November 2012 Archives

November 30

What are good markers for use on the skin?

Can you recommend any good tattoo markers, and/or other markers or pens that can be used on the skin (whether or not they are specifically for tattoos)? [more inside]
posted by kellybird at 11:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Is there an App for that?

My parents own a WiFi only iPad and their internet connection isn't always on. Basically, they turn on the internet only when they want to use their iPad. Is there an app that can alert me (preferably via a push notification on my own iPad or iPhone) when they've gotten online?
posted by Effigy2000 at 10:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Cake disaster

Please help me fix my cake disaster. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 9:43 PM PST - 38 comments

What to do about extremely loud dance music from nearby club?

I'm in the city center in Groningen, the Netherlands. It is almost 6.30am. For hour on hour now, I've been listening to throbbing bass from the dance club across the way, and I haven't slept all night. This loud music seems to be a new thing. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike at 9:26 PM PST - 6 comments


What iPad app(s) will record a chess game and email the resulting PGN file to two email addresses? (Bonus points if we don't have to enter the email address anew each time.)
posted by Soliloquy at 9:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Tactile 3D?

Are there examples besides aTilt of apps that render a 3d box apparently below the screen surface, adjusting its geometry according to the handset location relative to the eye? [more inside]
posted by unmake at 7:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Responsive Email Template Resources?

Know of a good resource for mobile-friendly responsive email templates for html emails? [more inside]
posted by mgriffioen at 7:21 PM PST - 2 comments

Please recommend podcasts about accounting, economics, or finance.

Please recommend podcasts about accounting, economics, or finance. A Canadian focus would be a bonus but not a necessity.
posted by sockpup at 6:57 PM PST - 7 comments

Please Recommend a Case with 8x SATA Hotswap Bays

Any recommendations for a case with 8x SATA hotswap bays? I've currently got a $80 Mini-ITX Lian Li case that holds six drives internally. It's a pain to work with and I could use space for more drives. FWIW, it's a media server with a mdadm RAID 6 array that also does on-site backups for three computers, downloads and light database work. Right now I'm looking at the $400 SuperMicro CSE-743TQ-865B. (Bonus Question: Mini-ITX motherboards are supposed to be compatible with ATX cases, so I should be able to move my motherboard into this case, right?)
posted by Brian Puccio at 6:56 PM PST - 7 comments

How to solve a complex statistics problem with a script?

In this game, you roll a number of six-sided dice to get a total. The total is either the highest single die result, or the sum of any multiples rolled, whichever is higher. For example: If I roll three dice and get a 3, 4, and 6, my total is 6. But if I roll a 4, 4, and 6, my total is 8, the sum of the two 4s. What I want to find out is the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation of the possible totals given N dice. How might I create a simple script to compute this? [more inside]
posted by j0hnpaul at 6:26 PM PST - 24 comments

Raw buttermilk vs. raw whole milk

Anybody know how the nutritional profile of REAL pastured buttermilk compares to that of fresh pastured whole milk? I'm talking about the stuff that's actually a byproduct of the butter making process... Not the thick, cultured stuff you would buy in a grocery store. [more inside]
posted by lmpatte2 at 6:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Why do I hate other people's love?

I have extreme negative reactions to witnessing public displays of affection (PDA) or overhearing sex (e.g. anger, disgust, heart racing, crying). I get that I need therapy, but what kind should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by Manlee Forresiddy at 6:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Get Confident Stupid!

How can I increase my exposure to interpersonal aggression in order to get better at handling it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Post BK car purchase?

I have poor credit and need to get a car. What is the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 PM PST - 7 comments

18 months of downtime didn't effect my ability to work, I promise.

How should I address a long gap (18 months) in my employment history during a job interview? [more inside]
posted by zinon at 5:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Fixing unwanted cpu noise with audio interface. Please help!

Please help me get rid of frustrating audio interface noise! I have a new pc and a presonus firestudio mobile audio interface. When I plug in the firestudio via firewire there is a pulsating sound and some buzzing sound. [more inside]
posted by niruniru at 5:39 PM PST - 10 comments

Best practices for upgrading MBP RAM and HDD?

[MACFILTER] Best way to upgrade my Mid-2009 MBP? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Dog at 5:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Test backup of a live WP site

I have a live Wordpress blog. I want to backup and restore it to another directory so I can test and try things before doing this on the live site. What's the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by diode at 5:01 PM PST - 3 comments

What can replace Newzbin2?

My favorite site when down yesterday, Newzbin2, what is a safe alternative? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 4:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Will I make my connecting flight?

I'm flying from the Birmingham (AL) airport to the Manchester (UK) airport next Friday, with a connecting flight at ATL. There will only be 53 minutes between my first flight arriving at ATL and my second flight departing. What are the chances I'll miss my second flight? [more inside]
posted by littlegreen at 4:03 PM PST - 18 comments

How do you know what you want?

This is going to seem like a very strange question, but how do you know what you want when you don’t know what you can have? Especially when other people are involved, trying to speculate on an “anything’s possible” basis seems like pointless daydreaming to me. I’m trying to work out whether I’m approaching this differently to other people, because their questions make no sense to me and my answers make no sense to them! [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story at 3:47 PM PST - 36 comments

Feeling earitable

Is it normal to feel cloggy for awhile after ear wax has been flushed out? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 3:28 PM PST - 11 comments

A Gilded Cage for Rabbits... Though probably not gilded, and more a hutch than a cage

Help me find a straightforward 1-2 weekend DIY outdoor rabbit hutch plan. It's a Christmas present for my sister, who is 12 and not necessarily the most responsible. More (ranty) details inside. [more inside]
posted by ethidda at 3:22 PM PST - 26 comments

Books on the K–Pg Extinction?

What are some good, current books (or other resources) on the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event? [more inside]
posted by brundlefly at 3:15 PM PST - 4 comments

Help our scabby cat!

Kitty with long-term it self-harm or for an actual physical reason? [more inside]
posted by altopower at 2:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Unemployment in WI: nonprofit edition

I work for a small non-profit in WI and the organization is about to close its doors. Because we are so small, the non-profit has not had to pay into the state UI fund. I don't know what that means for my ability to collect unemployment. I am going to see an unemployment office as soon as possible, but I would appreciate any info from MeFi about whether there are ways I am eligible to receive benefits, if there are specific questions I should ask the UI office, and whether there are other state or federal benefits available to me as I look for a new job.
posted by anonymous at 1:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Transcript not arriving in SOPHAS: am I screwed?

Grad school in public health filter: due to delays in my college sending them, my transcripts are steadfastly not registering as received in SOPHAS. My first application is due Monday. Is there any hope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Need non-therapy therapies.

I need therapy for really bad and unwarranted relationship jealousy and insecurity but I wouldn't be able to get started until sometime late January. What would be some alternatives I could pursue in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 1:25 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I make a loan to a friend work?

I'd like to loan someone some money (a few thousand dollars). A friend needs it to finish school, and they don't have any good, low-interest options. I don't mind losing the money and forgiving the loan if they fall into hardship, but it would be a financial blow that I want to avoid; making it a straight up gift from the getgo is not appealing. Is it possible to have a bank or credit union draw up the loan and service it for a flat fee? Any other ways to make the whole thing impersonal, legal, and low-hassle for me, while keeping it forgiveable at my discretion without impacting my friend's credit? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 1:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Large piece of plexiglass?

Where can I buy a large piece of plexiglass for a frame? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Awesome little brother needs awesome shirts

Help me pick out a Threadless shirt for my Halo-playing, deathcore-loving little brother. [more inside]
posted by rebekah at 1:14 PM PST - 9 comments

I'd like to give that doc a good thrushing.

I went to the doc because I thought I might have oral thrush. His diagnosis was so far in a different direction that I'm kind of baffled. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 12:55 PM PST - 25 comments

How tCan I create a "Tap Essay" app (without programming...too much)

How can I create a "tap essay" app (such as Robin Sloan's Fish without learning Objective C? I'm a poet, not a programmer! The idea is pretty simple: an app that shows styled text on a page that you tap to go to the next page with the occasional option to tweet the current line, etc.
posted by fncll at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments

iPhone cover with a hip no-slip grip

Help me find an iPhone case / cover for my mom, please. [more inside]
posted by komara at 12:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Book Reviews All The Way Down

"Book review" typically refers to the review of a single book. Is there a term for a single article that reviews the collective works of an author?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 12:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Time Traveling Submarine?

Does anyone remember a short sci-fi story about a time traveling submarine? [more inside]
posted by lstanley at 12:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Improve my social skills with points, levels, and prizes

Do you have suggestions/recommendations for games and/or desensitization practices with the objective of improving social skills? Shyness and/or introversion filter. [more inside]
posted by Dances with sock puppets at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Twelve Angry Jurors (and four alternates)

Tell me all the secrets of voir dire. [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 11:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Can two logos share one icon?

Logo design: is it wrong to use the same graphic / icon in both a corporate and a product logo? [more inside]
posted by evilmomlady at 11:36 AM PST - 9 comments

Such good music

Hey was anyone riding the G this morning? Who was the awesome musician playing his banjo, drum, tambourine? Everyone in the station was feeling it. Here's a sample. Where I can hear more and not just wait until Monday morning?
posted by Ventre Mou at 11:25 AM PST - 7 comments

Remind me to text "I love you."

The "jazz up my marriage" app -- what's it called and where do I get it? [more inside]
posted by spunweb at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me figure out how to wire for my home theatre

What wiring should I run to facilitate building a decent home theatre setup? [more inside]
posted by smcniven at 11:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Sun and Sun and Moon and Moon and Moon

A world with binary suns and multiple satellites that can still be livable by a diverse (even lush) assortment of life forms - true or not? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey at 10:56 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me plan a very short itinerary in Washington, DC

I'll be in Alexandria, VA for two days next week for work, and have until 1 pm on the Thursday (Dec 6) free. What might I comfortably see in Washington on a Thursday morning that would allow me to be back in Alexandria by 1 pm? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 10:54 AM PST - 5 comments

How does a college class get accredited?

Education filter: How do you get a class accredited at a community college? Does it depend on the individual state or local system? Who would be the right people to talk to understand this process? Thank you!
posted by tessalations999 at 10:41 AM PST - 11 comments

My girlfriend mentioned suicide last night...

My girlfriend mentioned suicide last night... [more inside]
posted by *lostatsea* at 10:37 AM PST - 21 comments

Book recommendations for a rainy weekend

Fiction for a rainy weekend? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 10:26 AM PST - 16 comments

Invisible hard drive

External hard drive not showing up on Mac. Customer service tells me to go to a computer shop to recover my data before they'll send me a replacement (it's in warranty until January). Computer shops do not seem to offer this service. Help? [more inside]
posted by pikeandshield at 10:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Kids DIY gifts for the non-creative child?

I need ideas for gifts my son could make for Christmas that don't require any artistic skill at all. He's ten, and has issues with fine motor skills. When he's asked to do artwork, it's not much more than scribbles and stick figures. I need to do cheap gifts this year, so I'm going to have his younger sister make bookmarks for him, and some relatives. To balance that, I'd like him to make gifts for his two grandfathers. The grandfathers don't have any particular hobbies, one is nearly blind and housebound. I don't want to ask him to do artwork, because it will frustrate him to compare to his sister's better skills. Any thoughts?
posted by saffry at 10:01 AM PST - 27 comments

"Add the flour, salt, paprika, and mushrooms, stir, and let it cook five minutes while you light a cigarette and stare sullenly at the sink."

There's a particular sort of humor writer I like. Can you recommend more books in this style? Mid-century, writing about domestic matters, female, personal. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Where the cat goes the dog will follow. Please help me stop the dog.

My cat doesn't want my new dog to follow him everywhere. But they are of a size so that's an issue. Help? [more inside]
posted by patheral at 9:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Not home alone.

My mother and grandmother are finally coming to me for Christmas. I’m in NYC. Hooray! How do I make it a stress-free yet iconic and fun New York Christmas? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform at 9:37 AM PST - 11 comments

I don't know how to hunt a job.

I have come to the realization that I don't know how to look for work. How do I find a job outside of searching craigslist (unuseful in this part of the country) or other local job boards (that are all overwhelmed with medical field or mental health jobs....or temp jobs)? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 9:37 AM PST - 15 comments

I need to buy or rent a record lathe, please guide me in the right direction.

I need to rent or purchase a reasonably priced record lathe to cut short run vinyl LPs. Advice/contact info needed. [more inside]
posted by Ponderance at 9:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for an Externally Hosted Image Slideshow for the Web

I need an image slideshow script for a website. Unfortunately, I'm extremely constrained by our dinosaur CMS. [more inside]
posted by toastedcheese at 9:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me get my data in the clouds redundantly.

I need back-up and cloud storage solutioning help. [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 8:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Is it rude to tell a hotel porter I can carry my own luggage?

Do I have to let a hotel porter carry my luggage? I'm staying at a semi-fancy hotel tonight (purchased cheaply via Priceline), and I can easily carry my own tiny suitcase. I'm on a budget. Is it rude for me to say I can get my own bag? Will the porter (bellman? I don't even know the right terms here) come up with me anyway? How much am I expected to tip? Thanks!
posted by three_red_balloons at 8:35 AM PST - 20 comments

Lunar Modules and cellphones

1) How much memory did the Apollo Lunar Module (LM) have and 2) when was the first cellphone with the same amount of memory introduced to the public? 3) Where there any other publicly available products that had the same amount of memory? 4) If so, when were they introduced to the market? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:34 AM PST - 6 comments


What is the etymology of British nicknames ending in -zza/-zzer? [more inside]
posted by catlet at 8:11 AM PST - 21 comments

Christmas in New Orleans: everything closed?

We're considering a short trip to New Orleans over Christmas. Will we find a town that's closed up for the holiday? [more inside]
posted by intermod at 8:10 AM PST - 22 comments

Curse of the Jade Bangle

I've broken my favorite piece of a jewelry -- a solid jade bangle. It dropped on the bathroom floor and broke into 2 pieces (pics 1 2). When I put the two pieces together it doesn't look too bad (i.e. I think it was a "clean break" with no additional tiny pieces missing), so I'd like to fix it. Can I do this myself and will it look not horrible? What type of stuff could I use to glue the pieces together? If the answers to the previous questions are no and none, do you know of someone (jeweler/stone person) who could fix it in the DC/MD area? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 7:42 AM PST - 14 comments

Quetiapine dose increase

Mental health medication - Quetiapine (aka Seroquel, Xeroquel, Ketipinor) dosage for Depression, Anxiety and Cyclothymia/Bi-polar. I take a low (75mg) dose and my Dr is pushing for 200mg to 300mg... is being scared a good enough reason to resist trying? Does anyone have experience of this kind of treatment plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 AM PST - 15 comments

Best way to create fantastic forms

I need to create a web form to gather information. In an ideal world, the service would create a hosted URL, people would fill out the form, when submitted, the form would automatically be emailed to 3 selected addresses, and there would be an option for the submitter to either save to pdf or print. Oh, and it should be free. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by cessair at 7:21 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I go about finding a seamstress to re-cover cushions?

How can I find a seamstress to do some moderately difficult work, specifically re-covering foam cushions with provided fabric, and is this the best way to go about doing the job? [more inside]
posted by maxreax at 7:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Syncing gmail contacts

Help syncing contacts to gmail, in prep for an iphone to droid switch. [more inside]
posted by latkes at 6:55 AM PST - 7 comments

My sleep cycle is out of whack, can anyone help me get it back?

YANMD, but I'm always on the wrong sleep schedule. Can you help me finally get some sleep? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction at 6:44 AM PST - 20 comments

Should I write guidelines for my obituary?

Should I write guidelines for my obituary? [more inside]
posted by lankford at 6:18 AM PST - 27 comments

Ideas for starting a local history habit?

I work downtown, and recently on my lunch, I happened upon a local history archive in the library branch near my work. I'd like suggestions for fun tasks that I can accomplish there on my short lunch break. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly at 6:12 AM PST - 6 comments


Early Christmas Present filter: We got a new tv last night. Help us decide on the best movies to watch to "break it in" [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 5:34 AM PST - 29 comments

Remedial Resume Resources.

Resume 101, now with Extra Snowflakes! Spotty work-history, useless degrees, and no idea whatsoever how to actually *write* one of the things. [more inside]
posted by Because at 5:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Do you have any experience with smartphone/touchscreen gloves? Recommendations?

Do you have any experience with smartphone/touchscreen gloves? Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by MegoSteve at 5:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Name This Cat

Help me name my cat. [more inside]
posted by munyeca at 4:58 AM PST - 78 comments

Garters N' Things

I like reading blogs containing tips and general info on wearing petticoats, garters, different kinds of slips, tights, of course bra styles, and other such articles of clothing. Help me find them? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 3:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Where are the metasatirical horror novels?

I've been tasked to find metasatirical horror novels: horror novels (or short stories, I suppose) that explore, criticize and parody their own genre tropes. What are the prose equivalents of The Cabin in the Woods and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon?
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:44 AM PST - 15 comments

Gift ideas for someone who lives in NYC apartment

NYC Apartment Gift-Filter: Ideas for a unique gift for someone who lives in a small apartment? [more inside]
posted by meggie78 at 3:44 AM PST - 14 comments

...Under Pressure.

Dear Santa, I want a Pressure Cooker. I can purchase retail or wholesale restaurant supply with a tax ID. Which one do I want? [more inside]
posted by jbenben at 2:39 AM PST - 14 comments

How do I pack for a big picnic without a car?

What equipment and bag should I pack to go on weekend picnics with a large family BUT no car to store things in? We want to stop by a park on the way home from church, but we take public transport, so we need some way to haul along picnic supplies and food for a family of 7. We live in hot humid Singapore. Bag ideas, packing tips and what works well for regular picnics - pop-up tent? card games? - much appreciated. We want to put together a picnic-kit we can prep on Saturday nights.
posted by viggorlijah at 12:13 AM PST - 4 comments

November 29

were the cavemen also overheated and starving all the time?

low carb queries: hot and hungry. [more inside]
posted by euphoria066 at 11:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me name my final project.

Help me find a catchy name for my final math project. [more inside]
posted by cairnoflore at 10:47 PM PST - 21 comments

Dress Shirts for a Big Dude

Where can I buy dress shirts for a portly man (myself) online? [more inside]
posted by dhens at 10:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Taking the right care of Great Grandpa

We are lucky enough to have a Grandpa who is 84 years old. He just had a consult with his urologist and has elevated PSA and prostate biopsy positive for cancerous cells ( that is the phrase that keeps being repeated) . [more inside]
posted by slothhog at 10:27 PM PST - 17 comments

Best Christmas for Digger Man?

what is the sturdiest toy excavator for my hard working 2 year old? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 10:24 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I hide my submissiveness so no one messes with me?

How can I overcome submissive traits in a threatening situation? (Not talking oh no there's suddenly a fight... more like constant state of threat like walking down the street of Baghdad.) It has become important for me to "stand my ground," beat others at staring contests, be able to let it slide when others try to intimidate me. Problem is, I'm often the first to look away and easily anxious. By most counts I am very submissive. I have a "dominant personality" but as far as aggression and such I'm submissive naturally. I need to create a dominant front. But how??? [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo at 9:31 PM PST - 20 comments

The couple I would like to have a threesome with has a kid, and I am beanplating.

The couple I would like to have a threesome with has a kid, and I am beanplating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:20 PM PST - 40 comments

Best books on Finland for my Mom?

My Mom is interested in reconnecting with her Finnish roots (her parents were the last generation to speak the language, though she grew up with elements of the culture). She is planning on going on a trip for a milestone birthday in a few years, but in the meantime I'd like to find her some wonderful books about Finland. A gorgeous coffee table book with great photos and lots of information would be ideal. Not looking for guidebooks.
posted by eliina at 9:06 PM PST - 6 comments

Mice: 1, Me: 0

Why won't the mice in my attic use their traps? [more inside]
posted by woodjockey at 9:01 PM PST - 28 comments

Why am I paying $10k for another person's property damage?

I got into an accident with another motorist. She side swiped my car and then hit a electric post. She failed to yield and was found to be at fault. Now the electric company is asking for $10k to repair the pole damage from me. Without having property damage insurance, and living in a no fault state, is there anything I can do?
posted by Coke15 at 8:46 PM PST - 30 comments

never there

Did you grow up with parent(s) who loved you but were not around a lot? How did that impact you and the person you are today? How did it impact your relationship with you parents? What do you wish your parent(s) did differently? Do you think it is every possible to have a healthy family situation with parents who are gone a lot? [more inside]
posted by seesom at 8:33 PM PST - 30 comments

I'm trying to find a particular video of a pipe organist playing Liszt's piano sonata

I'm looking for a video of an excerpt from Liszt's piano sonata in B minor transcribed for the pipe organ. I am pretty sure it was played by a Dutch man, or in the Netherlands, and he had two different colored socks. The obvious youtube searches are turning up nothing. Anybody?
posted by l8erm8 at 8:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Untitled AskMetafilter Post, No. 54

My feminist friend is not familiar with Cindy Sherman's work. Is there a particularly awesome way to introduce her? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser at 7:29 PM PST - 8 comments

College junior interested in freelance illustrating, has taken absolutely no courses at the college level.

I might want to do some freelance illustration, but is it possible to do so without any type of degree? [more inside]
posted by grifninetoo at 7:12 PM PST - 11 comments

the cutest little thermos ever

I take a nice 4-serving Thermos of tea to work every day. It keeps my tea nice and hot all day long. But my little tupperware of milk warms up after a couple of hours. I'd like to find a 4-ounce container that will keep my milk cool, can poor without dripping, and is OK to put dairy in (because according to my Thermos, it's dairy intolerant).
posted by rebent at 6:53 PM PST - 23 comments

Selling a used iPad - need tips

How should I price a used iPad 1? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 6:46 PM PST - 11 comments

How to Upload Photos For Which I Have No Digital Copies to Online Storage for High Quality Prints Later?

Best Way to Scan/Store Print Photos Without Digital Copies? [more inside]
posted by white_magnolia at 6:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Clarify the question of women as bishops, please.

Where can I find reputable analysis of and background on the General Synod of the Church of England's rejection (well, the House of Laity's rejection, anyhow) of a change in canon law allowing women to become bishops? [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:31 PM PST - 4 comments

How much of your ticket is my responsibility?

Who owes what to whom for a plane ticket? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair at 6:30 PM PST - 57 comments

Sexy-Creepy Songs

chococat calls his rendition of Fame "dirge-like"; I call it creepy-sexy-creepy. e.g. It's rather a turn on, even though it sounds just subtly too menacing or scary to be a turn-on, but that very quality is why it's a turn-on. Any other recommendations for similar songs? (The only other one I know that fits is Poe's Control.)
posted by divabat at 6:13 PM PST - 58 comments

Tell me about your casual sex sprees

Ladies -- have you ever gone on a casual sex spree? How did it work out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:40 PM PST - 30 comments

Why is Time Machine trying to backup so much?

Why is Time Machine trying to backup 35 GB of data every single day when I'm only using 300 GB of my 500 GB HD and I know I have not changed or added that much in the time since my last backup? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 at 4:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Will edit for food

During the past year, I have inadvertently become a freelance editor. I was wondering if any of you have some advice for me about getting disability and extended health insurance (I live in Toronto, Canada so I basically just need to worry about "extras" like dental and vision care, medications, etc.), and if you've got any other tips for me about finding work/promoting myself and managing what is in effect my own business. I've been working as an (in-house) editor for over 18 years, so I'm looking for advice on a more esoteric level than "set up a work schedule and stick to it" and "keep the receipts for your Post-its, because you can claim them at tax time".
posted by orange swan at 4:44 PM PST - 5 comments

I am not this person and I do not endorse this product.

(UK law) A multinational confectioner has used my name to promote one of its products. Have my rights been infringed? Am I entitled to compensation? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 4:39 PM PST - 13 comments

I've got to get us into their life

Photoshop filter: Yikes, my mother-in-law wants me to combine a photo of our family with one of theirs to make a Christmas photo for printing (4x6). The problem: theirs was taken with an old, 4mp point-and-shoot, whereas ours was taken with a Canon 7D. Is there a way to degrade our image so that the composite doesn't look absurd? [more inside]
posted by griseus at 4:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Get lost.

My sister's boyfriend is older than our father. He is more than twice her age. It (he) makes me uncomfortable and it is driving a wedge between us. I'm not sure how to communicate my feelings about this to her or if I even should. [more inside]
posted by Evstar at 3:55 PM PST - 56 comments

Plump, Happy Seal seeks High-Class Tinned Fish!

Kippers, anchovies, sardines... hook me up with a barrel of snacking fishes! [more inside]
posted by fritillary at 3:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Exciting Vegetarian or Diet Finger Foods?

Recommend me some good, veggie oriented or diet friendly finger foods for a holiday party. [more inside]
posted by Feantari at 3:41 PM PST - 13 comments

What creative programs allow users to 'explore' with randomization tools?

Are there any consumer or professional creative programs that offer randomization tools along the lines of 'Brainstorm' in Adobe After Effects? [more inside]
posted by artradio at 3:26 PM PST - 2 comments

When you have to buy a macro and a zoom lens, what are your first choices?

Which macro and zoom lens (one of each) would you recommend for my wife for her Canon Rebel T3 EOS 1100D? What questions should I ask her to help guide me? I know nothing about cameras... but I would like to get one or both for her for Christmas... she also knows nothing about cameras except that she would like a zoom and a macro lens.
posted by blue_wardrobe at 2:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Safari Bookmark That Controls Scroll Position

In Safari 6, I have a folder of bookmarks on the Bookmarks Bar that I visit each day by right-clicking and choosing "Open in Tabs". I'd like one of those bookmarks to open to a specific vertical scroll position on the page in question. Is that do-able? [more inside]
posted by boombot at 2:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Im in yr wiki, trackin yr error messages.

I have a MediaWiki installation on new hardware to replace an old public website. Occasionally someone visits the site using a dead link and gets MediaWiki's "There is currently no text in this page". I can customize the message they get, but how can I get a notification (ideally with Google Analytics custom variables) whenever this happens, without using GA's standard Javascript? [more inside]
posted by supercres at 2:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Which personal fitness gizmo do I want?

Which personal fitness gizmo do I want? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 2:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Fonts to handwrite, not handwriting fonts

I'm looking for some inspiration for fonts/styles of printed writing for me to handwrite. [more inside]
posted by fermezporte at 2:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Analysis software for event planners?

I'm an event planner. How do I analyze my events? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart at 1:51 PM PST - 2 comments

The Paragard is good for you, right?

I'm getting a copper IUD next week, yay! I did a little too much background reading about it and am now totally psyching myself out, boo! Can you talk me back into being excited, or at least calm, about this decision? [more inside]
posted by Be cool, sodapop at 1:50 PM PST - 36 comments

Beautiful wedding dress/evening gown for a pregnant lady?

I'm pregnant, and I'm getting married. Any advice for finding a beautiful, non-cutesy maternity wedding dress, or super luxe evening gown? [more inside]
posted by LolaCola at 1:36 PM PST - 14 comments

Another Arabic translation question.

Another Arabic translation question. [more inside]
posted by ditto75 at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Out out damn spot

How to get blood out of a sweater (silk/cotton/cashmere blend)? [more inside]
posted by hrj at 1:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Conversion program for .pptm PowerPoint file into flash made for Macs?

I have a PowerPoint presentation with macros for sound, in a .pptm file with audio and animations for a class. My professor can't play it as is, so she wants me to convert it to a flash file format, which I thought I could do, but all the converter programs I've found need a PC, and I only have a Mac and so does my family. Naturally, my school's PCs don't allow installs, and I need to figure this out today. I have Adobe Flash, but it doesn't recognize the format, and I need to keep my audio/etc. any ideas for conversion or online viewing, etc? [more inside]
posted by reenka at 1:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Suggestions for musical instruments for kids

Metafilter, do you have any thoughts or ideas on what might be a good instrument to buy for Chrismas, that the kids (6 and 3.5) can play with on their own (i.e. there won't be lessons) but can still gain skill and enjyment, that I can find second hand for under, say, $100. Recorder? auto harp? trupet? drums? We already have a piano and bells. Thank you!
posted by hollyanderbody at 1:08 PM PST - 28 comments

Are all the other dads wearing cups?

I feel like I’m getting hit in the gentlemen’s region by my baby/toddler more often than is probably normal. Also a lot harder than I would have expected. I have some questions… [more inside]
posted by French Fry at 1:03 PM PST - 20 comments

How Do I Learn To Speak Artist?

I will soon need cover art for a self-published book. I'd like to get something original rather than buying a stock photo. I am quite ignorant about the world of visual arts. Please teach me how to communicate what I want to an artist--and how to find one? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 1:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Relearning Algebra

I haven't done Math in approximately 5 years. How can I relearn Algebra I and II in 6 weeks? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Shame Go Away, Please Don't Come Back Another Day

I behaved in a similarly disturbing way as the type of person disclosed in this this post, the only difference was that I was desperate for friendship and was not and never thought of this person in a romantic way. I still feel so ashamed for over disclosing and acting in an insecure way with a coworker despite a couple of years passing by. How can I truly move past this and forgive myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:02 PM PST - 15 comments

Lyrics for Jean Lou?

I am looking for the lyrics for Jean Lou as sung by Gillian Hills and written by Charles Aznavour. I've looked all over google but am at a loss - please help!
posted by lasamana at 12:42 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I improve my resume?

How can I improve my resume? [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust at 12:38 PM PST - 3 comments

What can I use to accompany a movie review?

I am writing a book of movie reviews. Hoping to sell to publishers but may self-publish. My question is about image use for the movies. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 12:21 PM PST - 5 comments

Those bones ain't legal!

How many numbers do you need to see on the face of a D20 before you know it's a legal die? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc at 11:43 AM PST - 12 comments

A few cheap towns near DC?

Where should I move in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic US that is within a few hours drive or (better) train ride of both DC and NYC? I'll be working from home and have a few additional "nice to have" requirements inside... [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 11:39 AM PST - 19 comments

New Betta Bin...

Betta filter: I just bought my betta a new tank and have some water/food questions. [more inside]
posted by melangell at 11:37 AM PST - 10 comments

Heart attack or giggle fit?

A good professor of mine wrote one of the books for our class. A web link provided in an endnote has expired since this edition was published, and redirects to a website with highly dubious intentions. He's not exactly old and isn't frail by any means, but he's had a heart attack before and I don't want to give him another. Am I being paranoid? [more inside]
posted by Chutzler at 11:29 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there a better/faster way to operationalize the coding of messy text data?

I'm trying to tag and code about 4000+ unique paragraphs of data. These are opinion responses to two similar questions. I manually went through the first 4000 responses and it took weeks using Google Refine. I'm wondering if there's a way to operationalize this to be a bit easier and less time consuming? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 11:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Help a relative server n00b keep his Mac Mini safe.

I'm planning on getting a Mac Mini with Lion Server. I don't have much experience with security or setup. Point me to some basic articles, sites, or books, please. I'll also take any advice the hivemind might have as well. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 11:00 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I propagate changes to formulas in Excel automatically?

How can I propagate changes to formulas in Excel automatically? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 10:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Experiences with the PC version of Dark Souls

Dark Souls for computer: any experiences? [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea at 10:37 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I buy South Korean TV/movie posters?

How do I buy South Korean TV/movie posters? I am interested in procuring copies of the two posters at the top of this post. Cursory googling hasn't helped identify an obvious source. [more inside]
posted by googly at 10:36 AM PST - 2 comments

how to recover from stillbirth

Three weeks ago we lost our baby at almost 6 months pregnant. Due to complications I was in and out of the hospital for much of the 3 weeks and it's all just hitting us now. I don't know anyone who has had this experience and would love to hear some suggestions on how to get through this time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Airfare as a gift?

Is there a way to give someone the gift of travel? I think what I'm looking for is some kind of airline credit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Giving a pet for the holidays

How can I/should I buy a pet from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game for my spouse for Winter Holiday? [more inside]
posted by endless_forms at 9:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Is the new insurance company pulling a fast one?

US-InsuranceFilter: How do I know if an insurance plan is grandfathered under the new ACA "coverage of young adults" policies? The insurance company is acting like it is, but won't answer direct questions about being grandfathered. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 9:08 AM PST - 8 comments

What's going on with these reading glasses?

Can't get the hang of new reading glasses - what's going on? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 8:51 AM PST - 15 comments

Fun for the whole family, Christmas edition.

Gift-filter: What are your best gift ideas for a family of 5 adults? [more inside]
posted by karminai at 8:45 AM PST - 14 comments

What next for web design?

How best can I get on a good track to grow and learn as a web designer? I've been using Codecademy, but I'd like to branch out. [more inside]
posted by mean cheez at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

how to clean glass and powder from the carpet in my apartment?

Fluorescent bulbs explosion -- how to clean glass and powder from the carpet? Broken glass is everywhere. And carpets are everywhere. [more inside]
posted by Oli D. at 7:57 AM PST - 10 comments

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.

Can you recommend a sandwich bread? [more inside]
posted by lea724 at 7:46 AM PST - 20 comments

Xbox RPGs

Recommend some XBox 360 games for me. I have enjoyed: Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3 and NV, Dragonage O and 2, Fable 1, 2, and 3, Bioshock 2, Portal 1 and 2. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 7:44 AM PST - 41 comments

Triple lined journal-like notebook for handwriting practice

Looking for a penmanship practice notebook. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness at 7:33 AM PST - 4 comments

What' the difference?

From a famous poem by Elizabeth Bishop.;....Even losing you,(the joking voice, a gesture I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident the art of losing 's not too hard to master though it may look like(Write it!) like disaster. The question is, what's the difference between " I shall never lie." and"I shan't have lied."??
posted by mizukko at 7:29 AM PST - 10 comments

rainy LA

I'm visiting LA for the first time. It's raining today and for the rest of the week. I have no car. What should I do and where should I go? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 7:23 AM PST - 16 comments

How to keep animal's water from freezing in winter without electricity?

I'd like to heat up a rock or piece of metal to drop in my chicken's water source to warm it up. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by cda at 7:16 AM PST - 36 comments

Should I just buy Photoshop? If so, which one?

What is the best, easiest image editing software for a shutterbug? [more inside]
posted by hworth at 7:08 AM PST - 8 comments

All I want for Christmas is a dress that fits right.

I just bought this dress from Anthropologie and I adore it. Help me find more dresses like this; vaguely 20s/30s, unexpected patterns, and flattering to someone with wider hips/smaller waist. [more inside]
posted by lydhre at 6:51 AM PST - 8 comments

The stork is fleeting the coop.

How do you let go of what you want (fertility version)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 AM PST - 40 comments

The dream job has become a nightmare

I have a fantastical dream career. I am something kids say they want to be when they grow up. It's amazing, and I love it. I'm one of the top twenty or so people in my area of my field in the world. On a daily basis, I pinch myself, I cannot believe my luck. Here's the thing: I hate my actual job so much that I think I'm going to spontaneously combust. Would I be stupid to leave? Is there any way I can figure out how to stay and be happy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:48 AM PST - 21 comments

Too small for tricks?

12" BMX bike for 12-year old? [NYcares Winter wishes filter] [more inside]
posted by Tandem Affinity at 6:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Finding a pendant lamp that won't break my bank

Where can I find an affordable, attractive, globe-ish pendant lamp? Like this one, but under a gazillion dollars. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx at 6:02 AM PST - 6 comments


Sound is muffled. We are in the calm mind of the hero, before the moment of action. The hero acts, treble and noise return to the sound. what is the history of this audio editing technique in film? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 6:00 AM PST - 6 comments


Please recommend the best cartoons you can think of (in the vein of say, Samurai Jack or Flapjack) for my cartoon-lovin' 8 year old and myself. We're obsessed and need new material! [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame at 5:44 AM PST - 25 comments

How to cope with the holiday blues?

My little family doesn't care for Christmas like they used to, among other things. How can I avoid or learn to cope with the holiday blues this year? [more inside]
posted by ohmy at 5:12 AM PST - 39 comments

How to get millions from M in Excel?

Can Excel do input filtering or parsing of unit abbreviations? I want to be able to type "400M" and have the result be a number cell of 400000000, not the string "400M"
posted by fightorflight at 4:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Suggestions for awesome and unusual Advent calendar that can ship to the UK before, like, July?

Does anybody know of a specific awesome Advent calendar, not run-of-the-mill but more like the Selfridges Lancome calendar, that I can get delivered in the UK within the next couple of days? [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 4:25 AM PST - 8 comments

What do you do in the evenings?

What do you do in the evenings? [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks at 2:21 AM PST - 66 comments

Don't call it a breakup: Friendship Edition

Why do I feel like I'm in a relationship with my friend? Not in the way that's fun, but more the trainwreck variety: "How come I didn't know about...?" "Why aren't you letting me in?" "No one knows you like I do." "How dare you betray me. You're just like all the others." Some of my other friends have also noticed possessiveness on her part, and more than one person has asked me or wondered if we were dating. [more inside]
posted by smock smock smock at 1:47 AM PST - 32 comments

What happened to the prisoners in Miami's Mega Jail, post Louis Theroux?

Miami Mega Jail with Louis Theroux-- what happened to them? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo at 12:07 AM PST - 1 comment

November 28

The Watercourse Way

Should we tell our landlord we're smelling wood rot after a leak he already knows about? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian at 11:41 PM PST - 9 comments

How does going back to school work for single parents?

How possible is going back to school as a single parent. Straight up; I need to know everything. How much did having children affect your attendance and grades and how did school change your relationship with your kids? Did you pass? Was it worth it? Would you recommend it? [more inside]
posted by tenaciousmoon at 9:03 PM PST - 33 comments

A Piercing Analysis

How can I maximize my chances of having a positive ear-piercing experience? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic at 9:00 PM PST - 20 comments

LED with the warmth

What are your favorite LED christmas lights that are closest to incandescents in warmth and glow? [more inside]
posted by hazel at 8:47 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get some work rights back, without tattling on a coworker?

I was told that I couldn't freelance outside of my company. I said ok. Then I saw a co-worker freelancing outside of our company. What gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Photographers & photo enthusiasts: What is the best used wide angle lens I can get for a Canon 40D for under $100?

Photographers & photo enthusiasts: What is the best used wide angle lens I can get for a Canon 40D for under $100? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone at 7:55 PM PST - 16 comments

is this grandma's writing?

Do you think the same person wrote all the words on this paper? [more inside]
posted by orangemacky at 7:54 PM PST - 19 comments

What is the font from this campaign ad?

What is the font in the red circle from this campaign ad?
posted by You Guys Like 2 Party? at 7:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Are there any good podcatching apps for the Samsung Galaxy S3?

I listen to a lot of podcasts and my iPod Touch was great for that, but I've recently switched to the Samsung Galaxy S3 and I find their podcasting features extremely inadequate. Some of my problems include how it won't save the spot where I left off if I switch to a different podcast, there's no button that immediately rewinds or fast forwards 15 seconds, but the worst thing is that the two podcatching apps I've tried so far (KiesCast and MyPOD) don't allow me to subscribe to some of the obscure podcasts that are available in iTunes. Does anyone have any experience with a good podcatching app for the Galaxy S3?
posted by JamesAtMidnight at 7:02 PM PST - 17 comments

My dad moved on. I seem to be stuck.

I'm struggling with my dad moving on after my mother's death. Looking for advice or books to help me accept what's happening. [more inside]
posted by cecic at 6:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Hosting a Chappy Chanukka Party

[Chappy Chanukkah party]: Lots of latkes. Now I need help with music and games. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 6:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Win I win this Powerball jackpot, I'll just pay people to do this stuff for me.

Is a Visa service worth it? [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 at 6:42 PM PST - 15 comments

How to share info within a work group?

Info sharing question. A group of us at work need to share some info among (between?) ourselves. Details follow.... [more inside]
posted by mikedelic at 6:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Please Riseth So I Can Eateth

I made a basic bread from scratch and am at the end of the first rise- only it hasn't risen very much. My book says it may be from not adding enough water during the mixing stage- but I want to know if I can save it at this stage (after first proof).
posted by ohmansocute at 6:18 PM PST - 11 comments

How to best serve crepes as appetizers?

Best way to serve crepes as appetizers? [more inside]
posted by Pademelon at 6:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Breast reduction surgery is another option, I suppose.

I have this dress, and while it fits well at the waist and through my ribs and I've worn it before, it squishes my 30F chest in a way that does not look flattering at all. There is not enough extra fabric to let the dress out, and I can't buy a larger size. Whom in Seattle can I trust to do a great job at converting the zippered back (all the way to my nape, with mesh fabric upper half) to a lace corset back? Any other ideas?
posted by halogen at 6:00 PM PST - 5 comments

What would it take to make a photograph in 1910?

What would it take to make a portrait photograph in 1910? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur at 5:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Is Bitch Magazine appropriate reading for a 13 year old girl?

I recently re-subscribed to Bitch magazine, partly with the idea that my almost 13-year-old daughter would benefit from the content. Now I'm having second thoughts. Mefites, do you consider Bitch Magazine appropriate reading material for a smart, mature (emotionally, not physically) girl of that age? [more inside]
posted by plantbot at 5:48 PM PST - 30 comments

A Cat's the Only Cat Who Knows Where it's at

My cat was hit by a car and had to have high risk emergency surgery. Once he has fully recovered, I am debating whether or not to let him roam outside again. [more inside]
posted by drunkonthemoon at 5:37 PM PST - 36 comments

I went down to St. James Infirmary...

I'm sick Metafilter. I'm in a bad way and I want your advice. I have a nasty case of the flu. I visited my doctor yesterday morning, and she diagnosed me with the flu, though the nasal swab test she gave me was negative for Flu A and Flu B. At the time I thought I was getting better, but now I think I've taken a turn for the worse. I'm contemplating going to the emergency room, and I'd like your advice on how I should decide whether or not to go, when to go, if I should bring someone with me, and anything else I should ask or do. I know you're not my doctor. I'm going to visit my doctor's sick call hours first thing in the morning if I don't go to the ER. That's in about 11 hours. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 5:34 PM PST - 36 comments

I don't always read MetaFilter. But when I do, eye brows..

A good place to get eyebrows done in NYC? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 5:25 PM PST - 10 comments

One person's trash is another person's treasure.

One person's trash is another person's treasure. What do certain industries throw out that can be repurposed for free? [more inside]
posted by aniola at 4:55 PM PST - 40 comments

Why don't I have two left feet?

Why don't I have two left feet? or two left hands for that matter? I can see why the basic body plan makes sense, having legs and arms distributed as we have, but why exactly are the limbs mirror images of each other, instead of being exactly the same limb just repeated? What is the evolutionary logic behind having right and left hands? [more inside]
posted by selenized at 4:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Tea Tree Filter

Should tea tree oil in bath water sting like crazy? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 4:44 PM PST - 18 comments

Jealousy from the other side.

How to deal with jealousy from other men in my open relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Cooking Woes

My boyfriend and I constantly fight about cooking. Are we both being too inflexible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:21 PM PST - 52 comments

Back pain between shoulder blades

I am a 47 year old female & have a office job where I sit at a computer all day. I started having back pain in my middle back right between my shoulder blades after lifting some boxes down from a high shelf about a month ago. I have always noticed my lower back is curved, if I stand up against a wall I can not press my lower back against it. When I exercise doing pilates I really have to concentrate on keeping my lower back pressed down and not arching. I bought a lumbar back support cushion for my office chair so I can sit back and have support in my lower back. What kind of exercises could I do to help with this constant ache in my back?
posted by just asking at 3:51 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I watch the Seahawks game in Scotland?

Where can I watch the Seahawks game in Scotland? [more inside]
posted by Alien Parachute Man at 3:38 PM PST - 5 comments

I gave myself a great deal

Under what circumstances would somebody sell themselves a house for a drastically reduced price? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn at 3:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Name this dog!

Help me name this adorable Boston Terrier puppy! [more inside]
posted by aoleary at 3:29 PM PST - 59 comments

Lower... lower... higher... left... OTHER left... MY left... lower...

Random thought/Someone must have made this question: Anyone know of an online site that allows you to map out areas on a (3D or 2D) human model as "hot" or "cold"? I'm thinking of something that would allow people to map out their erogenous zones as they know them or discover them. [more inside]
posted by Decimask at 3:27 PM PST - 1 comment

How to convey to my boss that I'm not incompetent?

Despite my otherwise agreeable work environment, I have a boss who's increasingly scolding me for following standard procedures and doing my job as normal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:58 PM PST - 9 comments

Am I doing the wrong thing here?

Science grad school application filter: I have informally (but explicitly) accepted a graduate assistant position (in conservation biology) at my current undergraduate institution. I am now having second thoughts and am wondering what, if anything, I should do about it. Help me, Hive Mind! I don't know what to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:57 PM PST - 9 comments

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in?

What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in? [more inside]
posted by yoz420 at 1:35 PM PST - 20 comments

Oh birds!

So we're unexpectedly in receipt of a pet bird. What do we need to know? [more inside]
posted by wierdo at 1:22 PM PST - 31 comments

Computer Writing, 1979 Style

DIY Computering: I want to build a dedicated, Raspberry Pi "writing station". [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature at 1:04 PM PST - 20 comments

What should I put on my bookshelf at work?

What should I put on my bookshelves at work? Problem: I have no books. If I were to get some books, they should be related to student development/higher education administration. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 12:57 PM PST - 20 comments

Greek Mythology Reading Recommendations

Bookfilter: Suggestions on good books about Greek mythology. [more inside]
posted by Twain Device at 12:54 PM PST - 14 comments

Feed us before the show starts!

Please recommend a kid-friendly place for lunch within walking distance of the Boston Ballet. [more inside]
posted by fancyoats at 12:48 PM PST - 8 comments

How long is the sentence for AWOL soldiers?

YANAL/YANML Has anyone had any experience with people who are AWOL from the British army turning themselves in? [more inside]
posted by fruitopia at 12:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Christmas Wish List Headache

[Xmas gift filter] My mother wants to know what I want for Xmas. I am out of ideas - and there are a few issues regarding shopping & shipping. [more inside]
posted by kariebookish at 12:03 PM PST - 26 comments

No rest for the weary

You've been seriously sleep-deprived over a period of multiple days, you expect more sleep-deprivation to come, and hurray! you finally have a serendipitous few hours to get some rest. Except that now, for some reason, you can't fall asleep. What to do about it (or instead of it)? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph at 11:59 AM PST - 24 comments

Good Examples of Accidentally Sharing Geotag Information?

I'm looking for good examples of apps or situations where it's easy to accidentally share geotag information. [more inside]
posted by jasonhong at 11:24 AM PST - 11 comments


I want some immersive, RPG-style games for Android or iOS. I'm taking a long flight on Friday and I want to sink myself into something fun. I was really hoping Baldur's Gate would be out for iPad before my flight, but it looks like it's been pushed back to next week. I'd like something in the same vein. Preferably something without cutesy, cartoony or 8-bit style graphics.
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 11:15 AM PST - 18 comments

I don't want my kids to get "patted down" at the airport

I haven't flown in quite a long time, so I'm not familiar with all the latest security procedures here in the U.S. In a couple months my family will be taking a trip and I'm not comfortable with my children being scanned or touched. What are my options (other than not flying)? [more inside]
posted by squaregear at 11:14 AM PST - 30 comments

So you're saying you've deleted me over $11?

My email host canceled my account due to a dumb billing error. I was told they can't bring it back. 13 years of correspondences with loved ones past and present, addressees, contacts, letters written but never sent just vanished. Gone. Is there anything I can do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by space_cookie at 11:11 AM PST - 16 comments

which bouquet to bring?

Asking for a friend. A coworkers wife has been diagnosed stage IV brain cancer. They are East Indian. We would like to bring flowers to their home. Does anyone know if certain flowers have special meaning culturally and / or are there flowers to avoid? Thank you.
posted by jennstra at 11:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Stalking the Wild Clooney

Please hope me plan the perfect week in Lake Como, Italy! [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 11:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Planning a road trip from Reno to Vegas in June. Will Death Valley be too hot to check out?

Planning a road trip from Reno to Vegas in June. Will Death Valley be too hot to check out? Also, your favorite places along the way? [more inside]
posted by (lambda (x) x) at 11:04 AM PST - 6 comments

Alternative medicine ideas?

I am looking for alternatives for the standard "doctor sees you for five minutes and prescribes drugs for whatever ails you." [more inside]
posted by 7life at 11:02 AM PST - 29 comments

Hula Defender

Help me fix fluorescent light fixture noise in a Williams Defender! [more inside]
posted by plinth at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Event security NYC?

Please recommend a company that provides event security in NYC.
posted by brujita at 10:08 AM PST - 3 comments

What the heck is wrong with College Athletic Conferences?

What is wrong with college sports? Why is everyone changing conferences? [more inside]
posted by teriyaki_tornado at 10:00 AM PST - 17 comments

What kind of pillow is NOT going to compress over time to become a sad, flat pancake pillow?

I want to buy square pillow forms and make the covers myself. I want the forms to be at least 16" but larger is better. The cushions will be used by heavy people for lower back support or for head support when lying down in the couch. What sort of pillow is NOT going to compress over time to become a sad, flat pancake pillow? Assume a complete lack of knowledge regarding pillow ingredients, brands, types and sources. [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 9:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Give me spicy hot deliciousness!

What spicy treats have I missed out on? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard at 9:57 AM PST - 23 comments

How to connect RCA surround sound to HDMI TV?

How to best connect a surround sound with RCA plugs to everything HDMI, or in reverse? Full explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth at 9:53 AM PST - 24 comments

Are naturopaths all quacks, and if not, how do I know I've got a good one?

What advice would you give someone who just saw a naturopath for the first time and isn't sure of what's scientifically proven alternative therapies and what's just woo-woo hogwash? What are warning signs that I'm seeing a quack and on the flip side, what would be signs I'm seeing a competent naturopath? [more inside]
posted by thesocietyfor at 9:37 AM PST - 28 comments

No, no, no. Hold your head like this, then go Waaah. Try it again.

First rehearsal was last night. My cast member is already making me crazy. A little help? [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 at 9:35 AM PST - 19 comments

How to help a friend stuck for decades?

Friend stuck in a deep rut. Increasingly concerned he may never escape. Anything I can do to help? [more inside]
posted by u2604ab at 9:31 AM PST - 23 comments

How to get serial numbers from optical drives?

Is there any way to determine the serial numbers of the optical drives in my computer without opening it up? I'm running Windows XP. [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip at 9:30 AM PST - 3 comments

I am moving to Sweden and want to read up on the country before I do. Recommend me good books related to Sweden!

I am moving to Sweden and want to read up on the country before I do. Recommend me good books related to Sweden! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 AM PST - 9 comments

Father's groups in Philadelphia

I'm looking for father's groups in Philadelphia. I have a pre-K child. I'm more interested in a hang-out-and-chat sort of group. University City or Center City would be great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 2 comments

All I wanted was a Pepsi, and she wouldn't give it to me.

Why do waitresses always assume I want diet soda? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 82 comments

Help for the husband of an IVF patient?

My wife and I are trying to get pregnant. We've resorted to IVF (in vitro fertilization). But meanwhile, my wife is going to pieces, "terrified" that she might never have a natural child. Anyone been through this? Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Anonymousness at 8:38 AM PST - 30 comments

Political affiliations of MPs

Research help: I'm trying to find political affiliations for specific members of the British House of Lords in the 1850s and 1860s. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 8:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Google calendar sync help

Google calendar idiot here. How do I sync iPhone to google calendar, not the other way around and why is someone else's calendar appearing in my google calendar online? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 8:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Wayback Machine isn't far enough

How to find a cached version of Mitt Romney's campaign website? [more inside]
posted by bryghtrose at 8:31 AM PST - 1 comment

Acquaintance passed away. Do I donate to his preferred charity, despite my concerns?

An acquaintance has passed away, and in lieu of flowers, his family is requesting a donation to a religious cause that gives me some concerns. What to do? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 8:26 AM PST - 23 comments

Cheap intervalometer / time lapse camera

Looking for a cheap camera with an intervalometer / time lapse function. [more inside]
posted by echo target at 8:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Best spot for a mid-January mosquito-less vacation?

Where should we spend our vacation days in mid-January? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe at 8:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Return to girliness is harder than I thought.

Need a good, reasonably priced primer/moisturizer to put on before makeup. Help? [more inside]
posted by Currer Belfry at 7:42 AM PST - 19 comments

I need to lampshade this trope. No, seriously, lampshade.

I want to make a jute lampshade, or rather, several trapezoidal pieces of jute stretched over wood frames that will act like a lampshade. I know almost nothing about jute, or lampshades, but plenty about wood. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 7:12 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me say sewer, but not sewer, en español por favor.

How do I say "sewer" in Spanish? Not the pipe that waste water goes into, but a person who sews on a sewing machine? [more inside]
posted by buzzv at 6:57 AM PST - 9 comments

Am I staring at women's breasts?

Am I staring at women's breasts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 AM PST - 35 comments

It's not right, but is it ok?

Are we in one of the rare situations where cashing out a 401K makes sense? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 AM PST - 10 comments

I want a robote. I want a toye bat man. I want a Batman helykoptr.

My seven year old wants a robot for christmas. Help me find one. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane at 6:45 AM PST - 6 comments

public records help.

I am looking for help finding some public records. Specifically, I'm looking for property information about a piece of private property. Help me find it. [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes at 6:22 AM PST - 11 comments

Aren't tanning beds always dangerous no matter what?

My friend went to a dermatologist who reccomended the use of a tanning bed. ARe they seeing a quack? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 5:27 AM PST - 16 comments

What's the name of this Chinese neighborhood?

Name of unofficial urban island within Chinese city, possibly Hong Kong? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 5:23 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me prank my PI

When I first started my current job as a graduate researcher at a nominally Catholic university as an American in Belgium, my boss played a quick prank on me where he came into my office, plopped down a copy of the New Testament in Flemish, and told me I needed to study up to pass some kind of religious test. The way he did it, it was pretty funny and I’m looking for ways to prank him back. [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb at 5:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Christmas time needs to ROCK

Music filter: Putting together a little surprise for a wonderful someone. Seeking metal, rock, goth, punk, or other loud covers of holiday music to brighten her day. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 4:51 AM PST - 21 comments

Please recommend a business to recover data from a failed hard drive in Perth, Western Australia

Please recommend a business to recover data from a failed hard drive in Perth, Western Australia. (Laptop hard-drive.)
posted by Year of meteors at 4:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Graphic novels for young girls

Please recommend graphic novels for two very bright girls, aged 7 and 9. I'm looking for Wolves of Willoughby Chase type stories full of plucky lasses showing courage and resourcefulness. They liked Polly and the Pirates and Zita the Space Girl, but there aren't enough of them. I'd prefer things that are well drawn.
posted by Joe in Australia at 3:16 AM PST - 22 comments

Don't just sit there. DO something!

So, you know that "career" thing people have? I managed to spend 2012 without one. The timeout was enlightening, but now I'm itching to move on to a brand new phase. Um, how do I do that? [more inside]
posted by jessca84 at 2:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Cold calling academics?

Is it appropriate to cold call a professor with a cover letter and resume when looking for lab tech/research assistant positions? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee at 12:04 AM PST - 7 comments

November 27

I Want Some Books About Armenia

Recommend me books about Armenia, to learn about the country and people and disaspora. [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 11:32 PM PST - 5 comments

Vyvanse screwed me up?

Amphetamine filter: I’ve taken Vyvanse four times. But the last time I took it, it did something to me. I suddenly developed some weird heart behavior and some other symptoms. I haven’t touched the stuff for three weeks now, but I still don’t feel like myself from three weeks ago. Help me. I don’t know what’s going on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:58 PM PST - 30 comments

Help me to impress my teen

Last week, I shared the music video That's What's Up, by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, with my 15 year old and she fell in love with it. This week, daughter was assigned a project in her video production class to create an advertisement for the Sadie Hawkins dance at her high school. Inspired by the ES video, she's decided to recruit some youngsters from the on-campus preschool (where she is a volunteer) and film a short music video depicting a little girl asking a little boy to dance. [more inside]
posted by kbar1 at 10:29 PM PST - 10 comments

in the utmost silence, through serious immobilities

Somnolent, hypnotic, stark, or unsettling piano music: recommend it. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 9:59 PM PST - 27 comments

Help me identify a song

I heard a song on the radio the other day--heavy bass, female vocalist, the bass almost made a wah-wah,pulsating sound. I couldn't catch much of the lyrics. It had something to do with dying. Maybe the word "madness" or "sadness" was in there. Still it was a great song, and I can't find the title or the band. Any ideas--it's a new song--never heard it before. I live in the DC area, and I don't recall the radio station either.
posted by 630 at 9:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Shortcuting the brewing process

I was going to make hard apple cider with champagne yeast for a party on Dec. 8th but wasn't able to start it in time. I know the brew process takes 14 days, but is there a way to speed it up? [more inside]
posted by brenton at 9:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Shipping from France to USA

How can I order from marketplace from a seller who doesnt ship to the USA? [more inside]
posted by HMSSM at 8:44 PM PST - 7 comments

Strict dad or easy-going dad?

At times my 3-year-old son deliberately misbehaves. Do I double down on the discipline, or shrug it off? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 8:32 PM PST - 49 comments

A League Of My Own

Help me find professional baseball or soccer leagues for me to follow that don't suffer from the same issues that bother me about American sports. [more inside]
posted by shushufindi at 8:27 PM PST - 15 comments

choose the right pathe

I would like to know what options are available to me to enhance (or indeed the opposite) video streams - What I'd specifically like to do is download specific youtube footage (personal use) and render it with a jumpy black and white Pathe film-like quality. What would be the best approach to achieve this? - And please take into account that I have no Apple products to hand and very limited experience in manipulating the moving picture.
posted by mattoxic at 7:55 PM PST - 3 comments

It's not "Babylonians".

Please help me remember/locate this David Gray song... at least I think it's a David Gray song. [more inside]
posted by koucha at 7:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Should We Eat This?

Edible or no? [more inside]
posted by parrot_person at 7:25 PM PST - 18 comments

| What's The Font |

WhatTheFont| is throwing me gibberish on this 1970's Poster Inspiration Font [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl at 7:24 PM PST - 10 comments

1970s animated cartoon about U.S. History (NOT schoolhouse rock)

animated 1970s tv series about U.S. History? this is NOT the schoolhouse rock episodes. the one i am remembering was more serious, working through historical situations with animated scenes. the episode i remember most vividly was about the British burning the white house. does anyone else remember this series and what the name of it was?? might have been made around the bicentennial, but not sure.
posted by cmp4Meta at 7:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I replace the brush head now or can I wait?

The reminder bristles on my Sonicare brush head have already faded to the halfway point. Is it wise to continue using it until the 3-month mark or should I switch to the next unused brush head? [more inside]
posted by neitherly at 7:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Relaxed, happy places to do stressful things

Another "Where should I live" question. Looking for a beautiful, relaxed place to go for a couple of years to take medical school pre-reqs. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 7:05 PM PST - 28 comments

i know you googled me, but i swear that isn't me throwing up gang signs or pitching for AAA baseball in Cincinnati.

i share a somewhat random name with a miscreant from the midwest. when i google my name, i get a mixed return of my stats and his; his being mostly juvenile youtube vids of him skateboarding and flipping off the camera. i KNOW employers in my field google search/research online profiles heavily. what to do? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome at 6:57 PM PST - 16 comments

Creepy talking houses that gave children chocolate cake

Help me name this creepy, possibly educational video made in Australia in the late 90's - involves an empty talking house and runaway kids. [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan at 6:56 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I best restore a WW2-era Navy peacoat?

How do I best restore a WW2-era Navy peacoat? [more inside]
posted by Loto at 6:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Save Boxing day

Boxing day restaurants for 20-30 people (Georgetown)? [more inside]
posted by devonia at 6:26 PM PST - 1 comment

AmeriCorps denying Education Award - What to do?

My AmeriCorps program is denying me my education award after I have served 10 out of the 11 months in my service year. The reason is because I am leaving for Teach for America. [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 at 6:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Seeking craft project for 10 year old boy

Craft project for 10 year old boy who is REALLY into Minecraft? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 6:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Old dog, new tricks?

What sorts of things should we be considering to keep an older dog amused and happy? [more inside]
posted by Pomo at 5:51 PM PST - 11 comments

Gifting on a shoestring...

Looking for blogs/websites dedicated to thoughtful & creative gift-giving on a budget. DIY, crafting, homemade/canned foods, scrapbooking a huge plus. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 at 5:49 PM PST - 5 comments

New Year's ideas for D.C., Philly, or Baltimore

Any ideas for ways to celebrate New Year's eve in the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, or Philadelphia, PA area? Willing to travel further, but not interested in NY. Must have a location/event that is hotel accessible.
posted by Coffee Bean at 4:26 PM PST - 7 comments

History of Austria-Hungary?

Can you recommend good books on the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, specifically their part in WWI and the breakup of the Empire?
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:15 PM PST - 9 comments

A bad legal history and crowdfunding

If you knew that someone who has put a project on a crowdfunding site (think IndieGoGo or Kickstarter) has been convicted of check fraud and also started some other projects before the crowdfunding era that they never delivered on...what would you do? [more inside]
posted by ponytime at 4:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me access LibreOffice

I've been using LibreOffice as a word processor for a while now. But all of a sudden, I can't open it. The message says, "LibreOffice can't be opened because it is from an unidentified developer. Your security preferences allow installation of only apps from the Mac App Store and identified developers." I can't see any settings in my OSX System Preferences / Security and Privacy that would cause this. Can you help me restore access to LebreOffice word processor?
posted by partner at 3:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Now that I'm single, how do I stop needing validation from men?

Now that I'm single, how do I stop needing validation from men? [more inside]
posted by moons in june at 3:24 PM PST - 16 comments

Trying to find short Japanese animation

I'm trying to find a short Japanese animation that I saw on youtube several years ago. It was definitely in a science fiction setting. The most memorable aspect was the shifting POV, moving between characters as they fight in a war, with a character becoming the hero or villain immediately after we start to follow someone else. [more inside]
posted by GDWJRG at 3:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Meal Solutions for the Common Sense Inept

What are some handy, affordable, healthy meal solutions for a kitchen-less existence? [more inside]
posted by Sine_Agraphia at 2:45 PM PST - 24 comments

The Turquoise Door in Austin is closing? But . . . but . . .

Since the Turquoise Door in Austin, Texas is closing on December 31st, 2012, where does a person go in order to find jewelry of that sort? [more inside]
posted by Seamus at 2:26 PM PST - 1 comment

What's that home video (VHS) introduction to home computers from the '80s?

What is the name of that 1980s home video introducing you to computers hosted by that famous TV personality husband and wife whose names I can't remember? The one whose background color changes depending on what section you're in? [more inside]
posted by dan_of_brainlog at 2:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Relationship at a Crossroads Over Monogamy

I love my long term partner, but have the urge to be more "open"—do I need to leave if they are 100% against a different arrangement? [more inside]
posted by anonanonanon at 1:57 PM PST - 56 comments

Boy, is my face red! And blotchy!

What is a good facial moisturizer for rosacea? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 1:55 PM PST - 18 comments

Finding a last-minute hotel in Phuket/Thailand

Our hotel reservation for the week of New Year's Eve in Phuket, Thailand just got cancelled... #argh! Where would you look for mid-to-high-end hotels with prices that are still reasonable, one month away from the busiest time of the year in Thailand? [more inside]
posted by meso at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Berlin, when the wall fell?

What was it like to be in Berlin when the Wall came down in 1989? [more inside]
posted by meronym at 1:35 PM PST - 10 comments

Success is inspiring

I am seeking blogs of people who have made health changes in their lives involving diet, exercise and reducing vices. I am particularly interested in blogs that have daily or very regular posts where the personal aspects and challenges of the health goal are explored at length. [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 1:19 PM PST - 11 comments

World's Worst Dinner Parties

Examples of banquets/dinner parties gone horribly wrong? [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead at 1:17 PM PST - 37 comments

Sworn te(ch)stemony?

How do I swear testimony in an online parking ticket appeal (NYC)? [more inside]
posted by taltalim at 1:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Can moldy books saved from flood be put in my freezer?

Can moldy books saved from flood be put in my freezer? [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 1:04 PM PST - 6 comments

Separating the wheat from the chaff when hiring a Web Designer

What would be a good FizzBuzz question for a web designer? [more inside]
posted by furtive at 12:53 PM PST - 13 comments

My cat may have been misdiagnosed. Time to find a new vet?

Back in July, my 11 year old cat was tentatively diagnosed with possible early renal failure. This past Saturday, however, she had another round of bloodwork and urinalysis...the results of which indicated her kidneys are probably fine! Needless to say, I'm very happy about this. But the more I think about it, the more it seems like the clinic folks jumped to conclusions way too quickly based on too little information. Am I off-base here, or is it perhaps really time to explore other local veterinary options? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 12:43 PM PST - 9 comments

Hundreds of characters indexed in the cloud (fictional worldbuilding data management tools)

Us: 13 participants in a multi-year group fiction/worldbuilding project with hundreds of named characters, places, and items to keep track of. Our current system (YahooGroups databases, GDocs, and some other resources) works, but I keep thinking there's a better solution out there. More details within, but we're looking for something that does all of what we're currently doing, plus internal linkage, effective relevance-based searching, internal sorting, tagging or some other method of grouping data in multiple ways, and that is web-based, lightly password protected, accessible on a wide variety of devices, and easy for our other participants to use. (We'd also take a pony, if you had one.) [more inside]
posted by modernhypatia at 12:41 PM PST - 10 comments

My processes, they are

I've been learning a (very) little bit about Unix and AIX while doing some maintenance on our company's ERP server. I've been finding a lot of defunct processes. I have a few very n00b questions. [more inside]
posted by slogger at 12:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Please help me brainstorm around this flurry of snowflakey meal requirements

Help me add new dishes to the menu. Difficult level: kosher-style, pescaphobic, non-dairy, mushroom hater. [more inside]
posted by bq at 12:31 PM PST - 17 comments

How can a high GRE score benefit me?

I did really well on the GRE. How will this actually help me? [more inside]
posted by Vatican Cameos at 12:21 PM PST - 19 comments

Chromebook questions

Would the Chromebook be right for me as a writing device? I'm looking to replace my old netbook I use for writing with something more swish and it looks to fit the bill, however I'm not a Google Docs user - how easy is it to transition to from using OpenOffice/Word? How well does the local storage/offline working option work? How easy is it to export Word files and how well does formatting carry over? Is there anything else i need to know?
posted by Artw at 12:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Need a cute killing machine.

Help me find a new kitten. Difficulty: mice. [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 12:10 PM PST - 20 comments

What is an age appropriate game for a kid who likes Call of Duty

A soon-to-be nine year old has asked for Call of Duty for his birthday. What else could I get him? [more inside]
posted by msali at 11:58 AM PST - 36 comments

How to get Win 7 to recognize a large HDD

How can I get Windows 7 64bit to recognize my 3 TB SATA hard drive? BIOS sees it, it works fine under Ubuntu, but it doesn't show up in Win 7's disk manager / storage tool. [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 11:49 AM PST - 4 comments

What is on my roadmap for a Top 20 MBA program? And how do people pay?

What is on my roadmap for a Top 20 MBA program? And how do people pay? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 11:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Which bamboo bath towels are worth buying?

Bamboo bath towels - which ones are worth buying? [more inside]
posted by aceyprime at 11:37 AM PST - 7 comments

who uses fUnNy gRaPhIcaL cOnVenTiOnS??!$%?

I am looking for examples of authors who have used unconventional graphical conventions in their work, published in traditional dead-tree form (books, magazines etc.). Excluding graphic novels, comics etc. Obvious example would be e.e. cummings using lower case; perhaps other poets who use text unconventionally. but novels? There's the big S at the start of Joyce's Ulysses. But what authors have exploited the graphical possibilities of the printed medium in an extensive way? thanks.
posted by cogneuro at 11:26 AM PST - 46 comments

As a non-hobbyist with not a lot of time, what's the best place to sell my old, rare Magic Cards and get a fair price?

As a non-hobbyist with not a lot of time, what's the best place to sell my old, rare Magic Cards and get a fair price? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit at 11:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Identify this!

Can you help me identify and replace a smashed up clay figurine? [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin at 11:17 AM PST - 5 comments

Cookies that freeze?

I love to bake cookies for the holidays. I'd like to do most of my baking the second weekend of December (8 & 9), but that's earlier than I've done my baking in the past. Do you have recipes for cookies that freeze well? Preferably after baking? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 11:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Crates vs. baby gates.

After doing tons of breed research and visiting shelters and rescues, I have finally found the write dog for me. I purchased a miniature dachshund from a reputable breeder in my hometown. She is only three weeks old right now, so I have five weeks to prepare for her arrival in my home. I do have a few questions that I hope Mefites can help me with. [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl at 11:13 AM PST - 17 comments

Perhaps I'm a cow? Why do I regurgitate my food?

YANMD digestion filter: I regurgitate food. Regularly. If I do any vaguely strenuous exercise within 2 hours of eating, or sometimes longer, up come bite-sized portions of my meal, intact, into my mouth. WTF? [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 11:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Unvaccinated children in the pediatricians office.

I'm expecting my first child next week and have chosen his pediatrician, but the doctor takes unvaccinated patients. How dangerous would it be to bring an unvaccinated newborn into this office?
posted by Circumstands at 10:56 AM PST - 26 comments

Frankly, my dear, I don't give edam.

Help me give the gift of cheese! Particularly Spanish, French, or Greek. [more inside]
posted by troika at 10:44 AM PST - 12 comments

You know I don't want to talk to you!

How to deal with a junior coworker who's overbearing? [more inside]
posted by ergo at 10:33 AM PST - 20 comments

Headline: EU bans phthalates. OK, what else?

Where can I find a central hub of all the products and chemicals banned or being phased out by the European Union? Which particular countries are ahead of the EU? (e.g., banning even more instead of waiting for EU consensus, all in the interest of public health or due to inconclusive info about these kinds of products) Please provide links to detailed lists for those.
posted by mayurasana at 10:30 AM PST - 3 comments

I need clips from movies and TV shows of people suffering from PTSD

I need clips from movies and TV shows of people suffering from PTSD. Funny, serious, whatever - bonus points for something I can access online. [more inside]
posted by Viola at 10:16 AM PST - 29 comments

"The Ice King's Turgid Boingloings"

Appropriate fanfiction websites for a 10-year-old? [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon at 10:05 AM PST - 15 comments

MF-in' CFLs on a MF-in' Plane!

CFLs in checked luggage. OK or Not OK? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 9:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Stinky turtle bits

How do I preserve this stinky turtle carapace? [more inside]
posted by txmon at 9:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Should I kick my roommate out?

Should I kick my roommate out? [more inside]
posted by AlisonM at 9:45 AM PST - 57 comments

Where's the Main St. in Maine?

Where in Maine can I find a classic Main Street atmosphere within commuting distance from Freeport and Portland. [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen at 9:44 AM PST - 28 comments

most natural artificial light

Recommendations for lightbulbs [more inside]
posted by dipolemoment at 9:41 AM PST - 5 comments

flickering lights are driving me crazy!

why do the lights on my hampton bay ceiling fans flicker? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 9:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Any examples of Github projects with a main library and derivatives?

I want to create a github project consisting of a main library with derivative variations, such as Drupal and Wordpress plugins. Can you point me to existing projects with this kind of structure? I'd love to learn from existing projects that do it well. [more inside]
posted by kristi at 9:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Jump on the iPhone bandwagon--maybe

Thinking about getting iPhone 5 for Christmas--currently have Droid 3 with Verizon and contract not up--6 months left. Do I have any purchasing options other than paying $600+ for the new iPhone? Should I pay to cancel current contract and start a new one and get phone at a discount? Other thoughts?
posted by sandra194 at 9:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Turning user input into pie (charts)

WordPressFilter: I'm looking for a plugin/widget/codesnippet that will allow me to create a graph using input from the user. [more inside]
posted by antonymous at 8:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Late twenties female, sexually inexperienced, who is currently in graduate school with limited time for a committed relationship- would like to find a casual sex partner. How to do this?

Late twenties female, sexually inexperienced, who is currently in graduate school with limited time for a committed relationship- would like to find a casual sex partner. How to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM PST - 19 comments

Passion for learning languages

How can I find a passion for language learning? [more inside]
posted by querty at 8:47 AM PST - 22 comments

Can't Stay in a World Without (bike) Gloves.

Winter 2012 -- Help me arrive at work, via bike, with functional hands. [more inside]
posted by Danf at 8:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Need a "spiritual" gift idea.

I am trying to find a Christmas gift that is "good for the spirit." [more inside]
posted by cherrybounce at 8:10 AM PST - 15 comments

Crisis of success

What are some examples (historical, fictional, anecdotal, whatever) of groups, companies, partnerships, bands, teams where the founders achieve a bit of success and are then forced to reevaluate their relationships and objectives? [more inside]
posted by lowest east side at 8:07 AM PST - 18 comments

What do you do when there really is no more time?

How do you bounce back from a serious failure? Please help me get through this awful time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:07 AM PST - 33 comments

Since the position of "Prince William's Wife" has been filled...

I want a job where I can: research/gather information, organize and do basic, preliminary analysis on said information, write reports. But not a paralegal, not in academia, probably not in tech. What field with a decent employment outlook would allow me to utilize my strengths? [little long inside, sorry!] [more inside]
posted by peacrow at 7:41 AM PST - 21 comments

Ahh, if we could all sleep at the same time...

Please help me understand my new dog so we can all sleep at night. No matter how tired she is, she still makes a ruckus at bedtime. [more inside]
posted by Neekee at 7:37 AM PST - 17 comments

It keeps running forever.

My Windows 7 computer no longer turns off properly. If I shut the screen, it no longer sleeps or hibernates, it just freezes. If I go through the start menu to hibernate, it will do so, but the computer is still on -- the power and the wifi lights stay on, it's still running and using battery. This also happens if I go through the start menu to turn off the computer. If I hold on the power key, it will then turn off and restart or resume from hibernation normally when I turn it back on. [more inside]
posted by jeather at 7:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Tips for Walking in Paris?

Visiting Paris for a one-day workshop, a few questions. [more inside]
posted by sudasana at 7:21 AM PST - 6 comments

Norms in South Korean culture

Korean culture filter: Are you familiar with Korean culture from 30 years ago? Can you tell me if these experiences were normal in terms of the social culture at that time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 AM PST - 8 comments

We told them we're the wrong people and they don't believe us. How to stay safe?

Gang members think someone who owes them money lives at our house. They are wrong and we told them so twice. Then they came back at night and threw a brick through our window. We immediately went to a hotel and have already signed a rental agreement elsewhere. However, I am scared to go pack up the house. Is that rational, and if so, what recourse do we have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 AM PST - 25 comments

To live outside the law you must be honest...but must you be poor?

How much does a member of Bob Dylan's (or any other big musician's) touring band get paid? Are they likely paid per show, or some other arrangement? Would they receive lodging and per diem in addition to a salary? I assume they'd get stuff from the dressing rooms at the shows, but would they have their own stuff in the tour rider? (Some of those guys have played with him a long time.) (Other touring musician information welcome!)
posted by OmieWise at 7:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Please Help Me Find Similar Songs

I am looking for examples of songs that feature an acoustic guitar, a string counterpoint melody (like a violin or cello), and light percussion. An example would be Valentine by Willie Nelson. I need some inspiration for a song I am working on. The more expressive the string counterpoint, the better. Any suggestions?
posted by Lokheed at 7:09 AM PST - 9 comments

ELF on the Shelf!

What are the best deals and favorite finds at the makeup site e.l.f.? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 7:01 AM PST - 18 comments

Infinite possibilities - Paris

Any special must sees for a whistle stop 48 hour tour of Paris with a 5 year old and 3 year old? [more inside]
posted by numberstation at 6:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Powerpoint - stick to 4:3 or go widescreen?

How far along are we in moving from 4:3 to widescreen LCD projectors for (e.g.) PowerPoint presentations. Is my current 4:3 default still sensible? [more inside]
posted by vogel at 3:19 AM PST - 10 comments

Did I break the internet when I googled "Google?"

Why can I access the rest of the internet but not any Google sites? How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by raccoon409 at 1:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Pork-filter: Help me rescue my 'pulled pork' before it's too late!

Pork-filter: Help me rescue my 'pulled pork' before it's too late! [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane at 12:43 AM PST - 19 comments

November 26

Coping with social isolation after the end of a long relationship.

I had a serious relationship of about ten years that ended a bit more than a year ago. My SO was my sole source of human friendship and companionship. Now that I'm on the other side, I'm struggling. How do I cope with the lack of meaningful human interaction and what can I do to move towards something better? [more inside]
posted by prex at 11:40 PM PST - 24 comments

Looking for a cloud billing system.

Looking for a cloud billing system that both tracks amounts to be paid to contractor/staffers who work remotely and which also tracks the combined amounts to be billed to the client (on whose case all the staffers will work). [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi at 10:51 PM PST - 5 comments

What's a good grab bag/box for a weird family?

New and awesome grab bags/surprise boxes/random chaos: help me find things like the Archie McPhee Surprise Box for my family to enjoy. [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 10:16 PM PST - 7 comments

a cappella and mashups

I really really loved the music in Pitch Perfect. Where can I find more fun, upbeat a cappella and mashups?
posted by goosechasing at 10:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Alum block after shaving: Alzheimer's risk?

So I hear that aluminum is pretty bad for your body (and maybe is linked to Alzheimer's?). I also hear that alum (which is used to close nicks after shaving) is the name of an aluminum compound. The majority of info about alum crystals for personal hygiene tends to be on "natural living" web sites and the like, so my main question is: is there any actual scientific study either way as to the safety of such a thing being rubbed on your face on a regular basis?
posted by DoctorFedora at 9:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Independent contracting vs staffing agencies

I'm thinking of moving from a contract with a staffing agency to an independent contract. What are the benefits or drawbacks I might have to deal with? I know taxes are different and I'm planning to invest in some software to help with quarterly taxes. I'll be in the same position at the same company, but I'll be representing myself and a staffing company won't get a cut. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch at 9:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Not just for summer imbibing any more!

Where would I be able to get a bottle of Pimm's Winter No. 3 in NYC? [more inside]
posted by droplet at 9:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Genetics Research and Networking

Career mashup: Genetics Research and Networking. [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 8:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Someone already used "Shipping up to Boston" but I can't think of anything else because I have all these questions.

Moving to Boston from the South. Single parent. So many questions. [more inside]
posted by woodvine at 8:36 PM PST - 26 comments

Pasta unboxed

Please recommend me the best gifts for my pasta-making friend. [more inside]
posted by commander biscuit at 8:32 PM PST - 13 comments

The fine art of stealth cooking at work.

I occupy a large, remote office that is rarely visited by anyone with authority. It just occurred to me that I could actually cook my lunch in my office each day. What are some tips for stealthily cooking at work? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 8:30 PM PST - 29 comments

Why is suck

Always hungry, except when I eat meat - then I want to throw up. What is wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda at 6:46 PM PST - 15 comments

Am I being a crazy hormonal pregnant lady by suddenly plotting against our cat?

We have an annoying cat. Now we're also having a baby. Suddenly things feel complicated. Please help me sort out what's just my hormones, what are real concerns, and what's fair to the cat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 39 comments


I think I might have gotten food poisoning by eating prepared food from a convenience store, but there are some confounding factors. I'm fine now, but not sure if I should notify someone about this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Upgrading an old laptop.

I have an old laptop. Would it be worth my while to upgrade its RAM? [more inside]
posted by graventy at 6:35 PM PST - 15 comments

Printing one form

Access - trying to get by with the easiest way. There's a form and a table. After the form is filled out it needs to be printed and go to the table. Going to the table is fine. The problem - if the exact sequence of clicks is not followed then you print all the forms. Macro? Other ideas?
posted by notned at 5:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Using a Mixer w/Audacity to do Interviews on a Landline.

Using a Mixer w/Audacity to do Interviews on a Landline.? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 5:55 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I negotiate with my publisher?

My stats notes are getting too long to distribute using the university printers. A publisher wants to turn them into a printed book, but I want to keep control of the electronic distribution of my work. How should I approach this situation? [more inside]
posted by mixing at 5:42 PM PST - 17 comments

Am I Going Insane?

Considering seeing a psychiatrist for a personality disorder evaluation. Should I go now or wait for some time to pass? Details inside [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:27 PM PST - 19 comments

Door to door scammer?

I think there's a scammer going door-to-door in my apartment building -- what do I do? [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 5:04 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I get across to my controlling parents?

My relationship with my parents is affecting me emotionally, and has echoes in my professional life. I really want to get through to them across a generational/cross-cultural gap -- but how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:59 PM PST - 17 comments

How to sell domain names?

How do I go about selling some domain names I've owned for years but am, in all reality, never going to use? How do I advertise them to folks who might be interested? I'm not looking to get tons of money; even $25 would be nice.
posted by ocherdraco at 4:26 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I maintain my clothes in less time?

How do I save time laundering and ironing my clothing? [more inside]
posted by exquisite_deluxe at 4:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Should I upgrade my digital camera?

My point and shoot is 4 years old. Aside from improved video, is there a significant difference in today's newer models? [more inside]
posted by szg8 at 4:15 PM PST - 12 comments

Switching to standing desks? Switching to barefoot activity?

Any tips for learning to stand for long periods of time? How about standing barefoot for long periods of time? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 4:12 PM PST - 21 comments

Breakfast in Singapore, meals in Manila & Quezon City

Sunday breakfast recommendation in Singapore, and recommendations for good food in Manila around Pasig City and Quezon City? Also time for a taxi from Quezon City to airport? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat at 4:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Throwing money into the hole?

Where can I go to get a squat/deadlift form tune-up in NYC? [more inside]
posted by en forme de poire at 3:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Ok bookworms, anybody know the titles of these two books?

Ok bookworms, anybody know the titles of these two books? One is a young adult science fiction novel about a kid who writes a computer program universe that starts creating life within the program. The second is a picture book with very cool illustrations of animals (or monsters) in the forest, possibly hiding, somewhat in the art style of Where the Wild Things Are, possibly having to do with a magical machine of some sort, or a magician or salesman.
posted by mediamelt at 3:26 PM PST - 15 comments

New house turns out to be next door to registered sex offender. Now what?

Moved into a picture perfect suburban neighborhood. Just found out my nice next door neighbor is registered sex offender. How worried should I be? How and when do I talk to my kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:05 PM PST - 59 comments

What's the password?

What's the password? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 2:55 PM PST - 58 comments

How draconian are Amazon HR policies?

There was an item missing from a recent Amazon delivery I received. If I complain, is someone at a processing center going to get fired? [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues at 2:52 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for jobhunting tips in NYC

I relocated to NYC and am looking for a job outside of my typical role. I think I'm going about it the wrong way - can you suggest good strategies for finding an interesting (and not necessarily tremendously lucrative) job or gigs in an unfamiliar city? [more inside]
posted by gyges at 2:51 PM PST - 8 comments

A friend in need of therapy is a friend indeed

Trying to convince a friend to see a therapist to deal with some recent emotional issues and having difficulties being a good advocate because she doesn't feel like she 'needs' it. [more inside]
posted by Green With You at 2:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Can I learn to trust again?

How do I find a can opener that doesn't suck? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. at 2:29 PM PST - 37 comments

Where can we get a corner Christmas tree?

Help me find a quarter/corner Christmas tree. [more inside]
posted by asnider at 2:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Merry Christmas to you, you, you, you, but not you

Please hope me. Christmas is important to my mother, but it over the last few years it has turned into something that she can’t stand. It has gotten to the point that she doesn’t even want to have the Traditional Family Christmas at their house anymore. She loves Christmas and this is breaking her heart. Our family needs the help of Metafilter. This is anonymous because there’s enough drama already. Christmassy flurries within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:20 PM PST - 41 comments

What type of hedge is this and what hedgetrimmer can I use to trim it?

What type of hedge is this and what hedgetrimmer can I use to trim it? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown at 1:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Where to go with a car near Dublin and Cork?

Driving Around Dublin: SO and I will be visiting Ireland (Dublin and Cork) for about a week and half right after Christmas and we'll have a car. What are some fun, interesting day trips from the two cities (or stops along the way between them?) [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 1:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Let there be lips!

Help me understand what my doctor is telling me about my bizarre new party trick, where my lips swell up to Kardashian proportions. Also, help me be a good patient and actually follow through on the prescribed course(s) of action. [more inside]
posted by jph at 12:53 PM PST - 50 comments

Have degree, won't travel (outside Chicago)!

I've been in school my whole life and now am a licensed psychologist in Chicago. Help me get paid! [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc at 12:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Gifts for the knitter who apparently already has everything?

I would like to get a good gift for someone who is an avid knitter. She's already got a set of just about every needle type I know of (bamboo, double ended, circular, etc) so I think needles are pretty much out of the question. I thought about some nice yarn, but since that's kind of project-specific it'd be a bit presumptuous. So what awesome must-have and never knew it kind of gear would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by PantsOfSCIENCE at 12:40 PM PST - 37 comments

Can't figure out wireless connection issue

I can't connect to the wireless network-- have connected with other laptops and my smart phone just fine to this connection. Is there something I can change on my computer? I need to figure this out ASAP or I may have problems with applying for jobs and doing my schoolwork! [more inside]
posted by camylanded at 12:22 PM PST - 11 comments

How Do I Prepare a Graphic to Be Used in a Shirt?

Is there easy instructions or a guide that I can use to create a simple image to be used to print a t-shirt? It will be solid color text on a plain background. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 12:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Wallet recommendations for the extra cardy.

I need a new wallet. Caveat: I currently carry 47 paper/plastic gift cards, credit cards, etc., and need something that will hold them all. I do not want a long "mom wallet." [more inside]
posted by jabes at 12:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Vegetarian Epicure's Fruit Cake Recipe?

Does anyone have the recipe for fruit cake from The Vegetarian Epicure? (I can't remember if it's from Book 1 or 2.) [more inside]
posted by angiep at 10:59 AM PST - 5 comments

What to do about VERY swollen eyelids during period?

YANMD Filter: What to do about VERY swollen eyelids during menstruation? [more inside]
posted by lalalana at 10:50 AM PST - 15 comments

What types of Christmas meals require little preparation on Christmas Day?

What do you eat on Christmas? [more inside]
posted by christie at 10:49 AM PST - 61 comments

What are large corporations doing around the production of mobile apps for their organizations?

What are large corporations doing around the production of mobile apps today? For customer use, obviously, but for internal use too? Built in-house or contracted out? Android or iOS or both? Or are web-apps for mobile preferred? Where can I read more about this? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 10:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to base our romantic NYC anniversary trip?

Planning a surprise anniversary trip to NYC: Questions about neighborhoods (romantic walkabout?), hotels (romantic ambiance), and recreational cooking (don't burn me, bro!). [more inside]
posted by joecacti at 10:36 AM PST - 26 comments

Taking up space on the Interwebs

What should I do with my custom domain name? I plan to let it expire.. but I'm stuck with it until 2014. [more inside]
posted by The Biggest Dreamer at 10:31 AM PST - 2 comments

What are Current Hipster Trends?

What are some current hipster trends that I should be paying attention to? [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle at 10:25 AM PST - 17 comments

Power computing for less $$$

What's the best way to buy a gaming computer for less than $500? Should I be buying components and putting it together on my own, or just waiting for the best deal on a prebuilt system? And what websites should I be using to price things? [more inside]
posted by Happydaz at 10:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Help me find that band!

Name that band filter: Could be a song called "Shifting of the Sand". I believe I have found the song, but I'm having a hard time finding the jazz-y band singing it... [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 at 10:10 AM PST - 2 comments

We're trying to start a vintage clothing business! How do we source the best clothing at the best prices?

How do I source reasonable to high quality vintage clothing at low prices [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger at 10:06 AM PST - 9 comments

The prefatory chapter to our current gridlock

Looking for an in-depth description of a very particular moment in Rick Santorum's career - [more inside]
posted by sidi hamet at 10:03 AM PST - 5 comments

pulitzer drafts

Years ago Jack Hart, the esteemed editor and writing coach at The Oregonian, posted the rough drafts of Tom Hallman's Pulitzer winning story The Boy Behind the Mask somewhere online. Perhaps to a writers'/journalists' forum or mailing list. One editor's reaction to seeing the progression of the story through the drafts was to call it the most instructive lesson he'd ever had in newspaper writing. Help me track down those drafts!
posted by AceRock at 10:01 AM PST - 0 comments

Good people do still exist!

A good human being is returning my lost iPhone and declining the posted reward. What's a good way to thank him? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite at 10:00 AM PST - 28 comments

Seeking "The Night Before Christmas" with cat

My boyfriend has lost his and his children's favorite version of "The Night Before Christmas". I'd love to find it for him. It featured line drawings, each of which had a cat somewhere on the page. They had fun looking for the cat in each illustration. It would have been published pre-2000. Any ideas?
posted by ridingtheranges at 9:26 AM PST - 2 comments

I'm completely overwhelmed choosing a DVR.

I'm buying my fiancée a DVR for Christmas. Which one is the best one for our situation? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 8:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Jet Set Puggle

Our 24-lb puggle (for scale: I am 5'6") needs a soft-sided carrier and also to get stuffed into said carrier. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 8:35 AM PST - 23 comments

Why should the fire die?

What do you do when the sexual fire's gone? How do you get it back? [more inside]
posted by missingthefire at 8:34 AM PST - 51 comments

Central vac installation questions.

Questions about installing the tubes for central vac. [more inside]
posted by winston at 8:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree...

In search of a Christmas tree, near Kew Gardens-Forest Hills in Queens, NY, this week. [more inside]
posted by acorn1515 at 7:38 AM PST - 3 comments

Repeating "No" Nicely

How to say no over and over again? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 7:38 AM PST - 25 comments

what tools and models do we have for collaboration in the humanities?

what tools and platforms exist right now which humanists can use to do collaborative research? what models exist of successful humanities collaboration? [more inside]
posted by idlethink at 7:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for noisy, spacey, atypical guitar pedal effects...

I'm looking for guitar pedals that can create noisy, spacey effects like this that can be manipulated live and while recording. [more inside]
posted by critzer at 7:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Sweeping the problem under the rug that isn't there.

Recourse filter: I probably have none, but thought I would check with the hive mind. I purchased a rug online from Target that was a GREAT deal ($150 for a 9x11 wool hooked rug). I received the email that the item shipped but noticed that it wasn't updating in the UPS system after 2 days. I called UPS & they said they hadn't received it from the shipper. UPS told me to call the shipper. I called Target and they said to wait it out. They tell me to wait 5 more days. 2 days go by and it still hasn't updated so I call UPS again & they tell me that they haven't received it yet. I call Target again (at this point it is past their listed latest estimated delivery date)- they tell me to wait again until the 21st. On 21st, the 6th day after it should have arrived the item is listed as sold out online. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas at 6:51 AM PST - 24 comments

Custom Internet Poster Printing?

Where online to get a nice poster printed from an image? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider at 6:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Autonomous wired and wireless repeater for travel?

I need to find a small device to be an all purpose router for connecting my iPad/iPhone and MacBook to both wired and wireless hotel networks, using a single hotel login. D-Link DIR-505? Or something else? [more inside]
posted by ftm at 6:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Overuse of the word "that" in casual conversation

Linguists, is there a name for this annoying trend, and can we point to where/when it originated: Overusing the word "that" without first defining what you are talking about? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 6:35 AM PST - 18 comments

Can we get paid to show off and not ruin our lives?

My husband and I are swingers who happily have lots of casual sex recreationally. We were recently offered money from someone who just wants to watch us have sex with each other, and money is really tight right now. Is there a way to make this work without screwing our lives up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 AM PST - 11 comments

ADHD evaluations in the LI/NYC area?

Does anyone have any recommendations for ADHD evaluations in the Long Island/NYC area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I stay or should I go?

My work/life balance is unhealthy and out of control for a variety of reasons. Help me figure out if this is fixable, or if I need to cut bait and walk - and if I do, how do I keep from letting this happen next time? [more inside]
posted by corb at 6:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Third grade dropout?

Should I take my eight (almost nine) year old out of school midyear to alleviate her anxiety? [more inside]
posted by TreeRooster at 5:49 AM PST - 47 comments

Holiday card vanity

I made a holiday card for myself and my husband. My sister thinks it is embarrassing. I'm not going to send it anymore, but I have a questions about regarding the general consensus of what and when and why certain things are embarrassing or not. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:56 AM PST - 96 comments

Apadravya Experiences Wanted

Looking to hear experiences with apadravya (NSFW link) or other penis piercings. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I worry about the stranger who knocked on my door?

How much should I worry about the sketchy character I paid to clean leaves from our front yard this afternoon? I haven't had a sleepless night in ages, but my brain has decided to obsess over the possibly foolish thing I did today. [more inside]
posted by Glinn at 2:51 AM PST - 26 comments

How to break up with needy girlfriend?

Hi all, I have been together with my girlfriend for almost 3 years. It has probably been the loneliest three years of my life. [more inside]
posted by silvershadow at 2:40 AM PST - 73 comments

On observing middle school misfits

How to be a thoughtful observer during a friend's teaching of middle schoolers? [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet at 1:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Replicating drives

Could you please step me through replacing my current HD with an SSD? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 1:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Books for a self-declared 12-yo non-reader

My step-son is 12. I challenged him to read one book in 2013 and his response was "John, I don't read. You know that. I read for school and class. But, otherwise, I don't read." I have started him on comic books as a primer but I am looking for a short fiction or non-fiction alternative. Also, maybe a writing club of some kind would be amenable but I don't want him to be Dudley's lone scout of the 826 model. He loves cooking, sci-fi, Adventure Time, Minecraft, architecture, and animals. Nothing with nightmares, please.
posted by parmanparman at 12:39 AM PST - 46 comments

November 25

Generating ideas for work in Japan outside of teaching, or Eikaiwa jobs.

I'm currently looking for work in Japan. I'm scouring the internet, Dave's ESL cafe, ALT (assistant language teacher) listings and am not really looking for help in that respect. If you have any suggestions however, I am happy to hear more. The only exception would be if anyone knows of any Eikaiwa (Private school) jobs or any forums that post job listings.. It is my question that since the work is not always steady and there is the possibility I would go there just to tutor, there is waaay too much flux in my ability to pay for rent. I need help figuring outside work. Outside of selling Japanese items around the world, I'm trying to figure out ways to make money with a general skill set. I'm vocal enough and confident in my speaking ability so I figure I can lead tour groups on my free time and post the listings on craigslist. I'm also looking into working as a waiter or dishwasher, but I was hoping for some help generating ideas. Thanks! PS - I alreadly have information on career cross and gaijin pot. If anyone knows any temp agencies are teacher employment agencies, that would be appreciated as well.
posted by Nighthawk3729 at 11:31 PM PST - 14 comments

How do they decide which peons in economy to pack in first?

How exactly does American Airlines assign its boarding groups 2-4? Is it just totally random? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque at 10:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Christmas Music, that doesn't suck?

Can you help me build a huge holiday playlist? I need Christmas music that doesn't suck. Preferably alternative/indie/folk/ish, 1990 through 2012. The newer, the better! Suggestions?
posted by 2oh1 at 10:16 PM PST - 70 comments

How does an anxious person learn to trust their instincts?

What are some good hacks for figuring out whether my feelings in a given situation are a result of unhealthy anxiety or healthy intuition? [more inside]
posted by rockpaperdynamite at 10:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find m83's Setlist?

Anyone know where I can find a setlist for m83's 10/7/2012 Charlotte concert? [more inside]
posted by Heliochrome85 at 8:25 PM PST - 6 comments

I need a way to manage a collection of physical objects online. A digital library!

I've been put in charge of a small catalog of games, books and other knick knacks. I need a way to catalog, store and manage the checkout of these items. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 8:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Which UFO documentary did I see part of?

I recently fell asleep while watching a documentary about the evidence for aliens having visited the earth. The only things I remember about it are it opened with the so-called "Phoenix lights" and it is freely available on Netflix. I'd like to find it so I can finish watching it (or just watch it in a more sober state so as to be better able to mock it). Does anyone know which of the hundreds of poorly produced Alien UFO documentaries it might be?
posted by Captain Shenanigan at 7:31 PM PST - 3 comments

No really... I need to stop picking.

I need to stop picking my face. Now. I don't have much money or time or willpower. But I need to stop. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet at 7:29 PM PST - 38 comments

Are my US friends paying extra to text me now that I live in Canada?

I used Textfree on my iPad and have a US number. I've since moved to Canada and I'm wondering if my friends in the US will now be charged when they text me? In other words, does it matter where I'm physically located? It's free for me but I'm concerned there might be costs on the other end.
posted by Babushka at 7:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Stories about personal feuds?

Can you think of some books or movies featuring feuds between two individuals? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake at 6:57 PM PST - 38 comments

Need gelato machine recommendation for the home.

Need a gelato machine recommendations for the home. I am willing to spend upwards of $1K if it is the right machine. I realize this is somewhat of a specialty product, but I can't seem to separate fact from fiction when researching this on-line. And there does not seem to be any unbiased "consumer report" style reviews.
posted by viconius at 6:49 PM PST - 8 comments

I picked it out just for you! Sorta.

Best oh-my-god-I-love-it gifts for people you don't know very well? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 6:32 PM PST - 33 comments

Help me find cool gifts for two hard-to-buy-for boys.

Please hope me! I am trying find a suitable gift for my pre-teen and early teenage relatives. [more inside]
posted by Spinneret at 6:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Auction Hunters! Help me value these IMAX Projector lenses.

I need help valuing and perhaps selling some IMAX projector lenses and power supplies. [more inside]
posted by HappyHippo at 5:56 PM PST - 2 comments

Electronic drum set or electric guitar under $200?

Anyone have any recommendations for either an electronic drum set or an electric guitar under $200?
posted by zinegurl at 5:29 PM PST - 6 comments

I have an emergency radio... now what?

I have an AM/FM/shortwave emergency radio... now what? How do I best use it during an impending or in-progress emergency situation? I know how to tune to my local AM emergency station, but beyond that I'm lost. Please share your resources and experience. Bonus: what fun stuff can I do with it right now that I can't do with a regular AM/FM radio?
posted by rhiannonstone at 5:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Good source for used designer bags?

I'm looking for sites where you've had a good experience buying second-hand (preowned, preloved, &c.) designer bags--purses, clutches, and so forth. I am out of my depth, personally.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 5:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Games families play: Looking for recommendations for a family of three adults

Looking for good game recommendations for a family of three adults [more inside]
posted by smirkette at 5:05 PM PST - 33 comments

Where do I buy cheap clay?

This question is as simple as it looks, and in my case I'm specifically interested in the Sacramento, California or SF Bay area. Where should I look to buy lots of really cheap pottery clay? I'm interested in 10-50lbs, and all different kinds of clay, but cheap is the key word.
posted by oneous at 5:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Best friends are dating behind my back - how to deal?

I think my best friends are dating behind my back which hurts my feelings. To further complicate matters, I like one of the best friends in a romantic way and I don't know how to deal with the whole situation. Help!!! [more inside]
posted by cyml at 4:55 PM PST - 25 comments

Easiest/cheapest way to have music on the go?

What is the cheapest and/or best option for listening to streaming (cached) music at the gym? Looking for hardware and software options. [more inside]
posted by mikeweeney at 4:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Christmas dinner in Brooklyn for a group (7-8) on a budget?

Help me find a restaurant for Christmas dinner in Brooklyn for a group (7-8) on a budget? [more inside]
posted by matcha action at 4:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Taters taters taters

Please share your best potato recipes for the crockpot. [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:33 PM PST - 4 comments

What are your favorite lamps that you have used to do work under? What light bulbs do you recommend for these lamps?

What is the best way to outfit an office in an apartment with quality lighting for studying? [more inside]
posted by jModug at 4:25 PM PST - 7 comments

28 and having cognitive issues

Has anyone gone through a period of time where their memories and concept of time has been really off. Sometimes it feels like my memory for things is really off but it is so subtle that I don't notice it. The other part of this that when I read something (even the newspaper) I don't retain what I'm reading. I'll read through an article and not have the gist of what was written. I can go back but all I see are details rather than how it makes up a cohesive whole. I think that I may have problems with abstract thinking. Has anyone had issues like this and if so how do you navigate around this? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. By the way I am in my late twenties so Alzheimer's disease is very unlikely.
posted by anonymous at 4:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Figuring out a partnership of sorts

What kind of contract would I write for this? [more inside]
posted by lilacp at 4:23 PM PST - 5 comments

What good sitcoms have I missed recently?

What good sitcoms have a missed in the past five or so years? Recently, I've enjoyed Raising Hope, Rules of Engagement, and The Big Bang Theory. [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr at 3:59 PM PST - 43 comments

Stop Staring & Come Talk To Me Already!

I'm a 20 year old girl going to a business school in a busy, big city. I get stared at by certain guys--eye-fuck, if you will--but I NEVER get asked out by the guys at my university. It happens with a whole lot of gorgeous, outgoing guys, ones I'd love to try and date! However, it never progresses a whole lot, and I am tired of feeling that I am just eyecandy (I'm being a humble-brag, I know, but forgive it this one instance!). What can I do to get guys to actually start talking to me, ask me out, make deeper connections? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen at 3:58 PM PST - 24 comments

Make Master Make Me a Maker

I have come into an ok amount of free time and I would like to throw myself into the world of being a "maker". [more inside]
posted by sendai sleep master at 3:57 PM PST - 12 comments

Searching for beautiful emotional minimal music

Searching for beautiful emotional minimal music in the vein of Max Cooper, Marek Hemmann. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 3:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Healthy and fulfilling expectations for a relationship

What are the healthy and fulfilling expectations of what a relationship should be and do for you? [more inside]
posted by yeahyeahyeah at 3:33 PM PST - 8 comments


Coworker I think I may like, and who may or may not kinda like me, did something today that I'm trying to figure out whether it was flirty or innocuous. Level-5 beanplating below the fold. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 3:16 PM PST - 24 comments

Is this a classic piece, or just something I dig?

I bought a timber couch to restore. Is it a designer piece, and if so, does anyone recognise the designer? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 2:55 PM PST - 11 comments

Looking for lunch in Holborn/Bloomsbury

I recently started a new job in Bloomsbury/Holborn, London. I'm looking for recommendations for lunch that aren't too expensive. Added difficulty: I'm also a bit of a picky eater. [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on at 2:09 PM PST - 17 comments

Have baby, will travel... to the next room.

Small baby that grows, small apartment that doesn't? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 2:04 PM PST - 16 comments

From One of the Best Albums Ever

What 70s song sounds like On Some Faraway Beach by Brian Eno? I know there's one out there that has the same melody as occurs at the beginning of the song.
posted by vansly at 2:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Fashion documentaries that simulate people watching?

I love the aesthetic of the pictures that Bill Cunningham takes for the New York Times or that Scott Schuman takes for The Sartorialist. I often wish their pictures moved. Are there any good documentaries or other videos that essentially allow you to stare at interestingly-dressed people in urban environs and just watch what they do?
posted by shivohum at 1:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Find a plush soft blanket for a kid's twin bed

Can anyone help me find a supersoft, plush twin size blanket for a girl? [more inside]
posted by biscuits at 1:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Have you been on Wellbutrin and used propanolol as needed?

YANMD: I recently started Wellbutrin (150 mg) for SAD. So far, no side effects. I haven't noticed an increase in anxiety, faster heart rate, etc. I also take around 5-10 mg of propranolol as needed (beta blocker) for performance anxiety. It works really well. My question: has anyone else had this combo of meds and noticed that the beta blocker worked differently? My shrink says it should be fine, but I'm interested in hearing any stories. This is probably my anxiety talking, but I'm just worried I'll take my beta blocker before a performance situation and it won't work, or won't feel the same. Thanks in advance.
posted by namemeansgazelle at 1:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for resources about monastic life

Books / resources about monastic life? I am thinking of writing a story set in a completely fictional setting, and I'd like to research more ideas of what life is like in a monastery or abbey. [more inside]
posted by marble at 1:28 PM PST - 20 comments

Looking for good places for an Atlanta-area spa day.

I want to treat a friend to a spa day somewhere in the Atlanta area, I haven't lived in Georgia for years. Does anyone have suggestions? We'd be looking in the Virginia Highlands area if we decide to go into town or in the Jonesboro/Stockbridge/McDonough if we don't. [more inside]
posted by Alison at 1:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Which of these paths will point me in the best direction?

Please help me pick the most relevant program for my career/education goals. [more inside]
posted by Malleable at 1:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Food for good moods

I think my diet is affecting my mood. What should I cook to perk up my mood? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 1:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Germany Travel for Dummies

Getting around and staying connected in Bremen, Germany: your tips, tricks, and general advice for a semester abroad. [more inside]
posted by shortskirtlongjacket at 12:52 PM PST - 7 comments

Hosted wysiwyg web publishing that allows adult content?

Are there any hosted publishing platforms where a) I can do some wysiwyg fiddling with the design and b) post content that descends into Dan Savage fetish-too-far territory? Do I have to self-host? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 12:48 PM PST - 4 comments

How to restore iPhone from backup that iTunes says is "corrupt or not compatible with the iPhone that is being restored"?

I have attempted to setup a new iPhone from a backup I made this morning. When I attempt to do so, I receive the error, "iTunes could not restore the iPhone because the backup was corrupt or not compatible with the iPhone that is being restored". [more inside]
posted by Tanizaki at 12:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Did you see the pictures I did of a home with Asian design? Where!?

Have you seen (within the last decade) these pictures from a home design magazine? Traditional Asian (Japanese?) style - high ceilings with dark beams, large open spaces, tatami mats and paper screens, and very little else. [more inside]
posted by attercoppe at 12:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Men are simple creatures, right?

He's just not that into you, yadda yadda yadda... or is he? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 AM PST - 21 comments

Advice on Thank-you for meeting a Prof

I just met with a grad prof and want to send her a note to thank her. I am not sure how long it should be or how much detail to go into. I really want to impress her so that I can get an assistantship with her.
posted by TRUELOTUS at 11:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Buy burning peat north of Boston?

Where on the north shore of Boston can I buy peat for burning in my fireplace?
posted by eggman at 11:09 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I respond to questions I don't want to answer without hurting peoples' feelings?

After posting this question, I asked out a guy that I was interested in. It's going pretty great, except that my friends won't leave me the hell alone about it, and I want to think about something else! [more inside]
posted by windykites at 11:07 AM PST - 8 comments

What to bite next?

Food, food, food! Please recommend all the best food documentaries, similar to "A bite of China". [more inside]
posted by Ender's Friend at 10:57 AM PST - 15 comments

My Google results are being hacked.

Somehow my website's Google results are redirecting to another location. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 10:21 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for a good indoor outdoor thermometer.

My dad would like an indoor outdoor thermometer for Christmas. His current one doesn't work well, so he is interested in getting a quality one. Any suggestions for a well-made, accurate, durable, easy-to-use indoor outdoor thermometer? [more inside]
posted by ifandonlyif at 9:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Making the Great Canned Food Switch

Trying to figure out how much we really need to feed our cats. Hoping someone here can help because I've read everything and it sounds slightly as if I would be preparing my cats for careers as foie gras geese. [more inside]
posted by Medieval Maven at 9:28 AM PST - 19 comments

Is it a good idea to break a contract with TMobile to get a phone?

I might go on and then break a TMobile contract to get Nexus 4 phone. Is that a good idea? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 9:27 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I help my friend who is verbally abusive to his partner?

My friends B and N have been together for years. They are happy together, supportive, and good people. But N is regularly verbally abusive to B, in small, sarcastic ways. It makes me (and other friends) uncomfortable. Can I do anything to help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 40 comments

Need MacBook repairs but Apple can't seem to help much

Macbook Pro (13", mid-2012) has been freezing and shutting down, and then sometimes not booting back up. Apparently it's an issue with either RAM or logic board. I have warranty but I'm in remote-ish Canada so Apple can't really help. Help! [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 8:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Self-help for the cynic.

Please recommend some self-help books for those who hate self-help books. Humor, cynicism, and a firm basis in science/psychology is especially appreciated. [more inside]
posted by timory at 8:54 AM PST - 15 comments

Bonobo exhibit hours at Cincinnati Zoo

What time does the Cincinnati Zoo bonobo exhibit close? [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me vanquish a sassy person.

How do I counter this argument? Me: Please do your shopping at independent, local businesses. The mall chain stores do not need your money. Opponent: Do the hundreds of people who work in the mall, or in the businesses that surround the mall and depend on mall traffic, need your money? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 8:27 AM PST - 31 comments

Is there any alternative to an SUV or minivan?

Fuel efficient car for dog and future baby? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor at 7:47 AM PST - 15 comments

Food's deficient in iron, eh?

Electra un-did and ate a wire-cored twist tie that had been holding open a gate. [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 7:35 AM PST - 2 comments

I want to improve my copywriting skills.

I'm looking for an online course to help me improve my copywriting skills. [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 7:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Identity bootstrap

I am currently without any valid identity papers in Québec, Canada, of which I am a citizen since birth. What is the best way to bootstrap myself back into valid identity, since it seems all identity documentation requests require one form of valid identity to go through? I still have an healthcard that expired a year ago.
posted by anonymous at 5:31 AM PST - 12 comments

What Xmas baking recipes post well?

[Xmas baking filter] I'm looking for ideas and recipes for festive baking which can be successfully posted. [more inside]
posted by neilb449 at 3:37 AM PST - 8 comments

Please recommend movies, books and tv to do with the First World War (1914 to 1918)

I'd like some recommendations for high quality movies, books, memoirs, tv shows, etc that cover the First World War (1914 to 1918) and the immediate years before and after. [more inside]
posted by h00py at 3:33 AM PST - 40 comments

November 24

How to solve a distance problem with an ex-girlfriend?

The girl I used to see and I are living on different coasts and she doesn't think I care enough about her. Should I move to New York so we can be together? [more inside]
posted by commitment at 11:14 PM PST - 35 comments

Fundraising advice

Preparing to do fundraising for a new theater company in Omaha. Need reference material and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 9:56 PM PST - 2 comments

How to keep my dog identified without hurting her skin?

How do I prevent my dog with a wrinkly neck from getting irritated where her collar rubs her? [more inside]
posted by town of cats at 9:12 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me be a mad scientist with my shampoo!

Calling all chemists and haircare junkies: is it possible to add salicylic acid and/or ketoconazole into a shampoo, rather than buying off-the-shelf shampoos with these ingredients in them? If so, how do I do this? If not how do I prevent over-washed and dried out hair? [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad at 7:56 PM PST - 18 comments

New Year's in New Orleans?

Where to go in New Orleans for New Year's? [more inside]
posted by Go Banana at 7:27 PM PST - 7 comments

The More Things Change .... the Harder time I have adjusting to it.

You, like me, have difficulty adjusting to major life changes, particularly those that wreak havoc on your established routine. You really want to share with me your tips, techniques and tactics for coping with these changes and adjusting. [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 7:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Need advice on the Do's and Don'ts of coffee dates, and how to keep conversation flowing.

Need advice on the Do's and Don'ts of coffee dates, and how to keep conversation flowing. [more inside]
posted by Snorlax at 7:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Another quiz, please

Ten years or so ago, I played (the predecessor to) this now defunct quiz. Basically, there was a list of questions each week. You answered as many as you could and emailed in your answers with explanations/justifications (plus an entry fee of a question for a future quiz). Is there something similar out there now? [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 7:07 PM PST - 2 comments

What to include in a care package that I'm sending to my friend who has been committed to a psychiatric hospital?

My closest friend has been admitted to an excellent psychiatric hospital for about 90 days due to some major issues with her bi-polar disorder. Due to her noncompliant behavior & some comments that she has made, she is on restriction right now but I have been told that I can send her a care package & they will allow her to have it when they feel like she deserves privileges. I've looked all over the internet for some help on what is ok & not ok to send but I'm finding little information. Does anyone have suggestions on what someone in that situation would appreciate & what is allowed & not allowed per hospital regulations? I'm sending the obvious stuff like snacks (small, pre-packaged in cellophane), books, hard cover journals, pictures (no frames), socks, toiletries & a few other things to keep her busy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Dog, raccoon hunter

Our dog killed a raccoon last night. What (if anything) should we be worried about? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 6:35 PM PST - 26 comments

What is it?

What is this seed/fruit/nut, found at low elevation in northern California? The two pieces on the left are halves; they came out of the rind pieces at the top right. The smaller thing at lower right is a whole one, without rind. They are very firm, like an apple or more so, and the inside has no strong taste or smell.
posted by bricoleur at 6:26 PM PST - 5 comments

What happened to Sauron's other rings?

TolkienFilter: What happened to the rings Sauron gave to the elves, dwarves, and men?
posted by Egg Shen at 6:11 PM PST - 17 comments

all I know about cats I learned from Garfield

What do I need to consider when working with Santa to put a surprise kitten under the tree on Christmas morning? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 6:08 PM PST - 22 comments

How to get into social network analysis?

What's a good way to get into social network analysis? Wild like advice on graduate programs and industry. [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee at 5:25 PM PST - 17 comments

Android GPS nav app with turn-by-turn and custom routing?

Suggestions for an Android GPS nav app with turn-by-turn directions and easy custom routing? [more inside]
posted by Ky at 5:02 PM PST - 6 comments

My home-made quilt needs cleaning.

I've got a handmade all-cotton knot-style quilt that was made by my mother. Since she has passed away, this is of course a very precious item to me, and I don't want to do anything to damage it. It is, however, in desperate need of a wash. Is this something I can just throw in the machine? Is there anything I should be wary or warned of? This is something I'd love to ask my mom's advice on, but, ha ha! Added difficulty level: I live in New York and send my laundry out.
posted by whitneyarner at 5:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Cool disaster gadgets

Building the best emergency kit -- gadget time! [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 4:46 PM PST - 25 comments

Characters in books or comics named Ilyana

I'm trying to collect books/comics/plays where there is a character named Ilyana for a baby gift. This is not easy. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by adorap0621 at 4:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees.

I'm tired of the cheap, shapeless, slapdash men's haircuts I get at chain salons. I definitely don't want (and can't take care of) expensive salon hairstyles. What's my haircut strategy? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 4:10 PM PST - 45 comments

no dairy no soy no wheat

Non-dairy, wheat-free, soyless and quick? I'm eliminating soy, wheat, and dairy from my diet and need really quick ideas for meals and snacks. Obviously hard-boiled eggs and peanut butter will feature, but what are some good combinations? I've seen this askme, but I can still have eggs, and I'm specifically looking for quick things for lunch and breakfast.
posted by yarly at 3:01 PM PST - 17 comments

How to force eject a cd from a macbook?

About 5 minutes ago I put a CD into my computer and it won't read or eject. It's a Macbook purchased in late 2008 running Ubuntu 12.04. I've tried ejecting the cd using Disk Utility and get the following error message: "error ejecting: eject excited with exit code 1: eject unable to eject, last error: Inappropriate ioctl for device" Can anyone help?
posted by eurypteris at 2:39 PM PST - 8 comments

How common is bullying in grad school?

How common is bullying in graduate school? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 1:31 PM PST - 42 comments

Will sawdust that has varnish kill my garden?

Will sawdust that has varnish kill my garden? A friend of the family asked if we wanted a large pile of sawdust he had from doing some woodwork. Sawdust makes good mulch. We wanted to accept, but some of the furniture that the sawdust had come from had been varnished and we weren't sure if that would kill our garden and/or poison the plants. Is it dangerous to use this sawdust.
posted by ArthurBarnhouse at 1:21 PM PST - 5 comments

The Men Who Built America books

I've been watching The Men Who Built America. Please recommend interesting books on the people covered in that series or other influential people from that time period. Thanks.
posted by rastapasta at 1:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Taking photos on the trail. While sweaty. Maybe in the rain.

Smallest, goodest, water-resistantest camera for taking pictures while trail running? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 1:10 PM PST - 3 comments

Restaurant Gift Certificate for Los Angeles (Los Feliz)

I'm looking for recommendations for a restaurant gift certificate to purchase for a friend living in Los Feliz in Los Angeles. Anywhere in LA is fine, but Los Feliz is preferred. I don't care if the place is super fancy or not, but the food should to be awesome and $100 would cover a couple's full meals plus a drink or two. Thanks!
posted by nbaseman at 1:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Can anyone help me sync the rest of my photo stream ?

New iPad synced half my photos and won't get the rest... Now what? [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 1:00 PM PST - 3 comments

What can you suggest I do for peace of mind instead of talking to anybody about private matters?

What can you suggest I do for peace of mind instead of talking to anybody about private matters? [more inside]
posted by Ingenting at 12:56 PM PST - 18 comments

I am not a gringo anymore...

Within three months, my family will be returning to the States... Where I know almost no one ( after living in northeastern Btazil for eight years ). I know all the lists/literature about starting off well in a new country; how can I say goodbye to the country that I have grown to love?
posted by Mr. Metaphor at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

How to date as a late 20s virgin?

Advice for dating as a 27 year old virgin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:49 PM PST - 16 comments

Can you identify this bird?

I'd like to identify this bird. Can you help? It was perched last week in woods southwest of Boston. [more inside]
posted by cribcage at 12:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Beyond UFYH?

I'm looking for blogs about homekeeping (cleaning, organizing, keeping up on housework, design/decorating, and that sort of thing with maybe some cooking or gardening thrown in). I like Unfuck Your Habitat and I used to read Apartment Therapy before moving into my own house. Are there any other blogs out there that offer inspiration/motivation to keep up with housework and/or design ideas? I'm very DIY and craft-oriented, and appreciate frugal living ideas, too, so blogs that incorporate those things are good, too.
posted by wansac at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Bite of an Alien Space Spider?

My dad tells this story about a very, very weird "spider bite" he got as a kid, but it doesn't sound like any spider bite -- ever. What could this have been? Alien implant? Ringworm? Disgusting details inside. [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 12:00 PM PST - 12 comments

Songs about insects

Looking for songs that contain references to insects. [more inside]
posted by elerina at 10:46 AM PST - 68 comments

Where to stop in between Paris and Barcelona?

If you were driving from Paris to Barcelona next spring and had two nights to stay along the way, where would you stay and why? Indirect routes are ok but you also want to break up the trip so you aren't doing more than six hours of driving in one day. [more inside]
posted by stp123 at 10:16 AM PST - 7 comments

The most watched digital content is... what?

Is Gangnam Style the most watched "piece of digital content" in human history? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 10:09 AM PST - 15 comments

Seeking recommendations for dog friendly spas/retreats

I need to relax! And I want to bring my dog. I'm looking for a wellness spa/retreat that is dog friendly. [more inside]
posted by grayber at 10:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Recommend a 401K plan which permits borrowing.

Please recommend a 401K plan for a single person business that permits borrowing. [more inside]
posted by portabella at 9:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Learn to knit

I want to learn how to knit. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 9:16 AM PST - 30 comments

Out vile jelly

I stare at the computer all day for work, and I stare at it at home for recreation and to further my career-change efforts. In the last year or so, though, I've developed intermittent eye strain that makes it almost impossible to do my job or to make any progress on changing careers. [more inside]
posted by indognito at 8:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Help my MIL move her bookmarks!

Help! I went with my MIL to buy a new MacBook yesterday, and she's freaking out about everything being so DIFFERENT from her PC - especially the bookmarks. Help me help her... [more inside]
posted by hms71 at 8:38 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm ready to rejoin The Matrix

MetaFilter's Credit Wizards: How should I go about acquiring a credit card ASAP when I'm 38-years-old and *possibly* have no credit history? [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Why yes, it IS that time of year again

In need of gift ideas for my newly-Canadian parents! [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor at 7:45 AM PST - 20 comments

It's not me, it's you - rabbit edition

Should we get rid of the rabbit? And what about this cat? [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 7:23 AM PST - 17 comments

Bones Brigade...

[AuJusFilter]I am attempting to roast a prime rib for the first time at home, and the recipe included a from-scratch jus recipe that includes "meaty beef bones," then goes on to specify marrow or knuckle bones. Unfortunately, the only butcher in town is closed on Saturdays, and my only recourse is frozen beef soup bones from the grocery store. Close enough?
posted by kuanes at 6:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Am I dating a Peter Pan?

Holidays always seem to bring relationship issues to the surface. My 46 year old boyfriend of five months isn't ready to cut the apron strings from his family - should I stick around and hope this changes or learn to accept it or move on? How do you accept something so annoying? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 at 5:50 AM PST - 43 comments

Politics in outer space

What would politics in outer space look like? [more inside]
posted by espada0 at 3:51 AM PST - 14 comments

IMAP Mail Checker for Mac OSX?

Is there a IMAP Mail Checker for Mac OSX? [more inside]
posted by mule at 2:07 AM PST - 7 comments

If you could only have one wetsuit, what would it be?

Surfers, snorkelers, scuba divers: trying to buy a gift. If you could only have one wetsuit, what would it be? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 1:22 AM PST - 9 comments

November 23

He ain't heavy, he's my soulmate

I'm the one who works and he is financially dependent on me. How can I make him never, ever feel like a burden? [more inside]
posted by dean winchester at 11:51 PM PST - 26 comments

Can't figure out what this song is from an episode of Bored to Death. Do you know it?

Does anyone know what song it is that plays during the closing credits of Season 3, Episode 4 of Bored to Death? [more inside]
posted by Modus Pwnens at 10:44 PM PST - 4 comments

I need a Russian Larousse Gastronomique

Can anyone recommend any good all-around Russian-English or Russian-French culinary dictionaries, online or in print? [more inside]
posted by ivan ivanych samovar at 9:57 PM PST - 21 comments

First-timer seeks personal and career advice!

21-year-old college junior seeks career and coming out advice! Lots of details inside... [more inside]
posted by DRoll at 9:41 PM PST - 7 comments

french grad school

Hello French brothers and sisters! Can an American Grad. student find plant biotech. Phd work in France these days? It is a dream to move there with my young wife, what are the biggest and best schools? Thanks everyone! [more inside]
posted by 1inabillionmistake at 9:34 PM PST - 1 comment

Documentaries on Art/Artists and Innovation

Please recommend some documentaries online on art, artists (of any/all kinds) and innovation (in a wider sense, perhaps especially including technological innovation and entrepreneurship) that I can show to a class. [more inside]
posted by zresearch at 8:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I still get Windows 8 consumer preview to run on my tablet PC?

Can I still use a consumer preview version of Windows 8 on my new-old tablet PC? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 8:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me name our new puppy!

Help me name our rescued whippet pup! Details & obligatory photo inside... [more inside]
posted by harriet vane at 8:32 PM PST - 36 comments

Tell me the stories of San Francisco...and help me tell others!

Help me teach the stories of San Francisco! [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers at 7:17 PM PST - 27 comments

Give me your best nature songs

Can you name any songs that use nature as a metaphor? This is my favorite example (Your Rocky Spine). [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 6:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Phone for a Dandy Man

I have a Fancy Cousin who uses Virgin Mobile pre-paid, and my Fancy Cousin would like to get a new Android phone during this weekend's sales. A few questions: [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog at 6:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me find this site!!!!!!

A funny Website where people post real life true stories and events in their life??????????????? [more inside]
posted by flexiverse at 6:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Romantic, but not quite there...

Recommend me some seriously good romance/erotic romance fiction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 PM PST - 18 comments

What climate, temperature, etc. issues do I need to build a "good enough" storage shed for my books?

Please help me design & figure out how to build a "good enough" storage shed for my personal library. What with all the librarians lurking on MetaFilter, I figure that you guys should know the answer (or at least be able to bless me with an abundance of opinions), right? :) [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 4:36 PM PST - 13 comments

The 39 year old semi-virgin

I'm dating someone new who is 38 and considers herself to be more or less a virgin. She's nervous about sex but also pretty interested. How can I make this ok for her? Total NSFW oversharing below... [more inside]
posted by mockpuppet at 4:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Relationships as a choice - despite dependence?

"I love you, and I choose to be here. ...Of course, if this doesn’t work out, I get deported." I could use your perspectives on choosing to be in a relationship despite sometimes feeling trapped in it? [more inside]
posted by Someone Else's Story at 3:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Collecting an unpaid invoice from a sleazy client.

Collecting an unpaid invoice from a sleazy client. Is it better to pursue and get dirty or to let go and go unpaid? [more inside]
posted by nedpwolf at 3:24 PM PST - 19 comments

Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree, be gone by 2013 and take your ornaments with you

I want a Christmas tree, but I am moving overseas in the new year and DO NOT NEED MORE STUFF. What can I make that is a) festive, b) disposable and c) close to free? (I'd prefer not to contribute a huge pile o'plastic to Boxing Day landfill either)
posted by superfish at 3:05 PM PST - 29 comments

Dear Mr President, Am I Free to Say Your Name?

Protocol demands the proper way to directly address the US President is as "Mr President." Has anyone (not related) to the current or former US President ever publicly addressed them by his first or last name directly to his face? What happened? If this hasn't happened, what would be the consequences of doing so?
posted by Effigy2000 at 2:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Need advice on how to return to work?

Returning to work after hospitalization following suicude attempt. How to navigate this with coworkers? [more inside]
posted by rainygrl716 at 1:58 PM PST - 19 comments

Can you help me upgrade my MacBook Pro (late-2008) hard drive?

Need advice on how to update an older MacBook Pro with a new hard drive. I have a late-2008 MacBook Pro: 2.53 GHz, 320GB hard drive, 8GM RAM (4GB in two slots). My drive is getting full and I don't have the cash at the moment for a brand new laptop. Should I replace the optical drive with a SSD? Or just upgrade the regular hard drive with a new one with 750GB or 1TB? [more inside]
posted by barnone at 1:23 PM PST - 16 comments

DC is fun!

I'll be in DC next/this weekend. Where should we eat, what should we see? Shorter events are appreciated! [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 1:12 PM PST - 16 comments

Who was hacked?

My dad got a spam email with my (unusual) full name listed as the sender, but from a random email address with no association to my name. Was his contact list compromised or was mine? [more inside]
posted by amarynth at 12:47 PM PST - 7 comments

Best tips and advice for a sewing beginner?

Sewing-filter: Top 5 tips for a beginner working on my first real project from a pattern? Bonus question: can I do this? Pep talks welcome. [more inside]
posted by mireille at 12:20 PM PST - 28 comments

How to get perl to connect to mysql using DBD:mysql

I'm over my head again trying to run a program for a class and you were a great help last time. I'm trying to connect to mysql from Perl and have installed DBD:mysql on my Mac (OS X 10.5.8). I have no idea what I'm doing. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 at 12:00 PM PST - 6 comments

What should I look for in a telephoto lens that wouldn't cost more than $250?

What should I look for in a telephoto lens that wouldn't cost more than $250? [more inside]
posted by sacrifix at 11:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Worst. Owner. Ever.

How to know if I've messed up my cat's tail [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 11:32 AM PST - 20 comments

should my eyes water when I poop

My eyes water when I poop. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by TheJoven at 10:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Find Me A Birthday Venue and Theme In Portland, OR

K. So my big 3-0 birthday is on Saturday, December 8th, and I'm looking for a good place in Portland (like a semi-private event room in a resturant/bar) to host folks for several hours. Let's say 7-10pm. More specifications inside... [more inside]
posted by redsparkler at 10:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Take My Privacy, Please!

I'm trying to hack together an OS X script that's dependent upon my location. Problem is, Apple's location services doesn't know where my home router is - and I don't have an iOS device to tell it. Is there any way I can suggest or hint to the server where my IP is located?
posted by Apropos of Something at 10:44 AM PST - 10 comments

How to get good good looking skin for men? Suffering from dry skin and back acne.

What's a daily mens skin care routine to have good looking skin? Also how do I get rid of back acne for men? I have had it for years and nothing seems to be working. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 at 10:43 AM PST - 30 comments

Sandwiches on restaurant menus - only in Canada, you say? Pity.

Is it unusual to see sandwiches and burgers on restaurant menus outside the US and Canada? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 10:33 AM PST - 24 comments

The Murder Weapon? Herring, Of Course.

Who are some other enjoyable Scandinavian noir authors? [more inside]
posted by joelhunt at 10:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Lentement s'il vous plaît

I need movie, video, podcast, etc. recommendations in French. [more inside]
posted by Mister_Sleight_of_Hand at 10:05 AM PST - 9 comments

Selfish or selfless? I can't tell.

I'm ready to leave my unhappy, borderline-abusive, caretaker-y marriage (details in a series of posts, most recently here). Do I just wait until I've got all my ducks in a row and then go, or should I be kinder, and give my spouse some kind of notice period. [more inside]
posted by six sided sock at 9:56 AM PST - 69 comments

Best way to learn French in my spare time?

Hi everyone, I am a 24 y/o English native about to start a PhD in London. During the next 3 years, I would very much like to begin learning French alongside my doctoral studies, and I am interested in finding out the most effective and efficient way of going about this. Realistically I will probably be able and willing to dedicate between one and two hours a day to studying French. I am interested in learning to both speak and write the language in equal measure. Any advice is much appreciated.
posted by FuckingAwesome at 9:41 AM PST - 13 comments

How to open an .ODT file with OpenOffice or admin privileges?

It seems that google Drive aka google docs doesn't open .odt files any longer [tho a search of the web implies it used to]. Of course, neither does Word 2003. 1. Is there any reason why? And 2. can I - without admin privileges on this machine - open an ODT in some other way [preferably to be able to save as a .doc]? cheers
posted by dash_slot- at 9:32 AM PST - 2 comments

external drive with 2 USB plugs

I don't get it. If my external storage drive has two USB cables, do they both need to be plugged in? It seems to work with just one plugged in. Is it that one uses both when one wants extra speed?
posted by gnossie at 9:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Channeling my inner fashion designer

What's the most cost-efficient way to hem and dart my shirts? What kind of sewing machine fits my urge to adjust clothing? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 at 9:07 AM PST - 10 comments

NAS for a Mac home: Airport Extreme vs. Seagate GoFlex

I want to move to network-attached storage. I've got two Macs and am trying to decide between buying an Airport Extreme or Seagate GoFlex. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer at 8:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me by a Christmas present for my host family in Guatemala.

Help me buy a Christmas present for my host family in Guatemala. [more inside]
posted by empath at 8:01 AM PST - 2 comments

How to help a parent cope with the loss of a spouse?

I lost my dear dad unexpectedly Sunday after a series of illnesses. My mom, luckily, is still with us. They were together 54 years and my mom was only 17 when they met. The most important thing to my dad was my mom's well-being and I feel it is now my duty to look after her to the best of my ability. I have no idea how to help her cope with the loss of my father. I want to be there for her as much as possible, but I don't want to smother her. Does anyone have any advice?
posted by entropicamericana at 7:58 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for new job whilst in training.

[Job-filter] How do I add a job to my resume that is both a contractor job, and more importantly, I haven't finished training at? [more inside]
posted by trogdole at 7:53 AM PST - 5 comments

iPhoto problems after Time Machine restore

iPhoto no longer displays full view of photos after Time Machine restore. Nor will it upload photos from my camera. Help me figure these problems out. [more inside]
posted by jammy at 7:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Abundance Economics Truth or Fiction?

Abundance or Scarcity: Is current global aggregate production of consumable 'necessities' sufficient for current global population? Or are food shortages and starvation due to insufficient aggregate production? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 7:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Internship 2.0

How do I go about creating the best internship ever? [more inside]
posted by nikayla_luv at 7:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Starting over at 24

I'm 24 and very recently my first serious relationship (7 years) ended. Starting over with my life after my first traumatic upset and in need of some recommendations for... well, life (career, relationships, finances, the whole gamut). (please forgive the length) [more inside]
posted by znith at 7:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Can PhotoBridge save a collection of mediocre family photos?

Has anyone used FotoBridge to enhance and digitize old photos, and if so how would you rate their services? (Asking for a friend.) [more inside]
posted by naoko at 6:46 AM PST - 3 comments

In lieu of flowers?

Wrongful death in the family. In lieu of flowers / Memorial donations? Help me, hive mind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 AM PST - 17 comments

Where to get a quietclassy drink in DC?

I'm looking for a quiet and classy hotel lobby in DC where a couple can have a drink tonight. [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 6:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Oh NGO Where Art Thou?

Is there an NGO somewhere that I might partner with to get laptop computers for some monastery schools in Burma/Myanmar? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 6:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Reloading Videos

How do I avoid my web browser having to reload a video again if I view it again after having navigated away from it earlier or when I go full screen? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 4:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I go to a sing-along concert of the Messiah and not sing along?

Can I go to a sing-along concert of Handel's Messiah and not sing along? [more inside]
posted by colfax at 2:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Chicken sandwich vs chicken burger

I have a question about burger terminology. Why is it that Americans have a cheeseburger, a veggie burger, a turkey burger -- but call a chicken burger a "chicken sandwich" (when it's in a burger bun, not made with sandwich bread)? [more inside]
posted by peter1982peter at 1:38 AM PST - 51 comments

Ally sign ideas

Help me think of a placard message for a marriage equality rally. Serious or silly! [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet at 12:28 AM PST - 13 comments

November 22

Recommended reading

If you like Terry Pratchett, you'll love... ? (You are 10.) [more inside]
posted by latkes at 11:20 PM PST - 65 comments

Relationship Drama

Couple living together. He is (verbally) abusive. He is not on the lease, does not pay rent. (GF/BF situation). The girl wants to get rid of him. What are her options? What are his rights? Does he have any? They live together probably over one year. City: NYC
posted by yoyo_nyc at 10:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Short bursts of productivity

I am looking for ways to be more productive with short blocks of time. What do you do when you have 5-10 minutes to kill while waiting on something? [more inside]
posted by Silvertree at 8:40 PM PST - 27 comments

The opposite of 'what is worth spending on'

What store-brand products are a good value? [more inside]
posted by Fig at 7:41 PM PST - 46 comments

Framing a large poster: what is the best strategy?

I am trying to frame a large, tall map for my wife's Christmas gift. Normally I just get a RIBBA frame at IKEA, but the print (24" x 42") doesn't fit any of their sizes. I want to matte it at 3" on each side, bringing it to 30" x 48". My goal is to spend ~$100 on the framing, glass and matte boards... is this possible? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 7:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Alternatives to CaringBridge

Are there any good alternatives to CaringBridge? [more inside]
posted by gingerest at 7:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Holy C**P, a 65 Marlin!

Have you imported a 16+ year old vehicle from the US to Canada (BC)? What was the experience like and roughly how much did it end up costing? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral at 7:20 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I satisfy my ramen cravings?

I love, loooooove beef flavored Sapporo Ichiban ramen noodles, but I can't always find them. Does anyone know (a) where I can get a steady supply in Toronto, or online with non-ridiculous shipping to Canada? or (b) what brand (or type of generic) beef-flavored ramen noodles taste similar? Particularly annoyed by the little cubes of freeze-dried carrots in some brands I've tried.
posted by sarahkeebs at 7:13 PM PST - 2 comments

It's on the tip of my tongue!

What (probably 70s or 80s-era) science fiction novel involved colonizing an alien world which was inherently hostile to the human protagonists but which had a native population of vampire-like creatures who were similar enough to humans to "pass?" (Possibly shapeshifters.) I thought it was C.J. Cherryh's Faded Sun books, but it isn't – although I think I read it around the same time that I read those books in omnibus.
posted by sonic meat machine at 6:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Repairing a Samsung TV

I have a broken Samsung TV and want to know if there is a cheap way to fix it or creative way to use it. [more inside]
posted by jamincan at 6:42 PM PST - 8 comments

Vinyl album suggestions for a 12-year-old

My 12-year-old nephew wants some vinyl record albums for Christmas. What should I buy him? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 6:21 PM PST - 34 comments

How to help a drug addict?

How to support someone trying to overcome an addiction? [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 6:06 PM PST - 8 comments

I like teenagers. (Really, I do!)

Are you now or have you ever been a substitute teacher in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by she's not there at 5:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Are free weights better than unfree weights?

Why strength training, and what to do? I've been taking advantage of my free gym membership a lot more lately and I see people lifting weights a lot. I do the elliptical and the "Nautilus"-type machines, but I've gotten the impression that the barbell-style stuff is better for me. Is this true, and if so, how do I go about this? [more inside]
posted by supercoollady at 5:34 PM PST - 15 comments

What did you want but couldn't afford in the 60's?

Gift filter: I'm looking for things my parents would have lusted after as teenagers / young adults. Dad was born in 1942, mom in '46, both were quite poor at the time. Example: Dad left the AirForce in '66 and saved up to buy a second hand Seiko watch. Example 2: nostalgic candy. What are some other items they would have wanted but been unable to purchase, or period specific luxuries that I could surprise them with today from the vast used markets.
posted by misery loves company at 5:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Low-salt, low cholesterol eating?

He has to limit salt. I have to limit cholesterol. We are both vegetarians. Where can we eat? Looking for both general restaurant ideas and Toronto-specific ones. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 5:00 PM PST - 5 comments

Spoiled Kids Need Lesson in Gift-Giving

What can I do to teach my spoiled niece and nephew about the importance of giving this holiday season? [more inside]
posted by paperclip2000 at 4:36 PM PST - 37 comments

Hero/Genius title in jeopardy

I'm in jeopardy of losing my hero/genius status due to not being able to find pure cashmere socks (calf length) for my wife. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep at 4:12 PM PST - 10 comments

How to properly cope with the discrimination and bullying in many of my classes?

Conflicted upon how to deal with bullying and discrimination (of various kinds) I am experiencing in my classes this semester. [more inside]
posted by pixienat at 3:51 PM PST - 18 comments

Apple TV connect to My Apartment Public Wi-Fi?

I have public wi-fi at my new apartment, and am able to stream Netflix just fine via a friend's laptop. I am not sure if there is a way for my Apple TV (2nd gen) to work here. I have googled around and others seemed to be able and others not. Normally when using my home computer or kindle tablet, I have to connect to wi-fi after a given period of time left unattended and then click "connect" from a browser page so perhaps this is why the ATV2 cannot work. Any thoughts? Thanks and have a good Thanksgiving!
posted by snap_dragon at 2:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Genealogy question!

Genealogy question! What does the bolded mean in this record of marriage taken from a 1911 genealogy: Margaret Harris, b. Dec. 12, 1810; m. (1st) Abraham Mitchell. (Barrow, Ind.) [more inside]
posted by the young rope-rider at 2:16 PM PST - 7 comments

Fitbit for people who walk and bike?

Do you have a fitbit? How to you deal with biking and/or other activities that fitbit does not measure well? Or is there a better tool for this? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 2:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find a scholarly book about Women and their experiences with the current Healthcare System?

Help me find a more recent book about issues surrounding women and the healthcare field, and issues surounding the field in general in terms of the attitude that medical professionals are almost superhuman, and the authoritarian attitude of doctors. [more inside]
posted by pandorasbox at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Candy and torture?

Can you help me find this disturbing Saw-like short film about kinder eggs? [more inside]
posted by jcrbuzz at 12:05 PM PST - 0 comments

uh oh

11th hour baking question: Can i Substitute gelatin for cornstarch? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 11:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Read my t-shirt

What does the writing on this T-shirt (in Arabic?) and its tag (in Hebrew?) say? Translations and transliterations please! [more inside]
posted by ditto75 at 11:19 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I do my own product photography?

I would like to start doing my own product photography. What do I need to (a) buy and (b) learn? [more inside]
posted by enn at 11:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Monitor hot-tub temperature while away? any solutions beyond upgrading my system?

Monitor hot-tub temperature while away? any solutions beyond upgrading my system? [more inside]
posted by audio at 10:57 AM PST - 3 comments

Going with the family to the Poconos in Pennsylvania for the Thanksgiving weekend. We shall be staying in a rented house in Tannersville near the Camelback Ski Resort for 3 nights and 2 days. What are the best activities, restaurants etc that we should be doing there at this time of the year?

Going with the family to the Poconos in Pennsylvania for the Thanksgiving weekend. We shall be staying in a rented house in Tannersville near the Camelback Ski Resort for 3 nights and 2 days. What are the best activities, restaurants etc that we should be doing there at this time of the year? [more inside]
posted by libbrichus at 10:37 AM PST - 3 comments

hey, wanna see this picture of me looking awesome doing fun things?

Narcissism filter: I love looking at pictures of me and my loved ones. I'd like to have more photos of my family up in the house but there are some snowflakey, silly issues... [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 10:36 AM PST - 26 comments

I don't like being me

I have recently realized that I am a selfish person, and I'm afraid my selfishness has been sabatoging my chances at having lasting, fulfilling relationships. I'm also self-loathing, which doesn't help matters, either. [more inside]
posted by dean_deen at 9:57 AM PST - 22 comments

Iphone Offline Maps

Iphone Application with Offline Maps [more inside]
posted by raphael19 at 9:01 AM PST - 10 comments

social worker vs. elementary school teacher

How would you compare a career in social work with elementary school teaching? Given that underlying values overlap so much, how might you decide which would spark more passion, happiness, and success? (Not that any career is perfect.) [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 8:34 AM PST - 12 comments

I know I'm an idiot, but does my car know?

What did I do to my tire? Is my car smart enough to know I'm an idiot? [more inside]
posted by cgg at 8:29 AM PST - 16 comments

Free to be a healthy me!

For my health, I want/need to move to the right climate for me, which I'm not sure even exists. It has to be sunny a lot, not humid, with very few days over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32C) (I guess I could put up with about 3 weeks like that, and nothing over 100 please) and very few days that are 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-17C) or below. (I don't mind snow.) [more inside]
posted by serena15221 at 8:17 AM PST - 43 comments

Teen time is supposed to be gift time

I wasn't able to give my niece a 13th birthday present a month and a half ago. What are some good ways I can correct this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Fix my fingers

Sharp pain in my right ring and pinky fingers when I bend them. I need to do a lot of typing. YANMD, but can you help me get through the weekend? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote at 8:09 AM PST - 7 comments

Want to sell my paintings - what to do?

I would like to begin to sell my paintings at local art fairs and online sites such as Etsy, $25-100.00 price range. Do I really need to set up an LLC or sole proprietorship, get a tax number and whatever else just to sell a painting or two (if I'm lucky?) Thanks. P.S. I live in Illinois.
posted by Tullyogallaghan at 7:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me build a fun, narrative-rich family tree

ThanksgivingFamilyTimeFilter: Let's talk about family tree-building! I'm looking for genealogy solutions that prioritize narrative as much (if not more) as data. Help me sift through the options? [more inside]
posted by greggish at 7:12 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I stretch properly [before Ultimate Frisbee]?

How do I stretch properly [before Ultimate Frisbee]? How do I not pull my groin again? [more inside]
posted by pmv at 7:11 AM PST - 10 comments

Mirena IUD: Will the spotting ever cease?

IUD Filter: How long should I wait for my Mirena IUD to 'settle down'? TMI inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Please come in, we don't have anything worth stealing anyway

I find it very hard to say no to people. I try to please everybody, especially people I don't know well. I worry a lot about offending, committing social faux-pas or hurting people's feelings. The idea that somebody wouldn't like me makes me anxious. What can I do about it? And how do I learn to NOTICE when my boundaries are being crossed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:33 AM PST - 16 comments

Parade Search

Can anyone find a working link to livestream the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade? NBC promised, but I honestly can't find it. Other avenues not productive.
posted by Miko at 6:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Only, only, only

I saw a vehicle recently covered with bumper stickers that said "ONLY." Google turns up nothing. What does this mean?
posted by litnerd at 5:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Understanding PS Atiyah (contract law) -help!

Hi Mefi-ers. I was wondering if anyone here who is doing/have done law could help point me to resources or journal articles (which we've not been introduced to. I only know of the case databases: lexis and westlaw) that would help me demystify a contract law question I've been set by my seminar leader? I'm basically a first year undergraduate llb law student at an English university; I'm studying contract law as one of the compulsory first year modules. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Have I ruined my turkey?

Have I ruined my 7 lb turkey by leaving it uncovered at room temperature for 12 hours? [more inside]
posted by jeatsy at 4:51 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I make my recumbent bike comfortable?

I have a recumbent exercise bike that I'm lately using for longer periods of time while I read, etc. Which is great. Except that my rear end is going numb. Is a gel seat cushion going to help? What do I need to do to make this endurable for an hour or more at a time?
posted by gracedissolved at 3:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Best meat in Scotland?

Can anyone recommend a butchers/game dealers in Edinburgh (Scotland)? Or if there's a really special one anywhere else along the Edinburgh-Glasgow corridor, or up to Perth?
posted by cromagnon at 2:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Dating, much like magnets, are difficult to understand.

Never been on a date and approaching my mid-20's, so I should probably figure out what I'm doing wrong, eh? [more inside]
posted by Geektox at 1:40 AM PST - 38 comments

November 21

don't worry i'm not looking at you

Who can fill the void left by Morphine? [more inside]
posted by bendy at 10:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Obligatory Phone-Shopping Question

I need advice on finding an Android smartphone, not quite so upmarket as this question. Thanks, Metafilter! [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 10:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Complete_clueless_beginner_filter - Selling/marketing your photography: how? Edition...

Selling your amateur snaps... how did you do it? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 9:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Can a single person live on a bit more than $50,000 a year in Edmonton, Alberta?

Is it possible to live in Edmonton, Alberta as a single person on a a salary in the low 50 thousands? I've been offered a position and would be moving from a medium sized city in the Eastern provinces, and no idea what to expect if I accept. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me create the best grade 6 classroom ever!

Help me create the best grade 6 classroom ever… with a budget of $200. [more inside]
posted by peppermintfreddo at 9:35 PM PST - 11 comments

I can't remember this old movie. Please help me find it again.

Vague memory filter. I vaguely remember a movie (or show) where a girl told the story of The Little Match Girl. Now I can't remember it. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 9:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Keep me entertained: Hong Kong edition

Hong Kong filter: I'm spending the weekend in Hong Kong, with no specific goals. Help me come up with some non-tourist trap things to do. [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 8:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Damn you!

THANKSGIVING PLUMBING URGENCY: Is this going to end up a big deal? [more inside]
posted by lizjohn at 8:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Why do my male coworkers pick on me?

Why do my male coworkers pick on me? [more inside]
posted by jenh526 at 8:29 PM PST - 32 comments

Resources for starting a small business in Canada?

You started a small business in Canada. What books, websites etc. taught you how to do it? Are there any resources that you particularly recommend? What did you learn along the way that you wish you knew when you started? What techniques and software do you use to track expenses, hours worked, inventory, sales etc? Is there any common advice on running a small business that you strongly disagree with? (I'm tentatively planning to make and sell festival clothes and accessories.)
posted by fullerenedream at 8:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Does this pie crust require pre-baking?

Should I pre-bake this Cooks Illustrated Pie Dough for use with this Pumpkin Pie Recipe? [more inside]
posted by macrowave at 8:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Journal from "Supernatural"

Pretty much looking for the Winchester's 3-ring supple leather journal from the show "Supernatural". [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 7:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Pushing up the daisies

I am pretty fit but I SUCK SUCK SUCK at push-ups. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 7:31 PM PST - 23 comments


I'm looking for quality videos of kids rapping. Help? [more inside]
posted by Philipschall at 6:59 PM PST - 5 comments

Help Me Skip Dexter Season 3

I've viewed Dexter seasons 1 and 2, and want to skip ahead to season 4. Please fill me in on plot issues I need to know about....or else suggest no more than 3 episodes from season 3 I need to watch in order to fully enjoy season 4.
posted by Quisp Lover at 6:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Please help a high school graduate find where to look for a decent paying job.

You are a high school graduate with no other experience and credentials. You need a higher-paying job to be able to support yourself. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 6:00 PM PST - 26 comments

What are your favourite short Canadian radio stories?

What are your favourite short Canadian radio stories? [more inside]
posted by JPDD at 5:17 PM PST - 15 comments

Amp modules look great, but how would I use them?

I have just come across a business that modifies existing guitar amp modules, (based on Randall MTS modules) which is interesting and neat (see here for an example of them in an interview with Billy Corgan). However, what I don't understand is how I would use one of these in my own rig. They are, but how would I hook them up? Could I use one to drive a speaker cabinet? Do they need to be in an enclosure? Basically, how would I use one of these modules?
posted by awfurby at 5:03 PM PST - 4 comments

The Birds: Australian style

How long after baby birds leave the nest until the parent birds stop being arseholes? Is there any way to convey the message, "move along now, no loitering" to a bunch of currawongs? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 4:54 PM PST - 7 comments

Kings, Clubs, what's next?

In the 1990s, every* mid-priced yuppie restaurant in Philadelphia and NYC was playing the Gipsy Kings. In the 2000s, it was Buena Vista Social Club. What's the inoffensive ethnic band of the 2010s? [more inside]
posted by moonmilk at 3:30 PM PST - 27 comments

Donating a used musical instrument (UK)

Where/who in the UK can I donate my musical instrument to? [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS at 3:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Winter Is Coming! but is the train out of Sapporo running?

I just impulse bought tickets to Japan for the last 2.5 weeks of February. I plan on skiing. How hard is it to get around Hokkaido by public transit? [more inside]
posted by larthegreat at 3:03 PM PST - 15 comments

Some people never seem to actually type their own thoughts.

You're on Facebook and many of your contacts are expressing their opinions, frustrations, affirmations and wit by means of shared and reposted .jpgs with some sort of text sentiment on them. Sometimes they're simply text, sometimes there is a background photo or illustration. What are these things called? Have we got a collective term for these graphic motto things?
posted by Lou Stuells at 2:37 PM PST - 28 comments

Help our broken dog sleep

Our dog goes through cycles of at first liking a crate and then not tolerating it at all--whining, scratching, growling, and moaning. When Sparky's unhappy, nobody sleeps. I'm out of ideas and I'm looking for new things to try. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 2:32 PM PST - 10 comments

A stupid Xmas question in November...

Christmas gift filter. Difficulty : I know next to nothing about the recipient and the gift has to survive in my luggage from the UK to Aus. [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon at 2:28 PM PST - 18 comments

What to get for a classical-music and science-loving mentor as a present?

What to get as a going-away present for my classical-music-and-science-loving mentor when I make a great deal less money than them and don't have as much knowledge as them in their interests? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 2:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Please help me learn more about online adjunct teaching opportunities?

Finishing my MBA and would really like to know what adjunct or introductory online teaching opportunities are out there. What resources are out there? What would I be qualified to teach? Are there any other additional certifications that I should obtain? [more inside]
posted by Paalen at 1:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Cat is HOWLING, what can we do to make her simmer down?

Please help us try and figure out why our cat is behaving the way she is, and if possible recommend some solutions to help... [more inside]
posted by kilohertz at 1:35 PM PST - 13 comments

How should I pack a four year olds lunch?

What's the best way to pack my four year old's lunch and snacks? [more inside]
posted by samhyland at 1:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Why is My Download Speed 10x Faster than my Upload?

Download Speed is 5.4 MPS, Upload 0.54 - Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier at 1:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Lonely ganache, seeks pastry for Thanksgiving sweet adventure

Pastry chefs; powers of ganache, unite! (Help!) [more inside]
posted by dejah420 at 1:05 PM PST - 8 comments

What's my next favorite vacation destination?

Where do I go on vacation if I already love Todos Santos (Baja, Mexico)? [more inside]
posted by mmmmbobo at 1:00 PM PST - 1 comment

Outlook Personal Folders Issue

Outlook 2007: Made a mistake; can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 12:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Eat that, Gillies!

Can you help me assess this piece of medical history? I would like to know if it is historically interesting. [more inside]
posted by Jehan at 12:33 PM PST - 6 comments

Game preserves near NYC?

New York City resident looking for a near-ish game preserve to go firearm hunting - suggestions?
posted by ac at 12:18 PM PST - 3 comments

WTF, steel, I thought you were supposed to be stainless

I discolored a stainless steel pot lid. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by entropone at 12:02 PM PST - 11 comments

What the hell is The Bucket?

Some online mapping services (Apple, Bing, etc.) refer to an area of Northwest Portland as "The Bucket", but as far as I know, The Bucket doesn't exist. Is this an example of a copyright trap? [more inside]
posted by sportbucket at 11:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Where can I buy escarole (broad-leaved endive) in SF today?

I was hoping to make an escarole (broad-leaved endive) dish for Thanksgiving tomorrow, but haven't been able to find anywhere to actually buy escarole. [more inside]
posted by outlaw of averages at 11:44 AM PST - 4 comments

What's a good option for using a tablet like a networked digital frame for sharing family photos?

What's a good option for using a tablet like a networked digital frame for sharing family photos? I'm looking for a fairly simple system for a mentally handicapped relative. [more inside]
posted by pokermonk at 11:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Help us not die of green gunk poisoning.

Is this green film at the bottom of my Keurig water tank going to kill me? [more inside]
posted by kythuen at 11:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Sheet music for Armstrong's "Savoy Blues."

Looking for sheet music for Louis Armstrong's "Savoy Blues." [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 11:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Please help me find reputable online theology degree options

I am trying to find some reputable graduate schools that offer masters degrees in Christian theology which can be completed mostly or completely online. [more inside]
posted by michellenoel at 11:01 AM PST - 16 comments

21st century bureaucracy

Legally binding online forms? (British Columbia) [more inside]
posted by wutangclan at 10:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Riot in Newark City Council?

Can someone explain to me why there was almost a riot in the Newark, New Jersey City Council last night? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn at 10:22 AM PST - 19 comments

How can I burn a fake check scammer?

Someone's trying to run a fake check scam on me. I posted my apartment on Craigslist, and they are proposing to send me a check from their boss which covers both rent and and moving expenses, in the expectation that I will send them back the difference. Is there any way to burn them back, for instance by providing the requested repayment details to law enforcement?
posted by Estragon at 10:18 AM PST - 12 comments

No pink ribbon, thanks

My friend has breast cancer. She is most of the way through chemo and is getting ready for a double mastectomy. She is 36, identifies as genderqueer, and is not at all on board with the whole gender-normative pink ribbon thing. She is planning on having minimal reconstructive surgery. Can you help her find appropriate information and online community? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 10:10 AM PST - 9 comments

Do some beta blockers cause less fatigue than others?

Do some beta blockers tend to have more side effects than others? [more inside]
posted by artistic verisimilitude at 9:52 AM PST - 7 comments


Can my laptop play Diablo 3? [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 9:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Simple recipes caught on video.

I need more websites or blogs like THIS offering very simple recipes and with video instructions included. [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 9:16 AM PST - 12 comments

Letterpress game for coders?

Internet-enabled two player, turn-by-turn iOS game for the math & logic -abled? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 8:58 AM PST - 9 comments

How would a bird strike on landing play out?

Can you tell me in great detail what would happen if a 2-engine airliner ingested a bird into one of its engines while on approach to land? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! at 8:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Minimum level of skill or ability to be a programmer/UX designer

What is the minimum level of skill or ability to be a programmer/UX designer? [more inside]
posted by ChipT at 8:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Invented language vs. familiar words in fiction?

As a reader, how do you feel about invented language versus familiar words in imaginary worlds? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey at 8:33 AM PST - 67 comments

Dropping out my PhD -- now what?

So after quite a few years in my PhD program in computational biology, I'm dropping out with a Masters. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:04 AM PST - 14 comments

Good experience with cheap menswear by buying from China or Korea?

I've decided that I want to buy new, "smart" and/or "fashion-forward" clothes, and in my travels through sites like Pinterest I've discovered the phenomenon of the online Far-East retailer (sites like and Specifically for menswear, has anyone bought from places like this, and how have the results been? Buying a nice-looking coat for $22 plus shipping almost seems too good to be true, but I'm sure that's still profitable for the manufacturer and saves on all the uplift that gets added by the retail universe (and western world in general).
posted by clicking the 'Post Comment' button at 8:03 AM PST - 11 comments

Screening question for IT-drudges

Screening questions (and answers!) for low-level office IT admin staff. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 7:11 AM PST - 20 comments

Tell your secret to the water?

I'm sure I once read a myth about someone telling a secret to a pool of water--and even this strategy backfiring. The moral of the story being, if you want to keep something secret, never utter a word, not even to the water or the wind. I've tried googling with no success. Can anyone flesh out this memory for me?
posted by uans at 7:08 AM PST - 8 comments

Awkward neighborhood research party

Awkward neighborhood party, but a little bit more complicated than that. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:02 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I clean this white, cloth couch?

I have this Crate & Barrel Petrie Couch in white, drinks were spilled. Manufacturer care instructions say to just use distilled water, this has not worked. What can I try next? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 6:59 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm Just Walking My Dog

I am going to drive from Dallas to Austin in a couple of hours, first road trip with my dog. Does anyone know of any good parks in Waco, not too far off I-35, where we could stop and have a little walk?
posted by ericthegardener at 6:38 AM PST - 3 comments

stupid outlook!

!#*! Outlook! Trying to move over 100000 emails from a local machine to a new machine.... problems inside. [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 6:30 AM PST - 5 comments

iPhone, Mac and PC calendar and contact sync

I just switched to an iPhone 5 after years with an Android phone. My carefully constructed sync setup between my work Win 7 PC, my home Mac and my phone is no longer as useful. Details of my current setup within. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 6:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Why won't my data network connect on my new used android here in China?

Why won't my data network connect on my new used android here in China? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow at 6:17 AM PST - 1 comment

and those big brown eyes, too

Comforts or treats we can buy a very, very, very old golden retriever? [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine at 5:32 AM PST - 19 comments

Dealing with someone who is "always right"

I think I've made a huge mistake. I'm newly married - only 3 months, but my husband is showing me facets of his personality that do not sit well with me. He seems to have anger issues. Nothing physical, but I need help making sense of it all, and I can't talk to him without him getting extremely defensive. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:29 AM PST - 86 comments

What's it like to serve on a City Council?

Are there any City Council members out there? What is it like to run for office and to serve as a councilperson in your town (bonus points if it's a city of 50-100K population)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Can my cheesecake take a bath?

Quick cheesecake-cookery question. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad at 4:42 AM PST - 17 comments

In which US sitcom or drama did the character queue up for or at least try to get some tickets for an Oasis concert?

In which US sitcom or drama did the characters queue up for or at least try to get some tickets for an Oasis concert? [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 3:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Those dang expensive tickets!

Help me get home (from Japan) for the holidays! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 at 3:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Hot jazz where the words keep up with the music

My favorite kind of song: fast, swingy jazz with lyrics that are witty and/or intricately rhymed, performed by somebody who delivers the words and the music with equal skill. Examples include Bobby Short singing 'Nagasaki', Ella Fitzgerald singing 'Everything I've Got', and Louis Jordan singing pretty much anything. What other performances should I check out?
posted by yankeefog at 3:18 AM PST - 21 comments

help me learn a dance routine.

I need to learn a dance routine for a video clip I am starring in. I can remember all the moves, but am struggling to remember what comes next as I do the dance. How can I make it stick in my brain? [more inside]
posted by lrobertjones at 12:27 AM PST - 15 comments

November 20

Help me tackle this challenging math/programming problem from a contest.

Help me tackle this challenging math/programming problem from a contest. [more inside]
posted by bookman117 at 11:30 PM PST - 6 comments

What is my iPhone leeching?

What data is my iPhone mysteriously downloading when I'm not really syncing anything, don't use iCloud, and have no apps running? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 10:40 PM PST - 6 comments

Bill Cosby - VW - San Francisco - Hilltop car lot

Can someone point me to the routine where Bill Cosby talks about driving a VW in San Francisco, stops on a hill and can't get going because of the clutch? "Go around" he yells to the person behind him, but that person, too, is driving a VW...?
posted by madmatx at 10:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find or make a cat-proof dual iPhone/iPad charging dock or stand

I am tired of having wires all over my desk. I want to charge both my iPhone and iPad Mini on my bedside table, standing up in a single dock or stand that my cat can't knock over. Can you recommend such a thing or suggest creative ways to improvise one? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 10:16 PM PST - 12 comments

I can't have imagined this computer game! Falling faces?

I'm trying to remember a computer game I had years back, but I can't for the life of me find it. It was a falling bricks game (like Tetris) but the pieces were one of four parts of several different faces - the hair, the eyes, the nose and mouth, and the chin and neck. The idea was to make a complete face that would then disappear from the board (again, like in Tetris). You could do mix and match faces, but you got more points for doing a whole matching face. If you let, for instance, too many mouths pile up on each other and reach the top, you lost. There were different levels, and the faces changed with each level. Does anybody else know of this? It would have been a Mac game, sometime during the 90's. I can't have just imagined this!
posted by dithmer at 10:12 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it safe to visit Beirut right now?

Is Beirut safe right now to visit? I heard about the Ashrafieh bombing recently -- is that known as a not-so-safe area, or are attacks really an "anytime, anywhere, no safe zones" sort of thing? Aside from bombings, if there's an angry mob are they likely to react particularly violently toward Americans, or would we just blend into the scenery?
posted by Televangelist at 9:08 PM PST - 4 comments

How do people learn to have fun by themselves?

How do people learn to do things alone? Is it normal to be anxious about going places and doing things on your own? [more inside]
posted by Papagayo at 9:06 PM PST - 29 comments

Best kitchen scales

Looking for kitchen scale recommendations. [more inside]
posted by smangosbubbles at 9:03 PM PST - 18 comments

health insurance options for transgender people in louisiana?

A transgender friend of mine was denied health insurance in Louisiana because of the 'underwriting risk' of her condition: "gender identity disorder". What are her options here? [more inside]
posted by yeoz at 8:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Questions about a court appearance.

How do I let a judge know I plan to take a driving course? [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist at 8:51 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm driving through flyover country. Where should I stop?

I'm driving from northern New Jersey to Ann Arbor, MI tomorrow via I-80, and returning to DC on Sunday via 76/70/270. What can I do to make these journeys less boring? [more inside]
posted by schmod at 8:15 PM PST - 16 comments

Giant picture, terrible quality

Why does this happen: huge sized pictures with terrible image quality. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 6:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Repeating old relationship patterns

Still not over the same old guy? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 6:40 PM PST - 12 comments

The Door is Ajar

My mother thinks I am a crazy person who will burn his house down because I don't leave the oven door slightly ajar when I use the broiler setting in my (gas) oven. Is she right? [more inside]
posted by Mad_Carew at 6:35 PM PST - 26 comments

Bike puzzle

My bike is trapped by a gross, muscle-y motorcycle. How can I get it out? [more inside]
posted by Ventre Mou at 6:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Why does iPad stop sending video to AppleTV when it auto-locks?

Apple TV + iPad troubleshooting: Suddenly, my iPad has stopped sending video to my Apple TV when it is in "lock" mode (or sleep or standby mode or whatever it's called). As recently as two days ago, this did not happen. Does anyone know how to fix this? [more inside]
posted by crLLC at 6:10 PM PST - 1 comment

Refurbed Mac Pro or new 21.5 inch iMac w Fusion drive?

Refurbed Mac Pro or new 21.5 inch iMac w Fusion drive? [more inside]
posted by Hobbacocka at 6:04 PM PST - 3 comments

80s foreign movie about a clown or mime wandering in city

Looking for a movie I saw on TV in the 80s that was about a sad clown/mime who left his circus and was wandering around the city - a foreign city, probably Europe. It is NOT Children of Paradise, but maybe some remake inspired by it. I believe it was a foreign film and was probably shown on Nickelodeon - it was a color film. Very atmospheric and followed the clown wandering in the city. Any ideas?
posted by cmp4Meta at 5:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Diss diss, where to find? Help me find all the diss tracks out there.

I'm interested in finding a list of every hip hop/rap diss track out there as the basis for a research project. Where can I find a listing? [more inside]
posted by butwheresthesushi at 5:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Rolly wheels and a bright color and... made of titanium?

Which luggage is the best luggage for me? [more inside]
posted by Mizu at 5:28 PM PST - 12 comments

I'd like my security deposit back, please.

I'd like my security deposit back, please. [more inside]
posted by Prairie at 4:33 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you get over the one that got away, and deal with the regret?

How do you get over the one that got away, and deal with the regret? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 9 comments

what's the best way for me to appeal my unemployment claim?

what's the best way for me to appeal my unemployment claim? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:33 PM PST - 15 comments

my god where is the power button

Please help the dumbest person you have never met figure out how to use a wacom tablet. [more inside]
posted by shesaysgo at 4:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Health Insurance Coverage for Separated Spouse?

I have a question regarding employer's health insurance coverage of a separated spouse. I understand that the information I might (hopefully) be given would be general and not necessarily pertinent in my case but since it's close to a holiday and I cannot get more specific information until next week, I'm hoping that some general info will calm the freakout I feel just around the corner. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 3:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Cheapest / smartest way to upgrade new Macbook?

Help me navigate buying and upgrading a new Macbook Pro. Can I upgrade the HDD or RAM myself without voiding the warranties, or am I stuck paying the Apple tax for more HDD and RAM? [more inside]
posted by grobstein at 3:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Comfortable, cool, allergy-friendly bed setup?

Our bed has reached the end of its life. Best foam bed setup for side-sleeper comfort, cool sleeping, and allergy symptom reduction? We're considering latex. [more inside]
posted by moira at 3:14 PM PST - 7 comments

Return my things!

How can I get someone to return my stolen stuff they bought on eBay? [more inside]
posted by Kiwi at 3:05 PM PST - 9 comments

please help my create a spreadsheet from a list of links.

I want to create a spreadsheet from the hyperlinks and words in a word list on Wiktionary. Please take me through the steps. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 2:43 PM PST - 8 comments

what commercial is this?

There was a really funny commercial about a year or two ago... a husband and wife are sitting at either end of a very long dinner table in a Victorian styled dining room. They were both waspy ... straight laced,prim and proper. After a moment the husband looks up to his wife and says in a monotone voice "happy.anniversay"if any one could link me to that YouTube video you will have fulfilled my Christmas wish!
posted by FireStyle at 2:42 PM PST - 1 comment

What strategies do you employ in your relationship to rebuild closeness in your long-term relationship/marriage?

Some weeks/months, you feel closer to your partner. Other weeks/months, not as much. Time and the natural course of things usually propel the cycle back around – is there anything you can do to hasten the process? What strategies do you employ in your relationship to rebuild closeness in your long-term relationship/marriage? [more inside]
posted by booksandwine at 2:37 PM PST - 28 comments

Any one know of a one handed book stand?

So, I would like to start reading some books lying down in my bed at night. The biggest problem I have with it is holding the book properly. I usually hold it in one hand using my fingers to constantly to hold the pages from collapsing or applying pressure to sides of the book to keep it open. It is super annoying as some of you traditional book readers must have faced. I am not sure if this is a problem for e-book readers but I can imagine it to be lot more convenient. So I am looking for a small light weight book stand that is operated with ONE HAND. Please suggest any. Thanks!
posted by SoltanG at 2:30 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me keep my dad industrious and happy this Christmas

Help me find the perfect Christmas present for my "Maker" dad - ideally it would be an set of plans on how to craft something from scratch, rather than a kit of physical parts. [more inside]
posted by muddgirl at 2:08 PM PST - 7 comments

What is this rash around my mouth?

You Are Not My Doctor, but can you help me identify a rash around my mouth? (Pics inside, as well as description that you might or might not think is gross.) [more inside]
posted by Busoni at 2:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Any excellent craft ESBs from New England?

Beer Filter: I really like a good ESB, but for reasons unknown to me, they seem not to be a very popular style among micro-breweries in Northern New England (everyone's making these super-hoppy IPAs nowadays). Can you recommend some high quality craft ESBs that I should try? Bonus points for ESBs that can be found without too much difficulty in VT, NH, or MA. And yes, I'm willing to travel a bit to a destination brewery in those three states (esp. if they sell growlers).
posted by .kobayashi. at 2:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Good-bye Blackberry. Hello...what?

Using Exchange email on Windows Phone 8, Android, and iPhone [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 1:58 PM PST - 7 comments

What is the easiest way to get around needing a Intel I7 processor?

I have to run a program (.exe) that needs to run on a processor with the SSE4.2 instruction set. I have several computers all with AMD or older Intel chips but none that have this instruction set. A new set up with a fancy I7 is really expensive, is there another option I am not aware of? [more inside]
posted by JayNolan at 1:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Elements of Fraud of Creditor

What are the elements of a "fraud of creditor" defense in Chpt 13 bankruptcy case? [more inside]
posted by Flood at 12:34 PM PST - 24 comments

How should I present my writing samples?

I need help with preparing a letter of interest seeking entry level work at a television news station. [more inside]
posted by djduckie at 12:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Why are there skimwords/skimlinks links on my blog?

Why are there skimwords/skimlinks links on my blog? I have a self-hosted Wordpress site, and I am the sole owner/administrator. As far as I can tell, I haven't installed any plugins that could be doing this. Has anyone heard about this? I want them gone. The first occurrence of "singer songwriter" on my page is a skimlink
posted by kaboomer at 12:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Can you identify this mystery dam?

Can someone identify this mystery unique western dam (on the left)? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe at 12:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Developer seeks big memory, many cores

Looking for advice on a computer to buy or build that will have a ridiculous amount of RAM and many processor cores. [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 12:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for help selecting a DSLR for documenting artwork

What's a good DSLR camera and lens for photographing artwork? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 12:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Needed: Huarache Imposters

My Nike Air Huarache shoes are wearing out. They have a unique fit with (what I call) an inner sock. Help me find a new pair or something similar. [more inside]
posted by shew at 11:47 AM PST - 9 comments

If there's a furnace old in your home sweet home, who you gonna call?

It's fall and I should have my furnace serviced. It's a 1991 furnace that has kept chugging along just fine so far (touch wood) but that I hope to be replacing in 2013, so I don't want to pay for more than a basic servicing/cleaning job now. I live in Toronto. Does anyone have recommendations as to whom I should hire for the job?
posted by orange swan at 11:42 AM PST - 7 comments

Nasal snuff - how bad?

Tobacco snuff - terrible, bad, or sort of bad? [more inside]
posted by Vhanudux at 11:40 AM PST - 6 comments

What else can I do and take to help with eyebrow hair growth?

I have adult onset psoriasis. My eyebrows have been thinning because of it and small bald spots in my brow are becoming more and more visible. I have been using T-Gel to prevent it, applying castor oil at night to see if it helps my eyebrow hair grow back, and not tweezing. What else can I do and take to help with eyebrow hair growth?
posted by anonymous at 11:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Should I live without health insurance for the next year or so?

Should I live without health insurance for the next year or so? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 62 comments

Does biscuit n' cornbread stuffing really work?

Thanksgivingfilter: stuffing edition. Southern style. [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 at 11:27 AM PST - 20 comments

How to change careers in 30's and 40's?

Career change in 30's and 40's. Has anyone did it here? How did you do it? [more inside]
posted by raghuram at 11:21 AM PST - 27 comments

Moving Downtown - But where?

Help me figure out which DC neighborhoods would be the best to focus my condo/townhouse hunting on. Schools/safety/price - snowflakes available inside. [more inside]
posted by dadici at 11:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Dad fails at first world problems: I can't make Spore run.

I can't make Spore run on my Macbook Pro. My 9 year old is nonplussed. Please help...he's getting pouty.... [more inside]
posted by digitalprimate at 11:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me create new Christmas traditions!

I would like to start a Christmas tradition with my little niece and nephew, but I'm coming up short on ideas. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit at 11:03 AM PST - 21 comments

(I already know where to find the faded but garish glory of the 90s.)

Other than the Peppermill, the Neon Graveyard, or some of the casinos on Fremont Street, where are the best places to visit in Las Vegas to experience the faded but still garish glory of the 60s and 70s?
posted by I EAT TAPAS at 10:51 AM PST - 5 comments


Work in my office has ground to a halt over this question about the physics of fish in space. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 10:46 AM PST - 32 comments

Can I cold-email a researcher?

Would it be out of line to email a researcher asking how they got into their field? [more inside]
posted by vogon_poet at 10:41 AM PST - 11 comments

What Options Exist for Keyless Entry for Front Door Deadbolts

Are there any deadbolts that feature keyless entry using a fob instead of a number pad? I've seen several locks with number pads, but they look pretty ugly. I'd like a deadbolt that is as streamlined looking as possible, but that can be opened with a proximity sensor or button on a key fob instead of a key. This is for a front door.
posted by willnot at 10:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Dying it purple is an entirely different conversation

I'm trying to decide whether or not to cut my hair (as well as how to cut it), and I think I'm boring everyone around me with my endless dithering. [more inside]
posted by PussKillian at 10:26 AM PST - 19 comments

Wild Dogs!

We need your advice about a neighbour’s rambunctious dogs! The house beside us is a rental and the new tenant has 3 big german shepherds. Today, the dogs managed to break a board in the fence that separates the two backyards and they can now poke their heads through the fence. It’s our fence and it’s built on our property, just over the property line. Help me be rational in dealing with this problem. [more inside]
posted by TorontoSandy at 10:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Is it just pretty or is it worth something?

How much is this piece of Chinese art worth? [more inside]
posted by ethidda at 10:15 AM PST - 3 comments

How do mortgage lenders look at student loans?

How do mortgage lenders take into account student loans when calculating whether and how much to lend? Special details inside... [more inside]
posted by percor at 10:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Goofy Golf ideas

Golfers,give me some ideas for "tricking up" the golf course for our annual Thanksgiving Day golf scramble. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by tomjoadsghost at 9:42 AM PST - 5 comments

What makes a great family touch football game

I'd like to organize a family touch football game on Thanksgiving. None of us have ever played touch football, as far as I know. Including me. How does it work? What makes a great family touch football game? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 9:37 AM PST - 13 comments

What is the best dessert to make with my 10 honeycrisp apples?

What is the best dessert to make out of my 10 honeycrisp apples? [more inside]
posted by onlyconnect at 9:33 AM PST - 23 comments

What kind of eye doctor to see in Ontario?

My boyfriend has some eye issues and hasn't been to the eye doctor in at least 10 years. What kind of doctor do we make an appointment with in Ontario, Canada? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 9:29 AM PST - 11 comments

This is your Mac. This is your Mac on lockdown.

Looking for best practices for home data security for an exclusively Mac household. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 9:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Dry shampoo recommendations

Recommend to me the best dry shampoo! [more inside]
posted by Bebo at 9:21 AM PST - 22 comments

Not quite ready for the land of artisanal snausages

Am I making a mistake in my choice of NYC neighborhood? Details within for your much-appreciated sanity check and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 9:21 AM PST - 26 comments

The show of the future

Where is all the music from behind the email stinger on the Ron & Fez show from? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 9:11 AM PST - 1 comment

Douglas Hofstadter Jams

What piece of (to my ear, impressionist) music is Douglas Hofstadter playing on the piano midway through this video here? What is the intro piece?
posted by phrontist at 9:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Wii for a 3-year-old?

Do 3-year-olds like video games? Tell me about your experiences. [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel at 9:04 AM PST - 19 comments

Question about artistic skills

There are some people who are excellent draftsmen when it comes to drawing. Their sketchbooks are full of architecture style drawings or similar, with straight lines as if drawn using a ruler and little erasing. Or they're sign painters or car details who can just pick up a brush and literally draw a straight line on the car as they're walking the length of it. No visual planning or measuring or masking off areas, they just do it. Are there scientific studies about the particular set of physical and mental skills these people have and what exactly those skills are? Are their specific differences in their brain or anatomy that enable those skills?
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:42 AM PST - 24 comments

Why do banks love direct deposit so much?

Why do banks require direct deposit to waive monthly fees? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 8:33 AM PST - 13 comments

Are there any Sandy-related volunteer efforts happening in the NYC area on Thanksgiving?

Are there any Sandy-related volunteer efforts happening in the NYC area on Thanksgiving? I'm looking to do some volunteer work for a few hours, and it would be great to know which groups/organizations are accepting volunteers on short notice.
posted by helios410 at 8:27 AM PST - 4 comments

NYC 1980s art scene

Art buffs of Mefi, please tell me about exciting things that were happening in the New York City art scene in the early 1980s. [more inside]
posted by marginaliana at 8:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Successful life, but how to stay balanced and open to new experiences?

I have a successful and stable life now that I'm in my thirties, but I am looking to make sure that I keep on personally growing. How best to focus my non-work activities? [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 8:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Hey! Hey! Hey! It's 4 AM! Did you know you have to feed me in two hours?

Large, young, lovable cat won't leave us the hell alone when we're trying to sleep in the mornings. I feed him when I get up at 6am, so naturally he's bugging me by 5am, sometimes 4am. How do I get him to knock this off? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath at 7:51 AM PST - 34 comments

Cross-platform (Android and iOS/iPad) annotation of ebooks

Do you have a workflow for cross-platform annotation (Android and iOS/iPad) of ebooks? Is there a particular note-taking app that will work with DRMed ebooks AND sync my notes across tablets? [more inside]
posted by lillygog at 7:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Can we refill my refill, please?

Doctor's office can't seem to call in refills correctly. These are time-sensitive meds (benzos and anti-depressants) that we shouldn't run out of. Asking for a new nurse didn't change anything. Help? [more inside]
posted by kpetrich at 7:02 AM PST - 24 comments

Help me get over an unnecessary circumcision

I need some perspective or tips on how to get past (both emotionally and phsyically) a circumcision that I've realized probably wasn't necessary. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:53 AM PST - 21 comments

Will family members get used to boundaries?

When you set boundaries and upset the other party-- does it ever get better? How do you tactfully set boundaries? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:52 AM PST - 18 comments

How to manage the logistics of a cellphone provider switch? Added Difficulty: Christmas Gift

We are switching from AT&T cell phone to service to Verizon, and I'd like to perform the switch smoothly while also using one of the new phones as a Christmas gift. Your advice on the proper procedure would be welcome. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 5:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Need math info interviews

I am interested in becoming a mathematician! I want to do some info interviews to figure out what that actually means for my daily life and future prospects. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 5:52 AM PST - 13 comments

Can you recommend historically accurate children's books about (American) Thanksgiving?

Looking for equitable Thanksgiving curriculum materials [more inside]
posted by mermily at 5:44 AM PST - 6 comments

What are examples of the most obvious inequalities between men and women today, in the UK and internationally?

What are examples of the most obvious inequalities between men and women today, in the UK and internationally? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 4:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Too many tweets?

So I have a friend who is constantly tweeting and texting on her phone. (For what it's worth, I'm a 33-year-old man, and she's a 30-year-old woman.) When we hang out, she makes an effort to stop playing with her phone as I've told her it annoys me. However, a few days ago, I looked at her Twitter page for the first time and saw that she has over 14,000 tweets. (And no, she is not a celebrity.) This really bothers me. I actually feel I don't want to be friends with her anymore, because I think anyone who has to tweet that often, every day, is awfully narcissistic. Am I being too harsh? This is the kind of behavior we would expect from a teenager, but she's 30. And for whatever this is worth, she also happens to have a PhD in psychology... so I feel like she should be able to see this about herself already, but doesn't.
posted by fac21 at 3:46 AM PST - 99 comments

Video equipment question

Need advice on recording presentations for web video. [more inside]
posted by pete_22 at 2:33 AM PST - 1 comment

Where can I combine nordic skiing with Russian language immersion - outside Russia?

Outside Russia, where can I combine cross country skiing with Russian language immersion? [more inside]
posted by nihotaniwha at 1:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Intro to Humanism, Winter 2012

If you think human rationality, and efforts to ‘predict and control’ are, together, shaky ground for ethics, what’s left? [more inside]
posted by nelljie at 12:50 AM PST - 15 comments

Recommendations for a ultra low power / 12v? PC to run Smoothwall

I'm looking for recommendations for a ultra low power / 12v? PC to run Smoothwall [more inside]
posted by toocan at 12:31 AM PST - 8 comments

November 19

Scheduling the Easier Way?

Does-this-exist-filter: easy-to-use employee scheduler for Mac (OS 10.7.4), does not have high ongoing cost? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure at 10:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Thanksgiving weekend trip to Colorado

First timers to Colorado, I am excited. Flying in to Denver on Wednesday morning, staying until Sunday morning, renting a car. Thats 4 whole days. Please suggest places at this time of the year. Looking for scenic drive, outdoor tour etc Is driving from Denver to Aspen, to Boulder feasible? How about a road trip to Grand Canyon? Don't want to be out in Cold so much due to old age at the same time would like see the scenic places accessible and safe this time of the year. Appreciate your help.
posted by daveg02 at 10:45 PM PST - 19 comments

Need the easiest cloud backup for Windows computers possible...

Is there a good option for cloud auto-backup of a hard drive? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 10:40 PM PST - 13 comments

The Princess Who Saved Herself

I love Jonathan Coulton's "The Princess Who Saved Herself" -- and I want more media that has the same feeling. Songs, movies, shows, etc. *snowflakes after the jump* [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera at 10:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Can anyone help me ID the movie this dimly-remembered scene came from?

A young man must prove himself worthy to marry his royal sweetheart. The king (?) sets him an impossible task, and gets out a map of the territory the young man must cover. At the end of the meeting with the king, the young man takes the map from him and folds it properly. The king is so impressed he offers his daughter's hand in marriage on the spot. Or something like that. A comic turn. I have been unable to remember or Google anything which helps me identify which movie this scene came from.
posted by dorgla at 9:17 PM PST - 4 comments

What can I do to stop my company from forcing us to use vacation time to visit the doctor?

My organization is forcing us to use vacation time instead of sick leave to visit the doctor. YANML, but is this actually legal? What can we do to get them to change this policy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 PM PST - 21 comments

Hanukkah gifts for son's interest in sound engineering--I think?

What exactly is my teen son interested in, and how can I encourage it by buying him an appropriate present? [more inside]
posted by primate moon at 8:15 PM PST - 28 comments

Teeth Need to Come Out, Not Come In Feet First

I've waited too long, I need my wisdom teeth out now. They have just started hurting. Complication, no dental insurance or really any money. Help? [more inside]
posted by Garm at 8:10 PM PST - 10 comments

help with artistic inspiration?

help with artistic inspiration? [more inside]
posted by mkuhnell at 8:09 PM PST - 8 comments

The Great Google Break Up: RSS Edition.

What is a good RSS alternative to Google Reader? [more inside]
posted by itsacover at 8:08 PM PST - 7 comments

All those women are also x

Are there things we can say about women who do not do well with hormonal birth control as a group? [more inside]
posted by atomicstone at 7:41 PM PST - 9 comments

How to deal with a negative boyfriend?

I don't know what to do about my boyfriend anymore. [more inside]
posted by Autumn89 at 7:16 PM PST - 26 comments

What are some potential causes of high systolic blood pressure?

I would like to figure out why my systolic blood pressure is high, but my diastolic is usually normal. What avenues are there for me to begin looking into? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog at 7:10 PM PST - 4 comments

Typical life in the 1840s?

Looking for recommendations of books that illustrate typical American life in the 1840s-- not Wild West-type stuff. Ideally New England-area. Fiction or non-fiction, either way. Thanks!
posted by shakespeherian at 6:50 PM PST - 13 comments

It's both me and the job, help me fix both.

Nearly everything I liked about my current job has evaporated, and I am left with stress and anxiety. In addition, I've always been indecisive about what my career should be. At this point should I try to build a career at my current company or leave and try something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Fool me twice, shame on me.

I know I deserve better in my relationships with men. I know that I am worth so much more than what I get. How do I start to stop letting myself make stupid choices? [more inside]
posted by houndsoflove at 6:26 PM PST - 31 comments

What's a good gift to buy for someone with depression and social anxiety?

What's a good gift to buy for someone with depression and social anxiety? For example, a pet (if I knew they wanted one). Bad example would be a video game. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:04 PM PST - 21 comments

Show me the money

Recommend us some o’ that personal finance software. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK at 5:58 PM PST - 17 comments

Installing Christmas lights on a outdoor 30ft tree - Does anyone know where I can find tips or best practices?

Hi Mefi. Im faced with the task of installing Christmas lights on a outdoor 30ft tree. Does anyone know where I can find tips or best practices? Looking for simple guides, pictures, videos, etc. I'm doing this alone and would appreciate the help!
posted by Highest_Of_Fives at 5:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Can't find Dr. Doolittle, and the cat won't talk.

Cat illness - what to do? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 5:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Where to take my staff for a great holiday lunch?

Need recommendations for a great place to take my staff of seven for a holiday lunch in Chicago Loop/Boul Mich area. [more inside]
posted by Short Attention Sp at 5:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Can anyone recommend a flameless pillar candle that flickers realistically, has a timer function, and doesn't glow orange?

I just bought some flameless candles from Pottery Barn that look great when turned off, but disappointingly, the light they emit is very orange instead of a more realistic yellowish glow. After reading what feels like hundreds of reviews on Amazon in search of the perfect flameless pillar, it seems like the orange issue is common to many brands. I'm looking for something relatively small, preferably around 2 x 4 inches in a white or ivory color that I can set to turn on automatically at the same time every evening for 5 or so hours. Anyone have one that they love?
posted by lmpatte2 at 5:24 PM PST - 4 comments

How can I be a great children's librarian?

I recently changed jobs from a teen librarian to a children's librarian. I have solid public service skills, but I feel like I'm behind the curve in terms of preparedness. Help me be the best children's librarian ever! [more inside]
posted by itsamermaid at 5:03 PM PST - 7 comments

Making plans with friends

How do grownups make plans? [more inside]
posted by mendel at 4:58 PM PST - 21 comments

I have a crush on another woman. What do I do?

I (female) am developing a crush on one of the pottery instructors at the drop-in I've started going to. We're both in our mid-late twenties (she's slightly younger), and have chatted a little with one another, but not much about personal stuff. I would like to get to know her better, but I have no experience dating women, and no idea how to find out whether she's gay/bi and possibly interested - or whether this might be ill-advised given that she's there in a professional capacity. I'm super shy, and scared of making her uncomfortable by being more friendly (we're in Canada, and I'm European, so not totally in sync with local customs either). Help?
posted by anonymous at 3:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Support for the non-academic spouse?

How do you manage life with an academic significant other, especially when you have your own career and kids? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:43 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me search for specific typographic examples.

I am looking for examples of typography that reflects or contrasts the meaning of the word(s) it is being applied to. For example, the word 'power' being set in authoritative/powerful typeface. Is there a name for this use of typography?
posted by nanook at 2:15 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I feel less cold in the office?

I'm always cold. In my office and public places and other people's houses, how can I best be comfortable? [more inside]
posted by sarahnicolesays at 2:05 PM PST - 44 comments

In prevention of scurvy, let there be plant matter.

Veggie (And Fruit) Eating Painlessly: It's not that I don't like them, but can you make them less of a pain to cook and more cost effective? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 1:45 PM PST - 34 comments

Help me learn to get over the past and learn to like how I look.

I hate being photographed and avoid mirrors because of emotional abuse in the past. How can I overcome this, and how can I make sure I don't give my kids messed up ideas? [more inside]
posted by 5_buck_sock_pup at 1:31 PM PST - 20 comments

Indeed what is normality

Face-elasticity-filter: Should my skin be this stretchy? (also file under weird-things-you-talk-about-when-married filter) [more inside]
posted by Albondiga at 1:16 PM PST - 12 comments

Battery-operated pre-loadable digital frame

I'm looking for a battery-operated pre-loadable digital picture frame as a Xmas present for my elderly grandmother - can you help me find something that fits my requirements? [more inside]
posted by widdershins at 1:08 PM PST - 5 comments

What's a reasonable antonym for "permalink"?

I can't find a standard term used on websites to mean "impermanent link", but I need one. [more inside]
posted by Creosote at 1:08 PM PST - 22 comments

Group dessert in NYC

MidtownWestFilter: where might a group of 20-40 people find a warm place to eat dessert together on a busy wintery Saturday afternoon? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 1:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Where Can I Find Free and Legal Downloadable Videos for Android?

Mrs. COD gifted me yesterday with a shiny new Nexus 7 for my birthday. Where can I find free or cheap video programming to entertain myself on 1 my one hour each way daily commute? [more inside]
posted by COD at 12:58 PM PST - 8 comments

General advice for someone going through a divorce?

General advice for someone going through a divorce? [more inside]
posted by sugarbomb at 12:51 PM PST - 19 comments

What do our fears for the future look like?

FindThatCartoonFilter: Can you help me find an image illustrating how we used to imagine the future vs. how we now imagine the future? [more inside]
posted by Edna Million at 12:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Do monthly parkers tip valets?

Do you tip a valet when you have a monthly parking space? In Chicago, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by slmorri at 12:44 PM PST - 5 comments

Skinny Jeans!

Mens fashion filter: Where can I find RED jeans, that are "super skinny"? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 12:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Unusual objects and their measurements

Please list your best, favorite, most interesting object that could be used as a unit of measure for one of the following: area, volume, or temperature. For your answer to be useful I require the object and its measure. The ideal object is unusual but relatable at the human scale. [more inside]
posted by safetyfork at 12:33 PM PST - 39 comments

Should I contact an acquaintance who recently de-friended me on fb for no apparent reason to ask why?

Should I contact an acquaintance who recently de-friended me on fb for no apparent reason to ask why? [more inside]
posted by Rinoia at 12:27 PM PST - 23 comments

Italian shoe pop quiz.

Please help me identify these fantastic boots. Allegedly, Pikolinos. [more inside]
posted by letahl at 12:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Acoustic duo.. help

Looking for the best songs to play with two acoustic guitars, any genre. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 11:55 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I measure the noise entering my house?

I need something to measure noise. [more inside]
posted by Gringos Without Borders at 11:44 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for recommendations for small business accounting software - your thoughts?

Looking for recommendations for small business accounting software - your thoughts? [more inside]
posted by torietorie at 11:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Studded vs. Studless Snow Tires

Studded or studless winter tires for our AWD Volvo S70? We're moving for the winter to an house that sits at about 7500' outside of Bozeman, MT. There's *always* snow on the driveway, which is reasonably steep. And usually (not frequently, but USUALLY) some snow on the paved road into town, which is about 20 miles long. [more inside]
posted by thomsplace at 11:13 AM PST - 12 comments

Thanks for not asking about my biggest weakness...

Group-phone-interview thank-you protocol: I had a 15-minute phone interview for a job I'm still very interested in. Five people interviewed me; each asked 1-2 questions. I have everyone's e-mail address. Can I just send one e-mail that says "Dear A, B, C, D, and E," to everyone, thanking them for their time and reiterating why I'd be a good candidate, and be done with it? Or do I have to send five individual e-mails? Most of the questions were so generic ("Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years?" OH GOD) that I don't have much to add to what I already said and I don't remember who asked what.
posted by jabes at 10:50 AM PST - 13 comments

How to unlock all of the songs in a DDR Supernova 2 arcade machine?

How to unlock all of the songs in a DDR Supernova 2 arcade machine? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 10:21 AM PST - 1 comment

Hipster gnome , maybe?

Is there a proper name for this particular configuration of facial hair? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 9:50 AM PST - 21 comments

Wireless headphones without the headphones

Is there such a thing as a wireless headphone amp (wireless headphones without the headphone)? [more inside]
posted by primethyme at 9:47 AM PST - 2 comments

How do you stop an internet addiction from diminishing your priorities?

Need help breaking an internet addiction before school begins. [more inside]
posted by raintree at 9:45 AM PST - 10 comments

wedding in central park

help me help my friend plan a simple wedding in central park with a reception in a nearby restaurant [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 9:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Restaurant Recommendations in Concord, NH?

Can anyone recommend a restaurant in Concord, NH with decent food that will accommodate leisurely conversation among old friends? I'm meeting Bobby for lunch there on Wednesday, but neither of us know the town. Thanks in advance for the suggestions!
posted by partner at 9:33 AM PST - 5 comments

Need a new brain-mechanic.

CBT doesn't seem to be working for me. What other options do I have? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 9:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Please help start our car

My partner lost his car clicker for his 2001 Nissan Altima. The alarm engages when he tries to start the car. He can't disengage the alarm without the clicker. The dealership wants $300 for a new clicker, and we can't afford that. Does anyone know how to disengage the alarm so he can start the car? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 9:14 AM PST - 15 comments

Any way to get a deposit back if we didn't read the fine print?

We kant reed. Husband and I were interested in an apartment and signed an application. We also paid a deposit, but did NOT sign a lease. Five days later, we changed our minds about the apartment due to costs. Apt. co. is saying they get to keep our $400 deposit because it stated so in eeny weeny font on the application. Is there anything we can do or is this a very expensive reading lesson? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant at 9:09 AM PST - 21 comments

Songs to kick ass to

UFCFilter: What was the song the crowd was singing during the Georges St-Pierre/Carlos Condit fight at UFC154 Saturday night? [more inside]
posted by radioaction at 9:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me get a better peeler for citrus!

I need a peeler that turns out long beautiful strips of pithless citrus skin! Mine right not gives me short 3 inch pieces entirely covered with pith. Not ideal [more inside]
posted by Carillon at 8:56 AM PST - 18 comments

share a usb internet adapter? how do you do this magic?

using a usb internet thumbdrive with multiple devices, how? [more inside]
posted by alchemist at 8:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Needle out of haystack

Can you suggest a low-key but memorable place to eat in Manhattan? Preferably close to a park and a movie theater. For Wednesday. Thanks for your help. [more inside]
posted by bleep at 8:48 AM PST - 16 comments

Remembering care in the city it forgot.

Safely exploring New Orleans on foot. [more inside]
posted by eugenen at 8:39 AM PST - 10 comments

Overthinking a plate of turkey

We decided to do turkey parts this year, instead of a whole bird, and could only find a boneless skinless turkey breast for the white meat portion of our Thanksgiving meal. How do we cook it? [more inside]
posted by brina at 8:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Aggravating lymph nodes givin' me grief

Stiff neck, painful armpits, looking for some advice on what's happening with my lymph node system. [more inside]
posted by Dynex at 8:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Winter Scotland trip questions

I'll be travelling to Scotland soon and I would love some suggestions from Metafilter, especially for tour groups in Scotland and my layover in Shannon, Ireland, but any recommendations are welcome! [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous at 8:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Undercounter beverage center?

Any recommendations for an under-counter beverage fridge? [more inside]
posted by foggy out there now at 7:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me gain weight.

Is it possible to healthily gain and keep on 20-30 lbs without (regimented) exercise and while being on a low-carbohydrate diet? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 7:57 AM PST - 35 comments

Living in France, studying in Canada.

Living in one foreign country while doing a distance learning program based out of another. Possible? Advisable? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna at 7:47 AM PST - 1 comment

Panforte per favore!

Buying panforte online or in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by BibiRose at 7:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me relive my pinball addiction

I decided to take my old G3 iMac down from the attic and play some old games. The old computer still works great, and yet there was a problem... [more inside]
posted by Silky Slim at 6:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Searching for a Flip Top Lid for a Ball Jar

I am searching for a flip top that I could put on a standard quart-sized Ball jar for times when I need to get into the jar with only one hand free. I am almost certain that I have seen these somewhere on the web, but my searching skills have failed me. [more inside]
posted by allison00 at 6:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Boyfriend and I coming to crossroads: conflict and pursue/withdraw

How to deal with incompatible conflict styles? My boyfriend avoids and I try to confront/face things. He hates to talk about it. I hate to leave it unaddressed. It's straining the relationship. [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo at 6:44 AM PST - 44 comments

Options to purchase many of the mini size of the iPad

I want to give out the mini size of the iPad (the 16Gb Wifi) as a Christmas bonus to our employees, the most that the Corporate Gifts & Rewards division of Apple will sell to us is 10, so that is 10 accounted for. How likely is it that we will be able to cobble together the remaining 40 through multiple other orders. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 AM PST - 8 comments

What to expect after you're no longer expecting

I had an abortion two months ago, and I'm feeling isolated and struggling with the idea that life is carrying on as though nothing has happened. How did you start feeling normal again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 AM PST - 21 comments

How does babby eat?

Baby feeding edition: my almost 1-year old is not eating solids, should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by mooselini at 6:21 AM PST - 10 comments

Picnic food for cold weather

I would like suggestions of food to take on a cold, early morning picnic. Help us keep warm. [more inside]
posted by drunkonthemoon at 6:18 AM PST - 10 comments

My dog bowled over an elderly woman in a dog park. Am I liable for any injuries she may have?

Are my dog and I in trouble ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:06 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find a YA horror story

When I was 9 or 10 I read a book that truly scared me. I don't remember much about it now, but I'd love to find it. Please help me! [more inside]
posted by GilvearSt at 5:01 AM PST - 4 comments

Converting lots of little excel into word?

ExcelFilter: I have a whole bunch of excel files. More than 100 of them. Each file has about one page of print area, but some in portrait and others in landscape. They are mostly text in cells; not a lot of formulas being used. I would like to (1) merge all these files into one Word document; (2) have a page break so that each file (more or less) is one page; and (3) do it with a minimum of cutting and pasting. Opening everything as a PDF and viewing in Preview is also an option, but less optimal since I'll certainly need to adjust some formatting and page breaks. Maybe on publisher? Is anything like this possible? Or do I need to do it page-by-page? What would you do? I'm on a Mac 10.8.2.
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 4:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Gravy without giblets?

How do I make turkey gravy for Thanksgiving without giblets? My dad purchased two turkey breasts instead of a whole Turkey. I've been tasked with making the gravy, but my standby recipe calls for giblets (I saute them, cook them with store-bought chicken stock, strain the stock, make a roux and then add the stock to the roux). How do I make gravy with no giblets? How can I give the gravy a rich Turkey taste?
posted by Area Man at 3:17 AM PST - 21 comments

I promise I'm not a snob!

How do I become more aware of my surroundings and less of a space cadet? [more inside]
posted by bearette at 2:50 AM PST - 10 comments

Which computer is faster/better and is it worth the price to upgrade?

Which computer is faster/better and is it worth the price to upgrade? [more inside]
posted by Wanderer7 at 1:53 AM PST - 10 comments

I have a bunch of taters. I need to eat these taters. How should I eat these taters?

I have a bunch of taters. I need to eat these taters. How should I eat these taters? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 12:39 AM PST - 16 comments

November 18

Long-range scanners show no life signs on board, Captain.

I recently encountered a health doodad, and I would like to know what approximate percentage of it was bulls#%$. [more inside]
posted by Scattercat at 11:48 PM PST - 7 comments

We don't go to Dubai-holm

In most Western media, what little I've read of Dubai has largely been negative, terming it a 'folly', a mistake, a blunder, and other synonyms. (apologies for no links) Can someone explain someone who knows nothing about the place, what the matter is with that city? What's wrong about it, and why doesn't the West like it, as opposed to other Asian developed Asian cities like Kuala Lumpur or Singapore? [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto at 10:43 PM PST - 27 comments

Easy but great Thanksgiving sweet potato dish...

Help me find something approximated this basic but awesome sweet potato recipe. [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver at 10:29 PM PST - 4 comments

crazy birthday adventure in los angeles

My fun-loving, adventure-seeking sister is turning 35 this weekend! It so happens she'll be visiting me in Los Angeles for Thanksgiving at the time. Help me think of something memorable and uniquely weird to do over the weekend to make it a great birthday! [more inside]
posted by captainawesome at 10:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Best music videos made on a low/non-existent budget?

Best music videos made on a low/non-existent budget? [more inside]
posted by heylight at 9:46 PM PST - 32 comments

Origin/Name of 1940s dance maneuver, limp leg wave?

WaybackDanceFilter: In a Fats Waller video here (linked to specific time), a dancing man clasps his hands together and moves his leg almost as if it were lame.. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher at 9:26 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get my door to automatically shut quietly when I close it.

My door shuts somewhat loudly when I close it and it annoys my roommate. Solutions? (Other than remembering to shut it slowly, which hasn't worked). Ideally I could get some door-stopping device from Amazon, but I'm open to other suggestions. [more inside]
posted by jtothes at 9:01 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I learn to become a bespoke tailor and/or find an apprenticeship in the United States?

Where should I look for information on becoming a bespoke tailor (through books/self-education, training, and/or apprenticeship) in the United States? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger at 8:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Do trainspotters know when there's going to be a train?

Can I know in advance when a train will pass by a location? How do trainspotters do it? I'm in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. [more inside]
posted by RobotHero at 8:27 PM PST - 5 comments

pander to me

We need a new TV / home entertainment setup. Hoping for specific product recommendations. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 8:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Booster Seat Advice Needed

It's time to switch my kids from regular car seats to booster seats and I can't figure out which to buy or what features I should be looking for. If you've gone through this, can you please share your experiences to help me make a decision? [more inside]
posted by zarq at 8:15 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do without a car in Durham, NC in December?

What should I do during a 4-day trip to Durham? (Bonus: no car.) [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 8:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Is videorecording a traffic stop legal?

I was pulled over for a speeding ticket in a construction zone in Indiana today... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Guide me?

Is it possible to break into the Engineering/Physics field with a B.S. in something completely different? [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 at 6:36 PM PST - 12 comments

Car rental options at PDX?

How soon should I book a small car in advance for a 7-day trip to Oregon beginning Dec 1 in Portland?
posted by parmanparman at 6:13 PM PST - 10 comments

The meltdown of the meltdown

Who coined the phrase "Twitter is in Meltdown" ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 6:05 PM PST - 6 comments

But surely Canada is already mapped?

The greatest paper map of Canada you'll ever see? [more inside]
posted by the dief at 5:28 PM PST - 3 comments

By the time my cat gets to the vet, I may have to be sedated, too.

How can I keep my kitty from bouncing off the walls while he’s fasting? My 12-year-old cat Marty must fast Monday after 8 p.m. in preparation for teeth cleaning (and the requisite anesthesia) Tuesday at 8 a.m. (Sorry to fall down on the picture mandate – he’s all black, so taking a recognizable photo of him is … not easy!) [more inside]
posted by virago at 5:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Jamie Oliver, and his "Roasted" Vegetable Vindaloo- is he having a laugh??

What went wrong with my roasted vegetable vindaloo or is Jamie Oliver just having a laugh? [more inside]
posted by bquarters at 5:26 PM PST - 12 comments

DIY sling stand/frame plans and component supplies

I'm looking to put together a portable sling stand without paying upwards of $300 for one. Any suggestions on plans or materials? [more inside]
posted by hippybear at 5:05 PM PST - 1 comment


Where can I buy colored/patterned men's socks for cheap? (extra points for somewhere on Amazon.) [more inside]
posted by threeants at 4:50 PM PST - 7 comments

What goods+services will make my travel easier?

In the next few months I anticipate much U.S. domestic air travel for job interviews. What sorts of goods and services can I acquire (or put on my holiday wish list) that will make the traveling part of this process easier? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 4:41 PM PST - 28 comments

How do I become a business analyst, after years running a small business.

How do I become a business analyst, after years running a small business. [more inside]
posted by molloy at 4:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Vegetarian gravy mix?

For years, McCormick Hunter Sauce was my preferred gravy mix packet for holiday meals. It has been discontinued. Can you recommend a good vegetarian brown gravy mix? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 4:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Baby tips for car-free biking couple in Washington DC?

We're Brits in Washington DC about to have our first baby! We have bicycles but don't own a car (use Zipcar / taxis). All the standard baby-prep advice seems to assume owning a car... so do you guys have any tips for car-free baby living? In particular: car seats (for occasional use / quick installation), diaper services and bike trailers? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by tkbarbarian at 4:00 PM PST - 17 comments

What are these tools/parts?

What are these tools/parts? Something to do with my Kenmore washer/dryer. [more inside]
posted by gummo at 4:00 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me pick a netbook

Which netbook/tablet should I get? [more inside]
posted by quietshout at 3:37 PM PST - 19 comments

Great examples of ship logs, logbooks, captain's logs

I’m looking for examples from literature, film, or television that make heavy use of the ship’s log or captain’s log format as a key narrative device. And, actually, the ship need not be a ship and the captain need not be a captain – what I’m really looking for are official records of assignments or missions told methodically by someone in charge. Looking for fiction and non-fiction. [more inside]
posted by beanie at 3:27 PM PST - 34 comments

Can I shut my upstairs heating vents?

Why are there forced air heating vents in the second floor of my small rowhouse? Won't the hot air just head upstairs and even it all out? [more inside]
posted by kinsey at 2:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I get a Wii U?

What's the best way to get a Wii U? I didn't stand in line on launch night and now I want to buy one at a normal price, sooner rather than later. [more inside]
posted by Straw Cab at 2:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Ableist words

Words like "crazy", "mad", "nutty", "idiot", "stupid", "dumb" and "weak" are often regarded as ableist slurs in Internet social justice circles. Is this view widespread or gaining currency in the offline world? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 1:39 PM PST - 42 comments

Mice Control

The mouse poison we've successfully used for years has run out and is now hard to get as consumers. Is there another brand we can replace it with? Any tips for better sealing our home? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 1:32 PM PST - 16 comments

Adulterated rice?

I have a bag of "black rice" and after six weeks or so the black color has flaked off the outside of the rice grains. I now have a bag of white rice with a layer of black flakes at the bottom of the bag. Is this normal? Like, maybe the black color is part of some outer layer that mills itself off as the grains jostle around in the bag? Or was my rice coated in something to produce a fake black color?
posted by d. z. wang at 1:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Political Dynasties Forbidden by Law?

Political Dynasties Forbidden! Has there ever been a country (culture/society/whatever) that has forbidden the children of those in high office from serving in high office themselves? [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 12:55 PM PST - 14 comments

Online ISO9000 compliant Document Management

What does the hivemind recommend for online/could based Document Management Systems that are ISO9000 compliant? [more inside]
posted by Long Way To Go at 12:50 PM PST - 1 comment

Because finding a job is a job.

How can I hit the ground running looking for a job? [more inside]
posted by signondiego at 12:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Journals of traveling landscape painters or photographers?

Journals of traveling landscape painters or photographers? [more inside]
posted by Cwell at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Gmail security settings???

I was checking the security setting on my gmail account this AM and was alarmed to see that had somehow been granted " granted the following services access to your Google Account". Especially concerning since i had never seen that site, or even heard of it. What gives?
posted by dougiedd at 12:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Fictional spying through someone's phone

Fiction-research-filter: Spying on someone through their phone. [more inside]
posted by StephenF at 12:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for a good bag to carry a big and heavy Nikon

Please recommend me a good camera bag in which to carry my Nikon D700 with my Nikkor 24-70 f2.8 attached, preferably including the lens hood. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo at 11:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Affordable, durable bike for a 10 year old?

Suggestions for a reasonably priced and durable bike for a ten year old? Thanks in advance, hivemind. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 11:33 AM PST - 9 comments

chicken fried chicken southern style

Please give me your best chicken fried chicken recipes! [more inside]
posted by dysh at 11:23 AM PST - 12 comments

Weird sleep pattern

Sleep problems filter! what are some possible causes of my very weird sleeping schedule? I have been, for most of my life, functioning the best on a 2-hour nap in the evening, and then maybe 3-4 hours between 3 and 7am. I am not intentionally doing biphasic sleep-- I just get these strong urges to sleep (or to be awake) at certain times of the day. For the past 2-3 weeks, I am just all over the place in terms of sleep. Mainly, I am incredibly tired and achy the whole day, but I can't fall asleep when I try. As soon as the sun goes down I feel alive again. I feel like I am sleep deprived all the time, but there's also no telling of when I can actually fall asleep. [more inside]
posted by atetrachordofthree at 11:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Throw 'em in the pool

Looking for a decent motel around San Francisco/Santa Cruz with a heated pool and lots of teens/preteens hanging out (I have 12 and 15 year old daughters). Also good: inexpensive, no bed bugs, wifi. But the pool and other kids are really all they care about.
posted by msalt at 10:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Just got fired. Interested in suggestions for a career outside of finance.

Just got fired. Interested in suggestions for a career outside of finance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:42 AM PST - 19 comments

Name Whatshisname the Viking!

Need a name for an unmemorable Viking! [more inside]
posted by Pastor of Muppets at 10:38 AM PST - 11 comments

How do I install the "Contacts" app on an Android tablet that did not include it?

Is there a way to add the "standard" contacts app to an Android tablet that did not come with it installed? [more inside]
posted by Brooklyn_Jake at 10:36 AM PST - 5 comments

Am I thinking too much of the contact I'm keeping with past hookups?

All my past hook-ups (ex-bf included) are proactive in keeping in touch with me long-distance, and it makes me feel so giddy inside! BUT...should I think anymore of it, or is just it a thing people do? [more inside]
posted by 01080591 at 9:58 AM PST - 6 comments

IRC script to alert based on text in chat

IRC script that will play an audible alert when specific text is mentioned in chatroom [more inside]
posted by passtehbrainz at 9:43 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I help my wife who is bed ridden with stomach flu?

My wife has stomach flu. What can I do for her? [more inside]
posted by alshain at 8:56 AM PST - 33 comments

High Anxiety

Has anyone gone through a period of time where they can't get up in the morning from anxiety. It's not that I am tired, I just feel so much anxiety and this overwhelming feeling that whatever I do will not be enough that it is almost paralyzing me. I have been taking some Xanax but it doesn't really help. The worst thing is that I have these feelings of dread and hopelessness about the future most of the time and i don't know how to get around this. Has anyone gone through a period of time like this where they are barely functioning? I can't stand this anymore even though it's only been about a week.
posted by nidora at 8:54 AM PST - 14 comments

What dish from Hong Kong can we make to surprise my sister-in-law on Thanksgiving?

What dish from Hong Kong can we make to surprise my sister-in-law on Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by double block and bleed at 8:22 AM PST - 13 comments

Online networking etiquette

Acceptable to send requests to strangers on Linkedin for networking? [more inside]
posted by synapse2512 at 8:10 AM PST - 19 comments

My Macbook with Leopard wants to play in the snow! Rawr!

Upgrading a mid-2008 aluminum macbook from leopard to snow leopard (and eventually on to Lion). The superdrive is broken, and I am trying to boot the OS from a usb drive but having problems. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 at 7:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Teach a man to fish for Internet radio

Where is a good starting place for finding streaming music? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic at 7:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Looking for an "indy" light beer

Looking for a decent, widely available "independent" light beer [more inside]
posted by lieberschnitzel at 6:06 AM PST - 20 comments

Draw my mind

I have 3/4 of a graphic novel script in my computer. Where can I learn to draw so I can bring it onto the page? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl at 5:54 AM PST - 12 comments

Drive or metro to DCA?

Drivers of NoVA: Starting from the intersection of 123/Ox Rd. and 286/Fairfax County Parkway, picking a friend up from DCA/National Airport, flight arriving at 7am this Wednesday. Should I drive the whole way, stop at Franconia-Springfield and take the metro, or some other plan C? What will traffic, parking at F-S, and metro crowding be like and how early should I leave? What effect will the holiday have?
posted by anaelith at 5:13 AM PST - 11 comments

How do you stop a self-sabotage spiral?

My life is spiraling out of control due to constant self-sabotage. How do I start battling this problem? [more inside]
posted by tammi209 at 3:36 AM PST - 26 comments

a song I once loved

Trying to recall an indie song from the 90s with the line "portrait of the artist with his face punched in"... have googled extensively but getting nothing. no idea who sang it. it is HAUNTING ME! anyone know the song??
posted by beccyjoe at 2:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me make a pie I can eat!

Allergy-free pumpkin pie recipe? Crust optional. [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 1:47 AM PST - 16 comments

How can I fit my nocturnal self into a diurnal world?

I'm almost nocturnal but feel almost guilty about it, and don't see it working out in the long run with a family even though it is the perfect set-up for me right now while I'm on my own still. Definitely want a family, though... Any advice or similar situations solved or coped with? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow at 1:07 AM PST - 27 comments

November 17

Everyone else put 'Not Constantinople' here

Where to stay in Istanbul? [more inside]
posted by overhauser at 11:59 PM PST - 16 comments

Takeoff-specific flying phobia

Takeoff-specific flying phobia [more inside]
posted by davisnot at 11:26 PM PST - 17 comments

What to do with family heirlooms when there won't be grandchildren

How do I feel better about the heirloom toys my mom designed when I don't want them at my house and when I won't be giving Mom grand kids on whom to bestow said heirlooms later down the line? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather at 9:59 PM PST - 20 comments

Nonprofit umbrella for Omaha organization

Help me find a nonprofit umbrella. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 9:26 PM PST - 3 comments

Why isn't my candied orange peel turning translucent consistently, dammit?

Whenever I make candied orange (or other citrus) peel, it always takes longer than recipe-writers seem to expect for the peel to become translucent, and some never becomes translucent at all. (a) What gives? (b) Is the not-translucent peel cool to store and eat? [more inside]
posted by kenko at 8:41 PM PST - 13 comments

SJC to San Francisco travel options...

So, I'm due to travel to San Francisco tomorrow from Toronto, via San Jose. I was planning to get to my hotel in San Fran using Caltrain, but lucky me, my flight's been changed to one later in the evening and I don't think there's any conceivable way I'll be able to catch the last train from Santa Clara. Any tips on how I might be able to get from SJC to SoMa in San Francisco without spending an arm and a leg? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 8:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for newer iPad apps for Dementia

My father is 91, speaks English and an avid TV-viewer. He had never been into word games or games like Sudoku or board games. He used to play golf till his early eighties. .From the mini- metal state test he has moderate dementia and we are hoping that together with the Aricept that he is on, some 'engaging' apps ( as someone put it ) might stave off deterioration of his cognitive functions. [more inside]
posted by kryptos at 7:20 PM PST - 7 comments

A zombie's gotta keep warm donchaknow

What do you use for an outer layer when it's cold (0-30 F) but not raining? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc at 6:49 PM PST - 25 comments

Vacations that are far from smoking

We want to take a vacation next January or February. The destination should be cool or cold, and most importantly, should be as smoke-free as possible. What are your ideas on where we should go? [more inside]
posted by bloggerwench at 6:36 PM PST - 12 comments

don't rock the boat baby

A friend of mine, rocks and sways. All. The. Time. what's up with that? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome at 5:14 PM PST - 39 comments

Do you keep a journal?

Do you keep a journal? Have you ever? What are the benefits? Was it worth the time commitment?
posted by leotrotsky at 5:11 PM PST - 42 comments

Looking for dramatizations of the sack of Baghdad.

Are there any good dramatizations of the sack of Baghdad by the Mongols? [more inside]
posted by cthuljew at 3:35 PM PST - 6 comments

where can i purchase wholesale garments?

I live in Canada. I am not a business. I would like to find trustworthy, extremely cost-effective companies from which I can purchase wholesale (by dozens or hundreds, not thousands, and with low or no minimum purchase) quantities of the following items: [more inside]
posted by windykites at 3:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Need a gift for a really nice guy!

Help me find a gift for a generous co-worker. [more inside]
posted by goodsearch at 3:25 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I automatically detect and display the length of a MP3 in a Wordpress post?

I need a way for Wordpress (or a plugin) to automatically detect and display the length of a podcast/MP3. [more inside]
posted by brownrd at 2:00 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I make dessert go to eleven?

Throw me some dessert recipes or ideas that are not only delicious, but involved to make - lots of time required, or lots of steps, or lots of ingredients, whatever. As long as they're yummy and a bit out of the ordinary. [more inside]
posted by Stacey at 1:52 PM PST - 40 comments

"You have insufficient experience and character and hit points for creating that online game!"

I'd like to create an online board game, sort of a cross between Life and an RPG. If this could ultimately be ported into mobile apps, even better. Program suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 1:43 PM PST - 1 comment

Like, but without the $12/month fees?

What alternatives are there to I'm looking for the RSVP and calendar functions, but without the $144 annual fees to run a group. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 1:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Repainting metal cabinets

How to paint vintage metal kitchen cabinets? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 1:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Wedding congrats in German?

How can I congratulate the bride's parents in German? [more inside]
posted by John Borrowman at 1:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Twelve-bar blues minus the blues

I am looking for songs, or sections of songs, that use a twelve-bar blues structure without sounding bluesy. [more inside]
posted by danb at 12:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Better search interface

I'm currently working on an app that does search in a limited domain (travel). The current interface is via a dialog textbox, where the user enters sentences or phrases as queries. While natural language offers lots of flexibility I'm realizing this kind of interface is inherently problematic. First, parsing the natural language can be tricky as there are many possibilities. Second, and probably more important, it's a blind interface. We have various types of data and functionality on how to search and present it. It becomes a kind of guessing game whether the user can form a search query that will hit our data and search capabilities. Unless they happen to hit pay dirt it becomes frustrating for the user. At the same time it feels like the user isn't seeing the best of what we can do for them. I'm sure I'm not the first to run into this. Do you have experience/ideas/research on how to improve/replace such an interface? Thanks
posted by blueyellow at 12:49 PM PST - 10 comments

poetry causes the best kind of headache.

When you rearrange the lines of this poem from ABC DEF to ACE BDF, it goes from being complimentary to critical about this... king? Maybe? What poem am I thinking of? [more inside]
posted by wintersonata9 at 12:23 PM PST - 11 comments

When a wizard turns 17...

Can any Harry Potter experts tell me more about when a wizard turns 17 and receives a watch? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 12:17 PM PST - 24 comments

Can These Shoes Be Fixed?

I bought some flats. The first time I wore them, they dug into the back of my ankles (on both feet), and made them bleed - it took my feet about two weeks to heal. Is there a way to fix this? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 12:14 PM PST - 26 comments

Algebra Question

Can anyone help with an algebra question I am trying to help my neice with her homework. [more inside]
posted by Summer Fall at 11:35 AM PST - 10 comments

once-off letterpress possible?

I want to print a once-off version of a long poem I've written for display; all I have so far are the words (no specific designs or illustrations or whatever). I really like the look of letterpress but it seems that letterpress places only do bulk orders. Is this true? Are there other options? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 11:21 AM PST - 9 comments

Recipe dupe for Hale and Hearty Soups Macaroni and Cheese with Beef

I am suddenly obsessed with the Macaroni and Cheese with Beef soup from Hale and Hearty. I may have had it twice before but all of a sudden I'm thinking about it every day and of course it isn't on the menu. I've googled some recipes but figured I'd toss it out to you guys in case someone has already tried to recreate it. Maybe trying to make it at home will help me get over it. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 11:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.

I feel like I'm trying to do too many things at once, all of them poorly. I also feel that I'm doing myself a big disservice by being in this situation. I feel like my life is in total disorder. I feel like I'm losing the race, to be honest. I'm afraid that the only way to win the race is to run faster, which I'm finding very difficult. Sordid details following. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 11:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me help my brother learn to play well in the sandbox at work.

Help me help my brother learn to play well in the sandbox at work. [more inside]
posted by getmetoSF at 11:02 AM PST - 6 comments

Gobble gobble

I only have 3 meat eaters coming for Thanksgiving. What can I serve to balance my desire not to have a ton of meat leftover that no one will eat vs. the desire to set a festive table and have a special meal? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 10:52 AM PST - 35 comments

Android 4.2: errors when trying to upgrade Galaxy Nexus

I'm trying to update my rooted Galaxy Nexus to Android 4.2 and I keep getting errors: "failed to verify whole-file signature", "signature verification failed". I have Googled the errors and ended up at XDA and similar sites but do not understand the solutions offered in the slightest. Can you help me by explaining the steps to me like I'm an idiot? [more inside]
posted by dobbs at 10:32 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me get in the Christmas spirit!

Laid up for surgery during the month of December. Please recommend to me your cheesiest Christmas movies or TV episodes that are available online. Made-for-TV movies are OK, in fact they would be awesome.
posted by backwards compatible at 10:32 AM PST - 18 comments

What is this plant?

Plant Identification Help: Can you identify this plant growing all over the walls of this building? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 9:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Between the devil and the deep blue sea

Questioning life decisions about college and the future. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit at 9:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Reverse Chrome to Phone?

I love using the Chrome to Phone extension to send websites from Chrome to my Android phone. Does anyone know of a program that does the reverse?
posted by Aanidaani at 9:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Good bus bio

Please recommend a good, short business biography! Preferably one about an entrepreneur.
posted by shotgunbooty at 8:58 AM PST - 5 comments

DIY Wedding Invitations

My boyfriend just proposed!  We've decided to skip "save the date" announcements and move straight to invitations.  I'm looking for DIY stationary stores in NYC and or templates.  I'd love quirky, nerdy, unusual invites, but usually the DIY ones are boring and generic. [more inside]
posted by Shaitan at 8:03 AM PST - 14 comments

What the Font? God Mode

Can you identify the signature on this abstract painting? [more inside]
posted by ostranenie at 7:43 AM PST - 3 comments

1 SSD & 2 HDD (One of the HDD isnt showing any more). Need help!

I've just upgraded my rig with a 256gb SSD card for the main C:. This is primary used for the OS, apps and my work files. I previously had 2 HDD's one for OS and the other for backups. [more inside]
posted by spinko at 7:39 AM PST - 10 comments

What are my options for doing a PhD long distance?

What are my options for doing a PhD long distance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:27 AM PST - 11 comments

do young people print photos any more?

do young people (still) put up photographs in their rooms? [more inside]
posted by noway at 6:08 AM PST - 18 comments

There is more to do after pregnancy?

Expecting our first baby in about 2 months now. I have been so consumed with reading up on this pregnancy & labor that I have neglected to learn about what to do AFTER that. You know, when the little homunculus is actually out of my belly and chilling in our living room. Please share your best book recommendations for newborns. Humorous and serious alike. Telling me not to read and let instincts take over is also acceptable with anecdotes.
posted by MayNicholas at 4:54 AM PST - 36 comments

Eating and then eating and then eating some more on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving....appetizers? Is that a thing? Related: what time do you eat on Thanksgiving? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 1:40 AM PST - 47 comments

Ultimate Schwag

A client has asked me, of all people, to suggest some awesome schwag ideas for a major international advertising event next year. At this event, every booth has schwag, and we want the schwag that will outschwag all other schwag. The booth will be handling 800+ people a day, and focused on "interactivity", so the schwag in question should be customizable on the spot. We have 6+ months to get whatever it is ready. Essentially, the sky's the limit. Name your ideal schwag. [more inside]
posted by saysthis at 12:04 AM PST - 31 comments

November 16

Stinky shower drain! I tried bleach/hotwater method, but is it time to call the plumber?

Stinky shower drain! I tried bleach/hotwater method, but is it time to call the plumber? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 11:40 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I turn rice into sweet sweet beer?

I want to make my own brown rice and sorghum syrups for gluten free home brewing. Why is it so hard to find recipes? [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 8:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a university/life adviser?

Is there some sort of 'career/life counselor' out there that can help me navigate college/university programs and requirements after dropping out last year? [more inside]
posted by Huck at 8:31 PM PST - 11 comments

How to confront someone who loves you but snubs you...

Childhood friend does not realize there is more to life than Ivy league. I am not in the Ivy league thus she does not support my career or accomplishments and criticizes them constantly. How to have an honest and non hurtful discussion about this. [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish at 8:14 PM PST - 40 comments

Should I go with a wireless or wired sound system?

I'm wondering whether to go with a wireless sound system or in-the-wall wiring. [more inside]
posted by zagyzebra at 7:45 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm not stupid, I'm just American!

I need to learn how to seamlessly convert between miles and kilometers in my head - without having to think about it. [more inside]
posted by matty at 6:00 PM PST - 26 comments

Put me in charge!

Explain to me the technology of charging devices. Is it mainly about voltage? About current? How close to the "required" values must you be? [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 5:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Kid=1 Snow Pants=0

My child hates/refuses to wear outdoor clothing? HELP! [more inside]
posted by white_magnolia at 5:32 PM PST - 47 comments

Holy Utility Belt Batman! Storage solutions for iPhone/iPad accesories?

Chargers, adapters, and cables - Oh My! What are the items and techniques you use to store all of your iPhone and/or iPad accessories? [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets at 5:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Large and flat or small and tall?

What size dutch oven should I buy? [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 4:44 PM PST - 15 comments

Why are third acts so difficult?

Why are third acts so difficult to execute well? [more inside]
posted by mediated self at 4:39 PM PST - 14 comments

Facebook Etiquette with in-laws in mind

I am British. I have recently acquired American in-laws. They are a traditionally Republican family. I, like many Europeans, consider the current iteration of the Republican Party has passed so far beyond the pale as to no longer be a rational organisation. So I saw a post-election graphic on Facebook I would normally have shared, but...I'm wondering how this new branch of family will perceive that. [more inside]
posted by glasseyes at 4:34 PM PST - 46 comments

how to dance the night away to Pandora music

Please help me figure out Pandora music for a party we're having at Thanksgiving weekend. [more inside]
posted by anadem at 4:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Therapist in Asheville, NC?

Help me find a psychotherapist in Asheville, NC. [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 3:36 PM PST - 3 comments

SIDS anxiety eating my nights

How do I deal with SIDS anxiety? I have a beautiful, healthy 4 month old baby. During the day I am mostly fine, but at night I have awful fears and intrusive thoughts about SIDS. I am in therapy already - just looking for ways other people have dealt with this. Did it go away after 6 months?
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 23 comments

Help me be kind to a former coworker.

Help me be kind to a former coworker. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Help my lab have a solid website.

My PI needs a new lab website. She has asked me to look into free hosting/sitebuilder type services ala Google Sites. What is the best service, what are some examples of well-done lab sites using that service, and what are some tips for getting the most out of it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist at 3:22 PM PST - 11 comments

Please recommend books for my almost teenage niece

Which book(s) should I get my niece for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by ZipRibbons at 3:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me find a clothing website I never bookmarked

Help me find a website I saw a few years ago. It sold smart women's clothing, mostly dresses (and specifically long sleeved dresses), and I remember a major selling point being that the person who set it up (maybe a librarian or academic?) wanted to find clothing for work that didn't require endless layering to look appropriate and modest. The stuff was well made and they didn't have a huge stock (I don't think it was Modcloth). It was perfect for anyone who is sick of having to wear cardigans all the damn time! Sound familiar to anyone?
posted by bimbam at 2:38 PM PST - 6 comments

No really, must I keep my 3rd grade diploma?

I have boxes of neatly organized crap! I would like to upload as much as possible to "the cloud" thus freeing up space in the basement for the kitteh olympics. I need recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 2:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Is employee conduct or disciplinary standings protected information in B.C.?

[YANML] Are private sector managers in British Columbia restricted in what they can discuss amongst themselves with regards to employee's conduct or disciplinary actions taken as a result? [more inside]
posted by pahalial at 2:28 PM PST - 1 comment

I am Imago Montoya . . .

But which kind of marriage counseling? Also, does insurance ever pay for it? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 at 2:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Software which provides 3D sunlight modelling for various house designs.

I am designing a house and using the wonderful I have been able to view the daily path of the sun throughout the year, for a given set of co-ordinates. I would however like to go one step further and model how different 3D house shapes would fare for sunlight throughout the year at a specific place on the surface of the earth. I am willing to pay for this software if necessary.
posted by therubettes at 2:11 PM PST - 6 comments

Entertainment center seeks new purpose.

What can I do with a massive entertainment cabinet after getting rid of the television? None of the local charities are interested (and I don't blame them). For reference, it's 6'10" tall x 8' wide x 2' deep, the doors need 18" clearance to open, the upper shelves are glass, and I hate needing to worry about the glass doors. All suggestions (kindling? cat gym? ding-dong ditch it somewhere?) on where to take it or how to repurpose it are welcome! [more inside]
posted by VelveteenBabbitt at 1:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Winter Tiiiiiiiiiiiiime / And the livin is eeeeeeeasy

Help me find my hibernation spot! NYCer in search of a winter (roughly Dec/Jan -> March/April) apartment somewhere in the Deep South in a city that A) has much warmer weather; B) offers drastically cheaper rent; and C) is a small town (basically, anywhere that isn't a big city). And, once I have a few city/region options, what's the best methodology for finding a place to rent if there aren't active Craigslist listings for the city/region? Details: [more inside]
posted by NolanRyanHatesMatches at 1:30 PM PST - 25 comments

Recs requested: Chicago therapists who will talk in session?

TherapyFilter, Chicago. Can you help my friend find a therapist he can jive with? [more inside]
posted by deliciae at 1:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Photoshop action sequence for saving same file in multiple predetermined locations

Photoshop action sequence question: I want it to save each file several times, with different extensions and in different folders, but I only want it to prompt the user for the filename on the first save. [more inside]
posted by sleevener at 1:16 PM PST - 3 comments

How to handle fighting co-workers

I am the owner of a very small business which I purchased (with 2 silent partners) 3 years ago. On most days there is only me and two other employees. The problem I'm having is my two employees have gotten into some type of conflict where they are now not speaking to one another. [more inside]
posted by drug_dealer73 at 12:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Letters of Rec part Deux

I asked a professor for a letter of recommendation a year ago, but my plans changed and I didn't use it to apply for anything. I'd like to ask her for another one this year, and I would appreciate some advice on how to approach her about it. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef at 12:30 PM PST - 8 comments

Idle hands are the devil's playground

Repetitive hobbies/crafts that use your hands that are NOT knitting/crocheting? [more inside]
posted by dede at 12:24 PM PST - 32 comments

Andriod apps for senior citizens?

I'm looking for ecommendations for Android apps for my Grandfather-in-Law. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by peteyjlawson at 12:23 PM PST - 1 comment

To send condolences or not?

My ex-boyfriend's dad just passed away. What, if anything, should I do? [more inside]
posted by csox at 12:04 PM PST - 24 comments

Comic-a-thon in Progress. Must Have More Webcomix!

Looking for webcomics recommendations. Preference: PG-13-ish. But looking to broaden my horizons, so I am interested in hearing what you like and why. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 11:55 AM PST - 21 comments

Reliable blu-ray playback: stand-alone player or commercial software

How can I easily and reliably play Blu-Ray discs now and in the future? I have a HTPC, but the software bundled with the blu-ray drive is old, and a new version is around the sales price ofr a decent-looking stand-alone blu-ray player. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 11:48 AM PST - 8 comments

I have exactly one problem

Last summer a U.S. law professor wrote a paper analyzing the legal issues raised by verse 2 of Jay-Z's 99 Problems (about a police traffic stop). If you were going to write a similar article about a Canadian song, what would you pick? [more inside]
posted by hayvac at 11:46 AM PST - 12 comments

le scratch

What are the best record (vinyl) stores in Montreal these days? [more inside]
posted by mannequito at 11:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Good second-hand bookstores and record shops in Washington DC?

Good second-hand bookstores and record shops in Washington DC? [more inside]
posted by Grinder at 11:39 AM PST - 10 comments

What does the kanji on this hoodie say?

What does the Kanji on this hoodie say? [more inside]
posted by Studiogeek at 11:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Trilogy set in Britain, Scandinavia and America

I read a fiction trilogy in the 1990s. The first book was set in Britain (or England), the second in a Scandinavian country (Norway or Sweden), and the third in the USA. What was the trilogy? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 11:21 AM PST - 4 comments

The troubles of coming in under budget

I have $300. Do I buy a stand mixer, or dump it into my savings account? This is more about the principles of frugality/growing up than the specific item. [more inside]
posted by itesser at 11:14 AM PST - 42 comments

Later questions to follow about zen.

What commuter motorcycle should I buy? Complications: I'm 5'0" and received my driver's licence motocycle endorsement this week. [more inside]
posted by halogen at 10:55 AM PST - 21 comments

What should I do when large numbers of somewhat important people find me unpleasant to be around? Can I make myself more pleasant?

What should I do when large numbers of somewhat important people find me unpleasant to be around? Can I make myself more pleasant? [more inside]
posted by jumelle at 10:38 AM PST - 28 comments

Looking for phone with missed call notification.

Looking for a phone (landline or cell) with a missed call notification. [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 10:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me stop freaking out

Need help replying to an email from my boss. [more inside]
posted by kat518 at 9:51 AM PST - 41 comments

Citation Question

As I'm writing a literature review I'm reading another review paper (Paper A) and found a citation to a source (Paper B) that makes a point I want to incorporate in to my own work. I've tracked down that source (Paper B) and agree with the way it was paraphrased in Paper A. How do I ethically and accurately cite this in my own work using APA? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 9:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Why should extroverts have all the fun?

Are there any good non-desk, non-computer-based jobs out there for introverts? [more inside]
posted by silly me at 9:21 AM PST - 16 comments

When I find this shirt, some company is gonna be VERY happy

Help me find women's fitted boat-necked cap-sleeved or 3/4 length-sleeved shirts in a variety of solid colors! (What, me picky?) [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:02 AM PST - 23 comments

Seeing a psychiatrist for anxiety. How does that work?

Seeing a psychiatrist for anxiety and depression - How does that work? I went to a doctor about my anxiety issues and she gave me a referral to a psychiatrist to get some anti-anxiety meds as she did not feel comfortable prescribing them. (She didn't give me a name, I have to call my insurance to get a list or something I guess. Also, she gave me a no refill xanax prescription after I begged.) I am somewhat bewildered by this as I didn't expect to have to go to a psychiatrist so I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Have money, need apartment.

Bad credit, but good income. Other complications. You're a landlord - what would convince you to rent to us, especially in a competitive housing market? Or you've been in a tenant in this or similar situations - what did you do? Snowflakes abound. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Untucked shirts for a short guy?

I'm a short guy. I have a short torso. I want casual button down shirts (short and long-sleeve) that I can wear untucked, but most are too long for me and look bad. Where can I find some that fit better? Thanks!
posted by SampleSize at 8:38 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I stop website from redirecting? keeps redirecting me to a Dutch dating website on home computer. Halp! [more inside]
posted by Twicketface at 8:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Small town playground politics

How do I maintain social boundaries in a small community? [more inside]
posted by lakersfan1222 at 8:04 AM PST - 29 comments

What should we name our film production company?

What should we rename our film production company to? We mostly do stylized short documentaries at the moment but it shouldn't be something that pigeonholes us.
posted by nathancaswell at 7:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Focused on distraction

I'm easily distracted by the Internet while I write, but I don't want to shut it off altogether. Please help me cobble together a solution. [more inside]
posted by catlet at 7:28 AM PST - 9 comments

HELP ME FIND THIS POET! someone was reading his or her book on the train this morning and i didn't get a chance to ask "Who is that author?"

HELP ME FIND THIS POET! someone was reading his or her book on the train this morning and i didn't get a chance to ask "Who is that author?" although i did glimpse some verse, enough to know that i want to read more. some of the lines i remember: "in order to be structurally sound you must subject yourself to measurement" and "there are gods here that love us, and they want us to fuck, are you ready? have i earned another story?" that second line is from a poem called "a guide for the world to begin." i've been looking online but i can't find anything. i hope this looks familiar to someone. i also noticed that at the end of a book there was a note describing how the author was using ideas from the traditional tarot card deck as inspiration.
posted by anonymous at 7:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Ideas for a quality birthday gift.

After a recent move and seeing the amount of "junk" we had accumulated together we are making an effort to buy quality over quantity. Help me find him a budget friendly birthday gift. [more inside]
posted by ridiculous at 7:11 AM PST - 22 comments

All I want to do is start over again.

Stupid computer-help question: Why is it so hard to reinstall Windows Vista 32 on a Dell Latitude D630? [more inside]
posted by mibo at 6:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Why are condoms suddenly causing me problems?

Condomfilter - what's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:47 AM PST - 14 comments

Is no job better than a poor job?

Help me understand the reasoning behind continuing the Hostess strike when it has resulted in the company going out of business. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad at 5:50 AM PST - 26 comments

Hidden Object, where are you?

Best Hidden Object/Point and Click games out there? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock at 4:45 AM PST - 12 comments

I think I'm dumb-- or maybe just happy.

Wellbutrin flattening out creativity? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar at 3:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Economics for Mathematicians

Economics Mathematics: I have a Maths degree but lately I've become interested in Economics (Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) and have been reading some textbooks and classic texts and doing some online lecture courses on Economics. But find many of that the "handwaving" graphical "proofs" of economic theories lack a sense of mathematical robustness. Do more thorough mathematics for these ideas exist? Where can I find them? [more inside]
posted by mary8nne at 2:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Google Maps House hunting in Paris

There's an amazing timberframe house on sale in the heart of Paris-7ème arrondissement. I've been spending half-an-hour trying to locate it in Google Maps without success... so there's your challenge!
posted by rom1 at 1:14 AM PST - 3 comments

November 15

Companies that rewards actions that favors long term stability

I am looking for examples of banks (or other financial institutions) known for having a compensation structure that rewards actions in the long term interests of the institution. [more inside]
posted by helloworlditsme at 11:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Faking it.

If it's true that deep down, most people feel lonely, bored, languid, unsure and/or sad -- and that most people know this -- then why is expressing these feelings, either intermittently or habitually, such a faux pas, taken by others as distasteful, unfriendly and even pathetic? [more inside]
posted by frankly mister at 10:34 PM PST - 38 comments

Short stories sought

Recommend me up some short stories. Inside, I'll tell you what I likes and what I don't likes. [more inside]
posted by !Jim at 9:59 PM PST - 39 comments

Trailer Music

Looking for trailer music [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 8:26 PM PST - 6 comments

A stand against estate agents?

UK Estate Agents - worth taking a stand? [more inside]
posted by Marzipan at 8:21 PM PST - 9 comments

And that's why you always leave a note. To eject your drive. Or something.

A friend of mine is having an issue with her USB flash drive. I'm gonna post what she sent here; can anyone help recover her files? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento at 8:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Immersive, story-based games

OMIGOD I just played "Dear Esther" for the first time. This is the absolute sweet spot for me for gaming/interactive fiction. Please help me find more. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:50 PM PST - 25 comments

Mind or body? What's up with these symptoms?

YANMD, but what could be causing these bizarre health issues in a previously (fairly) healthy twenty-year-old female? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace at 7:43 PM PST - 28 comments

Oh my lord I love this song; help me find it again!

I just heard the most amazing song on a streaming radio station from France! The song was in English, but there was no identification, and googling the bits of lyrics I could understand got me nowhere. Can you help me figure it out? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Put me out of my misery please

Tricky family situation, I don't know how to act or move forward and need some objective advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Did giving my SO the benefit of the doubt made me blind to the red flags

Do you give your SO the benefit of the doubt or do you trust your gut feelings? [more inside]
posted by feastorfamine at 6:48 PM PST - 30 comments


Random porn filter: does my iPad have a virus or what? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity at 6:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Get rid of this doorstop

I have an old ibook from about 2003 or so gathering dust in a corner. It turns on but doesn't function enough for me to delete the data on it, as far as I know how. Plus, I don't own a power cord that works for it anymore. I would like to be rid of it, but I do not even really remember what's there and I don't want anyone else to see personal info that might be on it. I live in the SF Bay Area. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by latkes at 5:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Spiced pumpkin pear tart recipe needed

I need the recipe for this spiced pumpkin pear tart. I have the ingredient list - with some quantities - but no instructions. I think it's from Gourmet or Bon Appetit, probably from the 1990s, but it's not anywhere online. Hope me, Metafilter. [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 5:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Mitten Hands Strikes Again

When I have to use syringes at my job for blood draws and catheterization I get what I've been calling "mitten hands" and loose fine motor control. Anyone have any tips or tricks for holding/using syringes? [more inside]
posted by OsoMeaty at 5:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Another dry-cleaning disaster

My suit came back from the cleaners with a rippled pattern across some of the fabric. Is this repairable? I haven't tried a warm iron yet, lest it yield an even more unsalvageable result.
posted by SpringAquifer at 5:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Stuff new parents want.

What's the best thing I can send to brand spanking new parents? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 5:12 PM PST - 18 comments

a suit made of kitten fur

Most best soft warm fleece pajamas: where are they? [more inside]
posted by drlith at 5:03 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I write a good moral character reference for my friend?

My about-to-be-a-lawyer friend has asked me to complete an affidavit as to her "good moral character." She is a great person and I'm sure she will be a great lawyer, but I'm not sure what exactly to write or how to phrase it. [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe at 4:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Why no full length LPs from Electronic Music Producers?

Why is it, or is there a why, as to some artist/producers/labels focus mostly/solely on putting out singles, 12", EP etc, and not full length albums? [more inside]
posted by J0 at 4:52 PM PST - 9 comments

Mens boots, for women

I really like these boots, but they don't do men's boots in my size. Help! [more inside]
posted by stillnocturnal at 4:05 PM PST - 6 comments


How does one go about mediating between estranged lovers? [more inside]
posted by lilacp at 4:00 PM PST - 28 comments

Where can I find a watch like this?

I'm looking for a replica of this antique watch (or something similar to it) that I can purchase online. My mother has an antique watch from her grandmother that is very small. It's less than the width of a finger and it has a "jewelry clasp" on the thin leather straps. Is there a name for this style of watch? Or, is there a similar style that you have happened across online? I'm not looking for this exact watch, per se, just something this small and of the style.
posted by john the fourth at 3:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Feeling ambivalent about everything

I feel very ambivalent, like I lack perspective (but hope is abundant!), but I am not sure; this state of not knowing and being unsure of myself and what I do is tough [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 at 2:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Can I take the midnight train going anywhere?

Last minute trip: do airlines offer last-minute "leaves today" flights at rock-bottom rates to fill empty seats? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 2:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Thanksgiving Turkey, Caribbean style. Safe to eat or death on a plate?

Two twelve pound frozen turkeys wrapped well in newspaper insulation, placed in a suitcase and put on a plane. One trip from Michigan USA to Sint Maarten, Caribbean. Safe? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 2:26 PM PST - 25 comments

Sending follow up letter to the job I had to back out of - help or hurt?

Backed out of a job under duress. Thinking of sending a follow up letter to perhaps explain the circumstances and perhaps soften their perception of me. Good or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 PM PST - 17 comments

Could not be registered?

New and unsettling issues in Word 2003... what is this error message? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell at 2:12 PM PST - 3 comments

If a dog attacks your ankle while you're running...

Last night running home, a small dog attacked my ankle. Luckily I was wearing long pants so the dog got my pants instead of my ankle. I'm not sure what my response should have been, and am curious if there's etiquette around this in case it happens again. [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 2:02 PM PST - 12 comments

dating a depressive - post mortem

I've been dating a depressive for about 4 months and just recently called things off with him because I couldn't handle all the baggage that comes with dating one - like withdrawal or detachment, in communication or otherwise. It was fine for the first couple months but when he got given longer hours at work, we communicated/saw each other less to the point where I sounded like I was practically begging him for time to meet. [more inside]
posted by brokenwitch at 1:39 PM PST - 35 comments

Looking for a new "how'd I get here?"

Is there a replacement for the "how'd I get here" Firefox add-on? [more inside]
posted by Lorc at 1:31 PM PST - 5 comments

I listen to music through my TV and it has to end.

My computer is connected via HDMI to the flatscreen TV in my living room. There has to be a better way to listen to my music than through TV speakers. Help me out. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 1:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Do I have to require my renters to have renters insurance?!?!

My independent insurance agent is insisting me that I require my renters to have renter's insurance in order for him to give me homeowner's insurance on a property I just bought. [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account at 1:23 PM PST - 27 comments

Book Binger

I love to read. I love to watch t.v. I don't love binge reading and binge t.v. watching. How do I stop this? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 1:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Repay friends who helped during long break-up?

How to repay/show gratitude to amazing friends that have let me crash at their place for the last 5 months while I disentangled myself from LTR with co-owned condo? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 1:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Statistical analysis for a prospective cohort study with quantifiable outcomes?

What kind of statistical analysis would I use to compare the outcomes of a prospective cohort study, one with an intervention and one as the control? [more inside]
posted by legospaceman at 12:57 PM PST - 9 comments

When in America, how should one refer to the weddings of different cultures?

What is the socially acceptable way to refer to weddings of different cultures in the US? Is it non-PC to refer to 'American weddings' when distinguishing traditional white-American weddings, vs weddings of other cultures? [more inside]
posted by Conductor71 at 12:54 PM PST - 38 comments

Fancy Cat w/Pee Problems Needs Fancy Cat Pee Food

My cat needs a urinary tract health cat food, but will currently only eat dry Purina UR. I'm not fond of Purina and would prefer him to eat something similar to the Newman's Own cat food he was eating before. Any good options out there? [more inside]
posted by El Sabor Asiatico at 12:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Google Nexus 7 - what am I missing?

Google Nexus 7 - what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 12:17 PM PST - 6 comments

I've recently realized that we develop and make progress in our life when we experience new things and get out of our comfort zone. What are the different ways we can experience new things?

I've recently realized that we develop and make progress in our life when we experience new things and get out of our comfort zone. What are the different ways we can experience new things? [more inside]
posted by markbao at 12:14 PM PST - 19 comments

Military Divorce Filter

Enlisted Soldier has stopped all financial support, including mortgage payments, utilities and even school lunches for his 2 children. [more inside]
posted by anon4now at 12:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Interestingly-made books with unusual paper?

What books that are printed with unusual techniques, using unusual paper, do you recommend looking at? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 11:39 AM PST - 11 comments

113th Congressional Districts with County FIPS code.

Where can I find a csv, spreadsheet, or whatever of the 113th Congressional Districts and the state and county (with FIPS Code) that they intersect. [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 11:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Library cataloging is the best, how do I do more of it?

What are my options re: doing cataloging work for money? Ideally as a contract cataloger, an outsourced worker, or remotely/virtually? What should I learn if I love library back of house/technical services? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk at 11:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Help my elderly mother see the internet without /using/ the internet.

Help me figure out how to set up an iPad so my elderly mother (who is intimidated by the internet) can view Facebook, etc with a highly reduced chance of accidentally doing … anything. I'm hoping to find a way to use FB (etc) in read-only mode, but maybe you have other ideas. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 11:21 AM PST - 11 comments

Contacting recruiters on the job search. Cold Calling?

Contacting recruiters on the job search: Should I be cold-calling them? If so, how should I go about it? Any other advice about this topic? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 10:49 AM PST - 2 comments

Any Bozeman, MT, MeFites with kids out there?

Any Bozeman, Montana, MeFites who can recommend play groups, parent groups and daycare in the area? (Also, appreciate advice from any SAHParents about entertaining children!) [more inside]
posted by amanda at 10:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Corporate America is sucking the life from my very soul

How do I transition from corporate America to working for a small business? [more inside]
posted by Falwless at 10:38 AM PST - 6 comments

shipping a large, heavy package

I am considering purchasing a large and heavy item on Ebay that is listed as "local pick-up only," and then finding and paying a shipping company to pick up the item and ship it to me. Good idea or bad idea? And, if feasible, what would be the best way to manage this? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 10:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Winter reading recs?

My Nook is hungry- and I have silly tastes- recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Blisterlips at 9:59 AM PST - 53 comments

Can I find out if a press conference will be live streamed on any websites today?

Attorney General Eric Holder will have a press conference this afternoon (1pm CST) regarding the government's $4.5 billion settlement with BP in New Orleans, LA. Are there any sites that will *definitely* be streaming this live? I would love to show it to my class that meets at the same time. [more inside]
posted by LolaCola at 9:55 AM PST - 1 comment

After a breakup, how do you deal with the rejection?

After a breakup, how do you deal with the rejection? [more inside]
posted by thank you silence at 9:51 AM PST - 23 comments

Squat injury

What kind of doc or therapist should I seek about my weightlifting lower back injury? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic at 9:39 AM PST - 12 comments

A dog without politics in Seattle?

I am looking to adopt a dog, but first I want more information. I live in Seattle. I'd love to find a dog group/dog place where I can go, ask questions, maybe even get to know some different dogs, but I've lived in Seattle for more than 20 years and I've seen how ridiculous, make-PETA-look-sane, over the top animal people here can be. Is there a dog place/group in Seattle that is kind to people? [more inside]
posted by susandennis at 9:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Sharing OUTSIDE contacts nightmare!

How can my small company share OUTSIDE contacts across our organization and have access to them on our phones? [more inside]
posted by Guyatoffice at 9:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Who do I want to be today?

I'm an organizational creative jill-of-all-trades and I might be losing my job. I'm updating my resume and, coincidentally, I need help creatively organizing it. Help, AskMe? [more inside]
posted by thrasher at 9:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for name of interactive fiction game

Does anyone remember the name of an independent "interactive fiction" game that appeared on MeFi a while back? The gist of it was that there was a "writer" and a "player", and the writer created scenes visually (in an old school 8-bit, top-down view), and the player would respond with his/her action textually, and the writer would then update the graphics on the screen to reflect the actions of the user. The completed stories could then be uploaded to a common site for all to share. It was very cool, but I can't remember its name for the life of me.
posted by sutt at 9:14 AM PST - 4 comments

I do not want to be dealing with this!

Does my hotel room have bed bugs? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin at 9:14 AM PST - 21 comments


What is the origin of the title trope "X 2: THE X-ening"?
posted by dmd at 9:00 AM PST - 13 comments

What casual, pretty strategy game is a good gift for my brother?

I'm looking for a visually appealing strategy computer game as a gift for my mid-twenties brother, preferably casual, hard sci fi and without DRM. [more inside]
posted by Triton at 8:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Habits for Highly Influenced People

Please recommend some up-to-the-minute and engaging thinking, videos, reading, or anything else about sales and marketing that, if digested in full or in part, won't result in more work for product development. (Bonus round: Results in reward for them, too!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 1 comment

How to support someone receiving ECT?

A friend hospitalised with depression caused by his bipolar disorder just texted me to say that he will be receiving electroconvulsive therapy in a few days. Any tips on being supportive before and after the treatment?
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments


Got (what I think are) shin splints. Now what? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 8:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Temporary license + expired passport = OK to fly?

I'm flying next week. My only forms of photo ID are a temporary driver's license and an expired passport. Will the TSA accept these? If I have to go through additional screening, what should I expect? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby at 8:22 AM PST - 21 comments

Using wood for a shower floor

I am having my bathroom professionally remodeled and I am strongly considering having the shower floor made out of wood (most likely Teak or Ipe), resting over conventional concrete drainage. Any experience, advice or vendor referrals from people who have done this or from professionals would be appreciated. I'm particularly concerned with the ongoing maintenance and durability compared to traditional pebble or tile shower flooring. Is it worth the elegance and tactile comfort enhancements? [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 at 7:53 AM PST - 8 comments

I have no frame of reference here, Donny.

How can I get an idea of what typical expenses and reserves are for a condo that has about 12 units and a few garage spaces are? Please help me figure out if my condo's assessment hikes are reasonable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me not care so much about work?

Help me not care so much about work? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 7:24 AM PST - 10 comments

NYC this weekend, storm impact I should know about?

My teenage daughter and I are heading to NYC on Saturday for a one day bus trip. Are there areas we need to avoid due to the storms still and are there any special things happening we should try to do? [more inside]
posted by maxg94 at 7:21 AM PST - 9 comments


Can I eat it filter: Started some polenta with chicken stock in the rice cooker this morning at 8am. It's timer feature will have it ready at 6:30pm. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 7:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Job interview role-play tips please

Can you give me some job interview role-play tips on: (1) how to manage an underperforming employee, and (2) how to manage a team meeting/huddle? [more inside]
posted by laumry at 7:18 AM PST - 4 comments

Blood of nightingales

What is blood of nightingales dye and/or carpet pattern? [more inside]
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 7:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Treats for new dad?

Going into the hospital on Monday to have twins. What can my MIL bring to my husband during our stay? [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 6:15 AM PST - 21 comments

Can an exempt employee be required to take unpaid leave for jury duty?

Got called in for jury duty. As an FLSA-exempt employee, can an employer require me to take unpaid leave? [more inside]
posted by relucent at 6:03 AM PST - 9 comments

Pony Unicorn Democrats of the World, Unite!

What are the ins and outs of setting up an official political organization in the US? [more inside]
posted by syzygy at 6:02 AM PST - 13 comments

Will visitors know I've gone from an SSL site to a non-SSL site for HTTP?

SSL, licences, and migrating a website. Old server has an SSL certificate. New one has not. Not using HTTPS. Will visitors see any warnings or otherwise perceive the change? [more inside]
posted by alasdair at 5:56 AM PST - 13 comments

Reintroduce me to some great Android Apps

Android App Filter: What are some great applications (productivity, communication, fun) that I can utilize on the upcoming Nexus 4? [more inside]
posted by apip at 12:24 AM PST - 7 comments

November 14

My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Ouchy Left Hand

What's up with my left hand? I play guitar right handed and have been working out hard and regularly. After 20+ years - no problems. Then I started getting pain in the back of my left hand a few weeks ago and... [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser at 11:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Performance artist search

Looking for artworks where artists use instructional language, prompts or directives. Similar to Yoko Ono's grapefruit or artists who give tours through museums as a conceptual strategies such Andrea Fraser
posted by specialk420 at 11:27 PM PST - 11 comments

If you know the title of this song, better let me know it!

What's-that-song-filter x 3. What's that song where a young man plays an acoustic guitar and sings "better let everyone in your life who you love know it, better let them know it, yeah, better let them know it?" And for extra credit, you could tackle two unsolved "what's that song?" questions from years ago. [more inside]
posted by salvia at 10:34 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me become the mature, self-restrained adult I always wanted to be

I say too much. About me, about others. I find it difficult to control this. Have you managed this or a similar problem? What strategies did you use? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 10:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Canadian job sites

What are the largest Canadian job-search/job-posting aggregation sites these days? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 9:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me delete my search history on Twitter's iPhone app

Does anyone know how to clear the search history for Twitter's iPhone app?
posted by JFunk2800 at 8:53 PM PST - 1 comment

Hitting the like button just doesn't cut it.

Hit me with your best asynchronous communication tips, games, tools & tricks. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 7:29 PM PST - 7 comments

The internet is forever, right?

Help me improve my Google-search skills to find an old website my uncle created years ago with my family history [more inside]
posted by sunshine arakhan at 7:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I come to the USA on a tourist visa?

Would I be able to come visit the USA in the future? [more inside]
posted by YukoInNature at 6:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Me Craft The Greatest Home-made Lotions Ever

Homebrew Cosmetics Crew - tell me about your lotion/perfume/body butter-building experiences! [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 6:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Cool room to store instruments?

I would like to store musical instruments in an uninsulated attic room with a volume of about 2000 cubic feet. It has a single 2x2.5 foot window and I hired someone to install electricity for an A/C unit. He says no unit that can fit in that window will ever be able to keep the room cool during the summer months (80-95 degrees last summer). True? Other ideas?
posted by vilcxjo_BLANKA at 6:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Thank you for helping me print thank you photo cards

I need help printing thank you cards using my own photo - want a company to print them for me. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 6:00 PM PST - 8 comments

How To Respond to Friend's Betrayal

I had a close friend/coworker recently betray me on a very deep level. I've known him for over 3 years and he did everything he said he wouldn't, just for a girl. I really have no desire to continue the friendship any longer and we have not talked since the betrayal occurred. I want to confront him, mostly to get the anger/pain off my chest, but won't be able to do so in person for another few weeks. Is it best to just wait to do the confrontation in person? Or would it be ok to let out the anger earlier, through a text or email? Or would the best thing be to just turn and walk away, leaving
posted by blueberrybubbles at 5:54 PM PST - 29 comments

Which downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers can you easily go up in?

Which high-rises in downtown Los Angeles can you easily get to the top of (or pretty high up in)? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall at 5:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Cool Places to Work in Mid-Town Manhattan

This non-New Yorker is looking for personal recos for an awesome place (coffee shop, library, resturaunt) to work from in mid-town Manhattan tomorrow. Requirements: cheap WiFi, not too far from a subway drop, and doesn't mind me hanging out for basically 10 hours on my laptop. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 5:41 PM PST - 14 comments

Announce pregnancy before or after annual review?

Should I announce my pregnancy at work before or after my annual review? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:08 PM PST - 18 comments

To co-sleep or not to co-sleep, that is the question

Please describe your co-sleeping experiences [more inside]
posted by forza at 4:58 PM PST - 47 comments

Feeling like a lame duck in the dating pond

How to make sense of dating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:39 PM PST - 12 comments

What do I do with this dead car?

My car (97 Oldsmobile Aurora in pretty bad physical condition) is more or less a lost cause. The fuel pump is shot, the battery's dead, and it won't turn over because of those two things working in conjunction. It also has no working AC or radio. It's sitting on the street, as it has been for the past several weeks. I need to do something with it and get rid of it but I have never had to do this. Never had to even sell a car. What do I do?
posted by Modica at 4:14 PM PST - 14 comments

What's this metal-working doohickey?

I found this metal lathe attachment? in a box that came with an old Atlas metal lathe I bought. Any idea what it is or how it is used?
posted by DB Cooper at 3:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Does it, actually, make it easier to dust?

What advice used to be commonly accepted, but is now widely viewed as sexist? [more inside]
posted by karminai at 3:51 PM PST - 58 comments

Large-headed man needs help finding headache-less headset

I have an absurdly large head and most (95%+) headphones don't fit me. Fellow big-headed headphone-wearers, please recommend to me a pair of wireless headphones/headset that are wide and tall enough that they won't give me headaches! (Special conditions: no earbuds, clipons, etc. Needs to be headphones.) [more inside]
posted by ofcourseican at 3:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Jailbreak/Unlock iPhone 3GS made after 35th week of 2011

I have an iPhone 3GS, Version 5.0.1, Modem Firmware 06.16.05. Every unlocking method I've looked at states that if the 3rd, 4th and 5th digits of the serial number are greater than 135, unlocking could brick the phone. The digits on mine are 927. Is there any safe way for me to jailbreak and unlock my phone?
posted by amandi at 3:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Electricians/IT experts: Can you solve this mystery?

My computer cycles off without warning, and it's on a battery pack/surge protector UPS. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Chris4d at 3:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Cheap or free mental health services in Seattle?

Are there free/low-cost mental health services available in the Seattle area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Illustrated books about house construction

I'd like to know of some other books similar to Francis D. K. Ching's "BUILDING CONSTRUCTION ILLUSTRATED" [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 3:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Who the hell added these videos to my favourites folder on YouTube?

I found several "favourited" videos in my YouTube account that were definitely not my or my partner's doing. What could have happened? Was I hacked? [more inside]
posted by peripathetic at 2:53 PM PST - 4 comments

How honest am I obligated to be with my parents about dropping college classes?

How honest am I obligated to be with my parents about dropping college classes? [more inside]
posted by efsrous at 2:43 PM PST - 29 comments

How to find a Federal Indictment

I want to download and read the full unsealed indictment written about here. The PACER website gives me a headache and I'm not clear if I'm allowed to use it. What's my best course of action?
posted by Bookhouse at 2:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Stag Night in Poland

I'm a first-time Best Man arranging a stag weekend in Gdansk, Poland for the 22nd of February. I need recommendations for accommodating twenty-ish people, and a bunch of other things. Including panic attack medication. [more inside]
posted by Fen at 2:36 PM PST - 5 comments

Name my cat filter!

It's time for.... Name. That. Cat! That's right folks, I have a recent adoptee for you to help name. Give it your best shot! [more inside]
posted by DoubleLune at 2:28 PM PST - 67 comments

Are you ready for marriage?

I want to get married. Help me get over my fear of marriage. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda at 2:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me buy the best DSLR for my cash during Cyber Monday

I'm an Australian who is clueless about digital SLRs and Cyber Monday. Help me buy the best camera for around $1500 during Cyber Monday that will ship to Australia. [more inside]
posted by Jubey at 2:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Good Bad Teenage TV

What teen/20s drama love triangle show can I watch after my recent Dawson's Creek bender? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl at 2:03 PM PST - 58 comments

Wildlife and Modern America...give me a primer.

Do you know of any good resources providing data on how industrialization, urban expansion and / or hunting affects wildlife populations and ecosystems in the United States? Also interested in how conservation efforts do or do not produce a stabilizing effect. [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 1:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Sliding scale or ASL mental health services in Columbus

Two of my family members are interested (separately) in getting treatment for what seems to be depression. They are both in the Columbus, OH, area. I'd like to help them find services, but given their circumstances (detailed inside) and the fact that I'm in another state, I'm not sure where to start. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:54 PM PST - 1 comment

I know it isn't Thanksgiving yet, but it is also almost Advent!

Advent Calendars: Please suggest the best candy or toy versions you know of. Edible chocolate? Yes please! Funny toys? Awesome. Whisky? Mmmmm. [more inside]
posted by dame at 1:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Love and life projects

How legitimate a dealbreaker is weed consumption in a relationship ? A down-to-earth relationship question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:53 PM PST - 28 comments

Goodbye to all that?

When is it time to move? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon at 1:52 PM PST - 40 comments

There are way too many songs about fire.

Fire related song from the late 80s - help me find this lost music video. Song may be awful, but I've been trying to remember/find this for years. [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 1:13 PM PST - 19 comments

"Whenever the wind whistles I shall think Lowenstein, Lowenstein"

What has been your experience with family therapy? Are you a family therapist? Tell me ALL your anecdotes and experiences with family therapy, please. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Dashboard cam suggestions?

What type of dashboard camera should I buy for my automobile? [more inside]
posted by bamassippi at 1:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Academic-filter: Dissertation Writing Group, take 2!

How should I organize an academic writing group hosted online? [more inside]
posted by spunweb at 12:58 PM PST - 2 comments

Okay, pretty sure the chicken is fine, the chowder, maybe not?

Can I eat this? Frozen sampler edition. [more inside]
posted by angrycat at 12:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Birthday gift ideas needed

Birthday gift for 50 year-old gay male? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 12:14 PM PST - 10 comments

What can I do for a family member going to prison soon?

My brother is going to prison in December, possibly for a decade or more. What can I do for him, both emotionally and practically? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg at 11:50 AM PST - 19 comments

Is it okay to include SSNs as part of an email address?

A local community college is considering new ways to format student email accounts to avoid problems arising from multiple students having the same name. One suggestion is to include the last four digits of the Social Security Number as part of the email address. I don't know anything about FERPA, but this doesn't sound like a good idea to me. Before I speak up on the issue, though, I was hoping someone here could provide me with some additional info on privacy laws.
posted by jackypaper at 11:45 AM PST - 38 comments

Is Soy Milk safe for my daughter?

Is it safe for my little girl to drink soy milk? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh at 11:45 AM PST - 32 comments

Help my parents help themselves.

Two part question. Helping quasi-luddite parents figure out how to use their computer, and whether I should help them make the switch to VOIP. [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 11:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Support/Help with divorce after 1 yr marriage (29 y.o.)

29 years old and divorcing after 1 year of marriage- looking for support/help with my decision. [more inside]
posted by love2much at 11:07 AM PST - 34 comments

PS don't go to law school

Are financial advisers usually expert in student loans? I need an expert but I don't know how to find one. [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 10:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Best Open Mic In Or Around Atlanta?

(For a friend) Where are the best open mics in Atlanta or close? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume at 10:20 AM PST - 6 comments

The stork may change your life

How did you accept the fact that giving birth would totally change everything you know? [more inside]
posted by sockorama at 9:47 AM PST - 54 comments

Smelly cat, smelly cat, is this an emergency?

Veterinarian-filter: My 11-year-old kitty, Ryoko, has very bad breath these days and I think she has a gum infection. The soonest my vet can see her is Friday afternoon. She's eating fine and full of energy, but as an overprotective cat mom, I wonder if there's anything I should do in the interim so the problem won't get any worse. Do I need to worry?
posted by xenophile at 9:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Best org for angel tree?

Best organization in NYC in which to participate in an angel tree kind of thing? I'm nannying a 8, almost 9 year old boy and he has expressed interest in buying something for a boy his age in need for the holidays. [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 9:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Business etiquette landmines to avoid when making a sales pitch to Japanese business owners.

Business etiquette landmines to avoid when making a sales pitch to Japanese business owners. [more inside]
posted by 256 at 9:28 AM PST - 7 comments

Seasoning: it's not just for cast iron anymore?

Why do people season cast iron cookware but not other kinds of pans? [more inside]
posted by wondercow at 9:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Best Low-Drain, Long-Life Battery

How can I continuously run a 3W - or less - LED light with +/- 350 lumens as long as possible (1 year minimum) with a relatively compact battery source? [more inside]
posted by xod at 9:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Is there ANY reason to go for wall-to-wall carpet?

The house I now own has gross old carpet that I want to rip out and replace with hardwood or Pergo. The family room and kitchen have a beautiful hardwood floor that has lasted for almost 20 years. I am getting a redecorating bee in my bonnet and want hardwood (or at least Pergo) over the rest of the house. Are there any advantages to having wall-to-wall carpet? At all? [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 9:04 AM PST - 29 comments

Mattress to prevent arm numbness for a stomach sleeper?

Mattress to prevent arm numbness for a stomach sleeper? [more inside]
posted by ecsh at 8:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Start the day off right!

Nom nom nom-filter: please give me your recipes for quick, hearty breakfasts! [more inside]
posted by so much modern time at 8:52 AM PST - 27 comments

Dry Skin Solutions

My skin is really dry due to aging. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by valeries at 8:49 AM PST - 19 comments

Why can't I accurately predict my feelings ten years into the future??

Help me relax and enjoy my budding relationship without stressing needlessly about The Future! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Group Presentation Tips & Best Practices

I am getting ready to present a proposal with my eight people team to executives. Anyone has any good tips delivering a presentation with a large group? Transitions, timing etc.?
posted by djfreex at 8:32 AM PST - 6 comments

How to reset the technician password on a Samsung OfficeServ 7400

How do I reset the technician password of a Samsung OfficeServ 7400 phone system? [more inside]
posted by signsofrain at 8:15 AM PST - 2 comments

What's up with these cracks on my wife's iPhone 3GS?

So my wife sent me a picture of the back of her old iPhone 3GS, which she uses to listen to Internet radio through the stereo at work. She said, "It looks like something is fighting its way out of the case." Can anyone tell me what's going on? [more inside]
posted by Mothlight at 7:58 AM PST - 18 comments

There's nothing wrong with this relationship, but...

There's nothing wrong with my relationship...except that I don't want to be in it anymore. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:51 AM PST - 46 comments

I don't know why she gave him $20,000

How do you get back a lot of money from someone you loaned money to if they claim they're broke? [more inside]
posted by Clotilde at 7:27 AM PST - 16 comments

What type of plywood should I use for cabinets?

What grade and variety of plywood should I buy for hidden, inside cabinet carcasses? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 6:38 AM PST - 7 comments

What storage devices does the Xbox360 support?

Xbox 360 4G storage upgrade options? [more inside]
posted by Kyol at 6:29 AM PST - 4 comments

Negotiating job offer in a merger

My company is being purchased. Everyone in my department is getting a job offer with the new company (but many other coworkers are being laid off). Should I try to negotiate for the terms of my offer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 AM PST - 6 comments

I just realised how ugly I am - HELP!!

Recently I came to the realisation that I am a really plain, unattractive woman. There have been signs for a while, but I only recently put them all together and the realisation hit me - I"m ugly! How do I deal? I don't mean that I have poor self-esteem, but that I am objectively plain. Please don't tell me I need better self esteem - it's not about that! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 AM PST - 66 comments

A pan without a lid is like a pan without a lid.

I purchased a 14-inch Cuisinart open skillet and can't find a good lid for it. I measured the (radius?) and it's actually more like 14 1/8". [more inside]
posted by craniac at 5:55 AM PST - 6 comments


Development on OSX. I lots of kiddie-pool programming experience, but I'm starting to do learn web dev and working with frameworks is leading to a lot of confusion regarding paths, dependencies, permissions, and file structure. What's a good resource that lays out the "how & why"? [more inside]
posted by victory_laser at 5:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommend a good portable battery pack?

Recommend a good portable battery pack? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 4:57 AM PST - 6 comments

what are movies about independent women in a relationship?

help me find movies depicting women in a healthy relationship, where her space, interest or financial independence are respected. [more inside]
posted by valdesm at 4:35 AM PST - 28 comments

Share house shower etiquette? (In Japan)

I am a guy living in a co-ed sharehouse in Japan. I may have committed a faux pas, and would like to know proper sharehouse shower etiquette. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 at 3:08 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me understand Henri Lefebvre's book, The Production of Space

Help me understand Henri Lefebvre's book, The Production of Space [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome at 3:07 AM PST - 4 comments

What is this strange feeling of cold I get in my chest?

What is this strange feeling of cold I get in my chest? [more inside]
posted by hoca efendi at 1:50 AM PST - 7 comments

Cat + Pica = Madness

What would be the most effective solution to stop our cat from chewing cords and clothing? [more inside]
posted by mocoface at 1:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me cook slowly

Can you recommend a reputable online store from which I can purchase a quality north African tagine? (For cooking in, not serving) Must ship to Australia at a rate that's not a multiple of the cost of the tagine itself. [more inside]
posted by deadwax at 12:58 AM PST - 5 comments

I have a bunch of undeletable podcasts on my iphone 4s that I would like to get rid off but can't.

I have a bunch of undeletable podcasts on my iphone 4s that I would like to get rid off but can't. this is what it looks like: this happened because the downloads failed (blame the craptastic chinese mobile connections). I cannot redownload these episodes, I cannot play them, I cannot swipe-to-delete them, I cannot see them in itunes. a restore was no help because my last backup already had these "ghost files" on them. I don't want to wipe the iphone because maps in ios6 is even worse in china. do you know how I can still get rid of these unusable files?
posted by krautland at 12:44 AM PST - 6 comments

November 13

Fooling a Blood Test (Not in the way that you think)

How can one simulate a medical condition that involves low potassium, low calcium, fewer electrolytes, and low blood pressure? [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 at 10:11 PM PST - 19 comments

Too close for comfort

In a follow-up to this post, our neighbor has continued giving us bottles of alcohol, among other things. We came home to find an electric cord attached from our driveway to their house, and a note explaining their PG&E was turned off... [more inside]
posted by Mach3avelli at 9:58 PM PST - 60 comments

Need help with a move

I'm seriously considering a move to Phoenix, AZ but need to gather a lot of specialized information first. I have a disability that causes me to use a wheelchair and employ personal assistants so I'm looking to learn from other disabled folk (or their friends or family) in the Phoenix area what resources exist, what the accessibility is of public transportation, apartment buildings and of the city overall. I'm also curious to learn whether AZ offers financial assistance to supplement the cost of personal care, but I have lots more questions than those. Any info shared would be much appreciated!!
posted by arizona80 at 7:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Speak the speech, I pray you

Hit me with your favorite monologues for women, 25-35, 3 mins or less. Dramatic, comedic, film, tv, theatre... don't care. I want exceptional, chewy material for a monologue slam.
posted by lizifer at 7:25 PM PST - 22 comments

Advice on dominating surgical rehab.

Shoulder surgery rehab tips, hints and recommendations [more inside]
posted by Hurst at 7:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Brunch on Smith St?

Hi everyone, I have been tasked with finding a suitable location for brunch on Smith St. in Brooklyn for a sizeable group of people...let's say 10-12. Would love recommendations that are reasonably priced and tasty! Thanks to any Brooklynites who are able to help.
posted by duvatney at 6:50 PM PST - 11 comments

faux distress

I'd like to faux distress my walls. How? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 6:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Bipolar civilian on a military base overseas?

Will my bipolar (unspecified) interfere with getting a civilian job with the American military overseas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Never thought I'd see bacon in the air

Flight change... details inside [more inside]
posted by one4themoment at 5:50 PM PST - 38 comments

Could dry cleaning really have fixed my jackets?

I had the sleeves shortened on two suit jackets, and when the tailor moved the buttons they left stitching "scars" on the material. Tailor claims that dry cleaning the suits a few times would fix it. I say BS. But then again, I don't know much about this kind of thing, do you? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 5:37 PM PST - 11 comments

Where should young nature lovers live on the Seattle Eastside?

Young couple moving to Seattle area: where to live (rent) with great views, relative serenity, but close to civilization? [more inside]
posted by Talisman at 4:30 PM PST - 15 comments

What would it be like to get therapy from a Blue Devil? What is a Blue Devil?

TherapyFilter: For a friend--I am looking for a lovely therapist in the Durham, North Carolina area (and reasonably nearby regions as well). The therapist would preferably be more interpersonal or psychodynamically/psychoanalytically oriented versus cognitive-behavioral or purely supportive, be queer-friendly, and also have some experience treating anxiety disorders. Feel free to MeMail or e-mail me if you do not want to post publicly. Thanks, MetaFilter!
posted by Keter at 3:40 PM PST - 2 comments

Identify This Pike Place Painting Print?

Help me identify this painting hanging at Pike Brewing Company in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by pmed at 3:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Making a big move and need to start consolidating possessions to the essentials

I'm planning to move in a little over a year and will only bring what I can fit in my car. How do I start clear out most of my possessions? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto at 3:27 PM PST - 21 comments

What are my options for dealing with a disabled (mentally, physically, emotionally) middle-aged sibling when my elderly parent, currently caring for sibling, is gone?

My elderly father's health is rapidly deteriorating. He's the primary caregiver for my middle-aged brother, who is mentally, emotionally, and physically disabled. My brother doesn't want to go into a nursing home and my dad doesn't want to put him in one against his will. But my dad can't take care of him anymore, and is starting to have trouble caring for himself. Really long special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by kythuen at 2:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I eat it

Can I eat it filter: tuna edition [more inside]
posted by Lobster Garden at 2:45 PM PST - 28 comments

Helplessness at a busy crosswalk

Can you help me identify a 25+ year-old short story that describes someone unable to cross a city street? [more inside]
posted by argonauta at 2:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Jake and the Fat Man-eating Plants!

Looking for examples of television shows that develop into sci fi. [more inside]
posted by klausman at 2:11 PM PST - 40 comments

What Was That Book?

Help me remember this relatively recent story (movie? book?) a friend recommended to me. Vague details ahead! [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone at 1:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Examples of timelines in movies and other pop culture?

I'm looking for examples of visual timelines in movies, video games, or fiction. Scenes where a span of time is represented metaphorically, preferably as a physical object, diagram, or action. A good example is this scene from Me and You and Everyone We Know in which two characters use a street as a visual metaphor for their potential relationship. [more inside]
posted by oulipian at 1:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Movies for young children

What are some great movies for preschoolers and kindergartners? [more inside]
posted by Dansaman at 1:08 PM PST - 27 comments

Pea Coat Overload

I have very little experience with buying winter coats. In searching online for a semi-formal women's winter pea coat I have gotten completely overwhelmed with choices. Help? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 12:59 PM PST - 33 comments

Boyfriend gained weight and I don't like it

My boyfriend and I have been dating for a little over a year. All things considered, I'm quite happy with him. Problem is, he's gained a ton of weight, more than 50lbs since we've been together. He doesn't look like the person I started dating, and it really upsets me. In his current state I don't find him attractive and I'm really at a loss for what to do. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by mariisoul at 12:42 PM PST - 44 comments

Help us find a place in NOVA

Northern Virginia apartment search 2013: What are the best practices for finding an ideal match for our situation? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 12:23 PM PST - 5 comments

comics for young children?

I'm looking for comic books that are age-appropriate for a 9-year-old boy... [more inside]
posted by dfm500 at 12:20 PM PST - 23 comments

How can I make this English-teaching-in-Japan thing happen (again)?

How can I find a teaching job in Japan, with a Masters degree in TESOL and 17 years of teaching experience? I guess this isn't your usual "I want to teach in Japan" question, since I'm qualified enough to compete in the tough market, but how do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by smilingtiger at 11:53 AM PST - 11 comments

How to charge American USB devices in the UK?

Traveling to the U.K. in December for the very first time, coming from the U.S. -- What do I need to bring/purchase in order to keep my devices charged? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 11:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for music book author Roger Edison

As a favor for a friend I'm trying to find contact information on Roger Edison, who has written or edited a number of guitar and music books for Alfred over the years. Most of his books are long out of print, unfortunately. Web searches have proven fruitless and I was unable to get anything useful from Alfred themselves. He has been producing books since at least the 70s but I've only actually been able to get my hands on one and there was no information on the author in it. Any pointers to either Edison himself or where I might want to look would be appreciated.
posted by tommasz at 11:47 AM PST - 4 comments

What should I get with $600 earmarked for technology?

You have $600 to spend on 'technology' and if you don't spend it by Christmas, it will go away. What do you buy? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 11:12 AM PST - 53 comments


Need specific details about what tracking/user data is available through the basic Apple App Store developer tools. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 11:10 AM PST - 5 comments

Police Ride-Alongs, A Legal Question

How much privilege do regular citizens on a Ride-Along have? [more inside]
posted by mousepad at 11:08 AM PST - 5 comments

What candy companies (maybe Willy Wonka) used grade school kids as "candy testers"? And what was that all about?

Was my elementary school the only one that did regular "candy testing" focus groups? Is there any information out there about who and what this program was? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 11:02 AM PST - 19 comments

Getting a referral for physical therapy after pregnancy

I am interested in getting a referral to a physical therapist after pregnancy--I have some questions about how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 10:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Who Is That Green Demon?

There's this iconic (or at least I think it's iconic, maybe it used to just be local to me?) image or logo that I am trying to find out the name of/origins of. But describing the image in Google is not coming up with the right results. [more inside]
posted by mreleganza at 10:44 AM PST - 5 comments

How to deal with a student-professor relationship pubicly?

How to deal with a student-professor relationship publicly? [more inside]
posted by UrbanClassic at 10:43 AM PST - 27 comments

I'm going nuts trying to figure out this homemade date candy recipe, hope me?

Candy-making wizards, help me save this date candy recipe that didn't set properly (or tell me I'm screwed and should start over from scratch). [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob at 10:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Tombstones: designing and purchasing a (Late 19th Century) period-appropriate cemetery monument.

Tombstone symbology and purchase: I'm tasked with designing, purchasing, and securing the installation of headstones for two men (a murderer and his victim) who died in the late 19th-century. What online resources exist that speak to the design and purchasing process and/or could help clarify period-appropriate symbology and appearance? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 10:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Where can I get some American Chestnut seeds or seedlings?

I am interested in growing blight resistant American Chestnut Trees in Northern New Jersey. Where can I find seeds or seedlings? [more inside]
posted by JayNolan at 10:09 AM PST - 11 comments


Teach me how to sound pretty and mesmerizing! [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess at 10:00 AM PST - 8 comments

How safe is LeFrak City in Queens, New York?

Asking for a friend: How safe is LeFrak City (in Queens, New York) currently? More detailed questions inside. [more inside]
posted by slide at 9:59 AM PST - 13 comments

US bank recommendation for Canadians recently moved to the Bay Area?

US bank recommendation for Canadians recently moved to the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by Chaotic Bedlam at 9:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Is it safe?

Yesterday I added a network print server device to my home network. How can I know that it is secure? Can I firewall it to prevent it from sending anything out to the internet? A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 9:45 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I make excel break multiple rows into new sheets without doing it manually?

How can I make excel break each common row off into a new sheet? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt at 9:44 AM PST - 10 comments

I need brain yoga.

What are some good techniques for relaxing mental rigidity and getting a fresh perspective? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 9:36 AM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a mid-1990s magazine article about end-of-ye