December 2009 Archives

December 31

The landlord's dog escapes and ruins everything.

Asking for a friend: Is there anything that can be done about a landlord who lives in the building and allows his dog to defecate throughout the building? [more inside]
posted by millipede at 11:53 PM PST - 14 comments

How does a cheapskate park in Old Town Pasadena?

Questions about working and parking in Old Town Pasadena, CA. I'm new to the area - what are my cheapest parking options? I don't mind walking. Although ... I will sometimes be getting off work between 11 pm and 1 am, so I'd rather walk through well-lit and well-trafficked areas. [more inside]
posted by Xere at 10:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Getting plastered on the white powdery stuff.

Can someone explain the art of "back blocking" plasterboard (gypsum/gyprock/drywall/et cetera) - bonus points for a youtube vid that isn't filmed by someone not shot by someone who is actively masturbating. [more inside]
posted by a non e mouse at 9:51 PM PST - 10 comments

Television work ethic

Television series in which CEOs took lower level jobs in their own company. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek at 8:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Cooking for the new year!

Improve cooking for the New Year! [more inside]
posted by Junior687 at 7:59 PM PST - 17 comments

Private rental agreement - how much?

Real Estate filter: My friend paid $350,000 for his unit and now wants to rent it to me. How do we agree upon a fair amount? Are there any formulas for this? Anything we need to be extra careful about? [more inside]
posted by heytch at 7:02 PM PST - 25 comments

How do I get my website to stop redirecting to

Why would my website be redirected to google on my mac, but not my ibook or my iphone? [more inside]
posted by smithmac_99 at 6:40 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I share my phone’s internet connection with multiple computers on a wireless home network?

Dear Metafilter Community, I live in a house full of roommates and I am trying to share my phone’s internet connection on our network so that everyone in the household may have an internet connection. Currently, I am capable of getting my phone to give my own computer internet access (via a Bluetooth Personal Area Netowork under ‘Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Devices and Printers’ in Windows 7), but I have not been able to share this internet connection using the Internet Connection Sharing feature. [more inside]
posted by thallium205 at 5:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Mac vs HP: The laptop question

Did I do the right thing buying a HP and not a Mac? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 5:13 PM PST - 47 comments

looking for dysutopian sci-fi novel

I'm looking for a 25 year-old science fiction book about a dystopian United States, in which our hero is in prison, framed for killing or not protecting the president. The cover had a picture of a man and woman on a futuristic motorcycle. (a few more details inside) Can anyone tell me the title or author? [more inside]
posted by eaglehound at 4:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Did Iowa's beer ABV limit change?

Did something change with Iowa's ABV limits on beers? [more inside]
posted by cellphone at 4:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Where does OSX store user account info?

Got a new macbook pro... turned it on, went through all the user account setup questions, and then I decided to re-partition the hard drive and re-install OS X. After doing so, the macbook *still remembered my user account info* from the 1st setup. How is this possible? [more inside]
posted by mhh5 at 4:53 PM PST - 5 comments

I am not a smart man, but I know what Converse shoe repair is

Converse All-Stars shoe repair ideas? [more inside]
posted by Auden at 3:38 PM PST - 15 comments

Screenwriter needs a crash course in contemporary sculpture

Screenwriter needs crash course in contemporary sculpture. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by bagadonuts at 3:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Too little time?

Letter of Recommendation question - Will a very short notice request for a letter of recommendation in between semesters (now) end badly? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by Boydrop at 2:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Feed me

Give me your best stir-fy recipes (with dietary restrictions inside). [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 2:19 PM PST - 15 comments

Vulnerable songs

What song(s) would you describe as "vulnerable"? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 2:00 PM PST - 110 comments

Has my SSN been stolen?

I think someone might have used my Social Security Number to claim citizenship, or at the very least may be accidentally using my SSN on their W2. [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:51 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I address a Greek Orthodox priest in a written communication?

How do I address a Greek Orthodox priest in a written communication? I'm a respectful non-believer. [more inside]
posted by lily_bart at 1:25 PM PST - 13 comments

Can I steal someone’s TOS / TOU?

Can I steal someone’s TOS / TOU? [more inside]
posted by jseven at 1:23 PM PST - 8 comments

So this works because you add an acid to a base...

Looking for books teaching the principles of cooking. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 1:13 PM PST - 36 comments

Help my partner and me to resolve our Dogs-on-the-Bed stalemate!

My partner has two cute and excitable 2-year old male dogs who are used to sleeping on the bed. I have a problem knowing that dog butts and genitalia have been lying where I put my face. [more inside]
posted by Piscean at 1:09 PM PST - 52 comments

Beat until stiff.

What can I do with a bunch of egg whites? Complexity is not a vice. [more inside]
posted by thebestsophist at 1:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me figure out my car problems

Help me figure out what is wrong with my car. [more inside]
posted by markblasco at 1:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find this internet joke about the discovery of fire.

Looking for a briefly popular internet joke from a year or two ago. Setup was if the discovery of fire had been posted to slashdot (Digg? other?). Response is something like: "Too hot, smoke gets in your eyes, goes out too fast. Fail." Ringing any bells? Google is failing me.
posted by hihowareyou at 12:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Don't freeze me, bro!

What kinds of food can't I freeze? Any tips about portioning? [more inside]
posted by Nattie at 12:45 PM PST - 29 comments

What is this sound clip?

What's this intro that I keep hearing at the beginning of Korean pop music? [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb at 12:31 PM PST - 5 comments

Mad Scientist slash Baker

How do I start making my own recipes? [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua at 12:24 PM PST - 13 comments

New Years Eve - Health Symbol?

New Year's Eve is here and in the four hours away it will be 2010. I have no greenery in the house, what should I use instead? [more inside]
posted by trashcan at 12:10 PM PST - 15 comments

New Years Party Costume Ideas?

I'm going to a New Year's party. The theme is the 00 decade, and I can dress as any event/ figure from this decade. Ideas for something clever/ fun/ cute? I'm a short blonde girl, if it helps. Thanks!
posted by howgenerica at 12:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Name my business!

Name my business / consulting service: I've been helping friends and some small businesses get into the social media space - set up blogs, facebook pages, twitter accounts, simple flip video youtube videos, etc. [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest at 11:58 AM PST - 6 comments

I prefer awkard and geeky to this

Should I say something when I notice a guy using "Pick-up Artist" techniques on me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:57 AM PST - 179 comments

Can you help me find OS X software to organize various files into "projects"?

I am trying to find a program on 10.6 that will be a sort of companion to the Finder, something that will allow me to collect files from different directories and organize them into projects. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 11:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Hosting the "guys' weekend"?

How can I help my husband host a successful "guys' weekend" at our house? What are the partner's typical obligations when friends of only spouse are visiting? [more inside]
posted by yersinia at 11:43 AM PST - 24 comments

How should I plan a trip to Oshkosh for AirVenture?

How should I plan a trip to Oshkosh for AirVenture? [more inside]
posted by Nelson at 11:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Things to do in Seville on Jan 1st?

What is there to do in Seville on new year's day? [more inside]
posted by Dan Brilliant at 11:01 AM PST - 1 comment

When you gooo, will you send back a letter from America?

What are some cool things I can get in exchange for a self addressed stamp envelope and maybe a small fee? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Cute, but they'd probably tear your face off

What were these small cats I saw in the predator house at the Berlin Zoo? [more inside]
posted by soelo at 10:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I Eat it? Raw-milk Cheese edition.

I just received some delicious-looking raw-milk cheese in the mail. It was room temperature. It does not appear molded. It is shrink-wrapped. I'd hate to waste it, but I don't want to take any chances especially because it is raw-milk cheese. [more inside]
posted by verevi at 10:43 AM PST - 11 comments

Chicago -> Memphis -> Dallas -> Austin. Looking for good CHEAP food and lodgings along the way.

Broke young couple driving Chicago -> Austin. Looking for best route and good cheap food and lodgings along the way. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:16 AM PST - 16 comments


What awesome conferences/conventions/hugehumanhangouts are there in the United States? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce at 10:12 AM PST - 15 comments

How to get my personal budget on track?

How do I manage my daily living expenses better? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 10:07 AM PST - 17 comments

Quicken and the internet

I bought Quicken- do I still have to pay for Quicken online? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 10:05 AM PST - 2 comments

What do I really need to know about Apache?

As a self-taught PHPer, how much do I need to understand about Apache HTTP Server? Can you recommend any sites or books that would give me a good start? [more inside]
posted by verymystery at 9:58 AM PST - 8 comments

It's so people can take a long holiday after the solstice...

Why does our year start when it does? [more inside]
posted by themel at 9:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Salmonella for the new year?

sigh... Can I eat it? Frozen then fridge-thawed Chicken edition. Complication: power outage. [more inside]
posted by frecklefaerie at 9:34 AM PST - 13 comments

How do you become comfortable with being yourself?

I am having trouble accepting who I am. Other stuff related to hobbies, passions and how you accept yourself as you are (or in my case don't) are inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:31 AM PST - 24 comments

applying for a job with no job in mind

I have an interview next week at a mid-size non-profit. There is no vacant position, but the interest seems to be mutual, and I would really like to work for this organization (and also have a job!). Please help me with suggestions on giving a great impression, when I'm not really interviewing for a specific job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Mmm, green chile

What are your best recipes for using New Mexico green chiles? [more inside]
posted by amelioration at 9:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Transcripts of non-famous SOPy US police interrogations?

Are there any transcripts available online of non-famous rather-SOPy US police interrogations? Are such things public domain?
posted by xmutex at 8:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Pregnancy sans penetration?

Is it possible I got her pregnant through a few layers of clothing? (NSFW, YANAD, etc.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:30 AM PST - 56 comments

An American Idiot In Paris.

American Male In Paris For The First TIme: I've read the previous questions but looking for some exact things. I'll be staying in Monmartre' for a few weeks and looking for things that are uniquely Parisian, laid back gay spots, and clothing that'll make me look halfway human. Details below. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 8:14 AM PST - 9 comments

There's a reason they call it a cursor

On a related theme to this question, how can I recover my writing mojo after nearly a decade's hiatus? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island at 8:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Damn You, James Cameron, I Just Want To Watch The Pretty Pictures, Not Spend Hours Researching Competing Theater 3D Projection Standards

Avatar on IMAX 3D, is Fake IMAX the better choice or should drive further for the bigger Real IMAX screen? [more inside]
posted by jrishel at 7:49 AM PST - 17 comments

Sneakers are for sneaking

Seeking advice on attractive men's shoes for winter wear to work. Dapper gentlemen, how do you combine weather-proof shoes with formal business wear and not look like a rube? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock at 7:41 AM PST - 16 comments

What to do with all this pickled garlic?

What should I do with all this pickled garlic? [more inside]
posted by suki at 7:34 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I keep an eye on warcraft usage

How can I surreptitiously monitor someone's World of Warcraft usage? [more inside]
posted by tomble at 7:25 AM PST - 13 comments

Piano lessons, in theory.

Piano lessons! I've decided to start teaching kids piano lessons in the new year, and I have questions. [more inside]
posted by emelenjr at 7:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Do people do ether anymore?

Do people do ether anymore? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 7:00 AM PST - 18 comments

looking for ABCs--but not for kids

Please help me find a wonderful alphabet poster or print! [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 6:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Interesting gifts to bring home from Korea?

What unique gifts should I keep an eye out for when traveling to Seoul? [more inside]
posted by scblackman at 6:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Erotic literature online that flies under the radar ?..

Do you know of any erotic lit sites that are discreetly tagged - don't trigger censor blocks?
posted by anonymous at 6:06 AM PST - 4 comments

My boyfriend act as if we're merely casually dating

How long does it take for a person to consider themselves part of a unit in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 5:05 AM PST - 29 comments

Is a 1902 book protected by copyright...?

UK Copyright law and a 1902 book.. [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 4:05 AM PST - 10 comments

80s Sci-fi/Fantasy Film

Looking for a sci-fi, fantasy, art film I saw as a child, it must have come out in the 80s, I remember watching it at an inappropriately young age and I was born in 82. [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith at 2:18 AM PST - 7 comments

Please, God, no more novelty prints.

Where on Earth can you find BORING fabric? [more inside]
posted by Vavuzi at 1:30 AM PST - 24 comments

December 30

What's that other stopmotion walking video?

What's that other elaborate walking-person stopmotion video with a boy walking, jumping, riding a bicycle, and doing all sorts of crazy stuff? [more inside]
posted by scrowdid at 10:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me wigh down my truck!

Help! I'm looking for 150 lbs of SOMETHING CHEAP to put in the bed of my 04 Ford Ranger. [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 10:22 PM PST - 27 comments

What other awesome frugal cooking blogs are out there?

I've just discovered 30 Bucks a Week and I love it. What other awesome frugal cooking blogs are out there? (more detail inside on what I'm looking for.) [more inside]
posted by marsha56 at 10:21 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I get my hard drive to work with my TV and computer at the same time?

My new Samsung HDTV plays lots of content off a USB Hard Drive. Works great. What's the best way for me to setup a hard drive that stays connected to the TV but allows my computer to write files to it? Seems like all the drives I have or look up only allow 1 device to connect to it at a time.
posted by jakeaust at 10:06 PM PST - 24 comments


Son in Ireland has broken down in a car from Cong to Shannon airport. He has a US cell phone and cannot figure out how to call for police or road aid, Can anyone explain how he would dial for help? THANKS!
posted by mmf at 9:20 PM PST - 10 comments

Have you ever unintentionally fallen out of love with an interest or hobby?

Have you ever fallen out of love with an interest or hobby, against your best wishes? What do you attribute it to? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 9:19 PM PST - 31 comments

Typefaces and Visual Details for Teaching Materials, Mark II

Need font and other design suggestions for subtly representing Europe 1850-1900 in a multi-period lit course. [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 9:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Creating a text-site where people can comment anywhere?

I want to create a site which displays a very long text, and allows people to comment on any part of it and discuss it. What would be a good program to use? (Wordpress? Joomla? phpBB forums?) How would I be able to import hundreds of pages of text? How would I let people comment on any part of the text? Thank You. [more inside]
posted by zabraham at 8:48 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I get the most money for this gold chain?

I need to pay some bills, and I am interested in selling an old, 14k gold necklace to help me do so. This week I went to a jeweler and had the necklace appraised at $850. That jeweler does not buy gold, so I went to another store in that shopping center and was offered $225. Obviously, I like the first figure better, and I know that the second guy needs to make a profit, but still. How can I get the most money for this gold chain? [more inside]
posted by 4ster at 8:45 PM PST - 13 comments

There's a bullet out there for everybody, I just hadn't caught mine yet.

YANAL, but do I have a wrongful firing case? Very long, so apologies and many thanks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:18 PM PST - 20 comments

Mac photo backup to jump drive

I have a low end MacBook with Tiger OS. I have some 2500 photos that I want to back up on a flash/jump drive. I can't seem to do it. I can back up to a disk but not the jump drive. The jump drive is a Kingston and is supposed to work with Macs.
posted by psc1860 at 7:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Mac airports on the fritz

Can you help me get my Airport Utility to recognise my airports in the condo? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 7:47 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I set a wholesale price for my product?

How do I price my product for wholesale? I currently have a product that I've been selling myself online, but have recently began getting wholesale inquiries from brick and mortar stores. Is there a formula for determining the price to extend to stores? [more inside]
posted by billyfleetwood at 7:42 PM PST - 5 comments

"So a feminist is like Susan B. Anthony?" Biographies for my favorite 8-year-old.

Frabjous day! My eight-year-old cousin likes biographies. What are good biography resources that are age appropriate? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 7:41 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me get the most from Financial Aid!

Going back to college! Severed in November, start school in Florida in January. Need Financial Aid advice! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 PM PST - 8 comments

Military Bratology

Military Brat Filter: Explain a military brat childhood to someone who grew up in a touchy-feely liberal household that never moved once. I’m looking for either long-form articles or personal stories. How often did you move? What were the things you learned? Did you have coping mechanisms? What were the bases like? How has it affected you as an adult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:05 PM PST - 20 comments

Which hormone/vitamin am I thinking of? Relates to hair growth in new places

I remember reading that the reason you begin growing hair in new places once you pass a certain age (Developing back hair in middle age, for instance) relates to a certain vitamin or hormone that your body naturally produces -- this substance inhibits hair growth, and your body naturally tends to produce less as you age, allowing hair to grow in additional places. I vaguely recall this being lycopene, but I don't know if I'm remembering that accurately because it's not showing up in a google search. Anyone able to tell me what substance it is that I'm remembering reading about?
posted by Televangelist at 7:01 PM PST - 3 comments

No, it isn't that Richard Scarry picture.

Yet another children's book ID request: I had a children's book with intricate black-blue-and-white-only diagrams illustrating internal combustion engines. It was unusually scientifically detailed for its intended age range (I was about 5 when we owned it, but my very fuzzy memory suggests the description of the engine cycle would not have been out of place in freshman physics). It may, additionally, have been about trains. More details are inside. [more inside]
posted by dorque at 5:53 PM PST - 7 comments

How to get my boyfriend to initiate sex?

Why won't my boyfriend initiate sex? He is willing enough once things get started, but he never starts them. [more inside]
posted by catatethebird at 5:42 PM PST - 40 comments

Can I clamp two jumper cables together to jump a car?

Dead car battery, cable isn't long enough to reach - but I have another cable. Can I combine the two? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 5:34 PM PST - 25 comments

Epson Photo Stylus 1400 won't print black after using CIS

After using a third-party continuous ink supply system (CISS) on Epson Stylus Photo 1400 printer, black ink won't print. [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 5:21 PM PST - 4 comments

Saving images straight to hard drive

I have a Nikon D5000 - how do I shoot straight to hard drive? [more inside]
posted by consilience at 4:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Local Looking to Take in New Year on LV Strip

I'm staying in the Las Vegas area and want to drive to the strip to ring in the new year. I thought this would be easy and I would do the usual thing of driving up I15 to Russell and parking around the Luxor. But, I just saw that all exits along the strip will be closed. Yikes! Is it that crowded on the strip that I will hate it and will just be stuck in traffic all evening? Where would be best to park to get on around 9pm and off the strip after midnight? Maybe the by pass over to the MGM? Any thoughts or descriptions about what it will be like is appreciated.
posted by GregWithLime at 4:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Where's a good place to take Hebrew language lessons in Palo Alto, CA?

Where's a good place to take Hebrew language lessons in Palo Alto, CA?
posted by ebness86 at 4:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Like Cory Doctorow But Not Quite

Very soft science fiction/speculative fiction recommendations (with a few restrictions) [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 3:26 PM PST - 42 comments

What would be a good battery to use for renewable energy generation?

What would be a good battery to use for renewable energy generation? If the anual average wind speed of an off-grid house was 6 m/s and had a roof at 30 degrees due south (for the use of solar PV). What kind of battery would you suggest I purchase so that it can be used for a turn key system and last for up to 3 days using wind power and solar PV? - The average power consumption per week of the house is 111.657 KWh [more inside]
posted by sockpim at 3:05 PM PST - 27 comments

Fix my squeaky water!

I have a tub of water draining into a small hose - it's creating a horrible squeaking, help me fix it! [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 3:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Everyone has said it, but who started it?

Can you help me find the original source for the quote: "Fail fail cheap, fail fast, and fail often" ? [more inside]
posted by Ookseer at 2:38 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me pin down a monument please.

I need to know where the Shugborough Hall Shepherd's Monument and Inscription are in google maps / google earth / Global Coordinated System. My Google-Fu has failed me. Anybody know?
posted by gonzo_ID at 2:35 PM PST - 2 comments

When did Deadpool start talking to himself?

When did Deadpool start talking to himself? [more inside]
posted by trunk muffins at 2:25 PM PST - 4 comments


I need to get Windows Movie Maker on my new, super fast, machine to import the same files it did(and does) on my old (yet still working) machine. Codec problem? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 2:24 PM PST - 5 comments

One country, two objectives

Help us shop and eat well in Hong Kong. [more inside]
posted by timshel at 2:16 PM PST - 14 comments

Learning general chemistry in 2-3 weeks.

Help me pass general chemistry the quick-and-dirty way. [more inside]
posted by Ouisch at 2:11 PM PST - 7 comments

You know that book, with the alien blob crystal things?

What'sThisBook-ForAFriend filter: novel about aliens that are blob-shaped and eventually come in contact with humans? [more inside]
posted by jacalata at 1:44 PM PST - 6 comments

Books for the junior engineer

Are there any good books out there for your 6-10 yr. old child who shows an interest in engineering? [more inside]
posted by Lord Fancy Pants at 1:35 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I pre-emptively contact HR at a job I applied for?

I applied for a very competitive position and made all of the preliminary cuts. I received an email that I'm being considered for a position in really awesome unit, and will be contacted if they want to interview me. They will make their decision on monday at the latest. Should I contact them? I really, really want this job! [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 12:56 PM PST - 17 comments

Dancing stinks!

We have a small dance hall space and it starts smelling bad because certain people who come don't wear deodorant, but we can't necessarily tell them to. The dance hall burns incense, but many people are allergic to the incense, like me. Apart from opening the door, which we can't do because people sneak in, what would be a good way to get rid of the smell during the event?
posted by ph00dz at 12:44 PM PST - 17 comments

Is credit card settlement worth the hit to my credit score?

Is credit card settlement worth the hit to my credit score? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 12:28 PM PST - 7 comments

live video to remote computer?

Hello. Is it possible to send a live video/audio signal to a remote computer in another state? [more inside]
posted by ConnieL at 12:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Girls will call a stud with big sensual appetite!

Is there such a thing as a natural inability to fantasize? [more inside]
posted by opossumnus at 12:11 PM PST - 21 comments

Style Julia Stiles look-alike.

I need a cute, warm, women's winter hat. [more inside]
posted by semacd at 12:04 PM PST - 10 comments

HTML 5 Filter: jQuery HTML 5 Selectors, do they work?

HTML 5 Filter: jQuery HTML 5 Selectors, do they work? [more inside]
posted by willcosgrove at 12:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Capitalization question.

Capitalization question for cover letters. [more inside]
posted by roxie5 at 11:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Replacement shelves to interface with old moldings

Shelving question: In some of my closets, there are moldings on the wall that shelves seem to have been meant to rest on. The original shelves are gone in some cases and cheap planks of wood have been attached to the wall or are resting on the moldings. I'd like to install Elfa or some similar track-based shelving, but the moldings are in the way. I wonder if there is any shelving designed to work with these moldings; my Google-fu has failed me. Is anyone familiar with this style of shelving and able to direct me to a resource for replacement shelves? This photo has an example of some of the replacement shelves the prior owner installed: Photo [more inside]
posted by scottso17 at 11:36 AM PST - 9 comments


What's a good "Mom & Dad are in town and want to take us to dinner" restaurant in Manhattan, preferably by Union Square? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 11:35 AM PST - 24 comments

Disabling "touch-to-click" on my laptop only works for a few minutes.

Disabling "touch-to-click" on my Dell Latitude D630 laptop only works for a few minutes. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn at 11:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Yurt? Sensory Deprivation Tank? Abandoned Mental Hospital?...

Pop quiz: where should my boyfriend and I spend New Year's Eve? We'll be kidless... well, kinda (no varmints from ~5PM on New Year's Eve until ~5PM on New Year's Day). However, we can't decide where to spend our day o' freedom. The details: [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 11:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Green, dependable and affordable home remodeling company in Portland, OR

Need help finding a green, reliable & affordable home remodeling company in Portland, OR. [more inside]
posted by dchrssyr at 11:04 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me bathe. No wait. Help me have enough hot water. Yea, that.

2 days to decide on a tankless water heater. Help! [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 10:39 AM PST - 27 comments

styluses and laserdiscs

I bought a record player in a charity shop for £5. turns out it's a vintage beogram 1500. as far as i can tell, the only thing wrong with it is the stylus has fallen off |as evidenced by this|. I've looked around but all i can find is a replacement cartridge for £80. do I need a stylus specific to that turntable or can I use any old stylus? (i'm not overly concerned with sound quality) Also, it occurred to me that, under the same logic that records are better than cds, laserdiscs are better than dvds (you can get any film online so the only reason to buy a physical copy is for the packaging). How easy is it to get hold of cheap laserdiscs and laserdisc players?
posted by Andy Harwood at 10:28 AM PST - 29 comments

Publish poetry/illustrations

How to publish my poetry/illustrations? [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 10:19 AM PST - 5 comments

SSRIs and anorgasmia in partner sex not solo: stop solo?

Anorgasmia and SSRIs again. Should I give up "private time"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:17 AM PST - 4 comments

Richmond, VA: help a new grad find his first apartment!

Richmond, VA: help a new grad find his first apartment! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 AM PST - 10 comments

I know you're more than a generic grey silhouette

Why are there so many actors on the IMDB without headshots? [more inside]
posted by Rhomboid at 10:16 AM PST - 7 comments

What is the best program to make time lapse videos?

What is the best program to make time lapse videos? (preferably free) [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel at 10:01 AM PST - 9 comments

Supergreen Tampon

Which would make a better tampon: natural sea sponge or natural cellulose sponge? [more inside]
posted by rabidsegue at 9:58 AM PST - 14 comments

How to maximize my chances of getting an upgrade on an international flight

How can I optimize my chances of earning upgrades on upcoming international flights? Please help me avoid flying all the way from the East Coast of the US to Asia in coach! [more inside]
posted by fancypants at 9:46 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me summon the courage to get my jaw/tooth/bite/TMJ problems sorted out.

Help me summon the courage to get my jaw/tooth/bite/TMJ problems sorted out. More inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine at 9:46 AM PST - 16 comments

Trying to remember what scared the crap out of me as a youngster.

I'm trying to find a horror comic that was written in the (I think) early '90s. [more inside]
posted by ehamiter at 9:45 AM PST - 10 comments

Eductional film about outdoor survival

What was this educational film? [more inside]
posted by solmyjuice at 9:36 AM PST - 6 comments

PJ Hurry

Where can I get cool pajamas in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged at 9:31 AM PST - 4 comments

Can you legally get a car off a dead guy?

In New York City if somebody dies and they have no relatives is there some way to claim their car?
posted by I-baLL at 8:59 AM PST - 9 comments

Is that an echinoderm in your pocket?

I found a dead-but-intact starfish on my walk home from a haircut. How do I dry and preserve it? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 8:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Instant Noodles Nepal Style

I have a huge craving for instant noodles the way they are prepared in Nepal (specifically Katmandu) by street vendors. I can get Wai Wai Noodles here in New York, but don't know what else to include. I remember egg, but there were also additional spices and ingredients. Help!
posted by jonschubin at 8:54 AM PST - 4 comments

Web-based Microsoft Office alternatives?

Does anyone use Zimbra as a complete replacement for Office/Exchange? How did it go? Are there any builds of Zimbra that attempt to declutter the interface? Alternatively, are there any open source projects that provide Google Docs functionality, that I don't know about? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 8:38 AM PST - 8 comments

If you would look to your left, you can see the pilot craning his neck out your window.

Flying commercially on some planes, the crew asks you to open your window shades at take off and landing. Why on earth do all passenger window shades have to be open? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon at 8:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Refurbished = Good or Bad Idea?

Is getting a refurbished 32 GB iPhone 3GS worth it? [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 8:32 AM PST - 17 comments

Dryer Golf

Will golf balls damage clothes if I put them in the dryer? [more inside]
posted by ®@ at 8:31 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find a beard trimmer in New York City?

Where can I find a beard trimmer in New York City? I specifically want one that takes AA batteries, nothing with a built-in battery and charger. [more inside]
posted by hoobichu at 8:11 AM PST - 14 comments

Tasty tidbits that sign out auld lang syne

Food suggestions for a stay at home New Years Eve? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 8:01 AM PST - 22 comments

What can I find solace in?

I'm a non-religious male currently going through a really rough patch. I have no family or friends I can depend on. Is there something to lean on for comfort during this hard time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:41 AM PST - 42 comments

Where can I get Quilt Magic Foam Boards in Toronto?

Toronto Craft Filter: Where can I buy Quilt Magic kits, preferably the foam boards only, in Toronto (on the subway line)? [more inside]
posted by pick_the_flowers at 7:41 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me organize our files?

How should I organize all the assets and files for my non-profit's Internet team? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 7:34 AM PST - 3 comments

Help bring some spice to my poker game!

Inspired by this post and a love for all things spicy. I am going to make Gumbo for New Years Eve. Where the hive mind comes in, well more inside. [more inside]
posted by Mastercheddaar at 7:17 AM PST - 15 comments

How to access album sales numbers?

Is SoundScan data available at a library? If not, can anyone help me with some album sales numbers? [more inside]
posted by toothless joe at 6:33 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to open a store without ruining my life.

How do I open a store? Is this a pipe-dream or a good idea? [more inside]
posted by RingerChopChop at 6:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Tweed jacket with elbow patches?

You know the tweed jackets with leather or suede elbow patches called? They're stereotypically worn by professors. Do they have a particular name? Where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl at 5:41 AM PST - 13 comments

I can haz inspectorz Clauz?

Trying to remember a European produced sitcom/drama about a (maybe) a spy in World War II Germany. [more inside]
posted by sully75 at 5:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Self-improvement for $130, Alex

Help me improve myself. Non-fiction book suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 5:08 AM PST - 30 comments

Modern pop makes me want to rock out

Help me make a compilation cd/ mp3 file CD for my fourteen year old nephew. [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:10 AM PST - 28 comments

Atypical London NYE

Atypical London NYE: I've lived in London for about five years now, but I've never spent the holidays here. Other than the default nightclub/tube home/kebab, what could I get up to tomorrow night? [more inside]
posted by Kreiger at 3:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Offer my two cents or keep silent?

Raining on my friend's parade - should I give unasked for advice to my friend? [more inside]
posted by gt2 at 1:40 AM PST - 39 comments

Can I use the iPod Nano MP3 player with my own headphones and non-itunes music?

Can I use the iPod Nano MP3 player with my own headphones and non-itunes music? [more inside]
posted by katala at 1:22 AM PST - 10 comments

December 29

How do I optimize my PC's data storage across multiple drives?

Help me solve a data storage dilemma. [more inside]
posted by Truthiness at 11:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Where are the best pouch foods in NYC?

Where can I get the best "pouch foods" in New York City? I'm looking for anything involving ingredients sealed in some kind of dough: dumplings, samosas, pierogies, empanadas, etc. Suggestions welcome for all five boroughs.
posted by Awkward Philip at 11:22 PM PST - 24 comments

We broke up but we want to be with each other....

How can we fix our communication problem so we can be happy again? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo at 10:37 PM PST - 26 comments

How do I successfully update my flash/actionscript file?

How do I successfully update links within an actionscript file for a Shockwave Flash file? so the default links don't always come up. I have tried updating it several times using many programs. [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 10:29 PM PST - 2 comments

WTWW you can find videos of great speeches, lectures or conferences people give -- usually in academic settings?

Quick -- WTWW (What's that website where?) question -- WTWW I can get lots of academic lectures, conferences, speeches on video. I remember seeing a talk from Joel Stein at Stanford upon it once and I saw all the great lectures and talks that were housed there. Of course, now I can't remember the site. [more inside]
posted by skepticallypleased at 10:03 PM PST - 8 comments

I won't bathe until I know.

Identify this 80s (I think) horror movie. [more inside]
posted by Palerale at 9:51 PM PST - 5 comments


How do you handle doing in public something that you are objectively bad at? [more inside]
posted by messica at 9:09 PM PST - 20 comments

Can't boil it, can't bleach it - how should I de-cootie-fy my swimsuit?

I bought a second-hand swimsuit. I know, ew, but I'm on a budget and this suit fits much, much better than anything I could afford to buy new. It looks and smells clean and seems very lightly worn. What's the best way to to wash/sterilise it so as to a) not catch anything gross and b) not feel so squicky about putting it on? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 9:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Exclusive restaurant

A year or two ago there was a post about a restaurant that only took reservations 1 year ahead of time at about 7 am Eastern time in the morning. Does anyone remember this? I would like to get this as a present for my parents.
posted by Mr_Zero at 9:04 PM PST - 13 comments

fiscal fashion har har har pls shoot me

Unexpected interview tomorrow morning at a bank. Do I really have to wear a skirt suit? [more inside]
posted by Juicy Avenger at 8:55 PM PST - 10 comments


If I have a stereo amplifier that puts out 200 watts per channel, with two speakers per channel, how many watts per speaker?
posted by 31d1 at 7:47 PM PST - 27 comments

Huh? Wha?

Help! I am incredibly absentminded. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:39 PM PST - 22 comments

As much as I won't mind a few extra hours of sleep...

I am flying from Vancouver to Toronto tomorrow morning. Can someone clarify what the flight experience will be like? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 7:37 PM PST - 12 comments

I do like the word "pluperfect."

What tense is the following sentence: "If you were still around, we would have had a Merry Christmas by now." [more inside]
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 7:00 PM PST - 13 comments

Shopping in Aspen

I'm on a ski trip in Aspen for the week, a vacation that my mom helped fund. What's a gift within the $50 range that I can bring home to show my appreciation? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 6:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Two-tone shirts: yea or nay

What, if anything, is wrong with wearing two-tone shirts to the office? These are shirts that have white collar & cuffs but another colour for the rest of the shirt. [more inside]
posted by kid A at 5:58 PM PST - 37 comments

$50 Shopping Spree for MEEEE!

Help me spend my Christmas money! I want to know what item or gadget has changed your life for the better. What am I missing that once I have I won't want to live without. For around $50. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 5:46 PM PST - 32 comments

Running man music video?

I recall seeing a music video with a computer animated smiling man running at a constant pace to the music. That was it. He encounters other people along the way, but he keeps on running, smiling. It would have been made no later than the summer of 2002. What was it?
posted by Busoni at 5:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for a heavy herringbone wool vest

Where or where can I find a heavy wool herringbone vest? I am talking about something I could chop wood in and just as easily drop by the office. My dream vest would also have heavy leather buttons. Harris tweed would work. Any advice on where to look?
posted by ghostpony at 5:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Need a DC agenda

Any ideas for a fun/quirky/smart/unusual New Year's Eve function in DC? Failing that, a hangout in DC that's laid-back and fits the above adjectives?
posted by mreleganza at 4:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Online resources for women weaning from anti-depressants for pregnancy?

What kind of resources -- blogs, online communities, etc. -- are out there for a woman who is trying to wean herself from anti-depressants, in hopes of getting pregnant? [more inside]
posted by palliser at 4:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Blogs about alternative lifestyles

Can you recommend any blogs that highlight an unconventional lifestyle, such as Mistress Matisse? [more inside]
posted by HotPatatta at 4:36 PM PST - 11 comments

I ate WHAT?

Are there any restrictions on what kind of meat is allowed to be served in U.S. restaurants? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 4:35 PM PST - 21 comments

Yesterday, I was against oppression. Today, I'm using it for my benefit.

Examples from history of groups who were oppressed becoming oppressors? [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 3:57 PM PST - 43 comments

How do I bring HTML data into Excel?

I once used a web-based spreadsheet tool that let me copy data from pretty much any webpage into a properly formated spreadsheet. Upon pasting an entire page worth of HTML-formatted search results, for example, it prompted me for the desired cell arrangement in the spreadsheet and applied it to the entire set of data. I can't remember what it was called, I can't seem to google the right terms and this will save me (not to mention my employer) countless hours copying and pasting data this week and next. Alternatively if you have another solution, please share.
posted by reeddavid at 2:54 PM PST - 10 comments

should I stay or should I go?

My girlfriend has serious bipolar disorder. I love her, but living with her is very, very difficult. She breaks down all the time. I don't know if I should commit to a life with her, and deal with this into perpetuity, or if I should move on and try to find someone better adjusted, leaving love for peace and stability. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:54 PM PST - 26 comments

If being abused, how do I get them to open up?

Are my nieces and nephews being abused and if so, how do I go about getting them to open up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:54 PM PST - 31 comments

Is the legal grey area of textbook digitization more of a legal deathwish?

I'm starting up a textbook digitization business on campus which converts physical textbooks into PDFs: Is the legal grey area that this falls into more of a legal deathwish? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 at 2:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Cocktail for the 2000s

I want to make a signature cocktail for my NYE party that reflects the "aughts" or whatever the heck we're calling this decade that's coming to a close. [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti at 2:18 PM PST - 18 comments

Best Bidet

Bidet - the best reasonably priced one, and do I need a new toilet with a built-in one? [more inside]
posted by KRS at 2:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Good approach to non-serious weight lifting?

I'm want to cut back on my weight training, but I'm not sure how best to do it. Is there a good once-a-week casual approach to weight lifting? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak at 2:00 PM PST - 17 comments

What is the best VOIP service for my future mother in law ?

What is the best VOIP solution for my future mother in law ? [more inside]
posted by carefulmonkey at 1:35 PM PST - 9 comments

A mile-long scarf?

Easy knitting or crochet project using 8 skeins of cotton 8 yarn? [more inside]
posted by kristi at 1:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Becoming a teacher in NYC: UTR or TF program?

NYC Teaching Fellows vs Urban Teacher Resident? Does anyone have experience with either of these programs? [more inside]
posted by bengarland at 1:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Where should we go on vacation?

We (girlfriend and I, ages 24 and 26, respectively) are looking to go on vacation late this spring (around May, though we could change the timeframe if there were specific events to go see) and would like suggestions. We would like to spend no more than $4000 on this trip but can swing $5000. If we were to travel later, after we receive our bonuses at the end of May, we could spend $6000, but really would prefer not to. We can both take up to three weeks off from work, though we are thinking 10-14 days is plenty long enough. We will be leaving from NYC, so any local airports will do in terms of departure, but where should we go? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 12:49 PM PST - 22 comments

Vancouver, show me what you've got!

Hello, Vancouver! I will be in your city this weekend, and am looking for fun things to do and awesome places to hang out. I'm thinking of arriving New Years Day and leaving Saturday afternoon, but if there are fun things to do NYE, I would love to spend NYE there. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 12:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a social networking app for Macs that does more than Tweetdeck?

Is there an app for Macs that will allow me access to my Twitter, Facebook and MySpace feeds all at once INCLUDING the Facebook and MySpace instant messaging chatting with online friends? I've been using Tweetdeck which is awesome, but I would like the added feature of being able to chat directly with my online friends via the chat client.
posted by stlboi at 12:42 PM PST - 6 comments

Whatchu dyin' 'bout, Willis?

What are the most depressing sitcom episodes ever? I'm looking for specific eps please, not a snarky blanket statement like "Every episode of (insert unfunny sitcom name here)." Also, I'm not talking about serious episodes (a/k/a Very Special Episodes), as those are usually trying to teach a lesson and rely more on gravity than pathos. I'm looking for tearjerker episodes of shows that are usually humorous. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by ktoad at 12:39 PM PST - 112 comments

Losing my group health insurance--now what?

I'm losing my group health insurance. My wife has a pre-existing condition. Now what? [more inside]
posted by D+ at 12:32 PM PST - 9 comments

What tips do you have for a new winter runner?

What tips do you have for a new winter runner? [more inside]
posted by gocubbies at 12:31 PM PST - 12 comments

I like the way you brush your hair. I like the stylish clothes you wear

I'm looking for a very specific cheap, crappy hairbrush. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by decathecting at 12:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me settle for some invoicing/trip tracking software

I'm trying to start 2010 with a decent software strategy in place for tracking travel, projects, invoices, and expenses. 2009's technique was an Excel spreadsheet so there's lots of room for improvement. My picky/nerdy requirements inside. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn at 12:19 PM PST - 10 comments

Can I use a Video Camera as a webcam?

Can I use a Sony Handycam DCRVX2100 video camera connected to a windows laptop as a webcam on a WebEx web conference? [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay at 12:06 PM PST - 2 comments

what to do with a broken guitar?

What to do with a broken guitar? [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 11:58 AM PST - 15 comments

Need help with film title of a documentary about the director's missing friend.

Need help with film title of a documentary about the director's missing friend. [more inside]
posted by orehek at 11:56 AM PST - 2 comments

How can I reset a router to return to being an open network?

How to I return my home wifi network to being a totally open access network? [more inside]
posted by verapamil at 11:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Looking for a kitschy internet book from the 90s

Help me find a kitschy look-at-this-new-internet-thing book from the mid to late 90s. [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 11:53 AM PST - 6 comments

Noodle/Pho Bowls? Where To Find?

Where can I find LARGE pho or noodle soup bowls? I mean the ones that they use to serve the stuff in authentic noodle shops/pho shops? I've looked everywhere - including my local asian grocers and restaurant supply stores. All they have are 28oz bowls or little bowls with chopstick holders. I'm looking for a bowl big enough for 2 or more people -- but NOT a salad bowl. I'm located in Northern NJ.
posted by starsixnine00 at 11:46 AM PST - 7 comments

I need GOLD, Jerry!

When is it appropriate to ask someone out? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 11:43 AM PST - 23 comments

Pay the Bills vs. Side Projects

When you were working on your first big successful side project, what type of work were you doing to pay the bills? Please explain the difference in the types of work you did "at work" and while working "on your project". [more inside]
posted by parallax7d at 11:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Help a 22 year old guy buy a suit.

What should I be looking for when buying a men's suit? [more inside]
posted by chris p at 11:35 AM PST - 30 comments

Should I submit to efforts to change the custody arrangement for my 12-year old daughter?

Daughter claims to want to go live with Dad. I'm worried that resisting this change will hurt our relationship and cause her to want to be with Dad even more. Or should I fight for what I believe is in her best interest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:31 AM PST - 48 comments

Are you seeing the same retinal symptom that I am?

Querying MetaFilterers with retinal problems... I am experiencing a new symptom/effect of Pathological Myopia/Macular Degeneration. Are any of you seeing what I am seeing? Description follows. [more inside]
posted by Oireachtac at 11:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Sing It Slant

I am curious about karaoke musicians. What I mean by that is that I have noticed that a lot of karaoke music are re-creations of the original recordings. I am interested in the business, process, and culture of the musicians who re-create that music. We often get articles from reporters "embedded" in the entourage of a popular touring band - I was hoping that someone might recommend a feature article or book about the lives of these *ahem* unsung musicians. Thanks!
posted by Sully at 11:27 AM PST - 3 comments


Has anyone purchased suits from or any other online bespoke/made-to-measure outfits? How did you like them? How did they hold up?
posted by the christopher hundreds at 11:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Magellan GPS 310 accuracy completely off

A friend has just given me a Magellan GPS 310 (hand-held unit). It's a few years old, powers up OK, but shows me as approximately 200 miles from my current location. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by BrokenEnglish at 11:19 AM PST - 8 comments

GPS and webcam suggestions

Suggestions and thoughts regarding a webcam and a GPS for my elderly father-in-law? more inside. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark at 11:08 AM PST - 6 comments

The Lock In Game

Should I lock in interest rates now for a home mortgage or hope they dip soon? A complication to make this extra nailbiting. Mefites, I need your collective powers of forecasting.... [more inside]
posted by thisperon at 11:07 AM PST - 11 comments

Help needed organizing and backing-up a LAN

Dear AskMefi, I need help organizing and backing-up my home LAN. [more inside]
posted by Bio11 at 11:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy pork-and-tofu brats?

A friend of mine once enjoyed pork-and-tofu brats. The flavor was wonderful. The only difference between standard brats and these was not getting the squirt of greese when you bite into them. But the company stopped making them. I'm looking for a good substitute. [more inside]
posted by davereed at 10:57 AM PST - 0 comments

Is there something wrong with my new camera?

On my new canon rebel xsi, in aperture priority mode the camera won't let me open the aperture past 5.0, how do I fix this or is there something wrong with my camera? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 10:57 AM PST - 6 comments

Do I have to sharpen my new skates?

Do I really have to sharpen my new ice skates? If so, and I do it myself? [more inside]
posted by LarryC at 10:57 AM PST - 12 comments

Unemployment insurance for a sole-proprietor business owner in New York?

Unemployment insurance for a sole-proprietor business owner in New York? [more inside]
posted by franklen at 10:56 AM PST - 1 comment

What are the origins of "the straight woman with a gay best friend" cliché?

What are the origins of "the straight woman with a gay best friend" cliché? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese at 10:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Outside chili, stew, and meatballs - what else can a slowcooker do?

I got a new slow cooker for Christmas. I only know three maneuvers for using it though: Chili, Roast/Stew, and Meatballs. Any chicken or turkey recipes out there? Can I make casseroles inside it? [more inside]
posted by royalsong at 10:32 AM PST - 26 comments

Green Exfoliating Face Scrub?

So my Nivea Energizing Face Scrub has been plasticizing the ocean. This won't do. Can you recommend a greener (yet still exfoliating) alternative for men with "average" skin?
posted by entropicamericana at 10:20 AM PST - 22 comments

Finding Adoption Records from the 1920s

My grandmother was adopted in Roseau, MN, in April of 1921 at the age of 6 months. On October 13, 1920, she was born, and given into the care of the Lutheran Children's Home Society of Minneapolis. I've found the new name of this organization, and I have the proper forms to fill out to find her original birth certificate. I still worry, however, that this won't go too far. [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 10:11 AM PST - 4 comments

You got SERVED. (but what?)

I'm throwing a New Year's Eve party in NYC this year. To try and address some of the complaints from last year, we've added an extra bar, currently described to guests as a "mystery bar" as we were still deciding what to serve at this "side" bar. [more inside]
posted by arm426 at 10:08 AM PST - 18 comments

Don't want to be "that guy/girl," but I might have to...

Law school filter: I saw someone recording a class last semester, which is against our school's regulations. Big deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 AM PST - 69 comments

How do I prevent further identity theft?

Someone tried to withdraw money from my bank account. Again. How do I prevent this from recurring? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:44 AM PST - 15 comments

cant decide

Could somebody help decide what I should do for my architechture thesis. [more inside]
posted by niyati182 at 9:26 AM PST - 6 comments

How to bend PHP to my ASP.NET desires

What frameworks or modules exist to allow PHP to function similar to ASP.NET? Specifically I am talking about the following ...
  • Separating code from design
  • Maintaining page and HTML element state between postbacks
[more inside]
posted by mountainfrog at 9:23 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I fix what foundation repair broke?

Foundation work has caused a number of problems, how do I triage? Issues include cracked/buckled drywall in walls and ceilings, misaligned doorframes, gaps in shower stall tile, and cracked/separated bathroom floor tiles. [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 9:14 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me find a Prius doctor in Brooklyn?

Friends, Romans, Crooklynites: I heard the first terrifying sound from my 2005 Prius this morning, and it reminded me that I've been meaning to ask you for mechanic recommendations. I drove out to SF over the summer, and before I drove back I had my car looked at at Art's Automotive in Berkeley. I had a great experience, and I refuse to go back to the level of "care" I was formerly accustomed to here. I know the likelihood of a hybrid-friendly repair shop is slimmer here in the Big Easty, but I wonder if you might be able to refer me to a mechanic in Brooklyn (or thereabouts) with whom I can entrust my Prius. [more inside]
posted by thejoshu at 8:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me figure out what to do about my student loans.

Unemployed, no other debt, currently making interest-only payments on school loans - what can I do to make this feel less looming over my life? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent at 8:51 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me troubleshoot Okawix (offline Wikipedia)!

TroubleshootingFilter: Can anyone help me troubleshoot Okawix (an offline Wikipedia reader) on the Mac, or as a last resort, recommend me a different offline Wikipedia reader? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 8:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Experiences with Met Opera HD events in theaters?

I'm interested in attending one of the upcoming Met Opera HD live events at a local movie theater, probably for one of the Saturday Matinees in Savannah, GA. Does anyone have any experiences with this? Are there English subtitles? Is the audience etiquette generally better, worse, or about the same as a movie? Or are we likely to be two people among a dozen opera buffs? It's been years since I've seen an opera, and that was usually in the $12 seats in the third balcony.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 8:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Who would you give guardianship to?

Guardianship of minor child. Who would you list? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 30 comments

I can't get my stupid pills. How do I work without them?

After twenty-something years without an ADHD diagnosis, I started taking Adderall XR about a year ago and it completely turned everything around with zero side effects. Now I live in a country where I can't get it (drug laws). The only medication available is Ritalin, but Ritalin makes me feel like crap and I doubt I could take it long-term. So then, how does one deal with adult ADHD without drugs, especially if they've already had such spectacular success with them? I know YANMD, but even if I could find a decent English-speaking psychiatrist here I get the feeling ADHD isn't something that's taken very seriously outside the West. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 AM PST - 9 comments

I erased my / partition! good job

I just corrupted my / partition on my Linux installation. [more inside]
posted by Electrius at 8:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Old murder records in NYC?

Looking for information about a murder committed in 1935 in New York City. Where to begin, and how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 7:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Transmission shops in Minneapolis?

Please point me to an honest transmission shop in / near Minneapolis or points north. [more inside]
posted by SquidLips at 7:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Well, this sucks.

What are some good-sounding, relatively cheap TV speakers? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 7:32 AM PST - 9 comments

What is in my peanut sauce?

Weird question about Thai food. [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 6:44 AM PST - 13 comments

iPod Touch skips songs and makes weird shrieking noise, what gives?

What's wrong with my iPod Touch? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 1:18 AM PST - 10 comments

Smoked trout recipes

What should I do with leftover smoked trout? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 12:51 AM PST - 27 comments

More sets, fewer reps per set or fewer sets, more reps?

Help me plan my (somewhat pathetic) workouts! [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 12:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Pre-Market trading on nasdaq and nyse stocks PRIOR to 7 am ET?

What US brokerage house allows the retail trader/investor, to trade pre-market PRIOR to 7 am ET? [more inside]
posted by shoe478 at 12:33 AM PST - 2 comments

What movies would I like?

MovieFilter: I recently watched and enjoyed the film All the Real Girls. Specifically, I seem to enjoy movies that are: slow, subtle, somewhat funny, southern, romantic and a bit long. Any suggestions for more things to fit this bill, or does this one movie meet all of my needs in a way that no other can? Hopefully helpful side note: I saw Up In The Air tonight, and also enjoyed it, mainly for the same sense of calm and subtlety I liked in ATRG.
posted by broadway bill at 12:16 AM PST - 26 comments

December 28

Successful collaboration on large, technical Word documents?

Scientists and other academics: Please advise on strategies for successful collaboration on large, technical Word documents. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline at 10:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Can i add firewire to this laptop?

Is there a way to ad firewire to this laptop computer i just bought? [more inside]
posted by djduckie at 9:47 PM PST - 9 comments

I suck at food

What type of doctor (or doctors) should I see to help me sort out food intolerances and devise a proper diet? [more inside]
posted by Fifi Firefox at 9:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Quenching my thirst causes a foul taste

Whenever I wake up in the middle of the night and drink a glass of water, I always wake up with a foul taste in my mouth. Why is this? [more inside]
posted by FusiveResonance at 9:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Credit for a store I could steal anything from.

iTunesFilter: I got an iTunes gift card for Christmas - $15. What could I possibly buy on iTunes that I couldn't just download somewhere else?
posted by Bobby Bittman at 9:15 PM PST - 27 comments

I should've paid the extra for the direct flight.

Help me with my flight connecting through Newark next week. So many details after the cut. [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 8:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me visualize magnetic force

Carl Sagan famously demonstrated an excellent visualization of gravity. Can someone point me to a similar, elegant visualization of magnetic force?
posted by device55 at 8:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Hi, how are you?

Nothing gets on my nerves more than: "How are you? Good, how are you?" What witty/sarcastic/caustic/surprising/offhand/offbeat/jarring or otherwise out of the ordinary quip can I use to respond to the perpetual query, "How are you?" [more inside]
posted by yoyoceramic at 8:43 PM PST - 113 comments

A tale of mystery, intrigue and suspense

'New Yorker' short story posted in the last year, or the last few years, about a man who lives with the ghost of his parents. Link? [more inside]
posted by caveat at 8:37 PM PST - 4 comments

NYC Artist in NYC during 9/11 - Looking for a name

I am looking for the name of an artist that had a studio in NYC during 9/11. Their paintings were huge (7 to 10 feet high min) with a planet or part of a planet with great surface detail and high contrast - black or very dark background. The works were stunning. [more inside]
posted by inquisitrix at 8:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Flash sound stopped working.

Flash sound stopped working in both IE and firefox. I'm using windows 7. This has been driving me crazy for the last week - I think, somewhere along the line, I was running a few anti-malware apps and something may have gotten deleted. There's no sound whatsoever from any kind of flash, be it youtube, lastfm, or a web ad. [more inside]
posted by brocklanders at 8:02 PM PST - 9 comments

I have 15-20 minutes to spend on guitar a day, every day. How should I use this time?

I have 15-20 minutes to spend on guitar a day, every day. How should I use this time? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 7:38 PM PST - 13 comments

In an aeroplane over the sea

My boyfriend has always been a bit apprehensive about flying before, but he's taking his first flight (transatlantic) to see me in a little over a month. Yay! I want to send him a care package full of things that will keep him comfortable and relaxed (especially the latter) during the flight. I have a few ideas for keeping him comfortable (but would like more) and virtually none for keeping him relaxed. What should I include? [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj at 7:30 PM PST - 31 comments

This madeleine, it bites?

What's the best translation (or, rather, which might you recommend) of Proust's masterwork In Search of Lost Time? [more inside]
posted by jokeefe at 7:21 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me get lost in space.

Help me get lost in space. [more inside]
posted by toekneebullard at 6:59 PM PST - 29 comments

Chicago Restaurants for Cheap Locavores

What are the outstanding Chicago restaurants specializing in seasonal & local food and/or charcuterie for the broke-ass epicure? I'm planning a special birthday dinner at the end of the month. I'd like to spend $30-$40 for two people before drinks and a tip, so while I'm not going to settle for a Vienna Beef, I'm not exactly ready to book reservations at Alinea. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Looking for an online Buddhist discussion forum.

Do you know of any good online Buddhist discussion forums? I used to frequent e-sangha, but it's been down for some time. I prefer that it be diverse or at least inclusive of Zen.
posted by desjardins at 6:15 PM PST - 3 comments

gmail to hotmail

How do I set my gmail to be forwarded automatically to my Hotmail account?
posted by page123 at 5:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Cat friendly Philly hotel

I need a cat friendly hotel in Philadelphia for tonight. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 5:39 PM PST - 4 comments

Free nature sounds/mp3s on-line?

Where have you found good long streaming/mp3 sources for nature sounds, like rainfall or oceans or crickets? This question was asked and partially answered before (in 2005 and again in 2006) but here we are almost in 2010 so I figure there must be some new stuff out there. [more inside]
posted by math at 5:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find this fabric

Help me find this fabric. [more inside]
posted by melissasaurus at 5:28 PM PST - 8 comments


Pepperidge Farm used to sell Brownie Chocolate Nut cookies. It has been years since I have been able to find them. They were on the crispy side and had a very nice chocolately nutty taste. Anyone know of a similar recipe for cookies like those.
posted by cellar at 5:10 PM PST - 1 comment

Medical Privacy/Complaint Issue

ER seems to be giving out my information to 3rd parties [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam at 5:00 PM PST - 9 comments

Simpler Pokemon

My twin nephews love to collect Pokemon cards, but are too young to really get the rules. [more inside]
posted by Eddie Mars at 5:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Freeware DVD Player

Please help me find dvd player software. [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 4:45 PM PST - 8 comments

I need an international job

What kind of non-sales work or career can I transition to which would allow me to travel between the U.S. and Europe? The story and more below... [more inside]
posted by postergeist at 4:41 PM PST - 9 comments

Will my quad-band cell phone work in the US?

I purchased this quad-band pay-as-you-go cell phone in Portugal. Will it work in the United States? Is there a way to check if it's unlocked? [more inside]
posted by Josh Coe at 4:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Wife-friendly PS3 games?

Suggestions for good (local, not just online) multiplayer games for the PS3? Other non-gamer friendly suggestions welcome as well. (Two similar questions, but both are 2+ years old.) [more inside]
posted by entropic at 4:08 PM PST - 9 comments

I am completely lost.

My emotional life is in complete disarray. Help! (Very long.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 36 comments

Show Me The Money!

You are not my CPA but I need advice! I make too much money to contribute to a Roth IRA but I hear the rules are changing. How can I take advantage of this in 2010? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for card game software with smart bridge partners

Know of any good card game software with computer bridge players who know how to bid? My mom plays Hoyle Card Games 2008 on Windows XP and is eternally frustrated with the choices her electronic partners make. [more inside]
posted by marble at 3:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find this short film...

MeFi Internet Connoisseurs -- PLEASE help me track down this online video... [more inside]
posted by iam2bz2p at 2:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Puff, puff, OWWWWWWW

All my life I've had this problem when doing any sort of cardio activity: my throat can stand my breathing for about 15 seconds before it starts to burn like hell. I've tried breathing differently, asking for medical advice, drinking various beverages before/during/after working out... nothing. It's happened when I've been in better shape and when I'm a lazy slob. So I avoid cardio, which I have always desperately needed. How can I overcome this and work out pain-free? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 2:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me move from Hawaii to Philadelphia.

I’m hoping the hive mind can help me come up with a good cost-effective plan, so I have good position to negotiate for money for moving. [more inside]
posted by rickim at 2:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Inexpensive recreational bike?

My boyfriend and I spent a lovely afternoon this Christmas riding around his old neighborhood on his mom and stepdad's bikes, and would now like bikes of our own. We'd basically just be riding around the neighborhood or occasionally on bike trails, and would like to spend under $250 each, if possible. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by odayoday at 2:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Vegetarian Little Smokies, or Something Along Those Lines

Need suggestions for a vegetarian appetizer similar to Little Smokies- more details inside. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 1:54 PM PST - 22 comments

I need help naming my blog.

I need help naming my blog. [more inside]
posted by seandq at 1:50 PM PST - 13 comments

How to remove image artifacts from a foggy background?

I use this image (source image here) as my desktop background - it's one of Ubuntu's default wallpapers. Can I do something about the artifacts? [more inside]
posted by topynate at 1:43 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I create a charity?

How do I create a charity? [more inside]
posted by Jazzwick at 1:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Things to do with 4 days in San Diego?

Me and a couple of friends are going to San Diego from Dec 30 - Jan 3rd. Any suggestion for what to do? [more inside]
posted by grobey22 at 1:29 PM PST - 3 comments

What to do just in case I lost my job?

I just received (over the holidays) what may have been an inadvertent indication of my termination at work. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by dopamuehl at 1:27 PM PST - 28 comments

Pentagon proposal to install "Address the Populace" device on TVs

"In 1971, [the Pentagon proposed] to President Nixon that an electronic gadget be attached to every television set in the country. Capable of being activated directly by the president, it would switch on every set in the country at once." Really? [more inside]
posted by CutaneousRabbit at 1:10 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I remove password protection for logged in users?

How can I make password protected posts visible to logged in users, but still require a password from guests, in Wordpress 2.9? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 1:06 PM PST - 3 comments

Question about snow driving in MN/WI.

Tedious question about tedious drive: when will it be reasonably safe to drive from southern Missouri to Wisconsin/Minnesota and back? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice at 12:51 PM PST - 17 comments

What are some of your favorite self-help audio books available on MP3?

What are some of your favorite self-help audio books available on MP3?
posted by wordsmith at 12:51 PM PST - 2 comments

Creative (or deceptive) dating attempt?

I asked someone over to review their art portfolio, but I also have designs on asking them out on a date. Tacky or just being creative? [more inside]
posted by zenpop at 12:40 PM PST - 35 comments

How do I stop feeling crappy after studying?

What tactics can I employ to stop feeling zombie/crappy/zapped out after studying/reading? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Overcoming procrastination

Has anyone here ever actually overcome procrastination issues, so they don't bother you anymore? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Gifts for the expecting couple?

I need gift ideas for a couple expecting their first child. I'd prefer that it be something pregnancy-related (they averred that this is what they'd like) that they can enjoy together. They're still in their first trimester, and very excited. What are some creative or not-often-thought-of handy items to have while gestating?
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 12:37 PM PST - 16 comments

No ham sandwiches, please.

What to make for dinner tonight using the last of the Christmas ham? [more inside]
posted by onhazier at 12:21 PM PST - 16 comments

British Lumber Prices

How much does a 2x4 cost in London? [more inside]
posted by gilgamix at 12:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Poor little banjo on the doorstep

How do I receive a USPS Parcel Post package that is (probably) getting delivered to my (closed) office this week? [more inside]
posted by tmcw at 12:04 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I download multiple documents in Alfresco CMS?

I need to download all the documents in the Document Library, while preserving the original file names. (I notice that when you use "Export", the files are compressed and renamed.) Please point me in the right direction. If anybody has a shell script, please post it here. Thanks!
posted by TyGrrBalm at 12:01 PM PST - 0 comments

Our poor kitty is only ingesting pills.

Sick, maybe dying kitty filter:Our geriatric (15 year old) kitty had a UTI last week. Since we found her showing the symptoms after we came home from work and our vet had closed, we took her to the emergency animal hospital. [more inside]
posted by bearwife at 11:53 AM PST - 25 comments

How can I stay warm at Soldier Field in December?

Going to Soldier Field for the first time tonight to watch the Bears play the Vikings. I've been regaled with stories of spilled beer freezing solid before it hits the ground. So, I'm wondering if anyone has ideas on how to stay warm while being stationary for a good period of time, outdoors, in sub-zero temperatures.
posted by print at 11:37 AM PST - 14 comments

Yeah, I realize I'm probably screwed

How can I fix unplayable MP3s recovered from a formatted hard drive? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 11:16 AM PST - 3 comments

Party for a preggo?

My husband and I are looking for New Year's Eve suggestions in Manhattan. Oh, and I'm 9 months pregnant. Thanks!
posted by defreckled at 11:09 AM PST - 8 comments

Every woman may be shod like a princess...

Where can I get a cabinet or armoire to store 100 pairs of shoes? [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 10:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Breakfast: My best friend. My worst enemy.

What low-GI, high-protein, portable food can I cook on Sunday night and then reheat for breakfast Mon-Fri? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 10:31 AM PST - 42 comments

Help me help the next generation of coders!

What are your best methods, tips and tricks for grading student code? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel at 10:22 AM PST - 17 comments

Getting the lead out

Please help me with my science fair project. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 10:13 AM PST - 7 comments

How to minimize hassle at DTW?

Airport/airplane security-filter: have you flown from DTW since yesterday? [more inside]
posted by number9dream at 10:03 AM PST - 7 comments

A 3D newbie inquires . . .

Is the 3D print of Avatar prescription eyeglasses friendly? And what can I really anticipate from the 3D portion of the experience? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 9:56 AM PST - 40 comments

How do I shield an audio cable in my computer case which I cannot take out and replace?

How do I shield an audio cable in my computer case which I cannot take out and replace? [more inside]
posted by aliasless at 9:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Illustrator CS4 Problem

Efficient cross-hatching (and distortion thereof) in Illustrator CS4? [more inside]
posted by nostrich at 9:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Need a formula to lookup/match two values and return a third in Excel

Need a formula to look for two values in another sheet, and return a third corresponding value. Example provided (google spreadsheet.) [more inside]
posted by malcommc at 9:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Removing superglue from a glasses lens?

Long story short, my boyfriend managed to get superglue on one of the lenses of his glasses and it had time to set overnight, and has had no success getting it off with rubbing alcohol or peroxide. He's wary of trying to scrape it off so as not to damage the lens and would like to avoid having to replace the glasses since his prescription is pretty expensive. The frames are plastic so I don't think it'd be much of a problem to have the glasses soak in a solution. Do you guys have any suggestions for a safe-as-possible way to remove the glue without damaging the lens too much, or at least a way to loosen it so that it doesn't involve too much scraping? (Would Goo Gone work on superglue that's on glass?) Or is he pretty much screwed and will need the lens replaced?
posted by runaway ballista at 9:12 AM PST - 18 comments

Sober(ish) Bachelor Party in So Cal. I need help generating awesome ideas.

Sober(ish) Bachelor Party in So Cal. I need help generating awesome ideas. [more inside]
posted by josh.ev9 at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

SD card to Droid?

In the field, how do I get photos from my digital camera to my Droid phone? [more inside]
posted by y6y6y6 at 8:44 AM PST - 9 comments

go west!

I want to spend a while (1-4 months?) wandering around China-- specifically, central/western China.. I speak Mandarin, and I've lived in Beijing before. Where should I go? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 8:30 AM PST - 14 comments

What weird things would you want to know about a vendor?

What sorts of "getting to know you" questions would be most helpful to you in determining whether a vendor is a good fit for you? [more inside]
posted by justonegirl at 8:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Fonts Nerds--ASSEMBLE!

Several questions related to "old style" or "non-lining" numerals aka "text figures". [more inside]
posted by DU at 8:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Looking for Afshona

Does anyone have the exact location (coordinates) of Qishlak Afshona, just north of Bukhara, Uzbekistan, birthplace of ibn-Sina (aka Avicenna)? Or an awesome source of high-detail maps? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal at 7:59 AM PST - 10 comments

Come take my fridge, Toronto government employees!

A short while ago I saw an ad on Toronto subways, probably put up by the city, about a program where they come into your apartment and remove an unwanted fridge. I visited the site for it but didn't bookmark it and now I can't find it and have an extra fridge in my living room. It is not this site, but was one where you fill in a form and submit and they set up an appt to come by. Anyone know the site?
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 7:37 AM PST - 4 comments

Is the chest pain I've been experiencing directly related to stress and anxiety? If so, how can I alleviate some of the discomfort and put my mind at ease?

Is the chest pain I've been experiencing directly related to stress and anxiety? If so, how can I alleviate some of the discomfort and put my mind at ease? [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 7:20 AM PST - 20 comments

What to do with my life

Please tell me how I can find out what to do with my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:04 AM PST - 7 comments

recovering traffic accident damages when lawyers won't take the case?

Maryland Traffic Accident Filter: Insurance company denied claim, lawyers won't touch the case. Now what? Anything? [more inside]
posted by anti social order at 6:44 AM PST - 5 comments

Network administrator advice

I landed my first Network/System Administrator job! Looking for pointers and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by bsexton at 6:27 AM PST - 34 comments

Upside down mortgage?

How do I know if I have an "upside down" mortgage? [more inside]
posted by scratch at 6:07 AM PST - 16 comments

How do I publish biography?

How does one successfully publish biography? I'm fascinated by the life of a certain (long-since-dead) American political figure and it appears that he has not yet been given a full treatment by historians. I'm not an academic or a journalist - just a lawyer under the delusion that he can do a good job at something like this.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 5:42 AM PST - 6 comments

If I buy a 1TB hard drive with a SATA 3 Gb/s interface, will my computer be able to use it with it's 1.5 Gb/s SATA interface?

Laptop hard drive filter: I'm in the market for a new hard drive for my laptop, and I want to get the best one my computer can handle. My computer seems to have a 1.5 Gb/s SATA interface; will it be able to handle a 3 Gb/s SATA interface hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Ephilation at 4:39 AM PST - 5 comments

It's arrested development. And Arrested Development.

Premature Demise Filter: What TV shows, similar to Arrested Development, are excellent -- brilliant, even -- but were terminated seasons short of fruition? And, more importantly, why should I watch them? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL at 3:29 AM PST - 62 comments

Can you dig this up for me?

Assemblage (in an archaeological sense) - what's the oldest use of this term in this context? [more inside]
posted by Chairboy at 2:32 AM PST - 3 comments

Vibraphone pop/rock songs with vocals?

Looking for pop/rock songs featuring the vibraphone, requirements... [more inside]
posted by querty at 1:57 AM PST - 17 comments

Converting .SND Files

Need a cheap way to convert .SND to .MP3 files. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 1:17 AM PST - 10 comments

Moving, don't want to take parasites with me.

I'm itchy at night. I'm worried that my apartment is infested with some sort of parasite. I'm moving in the next few days. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Well I knew XM was a pain to cancel but jeez!

A company continues to charge my debit card two months after it has been deactivated. Am I entitiled to a refund? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 12:01 AM PST - 10 comments

December 27

How do I get bloatware off a new laptop with no physical media?

I'm about to buy a Sony Vaio for my sister. However, I hate bloatware and want to start her off with a fresh clean install. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by InvestorMD at 11:28 PM PST - 15 comments

Deposit for old rental I don't live at.

I moved into a house with some friends in Los Angeles California, we all split the deposit (shared was $700 each), things got weird and I moved out with the person moving into my room agreeing to pay my share of the deposit. That was a year ago and promises of "in the fall" have now gone silent. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by wcfields at 10:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Eastern European destinations

I'm visiting Eastern Europe for 3 weeks in April - where should I visit and why? [more inside]
posted by jedro at 9:41 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I run a single Mac application on a Windows machine?

How do I run a single Mac application on a Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by Unhyper at 8:53 PM PST - 14 comments

More Wattage please.

I have cycles of creativity. The more stress or responsibility in my life the harder it is to achieve those creative places in my mind. I am looking for unusual, insightful and helpful ways to rekindle my creativity, in spite of any real or self made diversity I'm experiencing. Please don't hold back with your suggestions, I have personal projects and goals that require this passion and creativity, help!
posted by gypseefire at 8:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Name That Book!

Another "what book is this" query relating to a sci-fi book from the late 80s/early 90s concerning a society wherein the sexes live in different compounds and the males engage in ultra-violent rituals and war-type activities. [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 at 8:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for cool t-shirt designs.

Help me find a site that sold cool t-shirts. [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 7:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Restore IE and Flash after IE upgrade failure?

Cannot load Flash - cannot load IE8 - lost during attempts to upgrade IE from 7 to 8. Suggestions requested for loading IE8 and Flash. [more inside]
posted by ChesLooney at 7:23 PM PST - 4 comments

My floor is covered with years of dirt and I don't know how to fix it.

I have no idea if my floor is vinyl or linoleum. What's the best way to clean it? [more inside]
posted by ohisee at 6:30 PM PST - 6 comments


Help me be more direct in telling someone I like them, but not so direct as to be weird. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:24 PM PST - 41 comments

I'm smart and have my head on straight. So why can't I stop eating?

I'm smart and have my head on relatively straight. So why can't I stop eating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:06 PM PST - 32 comments

2006 Honda Pilot Headlight Replacement

I have a 2006 Honda Pilot, and noticed that my right headlight went out. Each headlight is comprised of two headlights, a top and bottom one. The top one seems to be working, but the bottom one is out. The top bulb is easy to replace, but the bottom one is a little bit more tricky, as there doesn't seem to be an easy way to remove it. Can anyone point me to a schematic or something? I think the replacement bulb size is H11, I just don' t understand how to replace the lower bulb.
posted by GatorFan2000 at 5:36 PM PST - 6 comments

How can a mother with tiny kids make a living?

Brainstorm with me. I've got two babies, a failed life plan, no resume, and I need to build a future. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:00 PM PST - 40 comments

I don't want to be the real life 40 year old 15 years.

What am I doing wrong? I am 25 and HAVE NEVER GONE ON A DATE. I have always been attracted to women only, and I am funny, intelligent, and reasonably good looking. I make friends easily, but I don't know how to ask people out, and I've only been asked out by weird guys [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:59 PM PST - 17 comments

How do I change my AppleID when it's a MobileMe account and I don't want to keep MobileMe?

I am not renewing my MobileMe account this year and I am in the process of switching over the email address for everything attached to it. The only sticking point? My Apple ID is currently tied to my MobileMe account, so anything I have purchased from the iTunes store is tied to that account. How do I change this? I tried just logging into Apple's My Info site, but you can't change you ID if it's tied to a MobileMe account. Do I need to create a new account and transfer everything over to that somehow? (Can you do that?) Or is there some obscure and Apple-obfuscated way of actually making this change?
posted by smallerdemon at 4:53 PM PST - 2 comments

Anniversary of friend's toddler's death coming up

My friend's two year old daughter passed away suddenly last January. I am planning to send flowers on the anniversary of her passing. But before doing so, I wanted to make sure this is an appropriate gesture to mark the day. If yes- should the flowers be lilies? What kind of lilies? If not lilies, what other flowers are appropriate? If it matters, they live in another state, and I sent a donation to their designated charity on the child's birthday, along with a note. thank you
posted by mrmarley at 4:42 PM PST - 47 comments

How can I help my elderly father continue to live alone in a giant house?

How can I help my elderly father continue to live alone in a giant house? [more inside]
posted by suncoursing at 4:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Spend or Save?

With hundreds of years of accumulated data on how economies 'work' available for analysis, how is it possible that it is still unclear (it seems) whether or not - and to what extent - a government should boost an economy that is in a slowdown? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 at 4:17 PM PST - 23 comments

Kindle for cookbooks?

Anyone using an Amazon Kindle e-book reader primarily for cookbooks? [more inside]
posted by kindall at 4:12 PM PST - 8 comments

a small piece of space needed

Any suggestions for finding artists studio space in Queens, NY--either Long Island City or Sunnyside/Woodside? [more inside]
posted by beckish at 3:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Will my car be allowed into NZ?

Does anyone have any experience bringing a car to New Zealand from Australia? I'm particularly interested in how rigorous the inspection will be. [more inside]
posted by twirlypen at 2:52 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to post a fitness log?

I'd like to find an on-line community where I can publish a public log of a January fitness kick - healthy eating, workouts and so on. [more inside]
posted by aTrumpetandaDream at 2:45 PM PST - 14 comments

sick in mexico.

sick in mexico. need advice [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 2:41 PM PST - 13 comments

It's a Secret to Everybody.

I'd like a decent ultraviolet ink pen. [more inside]
posted by Eideteker at 2:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking for good books to help me age (> 65).

Any good books on old-aging? [more inside]
posted by feelinggood at 2:25 PM PST - 6 comments

So how much of a long shot is this?

I would like to publish a cookbook as a community service project. Am I delusional? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 1:53 PM PST - 14 comments

I Want to Invent a New Word

OK Hive mind, here is something that has been inexplicably on my nerves for years. I want to come up with a new word, one that describes the act of completing a crossword puzzle by basically acing the thing, going through all the across clues in one shot, zip zap boom, and dropping the smoking remains of your pen on the table as you go and celebrate your inner dorkdom. The only things that pop into my head are "Murphy", and "Kissmyfreakinaasswilshortz". Your suggestions, objections, and insults are appreciated. Anyway....if anyone knows a 13 letter word for...oh nevermind. Bonus: Five bucks says we can get it into a dictionary in the next ten years.
posted by timsteil at 1:40 PM PST - 36 comments

A nice long soak.

Where can me and my boyfriend go for a weekend break within 2 hours (or so) drive from London (UK) that has a big bath, a hot tub, or similar. [more inside]
posted by Neonshock at 1:26 PM PST - 4 comments

Title of short story

Does anybody know the title of a short science fiction story about the male population going mad and killing all the females ? [more inside]
posted by Pendragon at 1:02 PM PST - 8 comments

Ruidoso gear rental

Best places to rent ski/snowboarding equipment in Ruidoso? My GF and I are going skiing/snowboarding at Ski Apache in a couple days. Any recommendations on where to rent gear? We need boots, skiis, poles, and a snowboard.
posted by crookedgrin at 12:44 PM PST - 1 comment

2004 Olympics Opening Ceremony in HD?

I'm looking for a copy of the 2004 Summer Olympics opening ceremony video in a high quality HD format (like x264 720p about 3GB/hour). [more inside]
posted by thewalrus at 12:23 PM PST - 2 comments

Random position ethics?

Please help me remember the name (and proponents and critics) of a specific ethical principle. [more inside]
posted by Anything at 12:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me with this Korean War era, U.S. Navy acronym.

Does anyone know what this acronym stands for, from a U.S. Navy training center in San Diego in 1952? I think it's BFGC or BTGC. [more inside]
posted by onemorething at 11:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Computer is melting down!

Overrun by malware / viruses. Anti-virus programs won't work, system restore is blocked, files are being damaged - I don't know what to do! [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 11:26 AM PST - 20 comments

What would you do with delicious but ugly fudge?

What can I do with 6 pounds of dry, crumbly fudge? [more inside]
posted by Linnee at 11:25 AM PST - 14 comments

3in Folding Blade in South Africa?

South African Knife Laws Filter: Can I Carry My Pocketknife? [more inside]
posted by Spurious at 11:22 AM PST - 2 comments

iPhone Nav App?

What's the best iPhone turn-by-turn navigation app? [more inside]
posted by lore at 10:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Interesting health-related rental business ideas?

Anyone have any interesting medical or health-related rental ideas? I'm interested in starting a local rental business, and am researching ideas. Considering people are living longer, with more conditions and disability, any interesting ideas for a rental business?
posted by pallen123 at 10:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Steam Mopping a Hardwood Floor

Is it really bad to use a steam mop on unfinished hardwood floors? [more inside]
posted by Srudolph at 10:19 AM PST - 13 comments

Help identify a mystery HMD

Can you identify this ancient (relatively) head-mounted monocular display? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 10:18 AM PST - 6 comments

Getting nervous about fitting a baby into our little car!

Rear-facing carseats in a 2009 Pontiac G3 Wave sedan? [more inside]
posted by sunshinesky at 10:17 AM PST - 7 comments

How to help rural hometown friends survive in this economy?

What's the best way to help my rural hometown friends survive in this economy? [more inside]
posted by ElfWord at 8:56 AM PST - 31 comments

How Can I Sort Through So Many Movies?

Movies, movies everywhere, don't know what to think - There are so many ways to get virtually any movie in the world. But the problem is, how do I know WHICH movies I want to see? I really don't want to waste (too much) time and money downloading or renting movies I turn out not to like. [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 7:52 AM PST - 26 comments

Help my start my biology research on the right foot

I'm starting a 3 month research project in a neuroscience lab as part of my Masters program. What should I know/do in order to make it go as smoothly as possible? [more inside]
posted by snoogles at 6:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Can a person be resistant to antibiotics?

Can a person be resistant to antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by humblepigeon at 1:04 AM PST - 15 comments

December 26

Lock 'em up!

What is the best door lock out there for less than $200? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword at 11:48 PM PST - 17 comments

Help identify this book about traveling on a ship in the antarctic

I want to read the part about the antarctic ocean so full of life [more inside]
posted by bleary at 10:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Squier Strat Won't Stay in Tune

Urgent guitar tweaking help needed! I want to fix my brother's guitar before he goes back home in the morning... [more inside]
posted by frankly mister at 10:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there a word to describe suddenly becoming aware of a new word?

Is there a word to describe suddenly becoming aware of a new word? You learn a new word, and suddenly you see that word everywhere. Or you have a new experience, and suddenly it seems the media is filled with other people talking about that same experience. Is there a word for this phenomenon? (previously) [more inside]
posted by MrBCID at 10:22 PM PST - 19 comments

FM Interference & Potential Coinkidink

Heard some strange radio interference Christmas day, wondered if a hypothesis is correct in relating it to the local 'terror' attempt at DTW??? [more inside]
posted by JoeXIII007 at 10:05 PM PST - 17 comments

How to get more money from Uncle Sam

What expense (tax related) iPhone apps are there out there? [more inside]
posted by bach at 9:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Too many iPhone apps

How can I pick which iPhone apps appear on the 11 'home' screens? I have an iPhone 3gs, running iPhone 3.1.2. I have about 20 more apps installed than will fit on the 11 screens. I know that rearranging apps in iTunes 9.0.2 is supposed to be possible, but nothing happens when I try to drag the icons in the Applications tab in iTunes. Thanks!
posted by lukemeister at 9:34 PM PST - 12 comments

So You Think You Can Play Drums?

Rock Band 2 - Spirit In The Sky - Drums - Medium: what's up with the end of Guitar Solo 1? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench at 8:33 PM PST - 7 comments

How should I move forward?

The New Year is approaching and I need some guidance on how to move forward with my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:13 PM PST - 13 comments

Livestock guardian dogs

The 445supermag family is looking for a dog. Specifically, we are looking for a dog to guard our small flock of ducks from area coyotes. [more inside]
posted by 445supermag at 7:38 PM PST - 16 comments

Help me help my 7-yr-old appreciate what she has.

Help me help my daughter appreciate what she has instead of wanting more, more, more. [more inside]
posted by lucyleaf at 7:33 PM PST - 60 comments

Suspend/Resume slowness

My Ubuntu laptop is unresponsive within the first 20 seconds after resume from suspend. I think the culprit is Flash (npviewer.bin), since it is shown as using 80%+ of CPU. How can I work around this? [more inside]
posted by lwf at 7:33 PM PST - 3 comments

What games have I missed?

Just purchased a new desktop computer after years of having a severely underpowered laptop. What games have I missed? [more inside]
posted by plungerjoke at 7:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me remember a film?

Help me remember a movie I saw? [more inside]
posted by LN at 6:58 PM PST - 5 comments

Computer Swapping?

Swapping my laptop for a desktop and monitor instead of selling? My plans have changed, and my laptop and furniture are not working together well and causing me pain. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol at 6:37 PM PST - 5 comments

fun pop Yo La Tengo good, noodling snoozy Yo La Tengo not so much.

I want to create a mix of Yo La Tengo's catchy pop songs. [more inside]
posted by otters walk among us at 6:32 PM PST - 11 comments

should i buy mass effect?

steam has mass effect for $20. is it worth buying and playing now?
posted by leemajors at 6:01 PM PST - 19 comments

Where should I stay in Manhattan?

I'm visiting New York for an interview at 5th and 46th in 10 days. Where should I stay? [more inside]
posted by RachelSmith at 5:53 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I get knee deep in...sewer jobs?

How can I get into the sewers? [more inside]
posted by TheArpenter at 5:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me celebrate my birthday in Las Vegas

Are there any 2 bedroom suites on the strip in Las Vegas that don't cost a fortune? [more inside]
posted by Maisie at 5:30 PM PST - 15 comments

Oh my aching right foot that, along with its counterpart, is about to run a marathon...

i can't see a specialist for three weeks but i've got a marathon coming up and i need to know before that. [more inside]
posted by holdenjordahl at 5:03 PM PST - 5 comments

He IS heavy, he's my brother

I'm closing the family bank/charity. What do I say when the next sibling asks for a "loan"? [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo at 4:39 PM PST - 29 comments

Is my TV a goner?

Do these translucent vertical bars on the screen mean my LCD TV is going out? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid at 4:10 PM PST - 5 comments

Fun with Sword-Carrying Mice

Point me to resources for a beginning Game Master, Mouse Guard specific if possible. [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 4:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Tired of the Huge Overpriced Hotels and Hotel List Sites Showing Up In My Search Results

Does anyone know of any inexpensive motel list sites that specialize in mom and pop motels and weekly rates and let you search by price? [more inside]
posted by VC Drake at 4:07 PM PST - 1 comment

Can you recommend Science Fiction novels for me?

The only science fiction novel I've read is "Contact" by Carl Sagan. Can you recommend me more? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 3:57 PM PST - 51 comments

What happens if you sever an 'ear' nerve?

If I severed the sound carrying nerve from an ear to my brain, would I hear nothing or some terrible noise?
posted by Frasermoo at 3:39 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I be in a band?

I love music and over the past few years have taught myself to be pretty good as a ukulele player. I'd love to get involved with a band--old-time jazz, dixieland stuff--and really learn how to make music with others. But all I know is how to play by myself. I don't know how bands work in the slightest, nor how to find others who are better than me but willing to let me "play along." How do I get started getting started? Thanks!
posted by largecorp at 2:50 PM PST - 7 comments

Napa tips?

Help me plan my romantic trip to Napa Valley. [more inside]
posted by drpynchon at 2:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Never use Priceline after 5am

IdiotFilter: I booked a Priceline hotel with the wrong region selected. Should I eat it and book somewhere else? Or will it work for New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by disillusioned at 2:30 PM PST - 8 comments

All header and no content

Why won't metafilter load for my wife, but it does for me? [more inside]
posted by Lokheed at 2:09 PM PST - 14 comments

PS3 + Streaming Netflix = FAIL (in a lovely shade of red)

Anyone else encountering difficulties using Netflix streaming on their PS3? I re-joined Netflix after a long hiatus so I could take advantage of PS3 streaming, but it's been a very bumpy ride and hasn't worked in over a week. [more inside]
posted by porn in the woods at 1:55 PM PST - 12 comments

which discipline will give me most information about cancer?

I want to learn about cancer. Which discipline should I take courses in? [more inside]
posted by esolo at 1:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Well written, snarky exploration blogs?

I'm reading through DetroitBlog's archives, and at my rate I'll be finished today. Are there any similar blogs? [more inside]
posted by shinyshiny at 1:43 PM PST - 3 comments

"These youths wearing their togas halfway down their legs"

My father says that a decline in morals and standards is a particularly modern occurrence. What argument, quotes or sources can I use to persuade him that people have been complaining of societal decline for thousands of years? [more inside]
posted by Petrot at 1:32 PM PST - 43 comments

How can I minimize the amount of lint on my clothes?

How can I minimize the amount of lint on my clothes? [more inside]
posted by grouse at 1:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Advice needed for purchasing crutches and dealing emotionally and functionally with a minor disability.

Advice needed for purchasing and using a pair of forearm crutches, and how to deal better, functionally and emotionally, with what I guess could be termed a minor disability. [more inside]
posted by moira at 1:08 PM PST - 25 comments

CompEngr EXP

What was the best experience you've had as a Computer Engineer or Computer Scientist? [more inside]
posted by Rubbstone at 12:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Do worn peg holes affect acoustic guitar intonation?

Guitar filter: Will worn-out peg holes affect the intonation of a steel string acoustic guitar? If so, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by davidriley at 12:45 PM PST - 5 comments

Tower of Power

I'm looking for any information about observation towers like these. They make appearances at Burning Man and other such places. Is there a name for this type of tower? Do any instructions exist for building your own? [more inside]
posted by daboo at 12:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Will a cracked tiny lower headlight make me fail my inspection?

Will-my-car-pass-inspection-in-MA filter: cracked lower headlight? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 12:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Chicago is no help to me here

I'm typesetting a book with some music notation in it. There are several references to 3/4 and 4/4 time, which I had set in nifty opentype fractions; however, the editor and I are unsure of whether or not this refers to "four-four" or "four-fourths" time - and this is one of the few things that Chicago doesn't address. So, designers and readers: what do you think? 4/4, using lining numerals, or a 4/4 fraction?
posted by luriete at 12:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find a external drive that doesn't plug in for power

Help me find a non-AC-powered external drive. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 12:16 PM PST - 9 comments

Name That Bug!

What kind of bug is this? [more inside]
posted by amro at 11:59 AM PST - 6 comments

What's a great oceanside hotel near Boca Raton?

I'm looking for a nice hotel on the ocean that's less than 2 hours from Boca Raton for a romantic new years getaway with my girlfriend, my google-fu has failed me. any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Edible Energy at 11:54 AM PST - 4 comments

hp expresscard problem

Is there any program that works with a hp expresscard tv tuner that isnt windows media centre ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity at 11:42 AM PST - 9 comments

How do you buy furniture for a retail store?

I need to find places to buy cool/offbeat furniture, but with the durability and dimensions/styles needed for a retail store. [more inside]
posted by CommonSense at 11:39 AM PST - 4 comments

Colleges in NYC that are reasonably priced?

Colleges in NYC that are reasonably priced? [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters at 11:16 AM PST - 16 comments

abre los ojos

Another medical question [more inside]
posted by TheBones at 11:11 AM PST - 9 comments

iPhone without a SIM card vs. iPod Touch

I'm being offered an iPhone for the same price as an iPod Touch, which I've been planning to get; which one should I get? What's the difference? Also, I may be switching from AT&T to T-Mobile soon; if I do, will I be able to use the unlocked iPhone without incurring charges for the internet like AT&T does automatically? [more inside]
posted by hotdiggitydog at 10:58 AM PST - 18 comments

2000 bottle of champagne still good?

2000 bottle of vintage champagne. Still good? Brand is Veuve Cliquot. It is an actual vintage bottle, not a non-vintage,
posted by Ironmouth at 10:40 AM PST - 14 comments

Puerto Rico for the Ladies

Help 3 lady writer/artists plan a budget-friendly Puerto Rico vacay! [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Besides making juice and smoothies, what else can I use my Vita-Mix for?

Besides making juice and smoothies, what else can I use my Vita-Mix for? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 9:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Wordpress 2.9 killed my site, please help me bring it back

Wordpress 2.9 upgrade borked my site. Please help me figure out where to go under the hood to do the necessary surgery. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 9:51 AM PST - 9 comments

Does this exist for iPhone? If not, port it plskthxbye

Is this game made for the iPhone? I swear I saw it in an Apple ad.
posted by nevercalm at 9:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Ordering/shipping champagne internationally?

I am in the US. How can I order champagne (preferably in a package with some nifty glasses) from a French vineyard, for delivery to an address near York, England?
posted by John Borrowman at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

What keyboard and instructional materials should I get to learn how to play a piano?

So what keyboard and music book(s) should I purchase to teach myself how to play a piano? [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 9:11 AM PST - 14 comments

6 GB of mixed-speed RAM better or worse than 4 GB of matched pair faster RAM?

I just picked up 4 GB of DDR2 800 RAM to upgrade my computer. It already has 2 GB of DDR2 533. Should I get rid of the old RAM and just use the new, or should I install all of it? [more inside]
posted by suburbanrobot at 8:55 AM PST - 7 comments

adderall and hair loss help!

adderall and hair loss- help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 AM PST - 11 comments

Where to find volunteer pen-pals for elders?

Mission of Mercy Filter: How can I find sources of cheery personal mail for my lonely elder Alzheimer's patient? I live with my mother-in-law who has middle stage Alzheimer's. She does a lot of sitting and staring. She has no attention span for books or magazines or TV. She lights up for visitors, dessert, church... and personal mail. I am looking for a service that arranges (basically, one-directional) "pen-pals" for elder shut-ins. She has just enough means to assure her basic care, but not much for extras. This would have to be a volunteer service like a charity or ministry. [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 7:37 AM PST - 53 comments

Recommendations of software/hardware combo to scan magazines

I have 60 to 100 magazines. I want to scan them all completely and then use OCR software so that they would be searchable. I am looking for recommendations on the scanner I should use, as well as the OCR software. I have a flatbed scanner, so with good software, I could probably take the time to do it, but a scanner that would let me feed in several pages at a time would be best. WinXP is the OS of my computer. Ideally, I would want to spend no more then $300, with $500 as an absolute max.
posted by Mr.X at 7:32 AM PST - 9 comments

Have you had success returning blank CD (or DVD) media for credit or replacement?

Have you had success returning blank CD (or DVD) media for credit or replacement? [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 7:26 AM PST - 6 comments

Best Free Audiobooks?

What are the best free audiobooks out there? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 7:19 AM PST - 9 comments

Great Non-Fiction of the past year?

The best non-fiction books of 2009? I'm in a Christmas coma and need something good. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 7:15 AM PST - 13 comments

where do these wires go?

I'm wiring NM-3 cable into a fuse box. Where do the wires go? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 7:03 AM PST - 5 comments

What to do in downtown Denver to pass the day with two preteen boys?

My wife and two boys, 11 and 12 will be staying one day in Denver in the latter part of March and would like suggestions on how to pass the day. We will be spending the night at the Sheraton at 1550 Court Place and will not have a car so walking friendly advice would be appreciated.
posted by markskud at 6:09 AM PST - 5 comments

So, where do I throw my money away?

Intrested in acquiring New York gym membership in the near future - but where? [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 5:17 AM PST - 11 comments

I need suggestions for a money clip

I'm looking for a non gaudy or garish looking money clip (think minimal) that I can find in NYC or on the internets. Any suggestions?
posted by helios410 at 4:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Dr Who: I don't get it

Why is Dr Who so popular with adult American audiences? [more inside]
posted by northerner at 3:45 AM PST - 37 comments

Minimum number of individuals for a starter colony

PopulationGeneticsFilter: You are designing a space-ship to bring X number of humans to a new planet to populate it. No more ships will be arriving. What is the minimum number for X to avoid excessive genetic abnormalities resulting from inbreeding? Bonus points for optimum male/female ratio!
posted by zachawry at 12:48 AM PST - 15 comments

December 25

In 2009, how much does it cost to backpack in Europe?

Mainly to settle an argument: what is your best estimate on what it would cost for 2 North American adults in their 30s to spend about 6 - 8 weeks traveling through Eastern Europe? They say $10,000. I say - that's ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 10:27 PM PST - 13 comments

What's the name of this mysterious squirrel song?

Singing Christmas squirrels toy - what's the name of the song?
posted by obiwanwasabi at 10:17 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I listen to Japanese train station melodies?

Where can I listen to Japanese train and bus station melodies and onboard announcements, preferably without installing RealPlayer? My previous go-to archive is 404ing. My Japanese is mediocre but good enough to help me navigate sites.
posted by avocet at 8:38 PM PST - 6 comments

Free Parking

What would be involved in building a driveway / basement-level garage for a house in Seattle, WA with respect to zoning, estimated costs, etc.? Specifically, it would be for a house that currently has on-street, city-zoned parking only.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Stupid question that needs an answer

stupidquestionfilter: I buy those foil muffin liners to use when I bake muffins. They always come with paper liners in between. Are those supposed to be discarded, or are they actually supposed to be lining the foil when I put the batter in? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 7:24 PM PST - 22 comments

Am I literally giving off bad vibes?

Is it possible that something about my presence causes hard drives to fail? [more inside]
posted by telegraph at 7:07 PM PST - 23 comments

What's the background music as Betty and Francine discuss pregnancy and taboo?

Which lyricless (?) song is playing in the background of the beauty parlor in the season 2 finale of Mad Men? [more inside]
posted by BaxterG4 at 6:38 PM PST - 7 comments

You say Goodbye, I say Hello

The aughts were the worst decade (I hope) of my life. How can I say "fuck you" to them and welcome the next 10 years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:34 PM PST - 35 comments

Basic multi-track recording of a medium-size group on my computer?

I've got a large collection of (mostly electric/electronic) instruments, and even some people to play them. The one hole in my musical setup is recording. I'm a wind instrumentalist originally, so I know little of the ways of preamps and what have you. Help me get started recording on my computer! Instrumentation details inside. [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark at 6:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Christmas Betrayal! Or not?

I have a problem with a broken Christmas promise. My girlfriend and I agreed that since money was tight, we would not buy gifts for each other. We would purchase gifts for family. Children, parents, siblings. But we would only buy for others. Not for us. Then my girlfriend bought me an iPod Touch. While I certainly love the gift I feel that I should now buy her something, even though she insists that I do not. I'm thinking that since the agreement was broken (granted with love) I have the right to purchase her a gift. (With love) But OTOH, would that be loving, or tit for tat? Am I overthinking this? Is it a given that I get her a gift? Or should I just accept my gift and leave it alone, and in my mind maybe be missing some signal of some sort? While money is tight, it isn't so bad that I couldn't get her something. It doesn't have to be the same amount, but I'd feel like crap if I didn't get her a gift now. Help!
posted by Splunge at 6:29 PM PST - 52 comments

Which games allow you to play on XBL with multiple local participants?

Which Xbox 360 games allow you to connect and play multiplayer online with one Live account, but with multiple local participants playing split-screen? For example, Halo 3 has this feature. Do any other games have this feature - or even allow you to connect and play with two valid Live accounts?
posted by kuperman at 5:31 PM PST - 10 comments

Going Paperless and need a Document Imaging Service

What document imaging company do you recommend that is user-friendly, cheap, and secure? [more inside]
posted by Merlin144 at 5:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me give better technical support

When did you have a great interaction with technical support, and what did the technician do to make the experience better? In-person encounters preferred, but call-ins also welcomed. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 4:31 PM PST - 23 comments

Wonky windows 7 wifi

Suddenly started getting "limited connection" using windows 7. [more inside]
posted by signal at 4:26 PM PST - 6 comments

I've been freelancing for 3 years. What the heck do I put on my resume? Say at an interview?

Times are tough, and I am looking for part-time employment. I have been doing freelance video work for the past 3 years. How do I reflect this on my resume and what do I say in a job interview? Has anyone had a similar problem? Any tips so I sound professional and not like I've been slacking off?
posted by OrangeSoda at 4:25 PM PST - 3 comments

What's comparable to Myriad Pro Condensed?

What's a nice font that's comparable to Myriad Pro Condensed? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice at 4:16 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me pick a new best friend for the next 4 years

Finding a new laptop is making my head spin. I'm finding a lot of advice for "gamers" and "people who only do email and Word docs" or "people who need a mobile video editing suite" but I'm in the middle of the spectrum - the heaviest duty stuff I use is graphics programs like Flash and Photoshop and I don't do video games. I'm finding lot of bad reviews and stuff that says "Great all around except for the graphics". How am I going to make sure I find a laptop that does everything I need and lasts for years and years? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 4:16 PM PST - 18 comments

Rice and ____ Krispies Square

[RICE KRISPY TREAT filter] can anybody recommend ways to modify the classic rice krispy square recipe? [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 3:46 PM PST - 43 comments

City mouse or Country mouse?

Help me find resources that can help me decide if I'll actually be happy moving to a smaller town. [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles at 3:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Can I get a referral to a dermatologist ASAP?

I want to see a dermatologist. I'm living in Canada on my wife's UHIP plan. The doctor I've been seeing at the clinic is away until mid January. He'd likely just refer me then, anyway. Is there any way I can make this happen ASAP, or do I need to wait? [more inside]
posted by setanor at 3:20 PM PST - 5 comments

What else can I do to let go of thoughts of an ex?

What else can I do to let go of thoughts of an ex? [more inside]
posted by Zorz at 3:05 PM PST - 9 comments

Can you rekindle feelings for an ex by acting like you love them?

Can you rekindle feelings for an ex by acting like you love them? [more inside]
posted by whitelily at 2:36 PM PST - 14 comments

I'd like to lie about my age

I'm interested in lying about my age. I'd like to tell people I am the age that I feel (and look). Has anyone here done this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM PST - 60 comments


What kind of vine is this? [more inside]
posted by range at 2:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I get an ex to stop contacting me?

A former flame has attempted to re-establish contact with me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:59 PM PST - 11 comments

Spongeworthiness in the DF

Are contraceptive sponges currently available for purchase in Mexico City, and if so, where? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:58 PM PST - 0 comments

Breakup = :-(

Help me cope with my loneliness and pain a month after getting dumped. [more inside]
posted by mesha steele at 1:44 PM PST - 40 comments

Help me find a nice place to take my in-laws on a 5-7 day trip, anywhere in the US

My husband's parents will visit us in the US in February and we need to plan a 5-7 day trip for the four of us. Their first idea was Vegas, but they prefer some place they don't know yet. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Opal at 9:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Work banned iTunes, how to get music on the ipod?

Dad's a consultant, and travels constantly for work. Work provides a laptop, but won't let him install iTunes. Is there a way to get music & audiobooks to synch to his ipod through an external drive, or cloud computing or something? Doesn't have to be iTunes, just a way to connect my dad and his music without offending corporate IT.
posted by Caravantea at 9:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Where to get Plan B on Christmas Day in DC?

A friend of mine had a broken condom last night, and needs to get hold of Plan B. She's in Washington, DC. Planned Parenthood's closed, as are all the pharmacies she's tried. [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful at 8:34 AM PST - 12 comments

uncooked beef left outside

beef rib roast left out overnight at 50-60 degrees farenheit -- any chance it's still edible?
posted by LittlePumpkin at 8:33 AM PST - 25 comments

Calculating road trip debts: Beyond the Excel Spreadsheet

7 friends and I are going on a road trip. At restaurants we usually have one person pay by credit card, and have everyone paying for what they ordered to the individual. Oh, and not everyone is gonna be at every event, so having one individual pay for everything on the trip is impossible. And it should redistribute debts so at most each person only needs to make 1 payment to another person. What is the best free method for calculating who pays whom? [more inside]
posted by jytsai at 7:44 AM PST - 18 comments

What color are these Dr. Martens?

Does anyone recognize the exact color of these Doc Martens? [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 6:52 AM PST - 12 comments

How to get images to display in IE8?

Help a non-web designer solve an image display problem in IE8. [more inside]
posted by cardamom at 6:43 AM PST - 12 comments

sydney parks

Are there any quiet, leafy parks not so far away from Sydney CBD area? I'd like to be able to go there via bus/train in 30mins at most to go for a walk and chill out.
posted by neworder7 at 3:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Why does my iPhone phone home when off?

Why (and what) is my iPhone transmitting while switched off? My (Australian bought, legitimately carrier-unlocked, T-Mobile-SIM'd) iPhone 3GS is switched off (hold down top button, swipe red switch on screen) but connected to wall power and sitting on top of a poorly shielded computer speaker. Almost exactly at 5:00am it uttered the characteristic "dit dit de-dit dit de-dit dit de-dit" of a GSM phone chatting to a cell tower. I switched it off ffs, the GSM radio shouldn't be active! What is it sending to the tower and why? [more inside]
posted by m1ndsurfer at 2:34 AM PST - 12 comments

After the peppermint soap buzz wears off..

My roommate is going to be in Tanzania for 6 months to work with a local NGO. I would like to give him something small he can take with him before he leaves in January. What useful item will he be without access to then that I can give to him now? [more inside]
posted by bradly at 2:28 AM PST - 11 comments

Life Is Swell?

Where can I read Matt Groening's comic strip Life in Hell (which has been retitled Life is Swell) online? Are there any regularly updated web pages featuring this strip? Any advice on how I can follow this strip would be appreciated!
posted by surenoproblem at 2:23 AM PST - 2 comments

learn to relax?

I don't know how to relax. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 12:39 AM PST - 22 comments

December 24

A wholly remarkable Kindle cover.

Is there anywhere in/near Nashville, TN that I can buy a Kindle case similar to the M-Edge GO? [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway at 11:19 PM PST - 0 comments

best moist but structural vegan pumpkin pie recipe?

My ideal pumpkin pie is very moist, not too sweet, and quite structural. Is it possible to achieve this in a vegan recipe? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 9:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me fix a hard drive that fails at 86%

How can I recover anything off this hard drive that fails low level scans at 86%? [more inside]
posted by patrad at 8:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Cheap Windows 7?

What is the absolute cheapest way to get Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by tucsongal at 8:37 PM PST - 15 comments

... but what do women *wear*on their feet during winter?!

Help me figure out what casual-but-stylish shoes to wear for an urban winter. Lots of tiresome fashion details inside. [more inside]
posted by alleycat01 at 8:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Do you have the *new* Lee Brothers cookbook?

Xmas cooking emergency: Need a recipe out of the *new* Lee Brothers cookbook, titled Simple Fresh Southern. Have the ingredients for pork/figs/madeira with me but forgot to bring the book, and I can't find the recipe online. Can anyone help? Many thanks in advance!
posted by mccxxiii at 7:54 PM PST - 2 comments

Cursed with Muscles.

My friend says she doesn't work out because she gets super buff instantly. I have a hard time believing it. [more inside]
posted by brenton at 5:48 PM PST - 39 comments

SF food

What to eat in San Francisco/the Bay Area that I can't find in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 5:22 PM PST - 40 comments

Best uses of a VPS for charitable computing/networking?

In the spirit of the season: Mefites, what are your favorite charitable computing / charitable networking projects? [more inside]
posted by khedron at 5:20 PM PST - 2 comments

Can you destroy a hundred million dollar fighter with a hand grenade?

In a lot of movies, large fighter jets and other aerial battle vehicles are destroyed by using just a small explosive to their air vents. Are fighter jets in real life so vulnerable that even a hand grenade can bring them down?
posted by zain at 4:22 PM PST - 19 comments

Spontaneous volume-change and program-launch in OSX

Spontaneous volume-change and program-launch in OSX. [more inside]
posted by Cucurbit at 3:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I buy a Hakapik?

Does anyone know where I might be able to buy a hakapik? [more inside]
posted by subtle_squid at 3:01 PM PST - 2 comments

July Honeymoon in Maine?

What are some good places to Honeymoon on the east coast? See explanation. [more inside]
posted by kraigory at 2:51 PM PST - 16 comments

Change I'm Not Sure I Believe In

Where is the line between asking someone to comprise for the sake of the relationship, and asking someone to change who they are? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:24 PM PST - 20 comments

Hammy ham!

Spiral sliced ham -- to heat or not to heat? And what do I do with this glaze I made if the ham comes already glazed? [more inside]
posted by missuswayne at 2:08 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me not freak out at my boss or have my boss freak out at me

How to deal with a boss who might have Asperger's? I'm the new nanny for a 4-year-old child on the Autism spectrum. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:15 PM PST - 29 comments

I don't know how to be gay.

I'm a twenty year old gay woman. For 2010, I want to learn how to flirt with other women. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:15 PM PST - 15 comments

Firefox/Gmail Not Filling in Email (aka The Lazy Function!)

At my gmail sign-on using Firefox, I could type the first initial in my email name and it would drop down where I could click on my email name and automatically insert it (then password). It stopped doing that and I have been messing with Firefox autofill and that seems mainly for filling out forms. Yes, I am sure this is an easy thing for someone (me) to fix but for some reason it is stumping me. My wife and I liked the utter simplicity on our home computer of this function. Can you help? Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to all MeFi users
posted by snap_dragon at 1:05 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me make the most out of my netbook!

Is there some software out there that can turn my netbook into relatively passive display device for news, weather, email alerts, etc? And look good doing it? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad at 1:02 PM PST - 9 comments

I want to get an iPhone, but how do I travel across carriers?

Hello, I'm wanting to get iPhone (or use my Blackberry Worldphone) in Korea and other countries; however, I do not know the best way to do this. From my understanding I would likely have to buy an unlocked phone and then get hooked up with a carrier on a pay-as-I-go plan or something? What do most nomads do for phones besides things like Skype?
posted by Knigel at 12:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Poetry about new beginnings, new friendship?

I want to inscribe a book of poetry with a short poem, one about new beginnings, new friendship, possibly new love - something romantic is fine, but I'd prefer something not overly sentimental. Any suggestions?
posted by archofatlas at 12:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Cell Phone Unlocking for Dummies

Can Ask MeFi help me understand how cell phone unlocking works? I'm traveling to Europe and looking to use an old Motorola RAZR for making phone calls. [more inside]
posted by carterscott at 12:18 PM PST - 4 comments

NYE in Mt. Lassen, or Joe vs. the Volcano 2010

How to spend NYE in Redding, CA? More generally, what are great local, non-chain places to eat at in Redding, Mt. Lassen, and the Shasta Lake region? Any nice, "fine dining" options for NYE, or are we looking at just burgers and barbecue and the like? Good food more important than atmosphere, although if there's a suggestion for a nice romantic restaurant, I'm all ears. Also let me know if there's some trail or some sight or some activity we must do in the area. We'll be there from Dec. 29 to January 2nd and staying at a hotel in Redding. Thanks!
posted by dhn at 12:15 PM PST - 4 comments

How, and when, do I tell prospective employers that I am a non-driver?

How, and when, do I tell prospective employers that I am a non-driver? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I hold my head up after this?

How do I restore my reputation after a drunken public display? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 23 comments

CAD files for polyhedral dice

Does anyone know where I can find some CAD files of polyhedral dice? I would prefer if the little numbers where already etched into them if possible. Any 3d format would work if I can convert them.
posted by Bonzai at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me name my photography website...please?

Please help me come up with a name for my photography website. [more inside]
posted by damionbroadaway at 11:36 AM PST - 11 comments

3...2...1...Where am I?

How to spend NYE in or around Montgomery, Alabama? What's the best way to celebrate the new year in or within a reasonable drive of Montgomery? Mrs. D and me are roadtripping through the south this holiday season and will be in Montgomery on Dec 31. My Lonely Planet describes Montgomery as the arm-pit of America (seriously, it says that) so I'm fearful. More detail and bonus credit questions inside. [more inside]
posted by dismitree at 10:55 AM PST - 7 comments

401k overpayment dilemma

I overpaid into my 401k. What can/should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 7 comments

Who will take bed buggy furniture?

Does anyone know a junk removal service in Vancouver, B.C. that will take bed bug infested furniture? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:48 AM PST - 3 comments

Linux remote desktop insanity.

Happy late December holidays! I have been fighting with this issue for what seems like forever. The crux: how can I get my Fedora box to "serve" desktops and applications to other machines, without the VNC hack? [more inside]
posted by gjc at 10:29 AM PST - 2 comments

14 year old girl book choice

I would like to get a 14 year-old girl an amazing book. Something along the lines of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" (which I have read) but I hesitate to introduce her to some of the extremely painful events in the book at her age. Would "All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes" be a good book? I have not read this one yet. Any other Angelou books I should look at?
posted by occidental at 10:27 AM PST - 21 comments

A hike on X-mas morning in or near Los Angeles?

A hike on X-mas morning in or near Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 10:24 AM PST - 9 comments

It's like a tech question and a bad sitcom plot in one!

How do I either recover my Mac OS X password or else get around needing it? [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer at 9:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Letting go of a friend...

One of my closest friends and I have been growing increasingly apart for the last couple of years. I am perfectly ok with this and understand that as people grow older relationships change. However, for the last year or so his behavior has grown increasingly intolerable and after a recent argument I am wondering if its worth just getting rid of the relationship altogether....Apologies in advance for the length of this post which includes facebook drama, jealous girlfriend and tales of extreme introversion. [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 9:44 AM PST - 11 comments

Where iSi-t?

Where in NYC, besides the home appliance building at J&R's Park row store, can I buy iSi cream whipper chargers? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 9:29 AM PST - 8 comments

What were the liberals wrong about?

I socialize almost exclusively with friends who are politically liberal, spanning the spectrum from left-of-center progressive to the more radical fringe. Frequently, among ourselves, political conversation drifts inevitably toward variations on this theme:
"The history of our country has always proven liberalism correct and conservatism incorrect. The principles of those on the left have been validated over and over again, while those on the right have been proven wrong by the progress of history."
While I admit that this hypothesis is selfishly pleasing (I'm a liberal too, after all), it seems to me that it can't be completely true. But I don't have a strong enough grasp of American history to prove it wrong. So what am I missing? What have liberals been proven wrong about? [more inside]
posted by AngerBoy at 9:24 AM PST - 64 comments

songs for an eclectic nine year old

Help me load my 9 year old nephew's ipod with parent-friendly songs for Christmas! [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered at 9:17 AM PST - 14 comments

What shampoo should I use after a keratin hair treatment?

I had one of those keratin/chocolate hair treatments done. What shampoo should I use now? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 8:51 AM PST - 4 comments

RGB inkjet printer color chart

RGB color reference guide. I have just purchased an Epson R1900. I need to match pantone colors & fabric swatches to create artwork. So ideally I would like to print a color reference book of all it's possible RGB colors that I can refer to as a guide to match a color. Is there an "easy" way to do this from either Photoshop or preferably Illustrator? I am a mac user. I did find a multiRIP software but it seems to be only PC friendly.
posted by sequin at 8:30 AM PST - 4 comments

Where (in Toronto) can I find a warm winter hat suitable for myself: a big-headed person?

Where (in Toronto) can I find a warm winter hat suitable for myself: a big-headed person? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger at 8:24 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you stop my dog from humping other dogs?

DogBehaviourFilter: my 15 month old Lab has become addicted to humping other dogs. Keeps hopping up there, doesn't understand the "no" signals from the other dog. This needs to stop, please help! [more inside]
posted by gwpcasey at 8:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Graphics card and external display confusion

I'm getting a new computer. I need help understanding the video card specifications. More detail inside. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 8:09 AM PST - 7 comments

How does Baskin-Robbins stay in business?

How does Baskin-Robbins stay in business? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck at 7:50 AM PST - 22 comments

Bruch dish with leftover roast beef?

I'm cooking an enormous standing rib roast for Christmas dinner. I expect to have a lot of leftovers. On Sunday I'm cooking a brunch. how can I use the leftover roast beef? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 7:30 AM PST - 12 comments

Video edit to include only action parts

What is the easiest way to edit a video file to only include the footage when there is movement in a defined area?
posted by ben5757 at 5:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Charting a musical family tree.

For a friends birthday I want to make a wall chart showing which (non-classical) musicians and bands influenced other ones. E.g. Beatles -> Oasis, Neil Young -> Nirvana. [more inside]
posted by 92_elements at 5:34 AM PST - 15 comments

Google Offline for iPod Touch

On the iPod touch, how do mail and calendars work when you are not connected to wifi? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 12:58 AM PST - 11 comments

The Origin of the Matrix

Origin of the Matrix relating to a Science Fictional setting... [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith at 12:30 AM PST - 19 comments

Headset For WoW

Recommend me a headset for a friend who plays World of Warcraft. [more inside]
posted by Yasuo at 12:10 AM PST - 10 comments

December 23

Public Wifi Paranoia

I need a list of things that are safe/not safe to do online in a public wifi environment. [more inside]
posted by amyms at 10:20 PM PST - 35 comments

How would you make the most of 3.5 days in Patong, Phuket?

How would you make the most of 3.5 days in Patong, Phuket? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 10:19 PM PST - 1 comment

Certification of M.A.T.?

I want to be a teacher! Should I go for my M.A.T. or just take a certification program? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal at 9:39 PM PST - 8 comments

How to prevent people from throwing away their trash in a can not theirs?

What to do about people putting their trash in trash cans which are not theirs? [more inside]
posted by Charmian at 9:09 PM PST - 25 comments

La plume de ma meilleur grand-père

I need a French translation for "World's Best Grandpa" but do not know French. My best candidate is "Le meilleur grand-père sur le monde" which I suspect is too formal, ungrammatical, or hopelessly wrong. I'm also stumbling over the sur/dans distinction and suspect there is likely an idiom which is just better in every way. This is intended to be embroidered on a pillow so brevity and informality are prized in that order.
posted by fydfyd at 8:09 PM PST - 8 comments

Let's go to the (alternative) video tape:

What was that poem Jim Carroll recited on the music videos by mail tape? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno at 7:57 PM PST - 4 comments

What graveyard bowl to buy my mother

I need a bowl for the remains of eaten food. My late grandfather used the term "Camposanto," meaning "graveyard" (Italian?), for the bowl into which you'd throw the shells or bones of animals you've just eaten (mussels, ribs etc). I want to get his daughter, my mom, a bowl that would live up to the name; something with crosses, or graves, or "in loving memory," or even better something with skeletons (especially of fish) on it, something ghostly (ghastly) or something equally pithy on it. Big enough for about 30+ mussel shells on it, and preferably something not too earnest. Perhaps something like this or this (but preferably bigger). [more inside]
posted by omnigut at 7:47 PM PST - 10 comments

What to get for the man who has a green thumb/happy feet?

Gift ideas for a person with different interests than me: gardening and dancing... [more inside]
posted by lackutrol at 7:37 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I deal with a good friend picking the ex over me?

Non-mutual, unexpected break-up. Two months later, still working on getting over it. Bigger issue: Our mutual friend and their now-thriving friendship. [more inside]
posted by inmediasres at 7:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Winter hair woes.

I have long, fine, mostly straight (female) hair that becomes dry, limp and majorly staticky during East Coast winters. My normal hair routine involves moisturizing shampoo, conditioner at the tips, volumizing mousse when my hair is wet, and blow drying upside down with a bristly brush. Sometimes I use some light hairspray to keep it in place. Initially it looks and feels great. But by the end of the day, it is totally dead and full of static. I keep a dryer sheet in my bag to smooth out the static throughout the day but this isn't much of a long-term solution and it doesn't fix the limpness. Advise me please? Any product suggestions? Thanks in advance!
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 7:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Where can I buy pashmina scarves in Montreal?

Where can I find pashmina scarves in Montreal? Not the super-expensive ones, but the many-coloured, mass produced ones. I saw loads in Chinatown in Vancouver, and I am wondering where I can find similar ones here?
posted by niccolo at 6:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Good etymology book?

My friend recently mentioned that he'd like to have a good (American English) etymology book. Can anyone suggest a good one? It can be simple and short or long and detailed, but I'd prefer to err on the side of long and detailed.
posted by helixportland at 6:29 PM PST - 14 comments

Norad Santa help?

Tracking Santa: I can't install the Google Earth Web Plug-in (mac).. help please! I have six hours to get this working for my nieces... [more inside]
posted by cgs at 6:16 PM PST - 7 comments

UK ergonomic keyboard

Whilst looking to purchase an ergonomic keyboards like the Kinesis or Goldtouch keyboards they all seem to be in the US layout which is a bit of a problem as I'm used to the UK layout. [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 5:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Is there such thing as Islamic Caroling?

What non-Christian religions and cultures have traditions comparable to Christmas carols and caroling? [more inside]
posted by small_ruminant at 4:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Hope me, Mr. Conductor!

Looking for good train sim software/railroad creation games... [more inside]
posted by hincandenza at 4:28 PM PST - 7 comments

20/80 Food

What are your favorite quick but good recipes that mimic a more complicated dish? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 4:03 PM PST - 24 comments

Good Bay Area Car Dealers?

Looking for Bay Area car dealers who are not straight-up horrible. [more inside]
posted by blapst at 3:34 PM PST - 14 comments

Can has Chili's Baked Potato Soup at Home?

Anyone know how to replicate Chili's baked potato soup at home? [more inside]
posted by Xuff at 3:32 PM PST - 4 comments

How to avoid the "just kidding, we're not pregnant anymore ..."

How long does a couple usually wait before announcing a pregnancy? My cousin's wife just miscarried after announcing the pregnancy about a month ago (she was just under 2 months along at the time). It is my understanding that until the third month or so it's not a sure deal as to whether the baby will stick, if you will. Cousin says he deeply regrets telling people now (he went so far as to announce his to-be daddy-ness on facebook) since he'll have to announce the miscarriage now too. Is there a social norm for how long to wait before telling the world?
posted by kthxbi at 3:24 PM PST - 25 comments

I want my UK TV

The Freeview box I've just given my mother cannot detect any digital channels. I'm in Bury St Edmunds. Can anyone save our Christmas viewing? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead at 3:20 PM PST - 3 comments

I can't work in the same room as "the little drummer boy!"

Help! What are some quiet study spaces that are open to the public during the holidays? [more inside]
posted by Bergamot at 3:00 PM PST - 13 comments

How do you get speculaas to release from their molds?

How do you get speculaas to release from their molds? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline at 2:46 PM PST - 12 comments

Ok to use a public insurance adjuster?

Flood! Will it be worthwhile for me to use a licensed public adjuster to handle a flood insurance claim? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 2:17 PM PST - 2 comments

Bipolar specialist in the LA area

(Asking for a friend) Any pointers to a good psychiatrist for bipolar disorder in the LA area? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 2:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Give the gift that keeps on smearing

[HomemadeCandyFilter] We made Chocolate-Almond Buttercrunch Toffee according to this recipe. The toffee part is great; the chocolate part appears to be a train wreck. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 1:53 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me receive text messages from people on all cell networks.

After porting a number from Virgin Mobile to Page Plus, I don't receive text messages from people on the AT&T network. [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell at 1:39 PM PST - 19 comments

Yoga teacher training ashram in India?

Looking for a reputable, non-commercial Yoga teacher training ashram in India. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by hasna at 1:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Math/Stats: help me analyze a data set and determine the values that created it

Mathematics / Statistics Filter: I have some pairs of numbers that are the result of a process. Given just that data set, and a rule that relates them, can you determine the integer values that could have resulted in those sets? [more inside]
posted by intermod at 12:58 PM PST - 20 comments

Dog friendly DFW

PuppysocializationFilter: Im looking to socialize my 8 week old German shepherd by taking her to as many places as i can that allow dogs. I live in Sachse, Tx which is just outside of Dallas. Can you please tell me what stores/restaurants/etc...are dog friendly in the DFW/Sachse area?
posted by flipmiester99 at 12:56 PM PST - 15 comments

how much heat radiates from a person

How much heat (preferably in W or KW) radiates from the average person. (that is if they were fully clothed on an average day)
posted by sockpim at 12:51 PM PST - 23 comments

Seussical type of cartoon

Trying to remember a Dr. Seuss TV cartoon (or a Seuss-like one) which featured a baby and two grown-up creatures (probably male) who helped him imagine/decide what he might be when he grows up. This is not "Oh the Places You'll Go", it was on television perhaps in the 80's or 90's. Anyone?
posted by mmf at 12:41 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me ditch cable

I'm looking for online sources of information about alternatives to cable TV for watching TV shows. Forums are my favorite online learning mode. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 12:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Best B-movie docs

What are the best documentaries about b-movies, fandoms, and weird or niche interests which often involve a widespread community, such as zombies? [more inside]
posted by lhall at 12:00 PM PST - 22 comments

How many Judge Judys are out there?

Do judges actually make sentencing decisions based on a person's demenor? [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 11:57 AM PST - 16 comments

Book binding service recommendations

Can you recommend a company for an affordable, one-off library binding? [more inside]
posted by jedicus at 11:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Taking a later train

Are amtrak tickets train specific? [more inside]
posted by Brennus at 11:27 AM PST - 16 comments

Mmm Soup!

Tomato Soup Recipes... [more inside]
posted by SarahElizaP at 11:17 AM PST - 18 comments

Should I study abroad or just take a vacation?

Should I study abroad or just take a vacation? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 11:15 AM PST - 23 comments

Need a sticker vendor

Does anybody have a recommendation for a printshop in the northwest United States that could print a large number of cmyk stickers with a custom diecut? The estimate I got from my usual vendor was crazy expensive.
posted by Foam Pants at 11:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Foreign language equivalent to TOEFL?

What are the foreign language equivalents to the TOEFL? I'm specifically looking for official tests where a qualifying score would, like the TOEFL, indicate that one's language ability is sufficient to study at a university in that country. For example, China has the HSK test. What would the equivalent test be in other languages? [more inside]
posted by Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo at 10:45 AM PST - 14 comments

The Budget Ethical Gourmet

Help me put together a shopping list that is 1) ethical 2) healthy and 3) under $50/week. [more inside]
posted by whodatninja at 10:28 AM PST - 31 comments

Spell my mother's frustration!

How do you spell the Italian-Americanisms my Mom used to yell at us when we were kids? [more inside]
posted by houseofdanie at 10:27 AM PST - 43 comments

Happy Feet slippers around Austin?

Where can I buy Happy Feet slippers in or near Austin, TX? Alternatively, where can I buy other fun/novelty slippers for kids in or near Austin? [more inside]
posted by sentient at 10:21 AM PST - 2 comments

What are the pans used for Moroccan shortbread cookies?

Please help me find a specialized cookie pan/sheet/mold, used for shortbread cookies in Morocco. [more inside]
posted by Houstonian at 10:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Recommend a graphics card for my new TV

Do I need a new video card to hook my PC up to my new HDTV? [more inside]
posted by muckster at 9:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me buy or start a company

Suppose an entrepreneur has 100k to 200k cash. He has some experience launching and marketing a small scale services firm, but has no financial background. He wants to use his 100/200k to start a new business venture. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Shouldering the burden of wearing armor...

Looking for ideas to add shoulder padding & support under leather LARP armor. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller at 9:33 AM PST - 16 comments

What are the outward behaviors that a couple display when they are about to break up?

What are the outward behaviors that a couple display when they are about to break up? [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 9:28 AM PST - 13 comments

I know you are, but what am I?

Is political infighting/divisiveness worse now than ever or was it just as bad or worse previously - back when FDR was pushing through the New Deal, for example?
posted by wsg at 9:26 AM PST - 13 comments

Lost Blackbery info, help!

Help, I've lost all my address book and appointment calender from my Blackberry! [more inside]
posted by Unnecessarily Sarcastic Bitch at 9:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Speak the speech trippingly. Or pitched low. Or with a mumble.

Is there a resource that lists and explains the various effects one can use to accessorized speech, such as altering pitch, speeding up, slowing down, etc.? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 9:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Three cheeseballs in the shape of a snowman?

I need a good, NON-SWEET Christmas morning snacky food! [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:51 AM PST - 35 comments

Sharing photomanagement tags and goodies in a network

I know this was previously discussed in two posts, but perhaps there are updates. I need photo management software that will allow me to view tags, updates and edits within an network. [more inside]
posted by lifeonholidae at 8:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Who can mount an HDTV in Lake Forest, IL?

Posted for a friend: What's the best non-Geeksquad option for getting a plasma TV mounted/configured in or around Lake Forest, IL (just north of Chicago)? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 8:13 AM PST - 5 comments

microsoft office volume licensing

how do i buy a microsoft office for the mac volume license? [more inside]
posted by alcahofa at 7:54 AM PST - 8 comments

To spawn or not to spawn?

I am entering my mid-thirties and nearing crises stage about whether or not have children. Please tell me about your experiences to help me think this through. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 AM PST - 59 comments

Thinning Eyebrows

EYEBROW FILTER: Has anyone tried using either Rogaine or LiBrow to stimulate hairgrowth in over-50, overly plucked eyebrows? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Should I be concerned about my insurance company asking for my HIPAA Certificate?

I received a letter from my new health insurance company stating "they have received a claim for an illness that could be related to a pre-existing condition." What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 AM PST - 7 comments

I don't get why aestheticians like their jobs!

I have finally worked up enough nerve to try getting a brazilian wax. It's not the pain; it's the privacy issue. My appointment is booked. I've been to gynos etc. Why does this seem different? I just can't get past the idea that the waxers must think it's a yucky job. But then, I think to myself, why did they end up in that job? Do people actually LIKE waxing other people's genitals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:20 AM PST - 26 comments

Blind Spot in my Excel Formula Abilities

Excel Idiot Filter: Is there some simpler way to calculate the averages of the same cell along multiple worksheets? [more inside]
posted by itsonreserve at 6:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Do you know of somewhere funky to have a civil partnership in South Wales (Cardiff)?

Does anyone know of any cool places to have a civil partnership in or around Cardiff, UK (or South Wales in general) as my current option may not be a possibility? [more inside]
posted by Nufkin at 5:26 AM PST - 6 comments

What kind of service, exactly?

What does "Look I'll call you in the morning or my service will explain" (from the song "Another Hundred People") mean? [more inside]
posted by Bizurke at 5:04 AM PST - 11 comments

Wanting to lose the weight slowly, but rush, just some physical hindrances.

What are simple and easy to do at home exercise regimens that will help burn off the weight without putting too much stress on a bad ankle? [more inside]
posted by penguingrl at 4:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Which OS for my Netbook?

What OS for my Samsung NC20? [more inside]
posted by lemonfridge at 2:08 AM PST - 13 comments

The right book for a train ride

What are good books to read on a train? [more inside]
posted by timory at 1:07 AM PST - 40 comments


posted by defmute at 12:56 AM PST - 10 comments

December 22

Help me find winter haiku with translations

俳句フィルター:Help me find great winter haiku in their original Japanese, but with English translations. [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 11:29 PM PST - 3 comments

OUtlook deleted message folder

My Outlook deleted file is 17,000 messages. It runs off of a windows server for our organization I understand that is not the best idea. But i find that i return to even deleted messages with great frequency. What would be the best way to archive those messages so i can easily search them while improving the performance of outlook?
posted by dougiedd at 10:21 PM PST - 17 comments

Get friends to go home?

How do you get your friends to respect your house...after they have a precedent that it's just a 'hangout place'? [more inside]
posted by Taft at 10:17 PM PST - 23 comments

How to lose weight when veggies are mostly off limits?

Looking for dieting help given several dietary restrictions. I have Crohn's disease and cannot comfortably eat most veggies and fruits. Also, does dieting automatically mean I need to be hungry all the time? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 10:13 PM PST - 22 comments

Intellivision Sea Battle

Anybody know where I can play and/or buy Intellivision Sea Battle? Everywhere I've found so far has been a dead end. Thanks.
posted by atm at 9:56 PM PST - 14 comments

California Unemployment Help

Should I get a lawyer to battle the California unemployment office? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 PM PST - 3 comments

So, you really, really like shoes.

What does it mean when someone has a shoe fetish? What might turn them on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Should I trust Canada Post?

I need to get a letter from Toronto, Ontario to Berkeley, California by January 6. I sent it by regular air-mail yesterday afternoon. Is it going to get there on time or should I pay approximately $40 for guaranteed next business day delivery? [more inside]
posted by mellifluous at 8:10 PM PST - 25 comments

Technical/legal questions about a site that will parody a trademarked brand

I'm thinking of creating a political parody website that may step on some toes and/or trademarks. I have a few technical and legal questions about how best to go about this. [more inside]
posted by Riki tiki at 7:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Query, propose, publish.

I want the best resources to help me write a nonfiction book proposal. [more inside]
posted by Ouisch at 7:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Gifts: Check. Food: Check. Now what?

This year, Christmas = me, Mr. TEA, and my mom (who is visiting for a few days) in our apartment. What should we do on Christmas day? [more inside]
posted by TEA at 7:38 PM PST - 11 comments

want some cookies with your butter??

Ruined cookies, ruined Christmas! Baking fail. [more inside]
posted by Juicy Avenger at 7:24 PM PST - 19 comments

I just *know* this is possible...

How do I take an image file and mount it as a CD drive on my Mac (Snow Leopard) without using Toast. Bonus points for doing it from the command line. [more inside]
posted by nokry56 at 6:58 PM PST - 9 comments

iPhone battery charging questions

How does my iPhone battery charge? I'd like to understand how my iPhone and its battery work better. [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 5:40 PM PST - 21 comments

New camera or nay?

Should I get a new camera or a portable HD video recorder? If so, which one? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb at 5:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Connect Two!

Two computers at work: my desktop, and a DVR-capture computer in another workcenter. I can "ping" the DVR computer from my desktop using the ipconfig command with no problem. Accessing it from my browser, however, does not work. Tried both Firefox and MS IE. Using the same IP address ( in both instances, but no luck connecting via browser. Our internet guy claims that there's no firewall issues. So what's the problem - why can't I connect to the DVR computer from my desktop? Much obliged for any assist, MeFites!
posted by davidmsc at 4:50 PM PST - 16 comments

Where to get married in Southern California if you care more about the cultural aspects of the venue rather than the traditional wedding things???

Need help finding a really unique wedding/reception venue in Southern California that melds cultures! Although my fiancee and I are very similar culturally, we are also very different. Neither of us are religious, but she comes from a Muslim background, and I Hindu. She is of Pakistani origin, and I Indian. And of course, in the end we are both American. So we are trying to find a unique California venue that captures all of that. [more inside]
posted by copernicus at 4:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Disable stupid MS Word 2007 warning

Microsoft Word 2007: how do I disable this annoying privacy warning? Every time I save a file it pops up a window saying "Privacy Warning: This document contains macros, ActiveX controls, ...." [more inside]
posted by exogenous at 4:42 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I rid myself of a bitter "fuck you" attitude I'm now feeling towards ANY future employer?

I am bitter towards companies in general, and that's not a useful attitude to have as (hopefully) a round of January interviews approach. Help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:41 PM PST - 21 comments

The dress code is not the problem...

What's it like to be a member of The Union League Club? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:40 PM PST - 2 comments

help me find a comedian

looking for the male comedian that talked about trying an asian food that the deli promised would do the old male-enhancement.
posted by rockhopper at 4:33 PM PST - 2 comments

Inner City to Inner Hippie

I currently teach high school in a low income area in a large suburb of Vancouver, BC. I am considering a move to a small community and am wondering what to expect. [more inside]
posted by sadtomato at 4:32 PM PST - 7 comments

Short-term, low-cost volunteer opportunities

What are some short-term volunteer options that provide free room and board in exchange for work? Looking for some ideas beyond WWOOfing... [more inside]
posted by pilibeen at 4:31 PM PST - 5 comments

How to steer a cart along a line?

Automaton question. I am building a small sculpture that will steer along a pre-determined line when pushed along the floor. I need some advice on designing the main steering cam. [more inside]
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 4:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Will my hair ever be the same?

Please help me replace my favorite shampoo (Aveda's Sap Moss), which is now discontinued. Have you tried their replacement line (Dry Remedy)? Have you found something better? [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 4:03 PM PST - 10 comments

Punk our ballet, please.

Great innovative but still classic ballet on DVD? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin at 4:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Please find this song for us.

Findthatsongfilter: Lyrics containing "die together"...we think! [more inside]
posted by multivalent at 3:32 PM PST - 15 comments

What rap songs are about revenge fantasies?

Can you help me think of rap songs that are revenge fantasies? I'm thinking this would make a good mixtape. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 3:28 PM PST - 26 comments

Is there decent music gear for kids?

I've got a ~1 year old baby that seems to really like music, especially hip hop and electronic type beats, and I'm wondering if there exists any cool and relatively "babyproof" music gear? [more inside]
posted by ejoey at 3:04 PM PST - 12 comments

Help Me Help a Drunk Friend

Where can I find drug and alcohol rehab and counseling here in San Diego with absolutely no funds. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 3:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I fill my written US prescriptions in person at a local Canadian pharmacy??

I'm going to be in Canada next week. I was wondering if I could go into a local pharmacy with my written US prescriptions (non-controlled substances) and have them filled at Canada prices. Does anyone know? Pittfalls? (I'll be in Sherbrooke, if anyone ha recommendations.)
posted by soulbarn at 2:56 PM PST - 4 comments

sweet dreams

Looking for pop/alt lullabies to put on a mixtape (er, CD) for new parents. Anything sweet, slow, easy to listen to when the baby is up at night and won't go to sleep. Strongly prefer newer stuff, because they've already got the old warhorses (Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, etc). [more inside]
posted by thinkingwoman at 2:55 PM PST - 24 comments

Atypical ways to get interviews at companies?

Almost every job I have ever received came from responding to a Craigslist/Monster/ ad. This strategy doesn't seem to work as well anymore, likely due to astounding increases in online application volume. Besides simply knowing someone at the company, what are other ways you've had success in getting interviews?
posted by kelechv at 2:40 PM PST - 16 comments

Baltimore shuttles

Baltimore filter: What do you know about the free shuttles in Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by bluelight at 2:37 PM PST - 9 comments

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.

Social etiquette guidelines for (professional) women? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 2:24 PM PST - 18 comments

Ridiculous things to do at Christmas light displays

I'm organizing a Christmas light convoy tomorrow night. Basically a bunch of cars driving around town visiting the best lit up houses. I want to assign a ridiculous task to be performed at each house? Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by 913 at 2:23 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for good system monitoring / task scheduling software

Looking for good system monitoring / task scheduling software to run on Windows for server monitoring as well as running custom scripts for keeping track application specific metrics. [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 2:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Am I losing my vision? At 22?

Am I going blind? All of a sudden I have a large blindspot at about 4 o clock in my field of vision. I also have a terrible headache, both of which developed today. [more inside]
posted by wild like kudzu at 2:00 PM PST - 42 comments

Am I suffering from "the grass is greener" syndrome or do I truly love my girlfriend?

How do I figure this out? Am I suffering from "the grass is greener" syndrome or do I truly love my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by kleenkat at 1:58 PM PST - 24 comments

State of the sidewalks in DC?

How slushy are the streets in downtown Washington DC right now? [more inside]
posted by yarrow at 1:49 PM PST - 11 comments

Ideas for quiet Caribbean beach vacation?

Where is a good quiet Caribbean beach resort, with good food and service but a minimum of loud people/activities/partying? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 1:37 PM PST - 10 comments

Is it awful to say no to last-minute guests at Christmas dinner?

I hate to be a scrooge, but my small Christmas dinner keeps getting bigger. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville at 1:25 PM PST - 37 comments

Can we earn money through our online guitar lessons?

Is there a way to earn revenues through our guitar lesson videos online? [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South at 1:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Your script is my command!

[Software Development filter] I am working on a project that uses a PC (Windows) and a dedicated microprocessor to perform a specific task. I want to create a scripting language that will allow the user to write their own sequences for the tool. [more inside]
posted by Drasher at 1:09 PM PST - 27 comments

Knob Snob

I just bought these speakers to use with my TV and I need a creative way to control them via a standard IR remote control. [more inside]
posted by nomad at 12:40 PM PST - 7 comments

How can I make a Dessert Curry?

I had this idea to make a dessert curry (similar to the idea of a desert pizza) but am not sure if the idea is even possible. My plan so far involves curry spices and a chocolate syrup based curry and perhaps add marshmallows and a substutue for meat or vegtables. Any ideas on how to proceed?
posted by trojanhorse at 12:21 PM PST - 25 comments

Book about God & Satan

A couple of years ago, I read a review of a book that sounded really interesting, but I can't find it now. The book was about a man who found some ancient documents that proved that Satan was good and God was evil (for instance, God denied Adam and Eve access to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil). Apparently many people took this book to be non-fiction, and it caused a bit of hue & cry. Does anyone know the name of the book?? Thank you.
posted by LauraJ at 12:13 PM PST - 8 comments

Why are their pants falling down?

Why do so many kids wear their pants 1/2 way down their asses - if not totally off their asses? Is this a fashion thing I don't know about? Do they not know that their pants are falling down?
posted by GernBlandston at 11:47 AM PST - 64 comments

Livin' it up

What are some good ways, online, to get a feel for what it's like to live in various cities/towns in the US? [more inside]
posted by threeants at 11:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Need help creating a custom Linux LiveCD

Like a dumbass I took my work laptop off the corporate domain and now I can't log in. Helpdesk can't find the admin password for the machine so it's stuck until I travel to the office and they can re-image it (I'm remote). Until then I'd like to be able to at least boot into Ubuntu (or some such) and browse the web. [more inside]
posted by jluce50 at 11:22 AM PST - 14 comments

What should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing" reading list?

What titles should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing Fiction" reading list? [more inside]
posted by thepalephantom at 11:05 AM PST - 18 comments

Best place to buy a stylish winter jacket in NYC?

Best place to buy a cool-looking, yet still warm winter jacket in NYC (pref. SoHo area)? [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 10:57 AM PST - 10 comments

What Kung Fu movie am I thinking of?

Please ID this Kung Fu movie with missiles and menstruation. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments

Christmas amateur DJ time

Does anyone know of any good software for mixing mp3s and making mixes on a mac or pc? That is free/open source.
posted by mooreeasyvibe at 10:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Trying to track down a sole.

I am looking for the brand and style of the boot or shoe that made these prints. [more inside]
posted by 517 at 10:39 AM PST - 6 comments

How to entertain parents you don't get along with?

Activities to do in San Francisco for mellow people... [more inside]
posted by thegreatcokeolympics at 10:29 AM PST - 21 comments

8-year-old on Xbox Live...friend or folly?

Is xbox live appropriate for an 8-year-old? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn at 10:19 AM PST - 33 comments

Resources for becoming a WordPress master

I'm looking for the best resources (online or offline) for WordPress Theme development. Beginner to advanced -- I'm a sponge right now, so nothing is too dumb-downed or overly-technical for my consumption. What resources have you found to be most helpful on your quest to being a WordPress master? [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 10:03 AM PST - 8 comments

Who painted this, and what did they write?

I need help identifying the artist and writing for this ink painting (Japanese). I'll describe more details as well as I can within. [more inside]
posted by CancerMan at 9:46 AM PST - 6 comments

Roast Beast

I recently bought a share of a pig from a farmer, and it came wrapped in various cuts. One of the cuts is a large, meaty, bony one called "chine end roast." How should I cook this? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 9:33 AM PST - 4 comments

I type like Charles Barkley swings a golf club.

I can touch-type relatively well (typing tests usually score me at about 75wpm) but I don't use the right fingering. If you were once me, and you learned to touch-type properly, can you describe your experience? [more inside]
posted by demagogue at 9:05 AM PST - 19 comments

Letterboxing our TV

We've got no good reason to justify spending $500 (or even $100) to replace our 3:4 aspect ratio 32" CRT television. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that TV shows are being broadcast in 16:9 and the left and right edges are getting cut off. Is there any way to 'letterbox' our TV, somewhere between the cable box and the TV, so we can see the entire frame?
posted by AzraelBrown at 9:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Help me find a fragrance for a young woman!

Please help me find a fragrance for a young woman! I have asked her what she wears (she always wears some scent), and her reply is vague: "I have a number of spritzes I use." I would like to get her something that she likes. I have no idea what a spritz is. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 42 comments

Finance Interview Questions

I am being interviewed for a Summer Internship position at an NYC bank tomorrow. I have some questions about this inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 AM PST - 5 comments

Donde est el paginas amarillo?

Online business listings for the Dominican Republic and other Latin American countries? [more inside]
posted by zadcat at 8:45 AM PST - 1 comment

Who does the "It's for Space?" comedy bit?

Who is the comedian, and what is his bit, about how expensive the space program is? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 8:44 AM PST - 8 comments

Please tell me what to read!

Book-recommendation-filter: Can you help me find something to read? Parameters to follow. [more inside]
posted by Janta at 8:22 AM PST - 33 comments

If it does exist, I imagine the school crest is something like duct tape, a paper clip and a mullet

Is there a REAL MacGyver School in the world? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 8:09 AM PST - 15 comments

New economy, new investors, old scam. Help!

Broker is pointing my 35 year old sister in law and spouse to a *variable annuity* as their first retirement saving choice. [more inside]
posted by Arch1 at 7:33 AM PST - 17 comments

Tell me about professional development for teachers in Canada

Help me learn more about teaching in Ontario, please. I'm looking for information about continuing education/professional development for teachers in Ontario. [more inside]
posted by terilou at 7:19 AM PST - 4 comments

Double-size Beds at Disney World?!

My wife and I want to stay at Disney World (Florida) with our 8-year old granddaughter. I'm almost 6-foot, 5-inches tall and I don't want a double-size bed, which seems to be what Disney wants families to sleep in. While there are rooms with king-size beds, they are only for two people. Our travel agent called them and was told that their Coronado Springs hotel is only one where we can get a room with two queen-size beds. Quite frankly, the Southwestern theme doesn't appeal to us, and we think our young granddaughter won't find it very charming at all. So, we're looking for suggestions or alternatives. We'd like to stay on the Disney property to avoid having to rent a car. Even more important than that, we want to stay at a hotel where we can get to/from the hotel quickly and easily, without having to wait for crowded shuttles or buses.
posted by 14580 at 7:10 AM PST - 21 comments

How to drive 12 interactives with one machine?

What do I use to drive a multi head (12 displays) interactive display wall? I want to use one machine to run 12 discrete slide shows. Each show is only 2 slides. Mac/PC? Software? [more inside]
posted by MrBobaFett at 6:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Free/cheap property ownership search for New York City

Looking for free or cheap property ownership data for co-op/condo units in Manhattan. General question has been asked before but doesn't yield what I'm looking for here. [more inside]
posted by cloudscratcher at 6:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Where once we were lost, now we got founded. Name us plz.

Can you help us name our IT company? Or rather...will you? [more inside]
posted by TomMelee at 6:02 AM PST - 47 comments

This doesn't look correct.

Affect/Effect [more inside]
posted by tizzie at 5:27 AM PST - 9 comments

I'm not a pheasant plucker

My rabbit supplier was only able to provide 2 rabbits instead of the 4 I needed, so gave me a deal on 2 pheasant to go with them. I need advice on (1) plucking and (2) cooking pheasant, with or without the rabbits. [more inside]
posted by biffa at 2:52 AM PST - 12 comments

Will our sun conure be okay without leaving his cage for a week?

We're going on vacation for 4-5 days, and are leaving our sun conure in the care of our friends. Unfortunately, he bites anyone who isn't us, so they can't let him out of his cage. (His wings are unclipped, so he would have no problem getting to them.) Will he be okay?
posted by archagon at 2:39 AM PST - 2 comments

What are your favorite two-player Virtual Console/WiiWare games?

[WiiFilter] What are your favorite two-player Virtual Console/WiiWare games? [more inside]
posted by coraline at 1:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Baby voice advantages?

How do you decide which voice to talk to a baby in? [more inside]
posted by devnull at 1:46 AM PST - 31 comments

Verifying a Wurly Piano is in fact Where It's At

I might be able to purchase a Wurlitzer Electric Piano (looks like a 200A, but with a speaker cabinet supporting it) today for ~$450. This strikes me as a really great deal, and therefore just a bit suspicious. I'm obviously going to try every key (for both sound and feel) and make sure the tremolo knobs are working. What else should I look out for? Are there any potential defects which might not be obvious at first glance? What degree of disrepair should I be willing to accept at this price? [more inside]
posted by elektrotechnicus at 12:58 AM PST - 7 comments

December 21

Should women expect men to cheat on them?

I'm 27 and single. I've never had a serious boyfriend. Just throwing that out there. My brother is 24. Our 1st cousins are visiting for Christmas. One of them is male and 19, the other is female and 16. Tonight we somehow got into a huge discussion about relationships. Basically my brother and cousin (the 19-year-old) were making the following points: [more inside]
posted by starpoint at 11:01 PM PST - 117 comments

Business Matters with Zo Sign Cancers

Astrology filter: How do I conduct business with a Cancer? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 10:47 PM PST - 38 comments

Help me locate a certain brand of intentionally gaudy shoes

Help me find a particular brand of ugly shoes that my girlfriend showed me... in time for a Christmas gift miracle! What are some hipster shoe brands in the vein of Creative Recreation, Keep, and Zuriick? [more inside]
posted by white light at 10:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a good exercise book to listen to on my trip.

My exercise routine is not yielding me results. I want a book (preferably one that I can download on audible) that will fill in the many gaps in my excercise/fitness knowledge. [more inside]
posted by whoaali at 10:00 PM PST - 28 comments

Oh, here we go again.

I am an ENFP. He is an ENTP. Our emotional responses while arguing lead to complete exhaustion. M'aidez! [more inside]
posted by opossumnus at 9:35 PM PST - 27 comments

Shops that make and sell individualized, eclectic hand-made jewelry in the Portland, Oregon area

Shops that make and sell individualized, eclectic hand-made jewelry in the Portland, Oregon area? (... X-mas gift help request) [more inside]
posted by Auden at 8:21 PM PST - 9 comments

what changes in everyday life where there's no solstice?

Latitude Filter: So, today is the Solstice (shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere; longest in the Southern), with all its cultural significance, which got me thinking about what's it's like living near the equator, where the days are all (more or less) the same length throughout the year? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 at 8:13 PM PST - 18 comments

What factors to consider before becoming an osteopathic physician?

What factors to consider before becoming an osteopathic physician? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 13 comments

Win7, New(ish) HD: BSOD, NTLDR missing WTF!?!

Have Win 7 and new hard drive installed ~1 month ago on 3 year old computer. Today, Blue Screen of Death, then NTLDR missing, got it into SafeMode... now what? [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac at 7:59 PM PST - 12 comments

Blog gimmick ahoy!

Help me with a gimmick for a blog! [more inside]
posted by schmichael at 7:30 PM PST - 12 comments

What should we know about homebuilding before we start?

We've never built a home before. Help us not look or act like n00bs! [more inside]
posted by Aleen at 7:28 PM PST - 14 comments

Any HDMI for PS3?

Can I use any HDMI cable with my PS3? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 7:09 PM PST - 14 comments

No, sippy cups are not for scotch

My kid has a much beloved playdate buddy. Problem is; playdate buddy's mom is a drunk. A clingy, needy, whining, status-symbol addicted, country-club, drunk. I wouldn't mind if she was a fun drunk, or if she only drank after her husband got home, or if she didn't call me and want to come over when she was drunk...but suddenly, I've got this drunken crazy woman in my sphere. I don't much care for her, but our kids adore each other. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:57 PM PST - 46 comments

Chat in Relationships?

How do you deal with instant messaging early in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:56 PM PST - 21 comments

Lung-Health Measures

Why doesn't my cannabutter work? [more inside]
posted by moorooka at 6:54 PM PST - 5 comments

Gettin' Outta Dodge...

Hellllllp !No passports. Quick getaway to a sunny, quiet beach for a frazzled, stressed, tired 50's couple next week. [more inside]
posted by jara1953 at 6:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Selling an underwater house?

Previously I was considering bankruptcy, but now I'm considering selling my house. My fiancee has left, I have $50k in CC debt, student loans, and a mortgage that is under water by $15-25K. Renting it out will only cover 2/3 of the mortgage/taxes/ins., and nowhere to live. I'm thinking about selling it, but what happens if I sell for less than I owe? Also, I'd be responsible for the realtor's fee (4-6%= appx. $20-25K). Add those together, and it's 30k to 50k to SELL my house and get out from under the mortgage. What happens to the balance that I would owe? Thanks!
posted by antipode12 at 6:15 PM PST - 25 comments

Who makes the station-specific versions of radio songs?

Who is responsible for recording / editing those customized versions of pop radio songs that include the radio station's or city's name? [more inside]
posted by Zephyrial at 6:01 PM PST - 3 comments

Proposing without a ring or with a placeholder ring?

My girlfriend is interested in designing her own engagement ring, so what do I use when I propose to her? A placeholder ring? Nothing? [more inside]
posted by yukonho at 6:01 PM PST - 27 comments

What unique events are taking place in NYC on NYE in Brooklyn/Queens?

I'm going to be in NYC for New Year's Eve with a few friends and we would like to go to a local celebration/event in Queens or Brooklyn instead of Manhattan. Are there any that you recommend? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer at 5:59 PM PST - 6 comments

Wii worth it?

The new Super Mario game has made me want a Wii. I've played some of the sports games with my nephews and the motion aspect gets old quick for me. So my question is, are there any games that are just button mashers that I might enjoy? Does it even make sense to get one if I really only want to play old school type games on it? (I thought Super Mario Galaxy was boring for example).
posted by vronsky at 5:51 PM PST - 26 comments

This admin account has no admin authority?

Why can't I see around half of the applications in the Applications/Utilities folder on my friend's laptop? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy at 5:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Ahh, Vista... how I won't miss you.

Questions about hard drives, enclosures, and other ways to survive a blue screen of death. [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 5:38 PM PST - 7 comments

Kung Fu Eyebrows

[Obscure Movie Filter] Kung fu movie where a guy fights using his eyebrows [more inside]
posted by Geppp at 5:35 PM PST - 4 comments

How to deal with homesickness while living abroad? (And when can I give in to it and go home?

I've been happily living abroad for three months, and all of a sudden I'm extremely homesick and I want to come home. I want to get past this, but how? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy at 5:32 PM PST - 26 comments

"We're playing Carnegie Hall!"

If your small-town choir tells you that they want to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the MidAmerica Concert Series - how good (polish, presentation, musical standards etc.) do they need to be to get the gig?
posted by tabubilgirl at 5:31 PM PST - 4 comments

Dances with Flying Space Wolves

Avatar (the film) has a very generic-off-the-shelf-storyline. Where did it originate? Possible spoilers ahead. [more inside]
posted by P.o.B. at 5:27 PM PST - 18 comments

Sending an SMS via email to a Google Voice number?

I used to have an ATT mobile number and someone could send me an SMS via email by sending a message to I now have a Google Voice number. Can someone still send me an SMS via email? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 5:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Yo! The tunes are over there now!

I would like for Windows Media Player to play music from my external hard drive. My google-fu is typically strong, but apparently I don't have the vocabulary for this task. [more inside]
posted by wg at 5:17 PM PST - 5 comments

please help me harden my resin

Help! I'm making a craft resin beltbuckle for an xmas present-and I have done the first layer which hardened just fine over the photo in the mold-but the second layer is still unhardened at the 40 hour mark-its not totally liquid-but sticky to the touch. Is there any way to make this harden-I'm heating it under a heat lamp-but any crafty people got a sure fire solution? I don't have time to start over.
posted by donabean at 5:05 PM PST - 6 comments

What's the deal here?

I'm thinking of dismissing my therapist over some billing issues, but would like some perspective from other people. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:02 PM PST - 32 comments

How to control 3G access on Sony Erisccon w705

Can we set my girlfriend's Sony Ericsson w705 to prompt before connecting to the internet over the phone connection? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 4:42 PM PST - 1 comment

Exchange rate for repaying debts?

FinanciallyCluelessFilter: If I borrowed money from a friend in British pounds (when I was in the UK) and am now repaying him in Australian dollars, should I be repaying him at the current exchange rate, or the historical exchange rate at the time of the loan? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 4:41 PM PST - 19 comments

Be vewy, vewy quiet...

So, I want to go hunting. However, I have no idea what I'm doing and I live in Manhattan... [more inside]
posted by arm426 at 4:39 PM PST - 12 comments

Camping at a NASCAR event

I am trying to plan a group outing where we rent an RV and camp in the infield at a NASCAR event. [more inside]
posted by solmyjuice at 3:52 PM PST - 2 comments

More technology plz!

How can I help my parents hook up their computer to their TV? [more inside]
posted by sarahj at 3:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Recommend some cookbooks that are also history books.

Recommend some cookbooks that are also history books. [more inside]
posted by Kurichina at 3:32 PM PST - 27 comments

Golf! On the internet! Now!

Help My Parents With Their Inexplicable Obsession Filter: Is there a way to watch the Golf Channel online for free or cheap? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 3:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Chocolate Heaven

I want to bake the very best chocolate fudge cake with thick dark icing but I don't have a good receipe. Please help. [more inside]
posted by saradarlin at 2:55 PM PST - 24 comments

Has this question plagued philosophers for centuries?

UndergraduateFilter: Tell me all I need to know, and more! [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 2:50 PM PST - 22 comments

What songs refer to saying one thing but meaning another?

The Bishop Allen song "Flight 180" includes the lyrics "Bring up your seat back please, she says / But I know she means / If you feel like dancing, dance with me", and it later comes back to that theme of "But I know they mean.." a few times. It reminds me of the line "I see friends shaking hands, saying 'How do you do' / They're really saying 'I love you'" from "What a Wonderful World". What other songs refer to somebody saying some everyday thing, but meaning something more important/meaningful?
posted by pocams at 2:40 PM PST - 10 comments

The Gift of Scotch

What is a good Scotch for ~$200? [more inside]
posted by vansly at 1:45 PM PST - 38 comments

What air fresheners are good but not overwhelming?

My friends have commented on how strong the air freshener in my apartment is. What brands or methods are good for a place with poor ventilation? [more inside]
posted by zombieflanders at 1:45 PM PST - 27 comments

Brownie Heaven

Gourmet Magazine Brownie Recipe Search (not on Epicurious) [more inside]
posted by plinth at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Anyone have some vegetarian Tagine recipes?

Hi all; so my parents bought be a nice le creuset tagine for xmas, but I'm not quite sure what to use it for as a vegetarian. I'm sure I could make something like ratatouille but I'd really like to try some recipes that are specifically meant for a tagine and am getting the impression that lamb and chicken are going to feature prominantly in most of the recipes I find online. To that end, can anyone recommend some vegetarian tagine cookbooks?
posted by mizike at 1:24 PM PST - 7 comments

Cliched Line

I was watching Say Anything (Cusack) when I heard the semi-cliched line " I wanna be with her. I'm good at it". Now I swear I've heard a a line to that effect or a variant on a similar 80/90s RomCom or Brat Pack film. I have a suspicion that the story line may have featured heart broken college teenagers. It's driving me mad. Can anyone help identify any titles which features that line?
posted by ashaw at 1:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Crystal substance near gas pipes

Can anyone help us identify this substance and whether we should be concerned for our health. [more inside]
posted by SRMorris at 12:36 PM PST - 10 comments

Something's Contract Brewing

How much does contract brewing cost? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield at 12:22 PM PST - 7 comments

A rich cake

Can you help me identify the recipe for a cake I baked years ago? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 12:18 PM PST - 5 comments

Help us choose a charity!

Anyone have any information about how good World Education is as a charity? What about Ashoka? [more inside]
posted by springo at 12:07 PM PST - 4 comments

Forgot tripod. Used pogo stick. Rated D for Dramamine.

Death to Jerky Cam! Multipart Question. [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 12:00 PM PST - 19 comments

Sweet Potato Masala

RecipeFinderFilter: Sweet Potato Masala! [more inside]
posted by shew at 11:58 AM PST - 1 comment

Am I eligible for unemployment if my employer is officially in a different state?

I think that I may be getting laid off soon and need some clarification about unemployment benefits in New Jersey. I'm trying to call their question line, but it is busy every time. I am concerned about my eligibility because my employer is officially in NY. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Foodie destinations along Highway 35, Northern Minnesota

Northern Minnesota experts? Searching for good eats - the kind you buy and take home with you, not restaurants - between Two Harbors and Minneapolis. [more inside]
posted by nanojath at 11:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Rocky VI - The Christmas Dinner

How can I maximize appetite recovery between X-mas lunch and X-mas dinner? [more inside]
posted by bitteroldman at 11:29 AM PST - 9 comments

Poconos/Adirondacks in the Winter?

What are the best part of the Poconos and/or Adirondacks to visit during the winter? My wife and I would be first-time visitors to either region and are interested in winter hiking trails and snowmobiling - not skiing. We're looking to rent a cabin or stay at a nice resort/hotel. Would appreciate any suggestions or ideas!
posted by exhilaration at 11:21 AM PST - 2 comments

Utterly butterscotch recipes!

Please hit me with your best butterscotch cake/dessert recipes. [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 10:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Movies to watch while sick?

I'm home sick today and probably tomorrow too. What are your favorite guilty pleasure movies to watch while incapacitated? [more inside]
posted by kylej at 10:50 AM PST - 73 comments

Your fraternity has a chef? Are you kidding me?

Did your fraternity / sorority have a full-time chef? Is this as common as my wife thinks? Read on... [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 10:31 AM PST - 61 comments

Will there be a single bright light in the middle of the room?

I was in a serious auto accident in October of 2009. I do have an attorney. We've filed suit to settle the case, and my deposition is this afternoon. As the time grows closer, I'm getting more and more anxious about this. What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 10:22 AM PST - 14 comments

yet another movie id

Movie-identification-filter: A man and a woman are in a motel room, they're getting sexy on the bed, the woman ties/handcuffs the man's hands to the bed, takes off her top, dangles her breasts over his face, then leaves him there and drives off with his car. Probably came out in the late 80s or early 90s. [more inside]
posted by beerbajay at 10:18 AM PST - 16 comments

The MTA took my baby away

Why does the New York City's Metro Transit Authority keep losing money? [more inside]
posted by orville sash at 10:15 AM PST - 22 comments

Trying to find a pecan recipe from my youth

I am trying to find a specific pecan recipe; not the usual candied pecans but something smokey and spicy. [more inside]
posted by TedW at 10:15 AM PST - 6 comments

selling amateur photos to a local paper or tv station?

selling amateur photos to a local paper or tv station? (more) [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey at 10:14 AM PST - 4 comments

Time to get a grownup coat

Can anyone identify this lovely plaid coat? [more inside]
posted by bunji at 10:10 AM PST - 8 comments

Convert Drupal URL's to SEO friendly

I'm looking for an explanation of how to convert a Drupal URL to a more SEO-friendly URL. [more inside]
posted by diode at 9:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Best songs from the worst albums?

What are the best songs from the worst albums by otherwise-respected bands? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 9:54 AM PST - 51 comments

Are there any soft/plush hotel beds in Seattle?

Just had an uncomfortable stay in Seattle on a firm hotel bed. Heading back in two weeks and need a better bed. [more inside]
posted by Leenie at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Shingles with no rash?

He thought it was an ear infection. Doc says shingles. Really? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 9:32 AM PST - 15 comments

Can anyone identify this song?

Can anyone identify this song? [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 9:17 AM PST - 13 comments

help me find this news site once more

I've been looking for this one "all in one" news website again and I can't seem to remember the name and googling for keywords/pieces I remember of it has failed me. [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx at 8:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Dragon voice recognition software: friend or foe?

Is it a good idea to buy Dragon voice-recognition software to help write articles? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee at 8:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Looking for audio cart software for Ubuntu.

Looking for audio cart software for Ubuntu. Bonus points if it imitates Jazler Show! 1.5.1. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe at 8:49 AM PST - 3 comments

How can we keep our eye on the prize and still celebrate?

How can my wife and I celebrate good things and not undermine the things we are working for? (i.e. no dining out, no purchases, no travels?) [more inside]
posted by arniec at 8:48 AM PST - 26 comments

Help me chart a course...

What's a good, open source alternative to Visio? I'm looking to do some flowcharts, absolutely hate working with the draw tools in Word, and need something fairly simple, easy to use. Prefer not to use web based, don't like trusting data to third parties.
posted by Zinger at 8:46 AM PST - 10 comments

What do I need to take a timed photo, outdoors, once per day for six months without touching the camera --unless I am just periodically switching out a memory card?

What do I need to take a timed photo, outdoors, once per day for six months without touching the camera --unless I am just periodically switching out a memory card? [more inside]
posted by john.c.herman at 8:21 AM PST - 12 comments

...and they did it all with rocks and mud...

Is there a real-world precedent for the enormous temples full of elaborate premodern machinery that we see so often in adventure movies and video games? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 8:05 AM PST - 14 comments

VBScript's FileSystemObject.DeleteFolder being cranky

VBscript logon script uses FileSystemObject's DeleteFolder method to delete a local folder and randomly gets error #70 - Permission denied. I am at the end of my rope with this stupid, stupid thing. [more inside]
posted by splice at 8:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me fix my G string!

Can I get my guitar fixed so that my G string is in tune with the other strings both when fretted or free-ballin? [more inside]
posted by metajc at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me fix my firefox, please!

I've somehow managed to screw up my firefox and keep it from auto-logging in. I've tried all the things I found when searching. Can someone help? [more inside]
posted by jefficator at 7:46 AM PST - 8 comments

Should I disclose my depression on university application?

I was diagnosed with depression and was in therapy for about an year. Do I disclose this on my university application? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 AM PST - 8 comments

How to wash my hands of this lease?

Breaking my lease: landlord barely making an effort and raising the rent. What are my chances in court? YANML, I want to know where I stand before I start pouring lawyer money after rent money. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:45 AM PST - 14 comments

Small business tax guide?

Can you point me to a simple online tax guide for small businesses? [more inside]
posted by entropic at 7:33 AM PST - 2 comments

Might be perceived as little anal, but I'm pushing for a first

Qualitative research: question on precisely what level of detail to include in Methodology? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 7:27 AM PST - 6 comments

The Goggles, they need to do something!

The plant I work in is going to soon require (OSHA approved) safety glasses at all times if you are on the floor. I am back and forth on the floor quite a bit, but I HATE safety glasses (I wear regular glasses, and will still be required to wear them). So I would need something I can leave on my head, or has some function so I don't lose them. On top of this, I enjoy doing things a bit differently, so I would like suggestions for safety glasses that are a bit different. Ideally they should go over my current glasses, but I would entertain the thought of getting prescription ones, if they were awesome enough. Bonus points for goggles that meet these requirements!
posted by JonnyRotten at 7:25 AM PST - 13 comments

How to gain weight without carbohydrates?

LowCarbDietFilter: How do you GAIN weight on a low carb diet? I'm on a low carb diet for health reasons, but was already fairly skinny before I started, and now I'm having a tough time maintaining my weight. Any good resources that aren't all about weight loss? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 6:31 AM PST - 23 comments

Winterising my car

Is it safe for me to add methylated spirits to the screenwash reservoir on my car during this cold snap? Is there anything else I should or shouldn't use? [more inside]
posted by Solomon at 6:16 AM PST - 10 comments

HR-Filter: How does the temp agency you work for store its secure documents?

Document Imagine/HR-Filter: How does your large company store its secure documents? [more inside]
posted by griphus at 5:56 AM PST - 5 comments

I'll wipe my ass with a roll of Intel X-25 SSD drives!

I need semi-definitive opinions regarding the real-world lifespan of an Intel X-25M Solid State Drive running in a Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by melorama at 5:48 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I compare laptop keyboards?

Is there a website that presents keyboard layouts for various laptops, to faciliate comparison? [more inside]
posted by futility closet at 5:48 AM PST - 1 comment

Dummies' guide to installing laminate flooring

Hot tips on laying down laminate floor? [more inside]
posted by feathermeat at 5:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Traveling to Cuba, via Bahamas

How does one intrepid traveler explain the double stamp to the feds upon return to US soil from a trip that may or may not include Cuba? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 4:06 AM PST - 15 comments

Chain smoking while the stereo plays...

Flying back home on Thursday, and I want to bring a mixed CD with me that's full of, well, we'll love each other no matter what. I like Robert Earl Keen's Merry Christmas From the Family. What else should I include?
posted by halogen at 2:44 AM PST - 7 comments

Make a vibrator as a gift funny!

What are some funny, cheeky messages I can send with these "personal massagers" I am sending to some female friends. [more inside]
posted by Diag at 2:19 AM PST - 21 comments

How to care for preemie twin boys?

Looking for info on taking care of and raising two preemie twin boys. [more inside]
posted by hgswell at 12:11 AM PST - 24 comments

December 20

"For I have known them all already, known them all--"

Songs that are thematically similar to "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and Hamlet: emotional isolation, wasted youth, life consumed by contemplation rather than action, etc. [more inside]
posted by Gotham at 11:53 PM PST - 26 comments

How can I loop audio in realtime?

What software should I use to replicate the delay/looping effect that this video employs? I would need a metronome monitor separate from the input mix. It would be amazing to tweak the length of the decay too. [more inside]
posted by supyo at 11:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Yes, I'm wasting an Ask on TSA/bodybutter issues!

Will TSA confiscate my two containers of Body Shop body butter? They are Christmas presents for friends back home and I don't want to have to repurchase them once I get to my destination. They are each 6.9 ounces. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 9:48 PM PST - 33 comments

Is there a commercial solution available similar to Etsy that I can host on my site?

My website gets a lot of traffic from artists, many of whom would like to feature their unique pieces for sale on my site. Are there any cheap/free ecommerce solutions out there to let them sell through my site similar to how Etsy handles it? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 9:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Please help me identify a movie using only this vaguely remembered scene

There is a movie I saw very distractedly around 1996-2000, featuring a scene I keep thinking about. I don't remember much beyond that one scene but I do recall the haunting mood of the film. I'd like to watch it again sometime, but can't seem to identify it. [more inside]
posted by mindwarp at 9:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Do not associate with employees outside of work

What is the legality of signing a mandatory company agreement to not associate with non-management employees outside of the workplace?
posted by Brian B. at 9:29 PM PST - 16 comments

Why does my TV get clear video, but only static as sound?

Why does my TV get clear video, but only static as sound? [more inside]
posted by jimdanger at 9:24 PM PST - 7 comments

I want to lose 100 pounds. Where do I start?

I want to lose 100 pounds. Where do I start? What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 PM PST - 41 comments

Help me find the name of this Asian film about a love story in three different time periods.

Help me find the name of this Asian film about a love story in three different time periods. [more inside]
posted by jaywalker at 8:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Is my landlord trying to make a soup out of me?

Is there a legal maximum hot water temperature for a New York apartment? [more inside]
posted by CharlesV42 at 8:46 PM PST - 20 comments

Last 5 years in Tech -- Basics Edition

What are the major technological changes of the past 5 years, and the major trends that are on the horizon? I have a friend who is currently in prison, and who is very curious about things he sees on television. For example, he has asked about 3G networks, and why phones have keyboards. He wants a primer on what he's missing. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade at 8:36 PM PST - 17 comments

Sketchy journalism & littering

Sleuthing and neighbors have figured out what went on in front of my place the other day and it involves fabricating evidence for a newspaper story. I'd like suggestions on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by mightshould at 8:29 PM PST - 27 comments

Best digitizing options for dual-language documents?

Options besides PDF for digitizing dual-language books? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 8:11 PM PST - 8 comments

No Title

Well I quit my job Friday after I did something embarrassing and foolish. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Brandon1600 at 8:00 PM PST - 21 comments

Can I get the newly released "Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver" anywhere online or in Boston by Wednesday?

Can I get the newly released "Belkin Bluetooth Music Receiver" anywhere online or in Boston by Wednesday? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Perplexity at 7:40 PM PST - 3 comments

Let Her Have It!

Public emotional blackmail filter: She's trying to publicly shame me into donating. My inner child wants to let this lady have it. My outer adult says she's not worth it. How do I get her to stop while still appearing to be an adult? Here's where you come in. [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 7:37 PM PST - 27 comments

I need an awesome junkyard in the DFW area (Dallas).

I live in Plano, TX, and I am looking for a place where I can basically harvest my own parts from a large scap yard. [more inside]
posted by Jim On Light at 7:22 PM PST - 4 comments

I know how to cook--but I still want a blueprint!

Blueprint artwork for recipes . . . has anyone seen these? [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 7:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Find me a Santa!

Who's the best Santa in NYC? [more inside]
posted by pianohands at 7:21 PM PST - 1 comment

Feliz Navidad

Need a Christmas salutation in Spanish for a business letter... [more inside]
posted by ryanbryan at 6:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Worth it to buy an annuity?

Apparently I qualify to buy an annuity as part of a class action settlement. Is it worth it? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit at 6:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Grant scam satisfaction

How should I attempt to get satisfaction (ideally, a refund) from a scammy "grant" company? [more inside]
posted by hulahulagirl at 6:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Non-crappy version of Wham!'s "Last Christmas"?

Sometime last week I heard a remake of "Last Christmas" by Wham! and, unlike most versions of the song, I didn't hate it. It was played on 99.1 CBC Radio in Toronto. Please help me find out who is behind this remake! [more inside]
posted by anekona at 5:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a seaworthy gift for my dad.

Book-recommendation-filter: help me choose a book to get for my dad for Christmas. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 5:41 PM PST - 28 comments

There is nothing half so much worth doing as mucking about in boats.

Would a catamaran or a dinghy be better? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 5:36 PM PST - 16 comments

Cheap fun activities to do in Malden, MA (Boston) this week

I am traveling to Boston (Malden, MA - to be precise) this week and will be there for a about 2 1/2 days. What would be fun but not too expensive activities for two people (1guy/1girl) without a car in this weather? [more inside]
posted by bbyboi at 5:05 PM PST - 11 comments

"Wanting to fail" book ?

Book about "wanting to fail" ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 at 4:31 PM PST - 4 comments

What does this song sound like

What song does the intro to this song my friend wrote sound like? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 4:28 PM PST - 14 comments

A new tradition for a toast...

Wonderful pink kind of champagne-esque drink found in Italy was had on my birthday and I've completely forgotten the name but would like to find it again...? [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts at 4:06 PM PST - 16 comments

What kind of shoes are these?

What kind of shoes are these?
posted by travis08 at 3:40 PM PST - 4 comments

An Aeolian Christmas?

Music theory meets Christmas filter: I have been a good musician in my day, but my training was long on how to do it and woefully short on theory. I'm curious about the Christmas music that sounds like it's in a minor key (i.e., "Watchman Tell Us of the Night," "We Three Kings," "O Come, O Come Emanuel"). I have read that these pieces are written in Aeolian mode, but that source was quite brief and unhelpful. Can someone walk me through these songs? This question is interesting but doesn't go far enough in my direction.
posted by bryon at 3:37 PM PST - 24 comments

How can I become more of a closet dirty hippie?

I don't wear deodorant, wash my hair, or run in shoes. What else can I stop doing? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 3:19 PM PST - 91 comments

Wirless network utilization keeps dropping to zero - any ideas?

My google skills have failed me. My wireless network utilization is very low, or keeps dropping to zero. Other computers on the same network are just fine - what gives? [more inside]
posted by alrightokay at 2:50 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I find another color-changing soy candle?

Where can I find a color-changing soy candle similar to one that used to be available at Target? [more inside]
posted by pitseleh at 2:50 PM PST - 1 comment

Sweet and Sour Gift?

Looking for gift ideas for a pollyanna. The theme of the gift is "sweet and sour." Any ideas, mundane or weird are welcome.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 2:38 PM PST - 12 comments

How should I express my internal promotion on my resume?

I was recently received an internal promotion in my current team from a junior level to senior level title. This promotion is due to experience and performance: I will continue to work on the same projects as before in the same role. How should I express this promotion on my resume? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo at 1:44 PM PST - 11 comments

How to make a heavy bag last

How does one avoid getting tears / rips in a heavy (punching) bag? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 1:39 PM PST - 3 comments

Help a secular Muslim celebrate Christmas in Boston

Christmas in Boston - where to go to Mass, where to volunteer? [more inside]
posted by raztaj at 1:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Fave (tube) dual-channel mic-pre for less than $1k?

RecordingFilter: Favorite warm mic pre-amp for vocals & other stuff under $1k? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 1:00 PM PST - 2 comments

"This is the..." forgotten song!

ForgottenSongFilter: I am trying to help a friend recall a song, with dismal results (so far). All we know is that it is a hip hop/R&B/radio-pop type song, likely from the mid-1990s, with a female vocal in the chorus. The chorus is something along the lines of "This is the..." with a spelled out phrase following that, likely beginning with the letter L. There may or may not be "party sounds" in the background. HELP!?!
posted by broadway bill at 12:46 PM PST - 6 comments

NPR radio on blackberry

What is the best option for listening to NPR on blackberry (Tour)? [more inside]
posted by justlooking at 12:37 PM PST - 3 comments

A term similar to "psyching yourself up"

PsychFilter: What's the term for when athletes tell themselves, "come on you got this!" and it helps them play better? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry at 12:25 PM PST - 16 comments

How to send phone pics to a spartan web site via Flickr?

What's a minimal self-hosted "blog" that hooks into Flickr's API so I can send photos from my camera directly to my web site? [more inside]
posted by ehamiter at 12:16 PM PST - 11 comments

"I spent a lifetime looking for a diamond in a mountain of glass."

A few years ago I saw a foreign film. I have forgotten the title, but it ended with a line like "I spent a lifetime looking for a diamond in a mountain of glass." Anyone remember the name of it? [more inside]
posted by Mickelstiff at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Cardmember since...?

How will getting an American Express card affect my credit? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 11:58 AM PST - 16 comments

Delicious for pdfs?

How can I organize offline pdfs on windows so that they're easy to find offline using a standard browser? In a perfect world, it would be like delicious, but for pdfs. Tags, sortable by tags, compact display. Endnote and Wordpress are the available tools. [more inside]
posted by furious at 11:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Looking for writing similar to Wendy Cope and Dorothy Parker

Please recommend some witty poetry and/or prose in the same vein as Dorothy Parker and Wendy Cope!
posted by whats-in-a-name at 11:50 AM PST - 2 comments

What can I do with sweetened condensed milk?

I have about 5oz of left over sweetened condensed milk from making a Key lime pie (yum!). What can I make with this? And how long will it keep in my fridge? [more inside]
posted by just_ducky at 10:58 AM PST - 26 comments

Dominosteine in Vancouver?

WeihnachtsFilter: anyone have a confirmed source for Dominosteine in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by findango at 10:52 AM PST - 4 comments

Have I destroyed my masterpiece?

I just made an awesome 20 minute iMovie, then accidentally unplugged my mac while it was exporting. Now it seems to have dissapeared. It doesn't show up when i open iMovie and all i can find with my finder is a completely blank file with the name of the project. Will I have to spend another 30 minutes editing it together or can I retrieve it somehow?
posted by Andy Harwood at 10:13 AM PST - 5 comments

Is Copenhagen really all that?

Is Copenhagen really as awesome as it seems? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 10:13 AM PST - 23 comments

buffet frenzy nostalgia

identify this Indian dish: looks like mashed sweet potatoes and tastes sweet. vegetarian. (bonus points for a great recipe).
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

How not to turn away others just for being myself?

How to deal with coming into my own without alienating those I love? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:06 AM PST - 11 comments

I just want some answers!

How do I actually get the documentation that I have been asking for at work? [more inside]
posted by soelo at 8:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Indie Yule Music

I need some Yule music. With kind of an indie rock feel if possible. Stuff that is a cross between Belle and Sebastian and the sountrack for the Wicker Man with a winter yule theme. This is anon because its for a surprise evening dinner/birthday party. Please suggest any songs/whole albums. Thank you!
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 29 comments

Divorcing a wife with schizophrenia

After 20+ years of marriage, my dad wants a divorce. Mom has schizophrenia. Please help me think through this awful situation... [very long] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 AM PST - 30 comments

Make the bumps go away

You are not my doctor, but you do know something about mysterious skin conditions that disappear without a trace every time I make a doctor's appointment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:33 AM PST - 18 comments

How to survive winter

Tips on how to survive a long, cold winter. [more inside]
posted by stenoboy at 8:22 AM PST - 34 comments

Looking for an Ideal Home Theater Set Up

I recently, finally, purchased an HDTV (a Samsung, from the 6000 LED series). I'm totally new to this, but as the sound is not great from the TV itself, I'm wondering what a good, not bank-breaking (but doesn't have to be bargain basement either) home theater set up is. [more inside]
posted by dearleader at 8:12 AM PST - 10 comments

Recommend a cookbook that features recipes with many different grains and legumes.

Recommend a cookbook that features recipes with many different grains and legumes. [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 8:04 AM PST - 15 comments

Would you like a new husband?

Can you help me find a comedy sketch involving old women and replacement husbands? I'm 99% sure it's from Monty Python, but haven't been able to find it after Googling or looking at Python sites. Full description inside. [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj at 7:40 AM PST - 2 comments

Straightening a leg at the knee after a leg break

Niece EvilBreakfast is on the road to recovery after a break of the femur. Although doctors say that the positioning of the pins inserted to help heal the break shouldn't cause a problem, since the bandages came off she's unable to straighten her knee. Physio has not helped, and after 3 months we're starting to get concerned. The doctors and physiotherapists are saying that there's no reason for the problem; you are not my doctor... But has anyone else come across this and have any suggestions?
posted by Mrevilbreakfast at 7:12 AM PST - 11 comments

Snow! Sledding?

Where should we go sledding in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville? [more inside]
posted by teragram at 7:12 AM PST - 12 comments

Getting to Atlanta on the Chinatown bus

Please tell me about your experience on the Chinatown bus from NYC to the southeast. Should I put my friend on it so she can get home? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 7:11 AM PST - 9 comments

Can these two dogs learn to get along?

HelpMeHelpMyParentsFilter: Can these two dogs learn to get along? [more inside]
posted by Ashley801 at 6:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Am I crazy to offer a gift of financial planning services to my cousins?

My Aunt, Uncle and cousins have never been good with money, and have also never had well paying jobs. My Uncle has just inherited a (low) six-figure sum. Do I try to help them out by offering to build a financial plan for them? [more inside]
posted by RecalcitrantYouth at 5:10 AM PST - 11 comments

What should I serve with my christmas Sea Bass?

I told my family that I would cook Christmas dinner for the first time this year, but on the proviso that I wouldn't cook a turkey (which I hate). They agreed to me cooking a Sea Bass, as long as I also provided some poultry - which will be two small pheasants - for those who don't fancy the Sea Bass (grandma). Now wee need side dishes! [more inside]
posted by munchbunch at 4:49 AM PST - 8 comments

How many rows in an xls file

How to tell how many rows are in an excel file? [more inside]
posted by missmagenta at 3:29 AM PST - 8 comments

Help nip this middle aged spread in the bud.

Having managed 35 odd years as a skinny bastard, I seem to have put on about 5 kilos in weight over the last 3 years, and am developing something of a barrel shape in my upper body. My weight used to yo-yo a bit (+-3 kilos depending on stress and lifestyle) but doesn't seem to any more. This is a worry, as both my father and my grandfather were moderately obese from middle age onwards (I am also male). Any ideas what I can do to help prevent me from going the same way? [more inside]
posted by singingfish at 3:07 AM PST - 10 comments

How can I tell how much my pre-IPO stock options might be worth?

How can I tell how much my pre-IPO stock options might be worth? [more inside]
posted by cman at 12:34 AM PST - 15 comments

December 19

Mad Men Themed Gifts for a man

Ideas for a Mad Men/early 60s themed gift for an early 20s man? [more inside]
posted by Dukat at 10:05 PM PST - 28 comments

Recommend a Video-Editing Work Flow

I am looking for recommendations about to video-editing work flow for an oral history project I am involved. Pointers to other sites to ask this question are also welcome. What is the best way to capture hours of video recordings, add some basic beginning and end titles, and perhaps so music. Capturing the tapes to a computer, adding titles/music and then writing to DVD seems over-kill. [more inside]
posted by vac2003 at 8:33 PM PST - 5 comments

Is booking a hotel online really that much cheaper?

I am heading to Lima tomorrow from Montreal. I have a 9pm - 5am layover at JFK airport. Can I decide at the last minute to get an airport hotel room? Or will I pay through the nose? [more inside]
posted by gillianr at 8:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Help identify and find a new version of this knife.

Help find a similar new model of a 10-15 year old paring knife [more inside]
posted by safepants at 8:02 PM PST - 12 comments

Best way to sell diamond wedding ring?

What is the best, most profitable way to sell my wedding/engagement ring? I'm a little leery of eBay or Craigslist. [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted at 8:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Best Italian South Shore of Boston?

What's th best Italian restaurant on the South Shore of Boston? Bonus points for proximity to Quincy . . .
posted by eggman at 7:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Skull mug in person?

Where can I buy a skull-shaped mug in the New York or Dallas areas? [more inside]
posted by albrecht at 7:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Rocking with a tuba?

30 years ago I had several albums from a rock band, who sometimes used a tuba. Who were they? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 7:52 PM PST - 8 comments


posted by chicago2penn at 7:41 PM PST - 31 comments

Help me stain or paint my ikea desk

I want to stain (ideally) or paint (less good) my ikea wood veneer desk. How can I best do this? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 7:38 PM PST - 12 comments

It's not the soreness that bothers me. It's the not knowing.

Why are my adenoids sore? [more inside]
posted by mmmbacon at 7:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Though your confidence may be shattered, it doesn't matter.

I love the Neil Young track "For the Turnstiles." It's a great performance of a great song. I walk around the house singing it, annoying my wife and frightening my children. But I've got to come to grips with the fact that I can't quite decipher whatever the literal meaning of the lyrics might be. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by e.e. coli at 7:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Cool, easy tattoo parlor website template?

What should I use to set up a simple, cool-looking small business site for a non-techy friend? [more inside]
posted by Gucky at 6:56 PM PST - 6 comments

please recommend a tattoo parlor in Hamilton, Ontario*

please recommend a tattoo parlor in Hamilton, Ontario* [more inside]
posted by chasles at 6:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Downtown Louisville

I am potentially going to be traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, on a business trip. I'm staying for 8 nights and I could stay in the company hotel, but they force us to share, so I'm looking for alternatives that will allow me to have a private room without completely busting my budget. I need to be within walking distance of the Kentucky International Convention Center on 4th between Jefferson and Market. I'm also curious about this neighborhood in general -- safe? walkable?
posted by tmharris65 at 6:52 PM PST - 6 comments

A routine malaise?

Recently I have been having trouble finding enjoyment or excitement in almost all of my regular recreational and social activities. I'm pretty sure I'm not depressed, this is not an overall feeling of hopelessness, as I am petty happy with the general outline and direction of my life. It is more of a specific, lackluster feeling of blandness that has gradually crept into most activities that I supposedly do for "enjoyment." I'm only 25. What gives? [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 6:38 PM PST - 18 comments

Cheap at 143% of the price?

[Holiday accommodation pricing filter]. When is cheap too cheap? Could pricing that is too competitive be a turn off? [more inside]
posted by Kerasia at 6:20 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find this recipe from the old Joy of Cooking, please!

I am looking for a recipe from the OLD Joy of Cooking, ca.1970 [more inside]
posted by littleflowers at 5:49 PM PST - 7 comments

What do the symbols on these tibetan wall hangings represent?

What do the symbols on these tibetan wall hangings represent? [more inside]
posted by mgogol at 5:33 PM PST - 10 comments

Favorite Fitness Blogs?

What are your favorite Running/Weight Lifting/Fitness blogs? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 5:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Identify this bug!

What is this bug? [more inside]
posted by event at 5:06 PM PST - 15 comments

Can you use a professional sports team as a character in a piece of fiction?

Would it be considered "fair use" to pen a satirical children's book based on a professional sports team? For instance, "How The Yankees Stole Christmas" or something similar. (That's not the title I have in mind, but it gets the point across.) [more inside]
posted by (bb|[^b]{2}) at 4:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Vbulletin forums: how to download threads for offline reading?

Does anyone know of a utility to download threads from vbulletin-based forums? I'm heading off the grid for a while, and would like to save some things for reading. [more inside]
posted by flutable at 4:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Downward Dog is not for me...

Can anyone give me recommendations for yoga dvds that do not contain downward facing dog poses? I really do not enjoy this position for reasons I don't want to explain here. I tried taking a yoga class at my park district, but there was so much downward dog I ended up quitting after just three classes.
posted by TrickyLib at 3:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Art project, of a sort

Please help me think of words with which to complete this sentence: "This coupon entitles the bearer to: ________________________. [more inside]
posted by hapax_legomenon at 3:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Patent Application Squatting

I have an idea that may be patentable. I want to search patent listing websites to see if something like it already exists. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 3:50 PM PST - 4 comments

I want to stop coughing, damnit!

A few years back I was diagnosed with pneumonia after being sick on and off for about three weeks. When I was finally diagnosed I seem to recall that they gave me antibiotics and a codeine based cough syrup. This combo worked like a wonder. The codeine knocked out my cough and let me sleep, and the antibiotics killed the pneumonia. At least that's how I remember it. [more inside]
posted by Reverend John at 3:16 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm looking for a good set of free weights for my apartment. Any suggestions?

I'm looking for a good set of free weights for my apartment. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 3:15 PM PST - 16 comments

You are talented in many ways. In bed.

Give me your best fortunes! [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 3:15 PM PST - 52 comments

Where can I find britpop posters?

I'm looking for a place to buy a big poster of the britpop bands Pulp or Suede as a gift for a friend. [more inside]
posted by vraxoin at 3:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Know a good B&B in the North Georgia Mountains?

Recommendations for a bed and breakfast or similar lodging in North Georgia or Tennessee? [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

quick weekend vacation in the yucatan!

I'm planning a quick three day trip to the Yucatan, and need suggestions for a nice, quiet and local town to relax by the beach and spend time around nature. [more inside]
posted by waylaid at 2:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Stranger gives me a camera - why?

I have received a (used) Sony Cybershot camera with a charger and usb cord in the mail. I have no idea who the sender is or why it was sent to me! What is going on here? [more inside]
posted by lootie777 at 2:48 PM PST - 25 comments

Wii group games?

Buying a Wii game for my parents. They have the sports and resort games, I'd like it to be something that multiple people can play, ideally at a party, as that's when they use it the most. Great group Wii games?
posted by anonymous at 2:40 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me develop confidence, sprezzatura, nonchalance

Help me develop sprezzatura, the art of "a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it." The "zen valedictorian" approach, but applied outside of a school setting. Or old-style Hollywood glamour, but updated for our millennium. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:15 PM PST - 26 comments

Automatic song identification/tagging?

Any programs that can analyze and tag individual MP3 files that have NO metadata? I have a pile of untagged files, and so far no joy. [more inside]
posted by mojoworkin at 2:07 PM PST - 8 comments

Is my baby ok?

First Child Filter: My 3 week old son had a diaper rash which we treated with diaper rash ointment. Now it has gotten weird and we don't know what to do. Please help! [more inside]
posted by lodie6 at 1:47 PM PST - 21 comments

The job offer, the boyfriend, and the dilemma

I'm considering a great job offer in another state, and what it might mean for my two-year relationship. Help me develop a framework for making some decisions about all this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:18 PM PST - 15 comments

Why should you only have intercourse every other day during ovulation when trying to get pregnant?

Why should you only have intercourse every other day during ovulation when trying to get pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:17 PM PST - 19 comments

Help key West build a better City website...please!

Do you live somewhere interesting that has a great city government website? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo at 12:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Save my ornaments from getting smashy

How can I protect vintage glass Christmas ornaments? [more inside]
posted by pised at 12:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Surrounded by darkness...

I have an Omnitech OM22WD monitor and I want to change the display. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:45 PM PST - 0 comments

Good careers for older folks?

What careers are available and viable for people over 50? [more inside]
posted by sharkfish at 12:05 PM PST - 28 comments

What kind of small pet should we get?

We're looking for a good pet(s) for our family. Our 3 year old betta is about to die (it's just lying on the bottom of the bowl, not looking good at all). We're looking for a new pet to replace our betta. We live in a small apartment and my son and I are allergic to dogs and cats so those are out. We're looking for something that is kid friendly (in that they can participate in its care) and can live in a bowl/tank. [more inside]
posted by crios at 11:36 AM PST - 33 comments

drain on Ford F150's new battery?

Help us diagnose our Ford F150: what could be draining down the (new) battery overnight? We're suddenly seeing apparent battery drainage in our pickup truck, a 1994 Ford F150. Though the truck starts up fine, the dashboard battery gauge reads low immediately upon ignition, the windshield wipers are sluggish, and the dashboard lights are dim. We thought the old battery was likely dying, so we had it replaced with a new battery... but that hasn't solved the problem. [more inside]
posted by Elsa at 11:27 AM PST - 28 comments

Help him adaptto finger amputation

My wonderful great uncle had to have his right index finger amputated at the middle knuckle a year or so ago. He is 92 years old, lives alone, and has coped with loneliness (since the loss of his beloved wife 8 years ago) by keeping himself busy with construction related hobbies and cooking. I found out that he is really suffering from the loss of his normal pincer grasp. He specifically mentioned trouble using a hammer and nails. What can I do to make his life/hobbies easier, other than suggest a thumb and middle finger pincer grasp? Are there any products or tools you can recommend?
posted by shylady at 10:41 AM PST - 8 comments

VegetarianFilter: Give me your best veg taco recipes and tips!

VegetarianFilter: Give me your best veg taco recipes and tips! [more inside]
posted by pghjezebel at 10:31 AM PST - 32 comments

I want to pull this off without pulling it off

Need help building a climbing wall in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by Iteki at 10:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Finding work after you've been aged out

I'm a young 60 yr old woman aged out of my career of 30 yrs.--creating advertising for pharmaceuticals. Is paying for help worth it? I'm lost and must keep earning!! Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Summer05 at 10:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Poor Me

I think I may have a victim mentality and I'm not sure how to fix it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments


"Sweatshops"? Overseas labor. looking for pros and cons; discussion on how to define/evaluate whether work done overseas is beneficial or harmful for the workers and country involved. [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 9:02 AM PST - 24 comments

Can you identify this object?

I found this object in a thrift shop. It is solid wood, 12 inches tall, and weighs 1.5 pounds. front | back [more inside]
posted by shannonm at 8:57 AM PST - 11 comments

Need apartment in Berlin available at short notice for month-long rental

I need an apartment in Berlin (Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg/Mitte) available at short notice for a month-long rental. I can't find anything on Google except expensive holiday apartments. I arrive in mid-January and can't visit Berlin in advance. Budget: €30/night or €900/month. Where should I look? Thank you.
posted by maryrosecook at 8:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Interstate 95 After a Blizzard

What is the earliest best day to travel Interstate 95 from New Haven, CT to SC after blizzard? [more inside]
posted by Elsie at 8:32 AM PST - 9 comments

What to do?

to dinner party or not to dinner party? [more inside]
posted by janelikes at 8:06 AM PST - 10 comments

How do you overcome fear of death when you have faced major medical problems?

I had a large non-cancerous tumor removed a few years ago. The tumor and the two surgeries required to remove it left me unable to work for a year and $50,000 in debt. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 AM PST - 5 comments

How do we get a message across to our neighbors, The Leadfoots?

Feeling abused by noisy upstairs neighbors. Looking for some strategies to let them know we are not doormats. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:44 AM PST - 61 comments

Toronto electronics disposal?

Where can I dispose of broken tech and appliances in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by LukeyBoy at 6:40 AM PST - 5 comments


Please share your favorite poems/quotations about man's love for dog(s).
posted by corn_bread at 5:39 AM PST - 26 comments

The polluter pays

I (think I) read somewhere on the web the factoid that, if we could restrict the impacts of climate change to within the borders of the country responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions, the temperature of the USA would rise by (something like) 22° Celsius. Now I can't for the life of me find it again. Does anyone know where I read this, or am I simply imagining things? I'd like to be able to cite an authority for my assertion. Climate change skeptics need not apply.
posted by Tawita at 5:23 AM PST - 4 comments

Searching for a song from a 09's Mike Leigh film

Mike Leigh's move Career girls has a song over the end credits, which I assume is by Marianne Jean-Baptiste, who is credited with the soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot at 1:44 AM PST - 1 comment

Are computers liable for import duty?

I'm waiting to receive a used computer I bought from China (where it was made) and it is now "Inbound into Customs." This worries me as I was under the impression laptop fell under code 8471, and were import tax exempt. Is this right? If not what are the customs officials going to ask for? Also if duty is charged, will the value be based on the declared value or...?
posted by SamSugar at 12:59 AM PST - 5 comments

December 18

Too Little Too Late?

Breastfeeding Filter: When is the breastfeeding window of opportunity over for good? [more inside]
posted by Bueller at 11:18 PM PST - 24 comments

Sweet tooth and citrus

Orange + coffee = truffles? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha at 11:04 PM PST - 15 comments

Alternatives to Fedex and fax?

Need to send something to England from the US. Right away. Does this sort of document delivery service exist? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 10:43 PM PST - 13 comments

Why aren't pages loading with their full CSS styling?

We recently changed internet connections to a different plan with the same provider, now some webpages are loading without their css. What gives? [more inside]
posted by chrisbucks at 10:39 PM PST - 6 comments

I've got to go, but I know just the guy to help you out...

Have you, or someone you know, ever actually quit your job and convinced your employer to hire you back as a vendor or consultant, producing great happiness? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Halloween and Thanksgiving have come and gone, but I'm still mad about pumpkins

Where can I find pumpkin for cooking in (or near) Alameda, CA? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Saint at 9:22 PM PST - 14 comments

Looking for a place to meet people in Madison

Where are good places to go alone in Madison during the weekends? [more inside]
posted by kjackelen05 at 9:20 PM PST - 6 comments

You! You with the shifty eyes, step out of the line!

My brother gets security grief when he flies. Is there a solution? [more inside]
posted by Fortnight Bender at 8:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Edible buzz

Pre-baked virgin fruitcake. Is it too late to infuse it with brandy or rum? [more inside]
posted by maggieb at 7:55 PM PST - 7 comments

Onoken off again

Recommend goa trance and digital hardcore musical acts (similar to Onoken)? [more inside]
posted by citywolf at 7:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Six guys, probably more genres

Repertoire building filter: need ideas to build up a new group of barbershop / jazz / folk / acapella / contemporary style. We are six guys looking to form a quartet. Yes, I know. A quartet is FOUR. Read more below. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 7:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Trapped Sister!

My sister is trapped in Lynchburg, VA due to the weather. She only has $30 cash to last her until her backup flight leaves on Sunday. What's the best way to get her money so she can eat? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 6:58 PM PST - 33 comments

when the world gives you lemons, you make what?

What can i make out of 20 rindless lemons? [more inside]
posted by nadawi at 5:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Reading or converting microfilm

What is the best way to read your own microfilm or have it converted (inexpensively) to a more accessible digital format? [more inside]
posted by maud at 5:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Holiday Recommendations for Denver?

Denver filter: My boyfriend and I will be in the Denver area from Dec 25 - Jan 1st. I would love Holiday/ winter activity recommendations for my boyfriend and I (mid-20s and early 30s) and activity recommendations for us and my parents. [more inside]
posted by soupy at 4:56 PM PST - 7 comments

Our mouse is a very very very stubborn mouse

Ways to make death more appealing to a stubborn house mouse? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 4:56 PM PST - 31 comments

My Goose Is (not) Cooked!

Newbie cook seeks fool-proof recipe for roast goose, for a dinner party tomorrow night. [more inside]
posted by np312 at 4:52 PM PST - 17 comments

Account coordinator - what's it like?

What's it like being an account coordinator at a PR firm? I've read some job profiles online, but I'd like to hear personal experiences. What's the day-to-day work like, and what sort of person would be good for the job? I see there's a past question that touches on being an account exec, but this is the rung below, right?
posted by trillian at 3:52 PM PST - 8 comments

Help with cartoon Film

It is a 60's or 70;s cartoon film, it starts live action and involves a boy who enters a cartoon world, I seem to recall a winding road, and has a Dr Suess kind of feel to it.....Pretty vague I know, but it's all i can remember, apart from it being shown on Cartoon network about 10 Ish years ago, any one help me??
posted by maxmix at 3:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Is it a scam, or a scam-not?

Thinking about using a "vacation rental" seen on craigslist for 4 days in NYC in January. Has anyone ever done this? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 3:03 PM PST - 14 comments

Where to see Shakespeare?

Where should I go in London or Southern England to see Shakespeare performed live in early 2010? [more inside]
posted by BrokenEnglish at 2:58 PM PST - 8 comments

My boyfriend won't stop lying and being dishonest with me.

I've got a big problem. My boyfriend won't stop lying and being dishonest with me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:54 PM PST - 34 comments

Friends shouldn't have an expiry date

I can't seem to keep any friends for more than two years. Why do I do this and how can I stop? (somewhat long, sorry) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:54 PM PST - 11 comments

Who painted this door?

Is this street art in Brooklyn by Swoon? If not, can anyone identify the artist?
posted by boots at 2:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Blu-Ray Makes My Mac Mini Turn Green With Envy

How can I get my Mac Mini and my new Blu-Ray player to play nice while they both share my big screen HDTV? [more inside]
posted by willmize at 2:05 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I find someone to buy/license my patent for silent velcro?

How do I find someone to buy/license my patent for silent velcro? [more inside]
posted by HLS at 2:01 PM PST - 8 comments

Photos + mats = holiday cheer

Where can I buy mats for 13 x 19" photos in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by asuprenant at 1:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me close my fireplace vents

How do I close my fireplace vents? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 1:36 PM PST - 8 comments

Two good reasons to break a lease

My lease expires May 15. I need to be in another city the first week of March. My housemate and I want to move out ASAP because our neighborhood sucks. Please advise. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by beefetish at 1:27 PM PST - 7 comments

you'd think this would have been invented by now

does anyone make "plastic" or "non-marring" screwdrivers? For delicate crafts work? [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 12:45 PM PST - 18 comments

Should I get a 1930s bob haircut, and if so, where?

1) Should I get my hair cut into a 20s/30s style bob? 2) Where, in the north-suburbs-of-chicago-ish area should I go to get this done? [more inside]
posted by mismatched at 12:41 PM PST - 27 comments

I Can Haz Clean Air

What is the best air filtration/purification system for a 1 bedroom apt. in Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 at 12:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Movie theaters in Sacramento?

What's the best theater around Sacramento in which to see Avatar? [more inside]
posted by Justinian at 12:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Securing a bicycle seat

Recommendations on securing a quick-release bicycle seatpost? [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers at 12:08 PM PST - 16 comments

Who gives great vows in NOLA?

Who should marry us in New Orleans? I read this recent question, but our situation has a few differences. [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha at 11:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Give up stable job for Americorps?

Would I be crazy to quit my decent, although not fulfilling, job and sign up for AmeriCorps? [more inside]
posted by squawk at 11:44 AM PST - 25 comments

How do I create overlapping arrows in a circle (Illustrator)?

What's the "right" way to create an arrows-in-a-circle diagram such as this one or these? The last post in that second link works (in Illustrator) if I then expand, ungroup, and bring the last arrowhead to the front...but it seems like a crude solution. Is there a better way? Illustrator seems like it's the right sofware for the job, but I'm open to other ideas, too. Thanks!
posted by The Dutchman at 11:40 AM PST - 9 comments

Contemporary Israeli Fiction Filter: Recommendations?

Contemporary Israeli Fiction Filter: recommendations? [more inside]
posted by devilsbrigade at 11:39 AM PST - 8 comments

Two Avatar queastions.

Regarding Avatar: Is it appropriate for an 11 year old (who's REALLY into scifi) and which 3D system? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 11:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Secret ingredient: locally raised ribeyes

I need new ways to cook some ribeye steaks. [more inside]
posted by NoMich at 11:28 AM PST - 15 comments

Does my husband qualify for unemployment?

Will my husband qualify for unemployment in California after a long-term temp/contract position is over? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 11:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Marketing Gurus, please help!

How would you promote a web site for a charity fundraiser? [more inside]
posted by skewedoracle at 11:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Car inspection dispute

Car Inspection PA: I recently have been told by mechanic that because my driver's side window is nonoperational ( the window is permanently up, it has a blown motor) it will not pass inspection. I just can't believe that because of a window, I wouldn't pass inspection. Is this a valid claim? I have a 1999 mercury cougar.
posted by cheechman85 at 11:11 AM PST - 15 comments

"Safe" song with a driving beat for Best Buddies video

Looking for a song with a beat like Tik Tok by Ke$ha or Tonight's Gonna be a Good Night by Black-Eyes Peas but without references to drinking or "language" for a video. [more inside]
posted by UMDirector at 10:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Just say "NO!" to staycations...

Vacation Challenge: 5 days in mid Feburary. Two adults, 1 kid. Seeking warmth, ocean, beach, fun. $1800 budget. Starting in Denver. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 10:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Moving on from the helpdesk

I graduated with a BA in Religious Studies, and am currently working in a tech support/helpdesk position. I would like to move into actual IT work. What's the best way to go about that?
posted by khaibit at 10:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Santa, Bring Me Multi-Processors

Looking for advice on upgrading a dual-OS Mac Pro Tower. [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 10:37 AM PST - 6 comments


I just got an Xbox 360. I'm not the biggest fan of first-person shooters, Grand Theft Auto, and pseudo-instrument games like Guitar Hero, but I do love novel, esoteric games. What are some of the unsung heroes in the XB360 library that I should invest in? [more inside]
posted by Christ, what an asshole at 10:26 AM PST - 34 comments

Size matters

How can I print 34 lines of text so that it takes up exactly 6.125 inches? Or equivalently, so that each line is .18 inches. I tried different fonts in various word processors but always ended up a little to large or too small. There's probably an obvious way to do this using some easily available software (preferably free) but I can't seem to figure out what it is.
posted by Obscure Reference at 10:19 AM PST - 12 comments

How should I describe, modify, and measure an organizational process?

What resources can I read to understand topics like scientific management, organisational workflows, and other ways of describing and monitoring processes made up of actors communicating amongst themselves to produce an end product? [more inside]
posted by pbh at 9:58 AM PST - 14 comments

Legal puzzle involving geography and non-competes

Non-compete requested as a condition of employment. Employment change was a surprise. Employee located in California, Massachusetts law invoked in language. Who to contact (YANML-filter)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:51 AM PST - 12 comments

We've been wished a merry Christmas-how to respond?

We have an infestation of Christmas carolers. Help! [more inside]
posted by brambory at 9:42 AM PST - 18 comments

It is better to give than receive

What are some "good will" alternatives to Christmas in Denver? [more inside]
posted by Scientifik at 9:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a blanket that doesn't die in the dryer!

Why can't I find a soft blanket that doesn't fall apart in the dryer??? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 9:22 AM PST - 16 comments

Need minor surgery but I'm just about to change jobs (and health plans). Disaster?

I have a small health issue which will probably require minor surgery. Pretty routine and low-risk kind of thing. I'm employed and have a good health plan through my job. But here's the problem: I might be changing jobs (and therefore health plans) very soon. Will this create problems getting the procedure paid for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Affordable therapist in Charlotte

Asking for a family member. We're looking for affordable counseling in Charlotte, North Carolina. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM PST - 2 comments

what do I do now

I have been put on a 1 month probationary period at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM PST - 25 comments

[ Nutrition-Filter ] Evaluate this 24 year-old guy's current diet!

[ Nutrition-Filter ] Evaluate this 24 year-old guy's current diet! [more inside]
posted by platosadvocate at 9:00 AM PST - 32 comments

How can I write a vacation rental review when the owner was drunk the entire time?

Reviewing a vacation property. The owner was drunk the entire time. What would you do? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:57 AM PST - 19 comments

Is there an egg timer on the registry?

I'm going to marry my friends! In record time! How do I make it meaningful with a five-minute limit? [more inside]
posted by kittyprecious at 8:53 AM PST - 11 comments

Arty, smarty, but with a party?

Mr. Arkham and I want to take a long weekend-type mini vacation in early February, somewhere either driveable or a cheap flight from DC. Our usual M.O. for picking places is to find a cool event, then plan a trip around it. He summed up what we're looking for as "arty, smarty, but with a party." [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham at 8:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Looking for books where a person or people are searching for a long lost person.

Looking for books where a person or people are searching for a long lost person. [more inside]
posted by reenum at 8:41 AM PST - 23 comments

How can I find out if my employer is using a cell phone jamming device?

I suspect my employer has installed a cell phone jamming device . How do I find it if they have? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Getting a reference from a company with a no reference policy.

A coworker agreed to be one of my references-awesome! She then informed me that my company has a no reference policy. Should I put her name down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:39 AM PST - 7 comments

How to use the full version of Google Translate from an iPhone

How can I use the normal web version of Google Translate from my iPhone? It's automatically redirecting me to their iPhone-optimized version, which doesn't have all the options I need. [more inside]
posted by greenmagnet at 8:15 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I buy beard care products in New York?

Where can I buy beard care products in New York City? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 7:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Why did they make me eat fish on Fridays?

In some religions (at the very least Catholicism), eating fish on Fridays is (or at least was) a requirement and seems to remain a bit of a tradition. I was raised by some strict Catholics, but never understood what the real rule was. Do you have to eat fish, or do you just have to not eat meat? And how exactly is "meat" defined in this situation? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains at 7:52 AM PST - 45 comments


IMAP through an uncooperative proxy? [more inside]
posted by DU at 7:49 AM PST - 13 comments

SBOA (Spinning Beachball of Annoyance)

My Mac just got very sluggish. Common actions like typing, scrolling, clicking app controls, etc. cause the beachball to appear for 5-10 seconds. This happens across applications. Please help me figure out what's wrong. [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist at 6:52 AM PST - 18 comments

Ask the Design Hivemind

Does anyone have any experience with or opinions on Room and Board or CB2 as sofa merchants? [more inside]
posted by scrim at 6:48 AM PST - 18 comments

winterize my house in the green mountains

need help winterizing house! the house is not horribly inslated, but it has a lot of windows and very very high ceilings. my aim is to insulate the windows as much as possible, and whatever else. what I'm looking for is materials, brand names, and methods. [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 6:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Where is the BEST place to learn Thai yoga massage?

I'm a yoga teacher and have long been interested in learning thai yoga massage. 2010 is the year for it! I live "overseas" so will have to travel to take a course and it would have to be an intensive (2 weeks rather than a number of weekends over a period of months for example). I'm boggled by all the options out there ...where in the world to go - who are the best teachers? I'm drawn to Saul David Raye....but would appreciate your suggestions. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
posted by LivinginYes at 6:41 AM PST - 4 comments

Whats the easiest way to get to Courtyard by the Marriot in Boston Downtown on Tremont street via the green line?

Whats the easiest way to get to Courtyard by the Marriot in Boston Downtown on Tremont street via the green line?
posted by bostonhill at 6:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Programmable winch motor

I need a programmable winch-like motor for an art project. [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 6:24 AM PST - 9 comments

Do I have to invite my father to the wedding?

Should I invite my estranged father to my wedding? [more inside]
posted by gauche at 6:21 AM PST - 27 comments

Where's the best place to buy classical CDs in Winnipeg?

Are there any good brick-and-mortar places to buy classical music CDs in Winnipeg, MB? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Assay at 5:56 AM PST - 2 comments

Keeping it real (delicious)

Help me find a mid-priced restaurant in Brooklyn for New Years dinner! [more inside]
posted by theflash at 5:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Ack! Google Looks Like Bing

Why do my Google search results now look just like Bing? [more inside]
posted by Irontom at 5:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Help my eyes look less old

For a 45 year old woman, I'm very happy with how I'm aging, with one recent exception: my eyes are beginning to look very old. In the past few months, I arise every morning with huge puffs both under and over my eyes and there's been a dramatic increase in wrinkles, to the point where people keep asking me if I'm okay because I look tired. I'm already a low-sodium, exercising, well-hydrated, healthy diet, lots of green tea type of person. I've tried puff-reducing gels (which work a little but then the wrinkles really stand out), the Olay Rx line (no changes), some dermatologist-recommended Vichy product line, still nothing. But I'm wondering, weirdly, if having swine flu about 2 months ago has something to do with this. One of my first symptoms was I became bloated all over (couldn't zip up boots), and maybe the eyes are the last remnant of the flu? Does anyone have recommendations for a de-wrinkler for the eyes that truly works?
posted by dzaz at 3:27 AM PST - 13 comments

Or I could just hibernate

Please help me keep warm at home! [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 3:23 AM PST - 37 comments

Are laser treatments a good way to get rid of facial hair?

I'm looking for information regarding laser treatments to remove facial hair. [more inside]
posted by shelayna at 3:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Why don't they make roofs out of plastic?

Why aren't roofs made out of plastic? [more inside]
posted by seanyboy at 2:54 AM PST - 16 comments

Restaurant suggestions in Vancouver

I'm turning 16 this weekend, and decided to get together with some friends for dinner. Problem is, I have no idea where to go. Suggest a Vancouver restaurant for five 16-18 year olds on a Sunday night? [more inside]
posted by csjc at 1:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Come back StumbleUpon, I never meant to hurt you

Okay internet ninjas, can you help me figure out what the crap happened to all this static website's traffic? At the beginning of February '09, visits dropped to about a quarter of what they once were and stayed there, literally overnight.. The culprit looks to be StumbleUpon - referrals went from quadruple digits to doubles even though there was absolutely no change in the site or its (non-existent) marketing. Though I've read up on SU, I still don't really get why this happened. Can you explain and/or offer advice on fixing it? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa at 12:49 AM PST - 5 comments

December 17

Who can push me hardest?

Is there any research that says who or what influences one's political beliefs more than any other? [more inside]
posted by aiificionado at 11:24 PM PST - 14 comments

Does arm swing affect the accuracy of a GPS sports watch while running?

I'm training for a marathon and I use a Garmin GPS watch. I'm wondering: of course it transmits to the satellites as I move forward; but does the fact that my arm (with the watch attached) moves back and forth - as opposed to my entire body moving forward as a single unit - have anything to do with the accuracy? I apologize in advance if this sounds vague or else is even irrelevant.
posted by holdenjordahl at 10:27 PM PST - 11 comments

I'm worried about my undue tooth concern.

I am beginning to worry irrationally and frequently about the possibility of my teeth falling out when they are obviously fine, Is this something I should talked to a therapist about? [more inside]
posted by emperor.seamus at 9:29 PM PST - 20 comments

Starting off on the wrong feet: what to do about waking to foot & leg pain?

When I wake up, I have lately been vexed with a dull pain in my lower legs and especially feet that reminds me of a long day of walking... . [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 9:06 PM PST - 11 comments

All I want for Christmas is...two butt cheeks

Ravenously hungry in the middle of the night, lazy, and bored with my known options. Also: eating plenty in the daylight. Bonus round: I'm poor. [more inside]
posted by bilabial at 9:01 PM PST - 20 comments

Snore it, don't pour it.

What is this mysterious puddle on my side of the bed? [more inside]
posted by Palerale at 8:54 PM PST - 36 comments

Can a non-spouse file a legal complaint about adultery?

Can a non-spouse file a legal complaint about adultery? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 PM PST - 64 comments

Dear Santa,

Where can I buy a "pink dinosaur bathrobe" and slippers for a little girl? [more inside]
posted by simbiotic at 8:04 PM PST - 7 comments

What recipes feature rarely-used spices, or spices used outside of their standard contexts?

Recipes that feature a rarely-used spice? Or a spice out of its normal context? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 8:02 PM PST - 33 comments

Just blowing hot air?

Does this manifold on a 2.5L Jeep really expel hot air into the main engine compartment or is a part missing? [more inside]
posted by Static Vagabond at 7:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Are Cell Towers/Wifi Harmless?

So cell towers are being installed next to a school that's near mine. Parents there are concerned about this, and also about the presence of wifi networks in schools. They cite research promulgated by a Magda Havas. I know hers is a minority viewpoint- but is it fairly described as 'crackpot'? Do parents have legitimate concerns over these issues?
posted by carterk at 7:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Learning to empathize

How can I understand, and empathize, with my fiancee's psychological issues? And other difficult-to-articulate questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:49 PM PST - 68 comments

Off to Tulum We Are, Are We

Suggestions for must see/do/experience in Tulum? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 7:29 PM PST - 12 comments

yeah yeah a name for my blog

I need a name for my new extreme opinions blog. [more inside]
posted by beccyjoe at 7:18 PM PST - 36 comments

Good books about Confucianism?

I want to learn more about Confucianism. Do you have any book recommendations? [more inside]
posted by oracle bone at 7:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Help her tell her story

What is a good screenwriting class in NYC? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 7:11 PM PST - 3 comments

New Life Crisis.

We are hoping to move in the next six months. When should we put our current house up for sale? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 7:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Fuzzy lined sweatshirt for Christmas!

Bought a beautiful fuzzy lined sweatshirt as a gift, got wrong the size, now they are sold out. Any replacement ideas? [more inside]
posted by NHlove at 6:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Vancouver BC restaurant recommendations, please

We're going to be in Vancouver BC in late December, and would love your restaurant recommendations. [more inside]
posted by rabinowitz at 6:45 PM PST - 29 comments

Other historical works like 1776?

I'd like to buy a book or books for someone who really liked 1776, by David McCullough, but who now wants to know more about the Revolutionary War. [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 6:13 PM PST - 10 comments

gift for drummer who has everything???

Please help me find a noise making gift to give to a drummer. [more inside]
posted by dublin at 6:06 PM PST - 31 comments

Unemployed pregnant lady wants to work.

I've been unemployed for a year and have had an unsuccessful job hunt. I've recently discovered (happily) that I'm pregnant. This changes everything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:14 PM PST - 14 comments

Hacking away the forest

ICan'tBelieveI'mAskingThisFilter: How does your grooming, er, down there affect sex? [Possibly NSFW] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:14 PM PST - 59 comments

Italian actor/singer pretending to sing in English filter???

This song is rocking! What other music/songs do you think I would like?? ( I think I love the upbeat feel and those horns!)
posted by beccaj at 4:33 PM PST - 26 comments

What happens to expired Tamiflu?

What happens to expired Tamiflu? [more inside]
posted by amro at 4:10 PM PST - 8 comments

DC to DUX, can't be that hard, right?

I moved across the country for a dream job at my alma mater, my job's funding was cut and I am now unemployed. I have no benefits and am losing my place at the end of the month. I don't have a lot of money but I have decided to make a go of Eugene, Oregon. I have applied to some temp places, but what else should I be doing as a professional fundraiser and broadcast journalist to find work and get my life together? I am over the despair but I need major help. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 4:06 PM PST - 5 comments

I am terrified of talking on the phone but my job responsibilities will require me to do so.

I have a near-pathological fear of talking to strangers on the phone. My expanded job duties will soon include calling clients. How do I get past this fear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:06 PM PST - 27 comments

That drunk guy on TV that was on past my bedtime.

Identify this late 70's-early 80's British TV show starring a drunk guy! [more inside]
posted by chambers at 3:37 PM PST - 8 comments

2.26Ghz vs. 2.66Ghz Mac mini for HTPC—worth the extra money?

2.26Ghz vs. 2.66Ghz Mac mini for HTPC—worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 3:12 PM PST - 23 comments

Fair use or not?

I recently found this image of mine on this webpage. My question: Has CBS conformed to the terms of my license? I say not. [more inside]
posted by pjern at 2:47 PM PST - 37 comments

Where to go for a short vacation in the Caribbean?

Hi all! So, have any of you ever vacationed or traveled in the Caribbean? If so, I would love to hear your likes, dislikes, recommendations & suggestions. [more inside]
posted by BobFrapples at 2:27 PM PST - 15 comments

Beyond Good and Evil...of feet

Did Nietzsche write a poem about feet? [more inside]
posted by duckierose at 2:12 PM PST - 7 comments

I know I can't say internet "addiction" but...

What am I supposed to do with my time? [more inside]
posted by DerangedGoblin at 2:10 PM PST - 27 comments

Help this chubby office rat (and his wife) get motivated and active

I'm more sedentary than I'd like to be, and I'm putting on weight. Please help me get motivated to work out, and help me encourage my wife to join me. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Why am I in love with my husband's best friend?

I have an excellent relationship with my husband. So why am I in love with his best friend? And what, if anything, should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:10 PM PST - 30 comments

Undiagnosable female issues.

I know you are not my doctor. I'm having a female issue that my OB/GYN can't figure out. I need ideas on how to approach this situation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:09 PM PST - 21 comments

What first sparked your interest in computers?

I need help finding citations for a story about programmer's inspirations. A giant whiteboard asks for the spark that interested people in computers and the answers are all video games. [more inside]
posted by pwnguin at 2:06 PM PST - 2 comments

EarthLink? WTF? OMG!

So I recently moved, and as I always do, got an account with Time Warner (who are pretty much the only option in the part of Austin where I live). I noticed that my IP was resolving as either "" or "" when it should be "", but didn't think much of it. However, today I found a letter in the mail containing "important information about your EarthLink account." Wot's, uh, the deal? [more inside]
posted by DecemberBoy at 1:34 PM PST - 6 comments

Guns and green card

I am a green card holder resident in the US. Am I allowed to buy a gun?
posted by Fiery Jack at 1:26 PM PST - 11 comments

Disney version of the Monsanto Corporation story please.

How would you explain to an 8 year old the practices of Monsanto? [more inside]
posted by querty at 1:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Prison Correspondence

How can people in the U.S. prison system communicate with the outside world? I understand that this varies depending on the type of prison, and possibly the state, but I have found no information. [more inside]
posted by daboo at 1:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Mp3 recorder for kids

My daughter would love a toy like the Fischer Price tape recorder from my childhood. A simple sturdy mp3 recorder with a microphone that can be operated by a small child. Does that perfect gift exist? My google skills turn op nothing.
posted by FidelDonson at 1:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a new Pixelsurgeon-ish site!

Looking for a site that aggregates sites to do with character design, typography, cute craft, flash interfaces, 3d goodness, crazy news and general cool stuff in the vein of the now defunct Pixelsurgeon. Oh how I miss Pixelsurgeon :( [more inside]
posted by aqueousdan at 1:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Starting my first Model Railroad layout

Advice and tips for starting my first HO model train layout? [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 1:05 PM PST - 6 comments

shouldn't a vacant lot be buildable?

Are there un-buildable lots? I have read up on a similar question but that was about how expensive the known-to-be-buildable lots are. My question is if I see a lot listed that is "virgin" vacant never had a srtucture on it, how likely is it that no one could build on it? [more inside]
posted by markhu at 12:51 PM PST - 13 comments

Can auto claim be reopened?

After I settled an auto injury claim I found out the adjuster mislead me on a number of issues. Had I known that I would have obtained an attorney. Can settled injury claims get reopened (Adjuster says no)?
posted by elizfield at 12:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for older edition of Lord of the Flies

I'm trying to buy two copies of Lord of the Flies for an art project but.. [more inside]
posted by pwally at 12:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Make this a very merry Marxmas

Help me find a brief quote by Karl Marx suitable for use on a holiday ornament! Extra points for being commodities-fetish related! [more inside]
posted by luazinha at 12:43 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me interview well so I can continue to feed my cats!

Help me to rock this interview for a teacher's aide position and (finally) land a job! [more inside]
posted by rosethorn at 12:27 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do when it's really cold?

Cool things to do when it's 40 below? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 12:24 PM PST - 13 comments

Spectacular Japanese Vegetarian Feast!

My family isn't doing presents this year. Instead, each of us will cook a spectacular feast for the others during the upcoming holiday break. I want to cook a Japanese feast!! Difficulty: must be vegetarian. [more inside]
posted by Cygnet at 12:21 PM PST - 22 comments

Printing large custom sizes in LA?

Is there a print shop in Los Angeles that excels in dealing with large custom sizes (10x13 and/or 13x20)? [more inside]
posted by speicus at 12:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Help us find some musical compromise

She thinks I'm a music snob, I think she listens to overcommercialised crap, what can we enjoy together? [more inside]
posted by dickasso at 12:03 PM PST - 69 comments

The ice is going to break!!! (in Christopher Walken voice)

Ice Skating in NYC. Recommendations please? [more inside]
posted by cazoo at 12:00 PM PST - 10 comments

Video Filter

Will a Canon Vixia HF20 record in any other format than AVCHD? [more inside]
posted by Amby72 at 11:54 AM PST - 2 comments

How to be really motivated but not miserable?

How do you give yourself the motivation to be great, without also having a giant unfillable hole in your soul that will doom you to misery? [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 11:48 AM PST - 18 comments

70's Genie Bottles of DEATH!?

A bottle full of swirling, opaque, pearlescent liquid, that did not homogenize; how did we do that? [more inside]
posted by The otter lady at 11:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Snowboard shop in Denver

Recommend a good snowboard shop in Denver ? I'm flying into DIA and have a few days for a little road trip to Steamboat. I'm after my first board, maybe a Bataleon or Lib Tech. Would it be cheaper to buy in Steamboat or pickup on the way ? I may even pop into Boulder, if there are some good shops there. Thanks !
posted by Sturdy at 11:27 AM PST - 4 comments

Beatles Bootlegs?

What are the most interesting Beatles bootlegs? How do you get them? Are there any interesting "legit" bootlegs? [more inside]
posted by musofire at 11:18 AM PST - 14 comments

Architect Messed Up

My architect's omission will cost me an extra $25 grand. Do I have any recourse? [more inside]
posted by otto42 at 11:18 AM PST - 15 comments

Cool and contemporary chick bands?

I need some awesome, contemporary girl bands for a mixtape. [more inside]
posted by stefanie at 11:13 AM PST - 57 comments

Online publishing for poetry chapbook

Looking to self-publish a small poetry chapbook. Anybody got recommendations for online sites that will do this for me? I am looking to have hard copies I can sell at readings, rather than have people order from the Web.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:12 AM PST - 7 comments

photography that blends into web pages

Is there a term for photography with a plain-colored background (i.e. a background that will blend seamlessly into an x-colored web page background)? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly at 11:10 AM PST - 13 comments

If it can ride in it, why not on it?

While moving out of an apartment my humongous couch would not fit into the elevator. With the promise of 6 flights of tight stairwell looming, I posited the following: "We're on the 5th floor and have the service elevator to ourselves. Let's put it on the 4th, put the couch on top of it, take the elevator to the basement, and carry the couch out the front of the building on the first floor." [more inside]
posted by cloax at 11:03 AM PST - 37 comments

Recycling urinary catheters?

Can I recycle used urinary catheters? [more inside]
posted by wetpaint at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

I need to find a short-term gym in LA!

How to find a short-term (holiday) gym membership in LA? [more inside]
posted by paultopia at 10:47 AM PST - 8 comments

Best audio/communication solution for snowsports helmet?

Best ski/snowboard helmet w/audio (mic preferred) integration? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones at 10:45 AM PST - 2 comments

Word 2007 formatting question

How do I keep a particular tab in Word2007 from automatically disappearing? And other Word2007 and Excel 2007 questions inside. [more inside]
posted by jujube at 10:20 AM PST - 15 comments

Geeky things to do in Paris?

Geek loose in Paris for a week - What to do? [more inside]
posted by mediamelt at 10:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Products for long hair?

Long-haired guy looking for product tips... [more inside]
posted by crickets at 10:04 AM PST - 15 comments

What's the best cable for my original iPhone, if I'm using it for live music?

I want to play some iPhone music apps live on stage with my band. I'd like to plug my iPhone into an amp. However, I have the iPhone 2G (The original) which doesn't have a normal headphone-out. This output is going bad, anyway. Is there a cable to get sound from the dock connector so I could feed it to the amp? [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 10:03 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me force my mom into 2003!

Giftfilter: My contrarian technophobe mother has indicated that she "might like to experiment with an iPod." Which one should we get her, and how can we make this as easy as possible? [more inside]
posted by Madamina at 9:51 AM PST - 17 comments

help me party like it's 1929

I got invited to a 1920's themed party, and I need advice on what to wear (I'm a guy), and also where to buy the clothes/accessories needed. [more inside]
posted by * at 9:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Learning Php in New York City

I would like to learn Php & Web Development programming by taking courses in NYC. Any advice, suggestions?
posted by chirico at 9:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Most protective cases and accessories for iPhone 3GS?

I'm a clutz, so my iPhone needs protection. What are the best cases for shielding an Iphone 3GS from drops and spills? Do I need other accessories, too, like screen protectors - and if so which ones?
posted by shivohum at 9:17 AM PST - 20 comments

What are the world's best essays?

Inspired by Ask MeFi's most popular thread ever, what are the best essays you can recommend? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson at 9:00 AM PST - 39 comments

Cabins on Lake Mighigan

Looking for a cabin for two on Lake Michigan, preferably the Wisconsin side. Does anyone have any specific recommendations? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 8:53 AM PST - 1 comment

A bridge to?

What are these... bridges? [more inside]
posted by monospace at 8:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Substitutes for ginger

What can I substitute for ground ginger in a peanut sauce recipe? [more inside]
posted by srrh at 8:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Tastes like...chicken?

Help me learn how to like eating seafood. [more inside]
posted by sickinthehead at 7:59 AM PST - 58 comments

where can i find new poetry?

i am looking for some new poetry/poet recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 7:52 AM PST - 33 comments

help me tame my naughty shortbread (not a euphemism)

How do I keep my shortbread cookies from spreading? [more inside]
posted by mr. remy at 7:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Christmas apple cider

I need to make a "hand made" gift for my secret santa. I was thinking apple cider (non-alcoholic) in a wine bottle. Should I just juice store-bought apples, or are there special methods for making a special apple shhhidar?
posted by stbalbach at 7:38 AM PST - 17 comments

drop-side or standard fixed-side crib

Should we opt for the drop-side or standard fixed-side crib? My man's 6'2 and I'm 5'9, so I'm thinking the drop-side may be nice for putting down the (soon-to-be) baby when he gets heavier (especially if I'm pregnant again by then)! [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 7:27 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me solve problems with a peer judging contest!

Help me devise a peer judging system for a contest that will contain approximately 135 members, give or take a few. [more inside]
posted by Modus Pwnens at 7:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Region Free At Last, Thank the Beeb I'm Free At Last!

Now that we have a region free DVD player, what British shows should we look in to ordering? [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 7:04 AM PST - 59 comments

Making like Newton and learning calculus...

I want to re-teach myself calculus. Or at least its elementary principles. More detail inside. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 6:59 AM PST - 27 comments

Can I use snowboard wax on nordic skiis?

Nordic ski filter: I moved last year and now I can't find the hot wax I have for my nordic skiis, but I found the hot wax for my snowboard. Are there any huge differences in the two? Can I hot wax my skiis with snowboard wax? [more inside]
posted by kaudio at 6:09 AM PST - 2 comments

New baby, new couch. Bad idea?

New baby, new couch. Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Brodiggitty at 6:06 AM PST - 26 comments

These photos, let me show you them

Can anyone recommend a simple PC slideshow application for a friend? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never at 5:32 AM PST - 8 comments

UPS and battery reference on the large scale

I would like to learn more about large-scale UPS systems, particularly the battery strings used in traditional RBOC/Telco applications. These are the sort of beasts that use huge strings of 6V 220aH deep cycle batteries, or even large numbers of 2V 400aH batteries on very strong earthquake-resistant shelving wired up to create a 48V mega-battery. Can anyone point me to the most definitive reference materials on the subject?
posted by thewalrus at 5:04 AM PST - 4 comments

How can my business casual dress be more unremarkable?

Apparently, I'm "the guy who's always in business casual", to the point where people joke about the shirtsleeve tats I must be hiding and my room-mate was surprised to discover I actually owned T-shirts. What kind of outfits can comply with business casual but then, by taking off a shirt or untucking it, become more appropriate for a college student? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 12:36 AM PST - 40 comments

Dairy in Asian Cuisine?

Why do dairy products have a limited geographic range in Asian cuisine? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs at 12:23 AM PST - 22 comments

December 16

Want to make Sourdough Bread

Help from our sourdough bread experts.I want to get my wife a sourdough bread starter and whatever goodies to help in baking a tasty sourdough. Please pass along any tips, books, or info available to get the dough rolling.. By the way can you make a starter at home or is there a really good place to order a starter. Thanks!
posted by Upon Further Review at 11:33 PM PST - 23 comments

Worried about drain cleaner

Am I being too paranoid about drain cleaner? [more inside]
posted by cellphone at 11:25 PM PST - 6 comments

My Mom has scleral buckles in both eyes after retinal detachments. Can she enjoy Avatar in 3D?

My Mom has scleral buckles in both eyes after retinal detachments. Can she enjoy Avatar in 3D? History, surgery, and how she sees now backgrounds included. [more inside]
posted by lilywing13 at 10:45 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I save thyme?

How can I, or rather my landlady, save some thyme that has just been brought in for the winter? [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong at 10:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Beelzebubs' red sweater?

Where can I buy a red sweater with a stallion crest like the ones worn by the Beelzebubs on tonight's episode of "The Sing-Off"?
posted by mingshan at 9:44 PM PST - 1 comment

How did you get to know the characters in your novel?

How did you get to know the characters in your novel? [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 at 9:40 PM PST - 29 comments

How to fix weird sink smell

Lately the cold water in my bathroom sink has a musty odor when I first turn on the tap. What should I do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 9:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Moving a downloadable file to another downloading service?

There's a pretty small file (a .rar that contains a .pdf) I want to download on Megaupload. The download keeps timing out after a few seconds and doesn't start from where it leaves off when I reattempt to download it. I'd like to know if there's a web service that will grab that file off of Megaupload and move it to another downloading site (since I've always had this problem with MU). TIA! [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 9:02 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this lead ring?

In this excerpt from Beloved Son Felix, there is a description of a body that they have disinterred for an autopsy. They find a lead ring which causes disgust. What would the lead ring be? [more inside]
posted by tellurian at 8:17 PM PST - 27 comments

keeping my life off of Facebook while refusing to be a part of it?

As a Facebook refuser (I've never signed up, never will) is there a best way to monitor any photos or writings that may be linked to my (quite rare) real name? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:38 PM PST - 23 comments

So I Wish I Could Dance

Where can I learn to dance in Tampa? [more inside]
posted by fogonlittlecatfeet at 7:36 PM PST - 1 comment

Are .edu emails professional looking for recent grads?

Are .edu emails professional looking for a recent grad? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic at 7:18 PM PST - 26 comments

please help me i.d. this photo(series) and the artist

Argh! Can't remember the name of this series of bizarre photos. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 7:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Drug test questions

I have a question about being hired as a contractor for the Department of Justice and having to take a drug test. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Do tabby stripes grow or do tabbys grow more stripes?

Do tabby cats grow more stripes as they get older, or do their stripes just get bigger? [more inside]
posted by ish__ at 6:54 PM PST - 12 comments

What can I add to my spaghetti?

Help me improve my spaghetti. [more inside]
posted by pseudonick at 6:47 PM PST - 51 comments

need attic insulation advice

attic insulation question: I live in a split level home that has two separate attics. Is it counterproductive to have one attic better insulated than the other? (more specifics inside) [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 6:40 PM PST - 4 comments

How to buy money with credit card

Here's the deal. I need to use my credit card to get an additional 850 miles QUICKLY to buy an airline ticket. That means, in my card's scenario, that I need to spend $850 (1 point/$spent). However, I don't want to buy anything. I have heard of some place where you can buy coins, I think it was silver dollars, for a very small premium, and you could use a credit card. This would be the perfect solution because I'm using my credit card to buy negotiable currency. Anyone familiar with this, or can offer another alternative for me to build miles without having to get 'goods'?
posted by lometogo at 6:04 PM PST - 17 comments

Heart Rate Monitor

What is the best heart rate monitor for my needs? [more inside]
posted by hepta at 6:01 PM PST - 7 comments

I'm having real strange sleeping issues. I can stay up 2 days straight, sleep one night, then 2 days again. And I'm complete opposite.. sleep during day, awake at night.. Is it age or the fact I lost my job and am stumped, yet oh so happy?

I'm having real strange sleeping issues. I can stay up 2 days straight, sleep one night, then 2 days again. And I'm complete opposite.. sleep during day, awake at night.. Is it age or the fact I lost my job and am stumped, yet oh so happy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:46 PM PST - 25 comments

Conditional Probability

Stats-filter: Given a binary matrix, if I know the total number of ones in a given row and a given column, can I calculate the probability that a given position contains a one? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller at 5:25 PM PST - 25 comments

Water shut off due to non-payment by landlord. What are my rights?

My landlord pays the water bill for my apartment complex. Today the water was shut off in the middle of the day. When I called the water company, they said that the complex was shut off due to non-payment. Are there any legal requirements about notice or use of rental fees by the property management? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 5:18 PM PST - 16 comments

Excellent blues bars in Philadelphia

I'm looking for an excellent jazz/blues/blues-rock bar in Philly. Grizzled old guys on their guitars, grizzled old patrons, bad lighting, laid-back bartenders and a relaxed atmosphere with a little bit of room to sway if you're feeling it. If you've ever been to the Cat's Eye Pub in Baltimore, something like that. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 5:17 PM PST - 5 comments

You own a Web Design biz, how would you advertise?

You own a Web Design biz, how would you advertise? Until now it has been entirely word-of-mouth. [more inside]
posted by livin4u at 5:02 PM PST - 11 comments

Which liberals might vote against healthcare?

Which liberal (or at least pro-healthcare-reform) Democratic senators are leaning towards opposing the current bill? [more inside]
posted by col_pogo at 4:53 PM PST - 13 comments

An easier modem power-cycle?

I want to add a power switch to my modem + router so I can easily restart them. Advice? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 4:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Sorry in advance.

Inspired by the wiping technique thread from earlier today - what is the proper, best way to wash one's ass in the shower? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:01 PM PST - 27 comments

Who would a Gibraltar company pay PAYE tax to for a UK employee?

If a company registered in Gibraltar is employing people in the UK, to whom is PAYE income tax paid to? Longish story follows... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:00 PM PST - 3 comments

Find me some fashion!

Help me find this dress! Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by alygator at 3:55 PM PST - 6 comments

Maybe she can avoid my years of blurry pictures of flowers

Gift-filter: I'd like to find a book about fun photography projects for a very smart 14-year-old girl. [more inside]
posted by dreamyshade at 3:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Knock it off

I have a creative block. Every time I start a creative pursuit, I accuse myself of a lack of originality and/or plagiarism and quit. [more inside]
posted by Sophie1 at 3:44 PM PST - 14 comments

What movies or documentaries about motorcycles would my boyfriend like?

What movies or documentaries about motorcycles would my boyfriend like? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 3:41 PM PST - 29 comments


What's the best drugstore conditioner to smooth and detangle very dry, curly, tangled hair? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus at 3:33 PM PST - 24 comments

How do I clean my silver and pearl bird's nest necklace?

How do I clean my silver and pearl bird's nest necklace? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin at 2:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Earplugs for thirty, please!

ChristmasAngstFilter: What should I give to the workers at our day care? [more inside]
posted by Knowyournuts at 2:35 PM PST - 16 comments

What's a good career move for me, prefer travel?

What's a good career move for me? [more inside]
posted by photo guy at 2:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Virtual Afghanistan?

In Thomas Friedman's weak OP-ED entitled, he writes: “Let’s not fool ourselves. Whatever threat the real Afghanistan poses to U.S. national security, the “Virtual Afghanistan” now poses just as big a threat. The Virtual Afghanistan is the network of hundreds of jihadist Web sites that inspire, train, educate and recruit young Muslims to engage in jihad against America and the West.” If this is true, could someone provide examples? I mean, I'm sure they're using the internet to recruit people, but this makes it sound far more sophisticated than I would have assumed.
posted by defenestration at 1:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Wound Care in Vienna

AustrianHealthCareFilter: How do I go about getting minor post-surgical care in Vienna over the holidays? [more inside]
posted by klausness at 1:52 PM PST - 0 comments

Dwight's nutcracker

What type of nutcracker was Dwight given on The Office episode "Secret Santa"? [more inside]
posted by willcosgrove at 1:31 PM PST - 4 comments

How would you make the most of 1 full day without sleep in Bangkok?

How would you make the most of 1 full day without sleep in Bangkok? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 1:25 PM PST - 11 comments

Most effective means of moving hot air?

What is the best way to move hot air? Would it be blowing air across the heat source (ex: wood stove) or suck the air away from the heat source? [more inside]
posted by ascetic at 1:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me peak as an athlete.

I'm looking for tips on how to peak for an athletic performance. [more inside]
posted by vito90 at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

We've got to stop loafing around...

What are the best supplies for baking bread at home from scratch? [more inside]
posted by cior at 1:05 PM PST - 45 comments

Causes of failure on a free email account

When a free email account fails, what are the possible causes? [more inside]
posted by TimTypeZed at 1:04 PM PST - 9 comments

REOs--do I want to attempt this?

What's it like purchasing a REO? Is this something I should attempt as a first time homebuyer? [more inside]
posted by thisperon at 12:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find a poem!

Help me find a good inspirational poem to frame as a Christmas gift for someone going through a hard time. [more inside]
posted by nataliecay at 12:34 PM PST - 18 comments

How to search multiple sites at once

Is there a software/service that allows you to search specific websites rather than just through than the internet as a whole? I have a select list of sites I refer to weekly to find specific content. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by jverdone at 12:31 PM PST - 12 comments

Teach an old Terrier new doubles tennis tricks, please.

Any good web pages/videos describing tennis doubles strategy in depth? [more inside]
posted by Napoleonic Terrier at 12:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Legitimacy of regular employee forced to become contract employee.

Legitimacy of regular employee forced to become contract employee. [more inside]
posted by Oireachtac at 12:10 PM PST - 19 comments

College Quandary!!

Help a young boy make the right decision! Any and all advice for a soon-to-be-undergrad trying to secure his future! [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb at 12:01 PM PST - 43 comments

What songs are like this one song?

I want Pandora, but only for a specific set of user defined songs. Is there software that will listen to a song and then tell me what songs are similar to it within another given set of songs? I explain better inside. [more inside]
posted by brgale at 12:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Freezing my ass off!

Have you had any experience with in-car extra heaters like the ones on the linked page? example types [more inside]
posted by Eicats at 11:58 AM PST - 6 comments

Strange cursor behavior in gmail

Gmail wants me to type in the search box instead of the email text. Its baffling and very very annoying. [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 11:49 AM PST - 8 comments

I want my add-ons back!

Got a notice as I was browsing this morning stating Firefox had updated and as soon as I restarted it was going to install updates, did I want to restart? I didn't, but then restarted a while ago, when it restarted after install all my addons and customizations are completely gone. Everything. I probably had thirty addons, had Firefox set up so nice, exactly how I wanted it. Now what? How do I get my addons back? This has not happened in past updates -- what the hell just happened to me? [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue at 11:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me deal with my parents and their ass-eating dog.

HomeForTheHolidaysFilter: Help me deal with my parents and their ass-eating dog. [more inside]
posted by granted at 11:41 AM PST - 29 comments

It's okay, his wife knows...

How to help a friend stuck in a very odd romantic triangle? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 at 11:09 AM PST - 29 comments

How to lose weight when meds pack on weight

I want to lose weight, but the drugs I take to manage my bipolar disease actually add weight. Do you have ideas on how I can lose weight? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:58 AM PST - 23 comments

Eye contact

Why do (American) women tend to avoid casual eye contact with men as they walk by, enter an elevator, etc... I know there is the obvious issue of not wanting to appear “interested” or send a sexual signal...but does that explain everything? [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd at 10:33 AM PST - 79 comments

Simple Quiz Maker?

Can you help me create a Word test that I can email to potential employees (without them being able to cheat on it too easily)? And without purchasing new software? [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow at 10:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I find attractive powered speakers?

Does anyone know of any attractive powered speakers? Ones that look like they belong on a bookshelf and not next to a PC? [more inside]
posted by bryanlacksfocus at 10:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Corrugated Cardboard Control Committee

I have been experimenting with corrugated cardboard construction. Looking for new project ideas. [more inside]
posted by battleshipkropotkin at 9:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Getting off the cable-internet habit.

I'm thinking about canceling my Comcast internet and TV service. To fulfill my internet needs I would switch from my current last-gen handset to a smart phone with a data plan. What should I consider before I make this move? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 9:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Can a rebound relationship work?

I have a shot with a girl I've liked for a long time. Problem: she's on the rebound. How can I maximize the chances of a happy outcome for both of us? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 AM PST - 30 comments

How do I go about securing my idea?

I have an awesome idea for an improvement for a product. What now? [more inside]
posted by boo_radley at 9:30 AM PST - 13 comments

Where can I bulk buy ethernet cable in Toronto?

TorontoFilter: where can I bulk buy a bunch of premade cat5e and cat6 ethernet cables downtown? [more inside]
posted by tracert at 9:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Licensing art?

Any advice on how much to charge a music label for "unlimited rights" to album art that I created? [more inside]
posted by Liquidwolf at 9:13 AM PST - 4 comments

Wading through the VU bootlegs

What are the best Velvet Underground bootlegs in terms of sound / performance quality? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard at 9:11 AM PST - 5 comments

Tell me about your sales engineer/field support job

After 12 or so unhappy years in the tech world, I'm looking for a career that is more people oriented. Wondering if sales engineering might be the way to go, and if so if I have the right skill set. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:07 AM PST - 9 comments

What to get for a future Naval officer for Xmas?

What can I buy for Christmas for my best friend who will soon be in her third week of Navy OCS? [more inside]
posted by timetoevolve at 8:41 AM PST - 3 comments

The grinch that stole Christmas (decorations)

How do you stop Christmas decoration theft? [more inside]
posted by madajb at 8:24 AM PST - 24 comments

Why doesn't my spouse let me see his/her facebook pictures?

Is this normal? Would you be worried if your spouse blocked you from seeing his/her pictures on facebook? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 AM PST - 95 comments

Hideous driver's license photo

I have an awful photo of myself on my driver's license. I'd like to have it changed. [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy at 8:14 AM PST - 10 comments

Promotional Item

Please recommend a gift for my newly promoted boss. [more inside]
posted by alice ayres at 8:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Whisky Me Away

What's a good scotch (or non-scotch) whisky that I can get for $15 - $20? [more inside]
posted by spamguy at 8:14 AM PST - 37 comments

Staying in the Smokes

Putting together a Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg trip for after xmas and before New Years. Looking for lodging recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 7:48 AM PST - 4 comments

train food

Train ride from Portland to Chicago. In coach. I don't want to buy food on the train. What should my food strategy be? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 7:37 AM PST - 22 comments

Looking for an affordable USB amplifier.

Looking for an affordable ($100) USB amplifier. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 7:13 AM PST - 13 comments

Help me identify this tpy

Help me identify this toy. Here is the pic:
posted by alshain at 7:08 AM PST - 7 comments

Why are writers people that wad ruled paper?

What's the origin of the image of the frustrated writer? You know this character - crumpling his drafts into little balls and throwing them in the wastepaper basket, or staring endlessly at a blank page. What are some really early appearances of this image? [more inside]
posted by voronoi at 7:04 AM PST - 12 comments

Can I save a timestamped version of a website to use in court?

Is there a way to capture a website at a certain point in time so that it's admissible in court? I may be about to be involved in litigation soon and there's information on a site which will be very important and I'd like to use it as evidence, but I'm worried it might move or change.
posted by anonymous at 6:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Help me figure out how to get treated for depression.

Help me figure out how to get treated for depression. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 AM PST - 15 comments

Question about casual dating and newfound attractiveness.

Question about casual dating and newfound attractiveness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:43 AM PST - 14 comments

Bitte helf mir!

I'm on my way to Austria for a few weeks. Looking for a handy German language app for my Blackberry Tour to help me as I struggle to remember the language. Is there one? While we're here, any other good world travel apps you recommend? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster at 6:41 AM PST - 6 comments

Is insecure?

Is insecure? I need to send large files to a client in Dubai (I'm in Los Angeles). Their IT guy wants me to upload to their ftp server because he says YouSendIt is insecure. Fine with me, but I keep getting error messages. I'm pretty knowledgeable about ftp, and I think the problem is on their end, as their server keeps kicking me off. [more inside]
posted by ljshapiro at 6:21 AM PST - 35 comments

Best wet shave soap for sensitive skin?

MenShavingFilter: what is the best soap I can use for a wet shave given that I have very sensitive skin? Preferably available in a store in Montreal, but at least available to order online for delivery to Montreal. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 6:14 AM PST - 25 comments

Power Button on iBook G4 Inoperable -- what now?

To transport or not to transport, that is the question! [more inside]
posted by fantine at 5:56 AM PST - 9 comments

NYE in Charleston

What can't I miss in Charleston, SC over the NYE weekend? [more inside]
posted by Classic Diner at 5:38 AM PST - 7 comments

ISO a pub near (but not in) Heathrow Airport for New Year's Eve

Am looking for a pub near (but not in) Heathrow Airport (Hayes, England), where a couple can celebrate New Year's Eve. [more inside]
posted by laskagirl at 5:22 AM PST - 9 comments

How to tell children about death book suggestions for a single dad

A friend's father passed away suddenly and he is having difficulty formulating a way to tell his daughter. What books would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by spec80 at 5:15 AM PST - 11 comments

Step Aside, I'll Sing This One

Examples of hit songs sung by someone other than the lead singer? [more inside]
posted by xingcat at 4:06 AM PST - 59 comments

Research supporting that homosexuals are born homosexuals

What exact research has been done to support the notion that homosexuals are born gay? [more inside]
posted by Prunedish at 3:35 AM PST - 48 comments

Tax scratch fever

USOpenEnrollmentFilter. Question about "health savings accounts" versus medical FSAs (flexible spending accounts). [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 12:22 AM PST - 2 comments

Machine Washable EEEPC Case?

I was sick all weekend. I brought some dayquil to work with me in my backpack...along with my eeepc 1000he.... [more inside]
posted by AltReality at 12:12 AM PST - 6 comments

December 15

Can our kooky, mouthy dog calm down?

Have you trained a super mouthy dog not to nip and chew? Is it possible? (below is very long in case details matter; feel free to skim.) [more inside]
posted by keener_sounds at 10:13 PM PST - 12 comments

Loud speaker. Quiet speaker. Alternate at random.

I want to listen to my digital music player at work (technically, WMAs and not MP3s) through speakers rather than headphones. With the latter, all my songs sound fairly consistent in volume. With the former, they're all over the map and ditto for the dynamic range. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 9:41 PM PST - 6 comments

PhD Admissions Question

Help me understand PhD admissions [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 PM PST - 12 comments

Collection ended up on credit report--help please!

Through no fault of my own (in brief: I was unconscious, but may have been unwarrantedly credulous later), a collection agency's action has become visible on my credit reports. How can I remove these? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Next Week's AskMe: I Think My Mother Has The Hots for Me

Doc Brown Christmas Filter: Help me get my own DeLorean, if only for one day! [more inside]
posted by rokusan at 9:19 PM PST - 4 comments

Honey Treats

Help me come up with candies and/or baked goods based on honey and/or comblike structures! [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:07 PM PST - 11 comments

Old Bosch jigsaw model equivalent?

I'm looking for a second hand jigsaw that is equivalent in quality to a Bosch GST 100 BCE - any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Sebmojo at 7:57 PM PST - 2 comments


MusicFilter: tell me of the finest blissed-out dub. [more inside]
posted by polyglot at 7:41 PM PST - 14 comments

I'm in my mid 30's, have some money saved up, and thinking of going to art school. Yes? No?

I'm in my mid 30's, have some money saved up, and thinking of going to art school. Yes? No? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 PM PST - 32 comments

What do I do if my professor plagiarizes my idea?

I suspect one of my undergraduate professors is writing an article based on an idea I proposed to him last spring that he intends to submit for publication in a literary journal. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 PM PST - 38 comments

Which student loans to pay off first: Stafford or private?

Student loans in the United States: I have larger fixed-interest Stafford loans, and smaller private loans tied to LIBOR. Which should I pay back first? [more inside]
posted by Muffpub at 7:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Most rugged MP3 player?

In search of an MP3 player that can take a beating... [more inside]
posted by Endure You Are Not Alone at 7:01 PM PST - 17 comments

How to train for a 5K in two weeks

What can I do to improve my 5K with very little time to train? [more inside]
posted by Cogito at 6:44 PM PST - 16 comments

Maximum laundry, minimum space

What are your experiences using a combination washer/dryer? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 6:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Who designed this dress?

Who designed the gorgeous dress Anne-Sophie Mutter wears on the cover of her box of Mozart sonatas and related DVD?
posted by Joe Beese at 6:11 PM PST - 2 comments

Near Longfellow Bridge in Cambridge MA: What is going on?

Why are there dozens of emergency vehicles with lights flashing right now on the Cambridge side of the Longfellow Bridge (in MA)? Training? Incident? Other? [more inside]
posted by vincele at 5:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you convert a free Wordpress theme into Blogger?

Hi. I'm trying to create a new blog and found a great free Wordpress theme that I'd like to use in Blogger. Can I do this? If so, how? Here's the theme I want to convert: Thanks for your comments and advice. Take Care, Dawn
posted by MrningLight at 5:36 PM PST - 1 comment


I want me some fish eggs. [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 5:33 PM PST - 13 comments

What is this rusty thing?

While running errands today I found a rusty metal thing on the sidewalk. Naturally I took it home with me. But I don't know what it is. Do you? It's very heavy.
posted by kenko at 5:31 PM PST - 16 comments

Daytime moisturizer

The best under-makeup daytime moisturizer with all the ingredients for a normal skin
posted by page123 at 5:23 PM PST - 12 comments

A Campy Christmas

I'd like to decorate my apartment in the most campy way possible. What must I have?
posted by bigmusic at 5:23 PM PST - 38 comments

Is there a free .3g2 converter out there?

Is there a free .3g2 converter for the mac out there? [more inside]
posted by biochemist at 4:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Non-Verbal Intelligence

What characteristics outside of a well rounded vocabulary clue you into the fact that someone has intelligence/wisdom? This question is about being a keen interviewer/recruiter. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized at 4:38 PM PST - 44 comments

Long live Ceasar!

My salad wants to be dressed to impress. Save my Ceasar salads' soul, Mefites. Ceasar salad is so oOold school. Shake up my Ceasar salad dressing with some truly twisted, exotic, unexpected tastes and ingredients while remaining somewhat true to the modern interpretation consisting of egg, parmesan, olive oil, mayo, mustard, lemon, anchovy, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce. Thats 'modern' Ceasar to me. I know the 'original' was a far cry from this more or less standard list of ingredients in the current modern interpretation. Be wild... be creative! Lets rock Caesars world. [more inside]
posted by Muirwylde at 4:33 PM PST - 18 comments

I'm not educated but I'm not slow.

I'd like to watch a good educational film about the development of early man. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 4:26 PM PST - 9 comments

over my head

Should I resign to finish graduate work and so I can find a position I can again succeed at? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:08 PM PST - 2 comments

can i pass the deed?

i come from a very large family and some years back we purchased a home for our elderly mother. i being the youngest was stuck with the home in my name, but recently was offered a job in another country. i need to get out of this deal with my family and soon before i leave the country. is there any way i can hand over the deed to the next in line in my family without the hassle of selling to he or she? i am running out of time and need to do this quickly.
posted by anonymous at 4:08 PM PST - 10 comments

What does the "H" button do on our dishwasher?

We don't have the manual available for the dishwasher in our rented apartment, and it has two mysterious buttons (in addition to other controls that make sense to me). One is labelled "H", the other is labelled 45 (degrees) C. What do they do? [more inside]
posted by hAndrew at 3:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Zingers!? Good Grief!

Does anyone know an actual store where I can buy Dolly Madison (now Hostess) Zingers in the greater Seattle area?? [more inside]
posted by evilcupcakes at 3:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Name that early-90s rap song.

There is a rap song about closing down the crack house. It had lots of early-90's rappers on it - I think I remember KRS-ONE, and Shock G from Digital Underground. What was this song called, and who was the main artist? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 3:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Speaker troubleshooting

Loudspeaker troubleshooting. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 2:59 PM PST - 9 comments

How do you get from Houston to Dallas?

Is there a cheap way to get from Houston to Dallas without renting a car? I'll be in Houston for a week over New Year's, and I'd like to visit Dallas for a couple days. Is there a bus or a train? Airplane tickets are ~$200 with tax, which is a little pricey for the sort of jaunt I was imagining. Thanks.
posted by bluefly at 2:57 PM PST - 13 comments

New Year's celebrations in McDonalds?

Where will we be able to eat dinner in Vienna on 31 December without pre-booking? [more inside]
posted by aqsakal at 2:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Personalized candy necklaces?

I am looking for some sort of fun promotional item I can give out at a band's ep release party. But I haven't been able to come up with anything I can actually find and I am running out of time. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by useyourmachinegunarm at 2:37 PM PST - 15 comments

Thin pencil anyone?

I'm looking for a 'thin' pencil... [more inside]
posted by nam3d at 2:27 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy heirloom seeds in Gainesville, FL?

Gardening Filter: Where can I buy heirloom fruit and vegetable seeds in Gainesville FL? [more inside]
posted by space_cookie at 2:19 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I force myself to write more freely again?

I've started writing too slow, thinking too much, not imprisoning the editor, etc. I'm looking for an online or osx tool that encourages writing. It might be as simple as a field that asks you to enter x words within y time. I am having trouble shifting my mindset.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 2:05 PM PST - 14 comments

Is passing out yesterday still an emergency today?

Where to get 2nd medical opinion as soon as reasonably possible about the medications one is prescribed by county hospital in Dallas? [more inside]
posted by DB Cooper at 2:01 PM PST - 7 comments

I need a sense of urgency.

Like most people, I work much more efficiently when there is a looming deadline to focus my mind. Has anyone found a way to 'trick' their minds into thinking a deadline is more imminent than it is, to increase productivity?
posted by Kiwi at 1:57 PM PST - 28 comments

Get our neighbors to the South drunk!

Sending a gift of wine to Atlanta from Toronto - Atlanta companies that deliver wine/other solutions? [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 1:56 PM PST - 9 comments

UK teacher ad: print or online?

You are a UK primary school teacher looking for a Head Teacher position. How are you searching for it? [more inside]
posted by crocomancer at 1:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Cost of a car

How do I calculate if getting a car is worth it? [more inside]
posted by josher71 at 1:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find this Chris Brown song

I want to find the "real" Chris Brown song that is the basis for the Chris Brown and Elmo Sesame Street duet called See the Signs. See the video here. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 1:12 PM PST - 1 comment

Print IE URLs

Printing the URLs of IE Favorites [more inside]
posted by KRS at 1:07 PM PST - 6 comments

Ads where a word is worth 1000 pictures

Great text-driven (print) ads from 2009? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 12:59 PM PST - 5 comments

At least the question isn't "should I eat it?".

Name that veg: what is this green, vine-y vegetable/lettuce/herb thing that showed up in my CSA box this week? [more inside]
posted by soleiluna at 12:52 PM PST - 24 comments

How many grains of sand until we're there...?

Time&SpaceFilter: GoogleFu failing me here... Trying to RE-find specific time and amount measurement/approximation sites. [more inside]
posted by TigerMoth at 12:30 PM PST - 4 comments

I don't want to lose my temper.

My boyfriend has a tendency to lose shit. His wallet, his license, cell phones, keys, ipod, money. This mostly happens when he’s drunk but it also happens when he is stone cold sober. At first, I thought it was weird. Then it became annoying. Now it absolutely infuriates me. Despite his tendency to lose things, he still likes to borrow stuff from other people. And becomes offended when he gets refused. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 12:26 PM PST - 61 comments

Best sweetener?

What's the "best" sweetener? With sugar, HFCS, agave nectar, honey, sugar alcohols, stevia, and others all on the market, my head is spinning. [more inside]
posted by kmz at 12:17 PM PST - 34 comments

Gourmet Food Catalogs?

What are some good fancy-pants gourmet food delivery websites? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT at 12:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Where can I buy a neoprene coat?

Where can I find a neoprene winter jacket? I'm imagining something that's relatively thin, but wind-resistant and very warm. Is this even practical? [more inside]
posted by niles at 11:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Large ball christmas lights?

Where can I get new, large, spherical Christmas lights? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool at 11:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Redneck Christmas

Help me fet a last minute, work appropriate, theme-relevant gift! [more inside]
posted by whodatninja at 11:11 AM PST - 26 comments

Help us party down on New Years Eve, Lima style.

Seeking Peru-philes to make some recommendations as to what to do on New Years Eve in Lima or surrounds. [more inside]
posted by letahl at 11:10 AM PST - 4 comments

Dark clouds on the rates horizon.

The NY Times predicts a dramatic increase in mortgage rates come March, with rates climbing to 6 percent or higher. Ouch. Arguments for or against? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 11:06 AM PST - 5 comments

What happens to early letters of recommendation?

What do I do with a letter of recommendation that I won't need for another 3 semesters? [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 11:05 AM PST - 5 comments

Virtual Vacation Worlds

Are there any games which let you just explore and enjoy the scenery, like a walk-in painting or virtual vacation? (single-player preferred) [more inside]
posted by lord_yo at 10:50 AM PST - 46 comments

What is the best thing you ever found in your Chex Mix?

What is the best thing you ever found in your Chex Mix? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 10:44 AM PST - 39 comments

Chinese and Western relationship norms?

What do you wish you knew about Mainland Chinese dating and relationships that would have made your relationship easier? What are some common sources of misunderstanding between Westerners and people from China? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:37 AM PST - 2 comments

Enough with the honking, seriously.

Why are all these trucks honking in downtown Los Angeles? FOR HOURS. [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 10:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Going to Flagstaff for Christmas. What to do?

A couple of friends of mine and I are going to drive from Austin to Los Angeles for Christmas break. We will be stopping in Flagstaff, AZ on Christmas Eve. What could we do in Flagstaff on Christmas that would be awesome and memorable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Worst reason ever for getting a PhD?

I've been academically wronged on an epic (to me) scale. How to overcome? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 AM PST - 38 comments

Laying down the law...

Does my grassroots advocacy organization need bylaws? What should they look like? [more inside]
posted by opek at 10:15 AM PST - 4 comments

I'd rather not celebrate Christmas at Terminal 5

I have a ticket to fly British Airways home for Christmas next Tuesday. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by venividivici at 10:12 AM PST - 11 comments

A 20,000 Item Mess

Before I set up Adobe Lightroom on my new IMac, help me figure out how to clean up my catalogs with 20,000+ photographs. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 9:34 AM PST - 1 comment

How to say "you're crazy"?

How do you tell someone that they're "crazy"? I need to help a best friend who is losing his sanity. It's a long story... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:08 AM PST - 22 comments

Recommend a USB scanner for Linux

Which current USB flatbed scanner works under Linux? [more inside]
posted by phliar at 8:56 AM PST - 7 comments

Teaching an old dog new tricks...that I learned from another dog.

How can I teach my ex what I've learned while we were apart? [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 8:50 AM PST - 17 comments

She got away by not swimming, I think?

NancyDrewFilesFilter: The one where she's pushed into a tank with a Great! White! Shark! I can't remember the title, and the sites I've found that list all the titles in the series don't include summaries. [more inside]
posted by inging at 8:48 AM PST - 6 comments

What do zoos do with large animals that die

What do zoos do with large animals that die? I heard about a giraffe at the Santa Barbara zoo that died and it got me to wondering about what they'd do with the body. I'm guessing they wouldn't just feed it to predator animals (even though that seems kind of efficient and circle of lifeish) so do they bury them, burn them, stuff them?
posted by willnot at 8:45 AM PST - 12 comments

Dog boarding in Pensacola area?

The very best dog boarding in and around Pensacola? [more inside]
posted by unlucky.lisp at 8:43 AM PST - 1 comment

Scrobblin on a Mac with no privileges

Please help me install a scrobbler for iTunes on Mac OSX 10.5.8 without administrator privileges. [more inside]
posted by puritycontrol at 8:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Where can I go to become a certified nursing assistant in the MD/DC/VA area for cheap/free?

MD-DC-VA-Suburbs filter: Where can I go to become a certified nursing assistant for a cheaper/subsidized/free price? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Ask a Stats Nerd

I need to ruin everyone's fun by adding a rigorous mathematical scoring system to the company bake-off. Li'l help? [more inside]
posted by sonofslim at 8:18 AM PST - 17 comments

Can I get a non-kosher Edible Arrangement to someone who keeps kosher?

Would someone who keeps kosher be able to eat a non-kosher Edible Arrangement? The extent of his keeping kosher is that he will order only plain salad with no dressing if he needs to eat at a non-kosher restaurant (for business, for example). At home his family has two separate kitchens. I would like to get him a plain fruit, non-chocolate dipped Edible Arrangement, but the only facility that can prepare it is not kosher certified.
posted by Dragonness at 8:14 AM PST - 28 comments

Fancy ingredients for a home cook

What fancy pants ingredients should I buy for a foodie? [more inside]
posted by ihavepromisestokeep at 7:45 AM PST - 41 comments

There is probably nothing that a bear so dislikes as a good wash.

So, my one year old son has a bear that needs a bath. [more inside]
posted by zizzle at 7:33 AM PST - 12 comments

Question about testosterone for a normal guy

My google-fu is failing me and I have a question about my testosterone level. I had a blood workup for a physical exam and they said normal range is .2-.8 (I forget the units); I am measured at .72. Is this test meaningful? I would think I would be a lot hairier and hornier than I am if I was close to the maximum of the normal range of blood testosterone level. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Should we breakup?

How can I decide whether or not to end my relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:33 AM PST - 14 comments

Table/Lamp integrated combo for my bedside for $50-$75?

Table/Lamp integrated combo for my bedside for $50-$75? [more inside]
posted by curiositykilledthelemur at 6:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Throw shit away in another person's can?

Right or wrong: throwing away a tied-up plastic bag filled with your dog's feces into another person's trash can (with trash already in it) at the curb. [more inside]
posted by c:\awesome at 6:36 AM PST - 68 comments

Boots, boots, who's gonna find my boots?

I'm in love with a me find them! [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua at 6:10 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I turn on notifications when someone "Likes" something I wrote in Facebook?

How do I receive notifications when someone "Likes" something I posted on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 6:05 AM PST - 11 comments

Is it just me?

Is it just me or is the headline on this page offensive? [more inside]
posted by SNACKeR at 5:19 AM PST - 29 comments

Affordable Overnight Parking in Dublin

I need to park a car overnight tonight in Dublin, Ireland, near the Samuel Beckett Bridge. I'd rather not spend 50 Euros, which is what the closest parking garage charges. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by billtron at 3:55 AM PST - 6 comments

Dress me like an office goth.

I wanna dress like a smart goth. Recommend me some online stores. [more inside]
posted by gonzo_ID at 2:52 AM PST - 13 comments

really bad swimmers sinusitis

Please help me beat my swimmers sinusitis - I need too breathe! [more inside]
posted by complience at 1:10 AM PST - 11 comments

December 14

In a word "jealous anger"

Looking for a word that expresses "jealous anger" [more inside]
posted by ptm at 10:49 PM PST - 21 comments

Good translations of Zhuangzi?

I'm interested in getting a print copy of Zhuangzi to read. What's a good translation or edition?
posted by Arturus at 10:38 PM PST - 7 comments

When all the guys join in singing...only they're yelling it from the back of the band

Okay what is the name of the kind of swing music where the band does call and response with the singer? Not the backup singers. The horn section. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 10:34 PM PST - 10 comments


What are your experiences with temp-to-perm contracts? Advice, things to watch out for? [more inside]
posted by sophist at 10:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me stop sounding like a valley girl!

What are some tips in having better speech? [more inside]
posted by InterestedInKnowing at 10:20 PM PST - 9 comments

Do people really change?

I'm looking for figures on will-power. How many people who try to lose weight, quit smoking, kick an addiction, start exercising, etc. will be successful (particularly long term)? In other words, I'm looking for experimental or population studies on how often people are able to change their behavior in significant ways when they resolve to do so. Well supported anecdotal data about large groups ("vietnam vets were(n't) largely able to quit heroin on coming home") is only slightly less appreciated.
posted by elektrotechnicus at 10:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Name that song.

There is a song I've heard on Pandora that is clever and funny and about cybersex. One attribute I recall is that the singer (male) rhymes something with the lyrics, "semicolon parenthesis." [more inside]
posted by Nonce at 10:01 PM PST - 11 comments


do dogs pee in their sleep? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 9:57 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I learn a LOT about beer in a short amount of time?

I need links to interesting websites and enjoyable books about the history of and current practices of beer making and beer tasting. I start a new bartending job soon, and I may have scored it by pretending to know more than I really do about brew. [more inside]
posted by macrowave at 9:56 PM PST - 12 comments

Approach for Extra Credit

How should I approach a teacher for extra credit in a class? [more inside]
posted by Atarah at 9:45 PM PST - 21 comments

Should I let my housemate know where he stands?

Knowing that two of my housemates plan to leave the third one high and dry, while he has no idea about it, do I tell him? Or is this a breach of trust to them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 25 comments

help me get some safely

CasualSex-filter: I am a straight woman. I'm not into the bar/club scene whatsoever. I've never had casual sex, and want to change this. Tips for doing this as safely as possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 15 comments

put a sock in it, will ya?

Help find a coping mechanism for an introvert so he can better tolerate his chatty co-workers? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 8:48 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I adjust from sunny LA to freezing cold Virginia?

Have you ever moved from a warm, mild climate like Los Angeles, to one that experiences four seasons - and did you do so in the dead of winter? What was it like? What do you wish you had known beforehand? In other words, what am I, a native Angeleno currently taking for granted? [more inside]
posted by invisible ink at 8:30 PM PST - 64 comments

ID this short story

Sci-fiShortStoryFilter: A generation ship on a long-term voyage slowly forgets the purpose of its mission and begins to interpret the mission control manual and previous captain's logs as religious works, and cease working toward their target. Basically all other details I've forgotten, and I'm pretty sure it's not "Thirteen to Centaurus" by JG Ballard that I'm thinking of.
posted by palindromic at 7:45 PM PST - 29 comments

Why is my feverish kitten twitching?

Why is my feverish kitten twitching? [more inside]
posted by wo at 7:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Classical composers who sang instead of played instruments?

Are there well-known classical composers who aren't trained on a particular instrument? An acquaintance is a young singer who's interested in composition (mostly for voice), but in talking to him I get the sense that he feels a little inadequate compared to his fellow students who are accomplished on at least one instrument like piano or violin. Can you give me examples of classical composers whose work is respected but who weren't primarily instrumental players? Modern or otherwise. Thanks!
posted by mediareport at 6:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Make sugar sweeter...

Dedicated Hosting Rentals for SugarCRM - Help me out! [more inside]
posted by frwagon at 6:55 PM PST - 9 comments

what do you notice about people and what does it tell you?

what-do-you-know? filter: When you first meet strangers, what things about them can you discern just from casual observation and interaction? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 at 6:48 PM PST - 60 comments

Best basic wireless router?

I am in need of a new wireless router. Please talk to me like I know nothing about routers, computers, or technology in general (this is maybe 75% true) and help me choose. [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx at 6:12 PM PST - 14 comments

Flash card program needed

I'm needing a flash card program to help in my classes, and it doesn't have to be free. The main things I need are... [more inside]
posted by atm at 6:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Stick to our guns? No thanks.

How do we get rid of an unregistered handgun we inherited? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:13 PM PST - 48 comments

Why is one eye dilated and painful?

The pupil in my left eye is much larger than the other and the eye is stinging (not badly, but definitely steady for the last few hours). How serious is this? [more inside]
posted by susanvance at 4:29 PM PST - 15 comments

All I want for Christmas is my yum smoked meat.

I'm traveling to Dallas on Northwest Airlines from Montreal Pierre Trudeau Airport tomorrow morning. I just bought three pounds of smoked meat that is NOT shrink wrapped. Can I take it? Can I carry it on? [more inside]
posted by nosila at 4:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Possibly the most specific -filter in recent memory

GUIDPartitionTableFilter: How can I non-destructively change a partition's filesystem type ID in OS X? [more inside]
posted by The Lurkers Support Me in Email at 4:14 PM PST - 6 comments

Need an electric blanket

Can anyone suggest a durable electric blanket? [more inside]
posted by The Bishop of Turkey at 4:08 PM PST - 12 comments

I Am Not A Lawyer... Yet.

Suggestions for getting the most out of BarBri while staying employed full-time? [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy at 3:31 PM PST - 20 comments

I'd give her some booze to cope with the job, but I don't want to scare her too soon.

I'm making a "Welcome" gift basket for our new live-in nanny, in Turkey. What should I include? [more inside]
posted by hasna at 3:11 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me find the right dress!

DressFilter: Help me find a dress for my woman that matches these shoes! [more inside]
posted by Industrial PhD at 2:33 PM PST - 34 comments


Quitting smoking: Please help with the "irritability" [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 2:33 PM PST - 25 comments


Does anyone have any experience with meditation or simply quieting your mind? [more inside]
posted by Garden at 2:25 PM PST - 23 comments

Stabilizing a wooden bedframe

How can I make my bed more stable? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 2:24 PM PST - 28 comments

How to handle taxes when you earn money in different ways?

Tax advice for a freelancer, contractor, and full-time employee [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 2:09 PM PST - 3 comments

I thought I'd have it all figured out by now.

I would like to go back to school next fall. I already have an AAS degree in Computer Science/Networking from a local tech school. Help me decide what I should do my bachelor's in. [more inside]
posted by cottonswab at 1:54 PM PST - 3 comments

Restaurants in Brooklyn Open on Xmas?

My family is staying with me in Brooklyn this year for Christmas. If we don't murder each other before Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, does anyone have any recommendations for good restaurants that are open on Christmas Day in Brooklyn? For Christmas Eve, we were thinking about cooking at home but also ordering in, so any recommendations for that (I live in North Park Slope, so it would have to be somewhere close by)?
posted by Falconetti at 1:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me stop mentally rolling my eyes all the time.

How can I get over my continual annoyance with a family member? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:34 PM PST - 22 comments

Driving in Brazil (RJ)

We are considering renting a car and driving from Rio de Janeiro to Paraty and back. Advice? [more inside]
posted by tss at 1:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Tell me what to buy myself for xmas!

What cool tech toy should I buy? My family isn't doing presents this year. Given that, I'm taking the money I would have spent on them (or rather, them on me), and buying myself something fun. Trouble is, I can't figure out what that fun should be... [more inside]
posted by cgg at 1:31 PM PST - 23 comments

WordPress Theme

I need help finding a WordPress theme! [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 1:19 PM PST - 6 comments

A start menu for Windows 7 where I type "i" for Internet and "f" for Firefox to open that browser?

A start menu for Windows 7 where I type i for Internet and f for Firefox to open that browser? [more inside]
posted by oxit at 1:12 PM PST - 12 comments

Advice needed for an agnostic ESL teacher at a very very Christian school

Help me not get fired from a Seventh Day Adventist School... [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine at 1:05 PM PST - 19 comments

Can you recommend material that further analyzes Orwell's 1984?

I recently read George Orwell's 1984 for the first time, and I was blown away by it! Can you recommend theses/essays/discussions that can be found on the web?
posted by helios410 at 1:03 PM PST - 12 comments

Where to find cheap, warm slippers fast?

I need a pair of under $20 slippers as a stocking stuffer. Requirements: [more inside]
posted by Night_owl at 1:00 PM PST - 14 comments

what bird is this?

Can anybody identify this bird, seen at the Biltmore Estate, NC in August of this year? Thanks.
posted by griseus at 12:57 PM PST - 4 comments

Where to go for NYE in London?

House clubs for NYE in London [more inside]
posted by simolean at 12:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Why is EndNote so bad at finding the full text of references?

When I click on "Find Full Text" in EndNote, it only finds about 1/4 of the references. Is there a way to increase the number of journals it can find? Unfortunately it doesn't seem to know of Science, or Ecology, or Evolution. Is this just a Thomson-Reuters contractual thing?
posted by one_bean at 12:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Retranslating "the red laws" back into Latin

How would one say "red laws" or "the red laws," in the context of the Roman civil statutes, in Latin?
posted by Bookhouse at 12:36 PM PST - 7 comments

Welcome to Metafilter. You're a Mess.

What songs have sampled the philosopher Alan Watts? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream at 12:34 PM PST - 4 comments

Music for a zakuski gathering?

I am hosting a zakuski gathering soon, and I need music! I already have much Slavic Soul Party and Gogol Bordello. [more inside]
posted by everichon at 12:31 PM PST - 14 comments

.htaccess or some other solution for altering a url across a domain?

I use a CMS which needs in order to work. I used to have an htaccess file which would make work fine (ie, it would load the correct page even without the index.php there). Dreamhost recently upgraded its software and the htaccess file no longer works. Is there a solution for this problem? [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 12:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Best way to turn gold into dollar bills?

Basic dum