at 7:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Does hypnosis work?

Does hypnosis work for habit curing? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 7:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Dungeons & Dragons Essentials Which Ones Are "Essential"?

I'm trying to get my teenage niece into D&D from scratch but I'm bewildered by the range of Essential products. Which products are absolutely essential to get a beginners campaign up and running? [more inside]
posted by DuchessProzac at 7:41 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me quit my Coke (a-Cola) addiction

I need to stop chugging 8+ cans of the vile (wonderful) liquid a day. Multiple previous attempts have failed. I need (1) motivation and (2) a plan [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 PM PST - 71 comments

Soothing scents for the sick!

Please recommend strongly-scented cut flowers or potted plants for someone in a nursing home. [more inside]
posted by easily confused at 6:55 PM PST - 20 comments

Bookfilter: Noir killer novel

BookFilter: I am hoping the hivemind can help me find a noirish thriller/detective-ish novel I read more than a decade ago about a socially awkward killer and his hot semi-girlfriend. [more inside]
posted by Forktine at 6:53 PM PST - 5 comments

I'm no good at the girl stuff.

Where can I find some great small gifts for my much-loved friends? My 4 pals and I get together every month for drinks, dinner, and friend-talk. Christmas is always a special gathering, with small gifts all around. I never feel like I hit the gifts right...they like jewelry, clothes, accessories etc., and they're all very crafty. I just don't have the eye for that stuff, but I love 'em dearly. $15-ish budget a piece. [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo at 6:45 PM PST - 9 comments

The Thing One, The Thing Two

The discussion on "The Thing" from here was interesting, and I finally managed to watch the 2011 "The Thing 0" movie. It was not as bad as a feared, and I liked how it connected well with Carpenters version. Any other connections? SPOILERS INSIDE obviously, you should have watched both 1982 and 2011 movies. [more inside]
posted by lundman at 6:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Hot Tub Anniversary?

This question but for NYC midtown. Coming up on an anniversary and need to escape our apartment and find a room with a hot tub! Preferably without selling a kidney. Super bonus points if you can also recommend a place to buy super-soft women's PJs in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 at 6:33 PM PST - 1 comment

What the hell is in my co-worker's mind?

What the hell is in my co-worker's mind? [more inside]
posted by Rich Smorgasbord at 6:29 PM PST - 49 comments

Help With Apartment Hunting in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Moving to New York from Florida to take a job at the beginning of January, and i'm having some trouble finding a good place to live, mostly that I don't really know how to find good places that aren't on craigslist/padmapper. The friend i'm going to live with works in Greenpoint, so we're leaning heavily on that neighborhood, just off the Greenpoint or Nassau stops, so only one of us has to take the subway to work. [more inside]
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 6:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me get my Slainte on!

Help me find a great Irish Whiskey bar in downtown NYC - preferably near the Irish Rep theater! (West 22nd at Hudson) [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 6:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me a better flier!

I'm planning to do a decent amount of flying in the next year, including a 15-hour flight. I'm looking for some advice on how to make the trips as comfortable as possible, and how to mitigate jet lag as much as possible. Oh - I can't read in moving vehicles, and I tend to get fidgety on planes. Help! [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 6:12 PM PST - 25 comments

Anyone who had spine fusion surgery for scoliosis, or tried alternative methods?

My daughter was diagnosed with scoliosis 2 years ago, wore the boston brace for a year, but her curve had progressed to 50 degrees, which is the number to be operable. I would like to hear from people who had (or had their child) go thru surgery, or tried other alternative methods, like the Clear method. How is it living years after surgery, its success, or the success of Clear method or any other treatment? The idea of spine surgery for my child is overwhelming and scary and I would like any input from people and parents who experienced or are experiencing thru it. Thank you.
posted by anonymous at 6:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Walking away?

I think I need to tell my ex-FWB that I can't hang out with him anymore. I do, right? How do I... do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 PM PST - 15 comments

But most of all, I wish her love.

Long-shot-arama: 13 years ago, I read a poem at my daughter's christening and then promptly lost the piece of paper I'd read it from. It was all about the things I wished she would have in her life, and I'm 98% sure it ended with "but most of all, I wish you love". Ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 5:22 PM PST - 14 comments

What are your favorite group games or activities for young kids?

What indoor games or activities would you recommend for entertaining a small group of younger kids during a dinner party? [more inside]
posted by rube goldberg at 5:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Too Pooped to Popmonitor

My upgrade to Lion killed off my favorite little mailserver app in the world! [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 5:14 PM PST - 4 comments

American Roads are more dangerous that British Roads?

In my Internet peregrinations I came across this: 'In 2010 there were 32,788 road deaths in the USA (Source: DfT). This equates to 10.6 road deaths per 100,000 of population and compares to the UK average of 3.1 road deaths per 100,000 of population in 2010.'. I am trying to equate these statistics with relevant land areas vs population.
posted by lungtaworld at 5:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Not an iPad; sorry kid

Leapster vs MobiGo vs Fisher Price iXL vs ? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 4:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Collection of crisis call role play scenarios

Please help me come up with role play scenarios to assist me in practicing my telephone counselling skills. [more inside]
posted by KLF at 4:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I have my dream bike and ride it too?

Pittsburgh cycling: road bike or hybrid? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 at 4:45 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I get medicine into the dog?

I need to get 0.5ml of medicine into a dog, twice a day, every day, forever. Outside of holding her down and squirting it her mouth and putting it on her food, how do I get it in her? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 4:39 PM PST - 33 comments

My car is dead. What Now?

My 1987 Mercedes 300SDL abruptly and unexpectedly died recently, and the verdict finally came in from the shop today that short of replacing the engine (not going to happen), it's a lost cause. So, what now? [more inside]
posted by hafehd at 4:38 PM PST - 18 comments

Arrgh! It's not Rumplestiltskin, is it?

Plant Naming Wizards! Can you please help me remember the name of this plant, so I can read about how to care for it before all it's leaves curl up and die? [more inside]
posted by anitanita at 4:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Starting GeekTool in the background?

I have GeekTool v3.0.1 running on 10.6.8. How can I get it to start up on login and just run in the background? [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 4:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Soft contacts: tools of the devil.

There must be a trick to wearing and removing soft contacts that I have not discovered. Please share it. Snowflake detail: I've been wearing hard contacts since I was twelve. [more inside]
posted by artemisia at 4:02 PM PST - 60 comments

You don't scam Indians?

Can someone throw some light on this (possibly) tourist scam in Bali? [more inside]
posted by vidur at 4:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Recommend a zombie movie for a high school setting

What movie should I show my class about the spread of infection? [more inside]
posted by Acari at 4:00 PM PST - 23 comments

Name this print

Help ID an old print or two. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah at 3:43 PM PST - 5 comments

ipso facto, girlfriend! (vocab word help!)

is there a word for 'a word that fits its own definition'? for example, sesquipedalian is a big word that by definition means "prone to using big words." is there a formal term for this type of thing?
posted by carlypennylane at 3:40 PM PST - 5 comments

the spice who loved me

What are the essential spices to have around for cooking modern, eclectic/internationalized vegetarian food? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 3:38 PM PST - 17 comments

help me to not implode

How do I not lose my shit to claustrophobia and insomnia on this ridiculous tour that I'm on? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 at 3:29 PM PST - 21 comments

Kisai Rogue Touch...I want one!

I want a Kisai Rogue Touch LED Watch. They're all sold out. [more inside]
posted by iconomy at 3:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a travel corkscrew that's easy on the wrists

Can you suggest a small, compact wine opener for someone who loves her rabbit corkscrew? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 3:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me name my potluck event!

Help me name my speech/short story potluck event! [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto at 3:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me design an awesome multi-node home theater for my house

Help me build the bitchin'-est home theater multi-node network for my house. Let your imagination fly! [more inside]
posted by hincandenza at 3:04 PM PST - 6 comments

I want to watch this movie!

When will I be able to watch 'La Source des Femmes' that was shown at Cannes this year? [more inside]
posted by HopperFan at 2:32 PM PST - 4 comments

quirky / specific lit or art history classes in the east bay?

What cool places can I take classes, preferably accessible to public transit in the East Bay? Things like lit classes on specific subjects / authors, art history classes on specific artists / time periods, women's studies. [more inside]
posted by fireflies at 2:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Bulk/Discount Buy Group Management

I'm a member of a few different groups that periodically put together a bulk orders from wholesalers as a way to get a discount and also to bring products to our small island community that are hard to get otherwise. I'm managing one of these groups, and am finding that as it grows the amount of time spent keeping track of everybody's orders, calculating how much everyone owes, and dividing up the order after it's been received, has been increasing with each larger order. I've incorporated spreadsheets and a mailing list into my process but it still involved a great deal of manual processing. I've started writing some scripts to help out as well, but it occurs to me that others doing this must have faced these problems as well. I've tried some googling but haven't found much information out there, so I'm wondering how the rest of you do this. [more inside]
posted by Emanuel at 2:11 PM PST - 9 comments

Improving the air quality in the Jeffamahouse.

Where should I buy Escada Rockin' Rio? [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone at 2:06 PM PST - 2 comments

Gettin' hosed by Comcast.

Comcast is trying to charge me a $359 "early termination fee" for canceling an internet service account that I've had for over three years. My contract clearly states in large letters that the term is 12 months. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by spilon at 2:04 PM PST - 20 comments

Chrome-tanned leather allergy: Help with alternatives!

Allergic to chrome-tanned leather: suggestions for brands of non-chrome-tanned leather products, or non-leather alternatives! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 1:57 PM PST - 1 comment

Can anyone recommend me a budget hi-fi system that can play vinyl? I am in the UK and have about £300 max to spend.

Can anyone recommend me a budget hi-fi system that can play vinyl? I am in the UK and have about £300 max to spend. [more inside]
posted by Pilly at 1:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Is a large casual wedding an oxymoron

We're getting hitched and we want to invite a lot of people. Come, poke holes in my plan and help point things out that I might not have considered. [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 1:23 PM PST - 34 comments

Captain Planet! He's not being my hero...

How to remove vocals? [more inside]
posted by emkelley at 1:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me nip an infestation of bed bugs

omg, I think I have been bitten by bed bugs. Please help. [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 1:16 PM PST - 19 comments

Where can I find an affordable, fire code compliant armchair?

Where can I find a comfy armchair for my office that is Cal TB-133 compliant, is not butt ugly, and is not over $400? [more inside]
posted by alicetiara at 1:15 PM PST - 2 comments

How many soldering irons can I plug in before blowing a fuse?

I'm about to teach a soldering class to kids, and it occurs to me that I may blow a fuse in the room that I'm doing the event in if I plug too many in at once... Any idea of how to gauge how many I can plug in simultaneously? This is the soldering iron I have. Ideally, I'll plug in 12 at once... thank
posted by davidvan at 1:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me save a troubled external hard drive!

Help me save a troubled external hard drive! I'm using OSX and I'm fine with wiping it out and starting over. This may be complicated? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 1:03 PM PST - 23 comments

What can the series of tubes teach me?

What are some neat, awesome, interesting accredited online classes I can take? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 12:45 PM PST - 8 comments

What is a Meerschaum Tram?

What is a meerschaum tram? [more inside]
posted by everichon at 12:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Walk Like an Egyptian? No, Like a Nordic.

Does "Nordic Walking" really provide a more robust workout than normal walking? [more inside]
posted by webhund at 12:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Urbane Guerrillas Seek Technical Aid in Occupying Oaklands Memeosphere W/ Motion-Murals

I want to organize free guerrilla movie nights to show Occupy Wall Street themed movies like Inside Job, Manufacturing Consent, Money As Debt and Super Rich: The Greed Game. Help me and my fellow Little Rascals Occupiers put on a show occupy some walls as well as engage some minds [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 12:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me get along with my colleague

How do I avoid getting annoyed with my colleague? I feel he's trying to make me look small in front of the boss. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 11:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Hope Me To Not Show Up Wineless!

Need to pick up some wine between Oakland Airport and Inner Richmond in SF. [more inside]
posted by Danf at 11:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Delicious uses for duck stock, please.

What delicious soup (or dish) should I make with duck stock? [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 at 11:28 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I make friends and start enjoying life?

I'm in my 20s and I always thought my life would be better than this by now. I'd love some advice on how to make friends and be happier and improve my life generally. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 36 comments

I don't want to see your etchings.

Help me graciously decline an invitation to a guy's apartment in advance of our date. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 39 comments

Help me scare my sister!

I need a scary book for my sister.... who usually doesnt read such things. I read the other horror threads but none of them are quite right.... [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 11:16 AM PST - 31 comments

Looking for a rebuttal to this argument about unions.

Please point me to rebuttals to the argument that public employee unions have an inherent conflict-of-interest because union members vote for their own bosses. [more inside]
posted by mullacc at 10:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Birthday breakfast help

I'm want to cook my husband a special 30th birthday breakfast. The snag, I can't cook. Help. [more inside]
posted by Nufkin at 10:53 AM PST - 17 comments

As The Skirt Turns

I'm looking for fabric to make a skirt or dress. I want a large format landscape printed parallel to the selvage, like this, not a repeating print across the fabric like this. Can you help me find one? Know of any fabric stores with this kind of stock? Google-fu has let me down.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 10:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Should I raise the roof before buying the house?

I am buying a house and the roof is questionable. There were missing tabs all over. A roofer came out and did minimal repairs at the current owners' expense but he says the roof has "2 to 5 years" left, maybe, depending on weather (we live in the midwest). Would it be reasonable to ask for a reroofing allowance in purchasing this house? [more inside]
posted by arniec at 10:49 AM PST - 16 comments

Are there placement agencies that help people find jobs they would never have thought to look for on their own?

Is there some version of a headhunter or career advisor who takes into account the skills you have beyond your resume, and helps you find jobs you wouldn't know about that fit those skills? [more inside]
posted by chonus at 10:43 AM PST - 3 comments

How to set up a scholarship?

How do I set up a small one-time scholarship for college-bound kids at a high school? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 10:42 AM PST - 5 comments

How should I take care of new leather shoes?

How much should new leather show use? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 10:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Help Wanted? Emerging markets edition.

What's the best route for me, a mid-20s American professional male, to find a private sector job in a developing country (emerging market)? Not especially picky about the industry or country, specific details and requirements within. [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 10:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Database Advice

Looking for a database solution for a young and expanding non-profit. [more inside]
posted by beisny at 10:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Resources for understanding Fear on the ASD/Autism Spectrum

Looking for resources for understanding low-level (or is that high-functioning?) spectrum disorders related to children/toddlers. [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 10:37 AM PST - 4 comments

How many of the 1%-ers are rags to riches?

Is there a solid independent study showing the percentage of 1% wealthiest who were born into money vs. those born poor who worked for it?
posted by critzer at 10:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Typography help! Help me identify this font.

Typography help! Help me identify this font. [more inside]
posted by torietorie at 10:19 AM PST - 7 comments

WordPress newbie -- where do I start?

I'm having difficulty using WordPress to set up a professional website (not a blog). I'm completely new to the platform and have found to be unhelpful. Are there resources for absolute beginners to WordPress? [more inside]
posted by kim in chicago at 10:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me purchase bluetooth headset.

Is anyone familiar with a product which would let you pair any Bluetooth headset, such as the motorokr's, with a desk phone, similar to the plantronics bluetooth headsets?
posted by TuxHeDoh at 10:02 AM PST - 5 comments

Chai doesn't taste like cardamom?

Why doesn't my chai taste like cardamom? What can I do to the cardamom to make its flavor more robust? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 10:00 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I be active in planning for my parents future?

How can I take a more active role in my aging parents lives? More details and thoughts on finance and marital strife, and lack of open communication inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 9:44 AM PST - 7 comments

eponysterical i know

I'm getting mysterious bug bites while I'm sleeping - can you help me figure out what's biting me? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 9:19 AM PST - 18 comments

So he won't try to sleep in the kayak

Where can you pitch a tent near Kent Island, MD? [more inside]
posted by cometwendy at 9:12 AM PST - 1 comment

Another Name for Dribble

What is this? My google-fu is failing. I need some keywords! [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 9:06 AM PST - 5 comments

I would like a simple frame blocker please.

I'd like a CSS filter for Stylish (Chrome) that will block the first frame of a webpage. [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker at 9:01 AM PST - 13 comments

Pumpkin did not fulfill destiny to become pie, seeks new path

I made pumpkin puree last Wednesday with the hopes of turning it into a pie. Alas, my sister brought the pie so I still have the puree in my fridge. I want to use it up - any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 8:59 AM PST - 34 comments

I am an asshole, sorry man

Went on some dates with a friend, I'm not so into him, he's REALLY into me. How do I end this? I feel sick just thinking about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:55 AM PST - 34 comments

So why don't you just adopt?

Adoption after infertility and loss: how did you reconcile the grief of not conceiving a biological child and come to find joy in the process of adopting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Scan it, scan it real good.

Airport body scans -- male and female buttons. How do they work? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 8:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Getting a Tiltpod in Europe

Is there anyone who will ship a Tiltpod to a European customer for a sane cost? [more inside]
posted by caek at 8:11 AM PST - 4 comments

How to find a Birth parent in the Basque Region of Spain?

Ms. Gogomickey just found out her birth father is from the Basque region of Spain. Any suggestions how to start a search given the extreme language barrier? She has a name and other specific information.
posted by gogomickey at 8:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Problems with music over Bluetooth

I'm having problems playing music in my car from my iPhone via Bluetooth. [more inside]
posted by slogger at 8:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Is it squirrels? They must use squirrels.

If I buy a can of mixed nuts, I find whole Brazil nuts inside. If I buy Brazil nuts in the shell and open them myself, I invariably end up with a pile of smashed oily nut-meat with chunks still stuck to the shell. How, dear AskMe, do those magicians at the factory manage to open Brazil nuts and extract them whole? This question has driven me nuts (ha ha) for years. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs at 8:01 AM PST - 14 comments

Need a linux and mac compatible external hard drive please!

I need help selecting an external hard drive that will work to backup a linux with some rather large files on it and still be usable with a mac for occasional data storage. I'd like it to be at least 2 TB and vaguely reasonable in price. I've tried just searching for a hard drive online, but there seems to be some Mac and Linux specific things (or at least used to be) that may cause me problems, so I thought I'd ask for some guidance.
posted by katers890 at 7:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Our fancy dress party theme is '2011'. Any ideas?

Our fancy dress party theme is '2011'. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 7:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Am I out my security deposit?

NYC subletting question - paid a security deposit to the leasee, with the understanding that their sec. deposit was still in the escrow account tied to the apartment. Now owner claims we need to pay up again. Help? [more inside]
posted by coupdefoudre at 7:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Being self sufficient should also be tasty.

What can you tell me about keeping Quail? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 7:20 AM PST - 15 comments

How to change this family dynamic?

Have you successfully changed a life-long family dynamic as an adult? Are you a youngest child? Tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot at 7:18 AM PST - 26 comments

Is this an actual issue of the Sandman?

Which Sandman story (if any) is this? Might be misremembered, but the story was about three sons of a king who went on the traditional Bildungsroman, and at some point discovered, each in a different way, the meaning of serendipity. [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest at 6:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Over-thinking a plate of human beings.

You’re throwing a party. How do you invite some, but not all, members of one of your social circles with the minimal amount of hurt feelings and drama? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 6:37 AM PST - 34 comments

Need a trustworthy kennel in London, please!

Can anyone recommend a dog kennel in London? [more inside]
posted by Grither at 5:39 AM PST - 1 comment

Too bad professional athlete isn't a more practical thing to aspire to

Career options for a guy who likes to be active, and not at a desk all day? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 5:36 AM PST - 19 comments

Have my job search and eat it, too.

How to look for a full-time job while my consultancy also tries to place me? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 4:26 AM PST - 3 comments

Need a thick Aux-In Cable for my car.

I am looking for a new Aux-In Cable (3.5mm, male to male) to use my mp3 player in my car. I had a couple of cheaper retractable ones, but they usually break after a short period of use. I live in a cold climate and the cord gets cold in the car for long periods of time and I think this has an affect on its life. I have seen some people with thicker aux-in cables in their car and I have searched, but I can't seem to locate one for a decent price. Does anyone know where I might be able to buy a thick (preferably white, but not critical) 3.5mm Aux-in cable?
posted by dbirchum at 4:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Readable book on AIDS pandemic?

Is there a great, readable book for science-loving arts graduate about the AIDS pandemic? [more inside]
posted by tonylord at 2:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me replace my Etnies

Which pair of Etnies (or similar) do I want? [more inside]
posted by asciident at 2:11 AM PST - 2 comments

What inexpensive iconic British products can I use for a hamper?

Looking for iconic British products, for a gift hamper. [more inside]
posted by k_tron at 12:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Care for some all-purpose yogurt?

Crockpot yogurt: I've tried this twice now, both times delicious and creamy...but the viscosity of glue. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 12:54 AM PST - 30 comments

November 28

Frog and Toad walk til dawn

Looking for a specific Frog and Toad story. [more inside]
posted by purplefiber at 11:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Plague with reoccurring ankle injury!

I have this reoccurring injury on my ankle which always happen when I play futsal. [more inside]
posted by ericteoh at 10:46 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I get boring daily activities out of the way more efficiently?

I want to spend less time and effort on "maintenance" activities. What are some good not-widely-known methods, or (cheap/small) products, to get this stuff done more quickly and get back to the more interesting parts of your day? (Examples in the extended explanation...) [more inside]
posted by SpiralT at 10:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Sticky Question!

Ace of Cakes meets Gordon Ramsay... The question is, what would you name a bakery in rural Montana that creates unique, sculpted cakes? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Jayed at 10:10 PM PST - 24 comments

Help us get as many people as possible to our post-elopement surprise reveal party

My fiancé and I are eloping. Woo! We’re having a big ‘engagement’ party afterwards with our family and friends where we’ll reveal that we are married. But our family and friends live in multiple countries, as well as multiple states of Australia. We are a bit worried that people will be think, ‘I can’t make an engagement party, but I’ll go to the wedding’. Which, um, they won’t get to do. We know we won’t be able to get everyone to come to the party where all is revealed, but how can we maximise the number of people who do come? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:59 PM PST - 82 comments

This person moved here. And then she said this.

I need to write narrative history for this paper. And I have no idea how. If you have tips for writing narrative or telling stories in general and narrative history in particular, those would be most appreciated! [more inside]
posted by kingfishers catch fire at 9:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Creative Ways to Learn Creative Suite?

I'm slowly trying to learn Adobe Creative Suite 5. Dreamweaver right now, but eventually Photoshop, and beyond. And I'm having the devil of a time. The books I've seen provide detailed reference, not early learner's concepts or graded tutorials. Videos overpower my 13" laptop screen, and provide me with no simultaneous practice, nor any easy future reference. Randomly Googled tutorials are better, but I've yet to find a graded series. I'm just looking for the Basics, at a very conceptual level, and I figure trial and error and a good reference book will lead me from there. Do your know of any low- or no-cost graded tutorials? [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue at 9:10 PM PST - 17 comments

How to move across the country with no job lined up?

Is $10,000 enough for me to move out of Florida (where I am currently) and make it in Los Angeles without a job lined up? [more inside]
posted by signondiego at 9:08 PM PST - 47 comments

If this isn't the droid I'm looking for, which one is?

Black Friday gave me a deal on a Nook Color that was too good to pass up. I'd like to dual boot Android on it using the SD slot and make it a functional tablet, but there's so many Android flavors out there... which one should I use? [more inside]
posted by indiebass at 9:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Please tell me I haven't missed the blogging boat!

Websites like Livejournal? RSSing? Cross-Posting? Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 8:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Quantitative analysis of freemium game purchases

How to approach a quantitative analysis of consumer purchasing decisions in the freemium games market? [more inside]
posted by kprincehouse at 8:48 PM PST - 3 comments

What is this strange feeling and why?

Why do I find this image (SFW, not disturbing to most people) incredibly repulsive? [more inside]
posted by Pope Xanax IV at 8:24 PM PST - 22 comments

y'know, like the Hendrix version of the Star-Spangled Banner.

I'm looking for more songs like this and this - long, wailing, meandering instrumental electric guitar music. Please recommend me some! [more inside]
posted by xbonesgt at 7:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Woburn to South Station in Boston

Boston Mefites: I need to get from Woburn/Anderson to South Station on Wednesday morning, probably close to 7:00 AM, and I will have a heavy bag. Don't really want to take the T.... [more inside]
posted by TWinbrook8 at 7:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Take a bweaff...

I have shortness of breath/cannot get a deep breath without forcing myself to yawn. Have you experienced this, and what is wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 7:39 PM PST - 37 comments

$3 christmas!

Tell me your best gift ideas for under $3! [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 7:32 PM PST - 43 comments

Trying to buy a Lenovo small form factor PC, but not sure what wireless network card to get. Help!

Trying to buy a Lenovo small form factor PC, but not sure what wireless network card to get. Help! [more inside]
posted by Ephilation at 7:17 PM PST - 3 comments

How to make a Nepalese dish called phaparko dhendo?

What is phaparko dhendo and how can I learn to make it? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 7:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Yay ipads for everyone! Now what?

I'm looking for a step by step guide to ipad 1:1 deployment in schools. [more inside]
posted by aetg at 7:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Shop says car engine seized, with no warning signs. Need advice.

Catastrophefilter. Auto shop just called, say Subaru has seized engine. Baffling, because no warning signs. ~$5,000 for new one. Options? [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 5:55 PM PST - 27 comments

What is written on the taped-up hands of mma fighters and why?

I like to watch The Ultimate Fighter and sometimes I see the taped-up hands of the fighters and there's something written on them in marker. What is usually written? Are those the initials of the person who taped them up? Why do they do this? Is it tradition? Is there a technical reason for it? I'm curious. Thanks!
posted by Sully at 5:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Best Path to a Job in a Medical Office?

Managers in health care offices: given my girlfriend's background and education, what's her best bet for landing a decent office/administrative (i.e., not clinical/nursing) job in a hospital? [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 5:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Who can cut a 4'x2' sheet of wood to custom, simple shape.

I need to get a piece of 1" thick, 48"x24" wood cut to a simple pattern. The supplier should accept credit cards and be able to ship. Where can I email this pattern to and have the work done? [more inside]
posted by lalochezia at 5:26 PM PST - 15 comments

What's the legality of a student using a musical track in a spec ad for a big brand?

What's the legality of a student using a musical track in a spec ad for a big brand? [more inside]
posted by rudhraigh at 5:13 PM PST - 9 comments

A German *Thing* is Desired

Can you help me think of a neat way to give money to my sister to use toward a trip to Germany? A German-themed presentation for giving her money for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot at 4:53 PM PST - 19 comments

File Delivery Notification

Group A create a file and post it to location X on a shared server. Group B need to know immediately when this file is available at location X. It seems crazy that in order for Group B to know when the file is ready, Group A have to send a delivery email as well as post the file. Is there any way an automated notification can be sent when a file is posted to a folder?
posted by forallmankind at 4:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Candle: thoughtful or crude?

Is it thoughtful or vulgar to leave a candle burning in the guest bathroom when you entertain? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 4:22 PM PST - 80 comments

Help find a lost book of surreal menus

What surreal work of fiction details the increasingly adventurous menus of two obviously pseudonymed authors? I've lost my copy, the name, the author's names, and possibly part of my sanity. [more inside]
posted by inappropriatefeast at 4:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Nostalgic German gifts

Looking for a present that will remind a grandmother of her German heritage. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 3:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Can I drink it?

Does powdered milk actually expire? [more inside]
posted by maryr at 2:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Did F. Scott Fitzgerald every say "everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness"?

F. Scott FitzgeraldFilter: "Everyone's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness." I've seen this quote attributed to F. Scott. Did he actually say it? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 2:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Mocassins. Where can I find them?

Where can I get a pair of thin-soled, comfortable leather moccasins that are the next-best thing to walking around in bare feet? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Please help me talk to my relative about his marijuana problem...

How can I talk to my relative about his marijuana problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:01 PM PST - 30 comments

What to do about a friend living in an unhealthy situation? A friend lives in a house that is unclean to the point of being hazardous, and I don't know how I can help.

What to do about a friend living in an unhealthy situation? A friend lives in a house that is unclean to the point of being hazardous, and I don't know how I can help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM PST - 27 comments

Looking for an OCR program that will handle batch processing and columns automatically.

We're looking for an OCR program that will handle batch processing and columns automatically. [more inside]
posted by pahool at 1:47 PM PST - 5 comments

What Third Is This?

Has there been any controversy over whether 'What Child Is This/Greensleeves' is to be played in a major or minor key? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 1:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Do new and hip fleece patterns exist?

DIY Holiday Gifts: I love sewing easy projects with fleece, but hate how all the patterns out there are stuck in the 80s. Help me find some more hip, updated and/or useful patterns! [more inside]
posted by Kindlekat at 1:38 PM PST - 17 comments

When is it okay to keep the baggage in the bag?

Should I tell my (potential) new boyfriend about my marriage and divorce? Or can I keep this secret like I want to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:36 PM PST - 53 comments

Help with identifying Acme Novelty Library issue?

Anybody a Chris Ware expert out there? I'm trying to determine if I have a first printing of Acme Novelty Library #1. It's got a $3.50 cover price, but says nothing anywhere about which printing it is (though much of the text is so tiny it's hard to see). It DOES say "issue 1 volume 4" in one spot, but I don't think this has to do with printing _ I don't think there were more than three printings. I'm duking it out with a pal over this -- and I really want to be right! Thanks.
posted by tboot at 1:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Backwards inflation calculator?

I'm looking for an accurate inflation calculator that will tell me how much a certain sum in today's dollars would be worth in any particular year over the past 30 years. For example, if I have $1000.00 USD today, what would be the equivalent monetary value in 1982? Or 1993?
posted by thewalrus at 1:14 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I find out what I want to study in college?

I have been in college for 4 years and still don't know what to do in life. How do I find out what I want in life? [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 at 1:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Can I get a charge number for that?

Help me figure out how to manage an apparently needy co-worker who comes to me for what to me seems like counseling during work. (IANAC) [more inside]
posted by Feantari at 1:04 PM PST - 13 comments

Didn't register my car within 30 days, now what?

I live in Portland, OR and my grandpa in Minnesota gave me his old car which I drove out to Portland in September. Because of money issues (starting school, less work hours, etc) I did not get around to registering my car in Oregon within 30 days. I have some questions now that it's almost December and my grandpa just received a tab renewal notice in the mail. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy at 12:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Light my way to this song, Blue-nosed Guitar Man.

Rochester, NYers, Christmas music-ID buffs, or anyone familiar with Armand Schaubroeck: what is the song in the background of the classic House of Guitars Christmas television commercial? [more inside]
posted by ifjuly at 12:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Uncommon Courtesies

In the last Roderick on the Line, John says that he always gets a houseguest a glass of water, before they ask - because 9 times out of 10, someone always loves a glass of water. I love this idea. What are some low-key courtesies you extend or have had extended to you by friends, romantic partners, suitors, etc. that show someone you're thinking about their needs and general comfort? [more inside]
posted by Apropos of Something at 12:46 PM PST - 55 comments

Cable outlet installation by someone other than the cable company?

Cable outlet installation by someone other than the cable company? [more inside]
posted by mccxxiii at 12:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Best Carryon Bag to take to Cancun, Mexico

Looking for the best carryon bag and the cheapest carryon bag dimensions up to 10 x 16 x 24 inches for travel to Mexico via Southwest. [more inside]
posted by banished at 12:15 PM PST - 13 comments

What is a fun/cute way to display a large amount of cash as a gift?

What is a fun/cute way to display a large amount of cash as a gift? [more inside]
posted by heyheylanagirl at 12:03 PM PST - 35 comments

Who's the VP of Go Make Me a Sandwich?

On a generic level, who sits on the board of directors for a major/multinational corporation? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 11:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me find communication skills books

Book filter - I am looking for books and other resources that teach interpersonal communication skills. [more inside]
posted by 7life at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Is fur actually worse than leather?

Is wearing fur actually any worse than wearing leather? There's a much stronger taboo against wearing fur, but I can't think of any reasons why it's worse than leather.
posted by PhillyNK at 11:22 AM PST - 42 comments

Time to canvas-ize some photos!

Looking for advice/tips on printing photos on canvas. Anyone have a service they like? [more inside]
posted by bodega at 11:09 AM PST - 7 comments

iTunes Match Problems with iPhone Playback

I've had some problems with my iTunes Library on my iPhone since signing up for iTunes Match and am hoping the hive mind can help. Specific details on album art, track navigation and song options ahead. [more inside]
posted by moviehawk at 10:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Now you see her, now you don't

Looking for songs about girls running away/being awesome by not being attached. [more inside]
posted by Curiosity Delay at 10:54 AM PST - 40 comments

I need new, durable headphones. Again.

I've had enough of all of my Shure in-ear isolating earbuds dying on one side. My right bud died suddenly, and this is the third pair in a row. I've had this pair for less than 6 months. Could you recommend a durable pair of isolating/noise cancelling earbuds/headphones with a few requirements? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet at 10:21 AM PST - 32 comments

Looking for secluded getaway between L.A. and San Diego, via train and bicycle.

I'm looking for a secluded, peaceful cabin or hotel within cycling distance of any of the Amtrak Surfliner stations south of Los Angeles (Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Oceanside, Solana Beach, San Diego). It's for a short December getaway. Any recommendations?
posted by Conductor71 at 10:19 AM PST - 2 comments

Drawing with an iPad?

I need some suggestions for an e-drawing set-up. My girlfriend has a Macbook and a 1st generation iPad. She wants to use some combination of these to start drawing with a tablet. What's the best rig? [more inside]
posted by one_bean at 9:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Lowest friction string material

Mefi Physicists / Material Science Engineers: What type of string material, when looped around and suspending an axle, will allow the aforementioned axle to rotate most efficiently? [more inside]
posted by satori_movement at 9:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Why doesn't my local install of WordPress display correctly on my iPhone?

Why doesn't my local XAMPP install of WordPress display correctly on my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 9:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Looking for recipes

Looking for recipes that are low to very low calorie, filling and full of volume, made with whole foods and whole ingredients, gluten and grain free, and lower carb if possible. Thank you so much! I love really spicy stuff too.
posted by skjønn at 9:45 AM PST - 19 comments

I have money now, how do I know it's going to the right place?

How can find a trustworthy assessment of my debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM PST - 3 comments

You might as well burn that $200

So I've got a Kindle Fire - I don't need an interface to the Amazon ecosystem so I'll probably never use it - unless.... I root it. So... [more inside]
posted by mrs. taters at 9:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Movies with Radio DJ narrators?

What are some other movies like Vanishing Point and The Warriors with a radio DJ-style narrator that exists in the same time and world as the characters?
posted by JauntyFedora at 9:00 AM PST - 20 comments

How do MRI and x ray work

MRI ...what it shows and x ray missed [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments

i want to eat two turkey legs

what should i do with two turkey legs? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 8:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Houston hotel/neighborhood suggestions

Where in Houston should I stay for a solo, weekend trip? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 8:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Trying to get my bearings, so to speak

What do I need to know about "bearings" in my car? I don't know anything about "bearings" in my car. [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Oh, Christmas Tree or Seasonally Appropriate Alternative...

I want to show off my Christmas ornaments. I have a curious cat. Please help me brainstorm solutions! (details & constraints inside) [more inside]
posted by pointystick at 8:17 AM PST - 20 comments

I made a stupid mistake a flushed Clorox wipes down my apartment toilet and it clogged the plumbing. What are my responsibilities as a tenant?

I made a stupid mistake a flushed Clorox wipes down my apartment toilet and it clogged the plumbing. What are my responsibilities as a tenant? [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea* at 8:07 AM PST - 33 comments

Buzz off already!

YANMD: Should I see a GP or go straight to an ENT about this buzzing in my right ear? [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi at 8:03 AM PST - 4 comments


I have forced-hot water baseboard heating in my apartment. It sloshes. Should it slosh? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Briefly Detained in Turkey

I flew back to the states from Istanbul yesterday and was detained briefly after my name apparently triggered a security warning. My question is, how do I find out what kind of warning is being issued. I assume it was the Turkish governments watch list because after sometime had passed, the authorities came over, returned my passport and told me they had called a US govt agency and I was free to board the plane. [more inside]
posted by adverse_conditions at 7:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Does my partner really need a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) when we have no reason to believe she has fertility problems?

Does my partner really need a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) when we have no reason to believe she has fertility problems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:23 AM PST - 16 comments

a nervous tic became a foot problem

Have you ever had this awful tender thing happen to the ball of your foot? How did it get fixed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Samples used in "An Empty Bliss Beyond This World"?

Looking for all the original samples used in The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (♫ Listen) [more inside]
posted by querty at 7:20 AM PST - 1 comment

Short ribs in fridge for 5-6 days, still ok?

Can I still cook this? (short rib edition) [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now at 6:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Heirloom Engagement Ring--is this possible?

My girlfriend and I are planning on getting engaged soon--hooray! She would like to use some family heirloom stones for the engagement ring. We're not sure how to best proceed. [more inside]
posted by notswedish at 5:56 AM PST - 20 comments


DIYers: How anally retentive with joint compound do you need to be to prevent visibility of seams after painting? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:06 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I talk to gf about her past, secrecy and daddy issues?

She doesn't want to talk about her past; I feel it's relevant to our relationship. Most of her close friends are ex-FWBs and flirt incessantly/proposition her for sex, she's secretive about things. I don't know what to do or what to say. [more inside]
posted by the milky bar kid at 4:29 AM PST - 67 comments

This record what is it

Random obscure record filter: Band was "The Delta *something*", 70s (synth?) cover album, abstract jacket. [more inside]
posted by solarion at 2:58 AM PST - 7 comments

November 27

Hole in a metal box

I need to make a hole in a piece of metal. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 10:56 PM PST - 17 comments


Is there a way to disable Facebook notifications for when someone likes something you post/comment? I don't mean e-mail notifications, I mean the little globe icon notifications on the top left corner of the Facebook site. This is driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 10:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I make a Belkin USB Cable Act Like A Direct Crossover Cable?

I bought a Belkin Easy Transfer USB Cable for Windows 7 thinking it would act much like a direct crossover cable connection would. Instead, it only seems to let me transfer the files and folders needed to set up your old Windows profile on a new copy of Windows, rather than giving me access to all files, folders and partitions, which is what I need. Is there a hack to get this cable to do what I want it to do?
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Did Seether save someone's life?

Looking for a story about the song "Fine Again" by Seether and a depressed teenager. [more inside]
posted by Gorgik at 10:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Video driver FAIL, literally!

TechSupportFilter: Laptop system freezing upon screen blanking -AND- driver fail issues (GeForce 360M edition). [more inside]
posted by Heretical at 9:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Typical mid-20's crap.

I feel unbelievably shitty after a close friend hurt my feelings. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 PM PST - 36 comments

Will my Celexa headaches go away?

Celexa headaches? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 8:43 PM PST - 10 comments

Any recommendations for an apartment broker in Vancouver, BC?

Vancouver, BC apartment brokers: any recommendations? Especially for one that will help me find an apartment that will allow me to have a dog [more inside]
posted by lesbiassparrow at 8:28 PM PST - 4 comments

What is wrong with my nephew?

I am concerned about my nephew's strange behavior. He paces a lot, is extremely antisocial, and exhibits other odd behavior. [more inside]
posted by ElizabethEllis at 8:23 PM PST - 43 comments

Help me find a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, seated!

Does anyone know where I can find a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, sitting in a chair? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot at 8:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Need a non-wool, non-feather, hypoallergenic bedspread

Can anyone suggest a hypoallergenic blanket that's not wool or feathers? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 8:04 PM PST - 10 comments

what now?

What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 PM PST - 21 comments

SLC to Grand Canyon, Doable?

I'm going to Salt Lake City next year for a conference. Please help me figure out whether my idea to tack on a trip to the Grand Canyon in just a few extra days is feasible, sensible, brilliant, or not so smart. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 7:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Hair today, Gone tomorrow

Men of Metafilter: you cut your own hair with clippers because it's that short and there's no need to pay someone else to do it. What clippers do you use? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 7:01 PM PST - 36 comments

I need a drink

From time to time I enjoy an adult beverage, but I don't like to taste my liquor. Basically, I like drinks that taste like candy. What would you suggest for me? Additional requirements below the fold. [more inside]
posted by spinturtle at 6:55 PM PST - 56 comments

The pain remains

IT Band problems: Tried the foam roller, deep tissue massage, building the muscle and stretches (all to no avail). What are other remedies? [more inside]
posted by xinglin91 at 6:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Best way to distribute my music to Spotify, Itunes, Amazon ECT? Secondly, how can I protect my songs prior to releasing them?

Best way to distribute my music to Spotify, Itunes, Amazon ECT? Secondly, how can I protect my songs prior to releasing them? [more inside]
posted by audio at 6:49 PM PST - 6 comments

First time Roasting Turkey Breast

Question about turkey roasting for a turkey-cooking newbie. [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 6:48 PM PST - 9 comments

One of the Boys

How do you, as a woman, succeed in the "good ol'" boy's club? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 6:44 PM PST - 28 comments

Can't remember Bosnian War film....

I am unable to remember a Bosnian War (I think) film I saw randomly on cable about 5 years ago. American male lead. Spoilers within. [more inside]
posted by Punctual at 6:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Swahili-to-English translation

Can anyone out there translate these two short phrases/sayings, probably idiomatic, from Swahili to English? [more inside]
posted by telophase at 6:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Food puzzle

Food allergics and creative cooks: processed foods, snacks, and simple meal ideas that don't include common allergens? [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider at 6:01 PM PST - 19 comments

WANTED: Chicagoland therapist specializing in ADD assistance

I am a woman in her early 30's who has been diagnosed with ADHD (or ADD, I don't remember what behavioral health folks call it now) by four different pdocs. I am looking for a therapist in either the NW Suburbs or North Shore suburbs (preferrably those accessible via 294) of Chicago who specializes in dealing with people in my situation. [more inside]
posted by princesspathos at 5:54 PM PST - 1 comment

Why didn't those crazy kids get together earlier?

If the flat earth theory was unpopular in Europe, why did so few of them try to sail west before 1492? [more inside]
posted by tchemgrrl at 5:43 PM PST - 40 comments

Gift idea for friend

Need a gift idea for someone close to me who has a deep interest in the "original" King James (1611) Bible, this person studies the bible all the time and is very computer literate. Was hoping for some ideas.
posted by sandyp at 5:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Food Processors: Heaven or Hell?

Help restore harmony to our home. Do we need a food processor? Do we want a food processor? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by kestralwing at 5:04 PM PST - 55 comments

19th C. overland travel

How did 19th century immigrants cross Pennsylvania en route to Ohio River transportation? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 4:57 PM PST - 9 comments

become a public speaking teacher?

How does one become a public speaking teacher? Is this an actual job? I am in the UK but worldly advice welcome?
posted by parmanparman at 4:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Motivational Poster for Daria?

Are there any existential, motivational posters? (not these guys.) I'm looking for posters that aren't motivational in the usual sense; hopeful, syrupy statements about the future and quotes about how life is beautiful isn't the sort of motivation I'm going for. I'm looking more for blunt truths. [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy at 4:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Las Vegas to Lynchburg in a 2004 Hyundai Accent?

I plan to drive from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Lynchburg, Virginia, in my good-condition 2004 Hyundai Accent. My husband thinks the car will blow up on the way. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 4:36 PM PST - 33 comments

The naming of cats is a serious matter

Help-me-name-my-cats filter! Two freshly adopted kitties need names. Details and mandatory pictures inside. (Bonus: videos!) [more inside]
posted by kitarra at 4:32 PM PST - 50 comments


Choose-my-laptop-filter. This is, in broad strokes, what I'm considering: 15" Lenovo W520 with the 1080p screen, 16Gb RAM and dual SSDs in RAID 0. Questions inside. [more inside]
posted by Leon at 4:24 PM PST - 4 comments

How do billionaires/multi millionaires raise cash for very large purchases like for example a $500 million home?

How do billionaires/multi millionaires raise cash for very large purchases like for example a $500 million home? I ask since most of their net worth comes from their stocks which I presume they don't liquidate. [more inside]
posted by r2d2 at 4:06 PM PST - 15 comments

American (Express) Hegemony?

Why is the corporate credit card space seemingly dominated by American Express? [more inside]
posted by kanuck at 3:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Needing a car by next Fall.

Hello MetaFilter, I am a marine sciences graduate student in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I will be moving to Morehead City next Fall for the second half of my masters program, and will need a car. I am not sure how I will be able to do this. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse at 3:18 PM PST - 10 comments

green building

Recently gotten interested in energy-efficiency design; that is, super insulation, ICF walls, triple-pane windows, with heat recovery ventilation. But (aside from experienced practicioners) discussions seem to go 1. they are converts, "green" is a religion, everything has to meet these sometimes costly/untested standards, and that trumps pocketbook costs. 2. skeptics, conveniently and defensively dismissing green building because it adds too much to the cost, and payback time will never justify the up-front costs. Help me to understand the ADDED costs of achieving higher levels of energy efficiency, going beyond the existing Building Code energy requirements, (e.g. using German triple-pane windows instead of domestic double-pane, how much more?) and how do you figure the spread out to the building's future use? Part 2 is that cost and efficiency are not the only metrics involved here. Air quality, landfill waste, health, manufacturing waste, etc are part of the equation also. How does a Builder, Architect or prospective homeowner, new to this shifting landscape, start to understand, and explain it?
posted by ebesan at 3:00 PM PST - 12 comments

My friend wants to pledge for fraternity, I don't think it's a good idea, should I let his parents know?

I have a close family friend who is currently a freshman in college. Long explanation inside, the general question is if I should talk to him about it, or tell the parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:37 PM PST - 61 comments

Is it too late?

I'd like to become a director. I'm a 40 year old female. Is this a realistic ambition? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:36 PM PST - 28 comments

Billiard-ball smooth

Keeping the undergrowth in check - male edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Essays on Il Conformista?

I am working on a short persuasive paper (about 1000 words) for a Narrative in the Novel and Film class, in which I must argue for the inclusion of a film of my choosing in a future iteration of the class. The film about which I have chosen to write about is Il Conformista, which would (theoretically) be used in a section of the class called "Terror, Surveillance, and Human Rights". I've been having trouble finding critical essays about the film that specifically look at the film's portrayal of Fascist Italy. What are some good sources for essays on this film, or on the portrayal of WWII-era Italy in cinema? (I am not looking for reviews of the film, of which I have plenty.)
posted by pxe2000 at 2:20 PM PST - 3 comments

Multi-site cms for web design shop

Multi-site cms: I'm thinking of starting a website design /hosting business targeted at a few small business verticals I work with. What is the best cms to use to control many mostly standardized sites centrally but also allow for limited customization for the client? [more inside]
posted by mtstover at 2:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Sydney or Melbourne as a "Walking City"?

Sydney vs Melbourne as a pedestrian paradise: I am a sociologist doing a study which involves observing pedestrians/window shoppers/etc. I am based in New York City, which is fantastic for my field of work. In Feb/March, I plan to go to Australia for two months, to either Sydney or Melbourne. I have never been to Australia before. QUESTION: Which city has more of a "pedestrian culture"? That is, which is more of a "walking city?" (If you know New York City, my favorite place to observe is Union Square -- I am looking for a comparable location.) Would prefer a place filled with locals, not tourists. Thanks!
posted by laswingkid at 1:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Child’s Party Invitation Help / Gift Request

Please help me figure out how to word the birthday party invitation for my daughter. [more inside]
posted by lunaazul at 1:51 PM PST - 30 comments

Room service is room service, and I already know what the inside of a Marriott room looks like...

I'll be in Irvine for work this coming week and will have Tuesday and Wednesday evening to myself. Please help me not waste those two nights in my hotel room eating overpriced room service. [more inside]
posted by Lexica at 1:47 PM PST - 8 comments

A new Jean Nate

Is there a good replacement for the old Jean Nate - After Bath Splash? [more inside]
posted by wondermouse at 1:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Need the name of the song in a movie trailer

What is the name and author of the classical chorus-like music in the Sophie Scroll: The Final Days trailer? [more inside]
posted by joshuamcginnis at 1:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Trying to switch my cat to wet food, but she keeps vomiting!

I'm trying to switch my older cat from a dry to a wet canned food diet, but every time I try she ends up with vomiting and diarrhea. Help! [more inside]
posted by emily37 at 12:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Navy ROTC transfer from virginia to georgetown? Should I even try?

Navy ROTC transfer from virginia to georgetown? Should I even try? [more inside]
posted by enroute888 at 12:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Tea noob: good caffeine-free teas I'll like? Other comfort drinks/food to consider?

Comfort drinks/food: Can you suggest some good, full-bodied teas without the caffeine? What other drinks or foods should I consider? (Location: U.S.) [more inside]
posted by Eolienne at 12:37 PM PST - 28 comments

Who makes a *good* disk imaging utility?

I'm getting a new laptop. How do I make a backup of what's on the hard drive, before I blow it all away? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 12:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Shopping for jewelry online.

Looking for a website that sells jewelry with a search option for specific themes. Specifically, I want to buy a bracelet with a camera charm. [more inside]
posted by alon at 12:30 PM PST - 8 comments

"We usually do this song with a tambourine, but I keep breaking it."

I need the most durable unbreakable bulletproof tambourine ever. [more inside]
posted by mollymayhem at 12:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me be a good (cheap) aunt!

Please help me figure out *cheap* gifts for a ton of nephews and nieces. Caveat: I want to buy gifts, but I don't want to spend too much or work too hard. [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt at 10:21 AM PST - 52 comments

How to stop worrying and love myself

Lately I have been binging on self-help books, surfing the internet for articles on family issues -- I just want an answer, to know what went wrong and how to fix it. But everything seems hollow. I feel horribly stuck and I desperately want to move forward and I don't know how. Lots and lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 9:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Violent Ex

Asking for a friend: her unhinged, stalker ex-boyfriend's behaviour has escalated into violence. We are all very concerned. Any help would be appreciated, particularly if you know any details about dealing with this kind of situation in London. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:12 AM PST - 21 comments

Ski store/outlet in Berkshires? Adirondacks? Catskills?

Help me find a ski equiptment store I remember from my childhood in the Catskills or Berkshires or Adirondacks? [more inside]
posted by LittleMy at 8:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Who's doing a Transient, Random job of producing motorik pop these days?

I need to find many, many more current bands that produce hypnotic, melodic music in a motorik or krautrock-influenced vein. [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim at 8:22 AM PST - 24 comments

Insane 2 year old found abandoned by exhausted parents

Seattle 2 year old is going stir crazy every day and needs to get out of the house. We're getting tired of our usual local activities, what are some of your favorites? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast at 8:21 AM PST - 15 comments

Titles, taxes, and insurance, oh my

Buying a car from my mom in NJ for a token (i.e. far less than blue book) amount. What's the best (cheapest) way to get it legally registered/insured in Chicago, IL. Any pitfalls I should look out for?
posted by Oktober at 8:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Why am I writing myself?

Is this some type of spam? If so how would it work? [more inside]
posted by robotyoshimi at 7:21 AM PST - 8 comments

How do you deal with flakey friends?

How do you deal with flakey friends that bail 99% of the time? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme at 6:40 AM PST - 33 comments

Not libertarianism, not socialism, something completely different

Where would I go to collaborate on re-architecting government? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide at 6:27 AM PST - 6 comments

How the hell did I get through life without learning the basics here?

I just realized i am dumb. will you please help me? [more inside]
posted by hal_c_on at 6:04 AM PST - 31 comments

JRail accessible waterfalls between Osaka and Hiroshima.

JRail accessible waterfalls between Osaka and Hiroshima. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 5:17 AM PST - 5 comments

I got a pressure cooker! Hit me with your tastiest recipes y'all!

I got a pressure cooker! Hit me with your tastiest recipes y'all!
posted by beshtya at 12:45 AM PST - 17 comments

November 26

Dish Cloth?

looking for a great Kitchen dish cloth: anyone have something they really like? Mostly for wiping up....
posted by dougiedd at 10:43 PM PST - 17 comments

In USD, would the price of gold fall with the Euro?

If the Euro collapses, will the price of gold in US Dollars fall as people seek to hold a stronger currency?
posted by 5ean at 10:38 PM PST - 10 comments

CCNA bootcamp, Detroit area, in Dec?

Good Cisco technical training (CCNA) in the Detroit area? Looking for a course the week of 12-16 Dec, somewhere in the Detroit area.. Anyone with first-hand knowledge of technical training in SE Michigan? [more inside]
posted by aarin at 10:02 PM PST - 0 comments

Buying glass bottles in philly.

Where can an individual order a small number of glass bottles in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
posted by dzkalman at 9:55 PM PST - 10 comments

I Want It Made Out of Black Box Material

Toyota Yaris 2012 or an alternative compact bubble car? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 9:22 PM PST - 22 comments

Help us get the perfect pet-sitting thank-you gift!

Our friends watched our dog over the Thanksgiving holiday (about 5 days), and we'd like to give them a great thank-you gift. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 9:07 PM PST - 5 comments

There was this one time, it was great, you gotta believe me....No, I don't have proof.

Help me decide on a pocket video recorder. [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:51 PM PST - 9 comments

Do I move out and leave my best friend with a man I (and sometime we) hate?

Friendship Help! Currently living with my boyfriend, my borderline-diagnosed best friend and her friend with whom she has a like/dislike relationship with and who I can't stand. When the lease ends, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by Saebrial at 7:58 PM PST - 25 comments

Speaking of Christmas...seasonal monologues, please?

I'm trying to get into the spirit of Christmas, but not musically. Do you have favorite seasonal spoken word pieces, and can you tell me where to find them? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 7:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Getting a driver's license without insurance or car

I have been driving for two years under permit. I took the written test. I just now have to pass the driving test. I am just as good as my friends who now have driver's license, except I didn't take the test. I am eighteen. Recently, my grandparents told me to get out of their lives, so I have no access to their car. But since I am in LA, it would be convenient if I can get a driver's license and rent a car. I can't drive unless I have a car. But then I can't get my driver's license without a car. I barely have money, so I am on a tight budget. I can't rent a car because I need a driver's license. I also need someone over 21 to watch over me when I drive, but there were no close adults in my life except my grandparents. How the hell do I go about this? Most of my friends don't have cars either, and the ones that do... I am not close enough to borrow their cars. I don't want to overwhelm them with my shitty family situation either. Only if I had a car. I am in Los Angeles.
posted by kopi at 7:37 PM PST - 22 comments

what is wrong with my car & how much will it cost me?

Car has 2 mystery problems. Hoping to get a sense of what I might be looking at before I put myself at the mercy of the local mechanics. Details to follow. [more inside]
posted by Ys at 7:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Having trouble figuring out if I'm overreacting to my husband grabbing my arm

Help me figure out if this is a relationship dealbreaker-- my husband recently dragged me out of my chair, against my will. [more inside]
posted by DianaV at 6:46 PM PST - 67 comments

How do I finish removing PowerDVD?

How do I remove the last trace of PowerDVD from my Win7-64 system [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 6:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Skinny guy needs skinny suit

Help a Minneapolis hipster find an extra-slim cut, European-style suit. [more inside]
posted by sureshot at 6:12 PM PST - 12 comments

I don't want to feel like scrooge this time every year

Help an American engineer a good Australian christmas. [more inside]
posted by forza at 6:03 PM PST - 18 comments

I took the one less traveled by.

Please tell me quirky, fun, healthy, CHEAP things to do and places to see in Victoria (Australia) over Xmas break. [more inside]
posted by b33j at 5:41 PM PST - 7 comments

What's a good Windows alternative to Photobooth?

What's a good Windows program that I can use to take photos with a webcam? Think Photo Booth for Mac. [more inside]
posted by apip at 5:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Can't legally leave my job. Help make this suck less.

I hate my job and yet I can't legally leave, I don't think. Help me cope. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I file a restraining order against my ex?

Considering a restraining order against an ex, but I have a lot of questions about the logistics and just generally whether it's going to make the situation better or worse. For example, I don't think he knows where I live- so how would it even work? Many more questions inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:31 PM PST - 23 comments

What are the sexual steps you take while dating?

I'm female in my mid-twenties and due to circumstances have been a late entrant into dating. I've been out with several guys (ages 27 - 33) and am trying to get a better handle on how quickly things move forward in terms of physical/sexual. So while every guy, girl, and experience is different, could someone share what they might consider standard in their experience? I'd be curious to know what peoples' typical natural progressions are (for a person they're dating, not a hook up) in terms of the steps, not necessarily timing. For instance, do you generally do the first base/second base/third bases in order? [more inside]
posted by sowrite at 4:08 PM PST - 32 comments

Tokyo Sexytime!

Asking for a friend- I'm serious! Friend is headed to Tokyo this December, and is looking for some cool weird funny sexy sex clubs and/or shops. "More quirky than scary," she says. Any ideas?
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 3:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you grow goals?

I used to have clear goals. Now I don't. Have you been through a foggy period in which you had no clue what you wanted to do with your life while everyone around you spoke with confidence about moving abroad, writing the book or saving the world? What can I do to shake myself out of limbo before 10 or 15 years fly by? [more inside]
posted by jessca84 at 1:41 PM PST - 25 comments

Sea of memories need creative home

After sorting through a castle of boxes, I discovered hundreds and hundreds of loose photographs. The photographs vary in size from 3 x 5 to 8 x 10 and even a few 10 x13's. I have many albums, and they are full. I have several photograph boxes, also full. I would like to display as many as I can without being obnoxious but I'm looking for fresh ideas. What are some interesting, space saving artistic ways I can use and display my sea of memories? [more inside]
posted by gypseefire at 1:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Honestly I also like taking tests.

Doing the LSAT cold to see what it's about. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 12:56 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me print the Mucha poster I love muchly

I have an old chest of drawers I'd like to spruce up by painting and découpaging a poster on the front, a horizontal slice of poster on each drawer. I've chosen Summer by Alphonse Mucha as the poster, but I have a couple of questions about how to get a poster that suits my purposes. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 12:46 PM PST - 8 comments

CAD laptop

Seeking advice on a laptop/notebook for CAD. That may also (possibly) be able to run a Playstation 2 emulator. [more inside]
posted by hayeled at 12:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Need help diagnosing a monitor issue

I have a monitor problem. Or maybe a motherboard problem. Or maybe both. Or maybe neither. But there is a problem with my computer, and I need some help diagnosing it. [more inside]
posted by Shohn at 12:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for uplifting, electronic music

I love the music from this video that I discovered on Metafilter. Any suggestions for artists that make similar sounding music?
posted by TorontoSandy at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Healthy living when life involves a lot of travel

My life currently involves a lot of travel. How do I maintain healthy habits (eating and exercise)? [more inside]
posted by Milau at 11:52 AM PST - 21 comments

How to store thousands of travel photos?

Which cloud storage should we use to store extended on-the-go travel photos? [more inside]
posted by grak88 at 11:49 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the best holiday movie on Netflix Instant?

What are the best Christmas/holiday programs available on streaming video? I'm especially thinking Netflix, but things available on Hulu, Amazon, etc. are also welcome! [more inside]
posted by mskyle at 11:30 AM PST - 16 comments

Bulls versus....? Who would be the best to see?

Now that the NBA has come to an agreement (or is very close to), that means I can purchase an awesome Xmas present for my pops! Which team would be the best/most exciting/fun to see play against the Chicago Bulls? [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft at 11:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Cost of fumigation?

What's a reasonable estimate for tenting and fumigating to remove dry-wood termites from a single story, two-bedroom house in the Bay Area in Northern California? [more inside]
posted by fartknocker at 11:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Ho, ho, ho for my home, home, home!

What are your favorite Christmas decorations? Which decorative items should I replace after losing most of them in a flood? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 10:52 AM PST - 24 comments

Crazy love

The once love of my life contacted me today to say her feelings haven't changed in the eight years we've been apart. Neither have mine. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:21 AM PST - 71 comments

Fixing dismissive text messages

I feel silly asking this, but please help my robotic text messaging style convey more warmth. [more inside]
posted by mossicle at 10:19 AM PST - 25 comments

I've got a mystery disorder- Pin pricks, ashy skin! Help!

YANAD, but my doctor is stumped. Symptoms: Painful prickly needles, ashy skin, angry red hives. Appears at times of stress. More inside! [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 10:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Ultra-Cautious filter

New checks came in and after my name the "Sr." designation is used. My father and I share the same name and technically I am a "Jr", though I have never used that designation either. I am concerned about identity issues, should I be? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Smartphone injury?

I use my smartphone a lot and my hands/thumbs are getting sore. I know how to stave off pain from typing and hunching over my computer, but those techniques don't work for this. Can you recommend stretches or massage techniques? [more inside]
posted by heatherann at 9:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it her? Is it not her? Is it sort-of her? What do we do?

My grandmother in the process of dying is suffering through a sudden dementia?... delirium?... from her medical condition that is causing her to be extremely belligerent and hurtful to those around her. We know this "isn't her," but we don't know what to do, what time to spend with her, what is going on. I'm looking for perspectives on this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I help my family accept my partner?

My family refuses to use the correct pronouns for my partner. What is the best way to approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM PST - 51 comments

I've never done this before!

Some tips for an older accountant trying to transition into a less-stressful work environment? Also, some culturally specific issues. [more inside]
posted by leedly at 7:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Using my domain on blogger

Using my domain on blogger [more inside]
posted by jseven at 6:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Blacklight bleed on Samsung 40 inch TV

Concerned about "backlight bleed" on Samsung 40" I just bought, can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 5:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Affordable tower with premium tech support

My father-in-law wants a sub-$500 desktop tower that will last him 5-6 years with minimal upkeep. All he uses are webbrowsers, spreadsheets, and Quicken. Most important features: upgradeability and reliable tech support. Can you recommend a SoCal vendor who can give him what he wants out-of-the-box?
posted by billtron at 5:15 AM PST - 19 comments

Pasta Sauce Recipes

Easy, awesome pasta sauce recipes please. [more inside]
posted by FunGus at 5:02 AM PST - 45 comments

Help me to observe myself asking this question

I want to learn about mindfulness, to be more mindful. Also known as witnessing or distancing. The ability to be both within and outside a given situation, not to be overwhelmed but to have a part of your mind observe yourself and others all the time. I think this is what very expensive education can teach you. [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 4:35 AM PST - 19 comments

Stealing pictures.

Is it proper for someone to make a profile page using a picture of myself grabbed from another website and make it public without my permission? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 4:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Is it Safe, the Hibiscus edition

I found a large bag of dried hibiscus while cleaning out the back of my pantry... and it must be around four or even five years old. Any problem using it? [more inside]
posted by taz at 3:45 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I sass up a pair of motorcycle gloves for my Spike-Lee-Films-Loving man this Christmas?

My fella loves the "love/hate" monologue in Do The Right Thing and in particular, Radio Raheem's blinging handwear. He's mentioned how cool this would look on his motorcycle gloves - how can I execute this in a way that isn't completely tragic [my opinion] and doesn't ruin the safety function of said gloves? [more inside]
posted by honey-barbara at 2:12 AM PST - 10 comments

November 25

Jackets for Active Athenas?

I've been pleasantly surprised by how easy it's been to find decent plus-sized cycling gear--until the temperature dropped. Now it's time for a warmish jacket to wear on my morning commute and weekend rides and I can't find a thing. Plus-sized active women, where do you shop for outerwear? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 11:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find the name of this book

What is the name of book where there's a floating city and an orb which allows detectives to travel to other time/city/dimension, but now there's a problem and they're stuck or maybe travel is blocked. [more inside]
posted by .shaun at 10:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Where do I find the North American Equivalent to Fortnum and Mason

I really like the preserves, biscuits and condiments from Fortnum and Mason and Harrods in the UK. Are there similar places in North America where I can mail order the same sort of goods? I'd also love to know where we could order clotted cream that we could have sent to us as we live north of 60 in the Yukon Territory, Canada. [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm at 10:32 PM PST - 8 comments

I can't find the proper source of a jailbreak for my iphone 4S. Please help!

Sorry to ask this but I can't figure out the "legit" sources of info and software to jailbreak my iphone 4s. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Ponderance at 10:30 PM PST - 8 comments

How shall I know you, new bike?

Beloved bicycle stolen. Suggestions for a 5'6" 145 lbs female, who rides about twenty miles a day through suburbia in north central Florida with a budget of under $400 and a limited knowledge of bike parts and specifics? [more inside]
posted by ajarbaday at 10:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Why So Serious?

Help me take life less seriously. What are some things I can do to practice loosening up? [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 10:17 PM PST - 31 comments

Laptop seeks TV for LTR

Recommendations please for using a big screen LCD TV (40+"?) as a computer display. "Don't" is fine as a response but please justify. Cost is a significant issue; we can spend up to or little over $700. [more inside]
posted by anadem at 10:10 PM PST - 10 comments

I Bequeth These SMSes to My Estate and Future Biographers....maybe?

Help me catalog my youthful correspondence so that when I grow old and wither I may smile at a time well-spent but long-gone with those I love -- 21st CENTURY STYLE!!!11!! [more inside]
posted by Chipmazing at 9:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Can you help me diagnose this odd health issue?

Can you help me diagnose this weird medical medical problem? I occasionally feel temporarily faint, dizzy, unable to concentrate. [more inside]
posted by denverco at 9:25 PM PST - 28 comments

It there genuinely some kind of bug or issue here, or am I insane?

Is it just me, or is it *impossible* to create a user account on this (oil and gas safety) website? Please help. My husband needs to take one of their online courses over the weekend so that he can start a job on Monday. He is losing his shit over this. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 9:09 PM PST - 36 comments

Is there a rap/hip-hop song that references Roman poet Catullus?

Is there a rap/hip-hop song that references Roman poet Catullus? [more inside]
posted by vanitas at 8:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Tips for washing delicate stemware?

Tips for washing delicate stemware? [more inside]
posted by click at 8:34 PM PST - 8 comments

School me on schools

Is the Lusher-Tulane arrangement unprecedented, or business as usual as U.S. charter schools go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Until we solve this, I have to keep buying CDs....

I'm technology speak impaired. Is there a wireless ... thing ... of some kind that we can somehow attach to our old (but terrific sound quality) stereo system so I can stream music to it from my phone or laptop? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 7:52 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me find this coat!

Help me find this coat. It's sold out on Modcloth and I can't seem to find it anywhere else. It's by Steve Madden and while I'd prefer to have it in blue, another color will be acceptable. I also need it in a medium. Thanks in advance!
posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:53 PM PST - 4 comments

What to give the seamstress who has everything?

What's a super fancy thing to buy the seamstress in your life? [more inside]
posted by 10ch at 6:47 PM PST - 30 comments

How to uninstall Logic Studio safely

I got Logic Studio and installed it on my Mac, then realized I should have installed a bunch of the files onto an external hard drive instead of my computer's hard drive. I thought I would do a complete uninstall and then reinstall the way I should have initially, but from my research, it seems uninstalling Logic is kind of a big, scary deal. Can you please walk me through how to fix this situation using small, easy-to-understand words? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks at 6:44 PM PST - 8 comments

It was a lot better than the current video

I'm almost positive that when Wolf Like Me, by TV on The Radio, was first released as a single it had a video that featured a Little Red Riding Hood motif where the parts of red and the wolf were inverted, and is entirely different from the current video. I can't find this, although I'm pretty sure I didn't imagine it. Did it exist? Was it a fan edit? Did it infringe on some copyright and get expunged from the Internet? Help!
posted by codacorolla at 6:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Need a video monitor for my stroke ridden father

Need a video monitor for my stroke ridden father [more inside]
posted by Nighthawk3729 at 5:43 PM PST - 3 comments

They don't want my professors' personal information, do they?

When an online application for graduate school asks for the addresses and phone numbers of the people who are writing your letters of recommendation, do they mean their office address and phone number? I imagine this is what they want, but I'm not sure. They don't specify. I can of course call the school on Monday and ask if you think I should, but I'm trying to get as much of this done over the weekend as possible.
posted by Kutsuwamushi at 5:28 PM PST - 14 comments

How high do we hang this picture?

How high should this picture be hung above the sofa? This high? Or lower? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 5:24 PM PST - 70 comments

Is it normal to enjoy food and drink more on thyroid meds?

I think my thyroid medication is making food and water taste super-delicious - is this normal? [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 4:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Was I hacked?

Why did change to on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by Linnee at 4:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Why does the pharmacist take so god damn long?

Why does the pharmacist take so god damn long? [more inside]
posted by Nelsormensch at 4:19 PM PST - 23 comments

Not quite Freaky Friday.

Asking for a friend: Do you remember this (possibly made-for-TV) movie from the 1980's? A girl goes to sleep one night and wakes up as a boy the next morning. Her parents are scandalized when she wants her best friend (who is still female) to sleep over.
posted by gentian at 4:09 PM PST - 3 comments

where fruit? where veg?

Where in the US or Europe should I live if my goal is to optimize the availability and variety of fresh fruits and vegetables?
posted by beerbajay at 3:29 PM PST - 22 comments

Limit Breaker?

What video game magic do you love? Specifically, which video game franchises have the neatest graphical effects? What's cool about them? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 3:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Dishwasher Loading Debate : Utensil Edition

Which direction should the silverware point when you put it in the dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor at 3:19 PM PST - 28 comments

How to give a hug from far away.

How can I help my long distance boyfriend get through his grandmother's serious illness? [more inside]
posted by Emms at 3:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Unusual tree toppers for holiday tree

Quick, what's the strangest/most unusual/coolest holiday tree topper you've ever seen? Links appreciated, bonus points for light-up. No religious symbols, please.
posted by agregoli at 2:45 PM PST - 38 comments

Un-bork my card

Puzzling computer display problems. Is my graphics card salvageable? [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno at 2:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Like we say in St. Olaf, Christmas without fruitcake is like St. Sigmund's Day without the headless boy

Help me with some fruit cake alchemy (please). [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 2:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Can we move to the Bay Area? SHOULD we?

Help me see a way to move to the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by agress at 2:30 PM PST - 24 comments

Posting to Facebook via Cron and PHP

How do I post to Facebook using a PHP script that is running off a cron job, instead of in my browser? [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 1:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Keeping a new relationship with med school residency?

How do I attempt to make a new relationship into a long-distance one when there is a medical school residency involved? Only the snowflakiest of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:15 PM PST - 7 comments

How to Install Corner Molding?

I'm home over Thanksgiving break and my mom wants some house work done. Fun! But, I don't know how to do it. So, dearest MetaFilter, how do I install molding on the corner of a wall? (Picture on the inside.) [more inside]
posted by 47triple2 at 12:36 PM PST - 13 comments

I want to look put together all the time.

Please design a personal grooming schedule for me. [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 12:27 PM PST - 15 comments

A Year of ______

Help me find books about A Year Doing One Highly Particular and Possibly Silly Thing [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 12:02 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me find my perfect club night in London

Please help me find my perfect club night in London: Industrial/Alt edition. [more inside]
posted by greenish at 11:32 AM PST - 2 comments

Germany & France with Teenagers and Kids

Just starting to plan a trip to France (mainly Paris) and Germany (mainly Munich) with three kids ages 17, 14, and 11. We're from the US and do not speak German or French. We've done Europe before, but never these countries. We will go in June of 2012. I need resources so I can research the heck out of this thing. [more inside]
posted by crapples at 11:09 AM PST - 9 comments

Rush Hour Freeway Commuting Takes Years Off My Life

How reliable is public transportation in LA? Can I trust it to get me to work on time? [more inside]
posted by garuda at 11:05 AM PST - 32 comments

Can anyone share the manual and/or tips for the Chef'sChoice Professional Sharpening Station 130?

Can anyone share the manual and/or tips for the Chef'sChoice Professional Sharpening Station 130? [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin at 10:40 AM PST - 4 comments

To ask or not to ask back?

To ask back, or not? [more inside]
posted by Prairie at 10:39 AM PST - 37 comments

Recommendations for music classes for a 4 and 6 year old?

Music lessons for a 4 and a 6 year old in the Baltimore area? [more inside]
posted by empath at 10:26 AM PST - 1 comment

Growing Arabica in the mountains really necessary?

Was the notion in the 1980s that "mountain grown" coffee was a way to sell deforestation-causing coffee B.S.? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Burping the routers at work.

I am at work, at a college, and there seem to be wifi hiccups throughout the day, moments where the connectivity is briefly lost. How can I log these interruptions so I can convince our technicians that there is a problem? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 9:12 AM PST - 13 comments

How to shake off vivid dreams in the morning...

Very vivid and intricate dreams - do you have tips on how to shake off lingering feelings in the morning? [more inside]
posted by apolune at 8:22 AM PST - 23 comments

Weird abdominal issues

Weird abdominal issues: I have a doctor's appointment for Tuesday and would appreciate thoughts on whether it's OK to wait until then. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Please recommend a cheap and non-rotting medium for carvings and/or lanterns

What is a good medium for carving lanterns that is cheap, durable and non-flammable? [more inside]
posted by h00py at 8:19 AM PST - 11 comments

What size engine to pull a boat?

What size of truck engine is ideal to pull a twin axle boat trailer (we have a Supra wakesurfing boat)...does Toyota make a viable option? [more inside]
posted by AegeanBlue at 7:34 AM PST - 13 comments

What are some great standup comedy shows, specials or DVDs that I should see?

What are some great standup comedy shows, specials or DVDs that I should see? I'm hoping to find titles of shows and specials that are especially worth seeing, eg. "Kill the Messenger" by Chris Rock, or "Money Shot" by Whitney Cummings, etc. Extra points if the humour is still funny nowadays (I've seen some landmark performances that just seemed a little dated, perhaps because they've been so widely imitated). Thanks.
posted by surenoproblem at 7:26 AM PST - 32 comments


Help me understand how Skyrim crashing on one PC causes other PCs on my network to hiccup. [more inside]
posted by Edogy at 7:11 AM PST - 5 comments

What are my favorite things (in Japanese, in a song)

Does anyone know of a translation of Mari Natsuki lyrics for "My favorite things" or the lyrics in Japanese that I can plug into Google translate? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 6:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Really great subscription/gift food that's either Canada-based, or delivers to Canada?

For Christmas this year I would love to give my family food-of-the-month type gifts from places like Murrays and Zingermans, but those places don't deliver to Canada, where most of my family members live. Can you recommend really great subscription/gift food that's either Canada-based, or delivers to Canada? [more inside]
posted by Susan PG at 6:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Why is the Arab League taking a harder stance towards Syria?

Why is the Arab League sort of taking a harder stance towards Syria? [more inside]
posted by gt2 at 3:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Fun things in Wimbledon

What's fun to do in Wimbledon? [more inside]
posted by dudekiller at 3:06 AM PST - 10 comments

Who goes to war with a non-bordering country?

Who goes to war with a non-bordering country? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour at 1:19 AM PST - 30 comments

November 24

Graphics card seems fried after a few weeks of working fine

I installed a new video card and power supply in a new desktop computer, but the machine had problems (restarting occasionally for no obvious reason over a few weeks) and now the card seems dead. I need help figuring out what has gone wrong! [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides at 11:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Casual summer jobs for the already-employed

JobFilter: I have a casual job. I just found out that my shifts over the summer holidays (in Australia) are going to be fairly scant. Where can I get a second job, on short notice, that will be fairly flexible in terms of hours? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane at 11:46 PM PST - 3 comments

What is this object from Japan?

My friend brought me this terra cotta rattle/ball back from Japan. What is it? Japanese instructions included! [more inside]
posted by marylynn at 8:59 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get an Oakland Police Department press pass?

I'm a resident of Oakland, really close to Frank Ogawa Plaza where a love of things have been going down with Occupy Oakland. Usually I am out taking photos and such, and I was wondering what the feasibility of me getting a press pass was. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 8:55 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the best wine decanter I can buy online?

Can you please point me to a fabulous wine decanter? Here's what I mean by fabulous: 1) Dishwasher friendly 2) Lead-free glass 3) Good lookin' and good quality in person. 4) Available for purchase online. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea at 7:51 PM PST - 9 comments

How to resurrect .Mac account

Can I transition a defunct account to iCloud? [more inside]
posted by jasmeet at 7:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Man seeking Cookie to reignite old flame.

Does anybody know the name of a type of christmas-y sugar cookie with sprinkles that used to be sold in a cylindrical plastic tub? [more inside]
posted by SomeOneElse at 7:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Innovate My Trash Talk

I need some ideas for G-rated name-calling. [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 6:50 PM PST - 69 comments

usb wireless adaprer won't work

We've been through 2 different usb wireless adaptors, and windows7 won't detect/enable them - help! [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 6:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Help with hiring someone to collect data from afar

I need about ten years of weekly advertisements placed in the classifieds section of an upstate, popular alternative newspaper. I've called around, and I cannot get the newspapers through inter library loan at my university. I cannot get the ads directly from the newspaper either, and I've exhausted every possible channel to do so. I think I am going to have to hire someone off of Craigslist, but I've never done this before, and would like some advice so that I ensure I get this to me in the most efficient format, at the lowest possible cost, without errors. I could use some advice on all aspects of the logistics of planning this, from start to finish. The project is important, and I have attention deficit disorder predominantly inattentive, which I think is why I've simultaneously procrastinating and over thinking this. I have a lot of questions, as you'll see. [more inside]
posted by scunning at 5:53 PM PST - 18 comments

Temporary teeth—I've got a problem.

I'm in the middle of the process of getting porcelain veneers/crowns on my six upper front teeth. I underwent five hours in the chair yesterday and am now wearing temporaries for the next two weeks. One of these cracked off from the main "bridge" and is lifting up. Now what? [more inside]
posted by seesaw at 5:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Solve this mystery: Vine Blooms in MA

What, oh garden masters, is this mystery plant? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 5:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Will childbirth be easier the second time around?

How can I support a friend who had a horrific first childbirth experience, and is now facing her second? [more inside]
posted by finding.perdita at 5:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Laptop's screen is shattered, need BIOS menu tree

I have an ASUS G60V laptop. My lcd screen is shattered, and now I need to use a repair CD. Laptop won't boot into external monitor in repair mode, so I can't see the screen. Any ASUS owners be willing to walk me through the BIOS menu steps to see if I can get my laptop to connect to the external? [more inside]
posted by siddhartha_in_costume at 4:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Well that was kind of awkward.

She accepted me as a facebook friend after a conversation. I sent a lame message. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by veryblue1 at 4:36 PM PST - 26 comments

Was there a 1980s live-action adaptation of the Lord of the Rings?

Before Peter Jackson, was there another live action Lord of the Rings film attempt? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider at 4:10 PM PST - 9 comments

How feasable is a RAIF (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Flash media) on a T40 Laptop?

How would placing two (or more!) Compact flash drives in my T40 laptop and using them as a striped RAID 0 compare to installing an equivalent (PATA) SSD? Is there some other thinking-further-out-of-the-box way of getting lightning-fast disk performance into a Pentium M-class laptop? [more inside]
posted by Orb2069 at 3:47 PM PST - 8 comments

OpenOffice's evil twin

What the heck is, and did this download damage my friend's computer? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 3:41 PM PST - 11 comments

Pretty sure she already has one of those...

I want to get my mom something she'll actually like for Christmas. This is seemingly impossible. What do you get for someone who already has everything they want or need? [more inside]
posted by meesha at 3:32 PM PST - 41 comments

How to remove 0b "Ghost Files" from Win7 Desktop?

I need to remove various 0 byte "ghost files" from the desktops of a bunch of Windows 7 computers. I know DelinvFile works but is there a free alternative which actually works? I know it can also be done by turning off explorer.exe and going into cmd to delete them but what exactly are the steps for doing this? Any suggestions gratefully received.
posted by joannemullen at 2:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Good indie horror/sci-fi films, on Netflix instant?

What are the best indie/avant/experimental/unusual/etc. films in the horror and sci-fi genres, currently available on Netflix instant? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 2:41 PM PST - 23 comments

Concealing a Fixed Password

A software application needs to supply a fixed password to an outside hardware device that it talks to. How can that password be concealed from hackers who take apart the software or the computer it's running on? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 2:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Stick with my awesome CRT or take the plunge for an IPS or 120hz monitor for FPS gaming?

Gaming Monitors: Should I upgrade from my awesome Viewsonic P220f CRT to a Dell u2711 or Samsung S27A950D? Do I really have to choose between quality/resolution and speed? Trying to make a Black Friday decision. [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 12:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Thanksgiving idiocy and ovenproof bags

We purchased a precooked turkey for Thanksgiving from Zabar's. We are getting ready to heat it up. The turkey is wrapped tightly in an open weave netting type bag which is tied shut. It is then has a clear plastic bag over it. The instructions say: Do not remove from oven proof bag. We are several idiots in disagreement about whether the plastic bag is the oven proof bag. Is there someone here (preferable who has ordered from Zabar's) who can clarify?
posted by kimdog at 11:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Suggestions for holiday noms

Please give me your suggestions for homemade holiday snacks that I can make and give to my co-workers. (Sorry, kind of long.) [more inside]
posted by methroach at 11:25 AM PST - 15 comments

Do you know of any Thanksgiving songs?

Do you know of any Thanksgiving songs? [more inside]
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 10:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Welcome to middle age drama!

Dumped by friend – What now? [more inside]
posted by TheGoodBlood at 10:46 AM PST - 29 comments

How to move out from your ex?

My friend wants to end a relationship with his girlfriend who he shares an apartment with. He is looking for some advice about how to deal with the apartment itself, since his name is on the lease. Should he pay her the money for the remaining months of rent in one lump sum? Or Should he suggest that they both move out, and then they split the cost of breaking the lease? And, if she wants to stay she can stay and pay full rent? He would love some ideas- its so hard to bring logistics into a very emotional situation. Thank you!
posted by Equiprimordial at 9:33 AM PST - 12 comments

"You turn off the CAR, right, Dad?...It's like that."

Parental Computer Filter: Help me convince my father that leaving his computer on 24/7 is actually NOT a good thing to do, or tell me I'm wrong. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:16 AM PST - 48 comments

At home, I'm okay with only chopping at 999 miles an hour...

It seems like many of the professional techniques for cutting vegetables will accept some unnecessary waste in order to optimize for speed or uniformity or presentation. For example, I'm thinking of cutting the stems off mushrooms to give the cap a flat base, or taking two transverse sections off the top and bottom of a capsicum/sweet pepper so it can unroll. Are there alternatives that waste less food while still being almost as safe and fast? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

Selling a car and putting down 'gift' on the bill of sale when it's not really a gift... problem?

Selling a car and putting down 'gift' on the bill of sale when it's not really a gift... problem? [more inside]
posted by ratherbethedevil at 8:45 AM PST - 24 comments

How Old Is My Quadrophenia Vinyl Album?

How can I tell if my copy of Quadrophenia is an original pressing? [more inside]
posted by marienbad at 8:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Cooked turkey debacle

What do I do with the stuffing and gravy if the turkey is already cooked? [more inside]
posted by _cave at 6:53 AM PST - 16 comments

Where is the best deal for Cyber Monday speakers?

Asking for a friend: Where is the best Cyber Monday (Cyber Weekend?) deal for home audio? Specifically speakers. [more inside]
posted by slightly sissy tea hound at 6:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Just another guy creeped out by Facebook

I have never logged into Facebook on my iPad, but the Facebook social plugin on knew who I was anyway. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by yorick at 6:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Torontonian looking for a degree in happiness

I'm a Torontonian who is intrigued by the UPenn 'Degree of Happiness' / Master of Applied Positive Psychology. Is there anything like that available in Toronto? If not, are there any other resources or courses in Toronto that someone like me may find interesting (30s male, working full time)? Book suggestions would also be welcome...
posted by evadery at 6:24 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I buy my outdoor gear in Australia or New Zealand?

I'm heading from Brisbane, Australia to Queenstown, NZ for 6 weeks of hiking over Christmas. Am I better off buying my outdoor gear in Aus or NZ? [more inside]
posted by dantodd at 5:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Drop it! Drop it!

Two cats, one dog: How do I keep a dog visitor out of the cat box? [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 3:30 AM PST - 22 comments

How do people represent themselves on Facebook?

Representing identity online - can you point me to interesting research into the way people represent themselves on the internet (and in particular Facebook)? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike at 2:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Pecan Pie. Corn Starch Or Not?

PECAN PIE! I'm thinking of substituting palm sugar (which has a vanilla flavor built in) for syrup. And I have other issues. Cornstarch or not? I'm adapting different techniques and I've never done this before - HELP! [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 1:04 AM PST - 21 comments

What publication is the sociology equivalent of the Economist?

What publication is the sociology equivalent of the Economist? [more inside]
posted by waciuma at 12:21 AM PST - 2 comments

bicycle ride

Is this 90-mile bike ride around LA possible and realistic for a casual rider in four days? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 12:07 AM PST - 13 comments

November 23

Looking for a great essay on art.

In 1971 Artforum magazine published an essay, 'After Modernism', by American composer Morton Feldman, about Modernism's endgame and what it meant for contemporary painting. I have repeatedly looked for it online but have had no success. Just curious to see if it is on the intertubes somewhere, thanks.
posted by Phlegmco(tm) at 11:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Chess Filter: The strangest loss of all

Chess Filter: The strangest loss of all [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 11:02 PM PST - 21 comments

Cranberry Sauce Disas... Mishap

I think my cranberry sauce is too sweet... Help! [more inside]
posted by Marky at 10:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Fashion advice for woman

All my life I've been an overweight girl. Now, I'm size 8/10. Help me dress myself. (But: I can't wear everything. I have disfiguring scars.) [more inside]
posted by mathemagician at 10:37 PM PST - 25 comments

I found someone's employee badge. Help me get it back to them ASAP!

On the way home from work today I found an employee badge that someone appeared to have dropped and lost (it was right next to the bus stop I usually wait at). The badge's owner was nowhere in sight (it was a photo ID) and I don't know anyone who works for the company identified on the badge. What's the best / quickest way to get it back to its owner, especially given tomorrow is a (US) holiday? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 10:07 PM PST - 21 comments

Five days in Shenzhen

I'm going to be in Shenzhen for five days week after next, Monday-Friday. Travelling with my husband who will be working on the Wednesday and Thursday. What should we see and do, and what tips do you have for a culturally ignorant foreign female exploring Shenzhen solo?
posted by tracicle at 9:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Anyone know why a brand new ZTE zxv10 w300 modem/router would continually kick my Apple Airport Express off the network?

Anyone know why a brand new ZTE zxv10 w300 modem/router would continually kick my Apple Airport Express off the network? [more inside]
posted by kaboomer at 9:10 PM PST - 20 comments

What's the Sun done for me, lately?

So let's say we wanted to blow up the sun... [more inside]
posted by egeanin at 8:40 PM PST - 36 comments

How do I get from Denver Airport to Lakewood, CO

What is the best and cheapest way to get from Denver International Airport to Red Rocks Community College? [more inside]
posted by atmu at 7:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Fun activities and clothes shopping in Malaysia?

I'm in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. What are some fun activities and places I can visit? Also where can I shop for cheap, good quality clothing? [more inside]
posted by naskar at 6:53 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm not used to not getting hammered immediately.

Beer idiot filter: How do I keep my beers decent enough to serve tomorrow night? [more inside]
posted by katybird at 6:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Find me matching shoes, please!

Help me find shoes to match this dress. [more inside]
posted by nonasuch at 6:36 PM PST - 20 comments

Are we stuck? (Australian Parliament)

Aus Politics: No-one wants to be speaker, where to from here? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom at 6:16 PM PST - 9 comments

More powerful Power Supply for Dell Optiplex 780?

Short version: I need to find a larger power supply that fits in a Dell Optiplex 780 Small Form Factor (the third from the left here) so I can power a larger video card (and presumably the fans for it). [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher at 6:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I avoid getting junk for Christmas?

Relatives are going to buy me Christmas gifts whether I like it or not. Relatives have a different set of values than me. What should I ask for so that I don't end up with junk? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel at 5:38 PM PST - 55 comments

F#/D# A/D A/B oh yeah!!!

If somebody says "I love those awesome chords they use over each other in the chorus. the F#/D# into the A/D and then A/B just sounds too epic!" can I understand what they mean without being a music major? [more inside]
posted by circular at 4:24 PM PST - 8 comments

This is why I work 9-6

How would you deal with hearing racist slurs on the subway? How could I have done this better? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 4:12 PM PST - 48 comments

What will the fate of Jupiter and its moons be during and after our sun becomes a red giant?

What will the fate of Jupiter and its moons be during and after our sun becomes a red giant? (or, please forward me to reliable sources with information beyond a first-order Google search) [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh at 3:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Do different flavours of marijuana have different effects?

Is there any robust evidence that different varieties of marijuana have different psychoactive or physiological effects? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 3:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Lip balm, or stuff that can be used as lip balm, that can be purchased in a big container?

Lip balm, or stuff that can be used as lip balm, that can be purchased in a big container? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 3:44 PM PST - 26 comments

Christmas without a tree

How do I make my house smell like Christmas without a tree? [more inside]
posted by mikesch at 3:33 PM PST - 29 comments

I do not consent.

Legalities being of video with audio recorded by a student. [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 3:32 PM PST - 12 comments

What fictional holidays can we celebrate this year?

What are your favorite fictional holidays? This winter, my partner and I want to celebrate as many Christmas-like made-up holidays as possible. Our list includes Hogswatch (Discworld), Winter Veil (World of Warcraft), Crimbo (from Kingdom of Loathing), Festivus (which is increasingly less fictional), Life Day (from the Star Wars Christmas Special), and the Ice Festival (from Maria V. Snyder's fantasy books). Are there any more that we can add to our calendar?
posted by Tesseractive at 3:16 PM PST - 27 comments

Do Not Want To Die For My Art

How to simulate chewing without using my mouth or teeth? Either an object or method/process. Odd, photography-related details inside. [more inside]
posted by book 'em dano at 3:08 PM PST - 10 comments

What should you do if you're (almost) a victim of identity theft?

I think I was (almost) a victim of identity theft. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by gertzedek at 3:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Man is the measure of all things.

What is the philosophy of measurement? [more inside]
posted by StoneSpace at 2:38 PM PST - 27 comments

How did you find becoming an occasional caffeine drinker?

What was your experience transitioning from being a regular caffeine drinker to an occasional caffeine drinker? Did it work for you? Do you have any tips on success, any surprises I should watch out for? [more inside]
posted by razzman at 2:33 PM PST - 18 comments

Too bad the stork's a myth

Babyfilter: If you could get a re-do on your labor and delivery, what would you do differently? [more inside]
posted by litnerd at 2:15 PM PST - 48 comments

Cloned plant sporting

What's the genetic mechanism that produces a 'sport' in a cloned plant? I'm thinking specifically of apples. [more inside]
posted by schrodycat at 1:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Name my band.

Help me name my band/musical project thing. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:35 PM PST - 32 comments

Unique horror movie themes!

I'm looking for some unique horror movie marathon themes. [more inside]
posted by slimepuppy at 1:34 PM PST - 29 comments

Going beyond basic programming

I'm a largely self-taught web designer (HTML/CSS/design) with fairly basic but competent enough programming skills (PHP/Javascript/Python) to do simple development and be able to understand roughly what's going on when I work with developers. What are some good things to learn (libraries, techniques, math?) in order to do more interactive and dynamic things on the web, particularly when it comes to data visualization? [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis at 1:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Thanksgiving Day kids activities?

Help us keep our sanity! What can we do with a hyperactive 2 year old in Boston on Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by synapse at 1:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Like Finding A T-shirt In A Haystack

Last weekend I purchased a uniqueT-shirt at Bangkok's Jatujak/Chatuchak weekend market. I got home and found it's the wrong size. Help me figure out how to find and contact a single vendor out of the 15,000 stalls. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 1:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Startup alternatives to Kickstarter?

Kickstarter is out: I'm not an American, and don't know any that can front my project. What's the best alternative? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 12:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me weather the economic storm

While nothing is certain, both the left and the right are noting the growing chances of a serious and devastating eurozone crisis, one which will not spare the US. What can people on the lower end of the income scale do to protect ourselves from what may become a terrible economic situation? [more inside]
posted by Hypnotic Chick at 12:56 PM PST - 8 comments

The user is always right

I get really frustrated with the process at my workplace, particularly meetings. After many details, I have a couple of questions about work (specifically software development and project management decisions) and how to deal with meeting-related frustration. [more inside]
posted by sarahj at 12:53 PM PST - 30 comments

Should I quit or let them fire me?

I got a job six months ago as a technical recruiter for a third-party contractor whose field techs replace parts for warranty customers. It's a family business with about a dozen employees in the office. Things are hinky there. Please help me understand what's going on and make a decision. Sorry, but it's very long. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 PM PST - 16 comments

As a journalist, how obnoxious can I be?

A source has refused to talk to me. Should I drop it or take advantage of a recent opportunity? [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 12:42 PM PST - 22 comments

Best resources for swim training?

Best resources for swim training? Looking for books, videos, etc, that provide drills and training programs for solo workouts. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Day trips from Rome, GA

I'll be flying into Atlanta and staying in the Rome, GA area over Thanksgiving. What parks and other scenic spots are nearby? I'm looking to explore the area on Thursday afternoon and all day Friday, so please provide any day trip (2-3hr max driving time) recommendations. Thanks!
posted by lychee at 12:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Professional Training Provision

Professional Training Provision. How cam my organisation identify and provide for training at two separate sites? [more inside]
posted by biffa at 12:15 PM PST - 3 comments

SkinCareFilter: How to bring my sexy back?

It's party dress time again, and I have a fantastic strapless, floor-length, tiered black chiffon number to wear to my office Christmas party. (Overdressed much?) Please tell me what I can do over the next 11 days to brighten up my skin, and particularly the skin on my back, so that my fellow employees aren't murmuring to each other, "So THAT's why she always wears a suit." [more inside]
posted by sillymama at 12:13 PM PST - 22 comments

[JOB FILTER] Position Title for two-person team?

After spending most of the past year working on a cool project in a two-person team of contractors where we didn't have specified positions, what would be an appropriate job title to put on a resume? [more inside]
posted by andrewmarc at 12:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Cranberry sorbet + ?

I'm making a little bit of cranberry sorbet (possibly with port) tomorrow as a palate cleanser and need suggestions for completing the dish-- maybe a complementary flavor of sorbet, a little savory cookie, or something else? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 12:09 PM PST - 11 comments

It Is Not My Fault The Dollar Sucks

International customer service/refund issue. Help me reconcile whose fault it is that I'm out $90. [more inside]
posted by shew at 12:05 PM PST - 13 comments

how much to charge?

Calling all IT consultants: what do I charge? [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 12:02 PM PST - 9 comments

Java Help

Programmingfilter: I created a program to output Pascals Triangle in Java (in Arrays). How can i change the shape of the output from a Rightsided triangle into a (typical for a Pascals Triangle) Isoceles shape? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 11:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Any Advice on Buying a Cool Mom-Mobile?

Looking for a cool, tech friendly, roomy, family car. Help us find perfection, oh hive mind... [more inside]
posted by neurodoc at 11:49 AM PST - 12 comments

The Pattern in the Rough

What tools are available for determining patterns in short, semi-random sequences of variables? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse at 11:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Hippies smell bad and don't have jobs, LOL.

How do I deal with jokes that are not funny (particularly pertaining to OWS) that I see on social network sites without getting too heavily involved? [more inside]
posted by hillabeans at 11:41 AM PST - 35 comments

Where to stay near LegoLand (orlando)?

Looking for a nice, reasonable place for my family to stay near LegoLand in Orlando. Bonus for opinions on WorldQuest Resort . [more inside]
posted by qldaddy at 11:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Boom ba doom boom boom ba doom boom bass

Is there a darker side to bass guitar solos and if so, which bands/artists utilize it? Darker bands/songs with prominent bass also work. [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 11:02 AM PST - 20 comments

Mid-road Normal Girl Goes to VNV Nation Concert! Help?

Going to a VnV Nation concert TONIGHT! Suggestions for clothes/etiquette/hidden easter eggs? I'd like to get the most out of it I can! (Fun holiday question.) [more inside]
posted by aarwenn at 10:44 AM PST - 14 comments

To what extent are the "strange" features of Relativity Theory due to the latency of light?

Which of the "strange" features of Relativity Theory can be accounted for by appeal to the latency of light, which cannot, and why? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker at 10:41 AM PST - 21 comments

How Do You Get The Most Value Out of a College Admissions Tour?

I'm attending a college tour / interview day with my son next week, He has already been accepted to this college, and offered a significant scholarship. He could be offered an even bigger scholarship, up to a full ride after his conversations with faculty that day. He'll get the tour, meet with faculty in his area of interest (history), attend a class, and have dinner there too. It's a very small (DIV III) liberal arts school. For those of you that have been through this, what do wish you knew in advance? I went to a large public school and never set foot on campus until I showed up for Freshman year, so I'm a little lacking on experience I can share with him on how he can get the most out of his half day on campus. If it matters, he only applied because they recruited him and made it easy and free to do so. This is not a school either of us had even heard of prior to then. That said, the school seems to be well regarded, in a nice location, and generally seems to be a perfectly fine place to get a BA in History.
posted by COD at 10:31 AM PST - 33 comments

Dinosaur slippers in TO?

Quick and easy Toronto shopping filter: where to find a pair of novelty dinosaur slippers, in adult women's sizes? Downtown core or Yonge and Eg preferred; TTC access essential. Thanks!
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 10:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Do I need to shred balance transfer checks?

Do I need to shred the monthly balance transfer checks my credit card company sends me? Could someone else use them if they found them in the trash, or intercepted the mail? And has anyone had luck stopping them?
posted by smackfu at 10:15 AM PST - 13 comments

engineered hardwood floor

Security Deposit & Home Improve Filter: We moved into a brand new house and when we moved out, there were some damages on the floor. Turns out these “engineered” hardwood floor that requires a removal of an entire area for a few inches of damage. 1) Is this actually required to fix engineered hardwood floors? 2) Is this legal to charge us for an entire section of undamaged area for inches of damage? Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by vocpanda at 10:06 AM PST - 17 comments

Charity Due Diligence

I am thinking about sending 25 Euro a month to this charity (German language site), in order to provide schooling to one child in Kenya. How do I best check that this is a legit deal? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 9:51 AM PST - 6 comments

The Real-life David and Goliath?

Champion warfare according to Wikipedia is the type of battle where the outcome to decided by a duel between two opposing soldiers. This seems like a pretty common trope in ancient literature - David and Goliath or Hector and Achilles - but has it ever been recorded in real life?
posted by John Frum at 9:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Old coat, I say to you: goodbye, my faithful friend.

[ClothingGiftFilter] I need a VERY STURDY hoodie/track jacket substitute for my husband. Price: up to $150. [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 9:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Touch Screen Communication Devices for Aphasia.

Experiences with, or recommendations for, a touch screen communication device for aphasia? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 9:17 AM PST - 3 comments

The other JoePas.

What other local gods are out there? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 9:05 AM PST - 27 comments

Mentor? Mentee? Mentos? - How to make the most of a mentoring relationship

Do you mentor someone? Are you being mentored? What advice would you give to someone who is new to mentoring? [more inside]
posted by pipstar at 8:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Does size really matter?

Men: Would you date an attractive, big girl? [more inside]
posted by Falwless at 8:49 AM PST - 80 comments

Can I please work from inside a sheepskin cocoon?

After my weekly therapy sessions, I'm beat. I want to have a hug and a long, warm bath, and curl up in bed with the biggest cup of tea known to man. Unfortunately, I have to do full day's work instead. I'm looking for advice on how to get through my Wednesdays for the next year. [more inside]
posted by Acheman at 8:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Tablet computers - cellular without commitment

Tabletfilter: What are my options for a tablet computer with occasional 3g connectivity (not a monthly contract)? Preferably something powerful enough to handle video and other display-heavy apps. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 8:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Terrible Threes?

I need advice on how to raise disciplined, well-behaved children. Lengthy details within. [more inside]
posted by zarq at 8:28 AM PST - 48 comments

Trying to Find My Way

In a dark place, emotionally. Not ready to graduate, but not ready to continue with school. Help me figure out what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Where did my style go?

Why did my favorite bar style option vanish from Microsoft Project 2007 after upgrading to Windows 7 and re-installing? [more inside]
posted by The Deej at 8:23 AM PST - 3 comments

To Gift the Impossible Gift

My mother's 60th birthday is next week and I want to get her something really special, but she's the single hardest person in the world to shop for. [more inside]
posted by TheGoldenOne at 8:14 AM PST - 32 comments

Frankensteining a Windows XP Install: old into new?

Can I put my old XP state into a new XP install? [more inside]
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 7:59 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I tell my supervisor I'm interviewing elsewhere when I need them as a reference?

I have a job interview next week. Meanwhile, my current supervisor is anxious to start the work plan and budget process for 2012. I feel dishonest committing to projects that I have no intention of carrying out. I need my supervisor as a reference and I can't burn this bridge - how do I tell my boss I'm interviewing elsewhere? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 AM PST - 10 comments

Better living through audio

I am interested in hearing some historical and educational audiobooks/audiocasts. Anyone have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner at 7:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Duck, duck, duck, goose

Online dating advice: when they're all pretty good, how do I pick out the great ones? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Some questions about getting a web app developed

How to go about getting a web app developed? (and a few related questions) [more inside]
posted by pete_22 at 7:03 AM PST - 7 comments

TIAGPC Is A Good Programming Class

What makes for a good high school programming class? [more inside]
posted by michaelh at 6:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Trouble updating Netflix

I can't update my Netflix queue. I can add movies, but when I click remove a message appears that says, "Unable to remove movie." I use Firefox and Adblock Plus on OS X. If I disable Adblock this still happens. Any ideas about why this might be?
posted by partner at 6:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Please help me buy a fancy espresso machine for my husband!

What's the best automatic espresso machine under $500? [more inside]
posted by FuzzyVerde at 6:45 AM PST - 20 comments

I said I'd never and now I have

Do you know of any literary quotes on the theme of self-disgust and shame when authors or characters realise they have turned into that which they once despised? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c at 6:23 AM PST - 13 comments

What interesting open source projects are libraries working on these days?

What interesting open source projects are libraries working on these days? [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork at 6:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Neverending Ceiling la la, la la la, la la la

How do I turn off a ceiling fan that has been running for months, short of calling an electrician? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 6:10 AM PST - 13 comments

Which sales role has more room for advancement - Direct Enterprise Account Manager OR Channel Partner Manager?

Which sales role has more room for advancement - Direct Enterprise Account Manager OR Channel Partner Manager? [more inside]
posted by magazineaddict at 6:01 AM PST - 4 comments

You can check in any time you like.

An urgent question for a friend: your favorite survival tips for an awful hotel/motel? [more inside]
posted by availablelight at 5:48 AM PST - 34 comments

last-minute planning for tomorrow

Ann Arbor filter: decent restaurants open for Thanksgiving dinner? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 at 5:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Cable TV closed captions without cable?

I need access to the closed captions from broadcast / cable television, but can no longer use my local cable company. Is there a company that provides access to up-to-date and archived closed captions from major networks? [more inside]
posted by PantsOfSCIENCE at 5:30 AM PST - 5 comments

How far do we have to go?

To be part of the so-called 1% If based on income, how much do you have to make? If based on assets, how much do you have to have?
posted by yclipse at 5:30 AM PST - 7 comments

I require a time machine

I would dearly like to locate a screenshot of as it appeared one week ago. My attempts to do this have failed. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 4:46 AM PST - 0 comments

High-quality daily Tweets (inspirational quotes, love/sex tips etc.)?

Which Twitter users post high-quality daily tweets? (one-liners, inspirational quotes, love/sex tips, that kind of thing) [more inside]
posted by harwons at 3:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Which sites feature daily new graphic t-shirt designs at cheap prices?

I'm a big follower of bot Shirt Woot and Teefury, both are sites that showcase a new t-shirt design a day at around ~$10 a shirt with cheap or free shipping. I recently discovered the existence of Ript Apparel, which is more or less similar to the previous sites. I feel that Woot and Teefury have both gotten a bit too nerd-pandering in recent years, and am interested in new sites. I'm not into T-Shirt Hell or Snorg Tees as they are often text-based designs and I'm not really into pithy jokes on my shirts. Uneetee is more of what I'm looking for, but I'm not too thrilled about their prices. Design By Humans with the daily $15 deal is more of what I'm looking for, though their designs may be a wee bit too artsy, and suffer from the opposite of Woot shirts- their designs cover too much of the shirt. [more inside]
posted by Apocryphon at 1:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Computer won't allow some programs to connect

Recently, my computer has decided to be very particular about what it will allow to connect to the internet. Some programs, like uTorrent and Filezilla, can connect fine and have no problems. But things like self-updaters and Flash-based uploading cannot connect. The same thing happens on two different internet connections on two different wireless networks whose configurations have not been changed since before this started (I do not have a wired network to test). I have not made any significant changes to my computer since before this started. I'm running Windows 7 x64 Ultimate. What could be causing the problem? How can I fix it? What caused the problem in the first place? [more inside]
posted by clorox at 1:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Prevent Super Crazy Computer Implosion 2011

First time building a I doing this correctly? [more inside]
posted by littlesq at 12:26 AM PST - 16 comments

November 22

northwestern college?

My name is Matt and I'm from Wilkes-Barre, PA. I'm thinking about attending Northwestern College in the Twin Cities. Does anybody know anything about Northwestern College. Is it a good university? Is it too far from home for the education?
posted by mattnorthwesterncollege at 11:10 PM PST - 17 comments

Online News Service Recommendations?

I'm looking for an international news program service that I can access online. I don't have TV, so ideally i'd like a list of videos that give me the gist of what's going on in the world, preferably from multiple sources. I'd like something like a video version of Android's pulse app, where I could choose my sources, make a playlist of stories and sit back and watch/listen. I don't mind paying for it, but I'll need it available in both the U.S. and China. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
posted by eggrollover at 10:59 PM PST - 1 comment

C'est un mystere!

This is a long shot, but my SO is trying to identify a film he saw 15-20 years ago, in France, that he would love to re-watch. Unfortunately, he's forgotten the title. The film may be French, but we're not 100% sure. He doesn't remember any famous actors starring. Can anyone help? Plot inside... [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 10:46 PM PST - 10 comments

advice about removing superglue

I inadvertently left an open vial of super glue on top of my antique desk, and then leaned on it with my elbow. Now it's stuck on with a rock-hard ring that looks like a satellite view of a mountain range, a centimeter wide at its base and peaks of a millimeter or so. I've tried applying nail polish remover with little success: the glue is just too thick. I hesitate to scrape at it with a knife because doing so will trash the finish and perhaps gouge the wood, but I'm thinking that may be my only option. Any advice?
posted by BadgerDoctor at 9:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Fool-proof vinegar infusions

I want to make infused herbal vinegars for holiday gifts, but I'm bewildered by all of the different recipes and ratios online. And I don't have enough time to experiment! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 PM PST - 1 comment

The phone rang every night at the same time . . .

Please help me find out the name of this song and who performed it. I'm pretty sure it was 1985 when I heard this song on the radio. It was kind of an oddball novelty song that used a lot of sounds like ticking and ringing clocks. [more inside]
posted by arkham_inmate_0801 at 8:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Info About Property

What are some resources to learn about property rights? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 8:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Best vacay evar!

India! Where should I go? What should I do? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 8:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Working backwards from the tools...

What should I cook with all these kitchen tools? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload at 8:24 PM PST - 15 comments

3 musketeer desserts

What are some Amazingly Awesomely delicious desserts to make that involve 3 musketeer bars? [more inside]
posted by Might quack at 8:01 PM PST - 9 comments

what activities shall i take my two years old to?

What activities shall I take my two years old to? I have been getting great answers here over the years. thanks all!! my son is about two and half now. my wife stays home, so he is not going to day care. weekends are all about mall shopping and eating out, and not much else. i have this concern that we may miss out some great activities for a kid at his age. welcome any suggestions on what we should be doing to give my son a great time.... location: NYC
posted by kingfish at 7:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Budget Lens for Canon Rebel T2i?

Budget lens for my Canon Rebel T2i? [more inside]
posted by prior at 7:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Spicing up Secret Santa

We're doing Secret Santa at my work and the co-worker I chose loves really spicy food. I don't want to do just a gift card to a restaurant or grocery store or something. I'm thinking maybe I should make up a little basket of stuff and would love ideas of what to put in it -- and I'd love to hear any other ideas you have, too! We're doing this next week so I don't have time to buy online. I'm in the Bay Area, in case you have any ideas that could take advantage of stores around here (preferably San Francisco or Marin). Thanks!
posted by imalaowai at 7:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Annotated Poetry

Poetry Majors, are there any poets who annotate their poetry? [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic at 7:26 PM PST - 14 comments

How much effect does bone density have on bone weight?

If you take an adult male with average bone density and put them through 5 years of weight training which will increase their bone density from the weight-bearing exercise, how much more will their skeleton weigh?
posted by dino terror at 7:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Literally an itchy ear

Help me figure out what's going on with my itchy ear. I can't get to the doctor until next week. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 7:15 PM PST - 14 comments

I hate AT&T.

Did I just mess up my credit? And if so is there anyway to fix it? [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 7:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Indian restaurants in the Northwest

New to the Seattle area (again, it's been awhile) and dying for some good Indian food. Where do I *need* to go? I'm not afraid with venturing out of the city if there's gems to be found.
posted by codswallop at 7:02 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me help the most awesome kid I know

I'm looking for advice on how to help my five year old with some behavioral issues. [more inside]
posted by Cuke at 6:57 PM PST - 19 comments

Turkey traffic

What's traffic like around NYC on Thanksgiving Day? [more inside]
posted by Coventry at 6:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Password security

Password security strength question. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 6:35 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm being treated like an incompetent at work and I don't know what to do about it.

I recently changed career focuses and the way I'm being treated suggests that my boss thinks I'm incompetent and not to be trusted. I don't know how to read the situation and I need perspective. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Can't cope with buying, can't cope with renting

I need help getting a mortgage on a property that needs minor repairs. [more inside]
posted by Violet Hour at 6:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Ethics of treating the many for the benefit of the few?

Where can I find interesting papers, discussions, blog posts, etc. about the disparity between benefits to personal health and population health when it comes to medical interventions and the ethical implications therein? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 6:08 PM PST - 2 comments

Same Old Story

I'm getting some mixed signals from a girl, and have no idea what to do about it. Help me out? [more inside]
posted by TheMidnightHobo at 6:08 PM PST - 29 comments

What should I read after Reamde (Stephenson)

Book recommendation: Help me find more books like Reamde [more inside]
posted by Arbitrage1 at 5:37 PM PST - 14 comments

A broken bed

Should I sue a furniture company for failure to execute a warranty on a broken bed? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime at 5:24 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for some books to get me through the winter...

Help me MeFites! Help me find the books that will allow me to space out during the holidays.  I'm looking for some engrossing, non-taxing, but not stupid, novels to read that will take me away from my ordinary modern life and its attendant pressures. Can you help?   [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 5:22 PM PST - 49 comments

I think I'll move to Australia.

Stress is starting to hurt me. What can I do? How can I dramatically reduce stress in my life? And/or take a budget vacation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Please help me choose a SAD lamp.

I think I'm prone to Seasonal Affective Disorder, and would like to try a light box this winter to avoid the blues. Which one should I buy? [more inside]
posted by hot soup girl at 5:02 PM PST - 12 comments

How to automatically backup remote users data (OS X)

What is the best method to force my remote users to backup their data. They all use MacBook Airs currently, and I'm looking for a good solution. I need something that they dont have to think about and they will be protected. [more inside]
posted by Slackjaw37 at 4:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Why is my sleep interrupted by a painful tongue sensation?

Why do I get a sharp pain in my tongue asI drift off to sleep? [more inside]
posted by Ollie at 4:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Any decent rental agencies in Portsmouth, NH?

Are there any good rental agencies in Portsmouth, NH? My brother needs to find an apartment there in the next few weeks and Craiglist isn't turning up much. We are accustomed to the Boston area where there are countless rental agencies but it seems that Portsmouth doesn't have any.
posted by kmavap at 4:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Career Decision: ACS Call center fixing Macs? Gut says NO, Pocketbook says "Meh"

Should I work at an ACS Call Center supporting Mac Computers? More specifically, would that give me any career advantages such as if I later wanted to work at the Genius Bar or other (?) mac related jobs? [more inside]
posted by DaftMythic at 3:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Poorly Early Macbook Air - Will a SSD Save it?

I have a Macbook Air from 2008, Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM. It's been unusably slow for the longest time but Lion seemed to revive it a bit, though the graphics performance (especially after waking from sleep) is still sometimes horribly sluggish. I don't think I can upgrade the RAM, not sure about the graphics card (suspect not), but see that you can buy a new SSD that's compatible. I'm tempted, but can't find any clear information on whether a SSD upgrade would really improve things. Does anyone know if it's worth itin terms of improved system performance? Thanks!
posted by dharma rascal at 3:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Oh my aching back!

I carry all my stress in my low back. Help me hurt less! [more inside]
posted by juliapangolin at 3:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Beyond the shoebox diorama

Can you give my kid some ideas for sample lesson plans? [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece at 3:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Reference management for web-based collaboration

What reference management options exist for Google Docs? Failing that, what other web-based collaboration tools offer reference management, either built-in or by extension via plug-in?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Toys for a brainy kid

Great educational toys for a 12 year old? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 2:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I plug my analog phone into the Internet? Please??

I've got high-speed Internets. Also, old-fashioned Fax machines and analog phones. Is there a Voice-over-IP box which _provides a DIALTONE_ and touch-tone-dialing functionality to analog phone devices? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 2:47 PM PST - 10 comments

As If Games

Guitar Chord filter: Can anyone figure out the chords to this song by Alon Olearchik? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein at 2:38 PM PST - 1 comment

Should I take this job?

Should I take this job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:23 PM PST - 25 comments

Help me understand the link between drug side effects and delivery mechanisms.

Is a transdermal patch or topical version of a given prescription drug any less likely to cause side effects that result from taking the oral form? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Free online graphing app that plays well with Excel?

Asking for a colleague: "Back in October 2008, I found a free online app that uploaded data from Excel and produced (very pretty) charts and graphs. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep track of the website, and I’m having trouble tracking it down again. Most of the free graphing apps I’ve found online today require that you manually input the data; I’m looking for something that will more easily upload a set of data from Excel."
posted by lassie at 2:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Pockets in Scrubs

I just started volunteering at a hospital and got my first ever set of scrubs. The pants have two pockets on the butt, as one would expect, but one of them is inside the pants, and one of them is outside. I find this arrangement totally fascinating and intriguing. Is there some reason for a pocket inside the backside of scrub pants, or did I just get a weird pair?
posted by ocherdraco at 2:17 PM PST - 10 comments

What do you call yourselves when you're not married but boyfriend and girlfriend seems off?

We're not married but what do I call what would be my in-laws? [more inside]
posted by boobjob at 2:00 PM PST - 53 comments

Why on Earth is there an option to disable rollover menus?

The school I'm currently attending offers users of their website the option to 'Disable Rollover Menus' on some pages but not all. Why? [more inside]
posted by stet at 1:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Closest ski resort to NYC that is open this weekend?

I'm in New York City. I want to go skiing this thanksgiving weekend. None of the nearby resorts seem to be open (yet). What is my closest option? I'm willing to take a very long drive, but I'd like to avoid flying on thanksgiving. Thanks!
posted by falameufilho at 1:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Networking for the Desperate

With very little to offer, how can I network more effectively? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway at 1:26 PM PST - 10 comments

I have bad teeth and I'm not there a way to improve my smile?

I have bad teeth and I'm not there a way to improve my smile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Is my boss a jerk / being overboard?

Is my boss a jerk / being overboard? I've noticed certain behaviors about my boss that bother me, and I need some validation and outside opinion on whether my boss is being overboard. Everyone else at work seems to just shut up and accept such behavior. To what extent are these things acceptable in a work environment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:22 PM PST - 29 comments

Birds of peace? Not always.

I work at an animal shelter and someone gave us white doves. There's a mom, dad, and son. Originally the son was very young and his feathers weren't grown in, so we kept them together. Now he is a young adult and both he & his dad are doing the "bow & coo" aggressive stance at each other. Should I separate him from his parents? I know doves shouldn't be alone, but they are getting territorial at this point, so what should we do?
posted by ktoad at 1:13 PM PST - 4 comments

A funeral suit in NY

I have to fly out to Long Island, NY (Nassau Country) for a funeral. I don't have an appropriately somber suit or the time to get one before I leave, and I am what you call "big" (135 kg) but not that tall (175cm). Where can I get a suit on short notice, that is not too expensive (max. $500)? I would prefer not to have to go into the city, but will if that's my only option.
posted by derMax at 1:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Does the feast before the fast matter?

Is it stupid for me to get a cholesterol blood test the Friday morning after Thanksgiving? My doctor instructed me to fast for at least 7 hours prior to the test, but I just read something else online that said I should fast for more like 14 hours, and not drink alcohol for 48 hours prior to getting the test.
posted by queensissy at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Disposal isn't flexible enough

Kitchen disposal's rubber splash guard hardly lets water pass through it - what are my options? Even after 6 mos of use, no sign of breaking in. [more inside]
posted by MuckWeh at 11:47 AM PST - 6 comments

What, other than weight gain/loss, can make clothes stop fitting right?

My clothes aren't fitting right anymore, but I haven't gained or lost weight. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 11:46 AM PST - 27 comments

Best digital voice recorder for a Mac user doing PhD research?

I'm looking for feedback on the best digital voice recorder to buy for my PhD research interviews. It must be compatible with my MacBook Pro laptop. [more inside]
posted by sassy mae at 11:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me remove my toilet paper holder!

I need help removing a U shaped toilet paper holder attached to a cabinet in my apartment. Pictures inside!!! [more inside]
posted by devonia at 11:29 AM PST - 9 comments

itunes authorization quesiton

iTunes is messing with me. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

What is a pool photo?

What does it mean when a newspaper photo caption says "pool photo?" This is a New York Times article with an example. Thank you!
posted by reductiondesign at 11:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Seeking long term advice for dealing with "asker" in-laws as a life-long "guesser."

Seeking long term advice for dealing with "asker" in-laws as a life-long "guesser." [more inside]
posted by anony moose at 11:16 AM PST - 24 comments

Grandma loves her snaps

Grandma needs a new camera and I'd really like to switch her over to a digital camera. But are there any cameras built for seniors? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 10:47 AM PST - 15 comments

My fridge predates the Reagan administration

How often should an old manual defrost refrigerator need defrosting, and when does excessive frost indicate a problem? [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 10:31 AM PST - 7 comments

DESIRED: Fast, wide, compact? cameras.

I want a camera that a) is decent in low light, b) has or can be equipped with a fast, wideish lens and focus and take pictures quickly and c) ideally is smaller than most DSLRs. [more inside]
posted by pmv at 10:25 AM PST - 25 comments

DJ NFIN8 seems less than infinite

[asking for a friend] Trying to find DJ NFIN8 who used to spin at Retrospect, held at the Rogue in Scottsdale, AZ. We want to see if he is interested in doing our wedding. [more inside]
posted by phritosan at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Didn't realize how stressful impending financial decreptitude was until this reprieve.

Received a small (huge for me) financial windfall. I have a vague plan on what to do with it. What is the title of the person at my local credit union with whom I should be seeking advice from? Bonus: is my vague plan a reasonable one? [more inside]
posted by porpoise at 10:10 AM PST - 30 comments

To the land of Oz we go

Going to Perth/surrounding areas, advice needed. [more inside]
posted by titantoppler at 10:06 AM PST - 7 comments

ASL degree?

Is a degree in ASL really necessary? [more inside]
posted by tunestunes at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Where do I buy seeds for hydroponics? And assorted questions.

I'm thinking about starting an indoor hydroponic garden soon, using a guide I found on Instructables for DWC. What are some good vegetables/fruits to grow beyond tomatoes and herbs, which would ideally grow at similar temperatures and light levels as tomatoes and herbs? And what's the best place to buy seeds, either online or in the Princeton/New Brunswick, NJ area? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 9:54 AM PST - 8 comments

IT and social networking replacing old jobs?

What jobs/businesses have been negatively affected by the rise of information technology and social networking? [more inside]
posted by gnossos at 9:52 AM PST - 33 comments

Books on the history of agriculture

Can you recommend good books on the history of agriculture? [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Anything is better than this brick I've been carrying around

Phone gurus: help me pick a new cell phone! My sad, sad Blackberry Curve is on its last legs, and I'm more than ready for an upgrade. Should I go with an Iphone, Samsung, Motorola, HTC or...[insert your great suggestion here]? [more inside]
posted by Bella Sebastian at 9:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Not Martha, but in Boston.

Help me find blogs about Boston. [more inside]
posted by Adridne at 9:33 AM PST - 8 comments

Help leaving a job

My work and I have a last day in mind for me (I'm working and in school, and it just got too much this semester). However, a family situation came up, and I need to leave earlier than my last day. I need help on how to negotiate this with my work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 AM PST - 9 comments

I'd like to have time to take a nap sometime, please.

How much notice does my job need to give me if they are requiring me to work my regularly scheduled day off? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:09 AM PST - 9 comments

I need a Splenda-like substitute...for jealousy

Lately, my wife only seems to be emotionally and sexually open with me if she senses there are other women (potentially) interested in me. I don't want to make her jealous... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 43 comments

Is there a software tool for a small-business database problem?

My office needs a seemingly simple database setup. I don't know what tool to use to set things up (or if we need to outsource it). Can the hivemind help? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 8:39 AM PST - 12 comments

Should I be a NY, NJ, or CT resident?

I'm trying to figure out where I should establish residency. I'm currently a NJ resident because I lived in a co-op apartment that I own there for about 5 years; I have been renting it out for about 2 years now. My current official mailing address is still in NJ (at a UPS store, so it just looks like a regular address). For the past year-ish, I've lived in CT in a house my father owns. Going forward, I will be living half of the time with my fiancee in Brooklyn and the other half here in CT. So, where is the best place for me to establish residency? [more inside]
posted by SampleSize at 8:33 AM PST - 10 comments

Where did my motivation go?

What happened to my motivation and discipline with exercise that I had so proudly acquired and maintained for 5 months?!! [more inside]
posted by daydreamer at 8:27 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I invite people to a ninja day event?

How can I invite people to a ninja day event? [more inside]
posted by rosa at 8:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Walking a half marathon

I want to walk a half marathon. My city's marathon is next fall, so I have plenty of time to get ready. I found various training plans online that range from 12-16 weeks, but that's really not what my question is about. I'm wondering, since I have almost a year till then, what should I do be doing now? Does it matter? I'm in good health but haven't exercised consistently lately. Also, general walking-a-half advice is very welcome!
posted by trillian at 8:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking For A Poster From Seinfeld

On Seinfeld, Elaine worked at J. Peterman's place and had an office with This Large Photo of a dock or some such thing on a lake. Can anyone identify that poster/print, photographer/artist name, and maybe point to a place to buy?
posted by Blake at 7:44 AM PST - 14 comments

How to create a "facts" list

I'd like to create something like a "facts" list and post it online similar to the Chuck Norris Facts web site: [more inside]
posted by deeman at 7:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Less attractive than I think?

I know the general practice for women is to date guys who seem into you, but what if guys don't seem into you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:29 AM PST - 31 comments

How do I invite a friend on vacation without inviting her awful fiancée?

I want to go on a vacation and include my best friend but no one can stand her fiancée and he certainly is not invited. I am definitely going and her feelings are going to be hurt if I don't ask them. How do I invite her without inviting him? [more inside]
posted by robstercraw at 7:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Help! My hand's a flake!

I have eczema all over my dominant hand, which is making some day to day tasks difficult. What are some ways of getting around this? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 7:13 AM PST - 14 comments

What's the best way for a Brit to cash royalty cheques?

I'm British and live in the UK, but get paid royalties by US companies (in the order of thousands of pounds). Some wire me the money but others give me cheques, which can take months to cash if the bank is being difficult. What are my most sensible options for getting money from the US? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 6:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Trans support in Austin, TX?

I am looking for a Trans support group and/or therapist in Austin, TX. I have used the googles, but many of the resources listed are woefully out of date. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:39 AM PST - 8 comments

This anger - it's soul killing and I can't take it.

How do you handle your spouse's angry outbursts when you feel they are irrational? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:39 AM PST - 134 comments

How do I fight a parking ticket in Toronto?

Disputing a parking ticket in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by davebush at 6:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Web-based self-serve tool to manage existing distribution lists?

Looking for a web-based self-serve tool to manage existing distribution lists that will work with Exchange 2003 and 2010. [more inside]
posted by multiphrenic at 6:13 AM PST - 0 comments

In the 1920s, was smoking indoors allowed at the NYPL?

Was smoking indoors at the New York Public Library (the main branch) ever permitted? I'm specifically interested in what the rules were during the 1920s. It seems like it would have been a terrible idea to allow it, but given the prevalence of smoking during that period, I'm curious as to if it was actually banned or not. I have been googling, but haven't been able to find anything helpful.
posted by Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo at 5:54 AM PST - 4 comments

High learning curves that are worth it?

In your field, what's known to have a high learning curve but pays off in the long run? [more inside]
posted by spec at 5:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Best distrubution for Linux VPS?

I run a couple of django-based websites/webapps. What OS should I use for my VPS? The most important thing is security and easy installation of packages (including dependencies). I also prefer a system that is easy to maintain. Security is more important, but if all else is equal I would specifically love something with easy to make init-scripts. I know I can install third party packages to do just about anything, but I prefer a batteries-included approach if it exists. [more inside]
posted by davar at 4:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Please help me find a job that I can do with my environmental/renewable energy degree.

Please help me find a job that I can do with my environmental/renewable energy degree. [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 4:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Ethical Business?

What are the major organizations that publish company profiles and/or reports on the ethics of their business practices? [more inside]
posted by god particle at 3:33 AM PST - 5 comments


A young, talented art student needs advice. She did a beautiful sketch for an assignment, but had a *really* hard time with watercoloring it. Here's the final piece. It's set in a grotto-like space, with light coming from above near the waterfall, but she had problems making that area bright, making water further away really dark, with lighting, layering, shadowing, etc. She's great with acrylic, but unfortunately needs to work in watercolor again *soon*. She had a fairly basic student watercolor set, and used Arches watercolor paper." Any advice on what she can do to rapidly improve in the medium?
posted by markkraft at 3:24 AM PST - 17 comments

What's it like to live in Streatham?

What's it like to live in Streatham, South London? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Toddler being raised with two languages

My 2-year-old daughter is growing up in a two-language household. Any advice on ensuring a balanced retention of vocabulary? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 2:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Best cloud-based backup solution?

What is the best cloud-based backup solution? [more inside]
posted by parrot_person at 2:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Looking for tips on 3g tablets that support PPP

tabletfilter: Suggestions for a 3g/wifi tablet that supports PPTP? [more inside]
posted by 3mendo at 2:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Learning to write Eastern Arabic numerals

Remember those handwriting practice worksheets with little arrows showing you how to write letters (image here)? I'm looking for something like that - but for Eastern Arabic numerals. [more inside]
posted by mdonley at 1:46 AM PST - 1 comment

Scrivener: when will I stop hating it?

Scrivener: when will I stop hating it? [more inside]
posted by scody at 12:45 AM PST - 11 comments

November 21

"Symphony of roses..." Line?

SongFilter: the line "symphony of roses" is all I could remember, and I don't remember the station on the radio I heard it on, but it was an indie station, I think. It was just on in the car and Google is failing me entirely. Anyone familiar?
posted by dubadubowbow at 11:18 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I figure out how to make my "ding in the universe"?

How can I figure out how to make my "ding in the universe"? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 10:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Can I install my son's OS on my wife's computer?

My wife is locked out of her netbook (W7 Starter). We're far from home with no backup or password recovery disks. Can I create a backup from my son's identical netbook and install? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu at 9:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Ring ring BUZZZZZZ

I'm looking for an android sound profile app that won't crash my phone. Ideally, I would be able to create a profile that had my alarm and ringer at full volume while disabling all other sounds. The last one I tried made my phone run really slowly and freeze intermittently, and a few of the other ones I've looked at don't seem to distinguish between notification types - I need the alarm to be a different control from email alerts and stuff. I'd really appreciate a recommendation! My googling has failed. Thanks in advance, MetaFilters.
posted by prefpara at 9:12 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I get my dog to stop whining?

I love my dog Buddy, and he loves me. He loves everyone, really. But starting a few weeks ago he has become very vocally NEEDY. He will not stop whining, and it's driving us batty. Can you dog-trainer-types out there help me figure out how to help him chill out? [more inside]
posted by That's Numberwang! at 9:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Do unelected lawmakers ever change their mind?

Back when the House of Lords (and similar parliamentary bodies) had power, were party affiliations life-long commitments, or did people change parties, even without the pressure of constituent blocks? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 8:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Should the book I edited advertise my Ph.D.?

I'm editing a non-academic, non-fiction book to be published by a university library. Should the book advertise my Ph.D. credentials? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Orinda at 8:48 PM PST - 12 comments


Getting romantic flowers from fiance.. [more inside]
posted by pakora1 at 8:40 PM PST - 39 comments

China news magazine - in English?

English-language print magazines about China? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 8:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Platforming picks?

Can you recommend some platform games for the Xbox 360? [more inside]
posted by chris88 at 8:15 PM PST - 14 comments

Little-known, but important rulers

Who is the least-known ruler from antiquity who ruled over the greatest number of people? [more inside]
posted by candasartan at 7:32 PM PST - 30 comments

Book about repudiating the strict disciplinarian parenthood model

Looking for a book title. The book is about the change in parental-child relationships from the strict disciplinarian-distant parent model of old to the parent/friend relationship that many people embrace today. The book describes how the former model—in place around the world for centuries—led to martial societies, culminating in the bloodiest century in history before many of us began to throw out the old parenting model.
posted by Tom Blees at 7:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Helping my sister through divorce?

How do I be the best most supportive brother I can while my sister is going through a divorce? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me construct this guitar?

Why do the Seymour Duncan 50's California pickups say "works especially well with rosewood fretboards", where can I get an unpainted '57 Stratocaster, and other variations on these questions. [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 6:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Where do the cows go?

Can you pasture animals in a field that's lying fallow for crop rotation? [more inside]
posted by titus n. owl at 5:58 PM PST - 16 comments

Fresh herbs for free! (but maybe not so easy as all that)

Growing an indoor herb garden. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 5:55 PM PST - 6 comments

A perfect storm of awful.

Help me decide what to do with my cat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:39 PM PST - 26 comments

Ran a dildo through the dryer; throw out?

I ran it through the dryer... sex toy edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:39 PM PST - 9 comments

What sort of people supply specimens to aquariums?

I want to get specimens of some sea snails for my research into textile dyeing but I have no idea how to go about it. I presume that there must be people who specialise in getting specimens of fish and other sea creatures for aquariums, but how do I find someone like that?
posted by Joe in Australia at 5:37 PM PST - 5 comments

The stabbing is very cathartic...

I have just discovered needle felting! Where can I find inspiration for fun/nerdy projects, tips on technique, and any other useful bits of information? (Ideally for free...) [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 5:27 PM PST - 12 comments

USPS insurance appeal?

Appealing a claim denial from the USPS? [more inside]
posted by kaszeta at 5:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Can you read this number plate?

Can you read the letters and numbers on the number plate in this picture? For reasons that should remain confidential at this point, we are trying to track down the company that owns it. Unfortunately, the photo has a significant amount of motion blur (in two directions) and graininess, and Photoshop is not helping. (The only program that seems to handle the deblurring required, Amped Five, is expensive commercial software not available for casual use such as this.) This is a Swedish number plate, so the first three should be letters, the last three digits. Note how the last two digits look like '3' but not quite. None of the searches we have done on the Swedish Transport Agency's web site match a semi of this size.
posted by gentle at 5:06 PM PST - 66 comments

I need a jazz score

I'm making a short (20 second) animation in the style of John Hubley's commercials and I'm looking for some music similar to this ad to score it. It needs to be just bass and drums (mostly bass) with no trumpet or vocals or anything. I know Dizzie Gillespie worked with Hubley so I've been listening to his station all day but I can't find anything that doesn't have too much trumpet. Public domain would be great (but not essential).
posted by Chenko at 4:52 PM PST - 3 comments

What's the fair way to deal with a friend accidentally damaging my laptop?

Ethics filter: Friend spilled a drink causing $750 damage to my laptop. Fair to request $750 from him? Can I apply that money to a new computer rather than just repairing this one? [more inside]
posted by losvedir at 4:32 PM PST - 54 comments

I may have killed my friend's pet.

Babysitting friend's budgie and let it out to have a fly. It hit a wall and fell to the ground beside my dog who promptly scooped him up but dropped him immediately when I yelled at him. I rushed him to an avian vet. The bird is in shock and in "critical" condition. Oh, please help. Vet expenses are going to be $400 and I don't even know if the bird will make it. But I don't care about the money. I care about my friend and my friendship with her. [more inside]
posted by heffalump at 3:41 PM PST - 37 comments

Tea and Altitude: the high leaf.

Water in La Paz boils at 80º C. What effect would that have on the taste of tea? Would a La Pazian never get to taste the perfect brew?
posted by omnigut at 3:29 PM PST - 19 comments

Vanity Fair books feature

Vanity Fair feature on the future of book publishing? I've been told there was an excellent one about a year ago, but I cannot find it. Does it exist?
posted by rhymer at 2:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Gnorthern California Holiday Gnocchi?

Northern California Italian holiday gnocchi-like dish? A few years ago, maybe in Sunset Magazine, there was an article about festive holiday celebrations in Napa? Sonoma? Mendocino? and a beloved dish made in Italian delis that resembled gnocchi but had a different name. There might have been a recipe. I have mega-googled with no success. Mille grazie!
posted by lois1950 at 2:37 PM PST - 6 comments

What was it like to live in Babylon?

What was it like to live in Babylon? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson at 1:57 PM PST - 10 comments

Best pub trivia in Philadelphia?

Best pub trivia in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 1:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Gluten-free Thanksgiving.

Gluten-free Thanksgiving. My youngest sister was diagnosed with Celiac disease at the beginning of this year. She will be coming home for Thanksgiving and I'd like to make some gluten-free dishes for our family pot-luck style dinner. The interweb is chock-full of gluten-free recipes, but I don't know which ones are good and which are just meh. Please share your favorite gluten-free Thanksgiving-y recipes! [more inside]
posted by netsirk at 1:38 PM PST - 29 comments

Fast warm and breakfasty

Warm breakfast ideas that can be made quickly without a microwave? [more inside]
posted by Zophi at 1:35 PM PST - 29 comments

How to attach a plow to a John Deere X55 riding mower?

How do I attach a "Quick Hitch" to a John Deere X585 riding lawn mower? [more inside]
posted by whatisish at 1:19 PM PST - 3 comments

How to turn audio and slides into a video

I have an audio recording of a presentation and a PDF with the slides. What's the best way to post these online so people can watch it as a video, or at least look at the slides while listening to the audio? [more inside]
posted by modernserf at 1:13 PM PST - 2 comments

The Reality of Making it Big

Several years ago I remember reading a very well-regarded article about the financial realities of the life of a band when it gets signed by a music label. I think it was from Rolling Stone, but I couldn't swear by that fact. I recall that it laid out in detail about how the advances work, how exciting it is for the band at first, and then how the entire industry is built to completely financially destroy them. Does this ring a bell with anyone? My nephew is going to become a world-famous millionaire rock star, and I want to give him something to think about while he is working for that big break....
posted by Lokheed at 1:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Worrying is in my genes and this is definitely not helping me right now

YANAL but I need to get some answers so I can stop obsessively worrying about whether or not I can get sued over this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Sex Postive Therapist in Chicago?

Can anybody recommend a sex positive relationship therapist in or near Chicago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:25 PM PST - 2 comments

zip lining with the sloths

Heading to Costa Rica with an open itinerary tomorrow. If you've visited, is there anywhere in particular I absolutely have to go? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 12:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Please help me plan a fitness adventure!

You helped me 'dedicate a year to spoiling my physical body' - now please help me plan four months of "fitness adventure" while not working! [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 11:59 AM PST - 7 comments

What story and cultural references have outlived what they referred to?

Can anyone think of cultural references that have replaced what they are referring to? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:52 AM PST - 51 comments

Dealing with a friend's crush

How do I deal with unwanted advances from someone who I really, really want to be friends with? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 AM PST - 43 comments

Can't afford private school loan repayment

$45K in school loans to private bank (Wells Fargo). Lawyer/collections office wants money. There is no money. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me avoid seppuku this Thanksgiving.

I need to cook a 16-18lb bird and a 19lb sirloin, and I want to do it with fire, but I'm not sure my plan is a good one. [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 11:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Put the new battery ino the phone again, it can be working.

Can anyone tell me what the purpose of this "Battery Connector" is? We purchased some replacement batteries for blackberries, and while we can read the engrish, we don't understand what exactly is taking place when we follow the instructions. Help me mefi!
posted by TuxHeDoh at 11:36 AM PST - 7 comments

1960s film question

Can anyone suggest some good films made in the 1960s for a high school level film class? [more inside]
posted by trojanhorse at 11:27 AM PST - 42 comments

Is it a good idea to use Groupon, Scoopon or other 'deal of the day' websites to organize car maintenance and servicing?

Is it a good idea to use Groupon, Scoopon or other 'deal of the day' websites to organize car maintenance and servicing? [more inside]
posted by UltraFleece at 11:22 AM PST - 3 comments


What’s a sure-fire way of knowing the difference between “their” and there; I always end up getting confused between the two. [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy at 11:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Life counts as a pre-existing condition, right?

I'm finally in a place where I can afford health insurance (catastrophic, at least) in Washington state. So far all I'm really doing is looking at plans on ehealthinsurance dot com...but if there are things to look out for or better ways to shop, I'd really appreciate the input. I'm healthy but nervous about being ripped off. [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 10:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Remove the shopping bag from this otherwise lovely beef preparation

Help me find a better alternative to brown grocery bags in this recipe. [more inside]
posted by Ogre Lawless at 10:50 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I comfortably discuss my disabled sister?

How can I tactfully tell a large group of people about my disabled sister? [more inside]
posted by Flamingo at 10:48 AM PST - 36 comments

Songs that keep building until they almost explode

Looking for a few examples of popular music that builds and builds and builds, without letting you down. I should be able to give several examples, but the only one I could think of is Fleetwood Mac's Silver Springs from 1997's The Dance. (Wish I could think of better examples, but that's the reason for this question) Most other songs I know have a short step ladder effect that has minimal payoff. I'm looking for songs that keep building until they almost explode. I would prefer more popular music (pop, adult contemporary, rock, etc) but wouldn't mind some indy stuff too.
posted by unceman at 10:48 AM PST - 49 comments

Stuck in the middle with you.

SadisticCinemaFilter: Film scenes in which person A deliberately and for no apparent reason hurts person B when person B obviously poses no threat whatsoever to person A. [more inside]
posted by gauche at 10:43 AM PST - 33 comments

Hasselblad Accessory Hassle

Looking for accessories for the older analog Hasselblad camera systems. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 10:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Chicken again?

Best "gateway" foods for uninspired palates? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize at 10:32 AM PST - 28 comments

How did your parents make Santa real for you?

How did your parents make Santa Claus real for you? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo at 10:24 AM PST - 53 comments

Inexpensive Family Travel in Europe June 2012

How can my family and I (including 3 children) travel to Europe for at a reasonable cost next summer? We are open to flying into pretty much anywhere in Europe, as I think we can travel within Europe pretty cheaply once we get there-it's the cost of getting there from the West Coast of the US that has me worried. Of course, there is [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 10:19 AM PST - 20 comments

Turkey Hacks?

Has anyone ever tried this Cook's Illustrated turkey recipe? It purports to cook a 12-14 lb bird in two hours. I'm a bit skeptical. [more inside]
posted by gnutron at 10:08 AM PST - 15 comments

Radar would know what to do.

I own the M*A*S*H - Martinis and Medicine Complete Collection. Along with all of the DVDs is a thick booklet that lists all of the episodes. I've misplaced that particular part of the box set and I'm wondering if anyone knows how I can go about getting another copy of that? Is there some way I can contact the company(Fox) that produces this box set and offer to pay? Or is this something that I should just accept as lost?
posted by Fizz at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Tips on advertising copyediting to students

Have you advertised copyediting services at colleges or universities? How did you do it? Do you have any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Please Help Me Survive Thanksgiving

Help: I need to at least seem 'okay' by Thursday. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 AM PST - 34 comments

Activity-less in Seattle

What are some good social clubs / activities / volunteer-type things in the Seattle metropolitan area? I want to make more friends. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch at 9:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Testing rdesktop.

Is there a public test Windows XP machine online somewhere I can remote into with rdesktop and tsclient? I am trying to see how it is going to look and work when I remote into work machines on this Ubuntu box, but these are not yet set up. Other Windows are fine too. [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 9:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me to secure my local Imac network.

I can't seem to password protect my local network for my Imac & Mac laptops. Help me, please. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 9:32 AM PST - 16 comments

Thank You Emails?

I want to send some post-interview thank you emails, but I don't have the email addresses of the people I interviewed with. Should I email the recruiting contact asking for the email addresses, or just leave it alone? [more inside]
posted by naju at 9:15 AM PST - 21 comments

How to get all my contact info in 1 place?

How to get all my contact info in 1 place? How do I grab contact info across networks like FB, LinkedIn, Twitter etc. and update & sync with Google Contacts? [more inside]
posted by manny_calavera at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

sweet/funny pictures/sayings to see by my bed at night?

Pictures/Sayings that would be sweet/funny to see by the bed at night? [more inside]
posted by ThiefOfSweets at 9:09 AM PST - 8 comments

How to adjust two-line preview in Outlook 2010?

Outlook 2010 driving me insane. I prefer to look at my mail with a two-line preview in the main column, and then the full message displayed in a window off to the right. That two-line preview used to show SENT BY and then SUBJECT LINE. Somehow it has switched to WHO THE MESSAGE WAS SENT TO and then SUBJECT LINE. I really don't care who else got a message I also received, I need to see the sender. This seems easy to fix but I'm losing my mind trying to do it. Anyone know?
posted by GaelFC at 8:58 AM PST - 2 comments

Getting there: London/Paris edition

London to Paris and back: rail or air? [more inside]
posted by troywestfield at 8:55 AM PST - 19 comments

Heavy curtains. No, heavier.

Where (online or in NYC) can I find a really heavy curtain for an interior doorway? [more inside]
posted by ook at 8:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Help save our crawly descendants

How do we keep praying mantis eggs from hatching until spring? [more inside]
posted by bluefrog at 8:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Somehow I doubt it worked fine the first time somebody tried it.

What are some examples of "proto-liberal" revolutions, or liberal revolutions attempted before those in the United States and France? [more inside]
posted by edguardo at 8:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Cloud-based inventory management sites?

Basic, cloud-based inventory management and control system for vendors to update stock levels? [more inside]
posted by eggman at 8:05 AM PST - 3 comments

To pop up, or not to pop up?

I'm building a blog-like site that will have lots of old stories about a particular rural area. I'll be adding lots of supplemental information about some of the places, people and things the author talks about, and I'm trying to decide how to display it. [more inside]
posted by nosila at 7:51 AM PST - 2 comments

How to shake up a party mid-way through?

Help me make this party extraordinarily memorable! [more inside]
posted by activitystory at 7:48 AM PST - 12 comments

Character Translation to English

Needing a translation of the characters in this picture to English. (Also on DeviantArt) [more inside]
posted by saveyoursanity at 7:43 AM PST - 4 comments

How to prevent confused elder from dismantling technology components.

An elderly relative, once technically savvy, now goes into fugue states where, in his confusion, he dismantles computer and A/V setups, with no one in the household to reconnect them properly. I'm looking for a way of securing A/V and computer connections while leaving the function of the devices still accessible. The alternative so far is spending endless hours with the cable company to get them to send someone to help, or paying someone else to come by. Phone instructions are no good, and there is no one in the household who can help.
posted by oneironaut at 7:42 AM PST - 20 comments

Vizo vs. Samsung Internet App Experience

I need a new TV. Which one has the best Internet Apps. My research shows that Samsung and Vizio are the best priced TVs with Apps but which one has the best experience are there other brands I should be considering? Details below..... [more inside]
posted by jmsta at 7:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Best car-seat/stroller for a preemie taking cabs?

We hope to take our daughter home early next year, but she will likely be only 4lbs plus then. We've been given a Phil & Ted stroller, but we'd like initially to use something that detaches into a car seat. We don't drive, but use a lot of cabs, walking etc. in Singapore. The reviews online seem more for people with cars or bigger babies. Any advice or recommendations for a light stroller that will detach into a carseat that can be used easily in a cab?
posted by viggorlijah at 7:11 AM PST - 11 comments

he's gonna shake the dust of this crummy little town off his feet, and he's gonna see the world!

Please help me choose the right Christmas gift for my future intrepid traveler. [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 7:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Should we get a (specific) second dog?

Should we get a (specific) second dog? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 6:36 AM PST - 24 comments

I'm getting old.

Can we talk about vacuums please? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 6:33 AM PST - 58 comments

FAM, Coverlines, and Pregnancy Help.

FAM (Fertility Awareness Method) users, help me figure out what's going on with my coverline. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 6:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Mix-and-match ultrabook

Tell me about your experiences running Windows 7 on a MacBook Air. [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight at 6:04 AM PST - 6 comments

A Verizon phone that can be silenced with any button press

I'm looking for a (Verizon) dumb phone that will silence the ring when any exterior button is pushed. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech at 5:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Tired out

Buying new tires for my car for the first time ever. What kind should I get? What kind of up-sells/unnecessary stuff should I look out for? What about warranty? Should I get them from the dealer or a place like Firestone? [more inside]
posted by elizeh at 5:51 AM PST - 23 comments

Discharging leisure battery - diagnose solar panel or regulator?

Instead of charging my leisure battery my solar panel is discharging it. How do I diagnose? [more inside]
posted by jago25_98 at 5:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Winter swimsuit shopping in Vegas

Anywhere I can buy a women's swimsuit in Las Vegas, this time of year? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 5:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Searching for Polyhedral Light Fixture

Looking for a polyhedral chandelier / light fixture. [more inside]
posted by tocts at 5:04 AM PST - 6 comments

extended metaphor

Please help me find a short story or poem that functions as an extended metaphor. Preferably one as obscure or ambiguous in its meaning as possible. [more inside]
posted by leibniz at 3:24 AM PST - 22 comments

What's the best way to remove a grease stain and a pen mark from a down coat?

What's the best way to remove a small grease stain and a pen mark from a down coat? [more inside]
posted by krisken at 2:54 AM PST - 8 comments

11 minutes of passive entertainment wanted

11 minutes of passive entertainment wanted [more inside]
posted by TheophileEscargot at 2:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Just Stubborn?

Looking for online scientific studies relating to the intelligence level of mules. [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk at 1:55 AM PST - 3 comments

November 20

I know you don't approve. I won't talk to you about it.

Reconciliation after a break-up: dealing with fallout from friends. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Good place to work for a few hours in San Francisco financial district?

San Francisco financial district - where is a good indoor place to work for a few hours? My wife has a few hours tomorrow morning to kill before a meeting. She needs wifi, and the place should be generally quiet but still allow for occasional phone call (i.e. no library). Would prefer this not be a crowded coffee shop (i.e. no Starbucks or Peet's). [more inside]
posted by ccl6yl at 10:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I create pivot table from subset of data?

Can I create pivot table from subset of data? If not, is there another way to do what I want to do? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert at 9:56 PM PST - 6 comments

How to help a 5 year old cope with sudden mental illness in a parent?

What can I say to a 5 year old, when his parent is mentally unwell? How can I explain, what can I do with him, and what structures can we put in place, to make his mother's (temporary, but severe) illness easier on him? [more inside]
posted by Elysum at 9:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Liquid hand soap w/black "pearls"?

A few weeks ago, I encountered a liquid hand soap that had these little black particles suspended in it. The dispenser was just your typical brand-name, pump handle dispenser, but the spout was a little bit wider than usual to let the black "pearls" pass through, which would dissolve as I washed my hands. What brand of soap was this?
posted by archagon at 9:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Need a new external hard drive

Need a new external hard drive. [more inside]
posted by Patbon at 8:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Easy bake cookies

I'm looking for a cookie recipe that is easy to make and will transport well. [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 8:27 PM PST - 20 comments

How can I compress my portfolio into something that won't load like a bad animated GIF?

Can somebody please explain to me image compression, specifically with regard to creating smallish PDFs from Indesign files that contain large linked vector graphics? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 8:26 PM PST - 14 comments

Tell me the things you wish you had known before you made a music video.

My friend asked me to make a music video for his band, but I have never done this before. We don't mind it looking a little lo-fi. I am looking for tips and advice from people who have done this before. Please tell me the things you wish you had known before you embarked on this particular endeavour. [more inside]
posted by Sully at 7:59 PM PST - 15 comments

Map-making software that allows picking individual geographical features?

Is there any software (online or Mac) that will help me to make clean, simple custom maps for a classroom? Ideally, I'd start with a simple, blank outline map, then be able to add features one at a time. (For example, perhaps I'd select "Ohio River" from a dropdown menu, and then it would appear on the map.) [more inside]
posted by SpiralT at 7:42 PM PST - 10 comments

I want feminist post-apocalypse stories

Are the Walking Dead comics as sexist as the show? I love post-apocalyptic literature. I hate sexism. [more inside]
posted by Mavri at 7:27 PM PST - 35 comments

How does news about a company spread during the pre-ipo quiet period?

How do people get information about a company during its pre-ipo quiet period? [more inside]
posted by alms at 7:20 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I make sure I get good cashmere?

AskMe has convinced me that cashmere scarf (or maybe even a scarf/hat/glove) set would be an ideal Christmas gift for a friend in the cold north. How do I make sure I'm buying the good stuff? (caveat: online) [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat at 7:19 PM PST - 6 comments

How does one deal with premature baldness gracefully?

26 and balding. How does one deal with it gracefully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:27 PM PST - 58 comments

Easy Art Sounds

[Synthesizer/Audio Software/DJ Filter] I need easy art sounds! I'm looking for a easy-to-use device or software that can make minimal music/sounds for my art video soundtracks. [more inside]
posted by Murray M at 6:16 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to go everywhere... where do I go first?

Travel suggestions please! Solo female traveling some time between February and May, looking for a good combination of activity and relaxing. [more inside]
posted by gursky at 6:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How many overpasses are there on the Highway of Heroes?

How many overpasses are there on the Highway of Heroes? Do you happen to know, or can you help me figure out a GIS workflow that will help me out? [more inside]
posted by avocet at 5:23 PM PST - 4 comments

What's the name of the F1 victory song?

What's the name of the Formula 1 victory song that played during the late 80s/early 90s. My recollection is that it was also used in a popular arcade racing game at the time. It features heavy 80s synth. [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 4:45 PM PST - 8 comments

No, I want that one!

Help me pick the best calendar for my office Yankee Swap! [more inside]
posted by Sukey Says at 4:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Where to find good value on jeans?

I'm looking for a great value on everyday jeans. I don't mind spending decent money if that's what it takes, but I'd want that money to go towards quality materials and construction - I truly don't care about labels or fleeting fashions. I live in LA but I'd be cool with shopping online if that's where the value can be found. Anybody have pointers on places/brands that could help me out with this, or is it back to the Gap again? [more inside]
posted by captainawesome at 4:36 PM PST - 28 comments

Anonymous and BF make a porno

Advice/best practices for homemade sexytime photos and videos? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Do I get Thyroid Removal Surgery?

My girlfriend is confused and bewildered about the possibility of having thyroid removal surgery. Of course there's more to it, so the entire extended explanation is in her words. [more inside]
posted by Imperfect at 3:40 PM PST - 26 comments

Blackberry music app that will let me rate songs? And other recommendations.

BLACKBERRY USERS: Is there a music app that will let me rate songs? (Also, as a new user, I'd love to learn what apps you think are essential/useful.) [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack at 3:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Instead of arresting you, how about some pepper spray?

I'm having an online discussion (which I am trying to keep civil) with a group of people who claim that the police in California have the right to pepper spray anyone who does not obey a police order. How in the world can this be true? I'm not a lawyer - but my gut tells me that there has to be case law to the contrary. Help me out!
posted by dirtmonster at 3:22 PM PST - 20 comments

So how do you break in a pair of jeans, anyway?

I would like some advice on the care and feeding and breaking-in of a bog-standard new pair of jeans. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 2:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Small Business Blues - How to get through the slow beginning

Advice for getting through the suckiness of the first several months or even year or two of starting a new business? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 2:55 PM PST - 8 comments

need floor layout software

Can you help me find floor plan/room layout software that will help my relative run a vendor sales event? [more inside]
posted by germdisco at 2:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Absolutely no granite.

What are our options for a uniformly colored kitchen countertop? Laminate or ...? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle at 2:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Audi TT versus Volvo C30

We're choosing between a used Audi TT coupe and a used Volvo C30 hatchback - anything we should consider? Do you own either of these cars? Hate them or love anything in particular about them? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 2:42 PM PST - 14 comments

Kettlebell training for an exercise newbie?

I'm thinking of starting an exercise program with kettlebells. Is it a good idea? [more inside]
posted by Mr_Thirdworld at 2:40 PM PST - 17 comments

Hard-to-fit feet

I’ve had trouble getting shoes to fit for a long time, but it seems to be getting worse as I get older. Today, I outgrew my shoes in the middle of a two-hour hike. [more inside]
posted by maurreen at 2:26 PM PST - 15 comments

How to develop work ethic after your academic confidence has taken a beating

Smart people who did badly in college - how did you regain your footing and develop your work ethic and study skills? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 2:26 PM PST - 21 comments

How can I see on my main monitor what is being displayed on my secondary monitor?

I have a secondary monitor on my iMac that is installed in a room 50 feet away from my main monitor. I need a way to see on my main screen, whatever is displayed on the secondary monitor. Using Mac OS X 10.7. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by orlandop at 2:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Kosher substitute for salt pork

Kosher substitute for salt pork? We want to make an America's Test Kichen recipe for Thanksgiving turkey. It calls for salt pork to be laid along the back of the turkey during the first part of the roasting process (with the breast-side down), like so. ATK says this is called "barding" the turkey, which they say makes the bird "self-basting." [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 2:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Road conditions between LA and the Grand Canyon this week

I'd like to go on a short, last-minute trip to the Grand Canyon this week. If I drive from Los Angeles on Tuesday morning and drive back on Thursday morning, can I expect snow-free roads? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 2:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it looking like a bad weather year for mid-December Vermont Skiing?

We're considering a ski trip to Mount Snow, Stratton, or Okemo December 16th-18th. It doesn't look like there's snow on the ground yet, but we need to put in for vacation days early. Will we likely be OK, or should we forget about such an early-season trip given this year's weather so far? Thanks!
posted by unionsquarepark at 1:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Recommendation for a book on jealousy in romantic relationships?

I'm looking for novels that explore jealousy in romantic relationships, particularly featuring a partner who is jealous or insecure about the other person's romantic past. Ex-boyfriends/ex-girlfriends haunting the relationship would be excellent. Any recommendations? ("Literature" preferred--i.e., trashy novels aren't my thing.)
posted by melancholyplay at 1:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Tips for new parents. Have at it!

What tips/lifehacks can you think of for the upcoming parents. Don't care how small the tips are - just avoid the obvious ones. [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 1:04 PM PST - 50 comments

Please help me understand bipolar mania.

Can you help me to better understand bipolar mania/hypomania and the thought-processes of the manic mind? [more inside]
posted by MuChao at 12:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Bad Marks: Put it in perspective

(Relatively) bad marks: help me put it in perspective. What doors have I closed to myself? [more inside]
posted by Conspire at 12:35 PM PST - 26 comments

trying to buy the right mp3player for someone with a disabilty

Looking for a mp3player for someone with a developmental disability - one that is fairly easy to navigate without the ability to read, and not too complicated in general. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by donabean at 11:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Flying into the wrong airport, now what?

What's the best way to get from Washington Reagan airport to a hotel near Tyson's Corner, VA? [more inside]
posted by tamitang at 11:34 AM PST - 14 comments

Finding a drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity

Help me find a good US-based alcohol and/or drug treatment charity that's not affiliated with any religion. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 11:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Look ma, no passwords

A relative passed away. I've been asked by family to wipe her work laptop before it is returned to the company. I don't have any of her passwords. Is there a way to wipe it anyways and have it in a returnable condition? [more inside]
posted by alcopop at 11:25 AM PST - 23 comments

Calling him kicky-man just isn't going to work long term.

Since you guys are so good at this and looking at baby names lists are already making my eyes bleed, I was hoping for some recommendations for a baby boy. [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 10:31 AM PST - 128 comments

I want my friend back

He's acts aloof everytime we see each other and I'm hurt. What can I do? (Details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 18 comments

new tile floor?

a friend's basement flooded, and the floor needs replacing (wood on a concrete slab). she asks if porcelain tile could be laid in, considering the (remote) chance it could happen again. I think so, but wonder about the contact layer, and leveling over the slab. what would you use? would you seal the edges to prevent water getting in there (freezing/expansion)? is porcelain impervious?
posted by ebesan at 9:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Drive time: CT to DC?

How long would the drive from New Haven to Washington, D.C., take on Wednesday evening? I'm trying to decide how horrendous the experience will be so I can judge whether springing for Amtrack tickets would be worth it. We'll be leaving at about 6 from New Haven. Specific experiences with that drive or a similar one before Thanksgiving would be appreciated.
posted by reren at 9:48 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I keep track of music across music services?

Pandora, Grooveshark, Spotify... How can I keep track of music across all the music services? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 9:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I relocate to Dallas?

I have the opportunity to relocate to Dallas from Boston for my job -- what is Dallas like? [more inside]
posted by 6spd at 9:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Love and Landmines

Falling for a woman. She just told me she just got out of a long term relationship (2+ years, ended this July) and wants to stay single for a while and work on herself because she always rushes into relationships. We've agreed things have been so easy, nice and right between us (3 weeks, 5-6 GOOD dates in), but she was very clear she does not want a committed relationship. I feel myself heading towards wanting just that. Am I headed to The Bad Place if I keep hanging out with her? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan at 9:36 AM PST - 36 comments

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I go to a less expensive branch of a university from a distance (online) where I may end up commuting to? Or should I go to in-person courses at an (extremely) expensive university that is close to home and has a great department for my major? (Specific details inside!) [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 8:37 AM PST - 19 comments

Kung Fu and the Bellybutton Master?

Kung fu/martial arts fans - please help me find this movie! [more inside]
posted by HopperFan at 8:28 AM PST - 3 comments

What gift to give the World's Greatest Teacher?

What stocking-stuffer-sized gift can I get for my boyfriend, an aspiring teacher? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 8:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Will my love for art and literature force me to starve?

How the heck can I get a cool job in New York with (almost) a graduate degree and (almost) no professional experience? [more inside]
posted by Mooseli at 8:05 AM PST - 27 comments

As a gay woman, when is it okay to pursue a straight woman?

I am a gay female in my late 20s who has understood my own sexuality for as long as I can remember and has been out to all of my friends for many years. My orientation is certainly not anything I would consider a defining characteristic about myself. The kind of profession I am in, the kind of experiences I have had and my life goals have greatly shaped who I am as a person, and have absolutely nothing to do with who I am attracted to. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:27 AM PST - 42 comments

Why does sleepiness elude me?

As I head into the darkness of winter in Northern England, I'm starting to notice the same pattern I suffered from last year...sleeping even less than I normally do (4-6 hours instead of 6-7). I'm not even sleepy or remotely tired until 2, 3, sometimes even 4 am, when I force myself to fall asleep. I wake up at 8 or 9 (sometimes earlier). What could be happening here, physiologically or otherwise? If it's related to the lack of sun/light, how does that even work? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 4:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Coltan-free computer: Is it a thing?

Is there such thing as a coltan-free computer? [more inside]
posted by giggleknickers at 4:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Green fingered Mefites, how close should I plant a plum tree to my house?

We bought a plum tree, originally to keep in a pot in a patio, that location didn't work out, and now we think that if we take it out of the pot and plant it in the ground it will do better next year. How close to our house can we plant it? [more inside]
posted by foleypt at 4:20 AM PST - 9 comments

My music-loving kids need more help than I can give.

My 13 year old wants a bass guitar for Christmas. People who have some idea about musical instruments, please tell me what I should be looking for in a beginner bass guitar. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 1:32 AM PST - 41 comments

upbeat piano songs?

hi, everyone! i'm making a mix of piano-based songs for my friend and i'd like for some of the songs on there to be more brightened but still be meaningful, of course. the type of songs i'm looking for are like "mouthwash" and "merry happy" by kate nash or "wings" by utada hikaru. something where it's still primarily piano. thank you for any and all suggestions! [more inside]
posted by thischarmingirl at 12:35 AM PST - 19 comments

November 19

Clearly, it's pronounced "kisskshhh of ex"

How do you pronounce the hyperbolic trigonometric functions? [more inside]
posted by King Bee at 11:59 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me find these earrings! They mean a lot to me.

Help me find these blue rose earrings, please. [more inside]
posted by carpediem at 11:32 PM PST - 4 comments

Keeping my froggies warm for the winter...

How do I best heat my frog's tank? I have two African Dwarf Frogs and the temperature of their water is dropping too low. Their tank is too small for the heater they had in the pet store... [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 10:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Does supportive always mean silent?

After 4.5 years my sister's partner is asking her to leave him. It could be they are just having a fight, or it could be that this is really the end. Do I tell her my opinion (I've never liked him and never will, and she should run while she can) or do I hold my tongue? [more inside]
posted by skauskas at 10:15 PM PST - 44 comments

Looking for yummy Chocolate fondue recipe suggestions!

I have recently purchased a Fondue pot and I want to serve chocolate fondue at a party. The Fondue place "The Melting Pot" near my house sells chocolate bars to use, but it would be expensive to buy a lot to fill my pot. [more inside]
posted by Jaelma24 at 9:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Minecraft mac fail

So, i was just playing on minecraft on my mac, and this weird thing happened, where a tunnel of white streaming banners would come around me, and not let me see past them, unless i was under a tree, then i could see fine, kinda, like this. What do you thinkg the problem is?
posted by sizzil34 at 8:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Photoshop noob needs to get schooled

Photoshop gurus - can this scan be fixed? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi at 7:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me remember the name of this old obscure sci fi comic book.

I'm trying to find a specific old comic which details the history of an alien humanoid civilization. [more inside]
posted by brownbat at 7:41 PM PST - 3 comments

Do you have any recommendations for a custom pet portrait?

Do you have any recommendations for a custom pet portrait? [more inside]
posted by quodlibet at 6:56 PM PST - 13 comments

get-aways in South America

Have you taken a great vacation in South America? Please tell me about it! [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising at 6:28 PM PST - 15 comments

X-Treme Travel!

A while ago I read an awesome travel-blog-style series of forum posts by a couple who drove across Kenya (?) in a 4x4. Help me find it again? Or other awesome extreme-travel stories? [more inside]
posted by katrielalex at 5:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Framed by Science.

What are the most reasonable, well-informed, and totally incorrect scientific papers? [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 5:02 PM PST - 31 comments

Recommendations for cider please!

Help me find exciting new ciders. [more inside]
posted by Weeping_angel at 4:47 PM PST - 24 comments

resistant roaches

Help me kill my super-roaches. [more inside]
posted by KRS at 4:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Substitute for Registry Mechanic?

I've been using Registry Mechanic. The last version was the best yet, but then PC Tools was bought by Symantec. They have produced a new version, which is crap. Is there another good program that does what RegMech used to do? [more inside]
posted by Kirth Gerson at 4:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Thanksgiving dinner on a road trip

Looking for a reasonably priced restaurant serving Thanksgiving dinner near the New Jersey Turnpike. [more inside]
posted by gazole at 3:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Does a learner's permit allow the accompanying passenger to be impaired?

When a learner's permit requires the presence of a fully licensed driver as a passenger, is that requirement satisfied even if that passenger is too impaired to drive? [more inside]
posted by Trurl at 3:39 PM PST - 20 comments

Custom-printed fabric + button-down shirts = possible?

Zany custom-printed fabric + button-down shirts = possible? [more inside]
posted by pavane at 3:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Good Fantasy Critiques

Can anyone help me find good online critiques of fantasy? Tropes and cliches, characterizations, books, etc. [more inside]
posted by Danila at 2:58 PM PST - 7 comments

Router doesn't like torrents?

Synology NAS can't torrent with new D-link router [more inside]
posted by wilko at 2:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me become a spreadsheet power user

How do I become a spreadsheet power user? And do I have to get Excel to do it? (Or can I stick with LibreOffice/Google Docs?) [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 2:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to teach in the UK as a first year teacher?

What are your favorite places in England to live and work with a lower cost of living than London? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul at 2:42 PM PST - 13 comments

When should/how should you intervene on a problematic potential hire of a faculty member?

Academic Filter: When should/how should you intervene on a problematic potential hire of a faculty member? (Special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:42 PM PST - 16 comments

Movies online outside of English-speaking productions

I'm looking for safe, legal ways to watch foreign movies online, particularly movies not in English, either for free or as rentals. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 2:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Don't You Touch Me

I've been sexually assaulted and heavily/distressingly harassed by a number of different men throughout my life already. Now I'm trying to break it off with a close friend because I feel like I "need a break" from even being close to men and he won't stop even mildly pushing at this. [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 2:28 PM PST - 24 comments

Email solution for an older person with (minor) dementia.

My grandma has been socially reliant on email for a decade or so now -- she emails her sister, her children, and her grandchildren. She's pretty deaf, so emails have been an especially good way of keeping in touch, as none of us live near her these days. Unfortunately, she's forgetting things now (she's 93), so what used to be possible for her now seems less so. What to do? [more inside]
posted by feckless at 2:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Tumblr reads?

What are your favorite bookish tumblrs? [more inside]
posted by emilycardigan at 2:17 PM PST - 4 comments

Is there a treadmill with no handles that would be good for treadmill desk?

Is there a treadmill with no handles that would be good for treadmill desk? [more inside]
posted by morninj at 2:14 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I reduce visits from my parents?

I was overjoyed to move several hundred miles away from my parents. Recently, they've decided they want to spend more time with family, and as of this week they'll have driven to see us three times in a year with little to no notice. Is there any reasonably graceful way to discourage/reduce these visits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM PST - 42 comments

Why listening while singing?

Why are singers using headphones while recording? [more inside]
posted by knz at 1:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Curse you, you mysterious orb.

Story-about-orbs filter: in my eighth grade English class, I read a sci-fi story about an extraterrestrial orb that was collecting specimens from Earth. I'd love to find out its author and name (and, optimally, a copy of the story itself on the web.) [more inside]
posted by punchtothehead at 1:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Best free DVD burning program for PC video files?

Best free (or fair cost - some commercial programs are ridiculously over the $100 range) DVD burning program that takes PC video files (mp4, avi, mpg, flv, etc...) and burns them to DVD for watching on TV. [more inside]
posted by Stryke11 at 1:27 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I help my flatmate get past a disturbing home invasion?

How do I help my flatmate get past a disturbing home invasion? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 1:10 PM PST - 9 comments

help a girl unwind after a long day!

i've tried to go through the numerous "looking-for-sexy-music" questions that are out there, but none seem to deal with the specific type of songs i'm looking for: relaxing, sensual songs, usually slow with sexy female vocals and minimal or unobtrusive instrumentation. think along the lines of unwinding in a steamy shower with a candle burning as opposed to music to have sex to. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane at 12:25 PM PST - 27 comments

Hello, halogen oven.

Do I want to buy a halogen oven? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman at 12:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me find an academic paper management program

I'm having trouble finding an academic paper management system that meets my requirements (Mac+Win, BibTeX, automatic PDF filing, easy to import etc). [more inside]
posted by robintw at 11:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Does my brain stutter?

I've dealt with depression and anxiety all my life, and have just realized that I have a stuttering problem. Now I'm wondering about the correlation. [more inside]
posted by sgass at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

How to get mold out of neoprene?

Please help, hive mind! I left a banana in my neoprene lunch bag and it got really moldy on the bottom. The mold didn't go through the whole bag, but it's ugly and polka dotted on the inside. It's a "Built" brand bag, made of neoprene, if that makes a difference. I ran it through a (cold) wash cycle once, and it didn't do a darn thing. I'd hate to ruin the bag with bleach, but I'm not sure what else to do. Does color safe bleach get rid of mold?
posted by luciddream928 at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me stay in touch with the fam?

How do I use my iphone on a cruise? [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 11:27 AM PST - 10 comments

My poor vacuum

Should I buy a new vacuum? [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 10:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Cranberries from the Paleocene - Can I Eat Them?

I'm embarrassed to use up a question on this Can I Eat This-filter, but... So I have some bags of cranberries in the freezer... that have been there since last year. Can I use them in making cranberry sauce without courting death or intestinal discomfort?
posted by canine epigram at 10:40 AM PST - 19 comments

London Business Trip Basics

I will be traveling on business to London Sunday to Friday, staying at the Four Seasons on Park and will be working most of my time there. Any down time will be after 5 pm, any suggestions on something to do/eat/see? I visited London when I was young and did many of the touristy things. I am most interested in just enjoying some of the city without making it too complicated. Also, curious about any suggestions of what things I should make sure to pick up in London for myself (sounds like there are so not to miss beauty products) and for co-workers/significant other. I was thinking of the Fortnum & Mason marmalade and possibly Scotch? This is my first time doing a big trip on business, any suggestion in that capacity would also be welcome!
posted by Carialle at 10:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Kick out the jambs

Our double-hung windows have sprung alumin[i]um jamb liners, a bit like this. After taking the sashes out to paint and re-putty, how do you get them back in the frame? [more inside]
posted by holgate at 9:18 AM PST - 0 comments

Quotation: economic theory and reality

"When economic theory collides with reality, prefer economic theory". Who said this, and what exactly did he say?
posted by falcon at 9:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Total itunes/airtunes setup from scratch, please.

I have 300gb of music, a house, several Mac laptops, a Mac G5, a router, two iphones, an ipad, and several external HDs where the music is stored. I would like to be able to play music anywhere in my house, control it wirelessly without the laptops and update libraries as well as all my devices with whatever I like anywhere in the house, without having to drag out the external USB HD to plug into various laptops like I do now. I'm willing to buy equipment to let this happen. Bonus if it lets me move movies onto a USB stick to plug into my nifty new tv. Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 8:49 AM PST - 14 comments

What misconception do I have about health and hygiene?

What did your parents tell you about health that turned out to be utterly wrong? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:36 AM PST - 105 comments

Vasectomy in Chicago?

Please recommend a doctor to perform a vasectomy in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 AM PST - 3 comments

How can I anonymously give money to Elizabeth Warren's campaign?

How can I give money to Elizabeth Warren's campaign without it causing my unusual name to be plastered all over the internet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:43 AM PST - 20 comments

How to reduce Miata's road and engine noise (within reason; I like the exhaust note)?

Partly on AskMe's advice, I bought a 2006 Miata. Got a good deal and love it, including the exhaust note. Road, tire and engine noise are part of the deal, I know, but they're louder than I'd like. Can you suggest fixes? [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms at 7:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me make a Thanksgiving dinner for one

Help me plan a small Thanksgiving dinner -- alone. [more inside]
posted by Yunani at 7:05 AM PST - 28 comments

How can I stop this sticky substance?

How do I remove the glue residue left (and spreading) from plumbers tape? Challenge: I am in Germany. [more inside]
posted by mutt.cyberspace at 6:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Paul Revere bio cited by Gladwell?

Malcom Gladwell's The Tipping Point mentions a really good biography of Paul Revere. What is that book? [more inside]
posted by popechunk at 6:27 AM PST - 5 comments

Friend? Love? Unzone?

What does true love feel like? [more inside]
posted by easilyconfused at 2:24 AM PST - 28 comments

November 18

Ride, ride, ride, ride, ride

Long, long paved bike trails near NYC? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 10:14 PM PST - 13 comments

How do you really forgive?

I thought I had forgiven my friend, but whenever it comes up I am disturbed by our differing accounts of the same events. Why does this bother me so much? How can I truly forgive her? [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand at 9:58 PM PST - 33 comments

What are good ear plugs that are effective and that I can sleep in?

What are some good ear plugs available that are capable of muffling subwoofers? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno at 9:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Would a Crucial RealSSD 128GB SSD 2.5" hard drive work with a new Macbook Pro a1286?

Would a Crucial RealSSD 128GB SSD 2.5" hard drive work with a new Macbook Pro a1286 model? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 8:47 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to fall asleep on my own giant Totoro

I would love to buy, or possibly make, a giant Totoro plush pillow, something I could actually sleep on. If it's not big enough for me, I'd like one that would be big enough for a child to sleep on, and that I could rest on. Searching the internet at large turns up nothing, so I turn to y'all. Thanks!
posted by filthy light thief at 8:41 PM PST - 8 comments

I may have infected my computer with a trojan. Help me get rid of it.

I absent mindedly opened an e-mail from the "United States Post Office" claiming that a package I had sent on the 12th had an incorrect address. Then I clicked on the attachment and that's when I realized I had done a very bad, stupid thing because the USPS doesn't have my e-mail for any reason. Yahoo's e-mail did a scan and it said the attachment was clean. Google tells me that this is a trojan. I'm running Malwarebytes as I type. What else should I do? [more inside]
posted by Constance Mirabella at 8:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Can two pseudo introverts have a good time in NOLA?

My husband and I would like to go to New Orleans, LA in March, 2012. We're fairly laid back and not huge into the tourism craziness that I tend to associate with NOLA. It is possible to go to The Big Easy and, well, have a chill time? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 8:05 PM PST - 30 comments

How do I make an aluminum object?

I want to manufacture a small brushed aluminum object for a design project. I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks at 7:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Language, Literacy, let's call the whole thing off.

What are some language activities for ESL students when using chapter books. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 7:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Why are the embedded videos I try to watch all FUBAR?

Why do many embedded videos look bright green and all pixel-y on my laptop? [more inside]
posted by tenzingy at 6:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Who knows where those fake watches come from?

How can I learn more about the fake watch industry? [more inside]
posted by Admira at 6:48 PM PST - 3 comments

You Better Belize It!

I'm looking to find some Belikin beer (domestic to Belize) in Austin, Texas. I've already tried Specs, to no avail. Anybody have any idea if/where I might have some luck?
posted by Krazor at 5:10 PM PST - 9 comments

UK savings accounts have higher interest rates than US, help!

US savings accounts have poor interest (~1%). UK savings accounts are better (~3-4%). Aside from the economics for this that I likely don't comprehend, as a UK citizen working in the US, is there some way of moving money easily, getting an international account, or getting a good savings account in the US?
posted by paulesque at 4:12 PM PST - 19 comments

mo dateable?

How do I develop a sane approach to meeting Mr. Right? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 4:05 PM PST - 25 comments

What's your best appetizer recipe?

Help me win an appetizer cooking contest! Again! [more inside]
posted by Rula Lenska at 4:01 PM PST - 23 comments

Most accurate calendar

I am looking for the most accurate calendar. With even increments and no exceptions(leap years). [more inside]
posted by digdan at 3:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me make my nerdy rock collection look classy and victorian!

Calling all nature and geology collectors! Help me find a rock/mineral display stand like this one. [more inside]
posted by JuliaIglesias at 3:08 PM PST - 3 comments

Best documented ASP.Net Open Source Projects

I am looking for the best documented open source ASP.Net 4.0 website/application available. By 'documented' I am not referring to a user guide for the Wiki/Blog/E-Commerce site or whatever it is, I am referring to accompanying documentations which details how the code works, how it is put together. A document which would act as a guide to someone who was reviewing the code/design/database etc.. Documentation which would help a developer to understand the technical architecture and structure. [more inside]
posted by therubettes at 2:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I rent bandwidth for a day?

Where can I rent bandwidth for a few hours? [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett at 2:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Away from home for a month for work - what should I be thinking about?

I'm going to be in Washington DC from late November and most of December, training for a new job. They're putting me up in an extended stay hotel, but it's doubtful that I'll have a car unless I rent one myself for weekends. First time in DC! I've never been away from home for for such a long period; I guess I'll turn off everything in my apartment except the fridge, have a friend pick up mail and help me deal with that kind of stuff, pay bills online. What should (and shouldn't) I take? This comes after a lengthy bout of unemployment, so cash reserves are very very low. How do I get a bunch of stuff there without paying exorbitant airline fees? What else do I need to be thinking about?
posted by DandyRandy at 2:50 PM PST - 13 comments


Playing music at a party - should I use iTunes or Spotify? [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

need an immediate fix for oral dermatitis redness

Relief for peri-oral dermatitis redness, while I wait for my appointment with the dermatologist? Is putting vinegar on it a really bad idea? [more inside]
posted by at 2:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Compelling or interesting uses of municipal open data

What are the most compelling or interesting uses of municipal open data? [more inside]
posted by parudox at 2:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Drunk Friday in.

Whuh? They killed Scrabulous? What now? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 1:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Two eReaders enter . . .

Should my next eReader be a kindle touch or a nook touch? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 1:14 PM PST - 30 comments

Remote Control to Control iPhone/iPod

Is there a remote that CONTROLS the music on the iPhone (4s)? Google searches reveal only how to use the phone as a remote for other things. I need to keep the iPhone hooked up to a speaker in the back of the room, and trigger it with *something* to make the music go on and off. Any ideas??? Thanks!
posted by largecorp at 1:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Shoes similar to Tsubos

I love the Tsubo Millay shoes I just got, and would like to get more of this type of sporty shoes that still look smart. What are some other brands I should consider? [more inside]
posted by needled at 12:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Recommendations for a therapist specializing in abandonment and anxiety

Therapist specializing in abandonment issues in San Diego? [more inside]
posted by sockomatic at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Word processor/text editor with keyboard-based hierarchical structure?

Is there an app that displays keyboard-editable hierarchical structure in the left pane and text editing/word processing in the right pane? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman at 12:33 PM PST - 1 comment

How does this work? It's magic, isn't it? :)

How does this work? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 11:51 AM PST - 13 comments

Best Boston->New Haven Thanksgiving route?

Which Boston->New Haven route will have less traffic on Thanksgiving: 90-84-91, or 95? [more inside]
posted by Aethelwer at 11:47 AM PST - 30 comments

What is the best iOS app for timing and recording data related to contractions in childbirth?

There are a lot of iOS apps for timing contractions. The reviews are all over the place. Most of the apps do not seem to time the contractions from the beginning of one to the beginning of the next one, which seems to be the preferred data point for medical purposes. Other apps have other annoying features and problems. Which app did you use and how did it work?
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 11:39 AM PST - 11 comments

We're needing a (writer's room) of our own in!

Where in Chicago should I look for a pleasant, airy, well-designed space for a single (very long) day for two writers needing a change of scenery to get some collaboration done? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 11:18 AM PST - 13 comments

Relaxing Christmas gifts

Relaxing, comforting Christmas gift ideas for my extremely busy mom on a $150 budget. [more inside]
posted by jingle at 11:14 AM PST - 17 comments

Don't bogart that turkey!

Have you smoked a turkey for Thanksgiving? Want to give me the benefit of your experience? [more inside]
posted by rtha at 11:13 AM PST - 16 comments

How could I make rose-infused bourbon?

What's a good way to make rose-infused bourbon? Other liquor infusion recipes also welcome. [more inside]
posted by sunnichka at 11:06 AM PST - 13 comments

What band is this?

What band is this? 5 or 6 years ago at a work site, we were listening to someone's mix tape. There was a kind of lonely, mournful song, solo male vocals with a gravely voice. I asked who the band was, and the answer was something like "Sixteen Cylinders." I forgot about it all until recently. I haven't been able to find an appropriate cylinder-related band via google, youtube, or Any idea what I might have heard?
posted by moonmilk at 11:00 AM PST - 7 comments

Another idealistic career change question

I would like to become a professional writer, and possibly someday be a freelance writer. My background is in the humanities, but I’m wondering if seeking an advanced degree in science might help me in my endeavors. Or are there other options that I’m overlooking? [more inside]
posted by indognito at 10:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Excel Find and Replace

Excel - Find and Replace -- I use the excel function find and replace often. One spreadsheet finds it instantly. Another searches each cell and takes longer. I stopped updating the instant one before I noticed the effect. Windows xp -- Office 2007 I'd like to have more of the instant search.
posted by notned at 10:36 AM PST - 8 comments

Floor by the door chore

Do I absolutely need cement board under my tiles? What happens if I don't use it? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan at 10:29 AM PST - 18 comments

appropriate, cool music for a 7 year old?

what are all the cool 7 year olds listening to these days? [more inside]
posted by koroshiya at 10:17 AM PST - 41 comments

Please recommend craft ideas for Winter gift giving.

Can you help me gather some project ideas for gift-giving? Food, crafts, fun stuff all welcome. [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips at 9:53 AM PST - 13 comments

e pluribus paginis unus

How can I convert a web site, which is organized as a table of contents linking to 200 or so individual html "chapters", into one ebook? [more inside]
posted by General Tonic at 9:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Was this skillet cast iron?

Were the skillets I saw at the thrift store cast iron? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 9:27 AM PST - 31 comments

So many restaurants and no idea where to eat!

Help! In London tonight, where should we go for dinner tonight? (a Friday night!?) [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 8:57 AM PST - 5 comments

Salvaging a corrupted RTF file in TextEdit

Is there any way to salvage a corrupted RTF file in Mac TextEdit? [more inside]
posted by crackingdes at 8:55 AM PST - 11 comments

I just want my stomach to work right again.

Help me manage my GERD (reflux). Snowflakiness inside. [more inside]
posted by chowflap at 8:54 AM PST - 37 comments

Can you help me generate a playlist of unusual artist/xmas song pairings?

I recently saw a video that makes me want to create a playlist of unusual/surreal Christmas music. That is to say, odd pairings or covers of classic Christmas songs. I have a small set of criteria inside. What do you got? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 at 8:49 AM PST - 45 comments

3G Access for My MacBook?

Can I get 3G access on a new Macbook Pro? If not, what is the least expensive alternative for my situation? [more inside]
posted by kmel at 8:34 AM PST - 9 comments

Book of home interiors?

Gift for mother-in-law who loves to look in your windows. [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 8:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Gmail search operator for all contacts?

Is there a gmail search operator that will return all contacts? [more inside]
posted by czytm at 7:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Coming-of-age fiction in Chicago (c. 1980ish)

Please help me find fiction (especially coming-of-age stories; so-called Bildungsromans, the internet tells me; I didn't pay close attention in high school and college lit classes) set in 1970s through 1980s Chicago! [more inside]
posted by anaphoric at 7:53 AM PST - 9 comments

What is the simplest Netflix-ready set-top device?

Apple TV or Roku for my technology-shy father? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg at 7:48 AM PST - 25 comments

Child therapy

Recommendations for a therapist for a child in NYC. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Learned the lessons, still doomed to repeat

Regarding family and friends, how have you been able to let go of dark/problematic pasts, and moved forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Old man starter kit

My friend is turning 30 and thinks he's old. I'm getting him an old man starter kit: hard candies (Werther's Originals of course), Metamucil...what else should I include?
posted by echo target at 7:33 AM PST - 79 comments

Temporary Fencing Options for Small Dogs

We recently purchased a home with a large backyard and a pool. The yard is fenced. I need a temporary fence for my dogs until it warms up and we can fix any spots the littlest dog can slip through. What should I get for a temporary fence? [more inside]
posted by bodgy at 7:28 AM PST - 5 comments

What's up with my cat's chin

What's up with my cat's chin? My cat has a strange spot on his chin that looks sort of like a wart, and I'm not sure whether I should be concerned about it or not. [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 6:55 AM PST - 28 comments

What's the best volunteering?

How can I best evaluate volunteer opportunities? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 6:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Her brothers want to be garbage men

How do I teach astrophysics to an eight-year-old? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 6:35 AM PST - 19 comments

How do you keep unusually focused and productive?

Motivation Filter: How to be obsessed (in a healthy way) with the work that you do and love. [more inside]
posted by seriousmoonlight at 6:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me beanplate baby's last name

We are considering giving our unborn baby its mother's last name as a last name and its father's last name as a middle name. How confusing will this be to strangers? [more inside]
posted by Sock Ray Blue at 6:15 AM PST - 46 comments identity theft? Spam?

Yesterday, someone apparently signed me up for,, and I know this because I received welcome emails from all three of them to my primary mail address and under my name. As far as I know, my primary mail address has not been compromised. What is going on here?
posted by fake at 6:04 AM PST - 38 comments

Swim Trunks. Stat.

Where can I buy swim trunks in London today? [more inside]
posted by undercoverhuwaaah at 5:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Clueless or inconsiderate?

Marital strife filter: Was my husband out of line to invite three women to spend the night at our house when I was out of town? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 AM PST - 63 comments

Clean water no matter what

Water: that convenient thing you can't live without. Tell me about a portable desalination / purification device. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 5:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Where in the southern Mediterranean should we go in mid-March?

Where in the southern Mediterranean should we go in mid-March? We're thinking of Sicily or Greece, but specific criteria inside the fold: [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 3:15 AM PST - 14 comments

So I get super powers, right?

Why does this happen and is it dangerous? When I heat anything in the microwave for about two minutes or longer, the timer/clock display casts a blur on the glass in front of the numbers, i.e. if the display says 2:30, the glass in front of the display will have a very blurred 2:30 on it. From the front it looks like the display itself is blurry, but if you stand at an angle to the side you can see how far back the numbers are from the glass in front of them. The blur will disappear after a few minutes. Should I be concerned?
posted by Nattie at 2:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Prepayment meter to credit meter?

My new flat has a prepayment meter for gas and electricity. I think we want to switch to a credit meter, but I'm not sure and I don't really know what I'm doing so I'm afraid of screwing this up. Help? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on at 2:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Should boyfriend do sexual arousal study without talking to girlfriend about it first?

Should my boyfriend have done sexual arousal study without consulting me first? [more inside]
posted by crawmama at 2:37 AM PST - 69 comments

Basic HTML editor for Mac

I am going to teach a Mac user basic HTML. Could you recommend a simple, preferably free, HTML editor for Mac?
posted by Termite at 2:28 AM PST - 16 comments

"Haven't I seen you before, like every morning at the same bus stop?"

Do you interact with the proverbial familiar stranger? In particular, have you felt compelled to interact when crossing paths outside of the "usual spot"? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 2:24 AM PST - 21 comments

What are some stories about deserters?

What are some books about deserters from the armed forces during war times? [more inside]
posted by lazy robot at 12:52 AM PST - 14 comments

Toto, how do we get back to Kansas?

What is it like to have a home to go back to? How do you cope if you don't have one? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 12:23 AM PST - 42 comments

November 17

What to do in North Carolina??

I"ll be in the Willmington, Richlands N.C. area over Thanksgiving and the first week in December to visit my daughter. We both have slight physical problems that make long walks impossible. She is also new to the area and I'm am looking for fun places to go. Restaurants, tourist spots, historical sights, etc. Her husband is overseas in Aftganistgan, so I'm trying to fill a gap and cheer her up. Thanks in advance.
posted by cliffster99 at 11:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Well that shouldn't happen...

Help me fix an infected PC and prevent it from getting reinfected? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta at 11:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Who owes me a box of cookies?

What can I do about a lost UPS package? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 11:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Cat I take my cat on the train in Japan?

Can I take my cat in a cat carrier on the subway/train in Japan? [more inside]
posted by ZeroDivides at 10:57 PM PST - 4 comments

To be (a reference) or not to be (a reference)

Should I ask more questions before saying I'll be a reference for someone who was recently "let go"? [more inside]
posted by YukonQuirm at 10:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Display Cables Battle Royale: D-Sub vs DVI vs HDMI

I've a monitor with DVI-D and D-Sub input. My graphics card has DVI-D, D-Sub and HDMI output. I'm connected via D-Sub right now, but I hear DVI gives better image quality. Is this true? And does HDMI have better quality than DVI? If so, would an HDMI-to-DVI cable give me better quality than vanilla DVI? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto at 10:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommendations for appliance repair in/near Madison, WI?

Recommendations for appliance repair in/near Madison, WI? [more inside]
posted by sesquipedalia at 9:50 PM PST - 1 comment

99% of books are not what I'm looking for.

Looking for the 1% of books with OWS themes. [more inside]
posted by itsacover at 9:38 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me find a site that combines "Top X Books" lists into a single list.

Does anyone know of a site like or, but for books? [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes at 9:37 PM PST - 2 comments

How Long Has This Been Going On?

What is the average length of tenure for a primary and secondary public school district Superintendent in the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut? The average superintendent has been employed as the superintendent in their current district for how long? Cites please. [more inside]
posted by JohnnyGunn at 8:44 PM PST - 3 comments

Pet Hair On Clothes Is BAD

I need a great, non-refillable lint brush. [more inside]
posted by Leta at 8:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Women of the Green! Spill your secret...

What's your secret for getting a flat belly? I would love to hear from you especially if you happen to be a bit plump. [more inside]
posted by xm at 7:42 PM PST - 51 comments

I'm burned out.

I burned out. Help me get through writing a paper and studying for two exams this weekend. [more inside]
posted by squirtle at 7:39 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I transfer responsibility for monies owed on a terminated housing lease?

The property manager of the house my wife and I shared with two of our friends last year has decided to keep the entirety of our security deposit and has billed us for an additional 2000 dollars in repairs. The more bullheaded of our friends wants to fight it in a litigious manner and get as much of the deposit back as he can. We just want to be done with it and pay our share of the damages. What are our rights in this situation? [more inside]
posted by triceryclops at 7:34 PM PST - 20 comments


Good news everyone! I'm wasting an Ask on the term for hearing things in Professor Farnsworth's voice. [more inside]
posted by AmandaA at 7:30 PM PST - 6 comments

And glide... and glide...

Someone who very rarely wears high heels just got a pair of snazzy high heeled boots that I'm now wearing to work every day. (About an inch and a half tall, thick heels not stiletto) It's a learning experience. I'm trying to figure out how to walk gracefully but I still seem to be clomping awkwardly. Is there a trick to this or just practice? Also, I've observed that some women move their hips when they walk (which I've never done naturally) so I tried that but it makes this weird sensation in my hip joints like "popping" kind of. Is that normal? Is it just because it's a different kind of movement? Or does it mean I'm terribly deformed?
posted by bleep at 7:25 PM PST - 27 comments

Funny Money: Maybe economics isn't supposed to make sense, after all

How can wealth be considered as anything separate from natural resources? [more inside]
posted by StrangerInAStrainedLand at 7:17 PM PST - 27 comments

Can you identify this succulent?

What succulent is this? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 6:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Many a hand has scaled the grand old face of the (weight loss) plateau...

Has anyone broke through a weight loss plateau and managed to maintain their progress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Driving while not-drunk

If my tolerance to alcohol increases, does my BAC go up more slowly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:51 PM PST - 12 comments

What's the fastest way to cash a check in Hawaii?

What is the fastest way for me to deposit/cash a large check in Hawaii (hopefully in the next two days) considering that there are no branches of my bank in Hawaii and that my account isn't eligible for "mobile deposit" via my smartphone? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 6:37 PM PST - 11 comments

How to get meals delivered to Brookfield, WI?

How to get meals delivered to Brookfield, WI? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 6:37 PM PST - 2 comments

The moon is dark and shadowed, the sun keeps ticking by, silence and solitude, no one left to cry.

(BookFilter): Contemporary Gothic novels. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 6:23 PM PST - 16 comments

I hope we can be friends again someday.

RelationshipFilter: Ok, based on advice from you folks and my friends (and therapist), I'm finally going to leave him. I talked with my best friend today and she agrees with me. I'm feeling really awful right now, I know I'm doing the right thing, especially when I look back on my previous questions. But I do actually like him and I just feel like crying. I know he loves and I love him, but as is so often pointed out, that does not make a relationship. [more inside]
posted by inmyhead at 6:02 PM PST - 36 comments

Help me remember this darkish YA novel

Do you remember this YA book about two girls from different worlds spending a life-changing summer on the beach together? With a small bit involving Tarot cards? It's not Judy Blume's Summer Sisters or Francesca Lia Block's The Hanged Man. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 5:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Waste Not Want Not

What should I do with alla this schmaltz? I've heard you can use it in cooking "like butter" (ok, I read that searching for schmaltz here on askme) - but do you have any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pazazygeek at 5:37 PM PST - 14 comments

How to hack the Myers-Briggs?

How can I hack the Myers-Briggs personality test? [more inside]
posted by neuron at 5:14 PM PST - 30 comments

Archiving lots of data files?

Professional help on archiving a large number of data files with metadata. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 4:38 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I control floodlights via a foot-switch whilst on stage?

How can I control floodlights via a foot-switch whilst on stage? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 4:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get Word for Mac to copy and paste text without losing footnotes?

I am using Mac OS 10.6.8 and Microsoft Word for Mac 2008 version 12.3.1. For some reason, when I am copying and pasting a section of text even within the same document, the footnotes are dropped, both the superscript number and the actual footnote. How can I get Word to copy and paste sections of text and leave my footnotes intact? [more inside]
posted by Original 1928 Flavor at 4:00 PM PST - 2 comments

What books were the most useful to you during pregnancy?

What books were the most useful to you during pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by donajo at 3:59 PM PST - 24 comments

Boss for the Day

A day of the year when traditional power structures were reversed ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 3:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Can someone with a knowledge of music theory help me decipher a couple songs please?

This is a kind of random question, but I was hoping someone with a background in music theory & composition could help me figure out what's going on musically with a couple songs I like. The two songs in question are Nobukazu Takemura's Icefall (link to song) and Arthur Russell's Being It (link to song). I really like what's going on in these two songs, but I don't have enough knowledge of music to understand exactly what it is. I'm aware that I'm not giving you much to go on, but I'm having a difficult time knowing how to be more specific. I know they both seem to make copious use of echo, but aside from that, I'd just like to know a bit more about what concepts they're working with from a musical and compositional standpoint. At any rate, If someone could shed a bit of light on these two songs I'd be very appreciative. Thanks!
posted by OccamsRazor at 3:43 PM PST - 5 comments

Maybe baby? Please?

My partner and I have been trying for a while to conceive. We’ve used charting and ovulation predictors and, after six months, it’s not happening. I’m 38, he’s 37, and we want to get ourselves to a fertility clinic stat. Where we are, there are three to choose between. How do I make that choice? [more inside]
posted by t0astie at 3:31 PM PST - 17 comments

Help us find some PBR in Amsterdam?

I am a student living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I have a friend who has never been exposed to horror that is Pabst Blue Ribbon, and our morbid curiosity makes us want to track some down. Are there any bars/pubs/supermarkets that sell it? [more inside]
posted by luciphercolors at 3:22 PM PST - 12 comments

Source for durable and WARM earmuffs?

Where can I find durable and WARM earmuffs? [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi at 3:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Maternity Glam?

I have a niece who is skinny and very cool-looking in a glam, rock 'n roll way (for example, she was the David Bowie in an all-girl David Bowie tribute band). She loves to wear clothing from Patricia Field. Now she's pregnant. What brands of maternity clothes would keep up the hotness aspect as she grows larger? Stores in New York City and/or websites would work best for me.
posted by DMelanogaster at 3:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Today's episode brought to you by the letter P. Or maybe the letter O.

What skills and characteristics make someone better suited to a career in physical therapy versus occupational therapy? [more inside]
posted by Jaie at 3:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Is it possible to export all of your own comments from an Invision Power Board forum into a text file?

Is it possible to export all of your own comments from an Invision Power Board forum into a text file? [more inside]
posted by dng at 2:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Where to go Where to go

Travel around the holidays-filter. We have some time in late December (exact amount of time and dates TBD) and would love to go on an awesome trip - give us your best shot [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

How to manage 3 days of dayshift and 2 nights of nightshift in a work week?

How can my son manage his sleep when he works part-time nightshift/dayshift? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 2:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Gmail + Thunderbird = spamfree email?

Gmail + Thunderbird = spamfree email? I use gmail (via google apps) for my small company's email. While it is generally good, the inability to permanently block a sender (e.g. businesses who won't remove me from their spam list) is frustrating, especially when the senders keep appearing in the daily quarantine report. Could this be solved by using Thunderbird as an IMAP client (and “whitelisting” the senders in Postini so they don't appear in the quarantine report)? Is there an easier or more elegant solution? TIA.
posted by quidividi at 1:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find James Dean's watch!

Where can I find a working all black Westclox "Wrist Ben" watch or one that looks similar? [more inside]
posted by twoforty5am at 1:59 PM PST - 6 comments

2012 planner?

Replacement for the ecosystem advisor planner? [more inside]
posted by phisbe at 1:48 PM PST - 1 comment

Is LinkedIn premium actually premium?

Are any premium job search services (i.e. LinkedIn Premium) worth it? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum at 1:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Eggy Worries! How many can I eat?

How many eggs can I eat? I'm a vegetarian on the South Beach diet. I'm healthy and have never had issues with cholesterol. What I'm wondering is, how many eggs is a reasonable number to eat? I've been doing at least one a day, often two. Is that too many? Does the vegetarianism mitigate it? I really love eggs. But I do want my blood to continue to be able to fit through my me!
posted by supercoollady at 1:40 PM PST - 29 comments

Is teaching a calling?

How happy are you with your 2nd career as a public school teacher? [more inside]
posted by victoriab at 1:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me get my knickers out!

Wood! Lubrication and glide. [more inside]
posted by gomichild at 1:33 PM PST - 16 comments

Yet another book recommendation question

Book recommendation filter: If you've enjoyed reading The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, tell me what other books in a similar vein you've also enjoyed. [more inside]
posted by oracle bone at 1:33 PM PST - 52 comments

How common are foreclosure deficiency judgments in the real world?

YANAL filter: I am looking at either a short sale, a deed-in-lieu, or a foreclosure. How can I form an educated guess as to the likelihood that the lender will pursue a deficiency judgment? (Details inside!) [more inside]
posted by missrachael at 1:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Who Is To Blame? Can We Make A List?

Help me be a smarter protester within the Occupy movement. Who REALLY is to blame? Can you help me make a list? [more inside]
posted by Mr Ected at 1:17 PM PST - 21 comments

Facebook profile to fan page conversion

I am converting a personal profile page into a fan page for someone. I have a question about how this will affect another Page this person is an admin for. Help! [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner at 1:12 PM PST - 4 comments

what do I have?

Sore throat, no fever, what do I have? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 1:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Please help me identify the most physically remote areas of the continental United States of America.

I need your assistance in helping identify the most physically remote areas of the lower 48 that have towns and a population. Examples might be Appalachia, northern Maine, west Texas, the Oregon desert, but specific towns, general areas, personal anecdotes, histories or even hearsay would be appreciated.
posted by lstanley at 12:58 PM PST - 31 comments

Great marbling, but it tastes like the bottom of a pretzel bag.

Charcuterie Rescue: Too dry on the edges and too salty. Anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake at 12:56 PM PST - 3 comments

How to fix oven settings before Thanksgiving?

We have a residential Wolf 36" gas range, and the oven temperature is off by about 20-25 degrees, according to oven thermometer. I can't find anything in the Wolf literature that came with it about how to adjust the temperature. This is NOT the same kind of oven as in a previous MeFi question -- there the owner couldn't remove oven knob. Here, I can remove it, but there's no obvious thing to turn or fiddle with.
posted by mmf at 12:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Digital camera repair in Greater Boston area?

Where can I get a digital camera repaired in Boston? [more inside]
posted by maryr at 12:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Forget the 99% (or the 1% for that matter), help me find other percentages! Fun ones!

Forget the 99% (or the 1% for that matter), help me find other percentages! Fun ones! [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 12:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Congressperson on the phone. How best to use that opportunty?

Congresspeople and candidates call me. What should I ask them? What should I tell them? [more inside]
posted by grumdrig at 12:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Content for Tablets

What is the best/coolest/most cutting-edge multimedia content being created for tablets? [more inside]
posted by vecchio at 12:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I listen to great fiction podcasts?

Are there podcasts like The New Yorker fiction podcast? [more inside]
posted by amodelcitizen at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

How to safely loan a car indefinitely

We want to give a car to my broke brother. How can we do this safely? [more inside]
posted by my name is irl at 11:54 AM PST - 24 comments

What bike brand begins 'Van~'

I'm in the UK, near Bath. I just saw someone on a bicycle I really want. Silver frame, canti brakes, racer / tourer style. Brand name was approx 11 letters long and I'm pretty sure it began with 'van'. Any ideas anyone? Thanks in advance!
posted by sann1657 at 11:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Vegan campfire cooking?

Vegan campfire Thanksgiving ideas? [more inside]
posted by ChrisHartley at 11:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Data Mine.

What are the best industry databases for C-level and Director level contact information, specifically in Entertainment, Sports, Finance, and Fashion? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph at 11:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Me and my car

How do I rent a parking spot in the Mission in SF? [more inside]
posted by StrictlyVague at 10:56 AM PST - 10 comments

The continuing saga of "Can I Eat This," microwave division

Left the metal pop-top on the soup can when I microwaved it for lunch. I think the microwave is ok, but the really important question is: Can I eat the soup? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling at 10:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Newcastle to Belfast express

[Directions] Fastest way to get from Newcastle to Belfast. posting for a friend. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 10:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Please help me fill my advent envelopes

With the boyfriend out of the job, money is a little tight for Christmas this year. I'd like to make an envelope advent calendar for the two of us - basically, I'll decorate and number the envelopes and inside each one will be a fun activity or item for us to share. Please help me fill my envelopes! [more inside]
posted by warble at 10:04 AM PST - 21 comments

I'd like a pain free delivery, please

Please tell me about your hypnobirthing experiences. I would like to hear if it worked for you or especially if it didn't - why and why not - and I am specifically looking for information about your hypnobirthing classes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Paypal vs Google Checkout

Trying to decide between using PayPal & Google Checkout. Would love thoughts/advice from people who have been on the merchant side as well as you on the buyer side: which are you more comfortable with? [more inside]
posted by amanda at 9:24 AM PST - 28 comments

Locks are changed. Now: is anything missing?

So despite being fairly knowledgeable about these sorts of things, I put on my own little "worst practices in computer security" seminar with my Mac Mini HTPC. And, surprise of surprises, it was compromised. Help me figure out if I've reversed the damage, won't you? [more inside]
posted by supercres at 9:24 AM PST - 17 comments

Where we're going, we don't need...wheels

Selling a financed car. Comfortably right-side-up on the loan. Should we sell it to a dealer or a private party? Complication: Moving overseas in just over a month. [more inside]
posted by dust of the stars at 9:07 AM PST - 4 comments

Will adding a water tank to a propane stove help regulate heat?

Will adding a water tank to our propane heater help regulate the room temperature, or just suck up heat? [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 8:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Waxed Canvas

Can you help me find a source for waxed canvas? [more inside]
posted by slim at 8:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Game-changing articles on health care!

I really like Atul Gawande's book "Better" as well as his article "Letting Go" - in general, topics about systems innovations in health care, especially end-of-life care. Anything else I should read? [more inside]
posted by leedly at 8:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Schengen visas

Schengen logistics - US citizen, 3 months each in two different Schengen countries. Neither earning money nor studying with an institution. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by resiny at 8:15 AM PST - 23 comments

What whiskey should I buy as a gift?

What bottle of whiskey should I give to my PhD supervisor? [more inside]
posted by idlethink at 7:43 AM PST - 46 comments

Trying to fight off future Gimme Pigs.

We want our kids to have some kind of real Christmas experience this year instead of focusing on themselves and all the commercialism. Of course there are some details that need to be worked around. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 7:36 AM PST - 50 comments

Insane way to install wall cabinet?

I have a kitchen wall cabinet to install. I can't do any heavy lifting due to a back injury. Is this an insane way to install a kitchen wall cabinet? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo at 7:23 AM PST - 13 comments

Where best to write my fan letter to an author?

How best do I contact an (aged, not terribly well known) author? Via her publisher? Who do I address it to so it doesn't go straight in the bin? Are there any other ways? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 7:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Civil claims and debt collectors after dismissed shoplifting charges?

Cousin arrested for alleged shoplifting. Charges dismissed, but civil claims persisted and sent to debt collector. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 13 comments

What to tell my son's teachers about his background

What should I tell my child's teachers about his background? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Tell me about concrete gliders.

I have a question about the concrete glider episode of Mythbusters. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 7:02 AM PST - 3 comments

acoustic honey

I'd like to broaden my ESL songbook, and give kids things to sing that would appeal to them. [more inside]
posted by nicolin at 6:42 AM PST - 6 comments

How to stack plates in a dishwasher?

Which way do you put plates into a dishwasher? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 6:14 AM PST - 25 comments

No finest words than "Encased (in Pastry) Meats"

What are your loca/and orfavorite savory items wholly encased in a pastry/bread? Should be more of a snack than a meal, and filled with cheese and or meat: This is my favorite kind of food. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 5:55 AM PST - 67 comments

Need migraine help on a day I can't lay down and sleep

I have a long day ahead of me. I have a migraine coming on. I'm out of my sumatriptan and I not longer have prescription coverage insurance. Help! [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 4:24 AM PST - 21 comments

Boyfriend isn't ready to propose

What are productive ways to deal with the fact that my boyfriend isn’t ready to propose? [more inside]
posted by Ob Lady Dee at 4:19 AM PST - 65 comments

Capturing and Compiling HD Video Clips?

I'm looking for the cheapest and/or easiest way to capture and compile segments of certain television news and comedy shows in full HD from a standard set-top box, then export them as a single HD presentation (either as a file or maybe as a Blu-ray disk). Luckily, I'm not starting completely from scratch. I already have MacBook Pro (2010) Final Cut Studio (the 2006 release I think but certainly not the most current version) and Adobe Creative Suite CS5 Master Collection. What more do I need (some type of capture device I assume) and what's the best workflow given the heavy duty software package? This project is NOT intended for any kind of sale or public distribution but instead is part of a school project.
posted by Jamesonian at 4:11 AM PST - 2 comments

The sound of silly

Please give me some GREAT songs for a kazoo orchestra!
posted by superfish at 3:23 AM PST - 23 comments

Ebook reader with good PDF support?

What's the best ebook reader for reading PDF-s, specifically academic papers? [more inside]
posted by daniel_charms at 2:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Poor cell phone reception in my home.

How can I get better reception with my new Samsung Precedent cell phone in my home? [more inside]
posted by boby at 2:14 AM PST - 0 comments

So you want a traffic safety O-mamori...

My sister was in a really bad car accident, and has been in rehab for months and months. Now she's getting a new car! I want to buy her traffic safety O-mamori (protective lucky charm). Is there any particular shrine famed for this particular O-mamori?
posted by ultrabuff at 1:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Insert hot potato joke here

Help me figure out the best way to bake 80 lbs of potatoes for hungry protestors, please? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 1:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Too soon?

Help me rock a Zombie Amy Winehouse karaoke number! [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr at 12:09 AM PST - 19 comments

November 16

How can I find an alternative to Microsoft IntelliMouse?

Is there an acceptable alternative to the Microsoft Intellimouse? [more inside]
posted by Elminster of Labor at 11:31 PM PST - 10 comments

I am losing everyone

TLDR: How can I keep from going off the deep end in light of repeated stressors over a compressed period of time? [more inside]
posted by TestamentToGrace at 11:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Wireshark Response Time

Wireshark filter: How to pair request packets to response packets? [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 10:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Acer Aspire One battery replacement

Replacing battery in an Acer Aspire One with one from a different Aspire One design? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 9:58 PM PST - 1 comment

What do I do with these dress orthotics?

I got prescription orthotics made. They are "dress orthotics" (?) - i.e. they don't come all the way up under the toe, I guess to make them not so visible. But I don't understand how I'm supposed to wear them. If I take the original insoles out of my shoes, then there's a hard edge under my toes; and the ends of my toes are resting on the rough insole-less interior surface of the shoe. If I put the orthotic in and put the original insole over it, there isn't room in the shoe for my foot. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Eyeglasses for distance cause up-close things to be blurry...

A friend of mine just got new glasses (for distance/night) and everything is super sharp... unless it's up close. Then, it's blurry. For instance, he can't read his phone at arm's length. He can read his phone perfectly without glasses and things become blurry for him without glasses at about 25 feet. I don't think this is normal for glasses. It's certainly not the way my glasses work. What say the hive? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:58 PM PST - 25 comments

I want to dress better but don't know how.

I want to dress better. I don't know how. Specific (and general) questions inside. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:13 PM PST - 18 comments

Why do birds migrate?

Why do birds migrate to the Arctic and Antarctic? [more inside]
posted by selenized at 7:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Is being ruthlessly overworked as an NGO employee par for the course?

I've been working in my current position for a little over a year now, and I love most things about it. But: I'm very overworked, exhausted, and I can feel burn-out creeping in. If I leave to work at another organization, will I still be just as busy? Is NGO work only for the super-committed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Adjust/Renegotiate mortgage on property that is worth 100K less than I bought it for.

My house is worth $100K less than I bought it for. I have trouble making payments. Is there anything i can do? [more inside]
posted by digividal at 7:14 PM PST - 26 comments

Choosing between two health plans

I am trying to choose between two different health plans offered by my large employer - a POS80 and POS90 plan. The choice seems so clear to me (the lower-cost plan seems better) that I wonder if I'm overlooking something in making the decision. The difference in monthly premiums seems to be more significant than the difference in the deductible & out-of-pocket maximums. [more inside]
posted by Fran C. at 7:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Love the bag, hate the stained pants.

I have a new bag, a great leather briefcase from Dr. Koffer. The leather has a great feel, and I love the bag. has been staining my pants. How can I clean the pants, and stop the bag from staining? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 6:55 PM PST - 5 comments

Dealing with a Thanksgiving non-invite

I've been specifically not invited to Thanksgiving in my own home (by a housemate). How to respond? [more inside]
posted by ungratefulninja at 6:39 PM PST - 121 comments

What's to survey about a tree?

I live in an old growth neighborhood with loads of 100+ year old trees. My neighbor has a particularly large front yard (depth not width) for the area and today a surveyor was out taking measurements on all of his trees (like 30+ of them.) Any idea as to what such a thing would be for? [more inside]
posted by Jacob G at 6:34 PM PST - 9 comments

Cash. And Taxes.

A friend owes me $8k to $12k. What tax laws do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Preoccupied with the problems of his kingdom, Peagood accidentally let the cakes burn.

So, now that the oven fire is out, what do I do now?! [more inside]
posted by peagood at 6:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Cat who hates nail trimmers

How do I clip my cat's nails (he hates it more than anything)? [more inside]
posted by Phredward at 6:20 PM PST - 30 comments

I don't WANNA go to the store!

How long will canned, unopened alcoholic drinks that has been refrigerated the entire time keep? [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 6:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Gifts for a triathlete who seems to have everything?

A triathlete friend of mine has been serving, for free, as my running coach for a while, and it's time to say thank you—with presents. But what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:02 PM PST - 7 comments

are social clubs dead?

are social clubs like Rotary dead?
posted by parmanparman at 5:56 PM PST - 26 comments

There's this woman I never wanted to be friends with, and somehow we've been friends for almost 10 years. Is there any way to stop being friends with her without hurting her feelings?

There's this woman I never wanted to be friends with, and somehow we've been friends for almost 10 years. Is there any way to stop being friends with her without hurting her feelings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:13 PM PST - 27 comments

Where to stay near Staten Island? What about Jersey City?

Where to stay near Staten Island? What about Jersey City? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 4:53 PM PST - 17 comments

Yeah, I actually need you to measure the bust of a Cabbage Patch Doll.

Do you have a Cabbage Patch Doll? Do you also have a measuring tape? Can you help me out? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Rattery at 4:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Where iPad meets micro four thirds camera.

What's the best way to hookup my canon S95 and my iPad? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 4:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Snappy Brassy Girl

How can I apply a patina to the shiny brass snap fasteners on my jacket? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 4:06 PM PST - 9 comments

Google results aren't recorded inSafari history.

Is there a way to fix this infuriating Apple Safari/Google glitch? Perhaps someone who knows Javascript and/or Safari extensions could help me. [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 3:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Do hands-free headsets help reduce accident rates?

Lazyweb: Have there been any studies of traffic accident rates after passage of the hands-free laws in so many municipalities in the USA? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 3:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Are you smarter than my doctor?

What is this confounding pain in my testicles? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:54 PM PST - 17 comments

Perfecting my Nick Rhodes impersonation

In a couple days, I will be dressing up as Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran and serving waffles to gallery patrons in a performance art piece in Chicago. This is a live version of this blog. The problem: I only know a little bit about Duran Duran, and even less about Nick Rhodes. Help me be the best Nick Rhodes I can be! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:54 PM PST - 19 comments

What do I do with a 20lb bag of raw unrendered mixed pork fat?

Say hypothetically, that you had half of a pigs worth of unrendered and raw pork fat trimmings in your freezer, apparently about 20 lbs, that your butcher handed you when they returned the rest of your, now disassembled, half pig. What would you do with it? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 3:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Monovision contact lens

I am going to be testing monovision contact lenses for a few days. If you have tried them - how long did it take you to get used to them? And was it easy to switch backwards and forwards between glasses and monovision contacts? [more inside]
posted by nixit at 3:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Know of a Credit Union that will keep your mortgage / refiannced home loan?

How / where can I take out a mortgage or refinance a house with a credit union that won't sell the loan to a big bank? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb at 3:30 PM PST - 13 comments

I know I'm bad at math, but does this add up?

Why does being salaried mean that I lose out on 5 hours of pay every week? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor at 3:24 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me find my next laptop

Please help me find the right laptop! My current laptop-- a standard-issue 2008 MacBook-- is on its last legs. I need to replace it with something that will meet both my personal and work requirements, and will hopefully last a long time. [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 3:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Depression is winning and I don't have the funds to fight it.

I'm depressed, sometimes it's to the point where I really feel like giving up. I was depressed before, seen a therapist before, was on medication before, and I recovered. It's back, rearing it's ugly head. Is it always going to be like this? Am I going to fend it off time and again only to have it come back? and where do I find the strength to do that? How can I fight it now, when I don't have the things I had before? [more inside]
posted by previously at 3:23 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you help me (help a friend) ethically and legally get rid of some overgrown pet turtles?

Can you help me (help a friend) ethically and legally get rid of some overgrown pet turtles? [more inside]
posted by Temeraria at 2:56 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for a temporary heating solution for workshop/garage.

Looking for a temporary heating solution for workshop/garage. [more inside]
posted by Stagger Lee at 2:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Books about the world of the Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone)

I'd like to re-read the Chinese classical novel Dream of the Red Chamber (The Story of the Stone), but I'd like to know more about the world it's set in first. What are some recommendations for books about daily life and clothing during the Qing dynasty, particularly during the 1700s? [more inside]
posted by shirobara at 2:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Let's get corny

I'm participating in a Thanksgiving potluck this weekend. I've been assigned a corn based dish - possibly a casserole of some sort. I'm not a good cook, but can manage simple things. Does anyone have any favorite corn based recipes that are more involved than heating up frozen or canned veggies? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 2:34 PM PST - 31 comments

Can someone recommend me a good immigration lawyer?

Can someone recommend me a good immigration lawyer for EB-1a, EB1-b, and/or EB2-NIW? [more inside]
posted by jchaw at 2:24 PM PST - 1 comment

Best color picker? Ideally large in size

Best color picker? I have tried various things with differing levels of satisfaction, but I'd like to know if there's some really great one that I'm missing. Firefox addons, Windows software, or websites are what I need. [more inside]
posted by 6500xf at 2:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Come from the Dark sound-alikes

Found a song on the God Hand soundtrack that makes me really happy! Looking for others like it... [more inside]
posted by Khazk at 2:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Who do we combine households in as respectful and unstressful a way possible?

I will be moving into my fiancee's house after we get married in the summer. How do we combine our stuff in a way that is fair to both of us? [more inside]
posted by asnider at 2:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Another lost cat question

How much sense of place do cats really have (or another lost cat question)? [more inside]
posted by Runes at 2:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Can't clone a drive - software can't see it but Windows can! Why?

I'm cloning a hard drive. Windows can see the new drive and access it, but none of the cloning software can access it, no matter how I format or set it up. What's going on here, and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by dust.wind.dude at 1:50 PM PST - 7 comments

I have sensitive skin that dries out easily. Which types of soaps, washcloths, etc. should I use to help treat my skin better?

I have sensitive skin that dries out easily. Which types of soaps, washcloths, etc. should I use to help treat my skin better? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 1:48 PM PST - 39 comments

Don't bleed me with color ink charges!

I'm looking for a very specific kind of printer that can print true black onto 4x6 card stock weight paper. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 1:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Mom, stop sending me spam!

How do I explain to my mom that her Yahoo email seems to be compromised, and what should I tell her to do about it? [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer at 1:32 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to accept my sex drive.

Help me accept my sex drive and become okay with fulfilling my sexual needs outside my sexless (and open) relationship. [more inside]
posted by chameleon at 1:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Baby you can steal my car

Looking for some advice on how to deal with repeated thefts and vandalism. [more inside]
posted by roboton666 at 1:06 PM PST - 19 comments

aMember Alternatives

Is there a good alternative to aMember? [more inside]
posted by uniq at 1:03 PM PST - 0 comments

Honeymooners, Thailand edition

We're honeymooning in Thailand for 2 weeks in February. I have questions about everything from jet lag, budgeting time between the north and the beaches, intra-Thailand travels, and the ethics of elephant rides. [more inside]
posted by Viola at 12:49 PM PST - 13 comments

Not another Space book, please

My 6-year old nephew is currently obsessed with space travel. Having nerdy parents & grandparents, he already owns two supersized model rockets, and a whole shelf of books about the Moon, planets, and space in general. With Christmas approaching, I'd like to give him something different-but-related. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by M. at 12:38 PM PST - 30 comments

Help convince me that it's okay to raise our baby in an apartment.

Help convince me that it's okay to raise our baby in an apartment. [more inside]
posted by jrichards at 12:31 PM PST - 32 comments

Server security: creating separate silos for applications & hashing passwords help

Can you help me understand how to approach a couple issues of server security. (1) I want to run things in 'silos', so that if someone from the web has hacked and has code level access to they can't query the db of (2) If they do get access to a user database, how do I make it harder for them to figure out passwords (beyond just storing them as md5)? [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! at 12:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Im 21 years old, depressed, stressed, and never been in a relationship. Is it all in my mind or do I need to see a doc for this?

Im 21 years old, depressed, stressed, and never had a girlfriend. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 at 12:13 PM PST - 19 comments

Dual monitors without lots of $?

Is there an easy way for me to run a second monitor on my computer without a new video card? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 12:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Bodies Upon the Gears

I'm looking for some intense, inspiring speeches along the lines of Chaplin's The Great Dictator speech and Mario Savio's bodies upon the gears speech.
posted by swift at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Guilty even after proven innocent.

How can I prepare for an upcoming hearing for which we don't have a lawyer and where I'm desperately hoping for dropped charges or an acquittal. [more inside]
posted by brenton at 11:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Tell me about the best handmade gifts you've received

What are the best handmade gifts you've received? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle at 11:49 AM PST - 38 comments

SWAP space obsolete?

Is SWAP space obsolete? [more inside]
posted by mrflibble at 11:25 AM PST - 14 comments

My closet is like a scene from Hoarders: The Mac Episode.....

I was an AD/Photoshop expert for years, but I've changed careers and my computer needs have become less hardcore than they used to be. I'm getting rid of old career/office stuff I don't need, but just realized I have an entire closet full of old Macs and hard drives that are full of all sorts of stuff I should probably sort through, consolidate, purge and/or save... How do people do that nowadays? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 11:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Cry for help, or weird spam?

What is the story behind the text "My brother raped me last night" that has been posted to hundreds of apparently random online forums recently? [more inside]
posted by msalt at 11:19 AM PST - 10 comments

I need a "talk to me like I'm five" plan...

Reached a point of desperation-- I'm looking for recommendations for an IBS-C elimination diet that defines, in great detail, what can and can not be consumed and what should be reintroduced and when. Also interested in anyone's experience with the process for this same issue. [more inside]
posted by mireille at 11:08 AM PST - 23 comments

How to customize a default user profile in Windows 7. Part of a continuing SteadyState-replacement saga.

I'm trying to customize a default user profile in Windows 7 professional, with the intent of using it to create a mandatory profile. Microsoft requires the use of Sysprep. I am but an intern, and Sysprep confuses me. I can't get Sysprep to run with the command-line switches I need. The SteadyState replacement saga continues... [more inside]
posted by UrbanEye at 11:00 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the best leather laptop bag that will fit a 15" Macbook Pro ?

What's the best leather laptop bag that will fit a 15" Macbook Pro ? [more inside]
posted by tnoetz01 at 10:56 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm looking for a place online where I can get a bunch of non-prescription soft contact lenses that I could use to practice putting stuff into my eye.

I'm looking for a place online where I can get a bunch of non-prescription soft contact lenses that I could use to practice putting stuff into my eye. I went for my first contact lens fitting about a year ago, and it took me a good 30 minutes of trying to get them in. At the end of this torture my eyes were red and teary and I had to keep blowing my nose. Things got busy and I never ended going back after the 3rd fitting (I have a crazy astigmatism that requires toric lenses and is apparently hard to fit). I also never got the hang of putting the lenses in without sitting in front of a mirror for a long, long time. Before going back, I'd like to get the hang of it. That's where you come in. Since I don't have a prescription, I'd like to use lenses that don't correct vision. Maybe color lenses -- would that work? I'd imagine they're all pretty similar, or no? Are color contacts soft? Is there maybe a site that gives away samples lenses with no prescription somewhere?
posted by Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night at 10:56 AM PST - 18 comments

Mortgage scenario question... Comparing two loans, FHA with 5% down or conventional with 20% down. What makes the most sense?

Mortgage scenario question... Comparing two loans, FHA with 5% down or conventional with 20% down. What makes the most sense? [more inside]
posted by ShootTheMoon at 10:53 AM PST - 14 comments

Feelings of depression after diagnosis.

Depressed/angry after diagnosis of a entirely treatable condition that will improve my quality of life. I don't know why or what to do next. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 10:48 AM PST - 13 comments

S. France - overnight destination

Overnight Trip (from Paris) without a car -- which would be better: Avignon or Nimes? We will be on foot, staying just one night, and are into history, archeology, museums, good food. If one not better than the other, what differences should we know about?
posted by nancoix at 10:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Is my doctor astroturfing his online reviews?

I have a consultation with a plastic surgeon in NYC to talk about tattoo removal next week. I made the appointment based on unanimously glowing reviews posted online. Now, reading through the reviews again, I've been struck by certain details that make me wonder if these comments are mostly an astroturfing campaign. I've been waiting awhile for my appointment, so I don't want to cancel if I'm just being paranoid. Help me out, Mefi Sleuths. [more inside]
posted by specialfriend at 10:41 AM PST - 13 comments

How to find a short audio clip inside of a larger audio clip?

Is there a Windows application that will search audio files for a clip? I'm not looking for a web search, but something that will take a short clip and look within larger clips for the same audio. [more inside]
posted by inthe80s at 10:24 AM PST - 1 comment

What do you give your very conservative, 40-something sister for Christmas?

What do you give your very conservative, 40-something older sister for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by theletterfour at 10:24 AM PST - 23 comments

O hai. I'm ur noobtank. I'm here to wipe your group.

I just started playing World of Warcraft again after two years. In short: I'm a total noob again and I'm starting to tank heroic dungeons and it is... messy. Noxxic seems pretty good for basic gear/stat information, and the in-game Dungeon Guides are nice, but they're really terrible for reading on the fly and don't actually include popular strategies. Is there a good place where I can learn how to tank Cataclysm Heroics or am I fated to drag poor strangers along on my very painful learning curve? I don't love sifting through dozens of YouTube videos, but videos would be helpful.
posted by jph at 10:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Adding a personal touch to digital photo frame gift

With a digital photo frame is it possible to specify the order photos are displayed? I'd like to have a random set, interspersed with occasional strings of ordered photos. [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude at 10:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Should I stay or should I go? **Warning: Wall Of Text**

Long-term love under siege because he can't seem to get his life started, and I think I am turning into his mom. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 AM PST - 55 comments

Soccer Licenses: How Do They Work?

How do soccer teams in Europe get licensed? [more inside]
posted by Copronymus at 10:09 AM PST - 5 comments

What services are there for making custom items?

I love websites that allow me to make my own custom items. What services are there where I can submit an illustration or plans and get my own custom something that I can keep or gift to others? [more inside]
posted by Alison at 10:04 AM PST - 10 comments

More Latin tattoofilter

Tattoo filter: Latin motto that means "always weird" or "strange"? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust at 10:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Why are there big lakes along the edge of the Canadian Shield?

GeologyFilter: Why are there big lakes along the edge of the Canadian Shield? [more inside]
posted by stebulus at 9:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find great brands for Men's Winter coats! (Fur lined hoods!)

Looking for recommendations on good Men's Winter Coat manufacturers. Fur trim on hood preferable! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 9:26 AM PST - 9 comments

Clapping between movements

Re the decline of applause at symphony concerts: are there any classical/symphonic works that are still regularly applauded between movements, whether by convention or by spontaneous upwelling of feeling?
posted by flechsig at 9:20 AM PST - 13 comments

As if there wasn't enough horseshit on Wall Street...

What is the average number of police horses that are patrolling Occupy Wall Street at any given hour? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 8:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Organizing savings goals

Looking for an online savings account or an elegant non-spreadsheet method to track my savings goals. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I gracefully set boundaries with conservative/religious parents when I no longer share their beliefs?

I want to move in with my partner and move on with my life, but I'm stuck in needing approval from parents with beliefs I can't agree with. How can I handle this in a kind but firm manner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 28 comments

Making DND Maps

Help me (low/no Photoshop skill) make maps for my online DND campaign. [more inside]
posted by marcin_zissou at 8:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Global art and entertainment recommendations

Is there a site where I can get art and entertainment recommendations on a truly global level? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis at 8:23 AM PST - 5 comments

Why can't I like my body?

Body dysmorphic disorder with no insurance, self diagnose before investing in a shrink? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:17 AM PST - 16 comments

Please help me ID this song.

Can you help me ID this song? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 8:09 AM PST - 4 comments

Ever notice your junk is stuff and their stuff is junk?

How do you quickly and efficiently dispose of 60 years of household items while maximizing return? I am looking for tips, tricks and suggestions for dealing with a fair-sized estate. [more inside]
posted by pixlboi at 8:07 AM PST - 21 comments

Specific Accounting Software for Compensation

In search of software for tracking stock options, deferred compensation and options-in-lieu-of-compensation. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by sundrop at 8:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Brother, can you spare a click?

I want to launch an online petition on a substantive political matter that's national in scope (and to the extent it matters, center-progressive). I have a semi-private FB account that I prefer not to associate with the petition; I do not have a Twitter account or anything else (e.g.,, but could make one. What is the best means of creating a petition, getting eyeballs on it, and garnering popular support? Thanks!
posted by Clyde Mnestra at 8:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Lego Birthday Party Ideas

Any great Lego themed birthday ideas? [more inside]
posted by evilelf at 7:58 AM PST - 13 comments

New iPhone 4S only plays half my music.

I just got an iPhone 4S. I "restored" the new iPhone from an iCloud backup of my previous iPhone 3GS. It worked almost perfectly, but roughly half my music won't play! [more inside]
posted by Cygnet at 7:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Can cell re-sellers offer better monthly rates than providers?

Can/do cell phone re-sellers (for the big four) offer better deals on PLANs or are they only authorized to offer better deals on PHONEs. [more inside]
posted by n-palmer at 7:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find this necklace?

Where can I buy this necklace? At the store the other day I saw someone wearing a heart-shaped pendant with a clear covering in the center that displayed lgbt pride colors. It looked kind of like this, except there weren't any symbols in the middle, the rainbow colors were straight across instead of wavy and it wasn't a keychain.
posted by Autumn at 7:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Not one chicken. Not even once.

Where can I geek out about Skyrim on the web? [more inside]
posted by Sayuri. at 7:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Her incomprehensible reading

She's asked for 'The Birth of Love' by Joanna Kavenna. What else can I get her? [more inside]
posted by BadMiker at 7:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Cat Needs a House Call Stat--Brooklyn

Brooklyn Veterinary House Calls? [more inside]
posted by mixer at 6:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Improve my elocution!

How can I work on a more "natural" delivery (emphasis, pitch, etc.) when reading books aloud? [more inside]
posted by yersinia at 6:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Noisy noisy car.

What is the noise my car is making? I think it might be tire. [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 6:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Find me the perfect Spanish training website

Spanish verb training website like this but with all the tenses? [more inside]
posted by nathancaswell at 6:18 AM PST - 9 comments

Can't find dinner rolls brand or image!

What is the brand name of this one particular kind of dinner roll? They look like little chef hats, they come in a white cardboard tray in a plastic bag, and they have those little dimples on top. [more inside]
posted by XtinaS at 6:17 AM PST - 8 comments

What did I do to my poor computer and how can I undo it?

Crap! My computer is borked and I don't know what to do about it. System Restore can't seem to find Windows, either. [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 6:15 AM PST - 10 comments

Catheter? I 'ardly knew 'er...

I recently had urological surgery, and I'm on a foley catheter for the next two weeks. I'm female. How do I put up with it? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 6:14 AM PST - 9 comments

Best way to back up photos and other media assets

I am trying to establish a good backup strategy for my digital media assets (photos, music, and some home videos) and documents. Would love to hear from you on on whether this makes sense ... [more inside]
posted by justlooking at 6:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Help Me Save Money

Seeking suggestions for inexpensive telephone and internet service in Ontario. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 5:24 AM PST - 6 comments

There is such a thing as *too* user friendly...

Does anybody know of any resources, be they online or otherwise, for teaching the basics - the very basics - of iPad use to a computerphobic person? Things like "what does the home button do?", "what is the internet?", "what is a web browser?", "what is an app?". More details below, but basically I am at the end of my tether with trying to provide technical support to someone with zero computer awareness or willingness to learn and I need to find some way of educating them to the point where they can at least recognize when something is a problem and when it isn't. [more inside]
posted by teselecta at 5:20 AM PST - 19 comments

Read Like Molasses in January

I usually consume books. Help me with tricks/strategies to savor and retain Murakami's 1Q84. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 5:08 AM PST - 13 comments

Laissant mon coeur en Afrique, je reviens à la neige.

Moving back to Canada on short notice... like, tomorrow. Ugh. Help me figure out the logistics of living in the Western world again! [more inside]
posted by hasna at 5:00 AM PST - 8 comments

Help Me Lock It Down!

Looking to implement the most effective reasonable set of best practices for preserving internet privacy and blocking commercial data harvesting. Seeking tips, tricks, hacks, and useful online resources. [more inside]
posted by spitbull at 4:25 AM PST - 5 comments

Is "GSM [speaker] buzz" a thing of the past?

Is "GSM [speaker] buzz" a thing of the past? I have an iPhone 4. [more inside]
posted by skwt at 3:35 AM PST - 15 comments

What movie is this sample from?

Can you identify which movie is sampled on Frightened Rabbit's 'Man/Bag of Sand'? It's most intelligible at the very beginning and very end of the song. The only mention I can find of it online is in this Radar interview with FR's drummer, but he doesn't name the film. [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can at 2:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Hope I (don't) die before I get old

How to deal with the practical aspects of ageing - book/website recommendations. [more inside]
posted by TheRaven at 2:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find my career path

Help me find a new career (apologies for the long ramble) - I know there are lots of posts asking about switching to a more creative career, but I want to go the other way. [more inside]
posted by Megami at 1:47 AM PST - 9 comments

November 15

How to divide prize money?

How should prize money be divided in order to generate the most high-quality submissions to a contest? [more inside]
posted by nnevvinn at 11:26 PM PST - 15 comments

3 yr old scared of dentist. what can mom do?

What shall I do with my 3 yr old's tooth cavity? I am feeling depressed over it [more inside]
posted by akomom at 11:17 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I find an image file for this famous image?

So I love this image, and want to use it for an art project. It's old, so I'm pretty sure it's public domain. I'll find out. But meanwhile, does anyone know where I can find a hi-res image file of this photo? I tried emailing that website, but no dice.
posted by HylandErickson at 10:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Yes I suffer from short term memory loss.

Can you name this movie? Random description: Group of British twenty somethings go to a countryside estate... [more inside]
posted by it's a long way to south america at 10:40 PM PST - 12 comments

What is this 80s road trip movie about two young brothers?

Help me identify an 80s road trip movie about two young (as in middle school age) brothers searching for their father. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by smokingmonkey at 10:14 PM PST - 4 comments

Help a tutor be less useless at controlling kids.

I'm a new tutor. How do I get kids with behavioral problems to actually work? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman at 8:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Is my plantar wart treatment working or failing?

What's going on with my plantar wart? I've been treating it for nearly two months, but now it feels sore when I try to remove dead skin, and there's what looks like dried blood on one side of the wart. Is this a good sign? [more inside]
posted by jlibera at 7:59 PM PST - 18 comments

Statistics regarding acts of vengence against women if they fight back against harassment?

Does anyone know of statistics or studies regarding repercussions to women as a result of filing sexual harassment charges, or otherwise fighting back against daily harassment (cat calling, etc)? In the US, but interested in any data.
posted by korej at 7:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Free service to serve as birthday reminder?

I need a free service that can send me warnings for scheduled events (birthdays, anniversaries), specs inside [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil at 7:31 PM PST - 16 comments

What does Market 8 represent- a region, a number of viewers?

Please explain to me the hierarchy of News Markets? [more inside]
posted by MansRiot at 7:09 PM PST - 4 comments

How to handle a cheating in-law?

My MIL is having an affair, is not being smart about it and I don't know how to be around her now. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 34 comments

Less work, more play

Has anyone working fulltime under a manager negotiated a cut in their work hours, from the standard 40-hr work week to 30-32 hours? (But not due to childcare or other specific family/personal constraints, just for wanting more free time.) [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 5:59 PM PST - 17 comments

How are 1099 contractors different from W2 contractors?

I got a part-time job contracting for a non-profit. Turns out they have me as a 1099 contractor instead of a W2 as I'm accustomed to. What do I need to do or know? [more inside]
posted by never nice at 5:41 PM PST - 20 comments

How to quickly raise iron levels outside of being hospitalized.

In the U.S., what options exist for a nearly immediate increase in hemoglobin levels (or iron) outside of a blood transfusion in a hospital? [more inside]
posted by who squared at 5:40 PM PST - 18 comments

Give me a Flickr with better architecture.

Flickr is perfectly fine, but I hate that it switches up photo URLs/servers, so photos I post on my blog turn into 'photo not available.' Since that's what I mainly use it for, it's getting to be a pain. What do I switch to? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 5:34 PM PST - 24 comments

What’s a good smartphone for journalling in (while on the subway)?

The end of paper: what’s a good smartphone for journalling in (while on the subway)? [more inside]
posted by foxjacket at 5:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Finding cheesy commercial rock jingles

I like cheesy rock commercial jingles such as this, this, and this. I'm looking for songs such as these.
posted by Query at 5:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Therapy by Skype?

Asking for a friend: Therapy options for a wheelchair-bound person in a tiny town in central Texas? (Skype or phone, maybe?) [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 4:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Camping citation woes.

If a park ranger gives you a citation for violating the terms of a permit, is "Other rangers told me it's ok when I got the permit" a valid defense? Also, what are my obligations when no court date is specified on the citation? [more inside]
posted by ilikemefi at 4:42 PM PST - 15 comments

What is the most efficient way to screenshot something and link to it in Gchat?

What is the most efficient way to screenshot something and link to it in Gchat? [more inside]
posted by critzer at 4:19 PM PST - 10 comments

How does the process of purchasing a home for the first time work, exactly?

I hear that now might be a good time to buy a house. I have no idea how this process works, having rented my entire life. Beginning with the basics, how does this work? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 4:17 PM PST - 17 comments

How to Talk to a Teenager Through their First Breakup?

I know how to help myself through bad times, but how does a mom help her 20-year-old child through her first serious relationship breakup when the reasons for it are the same as her parent's divorce (boy cheats on girl)? What are the magic words? [more inside]
posted by kinetic at 3:31 PM PST - 28 comments

Can a non PCI DSS business pre-populate form fields on a credit card field?

I'm working on a project that takes credit card payments online but wants to avoid the overhead of PCI DSS by not storing people's card details. This is fine, but it seems to be making our checkout process unwieldy. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF at 3:20 PM PST - 6 comments

You keep saying matches and I'll keep saying candles.

What can you tell me to help me make great candles? [more inside]
posted by iconomy at 3:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a specific quotation about the middle class and its resistence to revolution.

Looking for a quotation related to the middle-class's resistance to revolution. [more inside]
posted by darkstar at 3:04 PM PST - 6 comments

What can I read about Shanghai in the 1930s?

I'd like to read about Shanghai in the 1930s. What (fact or fiction) books can you recommend?
posted by wyn at 2:56 PM PST - 15 comments

Which bicycle brand is better?

Assuming all other features of the bicycles are identical, and the price is the same, which brand is better: Batavus, Giant, or Raleigh? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 2:52 PM PST - 22 comments

Sorry, Shari Lewis, but I've got to eat...

Best lamb shoulder recipe? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 2:51 PM PST - 11 comments

What should you call a priest when "Father" isn't an option?

I work in a nominally Catholic institution with a resident priest. I'll be working with him next week on publicising the upcoming Christmas events. Most people refer to him Father (firstname). I don't feel comfortable with that - so what do I call him instead? [more inside]
posted by cilantro at 2:45 PM PST - 86 comments

How not to puke in a celebrity's face

How to handle the ridiculous anxiety of meeting a famous person? [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden at 2:42 PM PST - 22 comments

OCR solutions?

Looking for hardware/software that will scan a physical form with handwritten fields and generated accurate delimited text with it. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 2:25 PM PST - 2 comments

Putting Windows 7 on a MacBook Air

Two questions about putting Windows 7 on a MacBook Air. First, how do I get a Windows 7 ISO? Second, am I crazy to even do this in the first place? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:25 PM PST - 5 comments

How to collect B&B guests' deposits online?

My hope is to find a secure and inexpensive method for collecting my client's B&B guest deposits online, but I am unsure how to proceed?! My newest client is an already existing B&B that wants to attract new guests, in return a portion of the stay rate (aka my commission) will be allotted for me and my services. Works for me in theory, but unsure how to go about collecting the funds... [more inside]
posted by jazzybelle at 2:19 PM PST - 1 comment

Sexual Abstinence Until Marriage

Should I abstain from sex? [more inside]
posted by enantio at 2:14 PM PST - 89 comments

Help me identify this obscure music!

Music ID. First some Kumbia. Second, a song from a Filipino (I think) wedding featured in Life In A Day (song is at 56m 33s). [more inside]
posted by rog at 2:04 PM PST - 0 comments

bb 9900

What are the best blackberry apps that take advantage of the bb 9900 touch screen. (Preferably Free)? [more inside]
posted by MechEng at 1:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Really actually fun cardio

What are some genuinely enjoyable activities I can do for an aerobic workout that aren't too hard on the body? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 1:44 PM PST - 31 comments

How to contact Yahoo Premium services?

My friend paid for Yahoo Premium email service. His email account was hacked. And his account was locked down by Yahoo. Now I can't find any way to contact Yahoo Premium service, which he PAID FOR. Any ideas?? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Estimating Tax Payment/Refund

We're trying to estimate just whether we'll get a refund or have to pay on a very simple, standard deduction, Federal return. Estimator apps vary widely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

It's electric!

Is my food science experiment (an electric jello circuit) safe to eat? [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 1:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Lead me

Looking for group exercises aimed at professionals that can demonstrate how leadership works, or games the group can play where they have to organize themselves and perhaps undertake an activity or complete a task. Basically any ideas that are fun, gets the group laughing and thinking- and they leave believing I'm awesome.
posted by the noob at 1:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Day trips in Belgium

Belgian MeFites! Or MeFites who have been to Belgium! A question about trains. [more inside]
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Sewing for a growing baby

My mother is currrently in Asia and wants her tailor there to make a sack dress for my baby. The tailor wants to know - neck size - chest - length (from base of neck to a hand's breadth above the knee) will be wearing this next summer, when she will be a year and two or three months old, and I have no idea how big she will be! [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 12:39 PM PST - 7 comments

Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it.

My homebuilt, always-on HTPC has ground to a halt. It won't boot past the BIOS, which slowly - slowly - fills the screen like it's being downloaded by a very old dial-up modem. What's my "checklist" for zeroing in on the problem? [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan at 11:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Happy cat is happy coworker?

My friend and coworker is having a super shitty week. I want to send her a happy little picture or something like that - maybe a happy lolcat? - to bring a small bit of joy to her day. Suggestions?
posted by corn_bread at 11:39 AM PST - 59 comments

Is VPS worth the extra $'s and limited resources?

Comparing VPS vs. Shared Server performance. Are there some ways to compare server performance on a couple of hosting accounts I have. I'm interested in seeing how much better the VPS account performs and then deciding if that's worth the extra monthly charge. Or the inverse: is the shared server account adequate. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 at 11:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Am I crazy to try to build some built-in shelves?

I would like to build some built in shelves in my house. I have basic carpentry experience, and I have built basic shelves before. Would I be making a big mistake to try this? How much might I expect to pay a carpenter to do this? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 11:35 AM PST - 16 comments

How Much Should It Cost?

How much should I pay for an old iPhone? [more inside]
posted by Yellow at 11:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Becoming a red-headed stranger.

I want to be a redhead. If you've been something else previously (especially a mousy brunette), is this a good idea? What works? What doesn't? What will people SAY???? [more inside]
posted by tully_monster at 11:31 AM PST - 49 comments

My fuchsia is sad. How do I make it happy?

My fuchsia is sad. How do I make it happy? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 10:56 AM PST - 9 comments

It's not that I want to watch anything dirty...

How do I disable YouTube's safety mode? My spouse somehow enabled it last week and we've been gong crazy trying to get rid of it. I've tried Googling this, and done everything others have suggested (apparently this is a common problem) but nothing works. And yes, I've gone to the bottom of the screen and switched the safety mode to "off", but it goes right back on again. HELP! We have Google Chrome, if that matters.
posted by shelayna at 10:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Peaches and plums and pruning

Fruit tree planting question: Peach and plum trees are typically sold bare root, for planting in the winter, and most online planting guides deal with bare root trees. I wanted to get my trees in the ground before winter to give the roots some time to grow (Austin, Texas here), so I bought containerized plum and peach trees (that is, with a root ball and leaves), and I have planted the plum trees already. I am worried that I messed it up. [more inside]
posted by seventyfour at 10:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Berlin for writers

What's a good, chill cafe for writing in Berlin? Preferably with Wifi. Any around Kreuzberg/Mitte/Neukölln?
posted by dontjumplarry at 10:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Why do some trailers have a drum attached.

Why do some semi-trailers have a plastic barrel attached to a frame structure underneath the deck and behind the rear axle? They are on their sides, (GIS fails finding an example.) They look like they may be used to hold water and provide weight for braking.
posted by Keith Talent at 10:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Can you recommend a good and affordable relationship counselor in the Boston area?

Can you recommend a good and affordable relationship counselor in the Boston area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:35 AM PST - 4 comments

What is a very simple cell phone that works well?

I am looking to simplify my life. What is a very simple, compact, and good cell phone that would work with T-Mobile. [more inside]
posted by denverco at 9:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Backpacking trip planning advice.

Help with planning a backpacking trip covering Asia->SE Asia. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth at 9:37 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I adjust to being by myself?

I'm recently divorced, and I'm realizing that I have never lived alone. I've always had roommates, parents, girlfriends or my ex-wife. And, wow, am I having a hard time with living by myself. [more inside]
posted by bonecrusher at 9:37 AM PST - 59 comments

Which Netbook should i keep?

NetbookSalefilter: I have two netbooks...A Dell mini Inspiron 910 w/ a solid state HD and Dell Latitude 2100 w/ a SATA hd. I like both and i want to sell one. Which one should i keep, i cant decide? Opinions Please.
posted by flipmiester99 at 9:20 AM PST - 10 comments

Match this RAM with a motherboard

Help me find a motherboard [more inside]
posted by Apoch at 9:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Thanksgiving dinner without an oven

My roommate and I were planning to host Thanksgiving dinner for 12 people, but the gas has been turned off in our building and we don't know if it will be back on by next week and I have no stovetop or oven to use if it doesn't come back on. Help me figure out a plan B menu that I can cook with only a microwave, a toaster oven, and a 5 quart oval slow cooker. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara at 9:01 AM PST - 19 comments

Name that London restaurant.

Can you recommend a London restaurant that meets my specific needs? [more inside]
posted by guessthis at 8:39 AM PST - 5 comments

My sister is an addict. What should I do?

My sister is addicted to anti-anxiety pills. I have no clue where to start to help. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 8:37 AM PST - 15 comments

How to stop rattling in car?

Rattling muffler/exhaust? [more inside]
posted by grak88 at 8:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Growing an online community

How do you grow an online community for a small trade association's 2000-something members? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 8:12 AM PST - 2 comments

Gavle Goat inauguration online (US)

Can you help me watch the inauguration of this giant goat? [more inside]
posted by Signed Sealed Delivered at 7:52 AM PST - 2 comments

Sex and Love.

How do you get over the shock and pain of discovering you've been sleeping with someone who hasn't been in love with you for months? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 7:51 AM PST - 13 comments


I entered graduate school in literature six years ago, and since then I feel like I've lost track what's happening in contemporary literature. Help me catch up: What are the essential works of the last six years?
posted by gerryblog at 7:47 AM PST - 17 comments

Looking for an inexpensive dry cleaner in Cambridge, MA.

I recently moved to Cambridge from DC and I'm looking to find an inexpensive dry cleaner. [more inside]
posted by mhaw at 7:29 AM PST - 2 comments

Online Pharmacy - US to Holland Edition

Can anyone recommend an online pharmacy that ships to the Netherlands? [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 7:10 AM PST - 5 comments

"Consult your attorney" only makes sense if I know what to ask

I was recently arrested at Occupy Atlanta. Background here. What should I be sure to ask/say when I meet with my attorney soon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:59 AM PST - 13 comments

Other movies and TV shows like these?

If I like Connections, Ways of Seeing, Cosmos, Godfrey Reggio's films, and