December 2007 Archives
Hello, could anyone possibly translate this for me? ΔΕΝΓΑΜΙΕΣΑΙ NA ΑΣΠΡΙΣΕΙΣ hope it's transcribed right, sorry if it's offensive. And could you suggest a good reply? (to flatmate) Ta!
Is it illegal for a business to close earlier than the closing time posted on their door? [more inside]
My dogs destroyed the house while I was shopping, how long do I have for damage control? Football filter of all things. [more inside]
Where can I find authentic Chinese food in Madison, Wisconsin? [more inside]
How long to cook lentils? Do I need to soak them? [more inside]
What's wrong with my tailbone? [more inside]
I can't break up with my girlfriend. [more inside]
I live in a semi-rural area and am incredibly frustrated with my area's landline phone provider. The provider has a monopoly in the area and delays fixing constant faults for many weeks. I want to go completely Skype, wireless and mobile. What are my options? [more inside]
What is a good workflow to capture and export video with the Canon HV20 using Premiere and After Effects? [more inside]
My hotmail acct has been hacked/cracked and is being used to spam people including a few MeFites. I'm pissed and concerned. Please hope me! [more inside]
Who covered "Hey Ladies" by Destiny's Child on this week's Prairie Home Companion best-of episode? [more inside]
Microsoft Word 2007 allows users to publish directly from Word to their blog account. I've read you can even have multiple accounts. If so, how do I set it up? [more inside]
What are you favorite independent, online t-shirt designer/retailer websites to buy from? [more inside]
How can I tell which of these damn Firefox tabs is making a sound? [more inside]
Does anyone have experience with a bone bruise? I have one, apparently, just when I wanted to get serious about exercising again. [more inside]
ArtFilter. Need help finding info on the artist Marius Girard. [more inside]
Linux filter: Is there an equivalent to GNU screen for X Windows? [more inside]
I'm looking for flash "games" suitable in content for a preschool child (ie: no gore, violence, etc.) where you click the mouse or press a key and something happens, but where you're basically just creating random action. For example, clicking the mouse on the screen might cause a "firework" to deploy or a bubble to be created or burst. Any suggestions?
My family members decided to suddenly start celebrating Christmas this year. I feel weird about it. Help me deal with these changes. [more inside]
CUPS server config issues. Why can't I see or use installed printers on my Ubuntu server? [more inside]
How should I release and distribute my newly recorded album without a record label? [more inside]
Who are your favorite fortune tellers in the Manhattan/Brooklyn area? [more inside]
This september I was given a car by a friend of mine who was moving out of state (the car and I are in Ohio). We both signed the title and thought we had done everything right, but we did not realize that we had to sign the document in front of a notary or have it notarized to complete the transfer. (more inside) [more inside]
Please provide recommendations for companies to move my wine collection from Seattle to San Francisco. [more inside]
If anyone has any experience with postdoc- or young faculty-type work as a foreigner in China, I'd be interested to hear how it worked out for you. [more inside]
How can I cultivate / find deeper conversations with people? In university it was always easy to find people ready to talk about philosophy, politics, psychology, etc. But now, as I have gotten older and supplanted myself into the corporate world, the art of conversation seems to have been lost. It would appear that most people are resigned to talking about kids, jobs, and pop culture. Am I just in the wrong social circles or does this type of small talk permeate our culture? I long to attend a French salon or dinner party whose primary purpose is the art of conversation. Where can I find groups of people who like engaging, face-to-face conversation? How can I steer people away from talking about what they saw on CNN and towards something with a little more substance?
What are an employer's legal and ethical obligations to employees who are in the military reserves? [more inside]
Hebrew and Arabic lessons in New York? Recommendations/best bang for buck? [more inside]
What is a better investment between Nikon D80 and Canon Digital Rebel XT and which one do you enjoy working with more?
[Photography] What is a better investment between Nikon D80 and Canon Digital Rebel XT and which one do you enjoy working with more? [more inside]
Anyone moved to Finland? [more inside]
Has anyone ever been sued for downloading music? [more inside]
I'm looking for an Eve-Online corporation to join, and I'm wondering if any Mefites might have suggestions of corporations that would be a good fit. [more inside]
I'm thinking of sharing my internet with the neighbors; how can we do it fast and safe? [more inside]
As a New Year's resolution, I want to quit visiting an off-topic forum that robs my productivity. I would like to change the password and keep it at a distance so that I will not have access to it earlier than a year from now. Are there any solutions that will curb my addiction? [more inside]
I am in my third trimester of pregnancy - from the moment I knew I was pregnant, I cut out artificial sweeteners (in addition to other things) from my diet. [more inside]
New Yorkers, please advise me on appropriate holiday tip amounts for building staff. [more inside]
Where are the feminist blogs that aren't superficial and/or tending towards ranty? I want more thoughtful analysis and intelligent discussion than you tend to find on feministing et al.
What's the best way to photograph a kid's judo tournament and have pictures ready for the parents right after awards are presented? [more inside]
Can you recommend some beautiful / well designed non-fiction books? Topic is (mostly) irrelevant. [more inside]
Making a clean break -- with PC gaming, and transitioning to gaming on an Xbox 360. What will bowl me over? What will annoy me? [more inside]
What is this pain in my tailbone? Last night while seated normally in a futon I shifted my weight slightly and a shooting pain went up through my tailbone area. It came back whenever I curved my spine forward slightlly. I hoped it would go away with a good night's sleep, but it hasn't and moving around difficult to do without feeling like I'm being stabbed. It feels like a badly pulled muscle. Has anyone had this? [more inside]
I'm looking for an instance of a large-scale man made disaster (such as a war) that collided with a large-scale natural disaster (such as a hurricane) in the same territory. Any nation, any era ... as long as it's fact. Thank you for any help you can offer. :-) [more inside]
Without getting into the old Blu-ray vs HD-DVD debate, which films would you recommend watching, which really benefit from the HD format?
Can you think of any children's books with texture which would be great for the visually impaired? [more inside]
My in-laws are Catholics. My husband and I are not raising our daughter in a religious household. How can we effectively counter-program my in-laws' religious activities? [more inside]
Help us figure out a software solution for setting up Electronic Medical Records for an inner city walk-in clinic. Mac/Leopard, possibilities in Word, Excel, Acrobat, database software. [more inside]
When I was a child I was exposed to some very early anime. I remember fragments of it, but not what it was called, the plot or any reall relevant details. The general theme seemed to be that an evil...thing was trying to control the world. His primary henchman was a man whose power was to turn people into...mannequins seems to be the best fit. [more inside]
How to take apart plastic items that are "snapped" together rather than screwed? [more inside]
Has anyone stayed in an ice hotel? Particularly the one in Quebec? [more inside]
Continuing the New Year's Eve trend: What can a single, 20-something female do in San Francisco on New Year's Eve? [more inside]
My best friend has a host of medical complaints (cystitis, a recent herniated disc, upcoming spinal surgery) and I don't know how to help her.What did you need from your friends? Was there a book or movie that helped you feel less alone/less afraid? [more inside]
Odd behavior in our 2007 Nissan Frontier. Anyone know what's going on? [more inside]
Domestic violence filter : Please help me to cope with my abusive und violent brother. My twin brother gains satisfaction from ruining my life. What shall I do? (lengthy explanation) [more inside]
Can anyone identify a specific documentary that details a film maker's work with wolves? [more inside]
My eye is alive! My left eye won't stop twitching, specifically the area nearest my temple. I wouldn't post asking how to "cure" this, but it's been twitching for months! I tried massaging the area... help me kill this!
Starting January 13th, the retooled Masterpiece Theater is showing adaptations of all six Jane Austen novels. Does anyone know in what order they're being shown, along with air dates? I thought it would be fun to read or re-read each novel in advance of the movie, but I can't figure out when each novel is going to be shown. [more inside]
Questions regarding online universities. [more inside]
Suggestions, please, for entertaining a three-year-old. [more inside]
What's the significance of having a New Year's Eve date? Is it really the Big Deal I've been lead to believe it is, or is it more of a convenience come time for the midnight kiss? [more inside]
My laptop battery drains even when the computer is turned off. [more inside]
What is the cheapest and safest way to send a package to Malaysia with the assurance that it will get to the intended recipient?
My sister wants to send a package to someone in Malaysia -specifically in Selangor - however, it seems packages don't always make it to the recipient for whatever reason. She is sending photographs and wants to be sure it gets to the recipient - any tips out there? What is the safest and least expensive way to send it (more photographs)? TIA
New Years. Going alone. Not really interested in drinking. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Where? [more inside]
Identifyfilter: What kind of mold is this on the tomato? What else can you tell me about that kind of mold? I'm curious partly because it's so pretty and also because I'd like to put the picture on Wikipedia as an example of...whatever it is.
Can I force iCal to display more than 7 days at once in its Week view? (Say, 9 or 10 days at once?) I'm not finding a definitive answer on the web, just other people wishing for the same thing (or suggestions of non-iCal programs, which I can't use). I'm running Tiger but would also be happy to hear if there are any differences here in Leopard.
CreativeRouteFilter Followup #1: Alberta to NYC. What's that word? [more inside]
Where to buy fancy Belgian beer glasses in the US? [more inside]
Please recommend some books to me that deal with simplifying life and combating materialism from a Christian perspective. I'm looking for both modern writings as well as classics. [more inside]
What vacation destination would you recommend in New Mexico -- spa-like, quiet, upscale, desert environment? [more inside]
Any good websites for watching the ball drop in Times Square? [more inside]
Religion fulfills certain psychological needs. How do non-believers manage without it? [more inside]
Places to eat in Los Angeles, ArcLight edition. [more inside]
Has anyone out there had to rehab severed extensor tendons in your thumb and/ or index finger? [more inside]
What are your favorite home improvement/design/decorating websites? [more inside]
Does anyone have any information and/or opinions about the Transformative Studies Ph.D. program at the California Institute of Integral Studies? [more inside]
What's you favourite napoli sauce recipe? [more inside]
Can I diagnose my electrical problems with a small multi-meter? [more inside]
Conflicted about a career in interaction design, please help! [more inside]
I'm hosting a New Year's Eve party. What music do you suggest I play? [more inside]
How long can our fish live in the plastic bag from the pet store? [more inside]
What should my eBay listing schedule be for my products? (free HDMI cable to best answer if allowed)
What should my eBay listing schedule be for my products? (free HDMI cable to best answer if allowed) [more inside]
Laundry hacking for someone whose skin is hypersensitive to detergent residue. [more inside]
My wife and I are in Sedona, AZ for New Year's Eve. What should we do? [more inside]
Advice for a lawyer taking another state bar exam? [more inside]
I'll Query The Hive Mind For You Filter: late-eighties or early-nineties video game that involved a VHS tape and a light gun that may have resembled a rocket ship? [more inside]
Is visiting Joshua Tree a fun thing to do for this time of year and if we go, what kinds of things do people do for fun when they're there? [more inside]
Okay, here's where I politely ask you folks to help rig up a creative midlife crisis. [more inside]
[Spoiler Alert] Question about "There Will Be Blood" [more inside]
Tiger help! Why are my wireless and spotlight icons missing from the upper right hand corner of my toolbar?
Tiger help! Why are my wireless and spotlight icons missing from the upper right hand corner of my toolbar? [more inside]
Help me identify this vicious-looking implement. [more inside]
My husband has deformed toes. What are the chances that this will be passed on to our child if we have one? My husband's toes vary wildly in length--in particular, his 4th toe is longer than all the rest, and all of his toenails are kind of squashed and distorted. Apparently the rest of his family all have normal toes. What could have caused this, and what are the chances (yes, I'm looking for numbers here, if possible) that this deformity would be passed on to our child?
Why are houses in Utica, New York so cheap? [more inside]
Can I buy a brand new 5-year-old car? For example, can I buy a brand-new *2003* Nissan 350Z? Or did they really sell each and every last one back in 2003? Where do unsold new cars go when the new models come out? Any car dealers out there that can explain this to me? They must end up somewhere.
Why do liquid-fuel rockets vent gas while on the launch pad? [more inside]
25 year old girl that hasn't had anything past a 2nd date in 6 years, what is wrong (if anything) with me? [more inside]
Help a friend of mine find examples of young women who've done extraordinary things? [more inside]
Under 21 in Washington, DC with nothing to do on New Year's Eve. Suggestions? [more inside]
How do I hook all my media/game components to my wireless network through one wireless router? Instead of buying a wireless adapter for each device (Tivo/ Xbox/ Xbox 360/ PS2) I want to buy a wireless router that I can plug each device into and then wirelessly “bridge” the router to a wireless Actiontec modem provided by Qwest DSL in the other room. Is this possible? How do I make a “bridge?” -Thanks
Can you help me find a new home office desk? [more inside]
What are the best online financial resources? [more inside]
I understand that hair straightening irons damage your hair, but currently I'm having to use a hairdryer to get my hair into any semblance of socially acceptable appearance anyway. Might the proper hair straightener, used with the right protective oils and techniques, at least do less (or about the same) amount of damage? If so, what one(s) should I consider? [more inside]
Chocolaterie-filter: Is it possible to replace cocos fat with some other household-fat in an emergency? What's the best replacement (≈ least damaging)? [more inside]
How can I find the right bass player for my band in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
I'm in Ireland. Was given a gift of a US version of a Wii game. It doesn't work on my european Wii. Am I boned? [more inside]
Searching for a financial planner south of Boston. Any suggestions? [more inside]
I'm an amateur photographer. I recently took some quite close up pictures of a white flowered plant. I thought I'd better turn the exposure down (to -1) to avoid the flash picking out the whiteness of the flowers too much. But it didn't work out so well... [more inside]
Should I pull the tape out of the inside of my new cajon flamenco? [more inside]
I'm a native speaker of English but I pronounce some words incorrectly. What other words am I pronouncing wrong? [more inside]
What's a good vegetarian substitute for bacon? [more inside]
I don't really use my car much in the winter but I park it outdoors. How do I maximize its chances of survival? [more inside]
Where do I look for investors? [more inside]
Windows Vista Filter: My Recycle Bin has disappeared from my desktop and I can't seem to get it back. I've also have had folders disappear from the desktop as well. Drag it out of a zipped folder for instance, and it won't show on the physical desktop. [more inside]
My problem with my Apple remote is just getting weirder [more inside]
Where could I find a beautiful beach on the Eastern seaboard with bland-as-hell life? [more inside]
I'd like to take a trip to somewhere outside the US, for about a month, for about $1k, during an undecided time of the year. Where are two or three good places to go and what are some good things to do for a single mid-20's dude who's looking for general first-time traveler stuff and a little culture shock?
Is anyone out there publishing analysis or actively tracking interesting developments/trends in blogging in terms of the emerging patterns in the form and functionality of the blogs themselves? [more inside]
I'm looking for info about an MMA event that aired on the HDNet channel within the past few months. [more inside]
Did Ferdinand Magellan really say this? “The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow of the earth on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church.” [more inside]
Why do some people's abdominal muscles appear to be asymmetrical? [more inside]
How can I gets OS X Mail.app to display text attachments as attachments rather than dumping the text inline in the email? [more inside]
What's the best way to configure an HTPC to easily manage and control 3 separate audio outputs and then flexibly route those outputs to 3 separate locations? [more inside]
When was police line tape first used at crime scenes in the US? [more inside]
When did movie soundtracks (on LP and CD) begin mixing in snippets of dialog from the film? [more inside]
What should I be reading to learn about Native American history and material culture? [more inside]
Visual Basic communities. Where can I find a supportive community that will help me become a better VB .NET programmer? [more inside]
Where can I find a specific funny advertisement for natural gas? [more inside]
I'm a person who is apparently too dense to understand poetry, but I'm looking for a collection of William Blake's work. [more inside]
Is there anywhere I could find an old Qwest commercial? [more inside]
How can I find the replacement value of a Canadian Toyota Echo? Mine's toast, and I don't want to get screwed by the insurance company. [more inside]
What species is this this lemur-like animal?
My boyfriend got this mystery object in his Christmas cracker and the family was stumped. What is it supposed to be? [more inside]
I have been asked to put together a portfolio for a couple of jobs on the creative side of the advertising world. I am very quick with new ideas for marketing and advertising, but I have never put an ad together. Help me put a portfolio together! [more inside]
What was this cool visualization ability I had for a while? [more inside]
Anyone know where I can buy (in a store) Manhattan Portage products in Montreal? [more inside]
In quantum physics, what's an observer? [more inside]
I'm going to be an aunt, but I can't stand my nephew-to-be's parents. [more inside]
Can I get photos uploaded to Facebook that include me against my wishes removed if the person who uploaded them will not take them down? [more inside]
How can I get a prescription for an antidepressant from a GP or (preferably) a walk-in clinic, and how long would the prescription last? [more inside]
Dan Simmons' amazing book, The Terror, has me now longing for more survival/failure to survive stories. What can you recommend? [more inside]
Is there any resource online that lists fiction (and possibly non-fiction) authors by age? [more inside]
Is it becoming standard to type business letters in all caps? [more inside]
What language is Cirque du Soleil's "Rivage" in? [more inside]
HaircutFilter: Where can I go in the Los Angeles area to get a good men's haircut? [more inside]
Are the new burr grinder versions of Cuisinart Grind & Brew coffee makers better than the initial blade-grinder models? [more inside]
What's a good wedding present for someone who doesn't believe in the sanctity of marriage? [more inside]
I have a bunch of pictures in Iphoto on my mac. Unfortunately, Iphoto uses a really wacky file structure. How do I get the photos out of itunes and sort them into folders labeled by date without including all the weird little dupes and thumbnails that Iphoto generates? [more inside]
Has anyone used a collections agency to collect on a judgment from small claims court? [more inside]
Recommendations on a good online summary/overview of educational tax credits and deductions in the US? [more inside]
My girlfriend and I need to find a doctor! We are in Vancouver (core) and we would like to find a doctor who will help us take maximum advantage of the health care resources available to us. And they should be ADD-friendly... [more inside]
Why does my upstairs shower run out of hot water long before the one downstairs? I only have one water heater... [more inside]
Would it still be safe to make a soup today from Christmas turkey leftovers? (The meat has been stored in the fridge since Tuesday- the carcass was tossed out.)
Trying to remember an animated film from late 70s, early 80s. I saw it in 5th grade classroom 1983. All I can remember is a musical song sequence where kids are in a forest (or bog) and are being chased/haunted by the spirits of the forest (or maybe one particular spirit?) the song is catchy and I think the chorus has the word "Who?" sung as if it was the sound a ghost makes. I think the movie might have had a slight pro-environment message as well.
How do radio waves travel through walls? [more inside]
I'm looking for a cheap hotel any place between San Juan and Fajardo [more inside]
Physical therapy recommendation in Seattle metro area? [more inside]
My family and I will be in Australia from March 14th, 2008 to the 26th. We'll be staying in Sydney for most of the trip (friends' apartment) but we also want to take a leisurely road trip to Melbourne. Do you have any recommendations what to do in Sydney, Melbourne and during the roadtrip? [more inside]
sometimes out of nowhere, my sense of physical orientation gets all messed up and i feel like i'm crooked. huh? [more inside]
Help me find a doctor who takes my HRA! [more inside]
Experience with Pump-Head Syndrome? [more inside]
Will you help me set up a simple yet functional home recording studio? [more inside]
Any suggestions for a single piece of luggage for someone that travels light? [more inside]
I just managed to screw up the lens on my Canon D400 and was hoping someone could give me some advice on how much it is likely to cost to fix? Basically, the focus seems to be slightly twisted and appears to come off it's 'thread'. I can turn the lens to focus but the action is stiff and jams rather than pulling the lens back towards the camera. Obviously, I am no expert, but is it likely that the lens can be fixed, or am I looking at throwing down money that I don't have on buying a new one? Thanks in advance!
An upper class white Southern lady says of an athlete while watching sports on TV: "Look at him, he's dark. He's like charcoal." Is that a racist comment or am I oversensitive? There were no black people in the room when the comment was made. It made me uncomfortable but I didn't say anything.
Complete communication shut down as a means of ending a relationship: How often is this employed? And why can't people have some courtesy? [more inside]
Austin shopping filter: Where has a good selection of ladies casual calf- to knee-high boots for reasonable prices in Austin that is not in a mall? See details for specifics. [more inside]
Bookfilter: Books on prejudice and concealed identities? [more inside]
Why don't small countries use the dollar or the euro in place of their own currency? [more inside]
My wireless router (Linksys) and/or DSL modem recently locked up. Resolved by 2.5 hours of Linksys and Verizon telephone reconfigurations. Apparently caused by my inadvertently restarting pc (Windows XP) from firewall update by MacAfee while on line. Question: Linksys support says the router hardware contains firewall, so there is no need for firewall software such as MacAfee--they can conflict. Any similar experience?
Looking for tested, proven dinner recipes for a houseguest with PKU. [more inside]
Anyone got a recipe for a dry seltzer, like these? Something that doesn't involve a syrupy or juicy base? Corollary question: Is it possible to make a potable seltzer using a tablet, rather than cartridge, technique? I'm thinking Alka-seltzer, without the Alka. [more inside]
I'm interested in attempting some work with Ruby on Rails. Other than some very elementary BASIC programming and HTML (yes, I know it's not a programming language), I have no programming experience. [more inside]
Help us identify this NY-themed, fairytale, mixed-media movie [more inside]
I would like to know how I can capture audio/video sessions on an HP laptop with built-in webcam for playback on the same machine. Some basic editing functions would be useful to clean up a session. I need to be able to take the file and play it on my Mac as well. [more inside]
I set my Dad up with an old computer of mine. At the default Flash quality (High), this computer renders YouTube clips at about 1 frame/sec. When he manually switches the quality to Low, they are fine; but he has to do this manually every time. Is there a way to make all Flash animations default to Low quality? [more inside]
How to find someone to be an intellectual mentor for them? The difficulties I see in finding someone are: 1) I'm not around many new people (esp. younger) that would be interested and 2) why would they choose me? [more inside]
My wife and I have a small family farm. While I run a few websites that are hand coded, Wordpress or Joomla based, with galleries and more, she can not handle that. We are trying to find a simple website creation program for her to maintain the farms website. [more inside]
Help me get ready for a Pilates class! [more inside]
Are there any good (or at least decent) animated features that have that Star Wars-esque space opera adventure feel to it? [more inside]
What is going on with my Acer Crystal Eye webcam? It suddenly died and won't revive again. [more inside]
For a jack of all trades bakeware, what is the best material? Ceramic, Metal (aluminium), Glass (Pyrex), or Silicone?
I'll be travelling in the US (mostly California) in January, and looking for free (ideally) or very cheap (no contract) nationwide dialup service. I've downloaded Juno (http://www.juno.com) to try it out - though reading the reviews, it doesn't sound promising. Wondering if anyone have any experience with Juno and/or if there are other suggestions out there.
How can I work with an unmanaged C++ API from within C#? [more inside]
(Possibly Advanced) Economics Filter: How does new value created by industry and economy become money? [more inside]
Have you ever explicitly told your dad, or any parent, that for your own emotional well-being you need time away from them? Have you ever wanted to? Is there any way to do this? Details inside. [more inside]
Is there anyway to search the headers in gmail? [more inside]
Where can I find tourtiere in Vancouver? [more inside]
Why has my cat suddenly become so needy and demanding of constant attention? [more inside]
I'm looking for images that combine human bodies with machine heads.
Two examples are the Freaky Flicks mascot and Andrzej Klimowski's cover illustration for Faber and Faber's 1992 edition of Vargas Llosa's Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter.
Do you know any more?
Two examples are the Freaky Flicks mascot and Andrzej Klimowski's cover illustration for Faber and Faber's 1992 edition of Vargas Llosa's Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter.
Do you know any more?
What domestic devices can be operated effectively on solar power these days? Know any interesting alternative uses? Wide open question.
I was recently given a print. It was one of at least a handful identical copies made in 1972 by a student. There's a blowup of a part of it here. Knowing nearly nothing about art, I'm very curious to learn how was this made. The hatching & stippling scream computer to me, but that seems unlikely, given the time. It seems like it was done in CYMK, with a brown key, & the offset of the brown & yellow is a bit off. Can anyone shed some light on the process, start to finish, behind this?
How to get custom templates from Wikipedia for a locally installed instance of MediaWiki? [more inside]
How do I fix my PSP backlight? [more inside]
My genius cat is really letting me down lately. I know she's not blind, but why can't she seem to see her toy when we're playing fetch? [more inside]
I let my company's domain name expire, and now someone else owns it. What can I do to get it back? [more inside]
So, I got a shortwave radio for Christmas, and I've already picked up a weird signal.... [more inside]
Los Angeles CA Range Rover owners - If I buy a 2000 Range Rover in good condition/edmunds.com price where should I have it serviced in the Glendale or Silver Lake areas? Also, feel free to throw in comments on to buy or not to buy (I understand that this is a needy vehicle).
Help me identify this UK children's book about a sea monster kept in a house! It's not The Water Horse! [more inside]
How to help parents and sibling out of what seems to be dependency cycle? [more inside]
I haven't owned a tv since 2004. Since then, I've been downloading my shows, at first at compressed HD quality, and then more recently 720p and 1080i/p. I don't want to watch broadcast TV that looks like YouTube, I want a beautiful picture. Should I wait until 2010 to get an HDTV and service? [more inside]
Earlier this year, my cousin shot himself. I'd been estranged from him for several years, but we used to be close. How do I go about getting information about his death and about the last few years of his life? [more inside]
Mrs. Irontom here - I need a professional bra fitting in the DC metro area... [more inside]
What is the best way to download online magazine/newspaper articles? In particular the Economist, which you can only access free for a certain length of time. Any plugins or software that can do this for free? [more inside]
Got an Xmas gift from my mother in law... Tried searching Google for "better than sex and $50" A sad, messy search result... So what to does the Metafilter have to offer? FUN things to do with $50? (On the East Coast, or on the web, in the uSA?) [more inside]
How should I deposit a check that isn't made out to me? [more inside]
I am trying to find the name of the comedian and what album the bit I heard on the radio was from. We were listening to the Foxhole on Sirius, and it was either a real or scripted prank call. The comedian was calling a young woman's father and asking permission to go away with her for the weekend. He kept calling the dad "playa" and mentioning that he was 47. It kind of spins out of control and he threatens to go fight the man? Any ideas would be appreciated.
Are there good online resources where you can go to find out how movies were received when they came out? Collections of criticism and/or public reaction?
Print shops that will do specialty cut business cards on good paper [more inside]
Help me compile an interesting online survey. [more inside]
Why is my screen all stretched out and blurry? [more inside]
Help me find chicken sausages in the UK. [more inside]
Help! I just received an unexpected and unsolicited check for several thousand dollars from the sister of my best friend who died several years ago. What should I do? [more inside]
Hey daddy, daddy: song identification help requested. [more inside]
Total novice ahead! What do I do with this Kodak Brownie 8mm? [more inside]
What are some free web-based ticket sales applications? [more inside]
I'd like to know the source of this Tech Crunch Christmas Greeting image or barring that, a free or CC licensed equivalent. [more inside]
I have slightly wavy hair that looks different it dries after a shower, and it's not always a pretty. What can I do, short of blow drying or styling, to control how it dries? [more inside]
Cooking for one: I need some tasty, healthy single-serving recipe ideas! [more inside]
Is there any reason why people need to stay awake to avoid freezing? I've seen this over and over in movie and tv plots where one person tries to keep another awake.
I'm 6 feet tall, solidly built, in my early twenties, and I have an ankle-length black leather trenchcoat. It's swishy and sleek, with a button closure (no belt), like this one (it may be the same coat). I got this coat after pining for it in high school for years, and went through a wearing-black Matrix phase with sunglasses and the whole deal. Now I have a girlfriend and some perspective, and I'm more likely to wear pullover sweaters. [more inside]
Is this piece of music, used in the film 'Forget Paris', just incidental music or a well known piece of jazz? If it is well known, what is it? http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=O29IITBox2c (starts around 2:53) [mild expletive warning for the clip] I bought the soundtrack, composed by Marc Shaiman, and it's not on there.
I'm getting ready to make my first serious attempt at marinara. Recipes that I have seen vary on whether one should use whole tomatoes, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato puree, or tomato sauce. What effect does it have on the finished product to use or not use any of these in particular? [more inside]
I want to cook chinese takeaway style food at home. Is there a website that will tell me how to do this? [more inside]
I'm looking for the title of a children's book I read while growing up (early 80s) about a condemned house. [more inside]
I'd like to sample some distinctly regional or cultural snack foods without leaving the comfort of my own home using the magic of the Internet. Suggestions may include candies, chocolates, chips, cookies, crackers, cheeses, or any item which fills a similar role in a specific culture or region... so long as the ordering process is online and the product can be shipped to the United States. [more inside]
What are the best disposable phone options? [more inside]
What's the difference between Title and Subject when it comes to metadata? And how do you use Title and Subtitle? Best practices, please... [more inside]
When I was a kid there was this idea that if you pissed in a public swimming pool the water around you will turn blue and follow you around. Today I asked a few friends and everyone got told the same thing. Is this just a myth invented to stop kids from doing this or is it real? [more inside]
How do I make my laptop "hibernate" and "sleep" while using Backtrack 2 Final? In other words, what is the command or where would I go to hibernate or put it to sleep?
I remember a story about a scientist or mathematician who noticed he slept increasingly more each night. The increase followed some kind of mathematical progression. When the amount reached 24 hours, he died. Who was he?
Little sister is working on a project and need to find sources that can help her identify several things for railroad workers, meatpacking plant workers, a Rockefeller employee, and a business employing child labor from 1885-1910. The things she needs are their job responsibilities, wages, number of hours, conditions of the workplace.
Lately I have been thinking about ending my six-month relationship with a guy but cannot find a good reason to do it. [more inside]
I just got an R4DS, but I am at a loss for what homebrew to look into. What should I be running on my R4? [more inside]
Obviously I need to see a Dr. and you can't give specific advise. But what the heck is going on with my eyes?!? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any other desktop touchpads available for Windows (preferably Vista) other than the Cirque products? [more inside]
Question about the Writer's Guild strike and comparable situations in other industries: why are the studios allowed to negotiate as a single entity, the AMPTP? How does this situation compare to the various US sports leagues and the auto and airline industries? [more inside]
How do I upload my digital photos to Flickr and make sure the metadata stays intact? [more inside]
I got a new camera for Christmas. I love it and want to do something with it aside from taking photos whenever I'm out somewhere. [more inside]
I went to glastonbury 2007 and on either the Thursday or Friday early in the day a human beatboxer played on a tiny stage (a tent) by the green fields, tried to find out who he was on the glasto website but to no avail. Can anyone help? [more inside]
Where to buy a tuxedo t-shirt today in Seattle? [more inside]
I'm developing an e-commerce project with business processes that are truly unique and might be patentable. I understand there is serious debate about the benefit and/or validity of many patents in this field, but I think my idea stands up to the bullshit test, and I don't think protecting it would be anti-competitive.
So, should I launch and go about protecting the invention later, or should I hire a patent attorney right away? I've searched the patent databases myself and found nothing remotely similar. But I'm not an expert.
So, should I launch and go about protecting the invention later, or should I hire a patent attorney right away? I've searched the patent databases myself and found nothing remotely similar. But I'm not an expert.
Any examples of great works of literature that were written on scraps of paper or created using inferior devices?
Slightly weird one: I occasionally get what I think is a psychosomatic sinusache. It seems to be induced by looking at a sharp edge or point, and perhaps happens to me once every one or two weeks. I'm wondering if anyone else has ever experienced this, and/or has any input into what's going on (mentally or physically) and any fixes or things that alleviate what's going on. As always, [more inside]
I'll phrase this as succinctly as I can - I'm looking for fictional US cities featured in comic books. Can you help? [more inside]
My mother has become a crazy cat lady. Help me! [more inside]
Stupid dating question involving New Year's Eve and an invitation to "crash at my place". [more inside]
The Russians have a saying that goes "the onion treats seven ailments", meaning, if person eats an onion every day,he will remain healthy and not need a doctor. What other health-related beliefs, that are indigenous and unique to a particular country, can metafites think of?
I recently reinstalled Windows XP Professional on a "headless" machine—that is, one that I access only via Remote Desktop. Each time I've previously set this machine up, Remote Desktop has properly forwarded sound to the client computer; this time, however, sound doesn't work with Remote Desktop sessions. The hardware's the same as it's always been, and I'm using the same drivers and software. What's wrong? [more inside]
My skin is terrible. It's not just the acne, though I do have that. It is mottled and dull. I have deep shadows under my eyes. Wrinkles are spreading under my eyes and from the corners of my nose to my mouth. I don't (and never have) smoked, nor lived around smokers. I drink at least 2 liters of water a day. I'm a female in my early 20s, and I've got the skin of a nicotine and alcohol addict in their forties. What am I doing wrong? More treatment details inside. [more inside]
What are my options as a landlord for a tenant who got a DMCA notice for illegal downloading under my internet connection and my name in CA? [more inside]
Calculus II filter: I have trouble setting up the integral for the volume of a solid of revolution when it is being revolved around a horizontal or vertical line other than the x- or y- axis. Does anybody know a trick or mnemonic for these types of problems? [more inside]
I'm looking for the title of a Scholastic (I think) kids' book published possibly in the early to mid-1960s, and also the name of the author of a teen novel published in the 1950s. [more inside]
I'm sick. Gross bodily fluid question involving phlegm, etc,. inside. [more inside]
Best US$1000.00 Windows laptop? [more inside]
As part of my work for a client I've begun researching online privacy, cryptography, and other sundry ways of protecting oneself online. And I'm now completely creeped out and must switch NOW to uncrackable passwords, multiple email accounts, encrypting the crap out of everything I do, and generally making sure that only the things I want public on the internet are publicly accessible. But we run into the question - how do I do that without driving myself nuts trying to remember my passwords, convince everyone I know to use encrypted communication, and maintain a reasonable amount of privacy in my web surfing? And how do I do that after 8 years of webwhorage where I wasn't too concerned who knew what about me? [more inside]
I'm a junior in college currently pursuing a chemical engineering degree...but what can I do that won't have me working for evil companies or make me part of Big Pharma or the military-industrial complex? [more inside]
Are things (in particular, wellingtons) really that cheap on eBay? How can I get them wholesale? [more inside]
Where can I find a mp3 version of Mike Figgis' "Is there too much culture?" [more inside]
Do I need to do anything special to serve this bottle of port? [more inside]
I have a video (here it is) that is 240 x 320 px. Youtube resizes it when I upload it, expanding the width and making it distorted. How can I easily change the video so that is the right dimensions for Youtube?!
As a Brit traveling to California do I need to be wary of snakes or spiders (or anything else for that matter?) [more inside]
Help me composite some regex. (That phrasing makes this question sound way less nerdy than it is) [more inside]
Like most mefites, I have far too many gadgets, and the wall warts to match. I suspect most of them could be replaced with a single USB charger - is this something that already exists? [more inside]
More burning, less fiddling: alternatives for Nero Burning ROM? [more inside]
I want to make a play list of songs that have a reference to a US highway somewhere in the lyrics. Which songs do you know that have this? [more inside]
Do our mostly-indoors, otherwise healthy cats really need to have their teeth cleaned at the vet's once a year? [more inside]
Where, within a one hour dive or so of Center City Philadelphia, can I buy a case or so of Lindemans Lambic Framboise? [more inside]
You know all the boring, tedious stuff that you have to do to keep your business running? The stuff that you think is a waste of your creative genius time that you'd like to just pay somebody else to do? The bookkeeping, invoicing, budgeting ... everything having to do with spreadsheets, numbers, QuickBooks and filing cabinets? Well, what careers might that describe? [more inside]
Someone e-mailed and wants to buy one of my websites. Should I do it? How much should I ask for? Should I feel like a sell-out? There are complicating factors. [more inside]
I want to find a cool winter jacket or coat - sorta like the Buzz Rickson "Pattern Recognition" jacket. Fashion details inside. [more inside]
I'm Jewish. My wife converted many years ago. I found out that my Mother-In-Law secretly baptized my children. [more inside]
Imminently divorcing parents, naive and idealistic father, playing therapist to adults - the works. Help me not hate my family! [more inside]
Looking for good used bookstores in Denver.... [more inside]
What is holding you back from doing the things you want to do? And if you were able to accomplish something special how did you do it? [more inside]
Mystery surrounding a miracle in Coachella involving a cross which burns bright in a window, even at night? [more inside]
I have a huge mental block when it comes to writing songs that is the direct result of being ridiculed or sometimes even punished by my father when I was little. It's so bad that even when I try, a little voice in my head screams, "no, no, no!" and I just shut down. Freewriting is great, but I need to be able to ignore that voice even when I'm writing thoughtfully and paying attention to conventions like rhyme, rhythm and melody. I have plenty of ideas, but I need help learning how to get them out onto paper. Any ideas? [more inside]
What credentials can I gain quickly (>6 months), easily (effort is fine but not too much!) and cheaply (<$150)? [more inside]
Help! A girl likes me! [more inside]
Why can't I format anything with my laptop? I can't format an external hard drive or an mp3 player with it. I'm using a Dell Inspiron 6000 with XP professional. I want to fix the problem!
How do I walk and stand correctly? My upright posture sucks and I want to change it. [more inside]
Ideas for an 'adventurous experience' in London, England? [more inside]
I've got a few questions about car insurance [more inside]
Can someone out there help me become a ULC wedding officiant in Washington, DC? [more inside]
I'm interested in buying a TV Tuner Card for my PC, but I don't know where to find good reviews. Does anyone have any recommendations for a cheap, decent-quality card that preferably comes with a remote? [more inside]
Are there any Czech speakers out there who can help me track down the recipients of this Christmas present? [more inside]
Where can I buy a padded jacket for the concrete pillar in my parking garage that I keep accidentally scraping my car against? [more inside]
How do I support my newly pregnant 18-year-old friend? She sent me a bubbly happy e-mail with her "good news" - I haven't responded yet. [more inside]
What are the quality magazines of Conservative (U.S.) political/social opinion? [more inside]
Need an inexpensive indestructible cellphone for my SO. Since the ol' luddite has converted to this "cellular phone" business he's managed to bang the ever-loving crap out of this phone. [more inside]
Please recommend consumer level video editing software for working with AVCHD in Windows Vista. [more inside]
How do I work "on retainer" without screwing myself or making my client unhappy? [more inside]
What basic cell phone do you recommend that is not a RAZR? [more inside]
Last Minute Travel Plans: I'm seeking advice on what to do in New York City this new year's eve. [more inside]
Mid-February one-week vacation in the southwest U.S. Daughter will be turning five and we want to focus on awe-inspiring natural areas (accessible to non-hiking inclined girl) and sunshine. Ideas? [more inside]
How do I help my brilliant - but broke - friend go to school? [more inside]
How do I create a linux-based game station that's loaded with emulators and roms that I can hook up to my tv? [more inside]
Is PCIe 1.x x16 a viable technology for a gaming PC intended to last for the next 3+ years? What about DDR2? [more inside]
I'm entering a Literature graduate program and I'd like to fill in some of the gaps in my knowledge of the British/American canon. I've been looking for a timeline of literary periods to assist me in identifying where my major gaps are. It would (ideally) have major authors and for bonus points, their major works. I've been googling for about 45 minutes now and I can't find anything substantive. I would pay a pretty decent premium to have it poster-sized to hang above my desk. [more inside]
How do I deal with this overwhelming sadness that has no apparent cause? [more inside]
Street Photography: any suggestions for photography books or or great photographers in that niche? I'm particularly interested in street photography of the 1930's thru the 1970's.
Desperately looking for downloadable videos of FFT:LW's cutscenes. [more inside]
Cool old pinball machines are tough to find, especially outside of the city according to Google. [more inside]
Wild Blue Yonder-filter: After many years of saying I want to do it, I'm planning to take the plunge and get my pilot's license. The problem is that Google is giving me a bunch of results for instructors that look (if you'll excuse the pun) somewhat fly-by-night. [more inside]
being a new mom i've read way too much about baby care. now i'm interested in the history of baby raising and care. i'm [more inside]
In D.C. next week with more time on my hands than work to be done. Any political rallies or events going on I should go to?
Do I have to pay for my roommate's HD-TV add-ons for the cable bill? [more inside]
How do I get into a career in illustration and design with no qualifications or knowledge of the business? [more inside]
I've owned a domain name for quite a while that was intended for an "adult novelty" online store. I believe it to be an excellent name for that and now I'd like to sell it. How do I valuate that and how do I sell it without going to huge amounts of effort? [more inside]
When I was in sixth grade many years ago, I passed out after gym class one day. When I woke up, I had vivid memories of cartoonish bananas dancing around a red pool of blood, chanting "E equals MC squared" over and over. [more inside]
Help us work out how we can live together [more inside]
Why don't people who try to scam BestBuy out of a PS3 by saying they got an empty box get arrested? [more inside]
I will be in Tempe for the New Year and my friends and I could all use some R & R - any recommendations on hot springs, mud baths, massage etc. in that area? (Or any other take-it-easy type activity).
Where should we go in Montevideo, Uruguay? 40-something couple (M/F) seek tips on restaurants, sights, shopping, good photo spots (we're both serious Flickrites). We'll be there in February. Have already collected various guidebook and internet tips - looking for personal experiences of great places. Will also be in Colonia del Sacramento and probably taking a day trip to Punta del Este to photograph Casapueblo.
Are there markets in San Francisco where I can buy the dough to make tortillas? [more inside]
Where can I find "legal experts?" Specifically for meteorology? [more inside]
How can I get Japanese characters to show up on webpages, rather than those less-than-helpful little boxes? [more inside]
When i try to upload images I made in Photoshop to Blogger the colours get screwed up. It seems like all the yellow gets removed or something. Also, Photoshop won't let me save anything as a png. it just doesn't show up in the format box. Any ideas?
Help me identify a photographic archive in Paris [more inside]
We're throwing a Mexican-themed New Year's Eve party. Where's the best place to buy the booze, food and decorations in Washington DC? [more inside]
Can you recommend an iPod Classic case? [more inside]
What can I do to prevent my baby from scratching his face? [more inside]
I know you aren't my doctor (or even my mother's doctor), but if you *a* doctor can you please help me connect these dots regarding a gallbladder? [more inside]
I have a server down with about 20 domains on it and need an Adaptec 2410sa in the Phoenix area. I have been unable to locate one locally. It is rare but I find it now necessary to invoke the power that is Metafilter. Thanks ahead of time.
What do you know about the Japanese word/concept of 'Ma'? I know it denotes the negative space between objects and it relates closely to the similarly used Japanese word 'Mu'. [more inside]
Where can I find a list of physical sensor sizes for digital cameras? [more inside]
I rear-ended somebody with my car. Twist: I'm moving in a week... background inside. [more inside]
I'm heading on a long trip in a week, and need some reading materials. I enjoy "business biographies" - stories about business, deals, etc. Looking for recommendations for books I haven't read yet [more inside]
My friend's just bought a nice new Moog Etherwave! Unfortunately, he plugged it in to the mains with just a plug converter, and since we're in Australia (240V) instead of the US, where the Moog came from (120V or something) - boom. Can we fix this? Would he have just have fried the power supply rather than the Moog itself? If so, can we just cut the cable, buy a new power supply (and transformer), and splice it on? Would that be a horrible nightmare?
ISO men's dress shoes that are appropriate with the most conservative business attire but that will stand up to New England winters and walking-intensive public transportation commutes without wrecking my feet. Bonus if there's a retailer out there that has juicy post-Xmas discounts.
I am taking a week long trip to San Diego for a week. Help me make the most of it. [more inside]
I want a casual beginner's flute regimen that won't bore me to tears. [more inside]
I got a stand mixer for X-Mas! No, not the damn KitchenAid with the atom smasher attachment. I'm looking for some good, basic mixer recipes, breads and meatloaves in particular. [more inside]
I got a Nintendo DS for Christmas! Given my logical style of solving sudoku, which of the scores of sudoku titles do I want? [more inside]
I've been sleeping on a cheap Ikea mattress for a few years now and have finally decided to invest in a better one. I like the Tempur-Pedic beds, but I haven't really looked into them due to the high prices (I need a Queen). I recently came across these Bergad Isoform Mattresses while researching online and found quite a few good reviews on epinions. I'm a bit worried about having to purchase one without being able to test it, though I hear they are quite comparable to the Tempur-Pedics. What are your thoughts? As an aside, I have a genuine curiosity about how these beds are for sex. I'm used to spring mattress beds which seem to be more buoyant than the foam beds, and I'm curious if that affects sex in any way. I don't mean to be crass, but it IS hard to find reviews on that other thing people do in their beds!
Changing my wardrobe. [more inside]
Recommendations or help with finding low cost therapy in the Philadelphia area for anxiety and depression. Any particular schools, agencies or companies that you know of or have used would be great.
I need recommendations for a tailor in Montreal for women's clothing. [more inside]
So I picked a domain name, but can't decide what to name my e-mail address. [more inside]
What high quality Rubik's Cube can you recommend? [more inside]
I'm trying to get a hot/tabasco sauce gift for a capsaicin-fiend friend of mine, recommendations? [more inside]
Forgotten relations have parachuted into my life...Can I make them useful? [more inside]
I'm looking for resale shops, and especially resale shops that specialize in 20th century modern furniture or antiques in Chattanooga, Louisville, Nashville, Indianapolis, or Lafayette. [more inside]
Periods after Miscarriage? I had a miscarriage on 10-28-07. The first period after that was November 28 through December 3rd. It was complete and there was no D & C. I had a follow up with my OB 11-28 . Before the pregnancy and miscarriage my body was more predictable. Can a miscarriage change my body and periods? [more inside]
When in Dreamweaver 8 setting up the "site definitions / advanced/ remote info - I enter my login-in an password information and when I exit DW, it erases the information. Note that I've check the save password box. I can't get DW to save my Login and Password. How can I get it to save it? Thanks in advance for your help...
What's with the little bumps on the F and J keys on my computer keyboard? Yes yes ... I know they are guides for touch-typing, but I'm sure that when I was learning to type back in high school on electric typewriters (pre-computer days) the bumps were on D and K. Am I mis-remembering this? Did they change, and if so, when? And did every typist go crazy when it happened?
I need a decent still of the dinosaurs in the movie "Fantasia." [more inside]
What's the best budgeting/personal finance for my Intel iMac running 10.5.1? [more inside]
Simplifying life and purging my junk. I'm exhausted and I haven't even started. How to make it easier, less painful, and maybe even profitable? [more inside]
My girlfriend and I are housesitting in Manhattan for 10.5 days starting very shortly, and we have some questions. Things to eat, things to do, things to eat while doing things.... [more inside]
I'm sick of the flu. What will speed my recovery? [more inside]
Using a lighting arrestor to dampen the ground voltage differential between two building. [more inside]
Any satellite radio users able to offer some insight on the best method of installation? [more inside]
Does the cold temperature outside destroy my mail-order medication? [more inside]
My wife and I are *finally* going to go on our honeymoon and we're aiming for mid-March. We live in Tokyo and we're thinking of going to New Zealand. Assuming we have a week (or perhaps shorter, like 5 full days), what could we do in NZ? How's the weather? North Island or South Island? Can we get around either island by train/bus easily or is renting a car a better idea? [more inside]
NTLDR is missing! YIKES! [more inside]
I've recently purchased a new external USB DVD drive, as I do not have a floppy drive or internal CD/DVD drive on this windows PC. I am trying to set it up now for dual-booting Solaris+Ubuntu but, even after updating the BIOS (Phoenix 6.00) I cannot boot a USB drive. First, does anyone have a way I could somehow add USB drivers as a boot option (along with XP), so that I can then add Solaris and Ubuntu (making it four options at boot)? [more inside]
On the sixth day of Vista, my laptop gave to me... (List of specific troubles within) [more inside]
I'm looking for a list of cult books. In other words, books that have acquired a highly devoted but relatively small group of fans. [more inside]
I have heard that prisoners will use a trick involving sticking a bit of metal in electrical outlets to get a spark in a rather Macgyver-esque process of lighting a cigarette. Is this more urban legend than reality. [more inside]
As part of my new-year-self-improvement kick, I'd like to track the amount of time I spend browsing the web. Is there an app that will track how long a single application (in this case, Opera) is open each day, and show the total time somewhere on the desktop? [more inside]
I found an rtf file in my documents folder in vista that contained instruction on how to get a free ipod by refering friends to a site. I have not downloaded this. Is my computer compromised? Should I do anything? Did it matter that i opened it in word?
I am looking for brain teasers and puzzles like the ones here http://stores.brilliantpuzzles.com/ But I would like to actually look at them and feel them before buying. So I prefer if there is a store that sells them in the bay area. I am in mountain view. Even if the place is expensive, at least I can see what I like and order it online from somewhere cheaper. Thanks
Domestic help? How much? Laundry, dishes, beds, straightening up, occasionally driving the kids to the sports practices. [more inside]
Cheap or free German gps maps for a magellan roadmate 1200? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good lunchtime or after work bar in the Austin, Texas area? [more inside]
How can I use RFID to login to my Mac running Leopard [more inside]
I'm thinking of changing to a wireless cycle computer. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
What happened to www.iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.com? It was a visually overloaded, interactive Flash site with a hilariously surreal, antiestablishment bent. Can it still be seen anywhere? Who made it, and have they produced other works?
Teach me to be a better informed voter for the next Presidential election [more inside]
How can I learn to deal with disappointment in a healthy, adult way? or: Help! My boyfriend's babymama is ruining my life! [more inside]
Where can I buy high quality bedsheets by the sheet, not in sets? [more inside]
What is the best way to move my Entourage 2004 Email from one Max OS X machine to another? I had done this once before, and it wasn't as straightforward is it should be and totally forgot how to do it (Mac's help is no help). [more inside]
Help me find a copy of the Washington Post in Philadelphia. [more inside]
I'd like to know how multi-dimensional data modelling works. [more inside]
How does one make a VBScript print to the command line without invoking Cscript before the script.vbs? [more inside]
It's time to replace our desktop computer. After threads like this about the sluggishness of Vista, I'd prefer to get XP Pro, but it appears that some vendors, such as HP, only offer Vista. I'd rather not buy a computer with Vista and then install XP. Ideally, the new box would come with XP Pro and include a coupon for Vista that will still be valid in one or two years when Microsoft will presumably gets its act together. Does anyone have such a thing? Thanks and happy holidays! [more inside]
What should I know about academic publishing, as a researcher working outside academia? [more inside]
If alcohol is a depressant and lowers my 'vibration', then why do I feel "buzzed" or "high" when I drink a lot?
New England/greek style pizza in NYC? [more inside]
I like the idea of "tour" audio that's loaded into my GPS unit, and as I drive through, say, Virginia, a voice tells me about Civil War battles and troop movements that took place in my immediate area. Here's one vendor that makes these. Question is -- how hard would it be to make my own? What technical expertise/hardware/software would be required?
Got any great books about luck? [more inside]
Here's the mail, it never fails, it makes me wanna wag my tail. When it comes I wanna wail: MAAAAIL!
How do you keep incoming mail neat, organized, and dealt with in a timely fashion? [more inside]
Help me get my new Airport Extreme working with my Linksys router. After running the set up utility the Airport disappears. [more inside]
I'm looking at getting a new LCD that I'll be using with my computer and really like the HP 2408 & LP2465. However, will I end up shooting myself in the foot for not having HDMI? [more inside]
Priceline flights going up $80 in minutes? [more inside]
Need some great recipes with fancy vinegars. [more inside]
Where can one learn to fiddle in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
Since the subprime market bust, how difficult will it be for my boyfriend to get a mortgage for a house with little-to-no money down? Are there things he should know before beginning the process? [more inside]
Recommendations for shops in Manhattan that can scan a large quantity of polaroids. [more inside]
Any Great Tips for an Mobile Grad Student? [more inside]
What device can be used to send/receive text messages from very remote locations? [more inside]
Can a defunct trust fund donate tax-free to a university student's dissertation? [more inside]
I love the whole Linux idea from start to finish. I've been using it for a year now, full time, and I want to go deeper. How do I contribute? [more inside]
can I, should I ressuscitate my dead printer ? [more inside]
How many people in America miss one or more meals per day because they can't afford to put food on the table? Any authoritative (citation) answer / statistic appreciated. [more inside]
Can self-raising flour be turned into plain flour? [more inside]
A few years ago I came across some cool OpenGL 3D physics demo programs. Basically, they gave you a surface with various objects on it, and you could click and drag the objects around, and watch them bounce into other objects - knock down bowling pins, roll along the floor, all that stuff. I want to find them again, or possibly something much cooler or newer - any ideas? [more inside]
I want to make pasta, but it's oh-so-complicated... [more inside]
My sister is having a rough month. She's toughing it out through a Jerry Springer-scale divorce drama while dealing with potentially serious medical problems. She's asked me to find songs for a compilation about difficult Decembers to help her get through. [more inside]
I am looking for a pillow that stays cold all the time that does not require water! [more inside]
How do you make everything good again after someone finds out you've kept a secret from them? Thing is, it's not your own secret you are keeping. [more inside]
osx not booting up and I'm unable to make it to an apple store... [more inside]
my powerbook g4 15" screen is often incapable of displaying the bottom 2/3 of the display. is it at all likely that this is a connection issue or do i probably just need to replace the screen? [more inside]
Within 5 days, where should we take a roadtrip in Kentucky/Tennessee/other close-ish areas? [more inside]
What well-known (or lesser-known) plays are written intentionally so as to be unperformable -- only readable as scripts? I'm thinking stage directions along the lines of pulls out a handgun and fires at random into the audience, or that instruct the actors to walk on the ceiling, or specification in the dramatis personae that goats are to be cast in speaking parts. Who's employed this device to the greatest artistic effect?
What kind of fixtures/joinery/wire is available for small-scale tensile structures? (i.e. project size ranging from an object/structure the size of a tent down to a model). [more inside]
Salt and pepper shakers: Does the salt or the pepper go in the shaker with more holes? And does the salt or the pepper go in the shaker with bigger holes? [more inside]
Should I drive from Austin to Minneapolis to pick up a free car, and then drive it back to Austin spending approximately $380 on hotels and gas, or should I pay $750 to get the car shipped? [more inside]
Please tell me you remember an episode of Davey and Goliath where Davey steals a hypnotic, psychedelic toy from a friend and learns a valuable lesson in return. [more inside]
What films have the best prologues? [more inside]
Help me sort out my feelings about the relationship I’m in because I just can’t seem to figure it out. (long and complicated - sorry!) [more inside]
Where to buy an American Football in Metro Manila/Makati? [more inside]
Coffee beans behave like busses apparently. I went with preground for a year, and then I got a 5lb bag and a 1lb bag of roasted coffee beans and a grinder today for Christmas. How should I store them, accounting for my specific situation? [more inside]
I'm a geographer looking to move abroad (UK or NZ) for a year or so. Advice? [more inside]
I want to drop out of college because I'm unhappy with it. I don't think I really absolutely need a degree to do what I want. My goal is to work in a computer/network security or general (*nix) sysadmin position. Help me form a plan to a happy and successful life without a degree. [more inside]
Do most cultures have some version of "Spin the Bottle" or other kissing games? What kinds of similar games does the coming-of-age crowd play in other cultures? Did you play these kinds of games when you were growing up (and where are you from)?
Does doing math improve one's aptitude at math? [more inside]
Help me identify this young adult book about time travel of a sort. [more inside]
Independent camera stores - Canon 40d, lenses - in Broward county, Florida?
I love Gmail, but with all the security and privacy concerns, I'm thinking of bailing. Whereto next? [more inside]
Can I connect a Windows Vista Media Server directly to an XBOX360 to serve media content? I only have a PC, an Ethernet cable and an XBOX 360. [more inside]
When your sleep is frequently interrupted and your memory and focus suffer, how do you get back up to speed? [more inside]
I've been given a pair of Shure SE310 earphones for Christmas. This is fantastic. However, Etymotic makes the ER6s which can be fitted into custom earplug molds. I happen to already have the custom earplug molds for my musician's earplugs. Should I keep the Shures or exchange them for ER6s? [more inside]
I have been using tcsh for a number of years now ( at least 12), and it seems that most OSes and most users have moved on to something better. Is there a reason for me to change, and if so, what is the best shell out there? ( main os is OSX 10.5, but use all sorts of linux/unix OSs ). [more inside]
I don't feel ready to have kids, ever. How can I shorten that to around 2-3 years? [more inside]
Is it possible to connect the new psp slim to a wireless network using a belkin 802.11g router?
What sweet, silly gift can I give to a sweet, silly boy? This question isn’t as cliché as one might think. [more inside]
I loan an amount on Kiva. Lets say it's $25, which at the time of lending is £12 GBP. When I get the money back 6 months later, I get £13 GBP back. [more inside]
OSX troubles - whenever I open or switch applications, all other open application windows disappear. How do I fix this? [more inside]
My 8th grader wants to attend a very progressive local private high school next year. Are there some general guidelines for how long, or how deep, these non-college application essays should be? [more inside]
Is Itunes deleting selected MP3s for no reason? [more inside]
What's the best way to integrate an online photo gallery with an online shop? [more inside]
I really want a case for my DS Lite that can hold a few games and doesn't suck in some silly way. It doesn't need to hold the power adapter, as my main concern is portability. Being able to play the DS while inside the case is also not something I'm interested in at all. It doesn't even have to be a "real" case built for the DS—it could just be something that works well for the job. Do any MeFites have a case for your DS Lite that you're particularly fond of? [more inside]
What's a good gift for my wife? She's turning 50 next month and I better come up with something good. Ideas?
I just landed in Italy. Help me find the Florence and Rome that no one writes about. [more inside]
How do I respectfully yet firmly request that a member of my extended family not say a prayer before a meal in my home? [more inside]
please recommend food and cooking podcasts or internet radio [more inside]
How can I turn my Sony Clie into a simple word processor/ebook reader? [more inside]
Something inside (the walls) just died right near our heating pipe, and we can't get it out... [more inside]
Posting this for a friend. He has short sight and currently does not have insurance. He has just passed out of highschool. He needs to get eye glasses. He got a part-time job just now and so very frugal on money related matters. Any discount program where he can get eyes checked by an optometrist with reasonable/low fees. He is in bay area. Also any idea how much does an optometrist charge for the above. Thanks.
Looking for children's book with a teddy bear and a full moon. [more inside]
I want to get an external DVD burner for my new Windows laptop. Suggestions? [more inside]
Which Way to Go on Valve's Orange Box: the PS3, or Apple Boot Camp. A Two-Part Question. [more inside]
Help me identify a clothing brand with a side profile of a shaggy dog. [more inside]
I'm looking for a chess program into which I can simply type algebraic notation, and then be able to watch the game one move at a time on the board. For macs. [more inside]
One of my clients insists that NO businesses expect to be paid up front, even in part, before beginning work... [more inside]
I, an immigrant on F-1 (expired, though I am still on status), am going to get married to an American next month. We decided that I should apply for work authorization and permanent residency. Some questions … [more inside]
How can I cheaply turn a twin bed frame, box spring and mattress into a full/double frame? (The current frame and mattress can't be disassembled or moved to a different room, so I need to expand/modify the twin frame + box spring so it supports a double mattress, then just store the twin mattress underneath it on the floor and bring in a double mattress for the top.)
How can I found out how many homes in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay in particular) were financed with Pay Option ARM mortgages? [more inside]
I'll be replacing a cedar deck soon, and would like recommendations on composite decking material. [more inside]
I once read a book about a couple of autograph hounds who ranked celebrities by their willingness to meet with fans and sign autographs. If this system were ported to the web and opened to the public, allowing anyone who's had contact with a celebrity to rank their experience, how could you validate that the encounter actually happened? [more inside]
I need suggestions for an application (or database) to help my employer keep better track of live-trivia scorekeeping results. They are currently doing it all in various separate Excel spreadsheets, and this is (almost) 2008, so I'm sure there must be a better way. [more inside]
I need help creating a web bot (for non-malicious purposes). Are there any tools out there to facilitate this? [more inside]
I need to submit my 2008 vacation requests soon and I need some help finding a week-long bicycle tour to go on this summer that is within a reasonable driving distance from western NY State (Rochester). [more inside]
Need to find very specific type of hat on the INTARWEBS. First seen in San Francisco's Chinatown. Picture follows... [more inside]
How do I cope with someone else's chronic disease (espeically when they aren't taking steps to manage it)?
My mom has fibromyalgia. She cries a lot - she's obviously in great pain. However, if it doesn't involve taking a pill, she's not interested in any methods of alleviating the problem. She will not make lifestyle changes in food, exercise, etc. Even if it IS taking a pill, she's mostly not interested in methods of alleviating the problem unless they work instantaneously and with great efficacy. Which, with fibro, is pretty rare. I don't need to find out how to help her, because I've done the research, found her multiple specialists, and none of it has helped. I need to help me. [more inside]
I grew up in the California Central Valley - so I know nothing about ice. Now I'm in the Midwest. My question is: How do I know when it's safe to walk on a frozen river or lake? [more inside]
Recommendations of shows in Las Vegas, for two people in mid-20s. Looking for a few to see and for advice on how to get tickets for cheap if possible. Thanks! [more inside]
My 11 lb rib roast is about to be finished early (4:00 for a 6:30 dinner). The roast is currently out of the oven, wrapped in foil and a towel, sitting at 115 degrees. [more inside]
US J1 Visa (DS-2019 form) held up by DHL, plane ticket already booked for tomorrow. Now what? [more inside]
Can someone share their experience with firing a pistol grip shotgun? I've been seeing a lot of these recently and I can't believe that your wrist would ever be the same after pulling the trigger. Now I'm kinda curious, but I thought I'd ask before I tried it...
Please to give me the pros and cons for XBox360 and PS3. [more inside]
I have a piece of local, home-grown artwork done on a length of scrap shelving -- particle board with a laminate. I'm unsure how to hang it without damaging it. [more inside]
I'm looking for an easy way for an older, non-technical artist to post a portfolio of some of her work online. A free solution would be fabulous but it doesn't have to be free as she would likely want to register a domain name to forward anyway. [more inside]
I'm looking for an MP3 player that you can treat like a USB drive. In other words, I want to load MP3s onto it by just plugging the device into my machine and the copying files over. I do not want to use a specialized program like Itunes, and I want to use a standard USB or Firewire cable to plug the device into my computer. [more inside]
Does anyone know what live music will appear on the Hawaiian island of Kauai between December 30 and January 8, 2008? I'd like to check something out. Superduper thumbs up for any Okinawan music.
How are paparazzi not considered harassment? [more inside]
Can someone provide me with the original French language version of Albert Camus's essay "Return to Tipasa"? Preferably an online version, because time is off the essence and I won't be able to wait to order a paper copy from somewhere.
Help me find this Christmas book from my mother's youth-- the Christmas story from a cat's perspective. [more inside]
A doctor at an after hours clinic told me I have "a massive chest and throat infection" and prescribed Apo-Clarithromycin (250mg) which I've since taken 5 doses of at the prescribed time. I'm feeling better in some ways but MUCH worse in others. Should I go to the emergency room? Also, should I report this doctor? Pathetic details inside... [more inside]
Inheritance question: what can you do when a parent backs away from a signed agreement to distribute funds? [more inside]
I've been a Wordpress user for years and have never encountered this particular problem. When I try to login using the proper password, I get the error message "Your session has expired." [more inside]
AOL IM clients no longer working, but only at home. Could it be my router? [more inside]
How do I clean turbot? [more inside]
How do I get the first piece of cake out of the baking dish without wrecking the first piece itself?
Whenever I make a cake or pie in a baking dish, I always find that once it's done, I always wreck the first piece while trying to get the first piece out of the dish and onto a plate. After the first piece, getting subsequent pieces out is easy but that first piece is impossile. But there must be a way! Share your tips on how to get the first piece of pie/cake out of the baking dish and onto a plate without destroying it!
I am in need of a replacement engine for my 1995 Mazda MX5 (Mata). I have found one online, but I'm possibly being overly cautious.... [more inside]
Help me figure out an air travel fiasco. [more inside]
I need a new motherboard and processor compatible with my old hardware. [more inside]
So my loving seamstress mother is making some fancy something out of velvet. She's ironing part of it out, having just finished off the final hemming stages annnnnnnd... she slips, some of the velvet isn't protected by a velvetboard anymore and touches the iron directly for a couple of seconds.... [more inside]
LegalFilter: My foolish friend received a misdemeanor in CA for trespassing and apparently needs to be booked and appear in court. She's set to fly to NY for school in three weeks - is she allowed to leave the state? [more inside]
How do I get the most out of my new gym membership? [more inside]
How can I be there for a friend with a reoccurring eating disorder? [more inside]
I gifted my family a Wordpress blog (it's all up and designed and everything). I want a virtual center for our family that now spans the globe and can't get together often. However, how can I get the older coots to not only understand WHAT a blog is but how to use it. They use the interwebs. But only to look up the goofy stuff old people like - like when Murder She Wrote is on. Or to hate on George Bush. But not so much to interact. More inside. [more inside]
Should I clean kerosene spilled on a hard outdoor surface? [more inside]
I haven't smoked in over a month. How can I inspire myself to extend that indefinitely? [more inside]
Where can I find a nice white shirt and skirt in this xmas time mess? [more inside]
Help me find a good Midi Driver download for Windows XP. [more inside]
Help a miserable 20something deal with her paranoid, overprotective father! Long story short: I need help dealing with an overprotective parent. His behavior and beliefs have been debilitating both developmentally and socially, and I can't stand to watch another stagnant year go by. I need to start living my life. I'm a 20 year old girl and a bit of an old soul. I've already graduated from college with honors and I'm almost done with my master's. I have a full time job. I'm attractive, I take care of myself, I have everything I want in the material sense, but I'm miserable. I don't have friends. I've never dated. I don't go out. I have no sense of enjoyment in my life. I don't know how to interact with people or cope with my anxiety. [more inside]
Should I take a job at a company I'd really like to work for if it involves a pay cut? [more inside]
What store can I find Philadelphia Eagles merchandise (t-shirts, sweatshirts) tomorrow in the DC area? [more inside]
Are there any services that will stream my music collection to my WM6 smartphone? [more inside]
Penis problem: Frenulum breve to be exact. Or in simpler terms, problem retracting the foreskin due to the band of tissue under the glans of the penis is too short. [more inside]
Help me write a good complaint letter so I can get my $99 back. [more inside]
Does the term "dulce de leche" always connote the presence of milk? Or is there such a thing as a dulce de leche flavored product that doesn't contain milk or other dairy? Additionally, in Spanish, would the term "dulce de caramel-o" connote a flavor similar to dulce de leche, but without milk? [more inside]
Is this a good Christmas gift idea or a disaster in the making? [more inside]
Cooking Filter: Perfect Roast Beef and Yorkshire pudding? [more inside]
How is desktop formed? How do icons get on scraen? [more inside]
My mom needs a new phone and it's Christmas time. [more inside]
stupid google calendar question: why won't event times display when importing a csv file? [more inside]
Family and extended family vacation in Tulum area of Mexico? [more inside]
I'd like to put together a nice photo montage (put together from digital stills) with dubbing and/or background music. I'm looking for a freeware program that'll deliver a professional look and will allow me to save in the more popular formats, to eventually upload to YouTube and others. I'd rather it be a downloadable program and not work online. Can you help me find a good app?
How can I get the most out of my Wii (without mods or hacks)? [more inside]
Where to meet a friend in Madrid? We need something very precise, since our cell phones will not be working! [more inside]
My roommate is dying from a toothache. However, with it being Sunday, no one is open. Is his only option the emergency room or waiting in pain?
Quick: what's the best place to go sledding/tubing near Truckee, CA? [more inside]
The Palm Foleo....everyone seems to have gone ga-ga over the Asus EEE, but did the aforementioned piece of kit reach production stage before it got pulled, and does anyone know where i might be able to acquire one?
The rubber door seal has come off the door of my car -- how big a problem do I have? [more inside]
I'm looking at a frozen pheasant. Assuming I want it for Christmas dinner, what do I do? [more inside]
I would like to depart on an international trip over the next 48 hours. I'll go anywhere as long as it is cheap. I depart from NYC. Any ideas on how to find cheap last minute tickets? I've already tried Kayak and Orbitz and I was unable to find anything. Thanks
You're not my doctor, but please help diagnose me! I have what seems like it might be influenza, without a fever-aching joints, extreme fatigue, chills, no running nose or other cold symptoms. It's Sunday, doc is closed, and I really would like to figure this out before Monday. [more inside]
Why does rubbing my hands on clothing cause tooth discomfort? [more inside]
I found a 1910 Indian head ten dollar gold coin in my childhood piggy bank. It looks like this. I have seen it listed online for different values between $400 and $1700. I am broke and (regretfully) feel like I need to convert it into cash. How do I do this quickly, fairly, and for maximum profit?
Why are the 404 pages on my server broken?! I get a 500 Internal Server Error instead. Link to my .htaccess inside. [more inside]
Is there any way I can sing in a higher voice for karaoke? [more inside]
I am infatuated with someone, and confused as to how to proceed. [more inside]
I have a new little alien on my home net, namely my daughter's xbox 360. I don't know what this will do to network security hereabouts. [more inside]
I am in the process creating a new blog/site aimed at US and European business owners looking to do business in Brazil. I have my past experiences, trials and tribulations to comment on; but, as it is my intention to offer posts geared towards the small business owner wanting to expand or explore the brazilian market; what types of topic would be of interest to you, the current and future business owners? Note: The blog is not a commercial endevour and is being created with the intention of saving time, money, hairpulling, and headaches for its readers.
Registrar w/ bulletproof mail redirect? [more inside]
I need help finishing my Christmas list. Looking for stores in Charleston, WV. [more inside]
I have a laptop with a completely discharged battery, but no power lead. I do have a power lead from my other laptop, but the outputs differ slightly... [more inside]
Childrens' book filter: I'm looking for a story about a mole, in which he tries to escape from a digging machine. [more inside]
Why do people treat me better when I use a British accent? [more inside]
im trying to get through the last level (20) in escape (clubhouse games) on the ds lite. im starting to think its geometricaly impossible, has anyone actualy gotten the block out?
I'd like to decorate the hallway in my apartment with funky hooks and shelves like these and these. Like the entire wall. All different. I'm looking for as many funky shelves and hooks as possible. [more inside]
I have one of those pretty standard, leather, 'executive' chairs that you buy at Staples. it has the L-shaped yoke on the right hand side, and the phallic tube extending from the base. Recently it stopped reclining, like, all of a sudden. I remember playing with the Phallus until it reclined again, but that's not working. What do I do?
Is it true that it is good for a car to fill it up with higher grade gas once in a while? I usually fill up at Shell, and there is 87, 89 and 91 kinds of gas, with 87 being the cheapeast and 91 being the most expensive. I usually get 87. However, I heard that if you own a car and want it to last longer, it is beneficial to fill it up with the most expensive gas, to "clean the engine". Is that true? If so, what is the explanation behind it? I drive a 2002 Kia Rio, if that makes any difference.
What is this device (180KB jpg)? My dad has had it for years but doesn't know what it's purpose is. It has a jaw that opens (103KB) and a scale (67KB) that reads up to 72, labeled every six divisions, and closes with an odd spring. I don't think that's in degrees since the jaw does not open that wide. It's obviously for measuring something but what that something is we can't figure out. My brother's idea was something involving maps. It is made of steel except for the brass scale.
Why were the Germans allied with the Japanese in WWII? Why were the Americans at war with the Japanese?
Stuck in Winterland, Canada for Christmas. Help? [more inside]
What's the best way to photograph big mostly all white drawings with tiny black details? [more inside]
Would a Mylar Mirror work well for a home gym situation? [more inside]
Why are solid-body electric guitars almost always made out of solid wood? [more inside]
What is a reasonable amount of debt load for someone with a chronic illness? I come from a family that doesn't accrue debt, which I realize is a luxury many people don't have, so I haven't had a model for managing debt. Specifics about my particular situation follow. [more inside]
Cheapest prices, in the 5 boroughs of NYC, for Amy's frozen foods? Specifically, do you know any store where the Pockets are regularly less than $2.19, or the Tofu Lasagna is regularly less than $3.99? Those are best individual prices I've found (my freezer's too small for me to buy a case).
Help me decide whether to downgrade to XP Pro or move to Ubuntu from Vista. [more inside]
I'm finally going to college four years after I was supposed to get out of high school. Please tell me you've done it too, and everything worked out! [more inside]
I just found out that I'm being written up by my HR manager. What's the best way to handle it so it's goes smoothly? [more inside]
How did Kubrick do it? There's a scene in "2001 A Space Odyssey" that has always fascinated and puzzled me. It's the scene on a spaceship in which a character is walking down a circular corridor, moving away from the camera. At the end of the corridor is a rotating ring. When the character reaches the ring she starts walking around it, up the wall. Obviously the camera is linked to that far rotating ring, but the transition between the near corridor and the far ring is absolutely seamless. [more inside]
[EtiquetteFilter] My sister and her new husband are giving me one gift for Christmas. Am I obligated to give each of them a gift, or is it acceptable for me to give one gift to the couple?
How do I install Apache FOP on a Mac? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend some good contemporary Christmas compilations? [more inside]
Back in the days when MTV had Donal Logue and Denis Leary doing promos, I seem to recall a brief bit where two comedians did an impression of Christopher Walken and Jeff Goldblum having a conversation. It was essentially a bunch of "umm" and "ahh" with the appropriate bizarro stylings. The Walken guy might have been Jay Mohr, he does a pretty good impression and it's about the right timeframe. Unsure who might have done the Goldblum. Any ideas? Any video?
I played a piece in orchestra in high school that I think was named Aces Däd, but I can't seem to find that anywhere. [more inside]
Yet another kitty question: When we got up this morning our 21 year old cat had left blood splatters all over the floor, around her food and in her water bowl (a little gross info. inside) [more inside]
Is there anything we can do to help prevent or minimize flooding in a finished basement? [more inside]
I'm looking for an A4 sized combination digital notepad and graphics tablet, ala the Aiptek MyNote or Adesso CyberPad (apparently the same product). But neither works under Mac OS X as a graphics tablet. Maybe an ACECAD DigiMemo? [more inside]
Recs for a massage therapist or spa in Little Rock, AR? [more inside]
I have an abundance of time this holiday week, and I finally got around to watching that Japanese t-shirt folding tutorial video and learning how to do it. I wonder, what other quick, easy, and cool time-saving tricks can I learn this week?
rare/weird vinyl filter: I have an LP that, as far as I can tell, has stumped Google itself. Help! [more inside]
Is an online gift card (say, to a bookstore) okay as a Christmas gift for early teen girls? Or will the intangible nature of the gift make it seem like I'm not giving them anything at all? [more inside]
In mid-January, I will be going to Nicaragua and Costa Rica for about 10 days. We will be flying into San Jose, Costa Rica - and do a day there, with the rest of the time spent in Nicaragua. I need advice on inter-country buses. [more inside]
How to find a good massage therapist in Portland, Oregon? (and what kind of massage would be appropriate?) [more inside]
Is there such a book as "The London Times Historical Atlas"? Google and Amazon are clueless. [more inside]
PhotoshopFilter: How to make a colourised B&W photo look stunning [or at least gift-worthy]? [more inside]
Semantic markup and the world wide web: non-noob needs an explanation. What is all this semantic markup talk about, and where can I learn more? [more inside]
My girlfriend finishes school in July and starts work in September. We'd like to spend a month abroad during August. What are good locations where we can live comfortably and be able to have a lot of experiences - touristy and not? While we don't have a budget set yet, I'd think we'd be looking at between US$3000 and US$5000. [more inside]
How can I play things like movies from my laptop to my TV? [more inside]
New Year's Eve tips for Portland newbies? [more inside]
I truly love my wife, but I am really angry at her for screwing me up financially. If you have been in a similar situation, what have you done to forgive and forget? [more inside]
Is Al right? Am I really saving the environment by switching to CF bulbs? [more inside]
Help me find more singers with deep/baritone voices. [more inside]
In tourist shops there are sometimes prints of watercolor or color pencil drawings of the city. The prints usually come in a bunch of sizes from postcard to 8x10. They cost a few dollars each. I'd like to purchase a bunch of these, but I can't find any online. They're out there, but my Google-Fu isn't finding them. I keep getting stymied at art supply shops and gallery pages. Can anyone find an online vendor for these? Thanks!
A chilli rabbit recipe from a 'Hemphills Herbs and Spices' book. [more inside]
Prepaid SIM card in Canada? [more inside]
Need funny, easy-to-finish books, that aren't moronic. STAT. [more inside]
How can I insert text into an existing PDF using Ghostscript? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good mail-in service that will repair/resurface DVDs or Game Cube disks? [more inside]
Where can I get great glasses frames in LA? [more inside]
I'm an IT consultant with a broad set of skills and experiences, and I need help finding my niche! [more inside]
Are all of my "active" Seasonale tablets identical? Can I take them out of order? [more inside]
I need to enhance facial detail in a 70 year old B&W 120 negative. The negative is both underexposed and out of focus. I am using PS Elements 3.0. I also have Photoshop 7. I will be using a Canoscan 8400F scanner. I can go to a local pro and have the negative scanned on his Epson V750 for $$$$$ if needed. What are good texts that can explain the mechanics of image enhancement? Any advantage in upgrading Elements? My computer does not have an internet connection and I do not need any of the net connected features that seem to be the reasons for upgrading Elements. I can also live with the 3.0 poor cataloging.
Why do 1960s pennies look different? [more inside]
Yet-another-Mac-Leopard-upgrade question: Should I do it on my older machine? [more inside]
Who is the woman in this red band Walk Hard clip? She's wearing blue and says "Come on Dewey, join the party" about 17 seconds in. IMDB didn't turn up anything.
I have some novice questions about a re-install with dual booting in Windows XP. More inside.... [more inside]
My parents have been reading a lot of pretty pessimistic, doomsday books about the US, world, etc. I'd like to get them a book that has a more optimistic outlook, without being naive. Any suggestions, oh hive mind? I'm not too picky about topics, but I'd prefer broader rather than narrower.
I'm looking for pre-WWII non-Japanese poetry that mentions Japan. [more inside]
Is there any place in Chicago to go for free, extremely cheap, or sliding-scale-rate therapy/counseling? [more inside]
I am in Japan and want to buy a new cellphone to take back to Canada. I have an existing plan with Rogers in Canada, and I want to take the SIM card from my crappy Motorola and put it into a new phone brought back from Japan. How can I make sure whatever phone I buy will work with my Roger's SIM card? [more inside]
1) Why are some sicknesses "allergies" while others are things such as "colds"? Also, 2) how does the body know which is which? [more inside]
Somewhere, a while ago, somewhere on the internet (here? BoingBoing? somewhere else?) was posted a PDF (I think) of a cookbook (?) from the 19th century (?) that had various recipes used by kitchens in wealthy households. Somewhere in that cookbook was a detailed description of how to store turtles (for soup) long-term (cool, mostly dry) in stacked boxes. Please hope me find it!
My Sis gave me her sax a while back and I have a few hours to fool with it. That leads me to 3 questions. [more inside]
I bought a refurbed Emachine for my kids. I've put 1.5 gb ram into it, but it came with Vista and feels sluggish. Should I upgrade to XP Pro? [more inside]
What is the stringed instrument that plays the wistful tune at the beginning of the movie Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood? Mandolin? Banjo? Ukelele? I want to buy one.
What are some creative ways to give rolled coins as a gift? [more inside]
What kind of stores (local--where I can buy in-person tomorrow) would carry a woven cadet cap? [more inside]
Hello, hive! Advice sought for acquiring, moving, and maintaining a used piano, and in getting my 12-year-old son set up with lessons. [more inside]
Haj activities - open all year, 24/7? [more inside]
"Add/Remove Programs" in Control Panel won't let me remove some programs. Help! [more inside]
Whats the best way to find a Wii in the Washington, DC area? Is there any chance at all of finding one?
Where is the best resource that will clearly explain the differences between all the different XBox 360's? What comes with all the bundles and packages and what doesn't. Elite, Pro, Arcade, Holiday bundle. what does it all mean?
In search of Wal-Mart employee data. [more inside]
RandomPowerAdapterFilter: I need a suitable power supply for a Thrustmaster Top Gun Afterburner Force Feedback Joystick. [more inside]
My wife and I want to buy a house in the Boston area, but have almost no down payment...maybe $10K. We both have good credit (725 and above) and make about $110K, together. What are my options to buy a house? [more inside]
I would like to disable the Enhanced 911 feature of my cell phone that broadcasts my position continually via GPS tracking. As my phone doesn't allow me to turn this feature off through the settings, how can I modify the circuit to bypass the GPS transmitter?
MeFi Parenting filter: What are appropriate consequences for an 8-year-old who has a history of carelessness with belongings, and has lost his $250 glasses? [more inside]
Best place to get a stainless-steel propane grill TOMORROW in northwest Chicago suburbs? I'm talking about the big honkin' type you put on your patio. [more inside]
I need a tool to help me analyze the probability of certain events occurring regarding a pool of X dice for a game I am creating. See my examples below. [more inside]
I subscribe to an internet hosting service for my website. When I signed up I was provided with a URL that contains the name of my organization. Now I want to move to a less expensive hosting service. Can I retain my current URL?
Tire chains for an '06 Toyota Sienna? Unsafe? If not, which ones? [more inside]
I missed my two brothers-in-laws' birthdays, and one of my sisters is mad at me. I'll see everyone at Christmas. Help me make things right and prevent family drama. [more inside]
Drawing with a tablet, drawing on an ice-cube... [more inside]
Server2003/Exchange - can I disable an account but still have its mail delivered/forwarded? [more inside]
What is the best way to get a diamond ring across the country? [more inside]
California has a new law that specifies limits for lead in jewelry products. Even though the answer to my question should be a no-brainer, I need to confirm: [more inside]
Where can I download a live recording of Electrelane's final show? I've emailed the band and gotten no response. Many of the places I used to look online for live recordings are gone. [more inside]
Hair dye-filter, need to fix this mid-90's burgundy disaster I created on my head last night by 4 pm and I can't afford a pro at the moment. [more inside]
Can my sewing machine be fixed? [more inside]
Help me attain flannel sheet nirvana. [more inside]
How can we avoid hurting my Mom's feelings? Or should we take her with us? [more inside]
Looking for gift ideas for A Single Guy, with essentially no other information. What to get my dad's wife's son for the gift exchange? [more inside]
Another Christmas song question ... this one very vague. [more inside]
I would really like to get into brand and identity design. What are my best options? [more inside]
I know very little about Christian gifts. Is there any taboo about getting my Catholic girlfriend a cross necklace? [more inside]
What'sThatBookFilter: A not-recent, nonfiction book by a female editor in which she, among other things, writes letters to her authors? [more inside]
What kind of car should I buy (under $15K) to make my commute safe, comfortable, and cost-effective? [more inside]
I'm graduating but want to do something unconvential before I start my business career. What? [more inside]
I have recently been advised by my eye doctor that I need to significantly reduce my computer usage (no more than 2 or 3 hours a day). My entire career has been spent in the computer field (operations, programming, general systems work). Anyone have any suggestions on how to leverage my skills and abilities into a new career field?
Cleaning up imported data in excel using VBA. [more inside]
How do I completely disable folder redirection and offline files in Windows XP? More details inside. [more inside]
With the US economy apparently getting ready to go 'foom!', a friend of mine has become very excited about silver as an investment. [more inside]
Can you help me find restaurants in Oklahoma City that are open on Christmas? [more inside]
I need a musical stuffed bear for my six year old daughter. She loves the one she has and says it "needs a friend." [more inside]
Prozac filter: I've just been told by my long time psychologist that she feels Prozac may be helpful to me. (Have read previous answers on the topic...) [more inside]
I'd like to open my eyes to more photographer's work but don't know where to start... [more inside]
Young, alone and Jewish on Xmas in LA. How do I entertain myself? [more inside]
Can you really hold copyright to a business model/idea/concept, and disallow others from duplicating it? If not, then how is The Sampler able to do so? [more inside]
i AM Looking for an internet video of a guy reading a letter he found, he says something in it like "you always wanna hold hands" my friend said it was hilarious but i havent been able to find it
I know nothing about tea and want to correct that. What books would recommend to a tea newbie? [more inside]
I want to read a book in Chinese to keep myself from getting rusty. What is a good novel for doing so? It has to be modern Chinese (classical Chinese twists my brain into noodles), and preferably available online. [more inside]
Korean Book Gift Filter: What Korean books (meaning books written in Hangul) should I get for my parents? [more inside]
How dangerous or hair raising is the road to Hana? [more inside]
An Egyptian friend of mine found this rock in the West Desert of Egpyt. Can anyone tell us what it is? It's really abnormal-looking. (All of my theories involve Sun Ra and pharaonic collusion with Saturn.)
Help me write a mini-note in a holiday card to an influential person... [more inside]
You can use your Roth IRA for your first time home purchase (up to 10k). However, you must have the account open for 5 years. How is account defined? [more inside]
What's the largest explosion I can make, legally, without any particular kind of license, and what would I use to make it? [more inside]
I have a work PC and a home PC, both running XP. It's fairly important that my work PC stays connected, as the router has a habit of sometimes locking up. Since I'm away from the office for the next two weeks, I need to keep an eye on the computer to make sure it stays connected, or at least lets me know if it isn't so I can go in and power cycle the router. I am thinking maybe automatic emailing on the hour? [more inside]
Just switched from cable to DirecTV (7 HD channels on cable just wasn't cutting it), and we have a Mac Mini we'd like to use as a DVR. Possible? Practical?
How can I repair/replace my 80GB iPod classic (black aluminum) faceplate? [more inside]
Help me find and buy a working Fujitsu/Orckit Speedport DSL modem in Los Angeles for use with Verizon DSL. [more inside]
So do we just stop paying our credit cards? [more inside]
Where can I find button-front casual shirts in paisley or paisley-like patterns, like the one worn by Peter Gibbons in Office Space? [more inside]
Can anyone help me find the most-sold NFL football jersey number? e.g., Have more #7's been sold than any other number, regardless of team or player?
Posting for a friend-filter: What are the best resources for information about cutaneous mastocytosis? [more inside]
Help me configure the ultimate Mac OSX backup solution! [more inside]
Has anyone heard of the alternative health cure called chlorine dioxide, marketed under the name of Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS), it is claimed to have cured 75,000 documented cases of malaria, as well as cancer, aids, lyme, etc.. [more inside]
Seattle eatery for me, spouse, seven-year-old girl this weekend... [more inside]
Are 30-year-old Barbie dolls dangerous? [more inside]
Recommendation for an all-night place to hang out in Washington D.C. Saturday night that is safe and clean, has wireless and bathrooms, serves food, and will let me stay there all night. [more inside]
Should the release mode wheel on a Nikon D300 (or D200) just spin or should there be click stops? [more inside]
I got an F in Click-N-Ship. Did I fail Christmas with my botched attempt to mail my packages? [more inside]
How can I find out which states have towns or cities named Paradise? Also, it would be helpful if the database or whatever I was directed to had demographic information about the towns/cities, like population size, average income, local industries, etc. Thanks for your help.
Is there a place to find a Drafting Table WITH a Parallel Straightedge? Bonus points if it includes the light and the chair. Even more bonus points if it's really well priced! More bonus points than can even be imagined if it is wood finished and has a couple drawers included in the table as well as the light and chair in one package. [more inside]
Hello. Does anybody recall the title or the rest of this scrap of probably Robert Burns poetry? goes something like: "... nor duke that ye dined with yester'een. A crab louse is still but (or yet) a crab (or louse) tho' perched on the c*** of a (or o' a) queen." I would like to know for a friend who is writing a book on Scottish nationalism. Thanks!
Need some advice about reading philosophy [more inside]
New home sound system, and now I've got more bass than I know what to do with! Help me take advantage of this with music recommendations that will make my house shudder and boom as I harness the power-- THE POWER. [more inside]
Seeking recommendations for some great space exploration/simulation games. [more inside]
My kid is transposing "s" to the end of the word, line snow->nows. I am curious is this is a common thing, has a name, or just something they go through... [more inside]
Averatec is holding my laptop hostage for the last three months, what should I do? [more inside]
Will my 5 connection component video cable for Ps3 work in a 3 connection (I think composite) TV? [more inside]
What are some good modern travelogues where the author is retracing a historic route? Especially ones where the original traveler wrote an account that the author weaves into the narrative.
I'm looking for novels that are pageturners (genres preferred: science fiction/fantasy, magic realism, mystery/suspense/thriller) but also have psychologically acute character development. Any recs?
Los Angeles shopping filter: Is there a big toy store like FAO Schwartz in LA? Also where can I buy a working mechanical typewriter? [more inside]
Please explain to me what a cue, m3u, and log file are in layman's terms. (In regards to audio files.) [more inside]
Books about anthropology, psychology, sociology, modern rituals...I think. Can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
What is the deal with sites like allposters.com, art.com, etc.? [more inside]
theraflu's natural apple cinnamon flavor tastes like licking the window of a hippie candle store. will it lose efficacy if i add a dollop of honey to my next mug of the stuff?
In Excel 2007, I need advice on how to round a series of prices to either a $0.50 ending, or a $0.95 ending. [more inside]
So, I just messed with the electronics in my car and now the 2001 Hyundai Elantra won't start. [more inside]
How interchangeable are laptop power supplies? [more inside]
For a good reason, I need some program, any program that I can leave unattended and will eat up CPU on a windows xp box. Recommendations? [more inside]
How the heck did Brian Johnson of AC/DC sing that way? [more inside]
If a company had a "clerical error" and forgot to charge my credit card for 3 months, do they have right to charge it now? [more inside]
I recently added 2 gigs of RAM to my PC but Windows Task Manager/System properties do not recognize it, while BIOS and Crucial.com do. What could be causing this issue?
I recently added 2 gigs of RAM to my PC but Windows Task Manager/System properties do not recognize it, while BIOS and Crucial.com do. What could be causing this issue? [more inside]
Which economic forecaster or economist can you really trust most of the time, if not all of the time?
Which economic forecaster or economist can you really trust most of the time, if not all of the time? [more inside]
What tricks have you learned that make writing, editing, and formatting in web page "text areas" easier? [more inside]
How can I practice/learn fiber optic networking without breaking the bank? [more inside]
How much do parents tell each other about the stories/secrets their children thell them? [more inside]
What was the site that mirrored allmusic.com's content but didn't suck? [more inside]
Alternatives to staples, paper, glue etc for paper fastening in crafts and papercraft? [more inside]
In search of: dramatic, sinister, or fast music. Disastrous, villainous, swift and dexter melodies best set to chaos, tragedy, or discovery. [more inside]
quantum physics. what am I not getting? [more inside]
AutoFilter: In your experience, is it worth the higher price to take your vehicle to the dealer for routine service than a third party? [more inside]
I'd like to be a better waiter. Got any tips? [more inside]
Corporate trainers, I need your help. I need to train some colleagues on the capabilities of an software package to prepare them for designing some upgraded features. However, they are not users of the software, so my standard new-user training is not going to cut it. Do you have any tips on how to do this kind of training/education? Any suggestions of training books or websites that can help? [more inside]
I have serious tech lust. I think I want to get the American version of the Nokia N95. Please help me decide if this is the phone for me. [more inside]
Do I have any options as far as getting our natural gas turned back on by Christmas? [more inside]
Please help me make my new husband's birthday (today)a memorable one! [more inside]
Where to buy blooming tea bags in Manhattan? [more inside]
How do I create a table of contents for a PDF file that is composed of a variety of different source documents?
How do I create a table of contents for a PDF file that is composed of a variety of different source documents? Open source/free software or methods are best. [more inside]
Is it ok to mail a thin magnet along with a card in the regular mail? Do I have to do anything special to it? [more inside]
What one font is the easiest to read on both on a computer screen *and* off a sheet of paper? [more inside]
Anybody know where I can get a good quality copy of the cover of this month's Harvard Business Review? I got a subscription on Audible that I'm burning to CD, and I'd like to slap a copy of the current art on the case. Their site only has a crappy low-res version...
I smell feet. [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can buy cheap generic gingerbread man cookie cutters in or around Mesa, Arizona? I want the regular size – not the mini, and I want around 20 of them. [more inside]
Securely disposing of CD/DVD media (while maintaining maximum laziness) [more inside]
Software for keeping lists of terms and definitions organized? Help me tame the glossary monster. [more inside]
Need suggestions for an online collaboration tool for managing a reading list between friends. [more inside]
UKEmploymentfilter: What was the point of the meeting my boss had with me today? [more inside]
If I have a small corporation and intend to have officers (VP, Directors, etc.) who are currently corp-to-corp contractors, do I need to convert those officers to employees? In other words, do officers of a corporation need to be employees? I know, I know -- YANAL and/or YANML. :) [more inside]
Are there any other books like the Encyclopedia Brown series? [more inside]
How can I write a good press release for an entire calendar of events? (As opposed to just a single event) [more inside]
CookingFilter! I need tips and tricks for making the bestest peppermint bark EVAH. Also any favorite peppermint bark recipes. [more inside]
Have there ever been any Indiana Jones-style booby traps discovered in real-world archaeological/exploration expeditions? [more inside]
My Firefox updated recently and now a dialog box pops up occasionally titled, "Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer." It says, "Please enter your username and password to continue." I have no username or password for Firefox. My computer is not on a network. I cancel out of this and continue, only to have it pop up again a short time later. As far as I can see, synchronization of bookmarks isn't in the help files. How do I disable this?
Help me find the right non compete, non disclosure agreement. [more inside]
Where can I find inexpensive plastic bins that I can keep my board games in that fit the game boards and all the pieces? I've been googling for over an hour and I can't find any 16 x 11 x 2 bins anywhere other than The Container Store. Call me cheap, but I don't want to spend more for a container than I spent on the game in the first place, and at $15.00 each, the Container Store is out. Any advice or recommendations on how you've stored your board games in plastic containers would be appreciated. [more inside]
Where to buy an unlocked simfree iPhone in San Antonio, Texas US? There is a good possibility that the iPhone I purchase has firmware 1.1.2 and the new bootloader which has not been hacked yet. Does anybody know a store where to get simfree iPhones San Antonio Texas. A name, address of the store or any tips are much appreciated.
Why does iphone mail client show unread messages even though the inbox is empty?
my iphone, on the main (home) view, shows that i have 50 unread messages in my e-mail inbox. yet when i tap the mail icon, it shows that the inbox is empty.
i've tried restarting, turning on and off, syncing, checking & rechecking e-mail, and for the past week or so it's shown 50 unread messages. (and no, it's not an IMAP or whatever issue - i check on POP only, and the POP box is definitely empty, too.)
my iphone, on the main (home) view, shows that i have 50 unread messages in my e-mail inbox. yet when i tap the mail icon, it shows that the inbox is empty.
i've tried restarting, turning on and off, syncing, checking & rechecking e-mail, and for the past week or so it's shown 50 unread messages. (and no, it's not an IMAP or whatever issue - i check on POP only, and the POP box is definitely empty, too.)
Please help me find a lawyer with Creative Commons license experience [more inside]
Does anyone know a good source for ready made "Store Closing" and related signs and banners, with quick delivery times? [more inside]
In Slate's Explainer column today, they have the unanswered questions of 2007. Most are inscrutable, unanswerable or ridiculous... but I've wondered this one myself too many times to let it go: "Very rare to find a hotel room with a light on the ceiling, they're usually floor lamps or desk lamps. Is there some structural reason for that?" [more inside]
Oklahoma City jewelry? Looking for something unique / simple. Where are the coolest local jewelry stores/craftspeople/shops in the OKC/norman/edmond area? [more inside]
Relationshipfilter: I'm agnostic. She's Christian. We've been dating for four months. We fit eachother well and are very happy together, but of course clash over our deeply-held ideologies. Should we worry about the ideological clashes now, or be happy with eachother now and worry about how to raise the kids if/when we have kids? [more inside]
Tiny Accident, They're Claiming Injuries, How Screwed Am I? Last week, I had an accident. I was waiting to turn right behind a van, also waiting to turn. He went, then jammed on brakes. I braked, but couldn't avoid hitting him. Minimal damage for him, none for me. [more inside]
I'm thinking of buying a Toshiba laptop, specifically this one. Can you help me to decide? [more inside]
Is there some kind of trick to using these big card reader slots on the front of my PC? [more inside]
How do I make LaTeX PDF presentations that don't look like cheap PowerPoint? [more inside]
How can I sync, and keep in sync, my Powerbook G4 (tiger) & Mac Mini (leopard)? [more inside]
windowsbatchfile: Can someone give me the command/script for a simple batch file that will take a file from location A, copy it to location b, then add the current date to the name of the file> Thanks in advance!!!
Why did gameshow hosts used to be called the "star" of the gameshow? When did this stop and why? [more inside]
Mailing, from NYC to Seoul, a padded envelope (papers and a slim CD case) with no commercial value. What's my cheapest option if I want it there within a few weeks? (Mailing on Monday 31 Dec and want it to arrive by Monday 21 Jan.)
Why is iTunes doing this to me?! [more inside]
My apartment was burgled and my Macbook was stolen. Can I transfer my old AppleCare account and iTunes library (or at least iTunes purchases) to a new Macbook? [more inside]
[PhillyFilter] Tell me what you know about the Mummers Parade on New Year's Day in Philly. Good times with the family or a day spent wishing you were home? [more inside]
Making DOS program get along with new Windows XP machine and ancient printer: How to change the name of the printer port from USB001 to LPT1? [more inside]
On my Mac (Tiger), I prefer to have the dock at the bottom, hidden. But all my applications insist on opening new documents and windows so that the new window touches the bottom of the screen. As a result, it often happens that when I go to resize the window by grabbing the bottom right corner, I invoke the dock instead. Usually, a second try will be successful, but this is annoying as heck. Is there a global setting that will tell my applications to stay out of that last quarter inch of my screen? Or some other solution to this?
Protecting an iPhone from theft or inadvertent misappropriation [more inside]
Is there a program that can do "one to many" synchronization to a large amount of PC's? [more inside]
Can I send homemade sealed raspberry jam from Canada to Japan and New Zealand? [more inside]
How long will it take to get from Mexico City Airport to Toluca Airport on the weekend of the 5th of January? [more inside]
How can I match the sound quality of Quicktime and Itunes? [more inside]
We're heading home for Christmas. How do we make sure the 8 month old kitten we're taking with us doesn't freak out and disappear? [more inside]
I want to go to someplace cool and exciting with my friends for New Years.. I live in the LA area (Santa Monica) and would like to stay within 15 miles of the city. I'm fairly new to the area--having just moved here this summer--but still know a bit. I'm 22 so I still have the energy.
In the last couple of months, I have gone from not thinking about children at all to being just. Plain. Baby. Nutzo. My biological clock has to be out of whack - I'm only in my late 20's. But for some reason, I am PANICKING to have a child. And I need one now. I need stories, advice, anecdotes, what have you. Posthaste, people! Posthaste! [more inside]
I've been charged with redoing our Label Website pretty much from scratch, both back-end and front-end (yes, its a self-link but its relevant). Because this site is about classical music, there is a HUGE amount of metadata that will need to be collected, parsed and displayed (think 3700 titles * 10 tracks * performer, composer, title, length, etc for each track). Has anyone done or know of anyone who's done work on this scale on either the back-end side or the design side before that they might recommend? I have an RFP pretty much already mocked-up. I would've liked to have used someone like 37signals but it seems like they don't do work for others anymore.
I cannot connect to one specific website. [more inside]
Help me find an hour or two of extravagance in Los Angeles [more inside]
Where should I live near(ish to) the University of Miami? [more inside]
Where can I buy fabric near midtown NYC? [more inside]
Firefox is shutting down and restarting my PC, what gives? [more inside]
How do I print when inside VPN? [more inside]
Does emusic.com watermark mp3s and if so, what is in the watermark and can you provide technical details on this watermarking ?
Should I buy a Sony Reader? I'm on Mac and in Australia. [more inside]
Macbook Pro question: 2.2Ghz vs. 2.4 Ghz. Can it possibly be worth an extra $500? [more inside]
I have an upcoming meeting at work about standardizing technical reports from several different offices. The people writing and designing the reports are technical experts and not graphic professionals, and thus, we have some strange looking reports with a lot of information jammed on one page or series of nested tables surrounding a photo. I have trouble following the content of the reports due to the design and format issues. [more inside]
DoctorWhoFilter: When something bad happens to the doctor, why doesn't he just go back in time and fix it? He doesn't seem to have a problem with fiddling with time, so why not? [more inside]
Help this impatient person learn how to cook from a book. [more inside]
(Question from Mrs. Wittgenstein) Is anyone using University of Kansas' Strategic Instruction Models (SIMS) to teach high school physical science or biology? If so, which models are you using?
I'd like to teach myself some various languages. Help me find some resources for Spanish and Japanese. [more inside]
What's interesting and new on Oahu that's non-touristy? [more inside]
So I didn't research as much as I should have, and I financed my new 2008 Toyota today with the extended warranty. Now it sounds like I should have waited or gotten other quotes, but with all the number juggling, I lost sight of the bottom line. I'm going back to the dealer tomorrow to cancel the extended warranty. Can I expect the dealer to try to change the APR or any other aspect of the financing of the car? [more inside]
Russian-translation-filter: Please help me understand the linguistic nuances in Tolstoy's famous quote, "There was something terribly lacking between what I felt and what I could do." (here in English) How accurate is this translation in your view? What is missing from it? What if anything does it add which is not there in Russian? [more inside]
Cincinnati residents, help me find a place to (possibly) live. [more inside]
The appraisal came in low. Buying a house with no real estate agents involved. Offer contingent on appraisal. Re-negotiation strategies needed. [more inside]
I have an Intel iMac with Leopard, and via Boot Camp, a partition with Windows XP. The normal way to boot into XP is--after restarting Leopard or turning on the computer--to hold down the Option (Alt) key and then choose the OS. Is there a way around this? Is there some setting or third-party app that will reboot my computer from Leopard and automatically start Windows so I don't have to wait around holding down that key? [more inside]
Where to buy a SiRFStar III GPS in NYC, and specifically which one? [more inside]
What lotion can I use for my newborn's sensitive skin? I've tried the Mustela, Aveeno and J&J but it doesn't seem to work very well. What lotion do you recommend that I can use on her face? [more inside]
Given a fair die with s sides, what is the expected number of rolls r before I get o outcomes with the same value v in a row? [Note this is emphatically NOT a homework problem; I just really want to know, feel like I should be able to figure it out, can't, and it is driving me nuts.] [more inside]
Could you recommend books similar to The Name of the Rose and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell? There's something about the tone, the mashing of genres together, and the over-immersion in details that is unbelievably appealing to me. (But don't recommend Tolkien!) [more inside]
H.P. Lovecraft-themed foods? [more inside]
I run a small, clunky UK political blog. It needs a New Year spruce up. I love blogging but am as near as you get to being technically illiterate. Fellow Brit bloggers are going to help me with the techie stuff but I need to give them a design specification. I don't really know where to begin. What goes into a good design spec and can you point me to examples of other well designed blogs?
I've been aware of a tendency toward winter blues for many years, but this winter is really kicking my ass already. I think I'm ready to look into a little treatment, and I'd like some advice. Yep, I've read all of the previous AskMes on this. [more inside]
Are there non-stupid substance abuse prevention films? [more inside]
So hey, how has LA changed in the last 3 years during my absence? Update, please. [more inside]
I've always thought that tomato vines were quite poisonous, but now I am curious since I've seen one occurrence of someone on TV (celeb chef) cooking with one as flavoring. [more inside]
Why would a server start refusing http requests from itself? Curl, wget, lynx- all of them used to work, now I just get "connection refused". FTP still works, though, and it's only a problem with Apache- requests to the Lighttpd server on the same box work just fine.
The piano music of Yoko Kanno in this solo blew me away. Where can I find more of it? Similar artists? [more inside]
Which Creative Commons license is most like public domain? Does it make any sense to license the content I've posted if it's in the public domain? [more inside]
Outlook calendar displays in vivid colors, yet it prints ONLY in pastel. This happens on multiple printers, so it's not the printer settings. I emailed with a MS geek and he offered no help - no surprise. The HIVE is my last hope. (It used to print in vivid color before 2007 was installed).
Ginger Ale ( the soda, not the beer) was supposedly invented in Ireland in the 1850s. However, I can't find anything more specific. Do you know of any history links that have concrete information about the invention of Ginger Ale in Ireland around the 1850s? If it could be pinpointed to a certain person or town or custom, that would be great.
Did you write your own vows when you got married? Should we? If you did, what part of your customized vows were you most happy with? [more inside]
How does one eject a stuck DAT Tape? [more inside]
Where does the "stereotypical rich white guy" voice come from? I've been doing it for years, but have no idea how it originated. Here's a good example, someone doing an impression of Judge Whitey on Futurama.
I have a coworker I work very closely with who is actually in Manila. I'm in the US. I'd like to get her a little something for the holidays, is there a popular online shopping site for The Philippines (like Amazon?) that I could get her a gift card for?
Does anyone have any experience using inversion tables to treat back pain? Do they work? Bonus: any credible studies you know about or can find discussing the use/pros/cons of inversion tables? [more inside]
I'll be teaching a first-year composition class at university. What I teach, I hope, is critical thinking, invention and arrangement of writing. The topic for the semester is American radical thought. I am looking for suggestions for essays, visual pieces (art, film, video), songs (audio & lyrics) that cover a wide range of radical response & resistance. [more inside]
Illustrator CS3 Filter: Process recommendations for a novice Adobe Illustrator user on building/using a "tile-set" (like you'd see in a 2d video-game) in AICS3... [more inside]
My in-laws would like to give my daughter 15 shares of stock (about $1500) to help with her college expenses. What is the best way to do this considering financial aid and taxes for both my in-laws and my daughter? [more inside]
Probably ridiculously obvious Excel question: how do I set it so that a URL is never turned into a hyperlink? [more inside]
I want a simple mobile phone with a monochrome screen and a fast interface that can sync contacts with my Mac or PC via a cable or IR. Something like the Nokia 1110 but with the ability to sync! [more inside]
Because of an injury, I carry my laptop in one of those roller backpacks. I've heard that tiny vibrations (such as construction in the next office building) can be very damaging to computers. So does the vibration from the rolling on pavement potentially damage my laptop? [more inside]
Why do very few websites accept plus-addressing in emails for signups? [more inside]
I just started a paralegal job where my main task is to sort through boxes and boxes of documents. (Yay fun!) I know that I'm less likely to get papercuts if I keep my hands moisturized, so I brought in a bottle of lubriderm, but it doesn't seem to be quite doing the trick. My next move is to get a very very thick lotion, like perhaps the L'Occitane hand cream that everyone raves about. I've also read reviews of this "gloves in a bottle" lotion that excema-sufferers use. Does anyone have any experience with this type of lotion and its effectiveness for preventing papercuts? Any other recommendations for lotions or creams? If anyone has any tips on how to get the cuts to heal faster once I've been bitten, I'd love to hear it too! Thanks!
How do I format the cell in Excel so that when I cut and paste a series of data derived from a formula onto a new sheet, it pastes the numbers, and not the formula? [more inside]
Do you know of any books or blogs that are compendia of blind dates? [more inside]
Help me pick the best business producitivity management tool(s) for my consulting practice! (Not Daylite)
Hello MeFi peoples, I am trying to find the tool or tools to run my sustainable business consulting practice, which I started in August, and I've been going a bit nuts with too many choices. I've been looking all over, and am getting near hits, but all "not quite there"s. Highrise sort of works, but has some quirks that that it doesn't hit the mark, and it's missing some of what I want to do. Daylite looks interesting, but no...well I'll explain below. Basecamp, same thing. Copper, ditto. Help me find the needle(s) in the haystack! [more inside]
Where exactly did my ancestors disembark in New York when they arrived from Ireland? [more inside]
Help me find all those small but necessary apps, as well as the fun and ostentatious bells and whistles, for my new desktop (linux)! What are your favorites? [more inside]
Shops in Manhattan that sell canvas grocery bags? [more inside]
Wireless routers: can I tell the router what devices to allow without having to enter passwords on those devices? [more inside]
New computer build, how to decide [more inside]
Looking for a black all-elastic nylon kitty collar with a bell. [more inside]
What's better/less worse: Telling someone now that they didn't get a job, or leaving him/her hanging until after the holidays? I want to do the humane thing here.
What is the fable, aphorism, or metaphor that is the complement of "sour grapes" [more inside]
Will "Omega Drivers" allow my ATI Radeon Mobility M6 card to drive a widescreen display? [more inside]
Filemaker question: How do I combine two records into one? [more inside]
Hey you cultured folks, help me find some art! [more inside]
I'm looking for a dance/electronica track that samples Ozzy Osbourne's scream at the beginning of Crazy Train. I think I heard it when watching The Fast & The Furious but listening thru the soundtrack doesn't show it. Does anyone know what it is?
Two quirky gals, ten days in March, plenty of expiring FF miles but sadly just US $ to spend... where in the world should we go? [more inside]
I want to know more about Brady Bunch-era American house designs. [more inside]
Help me find a way to keep my son's clothes on. [more inside]
I haven't played trumpet since I was a senior in high school in 1994. Recently, I picked up a good used student horn on eBay and am excited to start practicing again. Trumpet players of the green, I ask you- what are your favorite websites? [more inside]
How to get started writing comedically? [more inside]
What good punk/indie/hardcore podcasts are out there? [more inside]
Can I grow wine grapes in Boston? Advice and anecdotes sought... [more inside]
In researching this question, I found this quote: "When Personnel became Human Resources, we all lost something.", which exactly sums up my feeling today. Does anyone know when and why 'Personnel' became 'Human Resources'? [more inside]
When a large business considers relocating its headquarters to a different city, is there a particular type of consultant they use to make this sort of decision? [more inside]
Recommendations for things to see and do for two people who've never been to New Orleans? [more inside]
Can anyone help me select a high-quality recording device for fieldwork and speech analysis, please? [more inside]
I can't send Word attachments any more. I have to, it is how I pay the rent. Please, please help me. [more inside]
How do you politely tell an ex that they are invited to your parent's visitation, but not the funeral?
How do you politely tell an ex that they are invited to your parent's visitation, but not the funeral? [more inside]
What type of people apply to a top ten MBA program? Are there $9,000-a-year college admissions consultants for this, too? [more inside]
Pregnancy. Hand-held massager. Problems? My wife is 23 weeks in and having some back pain. I thought maybe one of these might be good... (I know it's not a "real massage" replacement). What I'm particularly interested in hearing is if anyone has "Don't Do It" experience... [more inside]
Does anyone know where I can find the Italian chocolate Torroni Baci in London or from somewhere that'll deliver?
Needed: Change Tray for 2008 Accord LX - Parts guys don't know what I'm talking about. [more inside]
I want to buy an "official" sign or sticker that implies to the reader that "THE ROOM YOU ARE ENTERING IS GODDAMNED COLD!!!" [more inside]
there was a great clip at the end of a sonic youth video, which featured 4 kids in a band, cruising around and arguing. can anyone tell me where i can find a copy of the file? [more inside]
De-corking a bottle of wine. Slow and steady or just rip 'er out? [more inside]
As a follow up to this question, can I use the following scheme to get all my popped emails back into my Yahoo account? [more inside]
Anyone have experience with 3rd party batteries for Apple portables? [more inside]
What should I do with my old digital camera? The flash doesn't work, but otherwise it's fine for taking outdoor or brightly-lit indoor photos. [more inside]
How would I go about getting a legal prescription for HGH? (Bear with me, please.) [more inside]
I'm trying to find audio recordings of MRT Stop landings (Singaporean) for a Christmas present. [more inside]
I had a DVD made of my first skydive. It will not play on any DVD player. [more inside]
Plausibility-filter: Recently my car engine wouldn’t stop running, and eventually caught fire. Damage was pretty minimal, but how it started is a bit of a mystery. Does this sound plausible? Backstory (long) and the mechanic's explanation below: [more inside]
Please help me identify this song from the HBO series "Flight of the Conchords". [more inside]
Please help me be a gift-giving genius. I think I want to arrange a lovely but not-too-expensive lunch or dinner for my friend in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he is now living. I've never been there, know nothing about the town, and don't speak Italian. [more inside]
Help me decide where to live: Mid 20s in San Diego or Seattle? The factors of importance are within. But any unique perspective will help. [more inside]
Rummoli players: what's the best version to teach rummoli to newbies? [more inside]
Jobs for people who hate people? For most of my life I have been working in sales and/or customer service. I am completely burned out and seeking to get into a new line of work with minimal public contact. What are my options? [more inside]
My family is off doing their own thing (my parents are off traveling in another part of the world and my sister is on vacation with her family), my friends are off home and I am all alone. What can I do to keep up my spirits over the holidays? [more inside]
Is my comedy group being asked to scab? [more inside]
I would like to keep a personal journal online so I can access it from any computer. I also would like the journal to be private meaning only I can read it. And very secure. I've thought of starting a private blog on Wordpress but would like a more secure environment. Does anything like this exist that would allow me quickly to search prior posts by date or content?
Could you publish a book out of Yahoo Answers / Groups etc. and make it successful? I think it would be wicked to give one of those sites or the Green a good editorial scrub and create a tome filled with great nuggets of fact, reality, belief, and opinion. How would you structure the business? [more inside]
WineFilter: How do I open a bottle of prosecco gracefully? [more inside]
My 74-year-old father-in-law broke his femur skiing last week. Please recommend a physical therapist in the SF Bay Area for a very active older person. [more inside]
Best resources for building your own computer? [more inside]
I will soon be distributing a bunch of large scientific and research datasets, all entirely legal for redistribution, many as large as a few gigabytes. Bittorrent is the best solution for this. Many respectable webhosting sites don't allow Bittorrent trackers; too many of those that do seem fly-by-night. I have a budget for this and want something respectable and reliable. Recommendations? [more inside]
MorbidityFilter: What soothing yet depressing tune is this funeral home's website using? I know I've heard it before, but I have no idea of it's composer.
What are some good games to play at a christmas party? [more inside]
Are there any reverse-chronological histories of culture? [more inside]
I'm the recipient of a bottle of sloe gin. While I love plain old G & T's, what else can I do with this interesting purple stuff? [more inside]
Creative travellers: how can a guy get to Israel as cheaply and indirectly as possible? [more inside]
how to keep from shutting people out? [more inside]
How do I choose between two equally worthy charities to receive my donation? [more inside]
How does one get into the field of user interface design? [more inside]
Is a spa visit a good gift for an older lady? [more inside]
A few questions about the availability of B&W photographic film and processing services in New Delhi, India [more inside]
I seem to have lost my keys. I wish it were just that simple. [more inside]
I'm probably moving back to the U.S. in August or September. I'm visiting this week and again in late March/early April. I already have a UK tri-band GSM phone. What should I do to get mobile phone coverage in the U.S.? [more inside]
In high school (the late 1990s) I read an essay on marriage -- the writer's main contention was that it's unrealistic to think that a single person can ever be at the exact same life stages as yourself, e.g. Young & Passionate (teens), Ready to Have Children (30's), Wanting Intellectual Companionship (60's), and thusly, that having just one partner over the course of a lifetime is a near impossibility. [more inside]
LostintranslationFilter: "Hang on to your grandmas!" [more inside]
Has anyone tried installing Windows Vista in BootCamp (On a Mac) using an upgrade disk? I've installed Vista perfectly using this guide on a computer I built myself, but I want to do it on a new Mac. [more inside]
Is there any reason I shouldn't post my out-of-print poetry book on Gutenberg under a Creative Commons license? [more inside]
Any recommendations for family law attorneys in the California Bay Area? [more inside]
I need to mail books fast. [more inside]
I need a holiday sentiment for the inside of a Christmas card. In Spanish. [more inside]
Our little dog refuses to walk outside when it is raining. This is problematic when it's potty time. [more inside]
Memorable Christmas gift for fashion maven girlfriend. Is a tennis bracelet tacky? Would a necklace be better? [more inside]
Are there any simple sites that will help me combine a bunch of (RSS) feeds into a new page? [more inside]
Help me repay a gift of 23 chromosomes: Is there a store in New York City that sells antique Christmas ornaments? [more inside]
A student of mine (college junior) asked me to give him a list of progressively-oriented blogs, films, and websites. I have a few ideas for him, but would like to solicit the hive mind for more.
How to force revolting neighbors to vent their apartment into the outdoors rather than the building, or force the landlord to clean the air up somehow?
Renting in Baltimore, my lease expired a year ago and I am month to month. The things that live on the first floor do not work or leave their apartment but spend all day every day smoking cheap, foul tobacco. The smoke fills the stairwell and rises to the third floor and enters my apartment. It is revolting. I've written a formal complaint to the landlord once. Do I have any legal rights in this? I find the smell sickening, it gives me headaches, sinus problems, and watery eyes and I can't block it, the building is so old it creeps in no matter what I do, I've even taped the door shut. Which mostly works except that I do work during the day and can't tape it shut every morning. Besides, that's insane. For my second complaint I'd like some precedent or legal argument. If I could afford to move I'd be gone in a flash but I am penniless. [more inside]
Peripatetic, endearingly-awkward geek seeks amazing advice for casual sex shenanigans. [more inside]
flying-with-knives/holiday-shippingFilter: Fly with chef knifes in a knife roll, or ship them? Who will get my stuff there the fastest? Providence, Rhode Island to Dallas, Texas. [more inside]
Looking for open source spreadsheet templates I can use commercially (if it comes to that) for recipes, fitness programs and the like. Why? Because my excel skills suck. [more inside]
I have a gorgeous cast-iron mortar and pestle, that I use a lot for cooking. Unfortunately, it has some rust, especially on the bottom, probably from when it's washed and left to dry still slightly wet on its bottom. How should I: a) get rid of the present rust. b) avoid future rust. [more inside]
Garage studio advice: Help me best configure the space we have for recording. [more inside]
What were the budgets for the previous "I Am Legend" movie adaptations? According to Wikipedia, they include "The Omega Man", "Last Man On Earth" and "I Am Omega". How much did it cost to make each of them? [more inside]
I want to transform my room into a jazz lair! [more inside]
Does anyone know where to find good writing prompts? [more inside]
Who is C. Hitchens talking about when he says a presidential candidate "followed the "Rev." Jim Jones to a Kool-Aid resort in Guyana"? (He claims that this actually happened!?!)
Is there a way to turn a VISA gift card into cash? [more inside]
I would very much love to attend Friday's Christmas Concert at the Palau Musica in Barcelona with Jose Carreras (scroll down slightly to the 21st of December). Only problem is, it's been sold out for months. The box office, concierge, and Google haven't been much help, so it's time for Ask MiFi. I would appreciate any leads on ticket brokers/ticket exchange sites that might be of help. I only need one ticket.
What wine grapes (if any) would grow successfully just outside of Kelso, Washington? Ideally, they would be low maintenance as far as grapes go. Would be looking to graft 2 or 3 year old plants. It's cold in the winter, hot in the summer and wet all the time.
After 5 years of working in the US, I was laid off last week. My chances of being able to stay here are slim, and I'm rather upset at the thought of returning to the UK. If you were in my situation, and had a bit of savings, what would you do? [more inside]
I would like to buy an audio sampler, but am new to this. Recommendations? [more inside]
Tell me about cooking (or better yet, brewing) with hot peppers. [more inside]
I need help finding a 'peek-a-boo paperweight' for a Christmas gift. Has anyone seen one available online? [more inside]
Is there an online store that carries nothing but humorously large versions (preferably functional) of everyday items? [more inside]
Help me find gifts for remarkably un-greedy teenage girls: they are 14 and 15, and absolutely refuse to tell me what they want (I think their mother, my aunt, raised them too well.) [more inside]
What can I do with all of this dried fruit? [more inside]
Is there a free clinic in Dallas? Or any kind of reduced-payment medical facility, more specifically, for treating injuries vs. illness? [more inside]
I am looking for a Maine coast restaurant with a really awesome ocean view. It needs to open be year round as I am looking to go around New Years. Preferably it's not more than an hour north of Portland and south of it is even better. Oh and good food too! :)
Where can I find neighbourhoods that are lit up to the nines with Christmas lights in Vancouver, BC? [more inside]
Is there an easy way to resort my iTunes folder back into by albums, instead of by artists? [more inside]
Help me find the perfect gift for a zombie enthusiast. [more inside]
I'm considering making a mixtape (okay, not on actual tape, but "mixCD" just doesn't roll off the tongue) consisting of songs with one word or phrase only repeated in the lyrics. [more inside]
What sort of setup do I need for decent nature photography? [more inside]
I'd like to spend $100 buying my teenage cousin some drumsticks. He loves Green Day and KISS, and already asked for these. I'll get him some of those, but thought instead of just buying him tons it might be cool to pick up a pair of mallets/brushes as well? Can anyone recommend some higher-end brushes/mallets for a fan of that Eric Singer series? [more inside]
How to go about selling a car where I basically finance it for the buyer? [more inside]
How do I break up with an old friend? [more inside]
We are going to the Dominican Republic for Christmas. What should we do/see/explore/not miss while we're there? [more inside]
About to go through a big life change, and I want to get through it the best I can. [more inside]
Is stubhub a good site for selling tickets (I just want face value)? If not stubhub, what would you use? [more inside]
I'd like to donate money to charities on behalf of my family members, but I'd like to tailor it towards their occupations/interests. [more inside]
I'm looking for vintage diagrams from how-to books, online, for domestic arts. For example, instructions on how to make jam, with step-by-step drawings; or how to make a handkerchief, with step-by-step drawings. [more inside]
If I drive my car (2000 Skoda Fabia, UK) while the power steering is faulty, will it damage it? [more inside]
When the Diamond Rio PMP300 portable MP3 player came out, it had a bonus CD of songs, but they were lacking metadata. One of the songs was simply "vertigo.mp3". I really liked that song, but I cannot find who the artist was. Help?
I am looking for a place that sells used, stock parts for scooters. Vespa, genuine, kymco etc..... A scooter graveyard if you will. Can't seem to find one
I need help with my sleep cycle. [more inside]
How can I make an exact bootable copy of my 120GB mac hard drive to a larger hard drive? I am hoping that there is a way to make a copy of the existing drive so that I can just replace the current drive without having to install the new drive / OS/ software/ settings etc.... Any ideas? Thanks in advance MeFites!
Looking for recommendations on good mental health therapists in Pittsburgh for help with depression and anger management issues. East End area preferred. The last few I've tried have been pretty bad and I didn't get along with them- however, I am not sure of what I am looking for.
Looking for the definitive recipe for "figgy pudding". [more inside]
Ex files: how much sexual history should you disclose? [more inside]
How can I create a virtual, movable camera in a video editing software? [more inside]
This is a very basic Word 2003 question. I have a list of 50 countries in descending alfabetical order. I've used the "convert text to table function" in Word (2003) to put them in a table (5 columns, 10 rows). Up to here, everything is fine. [more inside]
In older films, ill people are sometimes shown with an ice pack on their head. Presumably to bring down a fever? Did people really do this back then, or is the ice pack merely a comedic signifier?
Identify this song and band: American, male, R'n'B vocal group attaining brief mid-chart respectability in the UK in '92 or '93. [more inside]
Is there a service where I can send a physical Christmas card to someone, from a website? Sort of like Interflora, but for cards instead. [more inside]
Whats the wonderfully illustrated childrens storybook about a little yellow three eyed/eared alien rabbit who has lost his/her parents on Earth? [more inside]
How do I search French ebay effectively for lots of used French childrens clothing? [more inside]
Can Canadians give tax-deductible donations to American non-profit organizations? [more inside]
LongShotFilter: I'm looking for a 1990s recording of rap songs that were designed for teaching English. [more inside]
Fastest, bestest, prettiest, lightest, freeest Windows download manager for large files. Did I mention fastest?
At the very least, I imagine that the people in these Before pictures actually look like the ones in the After pictures.
I'm looking for user-uploaded before, after, and in-progress fitness photos. I'm hoping that AskMeFi would be able to point me to some galleries or sites. [more inside]
Looking for ood bike rides for kids AND grownups in San Francisco? Bay Area? [more inside]
What are some low fat snacks I can take with me travelling and keep in my suitcase to eat when dinner or other meals weren't suitable? Little to no preparation at time of eating is preferred but I can make or buy stuff before I go. [more inside]
Any tips on getting an Xbox 360 to work with wireless hotel internet that requires signing in via a webpage? I'm looking for some sort of "wireless-to-wired bridge" that would let me sign on via my laptop and then leech internet with my 360. [more inside]
I'm in Kathmandu, Nepal for the week, and I have a big, very heavy suitcase that I really don't want to drag around on the rest of my trip. Any advice on shipping it home to the USA?
My FIV+ cat is sneezing. A lot. We have a humidifier on, but aren't sure how serious the situation is. [more inside]
I seek recommendations for foreign language films which feature extensive narration or otherwise crisp, clear, lovely dialogue. [more inside]
I'm flying to New York tomorrow to tape an appearance on The Maury Show and I need your help. [more inside]
How do I access my work server's harddrive through VPN on Mac? [more inside]
What do I get my Grandpa who can't do much anymore? [more inside]
Can I use a Logitech VX Nano wireless receiver with my MX Revolution mouse? If so, where can I buy just the receiver. [more inside]
Looking for some good, loooong novels. [more inside]
I was drinking a tasty ginger ale today and wondering why it's so uncommon. Although you can find it in virtually any store in the USA, it's seldom available in gas stations and almost never in restaurants. Yet it's very popular on airplanes. Why is that?
In the movie "Shaun of the Dead" there's a mug that says "I am a genius." I want one. [more inside]
Can a total newbie very quickly teach himself to do (all of the) Billing for a small consulting firm? [more inside]
Is using a washcloth in the shower a cultural thing? [more inside]
Thunderbird Help -- I have no idea how it happened but all of my folders and emails have disappeared. [more inside]
Is a DIY lojack plausible? [more inside]
Some co-workers and I are sponsoring a family for Christmas, and I picked the youngest (12 years-old) daughter of the family. Help me come up with some nice things that are are fun, functional, and long-lasting. [more inside]
What's the best way for two people with incompatible gameboys to trade pokemon? [more inside]
Should I get highlights/lowlights to make a boring but practical haircut look more interesting? And where can I get a boring but practical (read: no layers, long, cut straight across) haircut in Northern VA? [more inside]
My S.O. are thinking about a March getaway in Todos Santos, Mexico. Are there any Mexicans or experienced travelers who can advise us? We've never travelled in Latin America, but are in the mood for something new. [more inside]
In Mario Party 7 for the gamecube, when Yoshi wins a minigame, does he yell 'Woo Hoo!" or "Yoshi!"? [more inside]
What should I spend my $300 educational reiumbursement on? [more inside]
Some friends and I are putting recipes on our website for easy reference, and for comparative analysis of different recipes for the product. As far as I can tell, ingredient lists can't be copyrighted. But how much do we need to change/reword the instructions to preempt letters from lawyers?
Why did my battery start to smoke in my lovely (but old) car? [more inside]
I made the mistake of trying to futz with my display settings in WindowsXP to make things easier on my old eyes, and now every web page is white and the text is all mashed up. [more inside]
I'd like to spend about $50-75 on booze for my secretary. Any ideas? [more inside]
Preparing videos for youtube: what are the most efficient video/audio compressions to use when trying to keep a video under 100 MBs with sacrificing as little quality as possible? [more inside]
I'm scanning old family photos and the scanner appears to be adding colored pixels to black and white photos. What do I do now? [more inside]
Vonage alternatives? [more inside]
How much should I offer for a barely used iPhone and how easy is it to get service with AT&T on a used iPhone? [more inside]
Can any of you recommend a cool, affordable hotel in Las Vegas? [more inside]
My boyfriend is a Canadian citizen working in the United States on a TN visa. Is he eligible to enroll in his employer’s retirement plan? [more inside]
Is it possible to dispute a grade? [more inside]
Should I get dreadlocks now, later, or ever? [more inside]
My previously installed MediaWiki is now asking to be installed again: "Please set up the wiki first." Like, sounds great, but what about the wiki that was already there?!? [more inside]
I’m looking for a cat window perch similar to this one, that doesn't require any modifications to the window. [more inside]
what is this thing on my back? [more inside]
I'm trying to make a blues harp "inspiration" mix-tape as a gift for some new players. They only have a C harp, so I'm trying to find songs in either G or C for them to play along with. [more inside]
It's holiday gift time, and once again I am presented with the problem of trying to send something to my in-laws on another continent. Usually, I spend a couple months shopping for tiny items that I can mail to the Netherlands for as much as I paid for them. Today it dawned on me...there must be an easier way! Please post your great online resources for sending gifts to Europe. [more inside]
How much money (in US$) should my S.O. and I bring on a 15 day trip to India? [more inside]
I'd like to set up an online calendar for my students so they could schedule appointments with me during hours I've marked as "available." but I would rather not set up 65+ google accounts. Is there a php script or a free web app that would work for this? [more inside]
Suggestion for a Real-time strategy game to play with my GF [more inside]
Non-chlorinated winter swimming options in or around NYC? (Sustained swimming, not quick dips like the Polar Bear Club takes at Coney.) Just asking in case there's some idea I'm totally missing, short of "go somewhere warmer."
My mother-in-law is under the impression that my wife and I are far wealthier than we actually are, and it's threatening to drive a wedge between us and the rest of her family. Help! [more inside]
Looking for resources on non-epileptic seizures. [more inside]
Please help me make a kick-ass care package for my best friend, who is starting her third trimester of pregnancy. [more inside]
Seattle recommendations, please? Sushi? Sunday breakfast / brunch? Dive bar? [more inside]
Am I running my completely enclosed HD into the ground? [more inside]
How can a once tech-savvy type who has fallen behind the times create a pseudonymous (or semi-anonymous) blog on his just-registered domain? [more inside]
Do you give service-providers a special gift at Christmas? Does it matter if they're federal/state service providers (mail person, garbage guys) or people who work specifically for you or your company? Does it differ by country, city, or culture? [more inside]
My girlfriend has made it pretty clear she wants dancing lessons for Christmas. Any recommendations for the San Jose, CA area? [more inside]
I need statistics help. I badly need statistics help. Involves three groups, several tests that don't test exactly the same thing, missing data. [more inside]
What should I name my cafe? [more inside]
I need some very gentle core exercises. [more inside]
I'm currently using Photoshop Elements to organize my pictures, and have spent some time going through and tagging them. There's the option to write the tag information to the individual files via XML, and I have some questions. I'm a newbie to Elements. [more inside]
I heard coca-cola is a good fat solvent. Are there any benefits to drinking coke when eating greasy food? [more inside]
I'm about to photograph my first wedding. (help!) [more inside]
I don't normally wash my clothes after each wearing. I'm lazy/cheap and I hate wastefulness. But I also don't like to fold them up and put them back in the drawer, because even a little smell or dust will negatively effect the surrounding clean clothes. Both my boyfriend and I do this, and we do not have a good place to put these limbo clothes in our apartment. Where/how do we store our not clean, not dirty clothes?
There are gay bars, lesbian bars, and leather bars. Are there "geek bars"? In geek culture, what institution, meeting, or whatever serves the purpose that "meat market" single bars do amongst the non-geeky populace? [more inside]
My regular doctor quit the medical group and I was assigned to a new doctor. Its the second time in three years. The new doctor wouldn't renew any of my prescriptions without seeing me first. During the office visit, we met, chit-chat a bit, and I get the refills. Now I get a bill for $198. (adjusted to $142 by my major medical coverage) The medical group is the having trouble retaining staff. Shouldn't this visit be on their dime? [more inside]
How can I be as wireless for two weeks in the UK as I am year round in the US? [more inside]
If toes and fingers are digits, and arms and legs are appendages (limbs, extremities), what's the general anatomical term for hands and feet?
Going to graduate school to pursue a different profession while still working at my job? [more inside]
Zero waste is the topic. Turned up zero hits in my AskMeFi search. [more inside]
Recommendations for dystopian sci-fi, with a Canadian twist. [more inside]
What is the best, cheapest option to add GeoTagging to my Nikon D50 pictures? [more inside]
What are your thoughts on Lasik versus implantable contact lenses? [more inside]
What were the last films to be released in the VHS format in the UK and USA? [more inside]
How do I turn "Movies" and "Music" folders in my Mac home folder into aliases? [more inside]
This question is morbid, but I've always wanted the answer. How on earth do funeral parlors (especially those that do cremation) operate in neighborhoods or right next to them without smelling horrible? [more inside]
So i just got myself an iMac yesterday. Of course, I like it. But what cool things can I do with it that I probably don't know about? Also, what should I be concerned about or not do? I know a lot about Windows and PCs, but next to nothing about this fancy new machine on my desk.
Once a cheater always a cheater? [more inside]
Bachelor party in Playa De Carmen Mexico. Where should we stay? We would prefer a hotel that has all the amenities including pool, good food, beach, comfortable beds and nice showers.
We are looking at the idea of using a flat-panel TV in our new conference room at work in lieu of a projector. The advantages of this would be that A) we could keep our existing lighting system, and B) it would look classier. Are there disadvantages to a setup this? Problems? Gotchas? And what kind of hardware should I be looking at? [more inside]
Can you recommend a good, cheap and/or free tool for storyboarding a stage production I'm about to direct? [more inside]
Sex is painful. I've been to the doctor, I've done what they told me to do. Sex is still painful. I know you are not a/my doctor, but please try to help me save my sex life. It's a long-ish one inside. [more inside]
I'm in a living situation where there is a lot of constant, erratic noises throughout the day from repairs being made down the hall. There is nothing I can do about it for the time being, except suck it up and take it. My question is... [more inside]
Please refer me to a music shop (either online or in the MSP area) that sells classic metronomes (classic-looking, that is - either wood or metal).
I deleted an important message from my answering machine. Is there any way I can unerase it? The machine in question is Panasonic KX-TG6051B. There is a secondary question below. [more inside]
Do you know a derogatory nickname for a town or city? [more inside]
SOMEBODY in my household made a sandwich and left the empty bread wrapper draped over an electric burner on my stove. Which is now melted onto the coil. What is the easiest way to clean this off???
Most movies released lately are bad, unoriginal, trying to be good but failing at it, remakes of good movies, etc, etc. Look at the list of movies I really like, and suggest me some good movies in similar genre. I like many different types of movies but I don't like purely romantic movies or movies that are too slow paced. I don't like movies dealing with war or combat (action is very ok). The below list is not all the movies I've ever seen, it's just a selection of the movies I enjoy the most. They don't have to be older movies, as long as they are quality movies. Thanks! [more inside]
So I have a cold sore coming on, and I have both Zovirax(Acyclovir) and Abreva(Docasonal) can I use both at the same time for a double dose of cold sore nuking ?
Barely competent homeowner question about siding and power washing. [more inside]
My dog got hit by a car this morning. She is not allowed out unleashed (normally) but got out this morning and ran in front of a car. There are a lot of snowbanks around so I do not fault the driver. However, his car was damaged a bit, front skirt. Should I offer to repair the damages? The driver did stop and was very concerned for the dog.
I'm looking for books that will help me improve my basic knowledge of geography, other countries and cultures. [more inside]
[Music Filter] Looking for the name of an Irish sounding song I found online years ago. [more inside]
What is the logic in insurance companies requiring referrals from a primary care physician when you go to a specialist?
Will an inkjet or laser printer be more reliable if the printer will be turned off for 99.9% of its life? [more inside]
TSAfilter: will there be any problem getting a laptop without a battery through the carry-on checkpoint at my local (American) airport? [more inside]
2 months before the wedding. Fiance kissed another man while drunk. Told me about it. Now what? [more inside]
BirthControlFilter: My girlfriend believes that in order to be properly safe during sex (in this case baby free) 2 types of preventative measures should be used (condom + pulling out). Any hard facts to back that up? I believe just a condom used properly will be fine. [more inside]
What's the sticky glutinous gunk I get on the bottom of the pan when I try to fry rice? [more inside]
FirstTimeTutorFilter: I'm plan to start tutoring Math, Chemistry, Physics and possibly ESL in January. Only problem is, I have *no idea what I'm doing*. Anyone have any textbooks, general teaching books, online certification courses, etc to recommend? [more inside]
I have to cancel my end of the year vacation plan because I have to find a place to move in the beginning of the year. I still want to have fun and enjoy my vacation. Any suggestions? [more inside]
When did the word 'fire' first start being used as meaning 'discharge your weapon' [more inside]
My girlfriend's hair comes out, too much! Every day she loses a small handful of it, and it won't grow past her shoulders very far. It's been this way for several years. What could be the cause of this? [more inside]
Excel/OpenOffice: How can I use XIRR to show an estimated percentage return based on account deposits/withdrawals/balances? [more inside]
Sleep apnea sufferers: Advice needed. Whats it like to have sleep apnea? What treatments have you been given? [more inside]
I'm after online resources about photographing a book. It may be that recommended sites photograph other objects but have systems readily adaptable for books. (Resources should preferably have images of the set-up and be aimed at say, an enthusiast but not a professional) [more inside]
Addictive online game filter: Help me find a certain online game I miss. It's 'sort of' similar to Bejeweled. [more inside]
Resizing/renaming images with PHP and keeping only the thumbnail [more inside]
How does the Chinese 'celestial bureaucracy' work? [more inside]
What's a good way to verify Dick Cheney's financial interest in Halliburton or lack thereof? [more inside]
What could possibly MySpace to kill my internet connection? [more inside]
What are some high-quality, legal downloading alternatives to iTunes that are compatible with the iPod? [more inside]
I'm going to get a 'customer loyalty card' from Bloom's (aka upscale Food-Lion) supermarket. The terms and conditions don't mention anything about the validity of the information, and I know enough about security and datamining that I don't want to distribute that information. Do they have a policy, or is there any way I could get caught using a fake name/address/telephone no, etc.?
Help my daughter find a program allowing her to work/travel in Europe. [more inside]
The gym I joined 6 weeks ago went belly up over the weekend and locked their doors. Supposedly a different gym not affiliated with the bankrupt gym is buying all the contracts, but nothing is clear at the moment. What are my rights in this situation? [more inside]
I (well, my boss) am/is inputting Chinese-language sub-station Alpha subtitles into VirtualDub for DVD's, and what comes out are, surprise surprise, piles of unicode. The citizens of the PRC are not known to be fluent in unicode, so what could be going wrong and how do I, his designated software monkey, fix it? [more inside]
Algorithmfilter: I have a set of tasks and a set of workers. Tasks vary in size. Each task can be done by only some of the workers. How can I find a mapping from tasks to workers that minimizes the load on the the heaviest-loaded worker, and assigns all the work? [more inside]
I love homefries. Omigod I love homefries. What are your secrets?
I am trying to replicate a recipe for vegan/macrobiotic tahini custard from Masao's Kitchen. I have tried a bunch of recipes but none come close. The original holds its shape well, but has a nice mushy custard feel, with all of this sweet syrup/juice around it. Does anyone have any good recipes for tahini custard that comes close to this? [more inside]
Does anyone here have experience with the legalities of performance bonuses as they apply to someone living in Canada? This is complicated. [more inside]
For a Friend: Recommend a book that will list all the movies my mother would have seen back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s if she'd had the time. [more inside]
What software should be in my arsenal of weapons for making some wicked music mashups? [more inside]
Why didn't our speedboat capsize? [more inside]
Can't get things deleted off my USB drive anymore. Think it's Windows-Media-Player-for-Mac's fault. [more inside]
Book Research Filter: How is jurisdiction determined when someone is arrested on Federal and State charges at the same time? [more inside]
My brother is about to achieve his dream and open a musicvenue/ restaurant / nightclub . I'm so very happy for him and want to offer encouragement. What would be a really good christmas gift in this vein? [more inside]
What are "heading notes"? This is a book publishing question, not computer programming. [more inside]
Can you recommend a travel electric guitar with BUILT-IN AMP/SPEAKER? (more inside). [more inside]
Know of any products that heal undereye wrinkles? [more inside]
Entry-level consulting positions: graduating in May, I have two standing offers from consulting companies, one in Dallas and one in Manhattan. Help me choose! [more inside]
USAToday has embedded crosswords in Adobe .swf format: Is there any way to save these to my computer for later offline use? I tried Amazing Media Browser but it wants to re-download the game when I try to work the crossword.
I'm looking for a program that will simulate the experience of playing pen and paper Dungeons and Dragons, but allow online play. More inside. [more inside]
I'm freshly sprung on a new cutie. How do I take it slow? [more inside]
There is a piece of photography equipment that helps you take 3D/rotatable product images. What is the name of this equipment or where can I find it? [more inside]
Is my laptop slowing the family desktop? [more inside]
Which night spots should I hit in Sydney? I'm a 28-year-old single male and I'm mostly interested in French electro/house-type music (Daft Punk, Justice, Ed Banger, Kavinsky, etc). The centerpiece of my trip will be seeing Daft Punk at Never Ever Land. I will be there for a week and I do not know anyone there. Thanks!
Ideas for temporary empty nesters on Christmas morning in Charlotte, NC? [more inside]
What's going on at the Detroit Free Press? Terry Lawson and Mike Duffy have apparently accepted buyouts, and Susan Ager writes that she was going to, but then decided against. This is wild stuff - essentially the identity of the lifestyle section for the last decade+. Massive cost-cutting, some sort of housecleaning, or what? [more inside]
How do I maintain positive relations with a group of work friends recently turned neighbors? [more inside]
Would getting a person to exercise before stabbing them cause them to die faster? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good acoustic/electric ukulele to add to my collection of instruments. My budget max. is around $400. [more inside]
What can I do for my boyfriend when he's going through a rough patch? [more inside]
Trying to dig ourselves out here in New England... snowblower problems... Anyone know how to find out what the sparkplug gap should be for a snowblower?? Can't seem to figure out how to find out on the web.
Can I make it through Colorado? [more inside]
Maxime, si tu vis, cupio contendere tecum. Need help translating this "detestable Latin hexameter" (well, that's what the 1911 Britannica called it, anyway). [more inside]
Can you help restore my sanity, where is this movie line from "Get out my way!" ? [more inside]
Broke-ass Americans taking a trip to India-- what to give as gifts to our hosts? (2007 update on someone else's AskMe question from 2005) [more inside]
How can I get them to leave me alone? I have the court order. I have moved and rarely leave the house. So how do I get this person to leave me alone? [more inside]
I want to produce photobooks for sale. I would like to upload them to a printing site where others can go and see them and purchase them without further reference to me. They would deal directly with the printer. But I would like to receive a commission from the printer for each one sold. Does anyone know of a printer of photobooks who would provide this service or of a way I can achieve my objective?
What can I do today that is within walking distance of King station in Seattle? [more inside]
I want to make stuff and do stuff in the Boston area (accessible by the T) that's not intellectual and academic, and as a welcomed respite during grad school. A friend and I have been thinking about things like shop class (making stuff you can use is incredibly fulfilling!) or stilts walking, or something interesting and fun and active - besides a dance class, sports, or pottery class - that we can do with some regularity (once maybe twice a week). [more inside]
How long do I have to consume a bottle of opened Marsala? [more inside]
Recently I've realized that I enjoy listening to piano music, but I'm not really familiar with it. Can you recommend CDs/compilations/pieces that I might like? [more inside]
I've never set foot in a gym or done any kind of non-phys-ed exercise... so how do I take advantage of my school's free gym? [more inside]
How do two people who are both a) super-sensitive to criticism, real or imagined; b) prone to being critical toward others; and c) married manage to coexist peacefully? [more inside]
I'm looking for an external storage solution that will play nice with an XP Desktop and a Kubuntu laptop...preferably at the same time [more inside]
I have an STD and don't know what time is the right time in terms of telling the partner. Please help, I'm scared out of mind! [more inside]
My wife is pregnant and due in June. She works in health care and up until now has been working a few different part-time jobs, juggling shifts to get to more or less full-time equivalent. She is planning on taking paid family leave when the baby arrives. [more inside]
Tsk, tsk. I still need to file my taxes from 2006. Is there any website you can recommend that will help me do this?
Where to buy PC components in UK (both online and in store)? [more inside]
Where can I find old Japan Rail maps? I saw hand-painted bird's eye perspective JR maps like this at the Tokyo Hands department store while traveling, but don't have the language skills to navigate their website.
Looking for a key-alarm as a Christmas present for my aunt [more inside]
Because of the relocation of a friends' academic department, I have come into possession of at least two, and potentially up to 7 overhead projectors. Besides selling them (which I am looking into) and donating them (which I will do if I can't put them to good use) what are some creative, interesting, or generally mind-blowing uses can I find for them? [more inside]
How do you teach someone to be a better kisser? Can you? [more inside]
Is it crazy to consider quitting my job? I'm giving myself a deadline of four months so I have time to prepare. [more inside]
SM question?? (very personal) [more inside]
What historic moments have happened at home? [more inside]
Computer geniuses of all stripes: What the heck happened?? I hit the back button in Firefox, using OSX 10.4.11, and I got this page!. I can't force quit Firefox, I can't shut down the computer (it times out), and I can't access the window that's behind the one shown in the picture!! Of course I could 'hard' reset the computer - but my questions are these.... [more inside]
I can't stop thinking, and it's destroying my life! I over think and over analyse every damn situation, it's causing me major depression and stealing my sleep, so how do I stop? [more inside]
I'm looking for a hassle free, preferably automated backup system for a small business (1 desktop computer). [more inside]
How to do this push-up exercise from 5BX? I am working through the 5BX exercise program and got up to Chart 3. Exercise 4 in this chart is a form of push-up that i find almost impossible to perform properly. More inside [more inside]
What to do about a normally friendly dog, who has a bloodlust for veterinarians? [more inside]
Where can I find online communities who discuss the syndicated American television program Showtime at the Apollo? [more inside]
"Liquor then beer, you're in the clear; beer then liquor, never been sicker." Is this true, and if so, why? [more inside]
I owe about $40K and just inherited $20K. Invest or pay down debt? [more inside]
Church worship leader needs help with a key change transition for a Christmas song! [more inside]
How do those internet ads that reference your hometown (or a reasonable facsimile) get that information and use it? Furthermore, is there any way to stop it? [more inside]
What's a good cheap way to get a degree online? I've seen a lot of ads for doing so, but upon investigation they are extremely expensive. I'm not overly concerned about having a degree from a well-respected college, but I'd like to have a degree. [more inside]
How does Chicago's "No Parking if snow is over 2 inches" rule work out in practice? Are the blocks of cars parked on my street (Sheridan at 7600 N) all going to be towed overnight and tomorrow morning? [more inside]
"Emotionally ambivalent" Christmas Songs? [more inside]
Calling to the hive mind! Is anyone aware of a (reasonably priced (sub $150)) external hard drive (or, better, HDD enclosure) that meets the following specifications? [more inside]
What to do about moldy walls and a bad landlord. [more inside]
where can I find dramatic stills of lion taking down buffalo? [more inside]
When did the genre of "rock biography" become what it is today? [more inside]
In the spirit of DIY-holiday gifts, we're trying to put together a handmade travel/survival guide for the 4-month sabbatical our folks/in-laws will be spending in Orem, Utah from January through April of this coming year. [more inside]
What web site provides a "Design Your Own" service for unique personalized bath abd body products? [more inside]
What are the best (free) podcasts for learning languages? [more inside]
Where can I buy retro 80's / 90's fluorescent leggings like these? Is there a specific name for them? I've been searching for months without any luck.
My girlfriend is having second thoughts about what she wants out of life. This could lead to a change and possible end our relationship. I'm scared. [more inside]
Looking for the name of a book I read as a youngster. [more inside]
Gah... I was just asked. There's a martial arts movie where one of the characters blocks a punch from an attacker and then walks his hands up the opponent's arm and body locking him in place (using pressure points). I can vaguely see the scenes (I'm pretty sure it happens more than once), but neither I nor my friends can remember the movie. Help me hive mind, you're my only help.
If I post bail bond (in Florida for larceny and grand theft), for a relative via a credit card the bond agent wants me to sign 6 pages of legalese documents including a promissory note to a Texas bank @ 12% interest'. i thought this was a 1 way transaction. can anyone tell me what's this about.? can't find anything on the Net.
How do I keep language settings and fonts consistent in Open Office Writer (2.3.1)? [more inside]
Why do I get severe nasal congestion after I have, um, stomach problems? Horrific details follow. [more inside]
Guerilla Gardening: I need a tree/shrub/bush that can survive on low sunglight and be planted via aerial bombardment. [more inside]
What regular things do you look forward to? [more inside]
What is it about marijuana that can make the user feel paranoid?
I'm planning a New Year's Eve party, and I'm looking for inspiration. Have you attended a great New Year's Eve party in the past? What elements made it so successful?
Due to space restrictions, how do I bid farewell to my home library? [more inside]
I seemingly lost a bunch of programs from the Add/Remove programs list. Some programs are still listed, but many of them are gone. There are some programs I would like to uninstall (like Y! Messenger for example), but they're not listed in the Add/Remove Programs list nor do they have an uninstall option. What can I do? I'm running Windows XP
How can I find parking in New York from Tuesday to Friday next week? Ideally it would be on Upper West Side Manhattan and not very expensive, but I could park farther afield. [more inside]
USPS will ship an inflated ball without it being packaged (sendaball.com), it just sticks the postage information right on the ball.. My question is, what other items can be shipped this way, without being packaged in a box? I want to send something nifty to my niece this Christmas season!
What do you think is the best noise reduction software out there for the Mac? Right now I'm using Photoshop CS2, which sometimes has positive affects, sometimes very little. I know the best solution is to know what I'm doing with my camera, but I just 'upgraded" to a Nikon D200 and am still learning the ropes. I've been using a 18-200 f3.4 VR lens, which is great, but which produces extraordinary noise when zoomed far in on subjects. I know I know, another case of a newbie with a camera out of his league, but I'm learning! [more inside]
My daughter has a stuffed kitten ("soft kitty") and lo, the whiteness and furriness of it is surpassing. When I washed its predecessor ("matted kitty") its fur became less-white and the fibres less separate. How can I wash the new one (whose odor doth verily surpass an outhouse) while retaining its new appearance? The fur is synthetic and the animal is a white "Animal Alley" kitten, if that helps.
How do I prevent an old video tape from sticking? [more inside]
Why is YouTube directing me to the Polish version in Firefox? [more inside]
What to do about digital camera condensation problem? [more inside]
I recently moved in to a small manhattan apartment which I share with a small dog that decides to bark in his high-pitched yelp during the middle of the night 2-3 days a week. [more inside]
Photoshop question about the crop tool ? why cant i crop exactly what i see on the screen ? [more inside]
What's a good charity to give money to in someone's name as a Christmas gift? Caveats: The intended recipients are quite concerned with poverty and the third world. Ideally, the charity will send some kind of card that I can give the recipient to inform him, and they would send the card in time for a December 25th exchange. [more inside]
How do I find out the results of a trial? Every so often you hear about a murder or crime or something and somebody gets arrested. But it seems like you rarely hear how it ends. For instance, this one has bugged me for a long time. As much as I search, I just want to know what happened to the guys they arrested. Where do people look for how things end?
How do they make rodeo horses/bulls buck? [more inside]
We are driving from New Hampshire to St. Louis over a two day period (12/26 - 12/27) with our 3 1/2 and 2 year old children. Any suggestions for keeping our sanity on this 20 hour drive (and the return trip 7 days later)? [more inside]
Gorillas -- does anyone know of a good online (or near Seattle) source for large, good quality pictures of gorillas, suitable for framing? [more inside]
Best (Cheapest) Long Term Parking at San Jose International? [more inside]
We bought a Wii for the kids for Christmas and we're trying to find out what accessories are musts. [more inside]
The boy and I are trying to make a sort of bulk Thai seasoning paste, which we've previously freezed in portions pretty successfully. One thing is holding us back, though -- the absolute )*&^&*$ we have to go through to chop the lemongrass properly. What with us using a pound or two of lemongrass, even chopping it roughly to do the rest in the food processor is a pain (literally), and the last time we did this we ended up with a whole bunch of stringy bits. Yes, we've peeled off the outer layers and chopped off the tough bit at the bottom; we typically use a large, properly sharpened chef's knife. Any other tips?
Looking for remote PC access that support twin-screens. I use Logmein but it doesnt seem to support twin-screens. Is there any remote PC access / control software that supports multiple screens?
Why don't large organisations make more use of capital investment? [more inside]
Every Monday, I look forward to the Metropolitan Diary column in the New York Times. Can anyone recommend similar columns, podcasts, etc. for me to try? [more inside]
Help me go to the toilet less often! [more inside]
What is the best way to ask my current employer to offer me a part-time position? I'm a single young male with no other responsibilities or commitments. [more inside]
Does basil fried rice taste like marijuana to anyone else, or is it just me? Am I tasting the spice wrong? [more inside]
I need help in stopping my campus IT group from their hostile tolerance of macs to outright banning of them on campus though a multi-platform environment is supported in the rest of the university system. Long explanation to follow... [more inside]
How much do you spend on Christmas presents for your significant other / spouse (don't worry, you can give me a percentage!) [more inside]
I have just been given a load of fresh chillies by a colleague at work. Apart from using them in a Chilli or a curry not really sure what else to use them for. One thought I have had is make a chilli sauce. Any tips on the best way to make a chilli sauce?
What should I do in Chicago this weekend? [more inside]
I am looking for places that do anonymous testing for Hep B, Hep A and HIV. [more inside]
Is there such a thing as an 'invisible' virus - have biologists stumbled across any 'diseases' that have no noticeable symptoms?
My student loans were put on deferment against my will -- how do I prevent this from happening in the future? [more inside]
Why is ham a pork thing? Are other meats preserved in this way around the world? [more inside]
Visual Web Interfaces for Workflows - I have a complex workflow that I need users to be able to set up quickly and easily. I need suggestions and examples on how to visually / interface-wise represent this complex workflow. [more inside]
I live in Illinois and just sold a house that I own. How soon after closing will I be able to access the funds that I will receive from the sale of the house? [more inside]
I hate my girlfriends little dog. I told her not to get it from the beginning. It's going to break us up. [more inside]
How much to charge for a (new) freelance job in graphic design? [more inside]
I think I want to move to the Netherlands. Help! [more inside]
What is the origin and reasoning for abbreviating "contract" as "K"?
what's the origin of this painting? [more inside]
What's up with Yahoo! Am I alone or are there problems? [more inside]
I am looking for a particular kind of skirt to give my daughter for Christmas. She's a dancer, and she's looking for a particular black dress with a ragged hemline (angular, or slanted, I'm not sure what to call it). We have seen them all over the place on other girls, but never FOUND one on the web or in stores. Picture inside. [more inside]
Prescription medication for uninsured. [more inside]
ObviousFilter: What current hip-hop song has a chorus that goes "I'm rich, can't help the money I spend, (something something) car I'm driving..."? [more inside]
Driving from Denver to Portland and back in a rental car, in January.... [more inside]
Gifts for soon-to-be teachers? [more inside]
Anyone familiar with nursery schools or grade schools in the East Los Angeles or Pico Rivera, CA, area in the mid-to-late '70s? A name to go with the memories would be most welcome. [more inside]
Is there a straightforward and cheapish way - let's say ready-made software, or a web-based service - to create a dynamically-updated and custom-designed selection of YouTube movies on a blog? [more inside]
Looking for recommendations of great New Zealand movies, tv, books, music, etc. Would be best if it is available in the US, but if not, it's not a dealbreaker. [more inside]
Is there a syncing media player? [more inside]
What would happen if you fractured a bone and never got it treated? [more inside]
I low-balled myself when called about a job prospect. How can I turn that around in the interview? [more inside]
I want to synchronise calendar information between my Outlook 2007 and Google Apps for my domain. [more inside]
Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? Please recommend!
Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years, that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? [more inside]
I'm awake by 7 AM, but don't feel truly mentally "awake" and in the "zone" till the afternoon. Caffeine and exercise early in the morning help a little, but mainly they seem to affect my physical energy more than my mental energy. Does anyone else feel this way, and what can I do to get my brain up to speed earlier in the day?
Help me find the right cheese to make Red Lobster's Cheddar Bay Biscuits. [more inside]
Question regarding the real-life legality of Marijuana dispensaries in California. A friend of a friend invested in semi-passive ownership in some dispensaries, and apparently it’s paying out very handsomely for him... [more inside]
I've never really understood the economics of donating something valuable like a car for a tax write off. I am wondering what I will save in taxes by donating this item versus selling it. I'm having trouble calculating the exact value of the tax deduction to me... [more inside]
Quick and easy mp3 recording? [more inside]
How can I add lights to a table-style vanity for best results (i.e. applying makeup, etc.)? [more inside]
Should I try to convince my aunt that one person's Christmas present can make a difference? [more inside]
How can I figure out how long/tall/big my kitten will grow to be? [more inside]
Two hd tv's, digital cable and a Series 2 Tivo. what to do? [more inside]
What, if any, are the effects of express warranties by landlord and landlord's agents under New Jersey landlord tenant law? [more inside]
Is there a limit to the human brain's storage capacity? [more inside]
Where can I get a hat like the argyle cap that Ricky Lizalde wears on Project Runway? It's a kangol-style cap with a black/white/gray argyle pattern. [more inside]
At the 1:30 mark of this 1985 Live Aid video, there's a computer terminal behind the keyboard player. It looks very much like a DEC VT-100. What would it have been used for on stage?
Anyone familiar with the wooden/ceramic (?) "eye" that is mounted over doorways by adherents of Santeria. [more inside]
Broken Promises: Looking for stories of the damage that broken promises can cause an individual. Can be personal (maybe childhood stories), read somewhere(biographies?), recommendations where to find them, etc. Preferably something that can be easily told within a couple of minutes...Any help is appreciated!
Looking for good, guitar-driven new music that rocks, but that's away from the early 80s influenced, quirky indie pop that's been so ubiquitous of late. Can you help? [more inside]
I need new MIDI sequencing/editing software. Something as close to Logic as possible, given that I'm using a Windows PC at home. [more inside]
Not to start a fight but I am curious about this one...If the entire atmosphere is 100% and nitrogen is 89% and the inert gases are 0.9% and the rest is the O2 we breathe and more and more CO2 is being made [carbon burning made that is] from that O2 and not going back out of the system as released O2 will we see a drop in the amount of O2 we have to breathe? Does the actual % of the various gases get checked on by anyone? And would we see it first decline at higher altitudes or in the deaths of animals who need more O2 for their specific needs..........which ones are the mine canaries here?
It’s almost the New Year! There’s a lot I want to accomplish in 2008, but I find New Year’s Resolutions to be kinda lame, plus I always end up forgetting them by February. I’d like some sort of substitute that will get me excited about self-improvement right away and still keep me going strong for months/years to come. Ritual value is nice, but more importantly, it has to work. [more inside]
A cheap, nice alternative to Neighborhoodies? [more inside]
Civil rights leader Andrew Young on Bill Clinton: "Bill is every bit as black as Barack. He's probably gone with more black women than Barack". Where and why did the "Bill Clinton is black" meme start? [more inside]
What is the best codec, settings and software to backup animation (Disney, Pixax) DVDs? [more inside]
DIY Music Toys - The DIY Music Box Kit is the kind of thing I'm looking for. I've also got enough links and resources about circuit bending toys, etc. What other music doo-dad toys are out there for not-so-serious music making?
I've got a friend with an adopted son. The kid has some adjustment problems from his early treatment and adjustment here. She's looking at using meds to change his behavior. I think that's not a great idea and she should look to enrolling him in martial arts classes. They are in San Diego. Can anyone recommend a program in that area? [more inside]
What are the major issues for the 2008 presidential race, and what are the best links that support your view of those issues? [more inside]
I have a need for a CCTV system in an area with no power or wired connections. The images/video would only need to be retrieved in the event of a break in or something of that ilk. What are my options? [more inside]
How do I easily and effortlessly find out DEFINITIVELY if a song is in the Public Domain for free use in a TV show?
Here is an example... My Boss: "We want to use the Can Can song. Our music guy has done a recording for us. Is it in the Public Domain?" Me: "Yes. The composer, J. Offenbach, has been deceased since 1880 and if we are doing our own arrangement we are fine." My Bosses Boss: "About 5 years ago, I tried to clear this song for use in a TV production and discovered that it was NOT in the Public Domain. Elle Vator, can you research this and let us know the answer two months ago?" [more inside]
Are there any companies in the US which sell either heat pump or mechanical steam compression dryers? [more inside]
Why did my brother's suicide attempt make me want to get a tattoo? And should I? [more inside]
I'm doing some research, a timeline, on the evolution of user-experience on the web. I know, via AskMeFi (thank you!) that it was late in 2005 when amazon.com began testing tagging in general but does anyone know, specifically, when amazon.com began allowing users to flag or vote on the relevance of individual tags?
Resources to help a young person understand plagiarism and why it's bad. [more inside]
So, I was listening to the new Saul Williams album and its awesome. Can you recommend other more intellectual hip hop.
Webcam that is compatible with the Asus EEE surf? [more inside]
Please recommend a program that would create Interleaved 2 of 5 barcodes. [more inside]
I've got a sick basement, I need to fix it. [more inside]
What's the best way to create an office jukebox with a web interface? [more inside]
New digital camera purchase help! [more inside]
Where can I get a hat like this? I'm looking for an adult-sized hat exactly like this, with the goggles and everything. Thank you!
Tonight my car broke down and my girlfriend refused to come help me. [more inside]
Is there any other way (other than the passing of time and being completely truthful) to help better regain someone's trust after a lie or two has been committed? [more inside]
My roommate's long-distance boyfriend asked me to help him surprise her. But I'm afraid he might be the one who gets surprised, if she's sleeping with someone else (I'm not sure). What do I do? [more inside]
I want to know what why my grandma died. But I don't want any of my family to know that I want to know. Do I have options?
Besides researchers, In the US, who is allowed access to a person's Protected Health Information (tm) after they're dead? Who can get their death certificate (listing cause of death)? If these people aren't me, what can I do to cope with feeling that a loved one died because of someone's uncaring/ineptitude/etc? [more inside]
Help me find a traditional Spanish flamenco record from my past! [more inside]
Hazy childhood memories of books I read. Can you help me identify them? [more inside]
Which are the good/acclaimed live-action television shows from around the world outside of US/UK/Canada? [more inside]
My dumbass friend bought a well-used golf cart. Without a charger. or working batteries. Help us get it running. [more inside]
In the Bay Area, where can I find a selection of prisms to buy? [more inside]
Is it possible to use the modem in an iBook running Tiger to send and receive voice messages? [more inside]
In middle school I read a story about time-travel. Can you help me identify it based on these inaccurate and erratic details? [more inside]
my apps are acting funny when they start up [more inside]
How are stock prices determined at the exchange? [more inside]
Cheap and reliable way to get from San Juan Int'l to Fajardo Ferry Terminal, PR? [more inside]
I'm going to be in New York with my dad on Christmas Eve. What should I expect, crowd- and activity-wise? [more inside]
What questions do I NEED to ask during the inspection of the home I just bought? Also, what questions should I ask the seller/seller's agent during the inspection? [more inside]
Mysteriously changing email image attachment? [more inside]
Why do my banana muffins go so mouldy so quickly? [more inside]
If I have the data "A is friends with B, B is dating C, C is cousin of A, D is old schoolmate of B" etc, how can I easily make a chart of everyone's connections to each other? This should preferably be software, as trying to map it out manually is way too timeconsuming and difficult.
Looking for a small hotel or bed and breakfast in Seattle (or close by, but not in the San Juan Islands), with water views that is romantic. Perhaps within a one hour or so drive of Seattle.
I'm looking for suggestions for books for a person new to management. [more inside]
I don't use blogger, but I post comments on a blog that does. I happen to run my own blog (impressed?), which I used to link through Blogger's "URL" field. Apparently Google has removed that field from the commenting form. Instead it goes to my "Blogger Profile" which of course is empty, and even if were full, it still couldn't link to my self-hosted blog. What is Google thinking? Anyhow, is OpenID my friend?
My new Macbook screen has poor contrast and doesn't have to vividness expected from glossy screens. Is this normal?
My new Macbook screen has poor contrast and doesn't have to vividness expected from glossy screens. Is this normal or did I get one with a bad screen?
I'm a dude and have very red lips. How can I change this? [more inside]
Why do mathematicians (and/or programmers) describe information passed to a function as an 'argument'? [more inside]
What is the best rental car option for winter driving? I am going to be renting a car in Boston and driving up to Vermont. The rental agencies won't guarantee a car with 4 wheel drive. So am i better off with a regular car or an SUV?
I have a t-mobile cell phone, which I hate. It accepts a sim card. Can I buy a t-mobile branded phone off of ebay and pop my sim card in and have everything work? T-Mobile isn't being very helpful; they'd rather I buy a new cell phone.
I'm working to transfer a person on oxygen from San Diego to Oregon. It's a long trip and this person is mostly wheelchair bound. Overexertion causes breathlessness and anxiety. We are trying to effect this ourselves and the oxygen is proving the most problematic. At 12 liter flow, getting enough oxygen is a major technical issue if moving by vehicle. We're talking a 3 day trip with a stop halfway in Watsonville for a day. [more inside]
Why does the cold virus always make my index finger itch? [more inside]
ProposalFilter: I'm proposing in New York City tomorrow, can a New Yorker or someone with good city knowledge make sure my plan will work alright? [more inside]
I'm seeking affordable gift ideas for a 10-year-old boy we've "adopted." [more inside]
Multiple requests for dismissal in a trial I just took part in were denied, even though they seemed to be extremely basic and logical. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
How can I become a great giver of gifts? [more inside]
How can I get the Vista Search Indexer to index and find all of my files? [more inside]
What are some good books focusing on dental anthropology and evolution? [more inside]
Grad School Filter: How technical and specific should my statement of purpose for my Computer Science PhD application be? [more inside]
I'm compiling a list of popular bon mots of the kind that are usually written in yearbooks, memory books, autograph books, etc. Things that are typically written by adolescents and teenagers to their friends and classmates. [more inside]
Targeting Hiring Managers Through Online Professional Networks [more inside]
Where would be the best place to go to view the meteor shower tonight? The shorter the drive from San Francisco, the better. [more inside]
The scrollwheel-click has suddenly stopped working in Firefox. I don't recall making any changes in preferences, but all of a sudden, what used to open up links in new tabs, no longer does so. Instead wheel-clicking on a link does nothing. Any idea how to fix this problem? I feel like I'm browsing with one less finger! (Mac OSX.4.11, Firefox 188.8.131.52, Safari is unaffected by the problem.) [more inside]
I'm looking for a photo booth near Minneapolis, MN or preferably, in the western suburbs (Minnetonka, Plymouth, etc.). A Google search brings up lots of people willing to rent out a photo booth but I just need a few pictures. [more inside]
Please to recommend novels that could function as survival manuals. [more inside]
"For external use only." Okay... what if I eat it? [more inside]
My husband needs some time away from the rat race and from us rats (his family). Any suggestions for a health or medical spa/resort where he could spend a week long vacation? [more inside]
So I'd like to compile a list--better or at least easier to peruse than the ones I've found on the interwebs--of all of those crazy catch phrases Frank Zappa used on all his records and at shows. So far I have "It's a way of life" and "Add water; makes it own sauce!", both from Joe's Garage. Maybe there's a great site I'm missing 'cause it's got no GoogleJuice?
Must see things in Frankfurt, Dresden, and Berlin? [more inside]
I am trying to understand the film, Eastern Promises. How authentic are the portrayals of the vory and ex-pat culture? With some googling I understand that the Russian spoken in the film was done well. But what about the rest? [more inside]
Every Subway smells the same, and it's rank and pervasive. What is it? [more inside]
OS X-filter: I've been searching but having a hard time finding an answer anywhere. I have a command I put into the terminal each time I boot my Mac that disables some third party firewall I can't find to delete. I'd like a shell script that would launch and just execute the command each time I start up my computer. [more inside]
Elegant and simple way to create nice-looking graphs/charts from raw data? [more inside]
How do you motivate older people to do things that are good for them? [more inside]
"Matter is Lucifer crawling itself back to God".... what's this mean then? [more inside]
Turtlegirl and I will be in London for a few weeks and we were hoping we could get some recommendations for places to eat ON Christmas day and/or Boxing day. [more inside]
I'm having trouble cleaning my electric stove top. My main problems are the eye pans underneath the burners. [more inside]
Help! My car didn't pass the CA Smog Test and now the dealer wants $600 to bring it up to standard. What can I do?! [more inside]
I break keyboards. Help me find a Macintosh keyboard that I will not break, or one that is easy to repair if I do. [more inside]
Where can a tall woman go to buy a dress for a company holiday party tomorrow that she forgot all about until today? The person in question is in Lawrence, KS. [more inside]
How many different conversations can six people have? [more inside]
Someone at my office received this in the mail today: Picture. We have no idea who it is from or what it's about. [more inside]
My nearly-60-year-old father has just gone through a breakup. What can I do to help him feel better? [more inside]
Is there any way I can get my hands on some cool Scalino marble run pieces before Christmas? [more inside]
Why Don't We Have Socialized Medicine Yet? Filter: Help me deal with privatized health care. [more inside]
How can I figure out someone's maiden name? [more inside]
Where can one buy edible flowers from a reputable vendor in New York? [more inside]
Please recommend classical music related to Christmas/birth of Jesus - preferably including comments on specific recordings. [more inside]
Our cheapo Linksys just gave up the ghost, so I am looking for a new wireless router for my company . Any recommendations? [more inside]
What the best formula for Calcium supplements? [more inside]
If my Irish friend orders the Nokia 7500 Prism from the UK, will it be unlocked when he gets it? [more inside]
Help me shoot my wife: suggest a first-person shooter we can play against each other. I'm on a Mac (pentium macbook pro); She's on a PC (about four years old, without the latest and greatest graphics card). We have a home network. [more inside]
Is there a way to tell the difference between real emotions and crazy emotions caused by temporarily messed up hormones or brain chemicals or whatever? Is there even a difference? [more inside]
How can I convince corporate IT that I need a Blackberry? [more inside]
Need a cheap, industrial strength vacuum cleaner! [more inside]
My predecessor's creditors are calling me up to 10-15 times a day: What can I do about it? [more inside]
Why does root beer smell like Deep Heat? [more inside]
I need some tried and true delicious vegan recipes. [more inside]
Help me remember what book I read this in: In this sci-fi dystopia, you don't have to buy books or recordings. They're free for the taking. But at regular intervals, you have to report to a "copyright center" to have your brain scanned, at which point you are charged for the media you've consumed. Not reporting... [more inside]
Where can I find non-commercial online resources for Aural Training? [more inside]
Question for my boyfriend: Grad student wigged out before exams. He now needs excuse to get out of missing exams, and probably a 1/2 year off. [more inside]
How do I lay a stone/brick path over an area which is uneven due to tree roots? Instructions available on the web or books? [more inside]
Is there a "headache specialist" I can go to? [more inside]
Recommend a really good, friendly online fashion forum (or bulletin board, or LJ) for a funky fortysomething. [more inside]
Help me get my wireless console gaming groove back on after a change from WEP to WPA security (and help me understand the difference between a wireless ethernet bridge and wireless access point). [more inside]
How can I ensure Google Calendar's 'map' links are accurate? [more inside]
How can I thank the UK for the opportunity its provided me? [more inside]
How to properly display part of an Army uniform in a display case? A customer of ours has a 'by the book' army husband and wants to make sure she doesn't break any rules displaying it. [more inside]
Is there an easy to understand book on universal design suitable for an adolescent? [more inside]
I want to build a website centered around maps, mapping, geography, GIS, etc., but I need help narrowing down my focus. [more inside]
How does Facebook's new Beacon feature work? [more inside]
What MP3 player has the best storage-capacity-to-price value? [more inside]
Songs about thirty for a 30th birthday mix CD. [more inside]
Help me find the best deal on natural sea sponges! [more inside]