November 2012 Archives
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]
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?
Please help me fix my cake disaster. [more inside]
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]
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.)
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]
Know of a good resource for mobile-friendly responsive email templates for html emails? [more inside]
Please recommend podcasts about accounting, economics, or finance. A Canadian focus would be a bonus but not a necessity.
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?)
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]
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]
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]
How can I increase my exposure to interpersonal aggression in order to get better at handling it? [more inside]
I have poor credit and need to get a car. What is the best way to go about this? [more inside]
How should I address a long gap (18 months) in my employment history during a job interview? [more inside]
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]
[MACFILTER] Best way to upgrade my Mid-2009 MBP? [more inside]
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]
My favorite site when down yesterday, Newzbin2, what is a safe alternative? [more inside]
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]
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]
Is it normal to feel cloggy for awhile after ear wax has been flushed out? [more inside]
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]
What are some good, current books (or other resources) on the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event? [more inside]
Kitty with long-term issues...is it self-harm or for an actual physical reason? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Where can I buy a large piece of plexiglass for a frame? [more inside]
Help me pick out a Threadless shirt for my Halo-playing, deathcore-loving little brother. [more inside]
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]
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.
Help me find an iPhone case / cover for my mom, please. [more inside]
"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?
Does anyone remember a short sci-fi story about a time traveling submarine? [more inside]
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]
Tell me all the secrets of voir dire. [more inside]
Logo design: is it wrong to use the same graphic / icon in both a corporate and a product logo? [more inside]
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?
The "jazz up my marriage" app -- what's it called and where do I get it? [more inside]
What wiring should I run to facilitate building a decent home theatre setup? [more inside]
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]
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]
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!
My girlfriend mentioned suicide last night... [more inside]
Fiction for a rainy weekend? [more inside]
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]
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?
"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]
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]
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]
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]
I need to rent or purchase a reasonably priced record lathe to cut short run vinyl LPs. Advice/contact info needed. [more inside]
I need an image slideshow script for a website. Unfortunately, I'm extremely constrained by our dinosaur CMS. [more inside]
I need back-up and cloud storage solutioning help. [more inside]
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!
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]
What is the etymology of British nicknames ending in -zza/-zzer? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Help syncing contacts to gmail, in prep for an iphone to droid switch. [more inside]
YANMD, but I'm always on the wrong sleep schedule. Can you help me finally get some sleep? [more inside]
Should I write guidelines for my obituary? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Do you have any experience with smartphone/touchscreen gloves? Recommendations? [more inside]
Help me name my cat. [more inside]
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]
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?
NYC Apartment Gift-Filter: Ideas for a unique gift for someone who lives in a small apartment? [more inside]
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]
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.
low carb queries: hot and hungry. [more inside]
Help me find a catchy name for my final math project. [more inside]
Where can I buy dress shirts for a portly man (myself) online? [more inside]
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]
what is the sturdiest toy excavator for my hard working 2 year old? [more inside]
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]
The couple I would like to have a threesome with has a kid, and I am beanplating. [more inside]
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.
Why won't the mice in my attic use their traps? [more inside]
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?
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]
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?
My feminist friend is not familiar with Cindy Sherman's work. Is there a particularly awesome way to introduce her? [more inside]
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]
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).
How should I price a used iPad 1? [more inside]
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]
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]
Who owes what to whom for a plane ticket? [more inside]
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.)
Ladies -- have you ever gone on a casual sex spree? How did it work out? [more inside]
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]
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".
(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]
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]
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]
Kippers, anchovies, sardines... hook me up with a barrel of snacking fishes! [more inside]
Recommend me some good, veggie oriented or diet friendly finger foods for a holiday party. [more inside]
Are there any consumer or professional creative programs that offer randomization tools along the lines of 'Brainstorm' in Adobe After Effects? [more inside]
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.
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]
Which personal fitness gizmo do I want? [more inside]
I'm looking for some inspiration for fonts/styles of printed writing for me to handwrite. [more inside]
I'm an event planner. How do I analyze my events? [more inside]
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]
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]
Another Arabic translation question. [more inside]
How to get blood out of a sweater (silk/cotton/cashmere blend)? [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
I haven't done Math in approximately 5 years. How can I relearn Algebra I and II in 6 weeks? [more inside]
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]
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!
How can I improve my resume? [more inside]
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]
How many numbers do you need to see on the face of a D20 before you know it's a legal die? [more inside]
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]
Betta filter: I just bought my betta a new tank and have some water/food questions. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How can I propagate changes to formulas in Excel automatically? [more inside]
Dark Souls for computer: any experiences? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How can I/should I buy a pet from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game for my spouse for Winter Holiday? [more inside]
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]
Can't get the hang of new reading glasses - what's going on? [more inside]
Gift-filter: What are your best gift ideas for a family of 5 adults? [more inside]
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]
Fluorescent bulbs explosion -- how to clean glass and powder from the carpet? Broken glass is everywhere. And carpets are everywhere. [more inside]
Can you recommend a sandwich bread? [more inside]
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]
Looking for a penmanship practice notebook. [more inside]
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."??
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]
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]
What is the best, easiest image editing software for a shutterbug? [more inside]
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]
How do you let go of what you want (fertility version)? [more inside]
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]
12" BMX bike for 12-year old? [NYcares Winter wishes filter] [more inside]
Where can I find an affordable, attractive, globe-ish pendant lamp? Like this one, but under a gazillion dollars. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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"
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]
What do you do in the evenings? [more inside]
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]
Miami Mega Jail with Louis Theroux-- what happened to them? [more inside]
Should we tell our landlord we're smelling wood rot after a leak he already knows about? [more inside]
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]
How can I maximize my chances of having a positive ear-piercing experience? [more inside]
What are your favorite LED christmas lights that are closest to incandescents in warmth and glow? [more inside]
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]
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]
Do you think the same person wrote all the words on this paper? [more inside]
What is the font in the red circle from this campaign ad?
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?
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]
[Chappy Chanukkah party]: Lots of latkes. Now I need help with music and games. [more inside]
Is a Visa service worth it? [more inside]
Info sharing question. A group of us at work need to share some info among (between?) ourselves. Details follow.... [more inside]
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).
Best way to serve crepes as appetizers? [more inside]
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?
What would it take to make a portrait photograph in 1910? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
A good place to get eyebrows done in NYC? [more inside]
One person's trash is another person's treasure. What do certain industries throw out that can be repurposed for free? [more inside]
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]
Should tea tree oil in bath water sting like crazy? [more inside]
How to deal with jealousy from other men in my open relationship? [more inside]
My boyfriend and I constantly fight about cooking. Are we both being too inflexible? [more inside]
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?
Where can I watch the Seahawks game in Scotland? [more inside]
Under what circumstances would somebody sell themselves a house for a drastically reduced price? [more inside]
Help me name this adorable Boston Terrier puppy! [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What parts of Oakland, CA are best to settle in? [more inside]
So we're unexpectedly in receipt of a pet bird. What do we need to know? [more inside]
DIY Computering: I want to build a dedicated, Raspberry Pi "writing station". [more inside]
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]
Bookfilter: Suggestions on good books about Greek mythology. [more inside]
Please recommend a kid-friendly place for lunch within walking distance of the Boston Ballet. [more inside]
YANAL/YANML Has anyone had any experience with people who are AWOL from the British army turning themselves in? [more inside]
[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]
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]
I'm looking for good examples of apps or situations where it's easy to accidentally share geotag information. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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.
Please hope me plan the perfect week in Lake Como, Italy! [more inside]
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]
I am looking for alternatives for the standard "doctor sees you for five minutes and prescribes drugs for whatever ails you." [more inside]
Help me fix fluorescent light fixture noise in a Williams Defender! [more inside]
Please recommend a company that provides event security in NYC.
What is wrong with college sports? Why is everyone changing conferences? [more inside]
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]
What spicy treats have I missed out on? [more inside]
How to best connect a surround sound with RCA plugs to everything HDMI, or in reverse? Full explanation inside. [more inside]
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]
First rehearsal was last night. My cast member is already making me crazy. A little help? [more inside]
Friend stuck in a deep rut. Increasingly concerned he may never escape. Anything I can do to help? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Why do waitresses always assume I want diet soda? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How to find a cached version of Mitt Romney's campaign website? [more inside]
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]
Looking for a cheap camera with an intervalometer / time lapse function. [more inside]
Where should we spend our vacation days in mid-January? [more inside]
Need a good, reasonably priced primer/moisturizer to put on before makeup. Help? [more inside]
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]
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]
Am I staring at women's breasts? [more inside]
Are we in one of the rare situations where cashing out a 401K makes sense? [more inside]
My seven year old wants a robot for christmas. Help me find one. [more inside]
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]
My friend went to a dermatologist who reccomended the use of a tanning bed. ARe they seeing a quack? [more inside]
Name of unofficial urban island within Chinese city, possibly Hong Kong? [more inside]
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]
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]
Please recommend a business to recover data from a failed hard drive in Perth, Western Australia. (Laptop hard-drive.)
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.
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]
Is it appropriate to cold call a professor with a cover letter and resume when looking for lab tech/research assistant positions? [more inside]
Recommend me books about Armenia, to learn about the country and people and disaspora. [more inside]
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]
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]
Somnolent, hypnotic, stark, or unsettling piano music: recommend it. [more inside]
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.
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]
How can I order from amazon.fr marketplace from a seller who doesnt ship to the USA? [more inside]
At times my 3-year-old son deliberately misbehaves. Do I double down on the discipline, or shrug it off? [more inside]
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]
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.
Please help me remember/locate this David Gray song... at least I think it's a David Gray song. [more inside]
Edible or no? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
How do I best restore a WW2-era Navy peacoat? [more inside]
Boxing day restaurants for 20-30 people (Georgetown)? [more inside]
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]
Craft project for 10 year old boy who is REALLY into Minecraft? [more inside]
What sorts of things should we be considering to keep an older dog amused and happy? [more inside]
Looking for blogs/websites dedicated to thoughtful & creative gift-giving on a budget. DIY, crafting, homemade/canned foods, scrapbooking a huge plus. [more inside]
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.
Can you recommend good books on the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, specifically their part in WWI and the breakup of the Empire?
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]
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?
Now that I'm single, how do I stop needing validation from men? [more inside]
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]
What are some handy, affordable, healthy meal solutions for a kitchen-less existence? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What is a good facial moisturizer for rosacea? [more inside]
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]
What was it like to be in Berlin when the Wall came down in 1989? [more inside]
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]
Examples of banquets/dinner parties gone horribly wrong? [more inside]
How do I swear testimony in an online parking ticket appeal (NYC)? [more inside]
Can moldy books saved from flood be put in my freezer? [more inside]
What would be a good FizzBuzz question for a web designer? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Help me add new dishes to the menu. Difficult level: kosher-style, pescaphobic, non-dairy, mushroom hater. [more inside]
I did really well on the GRE. How will this actually help me? [more inside]
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?
Help me find a new kitten. Difficulty: mice. [more inside]
A soon-to-be nine year old has asked for Call of Duty for his birthday. What else could I get him? [more inside]
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]
What is on my roadmap for a Top 20 MBA program? And how do people pay? [more inside]
Bamboo bath towels - which ones are worth buying? [more inside]
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.
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]
Can you help me identify and replace a smashed up clay figurine? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
Help me give the gift of cheese! Particularly Spanish, French, or Greek. [more inside]
How to deal with a junior coworker who's overbearing? [more inside]
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.
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]
Appropriate fanfiction websites for a 10-year-old? [more inside]
CFLs in checked luggage. OK or Not OK? [more inside]
How do I preserve this stinky turtle carapace? [more inside]
Should I kick my roommate out? [more inside]
Where in Maine can I find a classic Main Street atmosphere within commuting distance from Freeport and Portland. [more inside]
Recommendations for lightbulbs [more inside]
why do the lights on my hampton bay ceiling fans flicker? [more inside]
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]
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?
WordPressFilter: I'm looking for a plugin/widget/codesnippet that will allow me to create a graph using input from the user. [more inside]
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]
How can I find a passion for language learning? [more inside]
Winter 2012 -- Help me arrive at work, via bike, with functional hands. [more inside]
I am trying to find a Christmas gift that is "good for the spirit." [more inside]
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]
How do you bounce back from a serious failure? Please help me get through this awful time. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Visiting Paris for a one-day workshop, a few questions. [more inside]
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]
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]
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!)
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?
What are the best deals and favorite finds at the makeup site e.l.f.? [more inside]
Any special must sees for a whistle stop 48 hour tour of Paris with a 5 year old and 3 year old? [more inside]
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]
Why can I access the rest of the internet but not any Google sites? How can I fix this? [more inside]
Pork-filter: Help me rescue my 'pulled pork' before it's too late! [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I really really loved the music in Pitch Perfect. Where can I find more fun, upbeat a cappella and mashups?
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?
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]
Where would I be able to get a bottle of Pimm's Winter No. 3 in NYC? [more inside]
Career mashup: Genetics Research and Networking. [more inside]
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]
Please recommend me the best gifts for my pasta-making friend. [more inside]
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]
Always hungry, except when I eat meat - then I want to throw up. What is wrong with me? [more inside]
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]
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]
I have an old laptop. Would it be worth my while to upgrade its RAM? [more inside]
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?
Using a Mixer w/Audacity to do Interviews on a Landline.? [more inside]
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]
Considering seeing a psychiatrist for a personality disorder evaluation. Should I go now or wait for some time to pass? Details inside [more inside]
I think there's a scammer going door-to-door in my apartment building -- what do I do? [more inside]
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]
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.
How do I save time laundering and ironing my clothing? [more inside]
My point and shoot is 4 years old. Aside from improved video, is there a significant difference in today's newer models? [more inside]
Any tips for learning to stand for long periods of time? How about standing barefoot for long periods of time? [more inside]
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]
Where can I go to get a squat/deadlift form tune-up in NYC? [more inside]
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.
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]
What's the password? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How do I find a can opener that doesn't suck? [more inside]
Help me find a quarter/corner Christmas tree. [more inside]
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]
What type of hedge is this and what hedgetrimmer can I use to trim it? [more inside]
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]
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]
I've been in school my whole life and now am a licensed psychologist in Chicago. Help me get paid! [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
YANMD Filter: What to do about VERY swollen eyelids during menstruation? [more inside]
What do you eat on Christmas? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What are some current hipster trends that I should be paying attention to? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Looking for an in-depth description of a very particular moment in Rick Santorum's career - [more inside]
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!
A good human being is returning my lost iPhone and declining the posted reward. What's a good way to thank him? [more inside]
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?
I'm buying my fiancée a DVR for Christmas. Which one is the best one for our situation? [more inside]
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]
What do you do when the sexual fire's gone? How do you get it back? [more inside]
Questions about installing the tubes for central vac. [more inside]
In search of a Christmas tree, near Kew Gardens-Forest Hills in Queens, NY, this week. [more inside]
How to say no over and over again? [more inside]
what tools and platforms exist right now which humanists can use to do collaborative research? what models exist of successful humanities collaboration? [more inside]
I'm looking for guitar pedals that can create noisy, spacey effects like this that can be manipulated live and while recording. [more inside]
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]
Where online to get a nice poster printed from an image? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Does anyone have any recommendations for ADHD evaluations in the Long Island/NYC area? [more inside]
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]
Should I take my eight (almost nine) year old out of school midyear to alleviate her anxiety? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How to be a thoughtful observer during a friend's teaching of middle schoolers? [more inside]
Could you please step me through replacing my current HD with an SSD? [more inside]
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.
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.
How exactly does American Airlines assign its boarding groups 2-4? Is it just totally random? [more inside]
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?
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]
Anyone know where I can find a setlist for m83's 10/7/2012 Charlotte concert? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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.
Can you think of some books or movies featuring feuds between two individuals? [more inside]
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.
Best oh-my-god-I-love-it gifts for people you don't know very well? [more inside]
Please hope me! I am trying find a suitable gift for my pre-teen and early teenage relatives. [more inside]
I need help valuing and perhaps selling some IMAX projector lenses and power supplies. [more inside]
Anyone have any recommendations for either an electronic drum set or an electric guitar under $200?
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?
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.
Looking for good game recommendations for a family of three adults [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
Help me find a restaurant for Christmas dinner in Brooklyn for a group (7-8) on a budget? [more inside]
Please share your best potato recipes for the crockpot. [more inside]
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]
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.
What kind of contract would I write for this? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Searching for beautiful emotional minimal music in the vein of Max Cooper, Marek Hemmann. [more inside]
What are the healthy and fulfilling expectations of what a relationship should be and do for you? [more inside]
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]
I bought a timber couch to restore. Is it a designer piece, and if so, does anyone recognise the designer? [more inside]
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]
Small baby that grows, small apartment that doesn't? [more inside]
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.
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?
Can anyone help me find a supersoft, plush twin size blanket for a girl? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
Please help me pick the most relevant program for my career/education goals. [more inside]
I think my diet is affecting my mood. What should I cook to perk up my mood? [more inside]
Getting around and staying connected in Bremen, Germany: your tips, tricks, and general advice for a semester abroad. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
He's just not that into you, yadda yadda yadda... or is he? [more inside]
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.
Where on the north shore of Boston can I buy peat for burning in my fireplace?
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]
Food, food, food! Please recommend all the best food documentaries, similar to "A bite of China". [more inside]
Somehow my website's Google results are redirecting to another location. [more inside]
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]
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]
I might go on and then break a TMobile contract to get Nexus 4 phone. Is that a good idea? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What time does the Cincinnati Zoo bonobo exhibit close? [more inside]
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]
Fuel efficient car for dog and future baby? [more inside]
I'm looking for an online course to help me improve my copywriting skills. [more inside]
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.
[Xmas baking filter] I'm looking for ideas and recipes for festive baking which can be successfully posted. [more inside]
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]
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]
Preparing to do fundraising for a new theater company in Omaha. Need reference material and suggestions. [more inside]
How do I prevent my dog with a wrinkly neck from getting irritated where her collar rubs her? [more inside]
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]
Where to go in New Orleans for New Year's? [more inside]
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]
Need advice on the Do's and Don'ts of coffee dates, and how to keep conversation flowing. [more inside]
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]
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]
Our dog killed a raccoon last night. What (if anything) should we be worried about? [more inside]
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.
TolkienFilter: What happened to the rings Sauron gave to the elves, dwarves, and men?
What do I need to consider when working with Santa to put a surprise kitten under the tree on Christmas morning? [more inside]
What's a good way to get into social network analysis? Wild like advice on graduate programs and industry. [more inside]
Suggestions for an Android GPS nav app with turn-by-turn directions and easy custom routing? [more inside]
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.
Building the best emergency kit -- gadget time! [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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?
How common is bullying in graduate school? [more inside]
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.
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.
Smallest, goodest, water-resistantest camera for taking pictures while trail running? [more inside]
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!
New iPad synced half my photos and won't get the rest... Now what? [more inside]
What can you suggest I do for peace of mind instead of talking to anybody about private matters? [more inside]
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?
Advice for dating as a 27 year old virgin? [more inside]
I'd like to identify this bird. Can you help? It was perched last week in woods southwest of Boston. [more inside]
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.
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]
Looking for songs that contain references to insects. [more inside]
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]
Is Gangnam Style the most watched "piece of digital content" in human history? [more inside]
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]
Please recommend a 401K plan for a single person business that permits borrowing. [more inside]
I want to learn how to knit. Where do I start? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
In need of gift ideas for my newly-Canadian parents! [more inside]
Should we get rid of the rabbit? And what about this cat? [more inside]
[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?
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]
What would politics in outer space look like? [more inside]
Is there a IMAP Mail Checker for Mac OSX? [more inside]
Surfers, snorkelers, scuba divers: trying to buy a gift. If you could only have one wetsuit, what would it be? [more inside]
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]
Does anyone know what song it is that plays during the closing credits of Season 3, Episode 4 of Bored to Death? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend any good all-around Russian-English or Russian-French culinary dictionaries, online or in print? [more inside]
21-year-old college junior seeks career and coming out advice! Lots of details inside... [more inside]
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]
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]
Can I still use a consumer preview version of Windows 8 on my new-old tablet PC? [more inside]
Help me name our rescued whippet pup! Details & obligatory photo inside... [more inside]
Help me teach the stories of San Francisco! [more inside]
Can you name any songs that use nature as a metaphor? This is my favorite example (Your Rocky Spine). [more inside]
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]
A funny Website where people post real life true stories and events in their life??????????????? [more inside]
Recommend me some seriously good romance/erotic romance fiction? [more inside]
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]
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]
"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]
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]
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)
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?
Returning to work after hospitalization following suicude attempt. How to navigate this with coworkers? [more inside]
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]
I'll be in DC next/this weekend. Where should we eat, what should we see? Shorter events are appreciated! [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What should I look for in a telephoto lens that wouldn't cost more than $250? [more inside]
How to know if I've messed up my cat's tail [more inside]
My eyes water when I poop. Is this normal? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
Is it unusual to see sandwiches and burgers on restaurant menus outside the US and Canada? [more inside]
Who are some other enjoyable Scandinavian noir authors? [more inside]
I need movie, video, podcast, etc. recommendations in French. [more inside]
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]
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.
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
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?
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]
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]
Help me buy a Christmas present for my host family in Guatemala. [more inside]
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?
[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]
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]
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]
How do I go about creating the best internship ever? [more inside]
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]
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]
Wrongful death in the family. In lieu of flowers / Memorial donations? Help me, hive mind. [more inside]
I'm looking for a quiet and classy hotel lobby in DC where a couple can have a drink tonight. [more inside]
Is there an NGO somewhere that I might partner with to get laptop computers for some monastery schools in Burma/Myanmar? [more inside]
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]
Can I go to a sing-along concert of Handel's Messiah and not sing along? [more inside]
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]
Help me think of a placard message for a marriage equality rally. Serious or silly! [more inside]
If you like Terry Pratchett, you'll love... ? (You are 10.) [more inside]
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
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]
What store-brand products are a good value? [more inside]
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]
Are there any good alternatives to CaringBridge? [more inside]
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]
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.
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.
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]
My 12-year-old nephew wants some vinyl record albums for Christmas. What should I buy him? [more inside]
How to support someone trying to overcome an addiction? [more inside]
Are you now or have you ever been a substitute teacher in Chicago? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
What can I do to teach my spoiled niece and nephew about the importance of giving this holiday season? [more inside]
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]
Conflicted upon how to deal with bullying and discrimination (of various kinds) I am experiencing in my classes this semester. [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
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]
Can you help me find this disturbing Saw-like short film about kinder eggs? [more inside]
11th hour baking question: Can i Substitute gelatin for cornstarch? [more inside]
What does the writing on this T-shirt (in Arabic?) and its tag (in Hebrew?) say? Translations and transliterations please! [more inside]
I would like to start doing my own product photography. What do I need to (a) buy and (b) learn? [more inside]
Monitor hot-tub temperature while away? any solutions beyond upgrading my system? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Iphone Application with Offline Maps [more inside]
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]
What did I do to my tire? Is my car smart enough to know I'm an idiot? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
How do I stretch properly [before Ultimate Frisbee]? How do I not pull my groin again? [more inside]
IUD Filter: How long should I wait for my Mirena IUD to 'settle down'? TMI inside. [more inside]
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]
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.
I saw a vehicle recently covered with bumper stickers that said "ONLY." Google turns up nothing. What does this mean?
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]
Have I ruined my 7 lb turkey by leaving it uncovered at room temperature for 12 hours? [more inside]
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?
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?
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]
Who can fill the void left by Morphine? [more inside]
I need advice on finding an Android smartphone, not quite so upmarket as this question. Thanks, Metafilter! [more inside]
Selling your amateur snaps... how did you do it? [more inside]
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]
Help me create the best grade 6 classroom ever… with a budget of $200. [more inside]
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]
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]
THANKSGIVING PLUMBING URGENCY: Is this going to end up a big deal? [more inside]
Why do my male coworkers pick on me? [more inside]
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.)
Should I pre-bake this Cooks Illustrated Pie Dough for use with this Pumpkin Pie Recipe? [more inside]
Pretty much looking for the Winchester's 3-ring supple leather journal from the show "Supernatural". [more inside]
I am pretty fit but I SUCK SUCK SUCK at push-ups. Can you help me? [more inside]
I'm looking for quality videos of kids rapping. Help? [more inside]
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.
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]
What are your favourite short Canadian radio stories? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Where/who in the UK can I donate my musical instrument to? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What's the best way to pack my four year old's lunch and snacks? [more inside]
Download Speed is 5.4 MPS, Upload 0.54 - Is this normal? [more inside]
Pastry chefs; powers of ganache, unite! (Help!) [more inside]
Where do I go on vacation if I already love Todos Santos (Baja, Mexico)? [more inside]
Outlook 2007: Made a mistake; can I fix it? [more inside]
Can you help me assess this piece of medical history? I would like to know if it is historically interesting. [more inside]
New York City resident looking for a near-ish game preserve to go firearm hunting - suggestions?
I discolored a stainless steel pot lid. What can I do about it? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Is this green film at the bottom of my Keurig water tank going to kill me? [more inside]
Looking for sheet music for Louis Armstrong's "Savoy Blues." [more inside]
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]
Legally binding online forms? (British Columbia) [more inside]
Can someone explain to me why there was almost a riot in the Newark, New Jersey City Council last night? [more inside]
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?
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]
Do some beta blockers tend to have more side effects than others? [more inside]
Can my laptop play Diablo 3? [more inside]
I need more websites or blogs like THIS offering very simple recipes and with video instructions included. [more inside]
Internet-enabled two player, turn-by-turn iOS game for the math & logic -abled? [more inside]
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]
What is the minimum level of skill or ability to be a programmer/UX designer? [more inside]
As a reader, how do you feel about invented language versus familiar words in imaginary worlds? [more inside]
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]
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 theleesshop.com and top-dresses.com). 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).
Screening questions (and answers!) for low-level office IT admin staff. [more inside]
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?
Awkward neighborhood party, but a little bit more complicated than that. [more inside]
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]
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?
!#*! Outlook! Trying to move over 100000 emails from a local machine to a new machine.... problems inside. [more inside]
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]
Why won't my data network connect on my new used android here in China? [more inside]
Comforts or treats we can buy a very, very, very old golden retriever? [more inside]
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]
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]
Quick cheesecake-cookery question. [more inside]
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]
Help me get home (from Japan) for the holidays! [more inside]
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?
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]
Help me tackle this challenging math/programming problem from a contest. [more inside]
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]
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...?
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]
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!
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?
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]
Looking for kitchen scale recommendations. [more inside]
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]
How do I let a judge know I plan to take a driving course? [more inside]
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]
Why does this happen: huge sized pictures with terrible image quality. [more inside]
Still not over the same old guy? [more inside]
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]
My bike is trapped by a gross, muscle-y motorcycle. How can I get it out? [more inside]
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]
Refurbed Mac Pro or new 21.5 inch iMac w Fusion drive? [more inside]
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?
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]
Which luggage is the best luggage for me? [more inside]
I'd like my security deposit back, please. [more inside]
How do you get over the one that got away, and deal with the regret? [more inside]
what's the best way for me to appeal my unemployment claim? [more inside]
Please help the dumbest person you have never met figure out how to use a wacom tablet. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How can I get someone to return my stolen stuff they bought on eBay? [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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!
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]
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]
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).
Using Exchange email on Windows Phone 8, Android, and iPhone [more inside]
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]
What are the elements of a "fraud of creditor" defense in Chpt 13 bankruptcy case? [more inside]
I need help with preparing a letter of interest seeking entry level work at a television news station. [more inside]
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
Looking for advice on a computer to buy or build that will have a ridiculous amount of RAM and many processor cores. [more inside]
What's a good DSLR camera and lens for photographing artwork? [more inside]
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]
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?
Tobacco snuff - terrible, bad, or sort of bad? [more inside]
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?
Should I live without health insurance for the next year or so? [more inside]
Thanksgivingfilter: stuffing edition. Southern style. [more inside]
Career change in 30's and 40's. Has anyone did it here? How did you do it? [more inside]
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]
I can't make Spore run on my Macbook Pro. My 9 year old is nonplussed. Please help...he's getting pouty.... [more inside]
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]
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?
Work in my office has ground to a halt over this question about the physics of fish in space. [more inside]
Would it be out of line to email a researcher asking how they got into their field? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
How do mortgage lenders take into account student loans when calculating whether and how much to lend? Special details inside... [more inside]
Golfers,give me some ideas for "tricking up" the golf course for our annual Thanksgiving Day golf scramble. More details inside. [more inside]
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]
What is the best dessert to make out of my 10 honeycrisp apples? [more inside]
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]
Looking for best practices for home data security for an exclusively Mac household. [more inside]
Recommend to me the best dry shampoo! [more inside]
Am I making a mistake in my choice of NYC neighborhood? Details within for your much-appreciated sanity check and suggestions. [more inside]
Where is all the music from behind the email stinger on the Ron & Fez show from? [more inside]
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?
Do 3-year-olds like video games? Tell me about your experiences. [more inside]
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?
Why do banks require direct deposit to waive monthly fees? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
When you set boundaries and upset the other party-- does it ever get better? How do you tactfully set boundaries? [more inside]
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]
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]
Looking for equitable Thanksgiving curriculum materials [more inside]
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]
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.
Need advice on recording presentations for web video. [more inside]
Outside Russia, where can I combine cross country skiing with Russian language immersion? [more inside]
If you think human rationality, and efforts to ‘predict and control’ are, together, shaky ground for ethics, what’s left? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for a ultra low power / 12v? PC to run Smoothwall [more inside]
Does-this-exist-filter: easy-to-use employee scheduler for Mac (OS 10.7.4), does not have high ongoing cost? [more inside]
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.
Is there a good option for cloud auto-backup of a hard drive? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
What exactly is my teen son interested in, and how can I encourage it by buying him an appropriate present? [more inside]
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]
help with artistic inspiration? [more inside]
What is a good RSS alternative to Google Reader? [more inside]
Are there things we can say about women who do not do well with hormonal birth control as a group? [more inside]
I don't know what to do about my boyfriend anymore. [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
Recommend us some o’ that personal finance software. [more inside]
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!
Cat illness - what to do? [more inside]
Need recommendations for a great place to take my staff of seven for a holiday lunch in Chicago Loop/Boul Mich area. [more inside]
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?
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]
How do grownups make plans? [more inside]
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?
How do you manage life with an academic significant other, especially when you have your own career and kids? [more inside]
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?
I'm always cold. In my office and public places and other people's houses, how can I best be comfortable? [more inside]
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]
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]
Face-elasticity-filter: Should my skin be this stretchy? (also file under weird-things-you-talk-about-when-married filter) [more inside]
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]
I can't find a standard term used on websites to mean "impermanent link", but I need one. [more inside]
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]
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]
General advice for someone going through a divorce? [more inside]
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]
Do you tip a valet when you have a monthly parking space? In Chicago, if that matters. [more inside]
Mens fashion filter: Where can I find RED jeans, that are "super skinny"? [more inside]
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]
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]
Please help me identify these fantastic boots. Allegedly, Pikolinos. [more inside]
Looking for the best songs to play with two acoustic guitars, any genre. [more inside]
I need something to measure noise. [more inside]
Looking for recommendations for small business accounting software - your thoughts? [more inside]
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]
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.
How to unlock all of the songs in a DDR Supernova 2 arcade machine? [more inside]
Is there such a thing as a wireless headphone amp (wireless headphones without the headphone)? [more inside]
Need help breaking an internet addiction before school begins. [more inside]
help me help my friend plan a simple wedding in central park with a reception in a nearby restaurant [more inside]
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!
CBT doesn't seem to be working for me. What other options do I have? [more inside]
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]
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]
UFCFilter: What was the song the crowd was singing during the Georges St-Pierre/Carlos Condit fight at UFC154 Saturday night? [more inside]
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]
using a usb internet thumbdrive with multiple devices, how? [more inside]
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]
Safely exploring New Orleans on foot. [more inside]
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]
Stiff neck, painful armpits, looking for some advice on what's happening with my lymph node system. [more inside]
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]
Any recommendations for an under-counter beverage fridge? [more inside]
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]
Living in one foreign country while doing a distance learning program based out of another. Possible? Advisable? [more inside]
Buying panforte online or in Chicago? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Baby feeding edition: my almost 1-year old is not eating solids, should I be concerned? [more inside]
I would like suggestions of food to take on a cold, early morning picnic. Help us keep warm. [more inside]
Are my dog and I in trouble ? [more inside]
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]
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.
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?
How do I become more aware of my surroundings and less of a space cadet? [more inside]
Which computer is faster/better and is it worth the price to upgrade? [more inside]
I have a bunch of taters. I need to eat these taters. How should I eat these taters? [more inside]
I recently encountered a health doodad, and I would like to know what approximate percentage of it was bulls#%$. [more inside]
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]
Help me find something approximated this basic but awesome sweet potato recipe. [more inside]
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]
Best music videos made on a low/non-existent budget? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
We need a new TV / home entertainment setup. Hoping for specific product recommendations. [more inside]
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]
What should I do during a 4-day trip to Durham? (Bonus: no car.) [more inside]
I was pulled over for a speeding ticket in a construction zone in Indiana today... [more inside]
Is it possible to break into the Engineering/Physics field with a B.S. in something completely different? [more inside]
How soon should I book a small car in advance for a 7-day trip to Oregon beginning Dec 1 in Portland?
Who coined the phrase "Twitter is in Meltdown" ? [more inside]
The greatest paper map of Canada you'll ever see? [more inside]
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]
What went wrong with my roasted vegetable vindaloo or is Jamie Oliver just having a laugh? [more inside]
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]
Where can I buy colored/patterned men's socks for cheap? (extra points for somewhere on Amazon.) [more inside]
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]
How do I become a business analyst, after years running a small business. [more inside]
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]
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]
What are these tools/parts? Something to do with my Kenmore washer/dryer. [more inside]
Which netbook/tablet should I get? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
What does the hivemind recommend for online/could based Document Management Systems that are ISO9000 compliant? [more inside]
How can I hit the ground running looking for a job? [more inside]
Journals of traveling landscape painters or photographers? [more inside]
I was checking the security setting on my gmail account this AM and was alarmed to see that govtrack.us 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?
Fiction-research-filter: Spying on someone through their phone. [more inside]
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]
Suggestions for a reasonably priced and durable bike for a ten year old? Thanks in advance, hivemind. [more inside]
Please give me your best chicken fried chicken recipes! [more inside]
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]
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.
Just got fired. Interested in suggestions for a career outside of finance. [more inside]
Need a name for an unmemorable Viking! [more inside]
Is there a way to add the "standard" contacts app to an Android tablet that did not come with it installed? [more inside]
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]
IRC script that will play an audible alert when specific text is mentioned in chatroom [more inside]
My wife has stomach flu. What can I do for her? [more inside]
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.
What dish from Hong Kong can we make to surprise my sister-in-law on Thanksgiving? [more inside]
Acceptable to send requests to strangers on Linkedin for networking? [more inside]
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]
Where is a good starting place for finding streaming music? [more inside]
Looking for a decent, widely available "independent" light beer [more inside]
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]
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?
My life is spiraling out of control due to constant self-sabotage. How do I start battling this problem? [more inside]
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??
Allergy-free pumpkin pie recipe? Crust optional. [more inside]
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]
Where to stay in Istanbul? [more inside]
Takeoff-specific flying phobia [more inside]
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]
Help me find a nonprofit umbrella. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What do you use for an outer layer when it's cold (0-30 F) but not raining? [more inside]
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]
A friend of mine, rocks and sways. All. The. Time. what's up with that? [more inside]
Do you keep a journal? Have you ever? What are the benefits? Was it worth the time commitment?
Are there any good dramatizations of the sack of Baghdad by the Mongols? [more inside]
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]
Help me find a gift for a generous co-worker. [more inside]
I need a way for Wordpress (or a plugin) to automatically detect and display the length of a podcast/MP3. [more inside]
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]
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]
What alternatives are there to meetup.com? I'm looking for the RSVP and calendar functions, but without the $144 annual fees to run a group. [more inside]
How to paint vintage metal kitchen cabinets? [more inside]
How can I congratulate the bride's parents in German? [more inside]
I am looking for songs, or sections of songs, that use a twelve-bar blues structure without sounding bluesy. [more inside]
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
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]
Can any Harry Potter experts tell me more about when a wizard turns 17 and receives a watch? [more inside]
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]
Can anyone help with an algebra question I am trying to help my neice with her homework. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Help me help my brother learn to play well in the sandbox at work. [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
Plant Identification Help: Can you identify this plant growing all over the walls of this building? [more inside]
Questioning life decisions about college and the future. [more inside]
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?
Please recommend a good, short business biography! Preferably one about an entrepreneur.
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]
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]
What are my options for doing a PhD long distance? [more inside]
do young people (still) put up photographs in their rooms? [more inside]
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.
Thanksgiving....appetizers? Is that a thing? Related: what time do you eat on Thanksgiving? [more inside]
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]
Stinky shower drain! I tried bleach/hotwater method, but is it time to call the plumber? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
I'm wondering whether to go with a wireless sound system or in-the-wall wiring. [more inside]
I need to learn how to seamlessly convert between miles and kilometers in my head - without having to think about it. [more inside]
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]
My child hates/refuses to wear outdoor clothing? HELP! [more inside]
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]
What size dutch oven should I buy? [more inside]
Why are third acts so difficult to execute well? [more inside]
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]
Please help me figure out Pandora music for a party we're having at Thanksgiving weekend. [more inside]
Help me find a psychotherapist in Asheville, NC. [more inside]
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?
Help me be kind to a former coworker. [more inside]
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]
Which book(s) should I get my niece for Christmas? [more inside]
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?
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]
[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]
But which kind of marriage counseling? Also, does insurance ever pay for it? [more inside]
I am designing a house and using the wonderful suncalc.net/ 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.
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]
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]
TherapyFilter, Chicago. Can you help my friend find a therapist he can jive with? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Repetitive hobbies/crafts that use your hands that are NOT knitting/crocheting? [more inside]
I'm looking for ecommendations for Android apps for my Grandfather-in-Law. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
My ex-boyfriend's dad just passed away. What, if anything, should I do? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What are the best record (vinyl) stores in Montreal these days? [more inside]
Good second-hand bookstores and record shops in Washington DC? [more inside]
What does the Kanji on this hoodie say? [more inside]
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]
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]
What commuter motorcycle should I buy? Complications: I'm 5'0" and received my driver's licence motocycle endorsement this week. [more inside]
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]
Looking for a phone (landline or cell) with a missed call notification. [more inside]
Need help replying to an email from my boss. [more inside]
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]
Are there any good non-desk, non-computer-based jobs out there for introverts? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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!
Match.com keeps redirecting me to a Dutch dating website on home computer. Halp! [more inside]
How do I maintain social boundaries in a small community? [more inside]
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.
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]
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.
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]
Stupid computer-help question: Why is it so hard to reinstall Windows Vista 32 on a Dell Latitude D630? [more inside]
Condomfilter - what's going on? [more inside]
Help me understand the reasoning behind continuing the Hostess strike when it has resulted in the company going out of business. [more inside]
Best Hidden Object/Point and Click games out there? [more inside]
Wellbutrin flattening out creativity? [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
Recommend me up some short stories. Inside, I'll tell you what I likes and what I don't likes. [more inside]
Looking for trailer music [more inside]
UK Estate Agents - worth taking a stand? [more inside]
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]
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]
YANMD, but what could be causing these bizarre health issues in a previously (fairly) healthy twenty-year-old female? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
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]
Tricky family situation, I don't know how to act or move forward and need some objective advice. [more inside]
Do you give your SO the benefit of the doubt or do you trust your gut feelings? [more inside]
Random porn filter: does my iPad have a virus or what? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
What's the best thing I can send to brand spanking new parents? [more inside]
Most best soft warm fleece pajamas: where are they? [more inside]
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]
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]
How does one go about mediating between estranged lovers? [more inside]
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.
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]
Last minute trip: do airlines offer last-minute "leaves today" flights at rock-bottom rates to fill empty seats? [more inside]
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]
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]
New and unsettling issues in Word 2003... what is this error message? [more inside]
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]
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]
Is there a replacement for the "how'd I get here" Firefox add-on? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Google Nexus 7 - what am I missing? [more inside]
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]
Enlisted Soldier has stopped all financial support, including mortgage payments, utilities and even school lunches for his 2 children. [more inside]
What books that are printed with unusual techniques, using unusual paper, do you recommend looking at? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
How do I transition from corporate America to working for a small business? [more inside]
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]
My Nook is hungry- and I have silly tastes- recommendations? [more inside]
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]
After a breakup, how do you deal with the rejection? [more inside]
What kind of doc or therapist should I seek about my weightlifting lower back injury? [more inside]
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]
How can my small company share OUTSIDE contacts across our organization and have access to them on our phones? [more inside]
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]
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.
Does my hotel room have bed bugs? [more inside]
What is the origin of the title trope "X 2: THE X-ening"?
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]
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]
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?
Got (what I think are) shin splints. Now what? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
Help me not care so much about work? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
What is blood of nightingales dye and/or carpet pattern? [more inside]
Going into the hospital on Monday to have twins. What can my MIL bring to my husband during our stay? [more inside]
Got called in for jury duty. As an FLSA-exempt employee, can an employer require me to take unpaid leave? [more inside]
What are the ins and outs of setting up an official political organization in the US? [more inside]
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]
Android App Filter: What are some great applications (productivity, communication, fun) that I can utilize on the upcoming Nexus 4? [more inside]
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]
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
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]
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]
What are the largest Canadian job-search/job-posting aggregation sites these days? [more inside]
Does anyone know how to clear the search history for Twitter's iPhone app?
Hit me with your best asynchronous communication tips, games, tools & tricks. [more inside]
Help me improve my Google-search skills to find an old website my uncle created years ago with my family history [more inside]
Would I be able to come visit the USA in the future? [more inside]
Homebrew Cosmetics Crew - tell me about your lotion/perfume/body butter-building experiences! [more inside]
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?
I need help printing thank you cards using my own photo - want a company to print them for me. [more inside]
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
Which high-rises in downtown Los Angeles can you easily get to the top of (or pretty high up in)? [more inside]
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]
Should I announce my pregnancy at work before or after my annual review? [more inside]
Please describe your co-sleeping experiences [more inside]
How to make sense of dating? [more inside]
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?
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?
What advice used to be commonly accepted, but is now widely viewed as sexist? [more inside]
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]
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?
My computer cycles off without warning, and it's on a battery pack/surge protector UPS. What gives? [more inside]
Are there free/low-cost mental health services available in the Seattle area? [more inside]
I'd like to know of some other books similar to Francis D. K. Ching's "BUILDING CONSTRUCTION ILLUSTRATED" [more inside]
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]
How honest am I obligated to be with my parents about dropping college classes? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
I want to get married. Help me get over my fear of marriage. [more inside]
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]
What teen/20s drama love triangle show can I watch after my recent Dawson's Creek bender? [more inside]
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]
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]
Advent Calendars: Please suggest the best candy or toy versions you know of. Edible chocolate? Yes please! Funny toys? Awesome. Whisky? Mmmmm. [more inside]
How legitimate a dealbreaker is weed consumption in a relationship ? A down-to-earth relationship question. [more inside]
When is it time to move? [more inside]
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]
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]
What type of dashboard camera should I buy for my automobile? [more inside]
How should I organize an academic writing group hosted online? [more inside]
Can I eat this? Frozen sampler edition. [more inside]
Birthday gift for 50 year-old gay male? [more inside]
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]
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.
Is it safe for my little girl to drink soy milk? [more inside]
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]
29 years old and divorcing after 1 year of marriage- looking for support/help with my decision. [more inside]
Are financial advisers usually expert in student loans? I need an expert but I don't know how to find one. [more inside]
(For a friend) Where are the best open mics in Atlanta or close? [more inside]
How did you accept the fact that giving birth would totally change everything you know? [more inside]
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?
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]
Business etiquette landmines to avoid when making a sales pitch to Japanese business owners. [more inside]
Why do people season cast iron cookware but not other kinds of pans? [more inside]
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]
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]
Mattress to prevent arm numbness for a stomach sleeper? [more inside]
Nom nom nom-filter: please give me your recipes for quick, hearty breakfasts! [more inside]
My skin is really dry due to aging. What can I do? [more inside]
Help me relax and enjoy my budding relationship without stressing needlessly about The Future! [more inside]
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.?
How do I reset the technician password of a Samsung OfficeServ 7400 phone system? [more inside]
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]
There's nothing wrong with my relationship...except that I don't want to be in it anymore. [more inside]
How do you get back a lot of money from someone you loaned money to if they claim they're broke? [more inside]
What grade and variety of plywood should I buy for hidden, inside cabinet carcasses? [more inside]
Xbox 360 4G storage upgrade options? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Recommend a good portable battery pack? [more inside]
help me find movies depicting women in a healthy relationship, where her space, interest or financial independence are respected. [more inside]
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]
Help me understand Henri Lefebvre's book, The Production of Space [more inside]
What is this strange feeling of cold I get in my chest? [more inside]
What would be the most effective solution to stop our cat from chewing cords and clothing? [more inside]
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]
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: http://imgur.com/oiNKY 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?
How can one simulate a medical condition that involves low potassium, low calcium, fewer electrolytes, and low blood pressure? [more inside]
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]
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!!
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.
Shoulder surgery rehab tips, hints and recommendations [more inside]
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.
I'd like to faux distress my walls. How? [more inside]
Will my bipolar (unspecified) interfere with getting a civilian job with the American military overseas? [more inside]
Flight change... details inside [more inside]
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]
Young couple moving to Seattle area: where to live (rent) with great views, relative serenity, but close to civilization? [more inside]
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!
Help me identify this painting hanging at Pike Brewing Company in Seattle. [more inside]
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]
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]
Can I eat it filter: tuna edition [more inside]
Can you help me identify a 25+ year-old short story that describes someone unable to cross a city street? [more inside]
Looking for examples of television shows that develop into sci fi. [more inside]
Help me remember this relatively recent story (movie? book?) a friend recommended to me. Vague details ahead! [more inside]
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]
What are some great movies for preschoolers and kindergartners? [more inside]
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]
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]
Northern Virginia apartment search 2013: What are the best practices for finding an ideal match for our situation? [more inside]
I'm looking for comic books that are age-appropriate for a 9-year-old boy... [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
Need specific details about what tracking/user data is available through the basic Apple App Store developer tools. [more inside]
How much privilege do regular citizens on a Ride-Along have? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
How to deal with a student-professor relationship publicly? [more inside]
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]
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]
I am interested in growing blight resistant American Chestnut Trees in Northern New Jersey. Where can I find seeds or seedlings? [more inside]
Teach me how to sound pretty and mesmerizing! [more inside]
Asking for a friend: How safe is LeFrak City (in Queens, New York) currently? More detailed questions inside. [more inside]
US bank recommendation for Canadians recently moved to the Bay Area? [more inside]
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