December 2010 Archives

December 31

Help me figure out of tax burden, Please.

Can I take a business loss if I sell my business and the buyer doesn't pay? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse at 9:13 PM PST - 3 comments

Steaming my shirts and pants.

I looking to purchase a steam board that mounts on a door. Did a search but came across only one company. The putting the shirt on the iron does not do it for me. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks
posted by Noodles at 9:02 PM PST - 3 comments

So, is China planning an invasion any time soon??

I'm having dinner with some friends tonight, one of whom is convinced China is the next great evil superpower. However, he is open to debate so what are some concrete arguments I can use to shut him down? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish at 8:55 PM PST - 27 comments

Nervous about sex

Is my nervousness about sex due to lack of experience or is there something else? (full story inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:29 PM PST - 30 comments

World travel as a lifestyle?

I want to travel the world as a lifestyle, but I'm a recently-graduated programmer with no job experience. How do I make this a possibility? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:29 PM PST - 21 comments

around the world in 80 days

Is it possible to get to know a place fairly well, without actually visiting it? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 4:09 PM PST - 23 comments

It costs HOW much when it was repaired under recall?

Should I try to negotiate this car repair bill? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by vers at 3:56 PM PST - 14 comments

Recommend a Manhattan Project book, Fat Man / Little Boy!

Recommend your favorite book detailing the history of the Manhattan Project. I'm most interested in the technical hurdles overcome, but I'd also like it to encompass the political aspects of the venture. [more inside]
posted by supercres at 3:05 PM PST - 26 comments

Eating at fancy restaurant with friends when broke

A friends birthday dinner is at a restaurant outside my price range. How can I attend and eat/spend minimally without seeming odd or drawing attention to myself? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee at 3:04 PM PST - 63 comments

My car got totaled - help me get what I'm owed

My car got totaled in an accident two days ago. I'm looking for advice from those who've been through this process before. How can I make sure to get the most money for the replacement car from my insurance? [more inside]
posted by smokingmonkey at 2:57 PM PST - 20 comments

Are my chances of grad school ruined?

Should I be looking for another person to recommend me for grad school? Initial very warm response, lukewarm response to follow up. (time sensitive snowflakes falling in my head) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:44 PM PST - 12 comments

Pay off my student loans or make a large downpayment on a home?

Should I pay off my student loans or put a down payment on a house? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:44 PM PST - 33 comments

Are there any cafes or common spaces in the DC area that are open tonight (new years eve)?

Are there any cafes or common spaces in the DC area that are open tonight (new years eve)? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 2:18 PM PST - 3 comments

Brooklynfilter: Dig my car out of the snow before or after it rains?

I returned from vacation today (Brooklyn) to find my car under a few feet of snow and piled high on the side after the plows came by. It's supposed to rain on Sunday. Should I dig it out before or after the expected rains? Will the rain further turn the snow to ice or melt it? The temp on Sunday is supposed to be a high/low of 47/32. Thanks!
posted by sub-culture at 2:07 PM PST - 8 comments

ID this bowl?

Can anyone identify this bowl? It looks like it is plywood with a laminate edge. (The screenshot is from White Collar but that probably won't help.)
posted by smackfu at 1:54 PM PST - 4 comments

cold-blooded pet ownership

Why do people want reptiles as pets? [more inside]
posted by 200burritos at 1:54 PM PST - 28 comments

What docs to bring for Motion to Modify?

What documentation should I bring to a court hearing for a "Motion to Modify" (child support)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:40 PM PST - 5 comments

Can GGG stand for Great, Gregarious, Genial?

What if I don't WANT to be GGG anymore? Is my marriage doomed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:39 PM PST - 38 comments

How can I pull political data into my website?

How can I find out United States political information, such as Senators, current elections, and so on, for visitors of my website, in as automatic a way as possible? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 1:24 PM PST - 8 comments

Aliens hunting you down with nowhere to run?

Name that book! Trapped in a museum(?). Hunted by aliens(?). Unable to leave due to some type of force field or collars. [more inside]
posted by ofcourseican at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

I do not care if a person I emailed 4 months ago is onlne.

How do I get strangers off my Google chat panel? It seems that everybody I've ever emailed with a gmail address is there. I do not necessarily have ongoing business with them. I don't want to know when they're online, nor do I want them to know when I'm online. I know I can change my status, but that's not what I'm looking for. Help.
posted by Wordwoman at 12:45 PM PST - 7 comments

What is this song from the early 90's?

What is the name of the band and song in this video from the late 80's-early 90's? I came across this old post on Yahoo! Answers and now it is driving me nuts. One of the guys in the band had on a Charlie Brown shirt and the video took place in a skate park. "California" may have been part of the band name. Ring any bells?
posted by catastropher at 12:44 PM PST - 2 comments

Macbook Pro resolution question

My macbook pro screen's resolution has somehow become out of whack. [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 12:42 PM PST - 3 comments

Academic Job Applications: A Spiraling, Endlessly Recursive Process?

How to streamline working on academic job applications? [more inside]
posted by speicus at 12:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking small biz SMS service provider...

Need help finding SMS service provider for small business. Particulars inside... [more inside]
posted by littleredwagon at 12:12 PM PST - 4 comments

Segregated troops at Ft. Gordon, Georgia in 1950s

My father-in-law, who is 81, was stationed at Ft. Gordon in Georgia in 1951, as part of the signal corps. He has charged me with finding out anything I can about the segregated troops during the period. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 12:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How to run an applescript when connected to a particular network

I want to run a script on my Mac (Applescript most likely) when I connect to a particular wireless router. My Google Fu is failing me. Does anyone know if and how this can be done? [more inside]
posted by bitdamaged at 11:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Linksys mystery

A confusing question about my wireless internet connection and "linksys". [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 10:54 AM PST - 29 comments

How do I buy a year-old photo of myself?

A year ago, a freelance professional photographer took a really good photo of me for a industry publication. I'd like to buy the rights to the photo for personal professional use (e.g. office website bio), but I know nothing about the process. [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs at 10:47 AM PST - 4 comments

Now It Stands For "Oh, Bollocks!"

O.B. tampons - my personal favorite, as well as that of many, many menstru-ees - have mysteriously disappeared. Every OTHER tampon I've encountered has been inferior crap. HALP! [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 10:35 AM PST - 49 comments

How Do Groups Change

How do groups change? Specifically, I have two questions. First, I'm interested in when a group of friends or like minded people who are doing something casually decide to adopt a "mission" and then realize they need to get more serious about logistics, fundraising, accountability, liability, etc. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind at 9:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Think of it as a PO Box for your phone...

PrivacyFilter -- Please help me find a way to keep my personal phone number hidden from prying eyes. [more inside]
posted by kensch at 9:35 AM PST - 7 comments

This isn't so awesome...

Why won't Awesome Note sync with my Evernote account? [more inside]
posted by Kippersoft at 9:29 AM PST - 1 comment

What kind of lizard am I least likely to inadvertently kill?

We'd like to get a pet lizard and preferably not kill it. That's my starting point, and I need help moving forward. [more inside]
posted by bibliowench at 9:22 AM PST - 21 comments

Help with contracts and such for freelancing?

I've got a side coding project coming up, and I need help to figure out the logistics of getting paid for it. Are there standard contracts for this sort of thing, or places where I can get a contract written up? Should I do it as a 1099, or should I attempt to incorporate myself - and if so, how do I go about that? [more inside]
posted by gchucky at 8:56 AM PST - 5 comments

ANSI to get this Unicode converted to ANSI

Normally when I would convert a Unicode file to ANSI, I just bust open Notepad++ and use it's handy-dandy Convert option, but now I've got some MASSIVE text files that can't be opened by Notepad++! [more inside]
posted by antonymous at 8:52 AM PST - 20 comments

Weird BSOD on Acer Aspire 3100 Laptop

Picking up Acer Aspire 3100 Notebook causes blue screen of death! [more inside]
posted by Jackie_Treehorn at 7:53 AM PST - 1 comment

What is the quickest way to filter advertisements in Gmail?

What is the quickest way to filter advertisements in Gmail? [more inside]
posted by suburbanrobot at 7:34 AM PST - 8 comments

How can I get e-mail notification of my Google Contacts' birthdays?

What's the best way to get e-mail notification of my Google Contacts' birthdays?
posted by grouse at 7:24 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the best way to turn DVDs into cash?

What's the best way to get rid of my DVD collection in the UK? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin at 6:50 AM PST - 8 comments

Am I being irrational?

I'm about to buy a Panasonic TC-P42U2 plasma flat-panel TV (Amazon, Newegg) As you can see, buying from Newegg will cost me $100 more than buying from Amazon, yet I'm tempted to do just that since Newegg has an unimpeachable customer service record. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by aheckler at 6:05 AM PST - 22 comments

Technical term related to measuring targets

What is the technical term for people working to meet a target, not the thing the target is trying to measure? [more inside]
posted by garius at 5:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Stripping non-alphanumerics in a UTF8 friendly way

My users are likely to enter "oo-11" in a form field when saving data, but search for "oo11" or "o-o11". The hyphen is not important to the data itself. To keep things tidy, I strip the hyphen when saving the data, and strip the hyphen from the search term. I now have a problem with that system. [more inside]
posted by maxwelton at 12:09 AM PST - 12 comments

December 30

What is it like to be a hospice volunteer?

What is it like to be a hospice volunteer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Conversation blues

I have social anxiety. I do horribly with face-to-face conversations. What are some things that hold your attention in FTF conversations and what tends to drive you away? [more inside]
posted by taiscape at 10:26 PM PST - 29 comments

Picky person looking for the perfect exercise activity.

I'm having trouble finding exercises that will work for me in the long term. Perhaps you know someone who has been in a similar situation. Inside: Health issues and personality to take into account. [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight at 9:50 PM PST - 38 comments

I'm 35 years old. I'm funny, smart, beautiful. I make good money and have a lot of friends. But I've never been in love, nor has anyone told me they loved me. Forever Alone?

I'm 35 years old. I'm funny, smart, beautiful. I make good money and have a lot of friends. But I've never been in love, nor has anyone told me they loved me. Forever Alone? [more inside]
posted by boostershot at 9:35 PM PST - 95 comments

"Full Episodes"....where do I find them?

I want to discover more "full episodes", need suggestions! [more inside]
posted by naplesyellow at 9:31 PM PST - 11 comments

New Year's in Chicago

ChicagoFilter: What are some unusual, inexpensive Chicago events for New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 9:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Is this empty-nest role reversal normal? How can I stop it!??

I have weird feelings of guilt/empty-nest role reversal?? My parents are relatively young (dad is 54, mom is 57), and I just moved out a few months ago 500 miles away, and I am scared to death that something is going to happen to them and I won't be there to save them. Is this psychological torture completely crazy? [more inside]
posted by LemonGardot at 8:19 PM PST - 16 comments

Bodily functions in fiction.

What are some interesting, particularly well-written or unusual fictional depictions of 'bodily functions'? [more inside]
posted by empath at 8:18 PM PST - 30 comments

My MacBook Pro died!

My MacBook Pro stopped working two days ago. I turned it on one day and all it did was you heard the fan running, the disc drive in motion, and the light at the front lit (and lit solid when the lid is closed). Screen is off and there is no chime. [more inside]
posted by antgly at 8:14 PM PST - 10 comments

Any way to get grout residue off of hardwood?

Any tips for getting grout residue off of hardwood floors? Some previous owners of my house had carpeting in the living room, and tiles that they placed around the fireplace hearth (tiles were 1/4" thick and brick-like, in case anyone cares). I removed the carpet and the tiles to reveal the hardwood floors underneath, which is in fairly good shape in most areas. Except right around the fireplace where some white residue remains from where the tiles were. Is there anyway to reduce or remove this completely other than refinishing? Or should I just put an area rug over it until that time comes? [more inside]
posted by weathergal at 8:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Fire, Smoke and Water in my apartment

Crappy New Year! What to salvage when returning to an apartment that has post-fire water damage? Give me some tips! [more inside]
posted by stray at 8:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Where to go when visiting the Oregon Coast?

For anyone who has traveled or lived on the Oregon Coast: Planning a special vacation for my best friend and I driving the coast of Oregon. Looking for suggestions on places to visit, places to eat or listen to music, and of course places to stay. [more inside]
posted by gypseefire at 7:49 PM PST - 24 comments

I need a database of exercise images that are NOT copyright protected.

I need a database of exercise images that are NOT copyright protected because I'd like to create my own exercise hand-outs and can't draw. [more inside]
posted by ticketmaster10 at 7:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Crash course in computer science.

How do I gain a good understanding (both macro and micro) of the modern computer/internet/electronics? [more inside]
posted by oracle bone at 7:19 PM PST - 8 comments

What are these nuts?

What kind of nuts are these? [more inside]
posted by boobjob at 7:05 PM PST - 8 comments

What to do with many small amounts of paint?

I just bought a house across the street from a Home Depot, all of the walls are white, and I'm indecisive. Please help me use up my many paint samples. [more inside]
posted by jalexc at 6:38 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me identify this song from the Imus Show

Help me identify a new country song I heard about a month ago on the Don Imus show. [more inside]
posted by ThisIsNotMe at 6:35 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I watch the Canadian show "Ice Pilots NWT"?

How can I watch the TV show "Ice Pilots NWT?" without going to Canada? In general, how can I access TV shows that aren't on iTunes, Netflix, or my cable service? [more inside]
posted by eeby at 6:08 PM PST - 9 comments

Baby Development Questions

Will a picky baby be a picky toddler? Will a baby who will eat anything be a toddler who'll eat anything? Are the two linked at all? [more inside]
posted by kristymcj at 6:07 PM PST - 17 comments

What is the "gamey" taste in meat?

I don't notice anything particularly distinctive about the flavour of so-called game meats. Why do some people say they taste so different? [more inside]
posted by Brentusfirmus at 6:07 PM PST - 17 comments

if you pitch creative web proposals, what high-level information and tasks are most important to you?

What is the most important information for someone who pitches web proposals to clients to have at a glance? what sort of actions would a dashboard displaying this info need to support? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram at 5:18 PM PST - 2 comments

Email Marketing Input

Wanted some input on a career in email marketing. [more inside]
posted by Peeekay at 5:08 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the easiest way to draw a floor plan and to get basic working drawings for a home rehab?

Architects, builders, and engineers -- what is the best software for drawing up a basic set of floor plans? What's the most cost-effective way to get a set of working drawings for a basic house rehab? [more inside]
posted by slidell at 5:05 PM PST - 10 comments

NAC makes me vomit

I'm in a research trial testing if N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC - an antioxidant) has a beneficial effect on mood (etc.) I started taking the NAC last night (on an empty stomach), and vomited twice upon awakening. I just had another dose, with lunch, and vomited again. I feel fine apart from this, and I read that NAC can cause nausea / vomiting. Should I keep on trucking, i.e., will my body get used to the substance? The research clinic is closed until second week of Jan! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:50 PM PST - 22 comments

NYC NYE party with grime and soul?

hi, looking for a party with this (is that grime?) and some soul music for me lady (and me), in NY Brooklyn preferably. & while we I are dreaming, in walking distance of south park slope (ha, likely I know)..and cheeeeaaaaap.. any suggestions? thanks, cc
posted by 5lbauthority at 4:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Legal live-TV online?

Is it possible to create legal online service live-streaming over-the-air TV channels in US? [more inside]
posted by zeikka at 4:22 PM PST - 12 comments

My phone's too smooth!

How do I rough up my mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 4:10 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find the perfect volunteer job.

Help me find the perfect organization to volunteer for. I am in Toronto and have certain goals in mind but am not sure where to direct my efforts. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 3:58 PM PST - 6 comments

To accept or not to accept?

I've received a linkedin invitation from someone I have never met and have a dubious connection with. I'm relatively new to linkedin myself, so I'm not sure of the etiquette in this situation. [more inside]
posted by lockstitch at 3:55 PM PST - 12 comments

Bring the Karaoke Box home!

I've caught karaoke fever. What are my best options for a karaoke player setup at home? I'm looking for more of a karaoke box setup where participants are able to enter a number on a remote to add a song to the queue or to use a laptop to remotely add songs, rather than a bar-style KJ setup that needs maintenance. Would be interested in either software or hardware solutions <$200. I can figure out the audio, but the software options are vexing!
posted by VulcanMike at 3:34 PM PST - 2 comments

What to do with lots of Amaretto?

I have loads of Amaretto - please give me ideas for using it! [more inside]
posted by jonnyploy at 3:27 PM PST - 16 comments

XBox security questions

How exactly does XBox account security work? Our 360 was stolen in November. We haven't bought a replacement yet, but we did change the password on the Live account associated with the console immediately. We just noticed that within the last few days, our gamertag has logged on and has been playing games, buying avatar items with points we already had, etc. WTF? [more inside]
posted by kmz at 3:13 PM PST - 3 comments

What was this bizarre song

Can you help me find a techno/electronica song I heard in a taxi in Armenia? The only lyrics were "Sex, Beer, Craving." [more inside]
posted by nestor_makhno at 3:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Where's the Cthulhu Plush doll of seasonal renewal?

I'm looking for a "Spring Time" themed Cthulhu Plush doll. I want a plush Cthulhu for every season. I have a Summer themed one, a Winter themed one, and an Autumn themed one, but I'm lacking a Spring themed one. [more inside]
posted by bswinburn at 2:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me start my new job on the right foot.

I’ll be starting a new job in January. What advice do you have for me? [more inside]
posted by TEA at 2:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking For a Specific Alternative History Site

I am looking for a specific website about alternative history. Users of the site could submit counterfactuals and begin a speculative timeline of events based upon this divergence. Other users could contribute to this timeline as well. If the moderators felt that someone's contribution didn't fit the tone of the timeline, they would create a new divergence, leading to a timeline tree. [more inside]
posted by spaltavian at 2:43 PM PST - 4 comments

What to do with ripe but frozen persimmons?

I have 7 very ripe hachiya persimmons in my freezer, frozen solid. They were READY TO EAT! when I got them (all delicious and snotty), but had to go out of town for the holidays and didn't know what else to do with them. Now I'm back and at a loss as to how to proceed. Can I thaw them? Will they shatter my blender as-is? I've made ice cream with persimmons before, but am still fairly new to this glorious fruit, so all suggestions are welcome.
posted by carsonb at 2:34 PM PST - 9 comments

A man and his hair are soon parted

Dear Ask Me, I have been growing my hair for 3 years, with a goal of donating to wigs for kids (gets wigs to young people with permanent hair loss, as in alopecia, and burn victims), this year I topped their requirement for a foot in length; I want your tips of ensuring the best possible preservation of the hair. I have kept it maintained, but I am hoping there is a "final stretch" treatment that will make it in top shape for donating (not necessarily 'shine', or looks, but strength, and fortitude). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM PST - 8 comments

Party for 5 or 50

Have you ever had an open house dinner party? How would I go about this? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:11 PM PST - 7 comments

Dystopic Mental Reprogramming Filter?

Dystopic Mental Reprogramming Filter?: When I was about 10 years old (1987) in Los Angeles, my mother sent me to some kind of "therapy" which involved me laying in a small, completely dark room, on strange tables (one rotated, one moved in sort of elliptical motions, I think one clanged back and forth--I was on one kind of table during each visit), with one ear plug in, and listening to discordant sounds like clanging scraping silverware. I don't know how long this went on, but I think it was over the course of some months. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Stop those tears

Help me be able to talk about relationship issues without unproductively bursting into tears. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:57 PM PST - 15 comments

Okay, I'm stumped and my tech friend is stumped. Maybe you won't be?

Why does my computer believe that all sites aside from Google Mail and Google Talk do not exist?

Dell running Windows Vista, virus-protected and up-to-date. Firefox 3.6.13 displays GMail and GChat but loads only a blank white page for all other sites; IE gives me "this page cannot be displayed" for every site I checked, including GMail. The admin account (my primary account) is the only account affected; I can log into a guest account and see the entire internet. [more inside]
posted by athenasbanquet at 1:56 PM PST - 10 comments

Grapes + Creativity in the Kitchen =?

What should I do with 2.20 lbs of grapes? [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin at 1:52 PM PST - 16 comments

Advice about iAntiVirus?

I'm running a MacBook Pro with OSX 10.6.5 and am thinking of loading iAntiVirus. Does anyone out there have any experience with, or advice about, this program?
posted by partner at 1:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Rival Alkaline Fenix Trios 182

Best of one/two hit wonder c.2000 emo fodder filter. [more inside]
posted by fire&wings at 1:30 PM PST - 5 comments

NYE in LA?

How can I find out what's going on in LA on New Years Eve/Day? [more inside]
posted by fake at 1:23 PM PST - 12 comments

I Do Not "Like" This, Spam I Am

Facebook fiasco filter! I foolishly clicked on a link someone posted on my Facebook wall that said: "YOU will NEVER TEXT again after seeing THIS insane video!! on CLICK HERE TO SEE." Now it shows as a Wall Post from my account stating that I "like" it. How to remove? [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams at 1:20 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I be a beach bum on Lake Huron?

What's the pleasure boating like on Saginaw Bay and Lake Huron? [more inside]
posted by supercapitalist at 1:11 PM PST - 5 comments


This question about Legos prompted me to ask my Lego-related question. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman at 1:08 PM PST - 11 comments

How can the size of a potential market be accurately estimated?

How can I conduct research into whether or not there would be any interest for a paid tutorial website? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill at 12:21 PM PST - 8 comments

Domo arigato, Mr. Walkman

My dad went to Japan and all I got was this lousy digital media player. No, wait, it's fabulous! But wait, it's all in JAPANESE. Halp! [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa at 12:14 PM PST - 12 comments

What is this song called.

What is the name of that song that has lyrics like "Becky was a choir girl, down in Costa Rica, Susan was a fire-fighter way out west in Chico"? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight at 12:09 PM PST - 13 comments

Help a foodie survive a bland diet!

Bland Diet -- tips and recipes for surviving. My sweetie has severe acid reflux -- about as bad as acid reflux can get. So he has to stick to a bland diet for the foreseeable future. This is particularly hard on him because he is a real foodie and enjoys eating out. The doctor did not give him really specific instructions for what or what not to eat. Somethings are obvious -- no citrus, no alcohol, no chocolate. But some things are less obvious -- since it's meant to be low fat is butter okay? [more inside]
posted by bananafish at 12:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Just pick a camera for me so I don't have to! Please!!

Yet another "pick a camera for me" question. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav at 12:05 PM PST - 23 comments

What are some quality short-scale guitars?

What are some quality short-scale (22") guitars in the ~$400 range? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium at 12:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Creating opportunities for homeless youth

I work at a non-profit that serves at-risk and homeless youth in the Bay Area. My program specifically supports youth in finding sustainable employment and provides ongoing job and career coaching. I need help understanding how to interface with large corporations since I have never worked in that environment. More inside. [more inside]
posted by tessalations999 at 11:49 AM PST - 4 comments

Can a chirpractor fix my impinged shoulder?

Should I see a chiropractor for my shoulder impingement syndrome? Anyone have any experience with “Active Release Techniques”? [more inside]
posted by sureshot at 11:42 AM PST - 11 comments

complicated relationship

sorry, very long...need relationship advice and I feel like I have no place to go. [more inside]
posted by harh07 at 11:39 AM PST - 63 comments

[fungusfilter] another unidentified fungus, this one with shiny translucent beads

Any idea what this fungus is? Found in northwestern PA.
posted by buttercup at 11:03 AM PST - 12 comments


How can I learn to create elearning products? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster at 11:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Private room karaoke in Las Vegas?

Private room karaoke in Las Vegas? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 10:54 AM PST - 2 comments

All the World's a Sunny Day - Oh Yeah!

Thanks to this post, I've learned I really love Kodachrome. I also love photos of 40s-60s American cities - the clothes, the ads, the old cars, the whole thing. Where can I find good Kodachrome prints of American cities - preferably ones I can have printed myself and/or reasonably buy?
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 10:39 AM PST - 6 comments

Were Luke & Leia the hotties of their day?

Were Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill (who played Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars Trilogy) considered really "good-looking" in the 70's? [more inside]
posted by Sully at 10:34 AM PST - 42 comments

Death, Taxes, and my LLC

My LLC is going legit January 1st in Michigan. I'm a brand new business owner in an economically depressed state and I'm starting to turn a profit which means dealing with taxes and the IRS. I'm young, I don't know anything about business taxes, and I'm somewhat frustrated at how painful this is for a new business owner who just wants to pay his fair share. I have an accountant who I know is really good, but I need to know kind of the general picture of what is happening so I can stay on top of things. I don't want to throw it all on the accountant and I want to be proactive. [more inside]
posted by banished at 10:17 AM PST - 16 comments

What exactly do you do to "work on a relationship"

I want to salvage my relationship but am not really sure of the nuts and bolts of rebuilding trust and commitment. If we want to be able to say we gave it our best shot, what does that look like in practical terms? [more inside]
posted by Pomo at 10:02 AM PST - 14 comments

Device that makes mp3s sound deeper, richer, etc.

I found and immediately lost a link the other day that talked about a device that made mp3s sound richer, deeper, perhaps like vinyl (or at least not as compressed as they truly are). It was a rather simple device and the article talked about one brand as low as $150. I don't expect anyone to find the exact page especially as I am not being too descriptive. It was on an audiophile site and was recommended...not one of those 'buy this cheapie/crap product that screws up your music' sort of thing. If anyone knows what I am talking about or has something else that they know that works for improving mp3 sound through stereo, I'm interested. Pardon me for the nebulous post. It is the best my brain can recall. Thanks for your techie/audiophile input.
posted by snap_dragon at 9:53 AM PST - 23 comments

How to organize XHTML/CSS before even starting to code?

Web Design noob here: is there a standard strategy for planning XHTML/CSS structure before you start coding? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad at 9:46 AM PST - 18 comments

Can I use iPhone 4 micro sim in iPhone 3G?

I dropped my iPhone 4 into water, and following some instructions I found online, it's currently drying out in a bag of rice. I have an old iPhone 3G that I want to use. I tried putting sim card from iPhone 4 into iPhone 3G, but they're of different sizes. I can probably hack it together (like from this tutorial:, but will this work with AT&T?
posted by ant345 at 9:38 AM PST - 7 comments

Songs like Intro by the xx?

I'm looking for songs similar to "Intro" by the xx. The vocals on the rest of the album weren't my style, but I really like the ambient, building, (mostly) instrumental sound of that one track. Schiller has a lot of similar songs I like as well.
posted by slothdog at 9:37 AM PST - 6 comments

Can someone explain the charges that Khodorkovsky was convicted on?

TrialFilter: Can someone explain the charges that Khodorkovsky was convicted on?
posted by gregb1007 at 9:25 AM PST - 2 comments

What cartoon is this?

[80s French-speaking cartoon filter] A series/episode where a young boy trying to reunite with his party is stranded alone on a hostile planet at the end of a show. What was it? [more inside]
posted by knz at 9:03 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I feel better about my boyfriend not wanting to live together?

My boyfriend of 3.5 years doesn't want to live with me yet, and I'm incredibly hurt by that. Please help me think about this in a more constructive way, and help me move on from toxic thoughts about his lack of desire to live with me. [more inside]
posted by superlibby at 8:44 AM PST - 50 comments

Alternatives to PayPal

What Alternatives to PayPal have you used buying, selling, donating? What are the pros and cons? Was it a viable alternative? In a perfect world this should be an international service; Does such exist?
posted by adamvasco at 8:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Internet in rural Belgium...

What is the best option for mobile internet in Belgium for one month? [more inside]
posted by schmoo at 8:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Arouse me while I hack, please.

Can you recommend some sexy, titillating, frank, and intelligent sex-related podcasts? Maybe with a kinky bent, even. Queer-friendly a must. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 7:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I break up with him?

Am I making the right decision about breaking up with my boyfriend? [more inside]
posted by dt2010 at 7:20 AM PST - 21 comments

Testing for Central Auditory Processing Disorders in Young Children?

How do you navigate the tangled maze of getting your child tested for a learning disability (specifically a suspected case of Central Auditory Processing Disorder) in Chicago or north Chicago suburbs? Or even find a trusted professional to evaluate your child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:13 AM PST - 11 comments

Six Months til D-Day.

Getting Divorced. No money. No job. SO is generous enough to give me 6 mos. before I have to leave the house. Freaking out. What are the most productive actions I can take? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:11 AM PST - 25 comments

In search of a calendar template

Where can I find a template for a printable page-a-day photo calendar? [more inside]
posted by sixpack at 6:58 AM PST - 3 comments

Do you like your phone? Tell me about it!

I'm looking for a cheapish mobile phone that can do basic internet chores (facebook, email, basic web stuff). I can't afford a smartphone or the monthly contract that comes with them. I am in the UK. Do you have a phone in this category that you like/hate? What would you recommend? Extensive information about my personal needs and whims follows: [more inside]
posted by nowonmai at 6:55 AM PST - 7 comments

"Guys, other teachers may glossed over this evolution thing, so today..."

What's the best way to financially support of evolution education in Kansas? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt at 6:45 AM PST - 6 comments

Will Lightroom be enough?

I'm thinking of buying Adobe Lightroom because it's pretty cheap with the educational discount but I don't have Photoshop (I'm unwilling to drop that much cash), am I doing the right thing? I'm a total noob so bear with me... [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 6:41 AM PST - 13 comments

Is there a list of the members of congress against Wojnarowicz?

Does anyone know where I can find a list of the ubiquitous "several conservative members of congress" who recently spoke out against the clip from David Wojnarowicz's "A Fire In My Belly" video at the National Portrait Gallery? [more inside]
posted by Bengston at 6:37 AM PST - 2 comments

not now ambien walrus

I accidentally took Ambien this morning rather than a thyroid pill. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals at 6:30 AM PST - 24 comments

Vietnamese book

Help me find/purchase a Vietnamese book [more inside]
posted by malhouse at 5:49 AM PST - 3 comments

historical chronology

What historical chronologies on the internet are available for free. [more inside]
posted by clavdivs at 5:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Jean Marie

My jeans fit in the changing room, and then spend the next three months constantly falling off my hips. How can I find jeans that fit? [more inside]
posted by mippy at 4:02 AM PST - 34 comments

go stow my lego

I have a relatively small amount of lego that I keep in a (12 X 14 X 8") bin which I'd like to store in something a little more organizeable for convenient building. [more inside]
posted by dong_resin at 3:45 AM PST - 9 comments

Should you criticise your current workplace when talking to prospective employers?

My husband is thinking of leaving his job after nine months to escape a boss from hell. Would criticising what's happening in his workplace be a help or a hindrance when talking to prospective employers? [more inside]
posted by 8k at 2:56 AM PST - 20 comments

Pakistani cookbook

Recommend a Pakistani cookbook. [more inside]
posted by rxrfrx at 2:06 AM PST - 8 comments

Are there any acid-free diet sodas?

I just learned that I have 2 cavities and I am guessing it's because I switched to drinking a lot of diet soda since my last dentist visit. Are there any diet sodas that are not acidic? (both caffeinated and uncaffeinated). If all diet sodas are acidic then is it possible to make kool-aid with a fake sugar and then carbonate it using a carbonator? How would that taste? Would that be ok for my teeth?
posted by HappyEngineer at 12:52 AM PST - 14 comments

December 29

Licensing a song for a commercial?

I've been approached by a marketing company to see if I would be willing to license one of my songs in a commercial, and I have a few questions. [more inside]
posted by Quartermass at 11:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Fractional coffee brewing

Exactly how are the first drips of coffee different than the last? Chemistry welcomed. [more inside]
posted by RobinFiveWords at 11:43 PM PST - 8 comments

Canadian Law School Scholarships

What scholarships are available to students entering a Canadian law school in September 2011? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis at 10:44 PM PST - 1 comment

Please help my smart 14 year old turn off her brain and sleeeeeep.....

About 30 years ago, I had a cassette tape I used to help me go to sleep as an adolescent boy. It was relaxing music with an over-dub male vocal telling me to tense, then relax, muscle groups from my head to my toes. I would like to find it again now, to help my early teen daughter sleep. Does this ring a bell with anyone? [more inside]
posted by jwhowa at 10:16 PM PST - 16 comments

Why did my Airport stop working?

Quite suddenly, my modem works if I plug it into a machine, but not when I plug it into an Airport Express. Comcast says it's not their fault. Any idea what's going on? Every detail I can think of is inside. [more inside]
posted by jaybeans at 9:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Analysis of Scott Walker's The Drift

I'm looking for intelligent analysis, commentary, criticism of Scott Walker's The Drift. [more inside]
posted by naju at 9:29 PM PST - 3 comments

Do one's political beliefs figure into a top secret security clearance?

If I am offered a government job that requires a top secret security clearance what kind of risk am I taking that I won't pass and won't get to keep the job? [more inside]
posted by Prayless at 8:32 PM PST - 20 comments

Kill your television. Collateral damage?

We've decided to jettison the television. How will this affect our 2.5-year-old son in his interactions with his friends going forward? [more inside]
posted by azure_swing at 8:20 PM PST - 75 comments

What bioluminescent insect was this? And no, LSD is not an answer.

What strange insect did I set that lit up bright orange and flew around the Ecuadorian cloud forest? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 7:59 PM PST - 9 comments

Will Consult for Cappuccinos

Many of my friends work in digital media and advertising and I've often helped them brainstorm. But lately I'm receiving more and more requests from strangers who know me from my writing or various websites and want to get together to discuss whatever "big project" they are working on. [more inside]
posted by pinafore at 7:56 PM PST - 8 comments

definitely a bug not a feature

Can you tell me what type of bug/beetle this is? [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 at 7:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Meddling coworker.

Change of venue: meddling coworker. [more inside]
posted by Prairie at 6:35 PM PST - 37 comments

Under pressure dinner love

Give me your best pressure cooker recipes or links to websites you like to use for pressure cooker dinners! No desserts though please.
posted by MayNicholas at 5:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Books Like the Movie L.A. Confidential

What books (not by James Ellroy) are like the movie L.A. Confidential? [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha at 5:38 PM PST - 12 comments

Fashion Victim white boots

White combat boots needed! [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda at 5:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Suburban Dining suggestions in Southeastern PA

Suburban dining filter, looking for good restaurants to enjoy a nice night out but not super-expensive, Philadelphia suburbs like Kennett Square, Paoli, or anywhere midway between Moorestown, NJ and Chadds Ford PA. Other requirements and details within. [more inside]
posted by forthright at 5:18 PM PST - 7 comments

A journey to focus

I have been thinking about treating the ADHD I thought I was diagnosed with 5 years ago with medication. Two Parts: What do the scores on this ADHD assessment mean? And, does anyone know a thorough neuro-psychologist or psychologist in SF that you would recommend to help me on this journey?
posted by elationfoundation at 4:52 PM PST - 1 comment

Name that moth

What kind of moths are these? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie at 4:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Paris hotel recommendation

Hotel recommendations in Paris. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA at 3:46 PM PST - 21 comments

What the heck do I wear to work?

How to best build a man's wardrobe for a relatively short internship? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics at 3:39 PM PST - 12 comments

BP in single digits?

Blood pressure measurement in single digits? [more inside]
posted by cozenedindigo at 3:36 PM PST - 20 comments

What's must-see in New Orleans?

I'm going to New Orleans next week for a conference. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by Kimothy at 3:20 PM PST - 30 comments

Dresses/ shirts for leggings

Where can I buy short dresses or tunic shirts to layer with leggings? [more inside]
posted by jschu at 2:50 PM PST - 11 comments

Can I buy a warranty for a used car?

If I buy a used car at a private sale, are there mechanics that sell warranties for this car? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety at 2:49 PM PST - 6 comments

Mac Mini suddenly stopped working with my tv via HDMI

I've been using a Mac Mini plugged into my Panasonic HD tv for a little less than a year. A few nights ago I watched a tv show on it, then had a party, and now when I turn it on the screen is black. [more inside]
posted by jdl at 2:32 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me identify an acoustic guitar

Help me identify an acoustic guitar [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown at 2:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Welcome to my dungeon...

Have you ever painted interior brick? Should I? [more inside]
posted by Knowyournuts at 2:12 PM PST - 29 comments

Seriously, my X1600 is cooking my lap, here.

Budget computer! Catch: Games. [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 2:05 PM PST - 11 comments

Mandated Slavery in the Confederacy?

Did the Constitution of the Confederate States of America mandate the institution of slavery in its territories? More information, and my own layman's examination of the Confederate Constitution, within. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor at 1:54 PM PST - 13 comments

Is that you, Pedobear?

Why would my sister's teddy bear have a crotch full of beads? [more inside]
posted by two or three cars parked under the stars at 1:35 PM PST - 18 comments

How to pick eco-friendly insulation?

Does anyone have comparison info between UltraTouch and T.A.P. (Thermal-acoustical-pest control) insulation? [more inside]
posted by abednega at 1:31 PM PST - 1 comment

Onwards towards deslobification

Hairline threading in Boston or Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex at 1:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Map decals for a 3 year old?

Help me create fun map pins/stickers for my toddler to learn with. [more inside]
posted by boulder20something at 1:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Tiny Business Taxes for Software Sold

How should I be reporting Google Checkout and PayPal Express Checkout income and expenses to the IRS in 2011 for the 2010 tax year? [more inside]
posted by alan at 12:45 PM PST - 9 comments

Does Dragon Dictate or a digital voice recorder/transcription software work well with the writing process?

Any luck with Dragon Dictate for the Mac, Dragon for the Ipad, and/or software that can digitally transcribe from a digital voice recorder (olympus DS-5000? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous at 12:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me find a circle scarf.

I want a circle scarf which I intend to wear thusly. Help me find the right one. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 12:40 PM PST - 20 comments

Experience with Wealthfront?

Anyone have any experience with using or knowledge of Wealthfront (formerly Kaching)? [more inside]
posted by cftarnas at 12:15 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for a 14" or 15" Windows 7 laptop. Should I wait until Sandy Bridge makes its way out into the market or should I buy one now? Also, which should I buy? Details inside.

Looking for a 14" or 15" Windows 7 laptop. Should I wait until Sandy Bridge makes its way out into the market or should I buy one now? Also, which should I buy? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by decrescendo at 12:14 PM PST - 11 comments

Car committed suicide

My friends 02 honda crv which she has taken immaculate care suddenly totaled itself. She has had every conceivable maintenance on time from the dealership and they say they cannot do anything to help. She either drops 5 grand on a new engine or buys a new car. Is there anything anyone can do? [more inside]
posted by nurgle at 12:10 PM PST - 22 comments

Can we make this work?

I told myself I would never post a relationship question, but here goes: My boyfriend had, what amounts to in my mind, an emotional affair that's been going on for the past 6 months. I need help deciding if this is worth salvaging. There are, of course, lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 43 comments

There are eight other plagues I would prefer before boils.

Is there any way to help stop recurrences of MRSA infections? You are not my doctor, and a few unpleasant details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM PST - 13 comments

this is the most pressing issue in my life right now

In the last episode of The Office (Classy Christmas, Part 2), did Jim love or hate Pam's gift? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love at 11:23 AM PST - 38 comments

Paid service to find lost subects of a study

To support a longitudinal study, looking for a paid internet service that will track down the current address and phone number of "lost people." [more inside]
posted by Kevin S at 11:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Love comforter, hate feathers.

Has anyone invented a down comforter that doesn't spew feathers everywhere? Are these comforters available for purchase?
posted by pwally at 10:34 AM PST - 12 comments

How to become a Lightroom master?

What's the best way to learn the ins and outs of Adobe Lightroom 3? [more inside]
posted by particular at 10:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Ink in Zurich?

I am visiting Zurich and want to purchase some fountain pen ink. I meant to bring some with me but at the last minute putting it in my luggage seemed like a mistake. The only ink I can find here is Caran D'Ache. Are there any retailers in and around Zurich with a broad selection of fountain pen ink? [more inside]
posted by Reighlok at 10:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Baby gift that screams METAL!!!

We're in search of a metal (that would be "METAL!!!!" and not, you know, made of metal) baby gift. [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 10:15 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me experience NYC to the fullest, while I have the spare time.

I'm currently unemployed and living in New York City. I have a lot of spare time that I haven't really been taking advantage of — if you were in my situation, how would you explore/take in the city to the fullest? Note: I'm broke, so suggestions must be free or cheap. [more inside]
posted by defenestration at 10:13 AM PST - 37 comments

To BME or not to BME

I am planning on doing biomedical engineering next year as part of a coursework master's. What bio-related job and career options will I have? [more inside]
posted by strekker at 10:05 AM PST - 6 comments

Best way to deal with travel chaos, canceled flights, etc.?

Best way to deal with travel chaos, canceled flights, etc.? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 10:01 AM PST - 16 comments

I hate moving

What rights do I have as far as a landlord not letting me move in, at the last minute, on the scheduled day? I'm furious, inconvenienced, and am spending new year's trying not to trip over boxes. [more inside]
posted by ttyn at 9:57 AM PST - 15 comments

More Than Scary Homeless & Drum Circles

Tell me why the Bay Area beats up New York so hard. Outside the weather. [more inside]
posted by dame at 9:46 AM PST - 25 comments

USPS assigning a PO Box without consent?

Can the US post office just assign you a PO box without your consent and refuse let you switch your mailing address to your home? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 9:39 AM PST - 35 comments

Does an internal GPS device for tracking a laptop exist?

What I'm looking to find out is if there is an internal GPS device which can go in an empty slot in my laptop in order to track it should it be stolen? I found some services here (some links work, some don't), but I think they all use WiFi as a way of tracking, which, correct me if I'm wrong, would be a problem for me in rural parts of Asia. [more inside]
posted by gman at 8:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Making iTunes Alternatives Work with iPod

Do I need to jailbreak the iPod Touch in order to use a non-iTunes media player to transfer songs to it? [more inside]
posted by Leta at 8:46 AM PST - 7 comments

Step #1: Buy a Mortar and Pestle

Just got David Thompson's Thai Cooking and I'm overwhelmed! Where to start? [more inside]
posted by rossination at 8:37 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me ID this b-movie from early 80's

Cheesy, early 80's flick set either in the present or near future where punks (outrageous makeup and outfits) played some sort of videogame tournament on platforms, in a darkly lit arcade w/ huge joysticks sticking upward from the floor. It wasn't a straight comedy as I think there was dire consequences for losing. Death or something. I think I remember somebody losing and trying to escape their fate by running away into a nearby room w/ a girl while the crowd freaked out. I can't remember a single actor from the film but I think I might have seen it on USA's "Night Flight". I know I don't have much to go on but would love any/all help to figure this out. I've searched and searched but come up empty. Thank you!
posted by mwhyte72 at 8:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Private deathmatch on the Wii?

Do any Wii games allow for "private" (1-on-1 or small group) online deathmatch/conflict mode? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick at 8:05 AM PST - 4 comments

2005 Toyota Corolla stalled on highway; battery cables; recall

Asking for a friend: "I've got a 2005 Corolla. That year/make is one of those selectively affected by the Toyota recall re: random stalling. I never received a notice that my car was affected, but I did buy (and transfer the title) fairly recently. Anyway, my car stalled--basically on the highway at rush hour..." [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Modify the threshold for playcount additions in iTunes?

Anyone know of a workaround that would enable someone to modify the point at which a song is counted as "fully played" in iTunes? [more inside]
posted by samac at 6:57 AM PST - 7 comments

Weight Watchers is making me sleepy!

Being on a diet is making me very tired. Will this go away as I get used to it or am I doomed to being tired until I inevitably give up on the diet? [more inside]
posted by ohio at 6:48 AM PST - 19 comments

What to do with 5 boxes of Jaffa cakes (besides eat them all)

What should I do with 60 Jaffa Cakes? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin at 6:48 AM PST - 13 comments

Help us help our Lucian friends

How can we help the hurricane recovery effort in St. Lucia? [more inside]
posted by GodricVT at 6:37 AM PST - 9 comments

news! news! news! news! news!

I'm going to the opera! Will I be able to see okay? What about when I get fidgety? What do I wear? [more inside]
posted by troika at 6:28 AM PST - 17 comments

Get rid of the email salutation?

Drop the email salutation, closing? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco at 5:44 AM PST - 25 comments

Quarter Life Crisis, Redux

When I'm not in school, I feel like my life has totally dead-ended. I'm starting to think that stress and anxiety are the only things that motivate me. How do I stop delaying (and being terrified of) reality and finally become a real (adult) person? The details inside are super long, and I apologize for them in advance. [more inside]
posted by timory at 5:41 AM PST - 17 comments

Olive oil Shelf-life

I was given a bottle of homemade olive oil. How long will it last/does olive oil ever go bad?
posted by la_rousse at 5:15 AM PST - 5 comments

How to get in touch with someone

Met guy at party, friends with him on to get in contact with him? [more inside]
posted by skybluesky at 5:05 AM PST - 12 comments

How do you get (emotionally) smart?

How do you increase your emotional intelligence? [more inside]
posted by schmichael at 3:35 AM PST - 17 comments

What Glasses Should a Two Year Old That Seems Fine Get, When The Specialists Say Confusing Things?

Doc says my 2 yr. old needs strong (+4.5-5.5) glasses. Doc #2 says +1.5 glasses. Kid sees perfectly fine... random MeFi strangers, help! [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 2:45 AM PST - 33 comments

Off to Glasgow

Tips for my 20 year old son's upcoming semester at the University of Glasgow? [more inside]
posted by imjustsaying at 2:24 AM PST - 7 comments ?

[Kindle] Shall I register my brand new kindle on, or - or can i register it on all of them ? [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly at 2:05 AM PST - 4 comments

Ask Menswear: Where can I buy clothes online that fit my style requirements?

I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to buy reasonably priced mens clothing online. To be a little more specific, I am a college student who doesn't have a ton of money to spend, but I'd like to get the largest bang possible for my buck as far as clothes go. The sort of stuff I'm looking for fits somewhere on the spectrum between what Urban Outfitters has to offer, and what Tom Waits wears - if that makes any sense. I'm mostly covered in the pants department at the moment, so stuff like shirts, shoes, and socks are what I'm interested in. [more inside]
posted by mister-m at 12:14 AM PST - 11 comments

What's the most effective way to spend money on a new/used vehicle?

Should I purchase a new or used car? I can purchase outright or finance, but what would be the best for my situation? [more inside]
posted by apip at 12:09 AM PST - 15 comments

December 28

How can something hurt so much while looking like nothing at all?

What the hell did I do to my legs today? More specifically, what is the explanation for the aching, tender, swollen region on the outsides of my thighs? [more inside]
posted by kataclysm at 10:34 PM PST - 8 comments

Do I really have to wear a sweater, scarf, and wool socks inside?

How warm should I expect to feel in a house as opposed to an apartment? Is it normal to be really cold for the first hour at home? Does everyone else have to wear sweaters inside all winter? [more inside]
posted by yarly at 9:42 PM PST - 40 comments

Barbegal water wheel?

I want to build a model of the water wheel and gearing system as seen in this episode of James Burke's Connections. [more inside]
posted by Demogorgon at 9:38 PM PST - 6 comments

My friends keep telling me to "just get laid" but it feels gross - what should I do?

Should I suck it up and get into a relationship with/sleep with someone I'm not really attracted to, to gain some relationship momentum (ie break the streak) and get over someone I can't have? [more inside]
posted by vilolagrl at 9:29 PM PST - 54 comments

Howick to Auckland City, New Zealand: Can we rely on public transport?

Howick to Auckland City, New Zealand: Can we rely on public transport? [more inside]
posted by New England Cultist at 9:18 PM PST - 4 comments

EDM scene and College?

Whats a good college with a good engineering program and is close to a large EDM (electronic dance music) scene? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 8:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Do they care that I made sandwiches for a year?

Questions about what to put on the resume that I will be uploading as part of my grad school application to an MLIS program. [more inside]
posted by wansac at 8:56 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find a picture "rating" type website from a few years ago

Help me find a picture "rating" type website from a few years ago [more inside]
posted by shoreline at 8:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Need to get a package to Poughkeepsie by Monday!

Deadline for overnighting a package? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 8:29 PM PST - 14 comments

It makes the actual flight seem better?

Why does Southwest Airlines choose not to use assigned seating on their flights? [more inside]
posted by palacewalls at 8:24 PM PST - 35 comments

Is John Nash channeling von Hayek?

How original is John Nash's idea for "ideal money" where the world's currencies are fixed to a basket of commodities. Background information is here (briefly) and here (extended).
posted by Brian B. at 8:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Options for archiving/exporting Gmail chat statuses or Gmail-integrated notetaking?

Am I overlooking any options for archiving/exporting Gmail chat statuses? Alternatively, are there any notetaking apps that are REALLY REALLY REALLY well-integrated with Gmail? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 8:17 PM PST - 3 comments

I didn't know IT did THAT

What are some new uses for common objects? [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie at 8:13 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for cognitively demanding real-time games

I'm looking for games that are highly cognitively intense; specifically, ones that require unbroken attention, accurate working memory, speedy responses / reactions, task switching, and other real-time skills. (Examples below) [more inside]
posted by akprasad at 8:11 PM PST - 11 comments

Leaving grad school and getting a job in a different field?

Information about leaving grad school and getting a job in a different field. Help me figure out how to get my foot in the door. Long background and question follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 PM PST - 3 comments

Planning the Most Epic Vacation

You live in Michigan and have two weeks off of work this summer. Where do you go and what do you do? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame at 7:54 PM PST - 9 comments

How to start looking for summer farm jobs

I'm a college student and I want to work on a farm over the summer. [more inside]
posted by frnzks.a at 7:49 PM PST - 5 comments

How to connect a computer and TV wirelessly?

So I got a fancy new TV for Christmas, thing is, I'm completely TV illiterate. How do I connect my computer to the TV wirelessly? [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte at 7:46 PM PST - 19 comments

How do I operate this vintage calculator?

Help me learn to operate this Monroe High Speed Adding Calculator. [more inside]
posted by TrialByMedia at 7:38 PM PST - 3 comments

Help us practice what we preach.

How should a business that's about security set up its own secure communications? [more inside]
posted by woot at 7:11 PM PST - 15 comments

How do you trust someone you are just getting to know?

Started seeing a new guy very recently. I know for a fact that he had a a boyfriend when we met; however, he claims that things haven't been working out and that they're "taking a break." How do you know whether to believe someone if you haven't known them very long? [more inside]
posted by Vinegaroon at 7:09 PM PST - 15 comments

I didn't realize your girlfriend was okay with us dating, too.

Why do people go on "dates" to "get to know" other people, but not mention that they already have a significant other? [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms at 7:07 PM PST - 33 comments

Missing person at La Guardia?

How to find a family member after a flight arrival? [more inside]
posted by simpleton at 6:56 PM PST - 28 comments

Jednakże oprócz malutkiej karteczki w trocinach ze słowami «To my, trociny», nie znaleziono nic.

(BookFilter): Sci-fi picaresques. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 6:48 PM PST - 17 comments

I want to print with my Zink from my Mac

Please, please help me pair (or, more accurately: RE-pair) my Zink printer to a Macbook Pro via bluetooth. OSX 10.6.5 [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 6:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Where do princesses on a budget stay in Fiji?

We're going to Fiji! Where can we find beautiful white beaches near Nadi without paying a fortune? For bonus points, make those beautiful beaches gay friendly. [more inside]
posted by equivocator at 6:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Contributing to the cause of peace

What can one person do to lessen the amount of war in the world, either with money or actions? [more inside]
posted by sdis at 6:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Selling water(color) by the river?

Is there a way for me to sell or otherwise capitalize upon a novel Photoshop technique I devised? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 6:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me choose an ILS for a really tiny library

An integrated library system (ILS) that is easy to use for a very, very small library? [more inside]
posted by k8lin at 6:03 PM PST - 8 comments

Seen an ad with a black midget buying gold?

There's this local ad i've seen several times in chicago, a black midget (dwarf? Little person?) wants to sell her gold, but is going to the wrong place. The Mr. T comes a long, picks her up and takes her to a different gold seller, which is apparently better. The ad ends with her happily counting a large stack of money. Please tell me what this ad is for and where I can watch it at my leisure. I can't find it on youtube or google video. [more inside]
posted by njb at 5:46 PM PST - 5 comments

This is knot funny.

How do I tie my shoes? [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 5:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Horror stories do not make good bedtime stories.

Why do I read horror stories? Someone please explain it to me. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 5:06 PM PST - 17 comments

How to sync bookmarks between flash drive and browser?

I want to save my bookmarks on a flash drive, and then sync them with anything I happen to bookmark in my browser throughout the day. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by reenum at 4:32 PM PST - 11 comments

I would like to hear from people who hated salads and then learned to love them.

I would like to hear from people who hated salads and then learned to love them. [more inside]
posted by imabanana at 4:19 PM PST - 54 comments

How to buy land in Ecuador safely

Hey, I'm an Aussie that wants to buy land or a house in Ecuador, is it safe, how do I protect myself, and where should I engage a solicitor for conveyancey - here or South America itself? (*asking for a family member).
posted by KLF at 4:06 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me learn how to cook!

Couch To 5K, but with cooking instead of running. I need help with even the most basic aspects of cooking because I know absolutely nothing. Where and how do I begin? [more inside]
posted by Mr Ected at 4:02 PM PST - 60 comments

Mystery congenital condition

A late friend of mine had a very rare genetic disability, which he never liked to go into great detail about. I'd like to know what it was. The condition had some very distinctive characteristics. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah at 4:01 PM PST - 11 comments

What to know and where to buy emerald ring

What should I know about buying an emerald ring? Where should I buy it online or in the Dallas area? Please help [more inside]
posted by Neekee at 3:50 PM PST - 6 comments

Good bookshelves

Bookshelves that don't suck. [more inside]
posted by enn at 3:39 PM PST - 25 comments

Please don't tell me I'll have to print this photo book on Bible paper...

What is the best strategy for self publishing a very lengthy photo book? I'm looking for the sweet spot of quality and price. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco at 3:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Can I live in SE Asia on $10-$15 per day?

Hi friends. Planning a RTW trip with no time limit. I have a good amount of funds set aside, but I'd really like to settle somewhere in SE Asia (prefer Thailand or Vietnam) for at least 3-6 months and survive on about $10-$15 per day. Is it possible for an American to find decent (i.e. not too dangerous or dirty) accommodation and eat at that price? I'm not including any party dollars (alcohol, night life etc) in that amount...just the basics to survive. Would prefer to live near a city, or at least a small town...just not too far into the country side. Also, I will be splitting the expenses with a friend. Any useful experiences or knowledge to share? Thanks.
posted by Yunani at 2:48 PM PST - 14 comments

Sticker paper

I'm looking for a sticker material that comes on a roll of waxy paper. [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 2:28 PM PST - 9 comments

Buying a property in White Horse Village, China

Where can I find information regarding property and purchasing within White Horse Village - Wuxi county in China? [more inside]
posted by SRMorris at 2:23 PM PST - 0 comments

Meet me at the water cooler in three weeks?

I'm crushing on a coworker - what to do? Complication: extended business trip [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:19 PM PST - 27 comments

How many times can you split power from a light socket?

How many y-socket adapters can you string together into a single light bulb socket? [more inside]
posted by ish__ at 2:18 PM PST - 12 comments

iPad apps for academics

What are the best iPad apps for scholars, particularly in the humanities? [more inside]
posted by dizziest at 2:10 PM PST - 8 comments

I want to play this game again, but don't know what it is! *sad face*

Help me track down an old arcade game, if you can... [more inside]
posted by tacodave at 2:06 PM PST - 5 comments

Phone/TV/Internet service you could not refuse?

I work for a smallish Phone/TV/Internet company. We believe our network is really the best available, and our service is great, but customers are leaving us at a higher rate than we would like. (not "We're doomed!" levels, but still more than we would like). We are trying to think of "outside the box" ideas to retain and potentially add customers. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:49 PM PST - 44 comments

Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions

I'm filling in a background-check form for a US government job--Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions--and I'm confused. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Cracked microwave = fried gonads and melty brains!

My microwave has a hairline crack inside. Gonads will fry and brain will melt: [Y/N]? [more inside]
posted by Ky at 1:44 PM PST - 11 comments

Interview questions for a temporary position

What questions could I ask in an interview to determine if someone will be a good fit for a temporary data entry position? [more inside]
posted by dormouse at 1:42 PM PST - 11 comments

If you sync files between multiple computers: How do you prevent headaches from forgetting to close files on one computer?

If you sync files between multiple computers: How do you prevent headaches from forgetting to close files on one computer? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit at 1:12 PM PST - 16 comments

It's what the future looked like in 1999

Sanity check: I want to build a large external storage device. I have a tower that I'm not using. I don't want the tower for anything but its case. Can I just hook up hard drives (5 or more) to a hard switched PSU, run the data cables to a SATA port multiplier, then connect that to the eSATA port on my "server"? Oh, I have RAID questions too. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 1:06 PM PST - 4 comments

help us grow up our appliances

help us get big kid kitchen appliances. [more inside]
posted by anya32 at 1:05 PM PST - 4 comments

What happens to Playmobil in the garage over time?

What does repeated freezing and thawing do to Playmobil and Lego? [more inside]
posted by hoyland at 12:56 PM PST - 8 comments

Export Delicious bookmarks without account access.

What's the best way of 'exporting' my delicious bookmarks without access to my account?
posted by nam3d at 12:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me not know what I just saw.

What are the most inexplicable internet videos you know of? [more inside]
posted by cmoj at 12:28 PM PST - 87 comments

Swapping SIM cards for European cell phone use. iPhone?

Help me get my hands on a cell phone that will work in Sweden, before I leave! GSM, SIM, micro-SIM, iPhones, oh my. [more inside]
posted by mokudekiru at 12:25 PM PST - 6 comments

The love of money is the root of all evil.

My father-in-law may have pocketed part of a gift intended for my husband and his brother. But then again, maybe not! How can I navigate this situation with maximum tact and minimal drama? And more concretely, how does one write a thank-you note that gracefully specifies the exact amount of the gift? [more inside]
posted by yersinia at 12:24 PM PST - 42 comments

Mathfilter - Gaussian Curvature in Cylindrical Coordinates

Mathfilter - Need help with Gaussian curvature in cylindrical coordinates [more inside]
posted by cali59 at 12:15 PM PST - 2 comments

Happy New Year: You're Homeless!

A relative is set to become homeless in few days. I don't know how to help, if I even can, or whether I should. Help me help him help himself. [more inside]
posted by vivid postcard at 12:13 PM PST - 35 comments

balmain watches?

Anyone know about 'Balmain' watches? I'm trying to figure out what price range this might have been bought at last year, I don't have a model number and the manual just says "ETA G15.211" which I think is the internal quartz movement. image [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! at 12:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Insurance for an Indoor Playground?

What are the commercial liability insurance needs for indoor, for-profit playgrounds? Can anyone paint a picture of general policy needs, costs, etc? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 11:36 AM PST - 10 comments

What Enclosure Does this Hard Drive Need?

I received an internal hard drive as a Xmas present and I would like to use it as an external hard drive. What enclosure should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes at 11:24 AM PST - 12 comments


I'm looking for English language historical romances set in France during the early to mid 18th century, that are not in any way involved with the French Revolution. [more inside]
posted by suburbanbeatnik at 11:21 AM PST - 12 comments

What to get the boy who has everything?

What should I buy for myself? Help me buy myself something by telling me about your favorite Christmas gift that you received this year. [more inside]
posted by QueerAngel28 at 11:15 AM PST - 25 comments

New age fun with a vintage feel.

I shoot film: please recommend 35mm point-and-shoot cameras so I can be cute and vintage and portable to boot. [more inside]
posted by dumdidumdum at 11:12 AM PST - 19 comments

In the market for a new (well, new to me) car! Don't even know where to start...

In the market for a new (well, new to me) car! Don't even know where to start... [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 10:46 AM PST - 21 comments

Felo de se and temporary insanity

In the United States in the 1870s and 1880s, what would have been the practical difference between a suicide being adjudged committed during a fit of temporary insanity, and having it be part, say, of a planned suicide pact? [more inside]
posted by LucretiusJones at 10:34 AM PST - 4 comments

when you hear yourself chew, is that noise as loud as it is inside your skull ?

when you hear yourself chew, is that noise as loud as it is inside your skull ? [more inside]
posted by daveg02 at 10:19 AM PST - 17 comments

Film Quality "Breakpoints"?

Are there major concrete breakpoints in film quality/style over there years? Or are these more to do with the film to video conversion (I watch movies on television). Or are these perceived changes based on my historical memory? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 10:17 AM PST - 6 comments

My frame!

Tire Center replaced my car's license plate frame without my consent or knowledge, and I'm angry! [more inside]
posted by lain at 10:08 AM PST - 20 comments

Sigma vs. Canon

Sigma 18-125mm f/3.8-5.6 AF DC OS HSM vs. Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, besides the obvious zoom range differences is the Canon really worth twice the Sigma? I've checked a number of reviews and it doesn't look like the Canon's advantage is as clear cut as the price would suggest.
posted by tommasz at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

My idea of just giving everyone beanbags was ignored.

What kind of table do I want and where can I get it? We've been unhappy with our dining table for some time now, it's too big (tall), it scratches easy, and seems to require near constant care because it's also serving as two people's work table. I'm looking for a small informal table that can work easily as a dining table and a work desk. Is there a name for the kind of table I want and where can I find it in the NYC area. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk at 9:46 AM PST - 11 comments

What to do with half a bag of whole fresh cranberries

I have half a bag of whole fresh cranberries. What dessert or appetizer can I make? [more inside]
posted by SarahbytheSea at 9:45 AM PST - 22 comments

Rehearsal Dinner in Boise ID

Veggie dinning options for 50+ people in Boise Id? [more inside]
posted by Uncle at 9:43 AM PST - 0 comments

Iron-Bound Books: Fact or Fiction?

Did "iron-bound books" ever exist? If they're a modern idea, has anyone gone ahead and made these? If they are completely non-existent, where did this notion originate? [more inside]
posted by curious nu at 9:31 AM PST - 18 comments

Guess what my resolution is

It's New years time again...Let's talk about getting healthy. [more inside]
posted by doorsfan at 9:30 AM PST - 15 comments

Point and click adventure games that are appropriate for my smart yet skittish 10 year old?

My 10-year old daughter likes the idea of video games, but doesn't like twitch play, games where you can die, or "scary parts". So... most of them. I stumbled across a review of Drawn and got it for her for Christmas on a whim. It has been a huge hit! I know there is another Drawn title, but I'm looking for more point and click adventure titles to play afterward. [more inside]
posted by lilnublet at 9:24 AM PST - 31 comments

slipping a disc

CD drive won't rip CDs, will barely play songs. Help! [more inside]
posted by threeants at 9:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Would it be lame or wrong to copy my friend's business idea?

I want to start a copycat business based on an old friend's new startup. Would this be totally lame? [more inside]
posted by fairlysober at 9:14 AM PST - 8 comments

What car should we get?

What car should we get? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:52 AM PST - 19 comments

more-programmable slow cooker? Recommendations for vegetarian hardware?

Best programmable slow cooker for a vegetarian? Do any exist which will _start_ cooking at a predefined time? Anybody care to comment on the Hamilton Beach programmable slow cooker? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 8:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Any recommendations for real estate agent/lawyer/inspector in Indiana?

Indiana Real Estate - can you recommend any real estate professionals (buyer's agent, good inspector, or lawyer)? [more inside]
posted by true at 8:33 AM PST - 0 comments

Art in the 4th dimension?

Do any visual artists work in 4 or more dimensions? Who are they, and what does their work look like? [more inside]
posted by tnygard at 8:31 AM PST - 16 comments

Portable External Hard Drive

Can someone recommend a good, fast, robust 1TB Portable External Hard Drive. [more inside]
posted by freud at 8:02 AM PST - 4 comments

You're in my urine?

What's that funny stuff floating in my pee, and is it related to this other issue? TMI inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:55 AM PST - 10 comments

I am looking for the best information about hip flexibility.

I am looking for a web site or book that someone here can recommend detailing ALL major stretches for the hips and lower body that also shows anatomical diagrams of exactly what is being stretched by the stretches. I have seen some good stuff on the net, but i am looking for a complete list with anatomical diagrams. If it is only hips, thats OK too. Thank You. [more inside]
posted by Studiogeek at 7:24 AM PST - 5 comments

All Right, I'm a Lawyer: What Do I Ask?

What specifically happens between a lawyer and his client once the client commits a crime? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis at 7:18 AM PST - 15 comments

please ID

Asking for a friend: who sings this version of Santa Baby? Thanks!
posted by leigh1 at 6:44 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I squat in this thing?

How do you train safely in a squat rack that's not a power cage, but just a rack? [more inside]
posted by creasy boy at 6:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Winter day-hikes around Minneapolis

Does anyone have a suggested day-hike in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area for this time of year? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc at 6:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I exchange my cats?

I don't love my cats. Can I humanely surrender them and find a better match? [more inside]
posted by Jay Levitt at 5:50 AM PST - 46 comments

Tire pressure in cold weather

Car's tire pressure monitor is showing big drop in pressure. Should I be concerned? [more inside]
posted by birdwatcher at 5:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Any room at the inn?

Last minute accomodation in Paris this NYE? [more inside]
posted by verisimilitude at 5:03 AM PST - 7 comments

Where should I go on NYE in Chicago?

Looking for somewhere to go for Chicago New Year's Eve. I hope to not have to make reservations, not have to pay for a package, stay out most of the night and dance. [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies at 4:48 AM PST - 6 comments

Christmas for the introvert

How do I deal with multiple large family Christmas gatherings as an extreme introvert with some sensory thing about large groups of people, loud noises and too much happening? Complicating factors are as follows. [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism at 4:26 AM PST - 34 comments

Are there particular quotes about "staying in the present" that are poignant to you?

Are there particular quotes about "staying in the present" that are poignant to you? Recently I have been worrying about the future, to the point it's become debilitating to accomplish some of the most trivial of tasks. I am looking for quotes to use as quick reminders to stay in the present, and the let the future be as it may.
posted by helios410 at 4:01 AM PST - 36 comments

Best Trampoline for Kids?

We want to buy an indoor trampoline to help our 5 y.o. son burn off some energy. Each brand I've seen on amazon comes with such wildly divergent reviews that I can't tell which one to go with. [more inside]
posted by aimeedee at 3:42 AM PST - 3 comments

Serbian Christmas Music Recommendations

We are having some visiting Serbian friends over for a late (by our standards) Christmas meal in a few days. They will literally be on the other side of the world in New Zealand at this time. I'd like to play some Serbian Christmas music that they would enjoy, music that says "Christmas" to them, especially so far from home. I understand that the actual Serbian Christmas is not until January 7th, but I'd like to play music that lets them know we have gone to some trouble to help them enjoy Christmas. Any recommendations, especially those accessible via iTunes or YouTube, would be most welcome.
posted by vac2003 at 3:28 AM PST - 5 comments

December 27

Steez was their favorite word

What was this sarcastic fashion blog I stumbled upon? [more inside]
posted by LarrenD at 11:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Please help ID this story.

ID this YA book about a dystopian city and clown-like savior. [more inside]
posted by Maximian at 11:42 PM PST - 4 comments

What to wear for costume party?

Costume Party Help! Asking for a friend... She is: female, 4'11", and short on money. Party is: costume, based on "favorite children's book character." Problem is: she doesn't remember her childhood favorites! Help us please-- oh, she might be able to do a group costume with one or two others. thank you!
posted by calgirl at 11:11 PM PST - 14 comments

My sister-in-law is probably dying

My sister-in-law is probably dying from metastatic breast cancer. I live about 1500 miles from them and I can't afford to go there, both from the cost of travel and the time off from work being uncompensated. How do I handle this situation when the terrible moment arrives? [more inside]
posted by noonknight at 10:01 PM PST - 8 comments

How accurately can a trained drummer keep time?

How accurately can a trained drummer keep time? Could trained drummers be used to keep time accurately enough to determine longitude? [more inside]
posted by Galaxor Nebulon at 9:18 PM PST - 20 comments

Drivin' In A Winter Wonderland

How can I find out about the travel conditions on my route home from Frederick, MD to Brooklyn, NY? [more inside]
posted by (Over) Thinking at 9:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Anger is affecting my life

Why am I so angry and what can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit at 8:52 PM PST - 24 comments

Identify a science fiction/fantasy novel from the 1980s, possibly YA, where they lived in the trees and where talk of killing others was taboo?

Can you identify this book? I read it in the mid-1980s. It may or may not have been a YA (Young Adult) title. The protagonist was a young girl, and her society lived peacefully up in the trees. She was interested in seeing the world down on the surface. There may have been another society down there. At one point she lost her temper with someone (a pet?) and blurted out something like "I would like to dead you!" at which her family was shocked and horrified at her violent thoughts. I particularly remember being struck by that part, that she understood the concept of killing but didn't know the verb. [more inside]
posted by tomboko at 8:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Where Can I Find Lists of Professional and Civic Groups in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 7:44 PM PST - 2 comments

eReader that is friends with Linux

I want is an eBook reader that will allow me to get books from my county's library system (via Overdrive), download them to my Linux machine, and send them over to said eBook reader. [more inside]
posted by Lucinda at 7:33 PM PST - 5 comments

free mac app for no-hassle, spoken-word audio recording?

mac filter: (free) app for quick, easy mp3 audio recording of spoken word? [more inside]
posted by 5Q7 at 6:57 PM PST - 9 comments

Mystery of the Chinese Medallion: What does it say?

What is this Chinese medallion? What does it say? [more inside]
posted by Jasper Fnorde at 6:49 PM PST - 8 comments

RPG Making for Dummies

I'd sort of like to noodle around with making a JRPG. I know that RPG Maker would do more or less what I want, but I haven't looked around at free alternatives recently. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 6:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Don't wanna think!

Activities that are so consuming they don't allow you to think? [more inside]
posted by tweedle at 6:28 PM PST - 56 comments

cable modem-->iMac-->Xbox = Fail

Hi all - I'm trying to connect my new XBox 360/Kinect wirelessly using my iMac's Airport Extreme. Airport works great with my Blu-ray player, my iPhone and various laptops that have been brought into the house, but I can't get the Xbox to connect. I've tried taking the WEP password off, and that doesn't help. I continually get the error message that the Xbox "can't obtain an IP address for your router or modem". Is this just a case of Microsoft not playing nice with Apple (or vice versa)? How can I fix this? Thanks and happy new year!
posted by missuswayne at 6:11 PM PST - 4 comments

How to move back to the UK from Europe after divorce with no money or support network?

Say you're a British citizen. And you're married to a citizen of a European country and living in that country with them and your kids, who are also citizens of that European country. And say you no longer want to be married and want to move back to the UK. With the kids. Leaving aside the inevitable custody battle, what the hell do you do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Why would running cause my sister's legs to break out into a really itchy rash?

Why would running cause my sister's legs to break out into a really itchy rash? [more inside]
posted by jordanian2 at 5:34 PM PST - 10 comments

What other notable people besides Martin Luther King Jr. and George Washington Carver have been intentionally named after someone famous who was not in their family?

George Washington Carver... Martin Luther King Jr.... What other notable/successful folks have been intentionally named after famous people who are not in their family (that is their famous antecedent's first and last name is the "descendant's" given name)? [more inside]
posted by jng at 5:22 PM PST - 37 comments

Fun things to do with Wii, streaming media, and network storage!

Help me figure out how to make the ultimate backup/streaming media setup under $200. Or, just tell me cool things to do with my Wii that I haven't thought of. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Raichle at 5:21 PM PST - 2 comments

I think a pawn shop might be a better option than Best Buy.

How do I hook up an Atari 2600 to a modern HDTV? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn at 5:12 PM PST - 11 comments

Dreaming of a white vasemas

Amazing white vases I saw online last week. Where did they go? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate at 4:29 PM PST - 6 comments

The French Don't Have a Word for Entrepreneur

Just like half the people on the internet, I have an idea for a web-based business. Unlike many of them, I don't have anyone to go to for a sanity check on whether my idea is feasible. Help! [more inside]
posted by downing street memo at 3:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Remote temperature sensor and e/mail notification for vacant house.

How can I monitor the air temperature at a residence I don't live at using a Mac running OS x, a usb mounted temperature sensor and a program that will e/mail me regular updates as to the room temperature? [more inside]
posted by HuronBob at 3:34 PM PST - 5 comments

Which car should we drive to Mammoth?

Which car should we drive to Mammoth? 2001 Honda Civic @ 109,000mi vs 2007 Honda Fit Sport @ 32,000mi? Everything is stock. What should we watch out for? [more inside]
posted by wuMeFi at 3:27 PM PST - 10 comments

What awesome music is this?!

What is the song in this youtube video? [more inside]
posted by joecacti at 3:22 PM PST - 5 comments

I can read out loud faster than 1 kbps

As of a few weeks ago, my home wireless is acting weird. Dropping/slow connection. Everything worked fine until... [more inside]
posted by gijsvs at 3:19 PM PST - 13 comments

Where to go and what to expect for laptop repair?

My laptop's screen isn't working. Where in Chicago should I take it to be fixed? What should I expect? [more inside]
posted by longtime_lurker at 3:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Minimum cryptography recommendations from various countries?

I recently read that the US government considers AES suitable for classified information. Do other countries publish similar recommendations? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler at 2:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Will the snow leopard upgrade work on my tiger macbook

If I buy the $30 snow leopard upgrade, will it work on my tiger macbook? [more inside]
posted by thanksfive at 2:21 PM PST - 10 comments

Better than the book!

What great movies (or TV shows) did you find to be infinitely better than the book on which they were based? [more inside]
posted by Sidhedevil at 2:09 PM PST - 96 comments

What is the stew of your life?

What is the most unfathomably good stew-like dish you've ever had, specifically during cold weather? [more inside]
posted by Phyltre at 1:57 PM PST - 60 comments

Learning how to read: a primer

Recommend to me materials to help a 5 year old learn to read. [more inside]
posted by boo_radley at 1:40 PM PST - 25 comments

Please sir, can I have some more?

How do I get him to last longer in bed? [more inside]
posted by oceanview at 1:39 PM PST - 16 comments

Should I get a 2nd opinion about surgery for my nose?

YANAD, but I need some advise on a problem with a deviated septum. Is it worth getting a second opinion from an ENT? Complication: Sleep Apnea. More inside [more inside]
posted by ChrisLSU at 1:37 PM PST - 8 comments

The novel, not sane, stood by itself against its shelves, holding darkness within.

Literary eerie suspense novelists: I've read and loved a certain type of author and I am looking for more like them. Their main novel tropes are unreliable narrators (i.e., are they being haunted by a ghost or their own mind?) and a good balance of suspense and philosophy (well-paced novels of ideas with likable, believable characters). Prose style is literary and intelligent but not metafictional. [more inside]
posted by xenophile at 1:27 PM PST - 36 comments

Class speed on microSDHC/memory card: What does it do?

microSDHC: Is there any difference between Class 2, 4, or 6 with regards to the speed of accessing or interacting aps/programs on a phone? [more inside]
posted by Feisty at 1:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me find a DJ for my Long Island wedding in September, please.

I'm getting married in September. My fiancee and I are hoping to avoid a traditional DJ or cheesy wedding band -- we're not big dancers -- but we want to have music at the wedding. [more inside]
posted by buriedpaul at 1:22 PM PST - 21 comments

What's causing my dad to act this way? What can I do to help him?

For several years now, my father, in sporadic bursts, has been acting very strangely. I'm not sure what is causing him to act like that, and I'm not sure what to do about it, so I'm looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:19 PM PST - 20 comments

Are these 1970s Star Wars figures worth anything?

How much are these original Star Wars figures worth? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer at 1:16 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I append rows to a table in Access from two related tables?

How do I append rows to a table in Access from two related tables? [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 1:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me with the nuance of this software....

PDF Software Filter: Using Nuance PDF Converter Enterprise and finding very little online support for the software. I've authored several nifty forms, but any time a user opens them in a software external to Nuance two things happen. Details and snowflakes inside: [more inside]
posted by Draccy at 12:46 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I send conditional email auto replies?

Can anyone point me to a "conditional email auto responder" service that would allow me to program the keyword and the auto reply to be sent? [more inside]
posted by olddogeyes at 12:45 PM PST - 6 comments

What would make a better videoconference solution?

What are the major differences between an entry-level videoconference solution offered by Polycom and a solution offered by Webex? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 11:48 AM PST - 5 comments

Please help me find the right MacBook for me!

What are the minimum specifications for me to be able to edit 1080p 60fps video on-the-go on a Mac laptop? [more inside]
posted by Nixie Pixel at 11:45 AM PST - 7 comments

Sex depicted tastefully in comics/animation/etc.?

What are some comics, mangas, animations, animes, and other illustrated works, from any part of the world, that depict regular sex and sexual behavior without fetishizing it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:41 AM PST - 16 comments

Warm Brown Liquor

Looking for your favorite recipes for warm liquor beverages. [more inside]
posted by ericost at 11:39 AM PST - 28 comments

How do you open .exe files on a Mac?

Mac noob question. [more inside]
posted by Gringos Without Borders at 11:38 AM PST - 14 comments

Wifi to dialtone device for EBT readers?

I've been approved to accept EBT payments at my farmers market. However, the free machine the state provides requires a phone line, which I do not have. I do have wifi, however! Is there an inexpensive VoIP device that provides a dial tone and lets me make *data* calls? I've seen several that have the caveat "no not use with credit card readers" which is essentially what I have. [more inside]
posted by ewagoner at 11:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Great books that inspired great movies?

This weekend, I saw True Grit. I loved it so much that I bought the book. The book is fantastic. (Why is this not considered a classic?) I'd love to discover other books that have been eclipsed by the film adaptation, but which deserve attention in their own right — books like True Grit, Cool Hand Luke, To Kill a Mockingbird (okay, everyone knows that's a good book), and so on. Help me find great (but lesser-known) books that have inspired great (and well-known) movies.
posted by jdroth at 11:08 AM PST - 99 comments

Musculation à Paris?

Does anyone know of a good place for weight training in Paris? Having both a squat rack (not the same thing as a smith machine) and a place to do deadlifts is mandatory; having local expertise in Olympic style lifts (e.g. clean and jerk, snatch) is a strong plus, but maybe too much to hope for. As always, cheaper is better. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Eigenvariable at 10:54 AM PST - 1 comment

Beanplating the bean cooking

Please help me design my new kitchen. I would like to know what kitchen features you can't live without! [more inside]
posted by raisingsand at 10:46 AM PST - 75 comments

Collection of possible future events that are all somehow related?

Is there a word for a "collection of possible future events that are all somehow related?" I want something that captures the idea of a "collection of scenarios." Or, pick an forecasted event, fear, or desire: What is "the spectrum of possible outcomes" relevant to this thing that has my attention, plausible or otherwise, expected or unexpected, the good, the bad, and the ugly? Probability cloud? Scenario collection? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 at 10:31 AM PST - 20 comments

round-faced straight-haired girl seeks haircut for long-term relationship!

Round-face haircut suggestions, help, and probably emotional counseling needed. How can I articulate what I want my hair to look like? Any ideas for straight hair + round face haircuts? [more inside]
posted by ghostbikes at 10:29 AM PST - 23 comments

Mental illness, debt, and me!

Have bipolar. Getting better. No employer. Debt collectors. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Diet Pill Abuse

What are the health risks of taking a "cleansing" product like Acai Super Cleanse for too long? Details... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Backcountry ski rentals in Portland, ME?

Where in Portland Maine can I rent backcountry skis (with metal edges) and snowshoes?
posted by eggman at 10:07 AM PST - 6 comments

How to get my young cousin hooked into reading

How can I help my 13 year old cousin get into reading? [more inside]
posted by fantodstic at 9:58 AM PST - 42 comments

Where to repair a broken PS3?

Where should we get this PS3 repaired? [more inside]
posted by jtron at 9:16 AM PST - 7 comments

How to write a statement fo interest for a fieldschool

I need to write a statement of interest for an archaeology field school, but everything about statements I can find online assumes I'm applying for grad school. [more inside]
posted by raeka at 9:15 AM PST - 7 comments

how to style my hair without heat, without making it frizzy or curly?

How can I style my hair without heat? It's naturally wavy at the top, but poofy and curly from the sides down. [more inside]
posted by cp311 at 9:08 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me soup up this hambone.

After-Christmas dinner: as part of the leftovers distribution, I now have the bone from the ham. How should I best make awesome soup with it? Difficulty: no split pea. [more inside]
posted by azpenguin at 8:39 AM PST - 15 comments

Wireless router for my Windows XP-using parents?

What's a good, relatively easy-to-setup and problem-free wireless router I can get for my PC-using parents? I'm their Mac user son. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul at 8:38 AM PST - 11 comments

I never want to be seen online in Facebook

Why can't I stay offline in Facebook chat anymore? Or, if I can stay offline, how? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 8:37 AM PST - 15 comments

I need a SEXY laptop. Budget 1000 Euros (but willing to stretch if its worth it) I love chrome, polished metal, glass and the black or white macbooks! [more inside]
posted by freddymetz at 8:27 AM PST - 14 comments

The best-laid (exercise) plans of mice and men

Vanityfilter: Smart, busy people of Metafilter, how did you get in incredibly good (looking) shape? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 8:22 AM PST - 22 comments

Why can't I find any proper Counter-Strike servers?

Why can't I find any proper Counter-Strike servers? [more inside]
posted by hworth at 8:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Leave me alone.

How to handle a bully on Yelp who is semi-stalking me because they don't like a review I wrote? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 49 comments

Manual labor

Help me reach out and touch (my special) someone! Hand job advice sought... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Creative Help with a blog title

Looking for creative, catchy ideas on what to name a monthly blog post where we feature an artisan or crafts person. [more inside]
posted by Mroz at 7:48 AM PST - 2 comments

Help us find a specific anthology containing "Rikki Tiki Tavi"?

Looking a for children's book bought in the late sixties, but possibly older, that contained "Rikki Tikki Tavi" and was possibly titled something about "By Land and Sea." Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 at 7:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Stop My Mum Cramping!

Hello, I’m asking this question on behalf of my mother who has been suffering from cramp in primarily her legs but also occasionally her hands for 9 years now. The symptoms first began in May 2001 and have gradually increased intensity over time. I'm asking Metafilter as she seems to have run out of other options (I searched for cramps and there didn't seem to be any other answers for this kind of thing) [more inside]
posted by eb98jdb at 7:05 AM PST - 13 comments

Looking for music appreciation course

Studying music at highschool, there was a course book which was all scores, covering music periods from antiquity to 20thC, came with an accompanying CD set, and notes on score reading etc. Can't remember what they were. Does anyone have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Megami at 6:30 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me make a torrent... torrent.

[BitTorrentFilter] I've made a torrent (of an interesting collection of music videos) that I want to distribute. Research about recent reliable trackers led me to use the one provided by PublicBitTorrent. But test-launching the torrent file from another computer shows me that no downloading (nor corresponding uploading) occurs. Is it the tracker, or what else might I have done wrong? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 4:07 AM PST - 12 comments

Scammed out of my hard earned cash by dodgy taxi driver. What now?

I was scammed by a taxi driver in Sydney (Australia) today. I think I have the taxi number. What should I do next? [more inside]
posted by celerity at 3:36 AM PST - 12 comments

Disneyland CA; better way to book a room?

I am trying to book a room for myself and my daughter at the Grand Californian at Disneyland Anaheim for 2 nights in January - Disney's own booking site suggests there are no rooms whatsoever available - does anyone know an alternative/better way to book any remaining rooms there?
posted by wildatheart at 2:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Newbie needs tips for training beyond a 10K to a half-marathon

My friend and I are in the middle of C25K and want to go all the way to a half-marathon. She would like to get to a full marathon. We are getting conflicting advice on how to do this. Do you have any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants at 1:56 AM PST - 15 comments

My wardrobe is crammed but I have nothing to wear

Help! I think I am slightly obsessed with clothing. I feel like I have nothing to wear. (But my closet is full of lovely things!). How can I have a more healthy, less anxious attitude to dressing, particularly for the workplace? [more inside]
posted by Weng at 12:09 AM PST - 19 comments

December 26

Why is my LCD HDTV flickering based on the contents of the scene?

Why is my LCD TV dimming every time there's a dark scene in a movie? [more inside]
posted by geodave at 11:32 PM PST - 14 comments

Are my VFFs broken?

FiveFingerFilter: I have a pair of Vibram FiveFingers. I just got home from the airport to find that one of them was folded in half in my suitcase, the result of a sloppy bag search by the security screeners. Now that shoe seems "floppy" (i.e. less rigid) in the arch compared to the other one. Is it broken? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl at 11:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Since no-one gave me a flowbee...

I'm a visitor in San Francisco and need a haircut! Is there a secret place in Chinatown (or elsewhere) where a man can get a stylish textured cut on a budget? [more inside]
posted by bradly at 11:06 PM PST - 4 comments

Finding a new wolfpack(s) -- Looking for advice on finding mentors, professional, exercise or party friends

I'd prefer to not be a one-man wolfpack, but I am rather introverted and take some time to get close to people. Due to friends' babies/marriage/moving for jobs I've found I'm in my 30's now and am looking for a new group of friends to run with. My best friend (also my last close adventurous homie) has been ensnared by a female. And she's ready to breed. So after I fulfill my Best Man duties, I probably won't be seeing him too much anymore and am looking for advice on how to find new friends in four areas: exercise, professional, party or mentors. [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 10:44 PM PST - 19 comments

New shelter dog is making me bonkers. Help!

My new shelter dog is making me bonkers. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard at 10:41 PM PST - 24 comments

My daughter gave out her cell phone number to a stranger she met in a chat room. And talked to “her.”

How can I logically – and without turning into a shrill, emotive, drama queen or a growling mother bear – educate my daughter to the danger she put herself in by giving out her cell phone number to someone she met in a kid's online chat room – and help protect her going forward? (Detail and more questions below!) Useful feedback is welcome with open heart and ears; mocking my parenting decisions just means you want Karma to kick your ass too. [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket at 9:34 PM PST - 43 comments

Digital Coupon Vault Needed

Anyone know of a digital coupon vault/app/website that will allow me to collect and use coupons without physically keeping the clippings? Somewhat of a Groupon equivalent for regular coupons? [more inside]
posted by shew at 9:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me explore Angkor Wat.

Good tour outfits for Angkor Wat, February 2011? [more inside]
posted by bardic at 8:39 PM PST - 9 comments

What do I do with all this sourdough bread?

OK. What can I make with all this homemade sourdough bread? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 8:34 PM PST - 12 comments

"You couldn't make me 'alright' if you stapled your tongue to my clit and stood in a cement mixer."

I've recently discovered a great fondness for angry, sarcastic characters. Please recommend me your favorite examples. All media welcome but literature especially preferred.
posted by d. z. wang at 7:46 PM PST - 62 comments

Installing WiFi router with a wired connection too?

Need help installing WiFi at parent's place in London! Can I get a cable wireless router which will provide WIFI ***and*** at the same time provide a wired link? Thanks for any tips! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh at 7:19 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me make this the year where I finally find some style!

Help me make this the year where I finally find some style! [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill at 7:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Flexible check in times for hotels at Bangkok Airport?

Specific travel filter: Anyone know any hotels, hostels, guesthouses, B&Bs etc at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport that a) can pick up and return my hapless self to the airport (the next day) and b) offer 24 hour check in and out? [more inside]
posted by mudkicker at 6:52 PM PST - 3 comments


Current daily driver as a future track car? [more inside]
posted by Cuspidx at 6:29 PM PST - 5 comments

How to get a copy of an ABC 7 Eyewitness News Broadcast?

My wife and I were in one of those "Man on the street" videos today on ABC 7 New York at about 4:40pm Eastern Time. Does anyone have any suggestions how to get a copy of the video? I e-mailed the station but haven't heard back yet. Any suggestions as to how to get a copy of the video?
posted by flyingcowofdoom at 6:29 PM PST - 8 comments

Fun texting?

What fun things, messages or games can I send to or play with my spouse via text? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan at 5:17 PM PST - 10 comments

Relax, I can't do it.

I cannot relax. I think that I am relaxed only to find that every muscle in my body is clenched tight. My mouth, butt, thighs, hands, neck, get the picture. It carries over into my sleep. I need help relaxing, please. [more inside]
posted by futz at 5:03 PM PST - 34 comments

Looking for the ideal word.

I'm looking for the word for an certain kind of ideal. [more inside]
posted by lore at 4:59 PM PST - 17 comments

How can I learn to get along with my family again?

How can I find a way to get along with my family again? When I'm around my family for big family occasions like Christmas, everyone seems to fall into long-ago-established patterns of behaviour in which I'm treated like an awkward/over-sensitive/"difficult" twelve-year-old. Anything I do seems to reinforce that impression, and (although I try hard to prevent it) I'm pretty sure that the more they see me that way, the less calm and less inclined to make nice about everything I become, making the whole thing worse. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:35 PM PST - 37 comments

Can't have the career I want now, so how can I get it later?

Just out of grad school (HCI, social psych focus), and for logistical reasons I'm having to look for jobs that are at best tangentially related to my interests and skill set. What can I do now to give myself the best chance of getting a more relevant job in the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:34 PM PST - 2 comments

What should we do in Chicago?

What should two mid-twenty somethings do in Chicago from now until the January 3rd? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 4:34 PM PST - 15 comments

help! I can't concentrate!

What do you do to snap yourself out of a completely unfocused, unproductive state? [more inside]
posted by marimeko at 4:21 PM PST - 25 comments

crafty movies

I really enjoy watching skilled craftspeople do their thing. Please suggest some TV shows that document an individual showing off their skills. [more inside]
posted by SueDenim at 4:18 PM PST - 20 comments

go to my friends house and he'll tell you how to get to my house. (fake name for this question) is the product. If given one space for a URL in advertising, why would you use [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 4:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Costa Rica transportation

How to get around Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by the druid at 4:10 PM PST - 16 comments

Vaginal Odour

Vaginal discharge during pregnancy - worrying odour. [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom at 3:56 PM PST - 6 comments

Help us fix our PS3 (BSOD)

Several problems with PS3 and Rock Band 3 on PS3 - help? (long) [more inside]
posted by lvanshima at 3:23 PM PST - 3 comments

How to get from scrawny to...normal?

Male, 24, ridiculously skinny/flabby. I have a set of dumbbells and a workout bench. Can I build some muscle with this alone? What exercises/regimen should I follow? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:53 PM PST - 25 comments

Setting Up A New Laptop For Your Mom?

The essentials of setting up a new computer for your mom? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo at 1:38 PM PST - 24 comments

Talks too much, but is never heard...

How do I improve communication with my wife given a history of anger issues, bad assumption, and best of intentions on both sides? [more inside]
posted by Koffeeman at 1:16 PM PST - 50 comments

Speech Therapy enthousiasts, Help !

I am looking for movie / book ressources that broach topics related to Speech therapy as well as speech /writing difficulties, that would be available to anyone (i.e not necessarily professional ressources, though they could be useful). Thanks so much [more inside]
posted by Jireel at 1:14 PM PST - 16 comments

How to glue silicone.

What glue should I use to repair silicone? Silicone glue seems like the obvious choice but from what Google tells me it is not as simple as that.
posted by neksys at 1:08 PM PST - 12 comments

just kidding!

i'm meeting the bf's kids next week. what do i talk about? [more inside]
posted by violetk at 12:55 PM PST - 28 comments

Lesbian Cat Drama

Should I give my ex a portion of my cat's ashes? [more inside]
posted by anthropoid at 12:32 PM PST - 30 comments

Diet soda pop with Splenda

Looking forward to a low-carb diet after the holiday excess, and wondering about aspartame use during the induction phase. Looking for diet soda in USA with Splenda/sucralose instead. [more inside]
posted by ackptui at 12:12 PM PST - 14 comments

What are some web services worth paying for?

What are some web services worth paying for? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark at 11:39 AM PST - 33 comments

sucking nookie?

While in Amsterdam in October of this year, at Kelly's Irish Pub, my fiancee and I heard a bizarre dance song that included the words "nookie sucky", repeated over and over as a chorus. [more inside]
posted by seancake at 11:37 AM PST - 8 comments

What do ridiculous marathon athletes eat?

In two weeks, I'm attempting to break a world record by playing dodgeball for 36 hours straight. What should I eat, drink, wear, and do to make this bearable? [more inside]
posted by ImBitman at 11:36 AM PST - 17 comments

Life in Sheffield?

What's life like in Sheffield, UK? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Do I just taste better?

The dog prefers to lick me. Why? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus at 11:00 AM PST - 21 comments

Bike touring in the US southeast: where to go?

Bike touring in the US southeast: where to go? [more inside]
posted by domnit at 10:56 AM PST - 5 comments

$5/5 days, how do I not starve to death?

So, due to a series of sort of hilarious circumstances and the excess of the season, I have only $5 to spend on food next week. Five ones and a bunch of quarters. I get paid on Thursday so I 'just' need to get by from today until Wednesday night [more inside]
posted by Tha Race Card at 10:54 AM PST - 44 comments

How to recover files after I have formatted my computer?

How to recover files after I have formatted my computer c: drive? I have windows ultimate 64 bit. Thanks
posted by omaralarifi at 10:43 AM PST - 11 comments

It is wired thing

What is the best "wired" home-network solution? A NAS drive connected to my router or a powerline ethernet adapter that allows me to connect an ethernet cable to the computer in my bedroom? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly at 9:46 AM PST - 1 comment

It's hard to deadlift with arthritic hands

Does anyone have experience with autoimmune disorders, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, and exercise? [more inside]
posted by restless_nomad at 9:09 AM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find more art like this?

I need posters for my walls, and have fallen in love with the concept art for Romeo and Juliet: The War. (Art I am in love with: 1, 2, 3.) However, I can't have it. Any ideas on where to find similar art, in poster-printable quality? [more inside]
posted by Jacen Solo at 9:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Is there an app for this?

I would like some iPhone app that will inventory all my media, CDs, DVDs, Games, etc. using barcode scanning technology straight on the iPhone, and ideally would have a way to export my lists. Does such a product exist?
posted by arniec at 8:31 AM PST - 10 comments

Negotiating tips to help buy a used Toyota Camry?

Tips for negotiating the price of a used car, namely a used Toyota Camry, years 2007-2010? [more inside]
posted by abdulf at 8:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Wedding shoe shopping venues in Seattle?

Where should my bridesmaids and I go for dressy shoe shopping in Seattle, besides Nordstrom? The girls want to find some silver shoes, pumps or peeptoes, heels not super high, and under $200. Local/indie/boutique stores are especially good.
posted by matildaben at 8:22 AM PST - 11 comments

It's beginning to look a lot like silver...

What would be a great silver anniversary gift? [more inside]
posted by mooselini at 8:12 AM PST - 5 comments

If a tree falls...

If a tree falls on my house during tonight's snowpocalypse, or other such event, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by dayintoday at 8:12 AM PST - 8 comments


Question about the game Scotland Yard. Are the rules crazy or are we just playing the game straight up wrong? [more inside]
posted by degoao at 7:31 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me connect.

Does your Kindle connect in Manila? Help me figure out the best way to read e-books in the Philippines! [more inside]
posted by wandering steve at 7:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Books about Osaka?

I'm looking for books about Osaka. [more inside]
posted by Bobby Bittman at 7:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Professional Wrestling books

Give me some suggestions for good books about professional wrestling. [more inside]
posted by AlexanderPetros at 7:01 AM PST - 10 comments

I drank what..?

I was (happily) re-gifted a beautiful box of Chinese teas which my brother had received years ago but we have no clue about what teas are actually included. I've take a picture of the box and the canisters. Please help me find out what I'm drinking!
posted by jmcgrady at 6:40 AM PST - 9 comments

How do I find which cities around the globe are hot and sunny right now?

How do I find which places in the world are hot and sunny right now? This is for the purposes of a vacation. I'm not interested in seasonal averages. I'd like to see a globe with sunshine icons on those cities that are currently actually hot and sunny, and I guess stormcloud or snow icons on those cities with precipitation.
posted by skylar at 3:15 AM PST - 11 comments

What Arduino projects can I build with a radio or other scavenged household parts?

What interesting projects can I make with my Arduino and scavenged radio parts or other household items? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 2:16 AM PST - 7 comments

How to deal with cancelled international flights?

The Great Blizzard of Christmas 2010 has severely derailed my plans (love snow as I do). I was supposed to fly from Newark to Hong Kong on Dec. 26th at 3:30, arrive in HK at 8:30pm Dec 27th, then fly Air Asia Hong Kong-Bangkok on the morning of Dec. 28th with a connecting flight immediately following from Bangkok - Luang Prabang, Laos. Newark is supposed to get a foot plus of snow tomorrow. I am feeling a little screwed. Is anyone out there skilled at making the best of this kind of situation? I've never dealt with it before, and have spent the last eight hours trying to make something work. Details below. [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong at 12:13 AM PST - 9 comments

December 25

"Don't be sorry, it's bad to be sorry."

What is the significance of the rabbit in the film Mona Lisa? [more inside]
posted by infinitewindow at 11:30 PM PST - 2 comments

Movie that involves Nazis and an owl-man?

NameThatRecentObscureMovie: At some point in the film, a young girl (the protagonist) dressed in a nightgown has a nightmare where Nazi bears chase her through snowy woods. A Nutcracker toy alerts her family that she needs help. She defeats the bears by throwing a glass angel figurine at the leader, which stabs him. Then, an owl-man appears and takes her to a magical ballroom where couples are dressed as birds dancing ballet-ish-ly. I think it's set during WWII, her father is serving in the war and comes home at the end of the movie. Saw a snippet on TV in a restaurant, did I dream this?
posted by dahliachewswell at 10:38 PM PST - 5 comments

What's the deal with tablets these days, am I right? *crickets*

What's with all the tablet/slate hype? I hate to be a curmudgeon, and I almost always see the bright side on emerging technology, but I just don't see why everyone should own one. Help me find the light! [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic at 10:00 PM PST - 52 comments

How should I ask my psychologist/therapist for antidepressants?

How should I ask my psychologist/therapist for antidepressants? [more inside]
posted by Zebra130 at 9:40 PM PST - 12 comments

How and what to cook on a Himalayan Salt Block?

How and what to cook on a Himalayan Salt Block? [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley at 9:39 PM PST - 3 comments

We need a roe fix!

Where can I find reasonably priced kazunoko (herring roe) in the NYC/North Jersey area? [more inside]
posted by ultrapotato at 9:38 PM PST - 2 comments

What's this weird rattling sound?

AutoFilter: My '06 Corolla is making these weird rattling/grinding noises (recorded today for your listening pleasure). Muffler problem, maybe? [more inside]
posted by AAAAAThatsFiveAs at 9:24 PM PST - 17 comments

6 AM flight out of Budapest?

How can I catch a 6 AM flight this Wednesday, the 29th, out of Budapest (BUD)? [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign at 9:14 PM PST - 6 comments

they should make a job common app

Home for break - how can I most effectively search and apply for local computer science jobs? [more inside]
posted by arkitex at 8:53 PM PST - 3 comments

Don't look at me in that tone of voice

I'm looking for suggestions and general thoughts on the subject of how to improve one's tone of voice. [more inside]
posted by choppyes at 7:05 PM PST - 17 comments

Where to get a room at the WEF Davos?

Where could I book a room close to Davos, Switzerland, between the 25th and 29th, January 2011? [more inside]
posted by Omon Ra at 6:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me enjoy Boxing Day with my in-laws (more) this year.

Help me enjoy Boxing Day with my in-laws (more) this year. [more inside]
posted by braemar at 6:03 PM PST - 13 comments

¿Como se dice "Reprogram the remote"?

Can anyone recommend a good, inexpensive English-Spanish lexicon of TV/Cable/Broadcast technology terms? My sister does Spanish-language technical support for a large TV cable and Internet provider. She's first-language fluent in Spanish, but like many Spanish-speaking U.S. natives, leans heavily on Spanglish for many of the neologisms ("el remote") of the electronic age. [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley at 6:01 PM PST - 4 comments

How to diagnose poor FPS?

My home built gaming PC has sub-par FPS. Nothing is obviously wrong, how do I go about diagnosing the cause? I don't know where to start. Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by bpdavis at 5:56 PM PST - 16 comments

Joe's Garage, Evergreen Van Lines, etc.

Does anyone who what this style of embroidery called? Can anyone recommend a place that can replicate it on a jacket I own? [more inside]
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! at 4:59 PM PST - 10 comments

What sort of part is this?

What is this metal thingy from my computer case? Pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by BlackBox at 4:13 PM PST - 17 comments

No gift from Mother-in-Law

My elderly 84 year old mother-in-law did not get my husband or I a Christmas present this year. She did get the only other person she has contact with, a lady that comes in once a week to clean for her, a Christmas present this week. Last year she did not get her son (my husband) a present (she asked him what he wanted and he told her to take care of herself would be gift enough) but she did get me one. Please understand it is not getting a gift that has crushed me, but "it's the thought that counts" is what is painful to me. I do everything for her - pay bills, laundry, fill weekly medicine box, take her to doctor appointments, do grocery shopping, pick-up medicine, help with her bath, I even take her dog to the vet. When I went down this Christmas morning and gave her a Christmas gift she said "Why did you do this?" and of course I said because it is Christmas (my husband and I have been married for 15 years and the tradition has always been the same!). She did not say a word about a gift for us. My husband apologized for her when I told him, but how can I put this in perspective and not take it personal? (Why did she get her cleaning lady a gift?)
posted by anonymous at 3:48 PM PST - 37 comments

Where can I find a men's golf tam crochet or knit pattern?

My partner's dad wants a floppy golf hat like the Three Stooges wear in this picture. I need a pattern to either crochet or knit (preferably crochet) a men's hat like this--I think it's called a tam. Does anyone know of a good pattern or a reliable place online to search for men's hat patterns? [more inside]
posted by Tesseractive at 3:47 PM PST - 4 comments

I forgot my password to login and need the prompt. How do I get it to give me a hint??

How do I get my Mac to prompt me for a password hint on the startup screen?? I reset my password last week and I copied and pasted it in the password hint in case I forgot. It turns out I did. But for some reason it won't prompt me for a hint even though I have been trying to guess over and over incorrectly. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos at 3:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Games while revolve around collecting powerups and experience?

I'm looking for a good video game to occupy me over the holiday break. Something where advancement centers around leveling up my character and/or collecting powerups. [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 3:40 PM PST - 12 comments

What's going on? Why did con-men deactivate my parents' alarm?

Someone scammed my parents. But what, exactly, is the point of the scam? They called my mom, claiming to be from AT&T, saying that something in her house was causing interference all over the neighborhood, and that they needed to come over. They came, showed fake credentials, identified the interference as coming from my parents' security system, deactivate they system and left. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 3:40 PM PST - 35 comments

What do "Gummo" and "Imitation of Life" have in common?

My brother works at a record/DVD chain in Louisville. He's mentioned that the two most popular movie purchases (not just at the specific store he works at, but at others in the chain too) are Douglas Sirk's Imitation of Life and Gummo. Why those two films in particular? Do they have something in common I'm missing?
posted by hr120 at 2:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Black smudge on laptop screen

My laptop (Acer Aspire 3810T) fell about 2 feet onto a carpeted floor. It was closed, but now I have a black smudge on the bottom right corner of the screen (by the way, the smudge disappeared after a few minutes, but has now reappeared and is not going away). It is annoying but I can still work with it since it is not completely opaque. After extensive googling and chatting with Acer support, I think the LCD may have ruptured. However, can I continue using the laptop or is the display going to get progressively worse and die soon? Although it is still within the warranty period, I think I may have to pay for repairs (since the techs may figure out that it was dropped). Thank you in advance.
posted by prenominal at 2:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Survey about what makes people happy / tick

I'm looking for typical "what is most important to people" survey results (preferably with percentages or graphs to use). You know, as in, family, career, hobbies, helping others... [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 2:37 PM PST - 4 comments

Are these coats the same?

Are these two coats actually the same one? How can I tell? [more inside]
posted by bibliophibianj at 1:25 PM PST - 7 comments

I need a website, but I don't want to be the Client From Hell

Paid for web design services for a very small business webpage on the 3rd of December. It's not done yet... [more inside]
posted by voltairemodern at 1:25 PM PST - 7 comments

Working Out with Buffy!

How do I get in shape Slayer-style? [more inside]
posted by platinum at 12:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Baldwins, anyone?

Movies with more than two real-life siblings cast as fictional siblings? [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit at 11:24 AM PST - 25 comments

Not "Shock and Awe"

What's the term - I think it's military - for overwhelming an opposing force through sheer quantity of techniques used/people deployed? "Shock and awe" is not the term I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by outlandishmarxist at 10:57 AM PST - 37 comments

Classic Nintendo DS games?

What are the classic games for the Nintendo DS? And, bonus, what are the best games that can be played in five minute increments? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 10:45 AM PST - 25 comments

Life is hard.

Feeling empowered. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:13 AM PST - 21 comments

Should i close onlien bank accounts I don't use?

I've accumulated a few more online bank accounts over the years. I've just opened an ING account, because it seems like while they don't have the absolute highest interest rates, people generally seem happy with them and they've been around for a while. I'm going to stick with them and put my savings and checking money there, but after emptying out my accounts at other places/sites, should I close them? Or leave them open? Any pros/cons to either option I might not have thought of?
posted by Busoni at 9:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Amazon Universal Wish List Woes

Why is my Amazon Universal Wish List add-on opening a new tab in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by annabellee at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments

What problems should one be aware of before buying a relatively expensive Kipor generator?

I am looking into buying a Kipor 6700 generator for my grandparents' house where there are frequent power cuts. Based on the data sheet this is exactly what we need, but since it's quite the investment, I would like to ask if any of you have had any problems (or words of praise) in connection to this or a similar (i.e. Kipor) generator.
posted by vlsd at 1:12 AM PST - 8 comments

I want a special snowflake server for christmas!

How do I implement my special snowflake server? [more inside]
posted by wayland at 1:12 AM PST - 16 comments

Not that there's anything wrong with gaiety

Can you help me find a recording of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with the ORIGINAL original lyrics? [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 1:11 AM PST - 7 comments

December 24

Personal Information Posted Without Permission

I'm a massage therapist whose contact information and professional credentials were posted, without my permission or knowledge, on an erotic services site. How do I get my ad taken down? [more inside]
posted by parrot_person at 11:06 PM PST - 20 comments

What are some good Jazz artists?

What are some good Jazz artists? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus at 7:43 PM PST - 29 comments

Please help me close my S-Corp?

[Tax filter] You are not my accountant but the H&R Block Business center is closed for the holidays and I'm stuck on some S-Corp tax and payroll questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 PM PST - 10 comments

How to tell a date to tone down the cologne?

Help me find a nice/funny/not insane way to tell a guy I just started seeing that he's wearing too much cologne for me. Maybe I'm like this previous asker, but I find myself thinking things like, "ok, I'll sleep with him once and THEN tell him," which I know is kind of crazy. (Mostly because I'd rather not smell his cologne on my sheets for weeks after.) Is it ok to tell someone you just met that your lizard brain would like him a LOT better if he toned down the artificial scenting? I'm gay, if that matters, but any relevant experience or advice is welcome. Have you ever dealt with this situation successfully? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:26 PM PST - 30 comments

Who makes a good wifi+router?

Please recommend a wireless router that doesn't require rebooting periodically with WPA2 on? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 5:51 PM PST - 27 comments

PHP Guys Up to Creating Modern Web Site?

Would it be a mistake to hire smart PHP-based web programmers to create a slick cutting-edge mainstream site? [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 5:40 PM PST - 21 comments

"Why are you taking pictures..?"

Husband and I were at a Farmer's Market for breakfast today, and thought we noticed an older man taking photos of children as they passed by. In the hustle and bustle of December 24th no one else seems to have caught it, and we felt kind of sick about the situation - there's no way of knowing the full details of why someone is taking pictures. But we notified a security guard, who said he'd keep an eye on it. The question is, in these kinds of scenarios is it always better to tell someone and risk making some innocent person's life miserable? We're a bit shaken up about it. [more inside]
posted by Tequila Mockingbird at 3:35 PM PST - 101 comments

christmas is ruined

How do I remove nailpolish from a wooden floor? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 3:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Is this cave art too cool to be real?

Is this real cave art? If so, where is it? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks at 2:52 PM PST - 5 comments

Settle a stupid bet at Christmastime Filter.

What is the definition of "dish detergent"? [more inside]
posted by citywolf at 2:46 PM PST - 45 comments

O Tron, Where Art Thou?

How can I watch the original Tron legally and reasonably priced? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen at 2:33 PM PST - 12 comments

Help Spare Me Some Wasted Effort Due to Copyright Restrictions...

CopyrightFilter: I'm haunted by the story of Barbara Newhall Follett linked on the Blue a few days ago. Help a me understand the copyright issue(s) associated with her first published work, The House Without Windows. [more inside]
posted by OneMonkeysUncle at 2:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Antihypertensives give me high blood pressure. No, really.

Medical types and/or hypertension patients: ever hear of Diovan *increasing* blood pressure? [more inside]
posted by chez shoes at 2:20 PM PST - 9 comments

No, really, I'm better but did my brain trick me?

DrugFilter: Is Xanax still "good" after two years? And secondly, how long does it last in the system? [more inside]
posted by Kitteh at 12:57 PM PST - 11 comments

What have I messed up on Hotmail via FireFox?

I have been using Hotmail for e-mail, and getting it via IMac on FireFox. I cleaned the machine etc and now find I am not able to get Hotmail. [more] [more inside]
posted by Postroad at 12:51 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I restore this stencil?

I was given an antique framed piece of intricately cut brown paper, which I am told was used as a stencil, perhaps on fabric. The paper has dark and light stains on it. The dark stains look to be moisture damage, and the light stains appear to be powdery. Is there anything I can do myself to restore it? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 at 12:48 PM PST - 7 comments

Mac OSX booting issue reboot help!

I need a booting Mac Christmas Miracle for my powerbook, Please. [more inside]
posted by Tchad at 12:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Jingle Bell Rock: non-holiday songs with bells

I am trying to come up with a list of songs that include a jingle bell-like sound but aren't Christmas/holiday songs. For example, "Kiss Me On The Bus" by the Replacements (the bells kick in at about 2:14). [more inside]
posted by litlnemo at 11:56 AM PST - 27 comments

Are emeralds really that much more expensive than diamonds?

I'm looking for emeralds for an engagement ring and can't shake the feeling that I'm going to be paying a lot more than I should. Does anyone have any experience buying emeralds? [more inside]
posted by Ctrl_Alt_ep at 11:46 AM PST - 14 comments

How does one do videotape in 2011?

What's the cheapest way to record videos using videotapes in 2011? I'm interested in the potential low cost of buying a bunch of videotapes (not much demand) and an old video camera that uses them (not much demand). However, I don't know anything about this archaic technology. [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 11:28 AM PST - 9 comments

[bookbinding/craft filter] Should I switch from PVA to wheat paste or some other adhesive?

wheat paste vs. PVA for adhering paper and book cloth to binder's board [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger at 11:20 AM PST - 4 comments

Home phone recommendations?

Please recommend a good landline phone system for our home + home office. [more inside]
posted by mosk at 11:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Grace under fire

Non-lame way to handle homophobic intimidation? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 11:06 AM PST - 26 comments

Sheriff Andy Griffith (dead) wife

Does the Andy Griffith Show ever reveal what happened to the sheriff's wife or even if she's dead?
posted by clockworkjoe at 10:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Scheduling app for a doctor's website

Scheduling app or plugin for a doctor's website [more inside]
posted by signal at 10:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Stats on men who are falsely accused?

Are there any statistics regarding the number of men who work in childcare and are falsely accused of abusing the children in their care? [more inside]
posted by Jairus at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Is there a way for me to post videos of my toddler online without worrying about being investigated as a paedophile?

Is there a way for me to post videos of my toddler online - which include some of her in the bathtub - without worrying about being investigated as a paedophile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:05 AM PST - 15 comments

roku vs. boxee

Final Decision: Roku or Boxee ?? I am between either the Boxee Box or Roku XDS. I like the Boxee platform, but the boxee box doesn't have netflix yet, they claim it's gonna be available some time soon. Roku seems to be great, works as described, just not as robust as Boxee... So, convince me either way... [more inside]
posted by fozzie33 at 9:43 AM PST - 18 comments


What is this thing on my inner lower lip? [more inside]
posted by tehloki at 9:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Roadtrip through Oregon!

What should I make sure to see on a short roadtrip through Oregon after xmas? [more inside]
posted by Black_Umbrella at 9:30 AM PST - 7 comments

How Green is My Water

We have a ten gallon tank and a goldfish, Monster Truck, the best goldfish a girl could win at a county fair Monster Truck II the best replacement goldfish for the best goldfish a girl could win at a county fair. We also have an impressive amount of algae. [more inside]
posted by shothotbot at 9:07 AM PST - 12 comments

What are good jobs that can take you abroad for extended periods of time?

What are good jobs that can take you abroad for extended periods of time? [more inside]
posted by wooh at 9:01 AM PST - 17 comments

Windows live onecare - restoring backup trouble. Help me hive mind.

Windows Live OneCare Help! - I have a windows onecare back up on an external hard drive from 2009, my windows live onecare subscription has expired. I have windows XP service pack 3 running on my laptop. Now, the restore tool won't allow me to open the backup or restore it. Is there any way around this? I really really need to get access to some old photos that are on this back up. I tried google but everything leads me to the backup restore utility. Hope me Please!!
posted by VickyR at 8:23 AM PST - 3 comments

Political convention demographics

This is for a research project. I am looking for information on visitors to republican and democratic national conventions in 2008. 1. What share of *out of town travelers* to minn and Denver were male? 2. What share were married of those male travelers? 3. If not that convention, then can this info be collected for any other major political convention? And source this if possible.
posted by scunning at 8:23 AM PST - 1 comment

Christmas in rehab.

Merry Christmas from my time zone. I'm having Christmas lunch today with a friend who is in rehab, at the rehab center. Most of the people there will be there because they're not allowed out yet. [more inside]
posted by Ahab at 8:01 AM PST - 8 comments


Is there any way to enroll someone into the Apple Development Program as a gift? [more inside]
posted by xqwzts at 6:48 AM PST - 6 comments

My Christmas sucked, how was yours?

Dad is on life support. He has no advance directive/living will. How do we make end-of-life decisions when none of us are capable of thinking clearly? [more inside]
posted by kella at 6:36 AM PST - 23 comments

"Let us fly!" said the flea / "Let us flee!" said the fly

Yeah, I'm flightier than a hummingbird. Help me not to be? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 6:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Who're good speculative fiction writers who write fine prose?

Who're good speculative fiction writers who write fine prose? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 6:20 AM PST - 45 comments

Help me cook rice in OJ and chicken broth without burning it.

How do I cook my rice-based (with OJ and chicken broth) stuffing so the bottom doesn't burn? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin... at 6:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Let me hear you say Ho?

What is the video that plays on the jumbo tron at sports events that has Santa Claus rapping? "Let me hear you say HOoooo" [more inside]
posted by MechEng at 6:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Apathy, eh?

It's not that I'm hostile, it's just that I'm indifferent to almost everything. How do I engage with my life again? How do I beat this persistent apathy? [more inside]
posted by saveyoursanity at 5:52 AM PST - 11 comments

Try as I might I cannot escape the sound of suffering

Dear metafilter, I know this has probably been asked millions of times but it's been a rough night. I broke up with him because I feel like I'm not in love with him, but why do I miss him so much? Why does it hurt this much? [more inside]
posted by pyrom at 12:09 AM PST - 16 comments

December 23

Mystery Meat: Can you identify it?

Mystery Meat. My aunt gave me this meat a month ago. I can't remember what she said it was. I vaguely remember the word "breakfast." What kind of meat is it and how should I prepare it?
posted by sallyseashore at 10:46 PM PST - 9 comments

What clothes can I wear to reduce sweating while doing contra dance?

What clothes can I wear to reduce sweating while doing contra dance? I've considered wicking shirts, but I thought that they might cause the sweat to simply end up on the shirt's surface of my shoulder where my dance partner holds me. Does that make sense? I want to minimize sweat there. It would be really helpful if you could be very specific, to the point of links to products.
posted by rwatson at 10:18 PM PST - 6 comments

how do I avoid saying something stupid or inappropriate about your x, the father of your child?

Guy trying to date a beautiful single mother don'ts filter: Young single mothers who date: how do I avoid saying something stupid or inappropriate about your x, the father of your child? [more inside]
posted by eli_d at 9:29 PM PST - 27 comments

Please suggest guides for a new homeowner

I am a new home owner after 19 years of living in dorms or apartments. I want to make sure that I keep it in the best condition possible. I am looking for suggestions of guide books and websites which others have found useful for a new homeowner. I am looking to cover basic maintenance and lawn/garden care. I have found several but have no idea which ones are actually good.
posted by slavlin at 9:28 PM PST - 9 comments

A Pound Is A Pound Is A Pound

How many pounds fresh spinach do I need to yield 1 pound cooked spinach? I can't believe how difficult this is to find: most of the Google search results are "x lbs spinach = x cups" or "how many ounces of fresh spinach in a pound" (groan). My recipe doesn't care about volume, it cares about weight!
posted by sfkiddo at 9:24 PM PST - 10 comments

What kind of dog would suit this lifestyle?

Asking for a friend: What kind of dog would suit this lifestyle? [more inside]
posted by torisaur at 9:20 PM PST - 29 comments

Help me help my mom

My mother is very sick in the hospital. She needs my dad and I to be her advocate, but never having dealt with hospitals before we both are overwhelmed by the complexity of it all. Insurance issues aside, what should we be doing to ensure she is getting the best care possible? [more inside]
posted by cecic at 8:18 PM PST - 14 comments

They do WHAT with it?

When did porn get so ... rough? (NSFW inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 PM PST - 28 comments

Will the not-painful knot in my shoulder ever go away?

Will the not-painful knot in my shoulder ever go away? [more inside]
posted by mchorn at 7:32 PM PST - 6 comments

How to get the best conversion rate (GB Pound to US Dollar)?

How to get the best conversion rate (GB Pound to US Dollar)? I've been working in London for the past year, trying to save up money for grad school when I return to the states. I was told that December was the best month of the year to do a GBP to USD conversion (not too sure how accurate that is). I bank with Barclays (England) and Chase (US) and am in the states at the moment. I've brought the money (in GBP) over because I thought it would give me more conversion options. I know that it can get complicated with conversion rates changing, various banks with their own exchange rates, etc. I'm willing to open an online bank account if that's the best option to transfer pounds to dollars. Are there any conversion geniuses out there who can help give me any tips? Many thanks! D
posted by Danah_78 at 7:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Just what I need before we go camping for 4 days... NOT.

My kids have a new R4 card for their Nintendo DSi's. It has stopped working after 2 days, proudly announcing that there is a system error. Is there a rescue remedy? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 at 7:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Steam heater: adding water

Steam heating system in an old house. Do I add water, and where? [more inside]
posted by Salvatorparadise at 7:21 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me have an awesome trip to Riviera Maya

URGENT TRAVEL FILTER: Flying to Riviera Maya for the first time at 5am tomorrow morning for a 10-day vacation with my girlfriend. What do we absolutely NEED to do, and what should we be careful of/avoid? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 at 7:00 PM PST - 23 comments

Openness of mind

Is there a way to expand who you are attracted to? [more inside]
posted by antgly at 6:39 PM PST - 24 comments

Should I move to Austin?

Would I like living in Austin? [more inside]
posted by white_devil at 6:32 PM PST - 17 comments

Blow thirty mill' like I'm Hammer

What job should I take to make as much money as possible, in order to donate it to charity? [more inside]
posted by Mike1024 at 5:01 PM PST - 31 comments

Trouble Turning On

I've got a lamp plugged into a wall switch controlled outlet. I'd like to be able to turn off the light at the switch and next to the lamp while somehow maintaining the ability to turn the light on from either spot regardless of how I turned the lamp off. (Degree of difficulty: I don't want a Clapper). [more inside]
posted by JakeLL at 4:33 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I just drink more?

Is it reasonable that I want my husband's family to know about his unemployment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:19 PM PST - 19 comments

HPV freakout

Ex-girlfriend's Pap showed abnormal results, what do they mean and how concerned should she be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:19 PM PST - 14 comments

Teach and ski?

Looking for business courses near ski resorts, anywhere in the world. [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse at 4:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Will it bake?

Why are snapware/glasslock containers not oven safe? [more inside]
posted by tintexas at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

CSS Positioning Problem

I have a CSS positioning problem. Santa please help solve it! [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest at 4:13 PM PST - 13 comments

F---ing microeconomics, how do they work?

Help me understand how to apply microeconomics concepts to a simulation with a very small number of actors. [more inside]
posted by zvs at 4:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Alone in Christchurch on Christmas: how to celebrate?

What should a lone traveler do to celebrate Christmas in a strange city? (in this case, Christchurch, New Zealand?) [more inside]
posted by fermion at 3:57 PM PST - 7 comments

More systems, please (fantasy novel recommendation request)

Recommend me a fantasy novel (that matches some particular tastes) [more inside]
posted by piato at 3:34 PM PST - 41 comments

Sand in Winter?

Where in Michigan can I buy clean sand this time of year? [more inside]
posted by Mertonian at 3:16 PM PST - 8 comments


You're the best hive for this, so if you're feeling generous with your abundant knowledge...Mind assisting with some French translations of menu items and some clarification on Haitian dishes? [more inside]
posted by sarelicar at 3:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Hungry Caterpillar knitting pattern

Does anyone know of a pattern for a knit version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar? I'd like to make a mobile for friend's who are having their first baby. Thank you!
posted by _cakes at 2:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Turn my wall into a dry-wipe area?

I'd love to turn a large area (3m by 1m) of my wall into effectively a whiteboard, by covering it in some kind of transparent film. What's the cheapest way of doing this? Essentially, I want something very similar to this but I can't use anything like paint, since I'm in university accommodation [more inside]
posted by insperatum at 2:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Film recomendations are SERIOUS BUSINESS

I'd like some good recommendations for films that revolve around something being serious business. The more obscure that something is, and the more the move generates unexpected dramatic interest in it the better.
posted by Artw at 2:31 PM PST - 29 comments

Help Me Remember This Moon Game

Atari or Nintendo video game. It's driving me crazy that I can't remember the name of it. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 2:26 PM PST - 10 comments

Help a girl pick a sport for life.

I want to pick a sport that I can play throughout my life. I admire those people who are triathletes, tennis players or runners (really, whoever is playing a sport that they are enjoying). They look good and they feel good (at least they look like they are enjoying themselves). I want to become one of those people, but I need help! [more inside]
posted by kuju at 2:09 PM PST - 32 comments

Can anyone recommend a very user friendly (preferably free or shareware) CAD program for MAC (10.5.8, non intel)?

Can anyone recommend a very user friendly (preferably free or shareware) CAD program for MAC (10.5.8, non intel)? [more inside]
posted by getupandgo at 1:24 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I make a website for serialized fiction?

How can I share fiction on a personal website that easily links chapters from multiple serialized pieces to read in proper order, and allows for tagging the contents of the stories? Without having to do everything by hand? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 1:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Help me choose barebones Windows hosting

What is a good bare-bones hosting for ASP.NET / IIS 7 / SQL Server? This is for someone who's just messing around. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao at 1:09 PM PST - 4 comments

The Caesar

Why did long hair fall out of fashion for men? [more inside]
posted by eurasian at 12:41 PM PST - 15 comments

Mignonne allons voir a tattoo

Francophones, s'il vous plait, une jeune amie a besoin d'une traduction! She wants "by any other name would smell as sweet" from Romeo and Juliet translated into French for a tat she's getting. The words will surround a rose. Her name is Juliet. My French is a bit rusty, I came up with par tout autre nom sentirait aussi bon. Any better suggestions?
posted by mareli at 12:08 PM PST - 11 comments

How to remove the air cleaner duct to change the headlight in a '96 Corolla

How do I remove the air cleaner duct in order to change a headlight in a '96 Corolla? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres at 11:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Can I use a Canadian iPad in the US?

Can I use a Canadian iPad in the US? [more inside]
posted by AloneOssifer at 11:41 AM PST - 3 comments

Xbox 360 to use solely with Kinect - 4GB or 250GB version?

I want an Xbox 360 to play Kinect games. Should I buy the 4GB version or the 250GB version? Does the 4GB version of the Xbox 360 provide enough space to play Kinect games? I already have a PS3 and still plan to use that as my main gaming system. I want the Xbox 360 just for Kinect. Is it really worth the extra $100 for the 250GB version if I'm only going to play Kinect games? Also, how difficult is it to install a larger hard drive on the 4GB version?
posted by parakeetdog at 11:40 AM PST - 13 comments

Wedding guest resources in RI?

I am getting married in providence, RI and having the reception in Cranston, RI. I am in the process of creating a list of hotels, B&B and things to do for guests. Any recommendations for: Hotels B&B's Things to do around town Info on how to get deals at hotels for wedding guests? Thank you so much for your help and happy holidays!
posted by tessalations999 at 11:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Society collapses into chaos: scenes from my Greyhound bus trip

My brother gave me so many hassles about "are you really going to take Greyhound??" that I'd like to send him joke "pictures from my trip" -- over-the-top movie screenshots about the worst bus trip ever: a post-apocalyptic bus/train station, 1980s punks with mohawks in a futuristic Mad Max gang standing around barrel fires at the edge of town... [more inside]
posted by slidell at 11:20 AM PST - 24 comments

Can we eat cheese left out all night and not die?

Another question about can I eat this. When putting away our Christmas Groceries my husband overlooked putting the cheese in the fridge. A container of Parmesan shavings and two hunks of soft goat cheese were left out all night. Should we toss or keep?
posted by bananafish at 11:18 AM PST - 26 comments

Did I give myself gangrene?

Did I accidentally give myself gangrene? [more inside]
posted by omoikkiri at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me have a shower

How do I kludge up a shower attachment in my bathroom? [more inside]
posted by storybored at 10:19 AM PST - 6 comments

I want the real deal not some biased view

Holiday Filter: My Racist Relative! I want to both educate myself & avoid conflict. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:06 AM PST - 33 comments

invitation font?

Yet another font recommendation request. [more inside]
posted by peep at 9:39 AM PST - 17 comments

Dancing in Seattle at 8pm

Where's a good place to go dancing in Seattle early in the evening of New Year's Eve? [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps at 9:37 AM PST - 7 comments

I need to mask the noise that comes from my office

I need to mask the noise that comes from my office. What's a simple way to do this? [more inside]
posted by whatideserve at 9:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Meta product finder?

Is there a site or software that acts as a meta product finder? [more inside]
posted by world b free at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Help make this meat cake a success

MEAT CAKE. I'm in over my head and need help finishing this off. Caveat: made with shredded turkey confit, not the normal meatloaf meat cake! [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 9:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Too late to tip?

Tipping: Someone sends a big pizza delivery ($100+) to a vendor for a holiday party, but forgets to add a tip when paying over the phone. The people receiving the pizza don't give a tip. The person who ordered the pizza eventually realizes that they forgot, but not until a couple of days later. Anything to do about it, or just let it go?
posted by epersonae at 8:49 AM PST - 22 comments

Leasing IT equipment rates...

My company is looking at leasing IT equipment for the first time. We've gotten several quotes, but the rates appear to be rather high. Considering we have excellent credit, what interest rate range should we be looking at for a $100K lease for 36 months? If it matters, the equipment is CISCO routers and switches. Thanks!
posted by flipmiester99 at 8:41 AM PST - 9 comments

methadone is to heroin as __________ is to Trader Joe's Candy Cane Green Tea

My S.O. and I have developed a deep and abiding love (some might call it an addiction) for Trader Joe's Candy Cane Green Tea. Unfortunately, the tea has gone into hibernation until next year. What to do? [more inside]
posted by baxter_ilion at 8:27 AM PST - 9 comments

recommended prose stylists

Please recommend some great prose stylists! [more inside]
posted by AceRock at 8:18 AM PST - 24 comments

Flakes need friends, too...right?

Loaned a friend a smart phone and very soon afterward he dropped it in water. Help me to beanplate how to get over feeling irritated at my friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:15 AM PST - 37 comments

What is the best music podcast that you listen to regularly?

Any suggestions for great music podcasts? I should clarify that I am looking for actual music, not podcasts where people talk about music. Also, I would like something that is updated on a semi-regular basis, at least weekly. I am open to most any genre, and would love to hear what you consider to be the best music podcast available!
posted by joshfeingold at 8:01 AM PST - 17 comments

NYC highrise restaurants?

Are there any decent restaurants in NYC that have a great view? [more inside]
posted by Tu13es at 8:00 AM PST - 16 comments

Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world

I'm a woman in my 30s. Six months ago, I moved cities to be with my boyfriend. Things with him are going pretty well, but I really, really miss my old friends, and I really need to make some new friends. How can I make some new friends? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM PST - 16 comments

Just what the hell is this thing, anyway?

McSweeny's. Explain. [more inside]
posted by SLC Mom at 7:43 AM PST - 20 comments

"Pen scanner" recommendations? Is it even called a pen scanner?

"Pen scanner" recommendations? Is it even called a pen scanner? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 7:38 AM PST - 3 comments

I want to pay you to send me paying customers

Tiny company with a (physical) product for sale online. We want to pay you if you bring us a customer. We want a great affiliate marketing management system. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 5:40 AM PST - 2 comments

seeking a web genius

Who can design a really cool website for a writer, historian and activist? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs at 5:30 AM PST - 6 comments

What sound driver do I need and why didn't Apple include it?

How can I get the sound to work on my MacBook Pro (2010 6,2 model) when I use Windows 7 (64 bit) via BootCamp? [more inside]
posted by dougrayrankin at 4:46 AM PST - 2 comments

Nobody remembers a pirate on his birthday.

"Nobody remembers a pirate on his birthday." Where did I see this piece of art online? [more inside]
posted by Sufi at 4:14 AM PST - 3 comments

Please recommend modern Spanish classical choral music

I'm looking for 20th and 21st-century Spanish classical choral music -- the Spanish equivalent of Whitacre, Britten, Lauridsen, Howells or Barber, for example. [more inside]
posted by impluvium at 3:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Night-pickling before Christmas.

Some kind of sauerkraut in 24 hours? [more inside]
posted by smoke at 2:44 AM PST - 11 comments

December 22

Footnotes just don't work in an Audio Book

I really like discovering new books through book reviews in newspapers (New York Review of Books, New Yorker, and NY Times, mainly) and from some book blogs I read. But what are good sources of reviews of audio books? [more inside]
posted by bluefly at 9:30 PM PST - 10 comments

Nonfiction jury tv-series documentary?

Was there a nonfiction TV series a few years ago that was basically a legal documentary containing footage of jury deliberations? (If so, what was its name and is it on DVD?) Or did I just imagine this?
posted by Mr. Justice at 8:57 PM PST - 5 comments

cupcake and grilling basket

I need cool kitchen tools/spices/nice ingredients/etc that are grilling and cupcake related. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed at 8:48 PM PST - 19 comments

How to announce to my boss that I'm quitting?

I'm about to quit the great job I've had for the past 6 years for personal reasons. I'm in charge of a lot of projects and I'm stressed about the transition with my future successor. I'm looking for advice on how to handle this situation. [more inside]
posted by kag at 8:38 PM PST - 15 comments

I want a new drug, not Dr. Freud

Talk therapy sucks. Did it, doesn't work for me, have the t-shirt. Meds work (or have); how do I get them without having to grovel to another therapist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:27 PM PST - 26 comments

What's a good comprehensive book on the basics of personal health?

What's a good comprehensive book on the basics of personal health? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 8:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there no way to get Tivo to work with a Cable box?

Does Tivo removing the IR output from series 3 machines upwards leave us screwed to use a cable box? Is there any way for a series 3/4 Tivo to control a digital cable box, and if not, what are our options? [more inside]
posted by Brockles at 7:38 PM PST - 4 comments

Parody songs about New Jersey

Am I just imagining? Two joke songs about New Jersey. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb at 7:35 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me plan my summer in advance- deliciously!

Any recommendations for cooking school programs for a summer travel experience? I live and work in NYC and have taken rec courses at ICE, FCI etc. Needless to say, they are very expensive. I would like to do the equivalent, maybe in Buenos Aires or somewhere similar. Basically would love to go to cooking school ft but it costs too much and I only have the summer off. Hence, thinking it might be nice to combine interest with travelling and perhaps even spend less than I would staying in New York. (perhaps wishful thinking!). Has anyone done something similar?
posted by bquarters at 7:15 PM PST - 5 comments

We want to buy a mattress but we always get little valleys in them soon after we buy them.

Our mattresses always crush down quickly and make a trough where each of us sleep. What can we do with our next mattress to not have this happen? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 at 7:09 PM PST - 27 comments

How do I not be an obnoxious album funder?

I've offered to help fund the pressing of a local musician's new album. Help me not to be an arse about it. [more inside]
posted by scruss at 7:08 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for scholarly works on the American Nazi Party

Looking for scholarly books about the American Nazi Party, George Lincoln Rockwell, and William Luther Pierce. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:42 PM PST - 4 comments

West Village for under 2 k?

My BFF is moving to NYC. I'm thrilled for him and want to help him find the best place possible... [more inside]
posted by pearlybob at 5:58 PM PST - 39 comments

Oh Body, Let's be Friends

Why did I gain weight? And, more importantly, how can I not get freaked out and obsessive now? [more inside]
posted by tacoma1 at 5:23 PM PST - 32 comments

Make me a beautiful TPS report

After reading the Wire article about blood tests getting a make over, I want to find software that will allow me to custom design a report but have the data be automated (from a spreadsheet, database, etc.). I think Word will do this but I'm looking for more horsepower in the graphic department. Is this even possible?
posted by grefo at 5:07 PM PST - 6 comments

duties on a bike imported into australia

YANML or Customs agent: i'm importing a cargo bike to australia, I've been told there is an import duty concession for complete bikes but i'm confused. The bike (which has not been sent yet) will be arriving at the port, I've never had to clear anything through customs before and am keen to hear from anyone with advice on how to make it simple. Oh and my cargo bike has three wheels so it's technically a tricycle. [more inside]
posted by compound eye at 4:55 PM PST - 7 comments

War on the Korean Peninsula, Who Benifits

Which countries would benifit from a war on the Korean peninsula? My students want to know. [more inside]
posted by manwoo at 4:46 PM PST - 36 comments

Do I feed the beast or starve it?

Keeping the weight off: how to quell the lizard brain? [more inside]
posted by rouftop at 4:14 PM PST - 30 comments

Can anyone recommend a cheap(ish) fabric desk chair?

Does anyone have recommendations for a super-comfy desk chair for home? [more inside]
posted by newfers at 4:03 PM PST - 17 comments

I'm due there in 26 minutes

Going back to the gym after a layoff. How much is too much? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike at 3:58 PM PST - 11 comments

Find someone to make me a Santa tree topper

Where can I find someone to make me a stained glass/shell Santa tree topper? [more inside]
posted by boobjob at 3:54 PM PST - 5 comments

LG Cosmos cellphone manual sucks.

I just got the LG Cosmos on Verizon (not the LG Cosmos Touch), and the booklet it comes with is nearly useless. Anyone else have this phone? Help? [more inside]
posted by tzikeh at 3:30 PM PST - 3 comments

Hospital Transfer Help

How to get a hospital transfer approved and done *fast*? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia at 3:11 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me find a TV documetnary on a self-building housing co-operative in the UK

I'm after a documentary I once saw about a self-building housing co-operative in the UK—or more information about the programmes. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 2:55 PM PST - 4 comments

I don't want to be a POG.

[USMC] I am going to enlist in the Marines, but I don't want to be a pogue/POG. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by okaasan at 2:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Where's Wacko?

Where is this person? Person says they are calling from one state, caller ID says they are calling from another state, thousands of miles away. [more inside]
posted by fifilaru at 2:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Christmas Sex Reveal (SFW)

My husband and I just found out that our baby, due in May, is a girl. We have ultrasound pictures to share with the family and would like to add a Christmas-y (or not), caption to it in order to reveal the sex of the baby to the family. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow at 2:13 PM PST - 28 comments

Handshake, hug, or friendly nod?

Guy meets girl for the first time in real life. Handshake, hug, or friendly nod? [more inside]
posted by Avenger50 at 2:04 PM PST - 51 comments

Is this attainable or not?

[Scottishfilter] Does anyone know where I can purchase a Scottish mail sweater (I guess it would be Scottish postal pullover to some)? Mr. Shaarog wanted one for Christmas but I have had zero luck finding anything about them on the Internet. [more inside]
posted by shaarog at 2:02 PM PST - 6 comments

How do you know how much a company like UPS will charge for delivery?

How do you know if a delivery company like UPS or Purolator will charge you for delivering something? [more inside]
posted by Joseppi at 1:47 PM PST - 10 comments

How to deal with confusion related to important things?

An ex, mixed signals, and dangerous times. How do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:35 PM PST - 14 comments

What is a good site for finding the best meeting time for a group of people?

What is a good site for finding the best meeting time for a group of people? There are a few out there, like and MeetingPuzzle, but they fall short of some criteria I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by hoobichu at 1:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Best scar revision for minimal scars?

I need to get the BEST possible scar revision for scars on my arm that make me look like a cutter. They are slightly discolored, and barely raised from the skin. Where should I begin looking? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss at 1:26 PM PST - 15 comments

Why do videogame developers not allow players to remap their controller?

Help me to understand a prevalent console-based video game UI design decision : Why do so few developers allow the player to freely remap buttons on their controller? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 1:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Dealing with an ex who lives upstairs

I'm looking for advice in dealing with an unfortunate living situation related to my ex. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 20 comments

How to stop an overblown but not totally irrational fear?

I am a grown-ass woman who is afraid of going to bed alone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:00 PM PST - 30 comments

Gum that won't burn my mouth?

I nearly constantly chew gum to keep my teeth and tongue occupied, but the gums I've tried recently are failures. Any recommendations for a sugar-free, long-lasting gum? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness at 12:57 PM PST - 25 comments

What is this type of sequence called?

TerminologyFilter - What do you call sequences that have a recursive element in interpreting them. I have a hazy memory of a letter sequence where for example each third letter had to be recited along with the letter four letters back. (Just an example, and the rule dealing with reciting could have been completely different, but it definitely had a regressive/recursive element.) [more inside]
posted by Clementines4ever at 12:35 PM PST - 2 comments

I take my time like I take my notes: on lines.

I'm trying to compile a compendium of histories of things, especially everyday sorts of things, in graphic form. Please direct me to your favorite timelines! [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski at 12:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Should I say something about this strange situation? Is it even strange?

What do to about a child in a potentially abusive situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:15 PM PST - 17 comments

so why exactly should I talk to you?

At risk of sounding like a terrible person (or maybe just *being* a terrible person): what is it that everyone thinks I'm missing out on by not being on speaking terms with my parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:15 PM PST - 57 comments

I'd like to give someone a gift certificate to a custom tailor. Please recommend a good one in New York.

I'd like to give someone a gift certificate to a custom tailor. Please recommend a good one in New York. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 12:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Need a Huge Image

Would you recommend a large high quality photo with which to put a large format printer through it's paces? Anything at all, as long as it can bring the megapixels. [more inside]
posted by parallax7d at 11:52 AM PST - 9 comments

Lighten my wallet, lighten me.

What should I spend $100 by the end of the year to help me lose weight? [more inside]
posted by po822000 at 11:49 AM PST - 37 comments

you're good enough, smart enough, and goshdarnit people like you

My mother is interested in "Daily Affirmation"-style websites and is looking for some new ones. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog at 11:05 AM PST - 9 comments


Should I go for DVI-DVI or DVI-HDMI for connecting my new monitor to my computer? [more inside]
posted by luftmensch at 11:00 AM PST - 5 comments

Gift: Old iPhone -> iPod Touch

We're giving our niece an old iPhone 3G to use as an iPod Touch. What do we need to do? I restored it, which seemed to have deleted everything. Took out the SIM card. Looks like it works fine. The only hitch is that the device still thinks it's a phone with phone app icon. And when connected to iTunes it shows my wife's phone number. I think this is only an aesthetic issue. Doesn't bother me that our niece knows her aunt's phone number. Are there any other issues to consider? Will a SIM card be needed for future updates? Should I attempt jail breaking? It's running the latest iOS, for better or worse.
posted by timnyc at 10:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Please help me to tell people I will not always be available to them

Please help me to politely tell people that I am not available 24/7 by phone. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 10:23 AM PST - 63 comments

Android... alive!

My wonderful HTC Legend and I are a match made in heaven. Help me make the most of it. The jump - you know you want to. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul at 10:22 AM PST - 7 comments

Best large File inter-operable file system?

What is the most inter-operable file system that can handled files larger then 4GB? (i.e. DVD iso files at 4.7GB or uncompressed AVI that are larger then 4GB.) Best would be something that Windows XP/Vista/7, Ubuntu/other linux flavors, and Mac could all read and write. [more inside]
posted by wonderfullyrich at 10:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Self sabotage

What is self-fulfilling failure called? [more inside]
posted by nzero at 10:07 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me spend my money!

Unexpectedly received a holiday bonus check today. What should I do with it? [more inside]
posted by coupdefoudre at 9:51 AM PST - 29 comments

I don't want luxury but I would like to make ends meet.

I can't make ends meet and am at the point of looking into bankruptcy. Please help me understand bankruptcy and if it would even work for me. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:47 AM PST - 18 comments

Search xkcd by date?

Is there a way to search xkcd by date? The one I'm looking for today is 1 Aug. 2009, but this is not the first time I've wanted to search by date.
posted by Bruce H. at 9:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Help us pick the perfect island in the Bahamas

We are planning a trip to the Bahamas, and would love advice or recommendations from anyone familiar with the islands. [more inside]
posted by Alpenglow at 9:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Whamma Jamma

Canning preserves without a pressure canner? [more inside]
posted by JABof72 at 9:09 AM PST - 22 comments

Architecture! In Boston.

Architect friend is visiting Boston. What to do? [more inside]
posted by leedly at 8:56 AM PST - 15 comments

Let's Party! (But... Uh... Could you show me how first?)

Help me throw myself my first real birthday party. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:45 AM PST - 35 comments

Sometimes earlier, at about 3pm.

How can I tell the coworker I share an office with that he has terrible, terrible foot odor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:45 AM PST - 28 comments

Broken family at Christmas

MeFite desperately seeking advice/contacts/ideas for travelling from Dublin to Orlando stat [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 8:41 AM PST - 12 comments

Inexpensive but Decent Beer of the Month Club?

Suggestions for a relatively inexpensive but decent quality beer of the month club (or something similar)? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 8:35 AM PST - 10 comments

Searching for a gym bag/purse

After years of fruitless searching for the ideal bag that doubles as gym bag and handbag/purse... [more inside]
posted by tentacle at 8:31 AM PST - 9 comments

Food at Christmas in Palma??

Mallorca filter: I have booked three days on my own in a hotel just outside Palma for the 24, 25 and 26th December - but only bed and breakfast. (Been to Palma once before in winter so roughly know my way around) Can anyone tell me for sure what if any (kind of) shops, supermarkets and/or cafes are likely to be open over Xmas - basically will I be able to feed myself there (don't care at all what I eat) or should I make sure to pack three days of tea and biscuits?
posted by runincircles at 8:19 AM PST - 6 comments


[Med-filter] Experiences with Tramadol [more inside]
posted by handbanana at 8:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Enable WoWLAN on a 945GCT-M3 motherboard/BIOS?

Enable WoWLAN on a 945GCT-M3 motherboard/BIOS? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 8:03 AM PST - 3 comments

Music video identification

Help me identify a music video with anime-like influences. [more inside]
posted by komara at 7:59 AM PST - 2 comments

Looking for the Illustrated Guide to Being?

Help one of smallish brain understand the phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion, particularly the ideas of "givenness" and the "saturated phenomemon?" [more inside]
posted by cross_impact at 7:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Vintage non-electric , gas burner based oven?

A few decades ago there was this enamel coated oven contraption, resplendent with a small glass door that slid down, that you'd put on the gas burner, it would heat up from below and could then be used as an ordinary baking device. It had virtually no inner parts, aside from maybe a coil. They had them in Europe and Israel - what were they called? Are they still made? (It isn't the Wonder Pot).
posted by watercarrier at 7:54 AM PST - 9 comments

Searching for Vintage Safety Pin

I'm looking for a large vintage safety pin in NYC [more inside]
posted by lockse at 7:06 AM PST - 10 comments

App me, Amadeus!

I want to make electronic music on my iPad. Which apps are best? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd at 7:04 AM PST - 13 comments

How to get fast Wifi without raising our blood pressure?

Internet Fury in Brooklyn: We seem to be unable to get a fast internet service in our apartment in Brooklyn; please help me figure out what the problem is. [more inside]
posted by pipti at 7:03 AM PST - 8 comments

explain this comic to me

Can someone explain the punchline in today's luann comic to me?
posted by yeoz at 6:31 AM PST - 52 comments

Turn me into a Civ IV jedi.

Turn me into a Civ IV jedi. [more inside]
posted by griphus at 6:15 AM PST - 34 comments

Is there a how to manual for self-hosted Wordpress sites?

Is there a how to manual for self-hosted Wordpress sites? [more inside]
posted by beautiful at 5:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Craving subspace

I've recently come to the conclusion that I need sexual submission and abandon in order to be happy. But I'm concerned about how to do this in a way that both feels authentic and is emotionally safe. [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 4:06 AM PST - 21 comments

Scan of Designers in Playboy July 1961

I need a high-quality scan of this photo from Playboy's July 1961 issue. [more inside]
posted by cmchap at 3:31 AM PST - 7 comments or Blogger? Help me decide which would be best in this case, please.

During this holiday break I'm going to be purchasing a domain name and migrating a University department's blog over to either or Blogger. I need help deciding which ( or Blogger) will be the best way to go based on the blog's needs and the capabilities of its authors. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam at 2:50 AM PST - 9 comments

It isn't nostalgia if you don't remember it.

What was the origin of the 1980s catch phrase, "Thank you, master, for the buzz?" [more inside]
posted by Yakuman at 2:33 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I get this ram to work with this motherboard?

Please help me get get 12 gigs of OCZ Reaper 1600 DDR 3 to work with an Asus P6X58D-E motherboard and an i7-950. [more inside]
posted by Apoch at 2:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Ideal body stats and how fast to attain them

I'm going to make 2011 the year I keep my New Year's resolution to lose weight. Can you help me figure out a realistic target/loss rate? [more inside]
posted by edbyford at 2:17 AM PST - 21 comments

Help us get to our hotel

We're going to Singapore on the 24th and are staying at Marina Mandarin Oriental hotel. All I could dig up was that it was ten minutes from the City Hall MRT. How do we get to there from the MRT? Or, since we're four people who will be going there, would it be cheaper to just take a cab from the airport?
posted by drea at 12:54 AM PST - 7 comments

December 21

Help this newly-arrived student acquire internet service in Canada.

Student visa in Canada; no SIN or CDN credit card, hence no CDN credit history. Can't get anyone to give me internet/TV or mobile phone service!? [more inside]
posted by wowbobwow at 9:21 PM PST - 13 comments

Can therapy give concrete help with social skills?

Unbearable loneliness is making me consider trying therapy again. I'd like to work with someone who can give me concrete help on improving my social skills. Do such therapists exist, and how can I find one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:44 PM PST - 13 comments

Cruising with a toddler

We'd like to go on a family cruise in the second half of May: myself, my husband, Baby J and my parents. What will this be like? And also, got any specific recommendations? [more inside]
posted by sillymama at 8:25 PM PST - 6 comments

Driving south from SF

Driving south from San Francisco to southern California over an entire week. What's interesting on the way? [more inside]
posted by pantsrobot at 8:20 PM PST - 29 comments

VBAin't working

VBA for Word help. A lot of help. I'm trying to find a string, then search and replace a space within that string. I can do parts of this, but not the whole thing and not for the whole document at once. [more inside]
posted by theredpen at 8:16 PM PST - 16 comments

How did you decide to do what you do?

How did you decide what you wanted to do for a living? [more inside]
posted by GilloD at 8:13 PM PST - 39 comments

How can I alter the behavior of my WordPress menu?

WordPress menu question: I have a WordPress site which has a menu bar and some drop-down menus. I don't want the "root" of each drop down to lead anywhere... [more inside]
posted by brownrd at 7:46 PM PST - 7 comments

Who covered this Lead Belly song?

Can someone id this cover of Lead Belly's Whoa Buck? It starts at around 3:40 in this video.
posted by empath at 7:43 PM PST - 3 comments

Does a hit tooth almost always die?

I fell on my face ice skating two days ago and hit one of my upper front teeth directly on the ice. I've read plenty about teeth dying after trauma. Is this usually the case? [more inside]
posted by i_love_squirrels at 7:26 PM PST - 15 comments

I would eat more ice cream and less beans

What to add to my new life? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 7:18 PM PST - 12 comments

Is the future of textbooks apparently now?

Looking for suggestions for software platforms to use to design an interactive online textbook for college literature courses. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Ozarkian at 7:16 PM PST - 6 comments

Should we buy this house?

We want to move. We've decided to stay in Omaha. I found a house that is a REAL bargain. So I need you, dear mefites, to help me measure the pros and cons. [more inside]
posted by wwartorff at 7:16 PM PST - 16 comments

A step up from MS Word? Desktop publishing software?

I've been fighting with a 60 page Word document that has become unbearable. Is it me? Is it Word? Do I need to be using different software in combination with Word? [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 7:04 PM PST - 32 comments

Picking the best 60 inch tv I can find.

So we have decided to buy a new 60 inch tv for Christmas. I have spent a few days running around looking at various models in stores. I have also read that stores to tweaks to the tv to make them look good in the store. Right now I am looking mostly at Sharp, Sony and Samsung [more inside]
posted by digividal at 5:56 PM PST - 26 comments

system dynamics

Maths-filter: please recommend some good resources (books, sites, software) for learning about numerical simulations of large (like 20+ dimensional) dynamical systems, especially in continuous time. [more inside]
posted by moorooka at 5:47 PM PST - 3 comments

Keeping apartment safe during maintenance

My landlord wants me to leave my apartment unlocked so maintenance people can enter during the day. This makes me uncomfortable. How much should I push back? [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 5:14 PM PST - 35 comments

Woman's Professional Laptop Sleeve/ Case

Need to find a cool laptop sleeve / bag for a professional Mom in Charlotte, NC. [more inside]
posted by unccivil at 5:05 PM PST - 8 comments

It's sneak in an awkward question time!

Is there a word or phrase which describes the asking of a personal question, which would never normally be asked in normal circumstances, and isn't particularly relevant, during an argument or discussion on a particular topic?
posted by devnull at 4:03 PM PST - 17 comments

Can I have a moderately lively, none-too-crowed Las Vegas New Year celebration?

I'm thinking of going to Las Vegas for New Years Eve with Mrs. filthy light thief, to visit a friend of hers who lives out there and ring in the new year. EXCEPT: we're looking to avoid crowds. And traffic. Is this actually possible? [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief at 4:02 PM PST - 5 comments

Choose any 3.

Help me find this gorgeous youtube mashup I stumbled upon once a long time ago. [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus at 3:38 PM PST - 5 comments

Need to merge some image bands.

Very basic image merging program for windows? [more inside]
posted by StickyCarpet at 3:13 PM PST - 5 comments

My Mac Mini flashes a screen on boot, then goes to no signal?

I have a Mac Mini (2007, Intel GMA 950 graphics card, 10.5.8), with DVI out. Out of nowhere, when I boot up I'll see nothing with the monitor reporting no signal. After it boots up, I'll see a blue screen, followed by my wallpaper ... then no signal again. I can VNC into it and everything looks fine. Changing resolutions doesn't do anything. If I unplug the DVI cable and plug it back in, it'll work for a few seconds and then back to the no signal. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 2:59 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I subtly let people know that I'm gay?

I'd like to know if there are any others who have people who are not into the scene or online dating to let people know, subtly, that I may play for the other team. [more inside]
posted by Kamen Rider: Sock Puppet at 2:55 PM PST - 19 comments

St Louis accent?

I'm looking for evidence of a St Louis accent. [more inside]
posted by mpls2 at 2:52 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me identify this neat crime jazz tune with trombones..

Please help me identify this crime jazz song (with great trombones!) from a sample of me whistling it. [more inside]
posted by circular at 2:34 PM PST - 11 comments

US Citizenship Questionnaire "Time Outside the US"?

US Citizenship Questionnaire "Time Outside the United States"? I don't know all the dates I left the US, what should I do? [more inside]
posted by zaphod at 2:32 PM PST - 13 comments

New Years for the Square set in NYC?

New Years Eve in NYC for the non-partiers? [more inside]
posted by melissam at 2:32 PM PST - 10 comments

Temporary Ouch-Fixer?

I have many of the symptoms of appendicitis, but the doctors say that nothing is wrong with me. I'd like to see a GI doctor, but I'm going out of town for Christmas on Thursday. What's the best way to manage these symptoms so that I can enjoy my holiday? [more inside]
posted by chara at 2:24 PM PST - 20 comments

finding an old youtube video

trying to find an old youtube video of a dance student dancing amazingly gracefully in her dorm room to michael jackson and old jazz tunes. she had a channel at one point. [more inside]
posted by jak68 at 2:13 PM PST - 5 comments

Panic disorder and long-distance breakups.

Intense anxiety about breaking up with a needy SO in a long-distance relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:08 PM PST - 15 comments

Breaking up as partners, not as friends?

My SO of 13 years and I just broke up. It was mutual and amicable but we feel numb. How do we process this and oh god, logistics? What do we do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:07 PM PST - 9 comments

Seeking info on Ford Country Squire transmissions.

What was the last year that the Ford Country Squire wagon was available with a manual transmission?
posted by jpallan at 2:05 PM PST - 3 comments

kiss my ass, i bought a boat, i'm going out to sea

Looking to put together a list of songs about sailing and/or boats...but that aren't really about sailing and/or boats. [more inside]
posted by zap rowsdower at 2:02 PM PST - 49 comments

Name that painting.

Can you name this painting (recreated as a sketch) from the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome? [more inside]
posted by Dalton at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Paint me a picture of another time and place!

Recommendations for books about England in the seventeenth century? [more inside]
posted by backwards compatible at 1:45 PM PST - 20 comments

I'm about to shoot my beautifully designed Lacie black box in frustration.

Is is REALLY possible to share an external harddrive over an xp network? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

searching for thoughtful, in-depth criticism of Wikileaks

Looking for thoughtful criticism (either pro- or anti-) on WikiLeaks, in particular works that explore WikiLeaks' moral dimensions and/or historical context. [more inside]
posted by TayBridge at 1:34 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me avoid the mall this holiday season!

Please help me with some homemade food gift ideas (with a few restrictions)! [more inside]
posted by kitty teeth at 1:34 PM PST - 21 comments

Buying research antibiotics in the UK

In the UK, what are the laws surounding the purchase of research-grade antibiotics? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs at 1:32 PM PST - 2 comments

Place that sells nice book protectors in Toronto

I would like to find somewhere to buy a book protector like this one, in Toronto. [more inside]
posted by jb at 1:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Giving a holiday tip to a substitute?

Snowflake holiday-tipping question: I just found out that our regular mailman has been out sick. Do I tip two people? [more inside]
posted by thebazilist at 1:09 PM PST - 3 comments

Org or Com? What to do...

How hard would it be to migrate a blog to a site? [more inside]
posted by madred at 1:02 PM PST - 13 comments

classy yet understated food for NYE

Looking for simple but interesting food ideas for a casual New Years evening at home with the new guy in my life. [more inside]
posted by bobafet at 12:44 PM PST - 26 comments

When do I need to start getting STI checks and/or pap smears?

I've become "sexually active" at a rather late age. When do I need to start getting STI checks and/or pap smears? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:34 PM PST - 27 comments

Strawberry roots forever

I did a very stupid thing involving black hair and blonde hair dye. Help? [more inside]
posted by iarerach at 12:31 PM PST - 11 comments

Why does my website look different on Apple products?

Just bought an iPad and realized that Apple products do strange things to the photos on my website, but everything looks fine on a PC. [more inside]
posted by Thin Lizzy at 12:23 PM PST - 12 comments

Looking for easy/secure vpn solution for small company.

Anyone have any experience with hosted vpns? [more inside]
posted by yetanother at 12:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me convince him that it does get better.

How can I help my 14 year old cousin? He came out as bisexual a couple of years ago and recently confessesd to me that he hates this about himself. He is also just generally miserable which I chalked up to being 14. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws at 12:18 PM PST - 15 comments


Trombone-filter. My husband recently re-took up the trombone (which he played from ages 8-18). What can I get him for Christmas to help him along? [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 12:10 PM PST - 17 comments

An optical port? What the heck is that?

So, we have this nice new HDTV with internet. Sound isn't bad but I'd like to add speakers to enliven TV watching, DVD use and Xbox/Kinect use. I can't hook up my old computer speakers, which are good quality, because this TV only has an optical port. [more inside]
posted by bearwife at 11:54 AM PST - 19 comments

Close up on the pod bay doors please, HAL.

3D filmmaking software for non-animators. Does it exist? [more inside]
posted by run"monty at 11:41 AM PST - 10 comments

what is that tag?

On the A&E show The First 48, I have seen a white circular "tag" stuck on dead bodies. They never show it for long so I can't describe it all that well. I've seen it on a leg, an arm and a torso. It's always touching skin. It may have metal in the middle. I could be wrong but I think it's about the circumference of a can of soda. What is this thing?
posted by morganannie at 11:38 AM PST - 14 comments

What can people do to reduce the risk of stroke?

What can people do to reduce the risk of stroke? [more inside]
posted by philipy at 11:30 AM PST - 13 comments

What do you give the girl who has everything?

I have just been seduced by a relatively older, more experienced, kinky woman who's keen to show me the darker side of pleasure. I'm a relatively inexperienced younger woman. What could I do so that *she* gets some fun out of it too? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:18 AM PST - 19 comments

Help me use Sonos with a mac compatible NAS

I'd like to transfer (iTunes) music off of an old PC and an even older iMac onto a NAS that plays nicely with our new Mac laptops and even newer Sonos system. I'd also like to use the NAS to automate backups for these two Mac laptops. And I'd like the NAS to back itself up onto a secondary drive. I'm new to networking and back-upping and would like a set it and forget it solution. [more inside]
posted by ranunculus at 11:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Time to be healthy

I am looking for a time line which illustrates the positive health effects of beginning an aerobic exercise program (like the time lines of health improvement seen after quitting smoking - i.e., 20 min: heart rate drops, 5 years: cancer risk 50% of normal, etc). Any ideas?
posted by sickinthehead at 11:05 AM PST - 2 comments

How to be a doctor on Antarctica?

I want to be a doctor who works in Antarctica. How should I go about this? [more inside]
posted by sunnichka at 11:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Buying an expensive car with cash

What are the mechanics of buying an expensive new car "with cash"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:54 AM PST - 37 comments

"Hey, teen. Let's have a rap session."

Please help this repressed (lapsed) Catholic stumble through a sex talk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 11 comments

How to extract clips from a DVD, and burn them to another DVD?

How would one create a digital clips reel (on DVD) from commercial DVDs? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 10:45 AM PST - 3 comments

How much does it weigh now?

A 600-pound, 24-foot-long retractable movie screen is suspended from two chains attached to an overhead pipe. I want to get it down. Come inside for the details. [more inside]
posted by goatdog at 10:45 AM PST - 17 comments

Robocall using my cell number in scam.

Some scammer is using my cell phone number as a call back #. People get robo-calls claiming to be from a "correctional facility", ask for credit card information and then give my number as a call back. [more inside]
posted by Ideefixe at 10:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Help make our skiing trip the break needed!

First trip post baby, help us make it great (without breaking the bank). Husband and I want to go skiing for a long weekend in Feb (not school vacation week) and need to find the best place to go! [more inside]
posted by katers890 at 10:07 AM PST - 5 comments

Christmas on a zero dollar budget?

Mission Impossible? Christmas gifts for wife with a zero dollar budget. Due to my current unemployment, Mrs COD and myself have agreed that we will not spend a single dime on each other for Christmas. We did spend a little so that the kids have a few things to unwrap. However, having nothing under the tree just seems so depressing. Anybody have any creative ideas?
posted by COD at 10:07 AM PST - 46 comments

Help me camp in up in CA

I'd like to go camping for 2-3 days after New Year's on the Northern California coast (just south and/or north of the Bay Area) and would love your recommendations for sites. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 9:55 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I attract feral parakeets to my yard?

How can I attract my neighborhood's feral parakeets to my yard? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library at 9:49 AM PST - 5 comments

How can I make a spread that tastes like one herb or spice?

I'd like to make a bunch of spreads or dips that showcase the complex flavors of one herb or spice each. What base recipe should I use? [more inside]
posted by pocams at 9:42 AM PST - 11 comments

20-year relationhip on the rocks. I'm jobless, friendless, and scared to death.

I feel like a basket case. I'm 47 years old, and I've been in a 20-year same-sex relationship with another man. I felt like it would last forever. For several years, the relationship was sexless; we did all the normal couples things together - cooked, ate, washed dishes, stressed about the bills, laughed, cried, and took care of each other, but there wasn't much physical attraction any more. I've always been somewhat bisexual, and 2 or 3 years ago, I met a woman on who was cute, seemed nice, and was accepting of my situation. We started dating (with the knowledge, and as far as he acted, the acceptance of my partner). At first, the two of them were sort of circling and sniffing, and I was afraid they would hate each other. As time passed, they became really good friends, and eventually they slept together, which was fine with me. (lots more blathering inside) [more inside]
posted by Death by Ugabooga at 9:41 AM PST - 65 comments

And please, keep us the hell away from Hill Interns.

After years and years of house parties, I'd like some ideas as to how myself and a small group of (largely nerdy/artsy/pseudohipster) friends can spend our New Years Eve out and about in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. [more inside]
posted by Keter at 9:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Atlanta Casual Foodies: What's Hot At The End Of 2010?

Atlanta foodies: What new hidden gems should the prodigal son not miss on a visit? [more inside]
posted by Askr at 9:39 AM PST - 23 comments

help me find my favorite shirt

who can tell me what brand my favorite tshirt is? [more inside]
posted by sabh at 9:31 AM PST - 3 comments

What fun music should I download?

Help me expand my library of cheesy pop nonsense music. [more inside]
posted by something something at 9:20 AM PST - 22 comments

This guy is whacked!

A guy chopped down some of my trees. He did it without an OK. Now he wants $1400. Help me figure my next step. [more inside]
posted by ecorrocio at 9:14 AM PST - 30 comments

magazines for teenagers.

What pop / fashion / gossip magazines in the UK are suitable for 14 year old girls? [more inside]
posted by seanyboy at 9:11 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I make Adobe Flash Professional CS5 stop putting raw carriage returns in .as files?

How do I make Adobe Flash Professional CS5 stop putting raw carriage returns in .as files? [more inside]
posted by ivey at 9:05 AM PST - 2 comments

Does a prefabricated, sturdy keyboard (synth) stand that is also cool-looking, exist?

Where can I find a sturdy keyboard (synth) stand, for one keyboard only, that looks really cool? [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 8:56 AM PST - 3 comments

Should we pay for a month of daycare when it sucked?

Childcare payment. What's the right and easiest thing to do? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 8:26 AM PST - 22 comments

How do I help the ex that I still love?

She left me and now she wants moral and financial support. What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:03 AM PST - 56 comments

It’s lonely out in space, on such a timeless (simulated) flight.

With inspiration from this answer to this this question; I am giving my husband a week at Space Camp this holiday! Yay! Since this isn't exactly the most wrappable gift, and we are doing the gift-exchange thing in front of his entire family, please help me find the most awesome way to present this gift to him! I'm totally cool with suggestions that necessitate other purchases as long as the cost is fairly minimal (say, <$100). (Anon as he is an avid reader of
posted by anonymous at 8:03 AM PST - 17 comments

Need a recommendation for a simple shelf to put my LCD TV on (and large center speaker underneath)

Need a recommendation for a simple shelf to put my LCD TV on (and large center speaker inside) [more inside]
posted by colecovizion at 8:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Where can I buy Grapevine Trading Co. Sea Salt & Olive Oil Crackers?

Where can I buy Grapevine Trading Co. Sea Salt & Olive Oil Crackers? *Just* the crackers. [more inside]
posted by artlung at 7:20 AM PST - 4 comments

I don't wanna call, I just wanna go

Hubs and I desperately need a romantic getaway someplace warm. Suggestions and meta-suggestions needed. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead at 6:40 AM PST - 18 comments

Rock and Roll and the Erotic

Any recommendations for erotic film scenes, songs, literature, etc that incorporate rock and roll - like the kiss in The Runaways? Bonus points if it involves two girls. [more inside]
posted by divabat at 6:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Stock Market craziness

StockmarketNOOBfilter. A company issues direct shares of common stock to institutional investors at 20% below previous day price - good or bad for the investor who already owns that stock? [more inside]
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 6:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Lovely Weather for Whiskey Shots Together With You

I live in Chicago. I would like to spend Christmas in a bar. What bars are going to be open on Christmas? What bars would be likely to be open on Christmas? [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana at 6:21 AM PST - 14 comments

Short MNKD

Direct me to the best Bear case on MannKind's (NASDAQ: MNKD) Afrezza prior to their expected PDUFA, 12/29/10.
posted by wallstreet1929 at 6:01 AM PST - 3 comments

Advice for selecting and buying a luxury watch in London

[London Shopping Filter] I'd like to buy an expensive watch in the New Year. Budget is up to £2,500 so I'm looking for advice on the best places to browse a wide range of makes and models and then (once I've picked something) the best place to buy it. [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 5:28 AM PST - 12 comments

Quantum philosophy

Who writes entertainingly about quantum physics and its philosophical implications?
posted by klue at 5:00 AM PST - 17 comments

Alternative to Basecamp?

I'm looking for a simple alternative to Basecamp with a couple extra features. [more inside]
posted by frenetic at 4:53 AM PST - 2 comments

Which version of Flash is most commonly used in schools?

Are you a schoolteacher? Or an IT person working for a school? Which version of Flash do you use? (I'm especially looking for answers from the UK, but anything is helpful.)
posted by the latin mouse at 2:45 AM PST - 4 comments

Name that part! (electronics)

Name this electronic component / construction technique! Found inside a late 1980s Datron 1081 bench multimeter. [more inside]
posted by ryanrs at 2:33 AM PST - 11 comments

Could we maybe just kiss a little and then forget this ever happened?

Given that I know my defence mechanisms are still operating on high after leaving an emotionally abusive relationship, and I keep getting cold feet with anyone who tries to get close to me, and yet still crave small doses of intimacy, how can I ethically conduct myself with people who are/could be interested in me? [more inside]
posted by Chrysalis at 2:11 AM PST - 6 comments

Who are you again?

This is a picture of an actress called Emma Stone. In that picture she reminds me of an actress who apparently isn't her because I haven't watched any of the shows or appearances listed on IMDb. It's driving me mad! Please help. who am I thinking of?
posted by ponystyle at 1:58 AM PST - 76 comments

Bad internet connectivity=modem bad?

Could poor internet connectivity be due to 'chips' in my modem? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu at 1:37 AM PST - 11 comments

X-MAS gift of meal delivery for new parents?

x-mas gift idea for parents of toddler, who are having twins next month: "relaxing night in". Gift card for meal delivery service (anyone know a yummier version of omaha steaks?), some great new movie on dvd, CDs of soothing sounds for the babies (white noise, womb sounds, ocean sounds, etc). Trying to keep it under $150. I've heard omaha steaks are gross, so I'm looking for an alternative. Unless I should scrap the whole thing and get them...? [more inside]
posted by wannaknow at 1:28 AM PST - 14 comments

Identify the music in this trailer

Does anyone know if the music in the English trailer for The Girl Who Played With Fire is original to the film, or if it was pilfered from somewhere else? SLYT
posted by New England Cultist at 1:11 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to get outdoors in North India?

We are traveling to India this January and are seeking some advice on where to go to get away from the big cities for a day or two. We have tickets for an arrival and Delhi and a departure from Mumbai and will have a total of 11 days in country. So far we have plans to explore Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. Since it sounds like these places will be quite crowded with both tourists and locals, our thought was that it would be nice to get away from the teeming masses of humanity for a day or two and maybe see some nature. Where can we do this without traveling too far? [more inside]
posted by epugachev at 12:37 AM PST - 10 comments

"Do you mean I get ALL these great genres on just ONE compact disc?"

Can you name me some thoroughly cross-genre albums by a particular singer/band? If I ever made an album, I'd throw in a pounding hard rock song, a groovy disco number, twangy country, some crooning, new wave, a folksy Americana ballad, etc. But I'm sure this has already been done. [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 12:19 AM PST - 20 comments

how do i quickly sort pix to folders

what is a quick way to preview a folder of images and other media, then drag and drop them into appropriate folders? mac mostly [more inside]
posted by karl88 at 12:06 AM PST - 5 comments

December 20

A name for adjectival phrases applied to names?

Is there a term for descriptors that are applied to names that are not epithets? Or does the phrase "Kurt Vonnegut, who is in heaven" contain an epithet? [more inside]
posted by Hactar at 10:53 PM PST - 7 comments

Macro hedge fund strategy

What sort of strategies do macro hedge funds employ? [more inside]
posted by Guernsey Halleck at 10:39 PM PST - 4 comments

NYE B-day!!!

Good friend of mine has a birthday coming up on New Year's Eve. I really want to send him off into the new year in a nice way. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by mando at 10:25 PM PST - 5 comments

Lake or Ruins or Something Else

Need advice for a fast and furious trip to Guatemala [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 10:13 PM PST - 7 comments

Do you understand the words that are coming out of her mouth?

What are the lyrics to the hook in this song? [more inside]
posted by pants tent at 9:48 PM PST - 2 comments

Can you decipher this code on a 1912 postcard?

Can you decipher this code on a 1912 postcard? [more inside]
posted by gluechunk at 9:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Meditation technique

I am seeking advice on meditation technique. Up to this point, I have only been able to meditate through motion, ie running, yoga. I have never been able to meditate in the classic, sitting still sense, until now. I've got a start on it and want to develop this as much as possible. [more inside]
posted by allelopath at 9:15 PM PST - 9 comments

Whatever works

Guy has fling; now guy wants to rekindle things because it works for him. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:50 PM PST - 22 comments

Ooma on borrowed wireless?

Is Ooma a good phone solution for my parents? They spend 5 months a year in Florida, and in that time are welcome to use their neighbour's wireless. [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 8:39 PM PST - 2 comments

Where everybody knows my name

Please help me find an Austin bar where I can be a regular. Looking for a low-key/casual place with music that isn't conversation-inhibiting, where going alone won't seem weird, the patrons are well above college age, and the people are generally friendly. [more inside]
posted by erloteiel at 8:10 PM PST - 10 comments

How can I turn my unstable friend who wants to visit me down? [Redux]

So, good news and bad news about my codependent conundrum. The good news is that I've grown a backbone and I'm now willing to tell my mentally ill friend "no" about coming to visit right now. The bad news is that I've been waffling for so long, and at such a cost to his mental health, that things have gotten more complicated. I want to know: am I morally obligated to let him come at this point, and if not, what kind of excuse/explanaton can I use to let him down easy? (Really long.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:08 PM PST - 54 comments

Can you give me some NYC-centric gift ideas?

Another gift thread: I'm looking for NYC-centric gift ideas for Christmas. Anything from a bag of pistachios from Zabar's to...who knows! You name it. I am trying to stay under $50.
posted by helios410 at 8:08 PM PST - 17 comments

Meditation music for someone who hates meditation music?

My girlfriend has recently gotten into listening to soothing music while meditating... but not too recently. She only has one disc by "The Relaxation Specialists," and she plays it ad nauseum. Looking for suggestions for other discs or artists that are modern, not full of too many panflutes, or Enya-esque harpies. Meditation music for someone not usually into meditation music. Suggestions?
posted by Unsomnambulist at 7:52 PM PST - 22 comments

How do I keep my yard scrap cart from getting gunked up by my kitchen scraps?

RecologyFillter: Those of you Bay Area residents who've received the Recology yard scrap and recycling carts, how do you manage your kitchen scraps in a way that doesn't muck up the inside of the cart too badly and create a stinky mess? [more inside]
posted by choochoo at 7:30 PM PST - 12 comments

Bartelby Ain't Got Nothing On Me

I've been diagnosed as ADD/ADHD by 3 separate professionals through my life and on medication to treat it for nearly a year. The meds don't work, and I've been on a lot of them (i.e. Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera and now Adderall.) How can I give myself a swift kick in the butt to become a productive, organized individual? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Another help-me-find-a-therapist in NY question

I’m looking for a good therapist in New York, preferably CBT style, who is educated, intelligent, and able to help a smart, thinking person deal with issues related to a career transition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 PM PST - 1 comment

World peace gift ideas

So my 15 year old daughter asked for world peace this year for Christmas. Any gift ideas? I would like to get her something silly - she is not really the activist type. Thanks!
posted by Ennui at 7:23 PM PST - 30 comments

Help make my Christmas wish come true!

Can this holiday vacation be saved? Is there anywhere in Europe that is passable right now? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 7:20 PM PST - 12 comments

If I had a chicken this would not be a problem.

What do I do with all these egg cartons?! [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator at 7:14 PM PST - 17 comments

Do I want to see a show sooner or later in its run?

So, theatre and music folks, question for you - if a venue is hosting two presentations only of a concert/performance, and they're two nights in a row, on which night am I more likely to see the better show? [more inside]
posted by analog at 6:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Captain America could be an army captain. What about all the other Captain (Adjective)s?

Naming any person or character not obviously in the armed forces "Captain (Adjective)" automatically signifies Superhero. Where did this trope originate? [more inside]
posted by bartleby at 6:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Seeking a profession/life where it's all different EVERY DAY!

Looking for a life where the only consistency is its INconsistency... [more inside]
posted by rawredmeat at 6:12 PM PST - 17 comments

How to use all of my old hard drives for redundant storage?

I have a lot of old hard drives hanging around and I'd like to glue them together into some sort of redundant storage "scratch drive" I can store things on. The hard drives sizes aren't similar and I'd like to add on in the future. How would you recommend I do this? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex at 5:35 PM PST - 16 comments

And strrreeeetch!

What is the best website background dimension to accommodate nearly all screen sizes? [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie at 4:57 PM PST - 11 comments

Dreamy Japanese anthology film that isn't Kurosawa?

Can you help me remember a Japanese movie I saw that was very similar to-- but was definitely not-- Kurosawa's Dreams? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton at 4:46 PM PST - 3 comments

Bible as Left-of-Center?

I am looking for a scholarly, tightly reasoned work that sets out to explain how the fundamental moral/socio-ethical message of the Bible validates the values held by left-of-center politics. [more inside]
posted by blargerz at 4:30 PM PST - 21 comments

Toms + socks = awesome?

Do you wear your Toms with socks? If so, what would you suggest? [more inside]
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith at 4:29 PM PST - 9 comments

Best cruise out of Tel Aviv?

My wife-to-be and I want to take a week long cruise from Tel Aviv to Greece in May. Mano was recommended to us but none of their dates work with our schedule. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog at 4:28 PM PST - 1 comment

Is my trackpad hurting my finger pads?

Often my fingertips seem tender and a bit worn, which seems to have something to do with my computer usage. Is this normal!? Is this a trackpad-related injury? Any remedies?
posted by KLF at 4:01 PM PST - 14 comments

More like the Velvet Underground, please

Songs like the Velvet Underground's "What Goes On." Looking for that same droning, jangling, sensation of rhythmic movement. Maybe there's an organ in the background. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 3:31 PM PST - 35 comments

Useful data-conserving apps for Android?

I live in a country where mobile data is expensive. I have a shiny Android phone and wireless broadband at home. Can you recommend some useful Android apps which operate in a way that minimises mobile data usage? [more inside]
posted by embrangled at 3:25 PM PST - 16 comments

Ashes cricket in Manhattan?

Where can I watch live Ashes cricket in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by kenchie at 2:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Is it possible to find the perfect mix of affordability, quality, and external quietness in headphones?

I need to get some new headphones that both sound great, aren't so expensive and importantly don't leak much noise at all. [more inside]
posted by tumples at 2:26 PM PST - 20 comments


I know there are cheese-of-the-month, chocolate-of-the-month, and even bacon-of-the-month clubs...but is there a good plant-of-the-month subscription service out there? [more inside]
posted by prior at 2:26 PM PST - 7 comments

Need recommendations on ISO GUM training.

Interested in finding training to attend for ISO Guide to the expression of uncertainty in measurement (GUM). Lots of options, would like some recommendations. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker at 1:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Songfilter: Sci-fi themed cabaret songs

Help me, Mefi, you're my only hope! I need song suggestions for a science fiction cabaret! [more inside]
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 1:57 PM PST - 52 comments

What was Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III referencing?

What was the opening of Robot Chicken's Star Wars Episode III referencing? [more inside]
posted by mhum at 1:57 PM PST - 19 comments

You want me to get a file cabinet? Really?

Interested in finding a personal organization system like Getting Things Done, only NOT geared towards middle managers from the late-1990s. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 1:49 PM PST - 18 comments

How to get along with a coke addict?

Looking for insights into dealing with a dear friend who's into a decades long cocaine addiction. We share a dwindling group of friends and many of us are broken hearted about how things have turned out. Is there a point where we move on? I know I can't fix him, but? [more inside]
posted by eggm4n at 1:40 PM PST - 8 comments

Deciphering a ski report

I am new at skiing this year. I have access to a ski resort by Truckee in California. I have been skiing mostly the green trails but some of the easiest blue trails as well. I have trouble figuring out what the snow weather report means to decide what might be acceptable to me as a new skier. Can you please help me decipher the following snow report? [more inside]
posted by Tom Blees at 1:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Resources for learning to develop for Android 2.X?

What books can you recommend for Android 2.X development? I'm researching developing a frontend for an existing website, working towards a facebook mobile-like presentation. Sites and other resources are also welcome.
posted by zevious at 1:17 PM PST - 1 comment

____ it to me.

I'm running out of my supply of the only socks that have ever worked for me, and I do not know what brand they are. Hours wasted on google. Do you recognize these? [more inside]
posted by herbplarfegan at 12:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Can I avoid paying hefty fees and interest on my late tax bill?

Can I avoid paying hefty fees and interest on my late tax bill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:43 PM PST - 3 comments

How to drink in moderation for the rest of one's life

My husband and I want to know about alcoholism vs. social drinking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:43 PM PST - 40 comments

Help find this quote about Christian poverty?

Help me find this exact quote about Christian poverty. Probably a saint, ca. fall of Rome. [more inside]
posted by hishtafel at 12:16 PM PST - 2 comments

Modern art music but not bad music

I'm making a video about modern art. Especially about the Centre Pompidou in Paris. As I've stated in other AskMe's, I'm completely music illiterate. Help me find songs or classical pieces that scream: modernism, modern art, modern things, for the soundtrack of my 6 minute video.
posted by uauage at 12:07 PM PST - 15 comments

Can abortion be this easy?

I watched the very good film "Vera Drake" the other day, and have a question about Vera's method of abortion. It seems she injected a mixture of water, soap, and what I think is disinfectant into the woman's uterus with a bulb syringe. Is this really enough to make a woman lose her baby? Not that I plan on trying this at home, mind you- I'm just curious.
posted by shelayna at 11:52 AM PST - 10 comments

The URL for that antisocial web app, pls?

Somewhere in the internet is a joke social-app website, specifically for antisocial people. There was no contact link, no sign-up link, nothing at all. It was wonderful, but I can't find it. Halp?
posted by XtinaS at 11:47 AM PST - 3 comments

What are great adult games?

What are great adult games? [more inside]
posted by leafwoman at 11:45 AM PST - 40 comments

Don't touch my iPod touch!

I have a new computer and an old iPod touch. I would like to put all my CDs on a currently blank iTunes program my new computer and then transfer those songs to my iPod touch without interfering with what is already on my iPod. I don't care that the touch songs won't be transferred to the computer, I just don't want to lose all the content on the iPod. Is this possible?
posted by TLCplz at 11:39 AM PST - 18 comments

Saving Humpty and Dumpty from the inevitable.

How can I keep my cats from falling out the window? I recently moved to a 24th story apartment with no screens on the windows. They basically open into a 300 foot abyss. Hence, opening these windows would mean my cats would fall to their death - obviously not good. Help me get some air circulation and keep my cats on the right side of these windows! [more inside]
posted by cgg at 11:37 AM PST - 17 comments

Flooring moisture meter in Seattle.

We have purchased some new flooring and would like to rent/borrow a surface moisture meter before we install it. We've checked several tool rental places (home depot, aurora rents, etc.). We've been able to find the "pin" type meters, but really need one of the "surface" variety. I know it's a long-shot here, but does anybody have a source that I might try? thanks.
posted by jimmereeno at 11:30 AM PST - 6 comments

Why Can't Wii Be Friends?

How do you play Mario Kart Wii online multiplayer with your registered "Wii Friends"? We have been inside the "Room" but there seems to be no way to start a private race from there. We know it's possible to play random strangers through WFC, but WFC can't be the only way to play with our "Wii Friends"...right?
posted by AugieAugustus at 11:25 AM PST - 3 comments

13-yr-old interested in drawing; what beginner's learning books should I consider?

Nephew has expressed an interest in drawing. What age-appropriate beginner's drawing book might I consider getting him? [more inside]
posted by moira at 11:16 AM PST - 14 comments

Help me round out the Christmas offerings.

LastMinuteGiftFilter: Looking for a subscription or experience gift for my boyfriend, ~$40, NOT a magazine. [more inside]
posted by arianell at 11:08 AM PST - 14 comments

What to do in London, alone, on Christmas Day?

A friend, a student, is stuck in London over Christmas: no family or close friends to hang out with over the day itself etc. What could he do, by himself, to make it all warm and fuzzy. Anything from travel (if that becomes possible in the next few days) to stuff to do around London that he wouldn't otherwise get around to.
posted by HopStopDon'tShop at 10:43 AM PST - 18 comments

Physical Disability in Cities Where it Snows

Having a mobility problem and living in a city where it snows: looking for tips, advice, and guides. [more inside]
posted by squishles at 10:28 AM PST - 18 comments

How to best help my post-stroke grandma get the care she needs?

My grandmother has had some extended aftereffects from her stroke appear out of nowhere and we're unsure how to evaluate her care and what we should know about helping her. More explanation and specific questions are inside. [more inside]
posted by marylynn at 10:21 AM PST - 12 comments

I don't get it.

Just watched A River Runs Through It, and I think most of it went way over my head. [more inside]
posted by LarrenD at 10:15 AM PST - 12 comments

Is there any way to monitor a site for hack attacks.

Is there a way to monitor my website to ensure it hasn't been hacked? Either on the webserver itself, perhaps verifying file integrity/listings, or maybe using a service that periodically visits the site? Sorry if this sounds like a naive question. What do professional webmasters use for this kind of thing?
posted by deeper red at 10:12 AM PST - 5 comments

what (at) is (dot) this.

I have a question about e-mail addresses. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 10:02 AM PST - 7 comments

How to respond to relatives' questions about parent?

How to respond to relatives' questions about my dad's lack of communication? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:39 AM PST - 21 comments

Searching for Silky Sheets

Looking for personal recommendations for high quality silk sheets and ways to clean/ care for my silk. [more inside]
posted by chaiwawa at 9:30 AM PST - 5 comments

OB/GYN recommendations please

OB/GYN recommendations in NYC (preferably Manhattan, west side) for someone with Empire's NYSHIP student health employee plan. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I move forward in this small town architecture job?

Where am I going in this career? What do I do or say to move forward? Why can't I just be happy that I have decent job in my field (when so many others are without work)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 AM PST - 8 comments

Do You Snowshoe?

So we're heading out to Denver for the holidays, and as middling East Coast hikers, are super excited to get in to some real mountains. Can you tell me more about the how, where, and what of the snowshoe? [more inside]
posted by RajahKing at 9:17 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find funny DIY YouTube video

Help me find this funny 2- or 3-year-old YouTube video. Wife says the do-it-yourself advertising supplement is really helpful. Then she rolls it up and hits her sleeping husband with it to get him moving.
posted by markcmyers at 8:33 AM PST - 0 comments

Diner Pancakes at home, SVP?

What's the secret to good, diner-style pancakes? As in, big, slightly puffy, and buttery and buttermilky tasting? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim at 8:32 AM PST - 39 comments

Need some advice about our kitty chewer.

Need some advice about our kitty chewer. [more inside]
posted by sadtomato at 8:27 AM PST - 10 comments

I Give, You Give

Gift reciprocation filter: best friend just emailed to ask for my 9 month old son's clothes sizes which I am assuming means she wants to give him clothes for Christmas. Problem: I hadn't planned on her giving him presents and so I didn't get presents for her two little girls. Am I required to give her kids presents if she gives my kid a present? [more inside]
posted by Leezie at 8:26 AM PST - 11 comments

Please recommend bibliography software.

Bibliography software recommendations? [more inside]
posted by lab.beetle at 8:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Putting on a wine tasting on a shoestring

Help me organize a wine tasting. Challenge: short timeframe and low budget. [more inside]
posted by usonian at 8:16 AM PST - 6 comments

Yet another SQL question

How can I change this SQL query? [more inside]
posted by jfricke at 8:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Is "New Yorker" a euphemism for Jew?

Is "New Yorker" a euphemism for Jew? Bonus question: Help me define Antisemitism in the workplace. [more inside]
posted by Mom at 7:59 AM PST - 54 comments

Christmas Lights in South Jersey and Philly

My family and I are going to drive around the Philly / South Jersey area to look at Christmas lights. Pretty displays are good, garish displays are better! (we hear Hershey PA has some kickass lights, but it's unfortunately too far away for our purposes.)
posted by troublewithwolves at 7:59 AM PST - 8 comments

When your life is a bad movie.

Boyfriend. Drunk. Blacked out. Effed up. Over. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, etc. [more inside]
posted by blackcatcuriouser at 7:58 AM PST - 33 comments

How do I proceed with this new relationship?

Advice on how to proceed with a new relationship. Trying to be proactive and ask now, rather than ask about how to pick up the pieces if I mess things up. [more inside]
posted by althanis at 7:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Acidity in drinks

A drink, some flavour and some bubbles. So why the acid? [more inside]
posted by episodic at 7:50 AM PST - 9 comments

Do you like Maple Story?

I'm looking for tips, advice, and resources on creating conversational ESL lessons for a third grade Korean boy. [more inside]
posted by Shesthefastest at 7:34 AM PST - 4 comments

I do or I don't?

Help me solve a disagreement about an unlikely hypothetical situation: the public marriage proposal. [more inside]
posted by halseyaa at 7:32 AM PST - 28 comments

Should I wait for him to breakup with me?

I am in limbo because all signs point toward a breakup. Though I love him and want to be with him, I can't stand being the only one committed to this relationship. Is there a way to make him realize that he has already made up his mind? [more inside]
posted by sapolskyfan at 7:31 AM PST - 27 comments

Financial Crisis Summary

I'm looking for a list -- or help brainstorming to develop a list -- of the noteworthy scandals, failures, risks, litigations, etc. that have been uncovered in financial services (in any major economic zone) since the start of the financial crisis (broadly since early 2007). [more inside]
posted by jameslavelle3 at 7:24 AM PST - 3 comments

PATA to SATA power adapter needed in Forest Hills NY ASAP

I need to a PATA power molex to SATA power adapter (like this) near Forest Hills NY ASAP. [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio at 7:09 AM PST - 3 comments

MS Project Filter: How can I get MS project to accept my start/competion dates and show up on the calendar?

MS Project Filter: How can I get MS project to accept my start/competion dates and show up on the calendar? [more inside]
posted by Seeba at 7:03 AM PST - 0 comments

Need help formatting an Access report from a query and SQL help

I'm having trouble formatting a report in Access that ONLY shows checkboxes that are not checked. I probably need some help on the SQL front. [more inside]
posted by desjardins at 6:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Recommend a Winter Getaway Hotel/B&B?

Can you recommend a good winter getaway hotel or B&B in Northern New England? Hoped-for criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 6:40 AM PST - 11 comments

What to get for the person who eats nothing?

DIY food gift ideas for gluten-free vegan [more inside]
posted by SomeTrickPony at 6:27 AM PST - 12 comments

Why does corporate savings hurt national growth?

Help me understand this paragraph from The Economist about the Japanese economy. [more inside]
posted by pandabearjohnson at 6:21 AM PST - 13 comments

Online photography classes.

Can you please direct me to reputable photography online schools? [more inside]
posted by LittleMissItneg at 6:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Size matters, now more than ever.

In this question, I asked about vertical space. Now I need to add a horizontal space requirement as well. [more inside]
posted by Obscure Reference at 6:08 AM PST - 11 comments

Should I send a gift to this person?

Would you ever send someone an anonymous gift - particularly if you haven't had a good relationship with them? [more inside]
posted by mleigh at 5:32 AM PST - 23 comments

Need a stronger Keurig coffee

I've had the mini Keurig for about a year and I've tried various k-cup coffee brands and flavors. I haven't found a brand or flavor that is strong enough for me. It seems like after I add a bit of cream to my coffee, I can't taste the coffee or the flavor. I love the keurig machine, its quick and I'm the only one in family that drinks coffee. Any k-cup brands suggestions?
posted by sandra194 at 5:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Where is a good place in the UK to hire full-time or freelance UX designers?

I work for a mid-sized publishing company in London and we're starting to build smartphone and tablet apps. We have technical resource in-house for building the apps and people to handle both the product and project management. What we really lack are great UX designers - where's a good place in the UK to look for the people who can make our apps brilliant to use? Happy to consider hiring full time or getting freelancers in.
posted by Sifter at 4:07 AM PST - 2 comments

Which antibiotics will kill bacteria but allow yeast to grow?

Is there a broad spectrum antibiotic that will kill / slow down most bacteria, but will not affect yeast at all? [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish at 2:58 AM PST - 13 comments

Why is Facebook scraping the links in my private messages?

ParanoiaFilter: Should I be worried that Facebook is scraping my links, in my own private messages? [more inside]
posted by querty at 1:30 AM PST - 16 comments

How to divide Christmas when families are so far apart?

How to reconcile Xmas when are families are so far away from each other? [more inside]
posted by alchemist at 1:20 AM PST - 10 comments

I CAN TAKE ANY ONE OF YOU MOTHERFUCKERS!!! No, wait, I'm just building a cup pyramid.

Australians of Metafilter, I want to hear from you! I've long heard that turning your glass upside down in a bar in Australia is the same as saying you think you could take anyone in the place. For some reason, this idea fascinates me. Is it true? Do people actually do this? What happens when they do? Where did it come from? [more inside]
posted by Captain Cardanthian! at 12:25 AM PST - 49 comments

December 19

Please don't make me reenact the escape scene from Shawshank.

[Firsttimehomeownerfilter] Please help me figure out the best way to repair/maintain my plumbing system in a newish home. Lots of complicating factors inside. [more inside]
posted by beepbeepboopboop at 11:57 PM PST - 4 comments

The exact date, please

What precise (or even approximate) date did the Umayyad Dynasty take control of Tangiers in 702 AD?
posted by msalt at 11:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Why don't I want friends?

It seems I don't have a lot of sustained interest in meeting new people or hanging out with people in general other than people I'm attracted to romantically/want to date. [more inside]
posted by clever anonymous username at 11:11 PM PST - 12 comments

What song is this?

Help me identify this song from a movie or TV soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by andrewpendleton at 11:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Baking muffins (or... insert-suggestion-here) without an oven.

Oh no, my oven is broken! I planned on baking 2 batches of Lemon Poppy-seed and 2 batches of Berry muffins! These are for breakfast. What can I do now? (read more inside) [more inside]
posted by midnightmoonlight at 10:30 PM PST - 17 comments

I need to use six days of vacation by January 8th and would like to go somewhere warm (preferably). I am open to non-warm ideas though.

Last minute inexpensive vacation ideas to somewhere warm (preferably) [more inside]
posted by cycleback at 10:28 PM PST - 10 comments

What anti-depressant should I take now?

What anti-depressant should I take now? [more inside]
posted by Sal and Richard at 10:19 PM PST - 20 comments

What do I do with all these servers?

What can I do with my basement 3D render farm when it's not being used by me? [more inside]
posted by PSB at 9:28 PM PST - 8 comments

Paranoid Android?

How accurate are the IP locations in Gmail's Activity Information tables? My account says it was accessed in the state next to where I live (according to the IP). Internet tubes thing or did someone else access my account?
posted by ArcAm at 9:01 PM PST - 13 comments

Jazz chord instruction

I took lessons for like 10 years but mainly I'm still a hack piano player. Anyone know a good book or website for learning basic Jazz chord progressions and how to play and improvise? I find most piano instruction books boring and hard to follow. Just showing me the chords is easiest.
posted by pallen123 at 8:45 PM PST - 6 comments

Is the stuff from the attic going to make me sick?

I opened the attic in the house I'm renting and some dust containing who-knows-what fell down on me. I didn't have a mask or safety glasses on. Are there any health risks? [more inside]
posted by chris p at 8:20 PM PST - 14 comments

Where should I have lunch tomorrow in Warrensburg, Missouri?

Where should I have lunch tomorrow in Warrensburg, Missouri? [more inside]
posted by woodvine at 7:51 PM PST - 8 comments

Are the academic standards for retaining a student visa different from those for staying in school?

Are the academic standards for retaining a student visa different from those for staying in school? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor at 7:46 PM PST - 21 comments

I'm spotted, it's festive

I'm looking for remedies for perioral dermatitis [more inside]
posted by gillianr at 7:16 PM PST - 16 comments

What is up with my skin?

I thought I had mild "papulopustular rosacea." Putting Polysporin on the red bumps helped a lot. Then I took acyclovir for a cold sore and the bumps cleared up completely! None of the online resources on rosacea have indicated acyclovir as a treatment. So what did I have? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 7:05 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I keep my hobbies?

I'm looking for a little advice on transitioning from a house to an apartment (specific questions inside) [more inside]
posted by Esefa at 7:04 PM PST - 9 comments

Eames chairs need seatlift

I have two Eames Aluminum Group chairs. I'd say they were made in the 80s. The seating has become dingy and stained (they are a velvety material). [more inside]
posted by nikitabot at 6:02 PM PST - 3 comments

Cat Scratcher Fever

Help me hack a cat scratcher? [more inside]
posted by msconduct at 5:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Is it possible to keep a blog relatively private?

How can I keep people I know from reading my blog without making it totally private? And which host site is best for privacy? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 5:53 PM PST - 12 comments

You've got floaters in my Fluid

I love Fluid and SSBs, but I can't stand this floating location search problem. [more inside]
posted by cardioid at 5:24 PM PST - 2 comments

Single Orgin Chocolate collections?

Chocolate expertise needed: Which diverse collection of single origin or single plantation bars would make a good gift for a chocolate lover? [more inside]
posted by Auden at 4:54 PM PST - 18 comments

Dear AskMeFi . . .

I'm looking for fiction that's written in the form of letters and other forms of correspondence. [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 4:39 PM PST - 59 comments


Every time I try to get a RDBMS for home use, I run into a problem that is so boring or annoying to deal with that I give up. [more inside]
posted by tel3path at 4:26 PM PST - 23 comments

Am I hosting a HSBC phishing scam?

Google tells me that my domain is hosting a phishing scam. However, the URL they showed me includes directories that are not on my server. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by EL-O-ESS at 4:23 PM PST - 24 comments

Woodcock sighting?

Is it possible I spotted an American Woodcock today in Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by Katine at 4:19 PM PST - 3 comments

Looking for Cool light displays

Looking for holiday light displays in the Kansas City Missouri metro area: can anyone recommend some great places to go. Thanks!
posted by Upon Further Review at 4:13 PM PST - 5 comments

hypoglycemia, hypothermia or both?

I have unmanaged type 2 diabetes. in the last 2 weeks i have had 2 episodes of what i would call mild hypothermia (shivering, chattering teeth, etc) is this the same shaking that is linked to hypoglycemia or is it directly related to the cold? [more inside]
posted by BSummers at 3:51 PM PST - 14 comments

Nintendo DS titles similar to Tetris?

I'm looking for suggestions for Nintendo DS games similar to Tetris. [more inside]
posted by Nedroid at 3:20 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I hack a Wii video game?

How do I hack a Wii video game? [more inside]
posted by fiestapais at 3:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Afterlife hotel room?

Have you ever read a story about three people who have died and are stuck in some sort of afterlife hotel room? My mom has been trying to find this book for the longest time. It's by a French author, and she read it in French. It's short, just about interactions between the people, who don't realize they're dead. Thanks!
posted by you're a kitty! at 3:02 PM PST - 6 comments

Time it takes for meat to go from farm to market?

How much time passes between an animal being slaughtered and it ending up in a supermarket meat case? [more inside]
posted by aldebaran at 3:02 PM PST - 9 comments

What are some must play maps for L4D and L4d2?

What are some must play maps for Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 and where can I download them? I looked at but I'm looking for some recommendations rather than just ratings.
posted by crios at 2:57 PM PST - 5 comments

break timer for ADD boy?

I am looking for a computer app that forces you to stop working at set intervals. [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost at 2:54 PM PST - 7 comments

How to accept anonymous donations for political dissidents?

I'm building a website for a group of political dissidents in an Asian country. They would like to have a way to accept donations without their government tracking them down. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 2:53 PM PST - 3 comments

I need to rent a port-o-let

Anyone happen to know a ball park idea of what it costs to rent a port-o-potty for a day? [more inside]
posted by photoslob at 2:43 PM PST - 4 comments

Happy New Year, Louisianna Style

Please bring me your best Cajun dirty rice recipe for the neophyte. Please hold the gizzards. [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri at 2:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Muppet prop poster replica. My wall. Help me make it happen.

How can I get a copy of this awesome poster from Of Muppets & Men? [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself at 2:35 PM PST - 2 comments

Keeping delicious/pinboard/diigo in sync. Ideas?

Delicious, Pinboard, Diigo - can I keep everyone in sync? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 2:11 PM PST - 4 comments

once more, this time a little deeper.

Where should I go in South Africa? I was recently there for six months, so I'm looking for new recommendations, and perhaps something off the beaten (garden route) path. [more inside]
posted by pollex at 2:01 PM PST - 2 comments

Print and mail my cards please!

Is there a service that will print and mail my custom christmas cards? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 2:01 PM PST - 15 comments

Need an Online Day Planner/To Do List with Times

I'm looking for an online day planner that lets you schedule your To Dos. I like to plan my day by assigning a time estimate to each to do item and then sticking it somewhere in my daily calendar. For example: "laundry" 1-2:30PM. [more inside]
posted by kjhosein at 1:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Make me the next Fred Moore

I'd like to learn how to draw cute girls, so I'm looking for illustrators who do it well. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat at 1:46 PM PST - 30 comments

beaches and fun?

I'm going on a solo, semi-spontaneous trip to Miami/Fort Lauderdale the second week of January. I've never been to Florida before. I'm into contemporary art, interesting pescaterian/vegetarian food, bicycles, boats, and budget non-touristy fun. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by three bear minimum at 1:37 PM PST - 8 comments

On the Read

I'm taking a roadtrip through the United States and am looking for book recommendations - books that have been written by authors who are from the cities I'm visiting, books that take place in some of the cities I'm visiting, or even book about travel in general. [more inside]
posted by makethemost at 1:11 PM PST - 19 comments

Christmas television

Help me find a Christmas television show I remember from childhood? [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody at 12:58 PM PST - 6 comments

Ancient Krell music

Louis and Bebe Barron were famous for writing the first all-electronic movie soundtrack, for Forbidden Planet. I'm looking for more of their music, but the only thing I can find is this poor quality copy of Bells of Atlantis on YouTube. Help? [more inside]
posted by reynaert at 12:50 PM PST - 3 comments

You're a man of the world, aren't you...I mean, er, you've er... you've been there haven't you... What's it like?

I'm going to start consulting this summer - what will it be like? What should I know going in? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund at 12:31 PM PST - 6 comments

Can anyone recommend a Japanese restaurant with equally strong sushi and non-sushi menus for a sushi first-timer?

NYC-foodie-filter: A friend of mine wants to try sushi for the very first time. The game plan is to order a couple of pieces as an appetizer and either proceed to a full entree if she enjoys it or bail and order something different if it turns out that raw fish is not to her liking. Can anyone recommend a Japanese restaurant with equally strong sushi and non-sushi menus for this culinary adventure? I'd prefer a place in Manhattan or Queens, easily accessible from Midtown Manhattan and reasonably priced. Not too fancy. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 11:53 AM PST - 30 comments

Making a resume for a part time job... (preferably a valet parker)

What is a good way of finding out how to make a resume? For my past part time jobs, I have never handed in a resume. [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX at 11:23 AM PST - 6 comments

Am I being a medical editing stickler?

Editing question: Am I being too much of a stickler in editing medical documents? [more inside]
posted by surfgator at 11:06 AM PST - 12 comments

Does efficient dryer use require me to dry a new load immediately after removing the first load?

There seems abundant advice to fill your clothes dryer with a wet load immediately after you pull dry clothes out in order to take advantage of the heat already in the dryer. How much electricity does this save on average? [more inside]
posted by reeddavid at 10:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Motivational Books, Essays, Tidbits on Going to the Gym

Looking for books that will encourage me to go to the gym. I am making it once a week, sometimes twice. I am okay with memoirs or fitness books. Your own stories or tidbits of advice are helpful, too. Bill Phillips _Transformation_ has a useful chapter as does his older book _Body for Life_. Luckily I work in a library and am the location now. Sooooo, your thoughts, and I will look on the shelves. I have great books on home on what exercises to do, just not things on getting me up and running. (The 30 pounds of fat are getting to me.). BTW, Happy Holidays.
posted by snap_dragon at 10:46 AM PST - 21 comments

Translation party!

I need help translating an email from German to English. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea at 10:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Very CHEAP Mac printer with CHEAP ink?

What is the cheapest color printer that will work with a Mac and, most important, has cheap ink? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 9:56 AM PST - 17 comments

Maybe the switch went down the disposal...

I just moved into a new apartment. There's a garbage disposal, but I can't find the switch anywhere. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by nosila at 9:38 AM PST - 27 comments

Constructive ways to spend copious amounts of free time at work

I have an excruciatingly boring job with lots and lots of internet connected downtime. Help me think of constructive things to do with my copious amounts of "free time". [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 9:24 AM PST - 30 comments

Do they have Mogen David in Heaven?

Do they use Mac OS X in China? If so, how far has Apple penetrated that market?
posted by yclipse at 9:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Can I take the camera out of an iphone?

Quick and simple. Will my iPhone still work when I take the camera out? [more inside]
posted by ctmf at 9:01 AM PST - 12 comments

Seasonal gift giving dilemma

Did I give her an xmas gift? Should I be giving her a(n another) xmas gift? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto at 8:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Northeast Xmas and New Year's Plans

Northeast Christmas and New Year's plans, anyone? My husband and I are located in New York, and are interested in something non-family to do on the Christmas and New Year's weekends. We'd be willing to drive as far as Boston or Washington to do something worthwhile without breaking the bank. Any ideas? More inside. [more inside]
posted by Lucy2Times at 8:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Different dinner ideas for new parents

My friends are having a baby, and I would like to cook some things for them. There are some special considerations. [more inside]
posted by wondermouse at 8:51 AM PST - 12 comments

Instrumental music for rainy days?

Recommendations for instrumental music that goes well with rain? [more inside]
posted by fake at 8:31 AM PST - 45 comments

Gimme that old time home page...

Where can I see examples of personal internet home pages made in the 1990s? [more inside]
posted by BostonTerrier at 8:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Should I worry about seminal discharge after peeing?

Minor seminal discharge after urination: worrisome? (more tmi penis-filter inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Email and Text Subject Lines

New Relationship Filter: My gf sends me several emails and texts w/o subject lines every day. I requested she fill in the subject lines in future messages. Much argument ensued. Please help me sort this out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 AM PST - 64 comments

DADT Repeal filter: How would the repeal of DADT affect the T in LGBT?

DADT Repeal filter: How would the repeal of DADT affect the T in LGBT? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 AM PST - 6 comments

remember moves

How do you remember movements, like dance moves? [more inside]
posted by blueyellow at 7:18 AM PST - 27 comments

Poor little kitty wants a home

I've been spending the weekend at my house that's about to be foreclosed on because I'm visiting some friends and there is a poor beautiful kitty who has been meowing outside to be let inside. I'm pretty sure she's a stray -- she's got some chunks of fur missing from what looks to be a fight that are scabbed over. I am only here for the weekend and I head back to California soon, and there is absolutely no way I can keep her -- there's no way to get her to California and I already have two cats. [more inside]
posted by zug at 7:14 AM PST - 5 comments

Rocks with eyes!?

Another "what book from my childhood was this?" question. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit at 6:56 AM PST - 4 comments

Rewriting URLs when a WP post title is involved

I'm moving a blog from a CMS (s9y) to WordPress, and obviously want to keep the URLs for entries intact. Can I get a hand with a silly htaccess + WordPress issue? [more inside]
posted by hijinx at 6:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Where to go, how to get there?

Where to stop on the way from Amsterdam to Munich? [more inside]
posted by karminai at 6:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Which offline iPad apps can I spend empty time on?

Which free, offline iPad apps might be considered to be either useful or whimsically amusing ways of spending time? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest at 6:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Is there such a thing as an "international life insurance"?

Is there such a thing as an "international life insurance"? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 6:14 AM PST - 8 comments

Learning how to automate downloads

Please teach me how to automate the downloading of a large number of files from a website. [more inside]
posted by medusa at 5:00 AM PST - 12 comments

I haven't needed SQL this ugly before

What SQL magic do I need to turn one column into several? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet at 4:07 AM PST - 14 comments

Is the 20th December London-Inverness train running?

Extremely specific UK train question: what is the likelihood of the East Coast London-Inverness train running all the way there tomorrow? It has been terminating in Perth for the last three days, even though all other train services have been making it up there (including the sleeper and freight trains, so it can't be to do with the size of the train). East Coast appear to be allergic to informing passengers about what's going on. [more inside]
posted by Coobeastie at 3:39 AM PST - 10 comments

travelling in germany this christmas?

I'd like to travel around Germany for a few days before ending up in Berlin on 28th December for New Year's. Assuming I can actually leave the UK and get to Germany does anyone have suggestions for places to go, things to see; someone recommended Christmas markets to me?
posted by asymptotic at 3:05 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me find an article about a spying game?

Vaguely-remembered-game-filter: Trying to remember an article I read about a spying game. [more inside]
posted by jaynewould at 2:52 AM PST - 5 comments


Point me to some examples of high-quality (preferably written) cursing. I'm looking for the sort of epically coherent, graphic, even eloquent profanity that gets you quoted years afterward. Off the top of my head, I can think of the famous Patton speech, most of Full Metal Jacket, and this lovely blog post on swine flu. Got any more? [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang at 2:23 AM PST - 26 comments

1 sunburn = 1 melanoma?

How much sun damage do I have to do to my skin to doom me to skin cancer? I'm a white male in an ozone-free country. [more inside]
posted by schmichael at 2:10 AM PST - 21 comments

Zune on a Macbook?

Help! I had a Zune. Then I got a Mac. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by alon at 2:03 AM PST - 5 comments

Knumb Knee

I have numbness after a nasty fall directly on my right knee. Saw a doc and had x-rays done (pelvis, knee, ankle). Nothing broken. Now my knee, plus half my thigh and half my calf are quite swollen and bruised. How long can I expect the numbness to last? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm at 2:00 AM PST - 8 comments

What are the names of these old animated Xmas movies?

Help me with any pieces of information about these 2 animated Christmas shows/films that have eluded me for over 2 decades. [more inside]
posted by clarenceism at 1:02 AM PST - 3 comments

lasercutting metal in NYC!

Laser cutting metal in NYC? [more inside]
posted by suedehead at 12:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Kindle: Can you listen to an MP3 and look at a PDF at the same time?

Kindle: Can you listen to an MP3 and look at a PDF at the same time? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 12:30 AM PST - 5 comments

December 18

How do I fix these melty jellies?

Please help me fix my melty pate de fruits [more inside]
posted by lvanshima at 11:09 PM PST - 6 comments

must get iron into baby

I have a toddler. I also have an iron supplement. When you put the two together, you get lots of vomit. Help. [more inside]
posted by thehmsbeagle at 10:58 PM PST - 24 comments

Quick renewal of a British passport

Is it easy to get a renewal of a British passport in one day? Looking for people with experiences and tips! [more inside]
posted by Bwithh at 10:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Gifts for someone who is attracted to cities

[XmasGiftFilter] So I'm looking for gifts related to urban planning / urbanism in general. This is sort of an attempt to use Metafilter as a "people who liked x also liked y" function, since it's full of people who like this particular x. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Strategic warfare

How many atomic weapons did the United States military have by 1948. [more inside]
posted by clavdivs at 9:05 PM PST - 4 comments

Aaah-aaah awww, phooey!

ENT Filter: Should I be concerned about not being able to sneeze? (I know YANMD!) [more inside]
posted by Mael Oui at 8:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Stubborn drain clog, help!

Got a clogged sink tried several methods with no luck - rather not call a plumber, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi at 8:26 PM PST - 10 comments

What is Squishy Honey?

There's a fuzzy blob in my fridge! We named her Squishy Honey. What is she? [more inside]
posted by Kateruba at 8:07 PM PST - 10 comments

Punk rock PhD?

Is there a list of rock and punk musicians who are also PhDs? [more inside]
posted by unfairlight at 8:01 PM PST - 21 comments

Mini-slide projector numeric display?

What is this kind of numeric display called? [more inside]
posted by Marky at 7:53 PM PST - 11 comments

Do you know you will black out?

When you start to drink again do you expect that you will black out again? [more inside]
posted by pianomover at 7:46 PM PST - 30 comments

Did you seriously just park there?

I rent an apartment in Minneapolis and people keep parking in front of our non-essential, but sometimes useful, driveway. Sometimes it's a bumper, sometimes it's an ENTIRE vehicle. what can I do? [more inside]
posted by zombieApoc at 7:40 PM PST - 13 comments

What are some good websites to learn about (1) varied topics and (2) current events?

What are some good websites to (1) learn about new topics in bite-sized chunks, and (2) to keep abreast of current events? [more inside]
posted by akprasad at 7:14 PM PST - 13 comments

Me and poor Crusoe are sharing the same fate.

(DC suburb filter): Is there anything in College Park, MD? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte at 7:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Movie with Inuit boy with TB?

Movie identification filter: Inuit boy, tuberculosis, WWII, Paris, hot-air balloon ride. Not "The Necessities of Life". [more inside]
posted by madmethods at 6:31 PM PST - 3 comments

How much can I expect to spend on 1 week of skiing in Vail, CO?

How much can I expect to spend on 1 week of skiing in Vail, CO? [more inside]
posted by waxboy at 6:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Which Wikileaks?

What _were_ the biggest revelations from the Iraq War Logs and leaked US cables, anyways? [more inside]
posted by LSK at 6:01 PM PST - 11 comments

Smartphone for use in US/Canada

I live in Montreal but spend 3 months a year in Florida. I want to get a smartphone that I can use in both countries for light voice + data. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by kirsti at 5:46 PM PST - 2 comments

Helpful websites for an aspiring writer?

[Creative Writing Filter] I'm looking for some online resources to help me get back into creative writing after a three year break. [more inside]
posted by wansac at 5:46 PM PST - 4 comments

WriterFilter/JournoFilter: Tim Cahill Swallows. But How?

How do working writers digest and dramatize their experiences into working literature (or some close proximity thereof) in such quick order? [more inside]
posted by seansbrain at 5:44 PM PST - 8 comments

This is why sometimes I wish I were born a man

What do you do for awful period cramps? TMI warning [more inside]
posted by queens86 at 4:54 PM PST - 34 comments

Who is this Spongebob-like guy?

Who is this talking Spongebob-like character on TV in Spain? [more inside]
posted by tamitang at 4:38 PM PST - 2 comments

Updating metadata for entire iTunes library?

I'd really like to update my entire iTunes library and clear any Genre metadata. Is there a simple way to do this? The library's abou 55GB.
posted by xmutex at 4:18 PM PST - 8 comments

Should We Buy a 2007 Nissan Versa SL Sedan?

My wife and I are considering buying a used 2007 Nissan Versa SL Sedan here in Canada. It has 19 000 km on it, and the pretax price is $13 000. Should we buy it? If you have experience with this vehicle, or are generally car-savvy, we would love your input. [more inside]
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 4:11 PM PST - 20 comments

Ghost Investigation Techniques at the community college?

Flipping through a local community college's 'Lifelong Learning' course catalogue for the winter, I found two courses being offered on ghost hunting techniques and methods. This seems to be a crazily inappropriate class for a public college to offer, even in a non-college credit, lifelong learning course. But is it wrong? [more inside]
posted by palindromic at 4:11 PM PST - 51 comments

Renters' Hindsight 20/20

I just learned -- the HARD way -- that I should have renter's insurance. Seeking recommendations for companies and policies, please. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 4:04 PM PST - 31 comments

Is there a website that collects blogs for you?

Is there any website out there that can collect all of the blogs that I read into one place and notify me when they are updated? [more inside]
posted by trojanhorse at 4:04 PM PST - 8 comments

how did you become less self centered

How did you become less self-centered and more invested in the welfare of others? [more inside]
posted by Vic Morrow's Personal Vietnam at 3:58 PM PST - 8 comments

Topless pics damage control

My ex-fiance has topless photos of me, we are still on good terms but I'm not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:55 PM PST - 22 comments

I don't want my buddy to freeze.

Winter backpacking with the dog. With a hammock. How do I keep him warm? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 3:54 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me withdraw cash from Japan in Seattle

I have a Japan Post bank account with a cash card (not credit card or debit card, however. An ATM card, basically). I will arrive in Seattle just before I get paid in Japan. Is there anywhere in the Seattle area where I can access my Japan Post account and pull out some money?
posted by gc at 3:54 PM PST - 12 comments

Simulating the old 'music video' shooting mode?

Back in the '90s there used to be a "music video" style recording mode on Sony camcorders that created a low frame-rate, slightly blurred or dreamy look - perhaps something to do with using fewer frames per second and blending the intermediary frames. Does anyone remember this and know how to recreate that look in post-production, e.g. using final cut pro, etc.?
posted by wavejumper at 3:27 PM PST - 1 comment

Economic History beginning with the Ancient and Feudal

My understanding of economic history is rather poor. I couldn't even substantiate my primitive views of how the industrial first world's economy is structured, much less hold any views of how the economics of past communities were structured. So it's rather obvious that I would want to remedy this. [more inside]
posted by SollosQ at 3:19 PM PST - 10 comments

German Music

I listen to this. What music with intelligible German lyrics might I like?
posted by phrontist at 3:11 PM PST - 8 comments

Unemployment Island

Job Search Paranoia Filter: What does silence mean in the job search process? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo at 3:09 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me share my pictures of stupid stuff.

Why won't my facebook mobile uploads work anymore? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex at 2:19 PM PST - 2 comments

Where should one live around Hartford CT?

Might end up around Hartford CT...which neighborhood/two within a short drive from East Hartford should I look into? [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 1:18 PM PST - 14 comments

Which musicians rose from homelessness?

Inspired by this post: which musicians were once homeless? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 1:15 PM PST - 27 comments

Where is a quality Seattle diner?

Any homestyle restaurant recommendations for Seattle? [more inside]
posted by uri at 1:05 PM PST - 16 comments

Best book light?

Best book light? [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks at 1:05 PM PST - 13 comments

Let's Stop Going Out

I can fix it! Maybe. The pilot on our Williams P321638 wall heater keeps going out. Sometimes as often as every minute. Can someone help me confirm the logic to my proposed approach? [more inside]
posted by xz at 12:46 PM PST - 13 comments

Banking was conceived in iniquity and born in sin.

Looking for a new local NYC bank for the necessary in-person transactions. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by TravellingCari at 12:35 PM PST - 8 comments

Dirt power in a bucket

Does anyone know of detailed instructions for building the kind of microbial fuel cell described here? Or know enough to explain to me how it's done?
posted by ryanshepard at 12:27 PM PST - 2 comments

whats the story behind my liquor?

I bought this bottle of rum at a flea market. It says Geseco bay rum on it. and at the bottom says the Goodman Chemical Co., Bush Terminal, Brooklyn NY. Is it worth anything? Is it safe to drink? Whats the history behind it? picture
posted by ihope at 12:21 PM PST - 15 comments


I've been sending Mobile Uploads to Facebook for way too long now. It works, it's cute, but now I would like all my pictures back. Is there a way to retrieve my directories of "Mobile Uploads" --- 100 pictures each -- WITHOUT clicking on each picture and one-by-one Right-Click-To-Save'ing each picture? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker at 12:17 PM PST - 9 comments

Grumpy old grandparents in Houston, not easily impressed.

Houston, Texas filter. My visiting grandfather wants pictures in which he is posing in front of marvels of engineering: complicated highway overpasses, most importantly, as well as bridges and downtown skyscrapers from afar. What are the best places in town from which to take these photos? Also, accessible tourist activities for senior who get tired quickly and don't speak English. [more inside]
posted by halogen at 12:07 PM PST - 12 comments

How can I put old text-parser or adventure games on my phone?

How can I put old text-parser or adventure games on my phone? [more inside]
posted by sarastro at 12:03 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I prevent the wrist part of the sleeve from stretching on long sleeve shirts?

How do I prevent the wrist part of the sleeve from stretching on long sleeve shirts? [more inside]
posted by bpdavis at 11:52 AM PST - 5 comments

Unclutter my life!

TorontoFilter: How do I get rid of my extra stuff? [more inside]
posted by custard heart at 11:47 AM PST - 13 comments

Good program/script/anything to organize movie downloads on OS X Mac?

Looking for suggestions for how to automate the process of tagging/renaming downloaded movie files on a Macbook so that they're not long strings of technical nonsense. [more inside]
posted by Patbon at 11:43 AM PST - 2 comments

Donde esta la critica literaria?

Where can I find literary criticism in Spanish? [more inside]
posted by Edelweiss at 11:17 AM PST - 6 comments

Diggging Wi-Fi Password out of a laptop?

Is the Qwest Wi-Fi password retrievable on Daughter's MacBook? [more inside]
posted by Danf at 11:02 AM PST - 7 comments

Seniors Console Games

Recommendations of recent console games for a library collection that would appeal to seniors. [more inside]
posted by Razzle Bathbone at 11:00 AM PST - 2 comments

Help with home network?

NetworkFilter: Total networking n00b needs help with home network. Snowflake! [more inside]
posted by _DB_ at 10:51 AM PST - 6 comments

Refi crashes and burns

I recently started a refi process with a broker highly recommended by a friend. Everything went swimmingly until our rental unit brought the entire process to a halt. Appraisal fee out the door and no new mortgage. What to do now? [more inside]
posted by diode at 10:40 AM PST - 7 comments

Such a cute pillar of lava

Are there "gift certificates" for World of Warcraft? (Bonus Zombies.) [more inside]
posted by endless_forms at 10:26 AM PST - 6 comments

For the narcissist on your list

ChristmasIsNextSaturday Filter - Looking for a small camera with a swivel screen. [more inside]
posted by 26.2 at 10:17 AM PST - 3 comments

I have an earbeat.

What is causing this weird ear pulse? [more inside]
posted by Pax at 10:06 AM PST - 6 comments

Would you like sprinkles with that?

What was this mysterious medication I took as a child? [more inside]
posted by katyggls at 10:03 AM PST - 21 comments

I got soul but I'm not a soldier...

Christmas/birthday gift for a female sophomore West Point (USMA) cadet that will be appreciated, not boring, and not super expensive - google and mefi search are coming up empty! [more inside]
posted by shortskirtlongjacket at 9:52 AM PST - 11 comments

find me resources for bid writing

My partner started a business this year. Neither of us have much experience in submitting bids; specifically, we both suck at knowing what to write. [more inside]
posted by bleary at 9:40 AM PST - 11 comments

I want to eat Christmas dinner!

Finally got a diagnosis, and after weeks of waiting for new insurance to come through, I got the meds. My only problem? I feel worse on the meds than I did before. Help me survive the holidays! (Maybe TMI!) [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea at 9:34 AM PST - 14 comments

An Educated Mind

I want a liberal arts education without going back to school. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 8:54 AM PST - 38 comments

Bodyweight weight loss plan

Having received much excellent and helpful advice on how to improve myself in my last question, I then set out to improve myself. Now that I've decided on my goals (and suffered/learned from some mistakes) I present to you my current cardio/weight loss/bodyweight plan, and hope for any advice/additional tips/corrections, and pose some questions that would be nice to have answers to. [more inside]
posted by wz at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

Advice for beating self-harming behaviour.

Need help changing a worsening pattern of self-harm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:32 AM PST - 13 comments

Can I cancel a phone contract for mental health reasons?

A year ago I went through a serious manic episode, during which I signed a 24 month O2 phone contract which I can't afford. Is there any chance O2 would cancel the contract if I explain the situation and provide medical evidence?
posted by Chenko at 8:31 AM PST - 11 comments

Replacement Sprague capacitor

I have an old Stromberg-Carlson tube amp and I'm looking to replace the large Sprague multi-section capacitor. Of course, it's old and searches for something similar haven't paid off. [more inside]
posted by tommasz at 8:30 AM PST - 4 comments

What to drink at the open bar?

What should we try at the open bar? [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 7:53 AM PST - 33 comments

Garland range?

Help me find a manual or any other information about this Garland range. Specifically, we need to figure out why it's not working. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 7:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Where's Jimmy Stewart when you need him?

What should two atheists do for christmas? I will be 2692km away from my family, and 1204 km from my closest friends. My boyfriend is a "christmas is exactly like any other day" kind of guy (for example, he neither wants to receive gifts or give them, because he finds choosing gifts way too stressful), but he loves me and wants me to be happy, so he'll go along with any not-too-over-the-top plan. We also don't have a lot of money. I do want to do *something* nice though, so that I don't feel sad/neglected/lonely/left out, and eating icecream + watching a DVD seems a little too low-key...
posted by anonymous at 7:37 AM PST - 29 comments

Can a walk-in clinic help with my shoulder pain?

I have what I think is probably acute bursitis, and/or shoulder impingement syndrome and the pain has become almost unbearable. Should I go to the walk-in clinic? [more inside]
posted by a.steele at 7:37 AM PST - 11 comments

A is to B as C is to D

I'm seeking a creative analogy to explain situations where someone who has a distinct set of skills attempts to apply those skills in a brand new context with the potential for relatively good results if they also acquire new context-specific knowledge and terminology. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari at 7:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Telling a joke until it is no longer funny.

I'm looking for stories about telling jokes until they are no longer funny. How do people who write comedy tell if the jokes they are writing are still funny after repeating them so many times? I'm interested in hearing more about the short half-life of the joke, and the ways a joke can function after it has lost it's ha-ha-ha. [more inside]
posted by caseyg at 7:18 AM PST - 11 comments

The Case of the Ex

How do I separate my ex's rejection/betrayal from my post-coming out anxieties? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:09 AM PST - 18 comments

Just a bad case of the vapors?

My body seems to overreact horribly to minor problems. Am I crazy or is this a documented condition? All the doctors I've seen have shrugged and asked if I was under a lot of stress. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM PST - 10 comments

sale in freeport, maine true or false?

Does Freeport, Maine have great sales on clothing before Christmas?
posted by snowliontiger at 6:34 AM PST - 6 comments

I'm Not Dr. House, But I Know Someone Who Is.

YANAD, but do you know of an excellent diagnostician in the Boston area (or you've had similar symptoms and you think you know a specialist)? [more inside]
posted by dzaz at 6:14 AM PST - 4 comments

These Blackberries don't taste so good...

Do you know anything about defective Blackberry batteries? Is there a definitive way to tell if a battery is from a defective batch? A list of bad serial numbers? Or a way to tell visually? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 5:55 AM PST - 3 comments

Cold feet in France

Help me not freeze my feet off. Where can I buy foot warmers in France? [more inside]
posted by la_rousse at 4:37 AM PST - 3 comments

Sprained thumb? why so long.

Sprained thumb?- pain and stiffness won't go away. What could it be? Hopefully not a ruptured ligament. [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied at 4:31 AM PST - 7 comments

Ideas for grapefruit-flavoured syrup

What to do with grapefruit-infused simple syrup? [more inside]
posted by lollusc at 3:25 AM PST - 16 comments

Examples of artistic development

After comparing the first few strips from Questionable Content to the most recent ones, I'd like to find others examples of dramatic improvements over time in people's drawing/drafting/cartooning/CGI skills. I'm looking for inspiration as well as some insight into how such improvement was achieved in a given case, if possible.
posted by Busoni at 1:19 AM PST - 25 comments

Why does Facebook exacerbate grief?

Why am I so grief stricken? [more inside]
posted by motown missile at 1:15 AM PST - 12 comments

iPhoto 9 told me "This is what happens when you meet a stranger in the Alps!"

iPhoto 9.0 trashed two years of photos. Although I've gotten some images back, any final recovery suggestions before I need to write over the drive? [more inside]
posted by blueberry at 1:00 AM PST - 9 comments

December 17

Help me find avant-garde comics/sequential art por favor?

I'm looking for avant-garde/experimental comics or sequential art. [more inside]
posted by fantodstic at 11:41 PM PST - 22 comments

Equipment to Count Stem Cells in Blood

What inexpensive equipment can be used to count stem cells in a blood sample? [more inside]
posted by digdan at 11:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Depression Mix

I'm looking for songs that explicitly give advice to make one feel better. [more inside]
posted by daninnj at 11:15 PM PST - 59 comments

Secret Santa?

Someone left a $125 Target gift card on our car either this morning or last night. Who??? [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon at 11:07 PM PST - 20 comments

Should I say something in this situation?

Should I tell my Ex that he should inform future girlfriends that he has Hepatitis B before they have sex? [more inside]
posted by moomootown at 9:58 PM PST - 29 comments

Whether to contact an acquaintance re: kids and cancer.

A childhood friend posted some pictures of her children today on Facebook in which it appears that her older child has a common symptom of a type of cancer. Should I contact her about it, or should I stay out of it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:35 PM PST - 24 comments

Thanks...for nothing

My dad wants me to say thank you for a wedding gift that we never got. Should I even though it totally pisses me off? [more inside]
posted by lannanh at 9:26 PM PST - 31 comments

No, this is not a word problem.

I will be riding a train from Chicago to Boston during the upcoming total lunar eclipse. Am I correct that for best viewing, I should sit by the right-side window so as to see the moon in the south sky? Is the moon likely to rise so high that I won't be able to see it at all at its peak from inside a train?
posted by zadermatermorts at 9:18 PM PST - 1 comment

Why do we keep finding playing cards outside our front door?

We frequently find single playing cards outside of our front door. What is going on? [more inside]
posted by Ladysin at 9:14 PM PST - 18 comments

The Artist's Dilemma?

You work hard at something and end up creating a piece of art that you consider powerful, moving, possibly even groundbreaking, something that people should be talking about. Then you share it with your friends and some portions of the internet, and no one responds or seems to care. What conclusions do you come to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:34 PM PST - 35 comments

Heading to Thailand - Business etiquette or customs and things to do

I am going to be traveling to Thailand to on business for an a while and need advice on business etiquette and also fun things to do and the best places to see. I know there are guidebooks and yet I really enjoy off the beaten track scenes and local color. Should I be worried about safety as an American? This seems silly but bear with me, I just found out today and am trying to digest this....
posted by sfts2 at 8:32 PM PST - 5 comments

What kind of medicated chewing gum might a 4-year-old child be chewing at school?

What kind of medicated chewing gum might a 4-year-old child be chewing at school? [more inside]
posted by Mid at 8:27 PM PST - 16 comments

How to use GRUB to install a second OS on an existing second partition?

Have an existing install of REDHAT on a first partition, I have created a second partition and am trying to use GRUB to install a second OS (happens to be another version of redhat). Please help, or ask for more details if needed. From the GRUB command line how do I make it install on a selected partition.
posted by samuel1613 at 8:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Need a great appetizer recipe to win a contest

I need a great appetizer recipe for the annual contest at a holiday cocktail party. There will be serious amateur foodies in attendance. I'm terrible at design, so I'm not even going to try to win Best Presentation. What would you make if you were trying for Best Savory, Best Sweet, or Best Overall? A great drink recipe is a possibility, too--last year my homemade eggnog was runner up for Best Sweet (there was no "Best Boozy" category).
posted by Rula Lenska at 7:57 PM PST - 17 comments

Internet TV setup

I am going to buy an LED TV with an ethernet connection that says it is netflix, facebook etc compatible. I can run an ethernet cable from my cable modem. Do I need anything else? How do I navigate around? Do I use my remote for selecting movies? Does HULU or VUDU require additional equipment? Any help would be appreciated. Or point me to a website if you know of one. Thanks!
posted by mikedelic at 7:55 PM PST - 8 comments

Why does the electricity shut off on my train just before exiting or entering a station?

Every time I take the train, just before leaving or entering the station, all the lights go out and it seems like the ventilation shuts off too. A couple minutes later everything comes on again. Why does it do that?
posted by Sully at 7:41 PM PST - 12 comments

Talk to me about DMSO please.

My vet gave me a sample of 99.9% DMSO for my dog's back pain issues. I had never heard of the stuff and was totally fascinated by what I read while researching it. Is there a plot of some kind to keep it criminally underused? [more inside]
posted by Pennyblack at 7:39 PM PST - 16 comments

one handgun too many

How does one officially get rid of a registered handgun in Canada? (asking for a friend) [more inside]
posted by philip-random at 7:33 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find a funny video clip from the Nutcracker!

Help me find a funny video clip from the Nutcracker! [more inside]
posted by shrimpsmalls at 7:00 PM PST - 1 comment

How can I select this in SQL?

SQLfilter: Help me solve a problem that's driving me crazy. I'm working with someone else's data, and I've got a seemingly insurmountable select problem that no amount of googling has helped me with so far. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 6:27 PM PST - 12 comments

Where can I find ridiculously edgy haircut photos online?

Help me find photos of awesome, crazy, asymmetrical, nontraditional, etc haircuts for women with long hair. For a point of reference, I'm looking for something along the lines of the work at WIP Hairport. [more inside]
posted by joan_holloway at 5:24 PM PST - 10 comments

How to ace every math class I ever take

I just failed my math class (a finance class). I'm smart at math but I don't handle organization well for math-related classes. How can I handle them classes better? [more inside]
posted by dubadubowbow at 5:13 PM PST - 17 comments

How does one arrange power of attorney fast in NC?

How does one arrange power-of-attorney at short notice in North Carolina? [more inside]
posted by K.P. at 4:55 PM PST - 2 comments

Finding the Right Netbook

What's the best netbook for a 17-year-old boy for Christmas? Yes, I know I am an idiot to be asking this at the last minute. [more inside]
posted by Srudolph at 4:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Light my adult fire.

Any adult-use fireplace lighters out there? [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo at 4:15 PM PST - 7 comments

I am also open to offers to write my papers for me.

I'm having trouble figuring out how to handle my stomach pain, please help me. [more inside]
posted by prefpara at 4:07 PM PST - 24 comments

Where to stay in Tokyo?

You are familiar with Tokyo. You are giving advice to a first-time visitor who is looking to experience some of the best of what the city has to offer. Where would you have them stay? [more inside]
posted by jnnla at 3:35 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me track.... everything

Help a newbie diabetic export glucose monitor data to a Mac. Triple bonus points for iPad. [more inside]
posted by kestrel251 at 3:23 PM PST - 8 comments

Dedicating a year to spoiling my physical body

Help me spend a year spoiling my body and becoming incredibly healthy, fit, gorgeous, and happy :) [more inside]
posted by saraindc at 3:08 PM PST - 40 comments

How do I get my mom to get the therapy she needs?

How do I get my mom to see a therapist? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 at 2:48 PM PST - 12 comments

What is the legal way to record room temperature?

What is the legal way to record room temperature? I need to sue landlord for not heating the apartment. [more inside]
posted by zavulon at 2:43 PM PST - 32 comments

What we talk about when we talk about bad fruitcake

I know there are a lot of really good fruitcake recipes out there. I don't want those recipes. Please help me make a "bad" fruitcake. [more inside]
posted by phelixshu at 2:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Legal and financial planning for single older people.

Inspired by this comment: what legal and financial plans should I be making? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:13 PM PST - 1 comment

Truffle oil real?

Is truffle oil a chemical or made from truffles? [more inside]
posted by boby at 1:42 PM PST - 5 comments

Coconut water - good or evil?

Coconut water and other "cholesterol-lowering" wonder foods. How to separate out the wacko health-food claims from any legitimate ones? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku at 1:39 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me decide how to handle this accident ... Please!

Car Accident Filter: I was rear-ended this week and while I know you are not my insurance agent, doctor or my lawyer, I would greatly appreciated help on what to do next. (More inside) [more inside]
posted by damiano99 at 1:36 PM PST - 17 comments

creative design ideas needed for framing a piece of wood carving

creative design ideas needed for framing a piece of wood carving [more inside]
posted by dy at 1:36 PM PST - 4 comments

Pretty necklace!

Can you help me find jewelry like these two pieces? [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse at 1:32 PM PST - 7 comments

I know these boops from somewhere.

Can anyone tell me what song is playing during the introduction of the "Love Thy Neighbor" episode of Wiretap? [more inside]
posted by exit at 1:17 PM PST - 6 comments

Managing the aftermath of leaving one for another

How do I leave my SO for someone else in the least awful way possible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:13 PM PST - 45 comments

Will my employer's cost-cutting measure end up costing them money?

Workfilter. In California, can a salaried/exempt employee agree to work and be paid for one day of work during a week-long unpaid furlough? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:04 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I clean the white painted concrete floors in my apartment?

how on earth do I clean these crazy floors? The paint isn't sealed - it's floor paint - and the floor isn't totally even. [more inside]
posted by amycup at 12:01 PM PST - 5 comments

Dementia and the iPad

Dementia and the iPad: I've just purchased an iPad for my parents. My mother will take to it instantly, but my father has fairly advanced dementia. I want to load the device with apps he may find engaging. Research has revealed a few lists, but I'd love some suggestions based on actual experience.
posted by aladfar at 11:59 AM PST - 4 comments

Christmas Cookies for my Dad

Does anyone know where in New York I can buy diabetic friendly/healthy cookies? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 11:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Working on Plan B

Tech design recruiters in the Bay Area, please recommend some. [more inside]
posted by dame at 11:44 AM PST - 1 comment

Please help Santa to find a way to the X'mas stocking

My daughter came home from her Christmas party with a bag of treats, including a mini book of puzzles. I'd like help solving/identifying one of them. [more inside]
posted by littlegreenlights at 11:41 AM PST - 9 comments

Curious about your love for ephemera

Do you collect things? What are they and how do you take care of them? [more inside]
posted by pleasebekind at 11:32 AM PST - 39 comments

Well you should be happy for me...

Many years ago the answering machine at my parents house received a mysterious phonecall which was two male voices. The first said clearly in a fairly loud tone of voice "Well you should be happy for me..." and the other replied "...I am... but..." The message then cut off. Is this from something, or a reference to something? [more inside]
posted by haveanicesummer at 11:26 AM PST - 4 comments

Problem Management Tracking Tool

I am implementing problem management within our business. Looking for a recommended, scalable, configurable problem management tracking tool. [more inside]
posted by multiphrenic at 11:25 AM PST - 5 comments

How to handle a greedy landlord?

Interested in tenant rights: NYC landlord is asking for more money (additional $1000) than security+pet deposit ($2,400)?? [more inside]
posted by mooselini at 11:16 AM PST - 9 comments

Literature's greatest wizard fights?

What are the best magical duels and battles in literature? Sorcerors blasting each other with lightning bolts, the metaphysical shenanigans of Last Call etc, whatever. I haven't actually read the Harry Potter books, so if there are any particularly good wizard battles in that, do say.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 10:56 AM PST - 38 comments

Do I need an accountant?

Do I need to start using an accountant? [more inside]
posted by bhamrick at 10:43 AM PST - 8 comments

Am I freezing my computer? Will it break?

How worried should I be about leaving a laptop in a car for a couple of hours at 35 below (F)? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn at 10:39 AM PST - 24 comments

What is your favorite dinner roll recipe?

What is your favorite dinner roll recipe? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring at 10:38 AM PST - 15 comments

Another request for help with Christmas shopping...

What is the best Christmas-gift for a newly-converted dog person? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo at 10:22 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I play mp3's from my phone to my car's aux input via bluetooth?

I'd like to play mp3/audiobooks from my phone through my car's stereo without using wires. [more inside]
posted by maulik at 10:13 AM PST - 8 comments

Where to buy a corporate give-away notebook.

A friend fell in love with a notebook I received as part of a Thank You package. Problem is: the manufacturer only sells this notebook in bulk to companies who want to put their brand on it. Where can I find something similar? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr at 10:05 AM PST - 10 comments

What's the original source of the phrase "Wake up, white people" ?

What's the original source of the phrase "Wake up, white people" ? [more inside]
posted by electroboy at 9:59 AM PST - 8 comments

Can you recommend home design repurposing/hack resources?

Can you recommend home design repurposing/hack resources or ideas? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 9:53 AM PST - 5 comments

Examples of good online timelines?

What are some good examples of timelines you've seen online? Bonus points for those that aren't flash based. We're looking at creating a timeline covering approximately two hundred years in about fifty pictures with captions. Give us some design inspiration before the Holidays.
posted by advicepig at 9:38 AM PST - 11 comments

Help me find the right CFLs for my outdoor light?

Help me figure out if compact fluorescents are the right lights for my outdoor light fixture? Difficulty: the fixture is on an electric eye, the weather gets really cold in the winter, and the lights will be oriented vertically (with the sockets on the bottom). [more inside]
posted by fremen at 9:36 AM PST - 17 comments

Christmas dinner without the cleanup

Restaurant recommendations for Christmas dinner in the Washington, DC area? [more inside]
posted by spinto at 9:34 AM PST - 6 comments

I'd eat a herd of cattle if I thought it would help

What do I eat to increase my red blood cells? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke at 9:33 AM PST - 15 comments

Please no "Islands in the Stream"

Help me make a romantic playlist! I'm looking for quirky boy-girl duets that are sweet but with rough edges. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus at 9:20 AM PST - 64 comments

Was that a Stealth plane?

Was that a Stealth plane? UFO? Anyone see it? On Wednesday 12/15 my SO in Northern Staten Island saw something in the sky heading South from NYC. She said it was a triangle, very fast and she heard no sound like a jet or chopper. No news reports, nothing on Notify NYC. Maybe it was going to McGuire AFB?
posted by jara1953 at 9:16 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I get a credit card with no credit?

I need a credit card. I am 22, and have never had a credit card. I have no credit. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 24 comments

I'd like to set up a (small) group blog to share links.

I'd like to set up a (small) group blog to share links. [more inside]
posted by sisquoc15 at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

I want warm feets!

Marmoleum Click + Electric Radiant Floor Heat = ? [more inside]
posted by Zoyashka at 8:56 AM PST - 1 comment

PS Elements to iPhoto migration

How can I migrate my wife's digital pictures from Photoshop Elements 5 on WinXP to iPhoto 8 and preserve the albums? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt at 8:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Was Norwegian Wood ever translated into Turkish?

Does a Turkish edition of Norwegian Wood exist? [more inside]
posted by jng at 8:47 AM PST - 6 comments

Obviously I Am Not an Alcoholic

How old is too old, with regards to my dusty liquor cabinet? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee at 8:37 AM PST - 18 comments

Is there a way to get a replacement for a water-damaged iPhone without visiting an Apple store?

Replacement for water-logged iPhone via Internet? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana at 8:35 AM PST - 8 comments

Mahjong for improvers?

What are the best online resources for mahjong? [more inside]
posted by roofus at 8:03 AM PST - 4 comments

I'd rather my teeth not fall out, in all honesty

I have finally gone to the dentist after five years of not being able to afford it. The dentist tells me I have gingivitis and need a $300 treatment. My question is... do I? Do I really? [more inside]
posted by meese at 7:31 AM PST - 32 comments

Behind the Bars?

There was a website I saw within the last few months (I believe on MeFi) that hosted stories from people in prison in a blog format. I was foolish enough to not bookmark it, and now I cannot find it again. I keep thinking it was called Behind the Bars or something like that, but all of my searches are ending in vain. Does this sound familiar to anyone else? Thanks
posted by daboo at 7:30 AM PST - 3 comments

It's not an idiom. And it's not a phrase. And it's not "conjunction junction"

I'm trying to come up with titles. Where is a site that I can find uses of words that aren't cliches or idioms but common usages? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 7:29 AM PST - 5 comments

What are some standard databases used for websites?

What are some standard ways for a website to interact with a large database? I'm looking for suggestions of tools or programming languages. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth at 7:17 AM PST - 14 comments

Excel sort for relative placement

I'm trying to implement a sorting algorithm in Excel known as "relative placement." Here's the setup: [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek at 7:11 AM PST - 2 comments

Is there an car thief app for that?

Recently, a friend's beat up old car was stolen the old fashion way - with a screwdriver to the ignition. This made me wonder about auto theft and newer, computer chip laden cars like the 2011 Volvo that I rode in yesterday. Has the computerization of automobiles led to new ways to steal cars? Basically, is there an car thief app for that?
posted by R. Mutt at 7:00 AM PST - 8 comments

A gift more my new, blind nephew?

What gift for my new, 15-year-old blind nephew? [more inside]
posted by bovious at 6:48 AM PST - 10 comments

Where can I get boxes for truffles, today?

Where can I find cardboard boxes of the kind used for chocolate truffles, in New York City, today? [more inside]
posted by novalis_dt at 6:45 AM PST - 5 comments

How to tell if netbook is someone else's bot?

Where can I learn more about how one's laptop can be remotely used by others, specifically pertaining to keystrokes, text saved in the cloud such as in a blogpost draft or yahoo mail or some such with a particular emphasis on means to identify and secure one's work, even if offline? [more inside]
posted by The Lady is a designer at 6:44 AM PST - 4 comments

Evasive driving near Atlanta

While in law school, my wife did a drive-along with the police. During the night, there was a high speed chase. She still talks about how thrilling it was. Is there someplace within a couple of hours of Atlanta where she could take an evasive driving class? I've found racetrack/NASCAR experiences, but that's not really what I'm looking for.
posted by donpardo at 5:46 AM PST - 8 comments

The Boy with the Arab Rap

Looking for some musical recommendations. Hip hop, dance or other modern genres of music from the Middle East/Africa. [more inside]
posted by longbaugh at 5:19 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me say the right thing!

I need help coming up with something gracious to write on the 90th birthday card for someone who definitely won't make it to his 91st birthday. [more inside]
posted by DrGail at 5:02 AM PST - 12 comments

Why does stuff disappear from website without an out of stock indication?

Why does stuff disappear from website without an out of stock indication? [more inside]
posted by Twinedog at 4:46 AM PST - 6 comments

PS3 to Mac

I've connected my PS3 to my iMac using an HDMI converter, but now I'm having sound issues.... [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo at 4:45 AM PST - 0 comments

Santa's little helper needs a little help.

Like a lot of families, Christmas will be pretty small in our house this year. I am pretty crafty and I was hoping for some ideas of small, easy presents I can make for my kids. [more inside]
posted by TooFewShoes at 4:41 AM PST - 32 comments

YAMMM... You are my Miss Manners !

How do you politely shake hands with someone who has an impaired right hand ? [more inside]
posted by lobstah at 2:41 AM PST - 24 comments

Should I use the recruiter?

An IT recruiters ad for a contract position gives away the company name. Is it better to go through the recruiter or directly to the company? [more inside]
posted by dhoe at 1:56 AM PST - 16 comments

How to transmit to multiple headphones?

How can I transmit my voice, wirelessly, to 20 people at once, all listening through their own headphones? [more inside]
posted by pablocake at 1:10 AM PST - 11 comments

Recommendations for Windows backup software?

Recommendations for Windows backup software? [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 1:08 AM PST - 3 comments

December 16

My rap Google-Fu is weak...

I'm trying to remember a song by (I think) a San Francisco rapper, originally found it from a YouTube video of beer tours. Longshot follows... [more inside]
posted by sysinfo at 11:50 PM PST - 2 comments

How to find a reputable hunting trip guide or operator in southern California?

How do I find a high-quality hunting trip operator or arranger, for California (preferably in southern California)? I was asked to arrange one for a bachelor party, but haven't the foggiest idea how to find a reputable guide or organizer. I've asked around and googled but with no success. We're looking for a hunt involving a larger animal, but could go smaller or with water fowl depending on the budget. I know there are many who find hunting objectionable (and I'm not exactly a fan, either), but this would mean a lot for the bachelor, and I'd love to make this happen for him. Thanks!
posted by ccl6yl at 11:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Portable Projector

Could anyone suggest a good portable projector? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter at 11:05 PM PST - 2 comments

The good pirate needs a friendly name

Recommendations for a nickname/pseudonym for business purposes. [more inside]
posted by hungrysquirrels at 10:49 PM PST - 19 comments

Give Me Problems!

Looking for puzzles to exercise my brain! [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 10:39 PM PST - 8 comments

no more uniboob

Bra Filter: Help me find a super comfy bra for home/errands/sleeping. [more inside]
posted by Lizc at 10:24 PM PST - 15 comments

Avi to DVD -- with no DVD burner?

I need to get a few small .avi files burned onto a DVD that will play in a standard DVD player. Complication: I don't have a DVD burner. Are there any shops in Manhattan that will do it for me while I wait? [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti at 9:39 PM PST - 14 comments

How to fix margins on an ePub for Nook?

Help with creating an ePub file for my Nook ereader. This may be a no-brainer for you HTML experts--I want to specify margins to ensure they fit the Nook's screen... [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 8:36 PM PST - 3 comments

Opposite of loan-sharking? Loan-baby-bunny?

Looking for a fun way to say: "you don't owe me that money anymore" [more inside]
posted by cheemee at 8:30 PM PST - 17 comments

Weirdest Legal News of 2010

What are the weirdest legal news stories of 2010? [more inside]
posted by twiggy32 at 8:20 PM PST - 11 comments

my mom my roommate

My mom has moved in... (long post) [more inside]
posted by octomato at 8:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Always crashing in the same car

How can I forget an old friend of mine? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:01 PM PST - 21 comments

WTF happened to my custom ringtones on my iPhone?

I just updated my 3Gs iPhone last night to version 4.2.1, and I can't figure out how to get my custom ringtones back on my phone. Am I missing something (probably...)? [more inside]
posted by shrabster at 7:05 PM PST - 1 comment

I probably have several plates of beans. What do I do with them all?

I have a bunch of extra cooked kidney beans (I cooked more than I needed for a soup I was making). I estimate I have somewhere between 3 and 5 cups of cooked beans. What should I do with the extra beans? (Besides overthinking them, of course.)
posted by ocherdraco at 6:50 PM PST - 27 comments

Can I punch a hole safely into my Caltrain Clipper Card?

BART/caltrain filter: Where would it be safe to punch a hole in my Clipper transit 'smart' card? [more inside]
posted by rampy at 6:39 PM PST - 20 comments

My radio show won't stream. I am miserable.

I want to stream This American Life while I lay out a giant document. But alas, it won't work. Help me figure out why. This question is a very specific question. [more inside]
posted by millipede at 6:27 PM PST - 2 comments

How to deal with flakey friends?

How do you deal with flakey friends who do not commit to their own plans? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 PM PST - 60 comments

What kind of wood flooring should we get?

What kind of wood flooring should we get for our new house? Complications: two small kids, largish dog, budget. [more inside]
posted by ish__ at 5:35 PM PST - 13 comments

European telecom regulation, how does it work?

Urgently searching for a primer on and brief history of telecom regulation the EU. [more inside]
posted by elpea at 5:26 PM PST - 2 comments

Netbook from Verizon - use with current WiFi setup? Monthly charge?

I live in Los Angeles and have Time Warner for my internet connection and Verizon for my cell service. If I buy a WiFi-capable netbook from Verizon, will it pick up the the signal from my wireless router I'm already using at home? If so, does this mean I don't have to pay any monthly charges for having the netbook?
posted by AONeal79 at 5:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Metal solos in A Minor pentatonic?

I've been learning to play metal guitar for the last couple months, and my guitar teacher asked me to bring some tabs with (preferably relatively easy) lead parts in A minor pentatonic scale. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 5:18 PM PST - 10 comments

Tips for a West Palm Beachin' Time on New Years Eve

Ideas for New Year's Eve in South Florida? Wife and I are driving down to WPB for a week over Christmas and New Years. Last year I asked this question and we had a memorable time in Montgomery. So, hivemind, what you got for South Florida NYE recos? Details inside: [more inside]
posted by dismitree at 4:59 PM PST - 2 comments

Are my memories real?

I have a reputation in my family for exaggerating or outright lying about things that happened in the past. This reputation is undeserved. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 4:49 PM PST - 55 comments

Ow. Hospital?

Is this pain really a UTI? Should I go to the ER? [more inside]
posted by lriG rorriM at 4:29 PM PST - 29 comments

How much will it cost to paint my car?

How much will it cost to get my car painted? [more inside]
posted by arveale at 4:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Your favorite face pillow?

Do you like using a face pillow for lying on your stomach on a regular bed (i.e. not a massage table)? What kind is it and where can I get one? [more inside]
posted by huckit at 4:13 PM PST - 2 comments

flu during finals blues

Is it appropriate to ask for an extension on a final exam due to flu? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 3:48 PM PST - 28 comments

Photo scanning service near Altadena, CA?

Photo scanning service near Altadena, CA? [more inside]
posted by bjrubble at 3:33 PM PST - 4 comments

Miscategorized as a student visa violator

How to stop getting stopped when I legally enter the US with my Green Card? Immigration officers pull me out of line and claim I am a former student visa violator. But, they won't tell me how to learn more or fix this. Help! [more inside]
posted by Doggiebreath at 3:31 PM PST - 14 comments

Will I be punished for my inability to choose?

Linux Question: KDE, Gnome, keeping things seperate, the future etc. (Ubuntu/Fedora). [more inside]
posted by rosswald at 3:28 PM PST - 12 comments

It doesn't even burn.

Why do I feel like peeing every 5 minutes? [obviously TMI] [more inside]
posted by apophenia at 3:20 PM PST - 38 comments

Is this basil okay to eat?

Is my basil okay even if it's now a different color? [more inside]
posted by thehandsomecamel at 3:10 PM PST - 7 comments

help me dump these netbooks

I have two hard-drive-less Dell Mini 9s. What is the best way to make some money getting rid of them? [more inside]
posted by rebent at 3:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Lazy way to play games on TV?

A bunch of us nerds like to play PC games together on the living room television, but I'm getting tired of lugging my computer from the office to hook it up in the living room! What would be the easiest/cheapest way achieve the same results while leaving the PC in its place? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 2:46 PM PST - 8 comments

Online family tree?

Starting an on-line family tree: Geni or MyHeritage? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 2:18 PM PST - 11 comments

Maybe all I need is a good slap in the face.

What are your tricks for waking up in the morning? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai at 2:16 PM PST - 47 comments

Good Samaritan Story Thread

Please help me find a thread (from a year or two ago) that consisted entirely of people sharing stories (for the first time ever) of nice things they've done for complete strangers. It was popular at the time, but I can't seem to find it now! [more inside]
posted by siclik at 2:04 PM PST - 10 comments

Blank Verse Feminine Endings

In the mechanics of blank verse, why do feminine endings go with eleven-syllable lines? [more inside]
posted by Paquda at 2:02 PM PST - 7 comments

Do all nouns have a plural form?

English language filter: Do all nouns have a plural form? If not what is an example of a noun with no plural form?
posted by West of House at 1:48 PM PST - 47 comments

22" or 24" monitor for clearer picture?

I'm getting my mother a new monitor for Christmas to replace her 17inch CRT, which she runs at 800x600 because she finds it easier to read. Would the larger pixels of a 24" monitor make it a better replacement than a 22" or would the overall size be disorienting? [more inside]
posted by tomcooke at 1:19 PM PST - 9 comments

Find me a dog sitter in upper Westchester County

I live alone in upper Westchester County, NY and have no one local who can watch my dog. Every now and then, I would like to go out at night. Help me find pet care for my dog so I can do this with a clear conscience! [more inside]
posted by badgermushroomSNAKE at 1:12 PM PST - 10 comments

Who performed this cover of Bjork's "All is Full of Love"?

Who performed this cover of Bjork's "All is Full of Love"? [mediafire download] I downloaded it off Napster a decade ago. I've searched the interwebs, shazam, secondhandsongs, coversproject, etc. etc., and nothing. Any tips? Might you know this fellow?
posted by thewindow at 1:04 PM PST - 11 comments

Help tame The Monkey Mind!

I've come to the conclusion that the root of unhappiness/strife, etc. is what goes on inside my own noodle. In addition to meditation (and, with apologies, excluding western religion) how to tame The Monkey Mind? How to better control the quality of one's thoughts?
posted by gb77 at 1:00 PM PST - 16 comments

There was a magic substance and an English lady and, umm....

Can't-remember-book-filter: I read a preview in the back of another book but I can't remember the title or author of either one... [more inside]
posted by yggdrasil at 12:59 PM PST - 7 comments

The 1968 conventions

Recently a college radio station here played a recording of a man recounting the story of the 1968 United States presidential election in a quasi-biblical radio-preacher style. Please help me find this recording. [more inside]
posted by enn at 12:54 PM PST - 2 comments

stumble-upon any other delicious magnolias lately?

In light of this picture swirling around the web, it seems timely to revisit the question: what's the best social bookmarking service? Please compare and recommend. [more inside]
posted by Prince_of_Cups at 12:31 PM PST - 37 comments

Knowledge that will hurt my friends. Or my XCo. (ethical Q)

Several years ago I left OldCo for NewCo, but maintained a lot of friendships with people from OldCo. NewCo was taken over by XCo, who made a lot of changes. XCo interested OldCo in some products. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me identify this painting!

Help me identify this painting! [more inside]
posted by doomtop at 12:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Webcomics: Technical Help to Get Started

Webcomic: the technical instructions? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice at 12:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can I get a rechargeable flashlight?

Where can I find a rechargeable flashlight that plugs directly into the wall socket without a separate adapter? My father had a flashlight that he loved for gardening and for power outages. It was a normal flashlight that plugged directly into the wall, so he didn't have to worry about cords. The charge lasted more than an hour. Now that that's broken, I'd love to find a suitable replacement for him. Any ideas?
posted by totalbs247 at 11:53 AM PST - 7 comments

What's a good small-animal-related activity in the Los Angeles area?

It's my girlfriend's birthday next month, and I'm looking for ideas. She absolutely freaks out in the presence of small, furry cute things, so I'd like to use that as a jumping-off point. [more inside]
posted by PM at 11:49 AM PST - 7 comments

Upgrading Photoshop CS

Can I still upgrade my copy of Photoshop CS to Photoshop CS4? [more inside]
posted by DarkForest at 11:42 AM PST - 6 comments

Companies that convert VHS to digital files?

As a Christmas gift to my parents, I want to hire a company to convert my parent's old home movies on VHS to digital files. My parents and the VHS tapes are located in Ohio and I am in NYC, but I am willing to pay to have the VHS tapes shipped somewhere. I don't need to do this before Christmas, but I do want to know what reputable company will do this and the cost. [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 11:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Old-Fashioned Fudge Recipe, Please?

I’m looking for a very specific fudge recipe that I haven’t made in many years and now can’t find. It makes what I call “old-fashioned fudge”, with more of a crumbly, almost grainy texture than the creamier, gooey fudge. [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit at 11:21 AM PST - 17 comments

What are these sticks?

What is this? And where can I get a million of them (cheap)? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite at 11:09 AM PST - 19 comments

Can I become a better person inside?

Can I become a better person inside? Not just in actions, but in thoughts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 AM PST - 40 comments

Help me plan a trip to Joshua Tree, CA

Help me plan a 3-day trip to Joshua Tree (CA). Or alternatively, suggest another really cool natural area to check out in Southern California in late January. I am in my cousin's wedding in the L.A. area and am coming with my girlfriend. We decided to take a few extra days--she's never been to California and I've only ever kept my visits to family time, usually in the OC area. We're renting a car, so we'll have transportation. Is late January a good time to go? Do you have any recommendations for gear rental (doubt I'll be able to climb, unfortunately)? I have gear at home in Michigan, but I'd like to travel light. If you have alternative suggestions--they can be around L.A.--I'd love to hear them. Thanks.
posted by SpicyMustard at 10:55 AM PST - 15 comments

Classic helicopter game/sim

Help me remember the name of a helicopter firefighting game/simulator. [more inside]
posted by sherlockt at 10:48 AM PST - 4 comments

Route this!

Help me find the awesomest router on Earth that's ~$150 or less & that has all of the features that I require. [more inside]
posted by eunoia at 10:13 AM PST - 14 comments

Do you own Creative's D100 or D200 wireless Bluetooth speakers?

Do you own Creative's D100 or D200 wireless Bluetooth speakers? You do? What's the sound quality like? Would you recommend them? [more inside]
posted by judomadonna at 9:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Help me identify two people from the history of cinema

In Renato Casaro's artwork '100 years of Film' who are the two people in the bottom right?
posted by wannalol at 9:47 AM PST - 7 comments

I need New York satsumas NOW, dammit.

I love citrus generally, but I was just thinking about how I really, really love satsumas - but haven't seen them in the local Whole Foods in a while. I'm in NYC - where can I go now, and generally, to get some delicious satsumas? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 9:47 AM PST - 20 comments

How can I get a laptop meeting the MIL-STD 81OG standard by Monday?!

[Laptop Filter question] I need to find a laptop with semi-exact specifications, and I need it by Monday. The kicker is, it must meet the military standard of durability MIL-STD 81OG and be 32-bit with a 15.4" display. I live right between Baltimore and DC. [more inside]
posted by irishcoffee at 9:32 AM PST - 7 comments

Western fiction recommendations?

If you enjoy Louis L'amour, what other authors are you likely to enjoy? [more inside]
posted by Kurichina at 9:31 AM PST - 22 comments

Excuse me while I obsess over puzzle pieces

LongshotFilter + RecommendationFilter: I'm looking for two specific 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzles from my childhood. Descriptions are inside, but since finding them seems unlikely, I'm also looking for recommendations for similar large, difficult puzzles. My tastes in jigsaws run to muted color palettes; I'm trying to branch out from replicas of famous paintings and generic landscapes (although particularly striking architecture is fair game); I prefer photorealism or intricate geometrical or abstract designs, rather than the "giant collection of loosely related objects which is difficult mostly because it's so visually busy" school of puzzles (so, like this, but not this); I'm unlikely to be interested in things smaller than 1000 pieces. I'd prefer specific recommendations if you've got 'em, but links to general suppliers are ok too. [more inside]
posted by dorque at 9:28 AM PST - 4 comments

friendship and depression, how to reconnect?

How to re-connect with friends while depressed/trying to get over depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Picking skin

I can't stop picking at my skin. What can I do to try? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:14 AM PST - 25 comments

Batch screenshot tool for Windows?

On the Mac, I love the application Paparazzi for taking full-page screenshots. For a project at work, I'm looking for a similar tool for Windows, or possibly a web service. Ideally, I would like something that has the ability to accept a text file of URLs (as Paparazzi does.) Does such a thing exist for Windows / on the web somewhere?
posted by emelenjr at 9:02 AM PST - 2 comments

Netflix CEO interview, circa 1997

Please help me find this interview with Reed Hastings, conducted/published in the very early days of Netflix. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 9:01 AM PST - 2 comments

Bill Clinton's Mannerisms and Traits

What were/are Bill Clinton's "class markers" that caused people to highlight his working class background when he was president or running for president? [more inside]
posted by Deep Dish at 8:58 AM PST - 34 comments

Help me pick out something good

I don't have experience with buying jewelry, but want to get my girlfriend a 16 inch, white-gold chain necklace. I'd like it to be sturdy, able to hold a pendant, and within the price range of $100 to $200. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 8:55 AM PST - 6 comments


Wordsmiths: Is there a commonly used term for a group of ten (people, things)?
posted by stargell at 8:35 AM PST - 28 comments

Why are there still salt ponds in the SF Bay?

Why are levees around decommissioned salt ponds left in place? [more inside]
posted by morganw at 8:21 AM PST - 5 comments

Who has the widest wooliest socks?

Guessing sock size for my large cousin's Christmas present: she needs warm wooly socks, and I know nothing about buying clothes in big sizes. But aren't socks simpler? Somebody please help me out! [more inside]
posted by aimedwander at 8:18 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me make my dog less miserable in the car.

What is the proper dosage/usage of Dramamine for a dog that gets carsick? I know YANAVet and YANMVet. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld at 8:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Looking for 15-inch Computer Monitor

Is it possible to get a high-quality 15-inch or 17-inch external monitor for my MacBook Air? [more inside]
posted by alms at 7:50 AM PST - 6 comments

Joshua Tree/Palm Springs in the rain

We're going on an anniversary trip to Palm Springs/Joshua Tree this weekend, and the weather looks like it's going to rain most of the time. Does anyone have any indoor recommendations for Palm Springs (we were planning on the desert zoo) or good restaurants for lunch? Is hiking in Joshua Tree still enjoyable if it does rain or should we find other things to do and hike it just when it's clear? We'll have basic rain jackets.
posted by ejaned8 at 7:28 AM PST - 6 comments

Help improving my wardrobe

Recommend me someone who can tell me What Not To Wear in NYC. [more inside]
posted by mccn at 7:06 AM PST - 23 comments

Best Librarian Mags

Librarian advice: What library magazine(s) should a budding librarian subscribe to? [more inside]
posted by luckyveronica at 7:05 AM PST - 10 comments

What to bring my kids from Baltimore

What would be a great gift to bring my 4(girl) & 7(boy) year old kids back from Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by zeoslap at 6:49 AM PST - 13 comments

Sloan, Jim. "Render Safe." Reno Gazette-Journal ???: ???-???.

Does anyone know how I can get this article from the Reno Gazette-Journal about the Harvey's Lake Tahoe bombing, for free? You can access the depreciated site here, but the links and images are all dead. I searched on their archives, but it looks like you need to buy all the parts of the article separately.
posted by jstef at 6:19 AM PST - 6 comments

How do I 'get happy?'

How do I... feel better? [more inside]
posted by shortbus at 5:07 AM PST - 51 comments

parse pix/asa logs

Trying to create a Perl or shell script to parse/convert Cisco PIX/ASA logs into a CSV format. Has anyone had any success with this? Since all messages aren't standard, I'm trying to think of the best way to approach this issue. Has anyone had any success, or have a good AWK, Grep, SED, or perl script that can get this done?
posted by fozzie33 at 5:05 AM PST - 17 comments

Purple Cow Video Business

Dear fellow MeFites, please help me kickstart my video production business? [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 2:27 AM PST - 1 comment

What to do near Koreatown in LA

LA Filter: I'm in Los Angeles on a short trip. I'm staying in Koreatown on Wilshire with NO car. I have an event this evening but have the morning, afternoon, and Friday morning free to explore. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by lychee at 2:16 AM PST - 8 comments

What could be taking my parcels from the USA such a long time to arrive here in Canada?

What could be taking my parcels from the USA such a long time to arrive here in Canada? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart at 1:58 AM PST - 21 comments

Unexplained increase in Flickr visitors

My Flickr account is totally not popular, and for good reason. It's mostly just a bunch of photos for my parents to look at and I average about 1 visit per day at best.. I looked at my stats recently and, for some reason, 522 people looked at photos, mostly referred from Flickr. WTF? How do I figure out what happened?
posted by Foam Pants at 12:59 AM PST - 18 comments

Why do I always remember the wrong parts of the conversation

NPRfilter: Female singer (from the 50s?) mentioned on NPR in the last week. She was characterized by the music critic as never overdoing vocal tricks, sining minimally and "just the right amount". The singing sample had very little musical backing. She retired early at the height of her popularity after getting sick of the music business. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream at 12:19 AM PST - 9 comments

December 15

I Don't Believe in God Anymore

I have just recently realized I don't believe in god. It's difficult because my father was a Presbyterian minister. [more inside]
posted by wv kay in ga at 10:58 PM PST - 52 comments

How best deal with the Realities of Individual-Plan Drug Coverage

How can we get the meds. we need when our individual plan does not cover them? [more inside]
posted by tangram1 at 10:39 PM PST - 19 comments

They are both on the same side of the tracks.

[Philadelphia Filter] - Bridesburg / Wissinoming area vs. Mayfair [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen at 9:12 PM PST - 1 comment

What's the best way to track Twitter hashtags?

What are the best tools for accurately tracking and getting statistics on Twitter hashtags? [more inside]
posted by puffl at 8:33 PM PST - 2 comments

how to cook a fabulous meal in a not-so-fabulous kitchen

I need to cook a nice Christmas dinner for nine, in a woefully inadequate kitchen. To make things worse, there's only one table that barely seats six. What can I make that's elegant, festive, and delicious; which requires almost nothing in the way of cooking tools; and is easy to eat from a plate balanced on your lap? [more inside]
posted by Capri at 8:13 PM PST - 33 comments

best tourist experience in 11 hour London layover

11 hour layover in London - how to maximize the tourist experience? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 8:07 PM PST - 14 comments

Lost Dog

Any hope for finding this lost pup? [more inside]
posted by engling at 8:05 PM PST - 21 comments

Loose current or what?

Hey fellow MeFites! I have a question about nerve activity in the body. I'm 19 years old and I was watching a newer 2003 series The Twilight Zone episode where a guy got struck by lightning and had tons of excess electricity going through his body. The doctors were able to release some of the electricity from his body through some medical device. [more inside]
posted by antgly at 8:04 PM PST - 21 comments

Hot girls are...

What are some specific, widely held, possibly irrational turn-ons... for those attracted to females. [more inside]
posted by alternateuniverse at 7:45 PM PST - 89 comments

What's the charging voltage for an Mx Revolution Mouse?

I've lost the charging dock and AC adapter for the Logitech MX Revolution mouse. There's no way to charge this mouse without the dock. I think I can pretty easily build a new dock on my own, I'm just looking for owners of this mouse to answer a technical question to help with construction. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:42 PM PST - 9 comments

Will need a phone

Would anyone confirm or deny that the Vodafone store in the Dublin airport is still there? And you can buy a pay-as-you-go phone for around $50 American? And it's near the arrival hall? [more inside]
posted by amethysts at 7:30 PM PST - 5 comments

How do I give my parents a lifetime of photos?

My Christmas gift to my parents this year is that I have been scanning my baby pictures using a Pandigital Photolink One-touch scanner, which scans individual pictures. I have been saving them to a memory card, and then to my computer. I am trying to figure out the best way to present this to my parents. [more inside]
posted by jenlovesponies at 6:54 PM PST - 10 comments

Thirty Boxes of Books

Thirty Boxes of Books-- Best way to sell thirty boxes of books? [more inside]
posted by tesseract420 at 6:43 PM PST - 17 comments

Have they invented the snorkel-microphone yet?

Privacy-preserving microphone: does this product exist yet? [more inside]
posted by foursentences at 6:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Where in NYC can I get a presentation book or photo book bound for cheap and ASAP?

Where in NYC can I get photo books printed cheap and ASAP? Or any other quick ways of getting a nice-looking, bound book? [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl at 6:22 PM PST - 6 comments

Valerian Root Will Make You Sleepy

What dose of Valerian (in capsule or other form) has worked for you, for sleeplessness? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic at 6:01 PM PST - 21 comments

So many legal writing books, so little time (or necessity).

Legal writing/law school filter: As a 2L, I have a few legal writing books that I had to buy for my first year writing course. I'm curious which ones I could (should?) get rid of, and/or suggestions for others. [more inside]
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 5:55 PM PST - 17 comments

Class Action Lawsuit ?

If I am a qualified claimant for a Class Action Lawsuit regarding an Illegal Strip Search in the state of IL, and am eligible for a payment of anywhere from $700-$1000, do you believe that is fair? or should I "opt out" and try to recover damages with my own attorney?
posted by anonymous at 5:52 PM PST - 11 comments

Adult Sci-Fi that is easy to read?

What easy and entertaining fiction books can I buy? The genre is teen/adult sci-fi/Magic/Mysterious, for example Swan Song, The Hunger Games... [more inside]
posted by ChabonJabon at 5:17 PM PST - 32 comments

PDF links for dummies

Method to automatically print or download PDFs from a website. [more inside]
posted by signal at 5:10 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me figure out what specs I need on a netbook with these idiosyncratic demands:

Help me figure out what specs I need on a netbook with these idiosyncratic demands, under $400. [more inside]
posted by anthropomorphic at 4:24 PM PST - 9 comments

What's up with windows windows?

What is going on with my XP file windows? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 4:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Looking for sleek, classy, non-tacky interior design inspiration from the 1970's.

Looking for sleek, classy, non-tacky interior design inspiration from the 1970's. [more inside]
posted by lovableiago at 4:03 PM PST - 20 comments

Advise on dealing with a socially isolated 16 year old who is smoking pot by himself?

Advise on dealing with a socially isolated 16 year old who is smoking pot by himself? Please help. [more inside]
posted by Flood at 3:58 PM PST - 39 comments

I found pictures of

I was looking through the pictures on my BF's iPhone this morning, and I found a few pictures of his ex girlfriend that he had saved recently. He claims that he has no feelings for her. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by maggymay at 3:29 PM PST - 59 comments

How do I find a psychiatric service dog?

How might I go about finding a psychiatric service dog? [more inside]
posted by brina at 3:21 PM PST - 10 comments

T-Mobile Caller ID on Landline Phones?

Using cell phone with T-Mobile and wondering - do names and the number show up on a landline Caller ID?
posted by Gerard Sorme at 3:21 PM PST - 11 comments

Non-romantic "us" book?

I really want to fill out a book like this ... but for my sibling. Does something like what I want exist? Does anyone have any experience with books of these kind or know of one that would work in a non-romantic context?
posted by jitterbug perfume at 3:19 PM PST - 5 comments

How difficult is it to land a job at an investment bank?

How difficult is it to land a job at an investment bank? [more inside]
posted by gibbsjd77 at 2:30 PM PST - 25 comments

Advice for students considering an MFA in visual art?

Can anyone point me toward advice designed to help undergraduates decide if they should get an MFA / MA / other post-graduate degree in visual art? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams at 2:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Yes, I'll be checking out from InCopy indefinitely, thanks. If only I knew how...

InDesign & InCopy hell, please help me. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY at 2:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Why don't Westerners like Asian desserts?

Why don't Westerners like Asian desserts? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry at 2:13 PM PST - 76 comments

Interesting uses for file cabinets?

Interesting uses for file cabinets? [more inside]
posted by Wossname at 1:45 PM PST - 15 comments

Egg-and-cheese bagels, it's not you. It's me.

I need healthy grab-and-go breakfast ideas. [more inside]
posted by ixohoxi at 1:41 PM PST - 27 comments

Stuck in marriage limbo

How do I (from the U.S) secure documentation proving that my destination wedding in Italy actually took place? [more inside]
posted by mockjovial at 1:37 PM PST - 14 comments

What is the field of study or classification system for indexing glyphs by their visual characteristics?

What is the field of study or classification system for indexing glyphs by their visual characteristics? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 1:23 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I download this from

Link to 306 page book in which I want in a pdf. format. Can't do this with cute pdf as it tells me adobe keeps crashing. This is the only copy of his book I know anywhere, as the National Library of Colombia in Bogota does not have a copy. I am not very technical but I try. I use Firefox in XP and would greatly appreciate any help or if someone knows how to do this can they download it for me and send possibly using yousend it. Email in profile. Special Santa standing by !
posted by adamvasco at 1:17 PM PST - 11 comments

Flash Cam Crash

Why won't my webcam work on the web anymore? [more inside]
posted by adrober at 1:13 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me find this picture!

Can anyone ID this photo of baby vs adult proportions? [more inside]
posted by Erasmouse at 1:05 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I know if quitting my job and traveling is the right move?

I've been working in the same job since college for several years now, and am starting to feel the "what else is out there" itch that I'm sure isn't uncommon for someone approaching 30. I feel like I want to spend several months roaming the world, but I'm not sure if I'm doing it for the right reasons, and if I'm fully evaluating the cost/benefit aspect. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:55 PM PST - 16 comments

Recommendations for a poly relationship counselor in the Bay Area?

Recommendations for a couples therapist in the SF Bay Area who specializes in working with couples in poly relationships? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:50 PM PST - 6 comments

What dog training data should I gather?

What kind of data do I need to be keeping track of as I go, so its easily available when I need to send out resumes? (dog training) [more inside]
posted by saragoodman3 at 12:43 PM PST - 6 comments

Every app on my phone, in three touches or fewer

Does a widget exist for Android to jump instantly to any home screen with one touch? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 12:43 PM PST - 13 comments

If she were a man and not a woman, this wouldn't be cool at all

It's kind of uncomfortable at times, being a female professional in a male-dominated work environment where most of the female employees are on the other side of the business-coin as support staff (less education and pay). Was yesterday's incident somewhat sexist or am I being an educational elitist? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny at 12:20 PM PST - 75 comments

Fun Toronto neighbourhoods close to a boring GTA neighbourhood?

Looking for a fun Toronto neighbourhood. Special constraints: commuting to Markham. [more inside]
posted by ripley_ at 12:19 PM PST - 12 comments

Fixing very uneven concrete floors in existing houses?

Builders and contractors: is there anything that can be done, after-the-fact, about very uneven, sloped concrete floors? [more inside]
posted by rkent at 12:13 PM PST - 17 comments

Lolcat Bible, King Kitteh version

Some months back I was contacted by a publisher, and they requested permission to put my kitteh's photograph in their book - The Lolcat Bible. Of course I said yes. I received a copy, with my cat on page 116, and I was thrilled...til the book went missing. I recently got a hold of another copy of this book, and my cat? Missing. What the heck? I cannot find any evidence of different versions online. Can you help me find another copy of the one they sent? [more inside]
posted by routergirl at 12:10 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there an iPhone app that manages kids allowance and can be shared across multiple phones?

Is there an iPhone app that can be shared across multiple users/phones to manage kids' allowances? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 11:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Mystery Theater recommendations?

Trying to separate the wheat from the chaff in the world of Mystery Theater. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 11:49 AM PST - 5 comments

How do you tell the same important story again and again without it becoming a stale 'bit'?

How do you tell the same important story again and again without it becoming a stale 'bit'? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 11:45 AM PST - 16 comments

Legit ad networks, vendors etc. to help us grow Facebook fans and Twitter followers quickly?

Can anyone recommend legit ad networks, vendors etc. to help us grow a client's Facebook fans and Twitter followers quickly? [more inside]
posted by carofowler at 11:30 AM PST - 0 comments

Am I entitled to a half-day's pay in California when my employer cancels my shift due to weather?

Am I entitled to a half-day's pay in California when my employer cancels my shift due to weather? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic at 11:29 AM PST - 2 comments

I think therefore... fuck.

Is there a name for the sort of radical skepticism that results from accepting Kripke's interpretation of Wittgenstein but rejecting his solution to the rule-following paradox? [more inside]
posted by 256 at 11:25 AM PST - 12 comments

Help me name this tune

SongIdentityFilter: Italian-language and funny noises song. "Commedia" Anyone?? [more inside]
posted by Sweetdefenestration at 11:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Make me into the best sister/host.

Montreal Filter: My bright, theatre/gaming (adult) geek brother is coming for the period between boxing day and new years. He likes jazz, live theatre, musical theatre, good food, tea and tabletop RPG. What can I take him to see/do with him during this awkward period of vacation? Also, men's clothing shopping? [more inside]
posted by Phalene at 11:13 AM PST - 7 comments

so long, and thanks for all the fish

I'm leaving my job at an environmental foundation after 5 years. My last day is tomorrow, and the 15 people in the office are starting in a new office space on Monday. I'm probably going to write individual cards to a few people, but what's a good gift for the whole group? They're overstocked with chocolate, plants, and cut flowers.
posted by moonlet at 11:12 AM PST - 10 comments

accountant freelance taxes

I'm a freelance graphic designer and I need a great (and reasonably friendly) accountant in the NYC area. Maybe an online/remote accountant would be ok too? I don't feel the need to see someone in person, but I'm not sure a far-off accountant would be familiar enough with NY/NJ tax laws. Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by The Dutchman at 10:58 AM PST - 1 comment

Figuring out how to reconcile responsibilities to family and desire to grow the hell up already

Adult staying at home to help financially support parents, parents split up, total financial chaos ensues... NOW how/when am I going to become an independent, grown-up adult? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully at 10:54 AM PST - 11 comments

Build a collaborative online system for his college dorm floor.

Help me help my nephew build a collaborative online system for his college dorm floor. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover at 10:19 AM PST - 22 comments

Track info on Shoutcast in Windows Media Player?

I've embedded my Shoutcast stream into my website using Windows Media Player. How can I get it to show track information? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane at 10:16 AM PST - 1 comment

Nominative? Genitive? Ablative? Help me memorize what is what!

Latin filter: I am taking a basic Latin course and am having a heck of a time memorizing case endings. Does anyone have any tips for memorizing these? I tried flash cards, which work really well for vocab, but not so well for cases. Do I just need to write them out hundreds of times?
posted by apricot at 9:48 AM PST - 26 comments

The perfect web-based to-do app

I'm lookin for the perfect web based To-Do solution for my company. [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 9:41 AM PST - 6 comments

I can't keep up with the happy-happy-joy-joy

Please give me some external validation that my supervisor's need for reassurance is really not ok, and advise on how to disguise my extreme discomfort. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 AM PST - 14 comments

Which English translation of Schopenhauer should I read?

PhilosophyFilter: Which English language translation of Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung should I read? [more inside]
posted by nzero at 9:28 AM PST - 1 comment

Chuck Norris doesn't take photos, he keeps moments in time in his freezer.

A photographer I work with looks alarmingly similar to Chuck Norris. Can you please submit your best photo-related Chuck Norris facts? This website does not have any answers regarding photography.
posted by infinitefloatingbrains at 9:16 AM PST - 14 comments

She's leaving but not gone.

My soon-to-be-ex girlfriend is moving out. How do I keep myself sane the next month? [more inside]
posted by richrad at 8:58 AM PST - 44 comments

If I only wiped 10% of a hard drive before selling it, am I 90% screwed?

What damage control measures can I do for selling my PC on eBay which was only partially wiped? Yes, I know how stupid this was. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM PST - 8 comments

Need your creative juice for filling a toy vending machine for my girlfriend

What creative, fun and affordable things could I fill 2" capsule vending machine with designed specifically for my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 AM PST - 38 comments

Deep end is deep

Help me install numpy (the python numerical computing module) on an Amazon EC2 instance! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin at 8:22 AM PST - 9 comments