December 2008 Archives

December 31

I Wanna Rock

California to NYC turnaround for a concert : How do I get cheap plane tickets and is it feasible to go from the airport to the show and then back to the airport and then back to California? Has anyone done something like this before? [more inside]
posted by philad at 8:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Slowing down a reltionship

How do I slow down a new relationship? She wants it to go out as friends for now(the smart thing IMO) and see how it goes from there but Ive already been the dumba$$ guy and made a move. How do I recover/keep it going? More Below. [more inside]
posted by tropikal at 8:17 PM PST - 20 comments

Seems like there should be one around here somewhere....

I live in the East Bay, and I'd like to get my new moleskine notebook laser etched with my own design. There has got to be somewhere in the bay I can go get this done for a reasonable price (I'm not paying 40 bucks for a modofly job). I know at the maker faire shopbot had a whole station set up for stuff like this and it was free there. Any ideas?
posted by Large Marge at 7:58 PM PST - 1 comment

Dining solo in the Big Apple

Where are the best places for dining solo in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by bill the tinman at 7:55 PM PST - 12 comments

0.1 gram scale

recommendations for a 0.1 gram accuracy scale that does not reset if you tare it to 0 and then remove the weight and has a capacity of more than 1kg? [more inside]
posted by Infernarl at 7:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Hands-free reboot?

I have an Intel iMac, and have partitioned off a Boot Camp drive that contains Windows XP. Is there any way to restart the computer into Windows without having to hold down the Alt key? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 6:52 PM PST - 12 comments

foodies of the world, unite!

For foodies: please suggest some of your favorite combinations of food. Of course, it's not quite that simple. But it's close. [more inside]
posted by Capri at 6:40 PM PST - 42 comments

StoryID: Alternate history where physics is based on angelology.

StoryID: Alternate history where physics is based on angelology. [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 5:17 PM PST - 8 comments

How could one set up a distributed cellphone hotline number?

What is the best way to set up a hotline number which forwards calls to multiple personal cell phones? [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 5:11 PM PST - 8 comments

static, live image serving on linux without funky applets

On-demand webcam image serving on a linux server? [more inside]
posted by datacenter refugee at 4:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Is my irritation over receiving tacky religious gifts unfounded?

Is my irritation over receiving tacky religious gifts unfounded? [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick at 4:40 PM PST - 82 comments

Nokia is now telling me to eat less, why?

My phone (Nokia 6230i) has started giving me tips (which started tonight at 00:06 on the 01/01/09). When I turn on my phone, enter my PIN number and once it's got past the obligatory Nokia splash screen it gives me this tip: Tip Of The Day: Don't Eat Too Much! and here's the photo for you (sorry for the rubbish quality). Can some explain to me what the hell is going on?
posted by nam3d at 4:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Help us figure out how to insulate our condo windows!

Window treatments that insulate. Really big windows in a really old building. How? [more inside]
posted by yoga at 4:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Saving Money by Keeping Hot Water Heater on "Low"?

Am I saving myself money by turning my propane heater to "Low" when I'm not using hot water? [more inside]
posted by Andrea2880 at 4:13 PM PST - 7 comments

What have I missed troubleshooting my VGA problem?

I'm getting a video display error when i try and boot up my computer. Is there a solution I'm just not thinking of? If not, can I still buy a Socket 939 motherboard to replace a malfunctioning one? [more inside]
posted by Kraki at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Anyway to develop iPhone/iTouch apps without investing in a Mac?

I'm interested in developing iPhone/iPod Touch applications, however my understanding is the SDK only works in OSX. I have a XP desktop and a Vista notebook with an AMD Athlon and Turion (both dual core) respectively, both pretty good machines. Is there any way to avoid spending serious cash buying a Mac just to get into iPhone development?
posted by nmaster64 at 3:16 PM PST - 28 comments

"5 hour energy" product does more than keep me awake

Lately I find myself using 5 hour energy product even when I'm not drowsy as it sees to significantly improve my ability to focus and socialize. Are there dietary supplements available that will give me the same effect in a more reliable manner? Is this safe? Will my body build a resistance to it? [more inside]
posted by Niomi at 3:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Are gas stoves supposed to produce a sticky residue?

I know a couple of folks with gas stoves, and they have trouble with a sticky residue coating their walls and ceiling around the range. They describe it as inherent to cooking with gas. (It's really disgusting.) Yet other folks I know who cook with gas don't report any such problems. Is this a known problem? Any idea why it would affect some people, but not others? Different types of gas (natural vs. propane)? Badly-tuned stoves? Something they're cooking? [more inside]
posted by waldo at 2:49 PM PST - 33 comments

The shame of cancer?

Why was cancer once considered a shameful disease? [more inside]
posted by Quietgal at 2:11 PM PST - 40 comments

Need help with Interest-Only Mortgage and the Benefits (if any) of Paying Principal in this Housing Market...

Is paying principal on an Interest-Only (I/O) mortgage a smart idea when housing prices are not appreciating and there's a strong likelihood that: a) I'll put this home up for sale before my adjustable I/O mortgage adjusts, and b) Our home won't significantly appreciate or depreciate by the time we try and sell.
posted by seinfeld at 1:49 PM PST - 8 comments

cat feed directly from can?

can you feed your cat directly from the can?
posted by pharcide at 1:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Why do cats have less fur on their heads?

Why do cats have less fur in front of their ears? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 1:15 PM PST - 11 comments

What kind of flooring should I use in my Basement of Doom?

Are there any flooring options for a concrete basement floor that occasionally gets moist from groundwater/high water table? If so, do I need to remove the paint on the floor first? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 1:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Foreign Films for Families

I'm looking for good foreign films which are also suitable for family viewing (anything below or barely R-rated). Serious or troubling subject matter is quite fine, but not excessive violence or nudity.
posted by keith0718 at 12:38 PM PST - 74 comments

At home language learning for me and my child

Learn-at-home systems for languages: are they worth it? Could working with one help facilitate encouraging bilingual learning in a child? [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 12:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Posters from the past

Let's say I wanted to a find a poster, any poster, from a concert or exhibit, etc., that had my exact birth date on it. How would I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by girlmightlive at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Anti-tall bias in the T-shirt design industry?

Where can I find awesome hip graphic t-shirts in Large/Tall Size? I love wearing cool designer T-shirts - long and short sleeve, but have been totally stymied in finding great designs in L/T. I am male, 6'3" with a long torso. I swim in XL. Banana Republic has one shirt and others that regularly sell L/T don't have any graphic designs (Lands End and Eddie Bauer). [more inside]
posted by jshelus at 12:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a good hairspray

I need a good hairspray that holds but is not stiff [more inside]
posted by Jules22871 at 12:31 PM PST - 8 comments

calling from work while not at work

How can I use a cell phone as a business line without revealing cell phone number? [more inside]
posted by striker at 12:26 PM PST - 9 comments

US Citizen Repatriation

I'm a US/Canadian citizen moving to the US by car with personal items (clothing, books, computers) accompanying me, via Michigan boarder crossing - Any tips and advice on how to declare my personal goods, Boarder Official communication, etc? Thanks
posted by strangelove at 12:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Small Ice vs. Big Ice

Craft bartenders say that big ice melts more slowly than small ice. How is this possible? Treating the cocktail as a closed system, if you include an equal mass of ice, and the starting and ending temperatures are the same, wouldn't the same amount of heat be transferred into the ice, resulting in an equal quantity of melt? [more inside]
posted by fedward at 12:04 PM PST - 46 comments

Help me choose a video card that is good but not too good.

I need a suggestion for a video card to create a dual-monitor setup for my assistant. I'm not as concerned with getting too little power in a card as I am paying for much more than I need. [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 11:36 AM PST - 13 comments

How do I ease cat litter cleanup?

MeowFilter: I am lax on cleaning my cat's crapper. What can I do to make this better for both me and the cat? [more inside]
posted by phrakture at 11:12 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me unlock the secrets of Nutella

Nutella: what do you do with it? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 11:04 AM PST - 55 comments

Looking for a lego head mask.

Where in the world can I find a Lego head mask? [more inside]
posted by jedrek at 10:55 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I get my iPhone to work on the T-Mobile network?

What is involved in "unlocking" an iPhone 3G? Is this even legal? [more inside]
posted by junipero at 10:36 AM PST - 16 comments

do not pass go, do not break $200 phone...

Give me reasons NOT to jailbreak my new iPhone. [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit at 10:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Detailed Computer Books

Does anyone know of some good Computer books that really talk about the structure of computers and how they work in depth? Like file systems, boot process, assembly, hardware details like how the processor works, BIOS, and all that good stuff
posted by CZMR at 9:44 AM PST - 18 comments

Blinker stopped working on my 2000 Dodge Neon

My blinker on my 2000 Dodge Neon has been working only intermittently. Could this be a fuse issue, or would it not be working at all? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix at 9:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommend a budget phono preamp

Which budget phono preamp (less than $50) should I buy? [more inside]
posted by The Michael The at 9:14 AM PST - 7 comments

How much for a unique house?

How much does it actually cost to commission an architect to design an "interesting" home? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 9:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Late Christmas Cards

How late is too late to send out Christmas cards? [more inside]
posted by sandpine at 8:26 AM PST - 31 comments

Bad Not-Quite-Dreams

After many years of chronic depression I have finally achieved a reasonable facsimile of mental health. Except... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:00 AM PST - 19 comments

Do not give list?

Does anyone maintain a "Do not give list"? By this, I mean a list of charities that engage in telephone telemarketing, and hence to whom one should avoid giving donations. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges at 7:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Disc brakes for a commuting bike?

What kind of disc brakes and brake levers (if necessary) should I get for my new commuting bike? [more inside]
posted by Captain Rayford Steele, Tribulation Force at 7:56 AM PST - 14 comments

I Like A Bit Of Comedy, Me

Can you help us with our British TV Comedy addiction? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:37 AM PST - 76 comments

Shared human/lettuce DNA

"The DNA of humans and chimps is 98.4% identical." I've read that several places. I've also read "The DNA of all living things is 90% identical" and "The DNA of humans and lettuce is 16% identical." How could I find out which of those last two statements is correct? Or is the problem that I don't understand which part of the DNA is being referred to? (Frankly, I'm not that clear on DNA in the first place - I'd just like the right number.)
posted by kestralwing at 7:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Spending a long weekend alone.

I'm off work the next four days over the New Year's holiday & weekend. I am usually a very social person, but I live alone and I don't have much of anything planned this weekend. And I'm worried about spending the whole weekend alone, because I think I will get really lonely and unhappy. How can I enjoy myself? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 7:25 AM PST - 20 comments


Is there any utility to this quasi-germophobic tic I've developed? [more inside]
posted by The Straightener at 7:21 AM PST - 16 comments

Getting some structure in my life

I would like to get some more structure in my life. How do I go about it? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 7:08 AM PST - 17 comments

Free Screencasts for Job Development

Looking for sites with free screencasts on job training, resume development, basic computer tutorials, etc. [more inside]
posted by lunit at 6:58 AM PST - 0 comments

Nurze R4tch3t, c4n I h4v3 m1 t34?

Can a couple of cups of tea make me totally anxious, and totally unable to sleep? Even two days later? [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 6:53 AM PST - 22 comments

What's she saying?

Please watch about ten seconds of this youtube video to help me understand what is being said. The video is 'cued up' to the right place, so you needn't watch the whole thing. [more inside]
posted by ShameSpiral at 6:21 AM PST - 6 comments

webcam recommendations

I am looking for recommendations for an inexpensive webcam as a gift for my brother. He has an Apple iBook G4 running Mac OSX 10.4.11. Thanks for your help!
posted by elis at 6:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Shocking! True! Stories!

Please point me towards true stories of small-town corruption. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 5:35 AM PST - 32 comments

Winning the money game with stable bond funds.

I'm looking for a basic, no-frills bond fund where I can park money with a minimum of risk. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 5:32 AM PST - 3 comments

And you know, I love that ten-pound ball, and we're gonna keep it.

What was Nixon's bowling average? [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom at 5:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Help - missed flight!

Missed my flight and can't afford a new one - What are my options? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 4:15 AM PST - 13 comments

Bad blue fringing from nowhere.

What might be causing the really bad (never before seen) blue-fringing around the guy on the left's shirt in this photo my wife took? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 2:48 AM PST - 11 comments

December 30

help me locate this belt

Can you help me find online a belt (for jeans) i saw on a magazine cover? [more inside]
posted by raphael19 at 11:28 PM PST - 9 comments

How to add certain localization hooks to my WordPress theme?

How do I add localization hooks to my WordPress theme when the string contains links? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 11:10 PM PST - 0 comments


Where in Los Angeles (or within an hour's driving distance) can I get a whooooooooooole bunch of LR41 batteries on last-minute notice? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 11:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Baby, I Like Your Stylus

Help! Where do I find a replacement needle for my record player? [more inside]
posted by Lemon of Byzantium at 10:18 PM PST - 8 comments

I Wish To Grok Group E-Mail

I plan to send a daily e-mail to a Gmail contact group. In order to mask the e-mail addresses of the people in the group, I'll enter them in the Bcc field of the compose window. Here are my questions: What e-mail address should I put in the To: field? And, what address appears in the recipient's e-mail inbox?
posted by partner at 10:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I lend someone my debit card?

Can I lend my girlfriend my debit card? She is visiting from overseas and might want to go buy groceries or stuff while I'm at work. We don't have a bunch of cash to hand nor any great desire to visit an ATM and withdraw some. Can I just lend her my debit card and tell her the PIN? It has my name on it, and it's pretty obviously not her name...
posted by hAndrew at 9:50 PM PST - 23 comments

During reboots Win 2000 desktop box is not visible on network unless I log into it

I have a few Windows 2000 desktop boxes on my home network. One of them has been having a problem for sometime where after it reboots, I need to log into the box for it to be visible on the network. Otherwise pings from other machines keep failing. [more inside]
posted by flyby22 at 9:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Dream Job --> Dream Career

I have a really cool job: I help low-income/minority students get into college.
(It's perfect for me because I'm passionate about educational access and I get to work with young people one-on-one, but I'm not tied down to a classroom.)
Right now, my job is short-term, a la Teach for America, but I'd like to stay in the educational field and turn this job into a long-term career.

My question is two fold: How do I go about finding jobs like this and what sort of educational credentials/degrees do I need to qualify for these jobs? [more inside]
posted by chara at 9:31 PM PST - 4 comments

CPA in the east bay

Does anyone have a recommendation for a good CPA in the east bay (San Francisco) area. We don't know many locals who don't use turbo-tax and have a complicated year's worth of taxes. [more inside]
posted by NGnerd at 9:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Why are helicopters hovering over San Francisco?

Why are helicopters hovering over San Francisco? Does anyone have any idea what they were doing? There were at least six, for at least half an hour, spaced wide apart, seemingly just hovering. A friend said they were at it last night, too. They're pretty loud, and the one near me was flying relatively low. I couldn't make out details. Something Mint-related? I can't find anything on the news or Google.
posted by monkeypants at 8:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me turn the weirdest job ever into a career

I have fallen into a strange line of work. I like it. I would like to turn it into a career of some kind. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Trippy music is my favorite

Recommend me some good, extremely psychedelic rock. [more inside]
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 7:42 PM PST - 72 comments

What cool things could I do with a WiFi capable Nokia phone?

What cool things could I do with a WiFi capable Nokia phone? [more inside]
posted by ilumos at 7:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Our company's website sucks. Let me fix it.

I want to redesign my company's website. How do I make a move to do it? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 7:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Queso Dip Tips

Help my roommate make better queso dip. [more inside]
posted by soelo at 6:51 PM PST - 16 comments

How do youth make a difference?

My dad says that his generation is more altruistic and believes in/practices activism more than my generation. I say he is full of it. Help me prove him wrong! [more inside]
posted by rjacobs at 6:48 PM PST - 31 comments

Original Air-Blue Gown

Applesauce filter: Why do apples, plums and pears turn to pulp when you boil them?
posted by puckish at 6:45 PM PST - 6 comments

open source Mars Lander

Why isn't there an open source Mars Lander? The Phoenix Lander cost a Bunch'O'Money. How cheaply could it be done without NASA involved?
posted by Floydd at 6:39 PM PST - 17 comments

Don't Fence Me In: Illegal Property

What are the odds of someone without any connections to the "underworld" selling a stolen or illegal item of significant value without being busted or simply having it taken from them? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 6:39 PM PST - 9 comments

If you don't know where you're going, you'll never get there. Right?

I never think about the future. Is this strange? Should I? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 6:37 PM PST - 23 comments

A solitaire card game called suicide?

Some years ago someone showed me how to play a simple solitaire card game that was called (I think, with heavy emphasis on 'think') 'suicide'. I've forgotten how it was played, and I was wondering if the hive mind can help me remember. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 6:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Who are the other Starwood Lurkers?

Apart from the "Starwood Lurker," what are the best examples of a corporate brand successfully maintaining an online persona, in the form of an actual voice who goes on other sites? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 6:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Hypercard stack to Mac Address Book?

How can I move all 1200 of my dad's Hypercard addresses to Mac Address Book? [more inside]
posted by woot at 5:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Alone by choice, but now what?

All alone for New Year's Eve... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Published author who moonlights as Websmith--good idea or better to try editing?

What's valued more in the freelance marketplace: editing or Web stuff? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Can I give my kids back?

I hate my kids. Do other people hate their kids?? What do you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:32 PM PST - 85 comments

Need a good combo 17" laptop case/camera bag.

I am having a real hard time finding an at least decently stylish 17" laptop case, and would like it to also hold my DSLR camera plus accessories for work/travel. [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel at 5:25 PM PST - 6 comments

All I wanted me was a little cornbread!

I just made some skillet cornbread. What do I do with it? [more inside]
posted by Tbola at 5:23 PM PST - 26 comments

What is this Japanese greeting?

In Japan, upon entering a shop or restaurant I was pelted with this greeting. This was over ten years ago. It remember it like "ashira - shy - ma - zay" My friend, and guide told me this was absolutely obligatory and a staff worker could be fired for not saying this. Where does this come from? There is a restaurant in my neighborhood (brooklyn) where the staff says this (or something, it happens quicly). It seems to be not just a greeting but an alert to other staff "there is a customer present!" What is the purpose? What does this mean most literally? Thank you!
posted by ezekieldas at 5:04 PM PST - 10 comments

diagonalism - a new science of mental health

What is this odd geographical feature in Long Beach, CA? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos at 5:02 PM PST - 8 comments

What Akira Kurosawa movies do you recommend?

What Akira Kurosawa movies do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket at 4:55 PM PST - 22 comments

Where did the bacon meme start?

Where did the bacon internet meme come from? [more inside]
posted by bjtitus at 4:49 PM PST - 20 comments

Low-key New Years Eve parties in Hollywood?

2 girls want to have a low-key, fun New Years in the Hollywood area. We're avoiding all the Super-Mega-Parties and would rather not pay a cover over $25. Does anyone know of any bars doing something fun? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 4:34 PM PST - 1 comment

How to quit my job

I'm planning on quitting my software engineering job in the near future, and I'd like some practical advice on how to go about it. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 4:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Which USB Mass Storage Device is which?

How can I change the generic name "USB Mass Storage Device" in my Vista system tray "Safely Remove Hardware" dialog? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer at 4:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Minneapolis bus transfer two-for-one?

In Minneapolis, MN, I put my money in the fare slot for the bus, and two transfer tickets came out. Will they both work? [more inside]
posted by gauchodaspampas at 3:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Old Cat Falls While Sleeping. What can I do?

My elderly cat is losing her balance - what can I do to make her life easier? [more inside]
posted by julen at 3:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Are we making a huge mistake?

Is it insane to buy a house in this market? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 3:29 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for a coffee similar to the orange(y) taste of Southern Comfort Coffee

I received a small gift packet of branded "Southern Comfort" coffee for Christmas. It is really good but all I can find is more little gift packets for sale. Anyone know where I can get a larger quantity or a very similar tasting coffee? (I think it has a citrus like flavor)
posted by OneCrayon at 3:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Books for whom?

Any organizations that need donations of hundreds of gently used, non-children's books. Not for resale at thrift stores. [more inside]
posted by Skwirl at 3:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Daily Grind for Dummies?

For those of you that have a 9-5 type job that you're not absolutely passionate about, how do you survive the daily grind? [more inside]
posted by mumbleitaliano at 3:21 PM PST - 17 comments

"... and I thought I'd never find a guy as great as my dad."

I found out that my dad cheated on my mom, and that my parents are dealing with his infidelity. They don't know I know. I don't want to tell them. In fact, I'd love to forget it. But I can't stop thinking about it and am having trouble sleeping. I need some tools to deal. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:07 PM PST - 40 comments

What are the most common HTML tags you use in main content divs?

What are the most common HTML tags you use in main content divs? I'm trying to put together a sample document to test css. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze at 2:01 PM PST - 16 comments

My wrist hurts when I play violin!

Does anyone know of a good wrist brace for a violinist? [more inside]
posted by vaguelyweird at 1:25 PM PST - 4 comments

Polycom Malfunction

Polycom Soundstation2W stuck at "Please Wait". Any hope or do I need to tell boss to buy new one? [more inside]
posted by jstarlee at 1:11 PM PST - 6 comments

I can haz sexzy t1m3? Wiz scaredz of s3x catz? she's "less desiring of sex". I'm "more desiring of sex". Should I avoid? She's cute. Slightly NSFW details inside, if your boss is reading over your shoulder. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 PM PST - 41 comments

Persian Rug Savvy

Suggestions/tips on purchasing a Persian carpet. [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 12:43 PM PST - 7 comments

To move or not to move; that is the question for my old cat.

CatFilter: Thinking about taking my 11 year old cat with me to college. Too traumatic of an experience for her? [more inside]
posted by losvedir at 12:40 PM PST - 23 comments

We sold our house. Where to now?

After 14 years living in our small farm house a once-agricultural town in Connecticut our family has had to move on. Despite the markets leaning we did make a profit and would like to reinvest it as quickly as possible. As far as what we desire out of a location, we wouldn't like to go any farther north but have no real desire to stay in the state and would consider moving out of New England for the right reasons. [more inside]
posted by jofuu at 12:30 PM PST - 4 comments

How to pick a simple office server

What are a couple good, relatively inexpensive server options for our company? [more inside]
posted by Wallzatcha at 12:16 PM PST - 11 comments

dental xrays

My dentist forces me to take x-ray every 6 month when i go for cleaning. Is that normal/standard ? I want to minimize x-ray radiation. I do not have any problems except i did a root canal some time back and it does not cause any problems.
posted by tom123 at 11:58 AM PST - 19 comments

Chicago Psychics?

Great (or even good) psychics in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live at 11:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Pepper slice?

Could a healthy spray of pepper spray stop a raging tough guy like Kimbo Slice? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 11:46 AM PST - 21 comments

Ideas for our first anniversary, or sweet things i can do for her in general

I was wondering if anyone can give me any tips on relatively inexpensive things I can do for my GF on our first anniversary. We are both a couple years removed from college if that matters at all.... also, i am not really that romantic so maybe a few things i could do throughout the year to show i care about her. thanks for your help guys!
posted by l2yangop at 11:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Will the California Academy of Sciences be a zoo on New Year's Eve day?

Will the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco be very busy tomorrow (New Year's Eve day)? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 11:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Winter Long Weekend Getaway Ideas

MLK long weekend trip ideas leaving from San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by cucumberfresh at 11:18 AM PST - 1 comment

What dishes are considered classic cuisine? What are some different exercises and sports to try?

I need help selecting classic cuisine dishes to perfect and new exercises and activities to try as part of my New Year's Resolution! [more inside]
posted by ReneeOg at 11:06 AM PST - 11 comments

Can I reboot a Vista machine from another machine on the same network?

Can I restart a Vista machine from another Vista machine on the same network? [more inside]
posted by miniape at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Did Winamp kill my iPod?

Did Winamp kill my iPod? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

The 1000 Photos of Dr. M

Need a replacement, Mac-and-amateur-friendly service for Flickr Pro to host my 1000 photos. [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 9:57 AM PST - 13 comments

Emacs wizardry for the non-programmer.

How can I automate emacs to open a file, execute a bunch of macros, then save the file in a new format? [more inside]
posted by Barry B. Palindromer at 9:37 AM PST - 5 comments

What are we dealing with here?

I need some help analyzing a situation with a possibly depressed family member. [more inside]
posted by Umhlangan at 9:28 AM PST - 8 comments

Where the hell can I buy an new "old" Apple Cinema Display?

Where online can I purchase the "old" DVI-based 23" Apple Cinema HD Displays? [more inside]
posted by melorama at 9:06 AM PST - 7 comments

iTunes Xp and iPhone Remote won't play together

Can't seem to get this to work. iTunes sharing + iPhone remote - Mac Book Pro works, Xp doesn't; same network. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 9:05 AM PST - 2 comments

What to do with all this bacon

What's the best way to freeze bacon? Or should I just leave it in the fridge? [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 9:01 AM PST - 26 comments

Who you gonna call?

Time to kill the landline and consolidate communications...but can I keep that phone number? What's your best suggestion for keeping the landline number active? [more inside]
posted by nmabry at 8:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Legitimate reason to decrypt a credit card?

Legitimate reason to decrypt a credit card? [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 8:58 AM PST - 44 comments

Where are Some Great DIY Printed Circuit Board Layouts?

I have a medium-sized run of printed circuit boards that'd be most cost-effective for me to silkscreen/photo-etch at home. I'm pretty sure I got that part covered... lots of tutorials available [1, 2, 3, etc]. It'd be a shame, though, to build this setup and then not use it again, so I'm wondering where are some great repositories for (all types of) PCB layouts? Added difficulty: Would like reasonable descriptions of "what they do" and how the boards are likely to be employed. [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj at 8:57 AM PST - 7 comments

When No More Debt really has to mean No More Debt.

Someone near to me has recently recognised, and begun to address, a serious problem with debt. The debt is not a result of extravagant spending; it seems to stem from persistently bad decisions about consumer credit, and a habit of repaying loans with other loans. So... once the debt has been consolidated and the credit cards have been destroyed, what measures can this person take to ensure they never, ever get into debt again? Is it possible to voluntarily ban oneself from being offered credit? The person is in Australia.
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 9 comments

How to overcome a crush?

I have a close friend with whom I've recently become infatuated. However, he has a girlfriend, so I've held my tongue. I long to see him, but then it's painful when I do. How do I get over this? If I just stop seeing him, how to explain it? I assume a polite fiction ("I'm really busy...") would hurt and confuse him, but I certainly don't want to burden him with the truth.
posted by anonymous at 8:57 AM PST - 26 comments

How much is my coin worth?

How much is my silver coin worth? Should I wait to sell it? [more inside]
posted by saoyama at 8:53 AM PST - 10 comments

How can i attach a laptop to a treamdill?

Does anyone know of a product, or a DIY method to attach a laptop to a treamdill? It has to be portable. [more inside]
posted by PlayWithFire at 8:49 AM PST - 12 comments

One DVR to two TVs?

Is it possible to have just one DVR (Comcast Motorola, FWIW) and run it to two different TVs, with all functionality intact and accessible from either set? If not, what's a good set-up for what I'd like to accomplish? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 8:47 AM PST - 11 comments

Home Exchange Websites Filter

Home Exchange Websites? [more inside]
posted by silsurf at 8:36 AM PST - 1 comment

Merkur Safety Razor in DC?

Can I buy a Merkur Safety Razor anywhere in (metro-accessible) DC?
posted by phrontist at 8:33 AM PST - 9 comments

What ARE these?

Please help us identify these confounding objects! Photos inside. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 8:23 AM PST - 14 comments

A Microsoft product that thinks it knows what's best for me? Perish!

When I do Add -> Existing Web Site in Visual Studio 2008, if the existing site was created in an earlier version of .net (say 2.0 and I'm running 3.5) Visual Studio automatically starts an update wizard to convert the site to 3.5. How do I turn off this behavior so that it simply imports the web site without updating it? I know this is possible because the first time I did this it happened flawlessly, but at the time I didn't un-check the "automatically update sites next time" check box. Gah.
posted by ChasFile at 8:13 AM PST - 1 comment

Charting little squares

What's the best way to produce a graph like this in Excel? (Or should I be using a different graphing package?)
posted by TrashyRambo at 8:02 AM PST - 4 comments

questions on end-of-year car buying

A handful of year-end / bad-economy new-car-buying questions: 1. How much actual pressure do car dealers feel to sell 2008s by end of day 12/31? 2. How incented is a car salesperson to make a sale on a car on a different dealer's lot 15 miles away? 200 miles away in a different state? 3. Within a model line, how much does dealer flexibility on price vary with trim and feature levels? 4. How likely is a dealer to go for a price under invoice or dealer cost? [more inside]
posted by schmoppa at 7:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there a Movr website to help my sister move?

Is there a good schedule/list site that can help you move houses? [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 7:46 AM PST - 6 comments

I cannot burp or blow up balloons. No, really. Is this weird?

I cannot burp or blow up balloons. No, really. Is this weird? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 7:38 AM PST - 28 comments

Better safe than sorry

My four year old desktop has started crashing on a semi regular basis and now I belatedly want to start backing up the things I have on it... help me choose an external hard drive [more inside]
posted by chickaboo at 7:37 AM PST - 7 comments

and will either give me free Guinness?!

Should I book a flight with Aer Lingus or American Airlines? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 7:32 AM PST - 22 comments

Best bubbly for the buck?

Help me find a decent sparkling wine for less than $20. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 7:30 AM PST - 29 comments

Supporting someone returning to work after depression

How can I best support a staff member returning to work after a period off with depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Trying to find rules to a game

My father used to play a two-player game with us when we were little where he would make a pyramid with matches and then each player would take away two matches at a time until there were none left. The last person to take away two matches won. He cannot remember the name or rules. Is anyone familiar with this game. It seems to be a two-person version of the old-fashioned peg-pyramid game.
posted by earlygrrl at 7:10 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me choose my new car!

Help me decide between two vehicles--both 2008 Chrysler Sebring Convertibles, same price. One's a Touring (V6) with 15k miles; one's a LX (V4) with 5k miles. Leaning towards the LX but the dealer is telling me I'll enjoy the V6 more that comes with the Touring. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 6:34 AM PST - 17 comments

calculating cost basis on inherited stocks given as a gift

How do I calculate the cost basis for stocks that were inherited by my father, who later gave them to me? [more inside]
posted by Elsa at 6:22 AM PST - 4 comments

Digital Photoshoot For E-Commerce Site

Taking digital photos of entire product inventory for display on our company website. Tips? [more inside]
posted by yom3ts at 6:05 AM PST - 14 comments

Can they afford to live?

How do pet stores handle sick animals, especially when the cost of care seems like it would be more than the cost of the animal? [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 5:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Cold hands, warm motorbike

Looking for winter motorbike mitterns - warm, waterproof, preferably with protection, and not gloves. [more inside]
posted by carbide at 5:39 AM PST - 6 comments

VOIP and Lifeline

Does anyone have information about how Vonage (VOIP) phone service and LifeLine Medical Alert system works together? Any documentation from either company?
posted by Hugh2d2 at 5:11 AM PST - 1 comment

Is the mechanic ripping me off?

What would you charge to diagnose a check engine light and replace the thermostat in a 2003 Toyota Highlander? [more inside]
posted by fogster at 4:54 AM PST - 13 comments

Kraftwerk is just out of my reach!

How can I change file extensions on a group of files "in bulk", specifically from .flac to .mp3? Keywords: iTunes, Mac, OS X. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 AM PST - 24 comments

New Comcast phone service, but old jacks no longer work

My mom switched to land-line phone service through Comcast, but now she only has one working phone jack. How do we restore functionality to the remaining outlets in the house? [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 1:44 AM PST - 5 comments

descent of gould

Science reading for the informed layperson. [more inside]
posted by nihlton at 1:40 AM PST - 23 comments

The rattling of change in my brain.

EatingOutFilter: With the denominations that we have in the US, is it rude to leave coinage in addition to dollar bills when you're leaving tip? [more inside]
posted by ayerarcturus at 12:18 AM PST - 41 comments

What is the painting used on the cover of A Moveable Feast?

Can anyone identify the painting used on this cover of A Moveable Feast?
posted by fjb at 12:11 AM PST - 5 comments

December 29

Video causes my HP dv6000 (dv6810us) to restart after watching fro 30-45 minutes, motherboard or video card dying?

HP laptop video card issues filter: Video problem with my HP dv6000 (dv6810us) - artifacts appear then increase while watching Hulu, after 30-45 minutes the computer freezes then restarts. Pausing the video then letting the computer sleep for a couple minutes resolves the issue for another 20 minutes of video watching, then it repeats ... bad integrated video? Bad VRAM? Evil monkey? [more inside]
posted by unclezeb at 11:26 PM PST - 12 comments

I need to sell some Japanese-language manga!

I need to sell about thirty volumes of various manga series. The catch: they're all in Japanese. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 10:56 PM PST - 7 comments

MRes? MSc? MPhil? WTF?

Canadian interested in UK graduate schools, but thoroughly confused by the different conventions used across the Atlantic! Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock at 10:50 PM PST - 5 comments

What would you do with a Mortar and Pestle?

I got a mortar and pestle for Christmas and I am looking for cool things to do with it. So far I've considered making homemade lip balm, but there must be more really cool things that I'm not thinking of. What would you do with a mortar and pestle?
posted by schyler523 at 10:27 PM PST - 22 comments

Human biases in judging threats and costs

What are some examples of statistics or scientific findings that are in opposition to people's intuitions and conventional wisdom? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 9:38 PM PST - 43 comments

Every Which Way But A Language I Don't Speak

Russian-speakers: I have a question about a YouTube video, dubbed into Russian. The video stars Clint Eastwood, Clyde, Momma and a bag of Oreo cookies. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 9:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Getting over and recovering well from a Caesarean section?

Caesarean section recovery questions. While the archives of AskMeFi are great for lots of parenting questions, I was hoping for some experiences from MeFi'ers or partners of MeFi'ers who had C-sections. How long till you stopped taking pain meds? How long till it was not uncomfortable to move? Is the weight loss truly harder? Any good books or guides to help you through it? [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 9:18 PM PST - 19 comments

Save the meat.

Chest freezer and GFCI outlets. What's the solution? [more inside]
posted by whatisish at 9:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Fight! Fight!

How does an actor sell taking a punch? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 8:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Girls who eat their feelings, girls who don't eat anything...

What movies have high school clique introduction scenes? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder at 8:28 PM PST - 33 comments

Holiday Roo-ah-a-oh-a-ah-oh-oh-oh-oad, Holiday Ro-ah-a-oh-a-oh-oad!

Please help me plan a vacation for my first spring break in what feels like a million years! [more inside]
posted by QUHZK at 8:27 PM PST - 5 comments

I want to ring in the new year right.

What should my friend and I do in Chicago for New Year's Eve? I am not yet 21 and dancing is not a viable option. I want anything from event suggestions to an adventure we can create for ourselves. [more inside]
posted by coppermoss at 8:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Fixing fan noise and lowering overall computer noise...

Homebrew PC is making a lot of noise — advice on how I should fix this? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 8:12 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for old commercial

Looking for an old commercial - old lady and man, driving really slow in the country - the man is driving and she yells at him "you're driving like a bat out of hell!" Does anyone remember the company the commercial was for?
posted by Shakes the Clown at 8:09 PM PST - 4 comments

cure of computer snoring

Noisy Laptop filter [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 7:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Flummoxed moving iTunes library ...

Help a flummoxed Apple novice move iTunes ... [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 7:40 PM PST - 13 comments

Money from crazy parent, accept or reject?

I received a check for $3,000 from my mother who I have not spoken to for nearly seven years. Should I cash the check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 PM PST - 47 comments

Help Me Find A Book of Easy Children's Music

Hi. I'm looking for recommendations for books of children's music. I would like to put together a collection of songs to play for my little one. I am a beginner-intermediate guitarist - so chords are important. I grew up on Raffi and Sharon, Lois and Bram (I guess that tells you where I'm from) and any traditional/folky stuff would be great. I already own rise-up-singing which is a good start, but I think there is a lot more out there. Also, any music based on dancing purple dinosaurs or other similar characters won't make the cut. Thanks for your ideas.
posted by commissioner12 at 7:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me ice my shoulder without using hockey tape!

I need to find a shoulder wrap like this one from Therma Wrap or this one from ActiveWrap so that I can securely ice my shoulder. I'm in Toronto and would rather not pay an additional $33 for shipping from the States. Cheaper is better ($69.95 for ActiveWrap?!), but if all else fails, I could try to sew something. My dodgy left shoulder and I would greatly appreciate any solid leads on Toronto suppliers.
posted by maudlin at 6:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Xmas Needle Reduction?

Genius ways to get the Christmas tree out of the condo building without a bajillion needles everywhere? [more inside]
posted by CaptApollo at 6:41 PM PST - 24 comments

DVD to Zune

DVD to Zune? [more inside]
posted by nickthetourist at 6:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Corporate Fun!!!!!

Team-building activities for 300 people? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 6:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Is It Time to Give My I-Mac the Boot!

Where can I go to rehab my I-Mac? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 5:56 PM PST - 8 comments

To Rely on the Editor

Looking for examples in literature where the author had to rely on his/her editor rather heavily. I'm thinking of instances where the authors were capable of spinning a good yarn, yet they had trouble with grammar, structure, punctuation, etc. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler at 5:56 PM PST - 24 comments

What software and network setup was this?

Help me figure out what kind of software and computer network setup my school was using in 1994. [more inside]
posted by JuiceBoxHero at 5:36 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I scan a PST file for viruses?

How can I scan a PST file for viruses? [more inside]
posted by momzilla at 5:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Ones and Zeroes and the air.

Help me understand wireless. I have an aluminum iMac, a unibody Macbook, and an iPhone 3G. [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 4:49 PM PST - 14 comments

Windows for Cheap!

Macfilter: Cheapest way to get my mac up running either xp or vista? Shelling out over $100 for windows just seems a little ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky at 4:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Floors that you can eat off of (or at least not stick to)?

What can you tell me about the iRobot Scooba? [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 4:36 PM PST - 10 comments

I promise to be a better father.

FamilyFilter: My family’s problems over the past 20+ years culminated into one huge fight over Christmas. I need to know where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:35 PM PST - 23 comments

How do I figure out what the hell I want?/Let's start 2009 off right!

I have no job and in this economy, I figure its worth investing in my dreams so that I’ll be all set when the economy bounces back. The problem is…I don’t know what I want! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Do steroids make you dizzy?

Can dropping down off Prednisone make you dizzy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me identify this mid 90's Japanese science/educational TV show.

Help me identify this mid 90's Japanese science/educational TV show and prove that it exists. Every week it explored how something worked by approaching it from a different angle or doing an unusual experiment. One show they made gasoline from orange peels and drove a car around with it. On another they tried making coffee from other foods by roasting, grinding and filtering water through peanuts, soy beans, and beef. I remember the title as "MegaTen" but the Googles, they do nothing. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 4:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Is there a way to merge accounts for the iPhone?

I bought an app under one mac account, but have sense changed mac accounts (because of .mac / login issues). I would like to migrate this application and others to the new account, and not pay for them again. How might I accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 4:07 PM PST - 5 comments

I don't want to listen to this song anymore.

I can't remove songs from my iPod touch. Please help me before I lose my mind. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 3:48 PM PST - 3 comments

If we sleep on this, will we not fall?

We have put a futon on top of a (very crappy) mattress base. Is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 3:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Ideas for a special lamb dish

Delicious and not-too-difficult recipes with lamb, please? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 3:28 PM PST - 22 comments

What to do when faced with performance anxiety in the context of a casual relationship?

Complicated question about performance anxiety, casual relationships and how to deal with it within that context. NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Baby on Board!

Looking for fun ways to tell my SO that the baby we have been trying to make is on the way! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:14 PM PST - 42 comments

Help me find an album from the 70s that was never released

Once upon a time (the seventies), there existed a Lincoln Majorca live album that stores used to sell stereo equipment. Help me figure out what it was and where it can be found (on CD or mp3). [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 3:12 PM PST - 4 comments

How did he do it?

Almost ten years ago, I saw a "mentalist" perform a trick on the spot after a show. I've never been able to figure out how he did it. Magic aficionados - how might one make a small object move without touching it? [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 3:07 PM PST - 21 comments

Computer won't recognize wireless adaptor.

Computer won't recognize wireless adaptor. My mum just bought a Lenovo SL400 notebook computer that was running Vista Basic. I was assigned the task of reformatting the computer and installing a free copy of Vista Business I happened to have. The computer won't recognize the wireless adaptor (Intel WiFi Link 5100) now, and it was working prior to the installation of the new Vista. I've tried downloading the drivers, but I can't fix it. What's wrong?
posted by asparagrass at 2:55 PM PST - 3 comments

I want to trust my boyfriend but he's making it so hard

I would like some unbiased opinion. Right now I am 4 months into a new relationship which has generally been going well. We get along great, have lots in common, and we have been spending a lot of time together. But I am having a hard time trusting him. [more inside]
posted by ninefour at 2:49 PM PST - 24 comments

Urchin reports IP addresses as "other"?

Web analytics question: I'm running Urchin on our own IIS webserver, to analyze our typical W3C Extended format logfiles. Everything works fine but for some reason almost 80% of visitor IP addresses are reported as "other." Each line in the actual logfiles has an IP address. What's happening between there and Urchin?
posted by Tubes at 2:23 PM PST - 0 comments

Was this disturbing ad a real Allstate commercial?

"Some children don't wear helmets. Some children don't have heads." Was this a real Allstate commercial? [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory at 2:18 PM PST - 0 comments

Fun show in San Francisco this weekend?

San Francisco filter: What fun show (preferably theater, but comedy, music, etc. also an option) can I take my brother and his girlfriend to see when they visit this weekend? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 2:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Pull-Down Menu (Preferably Nonmodal) in Javascript Bookmarklet?

Is the presentation of a choose-item-from-multiple-choices-presented menu possible to implement into a Javascript bookmarklet? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike at 2:10 PM PST - 3 comments

A game for a Mac guy and a Linux guy?

My friend has a Linux laptop, and I have a Mac. We'd like to play a fun multiplayer strategy-type game against each other. Can you think of a game on the wide Internets, browser-based or downloaded, that would fit the bill?
posted by bicyclefish at 2:08 PM PST - 12 comments

any suggestions for what this record/band might be

sorry if this is just so insanely obscure it is impossible. I heard this record that was apparantly a new york band. It was pretty obscure (probably the kind of thing reviewed in the Wire or a similar magazine) and may be classed under such genres as 'new weird america' or freak folk. Musically it was sort of a mishmash of electronica and some feedback and acousticy stuff with a male vocalist, and (this is the key thing) was a double album and probably quite recent (2007 or 08). May have been considered suitable for a late night mood. Any suggestions?
posted by iamnotateenagegirl at 1:52 PM PST - 18 comments

A clean pair of clothes...really?

Is gym-provided workout clothing safe to wear? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 1:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Dave or David...which is better?

Dave or David? Is there a difference in your perception? [more inside]
posted by sirhensley at 1:35 PM PST - 48 comments

What's the best way to build a user-modifiable website?

What is the best way to build a user-modifiable website these days? I want to make a website organized around a certain theme (the DRM associated with given PC games), and would like to set it up so users can easily add or modify information about specific games. [more inside]
posted by JZig at 1:26 PM PST - 8 comments

How many doctors do I need to see, and with what frequency?

Trying to make sure I've got all my bases covered and can spend all my 2009 flex spending--how many doctors do I "need"? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 1:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Can't find stylish denim in size 42

I'd love to own a nicer pair of jeans like Diesel, Lucky or Rock and Republic. However I can never seem to find my sizes... [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 1:03 PM PST - 10 comments

high-income rent deregulation

My landlord is trying to deregulate the rent stabilized status of my NYC apartment/home that I have lived in for 15 years. By law he can do this if my income is above $175,000 and the rent is over $2000 a month. I personally do not earn close to this but the rent is over $2000. Question, if I am the sole leaseholder and have a roommate (month to month status) does our combined income qualify towards this total or is it only applicable to the leaseholder? Basically, I need a roommate to afford the rent and I am trying to find out if I should renew my upcoming lease.
posted by sequin at 12:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Is this seller trying to pull a fast one?

I recently received a counterfeit laptop battery from a marketplace seller on Amazon. Now the seller has requested that I remove my negative feedback, claiming that he was the victim of a dodgy supplier. Should I? [more inside]
posted by adamsc at 12:47 PM PST - 17 comments

Armchair architect looking for book and video picks

Armchair architect looking for book / video recommendations. After having enjoyed: A place of My Own, How Buildings Learn and Christopher Alexander's work, I'm looking for other design / architecture titles. What can you recommend?
posted by zander at 12:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Leftover turducken ideas

I have a few pounds of turducken left over. What can I do with it that isn't sandwiches? Soup? Casserole? Recipes and other ideas welcome. I am unemployed so willing to spend a lot of time if needed on something. I'm worried that having three different types of poultry might make things weird cooking wise.
posted by josher71 at 12:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Pretty please don't profit off torture?

If you knew someone considering doing business with the Chinese Government, how would you convince them of it's moral reprehensiveness as neatly and concisely as possible?
posted by radgardener at 12:32 PM PST - 16 comments

A wall calendar without LOLcats or Jeff Foxworthy quotes?

Attractive handmade or graphically interesting 2009 calendars with space for writing on the dates? Think Etsy/Hable Construction/See Jane Work/Mary Blair/Charley Harper. [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 12:18 PM PST - 9 comments

60s TV show about a boy being reunited with his dog after his family dies in a car wreck

My mom has a memory of a TV show or movie she saw in the early 60s and she cannot figure out where it came from. It involves a boy going on a picnic and then there being a car accident where everyone but the boy and the dog died; he responds to a picture of a dog while in therapy and then he gets reunited with the dog. Her full description after the jump. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 12:17 PM PST - 3 comments

The meaning of arrows

Many moons ago I read that arrow symbolism (i.e. "→") is meaningless unless your culture has a background of using bows and arrows (or spears, I guess). Does anyone know of a source for this kind of information?
posted by Dr. Send at 12:17 PM PST - 13 comments

writing in windows?

software for writing (i.e., organizing) a novel on a windows machine? [more inside]
posted by gcat at 12:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Honeymoon in Mexico or Costa Rica?

Honeymoon filter: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico costs 1/4 what it would cost to honeymoon in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Is there any reason we shouldn't just follow the money? [more inside]
posted by specialnobodie at 12:11 PM PST - 10 comments


Weird Body-Filter: Two days ago I started to become abnormally aware of my own heartbeat. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 12:04 PM PST - 12 comments

What Nikon lens should I use for the Presidential Inauguration?

I've got tickets to the presidential inauguration. What telephoto lens should I get for my Nikon D50 so that I can get great shots of Obama's swearing in? [more inside]
posted by jacob at 12:02 PM PST - 12 comments

My cats are ruining my life!

I can't take it anymore. My cats are plotting my death. Please help me keep my sanity, my cats, and my apartment. [more inside]
posted by icarus at 11:56 AM PST - 43 comments

Do I need professional (plumbing) help?

Bathroom plumbing (or at least sealing) question. [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 11:37 AM PST - 5 comments

Hiking safely alone

I, a female-type person, have been inspired by this FPP to hit the road again, but is it safe for me, a female-type person, to go alone? [more inside]
posted by footnote at 11:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Need new motherboard for an emachine

Should we replace the motherboard and processor or buy a new computer? [more inside]
posted by socrateaser at 11:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find this photo!

Help me find a cool poster! A cool image that a (long ago) ex-girlfriend used to have on her wall... [more inside]
posted by Spyder's Game at 10:58 AM PST - 3 comments

You Know What Small Feet Mean ...

I am looking for small men's dress socks, preferably a store with an online presence. My foot length is about a size 6.5 (US). I don't know what genius decided that one sock size could fit all sizes between 6 - 13, but it simply ain't so. I'm tired of putting my foot into socks where the sock heel creeps up to my Achilles tendon. [more inside]
posted by jabberjaw at 10:56 AM PST - 5 comments

J'ai ce travail à faire, Montréal

What are good spots (cafes, libraries, etc.) for laptopping in Montreal? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant at 10:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you help me find personal writing by bisexual men?

As a bisexual woman I've been thinking lately about the strange status of bisexual men in my society (the USA). There are surely plenty of bi men around - I've met several and dated a couple, but I've read very little in depth writing from the point of view of men who date or sleep with both men and women. [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 10:48 AM PST - 15 comments

How does Rock Band for Wii compare to Xbox 360?

Should I buy an xbox 360 to maximize my Rock Band experience (instead of getting the game for my Wii)? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 10:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I learn to weld in NYC?

I want to learn how to Weld. I live in New York City. [more inside]
posted by Freen at 10:37 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I state my sexual preferences without sounding like a broken record?

How do I state my sexual preferences without sounding like a broken record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Grieving vs. Working

I just got back to work after taking a week for the holidays, which is apparently a big no-no at my job because this is an insanely busy time for the office. My boyfriend and I just learned that his best friend committed suicide last night. I'd like to take off [more] work but I don't know how to tell my colleagues what's going on without sounding manipulative or lazy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:21 AM PST - 26 comments

"The First Noel, the Angels did..." oooo look, a Snow Flake!

Adult ADD... if you've got it, how do YOU handle it? [more inside]
posted by matty at 10:18 AM PST - 23 comments

What is the best way to download free movies on the internet without resorting to piracy?

What is the best way to download free movies on the internet without resorting to piracy? [more inside]
posted by peetle at 9:45 AM PST - 15 comments

Where can I buy a new couch?

$50 at goodwill, $1500 bucks new - isn't there a middle ground for buying couches? [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 9:45 AM PST - 29 comments

Canadaian Computer College Classifications?

Where should a Canadian 1.5st year student transfer to, in order to complete a computer science degree? [more inside]
posted by mjewkes at 9:42 AM PST - 10 comments

Questions about Grad App Questions

A few questions that I'm running into while submitting my graduate school applications about fellowships, diversity statements, other schools I am applying to, and accepting admission without funding. [more inside]
posted by davidstandaford at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

When did Karl Rove make his famous prediction?

So when did Karl Rove claim that we were on the verge of a 'permanent Republican majority?' [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 9:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Cannagetcha some carn?

Can you help me find authentic examples of a Southern Illinois dialect? [more inside]
posted by applemeat at 9:12 AM PST - 20 comments

Peppy pop

Peppy indie/foreign pop? [more inside]
posted by sondrialiac at 9:12 AM PST - 23 comments

Cleaning an infected laptop

How can I clean an infected laptop without booting to it's own drive? [more inside]
posted by covert7 at 9:05 AM PST - 7 comments

Central NJ Spots'o'Beauty

NJ MeFi'rs: Looking for a nice outdoor spot to take my girlfriend tonight. Localized in Central Jersey. Ideas? (More criteria within) [more inside]
posted by aleahey at 8:56 AM PST - 11 comments

My precious girlfriend is too exquisite for words.

If actions are doubtlessly mightier than words, would this person be considered trustworthy? [more inside]
posted by johannahdeschanel at 8:51 AM PST - 48 comments

GAP Insurance Problem - Help!

My boyfriend Brett recently ran into a problem with GAP insurance that he purchased, and we are looking for a little direction to see where he can go from here. It looks as though he was defrauded by the car dealership that he purchased his car from, as well as potentially by the GAP provider, but the car dealership is now in bankruptcy, no one will return our calls, and he is stuck with $3200 in debt that he can't afford. [more inside]
posted by etherealclarity at 8:45 AM PST - 7 comments

I like my start tabs, but not that much!

Why is Firefox duplicating my tabs? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 8:43 AM PST - 4 comments

"Camp Obama" Training Session Manual?

Does anyone know where to get a PDF or Word document of the "Camp Obama" 2-day training session manual?
posted by mwachs at 8:43 AM PST - 0 comments

Who was *right* about the recession?

Who was *right* about the recession? [more inside]
posted by swift at 8:08 AM PST - 14 comments

Locking down machines in Tanzania.

What programs should I install on a lab of PCs in Tanzania, to make them as useful and tamperproof as possible? [more inside]
posted by miagaille at 7:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Graphics Always On Top

I just want to mask off part of my XP desktop with immobile, box-shaped graphics that float above all open windows, all the time. [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 7:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find an entry-level supermarket job in the UK!

What's the best way to quickly find a supermarket job (shelf-stacking, tills etc.) in the UK? Tesco, Sainsburys, Lidl, Waitrose etc. [more inside]
posted by pyotrstolypin at 7:13 AM PST - 7 comments

New Year's Eve in Miami

In Miami for New Year's Eve. Where should we celebrate? [more inside]
posted by kevin-o at 7:00 AM PST - 3 comments

What was this CD we listened to?

My Husband and I previewed a CD on display at Ear X-tacy in Louisville this weekend, vowed to remember the name of the artist, then promptly forgot it! We're from out of town. Here's what we (possibly inaccurately) remember: "-landia" was in the CD title. The CD cover was grey / B&W with a graphic design on the front, the music was electronica / orchestral / melodic. I remember thinking the artist might be icelandic / scandinavian from a quick glance at the artist's name, etc.
posted by FortyT-wo at 6:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Anyone know of a TechShop equivalent in London?

Anyone know of a TechShop equivalent in London?
posted by bullox at 6:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me get a great accountant in the UK (pref Manchester), who understands on-line businesses.

Help me get a great accountant in the UK (pref Manchester), who understands on-line businesses. [more inside]
posted by Andorinha at 6:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Will she get pregnant or not?

Is it true that 3 days before and 3 days after a woman's period, there is sort of like a grace period, where the woman won't get pregnant? [more inside]
posted by minsid at 6:10 AM PST - 22 comments

Insights to convert a physical computer to a virtual machine

What are the alternatives on converting a physical computer to a virtual machine that would run (preferably) on a Virtual Box emulator? [more inside]
posted by fcoury at 4:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Sound of Apple ][+ booting?

Where can I found the sound of an Apple ][+ drive booting? I used to spend a lot of time on an Apple ][+ and I miss the dududududu-DU (pause) CHUKKA CHUKKA du (click). Other Apple ][+ sounds would be fun as well.
posted by Joe in Australia at 4:24 AM PST - 14 comments

Laptop friendly collaborative FPS?

Game Filter: Please help this non-gaming lady find something to kill. [more inside]
posted by bingoes at 3:00 AM PST - 19 comments

ID this photo or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man will be very, very angry

Can you ID this wonderful vintage photo? [more inside]
posted by taz at 2:47 AM PST - 16 comments

what's the working ingredient in migraleve and what else can I take to get rid of my massive migraine?

what's the working ingredient in migraleve and what else can I take to get rid of my massive migraine? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 2:24 AM PST - 9 comments

why is library wifi keeps redirecting me

free library wifi keeps redirecting me to: http://the url i want + :65002/www.the_library' librarians don't understand why, and don't know how to help. can you? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 12:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Why does it rain mainly on the plain?

Please reccommend books of all kinds about weather forecasting and meteorology . . . [more inside]
posted by protorp at 12:42 AM PST - 9 comments

Can anyone recommend a good graduate school for Nutrition Major?

Hi, I only have 1 1/2 years till I'm completely done my undergraduate nutrition degree in Canada. I've already established that I want to pursue a masters, however, the only school I have been checking online is Columbia's Department of Nutrition because it is the only school I can think of which offers a decent program. Is it true? If not, does anyone have any good suggestions (NA, Europe, Asia)? [more inside]
posted by pixxie at 12:32 AM PST - 11 comments

Two Eggs, Any Style?

When the breakfast menu says, "Two Eggs (Any Style)", realistically, what are the different styles available? [more inside]
posted by applesurf at 12:05 AM PST - 38 comments

December 28

Name that music video..

Name that music video. [more inside]
posted by phaedon at 11:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Handheld Emulator?

Recently I have been desiring a hand held gaming system (similar to a psp or a ds) that would allow me to just play my N64 Roms that I play on the computer. I do not need any extra features, just the ability to play legally owned ROMs with a hand held. Anybody have a solution? [more inside]
posted by newtux at 11:13 PM PST - 8 comments

What movie is this? It stars a woman with dyed red hair...

What's that movie?-filter [more inside]
posted by Electrius at 10:08 PM PST - 7 comments

Need help with personal knowledge management!

How are people organizing their information (professional and personal) in this day and age? What kind of system is flexible enough to cope with multiple data types (PDFs, DOCs, short text notes, hyperlinks, ...), efficient during collection (when browsing the Web, when reading documents, ...) and won't get in my way when I try to use it? [more inside]
posted by fsmontenegro at 10:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Is our lifestyle appropriate for a golden doodle?

Is our lifestyle appropriate for a golden doodle? We'd like to get a golden doodle puppy, but we need to make sure that we can give apuppy/young dog enough exercise. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla at 9:59 PM PST - 27 comments

I'm trying to edit a home video before uploading it to Utube and the sound quality sucks.

I recorded it using the web cam on my HP Touchsmart PC and the playback makes a distorted, squelch sound every time there is a loud part in the video. What's the best way to keep the original soundtrack, but remove the feedback noise? Also, is there a way to adjust the recording levels to improve audio on future projects?
posted by dthm42 at 9:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Head for the holidays

How long could one expect a human head to stay "fresh" in a typical hotel mini-fridge? [more inside]
posted by Cat Pie Hurts at 8:56 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I watch the ball drop without a TV?

I am throwing a small New Year's Eve party, and would like to be able to show the ball dropping in Times Square -- and optionally more of the programing around that moment -- despite not having a television signal into my home. I've a large LCD monitor (42"), a laptop with an HDMI input into said TV, a Windows PC, and an XBox 360. What's the best way to go about setting something up for my guests and I to watch?
posted by ellF at 8:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Local move in Toronto suggestions?

What's the best way to go about a one bedroom apartment move in Toronto? Recommendations for movers? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 8:16 PM PST - 13 comments

$11000 coffin of mahogany soaked in sea water for seven years? is this for real?

How likely is it that a funeral home is dishonest? They're pushing a $11,000 mahogany coffin whose wood was apparently soaked in sea-water for seven years first. Google doesn't seem to think this is a standard carpentry practice, although I have found mention of briefer immersions in order to drown any parasites that might attack the wood during later storage and processing. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 8:03 PM PST - 28 comments

How to get a male neighbor to cooperate with a female neighbor?

I have a condo in an area where parking is a major issue. We are all assigned the same amount of parking. I thought I was being helpful and shared my "extra" parking space, but somehow ended up being harrassed. As a single woman against two men, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by Annashouse at 7:55 PM PST - 53 comments

Where do we go for New Year's in Toronto?

Where do we go for New Year's in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by ZaphodB at 7:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Can I recover a vanished partition?

A partition on my secondary hard drive disappeared over the weekend. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by mr_felix_t_cat at 7:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Voice-activated portable personal organizer

Looking for voice-activated/voice-recognition personal organizer/time management portable device for person who does best with audio rather written prompts/reminders. [more inside]
posted by mumstheword at 7:35 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm not good at tying knots around a beautiful woman.

My girlfriend loves being tied up. Unfortunately, I never was a boy scout and suck at tying knots. (nsfw) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 PM PST - 19 comments

"late bloomer" is a bit of an understatement

Help my reconcile my atypical personality and worldview with an increasing desire to have a meaningful relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 PM PST - 35 comments

How to partly claim disability?

Question about being declared disabled but not receiving SSI benefits. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Can X penetrate Y?

DensityFilter: What happens when you throw a nickel really fast at the fuselage of an F-16? [more inside]
posted by dbarefoot at 7:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Please don't suggest booger sugar

What will help me stay awake without having to see a man about a horse every 20 minutes? [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 6:28 PM PST - 18 comments

Pissing Puking Furball I Love So Very Much

My cat is being a neurotic asshole, spewing noxious fluids. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 6:00 PM PST - 16 comments

What do I do with this money?

Where should I put this money, given that I have no local bank? [more inside]
posted by ch1x0r at 5:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Geography Bee

Looking for Geography Bee questions online. [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 5:34 PM PST - 4 comments

What should I do in Toronto on New Years Eve?

What's going on in Toronto on New Year's Eve and is there any possibility I'll be able to get a last minute reservation at a nice restaurant? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 4:54 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this song called?

Is there a hit song out now that has the lyrics "Give me one more chance?" [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 4:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Recover files from NTFS disk image?

A relative's Windows XP (NTFS) machine was accidentally reinstalled from a recovery partition. We need to recover as much as possible from this reformatted disk. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 4:37 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I check out an online degree program?

What's an unbiased resource for checking out the value of credentials obtained through an online degree or distance learning program? [more inside]
posted by gm2007 at 4:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Hiring a PHP programmer for a startup web design company, how much should I pay them?

Hiring a PHP programmer for a startup web design company, how much should I pay them? [more inside]
posted by dcams at 4:30 PM PST - 7 comments

How to update podcast subscriptions on a storage device?

How can I get my podcast subscriptions to automatically update on an SD card similar to the way iTunes will load new ones/delete old ones on an iPod? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists at 4:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Peer review for semen samples?

A dispute between friends: is there any, say, peer-reviewed information out there about how a vegetarian diet impacts the taste of semen versus a meat-heavy diet? [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 3:56 PM PST - 8 comments

[film filter] help me remember a cartoon movie

I kinda remember this animated sci-fi film from when i was a kid. [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID at 3:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Interesting reads for aspiring medical scientists

For those of you in medical fields, what books, sites, or organizations reinforced your career decisions? [more inside]
posted by ick at 3:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Edwardian New Yorkers views on contraception and abortion

I recently read a novel which made me curious about attitudes toward contraception and abortion in the Edwardian United States, in particularly in New York City. [more inside]
posted by Phlogiston at 3:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Individual free choice but collective predictability?

Can someone explain why despite the fact that every one of these incidents occurs at a unique time and place, each involves a complex history of events and personal decisions leading to its very unlikely outcome, that the death toll on the roads year-on-year is so predictable? See here and here. [more inside]
posted by zaebiz at 1:54 PM PST - 47 comments

Just watched a very disturbing documentary, how scared should I be?

Just watched a very disturbing documentary, how scared should I be? [more inside]
posted by querty at 1:50 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I reformat my sister's laptop without installation CDs?

I have volunteered to help my sister reformat her Dell laptop over the phone. What do I need to know before I start, so that everything goes smoothly? [more inside]
posted by Paul KC at 1:41 PM PST - 9 comments


lil wayne's tha carter III got an 8.7 on Pitchfork, and made Rolling Stone's #3 album of 2008. I've listened to the album several times, and although I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about modern music, I just don't get it. Why do reviewers love this album?
posted by plexi at 1:38 PM PST - 28 comments

Have years of poor sleep hygiene ruined me from using a sunrise alarm clock?

Will my sunrise alarm clock ever work for me? And other tips on regulating my sleeping schedule? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo at 1:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Earphones for little ears?

Can you recommend some ear/headphones for someone with small ears? The ones that came with my old ipod always fall out because the earbuds are a bit too big. I read some previous threads here that recommended the kind that loop over your ear, but I wear glasses, so those never fit properly and fall off. I'd prefer some cheapies, as I'm not looking for superior sound quality; I just like to listen to pop music when I jog.
posted by bluefly at 12:56 PM PST - 12 comments

What's it called what Poe does?

Is there a name for what Poe did in The Raven where there's lots of long, vowel sounds? And is there anybody in music writing lyrics in a similar fashion? [more inside]
posted by low affect at 12:50 PM PST - 8 comments


Does anyone have any experience with the Retrouvaille marriage recovery program? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan at 12:48 PM PST - 2 comments

NYC couples massage

Do you know a good couples massage place in the upper east side NYC? [more inside]
posted by akabobo at 12:41 PM PST - 5 comments

What are some TV series with really good story arcs?

I love me some arcs. Please share your favorite TV shows that offer really good story arcs. Leaning towards mystery and sci-fi. I'd prefer shows that feature "factual accuracy" within the context of the show. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 12:40 PM PST - 75 comments

How can I quit using overused words and phrases?

How can I avoid using common, cliché words and phrases in my speech and writing, and come up with better ones? [more inside]
posted by relucent at 12:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Primary texts describing ancient Roman housing

I will soon be teaching a course on ancient Roman domestic spaces, and I am looking for primary source material to supplement readings in scholarship. Any suggestions of Roman texts (poetry, fiction, history, law, biography) that describe a Roman domestic space (domus, villa, insula, palace) would be much appreciated. Textual exempla of Roman domestic practices are also welcome (e.g., the account of Trimalchio's banquet in Petronius' Satyricon).
posted by sarahalisonmiller at 12:06 PM PST - 10 comments

Map apps for the iPhone

I'd like to create a map on the iPhone that displays multiple locations of my choice at once. Ideally, I'd like to also be able to route a path through them in advance. In essence, I am looking for something like Community Walk or Wayfaring in app format. [more inside]
posted by pearl228 at 11:16 AM PST - 2 comments

A (3D) Model Education

ChemistryFilter: How can I use a molecular model that was given to me to learn about the wonders of chemistry? [more inside]
posted by PaulingL at 11:03 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find examples of Soviet-bloc nostalgia art.

Frederic Jameson's Fear and Loathing in Globalization talks about Eastern European/Soviet nostalgia art, "in which a complete set of mass-produced industrial products, from toilet seats to window panes, from shower heads to automobiles, had been invented from scratch, altogether different from the actually existing Western inventory." Are there any examples of this type of art on the web?
posted by matkline at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Strange Tree. What is it?

I was at the Bogor Daily Photo blog earlier today and saw a picture of a 'Strange Tree' that one of the site's contributors, Alaya, posted with the words " found the tree with strange fruit on the road near botanical garden. anyone know what kind of tree is it? ". I waited the whole day but no answer was forthcoming . I thought it looks like a fruit-bearing parasitic plant that i might have seen somewhere before.The photo piqued my curiosity so I thought I will ask the Mefites. I am sure Alaya will be ever so thankful too. :)
posted by kryptos at 10:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Google has been hi-jacked

Help please. My Google search has been hi-jacked. The first 15 or so returns look promising until you see the website you will be directed to if you click on the link. For example, searching "Anne Bolyen" returns these links: bestweb choices, strikingoffers, freescan.antivirus, web-antivirus, teens-searcher, lowpriceshopper, and findstuff to name a few. [more inside]
posted by JujuB at 10:45 AM PST - 20 comments

Can you recommend a Seattle-area nanny agency?

Can you recommend a nanny / babysitter agency in the Seattle area? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 10:40 AM PST - 3 comments

Er..what are those words again?

So, I've been recently discovered (that is, new to me) a killer catchy dance song by Teddybears, featuring Mad Cobra, called "Cobrastyle." I looked up the lyrics because I don't have an ear for what I guess is Jamaican slang/patois.... [more inside]
posted by Thistledown at 10:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Depression Questions

I've been having a bunch of worrying but seemingly unrelated symptoms while dealing with depression. Which of them should be tested? Which are psychosomatic? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:12 AM PST - 9 comments

cards! get your cards here!

What do I do with thousands upon thousands of collectible trading card game cards? (Mostly from the Star Trek TCG.) [more inside]
posted by lou at 10:07 AM PST - 4 comments

My Tivo has gone blind!!

Last night my brother in law installed our new router. This morning my Tivo can't see either of the two computers on the network, and they can't see the Tivo either. Help?! [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 9:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Days of Wine and Roses Redux?

I think my sister and her boyfriend have a drinking problem. How can we help? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo at 9:41 AM PST - 25 comments

Funky Auld Medina

A few years ago, I remember grooving on a funky version of Auld Lang Syne. It was by a male artist, vocals plus either solo guitar or guitar driven. It was in a folk-reggae style similar to I’m Yours by Jason Mraz. Ring any bells?
posted by ericc at 9:34 AM PST - 5 comments

RPG Recommendations

Looking for some decent PC RPGs that a) don't involve playing with other people online and b) don't resemble Dungeons & Dragons, WoW, and so forth. [more inside]
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 9:01 AM PST - 51 comments

Something is clogging up my wifi connection

How do I isolate and fix this WiFi problem on my home network? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Please help me find an alarm clock ...

Please help me find an alarm clock ... [more inside]
posted by MegoSteve at 8:43 AM PST - 7 comments

QL-60? T3200? Laptop processors make no sense!

Yet another laptop question - somebody please explain the difference between the processors for me? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 8:36 AM PST - 8 comments


I am searching for a freeware utility for mac osx 10.3 and higher that can be used to compress files. Can't seem to find anything...
posted by citybuddha at 8:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Four days to begin a new way of thinking, eating, living.

I have the first 4 days of 2009 off. How can I use those to get a great big jump-start on my diet? [more inside]
posted by cloudsandstars at 8:16 AM PST - 18 comments

Is "" what it sounds like?

My fifteen-year-old niece has a notice from a friend that she has been posted on the internet in a potentially dangerous way. More inside, potentially NSFW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:58 AM PST - 17 comments

How much of the telephone and Internet systems would survive a nuke?

Would the landline telephone system be completely down after a nuclear strike on ~20 U.S. cities? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 7:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Water resistance vs. strong soap

What's the best way to get ground-in dirt out of a water-resistant coat? [more inside]
posted by Nancy Lebovitz at 7:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Making Winamp's shuffle smarter

Is there any way to make Winamp's shuffle smarter, i.e. closer to iTunes? [more inside]
posted by Bleusman at 6:32 AM PST - 10 comments

Downsides to using an HTDV as a computer monitor?

I'm thinking about getting an HDTV to use as a monitor for my computer, because the versatility and cost/size ratio seem much better. What are the disadvantages? [more inside]
posted by ambulatorybird at 3:53 AM PST - 18 comments


It's 3:48 AM on December 28th 2008 in suburban California (Fullerton). I can hear the sound of about 11 dogs barking simultaneously from around a 1/2 mile away. What is happening? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 1:59 AM PST - 14 comments

December 27

Maybe we should just throw this clunker out

Double whammy! Persistent "ghost" floppy drive, and slow, halting performance, all on my parents' PC. [more inside]
posted by curagea at 11:58 PM PST - 8 comments

How would an Indian say "Oh my gosh"?

What would a good Indian expression of suprise be? Specifically a pleasant suprise, such as the realisation that one is going to make a large amount of money, possibly from someone who is none too reputable. The Hindi (or other language) version and a literal translation would be most useful.
posted by Artw at 11:48 PM PST - 6 comments

iTunes on AppleTV only

Apple TV - Can I keep my iTunes library only on my Apple TV to free up the hard drive on my macbook? If I were to do this, how would I keep my iPhone iTunes library up to date?
posted by muscat at 10:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Laptop adaptor issues

I am using a targus adaptor for a Dell laptop. I have noticed that after while the light on the adaptor switches off and I have to plug it again to use the laptop. Also, its been showing just 9% remaining (charging) for a while now. Whats going on?
posted by xm at 10:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Dog vacation in PNW?

Please help me with ideas for a vacation with our dogs in the Pacific Northwest. [more inside]
posted by HotToddy at 10:00 PM PST - 5 comments

HP LCD gone pinko; love it or leave it?

I like pink, but not when it's all over my LCD. I like pink, but only when the other option is black. Help me confirm my novice diagnosis, please, concerning my screwed HP Pavilion dv5220us laptop. [more inside]
posted by xz at 9:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Removing a Fireplace

Fireplace removal. We just bought a house (an Eichler if your familiar with that style) and it has an outdated, ugly big red brick fireplace in the middle of the room. We really hate the way it breaks up the room, but we're not sure who we would even call to have it removed. It's an especially difficult removal since there's a hole in the roof for the stovepipe. So: 1. who would you call to remove the fireplace and 2. how much would something like that cost (ballparking it)?
posted by bananafish at 9:30 PM PST - 22 comments

Why do I have to create an account?

Why do an increasing number of e-commerce sites force me to set up an account, including an e-mail address and a password, as part of the checkout process. [more inside]
posted by alms at 9:16 PM PST - 22 comments

Wordpress as a CMS?

Where do I start to use Wordpress as a CMS? Plugins, designing for wordpress, etc...
posted by BoldStepDesign at 8:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Well, at least she isn't hung up on her ex...

Help me fix a (hopefully) temporary problem: how to explain to potential boyfriends that I've never been in a relationship before. (I am a 24 year old straight female.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 PM PST - 28 comments

Note or not?

Should I send my parents thank you notes? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 8:21 PM PST - 18 comments

Where to score OTC/discount purple LED Xmas ights?

Where can I buy strings of purple LEDs over-the-counter in the (SF) Bay Area? Maybe even with a post-holiday discount? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 8:21 PM PST - 2 comments

How to Benchmark Read/Write Speeds On My SD Card vs. My Hard Drive?

Is there a free and/or clever way to find out if the SD card plugged into my laptop is faster or slower than the laptop hard drive regarding read/write operations? I am running Windows Vista Home Premium. I'm wondering, for example, if the SD card would be a better scratch disk for Photoshop, and other apps that require non-RAM swap/scratch space. (I'm not intending to use ReadyBoost.)
posted by sidereal at 8:18 PM PST - 3 comments

What sexy things to do when all you do is have sex

What are some non-sexual (as in intercourse, oral, or other bedroomy stuff) yet sexy, creative things to do with your mate that aren't corny, cliche and obvious? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Making Use of Human Hair

Will hair felt? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 8:09 PM PST - 4 comments

My laptop (Compal IFL90/Sager 2090) wont boot up! Blank screen, HD, CD drive still whirring. DESPERATE help needed! More details inside...

My laptop (Compal IFL90/Sager 2090) wont boot up! Blank screen, HD, CD drive still whirring. DESPERATE help needed! More details inside... [more inside]
posted by Javed_Ahamed at 8:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Don't hate the miniplayer....

What was the first video game to include minigames? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 7:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Online or extended learning MSW degree?

I'm looking for an online accredited MSW program or an MSW program that will all me to use my 30 years of work experience toward the degree. Does anyone know of one? must be an accredited program.
posted by Jandasmo at 7:48 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I filter my entire digital life into one personal domain?

I'm merging my digital life into one conglomerate website. I have a wordpress blog, tumblr, twitter page, blogspot blog, and a page for my music project being joined on my new domain. Can I do this without making my site busy or ugly? [more inside]
posted by bradly at 7:31 PM PST - 9 comments

This just became a mess...

My wife needs to speak to an attorney. But what kind does she need? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find a book I read once, ten or twelve years ago, and barely remember

I'm trying to find a book I read in high school and barely remember. It was a sort of magical realism thing titled, I think, "The Road to Foo" where "Foo" was pronounced by the teacher as "Thomas and Charlie" but was one slurred together word/place name in, I think, Spanish or Portuguese. But I am very, very bad at hearing phonetic differences and worse at spelling. And high school was a long time ago. I don't remember much about the book except there was an old man, probably senile, who goes on a last journey. And it was short. Can anyone tell me how to spell the damn title, so I can find it? Thanks.
posted by Grod at 7:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Gimme some o' that!

Why does HDTV look so good in the ads? [more inside]
posted by Acacia at 6:54 PM PST - 7 comments

How best to export a Journler diary?

How best to export a Journler diary? [more inside]
posted by zenja72 at 6:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Changing careers without going back to school?

CareerFilter: Any advice on undertaking a career change when going back to school is not an option? [more inside]
posted by kaudio at 4:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Canadian Identity theft laws?

In Canada (Quebec), what laws exist against identity theft? More specifically, against identity theft for the purpose of defrauding third parties using the stolen identity. [more inside]
posted by furiousxgeorge at 4:47 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I stand comfortably / work on my feet for long periods?

Hi MeFites :) I've recently changed my desk setup so I'm standing, instead of sitting, to help reduce my lower back pain. However I'm not used to standing for long periods and would love any tips you can offer me for standing comfortably for hours at a time. [more inside]
posted by katala at 4:31 PM PST - 23 comments

Adwords and SEO tips?

What do I need to know to start and run my company's Adwords and SEO campaigns? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 4:06 PM PST - 1 comment

Ben Wade's Last words

Roger Ebert says, in his review of 3:10 to Yuma: "In hard times, Americans have often turned to the Western to reset their compasses. In very hard times, it takes a very good Western. Attend well to Ben Wade's last words in this movie, and who he says them to, and why." Ben Wade's last words are... [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane at 3:03 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I make my TV-enabled computer and HDTV play nicely with each other?

I just bought an HDTV. I have a computer with a TV Tuner card and beyond TV software. I do not have a standalone DVD player. I have a digital cable box (which may or may not stay, depending on your advice) and I have an HD box on the way. How should I set this all up? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 2:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Can anyone recommend any funny novels about government and politics?

Can anyone recommend any funny novels about government and politics? [more inside]
posted by Myles at 2:20 PM PST - 31 comments

Professor Layton and the Curious Village

So I played Professor Layton and the Curious Village on DS and I think it's one of the funnest game on the system. Which other game is similar, for older system that can be emulated, or maybe even a website with a good collection of puzzles? Hook me up! I need to satisfy my puzzle solving urges. Thanks!
posted by PowerCat at 2:13 PM PST - 6 comments

Club-Mate in Los Angeles?

Where can I buy Club-Mate in Los Angeles? So far I have called the Alpine Village Market and Galco's Soda Pop Stop, and signed up for the newsletter at No Club-Mate yet. Help?
posted by thedaniel at 1:56 PM PST - 2 comments

conspiracy theory art

A while ago I read about an artist, then recently deceased, whose works consisted of the names of entities in popular conspiracy theories connected with graceful arcs (according as they were held to be in cahoots). Maybe it wasn't only conspiracy theories but also more legitimate political connections. I can't find his name or examples of his work online, and I would like to. Only you can help!
posted by kenko at 1:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Nightcrawlers For Sale

Do kids still collect and sell earthworms for fish bait? [more inside]
posted by Tube at 1:27 PM PST - 12 comments

What solitaire game is this? What are the rules?

I was once taught a form of solitaire that could be played without a playing surface. Anyone have an idea? [more inside]
posted by mbatch at 1:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Movie selection tools

I loved movies A, B and C and hated movies X, Y and Z. What tools are available out there which will use this information to recommend movies I might like?
posted by vizsla at 1:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Speckled eggs? Piebald horses?

"God bless the speckled things"? What poem am I misremembering? [more inside]
posted by ourobouros at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Air Filters Without the Subscription

Does anyone have positive experiences with some kind of room-based air cleaner which does not require the purchase of replacement filters? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 1:17 PM PST - 9 comments

What is the translation for this Greek inscription on my ring?

What is the translation for this Greek inscription on my ring? [more inside]
posted by illenion at 1:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Running on Empty

Running Filter: I have signed up for half a marathon coming up at the end of January. I also signed up for a running group which helps you train for the half a marathon. I have missed about 60 precent of the running sessions. With the marathon less than a month away, I need some help getting ready for it. [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami at 1:09 PM PST - 3 comments

How can I sleepwalk more productively?

I'm a sleepwalker. While asleep I can accomplish basic tasks, but nothing which requires higher brain function. I've heard of lucid dreaming; is there any way I can train myself to do simple household chores while asleep?
posted by the latin mouse at 12:47 PM PST - 8 comments

I maed you an encrypted volume but then I losted it.

I encrypted a bunch of stuff using TrueCrypt, but I forgot where I put it. Help me find it? Yes, I feel dumb. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 12:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Game Cube recommendations similar to Resident Evil 4

I have a gamecube but the only game I have enjoyed immensely is Resident Evil 4. Didn't like the other Resident Evil games' controls and such. Any other games for the 'cube that you can recommend that are first person shooter, whether it be horror/sci-fi like Resiident Evil 4 or maybe a crime game? (Kinda over the WW2 games)...Man, I am a cynical gamecuber, ay...thanks for you thoughts and suggestions. I really appreciate it as I try to get as much use out of this cube as I can.
posted by snap_dragon at 12:17 PM PST - 11 comments

What are the advantages of an offshore company and where should I incorporate one?

I am a British Internet marketer and need advice on setting up an offshore company and bank account to avoid tax. Details inside! [more inside]
posted by Kai2 at 11:53 AM PST - 10 comments

What's the name of this early reality show about stranded people trying to get back to the US?

Help me recall this proto-Amazing Race game show... [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 11:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Is my mom really not eligible for FMLA?

Is my mom really not eligible for FMLA to take care of my sister when my sister gives birth? [more inside]
posted by Monday at 11:27 AM PST - 13 comments

How can I get over my brain/dick insecurity thing

The first time I have sex with a person, I have a really difficult time getting an erection. Everything could be going right and feeling right, but I just don't get hard. Sometimes not at all. This is not a problem I have by myself or with my partner (who thinks I get hard too often, too easily as it is), so it's usually not an issue, except for the occasional threesome or one night stand. I know that it's more of a mental thing than a physical thing, but how do I overcome it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Listen to me and I'll write it down

I write like I talk and so my writing is not great but my spoken stories are magnetic. Help me put these stories to paper! [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 11:24 AM PST - 10 comments

Are convertible cars a bad idea?

I want a Mini Cooper. I want a convertible Mini Cooper. My wife tells me convertibles are a bad idea. (Especially in Oregon.) I'm not convinced. Hasn't convertible technology advanced to a point where they're pretty hassle-free? Help me convince her a convertible is a fine idea!
posted by jdroth at 10:26 AM PST - 35 comments

Labor law help needed for socal govt contract employee

I believe my company, a government contractor, is using alot of grey areas in their employee time cards to get away with paying as little as possible. For example, I am listed with them as "salary", which by my understanding would mean I get x amount of payment per pay period. However, they still have everyone fill out a time card, and pay us per the hours we have worked. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Trust and The Grey Area

Trying to figure out if some "grey area" behavior on the part of a boyfriend should be raising red flags. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 42 comments

Help me find a 1980s t-shirt

Impossible mission: I'd love to find a branded t-shirt from a company called "Mighty Muffin Baking Co." which operated in West Point, Virginia, USA starting in the late 1970s. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Spotty flowers!!

How do you deal with brown spots on roses? I'm posting for my mom and sister who are non-professionally doing my cousin's wedding flowers for tonight. Some of the flowers have brown spots - is there any way to deal with this? Cut the rose petals with scissors? Google is yielding nothing but, "Don't use flowers with brown spots."
posted by artychoke at 7:59 AM PST - 3 comments

I need a home for my stuff.

Self-storage solution for linens, toys, etc.? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:49 AM PST - 9 comments

Mountain Bike Grease Makes Tattoo

Do you have design ideas for a tattoo which incorporates some existing scars? [more inside]
posted by chase at 6:47 AM PST - 13 comments

RPG's for the SNES?

I loved Legend of Zelda on the SNES. I loved Secret of Mana on the SNES. What other RPG's for the SNES might I like? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 5:36 AM PST - 31 comments


NSFW – My efforts to find non-dungeon-y locations for bondage-related photography in NYC (Manhattan, specifically) have been less than fruitful. Help! Very long question inside. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 5:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Filling up with warm fuzzies before relationship hibernation

Ideas for things to do with my husband before he goes off for three months of job training? He's leaving in two weeks. [more inside]
posted by itesser at 3:14 AM PST - 4 comments

What was this thing? I remember coloring Spider Man..

Help me remember what this thing was I got as a Christmas gift as a child. It was a sort of video coloring book console. [more inside]
posted by mediocre at 3:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Hooking up a projector to HDMI

Audiovisual question. What will happen if I plug the HDMI output of a Sony Playstation 3 to the DVI port of this max. 1280x1024 pixel LCD projector? I would of course have a HDMI-DVI cable. Will I be able to display 720p or 1080i stuff? And if it doesn't work, are there devices out there that downsample HD so I can use the projector for pseudo-HD movies and games? I really do not want to buy an HDTV. If it matters, a PDF manual for the projector (2.2 MB) is here.
posted by crapmatic at 12:47 AM PST - 14 comments

December 26

Lose Weight, Gain Hurt?

I used to get sciatica as a result of a lower back problem. It mostly went away, perversely as I put on some weight. Now, I am losing the weight to deal with the lower back pain itself, and the sciatica is coming back as the weight comes off. Coincidence, or to be expected? It seems kind of backwards to me.
posted by blue_wardrobe at 10:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me come up with a new dream job

What do you do when circumstances require you to come up with a new dream job (and you’re not over the current/past one)? [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 9:28 PM PST - 13 comments

new years in rome

what should i do for new year's in rome? i'm female, late 20s, traveling alone, and on a budget. recommendations?
posted by theflash at 9:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Two eyebrows, please.

Where's a good place in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to get my eyebrows de-Munstered? [more inside]
posted by gavagai at 8:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Heated Mouse: Handy, or a Trap?

Can anyone offer advice about purchasing and using a heated computer mouse? I'm developing symptoms of secondary Raynaud's and a heated mouse sounds promising, in theory. How well do they work? Super warm nimble gloves would also be welcome if anyone could suggest a type to try.
posted by woodway at 8:17 PM PST - 12 comments

Napping in New York

I'm arriving in New York at 5:30 AM, with nowhere to sleep until that night. Is taking a nap in a chair at Penn Station reasonable and unlikely to get me robbed/shivved? Is there a library or similar that you'd recommend instead?
posted by Simon! at 8:15 PM PST - 31 comments


Once upon a time I heard about a method of applying mathmatical operations (like multiplying 4 or 5-digit numbers together) using the knuckles of one's hands. Google has failed me. Did I imagine the whole thing? Assuming not, what is this called and how does it work?
posted by mezzanayne at 8:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Couch Surfing Professor

There is the story of the perennial house guest who is either a distinguished mathematician or a physicist. The story goes that if this gentleman comes to stay with a young scientist it means that their future in the field is in for a sudden uptick. His tenure in their home tends to result in a few collaborative papers which in turn leads to notice in the scientific community and a rapid rise in status. Please help me find this professor's name?
posted by cm at 8:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Hallelujiah, Hare Krishna, [fill in blank]

Interfaith Filter: are there any more words or expressions in other faiths/languages that are akin to the Judeo-Christian "Hallelujiah"? What are they? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:26 PM PST - 18 comments

Alternative to Papers

I recently found a fantastic program for managing research literature on OSX and I'm looking for a similar program for Windows and Linux. [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani at 7:16 PM PST - 10 comments

New DVD box set won't play o DVD player but plays fine on my PC. Why?

New DVD box set (the Flintstones!). It won't play on my DVD player ("Incompatible disc") but plays fine on my PC. Why? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero at 7:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Want to switch from writing to social work

I'm a freelance writer wishing to make a career change to social work. The only stumbling block is student loan debt. [more inside]
posted by xenophile at 7:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Snowshoeing, skating, or skiing for n00bs

How can two oldsters, two college students, and a 15-year-old boy have fun in the snow or on the ice? My 21-year-old nephew and his girlfriend are coming to stay with me, my wife, and son in the Denver area right after New Year's. We'd like to take them to the mountains for a day trip or possibly overnight, but we're totally lame and don't know how to ski or skate. They probably know how to skate, but I don't think they ski. What would be fun and easy to learn? [more inside]
posted by lukemeister at 6:45 PM PST - 11 comments

Cheap bastards tried to kill me - anybody got this recipe?

Imitation recipe for Pepperidge Farms Herb Stuffing? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 6:37 PM PST - 8 comments

How can I leave my 90-something relatives behind?

How can I move out of my hometown and leave my elderly relatives all alone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Do I ditch the joint or not?

I've been told I will be laid-off in the May to July time frame if no new work happens. I like my job a lot and I really don't want to move, but I like being able to pay my rent more. Turns out there are several jobs that I think I can handily win in another city, but I think they'll all be filled by the time I find out if I will be laid off or not. Do I leave now or hope for the best here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Could I get in trouble with my former employer if I develop similar software for their competitor(s)?

Could I get in trouble with my former employer if I develop similar software for their competitor(s)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:34 PM PST - 11 comments

The most reliable ways to get free stuff

Where can I get good free stuff, such as USB sticks, phone lanyards, and pens, and also better free stuff, up to flashlights, crappy Chinese MP3 players, and notebooks? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 5:42 PM PST - 11 comments

New Years Resolution: Send a letter every day.

New Years Resolution: Write a letter every day. [more inside]
posted by thebrokenmuse at 5:03 PM PST - 18 comments

Starting an internship.

I want to get an internship with a record label. I dont have a degree or experience. What can I do???
posted by Dasmall07 at 4:45 PM PST - 8 comments

playing with myself

need recommendation for headphone amplifier for an electric guitar... [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 4:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Help a wannabe graphics designer make a logo

What are some good resources for designing a logo for my company? [more inside]
posted by coachjerry at 3:52 PM PST - 13 comments

How can I get fit properly?

How can I get fit properly? [more inside]
posted by Fluffy654 at 3:51 PM PST - 9 comments

When to apply for a job?

I'm graduating from college in May and will be entering the real world. I need a job, but how early should I start applying? [more inside]
posted by firei at 3:25 PM PST - 21 comments

Best Windows Contact Management for iPhone

What is the best Windows based contact management program for the iPhone? I am looking for a fully functional program to load on my PC that syncs well with my iPhone. Do not want to spend much money. Have used Outlook in the past but was too clunky. Apple has but is a Saas model and I have to repay every year for usage. Desired features are calender, email, contacts, etc. I am also using 1st gen iPhone. All help appreciated.
posted by wts111 at 3:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Want REVENGE! Laptop bag.

Family Fail. How can I get revenge on my family by purchasing an awesome laptop bag? [more inside]
posted by tcv at 2:50 PM PST - 28 comments

How healthy is a bag of guts?

Can I cook a chicken with the giblet bag in? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 2:40 PM PST - 7 comments

There are so many laptops out there!

Laptop recommendations for a ~600 USD budget [more inside]
posted by majikstreet at 2:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Best technique and tools for stripping paint off wall

Best technique and tools for stripping paint off wall? [more inside]
posted by eeyore at 2:18 PM PST - 6 comments

Which (Canadian, hiking) GPS? Criteria inside

Hi there, I'm looking for advice on the right GPS unit. This would be my first purchase but I have used a few in the past and I know what didn't work for me and what did. I've read a bit but to be honest I still don't have a clue about manufacturers, specific models, chipsets and everything else. I was wondering if y'all could help? [more inside]
posted by fingerbang at 1:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Good carrying case for the iPod Nano?

I got an iPod Nano 4G for Christmas and i need a good case that will hold the iPod, headphones, and maybe the USB cable.
posted by nickhb at 1:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Wet Audis and the Bills they Cause

My 2006 Audi A4 is having ignition coil problems. And the dealer is saying because it's water damage related, it's not covered under warranty. I have NOT had the engine cleaned. I have NOT driven into a lake and I live in California where rain is minimal. Help me to not be screwed. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 1:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Telus broke my legs

I have a Samsung SCH-A950 phone. Telus has crippled it. Has anyone figured out how to subvert the ringtone download store and use mp3 ringtones? [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 12:31 PM PST - 8 comments

Most profitable plumbing jobs?

What particular types of calls do plumbers earn the most profit on? [more inside]
posted by BirdD0g at 12:29 PM PST - 7 comments

What's perfect for the ultimate chill room?

My sixteen year old brother is trying to turn his bedroom into the ultimate chill room. He has a laser stars projector, multiple lava lamps, one of these Luminglass lights, and a fog machine that really works well with the laser stars projector. What other trippy, spacy, unusual, outlandish, and freaky decor (lights, art, etc.) is necessary for the ultimate chill room?
posted by jayder at 12:18 PM PST - 31 comments

Mac alternatives?

What are good MacBook alternatives (non-apple)? [more inside]
posted by Pasa la bola chetu at 12:13 PM PST - 8 comments

How much energy does my old laptop use?

How much energy does my old laptop use? [more inside]
posted by clearlynuts at 11:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Windshield wiper repair

The windshield wipers died on our Buick Park Avenue (model year 2000). Dealership states it is not a blown fuse but a bad motor. How much should this cost to repair? [more inside]
posted by pushing paper and bottoming chairs at 11:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Once upon a time, there was a magic recipe . . .

We've been invited to party where everyone brings a dish based on food from a children's book. Does anyone have any good suggestions and, better yet, recipes? [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 10:56 AM PST - 57 comments

Best practices for self-service password reset solutions?

Best practices for self-service password reset solutions? [more inside]
posted by bda1972 at 10:30 AM PST - 4 comments

What is the architectural style of this home??

what is the architectural style of this house? It's a fixer upper that we plan to gut and try to keep with the style of the home as much as we can on our beer money. ;) I haven't had much luck scouring the net. It's listed as a colonial but it doesn't seem to be a "true" colonial? I'm wondering if anyone here can break it down for me. Thanks!
posted by Jujee at 10:16 AM PST - 15 comments

How to maps some trails with a GPS?

How can I create a trail map using a GPS? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 9:57 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I combine multiple Google Maps into one "master" map?

Is it possible to display data plotted on multiple Google maps on one single map? [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross at 9:31 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find Emu Bitter beer for my grandparents?

Where can I buy Emu Bitter beer in the US? It's made by Nathan Lion, the same brewery that makes Steinlager. I'm willing to drive anywhere in AZ, NH, or NE, although I would prefer mail order delivery. [more inside]
posted by speedoavenger at 9:30 AM PST - 7 comments

Sulfa danger?

I'm allergic to sulfa drugs (specifically known to be allergic to Septra). My boyfriend's taking Bactrim, a sulfa drug. Could I have an allergic reaction from kissing him or coming into contact with his sweat? Could sleeping next to him be dangerous?
posted by anonymous at 9:15 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to access PS3 Online Store via Playstation 3 overseas

How can I access playstation US store overseas via playstation 3 console? [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi at 9:02 AM PST - 5 comments


Would you happen to know someone (or be someone) who offers poi or fire-staffing lessons around CA's south bay region? I'm dying to get back into the hobby, but driving from Redondo to Santa Monica (where most instructors I've found are located) is not appealing at all. Hate the 405. Hatehatehate. Er. Doesn't have to be a professional performer, either - just someone who's familiar enough with most tricks to be a good teacher. Anyone? Anyone?
posted by Bakuun at 8:50 AM PST - 2 comments

What christian tenets are not in the bible?

What christian tenets are NOT in the bible? [more inside]
posted by theholotrope at 8:04 AM PST - 41 comments

A soundtrack... FOR JUSTICE!

GREETINGS, CITIZENS OF METAFILTER! In the noble quest for truth and justice against the forces of evil, we need ... A SOUNDTRACK. What are some good songs that are about or reference superheroes? [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 at 7:02 AM PST - 73 comments

Calling all DC Cheapskates!

How early must one arrive to be reasonably assured of getting a seat at the daily free concerts on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 6:43 AM PST - 7 comments

How can I stop feeling resentment toward my ex?

I'm troubled by unresolved ex issues. How can I move on from these feelings of resentment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:22 AM PST - 32 comments

What takes up space on my computer?

The memory on my Macbook is apparently completely full, but I don't know what could be taking up so much space. What can I do or download to find out?
posted by howgenerica at 6:10 AM PST - 12 comments

Death of Google not exaggerated?

Sitting in a hotel room using the hotel internet connection and cannot access any Google sites. Any other site seems to come up fine. Doubt it's a problem with the hotel network or router as I'm using OpenDNS. [more inside]
posted by Expat at 5:25 AM PST - 15 comments

My grandfather's paying an arm and a leg to cure his GERD.

What is a good, reliable online Canadian pharmacy for Americans to purchase from? (Particularly interested in finding one with AcipHex.) [more inside]
posted by metalheart at 3:14 AM PST - 5 comments

They ain't made by Apple, but they are damn sweet little computers.

I got Mrs Mutant a netbook for Christmas, and grabbed one for myself as well. Questions about best practices to integrate Linux machines into an OS X household. [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 2:54 AM PST - 14 comments

Ideas on getting to Vienna from Sydney?

Things to consider on getting to Vienna, Austria, from Sydney, Australia? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 2:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Fancy Dining in Rotterdam

Looking for dinner and drinking suggestions in Rotterdam on New Year's Eve. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop at 2:26 AM PST - 0 comments

Expand my language!

What are some good, off-the-wall similes/metaphors? R-Rated and PG-rated are both ok! [more inside]
posted by Master Gunner at 1:39 AM PST - 66 comments

Suggestions for a special or unusual gift from Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Jordan (for an American)?

Suggestions for a special or unusual gift from Egypt, Saudi Arabia or Jordan (for an American)? [more inside]
posted by Auden at 1:08 AM PST - 5 comments

December 25

What non-pancakes can I make out of pancake mix?

I've somehow ended up with 5 lb (2 kg) of Krusteaz pancake mix. Pancakes, fruit, and syrup are getting boring, and I don't have a waffle maker. Is there anything else I can make with pancake mix, other than pancakes? Or are there any other awesome things I can add to pancakes, to make them less boring? [more inside]
posted by Xere at 11:47 PM PST - 23 comments

8-year-olds, Dude.

What are some good rock songs that feature simple but distinctive drumming? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 9:55 PM PST - 38 comments

Computer generated fur softly lit with flickering candle light

How automated is PIXAR-caliber computer animation these days? [more inside]
posted by umbú at 8:59 PM PST - 16 comments

How can I be like C.J. Cregg?

Maybe it's just the miniature Aaron Sorkin in my head talking, but with the advent of the Obama administration and all, I think it might be cool to try to get a stint as a communications aide/press officer or speechwriter with some kind of progressive campaign or Democratic congressperson. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder at 8:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Guess that mystery shape!

What is the symbol on this box?
posted by andythebean at 8:15 PM PST - 17 comments

Wikify my math

Should I be using a wiki to collect my notes on mathematical research? Which one? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 7:22 PM PST - 18 comments

living as a couple.. alone.

Am I being unreasonable in my expectation to live with my boyfriend alone (ie. not share a house with other people)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:18 PM PST - 46 comments

Airstream trailer park?

My boyfriend is trying to remember the name and place of a vintage style/retro resort featuring Airstream trailers that were converted to hotel rooms. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 6:57 PM PST - 10 comments

How should I use saffron?

How should I use saffron? [more inside]
posted by a robot made out of meat at 6:57 PM PST - 18 comments

What song ends with "I'm getting closer to my woman"?

A few years ago my girlfriend and I were in a bar and heard a song -a late-'60s/early '70s blooze-rock number a la Bad Company or someone like that - which ended with a seemingly endless refrain comprised of the lead singer repeating "I'm getting closer to my woman." It's turned into an in-joke with us, and I'd like to put it on a mix for her, but endless Googling hasn't turned it up. Anyone have any idea what song it might be?
posted by you just lost the game at 6:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Best way to convert avi for youtube in ubuntu?

Recommended route for encoding avi to smaller file size for upload to youtube in ubuntu? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 4:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Ouch. Too many prunes.

What are some good, non-medicine ways to alleviate pain from intestinal cramps? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic at 3:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Playing PC streams through home stereo

I'm trying to find the best/simplest wireless solution for playing music/streams from my PC through my home stereo. Currently, I'm doing it the wired way: headphone line out (from laptop) to auxiliary input (using a cable that is adapted to rca plugs) on my Kenwood receiver. I'd like to buy a wireless solution and need advice on where I can find something that is both functional and affordable. I don't need anything fancier than what will work for streaming the PC output.
posted by zephyrbill at 3:50 PM PST - 10 comments

Rockwell a subversive artist?

I seem to remember reading somewhere, or possibly listening to a story on NPR, which talked about Norman Rockwell being a subversive artist. The tone was of a researcher having talked to his contemporaries and concluding that Rockwell was in a way being ironic or sarcastic in his paintings. I also vaguely remember hearing/reading that there were small clues in some of his paintings indicating this. Any help finding more information on this? [more inside]
posted by efalk at 3:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I be a Christian if I don't believe in Christ?

Can I be a member of a Christian church when I don't believe the Christ story? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 PM PST - 68 comments

What do I do with a querulous neighbor?

My downstairs neighbor seems hypersensitive to noise, and repeatedly complains and threatens to "tell" on me to our building supervisor. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:50 PM PST - 20 comments

Golly mister, I'm lookin' for some swell music.

For comedic purposes, I need some of that breezy music you often hear in the background of 50's educational films, usually strings. Youtube is probably not an option because I need the 'pure' version without talking, sound effects, etc. already dubbed over it. I'm thinking it might be somewhere in the Henry Mancini realm but not sure. Any thoughts you have would be just swell.
posted by mattholomew at 2:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Banned at work. Unban please.

I mistakenly ran p2p software on my laptop while connected to my company's wireless. Now my laptop is prevented from connecting. I'd like to unban it again. [more inside]
posted by nevercalm at 12:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Emails, Domains and the Drop

Domains, Email Addresses, and The Drop: Following an earlier question on MeFi, I'd quite like a unique professional email address, but my name is common and almost all ".com" variants have been snapped. Lend me your kind ears and your valuable hive experiences and advice. [more inside]
posted by ashaw at 12:15 PM PST - 21 comments

I need a list of the editor for each edition of Gray's Anatomy.

Where can I find a list of all the editors of Gray's Anatomy from the first to the current editions?
posted by tumbleweedjack at 11:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Charlotte Filter: Best Mid-Upscale Restaurants

Give me your best mid range to upscale restaurant in Charlotte, either Uptown or accessible by the new Light rail. Atmosphere (three late 20s professionals going, so not romantic), crowd, great, interesting food are the criteria. Probably looking something 'hip' and loud.
posted by sandmanwv at 11:36 AM PST - 4 comments

interesting classes in san francisco

I will be living in San Francisco for seven months from the beginning of February to the beginning of September, and I'm looking for places to take affordable (and accessible art, language and other classes). [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

cheese please

Cheese present for pregnant sister, which are safe? [more inside]
posted by speef at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments

Was that a coyote shoplifting?

Okay, s I saw this video on the CNN site a few hours ago. The newscasters go on about it being a dog that was shoplifting, but I think it was a coyote. Any mefi out there know more about coyotes care to make a positive id?
posted by lester at 11:11 AM PST - 15 comments

What worth a pearl ring?

My mother gave me a pearl ring (one white and one black natural pearls on a simple silver band, can't find a close match online) to give to my fiance. It's incredibly small, and I would absolutely need to have it resized to fit her finger, by at least a half size, and as much as a whole size. What would that cost, and given the ring, is it worth it? It's from about 1970 or so. I'm in Chicago, is there any place that you can recommend?
posted by Oktober at 11:07 AM PST - 9 comments

29mph over in Michigan - Idiot step brother - 79 in a 50 - What are we looking at?

Michigan Speeding - Step brother got hit for going 79 in a 50 - 29 friggin miles over in a car i co-signed ... info no where to be found on [more inside]
posted by mrflibble at 10:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Back my Mac up online

What's the best software for automated online backups for OSX? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 10:46 AM PST - 13 comments

Good biographies of F. Scott Fitzgerald?

A friend of mine would like to read more about F. Scott Fitzgerald's life. What can you recommend? [more inside]
posted by Quidam at 10:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Dad's going crazy on Christmas Day.

My dad let his prescription for Ativan run out, and now he's out of his mind and beginning to hallucinate. It's obviously Christmas Day and everything is closed; his doctors are not reachable so far. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by susiepie at 10:03 AM PST - 20 comments

Discount Lift Tickets - Crested Butte

Colorado residents... where can I find the cheapest lift tickets for Crested Butte? [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 9:18 AM PST - 1 comment

How to get started with multiple itunes libraries?

How to get started with multiple itunes libraries? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 8:26 AM PST - 2 comments

How does one know that they've found the right partner?

How does one know that they've found the right partner? I don't have my dream job, apartment, body, city... no aspect of my life is exactly what I dream about. But I'm generally happy with my life and I'm thankful for the good things I have. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:34 AM PST - 32 comments

Everyone wants to give the money to the other person - what is fair?

14 years ago I was given a baby grand piano for Christmas, where it lived at my mother's house until now. She recently remodeled and sold it (with my full agreement) since I have no room for it and interstate moving would cost as much as a new piano. She wants to give me the proceeds since it was my present, but I think we should at least split it since it was a really expensive gift and it has remained at her house. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by true at 6:32 AM PST - 13 comments

I think I might like to live in a Warehouse.

How do I find out about live/work accomodations like converted warehouses in Cambridge, England? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 at 6:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me build a better social real-life network in 2009 !

My new year resolution is to do more/better real-life networking : more/better acquaintances, more/better friends, more/better relationships. I need tips and tricks on how to get a generous-sized addres book and an improved social life and what to do once I meet these potential new friends. [more inside]
posted by Baud at 5:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Mysterious truck in Soho London.

What is this device? And what was this truck doing in Central London (Soho) today? [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 5:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I get a tax deduction from donating clothing in Australia?

I'm living in Melbourne, Australia, and I have a whole lot of unwanted clothing (some unworn or barely worn) that I want to donate to an op shop. Am I able to get any tax deduction for this?
posted by Eastgate at 3:07 AM PST - 1 comment

Help us breathe or help us leave

It's two am on Christmas morning and my wife and I haven't slept because we feel we are suffocating from all the cigarette smoke in my parent's house. This is our first night of four, and my wife is upset, wondering if she can maybe sleep in the car (it's minus twenty outside, so no). How can we make this bearable, or, failing that, how can we explain to my parents that we have to leave already? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 2:12 AM PST - 50 comments

December 24

I want to help the Fox and the Bird

What do i need to learn to make add-ons of my own for Firefox and/or Songbird? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 at 10:19 PM PST - 6 comments

What *do* they use to cut grass in China?

AnswerAnOngoingFamilyArgument-Filter: My sister says one of her highschool history teachers mentioned in class a month or two ago that in China, people use scissors to cut their lawns instead of lawn mowers. Obviously, this is pretty crazy (right?), but my sister says that's what he said. Is there anything reasonable along these lines that could have been what he really said?
posted by niles at 8:50 PM PST - 31 comments

Abusive and Ill?

I know that survivors of abuse often develop mental disorders. But what disorders/illnesses are associated with being abusive? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 8:46 PM PST - 20 comments

What do you do on a Christmas alone?

I've got nowhere to go for Christmas and nobody to celebrate it with. Every place I could use to distract myself is closed. The soup kitchens already have too many volunteers. Plus I have no car. I'm going to be bored as hell. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:28 PM PST - 37 comments

Who thought Sam up?

Songfilter: Heard it on the radio, schizophrenia, prostitution, weirdness. [more inside]
posted by M Edward at 7:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Is there an MP3 of Wall-E saying "Wall-E"?

Can someone help me find an MP3 of Wall-E saying "Wall-E"? My SO is named Walter and this would be an excellent XMas gift!
posted by k8t at 6:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Misdemeanor Cleaner?

Is there a process to have a misdemeanor expunged from someone's record in Pennsylvania? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 6:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Do 3 pies = 1 tasty cake?

Last minute Christmas dessert. Someone at my wife's work made this. It's a "cake" made by taking three pies (pecan, pumpkin, apple) and smashing them one on top of the other into a three-layer "Pie Cake". It was frosted with Pecan Coconut frosting. Apparently it was very very good. We can't get in touch with the guy who made it, so we were hoping the hive mind could help us out. If anyone has heard of this, please let us know if it is as simple as taking pies out of their tins, smashing them (gently) into three distinct layers, applying the frosting and VOILA, a weird but tasty dessert item!
posted by high0nfire at 6:32 PM PST - 4 comments

What (for him) to do?

ForA(Best)FriendFilter: What can a smart, idealistic kid do out of college in the DC area which relates to law & the study of the constitution? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 5:51 PM PST - 9 comments

How to continue my grouchy urban life on a Buenos Aires trip?

LAST MINUTE: Things to do for young, sorta hipsterish person in Buenos Aires, being dragged around by his mother? [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 5:21 PM PST - 7 comments

What the hell is a Round Roast?

I have in my possession a large cut of beef called a round roast. What is it (pot roast, maybe?) and how do I cook it - tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 5:11 PM PST - 18 comments

English-major cliche

Help! I've become an English-major cliche! [more inside]
posted by sureshot at 4:40 PM PST - 35 comments

Laid off.

I found out that I'm getting laid off and need advice about the whole process. [more inside]
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 3:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Less-known nice/sweet/romantic/fun things to do with your significant other

What are some less known romantic/fun/sweet/cool things to do with/for your significant other? I know the question is somewhat vague, but please see the extended explanation for a few example that I have in mind. More would be great! [more inside]
posted by harwons at 2:27 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I have a fire on Christmas without going to the store for wood?

Can I burn wet wood? I have a woodpile outdoors, uncovered and it's been snowing/raining. Is it possible to dry it off and burn it this weekend? [more inside]
posted by Melsky at 2:12 PM PST - 18 comments

How do I move on?

Still new to relationships and the heartbreak that comes with. Somewhat long post with teen angst inside. [more inside]
posted by Yasuo at 2:03 PM PST - 23 comments

A dorm room freezer?

Are there dorm room freezers? [more inside]
posted by Nish ton at 1:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Joins got me down

Yet another MySQL join question. [more inside]
posted by Jezztek at 1:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Starting over with a new laptop, how best to stay organized?

I'd like to know the best way to move a selected group of files & applications to a new laptop, and advice to help ensure that my new Mac doesn't get bunged up with duplicate & improperly deleted files like my old one did, with its inexplicably full hard drive and crammed iTunes & iPhoto folders. This is rather lengthy, geared to the slightly moronic layperson (me), and has 6 sub-questions inside. [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 12:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Photoshop Training in DC - Last Minute Gift

Bail me out. I need to find the best place for my wife to get additional training on Adobe Photoshop in Washington DC. This is her (nail bitting) only Christmas present and I haven't found the perfect place yet. She's a budding photographer and has most of the professional equipment she needs (Nikon D300, New Desktop w/ CS4, etc). I would classify her as currently at the top end of the intermediate skill range. I'd prefer night time classes, but can arrange for day care if it is an excellent class. Anything below $2,000 works. Bonus points for anything that leads to any Adobe certifications. Thanks! Any other suggestions would be great as well (she's learning Fireworks and InDesign right now too).
posted by roundrock at 12:32 PM PST - 17 comments

what is this crafty blog i used to read?

What is this blog I used to read? Cute, crafty, feminine, featuring pretty things, well-designed goods, etc...written by a hip young Mormon woman in the Pacific Northwest whose husband had red hair and was a painter. They were expecting a baby, like, a year ago. It might have had the word "lovely" involved in the title. Anyone know what this blog was, or if it still exists?
posted by dahliachewswell at 12:10 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me research a new bike

My bike just broke spectacularly, while I was riding it. I want to research getting a good, new hybrid bike for city riding. Can anyone recommend good websites for research? [more inside]
posted by thelost at 12:02 PM PST - 15 comments

I'm sorry Yahoo, it's just not working out between us.

What e-mail address format is most professional? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 11:35 AM PST - 47 comments

One village, many interpretations of the Hallelujah Chorus

20+ years ago, I heard a recording of the Hallelujah Chorus done by an English village on WFCR. It was horrible. I'd like to hear it again. [more inside]
posted by QIbHom at 11:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Dropped my camera . . . can I fix it or can you recommend someone who can? (chicago)

Oops . . . I dropped my camera on the ground and now I'm experiencing this error. It's not the batteries; it's definitely because I dropped it. The little part that moves the lens in and out appears to be jammed inside. I didn't drop it from a particularly great height so I don't think its broken forever. It still turns on and off and takes pictures, it just can't focus. [more inside]
posted by lblair at 10:44 AM PST - 9 comments


SongFilter: What are the backup singers actually SINGING in "Be True To Your School" by The Beach Boys? [more inside]
posted by clcapps at 10:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Who said "every fossil is a transitional fossil?"

I'm looking for the origins and exact phrasing of the quote "every fossil is a transitional fossil." [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian at 10:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can one buy Wonka chocolate bars in Minneapolis/St. Paul by tonight?

Where can one buy Wonka chocolate bars in Minneapolis/St. Paul by tonight? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant at 10:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Early 80s movie? Help?

[Movie Filter] Watching The Black Hole (gravity so strong it sucked the science right out of it!) last night, I was reminded of another movie from the late 70s/early 80s with a sci-fi bent--but hell if I can remember what it was. Help? [more inside]
posted by elfgirl at 10:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Autopager: safe to use?

Is it safe to use the Firefox extension "Autopager"? [more inside]
posted by dicetumbler at 9:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Follow the money...

Are there rules that Major League Baseball uses to determine how teams are scheduled? [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy at 9:32 AM PST - 15 comments

Dog Caught Stealin'

How do I keep my dog from grabbing food off the table/counter when when our backs are turned? Penny, our 6 year old adopted stray (we think she's a Jack Russel/Austrailian cattle cross) has a horrible habit of stealing food that's on the table when we're not looking. [more inside]
posted by jrishel at 9:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Crazy like a straw

Please help me find more fun straws like these for my three year old niece! [more inside]
posted by funkiwan at 9:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Diana camera repair question

Ouch! Just snapped a piece off my Diana camera. Can I just glue it back? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 9:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Scrunched up Firefox bookmarks!

Firefox 3.0.5 on MacOSX 10.5.5: How do I make the Bookmarks Pulldown Menu Wider? I cant read half of my bookmarks because the dropdown is too narrow. [more inside]
posted by Fiat124 at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

"I got a call last night from Washington (the president)"

In the late seventies or early eighties there was a song with a lyric something like:

I got a call last night from Washington/(the President)

Do you recognize it? [more inside]
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 8:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Where in Toronto can I buy a money order in US Dollars, drawn on an American bank?

Western Union no longer sells US Dollar money orders in Canada. Where in Toronto can I still buy a money order in US Dollars, drawn on an American bank? (The ones from WU were drawn on a Wells Fargo branch in Colorado) My payee won't accept postal money orders, nor money orders drawn on a Canadian bank. [more inside]
posted by winston at 8:34 AM PST - 11 comments

I'm looking for some specific spooky Christmas music, can you help me?

Some time ago either on MeFi or BoingBoing there was a link to a bunch of songs that I *swear* were Christmas songs played in the wrong key or one half-tone down or something... Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about and where I could find this (again)? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 at 8:17 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me reactivate my car radio!

AAA replaced my car battery which caused my radio to reset itself. I need a code to re-activate it that can only be found in the manual (lost), or obtained from a dealer (all away for the holidays). Help me reactivate my car radio before my three hour road trip tomorrow! [more inside]
posted by a lot is two words at 8:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Mac OSX: Where has my hard drive space gone?

Mac OSX: Where has my hard drive space gone? [more inside]
posted by kdern at 7:02 AM PST - 16 comments

Short story read on NPR about white family helping black family in the 1930s at the holidays?

Can you help identify a short story read on NPR on or around x-mas day 2007, about a poor white family helping out a poor black family, probably out west, probably in the 1930s? [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y at 6:16 AM PST - 4 comments

Controlling album-only tracks on iTunes

I am handling the production and digital distribution of the soundtrack for a movie. Are there any digital distributors that will allow me to exert control over which tracks are album-only on iTunes? [more inside]
posted by caek at 4:19 AM PST - 3 comments

A day at the opera.

The Met in New York is performing the Ring cycle this year, and I'm interested in buying tickets to Götterdämmerung. What's the easiest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 4:15 AM PST - 5 comments

mac photobook for UK?

I would like to produce a quality photo wedding album with Mac based software, but find iPhoto a little too limited. Searching this forum and others has pointed me to Blurb, but they don't ship to the UK. Any suggestions?
posted by wildatheart at 3:08 AM PST - 4 comments

How to baby the flu

How to help a baby with the flu? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 2:36 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me work my breadmaker! It's a breville BR9, and I've lost the manual...

Does anyone have a manual for a Breville BR9 Breadmaker? Specifically, I'd like to know the quantities and settings for wholemeal and white loaves - nothing fancy, just bread! [more inside]
posted by handee at 2:00 AM PST - 5 comments

December 23

Bringing the outside inside (aka: these spoiled cats)

Catfilter: My kitties are loving the Christmas tree. How can I extend their joy all year round? [more inside]
posted by silkygreenbelly at 11:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Chestnuts roasting on an open HDTV...

For the past two years, I've come across a TV channel broadcasting a looping video of a fireplace with Christmas music. I have no idea what channel it was on, or how/why it exists. All I want for Christmas is answers.
posted by SamuelF at 10:02 PM PST - 17 comments

Living on someone's property in an RV?

I want to legally live on someone's property in an RV and pay them rent. [more inside]
posted by quarantine at 9:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Tally HO!

My brother is looking for the lyrics to a humorous folk song about fox hunting that my mother sings (but of which she knows only fragments). It's probably called "Sir Renard", but don't quote me on that. Google and Yahoo both fail. I'm sure Mefi won't. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 9:18 PM PST - 9 comments

Desperately need a new job.

I'm in a toxic job & I need out. Help! [more inside]
posted by thekiltedwonder at 9:01 PM PST - 6 comments

Headshrinker needed.

AussieFilter: Can anyone recommend a good Psychologist or counsellor in Melbourne? [more inside]
posted by AzzaMcKazza at 8:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find the best iPhone replacement headphones?

Where can I find the best iPhone replacement headphones? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek at 8:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Slow computer is slooooooooow

[FixMyComputerFilter] What's causing my computer to slow down to a crawl? Details inside [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 8:09 PM PST - 19 comments

I want to keep my cats but sell my house. How?

Help me keep my cats and still maintain my sanity in my house. [more inside]
posted by arimathea at 8:02 PM PST - 10 comments

My 1994 Toyota Camry died while driving, any ideas why?

My 1994 Toyota Camry died while driving, any ideas why? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons at 7:43 PM PST - 20 comments

Get 2005 Lincoln keyless entry working.

Asking for a friend. 2005 Lincoln LS - bought secondhand. There are a set of buttons to open the door (as opposed the key). How do we get them to work / program it? I know we have to enter the factory preset code - how do we find that out.
posted by Towelie at 7:36 PM PST - 9 comments

Fast Paced Jazz or Jazztronica for my Driving Playlist

I'm having trouble finding music of a particular genre... kind of like "action jazz music." or maybe cinematic jazz music? [more inside]
posted by FireStyle at 7:31 PM PST - 30 comments

Ham it up

OK. My family have in the fridge a (reads label carefully) cooked, smoked, uncured ham. Please help me with your glaze recipes and ham preparation tips. [more inside]
posted by Pallas Athena at 6:46 PM PST - 10 comments

Expat English Football Players?

Where are the English football players in other European leagues? [more inside]
posted by MiG at 6:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Where's the title transfer form for this cat?

If I adopt a cat that has an implanted microchip directly from the current owner, how do I get the name and address in the registration database updated to reflect me as the new owner? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 5:32 PM PST - 9 comments

What do you suggest to bring/do for a fun road trip?

What do you suggest to bring/do for a fun road trip? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 5:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Pastel Pencils

Can you recommend a kind of soft pastel pencils? [more inside]
posted by RubyDoom at 4:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Cheap cellphone plans for 1-to-1 calling?

90% of my calls are to one friend in another state here in the U.S.A. I might also consider buying this friend a cellphone as a gift and paying the bills. What's the cheapest option for doing mostly 1-to-1 calls: a "family plan", or maybe prepaid? [more inside]
posted by Stoatfarm at 4:30 PM PST - 13 comments

brain sparks

I recently ordered a product online, a free trial. They wanted my credit card info for the trial and in a fit of delusion I went ahead and requested the product without looking for the catch. The catch is a tiny 'Terms and Conditions' button checked by default where I agreed to a monthly shipment of their basically worthless product. Is there anything I can do about this? [more inside]
posted by diode at 4:13 PM PST - 18 comments

What book introduced me to Sherlock Holmes as a kid?

ChristmasNostalgiaFilter: Help me find the book that introduced me to Sherlock Holmes as a kid. [more inside]
posted by rwhe at 3:56 PM PST - 7 comments

TLS up my XIFF!

I'm working on a Flex app, and I want it to interact with Google Talk. Are there any xmpp libraries for Actionscript that use TLS? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 3:46 PM PST - 2 comments

You have the right to remain anonymous?

Does the right to remain silent include the right to not to reveal your name? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 3:02 PM PST - 17 comments

More fun in Montreal

What's fun and funky in Montreal next weekend? [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 at 2:49 PM PST - 15 comments

What's wrong with my Szechuan peppercorns?

What's wrong with my Szechuan peppercorns? [more inside]
posted by motherly corn at 2:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Needs to find the sources of the physical vibes that I'm giving off.

Is it possible to alter your physical appearance in a way that will prevent you from being stereotyped (from STRANGERS), without trying too hard or not being yourself? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 2:16 PM PST - 55 comments

I need a cheese education

Help me learn about cheese. [more inside]
posted by Silvertree at 2:15 PM PST - 22 comments

shake stops it

Tinnitus query [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 2:14 PM PST - 1 comment

Where to go for topographic maps of Texas?

Where can I find good topographic maps of Texas? [more inside]
posted by aka burlap at 2:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Propane, and propane acessories for backup power.

After the recent issues with running a gas generator for emergency power backup, I was going to make the plunge and purchase a propane generator. The question is, should I plan on having a couple propane appliances installed as well? [more inside]
posted by inthe80s at 1:19 PM PST - 10 comments

How do you cut and paste HTML?

How can I cut content out of a website and paste it cleanly into a word document? [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman at 12:55 PM PST - 13 comments

Upright non-voip telepone hunt

Where can I buy an upright non-voip telephone? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 12:40 PM PST - 6 comments

867 5309...

How do I find out when a phone number was installed? [more inside]
posted by December at 12:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Clean and store that fish!

This is a question about cleaning fish! I bought some fish today! But I don't want to cook them now, I want to eat em on Christmas Day. [more inside]
posted by mooza at 12:29 PM PST - 7 comments

I am trying to identify an artist from a photo of a photo. Can anyone help?

I am trying to identify an artist from a photo of a photo. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by abeMETAFILTER at 12:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Community Blogging Platforms: What can I use to build a community blogging site

Community Blogging Platforms: What can I use to build a website allowing users to create content that can then be voted upon or pushed by the administrator to the main page? Any language... [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 11:54 AM PST - 22 comments

Is there a Sega Genesis emulator that runs on Mac OSX and supports Game Genie cheat codes?

Is there a Sega Genesis emulator that runs on Mac OSX and supports Game Genie cheat codes? [more inside]
posted by paulrockNJ at 11:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Music Suggestion Thread Go: Multiple Simultaneous Vocals

I am interested in hearing more music with multiple vocals going on at once, with an effect like singing "Row, row, row, your boat" in the round except not with the "in the round" structure. Two examples are within. [more inside]
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 11:38 AM PST - 57 comments

Heating raw dairy products?

Does heating raw milk and cheese just totally defeat the purpose? [more inside]
posted by wetpaint at 11:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Will my spigots freeze?

Do I need to wrap my outdoor spigots to prevent freezing? [more inside]
posted by roaring beast at 11:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Are parks/lawns/gardens highly valued in Australian cities and suburbs?

Are parks and lawns highly valued in Australian cities and suburbs? Does drought threaten parks/lawns/gardens in a palpable way? [more inside]
posted by GIMG at 11:23 AM PST - 13 comments

How to edit cell phone text information

A friend of a friend who does not care for me told his friend that I sent him a text mesage to his cellphone and even showed his friend the message however, I did not send the message, do not know this person's cell ph # nor do I know his last name. The question is, how did he show my cell ph # as having sent a text message to his cell ph. It must be possible because my friend saw my # attached to this message in the inbox in his cell ph .
posted by tipper at 11:19 AM PST - 14 comments

How to make boyfriend's Christmas away from home better?

My boyfriend just found out he needs to cancel his trip home for Xmas. (Kitty got sick.) I'm still heading out of town (leaving tonight) to see my family for 5 days. What can I do to make boyfriend's Christmas holiday better/less lonely? [more inside]
posted by soleiluna at 11:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Getting a kitten for a gift - what else do I need?

I've decided to adopt a kitten for my fiance as a Christmas gift this year. She's an absolute animal lover, and she has been wanting to get a kitten for a while now (her cat of 15 years died this summer). I'm going to arrange the adoption and then have her pick the kitten out the day after the holiday. However, I'm going to arrange an assortment of kitten necessities for her to open on Christmas morning. Never having had a kitten, what do I need?
posted by ghastlyfop at 11:05 AM PST - 21 comments

Technology for the classroom's sake.

Question for students and teachers: How can technology serve you in the classroom? [more inside]
posted by superbird at 10:49 AM PST - 14 comments

New York, New York!

New York New Years ideas? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 10:16 AM PST - 11 comments

But I want to watch the Ravens *evermore*

Help! I live near DC and I want to be able to watch the Ravens game on Sunday. How do I boost my rabbit ears to receive the Baltimore transmission? [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie at 9:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I fire my dog walker?

I happened to be home today when our dog walker picked up our dog, and I was surprised to see that the dog DID NOT want to go with the dog walker. Is there a problem? [more inside]
posted by robinpME at 9:38 AM PST - 22 comments

Getting sent to Seoul in January

I'm heading to South Korea next month and would like some info... [more inside]
posted by hylaride at 9:36 AM PST - 7 comments

This is such a crazy long shot

Heroin addict decides to face her habit so she moves to the bucolic Scottish (or Irish, somewhere in the UK at any rate) countryside, meets a (decades-older) blind farmer, falls in love, kicks the habit, eventually has to grieve his death, starts writing luminous poetry, publishes... but what is her name, or the name of her book? (last-minute, last-ditch Xmas-gift-filter) [more inside]
posted by Aubergine at 9:17 AM PST - 4 comments

I have a bottleneck in my home network, and I can't find it. Any ideas?

I have a bottleneck in my home network, and I can't find it. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul at 9:03 AM PST - 16 comments


I am thinking of trying out Warhammer Online, can anyone give me any tips? [more inside]
posted by Vindaloo at 8:20 AM PST - 19 comments

end the attachment cycle

I want to stop being a relationship-machine and start having something more casual. Why do I get attached so quickly? And how do I prevent myself from getting attached so I can have more fun? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 24 comments

Help finding a scanner to handle negatives/slides please!

Where can I find an Epson RX620 all-in-one printer/scanner in South Wales? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:11 AM PST - 1 comment

Can I lockdown computer with XP and Leechblock?

How do I prevent family member from procrastinating preventing video games and IM tools using Win XP and limiting surfing using Firefox tool- Leechblock? [more inside]
posted by InvestorMD at 8:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Latkes sound awesome!

Good Latke recipes or any helpful hints in general? [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar at 7:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Who blinks first

My employer, a publicly traded company incorporated in Delaware, is dragging its feet reimbursing me for about 5k in expense reports. I live and work in Calif. The reason for this is a genral company-wide liquidity problem. I don't expect my employment to last much more than a few mos more. What recourse do i have to get reimbursed?
posted by Fupped Duck at 7:44 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you stop clothes dye from bleeding?

How do you stop clothes dye from bleeding? [more inside]
posted by twinkles2sf at 7:39 AM PST - 7 comments

What can I baste my Christmas turkey in?

Beer-basting-poultry-filter: Hi Mefites, I'm cooking my Christmas turkey tomorrow and would like to baste it with some yummy beer. [more inside]
posted by irishkitten at 7:34 AM PST - 6 comments

Take our toys, please

My school-aged children received some money for the holidays and decided to buy toys for needy kids instead of spending it on themselves. I took them shopping yesterday and, all told, they've got about $300 in toys to donate in addition to what I'm also kicking in. Now, what are we going to do with this stuff? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ at 7:28 AM PST - 13 comments

I know I've got a bad reputation, and it isn't just talk, talk, talk...

How to repair a damaged reputation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM PST - 18 comments

Go Small And Go Home

Help us cook a holiday feast for just the three of us. [more inside]
posted by scrump at 7:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Where in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro can we still find a reservation for Christmas dinner?

Where in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro can we still find a reservation for Christmas dinner? [more inside]
posted by nathan_teske at 6:59 AM PST - 6 comments

Insert your own goat-related pun here.

Should I buy a goat for Christmas? [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 6:55 AM PST - 23 comments

Apache proxy module for RSS/ATOM feeds

I am new to this and need to get this done soon. So I would really appreciate some advice. I am trying to setup a reverse proxy for our intranet and have been playing around with mod_proxy and mod_proxy_html for Apache. It all seems to work on regular html pages fine. But when I get to RSS/ATOM feeds mod_proxy_html does not seem to work. Any advise how can I do it ? I saw there is something called mod_proxy_xml. But not sure it will do the job and I dont have a build setup to quickly build it for Ubuntu. Would really appreciate some tips and pointers. I am sure others have done this already.
posted by flyby22 at 6:47 AM PST - 2 comments

What is the largest National debt to GDP ever held?

What is the largest National debt to GDP ever held? [more inside]
posted by complience at 6:25 AM PST - 8 comments

Electricity theft

Electricity theft. This is particular to NSW Australian law and energy theft. I can't imagine that anyone has experienced it, but on the off-chance and input from other people that have been victims, can you give me some advice? [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 6:00 AM PST - 6 comments

What countries (other than North Korea) don't allow citizens to leave?

What countries (other than North Korea) don't allow citizens to leave? [more inside]
posted by LaszloKv at 5:57 AM PST - 14 comments

Question about functions

Question about functions. Probably pretty easy for those who know something about math. [more inside]
posted by painquale at 5:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Yes or No? Maybe Maybe!

I'm desperately seeking advice, for a friend. As a gift... Help me make a book of answers! [more inside]
posted by Psychnic at 5:56 AM PST - 26 comments

looking for a specific website that lists concerts in Germany

I'm looking for a specific website that I used to visit which listed clubs/shows in Germany. [more inside]
posted by helios at 4:42 AM PST - 1 comment

Add my dad on facebook friends?

Argh! I just found my dad on facebook. Do I add him as a friend? I feel I should, but I feel a bit odd about it. further info, I'm mid-thirties, and he's twice my age.
posted by singingfish at 3:18 AM PST - 42 comments

A good single player board game?

Can you recommend a good single player board game? [more inside]
posted by lioness at 3:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find interesting shops in London?

I want to visit some interesting shops in London... for Christmas shopping. Today. Help! [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb at 2:10 AM PST - 9 comments

How to get a PAYG first generation iPhone

I'm interested in buying an OLD iPhone and using it with AT&T's pay as you go service. If I choose the Pay as You Go Unlimited plan, which is 10 cents per minute + 1 dollar per day only on the days I use my phone, should I be able to 1) use a payg sim card with the iphone straight out of the box, and 2) add a text messaging bundle to this? Also, is it possible to get a payg sim card without having to purchase a phone directly from at&t? [more inside]
posted by alitorbati at 2:03 AM PST - 1 comment

Real Estate Agents For Old People?

Where are some good criteria for moving >65yo parents to a nearby town? These retirees are very independent, but may not be for long... so how do I pick a nice neighborhood for them near Sacramento, CA? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 1:49 AM PST - 5 comments

Plumbing Problem, broken glass in sewer line

Plumbing problem. Broken glass fell down my sewer line when the toilet was removed... what do I do? [more inside]
posted by purenitrous at 12:30 AM PST - 8 comments

December 22

How to I become more articulate explaining a funny situation

Something really funny happened to me, but I am at a struggle for communicating with others how funny it was. How can I become a better comedic storyteller? [more inside]
posted by weh546 at 11:45 PM PST - 28 comments

what can do what avwin can

is there a freeware program that mimics the capaibilities of avwin very well? [more inside]
posted by edtut at 11:17 PM PST - 0 comments

Is my furnace killing me?

[Asking for a friend:] What can I do about the stinky, wasteful oil furnace in my apartment? I'm worried about my health, and I'm not sure that the landlord cares. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 7:46 PM PST - 4 comments

Will my PS3 play nice with a networked hard drive?

How to use wifi, a PS3, and external hard drives to stream media to the tv? [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah at 7:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Stuff to do tomorrow in Niagara Falls, ON

Good non-touristy activities in the Niagara Falls, Ontario area? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 7:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Options for fixing 2G iPhone vibrator?

My 2G iPhone's vibrator doesn't work. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 7:17 PM PST - 5 comments

What typewriter ribbon fits in a Remington 9?

What kind of typewriter ribbon fits a Remington 9? [more inside]
posted by learn to read at 7:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me learn about image recognition

Image recognition on the PC, where do I start? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 6:54 PM PST - 9 comments

What brand of clothing should I send to my pen pal in Scotland?

What brand of clothing should I send to my pen pal in Scotland? [more inside]
posted by kindachris at 6:38 PM PST - 28 comments

Help keep the contents of my fridge safe on Christmas Eve

Christmas dinner filter: If we prepare our turkey on Christmas Eve (wash it, remove giblets, etc.) and place it in a roasting pan, can we keep it in the fridge overnight before roasting on Christmas day without any cross-contamination problems or worries? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 6:24 PM PST - 8 comments

What do I do with a car allowance every month?

My company is very eager to give me a car allowance. I wanted a raise. They countered with a lower raise, but added in a car allowance to bring the total higher than what I asked for. Why? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:49 PM PST - 18 comments


Can you remember the 1970s disco songs that start with sound effects such as machine gun fire, door opening slowly , and a man laughing ominously? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 5:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Have you ever thrown a book across a room?

Have any of you ever thrown a book across a room? [more inside]
posted by cgc373 at 5:08 PM PST - 163 comments

Skin specialist in Melbourne AU?

Can anyone personally recommend a skin specialist in Melbourne, Australia? [more inside]
posted by Coaticass at 5:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Can you recommend any good print editions of Shakespeare in non-modernized orthography?

Can you recommend any good print editions of Shakespeare in non-modernized orthography, priced for regular folks (not university libraries)? [more inside]
posted by No-sword at 5:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Sick Kitty needs a (temporary) Shelter

Places to board a sick kitty for the holidays in Minneapolis? [more inside]
posted by dinty_moore at 4:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to eat dinner in Melbourne Christmas day?

Please suggest a cafe or restaurant that's open for Christmas day dinner in Melbourne (Australia)? [more inside]
posted by nomis at 4:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Graphic Design future in Chicago or New York?

My future as a graphic designer: Stay in Chicago, or move to New York? [more inside]
posted by buriednexttoyou at 4:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Learning parkour / freerunning

I would like to learn parkour/freerunning. Where should I start? [more inside]
posted by phrakture at 3:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Help us rally around a common weirdness

I'm looking for recommendations of movies to show at a movie party. I'd like to find films that are completely out there and just offensively weird and absurd in a way that would allow us all to comment on just how absurd they are. [more inside]
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 3:19 PM PST - 139 comments

Do you have any good DIY resources

Can you recommend some alternatives to Make magazine/blog without the social baggage and less emphasis on blinktrons and noisetrons? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 2:52 PM PST - 21 comments

Mapping geoareas

What's the best (quickest, most functional, most maintainable) way to put a collection of geoareas into an interactive map without the assistance of a programmer? [more inside]
posted by grrarrgh00 at 2:41 PM PST - 6 comments

What are the pros and cons of giving back unused student loan money at the end of the semester?

I'm in my first year of law school and also a first-time student loan borrower. I ended up having a decent amount of loan money left in my bank account at the end of the semester. Should I pay it back or hang on to it? [more inside]
posted by SuperNova at 2:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Keep my guitar safe on the coach

I'm travelling by coach tomorrow morning and want to take my cheap electric guitar with me. Problem is, I meant to get a proper case for it at some point, but never got around to it. So what I have right now is the flimsy, badly fitting gig bag it came with. How can I make this a more sensible plan? [more inside]
posted by xchmp at 2:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Dead bird in stagnant pool -- health hazard?

This morning we found a dead bird in our pool -- unfortunately, this pool is half-empty and has been unfiltered and stagnant for a month. Considering that birds carry diseases, do we need to completely empty out the pool or will chlorine be enough to fend off any potential health hazards? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 2:11 PM PST - 12 comments

What are these pink eggs?

Hey, what lives inside these weird little pink eggs? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz at 1:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Oops transfer using paypal from empty bank account

I accidentally made a payment through paypal using "Instant Transfer" instead of through credit card as usual, and don't have any money in my bank account to back it. How can I avoid getting hit by fees? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 1:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Know any good digital line-in recorders?

I'm looking for a digital audio recorder with good line-in recording capabilities and easy file transfer options - do you know any? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 12:59 PM PST - 21 comments

Best ipod touch case

Best ipod touch cover/case [more inside]
posted by no bueno at 12:44 PM PST - 15 comments

A world without wii

Office party in the morning. My wii just kicked the bucket. I have pcs, net and a projector, suggest group merriment? Difficulty: no karaoke. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 12:26 PM PST - 12 comments

Sommelier Certification

I'd like to begin the process of becoming a master sommelier. Is there any course that's the industry standard? What's the most respected?
posted by sarelicar at 12:19 PM PST - 5 comments

And W. Edwards Deming gazed upon the notification sytem and wept

I've had great success using the "Do not deliver before:" option in Microsoft Outlook to automate a rotating task reminder for my group at work. Now I need to take this to the next level. [more inside]
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 12:09 PM PST - 4 comments

Because it is inconvenient to drive with my hands in my pockets

Looking for water-resistant/proof, wind resistant, and warm mittens or gloves. Versatile enough to be able to drive with, but warm enough for extended walks outside and waterproof enough for snow shoveling, etc. Giant ski mittens are awesome, but somewhat limiting in dexterity. [more inside]
posted by sararah at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Deregulation: Friend or Foe?

Has deregulation ever worked out to the benefit of the greater population? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 11:51 AM PST - 28 comments

SQL Server Reporting Services and report parameter question

SQL Server Reporting Services and report parameter question. [more inside]
posted by corpse at 11:47 AM PST - 3 comments

New Years fun in Pittsburgh? Where?

What's there to do in Pittsburgh New Years eve? [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 11:46 AM PST - 7 comments

How does this work?

So, I'm a junior in high school. Recently came out. Pretty much moved on from all the drama associated with that act, and now I'm looking for a relationship. Problem is: I can't for the life of me figure out how to meet and get to know my fellow homos. [more inside]
posted by Gotham at 11:39 AM PST - 29 comments

Cat with feline hepatic lipidosis (FHL): what to do?

What should we do with a cat with feline hepatic lipidosis (FHL)? We've been force-feeding her for a week since diagnosis, but the vet is scaring us with worsening liver test results. (That may be due to not feeding her enough, though.) I'm scared out of my mind for my furry feline daughter, and we've been selling stuff left and right just to afford some measure of veterinary care. [more inside]
posted by korpios at 11:39 AM PST - 31 comments

Downloadable Audiobooks that don't come with anti-purchase protection

I want to listen to audiobooks, hopefully better than the self-help chicken-soup or Tales Of The Rapture or bodice-ripping fare I can find at my local big-box bookstore. Without a DRM-enabled machine like Microsoft Windows or Apple Macintosh, it seems my only choice is Librivox. What other options do I have for downloadable audiobooks without the DRM crippling that bravely protects products from my purchasing power? [more inside]
posted by Mozai at 11:36 AM PST - 14 comments

Excuse me, you've just bigoted on my shoes.

What is the proper way of dealing with people who habitually use homophobic language (i.e. "that's so gay/queer," "Romo the homo," "faggoty") etc. but aren't really bigots? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones at 11:34 AM PST - 46 comments

I want a monogamous relationship, but how come sometimes I just want to tell him to go hook up with other women?

He is 26. I'm 26 (female). We're are in a monogamous relationship. I want a monogamous relationship, but how come sometimes I just want to tell him to go hook up (have sex) with other women? I don't have one definite explanation to why I feel this way because it could be a combination of several, one being that my ex cheated on me. I am curious to know if anyone here has ever had that thought and why? and if you expressed it to your SO? how did they react? what do I need to do to stop this?
posted by anonymous at 11:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Wrong to be annoyed by neighbor?

[Annoying Neighbor Filter] Is it fair to consider a neighbor parking directly in front of the sidewalk that goes to the street into your house every day poor form? Especially on a snow day? [more inside]
posted by gnash at 11:08 AM PST - 40 comments

Learning to protect my retirement fund.

Like many people, my retirement fund took a hit when the market crashed. My question is--who should I have been reading before this happened? Who was the consistent voice of sanity telling everyone, "Hey, stick your retirement in something safe RIGHT NOW." [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 10:59 AM PST - 35 comments

I've never been good at leaving, how do I do it?

I've fallen out of love, I can't stay in this relationship, but I've never been very good at ending things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 AM PST - 25 comments

Yeah, let me learn to drive in this place with ten million other cars, pedestrians, and cyclists....

What's the best Brooklyn-Based Driving School? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Any inkling about the TypePad Journalist Bailout Program?

Has anyone heard back from Six Apart about their TypePad Journalist Bailout Program? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 10:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Do we need to be prepared for someone to demand £1000 for copyright violation?

Is a photographer likely to press us for £1000 for using his image on our UK website? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:14 AM PST - 13 comments

Festive recipes for Cornish Game Hens?

Festive recipes for Cornish Game Hens? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry at 10:10 AM PST - 3 comments

San Antonio Software

Are there any good software companies in San Antonio? [more inside]
posted by king walnut at 10:05 AM PST - 6 comments

I'd like a complete, sequential list of the music in Michael Mann's film "Heat".

I'd like a complete, sequential list of the music in Michael Mann's film Heat. [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 9:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Between a Confession and a Hard Place

LawFilter: You're a criminal defense attorney defending a murder suspect. Your client is guilty. What now? [more inside]
posted by DWRoelands at 9:30 AM PST - 50 comments

How can I raise money to build a playground for inner-city kids?

How can I raise money to build a playground for inner-city kids? [more inside]
posted by peetle at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Help building some lego stuff.

Legofilter: Does anybody know where I could find lego plans for various sets? I'm not looking for the instructions that come with the sets, I'm looking for plans that people have created on their own using various sets. [more inside]
posted by crios at 8:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Buying Democrata shoes in the US?

Can anyone direct me to a source for Democrata (men's) shoes in the US? Or a way to order a few of the shoes from Brazil? [more inside]
posted by lionelhutz5 at 8:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Can I lock in todays rates for a future building project?

Mortgage Expert Needed: How do I take advantage of these low low mortgage rates BEFORE I gain building approval. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 7:43 AM PST - 3 comments

Help a poor soul with his truth tables

I'm confused about Wittgenstein's Tractatus and the truth table for the Sheffer stroke. [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 7:40 AM PST - 10 comments

Cusco, Cuzco, Ccozcco, Qusqu

Cusco or Cuzco? Is this a matter of potato potahto? Or post-colonial post-colohnial? [more inside]
posted by cachondeo45 at 6:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Robust Webex alternatives?

Best, price-competitive alternatives to Webex that include attendee scheduling and reminders? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 6:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Photoshop filter: contrast, luminance, fun!

I want to calculate the average contrast, luminance and any other interesting photo statistics (things that might be useful/important in psychophysics) for a bunch of images. I've heard that both Matlab and Photoshop can do this. I'm still trying to avoid learning Matlab, so Photoshop is preferred (I tried google, and some image manipulation books I found in the library, but neither were very helpful). [more inside]
posted by doctor.dan at 5:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I buy Pratchett's Discworld paraphenalia in Brisbane, Australia before Christmas?

Where can I buy Discworld items (Terry Pratchett) such as t-shirts, calendars, play scripts, coffee cups etc., in Brisbane, Australia before Christmas (not online as I don't have either a credit or debit card)? [more inside]
posted by h00py at 5:53 AM PST - 3 comments

A la recherche du temps perdu

What's eating my recording space? Olympus voice recorder mystery. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 5:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Windproof and waterproof clothing?

Point me towards a jacket and pants that are waterproof and windproof. [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 5:39 AM PST - 11 comments

Tokyo or bust!

Does anyone know of any good resources for finding non-teaching work in Japan? [more inside]
posted by C^3 at 5:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I find some beady jewelery for mom?

Where in New York can I buy some of that nice-but-inexpensive non-blingy street stall jewelery? Today, that is. [more inside]
posted by lunasol at 5:24 AM PST - 11 comments

Newborn Filter: How do I get him to sleep?

My week old son is very well behaved and only fusses when something is wrong (until the other day when he entered that fussy stage that lasts a few weeks). However, when it comes to putting him down to bed at night, nothing seems to work except sleeping on me where sleeping on me entails me sleeping at an upright angle so he can rest comfortably on my chest. [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 4:54 AM PST - 28 comments

Volunteering at a dog rescue centre

Wanted: Your experiences of volunteering at a dog rescue centre. I'm thinking of taking it up. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:45 AM PST - 11 comments

I see the journalism industry has crashed around you. Please hire me?

I'm a sophomore in college looking for a journalism or public relations internship in NYC this summer. (I know, right?) So where am I going wrong? [more inside]
posted by elisabethjw at 1:30 AM PST - 10 comments

Do Marvel or DC Give Tours?

Does anyone know if it's possible to take a tour of the Marvel or DC Comics offices/studios in NYC?
posted by Sangermaine at 1:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me help you.

Help me achieve my goal of learning how people learn and then teaching with modern psychological techniques. I love teaching and psychology, so what schooling and credentials should I strive for? I live in Vancouver, Canada. [more inside]
posted by Knigel at 1:12 AM PST - 4 comments

You say lat-kee, I say lat-kuh...

A chanukah question: Why do some people pronounce the seasonal delight "lat-kuh" and others "lat-kee"? [more inside]
posted by Bromius at 12:16 AM PST - 17 comments

December 21

Tis the season for bloating

Just in time for Christmas: What reasonable ways are there to get rid of minor bloating? [more inside]
posted by nímwunnan at 10:46 PM PST - 18 comments

Making radical changes to a large number of pages on a website.

Let's say I have a website with a very large number of pages and I want to be able to change the structure at any time in the future. How can i go about that? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 10:40 PM PST - 14 comments

vocabulary question: African and Australia/Pacific languages

Do you know any African language or any Australia/Pacific native language? If so, I have a vocabulary question. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson at 10:31 PM PST - 10 comments

preparing vector graphics for use in a game

how to convert a vector drawing to line segments & convex polygons, and then export as an array of points? [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 9:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Will operating an external hard drive at a 45 degree angle reduce its life?

Will operating an external hard drive at a 45 degree angle significantly reduce its life? [more inside]
posted by pseudonick at 9:29 PM PST - 14 comments

mystery music video with warp holes

Help me find this German (?) music video! [more inside]
posted by jschu at 9:05 PM PST - 7 comments

What foods work best with braces?

All this metal is cramping our style: What foods work best with a new set of orthodontic braces? [more inside]
posted by debgpi at 8:53 PM PST - 15 comments

What typographical knowledge from LaTeX can I apply in Word?

What typographical knowledge from LaTeX can I apply in Word? My professional field insists upon Word documents, so LaTeX is not an option, and results from LaTeX to Word converters have not been satisfactory. So, what can I teach Word, to make it a better typesetter? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 8:23 PM PST - 18 comments

Someday computers will run on rainbows

Are there ever any other reputable vendors for laptop batteries other than the laptop manufacturer? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 8:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Can one person change the law?

PoliticsLawFilter: Dick Cheney's lawyer, David Addington, wrote a series of papers/statements/memos that ostensibly change an existing law. How can one lawyer, or even a team of lawyers, change a law by simply writing a memo? Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 7:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Flattening vintage chart

I have a large vintage (1920s era) anatomical chart hanging in my bedroom. The edges have been gradually curling under. Anybody have ideas how to flatten it without doing any damage?
posted by Zebtron at 7:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Weight loss plateau normal?

I lost thirty pounds since September by calorie control (about three months), but I haven’t lost any weight in the last two to three weeks. I’ve heard that weight loss plateaus are normal, but what is the best way to continue my weight loss? [more inside]
posted by paulg at 7:11 PM PST - 29 comments

Juvenile probation/parol officers...what can you tell me about your profession?

Juvenile probation/parol officers...what can you tell me about your profession? [more inside]
posted by pdx87 at 6:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find Hanukkah candles?

Where can I buy Hanukkah candles tomorrow in Brooklyn- as close to Brooklyn Heights as possible?
posted by cheerwine at 6:53 PM PST - 2 comments

How can we get our cats to share food better?

We have two cats, Olive and Leo. Olive is really starting to put on the pounds, and we'd like to start restricting her diet a bit, but we can't figure out how to make it so she doesn't eat Leo's food. [more inside]
posted by dubitable at 6:46 PM PST - 16 comments

But... what does it do?

Can you identify the function of this mysterious jade object? [more inside]
posted by halogen at 6:43 PM PST - 24 comments

Books On Wives Abused As Children

Asking for a patron: self-help books about coping with a spouse's NON-SEXUAL abuse as a child? [more inside]
posted by Rykey at 6:39 PM PST - 2 comments

So I forgot my car was running

So I left my car running earlier today to warm up the engine because of the sub zero temperatures here in Iowa. And then forgot about it for eight hours. Did I just ruin my car? [more inside]
posted by cellphone at 6:34 PM PST - 25 comments

When is two inches worth $150?

I am trying to compare the Toshiba 40RV525U and the 42RV535U. I don't see much difference except for two inches and almost $150. How much of Toshiba's spec sheet is marketing mumbo-jumbo and how much of it is real? (alternatively, recommend me a different HDTV in the $750-900 price range) [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 6:30 PM PST - 5 comments

What are your favorite premium online services (of any kind) and why?

What are your favorite premium online services (of any kind) and why? [more inside]
posted by raddevon at 6:16 PM PST - 40 comments

Where should we have Christmas diner in Kauai?

Recommendations for a Christmas meal in Kauai. [more inside]
posted by kamikazegopher at 6:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Experience with your home as a set location?

We wanted to get comments from anyone who has had their house used as a set for movies, commercials, etc. We are considering doing this with our house. What was your experience? Would you do it again? How did you do it? I see sites like this: that list your house.
posted by allelopath at 5:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Need adopt-a-penguin recommendations. Yes, that's what I said.

Recommendations wanted for "adopt a penguin" gift donations. This penguin research organization came up, but can't find any info if it's legit or not. Links to other recommended/donation-worthy animal "adoption"/charitable gift sites welcome too. [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita at 5:21 PM PST - 6 comments

how can i entertain my mom in tulsa

what can we do in tulsa on tuesday? or how to entertain two teenagers, two 40 year olds, and my grandmother on very short notice. [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 5:17 PM PST - 4 comments


Disposing of an iTunes gift card (without using it) [more inside]
posted by LSK at 4:21 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me become a man of letters.

Looking for older but well written essays that are available online at project gutenberg or other source. The style might be humorous or very serious. I am to some extent familiar with the shorter writings of J K Jerome and Bertrand Russel and looking for more in a similar vein. [more inside]
posted by ilike at 4:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me enjoy my family this christmas!

What techniques can you use to avoid falling into the family dynamic trap? By that I mean, for the first few hours/days everything's fine with parents and siblings, my identity is intact, but soon after, somehow, we're all playing the same parts we always played (we've all flown the nest)... I find it annoying how I find it difficult to rise above this. ie. feeling intimidated by my older brother, oddly belittled by my younger brother ignored by parents. I'm sure I'm a rather oversensitive middle child but I'm pretty sure I'm not the only factor! This year I am determined to enjoy my Christmas without the family dynamics crap. We're all old enough for this not to be a problem, surely? Futile perhaps, but maybe with your rather general advice I may be able to make inroads!
posted by yowza at 2:29 PM PST - 34 comments

grandma reads books

christmas present filter: help me pick out a book for my grandmother! [more inside]
posted by slograffiti at 2:15 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me stop being so OCD about my eating habits.

I've reached my goal weight. Now, please help me stay sane with diet and nutrition. Sorry this is long. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Help transfering large file

How can I transfer 9 GB of data to somebody far away? A download solution would be best, but it's such an enormous size I don't know how to go about it. Any suggestions?
posted by Raichle at 2:02 PM PST - 29 comments

Lightening fried USB and Sound card

Lightening fried the USB and Soundcard on my laptop, is there any kind of cheap fix or workaround? [more inside]
posted by figTree at 1:45 PM PST - 3 comments

I don't give a damn. Tell me how to fix it?

I don't give a damn. Why? [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 12:40 PM PST - 26 comments

Oscillating Video Tripod

I am giving my wife a video camera for Xmas. I was wondering if there exists an oscillating tripod or small pedestal that would pan 180 degrees and then reverse itself. This would be similar to an oscillating fan. So far I have only found small electric pedestals that rotate 360 degrees. Thanks in advance.
posted by Mckoan1 at 12:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Swing in Bogota

Swing dancing in Bogota, Colombia? [more inside]
posted by nnevvinn at 12:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Vista can't rotate some JPEGs

I have a bunch of photos I've taken over the years on my laptop running Vista Home Premium. I recently found out I can't rotate them. [more inside]
posted by dunkadunc at 11:55 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I stop my brain turning to mush?

I am approaching 40. How do I stop my brain turning to mush?
posted by MrMerlot at 11:44 AM PST - 24 comments

Did the Onion invent the Reagan Pyramid?

Is this story from the Onion the original source for the idea of building a pyramid to honour Ronald Reagan and interring Bush I with him in it? I feel like the idea goes back to the eighties... punk song? zine? [more inside]
posted by geos at 11:40 AM PST - 1 comment

Paranoia Self Destroyer

Help me not descend into extreme paranoia. Last night a male intruder approached me in my back yard. Police came and "caught" him. I have always been on the fairly cautious/paranoid side of personal security so I am afraid this incident may spiral downward to a place I do not want it to go. Any thoughts? (Longer story below) [more inside]
posted by murrey at 11:34 AM PST - 31 comments

I could just wait but I want to know now

Impatient filter - does anyone know where I could get some valid information regarding music lineups at this years Coachella? A friend of mine said last night that he'd heard that the Gorillaz were going to be there, but after playing around on the net for an hour or two this morning, I can't seem to find anything concrete.
posted by Bageena at 10:35 AM PST - 4 comments

No love for the Jew on TV?

Are there NO Jewish cartoon characters? [more inside]
posted by SobaFett at 10:07 AM PST - 48 comments

Workplace Harassment

How do I respond to a physical threat from my supervisor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 AM PST - 27 comments

You say potato, I say ジャガイモ.

My wife and I speak different languages. Is this gonna be a problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 AM PST - 24 comments

CyberSnooping Filter: What, if anything, did houseguest do to my computer?

Strange items found in Recent Documents folder make me wonder if a visitor has invaded my privacy and my PC! Can you tell me what they are and if I have cause for concern? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:48 AM PST - 8 comments

Dead neighbor, or overactive imagination?

I think someone in my building may have died in their apartment. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 9:34 AM PST - 69 comments

"Seven Pounds" question

Question about "Seven Pounds" (wow this movie sucked, but nevertheless, spoilers are inside) [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 8:56 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I still eat the ham?

Can I eat ham that wasn't properly refrigerated? I got a fully cooked ham from my employer, put it out in my car trunk during the day, and forgot about it when I got home. Over the next few days, I didn't remember it at all. The whole time it was refrigerator temperature outside, and the trunk of my car was probably the same temperature. All that changed when I had a freak 60 degree day on Friday, and then it was back to being 20 outside. I remembered the ham last night as I was putting something else in my trunk. Did that 60 degree day ruin my chance of eating the ham?
posted by deezil at 8:22 AM PST - 24 comments

hiring a non-perfumey but really great carpet cleaner in NC

I want to hire a professional carpet cleaner in Chapel Hill / Durham, NC. Requirements: getting hard-to-clean, oddly-stained, cheap berber carpet looking good; strongly prefer no scent left behind; would love to get this done soon. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 7:16 AM PST - 5 comments

Name this flavor of travertine!

What kind of travertine is this? We found photos of two floors that we really like, but haven't been able to find anyone selling something quite like it. We're pretty sure it's travertine, but the color and color variations are moderately different than anything I've seen at a store or online. Floor 1 | Floor 2 | another shot of floor 2
posted by jewzilla at 7:06 AM PST - 5 comments

Really small TV goes digital?

Really small TVs & digital conversion - For many years, I have had a really small Sanyo TV (Model TMP 2175). It has AM/FM, a clock and a real small black & white 2 inch diagonal screen. My favorite feature of this little gizmo is that you can set an alarm so the TV turns on for about an hour - I've found this a very effective morning alarm...TV sound blares on, screen shines enough in my eyes to wake me up. . How can I make this thing work when things go digital? [more inside]
posted by skillet at 6:47 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I reinstall Windows onto an old Toshiba Portege 7010CT with no external drives?

How can I reinstall Windows onto an old Toshiba Portege 7010CT with no external drives? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 6:16 AM PST - 13 comments

Devo fix needed

devofilter------ I am looking for a specific song....... a devo song regarding tomatoes, spuds, and the soup dejour.......... google and lastfm have failed me....... I need to know what album, and for bonus points, a direct link of said MP3 would be like awesome........ Thanks, flower pot heads.........
posted by peewinkle at 5:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for statics on european credit cards.

Looking for statistics on european credit card market. [more inside]
posted by elpapacito at 5:35 AM PST - 3 comments

Cheap infrequent home colour printing?

Colour printer for *very* occasional use? [more inside]
posted by bystander at 5:09 AM PST - 11 comments

How Will the New 2257 Law Affect Art Nude Photographers?

I understand changes are coming to US CODE: Title 18-2257 - the record keeping requirements designed to stop child pornography. What effect, if any, will this have on people who are not in the pornography business? Specifically, what effect will this have on photographers who shoot and blog, say, erotically charged photos of clothed adults, or simple art nudes of adults? Will they be faced with onerous new record keeping requirements soon? Will the requirements apply retroactively to already published (blogged) work?
posted by jfrancis at 3:49 AM PST - 6 comments

December 20

A feminist gift for my mom?

GiftFilter: Light-hearted feminist stuff for my mom? A good gift for a 55 year old woman asserting her "bad" side and moving toward self-empowerment? [more inside]
posted by salvia at 11:34 PM PST - 18 comments

Art Bell Coast to Coast AM introduction?

Where can I find a recording of one of Art Bell's old opening introductions on Coast to Coast AM (late 1990s radio show)? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 10:52 PM PST - 4 comments

2nd Thoughts About Plastic Surgery

Should I go through with my planned plastic surgery? [more inside]
posted by Hogermite at 10:37 PM PST - 123 comments

Mysterious insignia

What can you tell me about this insignia on an epaulet? [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 10:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Why am I losing tunes in my iTunes library?

I'm losing tunes and podcasts in my iTunes library on my laptop. Some tunes stay forever. I'm running XP and iTunes 8.02.20. Some files stay forever. Other podcasts or tunes stay for a day or a week before disappearing. Often many consecutive entries go at once, but sometimes a few files hang around when others around it go away. It has been going on for a couple months. Any ideas what is going on? Or how to fix it?
posted by 925 at 9:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I get high availability with a modest budget?

How can I set up the virtual server environment I want, using as much open source and as little proprietary software as possible? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 9:34 PM PST - 11 comments

There's something on my back...

I'm in NYC. Is there any way I can watch the Doctor Who Christmas special on Christmas, at the same time the Brits are watching it? Perhaps a satellite TV receiver at a British pub in New York, or something? I realize I can just wait 24 hours and torrent it, but it's a shame that I can't just watch it in "real" time if I want to.
posted by bingo at 9:25 PM PST - 15 comments

In search of my new best friend...

What New Laptop should I buy? [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 8:32 PM PST - 25 comments

Belly Photographs

BellyFilter: Trying to find the name of a photography exhibit that featured women's bellies. [more inside]
posted by megancita at 8:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Iron & Wine Albums?

Which Iron & Wine album should I buy first? I've heard a few songs here and there and I like their sound. What's essential?
posted by ColdChef at 8:16 PM PST - 24 comments

Kids at the Inauguration: A Profound Memory for Life, or Child Abuse?

Should I bring my 7-year-old son to see the Inauguration? Or, how much cold and crowding would you endure to be present at a major historical event (and so your son could tell his children, "I was there.")? [more inside]
posted by underthehat at 7:37 PM PST - 37 comments

Bass it up

Weak, unsexy voice pitch: I am a male, but my voice seems to be grating, effete, and effeminate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Sci Fi wedding quotes

My friends are having a sci fi themed wedding and would like some quotes to use during the ceremony. I figured that the internet might be a good place to get suggestions. Any ideas are welcome, romantic, humorous, etc.
posted by Hubajube at 6:43 PM PST - 27 comments

Sweet Plus Spicy Equals Magically Delicious

I need recipes for sweets to use a bunch of candied chillies. [more inside]
posted by piedmont at 6:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Will I test positive for MJ if my neighbors smoke pot but I don't?

Do you think that I will pop positive for my neighbor's party and do you have any suggestions that would help me with this possibility? I can tell them about my neighbors but will that be enough? I really want this job and would be totally mad if their party kept me from getting back to being paid what I used to make [more inside]
posted by agentsarahjane at 6:34 PM PST - 6 comments

XBOX 360 video player- randomly, no sound!

XBOX 360 video player - only video player! - randomly stops playing audio. WTF? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 6:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Heatless in Seattle

Looking for community shelter in case of power outage in Greenlake/Ravenna area of Seattle this weekend. [more inside]
posted by mumstheword at 5:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Choosing an affordable projection screen for my living room?

What do I need to know when choosing a wall-mounted projection screen for my living room? [more inside]
posted by cortex at 5:08 PM PST - 9 comments

What has mushrooms, garlic and oil and little else?

What simple pasta dish has just mushrooms and garlic and olive oil and some spices? [more inside]
posted by davathar at 5:04 PM PST - 22 comments

ISO the most hypoallergenic moisturizer around

After an allergic reaction, I'm in need of the absolutely most gentle and hypoallergenic moisturizer in existence ever created by man or nature. (Not Eucerin, because that's what caused the reaction!) Any suggestions?
posted by footnote at 5:01 PM PST - 40 comments

When you really just need to say No!

How can I convey to my Mother that she is not welcome to be part of my children's lives? (very long, sordid details inside) [more inside]
posted by dancinglamb at 4:34 PM PST - 54 comments

Build me a monster of steel and wire

Is there an engineering equivalent of RentACoder? I need a couple of testing devices built, and I want to put them out for bid. [more inside]
posted by baggers at 4:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Cookie recipe question

Help me remember how to make a beloved childhood christmas cookie... [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 3:37 PM PST - 7 comments

O, say can you see?

Need to order contact lenses. Where? [more inside]
posted by natalie b at 3:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Throwing a party with bands playing and a dj. Need sound advice.

I am throwing a party for New Years in a large space that fits about 200 people comfortably (maybe 1000 sq ft). However, this place that I've rented has no sound system, so I'm in need of advice of what kind of equipment to rent. [more inside]
posted by senterstyle at 3:23 PM PST - 4 comments

How to find out if apartments will be noisy

How can you determine if an apartment is noisy before moving in? [more inside]
posted by pravit at 3:11 PM PST - 14 comments

Do you like my pants? They're made of money!

What are some good looking world coins, the size of a US Nickel or smaller? It's for my pants. [more inside]
posted by aubilenon at 2:47 PM PST - 12 comments

What does a trailing zero mean in a Dewey decimal catalog?

Hey Librarians! Why is there a trailing zero on this Dewey number? [more inside]
posted by saguaro at 2:30 PM PST - 8 comments

white ink/blacklight tats in san diego?

White ink/black light tats in san diego? [more inside]
posted by gcat at 2:28 PM PST - 4 comments

He did release it as "Fink" after all

Is there some sort of an explanation for Fink's seemingly super creepy lyrics that seem to cross into stalking/rape territory? [more inside]
posted by cashman at 1:26 PM PST - 9 comments

Green Grilling

Which has a bigger (ie. worse) environmental impact: grilling with propane or grilling with charcoal? Taking into account not only the actual process of burning the material itself, but also cost of producing & shipping the fuel, etc.
posted by Saxon Kane at 1:05 PM PST - 15 comments


StatisticsFilter: What are some good journal articles on the effects/implications of censoring and truncation on different models in applied statistics? (Ordinal Logit, OLS, Duration etc...) [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon at 12:39 PM PST - 1 comment

Helping out a friend..

Is it possible to find casual work in Hawaii in a financial or accounting field... without a visa? [more inside]
posted by osloheart at 12:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Where can I get lambanog?

Can I get lambanog or arrack in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by lore at 11:53 AM PST - 1 comment

Can I travel extremely last minute for cheap?

What if I don't care where I want to go? [more inside]
posted by Scientifik at 11:46 AM PST - 11 comments

Become a Lab Rat with a Shaven Head ????

Give me crazy (legal) ways to make money during this economic dowwwnturn.... Become a Lab Rat? Sell my Hair? [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 11:44 AM PST - 28 comments

Geeky dad bringing up baby in blog form?

Help me find this blog where a geeky father documents the first few months of his daughter's life in hilarious detail! [more inside]
posted by lizzicide at 11:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Best CFL bulbs???????

Which CFL bulbs are the longest lasting and cheapest to buy? I'm concerned about saving money on my electric bill but not worried about mercury content (if lights are broken). Are there any CFL bulb giveaways that are online?
posted by boby at 11:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Flash gallery?

I'm looking for a Free Flash gallery with admin panel, something similar to SlideshowPro ( Know of anything?
posted by BoldStepDesign at 11:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Gym Membership 101

Is joining Planet Fitness worth it, or will I be disappointed in my first joining a gym experience? [more inside]
posted by kellyblah at 11:01 AM PST - 10 comments

Ubuntu + Virtual Box + ??? = profit

Is it wise to setup Ubuntu for my parents virtual box for ie? [more inside]
posted by erifneerg at 10:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Gracefully gifting donations?

Please lend a hand in helping me find a gracious way to tell my family members that I am donating to the local foodbank in their names in lieu of physical gifts this year. This will be a written note enclosed in a card, and I just can't seem to find the right words.
posted by anonymous at 10:34 AM PST - 35 comments

What happens if you change your webserver's IP address and have Google Apps?

I am generally responsible for the technology operations of a startup nonprofit. We currently have our web server hosted on a Windows box. However, we will need to move over to a Linux server for various reasons, including running a new install of Drupal properly. As a result, we'll have a new IP address, though we'll be retaining our domain name and using the same hosting company. But what problems might I run into, especially with Google Apps? [more inside]
posted by thumpasor at 10:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Who were the members of the council of Laodicea?

I am looking for a list of people that participated (the people actually voting) in the Council of Laodicea. Any books or papers that detail their life would be beneficial as well.
posted by bigmusic at 10:30 AM PST - 5 comments

Blogspot/ flickr puzzle.... please help

Does anyone know how to get a flickr slideshow to appear in a blogspot blog. I have tried about any and all searches and followed countless directions to no successful results. I am using the slideshow gadget I frequently get the message "Please correct the errors on this form." I know it can be done......grrr [more inside]
posted by citybuddha at 10:04 AM PST - 3 comments

Looking for Windows or OSX network diagnostic tools to fix internet dropping

Looking for Windows or OSX network diagnostic tools. Our internet connection will drop wireless every 10-15mins... [more inside]
posted by dpollitt at 10:01 AM PST - 6 comments

La Cache replacement

Does anyone know a retailer for April Cornell (or a similar style) nightgowns in Toronto now that La Cache is no more? [more inside]
posted by machine at 9:29 AM PST - 3 comments

Using Old Laptop Charger?

My old laptop blew the motherboard after 3 years of great use (Acer Aspire 5670). I just bought a new laptop (Acer Extensa 5630Z). Can I use the power charger/AC Adapter from my old on my new without doing damage? The new one is rated 19V 3.43A. The old one is 19V 4.4A. (plugs are the same). Long live the hive mind!
posted by bytemover at 9:22 AM PST - 10 comments

Peter Block books and more?

First world problems, analysis paralysis, and personal actualization: Book's similar to Peter Block's The Answer to How Is Yes? I haven't even read this book, actually. But, I probably will. Clarification inside. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 9:20 AM PST - 1 comment

Chart showing comparrison of bear markets

Is there a chart of the current bear market in comparison to historical ones? The New York Times had this one, but it is not kept up to date, otherwise exactly what I'm looking for, kept up to date.
posted by stbalbach at 9:08 AM PST - 3 comments

Let it snow! I want to have fun in NYC before it all turns brown and melts.

What are some great things to see or do in NYC when it snows? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 8:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Bubble down under

I'm looking for econometric analysis of the Australian housing market and the medium-term risk of a crash in prices. I'm particularly interested in information about Canberra house prices. Something like Calculated Risk, with lots of data and layman-level explanations of its probable import, would be perfect.
posted by Estragon at 8:05 AM PST - 3 comments

Limber me up, Scotty!

Yoga, martial arts, gymnastics, parkour, something else?! I'm looking to get more flexible, strong, healthy, and to have fun. What are the long term consequences of any of these activities (studies, anecdotes, etc)? Which should I do? (Bonus points if in Boston, but not necessary) [more inside]
posted by losvedir at 7:55 AM PST - 13 comments

Strange feline behaviour

Help me understand my cat's strange behaviour [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 6:24 AM PST - 27 comments

Can protected sex change a menstrual cycle?

Can having protected sex change your menstrual cycle? (Possible TMI) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:08 AM PST - 18 comments

Creative Job-Hunts

What are some unusual ways people have employed to get employed? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:27 AM PST - 13 comments

December 19

Small, last-minute local gifts in bulk?

150 gift baskets needed by Monday! Looking for suggestions for SF Bay Area local small businesses, artists or crafters that are likely to have at least 150 of an item small enough to be included in a handbasket. [more inside]
posted by obloquy at 11:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Alternatives to liquid mouthwash for travelers?

Are there other products as effective in reducing plaque which take up less space in my luggage? Or is there some way to find listerine in a powdered form? [more inside]
posted by Kerim at 11:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Who in San Francisco can fix my coat for me?

Can you recommend a seamstress or tailor in San Francisco? I need to replace the lining in my favorite vintage winter coat. [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer at 10:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me remember this phrase, if it exists!

Is this phrase or saying real? Something along the lines of "The play never changes, only the players". [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer at 10:26 PM PST - 15 comments

We really want to stay, but they're pushing us away

Our Helio contract is ending soon and we need to cut through the outsourced call center nincompoopery and get some real answers. Difficulty level: Consumerist information is outdated. [more inside]
posted by phredgreen at 10:23 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me pick a video camera

Help me pick a video camera (more inside) [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 10:12 PM PST - 4 comments

best/easiest way to backup a hard drive

What is the best/easiest way to backup my hard drive? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket at 7:41 PM PST - 18 comments

Mediocre Home Makeover, Brokeass Edition

[Interior decorator filter] Help us arrange/decorate an 11-x-16 living area cum office cum tv room for minimal dollars and maximum effect. [ghetto blueprint and list of requirements included] [more inside]
posted by mr. remy at 7:27 PM PST - 6 comments

I need book bag buying help!!!

Cluelesshusbandfilter: Ladies! Help a semi-clueless husband find a book bag for his lovely wife!!! [more inside]
posted by Ponderance at 7:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Bessengever, anyone?

Where can I buy bessengenever? [more inside]
posted by Arch1 at 7:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Churros or something quite like them?

What's a home-made substitute for churros? [more inside]
posted by Listener at 6:53 PM PST - 15 comments

I don't want to spend Christmas in Airport Jail.

International travel with multiple connections: what's it like? And inside: declaring, connection time, and things I will probably get confiscated. [more inside]
posted by troika at 6:40 PM PST - 14 comments

Hot Buttered Rum in Seattle?

Quick and easy question... anybody have any suggestions for places that serve Hot Buttered Rum somewhere in Seattle? Would prefer an in-city neighborhood or downtown. thanks. -j
posted by jimmereeno at 6:38 PM PST - 3 comments

how do I recover my medication mess...?

I'm supposed to be taking 300mg Effexor XR every day. Except I've been so grumblingly ill this last week and a half that I've not bothered. What's the best way to get myself back up to speed? Impact load or slow tapering? And how slow...?
posted by anonymous at 6:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Parking Ticket from a city I've never been to

Frustration filter.... I got a parking ticket from a city I've never been to... I got a notice from a collection agency for a parking ticket issued by Lynwood California. Lynwood California is at least 500 miles from my home and I've never been anywhere near there. I'm sending in my objection to the ticket, obviously, but I've got a few questions: 1. Could it be a simple problem of the cop writing the license plate number down wrong? 2. If not, how can I find out if this is some kind of fraudulent scheme? 3. Any suggestions for fighting the ticket? Thanks....
posted by bananafish at 6:07 PM PST - 12 comments

What was this slick looking wallet or money clip?

Do you recognize this wallet/moneyclip: it was very thin, and showed the cash strapped with bands in an X shape, and when you flipped it inside out, it would show the credit cards strapped in and you could flip it back. It was really slick; what was it?
posted by tasty at 6:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Other than patch a bark canoe...

What should I do with five pounds of failed peanut brittle? [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 5:53 PM PST - 10 comments

What Would Spielberg Do?

Please help me come up with a story twist! I need an idea for a highly valuable, secret cargo smuggled on-board an oil tanker. Difficulty: no warheads or drugs. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 5:45 PM PST - 38 comments

Oh, doctor!*

Need to find a *great* GP doctor (and also an OB/GYN if you have one) in Los Angeles. Preferably someone nice who is knowledgeable and interested in finding causes and solutions instead of just masking symptoms. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 4:49 PM PST - 5 comments

Caribbean book filter

Can you recommend books about the Caribbean? I'm looking for fiction or non-fiction, though preferably not pirates or tourist tales. [more inside]
posted by the christopher hundreds at 4:43 PM PST - 22 comments

a simple translation for a simple word

translationfilter: can anyone tell me if "symmetric and unified" is the best literal translation of the Arabic word "Mutamathil"? This refers to the type design style, where narrow, undecorated, non-connecting script forms are favored over calligraphic forms.
posted by luriete at 4:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Our bed is so bad we tend to roll together into the trough in the middle.

My wife and I stayed overnight at a hotel a few weekends ago and came to the realization that our bed is truly horrific. Help us buy a new mattress! (details inside) [more inside]
posted by QUHZK at 4:01 PM PST - 24 comments

The Manul Song

Russian-speaking mefites, could you please help me with the lyrics to this Manul (aka Pallas Cat) Song? [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann at 4:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Need help finding a replacement for Yahoo Bookmarks service.

Need help finding a replacement for Yahoo Bookmarks service. [more inside]
posted by atm at 3:47 PM PST - 8 comments

How to get through a difficult Celexa withdrawal?

Does anyone have advice for getting through difficult long-term Celexa (SSRI) withdrawal? [more inside]
posted by aether516 at 3:32 PM PST - 11 comments

When should Santa Claus Come to Town?

When does your family open Christmas presents from each other? [more inside]
posted by Point n Click at 3:28 PM PST - 30 comments

Where to get woodworking tools in NYC?

Emergency gift filter! Where can I find a top-notch woodworking supply store in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Long Island or northern Jersey that's open this Sunday (Dec. 21)? [more inside]
posted by DeWalt_Russ at 3:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Mac iPhoto facebook importer only sends tiny little image to facebook.

Why is the facebook importer plugin for iPhoto all of a sudden only wanting to send tiny little images instead of the correct size? I'm using OS X 10.4.11, iPhoto 6.0.6 [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 3:06 PM PST - 2 comments

What is this acoustic version of Auld Lang Syne?

Song ID: Today I heard a great acoustic version of Auld Lang Syne on XM radio in Starbucks. The barista went to go check the artist name for me but was seconds too late - the song ended before she got to it. [more inside]
posted by whataboutben at 2:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Pimp My Wireless Network

WirelessNeworkFilter: Please help me set up my home wireless network using two routers. Despite all the particulars of my situation, there must be an easy solution. [more inside]
posted by billtron at 2:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Sometimes I feel so obtuse...

Please help me rectify my biggest regret from my high school and college days - - - not taking enough math! [more inside]
posted by shaun uh at 2:26 PM PST - 17 comments

Anyone still remember anything about the Epson Stylus 3000?

Print Filter(heh): I just bought a spandy-old Epson Stylus 3000 Big-A$$-Inkjet, and I have a couple questions about it that fairly persistent Googling failed to answer. [more inside]
posted by baylink at 2:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Where in Los Angeles can I buy a travel adapter THAT WILL POWER MY LAPTOP in other countries?

Where in Los Angeles can I buy a travel adapter THAT WILL POWER MY LAPTOP in other countries? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 2:21 PM PST - 14 comments

What comic did this come from?

Does anyone know which comic book this image came from? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 2:19 PM PST - 6 comments

And the splashdown! Right at the final crescendo!

Help me track down a video of the moon landing set to Moonlight Sonata. A friend saw this on a PBS station, probably less than ten and more than four years ago. Inquires to my local PBS station got me nowhere, but I would love to track this down for him. Suggestions?
posted by aint broke at 2:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Car buying in a recession

Buying a new car considering the current US economy. Have the rules changed? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 2:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Martial Arts for Outsiders

I'd like to watch some classy martial arts bouts. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by stonepharisee at 2:02 PM PST - 18 comments

Baffled by Ten Dollar Technology!

Anyone know how to change the order of photos displayed on a Kodak Easyshare digital picture frame? [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 1:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Help my holiday gift stand out this year

I manage six ladies (I'm a guy) in my department and I would like to get them something for the holidays. I am looking for something $10-15 that is not candy, not a gift card and not an ornament. I probably don't have time to order it online so it should be something that I can find at a store. Any ideas? Did you get something cool this year? I want to give something memorable and different than the usual things employees find on their desks before Christmas.
posted by ieatwords at 1:53 PM PST - 39 comments

Songs for my sister- upbeat and woman-centered

Looking for songs with a positive theme about sisters or female friendships for a cd I'm making for my sister's birthday. Also, she's going through a rough transition with a breakup, so other female-centered songs about positivity or independence would be wonderful. [more inside]
posted by potatopeople at 1:42 PM PST - 28 comments

Does anyone know what happened with the launch of [more inside]
posted by notcostello at 1:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Texas Foods That Travel?

My boyfriend and I would like to bring some traditional Austin or Texas foods to Louisiana for his family to try over the holidays. Basically, we're looking for tasty treats that will withstand 8 hours in the car (we're bringing a cooler, so cold stuff is fine). So far we've thought of sausage from Lockhart and Bee Butter from the Bee Cave Honey Company. We need some more/better ideas!
posted by odayoday at 1:23 PM PST - 23 comments

Is it conservative?

Understanding conservatism: Is seeking a solution to a current situation with knowledge/action from the past a conservative act? [more inside]
posted by larry_darrell at 12:57 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you point me to some good examples of personal wedding websites?

Can you point me to some good examples of personal wedding websites? [more inside]
posted by wordsmith at 12:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Being OK with being alone?

How to deal with near-constant solitude? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 PM PST - 25 comments

How to get over my lesbian crush

I'm a married woman and I developed a maddening crush on another woman. Now I can't figure out how to get on with my otherwise really happy life and wonderful husband. Help me sort this out! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:40 PM PST - 17 comments

w3m-mode in emacs on osx

Emacsfilter: Anyone had luck installing w3m to Emacs on OS X? [more inside]
posted by mrstrotsky at 12:34 PM PST - 9 comments

How can a somewhat solitary guy meet a need for hugs and human contact?

How can a somewhat solitary guy meet a need for hugs and human contact? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Can someone else have the right to keep you from apologizing to someone you need to apologize to?

Can someone else have the right to keep you from apologizing to someone you need to apologize to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:25 PM PST - 19 comments

Javascript or CSS book

Recommend a book on Javascript and/or CSS 2.1 for a four day, internet free weekend, please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:25 PM PST - 3 comments

Dealing with nested floats in CSS?

Care to help a CSS newbie with float-related positioning issues? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 12:08 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I find some great exercise DVDs?

How can I find some great exercise DVDs? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 11:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Now I Hear It; Now I Don't

I listen to an MP3 and it sounds just fine. I listen to the exact same MP3 another time on the same system and it sounds all distorted. What's going on here? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Is it okay for an athiest to be a Muslim?

My close friend is converting to Islam. Do you think he's doing the right thing? [more inside]
posted by dydecker at 11:54 AM PST - 44 comments

So I bought an iPhone for AT&T and it is aggravating. I need something else. What do you suggest?

So I bought an iPhone for AT&T and it is aggravating. I need something else. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 11:39 AM PST - 20 comments

A verizon blackberry with wifi?

Can I get a blackberry for Verizon without the expensive data plan? Is there one available for Verizon that can hop on wifi? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 11:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Book Learnin

What are some great professional development books? [more inside]
posted by tinatiga at 11:27 AM PST - 1 comment

where does quicksilver look for ical calendars?

Where does Quicksilver find calendars when adding items to iCal? When I go to the third pane to specify the task's calendar, QS presents me with a list of choices that I assume I created at some point in the past but which in no way correspond to my current list of iCal calendars. I want to delete these ghost calendars and make sure that QS accesses my current list. Any help would be much appreciated.
posted by viscountslim at 11:24 AM PST - 1 comment

Coming from an art-school background, I have *none* of the requirements for a CS grad school. Am I hopeless?

How do I start a MS in Computer Science with no applicable background? [more inside]
posted by amileighs at 11:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Online jobs for a college student

What kind of jobs can a college student do online? [more inside]
posted by deansfurniture5 at 11:08 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I get a design job in the Netherlands?

Hello. First Post. Be Gentle. I recently went back to university to learn 'a trade' after many years of employment and will be completing my product design degree ready for the job market in June. [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID at 11:07 AM PST - 7 comments

Where can I buy a t-shirt that says "Look Upon My Shirt, Ye Mighty, and Despair?"

Where can I buy a t-shirt that says "Look Upon My Shirt, Ye Mighty, and Despair?" [more inside]
posted by brownbat at 11:07 AM PST - 4 comments

How to monitor my warehouse bay doors?

My business operates a large warehouse with several bay doors. For security and heating reasons, I would like to make sure the doors are only open when they must be. Is there any sort of gadgetry that can monitor when the doors are open and alert someone in the office when a particular door has been open for X minutes? [more inside]
posted by yom3ts at 11:00 AM PST - 17 comments

How much to send this greeting card to London?

Roughly how much does it cost to send a average-sized, average-weight greeting card First Class from New York City to London? The USPS Web site requires the weight to calculate shipping costs, and I'm not sure how much it weighs (even approximately). I want to send the card today from work rather than trek to the post office.
posted by zembla3 at 10:31 AM PST - 10 comments

What can I expect from a cheap digital camera?

I bought a digital camera yesterday, and am not too pleased with it. But am I being too critical? [more inside]
posted by deeper red at 10:29 AM PST - 29 comments

Is it possible to earn a post-graduate degree in a field unrelated to your undergrad degree?

My boyfriend wants to return to school and get a degree in psychology, but isn't sure of the best way to do so, especially considering the caliber of schools he is targeting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:18 AM PST - 13 comments

I don't want to get towed!

Is Canner St in New Haven a snow emergency street? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid at 10:11 AM PST - 12 comments

I want to put a small price on my head.

Why should I refrain from buying a very modest 30-year term life insurance policy from a financially unstable company like AIG? [more inside]
posted by wabashbdw at 9:51 AM PST - 4 comments

What should I look for in a laptop?

What sort of specs should I look for for my new (sub-$600) PC laptop? [more inside]
posted by Caz721 at 9:32 AM PST - 6 comments

What can I do with all these SuperBalls?

I need some ideas on how to creatively deal with a collection of superballs. [more inside]
posted by wondermouse at 9:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me celebrate global orgasm day!

Happy global Orgasm day! There's your excuse, now - any advice? ;D [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me save this DVD!!

I ruined a valuable DVD-R with scratches and need to fix it, pronto. Help!! Time issue as family wants to watch it on Christmas. [more inside]
posted by arniec at 8:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Is there a reference for changes to ms word rtf encoding?

Kinda boring question, but is there any good reference for the changes Microsoft makes to its rtf encoding between service packs/minor revisions of Word? [more inside]
posted by rhyax at 8:31 AM PST - 2 comments

They don't make 'em like they used to

OldSchoolBeautyProducts filter: Do you remember these curlers/rollers? Are they still available? [more inside]
posted by alice ayres at 8:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Please help me redirect visitors to my blog, from a subdomain to a subdirectory...

I have a blog, which I did have available at I have recently moved it to be a subdirectory of my main site I am having some trouble with redirecting old links from the subdomain across the the new main site subdirectory, and I really need some help to get it working right. can someone help me craft a .htaccess file to handle the redirects?
posted by Scramblejam at 7:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Asking for tuition support instead of a raise

There will be no raises this year - so be it. But I'd like to try negotiating for tuition reimbursement in leiu of a raise. Can you give any advice on conducting this conversation with my boss? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 7:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Custom fonts online... again?

What're the best practices these days for including custom fonts in web design? [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint at 7:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Tasty, nutritious and healthy frozen food wanted

Need recommendations as to tasty prepared frozen meals available in the U.S. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 6:56 AM PST - 37 comments

Money can't buy everything, it's true.

Is there a legal limit to the amount of cash money a US citizen can keep on their person, in their home, or in a safe deposit box? [more inside]
posted by Devils Rancher at 6:55 AM PST - 31 comments

Robot Mac user

How would I simulate daily useage patterns on a Mac for testing purposes? My ideal would be something hands free that I can just start running and doing something else. Sorry if this is a little inside baseball. [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 6:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Blinking LED novelties, retail, in Manhattan?

Moderate to large quantities of blinking LED novelties, retail, in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by ellanea at 6:09 AM PST - 1 comment

Awesome Housewarming Surprise Ideas?

My bf just moved into his new apartment last week, but will be out of town for the next two weeks for the holidays. I have the keys to his place and I want to make the place a little homier while he's away, without being too overbearing. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by chara at 6:06 AM PST - 34 comments

fauxstal address problems

[Postal_Filter] I sent out 45 postcards to friends for X-Mas. They had a "From" address (labeled as such) and a "To" address (also labeled as such). Somehow, the Post Office sent it all to the "From" Address (not return to sender for insufficient postage or anything). Do I have any recourse in getting these sent to the right address? Is it bad protocol on my part to put a very visible "From" Address on a postcard?
posted by Franklin76 at 5:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me help myself.

Help me piece my life back together. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 AM PST - 23 comments

Ordering Flowers Long Distance

I need to send flowers to a family in Surrey, British Columbia, and I'd like a recommendation for a local company that can be depended on to do a good job with a bit of style - i.e., different from the standard FTD/800-FLOWERS arrangements. Google turned up a company called Kyla's - are they likely to be what I'm looking for?
posted by klpage at 5:41 AM PST - 1 comment

I thought I was the only one who thought I was the only one...

Is there a term for that feeling when you realize someone else notices (or notices in a particular way) something you had never thought of anyone else paying attention to, or viewing similarly? [more inside]
posted by phrontist at 4:50 AM PST - 14 comments

What's a good, trustworthy online charitable cause that I can donate to in $1 increments?

What's a good, trustworthy online charitable cause that I can donate to in $1 increments? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 4:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Click Reduction Protocol Required :)

Is it possible to open links from within Outlook in the background, as opposed to having the browser come to foreground? [more inside]
posted by DrtyBlvd at 3:51 AM PST - 3 comments

Sealed with a kiss for the holidays

Help me think of cute ways to show my new boyfriend that I'm thinking about him over the holidays! [more inside]
posted by catburger at 3:50 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I get my two and a half year old daughter to poo?

How do I get my two and a half year old daughter to poo? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Tuatara at 2:48 AM PST - 23 comments

How to climb up the ranks?

How do I develop a professional relationship with a senior executive in the business in order to move up the ranks? [more inside]
posted by heartofglass at 2:21 AM PST - 3 comments

How to add unwashable letters to a coffee mug?

How can I add unwashable letters to a coffee mug? Need to make a few gifts by the beginning of next week. [more inside]
posted by NeoLeo at 2:14 AM PST - 7 comments

Does anyone remember this Victorian themed point and click adventure?

Nostalgia has left me attmepting to rediscover a series of online point-and-click adventure games I played when I was younger. Its basic premise was a spoof on Sherlock Holmes and Watson, and you solved murder mysteries in Victorian era England. Anyone remember anything? [more inside]
posted by Rocky Dennis Memorial Inner Beauty Pageant at 1:30 AM PST - 5 comments

How do i use Michael Porter's value chain analysis for an airline company (not aircraft)?

How do i use Michael Porter's value chain analysis for an airline company (not aircraft)? [more inside]
posted by red_rika at 1:14 AM PST - 2 comments

Ou est-tu le Poster?

Where can I find this poster from the movie 'Qui etes vous Polly Magoo?' without paying $900? Also can you recomend any movie posters that have similar design (in terms of style)?
posted by barrakuda at 12:33 AM PST - 1 comment

Digital Fabric Printing

Is their an affordable way to print small yardages of fabric? [more inside]
posted by ChloeMills at 12:23 AM PST - 3 comments

December 18

Can I get out of my gym contract?

How do you weasel your way out of a LA Fitness/Pro Results membership without having to pay the fee? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 11:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Noooo! Your trypical Macbook Pro crash story.

OS X crisis.. Please help with a system that won't boot Mac gurus. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 10:57 PM PST - 20 comments

Washington DC hotels?

My wife and I are going to Washington DC next year for a few days. We'll be sticking to touristy stuff -- monuments, the Smithsonian -- so we want to be able to get to those parts and back fairly easily. We won't have a car. Where should we stay? Recommendations for areas or for specific hotels appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 10:53 PM PST - 26 comments

Best 3d graphing app for a cheapskate?

Best application for 3D graphing (heat maps, contours, bump maps and so on)? [more inside]
posted by unSane at 10:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Honey! My mom DID have a Penis poster!

My mom had a print of a painting when I was little ...I want this print for my house and peace of mind...NSFW [more inside]
posted by Jenny is Crafty at 10:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Pandora Seed songs

Pandora startup songs: Pandora has new (for me) genre stations, including selections for Holiday music. But to me the "Rocking Holiday" feed was too, too tame. Please suggest 3-4 essential songs for me to 'seed' a better "classic rock/alt rock" holiday station. I'm thinking the Kinks, Tom Petty, did The Who ever cover a holiday song? ( As an aside, I know many consider Springsteen's "Santa Claus is Coming" to be the worst of this genre, but I've always liked it. I've started with that, but need more to salt the mix.)
posted by TDIpod at 9:56 PM PST - 13 comments

if you design it, they will come.

Fellow baristas! What would your ideal bar set-up look like? Opportunity has knocked. I may be in charge of designing the cafe of my dreams! I know what I like, but I need the opinions of you other java-slingers. [more inside]
posted by ms.jones at 9:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Save the Cookies

Christmas Cookies Disasters filter: I was making Aunt Sis's Strawberry Tart Cookies, Gourmet's favorite from 1993. They spreaded into flat disks. [more inside]
posted by leigh1 at 9:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Who writes about better Powerpoint presentations, says most are bad

Who writes about better Powerpoint presentations,and says most are bad? Seeking book and/or author about how to do PowerPoint, by a woman who spoke on Minnesota Public Radio (or NPR) about a month ago, before Thanksgiving. I've Googled, and searched MPR/NPR to no avail She did the Ppt's for Al Gore's slide show and movie. She said most presentations were awful. and Sounded convincing. That's most of what I remember. And there are lots of PowerPoint books. can anyone help?
posted by judybxxx at 9:25 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I get over being jealous of my boyfriend's ex?

How do I get over my jealousy of my boyfriend's sleeping with his ex-girlfriend, and how do I not take it out on him if I can't rein it in? Sorry, this is kind of long. [more inside]
posted by Night_owl at 9:04 PM PST - 105 comments

Help me name my new iPhone development company

Help me name my new iPhone development company! [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 8:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Pray for my Pralines

Help me salvage these pralines... [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend at 8:12 PM PST - 8 comments

SEO word salad pornography?

What in the world is going on with this website (subject of a recent askme)? Have a look at these google results: inurl:locator. Is this an indication that the website's been hacked, or is this the kind of disgusting behavior that passes for SEO these days? [more inside]
posted by jepler at 7:49 PM PST - 7 comments

How to Write Short Stuff Better?

How do I learn to write crisp, short and in-depth memos? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 7:33 PM PST - 14 comments

Cute barette craft help!

How can I make this felt barette? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 7:07 PM PST - 2 comments

FileMaker "raw data" view?

Is there a "raw data" view in FileMaker? [more inside]
posted by wemayfreeze at 7:05 PM PST - 3 comments

How much should they pay me?

How much should I reasonably expect to be paid if working as a private consultant designing a tourism project for a city chamber of commerce? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Twitter misses me already, I can tell

I've been looking at getting a new cell phone for a couple of months, but lollygagged around and now my old one is DEAD. Decision-making is not my forte, please help! [more inside]
posted by kattyann at 6:33 PM PST - 6 comments

How much fat in these cookies?

Can you estimate the number of fat grams (and calories, if you're feeling spunky) in one of these cookies? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 6:25 PM PST - 11 comments

My poor doctor

My doctor says my insurance only pays him twenty-one cents per visit. Help me understand this. [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 5:57 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I take a self photograph once per day and create an animation from it?

How do I take a self photograph once per day and create an animation from it? [more inside]
posted by idyllhands at 5:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Firefox 3 and the mysterious missing font

Why does Firefox 3 no longer allow me to choose Times New Roman as the default font, even though it is installed on my Vista system? Trivial but annoying. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 5:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Good apps for 64-bit Vista?

I just upgraded my computer and am trying out the 64-bit edition of Vista. While my hardware has been mostly compliant, my trouble has been mostly with software. For instance, the 64-bit version of IE (the only 64-bit browser?) is screaming fast, but it doesn't support Java or Flash. I'd love to be able to get some apps that can take advantage of the new horsepower at my disposal, but so far, it's been more of a nuisance than a benefit. Can anyone recommend any usable 64-bit versions of apps for basic computer use? (web browsing, text-editing, photo-editing, media-viewing, etc)
posted by stuckie at 5:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Non-Union Square Xmas gift for my mom?

I was a dolt and missed the deadline to ship my Mom's potential Christmas gift to my parent's house before I left town. So now I'm left with one weekend in NYC to find her something pretty for the home that's also small enough to fit in a carry-on suitcase. I need recommendations for classy, inexpensive stores in NYC that carry unique and/or handmade bowls, candle holders, tableware, etc for under $80. [more inside]
posted by Viola at 4:30 PM PST - 14 comments

What do you mean, you want to buy my blog?

A company is offering to buy my blog. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:22 PM PST - 21 comments

Sweet Hawaii, here is my money!

What to buy while in Hawaii? (Maui & Oahu) [more inside]
posted by monocultured at 3:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Best practices for an Open Source project?

I'm looking for advice on how best to begin an Open Source web application project. [more inside]
posted by planetthoughtful at 3:40 PM PST - 11 comments

12 - 15 is less than zero.

I might have made a gross error. Is there something that I can do to speed up my Visa application? [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart at 3:39 PM PST - 8 comments

Change My Mind About Giving to the "Haves"

Please beat some sense into me about "generosity". I have little problem giving to people poorer than me, but I get rankled easily if someone I perceive to be wealthier asks for a favor. I feel like this is a character flaw of mine. Help! [more inside]
posted by uxo at 3:10 PM PST - 25 comments

Deeply anal-retentive font geek question about IPA fonts.

Roman IPA fonts and the non-roman characters who love them. [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 2:56 PM PST - 2 comments

How to watch Arsenal FC on my iBook G4?

How can I watch English Premier League Football games on my mac? [more inside]
posted by fishthefly at 2:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for origin of quote along the lines of "we make our own stars".

Quote filter: I have heard a quote regarding light pollution where the characters are looking over the city and talking about how people complain that the city lights block out all the stars. The character says something along the lines of "Screw the stars. We make our own stars." I can't figure out what the exact quote is or where it came from. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 2:42 PM PST - 6 comments

ISO Oxford Endocrinologist in Manhattan

Looking for an endocrinologist recommendation in Manhattan (10019, 10128 preferred) who is in the Oxford Freedom Network. [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 2:11 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm crushing my heart.

Help me stop living on crushes (way much info inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Calc: how to work out what I'm being paid

I need some help finding/creating a Calc/Excel formula that will help me track my breaks at work, depending on how long I work per day. [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 12:40 PM PST - 7 comments

What's the best way to convert 33 VHS tapes to a digital format?

My company is looking to convert 33 VHS tapes to DVD/digital format. What's the quickest way to do this? Options and details inside [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 12:40 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I make my Christmas gift look authentic?

I'm trying to figure out how to make a stamp look "canceled" for a Christmas gift. [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 12:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Teeth questions

Question about gum bone grafting and dentures. [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 12:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Father & Son tee-shirt sayings for the smart ass family.

I'd like to make matching father & son t-shirts for my husband and stepson with simple iron on letters. However, I can't come up with a witty saying for the shirts. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by pokeedog at 11:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Quest for Car Legality

Please guide me through several steps for registering a car and related inspections / et cetera, in North Carolina. Bonus points if you can phrase the instructions in the form of a World of Warcraft quest. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 11:34 AM PST - 7 comments

N64 controllers for emulators

What's the best way to play N64 on your laptop? (Controllers question) [more inside]
posted by scission at 11:23 AM PST - 14 comments

Hobbies for RSI sufferers?

My girlfriend is suffering really badly from RSI. If she's going to heal she needs to avoid using her hands... but this is leaving her bored to tears. What hobbies are suitable for RSI sufferers? She's not too keen on sports, although she has recently taken up yoga.
posted by simonw at 11:00 AM PST - 22 comments

blogging via iphone = win

I need an alternative to Gmail that does pop3 without SSL, and won't expire after so many days of inactivity. [more inside]
posted by almostmanda at 10:59 AM PST - 7 comments

Who remembers the Armenian music?

I request excellent traditional Armenian Music! My mom would like Armenian music for Christmas! Whatever their equivalent is to the Greek music that we're always dancing in circles to. ARMENIAN MUSIC THREAD GO!
posted by Greg Nog at 10:42 AM PST - 14 comments

How can I make a DDE connection close in Windows XP?

How can I close DDE connections? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 10:33 AM PST - 1 comment

How to find an old magazine article?

How can I find an old magazine article? My research skills are lacking and I'd like to figure out how to find a long article from a magazine published sometime in the 90's. Are there search services one can hire for something like this? [more inside]
posted by davidaugust111 at 10:28 AM PST - 9 comments

Where Are You Tonite Sweet Marie?

Last minute Holiday letter. Help me find friends addresses online without resorting to shill websites like and yahoo people search. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 10:28 AM PST - 7 comments

How do I respond to the question(s) Are you currently employed? Why did you leave your last job?

Are you currently employed? Why did you leave your last job? [more inside]
posted by ezekieldas at 10:16 AM PST - 12 comments

No debt. Dropping credit score. What can we do to keep our credit score up?

No debt. Dropping credit score. What can we do to keep our credit score up? [more inside]
posted by nomad73 at 9:55 AM PST - 25 comments

Trying to re-read the entire Elric of Melniboné saga!

Help me make sense of Moorcock's Elric of Melniboné series! I am attempting to re-read the saga from the beginning, in chronological order, including all the new stores/novels published since the DAW paperbacks in the 1970s. [more inside]
posted by Byun-o-matic at 9:44 AM PST - 3 comments

revolutionary reading

I'm looking for readable accounts of revolutionary movements. [more inside]
posted by serazin at 9:37 AM PST - 13 comments

What the heck was growing on my back?

Help me interpret these biopsy results - Junctional Nevus with Mildly Displastic Features. [more inside]
posted by Octoparrot at 9:19 AM PST - 10 comments

How to get an Iphone or G1 to work with my work

I want to know what phone I should get to be able to use vpns and ssh to linux machines [more inside]
posted by alkupe at 9:13 AM PST - 7 comments

Show html imagemap if Flash is blocked?

I know that a lot of people use Flash™ blockers - I want to use a clickable rollover flash map of the U.S. (that will link to individual state pages) in a site that I'm designing. Is there a way to show a regular HTML image map if the user has flash blocked? (so both users get a clickable map of some kind). Solutions in any of these: html/javascript/php will work. TIA!
posted by spock at 9:06 AM PST - 7 comments

Brief Latin translation assistance

Latin Translation Filter: "Facts are stubborn things." [more inside]
posted by jquinby at 9:03 AM PST - 4 comments

I love Vista, hate the way it handles flash drives. Obi-Wan, Help Me!

I love Vista, hate the way it handles flash drives. Obi-Wan, Help Me! I use a Vista laptop and an XP desktop for work. When I copy anything from the XP machine on my flash drive and use it on my Vista Laptop, it won't let me delete or re-save it after editing, saying the file is Read-Only. Even if I copy something to it from the Vista machine it always asks to confirm things. I know UAC is a pain in the neck but is there anyway around it's behaviour on flashdrives?
posted by damiano99 at 8:51 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I get my SO to have better conversations?

Two parter 1) Do I have the correct expectations about conversation and common interests with my significant other? 2) How can I get her to have more, deeper, conversations, debates, etc? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:41 AM PST - 50 comments

We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine, and the machine is bleeding to death..

I rarely pay attention to lyrics in a song - when I do, it's usually because of strong imagery or a really twisted message. I'd love to find songs now based on lyric recommendations - what are your favorites? Powerful, or hidden, or just especially memorable. And not limited to any particular genre nor subject, either. I just want songs that will make me pause and think over what I heard, rather than go "Ahh, pretty sounds!"
posted by Bakuun at 8:35 AM PST - 79 comments

Help me identify this "cat house"

Help me identify the "cat house" in this picture. [more inside]
posted by ArchBr at 8:33 AM PST - 6 comments

New Smartphone: help me make it smarter

New Windows Mobile smartphone after years with Palm. 1. What are the best apps for a writer/teacher/trivia nut? 2. What is the best dictionary/thesaurus program? WordnetCE is not working, and the other choices I have found seem to lead back to it. 3. I like using Tasks on my Today screen, but the set-up I have either shrinks them to nothing or buries them. What is the best theme or plug-in? I am getting into GTD- mostly at the 'list everything I gotta do' stage
posted by flowerofhighrank at 8:26 AM PST - 1 comment

Get out of rut

Stop feeling sorry for myself and lighten up. [more inside]
posted by Penelope at 8:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Yes, I did sleep.

When I wear contact lenses, I get bags under my eyes within about fifteen minutes. I wear toric lenses, if that matters. Is there anything I can do about this, or should I continue to stick to glasses?
posted by Pants! at 8:09 AM PST - 9 comments

How to I get my Outlook contacts under control?

How to I get my Outlook contacts under control? [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 8:00 AM PST - 8 comments

CSV editor capable of editing giant files

I need a freeware app that can efficiently view and edit massive CSV files. I have a couple of 6K column csv files I need to look at and edit. [more inside]
posted by srboisvert at 7:43 AM PST - 12 comments

Fun And Games With Energy Conservation

I'm giving a 20 minute energy conservation workshop for adults twice a day from now until spring. Any ideas you all may have to that will add variety and humor to this will be much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by partner at 7:28 AM PST - 8 comments

A stylish digital watch my dad will actually wear?

I want to get my dad a watch for the holidays. I've tried before, but he always goes back to his plastic women's Ironman digital. Any suggestions for a thin, smallish, digital but still fashionable watch for everyday, casual wear? It doesn't need tons of functions -- time and alarm. Stopwatch would be a bonus but not necessary.
posted by SampleSize at 7:23 AM PST - 8 comments

What to do with my new, big-ass hard drive?

I succumbed to cyber-Monday and bought a 1TB USB 2.0 Hard drive for $100 (AR), shipping included. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by ericbop at 6:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Compost Gift

I want to give my wife the gift of compost... [more inside]
posted by avrobie at 6:29 AM PST - 19 comments

Iz I stooopid?

Do I really need to have graduated from a 4 year university to get a job in Germany? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:15 AM PST - 12 comments


How do ladybugs get inside without being smushed?
posted by docloch at 6:14 AM PST - 5 comments

How to Organize Civil Resistance in the Subways?

I'm considering organizing resistance to the proposed fare increases in the New York city subway system. What do you think would work and how would you implement it?
posted by dskinner at 6:09 AM PST - 12 comments

Wireless computers can't see wired LAN Workgroup shares.

My laptop using wireless connection can not access the rest of my wired network workgroup. I suspect a router issue. [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 5:54 AM PST - 20 comments

International Flight Cancellation? Help me prepare!

What generally happens when an international flight is cancelled? (more inside) - other than the plane going nowhere! [more inside]
posted by aelish at 5:51 AM PST - 20 comments

Snowboarding Gift Ideas

I'm looking for gift ideas for a family member who is into snowboarding. He already has all the basics but I do know he needs a new pair of goggles (which shouldn't be hard to find). I'm also interested in any cool accessories that you could recommend beyond the basic stuff your average snowboarder would have. The price range I'm looking for is around $50. Thanks in advance!
posted by adustum at 5:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I still eat this?

The other day I bought a package of a popular brand of vegetarian breakfast link "sausage." I bought it in the late morning and I forgot it in the cab of my truck for about seven hours on a day that saw temperatures reach the mid-60s. It's been in my freezer for a couple of days now, but should I just toss it? Or do you think it's safe to eat since it's not real meat?
posted by NoMich at 5:39 AM PST - 23 comments

Canon of love

So a while ago I was wondering whether to get a Canon 1000D (Digital Rebel XTi) or the 450D (Digital Rebel XT). Now, thanks to a Christmas bonus, my choice has widened - 450d or 40d? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 5:32 AM PST - 21 comments

How to manage whitelist of websites for a school lab?

How can I remotely manage a whitelist of allowed websites for a computer lab of 20 iMacs? [more inside]
posted by those are my balloons at 4:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Studying Japanese in London?

One for Japanophile Londoners. What are the best options to study Japanese in London? Any recommendations for courses or tutors?. My e-mail's in my profile, if preferred.
posted by blogenstock at 3:39 AM PST - 2 comments

Wireless Internerd

Tell me about your wireless prepaid internet download experience, with stats if possible. [more inside]
posted by micklaw at 3:21 AM PST - 3 comments

Mass Online Gifting Suggestions

Gifting en masse. Looking for non physical holiday gift ideas that can be ordered online for 40+ people scattered throughout the world. [more inside]
posted by LongDrive at 2:55 AM PST - 9 comments

looking for a netflix surrogate for opening

I bought a netflix subscription as a Christmas gift and I'm looking for something tangible/creative to put under the tree for them to open instead of just a card with the certificate.
posted by woolylambkin at 12:45 AM PST - 9 comments

December 17

GooglePhoneFilter: I got Blackberry in my iPhone!

CanadaCellphoneFilter: How can I use a Google G1 Android phone on Canada's Telus network? [more inside]
posted by mrmcsurly at 11:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Randomly Appearing Mystery Keys

Mystery Mailbox Key: I found a strange key in my mailbox, and another arrived at a friend's house nearby. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead at 9:55 PM PST - 10 comments

MMS message from iphone - address problem (where's the colon?)

I'm trying to send a photo by MMS to a friend's mobile from my iphone. i've determined that this should be possible by emailing the photo to an address in the form of +61[mobile number]; so far so good, but... [more inside]
posted by beige at 9:39 PM PST - 9 comments

Do organizations generally scale back hiring in December?

What's going on in December with hiring? Do people pretty much NOT hire in December? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 9:35 PM PST - 22 comments

Big Brother wants to watch my 6-year old.

My son’s elementary school Internet policy has some fairly objectionable provisions. How common are these terms, and can/should anything be done about it? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 9:28 PM PST - 26 comments

Help me run a live linux distro off a usb key on my Macbook Pro.

My MacBook Pro is broken. Or, more precisely, its cd drive and hard drive are kaput. Repair of either of these parts is not an option. I'd like to not replace them, and simply have it run a live linux distro off of a usb drive. Possible?
posted by dkleinst at 9:18 PM PST - 5 comments

help me buy a motorhome under 10k

Hi again everybody: Im looking into buying an older motorhome (under 10k) I was hoping for any tips or recommendations... please share thanks
posted by frogger12 at 9:04 PM PST - 5 comments

how can I put aside my childish romantic dreams and appreciate what I have?

Apart from some dating in college I never had a serious relationship until age 33 because of my social anxiety, and all those single years felt really lonely. Yet even now I am in one with some who loves me, and wants to get married to me, I cannot help escape ambivalent feelings. I look at random women in coffee shops and wish I could be with one of them instead purely because I feel more physical attraction to them. I find myself bored because my partner and I are with each other 24/7 and look forward to being with my friends more than I appreciate being with her. Our relationship seems so-so and I feel uninspired to make the effort to change it. But I feel this is my best chance BY FAR of happiness since if we broke up it could literally be years before either of us could attract someone else (both of us are significantly overweight and have mental health problems). How can I fully commit to making a real go of this when my mind is filled with daydreams of suddenly someone who is more of a catch wanting to be with me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:58 PM PST - 28 comments

Increase my Corporate Legal-fu!

CorporateLawFilter: Please recommend your best tips, tricks and reference materials for becoming the best paralegal-in-training possible. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 8:35 PM PST - 10 comments

HTML File Drag-and-drop

I currently am using plain-jane HTML form "browse" file input fields to allow uploading on several sites. I want to move forward. I think "thinfile" will work for me, but before forking out the bux, do you have any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 8:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Office two thouand and why ?

In Office 2007 Microsoft has changed the user interface radically. I'm interested to find material which describes why they did that ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 8:05 PM PST - 25 comments

Or, I could just learn Spanish.

I seek a quick and dirty method to alter the times in a subtitle (.SRT) file. [more inside]
posted by waraw at 7:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Istanbul on New Year's Eve?

What should I do in Istanbul on New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by rsk at 7:23 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I network my way into an art gallery job in Springfield,Mo

What tips can you give that will help me score an art gallery job ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm the stranger my parents warned me about!

How do I care for kids when I'm a stranger to them? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 6:09 PM PST - 16 comments

Is this workout routine a bad idea?

A trainer at my gym recommended this workout and I'm not entirely sure it's safe or effective or the right one for me. I've itemized the routine below, but in short it involves both upper and lower body workout every day, Monday through Friday, three sets of 10 -12, with one muscle group off per day after what he considers the toughest exercise for that body part. [more inside]
posted by mizrachi at 5:59 PM PST - 19 comments

jazz time signature

What time signature is this? [more inside]
posted by boeing82 at 5:48 PM PST - 14 comments

I think I found a security hole, company isn't responding?

I have found a major security hole / bug in a mid-market erp/accounting program we use. I alerted support, explained the problem and how we fixed it. More than a week later and no follow up, bulletin or acknowledgment of the problem. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Internal links plugin for Wordpress

I'm looking for an internal links plugin for Wordpress. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar at 5:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Part-time PhD, full-time work: is this a bad combination?

Part-time PhD, full-time work: has anyone tried to combine the two? What advice would you give to someone considering this? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 4:59 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me lawyer up...

I need to find a lawyer in the NYC area who deals with confidentiality agreements and stock option contracts, specifically in the software industry. How would I go about finding such a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Can one order up a miracle?

Online shopping in Calgary - help! [more inside]
posted by faineant at 4:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Need help on solving pkas, concentration

I apologize for posting such a specific question: I have an ionization scheme with 3 different pKas. I can figure out, using Henderson Hasselbalch, the hypothetical concentration of two of them. But my research adviser wants to know the concentration of all the structures in solution. And I don't have the math skills for that. [more inside]
posted by geronimo's folly at 4:00 PM PST - 4 comments

propaganda says what?

Russian Translation Filter: what does this say?
posted by streetdreams at 3:28 PM PST - 3 comments

Has anyone ever truly lost weight and kept it off?

What kind of hope is there for the average person to lose weight and keep it off when someone like Oprah who has personal trainers and personal nutritionists and personal chefs and personal minders and more money than God can't manage to do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:17 PM PST - 75 comments

Do they sell "Potion of Art Job +1" stocking stuffers?

GiftFilter: What can I give my brother-in-law for Christmas that will help improve his chances of getting a 3D art job? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 2:52 PM PST - 11 comments

I want to sell my soul at the cross roads

I'v been playing guitar for a number of years, and in the last couple i've started learning classical pieces to push myself. Although i'm no john williams yet learning pieces such as canarios and asturias has really improved my playing. So do any of you out there have a piece or pieces that you loved learning or that took your playing to a new level? I'm mostly looking for classical pieces but things along the lines of bert janch would also be appreciated. No shredding please.
posted by chelegonian at 2:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Sister's Not Coming Home Unless I Learn These Chords

Chord question: would you say that these chords are the correct ones for "Sister's Coming Home/Down at the Corner Beer Joint" from the Blue Kentucky Girl Album? [more inside]
posted by pipti at 2:38 PM PST - 4 comments

CHristmas wordplay

My girlfriend has a set of blocks that spell out, "Merry Christmas". They are sitting on a table in the lving room. Today I decided to re-arrange them. [more inside]
posted by haikuku at 2:37 PM PST - 29 comments

Oh. Crap.

Floor levelling compound + rain = ? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 2:26 PM PST - 6 comments

Anyone have a component video switch (with audio) they can recommend?

Lots of video devices with component video outputs, but TV only has one component input. Bought an automatic component video switch from a local big-box store, turned out to be junk. Anyone have recommendations for a quality unit? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper at 2:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Can't find the right kind of graphics card...

Can anyone find a PCI-E x1 or PCI graphics card in the UK? [more inside]
posted by katrielalex at 1:44 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me remember a mid-90s adventure game

I'm trying to remember a DOS game I used to play. It was an adventure type game where each level you had a task to complete in a dungeons-and-dragons type setting, so mages, archers, skeletons, that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by fvw at 1:29 PM PST - 21 comments

It should only take a minute, really.

BathroomFilter: Is it appropriate to give dietary suggestions to the person in the next stall or not? [more inside]
posted by dhammala at 1:25 PM PST - 116 comments


californiafilter: help us find good hotels in san francisco and san diego! [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 1:24 PM PST - 17 comments

How might I obtain a copy of an obscure movie from 1970, Dirtymouth?

How might I obtain a copy of a very obscure movie, Dirtymouth, from the early 1970's? [more inside]
posted by at 1:22 PM PST - 3 comments

How to export text from Flash?

Is there any way to export all of the text in a FLA file? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 1:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Comcast, from the gates of hell I spit at thee!

DSL in Minneapolis. Recommendations, experiences, ISPs of note. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 12:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Eco-Friendly sites for Kids?

I am trying to put together a list of environmental eco-friendly sites targeted from young children (kindergarten) to grades 3-4, and 4-6. Looking for anything interesting that has stats, games and so forth. Appreciate your time and input. I need a lot (30 plus...even if you give me one, that is a help)
posted by snap_dragon at 12:28 PM PST - 5 comments

Creating big blocks/grid of color from a photograph, using Photoshop perhaps?

What do you do in Photoshop to create a 4x5 grid, where each block has the "average color" of its coverage in a photograph? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Writing on Computer, Posting via iPhone

I'm going to be in the middle of nowhere for about a week on a retreat. I probably won't have internet access on my computer, but will at least have Edge access on my iPhone. I don't need to surf, but I'd like to be able to compose blog posts on my computer and be able to post them through my phone. How can I pull this off? [more inside]
posted by Gideon at 12:10 PM PST - 11 comments

What should the password policy at a small liberal arts college be?

What should the password policy at a small liberal arts college be? [more inside]
posted by andythebean at 12:00 PM PST - 48 comments

Ideas for the type of music to listen to while the dentist is going to work in your mouth?

I'm going to get a gum graft Friday and I'd like to know your opinion on the type of music would be good to listen to while I'm being worked on. [more inside]
posted by spacesbetween at 12:00 PM PST - 18 comments

Even Goldilocks can't find the one that is just right.

How closely do I have to match transformer voltage? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director at 11:58 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I bring my car with me?

I love my Peugeot, but I might be moving to the USA. Can I bring it with me or am I just stupid to want to? [more inside]
posted by xanthippe at 11:52 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me find work for 2-3 weeks.

I really need a job for 2-3 weeks. Where should I look / how do I begin? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:34 AM PST - 20 comments

Help me sound like I know a lot of foreign languages.

Help me sound like I know a lot of foreign languages. [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 10:49 AM PST - 23 comments

Where's this from?

This is my question. There are many like it, but this one is mine. [more inside]
posted by als129 at 9:50 AM PST - 21 comments

Looking for reputable watch companies!

Looking to buy a new watch, something nice for daily wear but that won't break the bank. Suggest some great watch-makers. Looking for reputable and quality watch company suggestions. Criteria and background expanded on in full q! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 9:45 AM PST - 27 comments

New Business - Where Do I Start

BusinessStartupFilter: I'm looking to get into the sports concession business but have idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by shew at 9:37 AM PST - 5 comments

What business Live Chat software works well?

I have a client who wants to add live chat to their company website, for customer support. What are your experiences with some of the software packages out there? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze at 9:36 AM PST - 6 comments

Cupcakes take over the World.

How can I make nice, thick, non-buttercream frosting for my cupcakes as seen on these Candy Cakes cupcakes in London?
posted by santojulieta at 9:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Where to go from Dubai?

Where to go from Dubai? I'm going to Dubai in April with my Executive MBA program. I've read great posts on Dubai, but what would be the best place to go after for 4-5 days without breaking the bank. Sri Lanka? Cairo? I love history and sightseeing and likely won't get another opportunity for extensive global travel for some time. Basically, what's the best use of our time in this part of the world? Flying directly from Houston, so connecting cities are out.
posted by williamms at 9:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Bonne année!

We'll be in Paris for 3 days around New Year's Eve, so I am looking for 3 restaurants reasonably priced (around 30 euros). Our hotel is in Le Marais. We enjoy no frills fresh produce simply cooked with flair.
posted by bru at 8:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Replacing multiple spaces in a string using T-SQL

Please help me find the T-SQL that removes duplicate spaces within a string (or suggest your own method). [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 8:47 AM PST - 2 comments

Is there a application or web app that I can use to keep track of my time at work?

Is there a application or web app that I can use to keep track of my time at work? [more inside]
posted by DrDreidel at 8:43 AM PST - 10 comments


Best gift for under $30? [more inside]
posted by mistikle at 8:23 AM PST - 19 comments

I have Amex and I'm not afraid to use it.

Is there a comprehensive shopping search engine? Ideally, it would search all shopping sites (including small vendors), ebay and craigslist. The prices would be regularly updated and sortable. I'd love an estimate of shipping costs, but that's optional.
posted by 26.2 at 8:21 AM PST - 6 comments

openldap password change webapp?

Need a webapp to allow my users to change their own LDAP passwords. [more inside]
posted by tarheelcoxn at 8:17 AM PST - 3 comments

Switch to Firefox 3 or stay with 2?

Advantages/disadvantages of Firefox 3? [more inside]
posted by jujube at 8:15 AM PST - 28 comments

How to get a nonprofit off the ground?

We have a great idea for a nonprofit organization. However, we have zero experience founding or maintaining one. Where should we start? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Sharing network drives through a firewall

How can I securely share files on a Windows server behind a firewall with remote users ? [more inside]
posted by SteveInMaine at 8:12 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I link from desktop wallpaper?

Is there any way I can create desktop wallpaper that has a link to a specific web site? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 7:37 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get the right size of wedding ring as a surprise for my fiancee?

How do I buy an engagement ring if I don't know my fiancee's ring size? It obviously can't be a surprise if I measure her ring finger ahead of time... [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 7:36 AM PST - 41 comments

Home Recording - Basic Equipment - Mixdown Volume Very Low

The final mixdown on music I have created at home is very low in volume. How can I raise the volume of my final tracks without getting that god-awful digital clipping? [more inside]
posted by Brettus at 7:28 AM PST - 16 comments

Looking for the perfect non-KitchenAid mixer

Help me find a good stand mixer that's not a KitchenAid, please. [more inside]
posted by Capri at 7:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Just When I Thought They Were Out, They Grow Right Back In

Would removing tonsils get rid of recurring sinus infections and can or cannot tonsils grow back? (Semi-long question with confusing & contradictory info inside) [more inside]
posted by katyjack at 6:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Dealing with breast tenderness?

Dealing with breast tenderness? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 6:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Interesting Biographies

I will have time for more reading in the coming months. What are the compelling biographies and autobiographies from recent years? [more inside]
posted by netbros at 6:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Pop idle

Apologies in advance, this is a question about the X-Factor [more inside]
posted by hnnrs at 5:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Addressing a girl as 'fair'. Flirting or just a figure of speech?

Addressing a girl as 'fair'. Flirting or just a figure of speech? [more inside]
posted by Emilyisnow at 5:17 AM PST - 41 comments

Whisky related funnies?

I need a short, amusing whiskey related quote to have engraved on a glass as a present for my Dad. He's not a big drinker (so no 'drunk' quotes) but he does like a glass of good whiskey. [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 4:41 AM PST - 27 comments

Help me reduce cell phone radiation to my brain!

Can anyone tell me if a blue tooth headset or a handsfree kit will help lessen the frying of my brain? This corded handset claims that radiation emissions are reduced by 95%. Is that right? What's my best option, other than speakerphone or not worrying about it?
posted by surenoproblem at 4:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Crate training a panicked puppy

Crate training help! We have a new puppy (around 9 weeks) who panics in her crate. I know we have to introduce her to the crate slowly, but how do we do that and also sleep/leave the house occasionally? [more inside]
posted by ohio at 3:04 AM PST - 24 comments

I'm going to Beijing for Christmas. Any recommendations for Christmas Dinner?

I'm off to Beijing for the Christmas break and want to take my friends out for a big xmas dinner. It's my first time to the city and I'm struggling to find any good guides to food there. Any recommendations for a good slap-up meal on the 25th? I'll be staying around Chao Yang.
posted by hydrophobic at 2:33 AM PST - 6 comments

need to find a small tahoe rental

i'm looking for a nice cottage or similar in tahoe to rent, for just me and my girl for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by jimjam at 2:31 AM PST - 5 comments

European cottage cheese in the US?

Where can I find European-style "chunky" cottage cheese in the US (specifically LA)? [more inside]
posted by kepano at 2:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Suggestions for Improving Abstract Thought

I have just realized that I am appallingly bad at abstract thought. Anytime I need to solve a problem that requires higher-level abstract thinking, I am unable to do so. So, for example, if I see an argument spelled out in symbols, I have to translate those symbols into real-world terms for me to understand them. What can I do to gradually improve my ability to handle abstract thoughts and ideas in my brain. [more inside]
posted by leybman at 12:15 AM PST - 11 comments

December 16

Should water that's been distilled through reverse osmosis taste this nasty?

My workplace has a reverse osmosis water filter that produces a beverage tasting nothing short of pure evil. Why might this be? [more inside]
posted by springbound at 11:51 PM PST - 10 comments

How do I seek and destroy image-only PDF's?

Is there Mac-based software available that will search my entire hard drive or designated folders for image-only PDF files (have not been OCR'ed) and then automatically run OCR (using Acrobat Pro or whatever) and override the original file with a searchable version? [more inside]
posted by randex8 at 10:47 PM PST - 4 comments

Movies yet to be released on DVD?

This FPP on Last Summer got me wondering: what other films of note have yet to be released on the DVD format? I'm thinking legitimate releases here, not black market dubs.
posted by stinkycheese at 10:30 PM PST - 33 comments

Now or then?

International travel question. I'm planning a trip to France next March. Is there any consensus on what fares are going to do in the next three months? Should I book now or should I trust that fares will start to reflect the fact that fuel costs are down and wait until later? I know this question has been asked previously but that wasn't when the price of oil had dropped by 60%+
posted by Neiltupper at 9:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Help with a french translation

Does anyone know the original french to this quote, "perfection is a lot of little things done well"? [more inside]
posted by ecks at 8:10 PM PST - 7 comments

WordPress 2.7 and Angsuman’s Authenticated WordPress Plugin

On one of my WordPress hosted blogs, I previously used Angsuman’s Authenticated WordPress Plugin to restrict access to registered users. After upgrading to WordPress 2.7, the plugin doesn't work anymore. It won't let anybody log in, trapping people in a constant loop of entering (correct) passwords and being returned to the login screen. [more inside]
posted by sindark at 8:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Xmas spirit all though the year

What are some actual examples of this Christmas-time cliche? [more inside]
posted by neroli at 7:48 PM PST - 16 comments

Looking for Digital Scanner stuff

Where can I find a control board and software for a wide format digital scanner? [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 7:16 PM PST - 1 comment

Once upon a time in the ancient civilizations, there were...uh...

Ancient Civilizations Crash Course: I have to teach a course beginning in February...and I don't know anything! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me, internet, you're my only hope

Can I buy a copyrighted product (i.e., a toy), modify it for other uses, and then re-sell it? [more inside]
posted by Jon_Evil at 7:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Part-time homeschooling?

Part-time homeschooling? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 6:53 PM PST - 18 comments

jerry springer style drama in the real world

post confrontation: how do I deal with running into someone who makes me totally furious and might be out to get me? [more inside]
posted by genmonster at 6:49 PM PST - 18 comments

Should we get a new furnace/AC?

Should we replace our furnace and AC and go with this company's maintenance agreement/guarantee? [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead at 6:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Dialogue drowned out on DVDs

Whenever I watch DVDs on my TV, the dialogue is always drowned out by sound effects and music. I'm not interested in buying a surround sound system and was wondering if simply buying a newer model DVD player (than my Panasonic S25) will fix the problem. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 6:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Just a tree, please.

I'm looking for a gift that is somehow tree related. This hasn't been an easy search. Help! [more inside]
posted by wrinkle at 6:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Do I need to worry about an unpaid property (auto) tax bill being on my credit report?

Do I need to worry about an unpaid property (auto) tax bill being on my credit report? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 6:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Why is my optical mouse suddenly sucking?

Why does my optical wireless mouse suddenly suck? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 6:06 PM PST - 19 comments

Are there online reviews of Catholic parishes?

How can I learn more about Catholic parishes online? Is there a Rate My Catholic [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:42 PM PST - 8 comments

TX to NV and back again, armed.

Posting anon because I don't like to advertise I have a gun. I wish to fly from Texas to Nevada with my pistol. I have reviewed Southwest's firearm policy, but I am still curious if I will be able to travel back to Texas with the gun. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:42 PM PST - 15 comments

Where can I find a specific stereo speaker to replace my old one?

Where can I find the correct speaker for my Panasonic CD Stereo System, model number SC-AK600? It still works quite well except for the left surround speaker. I need to find a replacement speaker. Any websites out there that sell these?
posted by Beep at 5:25 PM PST - 3 comments

What can I do with a 2000 SF, one-story concrete building?

What can I do with a 2000 SF, one-story concrete building? [more inside]
posted by boulder20something at 5:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Stranger danger?

I'm selling my apartment FSBO. There may be times I'm unable to have anyone with me while showing it to buyers. What should I do to ensure my safety? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 5:03 PM PST - 7 comments

What am I looking for?

When I used to go visit my aunt who lived in a large house, she had a little console that sat on her kitchen counter with a speaker and a big button. When you'd press the button, it would buzz a similar console in the garage where my uncle worked, and then my aunt could talk to him. He could then hit his button and talk back. I guess it's like those things you see in movies where the executive "buzzes" his secretary. Anyways, what are those things called, because I need one. [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 4:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Hey, I'm always curious about that green grass over the fence.

Please humor me and tell me about being a market research analyst. [more inside]
posted by universal_qlc at 4:45 PM PST - 7 comments

What happend to Loveline Archive?

Where can I find full length Loveline radio episodes from 1995 to 2005 (the Adam Carolla years)? [more inside]
posted by sharkhunt at 3:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Parking at Qwest Field

I'm driving from Vancouver to Seattle this weekend to see the Seahawks play the Jets at Qwest Field. Where is the best place to park looking for a balance of economy and convenience? Plus is there anything that is do not miss with the stadium food vendors?
posted by Keith Talent at 3:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Touchy discussion subjects for your occupation/group?

What are some topics that are touchy among people in your occupation/group but that well-meaning outsiders often bring up, unaware of the topic's sensitivity? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 2:59 PM PST - 157 comments

Daily planner, no lines, not leather

Please help me find the perfect dayplanner for my sister with a bunch of requirements. [more inside]
posted by rmless at 2:56 PM PST - 10 comments


What are the circumstances in which it is OK/ethical/legal to use a ghost writer? [more inside]
posted by london302 at 2:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Easy way to add Print Setup button to Acrobat 8.0's toolbar?

Is there an easy way to add a Print Setup button to Acrobat 8.0's toolbar that is accessible inside a browser window? Full story inside. [more inside]
posted by toomanyplugs at 2:49 PM PST - 1 comment

law book recommendations

book recommendations for a lawyer-wanna-be [more inside]
posted by kingfish at 2:31 PM PST - 22 comments


Are there any other answer forums similar to, or as good as Ask Metafilter? And what is the best/most reliable C programming forum? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 at 2:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Is my new toilet okay?

I replaced a toilet about a week ago and since then I've been hearing little pings in the bathroom-- like what you might hear coming from a cooling ceramics kiln. I've noticed it three times. There are no visible cracks in the toilet. Is this normal? Or is my new Plebe (seriously!) toilet going to suddenly bust up?
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Flavor Tripping Party

My friend is having a flavor tripping party (with the miracle-fruit berry), and has asked everyone to bring something to try. I am shot for ideas. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Something creative, or clever, or anything, really. Just not lemons. Thanks!
posted by howgenerica at 2:06 PM PST - 52 comments

I had to remote start that Honda, baby.

I want to put a remote starter in my 2007 Honda CR-V. How, what, who in Chicago and how much? [more inside]
posted by iknowizbirfmark at 2:00 PM PST - 6 comments

Skype meet Facebook. Facebook meet Skype

A lot of people in my facebook friends have Skype. Is there a simple way to just do a search for those friends who have it in their profile? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 1:49 PM PST - 2 comments

and I can't seem to get off when he tries..

Has all my masturbating messed with my sex life? Want too much information? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Tell me about sight singing/ear training software.

Tell me about sight singing/ear training software. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

Post & Beam in Asheville, NC

Looking for a Post & Beam construction job in Asheville, NC. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Glendale at 1:01 PM PST - 1 comment

The Lost Blog post/essay/article/etc.

Seeking a wonderful essay I saw online once about being age-appropriate -- hoping the green can help me? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 12:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Wheels within wheels, feints within feints.

What are some books (or maybe teevee shows) featuring lots of Machiavellian intrigue and violence? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 12:53 PM PST - 42 comments

Online backup services

What is the best online backup service? [more inside]
posted by bove at 12:25 PM PST - 14 comments

Automatic contact sheets?

I have to create a bunch of contact sheets (actually like 600) of photos in different directories. This sounds like it should be easy, but of course there's... [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 12:11 PM PST - 6 comments

How to perform "I am sitting in a Room" by Alvin Lucier?

I would like to perform Alvin Lucier's "I am sitting in a room" live in a classroom. Does anyone know of a computer program capable of simultaneously playing, recording, and then rerecording over the previously played material on a loop? [more inside]
posted by lotusmonster at 12:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Like a key broken off in an ignition ...

What happens if a USB flash drive gets hit, really hard from the side, while it's plugged in? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 12:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Converting iTunes songs to ringtones

Is it possible to convert the songs in my iTunes library to ringtones for my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by billysumday at 11:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me interview my parents for posterity.

How much time should I set aside to interview my parents for an oral history project? How many topics should I expect to cover? And who can I get to transcribe the video later? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 11:43 AM PST - 6 comments

Midnight Mass

Manhattan Church filter: My partner's sister is coming for Christmas Eve, and would like to attend mass. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Install Mac OX X "Tiger" onto blue-and-white G3?

I have an old blue-and-white G3 tower that is still running OS 8.6 (!) and I'd like to install Tiger on it to use as an in-house web server. However, it doesn't have an internal DVD drive, and recent attempts to use an external DVD drive failed. Any suggestions on how I might work around this?
posted by ancientgower at 11:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Films that unfold in one night?

I really like movies that take place entirely over the course of one night, for example Interview, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, After Hours. Can you think of others?
posted by pasici at 11:06 AM PST - 79 comments

Verizon PDA/Cell with no dataplan?

Are there any good GTD and/or organizational solutions using a Verizon phone and not subscribe to a data plan? What phone can i get that has calendar/ todo lists syncing capbablites that doesn't require a data plan? [more inside]
posted by retro88 at 11:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Bulk editing PDF files

What's the best bulk way to take scanned documents with black text on red paper and make them into normal black-and-white readable scans? [more inside]
posted by david06 at 10:56 AM PST - 11 comments

Make a MLC226IP control two projectors

AVFilter: at work we're replacing some of our aging AV equipment, and we can't figure out how to hook up our projectors to the new controller panel. [more inside]
posted by sbutler at 10:50 AM PST - 2 comments

Marine adventures

For all you adventurous travelers: is transatlantic passenger travel via boat (NOT cruise ship) still an option these days? [more inside]
posted by Lemon of Byzantium at 10:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Express help with MS Word pagination requested!

How do I use two different pagination styles in one MSWord 2007 document? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn at 10:28 AM PST - 4 comments

More men are being laid off than women. Why?

Well, today on the cover of my local paper it said that "1.1 million men have been laid off (in this state) since last year. But, there's now 15,000 more women working than there were this time last year!" WHUT!?!? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 9:59 AM PST - 19 comments

Where did the phrase "open nosed" come from?

Where does the phrase "open nosed" come from, and what exactly does it mean? [more inside]
posted by skechada at 9:21 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a good travel agency in Austin, TX for booking flights to Hong Kong!

Help me find a good travel agency in Austin, TX for booking flights to Hong Kong! [more inside]
posted by llamabucket at 9:14 AM PST - 1 comment

Find Heat Press Letter Shirt Maker In NYC

I know that I can get single custom made shirts from Cafe Press and some other places, but does anyone know of a place in NYC where I can get a heat press letter shirt made? I just want to walk in and walk out with the shirt done.
posted by josher71 at 9:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Which cell network works best in San Francisco?

San Francisco MeFi-ers: Verizon? T-Mobile? Almost out of our contract period with AT&T. Should we switch or hang in there? [more inside]
posted by jasper411 at 9:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Web payments from Africa ?

I've a website that sells software I've produced. We currently use PayPal to receive payment. I'm starting to get good interest from customers who don't have credit cards. Can the hive mind recommend some good low-commission agent or SMS services - Also country specific money transfer services in Uganda and Nigeria please. It's not a reverse 419 I promise ! [more inside]
posted by Sturdy at 8:57 AM PST - 6 comments

How to get ripped?

What are some basic exercises to get ripped in the style of Fight Club Brad Pitt or Tupac, not the steroid style Arnold/body builder type? [more inside]
posted by four panels at 8:20 AM PST - 27 comments

Gift for future Miss Mexico

Gift ideas for a Mexican beauty queen [more inside]
posted by levijk at 8:02 AM PST - 10 comments

How to transfer skype contacts and history automatically?

How do I automatically transfer skype contacts and history from an old account to a new one? [more inside]
posted by insouciant at 7:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Managing large number of iPod/MP3 players...

My job's communication directors want to manage a group of iPods to disseminate podcasts to the suits. Problem is, they want one person to handle all the downloads. Is an iPod the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by daHIFI at 7:37 AM PST - 5 comments

What IRC bot do developers use?

What is a good IRC bot to run on an internal IRC server used by programmers in a software development company? [more inside]
posted by butterstick at 7:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I buy a kosher mezuzah scroll in lower Manhattan?

Where can I buy a kosher mezuzah scroll in Manhattan, below 42nd st.?
posted by mkultra at 7:19 AM PST - 3 comments

How do you build trust with a dog that is scared of you?

DogFilter: How do you build trust with a dog that is scared of you? [more inside]
posted by bwilms at 6:58 AM PST - 24 comments

The Blob

What is this orange goo dripping from my walls? [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 6:55 AM PST - 15 comments

SP3 networking woes!

So I went against my better judgment and installed SP3 on one of my XP Pro machines. I figured it was safe by now but, as luck would have it, I am now unable to see that computer on the network. Help! [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 6:40 AM PST - 6 comments

Can my heterogenously equipped family video chat with each other?

Cross-platform video conferencing: Linux/OSX/Windows. Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by pharm at 6:40 AM PST - 11 comments

Stuck On An Ambiguous Barrel

How do I say "no, unless..." to my boss's boss? [more inside]
posted by DU at 6:34 AM PST - 29 comments

What decides a movie rating?

Help me deduce some of the clues for what movies get what movie ratings. (NSFW language inside.) [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 6:32 AM PST - 12 comments

Sending flowers to afar

How I can send flowers to Japan from Canada? [more inside]
posted by remi at 6:11 AM PST - 8 comments

Getting credit for your ideas / combating someone who steals/takes credit for them

Do you know any effective strategies for getting credit for your ideas and work? One of my coworkers (a gentleman my senior by 20+ years who was recently quietly demoted below me because his lack of vision and tech skills) is regularly taking credit for my ideas at work and outside of work among industry leaders. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Medical Insurance Confusion

Travel/medical insurance question. In order to qualify for preferred rates I must answer the question "have you in the past 12 months taken medication for cancer?" [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:48 AM PST - 9 comments

Do I legally have to set up direct debit accounts with everyone?

I have moved over to the UK from Australia a year ago and have some questions about bill paying practise, tv licensing and direct debit. [more inside]
posted by phyle at 5:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Pocketknife recommendations?

Can you recommend a good woodworking pocket knife for a 12 year old? [more inside]
posted by genefinder at 5:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Imax pan and scan for The Dark Knight

Was the Imax footage from The Dark Knight double-cropped for the full-screen pan and scan DVD? [more inside]
posted by jchgf at 5:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Christmas fliter: Need help finding a present for my brother.

Christmas fliter: Need help finding a present for my brother. [more inside]
posted by complience at 5:14 AM PST - 8 comments

One potato, two potato, Mr Potato Head

Help me pick a potato. [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 4:38 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm looking for Utopia.

Where is the perfect place to live? For me, of course. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by wile e at 4:12 AM PST - 45 comments

Nonfiction accessible to the layman?

Nonfiction accessible to the layman? [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 4:00 AM PST - 19 comments

Reading Austen, seeing Frayn; its like watching the Saracens in full flow.

Christmas gift ideas, please! For dad: sports or literature podcasts. For mum: tickets for a play in Leeds/London/Manchester in March/April. Suggestions for either very much appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy at 3:09 AM PST - 4 comments

How long does it take to rent out a place?

Is there a good way to estimate how soon I'd be able to rent out my place? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 2:51 AM PST - 8 comments

A retreat in the east.

Has anybody borrowed money to buy a condo or house in Japan? Is it true that Japanese lenders only give mortgages to home buyers who work for big or established companies? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Portable Media Centre

I've just bought an external hard drive for carrying around my music, movies, and pictures. Is there a portable media centre program I could also put on it? [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 2:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Quote '..take their pleasure in denial'?

QuoteFilter: "Trust not those who advocate denial of pleasure, as they take their pleasure in denial." I don't have the correct wording, so finding the original source (and hence, correct wording) is proving difficult. Anyone?
posted by Jakey at 2:19 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find my abused clothing a new home

What to do with my scrap clothing in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by gc at 1:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Do apprenticeships still exist? How can I get one?

Are there apprenticeships (Blacksmith, Glass Blower, Luthier, etc.) anymore? How can I get one? Where should I look? [more inside]
posted by cmchap at 1:10 AM PST - 15 comments

December 15

Why won't iChat let me add buddies anymore?

iChat won't let me add new buddies, people who I know are online are not showing up on my buddy list. [more inside]
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 11:17 PM PST - 8 comments

tracking computer

I'm looking for a tracking solution for a laptop I have almost complete control of but still want to know who is doing what and when. [more inside]
posted by dead cousin ted at 11:02 PM PST - 2 comments

How do I celebrate a Messianic Hanukkah, while my family celebrates Xmas?

How do I celebrate my first Messianic Hanukkah? No one else in my family is Jewish, and they're trying to "make me" celebrate Xmas. [more inside]
posted by hasna at 10:24 PM PST - 47 comments

Little person who lives in the freezer

Please help me help a friend find a children's book. It involves a little person who lives in the freezer compartment in the supermarket. [more inside]
posted by snarfois at 9:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Find the MFG of this EXACT Footed Irish Coffee Glass

Where can my brother order this EXACT Footed Irish Coffee glass design (previously produced by Libbey) in bulk for his restaurant? I need the manufacturer. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 9:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Best options for unlimited data with pay as you go.

My conundrum, and I know I am not alone: Pay As You Go + Data (United States) [more inside]
posted by hipersons at 9:05 PM PST - 8 comments

I like scrambled eggs, not scrambled files.

Through a long series of circumstances, I need to reencode my entire .mp3 music collection. I would like to reencode them at the same bitrate, but am getting very strange results when I do. Please help! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley at 8:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a cell phone that organizes sms, email, and phone call log information on a per contact basis?

Is there a cell phone that organizes sms, email, and phone call log information on a per contact basis? [more inside]
posted by joshbb at 8:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Why do dairy products leave me with a bad taste?

Why did dairy products suddenly start giving me a horrible aftertaste? [more inside]
posted by ooklala at 8:15 PM PST - 22 comments

Queen size mattress + Kia Sportage: Will it fit?

Will a standard queen size mattress fit in a Kia Sportage LX?
posted by bdk3clash at 8:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Seeking Fortin, my grandfather

I'm doing a family tree. As part of doing this, I'm trying to trace the ancestors of my maternal grandfather, Lawrence Fortin. The problem is that not only did he die before I was born (in the 40s), as it turns out he was adopted by the Fortin family. The question is, where on earth do I begin in finding records on Lawrence Fortin and who his biological family was? [more inside]
posted by azieger at 7:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Glass blowing kit

Where can I buy a glass blowing kit in either Boston or Toronto? I am looking for something that would allow a beginner to get started right away. Has to be a brick-and-mortar store; this is a short-notice gift, and online orders would take too long to arrive.
posted by Krrrlson at 7:45 PM PST - 12 comments

Anime and Japanese Folklore

Are these anime characters rooted in Japanese folklore? [more inside]
posted by RubyDoom at 7:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Poutine in the Twin Cities?

Where in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area can I get some good poutine? Is there any place?
posted by Waitwhat at 7:04 PM PST - 5 comments

We plan to reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.

Throwing a Doctor Who Christmas special party! I'm in need of clever ideas. [more inside]
posted by sian at 7:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Elluminate vs. Adobe Connect

Elluminate VRoom vs. Adobe Connect: Which Online Meeting tool is better? My college is reviewing Elluminate's VRoom and Adobe's Connect. Have you used them, and do you have a preference? [more inside]
posted by Mom at 6:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Raw fish for my baby?

When is it OK to feed my baby sashimi? [more inside]
posted by lottie at 6:44 PM PST - 28 comments

Owning a phone number

I am considering getting an 800 number for my business. How to go about it? [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 at 6:42 PM PST - 7 comments

Micropayment service?

I'm looking for a super-simple, low-cost system for micropayments for a website. My 8-year old daughter wants to set up a service where she asks users for a small payment, $1 or $0.50, money-back guarantee. This is a lark, so we don't want to invest a lot of money, and the money-back guarantee is crucial to the concept, and many users will probably test it. I'm old school -- is PayPal still a reasonable possibility? From my experience with credit cards 10 years ago, I'm guessing that their fees would make them impractical here. But I am very open to suggestion. My ISP is Network Solutions, basic cheap hosting account. Thanks!
posted by msalt at 6:25 PM PST - 10 comments

Another Los Angeles dentist question

I am changing dentists and need a GREAT dentist in L.A. who is with the Aetna DMO network. Help! [more inside]
posted by scody at 5:14 PM PST - 7 comments

How to read .msg files on a Mac?

I've got a bunch of (important) single .msg files that I want to read on my Mac (10.5.x). Any advice? Any tool that converts entire mailboxes doesn't seem to apply, and the only dedicated .msg reader I could find is broken. Renaming as .txt doesn't work either. Nor does Emailalchemy or NeoOffice. Help!
posted by Coherence Panda at 4:56 PM PST - 8 comments

How to rip DVDs with newer copy protection?

How do I work around the newer DVD copy protection? [more inside]
posted by wastelands at 4:13 PM PST - 19 comments


Will meditation help significantly reduce my general level of anxiety? If so, how do I learn how to meditate?
posted by dcrocha at 4:08 PM PST - 13 comments

PTSD from a traumatic birth?

Is there any evidence that a particularly traumatic birth may have a long-lasting negative effect on a person? [more inside]
posted by amro at 4:04 PM PST - 18 comments

Membership App (Hosted?) for Non-Profit / Club?

I'm looking for a web-based app (free or otherwise) or a hosted app which will handle membership for a non-profit / club. It needs to provide different membership levels, handle payments (via PayPal or Google Checkout), and provide some method for allowing members to renew or upgrade their memberships, change their info as needed, etc. It does not need to be free, even though that would be nice. [more inside]
posted by c0nsumer at 4:03 PM PST - 1 comment


Do (physically) abusive people ever change their ways? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:25 PM PST - 45 comments

Our house, is a very very sick house...

Our house is in sad state of disrepair. We'd fix it if we could, but we don't own it. We'd be persistent with the "landlords" but, we don't pay rent or bills. How do I tell them in a forceful, but considerate way that the house needs to be fixed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:25 PM PST - 36 comments

Help me learn about other peoples' lives through blogs.

I'm looking for blogs talking about the daily life of someone with a job (or other life experience) that I don't have (and that is interesting). I want stories the layperson can relate to, not minutiae for the people already in the field. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 3:18 PM PST - 37 comments

How can I batch import JPEG album art into MP3s?

How can I batch import album art into MP3s from JPEGs on my hard disk? [more inside]
posted by ilumos at 2:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Twice-Consolidated Student Loans?

I have already consolidated my student loans (federal Stafford loans) with Brazos, and I am not happy with them. Is it possible for me to move these loans to another lender? Is there a down side to doing so? [more inside]
posted by nosila at 2:48 PM PST - 2 comments

How long can I wait to replace a purge valve in my car?

How long can I wait to replace a purge valve in my '98 Toyota Corolla? How much is a reasonable price for getting this done? [more inside]
posted by lblair at 2:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me travel SE Asia as cheaply and amazingly as possible, please

So I'm going to be going over to SE Asia for the first time in a couple weeks and I'd love some advice on where to go and what to do... [more inside]
posted by saul wright at 2:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Please. Go. Away.

How can I completely remove the Windows taskbar from view? [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 2:23 PM PST - 14 comments

What model of typewriter is this?

What type of typewriter is this? I know it's a Royal Typewriter, but beyond that, I'm not really sure. Any idea what timeframe, or anything really? Not too many resources available online, at least none that show this guy. Looks like Sylvia Plath's typewriter, but I can't find what model that is... Here's photos of my Royal on my picasa page Thanks a ton guys! bc
posted by quickasfoxes at 2:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Cinema visual "signatures"

Often, movie directors include a variety of shots that could all be characterized as a visual "signature" or motif. What are some other signature shots from various directors can you think of? [more inside]
posted by Hypnotic Chick at 2:15 PM PST - 50 comments

Find that waffle!

NYCfilter: where in the world was this photo of a delectable waffle taken?
posted by redhotchips at 2:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Boots tailoring in Philadelphia?

Philadelphians -- got a shoe repair place (well, shoe-tailoring, technically) that you can recommend to me? [more inside]
posted by kalimac at 2:00 PM PST - 5 comments

DTV Conversion and VCRs

Help me help my wife's parents make this DTV conversion work with their VCR [more inside]
posted by cmm at 1:52 PM PST - 13 comments

Recommendations for gallery-quality prints from digital file?

I'm interested in printing a few of my wife's digital photographs as a gift to her. I don't know a thing about photography (my wife is the expert), so I'm looking for some advice. Here's some details: I have the original hi-res versions (she uses a Nikon D70, so I think the files are large jpegs). I'm interested in pretty large prints - probably around 24" x 18". I'm not too concerned about cost - my priorities are the highest possible quality, and longevity. Ideally, I'd love to use someone local (Boston, MA). Can anyone recommend a printer? What specifically should I ask for? (Types of printing, types of paper, etc.). Many thanks in advance!
posted by stuehler at 1:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Boone's Farm need not apply

Need a wine recommendation to give as a gift. Caveats: must be $10-15 price range, must be obtainable at the PA state-run liquor stores. I do not drink wine, so use small words. [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah at 1:39 PM PST - 24 comments

My sister wants to bake flowery things.

Where can I buy Lavender Flavor extract for cooking in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by kimdog at 1:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Are we crazy for going to Vegas on NYE? Yes.

We're going to Las Vegas for New Year's Eve and also the next night. We're staying at the Stratosphere, and are avoiding ridiculously priced "parties" hosted by celebs. Do you have any advice on navigating the Strip, fun free places to go, special public events, and where to watch the fireworks (and do those happen at midnight, or earlier?)? I'm familiar with Vegas--I just want New Year's Eve specific advice. Thanks!
posted by faunafrailty at 1:15 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I placate neighbors irritated by noise?

How do I peacefully coexist with irritable, belligerent neighbors? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero at 1:09 PM PST - 28 comments

VISA or pension?

$10,000 available to borrow from a pension plan, and $10,000 in credit card debt. [more inside]
posted by An Infinity Of Monkeys at 1:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Carnivorous Plants in NYC

Is there a store in New York City that specializes in (or at least sells) carnivorous plants? [more inside]
posted by one_bean at 12:59 PM PST - 6 comments

In San Francisco, do you tip your apartment manager?

In San Francisco, do you tip your apartment manager? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 12:52 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the purpose in frenching a pork or lamp chop?

What is the purpose in frenching a pork or lamp chop? Does it affect the flavor or is it just aesthetics?
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 12:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Best of the Web of Sound

What are some amazing virally-disseminated music songs from the internet from 2008? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:32 PM PST - 11 comments

What do i do with all these RSA tokens?

I just had a bunch of RSA tokens land in my lap. What's required on the other end of an RSA authentication scheme, and what's a good resource for learning what's necessary to implement it? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 12:31 PM PST - 3 comments

You don't have to go home but you can't stay here.

What do I do with a hundred USB keyboards? [more inside]
posted by ben242 at 12:31 PM PST - 13 comments

AppleTV users... how do you watch sports?

So between Netflix streaming and AppleTV I'm considering dropping cable entirely. Pretty much the only thing holding me back is football. How do you all watch sports? Caveat: I don't have a local sports bar nearby, and honestly I'd rather not spend all day Sunday in a bar.
posted by JReed at 12:21 PM PST - 25 comments

How do i become an interesting person to speak to?

How do i become an interesting person to speak to? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 12:20 PM PST - 33 comments

Deprecated Physical Magnetic Media and You

Audio Cassette Tapes. VHS tapes. 1/4" Reel-to-Reel tapes. If it's magnetic and stringy and housed in plastic casing, I have it. Quite a few boxes. A few shrink wrapped, some new in box, many more used. Besides craigslist -> free, does anyone have a use for my deprecated media? [more inside]
posted by cavalier at 12:15 PM PST - 11 comments

Hey, the grafitti on the rooftop of 111 S. Anderson, is the most creative in town!

What are some places "off the beaten path", I can explore in urban environments? For photography, and my own amusement. [more inside]
posted by sixcolors at 12:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Songs for acoustic guitar and beginner violinist?

Songs for acoustic guitar and beginner violinist? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 12:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Which book or online resources are available for a mid-30s male to get and remain healthy?

Please point me to a guide for maintaining a healthy lifestyle for a male in his mid-30s. [more inside]
posted by cheapskatebay at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Can You Name That Book in One Note?

Oh, sigh. I need help locating a title of a story/book. Tough part is I never read it, but it was described to me by my aunt who loved the book as a youngster (she's now in her late 50's/early 60's). [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 11:47 AM PST - 6 comments

more melody in my metal

MetalFilter: Ok, so I've read a lot of the other threads on people's recommendations for the various flavors of metal and I've tried quite a few of them but they just aren't quite what I want. Maybe you can help? More inside. [more inside]
posted by zennoshinjou at 11:46 AM PST - 17 comments

In Chicago for the weekend - what must i not miss?

Going to be in Chicago all weekend - what must i see and do. My fiance and I will be in the windy city all weekend - Friday mid-afternoon to Sunday night. I haven't been in Chicago for a couple of years and need advice on what not to miss. [more inside]
posted by wocka wocka wocka at 11:24 AM PST - 21 comments

Ho, ho, ho, Merry frickin Xmas!

I need Xmas gift ideas for someone who has everything! Help! [more inside]
posted by bolognius maximus at 11:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Is it possible that hanging out too much with the same circle of friends can be... inhibiting?

Is it possible that hanging out too much with the same circle of friends can be... inhibiting? [more inside]
posted by Myles at 11:10 AM PST - 24 comments

Toronto around December 25th?

Two Toronto residents staying in the city over Xmas for the first time. What if any are the quintessential entertainments (restaurants, masses, sporting events, traditions, whatever) taking place in or around Toronto on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and St Stephens' Day? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 11:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Fun and money required

Eight months out - how to have fun and earn money - preferably abroad? [more inside]
posted by djgh at 11:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Can't access an SSL page on Craigslist?

I can't access the craigslist accounts page to edit/ or post from my home computers? [more inside]
posted by Twinedog at 10:20 AM PST - 2 comments

Packing clothes for Mexican vacation

I am a 49 y/o woman traveling for Xmas to Akumal (near Cancun) with my family and my extended family. We are staying in condos right on the beach and I want to pack comfortable clothes/shoes but still look good. What besides swimsuits and cover-ups and hat should I take? What shoes? I have Keen water sandals but they do fill up with sand on the beach and are probably mainly for river shoes when you need to walk on rocks. I also have black teva flip flops. Not the most flattering at all! We will be snorkeling, reading on the beach, walking, sightseeing going to restaurants, playing with young nieces and nephews. Thank you!
posted by seekingsimplicity at 10:13 AM PST - 2 comments

Line 6 M13: toolbox or bag of tricks?

Any experiences or thoughts about the Line 6 M13 multi-effect stompbox modeler, or similar multi-effect pedals? [more inside]
posted by mosk at 10:13 AM PST - 4 comments

I need a Cheer-up mix, bad

Having absolutely the worst month. I need a "times ain't so bad" slash "cheer me up" mix. For professional reasons, I wanted to keep this question anonymous... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 AM PST - 84 comments

I lied at work. Help me get over it.

I just told a petty lie to two people to save face just because I didn't have the moral courage to admit it. And, I feel like a hypocrite and terrible for not having enough integrity to admit it. It was something as simple as having misplaced something, looking for it and realizing that it was I who misplaced it in the first place. And unbelievable as it sounds, I do my best not to lie to anyone. How do I get over it? Have you lied like this before?
posted by xm at 10:03 AM PST - 19 comments

What trousers are best for enjoying the Caribbean?

I'm traveling to the Caribbean for two weeks next summer (July). I do not wear shorts. What brands of khakis make comfortable and practical alternatives? Are there any particular fabrics or other things to consider? My closet is full of nothing but suits and weekend jeans, so I'm starting from scratch when I build my wardrobe for paradise. Thanks!
posted by jackypaper at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Having a Guilt trip for leaving puppy alone in the house

Does having a second puppy makes the first happier? [more inside]
posted by theKik at 9:56 AM PST - 21 comments

What should I get for a coworker moving to Israel?

Office Gift Filter: My senior coworker, who has been something of a mentor for the past year, is about to move back to Israel to care for his parents for the next two years. What would be a good "best-wishes" kind of gift? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious at 9:36 AM PST - 4 comments

Humanitarian aid workers and cultural preparedness

Is there some great website compiling cultural crash-courses or resources for those about to live and work in a new region? Something that covers most of the world, but has specific focuses on the country level? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 9:34 AM PST - 9 comments

No relation? Or the same thing?

Mythology/historical question - I'm looking for the interrelation and correlation between Astarte and Astaroth. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon at 9:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Where should I go on my vacation?

I do NOT want to waste my vacation time again, please help me with a vacation idea for the last weeks of December (now till 1/5). Please help me find warm, relaxing, clean, affordable vacation destination. (More info inside) [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses at 9:30 AM PST - 14 comments

What life insurance coverage do I sign my mother up for?

Life Insurance Filter: I am looking to find coverage for my 55 y/o mother living in NJ. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by helios410 at 9:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Lazy Calendar Copying

How can I take a sports schedule in a table format and easily make an iCal calendar? [more inside]
posted by theichibun at 8:58 AM PST - 3 comments

How to twin/synch hard disks in order to avoid crying bad in case of unexpected failure and no fresh backups ready?

Does it exist for consumer use? A storage device made by two (or more) twin synched separate hard disks, one for normal use and the other one for backup just in case something goes wrong? Or a software doing the same thing with two (or more) external hard disks? [more inside]
posted by lion at 8:53 AM PST - 11 comments

What can I do to make sure my sister doesn't get sick from my cat?

Going home to my parents' for Christmas with my cat, as is my sister, who is allergic to cats. What extra preventative actions can I take to minimize her reaction? Additional details inside..... [more inside]
posted by gwenlister at 8:26 AM PST - 30 comments

People Quotes

Interpersonal relations quotes: I'm painting my room and I want a good quote to go on the wall. [more inside]
posted by alon at 8:02 AM PST - 19 comments

Questions about dealing with my 1st gen iPhone (1.14)

Should I upgrade my first gen jailbroken iPhone? Or can I re-jailbreak it to a later firmware? And which apps would you recommend I try out? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 7:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Wheatless Crock Pot recipe that doesn't suck?

Any suggestions for a nice meal to serve to dinner guests (four diners total) later this week? But there are catches... 1) We just bought our house, and don't have a stove yet; we have a Crock Pot, a toaster oven, and a microwave. So no meat browning or onion sauteing. 2) The meal must be wheat- and gluten-free. 3) No seafood. We've had pretty limited success with the slow-cooker... recipes sound delicious, but end up tasting like a whole lotta nothin.
posted by thinman at 7:47 AM PST - 23 comments

Guitar-Album-Intro me !

Guitar-Album-Intro me ! [more inside]
posted by querty at 7:44 AM PST - 17 comments

Resources for professional Hebrew-English translators?

What are the best resources for professional Hebrew-English translators? Dictionaries, word lists, machine translation programs, etc. Online, offline, dead-tree all fine. [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 7:35 AM PST - 4 comments

UK packaging and delivery service

Does anyone know of a service in the UK that will collect a single item, package it and send it on to me? [more inside]
posted by hardcode at 7:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Book suggestion needed...or I'll give you the people's elbow!

The bookstore I run is beginning a weekly "celebrity" hosted Kids reading program. I need recommendations for books for the hosts to read, but specifically, I need a book recommendation for our kick off week which is hosted by a WWE wrestler. [more inside]
posted by highfidelity at 7:31 AM PST - 8 comments

oh my should I put my money in a mattress?

I'm moving overseas from the US in less than a year, and my stellar powers of observation tell me that there's a good chance the dollar is going to eat shit before then. My savings are <$10,000, what can I do with them to ensure that I'm not cursing the economy when I leave? Is putting it in foreign currency enough, or is there a better option? How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 7:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Need a TV stand.

Where can I find a TV stand for a Sharp 37inch LCD TV? Model# LC-37D6U. [more inside]
posted by philad at 7:24 AM PST - 2 comments

How to get my £70 back?

How can I go about disputing a Visa payment when it's more than 6 months since the payment was made (without my knowledge)? [more inside]
posted by altolinguistic at 6:45 AM PST - 7 comments

How to unlock an LG KC10 Renoir?

I've recently bought a brand new LG KC10 renoir phone, and Orange UK have locked it, so that I can't use any other simcards, any ideas how to free myself from Orange's shackles? [more inside]
posted by the_epicurean at 6:27 AM PST - 3 comments

"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse"...

Writing your own job description - how to talk yourself into a job you want? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Advice on dealing with a mental health issue

I'm generally a pretty nervous person. Lately (over the last two months), it's become worse. I jump whenever someone enters the room. I'm quite stressed about everyday things (a disagreement, a social event, my future), and nearly every day my stomach or chest or shoulders ache from these worries. I recognise that my response to this is overblown and irrational, and that maybe I need to seek medical attention. But that's the problem. Can you help me gather the courage to see a doctor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:16 AM PST - 15 comments

Help this man scan, if you can

Anti-virus and anti-malware scanners mysteriously unable to update -- how to tell if I have a virus, and what to do about it? [more inside]
posted by onshi at 5:33 AM PST - 22 comments

Wedding (and general family) drama..

Wedding drama.. how do I cope with the aftermath of things said? [more inside]
posted by bleuberry at 3:51 AM PST - 58 comments

Help me find a free, printable 2009 calendar allowing me to upload pix of my own choosing

Help me find a free, printable 2009 monthly calendar allowing me to upload pix of my own choosing. [more inside]
posted by ponystyle at 3:29 AM PST - 6 comments

How to feel less alone in a new city?

I've moved to a new town (Amarillo, TX) and have been here for two weeks and I'm feeling bored/lonely. I plan to live here for at least two years. How do I pass the time productively? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 1:09 AM PST - 11 comments

How can torrenting and browsing co-exist on my Mac?

How can torrenting and browsing co-exist on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 12:48 AM PST - 23 comments

Video Converters

Video Conversion to store DVDs on computer (PC) and play them on xbox 360, iphone etc - what's the best program to do so? [more inside]
posted by Mave_80 at 12:37 AM PST - 6 comments

December 14

How can I control Line Breaks in Thunderbird?

How can I control Line Breaks in Thunderbird? [more inside]
posted by bwg at 11:25 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm not just lazy, I swear.

Currently job-hunting, to no avail. Even McDonald's hasn't called back, wtf? How do I make my husband understand? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 11:24 PM PST - 35 comments

How to discuss sleeping arrangements with boyfriend's mom

How do I discuss sleeping arrangements with my boyfriend's mom? [more inside]
posted by Xianny at 9:33 PM PST - 26 comments

Books on print prod. paper, folding, binding, etc.

Do you know any good books on print production? I was recently given the responsibility to obtain quotes and manage print jobs for my company. I need to understand paper types and weights, binding, print methods, folding, etc. so I can speak the language of printers.
posted by 4chrisd at 9:23 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I find a job with my college resume?

I'm about to graduate with a BS in electrical engineering. I never had an internship, co-op, etc., and I have a kinda crappy GPA. Where do I begin my job search? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists at 9:21 PM PST - 7 comments

What is this quote-that-I-don't-know?

I'm looking for a quote... But I only remember the gist of the meaning, not the quote nor the person who said it nor the context. Yay, mystery! From what I can remember, the gist of the quote is that intelligent people aren't afraid of having a dialogue with others who have different beliefs because their minds and own beliefs aren't so pathetic that mere conversation would break them so easily. There may be another part of the quote that has to do with understanding among people, but I'm not sure. Anyway, this is a very long shot, but here's hoping that someone out there knows what the heck I'm talking about.
posted by Ky at 8:30 PM PST - 7 comments


Where do I find newer builds of Quicksilver? [more inside]
posted by low affect at 8:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Help Me Identify These Symptoms

I need help identifying these symptoms my dog displayed today. We were walking outside, and all of the sudden she started acting disoriented (like she couldn't see). I stopped and looked at her, and her eyes were darting quickly back and forth. These were the only two symptoms; there was no head tilt or anything else. [more inside]
posted by Delfena at 8:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me remember a funny image site that is Eastern European in origin

Lost my bookmark (and any helpful memories) to a site that compiled random images, funny or obscene or grotesque or titillating, that IIRC was Eastern European based. [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 7:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Tips and tricks for Chicken Pox

Chicken Pox, or not? Also, what tricks or tips have you learned in your experiences with Chicken Pox? [more inside]
posted by B(oYo)BIES at 7:24 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me and my bruised hands.

How do you control a ridiculous temper? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:17 PM PST - 26 comments

Knitters: Need scarf help

Knitters: I want to knit a scarf 60" long. I have 174 yards (two 87-yard skeins) of yarn. The information on the label says needle size US 8-10, and the little swatch thingy says a 10 x 10 swatch is 16 stitches by 22 rows. I am planning to just knit in garter stitch. Is there a way to figure out how many stitches I should cast on in order to make this yarn last until the scarf is 60" long? I don't care how wide it is.
posted by HotToddy at 7:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me find a completely atypical vacation spot with in the continental USA.

Help me find an atypical vacation spot within the continental USA. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 6:57 PM PST - 21 comments

law school advice

LawSchoolFilter: Starting law school at Michigan in May. Yey! I have 6 months to get really prepared so that I excel as a 1L. Recommendations? I'm currently reviewing the Nutshells for 1L classes, but I've also been told that this may be of marginal help. Thoughts?
posted by leotrotsky at 6:43 PM PST - 26 comments

If he's not interested, why does his behavior say he is? Could it be our age difference?

We've been friends for several years. Over time, all signs pointed to his having feelings for me. I just asked him out. He said no. But I have lots of evidence that he fancies me. Could this be because of our 14-year age difference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:34 PM PST - 30 comments

What do outgoing phone rings mean?

Usually, when you call somebody's cell phone and hear a beep after each ring, it means they are on the phone with somebody else. Are there any other ring indicators like that? [more inside]
posted by timory at 6:26 PM PST - 7 comments

How to be the perfect open-plan worker

I'm about to move to an organisation where I will be working open plan, after three years in the blissful solitude of my own office. If you could create the perfect workmate to sit at the desk next to you, what advice would you give? (Leaving aside the obvious things like no speakerphone, no music without headphones, etc.)
posted by impluvium at 6:12 PM PST - 23 comments

Books/resources on running community groups

I fail at Amazon. Help me find a book on running a small community group. [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 6:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Programming for Architects 101

Help me pick a scripting language/environment for an intro to programming course for architecture students. [more inside]
posted by signal at 5:40 PM PST - 11 comments

Can mold grow on food packed in oil?

Can mold grow on food packed in oil? [more inside]
posted by aws17576 at 4:35 PM PST - 11 comments

How can I make a stand-alone/browser-based piece of Interactive Fiction?

Interactive Fiction question. I want to write a short (~2 hour) piece of interactive fiction, but I want it to be a stand-alone file or able to be integrated/hosted on a website when done. (Simply put, I don't want people to have to download anything more than a single file to play it, or, ideally, to do anything other than play it directly in a website.) What's the easiest way to do this? (I'm using Inform 7, but would be happy to use something else if needed.)
posted by Damn That Television at 4:29 PM PST - 13 comments

Gift suggestions for colleague moving to the UK

Giftfilter: I'm looking for suggestions for a joint present for a co-worker moving from Australia to the UK. Cash, gift certificate, or something else? [more inside]
posted by andraste at 4:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me donate

For the first time in my life I feel that I can comfortably give $$$ to a good cause. Darfur has always weighed on me and left me outraged with no idea on how I could possibly help. Darfur is but one example but I know that I would like to focus on Africa. If one were to give to a charity how sure could one be that the money actually reached the people it was intended for? [more inside]
posted by crankyboots at 4:23 PM PST - 13 comments

Adventures in Data Interoperability

How do I convert a large raster image into a table for analysis and manipulation? [more inside]
posted by agentofselection at 4:20 PM PST - 9 comments

...and I feel fine

She gave me her Christmas present...a separation [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 3:42 PM PST - 27 comments

Books about the IRA and the "Troubles"

What are the best -- in terms of compelling writing and in terms of comprehensiveness -- books about the "Troubles" between Ireland and the UK over the past 50 or so years? Bonus points if available on Kindle. [more inside]
posted by proj at 3:20 PM PST - 10 comments

What ever became of E-System?

I'm searching for three songs by an artist called "E-System" that used to have a page on some years ago. [more inside]
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 3:05 PM PST - 2 comments

Watchyou talkin' 'bout, Willis?

I need a recommendation for a watch store or jeweller in New York City. [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 3:03 PM PST - 4 comments

Transferring iPod music to iTunes library

I'm having trouble transferring mp3 files from my nanos to iTunes. [more inside]
posted by droplet at 2:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Free drafting online courses

Please recommend free online mechanical drafting courses. [more inside]
posted by mad bomber what bombs at midnight at 2:53 PM PST - 5 comments

What kind of lighters are allowed on an airplane?

What's the difference between a torch lighter, and a butane lighter, and what is allowed for a Canadian domestic flight? [more inside]
posted by phyrewerx at 2:50 PM PST - 4 comments

Slow Audio Problem

Why does my PC play audio at such a glacial rate? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 2:49 PM PST - 3 comments

help for a computer not turning on

Help! Computer not turning on after installing new RAM [more inside]
posted by vodkaboots at 2:42 PM PST - 18 comments

Did I Just Err With My Boss?

Did I just make a massive mistake during my staff evaluation meeting with my boss? Or not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:34 PM PST - 24 comments

Aluminum foil turned brown; should I be worried?

I made (delicious!) mashed sweet potatoes in a conventional stove-top pot, covered the pot with Reynolds aluminum foil, then put it in a still warm but off-position oven (simply to save stove-top and counter space for the moment while wanting it to stay at room-temperature). Retrieving the pot a few hours later, I found that the inner surface of the foil had turned a light brown. It was also moist from the condensation, but had remained clean, unoiled, unburnt. I've cooked quite a bit and never seen this. What could be causing such discoloration, and is it a worrying symptom (of, say, toxins in the foil)? [more inside]
posted by taramosalata at 2:15 PM PST - 6 comments

Dear god not more plaid.

Are all adult sized pajamas boring? Where can I find some with dinosaurs, space ships, fairies, that kinda thing?
posted by Eothele at 1:54 PM PST - 27 comments

Ideal wok height above the flame?

How high above the flame should I have my Wok/frying pan/etc? Is full blast always the hottest setting? [more inside]
posted by Jsn7821 at 1:45 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get a butterfly knife for practice only (i.e., blade quality not necessary)

How can I buy a butterfly knife cheaply if I just want to practice opening it? The hinge should work well, but the blade itself can be hammered out of somebody's garbage can for all I care. The first thing I do will be to dull it. In fact, since I spend a lot of time in Illinois, New Jersey, and New York City where butterfly knives are illegal to carry, it'd probably buy me some peace of mind if this thing didn't have a blade at all, just some appropriately weighted piece of metal. Anyone know where I can get something like this?
posted by d. z. wang at 1:39 PM PST - 13 comments

Skin care advice for guys

Help me improve my skin care routine. I'm a guy in my mid-twenties and here's what I currently do: shave, then use a tea tree oil-based facial wash and finish up with a moisturising lotion. I do this once or twice a day. The moisturising lotion fixed my somewhat dry and flaking skin but I still have some issues with acne, especially in the area where I shave. I use a Gillette Fusion with new blades and Gillette Fusion shaving gel. Getting rid of the acne (which isn't too serious but still annoying) is priority number one but if there are other things I could improve then please let me know.
posted by A Kingdom for a Donkey at 12:49 PM PST - 24 comments

meditation classes?

Should I take a meditation class? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork at 12:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Can I stop XBox from telling me my friends have logged in?

I'm streaming movies from Netflix to my XBox 360 - can I get it to stop bugging me whenever any of my friends logs in to XBox Live? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie at 12:28 PM PST - 11 comments

Running w/ a bum kneecap

I have patella tendonitis in my right knee and I am a runner. Please give me some tips! [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner at 12:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Paint chips keep falling on my head

Rain damaged my apartment's ceiling. What rights and remedies do I have as a tenant? [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes at 12:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Friends who work for The Man?

My oldest friend got a job in the justice system. How can we stay friends? (long. sorry.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 AM PST - 47 comments

Unusual Gemstones UK

I'm looking to find an unusual/unique gemstone for a ring I'm making and I have very specific requirements (although the actual gem is the part I'm flexible on) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:45 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I fill a database with all commonly available wines?

I am thinking of making a simple wine-tracking website. The website would allow users to search for specific types of wine and add them to their "list". Where can I get data for all common wines? [more inside]
posted by jdlugo at 11:28 AM PST - 3 comments

Music teachers at school

How hard is it these days to get a job teaching kids music as a part of an after school or part time program? Are there many hurdles involving police checks etc? [more inside]
posted by mooza at 11:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Saying filter

Quote/saying: Old grass on new green? Old knowledge on new grass? I can't remember! [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella at 11:10 AM PST - 3 comments

List of Medicare rates?

Where do I get a list of Medicare payment rates for surgical procedures? [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 11:01 AM PST - 4 comments

what the name of this early first-person shooter?

what is the name of an early first-person shooter where in one stage you must race against the clock and a good way to save time is by crossing a huge grass field, only, when you cross it you get killed by a huge serpent monster?
posted by mnnrm at 10:12 AM PST - 9 comments

The New York Times on Sunday, maybe?

How do I tell if my newspaper is being stolen or not delivered? [more inside]
posted by vkxmai at 10:04 AM PST - 19 comments

What kind of sport involves roller shoes ridden like a longboard?

It's sport identification time, hive mind. There's a kid I see around campus who travels using... well, they're sort of like roller skates. Except where roller skates' wheels are fixed and point forward, these are pivoting and are ridden sideways, as if you're riding a longboard without the board. [more inside]
posted by optimuscrime at 10:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Bond angles

According to Wikipedia, the bond angle for water is precisely 104.45 degrees. How do they get that number? And how would one experimentally verify it? [more inside]
posted by metastability at 10:03 AM PST - 16 comments

Help us find a warm weather package destination!

I'm trying to get a handle on the bets sites/deals for last minute travel packages...any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by raz5 at 9:22 AM PST - 3 comments

Punk rock / indie tunes about babies?

Any good indie or punk rock songs about babies, young children as tributes or goofs? [more inside]
posted by psmealey at 9:12 AM PST - 43 comments

Licorice Search in NYC?

I want some shockingly delicious black licorice candy! What NYC candy stores should I visit? [more inside]
posted by bahama mama at 8:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Help my posessed computer!

Firefox and sometimes IE opens random websites on its own , in new windows. I ran AVG scan and Anti Spyware as well as the Rootkit module. But even when it says my system is clean, the new windows come up in Firefox, about every two minutes. I noticed that Firefox doesn't even need to be running at first for this to occur. AVG resident shield does find sometimes a Trojan virus in some random dll (just popped up again, it's called Trojan Vundo) and I press heal or move to vault, but that didn't fix the problem. I also ran hikackthis and tried to delete whatever I deemed unnecessary or suspect from the registry, also deleting the associated files on the hard drive. But to no avail. My system is windows XP. Any other good free programs I can try to clean up my system? What about good cheap payware? AVG has been good until now but obviously it cannot cope with this new threat even in its most up-to-date form.
posted by spacefire at 8:20 AM PST - 22 comments

Lusitania Songspiel, Bitte?

Audio or video from Das Lusitania Songspiel? [more inside]
posted by steef at 8:18 AM PST - 2 comments

Help an editor get organized with plugs and accessories

I am a Final Cut editor working on a first-class Mac Pro. But since I work at a shop with three other editors, I always seem to be hunting for various cords and cables (headphone splitters, rca to quarter-inch connectors, DV deck firewire cables, etc). I'd like to create something like a first-aid bag for myself, complete with all the accessories I seem to lose time searching for - like a CF card reader. My question is what would you put in the bag and what kind of small, manageable bag would you use. Links welcomed. Thanks.
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